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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

7 August 2019

Term 3  Week 3

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
Recent research and professional learning
In order to remain a registered teacher there is a requirement to regularly participate in professional learning and inquire into the effectiveness of your practice.  We are challenged to consider the detail as well as the overall philosophy of what and how we teach.  Recently I have been reading a number of professional books that raise many questions about the direction of both education and leadership.   One of my favourites at the moment is by  Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, and a professorial fellow at the Mitchell University for health and Education Policy at Victoria University in Australia.  He is outspoken about the need for education to meet the needs of the learner, not the organisation, and his latest book “What Works May Hurt; side effects in education” considers a range of education reforms and discusses their goals and unintended side effects.  It is important that as we move forward with education reform that we consider carefully the WHY of the change.  The mission of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is to answer this timely question, and then openly propagate its recommendations and frameworks on a worldwide basis.  They have produced this short video that explains why they feel that we need to move from an adult-centred, test-driven, fact-focussed curriculum to one that develops our learners as critical and creative thinkers able to problem solve and collaborate with others.  What should students learn for the 21st century? A Four Dimensional Education

Student Led Conferences – MONDAY 19th August 2pm – 7pm

A student – led conference is one where the child leads their parents through a discussion about their learning; what progress they have made, what their learning goals are and what they are most proud of.    The teacher is present at the discussion to support the child with their presentation, but does not interrupt or take over the discussion.  Their job is to add detail, explain data or prompt the discussion.   Because these discussions are led by the students, we are able to offer more than one interview slot per time block.  The teacher will move between the conferences to add information and support the student.  Children are currently putting together their presentations and choosing the work they want to share with you.

Please go to the School Interviews website to make a booking for your conference next term.    Please enter the event code is 673wp and then click on your whanau teacher’s name to make a booking.

Please note that school will close early on this day to accommodate the conferences – we finish at 1.30pm. 

National day of support for principals – Friday 9 August

The teachers and support staff of Windy Ridge are joining with their colleagues all over the country on 9 August to call on the government to give primary and intermediate principals a fair deal. And we need your support as we stand up for our principal, and all principals.

Teachers recently won pay parity with their secondary colleagues, because a teacher is a teacher, regardless of the age of their students. But the government refused to give primary and intermediate principals parity with principals of comparably sized secondary schools, or any support for growing workloads. In small schools, principals are doing a complex job but often without any extra support, and while teaching as well. And these principals are often paid less than some teachers in large schools.

We’re calling on the Government to do the right thing by principals. It’s only fair.

On 9 August, the teachers and support staff will be wearing green to show our support. We encourage Windy Ridge students to also wear something green on Friday. Please come out and support the principals of Aotearoa, who do such a vital job leading the teaching and learning in our schools.  

Cross Country
Hello parents, we have our school cross country planned for August 12th. (Weather pending). The first race will begin at 9:40 am and the last will finish at 12:30. Can you please email Mrs Turner at if you are available to act as a course marshall on the day. Thank you in advance.

Kauri Club 

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 10.30am we run the Kauri Club (Y3 – 6) – This programme involves grandparent or parent volunteers listening to and supporting the reading of students at our school by providing regular, supervised opportunities for them to increase their daily reading or ‘reading mileage’. We are very short of adult volunteers to help us run this programme, if you would like to offer some time please contact Suzanne Boyce in the office.


News From The Board:
Hello Windy Ridge School community.
I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to Chair the Windy Ridge School Board of Trustees, and I am very excited to be working with the other Board members and the school’s leadership team to continue improvement in student achievement.
Having just been elected into this role, I thought it was a good opportunity to reflect on the role of the Board. The Board assume a governance role within the school. Governance is hands-off, whereby the Board ensures that the school is well managed and led without itself doing the managing.  As a result, the Board is not directly involved in the day to day running of the school. If there are concerns or complaints regarding staff, pupils or school organisation, it should first be directed to the Classroom Teacher, then the Team Leader. Following this it could be raised with the Deputy Principal or Principal. Where you feel a satisfactory resolution has not been achieved through these avenues, please do approach the Board by letter outlining the situation as appropriate.  The complaints process and policy is available on the school website.

Monthly Board of Trustee meetings are public, meaning that members of the public are welcome to attend and the dates of these meetings are published in the school newsletter. It is worth noting that if you would like speaking rights at these meetings you will need to contact the Board in advance to gain approval – feel free to email if you would like to make a request. Additionally, certain parts of a monthly Board of Trustee meeting may be confidential or sensitive – as such you will be asked to leave the room while the Board is in committee. We hope that you will feel welcome to come to our meetings if you would like to see some of the work being done.

The Board of Trustees have some challenging but rewarding projects to address over the next twelve months, including a review of all Board processes as well as oversight in respect to the design and building of new permanent classrooms. Please take a look at the school website so you know who the Board members are (, and feel free to say hello to any of us if you see us at school or in the community.

Best wishes

James Stuart, Board Chair.
On Behalf of Pops Mariner, Stacey Anderson, Ian Telford, Susan Andrews, Marie Cheeseman, Sarah Huppler.

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:
August 12th – School Cross Country 9.30-12.30
August 19th – Student Led Conferences (School closing at 1.30pm)
August 19th-28th – Scholastic Book Fair in the library
August 26th – Board of Trustees meeting 6.30pm

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 or complete the attached form.  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. Kickstart Breakfast Club Parent Volunteers


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Nature Play Programme – Tomorrow Room 6 are taking part in a whole day of outdoor nature play with Jenine Maxwell. The weather looks like it could be wet so please make sure your child has warm clothes and a fitted raincoat as well as gumboots or trainers. A change of clothes would also be useful. We will pop in and out of doors as the weather permits
  • School Cross Country – Next Monday August 12th with following approximate time schedules:  9:40am – year 6 girls – 9:55am – year 6 boys – 10:10 am – year 5 girls – 10: 20 am – year 5 boys -Morning Tea Break – 11:10am – year 4 girls – 11:20am – year 4 boys – 11:30am -year 3 girls – 11:40am – year 3 boys – 11:50am – year 2 girls – 12:000am – year 2 boys – 12:10am – year 0/1 girls – 12:20am – year 0/1 boys. The final event will be followed by a sausage sizzle which is being organised by the PTA.  A change of clothes would be useful as they may get wet and muddy.
  • Dance Lessons – Team Tui students will be participating in dance lessons this term every Thursday afternoon, starting in week 2. Team Tui Dance Lessons
  • Hip Hop Lessons – Year 4 students will be participating in Hip Hop lessons this term every Tuesday afternoon, starting in week 2. Year 4 Hip Hop Lessons
  • Term 3 Team Newsletters – Team Fantail Term 3 NewsletterTeam Falcon Term 3 NewsletterTeam Pukeko Term 3 Newsletter
  • Assembly Term 3:  Our school assemblies are held every second Friday.  Week 4 – 16th August – Team Pukeko, Week 6 – 30th August – Team Falcon, Week 8 – 13th September – Team Tui.  Week 10 – 5th July – All Teams, Inquiry Progess/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.



  • 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   Ezlunch Term 3 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 8.50am 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 (midday)


PTA News 

  • Movie Night – Friday 9 August, Secret of Pets 1 Movie night #2
  • Cross Country Sausage Sizzle – Monday 12th August at 12.30pm Cross Country Sausage order form
  • Upcoming Events –  Jesters Pie Day – 5th September, Quiz Night – Adults Only Friday 20th September
  • Chocolate Fundraising Prizes – These prizes will be given out at our assembly in week 4.
  • Entertainment Books – Order your book now – Orders  
Community News
Kaipātiki Local Board is preparing a local parks management plan to help it with the future management of local parks and reserves. The Kaipātiki Local Parks Management Plan will reflect what residents value about their parks now, and how they use them. It will also identify issues that should be considered as parks are managed and developed in the future, to make sure they meet the needs of future generations. Please visit to tell us what you love about parks now, and how you’d like to use them in the future.”


Everybody can contribute to science. Pest Free Kaipātiki Citizen Science Month will help our community track progress in restoring our local native bush and wildlife.

There are many different ways to get involved in Citizen Science Month:

  •       Identify and record destructive pest plants
  •       Explore the forest and detect predators
  •       Assess the health of our local rivers and streams
  •       Monitor our native birds and wildlife
  •       Photograph the urban forest to help us track positive change


The results will help Pest Free Kaipātiki to track progress in restoring our local native bush and wildlife. Join in and make this Auckland’s largest & most exciting Citizen Science week ever!!

Celebrating Māori identity in Tāmaki Makaurau.
School Holiday Programmes

“Guess what? Marrzipan Drama are running awesome self-confidence building sessions at your school!

Marrzipan have gained a huge reputation in New Zealand for the development of shy children, especially those with anxiety, autism and selective mutism. Saying that, this is a class for the super crazy and dramatic types too as we focus on positive leadership and social skills.Our classes focus on inner and outer self-confidence, and are super fun and exciting for children. Parents are kept up to date with weekly emails about what’s been covered in class and why, as well as what you can work on at home. We have two awesome showcases at the end of every term too, so you can see your child’s development first hand as they perform in one of our termly productions. 
Get in touch via our website to secure your child’s space for a no-obligation trial class, or call our superstar Office Team to give you the lowdown on why your child simply MUST give it a go. Head to and click REGISTER, or call 027 521 7352. See you there!

You can enrol on line or phone Haiying 551 6974 or

Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960 


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