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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

11th March 2020

Term 1 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 


“He toka tū moana”

“Your strength is like the rock that stands in raging waters”


Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa,

Gosh life has been interesting lately, and more than a little challenging.  As we come up upon the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, we look back on a year that has included the nationwide measles outbreak, the Whakaari/White Island explosion, the Australian bush fires and of course, more recently, the impact of COVID-19.  We live in times where we are instantly aware of issues and can access all the ‘facts’ on various forms of media and social media.  But rather than helping us feel relaxed and at ease, this overload of information can instead increase our feelings of concern and anxiety.  This is because much of the information is sensationalised or even downright inaccurate.  As adults, it is our job to try and keep our anxiety in check, particularly around little people, and only take account of information from reputable sources.

Both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education are doing their best to keep us apprised of the latest developments in regards to COVID-19.  Their advice at the moment continues to centre around the fact the the chances of community wide outbreak remain low, that we can best protect ourselves by ensuring good hand washing and coughing/sneezing practices, and that we stay home if we are feeling unwell.  This is true of any suspected illness, not just COVID-19.  What we do know is that COVID-19 spreads less efficiently than influenza, and that the disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild with approximately 2.4% of the total reported cases reported amongst individuals aged under 19 years, and less than 1% in under 9 year olds.  Please be assured that we are following all protocols here at school and remain confident that your children are safe here.

Speaking of anxiety, while we spent a lot of time helping our learners develop strategies  designed to build resilience, we know that many of our children still struggle with finding things to do at lunchtime to keep them calm and happy.  We have decided to offer a range of ‘clubs’ – various activities that the students can opt into if the like.  These clubs will start up next week.

Monday – Dance               12.30 – 1.00 Year 1 – 4.  The Hall

Tuesday – Beyblades         1.00 – 1.30 Year 1 – 6.  The Hall

Wednesday – Basketball  1.00 – 1.30 Year 1 – 6  The Hall

Thursday – Lego /             1.00 – 1.30 Year 1 – 6. Room 9

Friday – Wheels (Skateboards /scooters only) 1.00 – 1.30 Year 1 – 6.  Back court behind Falcon

Art Club            1.00 – 1.30 Year 1 – 6. Room 7

Next term we will look at adding or possibly changing out some of the clubs.  We are thinking about adding Chess, Board Games, Gardening, and Pokemon.

We have had some inquiries about Reading Eggs and Mathletics.   We had a three year contract with 3P Learning, that gave us a much reduced registration price for our students.  Unfortunately this contract came to an end in December and with it the subsidised registration, so we have decided not to renew the contract.  You are still welcome to sign your children up, with the 12month rate for Mathletics sitting  at $99.  For further details go to

Finally, we welcome our Kapahaka tutors, Taine and Lyric back next Friday 20th March.  I will call for interest in Kapahaka from our Year 3 – 6 students next week.

Naku noa, na

Jenine Maxwell



Coronavirus Update:

The Ministry of Education and Health are continuing to provide updated communications to school principals on this issue.  If we receive important information, families will be notified by email, Skool Loop and Facebook.  Please make sure we have your current contact details, in week 4 all students where sent home with their contact information sheets, please check this information and return to the office.
Here is the current advice to us all:
Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others:
• regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly).
• covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze.
• staying home if you are sick.
• avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
• if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.
Teachers will be reminding students about these basic hygiene practices, but we ask that you discuss these with your child as well.
The school has supplies of hand sanitiser and tissues available in all classrooms.
Here are two links for those who wish to read more.
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Health


Sports Registrations – 

This year we have changed our sports registration systems, all registrations will be available online through Kindo.    You will be able to view all upcoming activities with venue, time, cost and date information.  Thank you to all of the families who have already registered for teams online.  All upcoming sports events will be advertised in the school newsletter and Skool Loop.



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:

  • School Assembly – Friday 13th at 9.45am
  • Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon – Sunday 22nd March
  • Families in Parks – Friday 27th March 5pm to 7pm
  • Board of Trustees Meeting – Tuesday 31st March at 6.30pm
  • Shore to Shore – Sunday 5th April
  • Term 1 ends on Thursday 9th April



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. ****
  • Hockey – We are looking for players in year 3-6 who would like to play hockey for Windy Ridge School this year. There are teams for years 3/4 and 5/6. Fees for the hockey turf have increased this year with Harbour and will be $105 for this year. There will be 13 games beginning the first week of May. Each team will also require a parent manager/coach. It is not essential to have a practice during the week, however should you choose to meet with your team we can organise space and equipment for you. Each child will require a hockey stick, mouthguard, shin pads, and a school shirt which is available from the school office for $15.The role of the coach/manager will be to support the players on the court, run subs, and ensure the children have a positive experience. Please register by March 27th. Please feel free to email Sarah Turner at should you have any questions.
  • Rippa Rugby Tournaments –   Thursday 11th June, Thursday 6th August, Wednesday 26th August, Save day’s (in case of cancellation) – Tuesday 16th June, Tuesday 11th August, Friday 28th September. The Rippa Rugby Tournament is open to girls and boys in years 3-6. Depending on the number of players we get, we can enter a girls teams, boys teams or mixed teams.  We will require parents to help provide transportation on these days, as well as supervision and coaching throughout the tournament. Each child will require a mouthguard and a school shirt which is available from the school office for $15. The cost to enter the tournament is $15. Please register by March 27th on Kindo. Can you also indicate whether you are able to assist with transportation to the Glenfield Rugby Club beside Glenfield College.  If your child needs a booster seat, please ensure you bring this on all tournament days. Please feel free to email Sarah Turner at should you have any questions.
  • Netball – We are collecting interest for the 2020 Netball Season. This is open to year 1-6. All games will be held at the Glenfield College Netball courts, game times will be between 9:00 – 12:00 depending on the grade. We will be wearing Windy Ridge School T shirts this year which you can purchase for $15 at the office, and black bottoms. Leggings or shorts will be fine. Fees for the season are $85 per player. As always, we will require coaches/managers for each team. You do not have to run a practice, but should you choose to, I can help with space and equipment for you and your team. Please let me know if you have any questions. Registration is through Kindo and is due by March 21st. Thanks Sarah Turner
  • Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk -Sunday March 15 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park  –  Join us and lets make a Windy Ridge team. 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.  We hope to see you there.
  • 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. Thanks Sarah Turner

  • Shore to Shore –Registrations are now open for the 2020 Shore to Shore event on Sunday 5th April. The event commences at Takapuna Grammar School and finishes a Milford Reserve.  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:
  • 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
  • Assembly Term 1: Our assemblies are held every fortnight on Friday’s.  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



  • 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

You are invited to a series of three evening workshops to support parents and caregivers of children with positive and peaceful parenting strategies.

The strategies and topics covered are relevant for parents of young children to parents of young adults.

The workshops focus on mindfulness and communication and covers areas including different stress responses and how to manage difficult behaviour.

This valuable workshop is offered to the wider Glenfield Community at no cost to parents and bookings are essential and prioritised on a first come first served basis.

Held at Glenfield Community Centre in room 2 on Thursday evenings, 7pm until 9pm.

Dates: 19 March, 26 March and 2 April.

All parents and caregivers welcome. For questions or to book and secure your place, please call Paula at Glenfield Early Learning Centre on 444 0818 or email Paula at


North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band


Highbury Community House

Mini-Preneurs Market

Saturday 7th March from 9am to 12pm

110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead

Kids Market Flyer Final




Kaipātiki Project

is a local environmental not-for-profit organisation in Birkdale. We run a native plant nursery, facilitate restoration days in the local reserves and organise sustainable living courses and events.

In conjunction with the local community, we’re organising a month-long series of events called EcoFest North. The Festival runs from 21 March –  19 April 2020 and consists of a number of eco-events, many free and kids friendly. To find out more please visit

EcoFest North POSTER





Rhythmic Gymnastics Open Day! Come along and have a go!

Xtreme Rhythmix is offering a “Have A Go Day” for beginners in rhythmic gymnastics in the Eventfinda Stadium complex on Monday 24th February from 3:30-5:00pm. Come along and learn fun skills with ropes, hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons. See if rhythmic gymnastics is the sport for you!

Beginner classes are available every day at Eventfinda Stadium and on a range of days at our other facilities (Albany, Glamorgan School, Glenfield College and Marist College in Mt Albert). Email for more information or just turn up on the 24th of February and join in the fun!


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.

Auckland Multicultural Society Inc

Is holding its annual  22nd Lakeside Multicultural Festival 2020 on Sunday 8th March from 1 pm – 5 pm at the PumpHouse by the lake Pupuke

We have a full afternoon programme  with 24 Ethnic Groups performing. It’s FREE so please advertise the attached leaflets through your school Notice Board.

In the event of bad weather it will be held indoors at the PumpHouse.




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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