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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

26 September 2018

Term 3  Week 10

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



Kaipatiki Kahui Ako – Community of Learning

Annual Conference  – January 29th 2019  –   “Honing Our Super Powers”

We are committed to supporting our Kaipatiki business owners, and so we are inviting interest from local businesses keen to be involved in our Annual Conference, January 29th  2019.

This conference focuses on improving teacher practice and wellbeing in all the nine schools and three state ECEs in the Kaipatiki area, and will be attended by nearly 300 professionals. We are looking for businesses who could provide minor sponsorship of items or vouchers that we could use as gifts and prizes on the day.  It is an opportunity to raise the profile of your local business or service with local people.

There would be opportunity for sponsors to:

  • advertise in the Conference programme and at the venue in some form (tbc)
  • advertise in school newsletters to local communities (approx 2500 students and families)
  • be publicly acknowledged on the Conference day

Please contact  by OCTOBER 19th with:

  • your name and contact details
  • the name of your business
  • a brief explanation of what you do
  • what sort of sponsorship you could offer.

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee, we thank you in advance for your support.   We will be in touch once we have considered the offers.

Loud Shirt Day – FRIDAY  28th September
For a little bit of fun at the end of the term, and to support Hearing House who provides excellent support for children and families
who live with hearing loss, we encourage everyone to wear a LOUD shirt or clothes to school.
Be as patterned and colourful as you can be or wear your superhero costume!
Bring along a gold coin to donate to Hearing House to support their work.
Book Week
This week is our annual Book Week, see the attached notice for more information. We invite you to join us tomorrow for a short Book Parade to share the costumes the children have made this week as part of their Book Week tasks.   Thursday 2pm in the Hall. Book week Newsletter 2018 
Holiday Plans
Over the school break we have planned a number of property projects.  Property staff will be onsite in the mornings, and contractors will also be on site to complete the projects.  We have new carpet being laid in Falcon team classrooms, some concreting repairs, and plumbing and grounds maintenance.
We ask that you discuss with your children the need to stay away from the workers so they can complete their tasks before school starts back again on the 15th October.
 Information about the Collective Agreement Negotiations:
  • Both primary teachers and primary principals have overwhelmingly voted to reject the latest Ministry offer to settle our respective collective agreements.
  • The Ministry has again failed to address the critical shortage of teachers in this country.
  • Teachers and principals are seeking improvements to student:teacher ratios to enable reduced class sizes and for more time to be spent with each child. The other key claim is to have the teaching profession recognised with appropriate rates of pay which will enable the sector to attract and retain high quality teachers and principals
  • Early in Term 4, the union will be conducting another ballot of members to determine what steps will happen next to ensure the Ministry and the Government understand just how urgent and immediate the crisis in teaching supply is and to start talking about realistic remedies. As soon as the result of that ballot is known, I will update you if there is to be further industrial action. While I realise this can be disruptive, we are dealing with issues which require immediate attention.
  • Your support to date has been greatly appreciated by myself and our teaching staff. We are all in this profession to do the best we can to provide your children with high-quality education. Unfortunately, under-resourcing of the education sector is impacting on our ability to provide that.
  • On a positive note, in response to the issues the union has been raising about the significant extra resource needed to support students with additional learning and behaviour management issues, the Government has announced an intention to seek funding in next year’s Budget for a nation-wide service of SENCOs (Special Education Needs Coordinators).


Spring Forward

 Strep Throat – We have had several cases of Strep Throats in the past few weeks, this can be quite an infectious illness. Please follow this link for more information. Ministry of  Health Website 

You must see your doctor if you or a family member experiences any of the following:

  • a sore throat that lasts more than a few days
  • difficulty swallowing
  • your tonsils are enlarged or coated
  • a high temperature (above 39°C)
  • swelling in your neck
  • earache or joint pain.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Assemblies for this term:  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
  • Softball/T-Ball 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.  T-Ball If you child is interested please return this form to the office this week.
  • PhotoLife – On the 1st November in week 3 of next term we will be having class and individual photos taken, each student will receive a notice with their individual shoot key which can be used to access the photos online with a option to purchase them.
  • Sports Uniforms – Please return all uniforms to the office this week.
  • Lost Property – We have found a sleeping bag on the field, it may have been left from the Tui camp, please contact the office.   Also please check the lost property box it is now over flowing with items, we will be clearing it out in the holidays and sending any unnamed left over clothing to the Hospice Shop.
  • FunRun –  Thanks to everyone for supporting this fundraiser, we expect the prizes to be delivered in week 1 of term 4.
  • 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)

School Terms 2019

Term 1    Monday 4/02 – Friday 12/04


PTA News 

  • Sausage Sizzle – Friday 28th September – Sausage sizzle – end of term
  • 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.  KidsArtWorks Order Form Please return your order form by tomorrow.
  • Quiz Night – Friday 26th October
Community News
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Glenfield Intermediate are still taking enrolments for next year,
see the attached prospectus for an enrolment form.

Welcome to the Home of Kids Party Entertainment. 

At Party At Yours we love to entertain your children with our super fun, innovative party ideas and

activities to suit birthday boys and girls of all ages.   


School Holiday Programmes and Activities – Check out lots of great holiday programmes and activities at www.linku2schoolholidays | Holiday Programmes and Activities | Auckland | North Shore or Hibiscus Coast (all programmes listed on both pages). Enjoy great arts, crafts, outings, camps, family movies, outdoor fun and great family time activities PLUS enter our school holiday prize draw to be in to WIN great prizes!!



Up for an Arctic Expedition these school holidays? Become an Arctic Explorer with LEGO City Arctic at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Auckland and start your expedition challenge. Help the LEGO explorers track down their hidden equipment and mark it off your very own expedition challenge scratchie! See how many LEGO sets you can find as you make your way through the SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium. Once the trail is complete, delve into the brick pits in the awesome Snow Cave Playzone where we will have loads of LEGO product to build together, LEGO City Arctic cartoon episodes playing and even opportunities to win your very own LEGO sets. Launching on Saturday 29th September. Be quick, it won’t be around for long!
 Auckland Business Cards Oct 2018
School Holiday Program –    2018 KS – HP Oct – Target Road
Marrzipan Drama Holiday Workshops – developing self confidence and public speaking ability in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. 1-5 day courses available running 8.30am-5.00pm for $60 per day or $270 for the whole week. For more information check out our website. Spaces limited to 16 per group so your child gets the special attention they deserve! W: E: T: 0272170693 
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The Great thing with Softball starting means the Sun and warm weather is on the way…

 Northcote Softball Registrations are Open.

So dust off your Glove and get ready to hit bombs this summer at the Northcote Softball Club. This summer will be one of the biggest with great domestic and international events planned. So all new people welcome, all ages, all levels of teams available.

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7thSunday Oct10amGirls Only Have a Go Day

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Last year Kiwis dropped off over 365 Tonnes of soft plastic bags for recycling. That’s a massive 91 million bags. Recycling soft plastic is something you can do. Look out for the green and white soft plastic recycling bin like the one in the image.

The Love NZ Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme website tells you all about plastic bag recycling and plastic wrap recycling, and how to recycle grocery bags and recycle bubble wrap.


Maker Camp at Northcross Intermediate technology department in the term 3 holidays, 1 October to 4 October.

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a learning environment where students can explore their ideas and passions through construction.  They learn by doing, by tinkering, by experimenting, by wondering, by making. In short a Makerspace is an interdisciplinary wonderland of inquiry for students. Making is designed to be hard fun, interactive, collaborative, whimsical and whacky. Our project for the Maker Camp is to allow children to become experts in areas they never knew they were, through exploring and combining the worlds of physical and digital making. Maker Camp Brochure


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Birkenhead City Cricket Club  registration are open for the cricket season 2018-19. If interested you can either register online or can visit BCCC for
in person registration. For online registration please visit . In person registration
are on 26th Sept5-7pm) and 29th Sept(9:30-12pm) at BCCC clubrooms.



October Holiday Camps – Early drop off and late pick up options are also available:

Camp 1:1 & 2 Oct from $105 (Yr 1-3) 9.00am – 2.30pm

Camp 2: 3-5 Oct from $140 (Yr 4-6) 9.00am – 2.30pm

Camp 3: 8 & 9 Oct from $105 (Yr 1-7) 12.30pm – 5.30pm

Camp 4: 10-12 Oct from $140 (Yr 4-8) 9.00am – 2.30pm

All bookings can be made through


SUSO - Auckland


School Holiday Computer Classes:

Classes for ages 5 – 15 in Minecraft, Learn to Code in Scratch, Python or Java, Create 3D Games, Web Design, Video Editing, Build a PC and if young, the Discovery Computer Class.  For further information call 488-0787or visit



October Holiday Programmes


HSP Orewa Spring 2018

We’re also taking bookings for our school Surfing Education programmes during term 1, 2 & 4.
  • Surfing Days for Primary and Intermediate Schools.  Increase ‘beach safety’ awareness for children through experiencing the enjoyment of learning how to surf giving them the confidence to be active and have fun in the ocean. To educate and encourage children that surfing is for everyone regardless of size, skill and ability.



Edventure Survivor Camp Oct 1st-5th
Awesome outdoor activities, rock climbing, archery, bush walks and bush survival skills.
Based at Aongatete lodge with pick up/drop off points in Hamilton, AKL and BOP.
OSCAR available 8-14 yr olds   $495
Explore the magic of theatre and develop teamwork, social skills, self-esteem and confidence at The PumpHouse After School Drama programme. Using a variety of drama games, movement, improvisation, mime and speech, young people develop the knowledge, confidence and thinking skills of those with an interest in drama and performance arts – and …



We are running SIX AWESOME FUN FILLED DAYS OF PERFORMANCE over the holiday break and you don’t want to miss out.
Grab all your friends, cousins, and the kids next door and come and spend the day with us. Our Holiday Days are packed with your favourite games and activities to keep your brain buzzing with performance opportunities. Your voices will be loud and your smile will be huge! We cater for all ages from 5 years to young adults. You’ll be grouped with kids the same age and you will have a blast!

  • The cost is $55 but you can get the  day for only $40 with our BRING A BUDDY PROMO…two of you can come for $80! 
  • All days run from 9am – 4pm. Wear comfortable clothes. Children will not be taken off site. Pack lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and a drink.

Click the Holiday Day closest to you for more info & to book – these days quickly fill up so make sure you book today!



Wednesday 3rd October KINGS SCHOOL REMUERA




You will LOVE these Holiday Days! We inspire Creativity we develop Confidence and we build Character with every session we offer. This is a great opportunity to find out all about our most popular class and get to know what we offer. We look forward to Pforming with you!



K-pop Flyer

KPOP registration

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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.
“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 14 October, 2.00pm-4.00pm
We look forward to seeing you there. This is a fun-filled family afternoon.”
Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
Parenting with Pio
Well-loved entertainer Pio Terei shares practical parenting ideas on how to do family life in a way that really ‘clicks’, with a whole lot of heart-felt (and hilarious) stories along the way.Entry is by donation but to book your seat, please email RSVP here.
Thursday, 4 October7.30-9pm
Doors open at 7pm for hot drinks
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Attention workshop
Join Adrienne Wood, a certified course facilitator with the Neufeld Institute to understand and become more equipped to help children with attention difficulties.
Monday, 29 October8.30am-4.30pm
Parenting Place 300 Great South Road, Greenlane 
For more events coming up, please see our term four calendar.
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.