Windy Ridge School Newsletter
9th September 2020
Term 3 Week 8
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.”
Mālō ‘etau lava (greetings to everyone) – Mou fēfē hake? (how are you all?),
As has been reported through the news, there has recently been disturbing material shared on social media around youth suicide. The worrying aspect to this situation is that the inappropriate material is embedded into what appears to be innocent video clips, e.g. YouTube videos of fluffy cats and dogs. This will be a cause of concern for parents and whānau. As a result of Ministry of Education advice, we recommend that students are not given access to viewing social media and video streaming sites at home, especially Facebook, TikTok and YouTube unless the content has been carefully checked first.
At School, all online activity is filtered through the Ministry of Education’s online N4L service which denies access to social media. We have also made the call to disable access to YouTube for a few days until the situation has been resolved.
From a legal standpoint, online services such as Facebook and other social media are not permitted to be accessed by students within our age group, however, as many of our children have older siblings who may have their own social media accounts, it is really important to guard against anyone accessing disturbing social media feeds.
If students are exposed to disturbing material on-line, useful support and advice can be sought through netsafe.org.nz. I would especially alert you to the section: Helping tamariki exposed to upsetting content . Official advice is, if a young person talks to you about something that they have seen online, the most important thing you can do is take what they are saying seriously. The other things to do are:
- Try not to assign blame about how they came across the material
- Reassure them that it isn’t their fault
- Don’t trivialise what they have seen by saying that the material may not be real (it is important to deal with their feelings first)
- Provide comfort and assurance
- Normalise their response, e.g., ‘It’s normal to be scared/angry/upset/confused’
- Don’t overreact by taking away the technology – this will make them less likely to talk to you if something else happens and it can make them feel like they are to blame
- Make sure that they know you are glad that they came to you about it.
It’s important to seek professional help for your child if intense feelings or behaviours persist.
The Ministry of Education have shared a list of support lines which could be useful should you need to reach out for support:
- Need to talk -. Free call or text on 1737 and there is support available 24 hours a day
- 0800 What’s Up – Available Mon-Fri 12 pm-11 pm Sat/Sun 3 pm-11 pm on 0800 942 8787
- Lifeline – call on (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for confidential support
Mālō e Lelei!
This week is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga, Tongan Language Week, and we wish to acknowledge and celebrate the rich culture that our Tongan students and families share with us in our school. The theme for Tonga language week is “Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni” which in English means, “Enriching Aotearoa, New Zealand through Prayer and Faith”. Each year a different theme is used to promote the richness of the Tonga language and culture with the Tongan community, but also all New Zealanders.
To help all of us celebrate Tongan language here is some information about how the Tongan alphabet is constructed and sounded out. Follow the link for more in-depth information about Tongan language.
To Mask or Not to Mask?
We have some students who are attending school in masks during Level 2.5 and we totally support parents’ and students’ decision to wear them. I would, however, ask that families consider hygiene if they are to be worn all day. Guidelines recommend that masks are changed periodically / once saturated with moist breath. If children are going to wear masks for an extended period of time, it is important that they do not fiddle with them or take them on and off unless they intermediately sanitize their hands, as they could potentially spread germs via their fingers. Could parents discuss these points with their child? It also needs to be made clear that discarded masks must be put into their bag and taken home, either for disposal or washing.
Parents Please Refrain from Coming Into the School During Level 2.5
We remind all parents that during Level 2.5 visitors should not be in school, but if they have to come onsite we require them to wear a mask. If you need to make a payment through the school Office, please call the reception over the phone and either Suzanne or Carmen will bring the EFTPOS machine out to you. It is essential that we keep our school safe.
Keep safe and stay well everyone.
Faka’au ā – farewell.
An impassioned call for parent patrol supervisors. We are wanting to start up our new road patrol schedule from next week, however, Jenine is still woefully short helpers. Please contact email@example.com to put your name forward.
It’s Still Not Too Late To Have Your Say
As was mentioned in last week’s Newsletter, parents have the opportunity to review the learning support policy for our school. If you would like to participate in the review:
- Visit the website https://windyridge.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
- Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
- Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
- Read the policy.
- Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
- Enter your name (optional).
- Submit your ratings and comments.
- 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
We are taking registrations for Touch Rugby for Term 4. Games will be played on Wednesdays at Kaipātiki Park. Game times will be at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30 pm – 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.
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: https://play.google.com/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.
- Team Tui Camp – In term 4 from the 21st to 23rd October the year 5 & 6 students will be attending camp at Carey Park. We are holding the parent information evening tonight via zoom, an email with your zoom invitation was sent on Monday. On Monday we sent home these important notices for you to read, complete, and return to school. Camp payment, Medical and Detail Form– 2020 Camp Gear List – Camp payment and permission slip – EOTC-HealthProfileandMedicalConsent.docx – Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.
- Team Pukeko Zoo Trip – We have been advised by the Zoo that due to the continued level 2 restrictions this trip has now been postponed until term 4.
- Term 3 Team Newsletters – Team Falcon Term 3 Newsletter – 2020, Team Pukeko Term 3 Newsletter – 2020 Team Fantail Term 3 Newsletter 2020 Team Tui Term 3 Newsletter 2020
- School Assembly – Our school assemblies are held fortnightly on a Friday morning at 9.45am. Please feel free to join Jonathan Lambert our principal in the Staffroom for a coffee from 9am.
- School Fun Run/Colour Run – We will be holding a School Fundraiser through Fun Run. The school will be participating in a colour run obstacle course on November 3rd. Fundraising information will be coming out soon. All children who raise over $10 will be eligible for a prize.
- Scholastic Lucky Book Club – School ordering closes this Friday 11th September, please order online through the Book Club Loop or send your payment to the office.
- 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 www.mykindo.co.nz or via the link on our school website. www.facebook.com/kindo.co.nz 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/windyridgeparents/
- 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. https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/wellbeing/head-lice/ For advice on treatments: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/h/head-lice/#Chemicalproducts 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 – www.sunshineonline.co.nz 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. www.skids.co.nz/locations/windy_ridge/
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)
- Team Tui Sausage Sizzle – Friday 11th September Team Tui Sausage order form
- 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 PTA@windyridge.school.nz
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
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 at.govt.nz/speed
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. at.govt.nz/speed
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 at.govt.nz/speed
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 https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/service-announcements/covid-19/.
For Ministry of Health updates go to https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus.
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