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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

19 February 2021

Term 1 Week 2

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 

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai – If kindness/respect is sown, it will come back to you.


Tēnā koutou katoa, 

Gosh, What a Week!

It has been quite a week. We could almost say somewhat of a rollercoaster, going from alert level 1 to 3 and then back down to 2. We have had to inflate our bubbles and then pop them again and the school has gone from being open to closed to reopening all in a matter of 5 school days – wow!  On a serious note, we can be proud of how we all looked out for each other. As a school, we swung into action painlessly and efficiently.  Teachers prepared themselves in a very short time, planning for remote learning should the lockdown have been extended, and Zoom meetings were set and all went well.  Thank you parents for working with us to make Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday positive days for the children, and we hope that you didn’t find the experience too difficult balancing working from home and having the children to look after as well. Let’s hope that we will be able to go back to Level 1 soon and that normal life will resume.

Celebrating our Piwakawaka and Kōtare Teams:

It has been great to see how teams have gelled so well in the short time that we have been back to school.  It made so much sense to join the Year 1s and 2 together once they moved into the Learning Hive, and there is already a real connectedness.  Teachers worked tirelessly to plan and prepare the new space ready for the children’s return, and their hard work and dedication has made the area into an amazing space of learning, exploration and play for our Piwakawaka.

As we have talked about in previous newsletters, the rationale for joining Years 3-4 and 5-6 into one team was to make it possible for them to collaborate on projects more easily and for the teachers to share their skills and expertise more broadly.  It has been great to see the collaborative planning which has led to the children taking their Mana bags home and bringing back their treasures to celebrate their identity and mana.  What has also been nice is how the younger and older groups have organically subgrouped themselves for some activities, with the teachers affectionately calling them Kōtare iti and Kōtare nui.  We are confident as the term really gets underway how Kōtare will work collaboratively around a range of projects, as well as sometimes working in smaller groupings – truly versatile learning. What is also super exciting is how Kōtare nui is learning through play more than in the past. This was one of our goals for this year. 

New Caretaker 

At the end of March fabulous Lew Nielsen will be retiring. We sincerely thank him for everything that he has done for our school and wish him a happy retirement. The staff and children will miss him greatly. Go well Lew and please stay in touch with us.

Darren Coates will be joining us, coming from Marlborough School where he has been caretaker for a number of years. Darren is a super friendly and skilled person and we feel certain that he will fit into our community well and look after our school with pride. 


Have a great weekend everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert



Back To School Family Picnic:

We are gutted to have to postpone the picnic and meet the teacher afternoon/evening planned for next week. Unfortunately, under Alert Level 2 we are unable to have gatherings of more than 100 people. 

Even if the alert levels change on Monday, it would be too late to swing into action. So, we are tentatively planning on rescheduling the event to 3rd March.  We will reconfirm once we have the green light though.







Calling for Parent Helpers

We are asking for some parents to help our teachers and teacher aides in the Resource Room to help put readers and books away.  Even if you can only pop in for a couple of hours, we would love to hear from you.  We will train you up and show you what needs to be done.  If you think you can help, could you please contact our lovely Donna Walker



Road Patrol – 

Desperately seeking lovely parents to supervise our road patrol wardens, either at the front gate or back.  No experience necessary – training will be provided.  Please contact Jenine on

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:

  • Back to School Family Picnic – Postponed until Wednesday 3rd March 4pm to 7pm – 
  • Kaipatiki Kahui Ako – Online Safety Information Evening Monday 1st March at Glenfield College.  Please RSVP to 




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




  • Scholastic –  Please order online orders will be closing on Monday 22nd February.
  • Sun Safety – All student are required to wear a sunhat 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.  Please phone the office to leave an absence message or online through the school website or use the Skool Loop app .  We do follow up lateness and absences 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. 11th December will be the last day to order online lunches for the year.
  • WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – please send a friend 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 and 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 Yiu 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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 – 20th December (School Closed – Labour Day Monday 25th October)




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