Windy Ridge School Newsletter
11 December 2020
Term 4 Week 9
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,
Prize Giving Assembly
It was great to see the faces of the children who were nominated or won cups and awards at our final assembly on Monday. The sense of achievement and pride on each and everyone’s faces was simply magical. I was also highly impressed watching the other children, those who didn’t come up on stage, but who were still proud of their friends and peers as they received their commendations.
Year 5/6 Dancing
It was equally special watching the Year 5 and 6 children performing their Jives and Cha Cha Chas at the Dance Competition on Tuesday. We have been so lucky to once again to have had Johnny Williams from Dancing with the Stars teaching our students and preparing them for their performance. Each and every student performed with pride and excitement. Well done to them all.
Reflecting on 2020
WOW, what a year we have had, and as both Marie Cheeseman, our BOT Chairperson and I said at Prizegiving, 2020 has been an exceptional year, a year never to forget and one for the future history books. Our students have had their school-life disrupted by lockdowns and stoppages, they have had to learn in bubbles and develop remote learning skills, and on top of all of this had to endure long periods without the kinship of their friends and mates at school. I take my hat off to each and every one of them for their resilience and drive to push through these trying times. Despite all of these difficulties Monday attested to the amazing work that everyone has put in; In 2020, everyone has been an achiever!
It is at times like this that I reflect on just what an amazing community spirit exists at Windy Ridge. It is also a time for me to personally reflect on my first half year as your new Principal and to thank the students, staff, parents and wider community for having made me feel valued and welcome.
Teams Next Year
Windy Ridge will be moving to a Junior/Senior School model from next year. Our Juniors (Year 1 and 2) students will be moving into the Learning Hive (formally the Hall) during the execution of our building projects, and our Seniors will be moving into Rooms 1-4 and 5-6. We will also be making some changes to our team names: Our Juniors will affectionately be known as Pīwakawakas (Fantails) and our Seniors, Kōtares (Kingfishers). My leadership teams and I have chosen the names carefully, wanting them to be reflective of the children and have cultural relevance. The narrative for Pīwakawaka reflects this sacred bird’s Māori legend. Pīwakawaka was the son of Tāne, God of the Forest, and was the creature that challenged everyone to be respectful towards one another. The narrative for Kōtare sits around Māori and Polynesian legends, with the Kōtare having been the controller of the waves, metaphorically modelling how we are all controllers of our own actions, efforts and destiny. Our teams continue to be complimented by our Wilson Unit children who will continue to affectionately be known as Kiwis. The narrative for the Kiwi in Māori legend is one of being a special Taonga or treasure. We at Windy Ridge treasure our Kiwis and celebrate the richness and joy that they bring to both the Wilson School and Windy Ridge. The deeper relevance and meaning of our birds encapsulates our school values of kindness, respect, integrity and resilience. The Pīwakawaka and Kōtare are both local birds, so also have a significance to our turangawaewae (our place). Both can be found either in the local woodland and bush around Windy Ridge, or on the shores of the Kāipartiki stream/shoreline.
Term Ends of Tuesday
A reminder to parents and community that the final day of the term is on Tuesday of next week. We ask parents and whānau to collect their children at 12:30pm which is the time that school officially finishes for the year.
Time to Sign Off
So as Christmas and the festive season nears, it is time for us to sign off for the 2020. I would like to wish those students and staff who are moving on next year every success. We will miss you and thank you for the contribution that you have made to our school. I would also like to thank all of the staff, teachers, teacher aides and support staff returning next year for their amazing work this year. I personally thank Jenine Maxwell, Inge Millard, Carmen Yiu and Suzanne Boyce, as well as the Board of Trustees for the support that they have given me during my first 6 months as your Tumuaki at Windy Ridge.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, also an awesome summer. Wherever you are planning to be, please stay safe and well and I look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 9 February for the beginning of Term 1, 2021.
Meri Kirihimete me te Tau Hou Hari. Ka kite anō au i a koutou.
School Activities 2021
Swimming Lessons – Next year we are anticipating offering swimming for years 3 to 6. The students will receive 10 once weekly lessons over a term period at the Glenfield Leisure Centre. This will incur no extra cost to parent as this is funded by the school donation scheme.
End of Year Reminders
Library Books & Readers – If you have any school resources please return them to school as soon as possible.
Sports Uniforms – Please remember if your was loaned a sports shirt for the cluster athletics day please wash and return it to the office on Monday.
|School Leavers – notice re ezlunch / Kindo school shop|
If your family is leaving our school and moving to another school that does not use ezlunch or Kindo for school payments, you need to close your account. If you’re not sure about the new school, log in, go to My Details and click on the list of schools, scrolling to find your new school. If your new school is NOT on the list, you will need to close your account. Send an email to email@example.com requesting to close your account. This request will need to:
Be emailed from your mykindo account email address
State the current balance on the account
Provide the bank account number for refunding the balance (or ask for it to be forwarded to the school)
Refunds and account closures will be actioned during January/February.
Lost Property – We are continuing to grow our pile of unclaimed clothing items, please take some time to look in our lost property box on the deck of
the hall and inside your child’s classroom. Any unclaimed items will be donated to the local charity store in the school holidays.
We do recommend you name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.
We are now taking registrations for our Term 1 2021 Touch Rugby Module. This will take place from February 17th to March 24th on a Wednesday afternoon. This is open to all year levels. Please register through Kindo by Monday December 14th. There will not be an opportunity to register for Touch Rugby when we return to school in term 1.
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:
- Last day of the year Tuesday 15th December at 12.30pm
sKids Summer Holiday Dates
Tuesday 15th December from 12.30pm to 6pm
Wednesday 16th December to Tuesday 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: https://play.google.com/store/
iPhone App Store: https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/
Skool Loop App
School Terms 2020
Term 4 Monday 12/10 – Tuesday 15/12 at 12.30pm
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 – 16th December (School Closed – Labour Day Monday 25th October)
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