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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

25th March 2020

Term 1 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 


“He waka eke noa”

“We’re all in this together.”


Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa,

How are we all today, as we head into lockdown? It is very eerie here at school, the silence is unnerving, but gratifying.  It is a sign that everyone is taking the situation seriously, and that children are not down here at school.  On that note, we had a communication from the Ministry this morning asking us to let our community know that the school and school grounds are closed.  In particular they highlighted the need for playgrounds, with their plethora of hard surfaces, to be closed to all public. Perhaps a walk around the field would do no harm, provided you stay away from anyone not of your household, but please stay away from any structures – classrooms, gates, benches, drinking fountains, the basketball court and of course the playground.  We can keep safe if we all play our part.

By now your children may have set themselves up to begin their remote learning.  I am sure that they will find the range of activities and resources that the teams have provided exciting and challenging.  I cannot emphasise enough that we want both the children and yourselves to try and achieve some sense of balance during this time, to dip their toes into the pool of remote learning, but not to jump in the deep end and get swamped.  At home learning should be fun and rewarding, not overwhelming.  If your child was away on Monday, the teachers will have sent you an email with their Seesaw QR code on it.  If youre confused, please contact your child’s teacher.  As a fun extra, The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.  Enjoy the tour!

Keeping yourselves and your kids positive and calm will undoubtedly be challenging at this time.  Yesterday the NZ Herald published the following tips from Auckland clinical arts psychotherapist Ingrid Ying Wang to help you manage your wellbeing.

1. Focus on what you can control and manage.

2. Set up shared goals for the family.

3. Keep yourself active – physically and mentally.

4. Recognise your feelings and thoughts.

5. Identify your triggers and signs for possible mental health issues.

6. Express your emotions in a healthy way.

7. Open up about your feelings and concerns to friends and family.

8. Seek help through the helplines listed below.

9. Give others love and care.

10. Remember five key words: Connected, creative, giving, learning and active.

The full article has some great advice and can be found here:


It is easy to feel isolated during this time, but please remember that we are all part of the Windy Ridge whanau, and we all have a duty of care to look after one another, in whatever shape that may take.  Use Facebook and other communication modes to stay in touch with one another.  Use Facetime, skype, zoom or google meet to arrange virtual ‘play dates’ between your kids.  Look at this time as an opportunity, not an imposition, a chance to create wonderful memories in the face of uncertainity.  Laugh, dance and sing.  And have a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate on me.


Jenine Maxwell


Board of Trustees – 

Kia ora Windy Ridge School Community

I hope you, your family and friends are all safe and well during these challenging times.

I had written an update at the end of last week which I was planning on sharing with you in today’s newsletter – unsurprisingly the content is now out of date. There are however a couple of things that I would like to let you know about.

Firstly, I have been in regular contact with our Acting Principal – Jenine Maxwell – around the Covid-19 implications for our school. As a Board we are very confident in the steps she has taken to ensure the school is doing all it can to care for our children and teachers, as well as to meet Ministry of Education guidelines. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Jenine and the staff for the work they have done, and are doing, to ensure this period has as little an impact as possible on our students.

The second item I wanted to provide an update on is the recruitment of a new principal for Windy Ridge School. We were due to announce a new principal by 10 April, however as a result of the change in the way we will all be living for the next little while, the Board has made the decision to temporarily halt this process. At this stage we have a shortlist of four candidates out of a strong field of nine applicants. We hope to interview those shortlisted as soon as we are able to do so and we will keep you updated as to the timeline on this.

Should you need to contact the Board of Trustees please feel free to email, and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Nga mihi

James Stuart

Chairperson of the Windy Ridge School Board of Trustees



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.


Upcoming Events and Trips
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  • 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.
  • Team Newsletters:   Fantail Term 1 newsletter 2020–  Team Pukeko Term 1 Newsletter – 2020  Falcon Term 1 newsletter– Team Tui newsletter T1 2020