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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

13 February 2019

Term 1  Week 2

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 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Meet the Teams  – 20th February
We invite you to join us on the 20th to meet the teachers in your child’s team, and to find our more about what they have planned for the year.  They will also give you a short presentation about the team, their routines and expectations.  Rooms will be open from 5pm for you to wander through and ‘read the walls’, seeing what is up and on display.  Our Learning support room will also be open for the evening for parents who want to know more about the English Language (ESOL) learning programme.
Team Presentations will be at:
5 pm        Fantail team – rooms 1 and 2
5.30pm   Pukeko team – rooms 5, 6, 7, 8
6 pm        Falcon team – rooms 9, 10, 11, 12
6.30pm   Tui team – rooms 13, 14, 15
We will also have the Families in Parks team here on the night so your children can play on the field while you attend the presentations.
The PTA will have cold drinks and frozen juicies for sale on the night also.   We will send home a flyer closer to the night with more detail for you.  We look forward to seeing you on the 20th.
Family Science Update
We will be taking a break from Family Science Workshops during Terms 1 and 2 this year.  Ashleigh Fox and her team, along with Sue Odgen and myself, will be using this time to develop a series of Robotics workshops which we plan to pilot at our school in Term 3.  The Robotics workshops will consist of five evening sessions and cater for 8 students.  So while we will miss having these science workshops at our school in the first two terms we are really looking forward to being able to introduce something new later in the year.  Our long term plan will be to alternate the original science workshops with the robotics workshops on a term-by-term basis.
Kaipatiki Kahui Ako – our Community of Learning 
Windy Ridge School is part of a larger group of schools and ECE centres that work together to improve outcomes for our students and communities.   We have been part of the community of learning for three years, and are enjoying the way we are able to learn from and with other professionals to improve our practices.
We started this year  on January 29th with a conference at AUT for over 250 local teachers and leaders.  We had a strong focus on wellbeing for both teachers and students, and were delighted to have our very own Simone Price, who has had two children go through our school, take two workshops on mindfulness for teachers and mindfulness for students. Both workshops were very popular and well received.
We have identified wellness and wellbeing as a key focus for the whole Community of Learning, as well as specifically for our school.   Wellbeing relates to physical health, social and emotional health and well as mental health.   We are all better placed to learn and realise our potential when we are happy, calm and focussed.   You will be hearing more about this during the year.
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 for the first few weeks:
Feb 15th – Parents coffee group 9 am, Assembly  9.45 am
Feb 20th  –  Meet the teams evening 5-7pm

Glenfield College – Adult and Community Education –  We haven’t gone anywhere but we are changing for the better and see a fresh start in 2019

Currently we have a limited range of course available:- ESOL (English for speakers of other Languages), Sewing, Xero Courses, Accountancy & Tax and a new Mindfulness & Wellness course about to start.  We have people looking at Excel, Word, Spanish, French & Te Reo but we are in need of Tutors for these subjects.

If you or people you know have talents or skills and would like to earn extra money, please get in contact with us.  You may be a Master of Renovations, awesome at crafts, a keen writer, a florist or flax weaver.  Are you a amateur Historian with knowledge of the area, do you speak Mandarin, draw or paint?  We want to hear from you!  We want feedback and input and are ready to listen.

Contact:  Julie Kilroy via email or or by phone 09 444 1353.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Assemblies for this term:  This Friday Team Tui are presenting at our assembly. Week 4 – 1st March – Team Falcon, Week 6 – 15th March – Team Pukeko, Week 8 – 29th March – Team Fantail.  Week 10 – 12th April – All Teams, Inquiry Progess/Wonderings.  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.
  • Swimming – Students from last years Team Pukeko will be having their swimming lessons this term, starting this Thursday 14th February.  Pukeko Swimming Notice 2019
  • Life Education – The North Shore Life Education mobile classroom and ‘Harold’ the giraffe are visiting our school this term on Thursday 7th February until Friday 15th February, please send your payment to the office by Friday. Life Education 2019
  • Term 1 Newsletter –  Team Fantail Term 1 Newsletter –  Team Pukeko Term 1 Newsletter – Falcon Term 1 newsletter – Team Tui newsletter T1 2019 
  • Basketball Competition – This year we are entering teams into the North Harbour basketball competition for students in Years 2-6, please return the attached notice by the 18th February. Basketball notice    
  • EOTC – Team Tui students will be participating in Education Outside the Classroom this term with 2 trips to Tiritiri Matangi and Long Bay, please return the permission slip with payment to the office by the 15th March.  Team Tui EOTC Parent Help Notice –  EOTC Team Tui 
  • Sunshine Online –  Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
  • 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.
  • Walking School Bus – Hello, welcome to 2019 from your Walking School Buses.  We have 4 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, Stanley Road, Roberts Road and Hiwihau Place.  Most of them leave around 8.15am in the morning to get the students to school for 8.30am.  If you would like your child(ren) to come on the Walking School Bus AND are able to help just one morning or afternoon a week, see Mrs Boyce in the office for a form and she will pass your details on to the right person.  The Walking School Buses are solely run by awesome volunteers so your help is always appreciated.  The Roberts Road bus is not running at the minute as their aren’t enough drivers, so if you’d love to help, we’d greatly appreciate it.     Kind regards Caroline Hudson, WSB Coordinator
  • 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.
  • Kindo – To avoid office queues in the heat please go online to make payments through your mykindo account.  If you haven’t used Kindo before, click this link to get started (all you need is the email address we have on record)…  If you already have a mykindo account, go to or via the link on our school website.   This site also  hosts our online lunch ordering system Ezlunch –  All orders must be made before 9am. Kindo_Parent_Flyer_CHINESE  Term 1 Menu
  • 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, we are only able to accept parents and caregivers to this page.  It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff.
  • School Library – The library is currently closed while we upgrade our software to new online system.
  • 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
  • Before & After-School Care – The sKids organisation are now running this program from our school hall, please feel free to drop in and see them or register online through their website.

             Term dates             

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 

  • Meet the Team Evening – Wednesday 20th February 5-7pm.  The PTA will be selling cold drinks and juicies during the evening.
Community News   
Glenfield Rovers is open for registrations for the 2019 season of football.
Trials start from 18 February.  All players welcome.  Register now at
North Shore Trampoline club is taking enrolments for term 1 classes.  Learn from how to do flips, pass badges and maybe even enter competitions. See our website to enroll
Are you looking for a dance school in 2019? Studio 246 has been established for 20 years, and is opening a branch in Glenfield at 46 James St  this year. We offer Jazz, ballet, hip hop,  for boys and girls 5-16 and for students of  WINDY RIDGE we are offering  FREE trial classes from the 7th Feb to the 20th Feb,  Our prices are competitive, and our classes are amazing! Please contact Lenore on 0211849849, or, Check us out on facebook: Studio 246, or on our website for a timetable:
Registration Online
Summer Movies
Music in 19
Windy Ridge Newsletter
  • 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” 


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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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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).
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