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
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News from the Principal
SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON FRIDAY 28 TH AT 3PM.
TERM FOUR STARTS AGAIN AT 8.30AM ON MONDAY 15 OCTOBER.
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 [email protected] 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.
- 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).
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.
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 www.ezlunch.co.nz/schools, 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 https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/user_home.shtml?session=false&shop=Windy%20Ridge%20School or create a new account https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/handshake.shtml?&shop=Windy%20Ridge%20School
- 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. https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/wellbeing/head-lice/
- 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/windyridgeparents/
- 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
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
- 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
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. www.partyatyours.co.nz
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!!
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.
7thSunday Oct10amGirls Only Have a Go Day
YOU CAN TAKE YOUR USED SOFT PLASTIC BAGS AND WRAPPERS TO
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
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 http://www.birkenheadcricket.c
are on 26th Sept( 5-7pm) 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 www.juniorbreakers.basketball
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 www.grandtraining.co.nz.
- 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.
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 … https://pumphouse.co.nz/whats-on/show/after-school-drama-programme/
SPRING HOLIDAY FUN!!
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!
Monday 1st October MILFORD SCHOOL NORTH SHORE
Tuesday 2nd October RED BEACH SCHOOL WHANGAPARAOA
Wednesday 3rd October KINGS SCHOOL REMUERA
Thursday 4th October PINEHURST SCHOOL ALBANY NORTH SHORE
Thursday 4th October KINGSWAY SCHOOL SILVERDALE
Friday 5th 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!
Be part of the celebrations onFriday 28 September 2018.Register your interest at www.northcoteprimary100.co.nz
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 October, 7.30-9pm
Doors open at 7pm for hot drinks
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
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 October, 8.30am-4.30pm
Parenting Place 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
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 [email protected] 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/184754688701669/ Thank you.