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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

19 June 2019

Term 2  Week 8

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

Windy Ridge School

Board of Trustees Election

Declaration of Parent and Staff Election Results

Parent Representatives:

Anderson, Stacey            95

Soper, John             67

Andrews, Susan               72

Stuart, James          106

Cheeseman, Marie          116

 Telford, Ian             104

Mariner, Misipope          97

Invalid votes            5

I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Anderson, Stacey

Andrews, Susan

Cheeseman, Marie

Mariner, Misipope

Stuart, James

Telford, Ian

Staff Representatives:

Sarah Huppler                 14

Sarah Turner                     9

I hereby declare Sarah Huppler duly elected.

Suzanne Boyce

Returning Officer
Thoughts from the Principal:
Congratulations to the incoming Board of Trustees, but also to all the nominated candidates for putting themselves forward in the first place.  Schools are complex places that require a team of critical and creative thinkers to challenge the current practices in a way that ensures that all of our children achieve their potential.  It is a partnership between the Board and the staff, one that requires trust and confidence in each other. I personally appreciate the interest and commitment shown by all of our nominated candidates, and thank them for wanting to be part of the complex process of governance.
One of the greatest challenges every Board must face is ensuring that every child gets what they personally need to achieve their potential.  Every child that arrives in our school brings with them different strengths, disadvantages and interests, and it is up to the staff and the Board to find a way to use the limited resources we receive in an equitable (not equal) way to maximise opportunities for the individual.  This means that some children will receive different programmes or supports to others because that is what they need in order to learn the things that will prepare them to be successful and productive; programmes such as ESOL, Behaviour support, Speech language or Reading Recovery for example. Deciding how to take limited resources and apply them to meet unlimited needs requires difficult conversations and tough decisions. However I believe that these sorts of conversations are central to how we choose to demonstrate the values of our school – respect, kindness, integrity and resilience.
This picture gives a simple but powerful explanation of the difference between equal access and equitable access:
 I want to thank the outgoing Board for their careful and considered decisions in allocating resources to meet the needs of our learners and their families.   I look forward to working with the new Board of Trustees as we move ahead with our work.  We will continue to focus fully on the school vision – Every child will find their passion and achieve their potential.


Parent Education Event – Tonight – Wednesday 19th June at Glenfield College The community parent evening is only a week away!  Remember that this is a FREE event and a wonderful opportunity to hear from an expert about how our children’s brains develop and the impact on how they learn.   We will have FREE CHILDCARE available on the evening also if you are unable to get away from the kids for the night.   Please contact the office to book a ticket for the evening.

Thanks to those people that have already indicated they will be attending – You will love it!
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 19th – Parent Education Event with Kathryn Berkett at Glenfield College Kaipatiki Theatre
June 20th – Jesters Pie Day
June 21st – Glenfield Intermediate School visit
 June 28th – Matariki Festival
June 28th – PTA Sausage Sizzle fundraiser

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.


Dear parents and caregivers

Believe it or not, it is now barely three weeks until the kids are off for their next holidays? With that in mind, it is our great pleasure to release our upcoming July holiday programme. A copy of our flyer is attached to this newsletter and is also available at the programme or from the school front office.

We will be doing two trips these holidays, with an exciting day at the Auckland Zoo planned in week one and the off to the movies in week two, to see one of the latest Blockbuster kids movies. Both days should be a lot of fun and the staff are really looking forward to them.

We also have some great on site days planned including the launching of our Foodstorm cooking programme. We will be doing a couple of cooking days during the holidays to preview the programme for everyone, before launching the full programme in term three.

As if that isn’t enough, week one will kick off with a day of slime and then later in the week will be a scavenger hunt and Bey Blade Battle. Week two begins with a Superhero and Villains dress up day, followed by Board Game Battle and ending the holidays with a huge sKids got Skills day. Also keep an eye out for a secret onsite activity to keep the kids active.

As always, there are plenty of booking options to suit your needs, including full day (7am-6pm), School day (8.30am-3pm) as well as half day options, either morning or afternoon. This time around we also have a special discount price for full week bookings, so be sure to look for that when booking.

It’s going to be a great programme, so jump online to and click on the Parent Logon button now to secure you booking. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a line or pop into the programme to chat with our friendly team. T2 2019 Holiday Programme Flyer – Windy Ridge

 Kind regards

The sKids Windy Ridge team.


  We have about 20 of these student chairs that we are not now using, contact the office if you would like some.


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


  • 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 

  • Sausage Sizzle – Next Friday 28th June the PTA are selling sausages, students will be bringing home order forms tomorrow Matariki Sausage order form
  • Chocolate Fundraiser – Thanks for supporting this fundraiser, we would like to have all money and any unsold chocolates returned to the office before the end of this term.
  • Entertainment Books – Order your book now – Orders  
Community News
Karl Noyer (NZ no.1 ranked 3×3 basketballer) is running a basketball school holiday camp in July for Years 5-6 at the Swish Factory,
NZ’s most advanced basketball training facility, based in Albany. Details on the camps are here:

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.

Venue: Beach Haven Community House, July 10th, 10am – 3.00pm, $50

BOOKINGS:, ph. 0210606641

Celebrating Māori identity in Tāmaki Makaurau.
School Holiday Programmes
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!
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 8th – Friday 12th July
Location – Birkdale Intermediate OR Hobsonville Primary School
Price – $60 per day
You can sign your child up via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)
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


Life Changing Parenting Courses

for Parents of all Cultures

Parenting Adolescents in Mandarin (am) begins Tuesday 23rd July

Effective Discipline (am) in English begins Wednesday 24th July

Parenting Adolescents in English (pm) begins Wednesday 24th July

Effective Discipline (am) in Korean begins Thursday 25th July

Effective Discipline (am) in Mandarin begins Friday 26th July

Positive Discipline for under 4’s (am) in English begins Monday 29th July 

You can enrol on line or phone Haiying 551 6974 or

Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960 


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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