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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

1 July 2020

Term 2 Week  12

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 

“Hurihia to aroaro ki te ra tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri i a koe.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”


Dear Whanau,

Well, this is my last newsletter.  Next term Jonathan will take over the reins and I will hand this role over to him along with the diverse other tasks and responsibilities this leadership job entails.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous support and wonderful feedback.  It has been an absolute privilege to lead you through these challenging times.  Windy Ridge is a very special community and I know that Jonathan will love getting to know you all and will appreciate the special qualities you have.

Term 3 Organisation

With Jonathan joining the team, we have a bit of reorganisation amongst the staff.  I will be moving back to the DP/Senco role, and operating out of the office next to Room 4.  Sarah Turner will continue with her ASL role 2 days a week, and is joining Team Pukeko in a release capacity on Monday-Wednesday.  We are welcoming Mrs Debbie Reed to Team Fantail in her role as the Room 4 teacher.


Over the last few weeks, it has been wonderful to welcome in a group of enthusiastic new students who have slotted in alongside of our more experienced Kapahaka performers.  Matua Taine and the rest of the crew are looking forward to working with all of our participants, old and new, both in weekly practice sessions and through various performance opportunities throughout the year.  The first of these will be the Term 3 Powhiri, held on Monday 20th July to welcome our new Principal Jonathan Lambert as well as new staff and learners.


On Friday we will hold our first onsite whole school assembly since we went back into Level 1.  We will celebrate our achievements over the term, share our learning and learn about Glenfield Intermediate.  Last year’s Kapahaka performers will provide us with an item.  Parents are more than welcome to join us, either at 9.00 for coffee in the staffroom or in the Hall at 9.45.

Student led conferences

A reminder that our student led conferences take place on Wednesday 5th August, from 2.00 – 7.00pm (not 8.00pm as previously mentioned).  I will send out detailed information about the conference process and how to book an interview on Friday.  Please note that school will be shut from 1.30pm on that Wednesday afternoon.

Kia tū rangatira ai: Learning, succeeding, and thriving in education

Thank you to the many families who have filled in this survey, either via paper format or digitally.  If you haven’t done so yet and you’d still like to, please use the survey link below:


Nga mihi nui



Enviro News: Here is an excellent activity for you and your family to do this weekend to start the term holiday! Calling all New Zealanders – our garden birds need you! Here’s a fantastic reason to be in our gardens, local parks or school grounds and enjoy the peace with our birds. (The survey closes on Sunday).

Board of Trustees News: 

Kia ora Windy Ridge School Community

I hope you are doing well. This is just a quick note to give you an update on some changes that have taken place on the Windy Ridge School Board of Trustees.

I have decided after 3 years as a trustee to call it a day, my last meeting having just taken place. I’ve really enjoyed my opportunity to contribute to the school during this period alongside a fantastic group of people – especially during the past 12 months in my role as Chairperson. The last 6 months have been fairly time intensive, especially as we have worked through the recruitment of our new principal Jonathan Lambert, and given this new chapter in our schools history is about to begin I thought it was probably a good time to step back. However, I am very pleased to share with you that Marie Cheeseman will be taking over the role of Board Chair from here on out, and I have no doubt she will do an excellent job along with the other trustees.

Nga mihi

James Stuart



Sports Update – Registrations are through your Kindo account. Please ensure you have completed the registration which includes making a payment.
Sports registrations have closed for Netball, Basketball and Rippa. If you had hoped to register your child and forgotten please email Sarah Turner  to see if there is any remaining space.


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:

  • Term 2 ends on Friday 3rd July at 3pm
  • Term 3 starts on Monday 20th July
  • Monday 20th July – Welcome Powhiri for new families and Jonathan Lambert our new principal at 9am
  • Tuesday 21st July –  Positive Puberty Year 5/6 parent evening 6pm to 7pm in the staffroom PARENTS EVENING POSTER 2020.docx
  • Scholastic Book Fair – in the library from Monday 3rd August to Wednesday 12th August.
  • Student – led Conferences – Wednesday 5th August – 2.00pm – 7.00pm





My Kindo Android & iPhone App now available

myKindo app is now available for iPhone and Android phones. If you like the flexibility of ordering anywhere, anytime then go ahead and download the app! Access via the app store, searching “mykindo” or by using the links below – Android Google Play: iPhone App Store:



Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****


  • Assembly Term 2: We are holding a final term assembly on Friday 3rd July at 9.45am in the hall, we would like to invite our parents to attend.
  • Team Newsletters: Fantail Term 2 Newsletter 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.  Term 2 Holiday Programme – Windy Ridge HP Flyer Term 2 
  • 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.
  • 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 2    Tuesday 28/04 – Friday 03/07 (School Closed 1st June Queens Birthday)

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – Tuesday 15/12 (School Closed, 26th October – Labour Day & 27th October Teacher Only Day)


PTA News 

  • PTA Meeting – The PTA are holding their next meeting on Wednesday 1st July in the staffroom at 7.00 pm.  They would welcome any interested parents.
  • PTA Sausage Sizzle – Friday 3rd July at lunchtime, please return your orders to the office by tomorrow morning.  Sausage order form




Community News






Whānau Mārama Parenting is a well established, community-based organisation who is fully committed to, and passionate about reducing the statistics of child abuse and family harm in Aotearoa New Zealand. We endeavour to achieve this goal by constantly working towards being a respected, dynamic organization through the development and delivery of non-punitive, extremely practical and highly effective courses for parents.

We believe that parents have the power to change our world for the better. To fulfill this vision we work consistently to empower parents with practical skills and strategies on how to effectively discipline their children without resorting to punishment, teach them how to establish mutually respectful loving parent-child relationships and give parents ways to successfully help their children learn what they wish to teach them.

We do this by delivering highly effective parenting courses each week. Our three core courses are specially designed for different age groups, from new-born through to teenage years. All these courses are created using a bi-cultural framework between Māori and Pakeha and illustrate how to parent in a positive Kiwi way. These courses are delivered in both English are and also Mandarin.   



Thunder Basketball

Thunder Basketball Yr3-6 sessions June 2020



Auckland Transport’s Safe Speeds programme

Kia ora

Speed limits are changing across Auckland

On the 30th of June this year speed limits will change on many of the high-risk roads across our local road network.

Why are the speed limits changing?

Auckland Transport is working through a multi-year programme (the ‘Safe Speeds Programme’) to review speed limits on roads across our local road network to ensure they have a speed limit that is safe and appropriate for the function, design and use of the road.  Safe and appropriate speed limits will support our transport network to move people and goods effectively, efficiently and safely across Auckland.

At the end of 2019 the Auckland Transport board passed a bylaw to set new safe and appropriate speed limits on approximately 10% of the network and the first of these changes will come into effect on 30 June 2020.

Where are speed limits changing?

Most of the changes in this first phase are in Rodney, Franklin and Waitemata, including the city centre.  Plus on 98 other roads across the region. A full list of the changes can be found at

What are the limits changing to?

The new limits vary according to the type of road. E.g. urban or rural. The city centre roads will have 30km/h and 40km/h speed limits. These new limits recognise there are a growing number of vulnerable road users like pedestrians and people on bikes in the city centre. Details of all the roads and changes can be found on our website.

What happens next?

New speed limit signs will be installed in the coming weeks and will be uncovered on 30 June 2020, the date from which the limits will be legally enforceable by NZ Police. From the 1st of June there will be a public information campaign letting people know of these changes.

This is the first phase of tranche one. This tranche will be completed by November 2021. We are in the process of planning the second tranche of roads to assess.

Background to the Safe Speeds programme

Auckland has had a growing problem with death and serious injuries on our roads and at Auckland Transport we’re serious about tackling that problem.  We’ve developed a Safe Speeds Programme to review speed limits as required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017 to support our transport network to move people and goods across our region effectively and efficiently, without compromising people’s safety.  We believe everyone deserves to get home safely.

We’ve also adopted a Vision Zero approach to support our target that no one dies or is seriously injured on our roads by 2050.  Setting safe and appropriate speed limits, particularly on our high-risk roads and intersections, is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of stopping unnecessary deaths or serious injuries occurring on our roads.

In March 2019, Auckland Transport consulted with the public on the then proposed speed limit changes. Close to 12,000 feedback submissions were carefully analysed over the following months. In October 2019, the Auckland Transport Board passed the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019 to set new speed limits, including those coming into force on 30 June 2020. This first phase of changes targets high-risk roads where there has been a history of deadly crashes (extracting data from the Crash Analysis System maintained by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency with input from NZ Police).

More information about the changes and the Safe Speed programme can be found at

If you would like to sign up for any future email updates around the Safe Speed programme Here’s a link to the form


We all have an important part to play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. For the latest information and advice from Auckland Transport go to
For Ministry of Health updates go to



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