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11th April 2018

Term 1  Week 11

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 

Thank you and Farewell (for a few weeks)
As you know I am on leave for next term to complete my research and sabbatical report.  It is  very exciting, although a little daunting also.  I want to take the time to say thank you to all the people who have congratulated me and spoken so kindly about this opportunity.
Teaching (and leading teaching) is a complex job that requires a significant commitment from both the teacher and often times their family.  This sabbatical offers me the chance to focus my time and energy on a passion of mine (Culture and Achievement) while also spending some more time with my family.  After nearly 30 years in the profession, I am looking forward to both.
Jenine Maxwell and Inge Millard will be leading the school in my absence, supported by our four Team Leaders, and all of them have the confidence of both the Board and myself.
In order to streamline processes please remember that any concerns or questions you may have should be directed to your child’s class teacher in the first instance, and if they can’t help then they will connect you with someone who can.  Don’t forget that events are on the school calendar and notices are loaded to the school website if you need to double check information.
I am very proud to to be your Principal, and equally proud of the dedicated team I have the privilege of leading.  I look forward to returning in term 3 refreshed, re-energised and ready to share what I have learnt.
End of term Reminder
We only have another TWO school days this term, with the term ending on FRIDAY 13th April at 3pm.   The new school term starts again on Monday 30th April at 8.30am, with our powhiri assembly to welcome our new students and families at 9am.  Everyone is welcome to come along to this assembly.
School News
Property – new classrooms
As you will be aware we have been waiting for access to the new classrooms for ten weeks now, but complications in the contractual relationship between the Ministry of Education and the builder has stalled this process for us, and another five schools around the North Shore.  I had a meeting today with the Ministry representative and he has confirmed that they intend to contract a new builder to the project if the deadline of 13th April is not met by the current builder.  This seems likely.  While their process is complex and legally challenging, ours is very simple – we just want the rooms available for us for the start of term two with no more delay.
Room 15, the class most affected by these delays, has written letters to the Ministry to outline their concern and request that immediate action is taken to have their room available to them.   I was able to hand these letters directly to the project manager today, and he has promised to reply to the class. I am very proud of them for taking this action.
Feedback – Health and PE programme.
Healthy school communities are those in which a commitment to hauora is consistently reinforced in the classroom, in the whole school environment, and in positive relationships with parents and caregivers.   The Physical Education curriculum has three key learning areas; physical activity, sport studies and Outdoor education.  There are four areas specifically covered in Health in the NZ Curriculum; mental health, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, and sexuality education.
We have set up a very short survey on the topics we cover in Health and PE and would appreciate your thoughts and feedback on this.
This survey will close on FRIDAY 4th MAY.   Health and PE survey 2018
Reports – Year 4, 5 and 6 students only
On Friday our Year 4-6 students will bring home a short report that outlines their assessment data for term 1.  Included in this information are results for reading, spelling, writing, listening and maths, as well as information about their work and social skills.  Standardised tests are designed to provide information that compares the learner to other children of the same age at the same point in the year. While it is still early days, this gives an idea of a starting point for the year and helps to set learning goals for the remaining terms.  If you have any questions regarding the information in this report please make contact with your child’s class teacher.
DOJO at Home
All our classes use Dojo Points as a vehicle for rewarding positive behaviour and acknowledging effort and progress in class.  Our students enjoy the process and take great pride in achieving their targets.  You are most welcome to set up your own Dojo profiles at home if you wish to use this platform to focus on positive behaviours with home, although we won’t link home and school to ensure an even playing field for all students receiving points at school.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Swimming Lessons – Next term, starting on Friday 4th May, week 1.  Teams Tui & Fantail will be receiving 10 lessons in swimming skills, water confidence and safety skills at the Glenfield Leisure Centre.  Please pay online through the KINDO shop or cash to the office.  Team Fantail – Swimming Lessons  – Team Tui – Swimming Lessons  Teams Pukeko & Falcon will receive their lessons later in the year.
  • Assembly Day Change:  Assembly will be changing days to Wednesdays next term as Teams Tui & Fantail are at their swimming lessons on Fridays.  Week 2 Assembly will be on Wednesday 9th May and starts at 9.45am, prior to this we have a coffee and chat for parents in the staffroom from 9am with our Deputy Principals Jenine Maxwell and Inge Millard and board chairperson Caroline Hudson.
  • Reading Eggs & Mathletics –  For more information about these online programs that we recommend for home and classroom use follow these links or talk to your child’s class teacher. –  To subscribe please complete the attached forms and return to the office –   Mathletics & Reading Eggs Yr 1 & 2  –  Mathletics & Reading Eggs Yr 3-6
  • School Donation – Thank you to all our families who have made their donation,  If you would like to donate before the end of this term we are offering a $20 discount. School Donation 2018
  • Donation Receipts – Kindo is now sending out the receipts you need to claim the tax back on your school donation. If you pay your donation now through Kindo, you will receive a PDF attachment to your normal Kindo emailed receipt – please print this and hold on to it for your tax return.  Kindo will also be sending out receipts for those of you who have paid a School Donation via myKindo prior to now – please look out for this. Shortly you will also be able to access copies of these from your myKindo online account (on the ‘my orders’ page). To pay your donation now, you can use our Kindo link below…Login or create a new account
  • Pacifica & Kapa Haka Groups – The Pacifica group has moved to Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm as the Kapa Haka group for years 3 to 6 will be taking place on Friday afternoons from 1.45pm to 2.45pm.
  • Updated – Regular Happenings & Groups – We have updated this form with some recent day and time changes – Regular Happenings & Groups 2018
  • Ideas for Home Learning – At our recent Meet the Teacher evening we shared some homework suggestions, copies are also available from the office.  Ideas for Home Learning
  • 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.
  • Head Lice – Unfortunately these are very common in the community and we have noticed a recent increase in cases. Please check your child’s hair regularly.  We have attached this information sheet with some handy advice – Head Lice Notice
  • 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 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.
  • Music Lessons – John Casson from MusiqHub is now offering music lessons in Guitar & Ukulele at our school starting from next Monday 26th March from 9.30am, see the attached notice for more information. John Casson Flyer


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 

  • End of Term Sausage Sizzle – Tomorrow Thursday 12th April, please return order slips with payment to the office by 9am Thursday. Sausage Sizzle Notice
  • Entertainment Book Fundraiser –Hey all! We have connected with the Entertainment Book to help fundraise for the school. This book/app is amazing! I save way above the cost of the book in no time (last year it was within one 2 week school holiday) Available in book form or app (i recommend the app!) Purchase through this link before the 15th March and receive 2x Movie Tickets. Share far and wide – any purchase a % comes to the school ($14 from the Auckland ones)
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Community News
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The Hobsonville Point Runway Challenge
Sunday 20th May

M Sports April Holiday Football Camp at Devonport Primary using Inflatable pitch

M Sports holiday programmes are suitable for children aged 5 to 12. The week is full of exciting games and tournaments. Enjoy our unique Inflatable Football pitches. Our team of highly qualified staff will ensure your kids have a ball!!

Holiday Camp Details
Venue: Devonport Primary School 

Week 1:  16 to 20 April
Week 2:  23, 24, 26 & 27 April (no camp on Anzac Day)

– 9am to 12pm $19 per day, $69 for 4 days (week 2), $89 for 5 days,
– 9am to 3pm $35 per day, $129 for 4 days (week 2) or $149 for 5 days 

Register Your Child:

Go to, click ‘programmes’, ‘holiday programmes’, then ‘book now’ at the bottom of the page. Book your child’s place now as numbers are limited.



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Come and join our HILARIOUS Marrzipan Holiday Workshop!
Students will devise their own play from scratch, create characters, direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes and get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day! All workshops run 10am – 4pm.
Birkdale Intermediate School – Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th April
Hobsonville School – Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th April
Churchill Park School – Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th April

Past workshops have been a great hit! As well as having fun, the children develop confidence and public speaking ability, in a fun, relaxed environment.

For more information check out our website! Spaces are limited to 16 per group so get in quick!
W: E: T: 027 217 0693


Thanks for being a local




Learn to Draw and Paint (for ages 7 – 12yrs)

Kids that love drawing and painting keep coming back to these School Holiday One-Day Workshops and After-School Art classes with step-by-step guidance from artist Eion Bryant.

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: April 24th, 10.00am – 3.00pm, Highbury House, Birkenhead, cost $50.

AFTER-SCHOOL ARTISTS: Tuesdays, 3.30 – 5.00pm for 4 weeks starting May 1, cost $74.

Bookings:, ph. 483 6703

Did you know you can now recycle your expired or damaged child car seat?  Around 90% of seat materials are recyclable which is great news for the environment, and keeping expired car seats out of circulation is good for child safety. SeatSmart accepts any brand of capsule, booster or reversible car seat (no polystyrene boosters) for a small fee of $10 (RRP). For collection site details visit You can also like us on Facebook (SeatSmartNZ).
Gavin Hill Coaching
Kaipatiki Eco Fun Day
For more information about the month long events at
Kelly Sports
 Wicked Winter Sports! Term 2 after school sports on Fridays from 3.10pm to 4.10pm for years 0 to 5 students.
See the attached flyer for more information and booking information.

TAPAC’s April Holiday Programmes run by practising industry professionals are now open for enrolment on!

 We have 12 programmes for children and teens (aged 5-16 Years) running from Saturday 14 – Friday 27 April. There are 2-day, 3-day, full week and weekend workshops, as well as many new programmes across all artistic genres including “Screenwriting”, “Comedy and Improvisation” and “Make A Film”.



Auckland Live Kids 2018
Friday 9th March to Sunday 23rd December



LEGO® lovers look out! Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman), one of only fourteen LEGO Certified Professionals globally, will bring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks to Auckland Museum in one month, just in time for the school holidays.

Discover 50 LEGO masterpieces that will be on display including the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe.

Book your tickets now to ensure you can experience the wonders of the world in LEGO at Auckland Museum!

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Parenting Helpline
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Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need 45 minutes a week to take part in organised craziness?! 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!)
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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.