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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

2nd September 2020

Term 3 Week 7

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

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,

Great to be back

It has been great being back to school this week, hearing and seeing the children happily learning in their classes with their teachers and friends.  Although schools across New Zealand, indeed across the World have done their best to provide remote learning opportunities, there really is no substitute for being at school learning with your peers. 

Since being back at school we have been mindful of checking in with our students to ensure that they are happy and not feeling anxious or worried.  We are really proud of how resilient the children have been throughout the whole Covid period. It has also been impressive how adaptable and respectful of the many restrictions that they have had to endure. 

To those families who are still anxious about sending their child back to school after lock down, I appeal to you to reconsider now sending them back to school.  Research tells us that the long term effect of traumatic events like Covid are lessened by a swift return to routines and a normalised way of being. Quoting the Ministry of Education’s advice: “It is safe for students to return to school in Level 2.  As compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments which we have significant spread of Covid-19.  Our schools have good processes in place to continue to keep your child as safe as possible.”

Please Return School Devices

Thank you to all of the families who have returned devices which were loaned out during lock down. Could I ask that any outstanding Chromebooks and iPads are returned to school over the next couple of days. Until we get all of our devices back, some of our online learning activities are having to be limited.

Dates For Your Calendar

At the BOT meeting earlier this week, the term dates for 2021 were confirmed:

  • Tuesday 9 February – Friday 16 April
  • Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July
  • Monday 26 July – Friday 1 April
  • Monday 18 October – Thursday 16 December

There will also planned teacher only days:

  • Thursday 1 April
  • Tuesday 8 June
  • Monday 30 August
  • Tuesday 26 October

I can also confirm that there will be 2 teacher only days in Term 4 of this year:

  • Tuesday 27 October and Wednesday 28 October, 2020


Keep safe and stay well everyone.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Jonathan Lambert



Board of Trustees News

It is with sadness that we have to announce that Ian Telford has decided to step back from his Board duties.  Along with my BOT colleagues, I thank Ian for his dedication to his duties over the time that he has served as a trustee.

As a result of Ian’s departure, we now have 2 vacancies for our BOT, and as a result we will need to hold a by-election and advertisements for nominations will be published shortly.  We are lucky to have our our Office and Property Manger Suzanne Boyce who will be officiating over the by-election process.


Road Patrol News

I am currently working on a new road patrol roster to put into place as soon as we are out of Level 2.  Once we are up and running, we will desperately need some new parent road patrol supervisors.  We run one patrol in the morning (8.30 -8.55) and two in the afternoon (3.00 – 3.15) every week day.  Any parent, from any level of the school is very welcome to be a supervisor.  No experience is necessary and I will provide training.

In the meantime, please remember to be careful around the crossing.  We currently have a lot of parents on pick up and we are trying to maintain as much social distancing as possible.  We have teachers supervising the front and back crossings, but would ask that you wait for your children to be ‘handed over’ to you and remember to exercise caution when driving passed the school.  Please also remember that the front car park is for school staff only.  

Nga mihi



Have Your Say

Like many other schools, we use the services of School Docs who design policies for many New Zealand schools; updating them to reflect current legislation.  Periodically parents are asked to review certain policies.  This month parents are invited to have their say around the learning support policy.  If you would like to participate in the review:

  1. Visit the website 
  2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.
  9. If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form. 


Health & Well-being

Dental service during the Covid-19 Level 2 lockdown – ARDS letter to our community – 1 September 2020 Auckland Regional Dental Service I Waitemata DHB, 144 Chivalry Road, Glenfield, 0629, p: 0800 TALK TEETH (Option 1) | 09 444 6160


Sports Update


At this point all sports are on hold until further updates around our Covid-19 alert levels and restrictions.

Our school has entered into a one day Softball Tournament for year 5/6 on September 16th. This date will be confirmed on September 6th – depending on Covid-19 alert level restrictions.
There is no charge for this, however, we require enough parents to provide transportation up to the venue in Rosedale. Please register your child for this one day tournament through Kindo.

Touch Rugby                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

We are taking registrations for Touch Rugby for Term 4. Games will be played on Wednesdays at Kaipatiki Park. Game times will be at 4, 4:30, 5, and 5:30 -younger players generally play the earlier games and the older players play the later games. Fees are $40 for the season. There will be 7 games beginning on November 4th. Teams are open to year 1 -6 boys and girls.

Shore to Shore Fun Run
The shore to shore run which had been postponed due to lockdown back in March has been rescheduled for November 8th. A large portion of your entry fee goes to Windy Ridge School to support purchasing PE gear. Please register your families for this awesome event.
Basketball and Netball are both working on a Return to Play plan, that will allow the children to get back to sports in a safe way.
Basketball is hoping to begin September 8th. This will be confirmed ASAP.
Netball has sent through guidelines, please check with your team coach if you have not been made aware of these.
Rippa Rugby is looking at a new date in Term 4 for our Festival Day.

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:

  • BOT Meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday 21st September in the Staff Room 
  • School Fun Run/Colour Run 3rd November (New Date)




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:


Skool Loop App

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.  The weetbix and milk are donated by Sanitarium and Fonterra.

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


  • 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 & 28th October Teacher Only Days)


PTA News 

  • Yummy Stickers fundraiser –  Yummy Sticker Sheet
  • Chocolate Fundraiser –  Please remember to return your box  if you are unable to sell it and we can pass it on to other families who can. This is our Big Fundraiser and we aim to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 to pass on to school for projects.
  • Volunteers – 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



Auckland Regional Dental Service I Waitemata DHB

144 Chivalry Road, Glenfield, 0629
p: 0800 TALK TEETH (Option 1) | 09 444 6160 | 021 968 975

Communication to our communities – ARDS Level 2