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16 May 2018

Term 2  Week 3

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 Jenine Maxwell & Inge Millard Acting Principals 

Nga mihi nui, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Midweek greetings to all of our lovely whanau out there.  I’d like to start by reiterating the comments published last week by our Board of Trustee Chair, Caroline Hudson.  We are very appreciative of the time and effort so many of you put into completing the Community Survey. Your voice helps us to determine which policies and procedures are working effectively and which need further tweaking or clarification.  Over the next two months, we’d like to open the newsletter with information about areas of interest. Our first topic is:


Communication continues to be something of a challenging issue.  Over the years the school has developed and continues to provide a wide range of methods to communicate with whanau.

These include:

  • A weekly newsletter – our primary mode of communication, either printed or soft copy.  This goes out on Wednesday evening via email or Thursday for hard copies.
  • Facebook – Parent Page.  This is one of our main modes of sharing, informal communication and last minute reminders.
  • School website – copies of all notices sent home are loaded on our website.
  • Classroom Seesaw
  • Fortnightly parent meetings on Assembly mornings.
  • Parent/Teacher email communication and the opportunity to follow up by making an appointment to meet with the teacher for further discussion if necessary.
  • Opportunity to make an appointment with the Team Leader if needed.
  • Parent Workshops – generally focused on one aspect of learning or the curriculum.
  • Student led Conferences
  • Reporting to parents on student progress in a report format.
  • ‘Meet the teacher evening’ for teachers to discuss their team programme.
  • A termly team newsletter to outline their class programmes, routines and expectations around learning.

Please make sure you check your email inbox frequently, your child’s bookbag and/or schoolbag daily and log in to Facebook on a regular basis.  If you need to contact your child’s team leader or teacher, you are welcome to email them.  Please remember to give our staff reasonable time to respond.  They will endeavour to get back to you outside of class time but within regular office hours.  All teacher email addresses are listed on the school website.

Support Staff Day

Today was Support Staff Day, an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work that our support staff do.  Our office administrators, teacher aides, librarians, groundsmen and many others – make a significant contribution to the education of our children and young people.  If you get the chance, please pass on your appreciation to our support staff when you see them.

Kaipatiki Children’s Panel

The Kaipatiki Local Board have been working with some of our students to get ideas for tomorrow’s Kaipatiki. The children discuss and write down their ideas on various topics. These and students ideas from other local schools are collated and given to the council so that the children provide some local student voice into current issues the council is working on. They then come back later in the term to provide feedback to the students of actions that have been taken.

The topics they have covered so far have been:

  • My ideas for Birkenhead War Memorial Park
  • My ideas for a Plastic Free Kaipatiki
  • My ideas for a Culturally Connected Community in Kaipatiki

 Spare Clothing

We are running low on spare clothing to change children into if they get wet or muddy. As it is worse as winter weather comes along if you do have any spare clothes your children have outgrown that you could donate to the school we would appreciate it. It is also a good idea to keep a spare change of clothes in your child’s school bag.


We have recently purchased a small shed for Team Fantail to store their outdoor equipment, unfortunately we have already had some issues with students from outside our school climbing on top of and dismantling some of the roof trims.  If you are at the school and do notice someone damaging the school property or acting suspiciously please contact the police.


Just a reminder to be aware of where you park when dropping off or collecting your child from school. Please think of our neighbours and allowing them access to their driveways.  Remember there is no parking available in the school grounds.  We are waiting for the council to approve the painting of yellow lines around the corners of the intersections of Seaview Road with Glencourt Place and Tamahere Drive , so please do not park there.  New Zealand Road Transport Rules state that you must park a minimum of 6 metres from an intersection.

Policy Review

This term the school is reviewing the Reporting to Parents policy.  To participate in this review please follow these instructions:
  1. Visit the website
  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.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Upcoming Events and Trips
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  • Pink Shirt Day – This Friday 18 May, 2018 we would like students to wear something pink and to bring along a gold coin donation. The money raised will help to grow the Pink Shirt movement. If you would like to know more please visit the Pink Shirt Day website. Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships. It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background. Https://  Wear pink on Pink Shirt Day to make a statement that your school is committed to stopping bullying!  We are also sharing with our students a new online book from the Ministry of Education for Bulling Free Week  called Oat the Goat. Follow this link to the website for more information and support.
  • Team Tui Camp – Carey Park Camp, Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th September – Please return permission forms and payment slips to the office.  Team-Tui-Carey-Park-Camp
  • Team Falcon Zoo Trip – Auckland Zoo, Wednesday 23rd May – Please return the permission slip and payment to the office. Team Falcon Zoo Trip
  • Swimming Lessons –  Teams Tui & Fantail 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. Team Fantail will be having their lessons from 9.30am and returning to school at 11am and Team Tui’s lessons start from 10.30am and they return to school at 12.30pm.
  • Assembly Day Change:  Assemblies are now on Wednesdays this term as Teams Tui & Fantail are at their swimming lessons on Fridays.  Week 4’s Assembly will be on Wednesday 23rd 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.  Assembly Timetable –  Week 4 – Team Fantail, Week 6 – Team Falcon, Week 8 – Team Tui and Week 10 – Leadership
  • 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
  • Pacifica & Kapa Haka Groups –  Junior Kapa Haka will be starting next Wednesday 23rd May at lunchtime from 1pm with Ms Bendall, this is for all years 0 to 2 students.  The Pacifica group for all years is on every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm. The Kapa Haka group for years 3 to 6 is on Friday afternoons from 1.45pm to 2.45pm. Regular Happenings and Groups
  • School Donation – Thank you to all our families who have made their donation, these are not compulsory but help support the school and are tax deductible. 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
  • Regular Happenings & Groups Term 2 – We have updated this form with some recent day and time changes –
  • 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 four 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 term.
  • Head Lice – Unfortunately these are very common in the community, please check your child’s hair regularly.  We have attached the link to the Ministry of Education parent information website with more information.
  • 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.
  • Ezlunch available all days of the week now. Please go to  to register and order.  More information is available at the office. Ezlunch Term 2 Menu
  • 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 (School Closed)

Term 3     Monday 23/07 – Friday 28/09

Term 4     Monday 15/10 –  17/12  TBC

LABOUR DAY – Monday 22/10


PTA News 

  • 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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Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
Beach Haven Pocket Rockets
Tartan Day 2018
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The Hobsonville Point Runway Challenge
Sunday 20th May
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).
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.
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
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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A reusable natural plastic wrap alternative.


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.