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6 June 2018

Term 2  Week 6

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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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


This week, as part of our response to the Community Survey, we will look at:

Special Learning Programmes:

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages:

  • Teaching in small ESOL groups enables students to grasp new learning concepts with more in depth understanding and gives them confidence to express their ideas and enrich their oral language ability and to value and share about their cultures.
  • As language is central to learning and English is the medium for most learning in the New Zealand curriculum, the importance of literacy in English cannot be overstated, particularly the academic language.
  • Our aim at Windy Ridge School is to develop in all ELLs students a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards English learning as a second language or Ethnicity and give them the skills. concepts and understanding that will enable them to become confident and happy learners at our school.
  • The families of our ESOL children receive a letter to let them know when their child will be in an ESOL funded withdrawal group which is taken once or twice a week, and a newsletter each term to outline the ESOL programme.

GATE – Gifted and Talented Education:

  • At Windy Ridge we differentiate for all our students, providing them with rich and challenging learning experiences. Our teachers are skilled in student centered strategies whatever the level of the student. This includes differentiation for our gifted and talented students.
  • There is an expectation that all students will work to reach their full potential and will be experiencing differentiation within their classroom programmes.
  • We also provide opportunities for students of like minded ability to participate in outside programmes designed to challenge and extend the students. we run leadership groups and various clubs, sports and workshops that the children have the opportunity to join to extend their learning and experiences.

Learning Support:

  •  Reading Recovery (Y2) – This programme is an effective early literacy intervention designed to significantly reduce the number of children with literacy difficulties by providing daily one to one teaching with a specially trained teacher.  Children are selected for Reading Recovery based on the results of their six year old assessments in reading and writing and on the commitment of the family to consistent attendance at school and follow up reading at home.
  • Rainbow Reading (Y3/4) – A CD facilitated reading programme involving repeated readings.  The programme is delivered and monitored by a teacher aide and involves groups of six students in half hour sessions four times a week.
  • Steps (Y5/6) – Steps is an effective, easy to use, web-based literacy programme, designed to address various aspects of language development, including vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning.  It is particularly effective for students with longer term reading difficulties and ESOL students.  This programme is well managed and supported by a trained teacher aide.
  • Kauri Club (Y3 – 6) – This programme involves grandparent or parent volunteers listening to and supporting the reading of students at our school by providing regular, supervised opportunities for them to increase their daily reading or ‘reading mileage’.


Enviro Team – Eskdale Stream Monitoring:

Last Friday the Enviro Team students completed their Term 2 monitoring of our local Eskdale Stream and recorded the data for the Auckland Council. The water clarity was 0.67m with a pH7 which meant that the stream was in good health with clear running water. We discovered 3 long fin eels and one banded kokopu. There were a variety of Invertibrates which included dobson fly larva, dragon fly larva, caddisfly, may flies, worms, cranefly and koura. We did not see as much stream life as in Term 1 as the weather is now much cooler and the fish and eels tend to stay below the surface. We will be back again in Term 3.

‘Dancing with the Stars’

Have you been watching any of this series on TV3 lately? If so you probably will have noticed Jonny Williams and his partner Jess Quinn competing. Next term Jonny and Krystal will be returning for our annual Windy Ridge version of Dancing with the Stars with the Year 5 and 6 students doing Ballroom Dance and the Year 4 students doing Hip Hop Dance. We are looking forward to it. Watch out for a notice coming home soon!!

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Northcote By-Election Polling Booth –  our school hall is being used as a Voting Place this Saturday 9th June from 9am to 7pm


Paid Union Meeting – Reminder

On Tuesday 19th June, teachers across New Zealand are attending a Union Meeting at 2pm to discuss recent negotiations with the Government.

Although the school will not be closed, we strongly encourage you to seek alternative care for your child in the afternoon or ask that you collect them from school at 1:00pm. The after school care programme at Windy Ridge will be open for bookings.  There will be a skeleton staff of one teacher and the office staff  at school to cope with any emergencies. Paid Union Meeting


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Rippa Rugby Tournament – for the students that were participating in this tournament tomorrow Thursday 7th June, it has been postponed until Tuesday 12th June.  Please be at school on Tuesday no later than 8.30am.  Students will need a mouthguard (compulsory), food and water, a change of clothes and a booster seat if required.  They received their shirts today. Footwear is not required as students are playing in bare feet.
  • Team Falcon Swimming Lessons –   next term Rooms 9, 10, 11 & 12 will be learning swimming skills, water confidence and safety skills every Thursday afternoon at the Glenfield Leisure Centre.  A notice will be sent home with the students this Friday.
  • Tread Lightly Caravan –  will be visiting our school on Monday 25th June to Thursday 28th June, see attached notice for more information Tread Lightly Caravan All students will be attending classes in the hall during this week.
  • Team Pukeko Zoo Trip – On Thursday 14th June Team Pukeko are visiting the Auckland Zoo. Team Pukeko Zoo Trip
  • 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
  • Assembly:  Assemblies are held on Wednesdays every 2nd week this term as Teams Tui & Fantail are at their swimming lessons on Fridays.  Week 8’s Assembly will be on Wednesday 20th June 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 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 every Wednesday 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 (School Closed)


PTA News 

  • PTA Chocolate Fundraiser – last week your child will have brought home a box of Whittaker’s chocolates.  The PTA committee would really love you to sell these chocolates in order to raise valuable funds for our school.  Any queries regarding the selling of the chocolates, please contact a PTA member through the school office.
  • 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)


Community News
Part time role at kindo / ezlunch
A Customer Service role for 3.5 days per week (with minimal school holiday work) is being advertised by Kindo/ezlunch. Based in Mairangi Bay, you’d be working in an office with others, taking calls, handling emails and helping users and administrators use the Kindo software system for school payments, sports registrations, lunch orders etc. Immediate start. Fluent written and spoken English is essential & Chinese speaking an advantage.
Find out more at
“North Shore Sport Stacking Club
The North Shore Sport Stacking Club (cup stacking) – has set its meet up dates for the year. The meet ups are held at Bayswater School Hall, 181 Bayswater Avenue, Bayswater and are FREE for anyone, any age (3-60+), wanting to go along and learn to sport stack. Cups, mats and timers are provided for those that don’t have their own sets and free coaching is also given by current members of the NZ Black Stacks team. The dates are as follows:
Sunday 10 June, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 8 July, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 12 August, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 9 September, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 14 October, 2.00pm-4.00pm
We look forward to seeing you there. This is a fun-filled family afternoon.”
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Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
 Birkenhead Swimming Advert March18
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Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
Beach Haven Pocket Rockets
Tartan Day 2018
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).
Auckland Live Kids 2018
Friday 9th March to Sunday 23rd December
 KidsLink School Advert 1
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.