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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

21  November 2018

Term 4  Week 6

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
Planning for 2019
We are currently deep in planning for next year – staffing, class organisation, curriculum plans etc.
Thank you very much to those families that have communicated to us any changes in their circumstances for next year.  If you are moving away from the area, or know of a family moving in, we would love to know sooner rather than later so we can make sure we accommodate everyone.
Beep Beep Day – Road Safety for Juniors
This afternoon the Senior students took our Fantail and Pukeko teams for some traffic safety lessons as part of the national Beep Beep Day.  They each took a particular message and reinforced it with fun activities.  The junior students loved having their big buddies working with them, and our seniors did a great job delivering their activities.  Win, Win!!
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Helpers Morning Tea – REMINDER
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 Survey – Out of School Care
The Board is looking for input as they review options for the delivery of  Out of School Care.  They have set up a survey  and want to remind you that the survey will be closed at the end of this week.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey

Working Bee
Thanks to everyone who turned up on the day, you did an awesome job.  The fence line was very overgrown and it needed to be cleared before the fence is replaced in January.
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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 23   School Disco 6pm – 7.30pm
Nov 23   Onepoto Festival – Kapa Haka & Pacifica Groups
Nov 26    ESOL Performance and Shared Lunch (invitation only)   11am
Nov 27   Junior Athletics 5, 6 & 7 year olds – 9am – 12.30pm
Nov 29   Helpers Morning Tea – 10.45am
Nov 30   Senior Athletics 8, 9, 10 & 11 year olds –   9am – 12.30pm
Nov 30   Athletics track finals all age groups – 1.30pm to 3pm
Nov 30   End of year stocktake – please return all readers and library books to school by this date
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

A nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system is happening on Sunday 25 November between 6pm and 7pm.

There’s no need to sign up or download an app, just check the list to see whether your phone is capable of receiving the alerts and make sure your updates are up to date.

Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones.

The alerts are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers. The alerts can be targeted to areas affected by serious hazards.

If you get an alert, read the message and take it seriously. It will tell you what the emergency is and what to do. It will also tell you which agency sent the message and if needed, where to go for more information.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Athletics Day – Next week we are holding our school athletics days, see the attached notice for more information. Athletics Days 2018
  • PhotoLife –  today we sent home the online order forms for the class, individual and sibling photos that were taken early this month. Please check your child’s bag for this notice. Each form has an individual shoot key which you use to view your families photo’s. You will receive free delivery if you order before midnight on Sunday 2nd December.
  • 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 week Team Fantail are presenting at our assembly.  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  
  • Parking –   Please remember that there is NO parking in the school car parks or dropping students down the back driveway. 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 gate.
    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.
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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 stocktake will be taking place next week, please return all books to school as soon as possible.
  • 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
  • Athletics Day Sausage Sizzle –   Next Friday 30th November the PTA are holding a sausage sizzle, order forms will be coming home this coming Friday, payment can be made on Kindo or by cash at the office. Sausage Sizzle Order Form
  • Holiday Raffle – Thanks to everyone who has supported the raffle, we have extra tickets available at the office.  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

 North Shore Youth Music is a community organisation which runs a variety of orchestras and choirs for young people. Applications are now being accepted for 2019, and auditions will be held on Wednesday 5th,and 19th December. See for an application form.

Stringalongs (5 – 8yrs), Junior Orchestra (9 – 13yrs), Youth Orchestra (14+yrs)
Songsters (5 – 8yrs), Children’s Choir (9 – 13yrs), Con Brio Choir (10 – 16yrs), Youth Choir (14+yrs)
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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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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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