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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

5 June 2019

Term 2  Week 6

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, Szia, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei,  Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Board of Trustees Elections
 Voting forms have been posted out to all parents and caregivers.  Please take time to read the candidate statements from the 7 nominees as these parents will be advocating on behalf of our community for the next 3 years.  You can vote for up to 6 candidates, please return your voting papers to the office in the envelope provided before noon on Friday 7th June.
Ongoing Industrial Action –   We are very pleased to hear of the Minister’s willingness to attend a Forum with NZEI and PPTA representatives. This is a very good sign, and we hope for a really positive outcome.  The sincere hope is that commitment will be made to the provision of attractive salaries for Primary teachers, and to the reinstatement of Pay Parity, so that we can attract (and retain) the best young people into the profession; towards recognition of workload issues; and towards improved provision for children with additional learning needs.   We hope for the best outcome, as we would much rather be in classrooms with our students than marching to be heard and appreciated by the Government.
Staffing News – This Friday is Miss Hurley’s last day and so at assembly we will be saying goodbye to her.  You are welcome to join us if you are able.  A notice went home tonight to our Room 15 families explaining our plans for the remainder of the year.
We also sent a notice home to Room 5 families to introduce Mrs Jenny Law who will be starting with us in the last week of this term.  We are delighted to have her join our team, and are sure everyone will make her feel welcome.
Parent Education Event –  On  Wednesday 19th June, the Kaipatiki Kahui Ako is delighted to host an evening with Kathryn Berkett. Kathryn is a mother of two adolescents,
with a Masters in Educational Psychology.   There are two different sessions depending on the age of your child/ren. Come to one or both!  The first session “The Early Years – Ages 5-9” is from 5.30 – 7pm and the second session “The Adolescent Brain”starts at 7.30pm and ends at 9pm at the Glenfield College Kapatiki Theatre. And the best part is that it is FREE to attend. SEATS ARE LIMITED so please contact the school office to confirm your attendance.
Thanks to those people that have already indicated they will be attending – You will love it!
Zuru Toy Competition –  Congratulations to Ambra Mazza and Maria Riley who have made the finals in this kids toys design competition.  Please follow the link to vote for them, the school has the opportunity to win some great prizes this includes a big box of toys for the winning kids and a $1000 of books for the school library.
School Happenings
Please check the school calendar for term dates and information and on our website and the Skool Loop.   Here are a few important dates for you:
June 7th – PTA movie night 6pm
June 12th – New entrant parent presentation 6.30pm
June 12th – PTA parent meet and greet 7.30pm
June 15th – Glenfield Talent Finale – Glenfield College 6.30pm
June 19th – Parent Education Event with Kathryn Berkett at Glenfield College Kaipatiki Theatre
Tickets are still available to the 50th Reunion. Please follow this link to get yours. to catering purposes, the final day to get a ticket for this will be Saturday 1st June. Please make sure you have got yours by that date.  

KickStart Breakfast –  is held in the hall everyday from 8.30am to 8.50am, this is 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 please contact the office.  The weetbix and milk are donated by Sanitarium and Fonterra.  The canned fruit is an optional extra and we rely on donations to offer this, so if you would like to donate a can please drop them into the office.


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Road Patrol Roster – The new roster started this week. Road Patrol Roster Term 2
  • Rippa Rugby – We have our first Rippa Tournament day tomorrow 6th June. Please remember  All players who have signed up to play must also be registered to play according to the North Harbour Rugby please follow this link and register your child. Any questions please forward them to Mrs Turner.
  • Assemblies for this term:  Our school assemblies are held every second Friday.  This is Team Pukeko are sharing at our assembly.  Week 8 – 21st June – Team Fantail.  Week 10 – CHANGE OF DATE  – Monday NOT Friday.  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 2 Team Newsletters – Team Fantail Term 2 newsletter 2019Team Pukeko Term 2 NewsletterTeam Falcon Term 2 newsletter 2019Team Tui Term 2 newsletter 2019


  • Chicken Pox – We have been advised of another case of chicken pox this week, to find out more information and advice about chicken pox – 
  • Strep Throat – We have recently had several cases of Strep Throat in the school, if your child has a fever and sore throat please check with your doctor. For more information and advice see  the Health Navigator NZ website.
  • 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.
  • Sunshine Online –  Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
  • Walking School Bus –   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.
  • 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 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 2  Ezlunch T2 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 open from 8.30am to 9.50am and at lunchtimes from 12.45pm to 1.25pm.
  • 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 – Wednesday 18/12


PTA News 

  • Movie Night – Friday 7th June, 6pm – PTA Movie Night
  • Parents Meet and Greet – Wednesday 12th June, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm  A social networking evening for all Windy Ridge parents – PTA Meet and Greet
  • Chocolate Fundraiser – Thanks for supporting this fundraiser.  There are still have some extra boxes to sell, contact the office.
  • Entertainment Books – Order your book now – Orders  
Community News
Good news! We still have a couple of spaces in our Marrzipan Class on Thursdays in the Hall! This is a great opportunity for your child to come and give it a go! Marrzipan is a New Zealand renowned self-confidence programme aimed at bringing out the absolute best in students. Each child receives an individual progress report and certificate too! You can sign up for a no-obligation trial class directly via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!) See you there!
Shepherds Park Squash Club
Our Year 4, 5 & 6 students have finished their Squash sessions today. They have enjoyed participating in the lessons which we were able to get through funding from North Harbour Sports.
If you or your child are interested the Shepherds Park Squash Club (who have been taking the lessons with our students) have some further sessions you may like to attend:
Free Have a Go sessions on Thursday 23 May and Sunday 26 May from 4:00pm-5:00pm
A free social night every Thursday – Juniors from 6:00pm. Adults from 7:00pm
Holiday Programme 8-11 July mornings $45
For further information visit


Bollywood Dance Classes

Marlborough Primary School Hall Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am, Term Time.

Come for a free trial class today.

Ages 5-12 years, boys and girls.

ph 0211259792


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

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.   

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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
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Kia ora,

Term two at Parenting Place is full of exciting events and we want to let you know what’s going on. We’d love for you to share the following events with people in your community.

Featured events – with nibbles and hot drinks
6 June – Behind the screens
Nathaniel Kandregula will help you to navigate the ups and downs of supporting your young person in the digital world. This presentation will cover social media, gaming, online safety, and supporting a healthy sense of self amidst it all.

We’ve made a poster for this that you can download here and print off. You can pop it on your school noticeboard or even insert it in your school newsletter. If you’ve got a Facebook page, feel free to share this link.

3 July – Big feelings
Join Joy Sluiters and Jenny Hale as they take a look at what’s going on beneath big emotions, and share ways to support our children when they’re struggling. Jenny Palmer, author of ‘Feel a Little’ will also join us as our special guest.

9 May to 20 June – Circle of Security
This will equip you with what you need to help your little one manage their emotions and grow their self-esteem. This seven week course is for parents of children zero to six years old.

9 May — Mums and sons with John Cowan
16 May — Nourishing the school aged child with Rachael Wilson and Lorren Hawkins. Check this out on Facebook here.
5 June — The highly sensitive child with Jenny Hale
19 June — Mums and daughters with Jenny Hale

For a digital copy of the current term calendar, click here. If you’d like us to send you a few hard copies to share around, you can email

For more information on all the events we have on offer, you can head to our website here.

Ngā mihi,
Parenting Place

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