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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

21st October 2020

Term 4 Week 2

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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, 

Team Tui’s Camp Day Has Finally Arrived

Goodness what excitement there has been at School this week in the lead up to Year 5 and 6’s departing for Camp out at Carey Park, Henderson Valley.  The experience that such a great EOTC event such as this will be huge.  For some tamariki it will mark their first stay away from home and will reinforce their independence and resilience, for some it will be the first time they have experienced many of the activities, but for all it will be a time of laughing and having fun whilst learning new skills and developing themselves as young Kiwis. The activities at Camp are numerous –  kayaking, climbing, archery, outdoor team problem solving, and the list goes on –  the kids are going to have a blast!  I will be at Camp to welcome our intrepid adventurers and I am personally looking forward to sharing their stories and experiences.

Of course events like Camp don’t just happen, they require hours of organisation and preparation. I would like to pay special thanks to Jane Brown, Heidi Fegan, Sally Kim, Carmen Yiu and Suzanne Boyce for their tireless attention to detail and preparations.  I’d also like to thank Ms. Maxwell for volunteering once again to be the Leadership member resident on Camp. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the parents who are giving their time to support the Camp, many taking time away from work to make this time such a magical time for the children.

I know that our Tamariki will have great fun and will talk about their wonderful experiences for a long time.  I wish everyone a great Camp –  go well Tuis and make the most of the opportunity that Camp has to offer.


Loud Shirt Day

Loud Shirt Day is back for its 15th year on Friday and with New Zealand’s help, it is hoped that  $200,000 can be raised to give the gift of sound and speech to children, young people and adults throughout the country with hearing loss.

The Hearing House (THH) and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) are the only two charities in New Zealand that deliver Cochlear Implant services and are dedicated to ensuring that children and adults with hearing loss have the opportunity to listen and communicate with spoken language.

The work that these two organisations offer is life changing for deaf and hearing impaired New Zealanders.  I know that we have had students at our own school who have been able to have implants and been given back the power of hearing.  

So on Friday, just as the day suggests lets go wild with our shirts in support of the cause.  We will also be organising a gold coin donation for those who would like to donate.  Thank you Mrs. Ross-Thompson for organising our day.  Let’s get behind Loud Shirt Day WRS.

Summer Sports

As Term 4 has begun it has been great to see our Tamariki out on the field playing more sport and starting to get their Athletics skills back to tip top shape.  With a year to date it is doubly exciting to see a sense of normality returning around school. Physical exercise and team sports are such an integral part of our New Zealand schooling and are so important to offer our students a wider learning experience while ensuring their physical and emotional health and well-being. 

All of this great work that the students and teachers are doing leads up to the sporting events planned for later in the term.  You will see the details for these below.  I would like to say a very big thank you to Sarah Turner for her energy and vitality around overseeing and organising the sports programme in school.

Go well everyone and enjoy your sports at Windy Ridge.


Have a wonderful week everyone,   

Ka kite anō au i a koutou


Jonathan Lambert




Sports Update

Rippa Rugby – Our Rippa Tournament is on tomorrow at Kaipatiki Park. Please ensure your child has a red Windy Ridge school shirt, plenty of water and food, a hat and sunscreen. There will be a tuck shop open for treats and snacks. Please ensure your child arrives at school on time as we are taking a bus to the field. The draw for Rippa is as follows; there is one girls team and 2 boys teams; Girls games at 9:50, 10:10 and 12:50 – Boys games at 10:10, 11:50 and 1:30/1:50

School Fun Run/Colour Run – We have now raised over $4000. Please keep those sponsorships coming in. Remember anyone who raises over $10 will be eligible for a prize. Go  to to create a login for fundraising. The event will be held on the 3rd of November after lunch. Parents are welcome to attend and support. If you would like to help out at one of our fun obstacles on the course spraying colour please email 

Basketball – Remember to check the draw, the entire draw is available for the rest of the term. 

Touch Rugby – Thank you for signing up for Touch Rugby. The first game will be held on November 4th at Kaipatiki Park. Please stayed tuned for the draw. 

Athletics Day – Students are now training for our Athletics day. Children from year 2-6 will participate in a school – wide athletics day on November 16th. More information will become available if you would like to come support the students on the day. Please email if you are available to help on the day with one of our events.

Shore to Shore Fun Run – The shore to shore run which had been postponed due to lock down 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.
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:

  • Team Tui Camp – Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd October
  • Rippa Rugby Tournament Yrs 3 & 4 – Thursday 22nd October at Kaipatiki Park
  • Loud Shirt Day – Friday 23rd October
  • Labour Day holiday – Monday 26th October 
  • Teacher Only Days (School closed) – Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th October (sKids will be open on these days)
  • Board Meeting – Wednesday 28th October at 6.30pm in the staffroom
  • School Disco – Friday 30th October from 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall
  • School Fun Run/Colour Run -Tuesday 3rd November – school grounds
  • Team Pukeko Zoo Trip – Thursday 12th November
  • Athletics Day – Monday 16th November – school grounds
  • Team Tui Dance Finals – Tuesday 17th November at 1.30pm in the hall
  • Team Falcon Top Team Day – Wednesday 25th November – school grounds
  • Prize Giving & Year 6 Graduation Assembly – Monday 7th December
  • Last day of the year Tuesday 15th December


sKids Summer Holiday Dates

Tuesday 15th December from 1pm to 6pm

Wednesday 16th December to Wednesday 22nd December 7am to 6pm

Monday 11th January 2021 to Friday 5th February 2021 7am to 6pm




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



Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Scholastic Book Club – Orders close this Friday 23rd October, please order online drop your order and money into the office.
  • Team Falcon EOTC – On Wednesday 25th November the team are participating in a Top Team activity day with BigFoot Adventures. Please complete and return the permission slip to your Whānau teacher  Falcon – BIG FOOT Letter 2020
  • Team Pukeko Zoo Trip – Team Pukeko (Rooms 5, 6, 7 & 8) will be visiting Auckland Zoo on Thursday 12th November 2020. Please fill in the permission slip we sent home yesterday and return to your Whānau teacher.  2020 Team Pukeko Auckland Zoo Trip Letter and Permission slip
  • Term 4 Team Newsletters – Falcon Term 4 Newsletter 2020  Team Pukeko Term 4 Newsletter – 2020
  • School Assembly – Our next assembly will be on Friday 6th November at 9.45am, Team Tui will be sharing their camp experiences.  Please feel free to join us in the staffroom from 9am for a chat and a coffee/tea with our Principal Jonathan Lambert, preschoolers are welcome.
  • 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. 


  • Sun Safety – All student are required to wear sunhats this term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • 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 2 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, 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 4     Monday 12/10 – Tuesday 15/12 (School Closed,  Labour Day Monday 26th October  – Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th October Teacher Only Days)


School Terms 2021

Term 1     Tuesday 9th February – Friday 16th April (School Closed – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th April)

Term 2     Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July (School Closed – Queens Birthday Monday 7th June)

Term 3     Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October

Term 4     Monday 18th October – TBC December (School Closed – Labour Day Monday 25th October)


PTA News 

  • Masquerade Disco – Friday 30th October in the hall.  Doors open at 6pm until 7.30pm. Come dressed up and ready to Dance the night away.  Windy Ridge School Disco 
  • Calendar Art Fundraiser –  Don’t forget to place your orders by the end of this week, please contact the office if you require your child’s order code. 
  • Volunteers – We are always looking for more volunteers during school time to help with lunches. please email



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