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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

7 November 2018

Term 4  Week 4

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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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, Malo e Leilei, Kia Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Further Industrial Action – MONDAY 12th November SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED
Despite best intentions, the current negotiations have not yet been successful.  Teachers and Principals continue to be very concerned about our ability to attract and retain staff, and the impact that this will have on our classrooms in the very near future.
As a result the NZEI members have decided to continue action, with a series of one day rolling strikes across the country next week.  Auckland starts the week with a regional strike on MONDAY next week.  The school will be closed on this day so you will need to make alternative arrangements for your children’s care.
As many of us are also parents, we certainly sympathise with the inconvenience facing families on these days; however we are doing this to ensure that all of our children have the teachers and support they need in the future.   Thank you for the positive comments and encouragement we have received, and we appreciate your support.
Special Education Announcement: Learning Support Coordinators
We welcome the news that the Government will fully fund the equivalent of 600 Learning Support Coordinator positions in 2020.   The announcement is a constructive response from the government to the fact that the number of children with complex needs is growing while the learning support job is currently squeezed in around the day job of principals, senior leaders and classroom teachers.
Although the current teacher shortage will make finding an additional 600 teachers challenging, the creation of this role will help support teachers and school leaders, and reduce their workload — so making the job of a teacher better supported and more appealing.
Despite the current teacher shortage, the role must be filled by qualified teachers employed in and by schools. Those filling the roles need to be close to children and their whanau,  understand the process of teaching and learning and be able to build capability in other teachers and education staff.
We look forward to hearing more detail in how these positions will be staffed and we congratulate the Government on making a commitment to supporting students with additional learning needs.
Working Bee
We are holding a working bee on Saturday 17th November to remove plants along one of our neighbouring fence lines in preparation for a new fence to be installed in mid January.  We would love a hand so if you have an hour or 2 to spare bring along your gardening gloves, spades, axes, wheelbarrows, rakes, anything handy for removing plants.

Hello from the Board!

Welcome back to what looks a very busy Term 4. The teachers and kiddies are all well into their Term activities and enjoying the warmer weather. Next Monday 12 November brings the next stage in industrial action by teachers nationwide, and as a show of support, the Board has decided to close the school for the day.  There won’t be any staff on the premises so please make alternative arrangements for your child/ren.  Thank you in advance.  Looking ahead to May/June 2019, there will be the triennial Board of Trustee elections. Windy Ridge School requires a minimum of five representatives from the community.  Is this you?  Have a think and next year we will be inviting interested parties to come along to meetings to see how we do things here at Windy Ridge. Thank you all again for your ongoing support of our small school in the big city. Warm regards.

School Happenings
Please check the school calendar for term dates and information.  You can find it on the website and on Skool Loop.
Here are a few important dates for you to start with:
Nov 7-9 Dental Van is onsite
Nov 12   Strike day for teachers  confirmed – School will be closed on this day. Letter to Parents November 12 Strike 
Nov 17    Working Bee at school
Nov 23   School Disco 6pm – 7.30pm
Nov 23   Onepoto Festival – Kapa Haka & Pacifica Groups
Nov 27   Junior Athletics Yr 1 & 2     9am – 12.30pm
Nov 29   Helpers Morning Tea – 10.30am
Nov 30   Senior Athletics Yrs 3 – 6    9am – 12.30pm
Dec 10   School Prizegiving assembly  11am
Dec 12    Family Picnic and End of Year Concert    5pm – 7pm
Dec 14    Families in Parks @ WRS
Dec 17    Last day of school  – finishing at 12.30pm
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Industrial Action – School will be closed this coming Monday 12th November. The Oscar Club we also be closed for afterschool care but we have been contacted by North Harbour Gymnastics who are offering a holiday programs on Monday at the North Shore Events Centre and Glenfield Mall, see the attached flyers for more information. NSEC strike day poster and MG strike day poster
  • PhotoLife –  Class and individual photos were take of all students last Thursday.  Next week you will receive a notice with an individual shoot code which you can use to go online to order your child’s photos from the PhotoLife website.
  • Team Falcon Trip –  On Wednesday 14th November Team Falcon classes are visiting the Harakeke Reserve in the Eskdale Bush to learn more about their environment and have a lesson with flax.  Team Falcon Flax Trip.docx
  • Team Pukeko Cultural Big Day In – On the 13th December Rooms 5, 6, 7 & 8 will have a morning of activities from the different cultures followed by a shared lunch. Team Pukeko Cultural Big Day In 
  • Assemblies for this term – This Friday, 9th November – Team Pukeko will be presenting at our assembly. Week 6 – 23rd November – Team Fantail, Week 8 – 7th December – Team Falcon.  Week 9, 10th December – Year 6 Graduation & Prizegiving.  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 are participating in swimming lessons this term 4, on a Thursday.  Please see the attached notice for payment details. Updated Falcon Swimming Notice
  • Team Pukeko – Team Pukeko Term 4 2018 Newsletter 
  • The Oscar Club – The Oscar Club afterschool care will have their last day for the year on Monday 17th December and will recommence their holiday program on Monday 7th January 2019, please contact them directly for more information.
  • Sun Safety – All students will need their sunhats at school this term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Lost Property – Please remember to check our lost property bin on the hall deck for any lost items, please name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.
  • Ezlunch – We have an online lunch order system available for students, to register and order follow this link Term 4 Menu  Orders must be made before 9am.
  • Pasifika & Kapa Haka Groups –  Kapa haka for Year 3 to 6 students is on Friday afternoons from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in the hall.  The Pasifika group for all years is on every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm in the hall.
  • 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 copies of receipts you can use 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  – Regular Happenings and Groups (1)
  • 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 telephone the office and leave an absence message or go online to the school website and use the Report an absence tab or use the Skool Loop app.  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.
  • 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, see the attached notice for more information. John Casson Flyer


Term dates 

School Terms 2018

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

Term 2    Monday 29/04 – Friday 05/07

Term 3    Monday 22/07 – Friday 27/09

Term 4    Monday 14/10 – TBC


PTA News 

  • Disco – Friday November 23rd from 6pm to 7.30pm
Community News
M Sports Football Kidz Skills Clinics at Windy Ridge School

M Sports are coming back to hold fun Football Kidz clinics at the school with our new inflatable pitch. Girls and boys from years 0-6 are welcome to participate. They’ll play fun games, learn exciting new skill techniques, play small matches and make new friends all under the guidance of our great team of qualified coaches. Windy Ridge Flyer 

When: 5 weekly sessions starting Thursday 15th Nov
Time: 3.10-3.55pm
Where: School Field
Cost: $59 per child, $29 per extra sibling

Register on the website footykids.m-sports.orgFor more info please email Chris on


Make a splash this summer with Banana Boat OceanKids Series! The event nearest our school is Omaha Beach – The Gem which features three swim events for kids aged 7-12. This fun-filled day at the beach promotes confidence and creates lasting memories. 

The three swim distances are: 100m for 7 & 8 year olds, 200m for 9 & 10 year olds and 300m for 11 & 12 year olds – so it gives every child a chance to swim to their ability.

Each child will receive:

  • Finishers medal
  • Finishers photo
  • Certificate
  • Official swim cap

The Gem is held on 15 December 2018 at Omaha Beach so get your family and friends together and be part of this exciting event this summer!”


The weekend will include demonstrations, activities, workshops, have a go kayaking, SUPs and sailing, fun interactive

games and the promotion of drowning prevention messages.

When: 10th & 11th November
Where: Okahu Bay
Times: 9am – 2pm

We have an open day on 17th of November from 9:00am to 10:30am.
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NZ Warbirds Open Day 12th November
Another reminder about our Visitor Centre, an outstanding educational resource located at 824 Harvard Lane, Ardmore.
Enquiries are most welcome from school groups to visit and view the various displays of both WW1 and WW2 aircraft in the NZ Warbirds hangars.
Should you require further information please contact the office on 09 298 9207 or visit our website at
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Glenfield Intermediate are still taking enrolments for next year,
see the attached prospectus for an enrolment form.
2018 Enrolments open soon
  • How to make your own fresh pasta following Italian traditional recipe and using pasta machine
  • How to make different cuts of pasta

For more information and bookings:

Call Cosimo on 021 08587326 or email

Facebook Page: “Handmade pasta with love” 


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.   

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 dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme – Marrzipan! We run awesome classes at schools, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to the school. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)

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Coming soon to Windy Ridge School

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.


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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 .



A fun and focused 6-week program for children aged 7 – 12yrs.

With step-by-step guidance students will explore methods and techniques useful for developing skills in drawing and acrylic painting.

Venue: Highbury House, Birkenhead.

Tuesdays, 3.30pm – 5.00pm. Starts Oct 30, cost $110.

Bookings:, ph. 483 6703


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Glenfield Mall Gymnastics poster
For more information about this program follow this link.
Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
 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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