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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

5 December 2018

Term 4  Week 8

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
Congratulation to our Epro8 Team 1 who won the semi finals of the Epro8 Challenge on Monday at GIS, tomorrow they are taking part in the Auckland final at Mt Roskill Intermediate.  We wish them all the best.
Stocktake – we are currently stocking our library and resource room, please return all books to school as soon as possible.
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:
Dec 10   School Prizegiving and Year 6 Graduation assembly –  11am
Dec 12    Family Picnic and End of Year Concert    5pm – 7pm
Dec 12    Athletics Prizegiving – 2pm
Dec 14    Families in Parks @ WRS
Dec 14    End of Year Reports will go home and the students will visit their new classrooms
Dec 14    Year 6 graduation celebration afternoon
Dec 17    Last day of school  – finishing at 12.30pm
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Cluster Athletics – Please remember if your child is attending this event tomorrow at the Takapuna Athletics Club, they will need to be at school by 8.30am and have returned their permission slip to attend.  Could they please wear their school sports t-shirt or come to the office to collect a t-shirt. Cluster Athletics Notice
  • 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 8 – 7th December – Team Falcon and Christmas Raffle draw. Fridays 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.
    Week 9, Monday 10th December – Year 6 Graduation & Prizegiving at 11am. Thursday 12th December – Athletics Prizegiving at 2pm.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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                   

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 

  • 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 tomorrow Thursday 6th December.
Community News
Windy Ridge Newsletter
Auckland Summer SHP
Summer Street Party Poster 2018
Summer Surf Camp JPEG (1)
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 “10th Japanese Kids’ Festival 2019,”

on Saturday 19 January 2019 from 11am-4pm.

This will be our 10th fundraising event, and promises to be a unique, not to be missed event.

Milford Primary School

Food, Japanese drum performance, shamisen performance, work shop, games etc

2018-19 KS - HP Dec Jan - School Newsletter

 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)
List and sell your home with Pav Obradovic and mention Windy Ridge School,
and he will donate $1000 to the school.
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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.   

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 (discount 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! 
T: 0275217352

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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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