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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

14  November 2018

Term 4  Week 5

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, Malo e Leilei, Kia Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Helpers Morning Tea
We are very grateful for all the help and support that we receive each year from the people in our community.  We are able to organise trips and events, learning support programmes and classroom learning activities because we can rely on the parents, families and other community helpers to get on board; Kauri Club reading, road patrol, sports teams, class trips and events, clubs and groups, classroom helpers, PTA team….
If you have helped out this year in some way, please join us at 10.45 am Thursday 29th for a special ‘Thank You’ morning tea.   We would appreciate an RSVP to the office, just for catering purposes.
Board News
We are seeking feedback from our parent community regarding before and after school care. We are conducting a review of the current programme available at Windy Ridge School and are investigating other available options. To help guide this review and assessment of options available, we would like to gather some information on what factors are most important to you when looking at before and after school care programmes.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey

Working Bee
We are holding a working bee on Saturday 17th November, from 10am to 2pm 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.  Please let the office know if you are interested in helping.
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 17    Working Bee at school 10am to 2pm
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 – 10.45am
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. ****
  • PhotoLife –  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 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 –  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 Pukeko – Team Pukeko Term 4 2018 Newsletter
  • Team Falcon – Team Falcon Term 4 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 –  Disco Flyer
  • Holiday Raffle – Yesterday the PTA sent home 5 raffle tickets with your eldest child.  The PTA would really appreciate your help in selling these tickets, in order to help raise funds for our school.  The raffle is for some wonderfully holiday goodies!  1st prize is a nights accommodation at the Four Points Sheraton for 2 including a buffet breakfast and complimentary in room movies. Please return all money and tickets to the school office by Thursday 6th December.
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

Edventure Summer Camps.

This summer we have 3 awesome camps geared to get kids excited about the outdoors. Free transport provided from Auckland. With a focus on water safety, we have planned a range of activities including surfing, SUP, water safety lessons, as well as tramping, rock climbing, confidence courses, bush survival skills, hot pools, orienteering, team building, camp cooking and heaps more.

– January 14th – 18th – Aongatete Lodge

– January 21st – 25th – Aongatete Lodge

– Jan 29th – Feb 1st – Reedwood Valley Farm

OSCAR available

8-14 yr olds

Pick up/drop off points in Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua.

For more information or to book now visit email or phone 02102241576

Book before Xmas and be in to win a surfboard.

Gavin Hill Coaching
Tennis School Holiday Programme
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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!”

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 .

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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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