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February 21st 2018

Term 1  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 

Regular Happenings and Groups
Every year we work at improving our practices and systems to better serve all members of our school community; students, staff and families.  We take on board feedback and suggestions and make changes to how we do things – hopefully getting things better along the way.  
One of our new systems this year is to publish at the start of the year a chart that shows what interest groups we offer for children to take part in, depending on their age.  (this does not include sports teams or events)
At WRS we encourage our students to get involved with interest and activity groups to broaden their experience and meet new friends.  It is also a great way to learn to be responsible and reliable by turning up on time to the right place regularly.

Self management is a key goal of being an ‘Active Learner’.  

WhatWith WhereWho
School AssemblyPrefects/PrincipalFriday 9.45 am –  fortnightly (even weeks), HallAll students
Values AssemblyPB4L teamMonday 9am – odd weeksAll students
Mandarin (Y3-6)Mandarin Language Assistant –  BaoshanThursdays  – timetabled classesYear 3 – 6
Pasifika Group Pops MarinerThursdays 2.30 – 3.30pm All students
Senior Kapa Haka Donna WalkerWednesdays 1.00 – 1.30pm


Year 4 – 6
Junior Kapa HakaLynley BendallTuesdays 1.00 – 1.30pm



Year 0 – 3
Coding Club Carolyn Blackett, Olivier Fransolet, Mel BelcherTuesday Mornings 8.00 – 8.50 am Year 5 – 6

Limited numbers

Choir/SingingCaroline Andrews Friday 1.00 – 1.30pm


Year 3 – 6
AerobicsInge Millard Monday 1.00 – 1.30


Year 5 – 6
PMP  – movement programmeNicola TylerTues and  Thurs 2-3pm, HallYear 0 – 1
Dance GroupAngela HallMonday 12.30 – 1.00 pm


Year 2 – 4
Music Lessons **MusiqHub tutorsTo be confirmed
Drama  **Jack

(Marrzipan Drama)

Thursdays 12.30 – 1.00 weekly


All year levels but

Limited numbers

** extra cost involved (check with office for details) 

Regular Happenings and Groups  – here is a copy of the chart if you want to put it on the fridge at home.

Sports @ WRS  2018
Many thanks to all the parents who joined us at the Sports Information presentation.   We outlined the vision and purpose of sports at our school, and collected names for both sport teams and volunteer helpers.
We have two Volunteers training meetings already booked in  (28 March and 9 May) and the people who indicated interest have already been contacted about these dates.  If you are interested in being a coach or manager, please contact the office and ask to be added to the list for these sessions.
Here is a copy of the Sports Booklet that we gave out on the night, with information about our vision, purpose and specific sport information.     WindyRidgeSchoolSportsBklt 2018
Please make contact with us if there is anything you are unsure of.
Parent Evening:
On  WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH we are pleased to be hosting a special Parents Evening here at WRS.  We have guest speakers coming to speak about ‘Resilient and Confident Kids‘.  Both the speakers are experienced and professional, and have many great strategies to share that can be used at home and school to support our children.
As this is a public event, I would encourage you to get in quickly to book your tickets.
Tickets are on sale online at KidsLink Event WRS
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Fantail Trip – Tomorrow, Thursday 22nd February see the attached flyer for more information.  Team Fantail Clip&Climb Trip 
  • Team Tui EOTC –  Year 6’s and selected Year 5’s will be staying at an overnight camp in Tawharanui on 21st & 22nd March see attached flyer for more information. EOTC Tawharanui    – Year 5’s will visit the Zoo on the 2st March and Rotoroa Island on the 10th April see attached flyer for more information. EOTC Rotoroa Island & Zoo 
  • Assemblies for this termWeek 4 – Team Pukeko, Week 6 – Team Falcon, Week 8 – Team Fantail, Week 10 – Inquiry presentations.  Assembly starts at 9.45am, prior to this we have a coffee and chat for parents in the staffroom from 9am with our Principal Brenda McPherson and board chairperson Caroline Hudson.
  • Resilient and Confident Kids presentation – March 21st, 7-9 pm Tea/Coffee from 6.15pm  Tickets online at KidsLink Event WRS
  • Parking – We have begun the year with a higher than normal number of parents dropping off and/or picking their children up from school.  This has led to heavy demand for parking spaces and some crazier than usual maneuvers. Please respect the rules of the road (including the 40km speed limit) and restrictions on parking (including the 10 min parking zone out the front, no parking between the signs out the back and NO parking in the school car parks).
    Of course, in line with our Travelwise policy, we promote our students (especially from Year 3 up) walking to school.  We have three Walking School Buses and children who live further from school can be dropped off a distance from the school so that they can complete their journey to school by foot.  Our Travelwise Students will be promoting active, safe travel to school over the next few weeks.
  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9.00am each day.  You can either telephone the office and leave an absence message or go online to the school website and use the Report an absence tab.  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 available all days of the week now. Please go to  to register and order.  More information available at the office.
  • Lost Property – please see the office or the hall kitchen for any lost items, please remember to name all clothing and hats.
  • 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.
  • School Library – The library will be open from week 3 from 8.30am to 8.55am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and during lunchtime.  The students will also get to visit once a week with their classes.


Term dates 

School Terms 2018

Term 1     Thursday 1 February – Friday 13 April

WAITANGI DAY – Tuesday 6/02

                   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 –  17/12  TBC

LABOUR DAY – Monday 22/10


PTA News 

  • Families In Parks – This Friday 23rd February the Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust will be in the school grounds with fun activities for all ages from 5pm to 7pm.  Bring a picnic dinner, the PTA will be selling sausages and drinks. See the attached flyer for more event dates in your local community 2018_summer
  • AGM meeting – Wednesday 28 February 2018. Come along to the PTA Annual General Meeting to here about the year been. We will be nominating a new chairperson, secretary and treasurer.  Meeting will be at 7.30pm in the school staffroom, all welcome refreshments provided.


Community News
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Free Books for Schools – We need your help

Mrs Ogden has signed us up to the Free Books in Schools with the Kellogg’s promotion. If you shop at New World and purchase a nominated Kellogg’s products then you can go online and select Windy Ridge School.

We can win up to 20 free books so please get your friends and families involved too.

  • Step 1 – purchase any Kellogg product with the Free Book artwork on it.
  • Step 2 – Register on (you’ll only need to do this once)
  • Step 3 – Upload your receipt
  • Step 4 – Select your school to receive the book pack

You are done! Thanks for helping us while you shop!   

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Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk
Sunday March 11 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park

Put the date in your diary for a fun filled morning with spot prizes, certificates for every

participant and activities for the whole family before during and after the event.

Gold coin donation raising money towards connecting our parks and making our coastal

walkways more beautiful!!

5km and 1km Courses to choose from

Like us on Facebook – Beach Haven Fun Run to register now

Register online by the 8th March and be in the draw to win a $50 Glenfield Mall voucher! 




Parenting Helpline
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“Come and play rugby for your local club.  Join Glenfield Rugby & Sports Club for the 2018 season.  Make friends, have fun and develop your rugby skills.
Glenfield Junior players are aged from 4  – 10 years old.  Both boys and girls are encouraged to play.  For boys and girls aged 4 – 6 the focus is on learning ball skills, team work and the fundamentals of rugby by playing  rippa rugby.  From 7 – 10 rugby skills are further developed and tackle rugby is played.
Initial registration dates:  Wednesday 21st February 5pm – 7pm,  Sunday 4th March 2pm – 4pm & Wednesday 14th March 5pm – 7pm at Kaipatiki Park, off Kaipatiki Road, Glenfield (entrance via Segedin Place)
We will also be at Glenfield Mall on – 24th & 25th February plus 10th & 11th March – so come by and say hi!
For more information or to register on-line go to or contact Carol Herbert on 021 172 9245”
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Guess what? Marrzipan are running awesome confidence through drama classes at YOUR SCHOOL – Yippee!!
Marrzipan have gained a huge reputation in New Zealand for the development of shy children, especially those with anxiety, autism and selective mutism. Saying that, this is a class for the super crazy and dramatic types too, as we focus on positive leadership and social skills. Our classes focus on inner and outer self-confidence, and are super fun and exciting for children. Parents are kept up to date with weekly emails about what’s been covered in class and why, as well as what you can work on at home. We have two awesome showcases at the end of every term too, so you can see your child’s development first hand.
You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)
“Do you know someone who may benefit from attending a FREE and professionally run day time course for employment preparation and readiness?
Hearts and Minds are running a group starting 19/2 to 26/3 every Monday from 10-noon. Work preparation skills such as cv and cover letters, the interview and much more, as well as learning skills to lift self esteem and confidence.
Facilitated by a registered psychologist and HR expert. Phone 441 8989 or email to enrol now!”

 AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASSES – A fun and focused 6-week program for children aged 7 – 12yrs.

With step-by-step guidance students will explore methods and techniques useful for developing skills in drawing and acrylic painting.

Tuesdays in Birkenhead, 3.30pm – 5.00pm starting Feb 27. Cost $110

Bookings: email, ph. 09 483 6703



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.