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November 8th 2017

Term 4  Week 4

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

Hello, Hola a todos, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana,  Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Internet Safety 
Netsafe is New Zealand’s independent, non-profit online safety organisation. We provide online safety help, support, expertise and education to people in New Zealand.   After noticing the growing influence of technology in their respective areas, the New Zealand Police, Ministry of Education and several not for profits teamed up with telecommunication organisations and IT industry partners to create an independent body focussed on online safety.   As digital technology use grows and evolves at a rapid pace in society, it becomes more important for Netsafe to help people manage and reduce the risk of online harm, so that they feel more confident being online.
There are some excellent resources for families available on the Netsafe Website  and a strong focus on encouraging awareness and conversation around online safety.
Just recently they have released a new support tool “Re:Scam” which helps people who receive scamming emails or online contact.   Re:scam is an artificially intelligent chat bot designed to reply to scam emails on your behalf – so you can waste scammers’ time, without wasting yours.
Re:scam can take on multiple personas, imitating real human tendencies with humour and grammatical errors, and can engage with infinite scammers at once, meaning it can continue an email conversation for as long as possible.
If you’ve received a scam email, forward it to and they’ll take it from there. They will even send you an unedited summary of the conversations Re:scam has had with the scammer – sometimes they can be quite humorous.
You can find out more about Re:scam and how it works at
Craig Smith – Author Visit – Tomorrow Craig Smith author of the Wonky Donkey book will visit the school and present his new book and some of his other songs and stories. The will be a cost of $3 for the show please see attached form and pay at the office.  Wonky Donkey
 Cans for Good
Thanks you to all those who managed to spare a can or two for our collection.  These were received with thanks by the Salvation Army today.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Hell Reading Challenge – Our school is participating in the Hell Reading Challenge, which is being run in conjunction with the 2017 NZ Book Awards for Children.    Hell Reading Challenge
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 4 – Team Fantail, Week 6 – Team Falcon, Week 8 – Team Pukeko, Week 9 – Prizegiving & Yr 6 Graduation.
  • Digital Citizenship WRS: Here are a couple of clips that may be helpful to watch with your family. Netsmartzkids RBS – The Movie and Brainpop Internet Safety Fun
  • School Athletics Day – Friday 1st December Teams Pukeko, Falcon and Tui will start their activities after morning tea at 11.15am.
    Team Fantail Students: As this is the first experience of competing in an Athletics Day for most of our children, we will be holding our own smaller field competition during the morning block of that day and then joining in with the rest of the school after lunch for the track running events. If your child will be 6 on this date, and you would like them to take part in the larger school competition, please inform one of the Fantail teachers and we will arrange for this.
  • School Prizegiving Assembly – 11th December 11 am start
  • Sun Safety – This term all children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Reviewing school policies
    1. Visit the website SchoolDocs – WRS
    2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
    3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
    4. Read the policy.
    5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
    6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
    7. Enter your name (optional).
    8. Submit your ratings and comments.
  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).  Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Lost Property – please see the office or the hall kitchen for any lost items, please remember to name all clothing and hats.
  • Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9 am each day.  We do follow up lateness and absence as we are required to report on both to the Ministry of Education and the Board of Trustees.  If you are planning a holiday in term time please advise your child’s teacher and the office.
  • Banking day is Thursday – please send ASB envelopes to the office.
  • Ez Lunch is available all days of the week. Please go to  to register and order.  More information available at the office.
  • WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – you need to request to be part of this page.  It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff.

Term dates 

School Terms 2017

Term 4      Monday 16 October – Friday 15 Dec

School Terms 2018

Term 1     Thursday 1 February – Friday 13 April

                   EASTER: Friday 30/03 – Tuesday 3/04

Term 2     Monday 30/04 – Friday 6/07

                   Queens Birthday: Monday 4/06

Term 3     Monday 23/07 – Friday 28/09

Term 4     Monday 15/10 –  15th Dec at 12.30pm


PTA News 

 Community News

Glenfield Intermediate boys school shorts for sale only worn 2 terms

Navy blue – Size 10 – Excellent condition

Purchased from NZ Uniforms @ $55 per pair

Sell for $15 per pair

Phone (09) 443 0329

Mobile 027 2644490

O’Neill Surf Academy NZ
Holiday Surf Programmes at Orewa



  Facilitator: Julie Walker
  Date: Every Sunday, 12th November to 19th November (2 sessions)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Norman King Building, Northcote
$50 Individuals   $70 Couples

Enrolments: or 441 8989

More details can be found on our website.

NZ Warbirds Open Day 12th November
Glenfield Rovers Summer Football
Are you looking for a challenge? It’s not too late to join Marrzipan! We are looking for some awesome students to fill some parts in our play, which we will be performing for parents and their peers at the end of term. Come along to a Trial Lesson and see whether you like it! You can sign up for one directly via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)

YOUNG AT ART – AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASSES (5yrs-15yrs) are open for bookings for Term 4 – FREE TRIALS AVAILABLE! Classes in Beach Haven and lots of other venues across Auckland. Inspire and encourage your young creative while they have fun learning technique and theory along the way.  For more information and bookings or to talk to us about a FREE TRIAL please check out or email:



Plastic Free K

Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust Sustainable Neighbourhood Project.

Boomerang Bags ` `made in Kaipatiki “ is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level through our KCFT Sustainable Neighbourhood Projects which is supported by the Birkenhead Licensing Trust.   The many dedicated volunteers get together to make re-usable bags using recycled materials as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags in Kaipatiki.

To set the scene, of Plastic Free Kaipatiki, we absolutely need your help!   Keen Volunteers needed to help with cutting  and sorting the materials, pinning, ironing, stamping and sewing at the planned sewing bees.
All ages welcome! No experience required – sewers non sewers…….churches, community sites………every one volunteer is exceptional……..if you’re keen please let us know,   or if you  can donate material for this programme…….or other ideas, we welcome contact   Let’s see how many sewing bees we can add to the existing  at Bayview Community Centre,   Chartwell Hub and Beach Haven Community House.  Our  two lovely project leads Tracey and Alana……would be keen to hear from you.

The Facebook Page  Boomerang Bags North Shore Auckland    Thank you.



Spanish Lessons