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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

19th February 2020

Term 1 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


“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi”
     “Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work”

Kei te pehea koutou?

I hope you all enjoyed the drop of rain we had this afternoon.  There was high excitement amongst our learners at what has become quite an unusual and greatly appreciated sight.  What fun!

Another very enjoyable experience was last night’s Meet the Team Presentations.  It was wonderful to see so many parents, particularly in Pukeko and Falcon Teams, where there was standing room only.  Along with Inge and Sarah (and Kieren Streifler), I was lucky enough to participate in all four presentations.  I was blown away by the passion, commitment and understanding our teachers have about what we are trying to achieve at Windy Ridge School and how your children will benefit from our approach.  It was great to see the consistency that is starting to develop across the school.

In regards to meeting the team, it’s probably timely that you know who currently makes up our management team.  I’m acting as Principal over Term 1 and 2 while the Board goes through the Recruitment process, and am here  full time. Inge Millard will be working two days a week at the Ministry of Education this year, which involves visiting and supporting schools with their ESOL programme.  On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, she will continue her Deputy Principal role at Windy Ridge, leading ESOL, Student Leadership and Enrichment programmes.  Sarah Turner works for our Kaipatiki Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) as an Across School Leader two days a week.  But on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays she is here at school in her role as Acting Senco and Sports Leader.  Finally, Jane Brown is providing Senior Student Leadership Support on Thursdays.  Our team may be a little complex, but we are all fully committed to planning and providing the best possible opportunities for our learners and their whanau.

Last year, we decided to opt in to the Government’s Donation Scheme, and receive a $150 per student per year payment in lieu of seeking donations from parents.  There are of course many advantages to this decision, the most obvious of which is that it removes the expectation on parents to pay the school’s donation.  However, although $150 per child seems like a lot, signing up to the scheme also means that we can no longer ask for funding from parents for any curriculum-related activities. This will impact on our ability to plan and provide a wide range of trips and activities that you have paid for in the past.  So experiences like trips to the zoo, the pumphouse, tiritiri matangi, and swimming now need to be covered under the Donation Scheme Funding, while activities such as overnight camps and after-school sports will continue to be funded by parents.  While we feel optimistic that we’ll be able to provide a broad, rich range of experiences for your children to engage in and learn from, we ask you to practice a little patience as we calculate how best to manage the financial challenges of this exercise.  Part of the solution may lie with funds raised by our PTA.  Check out the post below for how you can help with this.

We are aware that there is a current resurgence of interest in Beyblades.  We have turned a bit of a blind eye to this, however, already this term we have had a number of issues, some of which have resulted in raised tempers and altercations.  The staff are going to discuss ways in which we can manage this.  Until we make a decision on how to move forward, we’d like to impose a ban on our learners bringing Beyblades to school.  I’ll keep you updated on our decision around how to move forward with Beyblades, and to a lesser extent Pokemon Cards which also provide us with intermittent challenges.

Finally, you may have noticed that I began today’s newsletter with an inspirational saying or whakatauki.  Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi reminds us why we’re here, and that it is that uniqueness or individuality that makes our job so exciting and rewarding.  I’m planning to share a little slice of inspiration with you each week.


Naku noa, na

Jenine Maxwell


Our wonderful PTA are looking for some new members and helpers. We are the fundraising arm of the school we raise money for a wide variety of things from the New Junior Playground in 2018 to art supplies and subsiding class trips and Senior Camp. We need more helpers so we can run lunchtime Sausage sizzles. This requires just 2 hours or your time usually on a Thursday or Friday depending on the other events in the school. To cook and serve sausages to the kids. We also need some new members to help plan new and repeating events, such as Quiz Night and our end of term Discos. Come and get to know the Windy Ridge kids.  They love seeing Mum or Dad helping and it really does make a difference. If every family gave 1 hour a term or even a year it would make a massive difference. Please email any questions or interest to

The PTA AGM will be held in the School staffroom Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm



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:


Kindo iPhone App 

Now you have an even easier way to order and pay, when and where it suits you on the myKindo iPhone App.

  • To get started, just search ‘myKindo’ on the Apple App Store
  • Download, sign in and set up a PIN (you can even use TouchID or FaceID)
  • Register and pay for school sports teams *new for 2020*
  • Pay for last minute lunches, trip fees, fundraising products or anything school-related, right from your mobile device
  • Contact the Helpdesk Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm via email or telephone 0508 454 636 if you need assistance.


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. ****

  • Shore to Shore –Registrations are now open for the 2020 Shore to Shore event. It is the North Shore’s largest 5 km run. It only costs $10 to enter and a portion of your registration fee is donated to the school for amazing PE gear.  Register at:
  • Softball – There is a one day softball festival open to year 3 and 4 students on March 25th at Rosedale Park. Chopper will be coaching and responsible for the students on the day. We will need additional parents to supervise and help with transportation. If your child is interested in participating in this day please register your child on Kindo.
  • Weetbix Tryathlon 
    • Entries are open for the Hibiscus Coast  Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on March 22nd at Manly Park 
    • Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter from home. Search for Windy Ridge School when prompted. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some cool prizes.
    • To enter the TRYathlon visit
    • If you have any school or school group related questions please contact Sarah Turner on
    •  Otherwise, contact the Weet-Bix TRYathlon team directly, email or phone 0800 WEETBIX
  • Basketball Competitions 2020 – We are collecting interest for basketball teams for semester one for 2020. The first game will be on Tuesday March 3rd. The venue is at the North Shore Event Centre on Tuesdays. There are teams for years 2-6. Year 2-3 games will be between 3:30-5:00 pm. Year 4 games between 5:00-6:30. Year 5-6 games between 4:00-8:00 pm. Please register and pay directly on Kindo by the 19th February.  Please contact the office if you need assistance registering. BasketBall notice 
  • Touch Rugby Competitions 2020 – Good luck to all teams for tonight’s first game. Thank you to all the parents for volunteering your time to help manage and coach. For any children who have missed out this term, there will be another Touch Rugby module in Term 4.
  • Assembly Term 1: Our assemblies are held every fortnight on Friday’s.   Week 4, 28th February/ Team Falcon, Week 6 13th March/Team Pukeko, Week 8 27th March/Team Fantail.  Please feel free to join us in the staffroom prior to this for a coffee/tea  in the staffroom from 9am with our Acting Principal Jenine Maxwell, preschoolers are welcome.
  • Team Newsletters: Fantail Term 1 newsletter 2020– Falcon Term 1 newsletter– Team Tui newsletter T1 2020



  • Scholastic Book Club – Please return all book orders to the office by this Friday 14th.
  • 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.
  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that as we head into summer (hopefully) children will need sunhats at school every day next term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Spare Clothing –  We recommend the students always have a change of clothes in their bags.
  • 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 3 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, Stanley Road, 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  Kindo_Parent_Flyer_CHINESE   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.
  • 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

             Term dates             

School Terms 2020

Term 1     Monday 03/02 – Thursday 09/04 (School Closed, 6th February – Waitangi Day)

Term 2    Tuesday 28/04 – Friday 03/07 (School Closed 1st, June Queens Birthday & 2nd June Teacher Only Day)

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – Wednesday 16/12 (School Closed, 26th October – Labour Day & 27th October Teacher Only Day)


PTA News 


Community News

Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk
Sunday March 15 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park

Put the date in your diary for a fun filled morning with spot prizes, certificates for every

participant and activities for the whole family before during and after the event.

Gold coin donation raising money towards connecting our parks and making our coastal

walkways more beautiful!!

5km and 1km Courses to choose from

Like us on Facebook – Beach Haven Fun Run for more information and registration




Youth Wind Band looking for new enthusiastic players. Grade 2-5 level (approx.) Brass/Wind/Percussion instruments. Rehearsals on Thursdays in Takapuna. or email Instrumentalists they are particularly interested in: Tuba, French Horn. Euphonium, Saxophone, Bassoon, Double bass. Some instruments can be provided by the band so get in touch.






The Workshop Kids Gym Class

Kaipatiki Summer Fun Programme is now happening in a local park or reserve near you, check  out, the  free family fun for all ages…proudly supported

Kaipatiki Local Board and Birkenhead Licensing Trust  –  building on community development and wellbeing….in our communities.

Information     0274834511     4848854





You can enrol on line or phone Haiying 551 6974 or

Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960 



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