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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

18th March 2020

Term 1 Week  7

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 aha te kai o te rangatira?  He korero, he korero, he korero”

“What is the food of the leader? It is communication, it is knowledge.”


Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa,

Communication – This week we reexamined the modes by which we communicate with you. Obviously we consider the weekly newsletter one of our most formal and universal methods of information sharing, and messages from management will usually come via this format.  However, given the frequency of communication at the moment, we are emailing updates every day or two around our response to the COVID-19 situation.  When teams need to get hold of you, they will use Seesaw to share notices or issue reminders.  We will use Facebook less often, be would encourage parents to share and communicate (respectfully) with one another using this format, where and when appropriate.  If you or anyone else isn’t signed up to Seesaw or to the school newsletter, please see the office, your child’s whanau teacher or the School website to do so as soon as possible.

COVID-19 – At school, we have formed a committee to consider how we can best prepare for the wellbeing of our students, our staff and our whanau.  Our preparation has involved:

  • reminding students and staff to be vigilant about 20 second hand washing routines and good coughing and sneezing behaviour.
  • asking parents to keep children at home if they have a high temperature or an unusual cough.
  • asking parents to let us know if they have had any contact with overseas travellers.
  • displaying posters that remind us of safe behaviours and hand washing routines

Other actions we’ve taken include:

  • Compiling a list of ideas/resources that learners can access if their family is self-isolating (we will provide this soon)
  • Cancelling whole school assemblies until further notice.  Teams have also been asked to keep their team meetings brief and to a minimum.
  • Increased vigilance around cleaning routines – including insuring taps, door handles, and sanitisers are regularly wiped down
  • Otherwise ensuring that its business as usual and that our learners feel happy and healthy.

Despite the big increase in diagnosed cases, the Ministry of Education continue to indicate that school closures will only be on a case by case basis.  As always, our priority continues to be on the health and physical and mental wellbeing of our students, staff and families.  We take this responsibility seriously and are doing everything we can to ensure we provide a safe environment for all.

Here are two links for those who wish to read more.
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Health

8.30 Bell – Just a reminder please, our school bell goes at 8.30 a.m.  All children (and parents) are asked to remain at the gate (front or back) until this bell goes.  Our teachers are usually very busy from 8.00 – 8.30 setting up the days’ activities, and they are not available to supervise in the rooms until the bell goes.  Many thanks for your cooperation.

Clubs – This week the rest of our clubs started up with a hiss and a roar.  It has been great to see so many learners come along and learn something new or share a talent or passion.  The teachers are enjoying hanging out with children from the different teams, and it has been lovely to see learners of different ages play together and support one another.  A poster of the week’s clubs is embedded below.

Windy Ridge School Lunchtime Clubs


International Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd – This year we are pleased to support this cause to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.  Wear blue and bring along a gold coin donation.


Parking Wardens –  We know that dropping children off as close to the school gate as possible may be convenient for you, but it can be a real danger to our children.  Parking restrictions are in place near schools for a reason. They protect our communities’ children.  Please observe all parking restrictions near our school and always use the school patrol crossing.  We would ask you to always choose safety over convenience at all times.  Where possible walk or join a Walking School Bus with your child. This term, parking wardens will be dropping by unexpectedly to check that our parking restrictions are being observed and will issue fines to those parking illegally.


Naku noa, na

Jenine Maxwell


Swimming Lessons – 

This year our Team Tui, Falcon and Pukeko Teams will be participating in swimming lessons at the Glenfield Leisure Centre. The students will attend eight 30 minute sessions during the term taken by qualified instructors.

Term 2 – Team Tui

Term 3 – Team Falcon

Term 4 – Team Pukeko

Team Fantail will be learning about water safety and doing some activities at school. 

There will be no extra cost to families this year as the cost will be covered by the Ministry Donation Scheme so all children will be able to take part. We will send out a notice with more information explaining what the students need to bring closer to their swimming times.


Sports Registrations – 

While all eminent sporting events have been cancelled; sports organisers would like us to continue to register for sports seasons beginning in Term 2 as normal. This includes Netball, Rippa and Hockey. Should these sports need to be cancelled in the future, you will be refunded your entry fee.

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:

  • Ice Block Day – Thursday 19th March
  • Scholastic Book Club – Friday 18th March last day for ordering through school
  • Jesters Pie Day – Thursday 26th March
  • Families in Parks – Friday 27th March 5pm to 7pm
  • Board of Trustees Meeting – Tuesday 31st March at 6.30pm
  • 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. ****
  • Weetbix Tryathlon – We have just been notified that as a result of updated guidelines relating to Mass Gatherings, the Weetbix Tryathlon organisers have decided to cancel all remaining events for this season. All participants will receive a full refund. Details will be emailed to you or you can look to their Facebook event page.
  • Shore to Shore – We have just been notified that as a result of updated guidelines relating to Mass Gatherings, the Shore to Shore organisers have decided to postpone this event. Refunds will be processed in the next couple of weeks.
  • Scholastic Book Club – Please return all book club orders to the office or order online through Loop by this Friday morning.
  • 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, beginning on Saturday May 9th. 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
  • Softball – This event has been cancelled.
  • Assembly Term 1: Please remember that we are cancelling the remainder of this term’s assemblies in order to keep our children and families safe.
  • Team Newsletters:   Fantail Term 1 newsletter 2020–  Team Pukeko 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 

We were planning a Disco on the 3rd of April but at this time we think it would be best to keep our fundraising efforts to smaller in School lunchtime efforts this term.

We have an Ice Block day this week (19th March) and Jesters Pies next week(26th March).

We will be sending home information about the Bakers Delight Hot Cross Buns this week to be ordered through Kindo for delivery Thursday 9th April (the last day or Term)

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our fundraising efforts. We are aiming to Raise and donate $20,000 to the school this year.


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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