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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

3 April 2019

Term 1  Week 9

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, Szia, Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Before and After School organisation –  We understand that there are occasions when people are held up in traffic or suchlike, and in those situations we are very happy for you to phone the school and arrange for your child to wait at the school office for you.  However we have noticed a number of children who are dropped at school well before 8.15 am or are not collected from school until quite late in the afternoons, and are expected to wait unsupervised.   It is important for children to be collected by an adult or to have walked home from school by 3.15 pm.   School staff are involved in meetings and appointments in the mornings and afternoons and so we are unable to provide supervision for children after 3.15 pm or before 8.30 am.   We have an excellent before and after school care programme running at WRS, and they offer casual bookings for those families who might need care for their child on days when plans go awry.  You need to register with them initially and then you can contact them as and when you need care for your child.  If this continues to be a concern for us, we will contact families to inform them that their unsupervised children will be taken to the Care programme and parents will be invoiced for the time.   Your child’s safety is a priority to us, and we need to be assured that all our children are safe, supervised, warm and happy.

Fire Drill – We completed a fire drill today – ironically just as it started to drizzle with rain.  However the whole school evacuated and assembled within five and a half minutes on the field – an excellent result for our first drill for the year.   We have 3-4 fire drills each year, and our goal is to evacuate within 4-5 minutes. Next term we will also have our annual lockdown drill.

GUMBOOT UP –  THIS FRIDAY   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.   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:
April 5th – Gumboot Day
April 5th – Team Falcon Passion Day
        April 12th – Last day of term One, 3 pm finish
April 29th  – Term 2 starts, 9 am powhiri
Junky Monkey Day –Thank you to all of the families who have helped us to fund raise through our disco and Juicies sale for our upcoming Junky Monkey day.
We will be hosting Conscious Kids on Tuesday May 14th with their Junky Monkey programme. A large scale Loose Parts outdoor play session. We will require a ratio of 1:8 for this programme to run successfully. There will be three sessions throughout the day. 9 am, 11 am and 1:30 pm.
We would love to have some parent volunteers to help us with this exciting day. Please feel free to sign up for more than 1 session.
Please use the following link to sign up to help on the day.
For more information about this organisation you can visit their website – 


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.


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 

  • PTA Meeting – The PTA are meeting next Tuesday at 7pm in the staffroom, all welcome.
  • Entertainment Books – Pre order your book now – Orders  
Community News

Term 2 & 3 brochure

Parenting Courses for Parents of all Cultures

Effective Discipline is for parents of children aged 4 – 11 years

Effective Discipline in Korean each Tues evening begins 30th April

Effective Discipline in English each Wed morning begins 1st May

Effective Discipline in Mandarin each Thurs morning begins 2nd May

Positive Discipline for under 4’s in English each Tues morning begins 7th May      

Positive Discipline for under 4’s in Mandarin each Frid morning begins 10th May 

Parenting Adolescents in English each Wed evening begins 1st May

Positive Discipline – Basic Skills in Mandarin each Mon evening begins 6th May

for parents of children and teens 8 – 16 years       

You can enrol on line or phone Elizabeth 022 341 6212


Repair Café

Highbury Community House is holding their 5th Repair Café on Saturday 6th April 9am – 12pm. 110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead

Bring along your broken items and sit with a repair volunteer to see if it can be fixed. Learn how to do it yourself for next time.

A Kids Craft Café will keep the young ones entertained while you wait.

Repair Cafés  are worldwide and they help to keep things out of landfill unnecessarily and save you money!

A lovely FREE community event.


M Sports Football Camp using Inflatable pitch at Hauraki School

Kick off the holiday with our fun football holiday programme. It’s suitable for children aged 5 to 13. The week is full of exciting games and tournaments. Enjoy our unique Inflatable Football pitches. Our team of highly qualified staff will ensure your kids have a ball!

Holiday Camp Details

Hauraki School: 82 Jutland Rd, Hauraki, Auckland 0622


Week 1: Monday 15th to Thursday 18th April

Week 2: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April

– 9am to 12pm $29 per day
– 9am to 3pm $49 per day

Register Your Child:

Go to and scroll to your school holiday programme venue.

Queries: Contact


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

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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