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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

22 July 2020

Term 3 Week  1

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Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

Kia ora, Hello, Kamusta, Hola a todos, As-salāmu, alaykum, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo,  Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Szia, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Shalom, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei, Kia Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

“Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao”The bird who eats the miro berry is from the forest; the bird who feasts on education is of the world.”


Tēnā koutou katoa,

It is my pleasure to welcome you back to Term 3. I hope that you had a safe and restful mid-winter break, and that everyone is energised and ready to launch back into learning.


Let  Me Introduce Myself

I am honoured to join Windy Ridge as your new Principal.  Monday’s Pōwhiri was a very special welcome and I would like to thank everyone for your warm welcome. The occasion was made even more special because I was able to share my start with our new Room 4 students and their teacher Debbie Reed. Special thanks go to the Kapa Haka who performed so well and supported the rest of the school – my goodness what a lot of talented children we have at our school. I was also honoured to be supported by staff and students from my previous school, and I thank them for coming from Titirangi.

Over the next few days I will be visiting the classrooms to share in the childrens’ learning and get to know them. I am passionate about students driving their own learning and believe in our school giving every student the very best opportunities to achieve to their full potential.  I can’t wait to hear from the children about what excites them about their learning.   

In my private life my partner and I along with our elderly golden retriever, Golda live on the Hibiscus Coast. I am a musician and love to listen to and play. I am also a Choral conductor and have been connected to the A.P.P.A. massed Choir Festival in the Town Hall for many years. I am sure that you will see me getting involved in directing a Choir before too long. I am also a keen gardener and lover of the great outdoors – walking and kayaking in my free time.

I look forward to meeting parents and whānau to get to know you all. When you see me around school, please come and say hello.



Although the official date to celebrate Matariki has passed, it is important for us as a school to  acknowledge and celebrate the significance of the New Year as we acknowledging the past to look forward to the future. 

There are many legends about the star cluster. Probably the most significant tells how the Matariki star is the whaea (mother), surrounded by her six daughters, Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā and Ururangi.

Here are a couple of video clips which may be of interest to view with your children.

How to find the Matariki Star Cluster           Celebrating Matariki at Home


Positive Puberty Programme

Tomorrow our Year 5/6 students will be engaging in their Positive Puberty Programme delivered by Nest Consulting.  The programme is an amazing resource for our tamariki and offers valuable insight into the physical and emotional aspects of beginning the growing-up journey.  I know that those who attended found the parent information session held on Tuesday evening was informative.  For more information please refer to the Nest Consulting Website or talk to your class teachers. Yr 5 6 Permission Positive Puberty Talk


Glenfield Intermediate Open Evening     

A heads up that there will be an open evening at Glenfield Intermediate School on Wednesday 29 July between 6:30 – 8:00 pm. I would strongly recommend that parents considering sending their children to G.I.S attend the session to find out more about what the school has to offer your son/daughter in Years 7 and 8. For further information please refer to the G.I.S website.


Student led Conferences

A reminder that our student led conferences take place on Wednesday 5th August, from 2.00 – 7.00 pm (not 8.00 pm 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 closed from 1.30 pm on that Wednesday afternoon. 


Assemblies During Term 3

We will be holding Whole School Assemblies fortnightly on Fridays again this term.  Our first assembly will be presented by our Tui Team students on Friday 31st July at 9.45 am in the Hall.  Please feel free to join me in the Staff Room for a coffee and chat from 9 am.


Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Jonathan Lambert



Board of Trustees News

The Board would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back for term 3. What an exciting term it is shaping up to be, as we all gathered on Monday to welcome our new principal, Jonathan Lambert. Our Pōwhiri was a really special and moving occasion and Jonathan feels very welcome and ready to get started leading our school.

Have a great week and we’ll be back with more Board news shortly.


School Happenings – Dates for your Diaries

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:

  • Scholastic Book Fair – in the library from Monday 3rd August to Wednesday 12th August.
  • Student – led Conferences – Wednesday 5th August – 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm





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. ****
  • Team Tui Camp – In term 4 from the 21st to 23rd October the year 5 & 6 students will be attending camp at Carey Park, this notice was sent home at the end of last term Carey Park Camp Information 2020  The Tui team teachers are planning to send home more information at the end of next week.  Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.
  • Sports Update 

    Basketball will begin on August 4th the draw will be posted from the Thursday before on the North Harbour Basketball website.
    Rippa training began today, however we will be holding them on Tuesdays from now on during break times. It might be useful to pack a spare change of clothes for your child if they are participating in these training’s as our field is quite muddy.
    Netball begins on Saturday and you should all have your game times. If not, please contact your child’s team coach. 


  • 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.
  • 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. Ezlunch T3 Menu 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 dates             

School Terms 2020

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 

Term 3 Fundraising events
Week 1 – Whittaker’s chocolate drive. This is our biggest earner for the year. Chocolates will be coming home tomorrow.
Week 3 – Book week. Looking for volunteers to run the Scholastic Book Fair before and after school in the Library.
During this term the students will be creating their ‘Calendar art’ –  at the end of the term parents will be able to order their child’s artwork in calendar, mouse pad, Christmas card or sketch pad format. Orders should arrive in time for posting overseas for Christmas.
We will also do a couple of Lunch (Sausage sizzle or Jester Pies) during the term.
We are always looking for more volunteers during school time to help with lunches. please email



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.   




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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