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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

20 March 2019

Term 1  Week 7

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, As-salāmu ʿalaykum, 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
Follow Up to Friday’s Incident in Christchurch –  We have had very little anxiety shown or expressed by the children so far this week, and we continue to focus on Kindness as being the antidote to being scared or worried.  We have provided opportunities for children to talk if they are concerned and many activities for them to demonstrate their care for others.  I have personally received a number of cards and posters this week, and it certainly does put a smile on your face.  Thank you to the kindness and consideration shown to the teachers this week as they work hard to support our children to manage some big emotions.

However one of the ongoing concerns for parents and schools, predominantly secondary schools, is the circulation of video footage of the event.  Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence. Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at but they should not keep copies or share it.

While the content is online there is some risk that children or young people may come across it unintentionally. Netsafe encourages schools and parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available at

GUMBOOT UP –  FRIDAY APRIL 5th  We will be participating in the Gumboot Day fundraising in a few weeks to support the goal of having free counselling for all children who need it.  Having depression is like walking through mud every day.  So on Friday 5 April 2019, we’re asking you to show your support. Put your gumboots on, bring a gold coin to donate, and take a walk in their shoes for just one day.  It’s a fun way for kiwis to join in the mental health conversation, while raising money to provide FREE and timely counselling for any kid in need.  We will  remind you a few days before the 5th.  Time to go and buy yourself some funky gumboots!    Take a look at the website for more information.
OLD Junior Playground – We are planning on removing the old junior playground and will be advertising it for free on Trade Me next week.  If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in the equipment please contact Suzanne at the office.  The equipment will need to be removed with metal cutting tools as it is concreted into the ground.
Working Bee – Saturday March 23rd – We are looking for helpers to come and give us a hand on two big jobs.  Firstly we would like to build the sandpit for the junior playground, and the second project is clearing the fence line behind Tui team classrooms. If you are able to help with either of these tasks, can you please contact the office and let us know.  Our plan is to work from 9.30 am on the 23rd, and people can come and go as their schedule allows them to help out. 
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
March 22nd – Disco
March 23rd – School working bee
March 24th – Weetbix Tryathlon – Manly Park, Whangaparaoa
March 31st – Shore to Shore Funrun – Takapuna Grammar to Milford Beach
April 5th – Team Falcon Passion Day

Shore to Shore – Sunday 31st March “Shore to Shore is an excellent way to fundraise for your school, as a percentage of your entry fee goes to your school to purchase PE gear and facilitate sports in school.  To register follow this link  – click on register then select our school and follow the instructions.



KickStart Breakfast – The breakfast club is now running in the hall everyday from 8.30am to 8.50am, for any child who would like to have some weetbix, milk and fruit before school.  We are looking for adults to help supervise the breakfast, if you have some free time in the morning contact the office.  We are running low on canned fruit for the breakfasts, if you would like to donate a can of fruit please drop it at the office.


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****


  • Sunshine Online –  Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
  • Head Lice – Please check your child’s hair weekly as unfortunately head lice are very common in the community. We have attached the link to the Ministry of Education parent information website with more information.  For advice on  treatments:                Will my child have to stay away from school? No, the school will not exclude your child or ask you to keep them at home because they have lice. You don’t need to keep your child at home while you’re treating lice either. We have combs available in the office, but also your local chemist and supermarket will sell products.
  • 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) Kindo Shop  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 provide this service 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 

  • Disco – Beach Days – Friday 22nd March, doors open at 6pm until 7.30pm, sausages for sale from 5.30pm.
  • Entertainment Books – Pre order your book now – Orders
Community News

Art in the Holidays (for ages 7 – 12 yrs.)

With step-by-step instruction children will draw then create a vibrant acrylic painting learning tips and techniques along the way. Fun and focused.


Beach Haven, April 17, 10am – 3.00pm, $50

Birkenhead, April 23, 10am – 3.00pm, $55

BOOKINGS:, ph. 483 6703


Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk
Sunday March 24 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park

Dress up and WIN!

Kari-lee Haldane and Barfoot and Thompson Beach Haven want you to go all out and dress up as your favourite characters.

Whether it’s an action movie hero or a pop star or a book character get your thinking caps on and you could win a family pass to your choice of

Rainbows End, Kelly Tarltons or Auckland Zoo! How cool is that!

The winner will be drawn from the chosen finalists on the day.

One lucky school can win a bag of sports balls!

 Represent your school with pride!

When we are doing the giveaways after the run we will be asking every school to give us a massive fun run roar!

The loudest roar will win their school a bag of sports balls courtesy of Recreation Services so encourage your classmates and families to come.

Put the date in your diary for a fun filled morning with spot prizes, certificates for every

participant and activities for the whole family before during and after the event.

Gold coin donation raising money towards connecting our parks and making our coastal

walkways more beautiful!!

5km and 1km Courses to choose from

Like us on Facebook – Beach Haven Fun Run for more information and registration

Where the Fairies Live – Kaipatiki





Glenfield Rovers AFC are looking for more midget footballers – aged 4(turning 5 this year) – 8 to join their midget football program.
Games are held on a Friday night with prizegivings afterwards in the social atmosphere of the clubrooms.
Training and skill development are Monday afternoons.
Everything is held at our grounds at McFetridge Park, Archers Rd, Glenfield.
The season starts in April and finishes late August with breaks over the school holidays.
Cost is $145 which includes the use of a club top for the season.  Players will also need black shorts, socks; boots & shinpads.

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” 


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.   

Good news! It’s not too late to join Marrzipan! We are looking for some awesome students to fill some parts in our play, which we will be performing for parents and their peers at the end of term. Marrzipan is a New Zealand renowned self-confidence programme aimed at bringing out the absolute best in students. Come along to a Trial Lesson and see whether you like it! You can sign up for one directly 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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