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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

27 March 2019

Term 1  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, 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
Reporting 2019 –   In response to feedback from parents and changes to the reporting requirements from the Ministry of Education, we will be changing the way we report student progress and achievement this year.   This year we have parent interviews planned for the start of term 2; an opportunity for you to meet one-on-0ne with your child’s whanau teacher to discuss your child’s current learning strengths and goals. There will still be Student Led Conferences in term three and a written report in term 4.  We will continue to use Seesaw to share learning posts with you as they occur during the school week, and some more comprehensive learning stories each term to provide greater details of your child’s progress in particular curriculum areas and key competencies.  We are currently also investigating a parent portal that allows you 24/7 access to the personal information about your child using a unique login.  We will not be providing term 1 data reports or a written report in the middle of the year; however we are confident that the more personal and real time reporting will provide a better picture of your child’s progress and learning.   As always, if you have a specific concern you should make a time to meet with your child’s teacher.

Staff Changes for term 2 –   We will be farewelling Ms Bendall at the end of this term as she takes up a new position at another school.  While very sad for us, it is a great opportunity for her to be part of setting up a new junior school programme, and is also simplifies her family travel plans each day.   We are already interviewing for new teachers and will advise the community as soon as we make an appointment.

Industrial Action for Primary Teachers and Principals – Last week the planned industrial action was cancelled, and now NZEI has organised an online voting ballot to ask for feedback on the offers that have come to us from the Government, rather than disrupting classes at the end of a term.    Despite the negotiating team requesting a single offer to take to members, the Government took the unusual step of putting two subtly different versions of the offer for teachers on the table. Principals have only received one version.

The tweak to the teachers offer is: (option 1) an extra half day of classroom release time each term (approx 15 mins per week), just for the term of this agreement, OR (option 2) bring in the new top step for Q3+, Q4 and Q5 teachers and salary cap removal 12 months early, at the start of next year.   For principals, the only change to their offer is an extra 10 hours of classroom release time each term for teaching principals at the very smallest schools. There is nothing offered to address the workload issues for principals at U3 and above schools. For these members, nothing has changed since the last offer which was overwhelmingly rejected.    The funding for the total package has not increased as any pay rises awarded will not be back-dated.

If the offers are rejected it is possible that there will be further industrial action.   We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

DISCO – Beach Days – THIS FRIDAY EVENING, doors open at 6pm until 7.30pm, sausages for sale from 5.30pm.  Any helpers able to volunteer some time on Friday, please add your name to the list posted on Facebook.  Tickets still available.

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.
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 29th – Disco
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. ****
  • Sports – We have had a great start to our Sports this year with our Basketball teams up and running, and our Netball teams currently being organised. If your child would like to play please let us know ASAP if you have not already submitted a registration form. Netball notice  – Basketball notice
    We are now looking to organise our Hockey teams and our Rippa Rugby Winter Tournament. Both of these sports are for children years 3-6. Hockey notice – Rippa Rugby Tournament
    Notices were sent home to those children who are interested, but please do not hesitate to come and get a notice from the office if your child has not brought one home.
    If you have any questions please contact Sarah at 
  • Assembly – This Friday Team Fantail are sharing at our assembly.  Week 10 – 12th April – All Teams, Inquiry Progress/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.
  • Term 1 Newsletter –  Team Fantail Term 1 Newsletter –  Team Pukeko Term 1 Newsletter – Falcon Term 1 newsletter – Team Tui newsletter T1 2019 


  • 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 29th March, doors open at 6pm until 7.30pm, sausages for sale from 5.30pm.
  • Entertainment Books – Pre order your book now – Orders  
Community News


All six (6) teams will be playing over three (3) games at the one venue, Trusts Arena.  Ticket covers all 3 games.

Doors Open at 1pm –

2pm Pulse v Tactix

4pm Mystics v Stars

6pm Magic v Steel

Adult tickets are just $15.00 each for this game – that’s a saving of $10

Team Ticket Pass:  10 tickets for $110 – great value as this averages at only $11 per ticket

We will have a kids fun zone at the back of the court in operation for the duration of the afternoon which will include an inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle, giant games and other activities to keep the kids occupied throughout the day.

Northern Mystics vs WBOP Magic

Doors Open:      6.30pm

Centre Pass:       7.40pm

Adult tickets are just $15.00 each for this game – that’s a saving of $10

Team Ticket Pass:  10 tickets for $110 – great value as this averages at only $11 per ticket

Northern Mystics vs Tactix

Doors Open:      1.30pm

Northern Marvels vs Central Manawa     BEKO curtain raiser          2.10pm

Northern Mystics vs Tactix                           Main Game                        4.10pm

Team Ticket Pass:  10 tickets for $110 – great value as this averages at only $11 per ticket

Discount Code for Sunday 7th April – Mystics vs Tactix

 To take advantage of this discount customers just need enter the CODE into the PASSWORD section (see below) once they have selected the game they wish to attend.

This code is active for ALL home games.

Ticket Link:

CODE:                   MSYTSCH19


Ahoy me’hearties! Margaret Mahy’s Pirate Adventure hits the stage this school holidays!

Margaret Mahy’s rollicking and funny pirate adventure, which makes for a brilliant family outing, hits the stage for the April school holidays.

The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate tells the story of Sam, an ordinary man who wears an ordinary suit and who works in an ordinary office. But his mother is an extraordinary mother – she’s a pirate and yearns to see the sea again. A wonderful and madcap adventure ensues as they travel to the sea, with much audience involvement.

Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Theatre Company presents The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate  at the PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from Saturday 6th April to Sunday 28th April.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the book and …. To book, phone (09) 489-8360 or online at

Forrest Hill Milford AFC April school holiday programme
Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th of April
$145 for all three days or $55 per day
9am – 2pm at Becroft Park

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


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.
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.   

Come and join our amazing
Students will devise their own play, create characters they feel awesome portraying, learn to direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes, use iMovie to create a commercial for their play on the iPad aaaaaand get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day!
Dates – Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April
Location – Birkdale Intermediate School
Price – $60 per day
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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