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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

5 September 2018

Term 3  Week 7

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, Kamusta, 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 

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

Celebrating Academic Progress and Achievement

At a recent Board of Trustees meeting the school presented the Mid-Year achievement data.  We were very pleased with the progress and achievement levels of our students, and proud of the commitment to improving student outcomes from our staff.

In WRITING, 79% of our students are achieving at or above the expected curriculum levels for their year group. In READING it is 85% of students and 81% of students are achieving at or above the expected curriculum levels in MATHS.   The Ministry of Education target for schools is 80%.

The Ministry of Education has a specific target for improving outcomes for Māori students because traditionally they have not achieved as well as non- Māori students.   Our data is showing that our Māori students are achieving at similar levels or better than our non-Māori students:   Reading   84.4%    Writing   87.6%    Maths 78%

For those students who are not yet achieving success at their expected curriculum levels the school has a number of programmes in place to help accelerate their learning, including in-class target groups as well as withdrawal learning support programmes.

We are very aware that our children also have strengths in areas not represented by this data – art, sport, music, science, public speaking, problem solving, social skills and digital technologies for example.  As parents and teachers it is important that we celebrate the progress of our students in all areas of their interests, and not focus narrowly on the learning of students in only three areas of the curriculum.

Thank you to everyone for the support on Monday as we ran our annual cross country Fun Run.  While the weather was not perfect, we did manage to get all events completed, and the children showed remarkable resilience and determination.   We really appreciated the parent helpers who stepped in and helped out on the day, and them any families who joined us to support our runners.
Big thanks to Mrs Turner for her excellent organisation on the day, and we wish our team well for their cluster zone day on Wednesday next week.  Notices have gone home to the children involved in that event.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori – Maori Language Week
Next week is Maori Language week.  It is a national celebration to encourage all NZers to try including some Maori words or phrases in our everyday lives.  There are events planned for the whole week throughout communities in NZ, and you can find out more about these at this website.
 The focus for this year is “Kia Kaha te Reo Māori” – Lets make the Maori language strong.
Ministry of Education – review of Education in NZ
There is an online survey that ALL families can access, allowing you to participate in the ongoing conversation about what we want our education system to look like.
The MOE is currently involved a series of workshops to gather feedback and opinions form the wider community about what education could look like in the future.  One of these strands is related specifically to Maori education.
The Māori Wānanga will be focussed on capturing ‘authentic Māori voice’ to inform and refresh the MoE documents;  Ka Hikitia and Tau mai te Reo, and the Education Work Programme .
The Ministry of Education is inviting all whānau, hapū, iwi –  tamariki, mātua and kaumātua – to attend these workshops.

The Ministry is holding three regional wānanga:

    • Saturday 22 September                 Alexandra Park                                 11am – 2pm
    • Monday 24 September                 Vodafone Events Centre              6:00pm – 8:30pm
    • Tuesday 25 September          North Shore Stadium           6:00pm – 8:30pm

These are open events and we encourage as many people to attend. Kai will be available.

If you are able to attend please register at :
 Gifted and Talented:
‘Gifted and Talented children are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require some differentiated educational experiences or programmes. These can be within the classroom programme or at times a withdrawal group. This should be evidenced through high achievement, task commitment, motivation and  or creative ability.’
We are sending home nomination/ information forms to children in Team Tui, Falcon and Pukeko that we have identified as being high achievers or show potential giftedness in some areas of their learning.  This process helps us to refine our identification process and plan for enrichment opportunities both within class and in small groups as opportunities arise.
If you do not receive a form and you feel strongly that we may have missed recognising your child please contact the office to let us know.



Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Softball Competition – We are looking for students who are interested in participating in an upcoming softball tournament in October for Yr 5/6 & November for Yr 3/4.  Softball Tournament Yr 3-6 
  • Dancing Lessons Final Performances –   The Year 4 students  final dance session is on Tuesday 11th September at 1.40pm. Hip Hop for Year 4
  • Team Fantail Trip – On Wednesday 26th September the Fantail’s will be visiting The Pumphouse to watch a performance of Badjelly the Witch. PumpHouse Theatre Trip
  • Touch Rugby Competition – If your child is interested in playing touch rugby next term, please complete the attached notice and return to the school office before this Friday 7th September. This is an outside school competition run on Wednesday nights from the 24th October. Touch Rugby Competition
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 8, Team Fantail – 14th September, Week 10 – 28th September, 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.
  • Team Falcon Swimming – The Falcon students will now be participating in swimming lessons in term 4 due to the closure of the Glenfield Pools next term.  Please see the updated notice with the changes. Updated Falcon Swimming Notice
  • Team Tui Camp – Carey Park Camp, Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th September – Please return permission forms and payment to the office.  Team-Tui-Carey-Park-Camp On Monday 27th August all students were given an envelope containing consent forms to be completed, please return them to the office as soon as possible – Camp Consent Forms & Students Details
  • Team Pukeko Term 3 Newsletter – 2018 Term III Newsletter
  • Scholastic Book Orders – Please return your orders to the office by Friday morning, 7th September.
  • Lost/Found – We have had some sim cards for a camera handed into the office on Cross Country day, please contact the office if they are yours. Also we have had part of a Mi smartwatch handed in to the office today.
  • Daffodil Day – Thank you for supporting this day, we raised a total of $215.60 for the Cancer Society.
  • Ezlunch – We have an online lunch order system available for students, to register and order follow this link, for the Term 3 menu Ezlunch T3 Menu
  • Pasifika & Kapa Haka Groups –  Junior Kapa Haka is held every Wednesday lunchtime from 1pm with Ms Bendall, this is for all year 0 to 2 students, year 3 to 6 students is on Friday afternoons from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.  The Pasifika group for all years is on every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm.
  • Chess Club – every Monday lunchtime in Room 4 with Miss Ford, all welcome
  • 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 3 – We have updated this form with some recent day and time changes –                                                               Regular Happenings and Groups – Term 3
  • 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.
  • Lost Property – please see the Lost Property box on the hall deck 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 –  Monday 17/12 at 12.30pm

                    LABOUR DAY – Monday 22/10 (School Closed)


PTA News 

  • Calendar Art – All of the students are busy creating their artwork for this fundraiser, samples of the calendar, cards, mouse pad, diary and sketch can be viewed in the office. The order forms were sent home yesterday, KidsArtWorks Order Form
  • Quiz Night – Friday 26th October
  • PTA Chocolate Fundraiser –  Please return money to the school office by the end of this week.
Community News
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Eskdale Reserve and Kauri dieback – How you can help

We are very saddened at Kaipātiki Project to realise that we have had a local outbreak of Kauri dieback.  As the environment centre of the North Shore we want to make sure our staff, volunteers and all of you who share our goal of protecting kauri habitat know how to prevent this from spreading further. Currently Brunton and the central track is closed for work, and Kaipatiki Local Board will be considering all track closures at their next meeting, so watch this space.

Kauri Park and Muriel Fisher Reserve is closed (Kauri dieback discovered). To view a full list of reserves to avoid Click here. More Information from Auckland Council is here.

Here’s what you can do to help:

1. Respect the no-go areas – stay out of closed reserves or tracks and encourage your friends, whanau, neighbours and colleagues to do the same. We’re working on getting these reopened, but it will take some time.
2. Wherever you go – clean your shoes and paws to a kissable standard BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME & BETWEEN VISITS TO DIFFERENT RESERVES – it’s far easier to scrub your boots properly at the laundry sink, than trying to balance on one foot at a park entrance.
3. Don’t forget paws – we have been advised that it’s safe to use SteriGENE on our canine friends, which will greatly reduce the risk of spreading disease.
4. We stock detergent here at Kaipātiki Project if you don’t wish to clean your shoes at home.  View Here.
5. Pest Free Kaipātiki are looking for volunteers.  We have set up a Kauri Dieback Task Force to wor with Kaipātiki Local Board and Council staff to prevent disease spreading – across public reserves and private property. Contact Pest Free Kaipatiki.
If you’d like have ideas or want to help in Eskdale Reserve Network, get in touch!
Mini Gym glenfield
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Be part of the celebrations onFriday 28 September 2018.Register your interest at  


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Mud Monster Mud Rush
For more information about this program follow this link.

Plunket’s New and Nearly New Sale

15th of September, 2018, 10am – 12pm – Takapuna Primary School Hall.

Looking for sellers! Do you have any 0 -10 year clothing or toys that you are ready to move on?

This is the perfect opportunity to have a spring clean in winter! Clear out the cupboards of things that are no longer being used. Make some extra $$ while supporting  Plunket. To book your table or donate any items to be sold at this event.

Please contact.

Beachaven Busy Bees Playgroup is reopening on the 23rd of July.

Residents Association Hall, 336 Rangatira Rd, Beach Haven9.30am – 11.30am

0-5years everyone is welcome.  $3 per family

Please contact.

“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 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.”
FB AD 2018
Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
 Tackling technology
We live in a digital age and technology is a big topic for parents. How do we help our kids live with technology in a balanced way? What’s normal and what’s not? We’d like to invite you and your parents along to our next big event – ‘Tackling technology’.
Thursday, 13 September
7-9pm, doors open at 6.30pm for drinks and nibbles
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
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
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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!)


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.