Windy Ridge School Newsletter
16 April 2021
Term 1 Week 10
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
Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu
Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Term 1 Round-Up
WOW, we have reached the end of Term 1 already, and what a busy and productive time we have had. We started off with a couple of hiccups with Covid lockdowns but once we were back into the swing of things our tamariki have been engaging in some amazing learning. The Kōtare Iti students and teachers were excited to move into their newly renovated classes with their modern break out spaces. The children and teachers have certainly made the new spaces their own with beautiful Art and examples of written work adorning the walls. On the sports field, our afterschool teams have shown some great skills and sportsmanship playing basketball and touch rugby. A huge thank you to the parents who have coached and supported the games this term. We were finally able to hold our Meet the Team evening, a few weeks ago and I think everyone enjoyed looking around the school at the building changes and meeting the teachers and team. The PTA has been active and supported our school through sausage sizzles and the Hot-cross Bun fundraisers. A big thank you to Kieren and the team. We have enjoyed 2 awesome Whole School Assemblies this term and I would like to congratulate our prefects and Kōtare Iti and Nui teams for running these. Our new House Captains have also begun their role and are doing some sterling work around the school. The Enviro Group has been active with the Kāipatiki Waicare Stream project, and our Road Patrollers and Travelwise students have been active in keeping us all safe.
Heads Up for Next Term
We are finalising the plans for Kōtare to start their Swimming and Water safety programmes. These will either be at Glenfield Pools or AUT Millenium Pools at Constellation Drive. These programmes will not start until midterm, so we will be issuing more information during the first week of next term. We are also planning an amazing Junky Monkey Play Day early next term which will involve all of our students. This event is always a real hit with our tamariki, consisting of hands-on experiential learning focusing on creative loose parts construction. In loose parts play, children interact with, and manipulate, a unique collection of items or “parts”. These parts can be completely unrelated and their size and nature can vary depending on the users and setting. They can be offered by an educator or spontaneously collected by children. Playing and experimenting with open-ended materials encourages creativity and imagination. New skills in planning, communication and problem-solving are developed – and because there is no prescribed way to use the parts, children make the decisions. They learn, through play, at the level that they are ready for – and naturally stretch themselves by setting their own goals and challenges. lookout for more information at the start of next term.
So now it is time to take a short break, we hope that you all have a wonderful holiday. Thank you to our amazing teachers and support staff, and you the children and whānau for making our school such an amazing place. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 3rd May.
Have a well-earned rest and a great holiday everyone,
Ka kite anō au i a koutou.
Sports Committee Meeting
We held our first Sports Committee Meeting on Wednesday, and we were delighted to have Stacey, Kieren and Anna join us at this meeting. If anyone else is keen to contribute to the planning and support of sports codes and sports events at the school, we will meet once a term. Keep an eye out for next term’s meeting date.
Just a reminder to those parents whose girls are playing netball that you need to get your online registrations completed. You will have received an email from me that includes instructions on how to do this. If you’re not sure, email and let me know.
Please complete Kindo registration by Monday 3rd May if your child is interested in playing in the Glenfield Rugby Club Festival Days.
Have a great holiday and we’ll see you back next term
School Term Dates:
Term 1: Tuesday 9 February – Thursday 15 April (Teacher Training Day 16 April – School Closed)
Term 2: Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July (Teacher Training Day 25 June – School Closed)
Term 3: Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October (Teacher Training Day – Date to be confirmed)
Term 4: Monday 18 October – Monday 20 December (Teachers Training Day 26 October – School Closed)
Public Holidays – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th April & (Tuesday 6th April – NZ Schools observed), Queens Birthday Monday 7th June, Labour Day Monday 25th October
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 email@example.com
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:
- Board Meeting – Monday 31st May at 6.30pm in the staffroom
KickStart Breakfast – We have started breakfast club this week in the hall kitchen. It will be running every morning 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.
ezlunch orders are made online through your myKindo account. You can order lunch by simply going to www.mykindo.co.nz
Order anytime before cut-off or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to school at lunchtime.
Click here to view the menu.
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or tel. 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.
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
- Sun Safety – All students are required to wear a sunhat this term, please make sure the hats are named. We also provide sunscreen in the classrooms but recommend that you do apply some before school.
- 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 https://www.windyridge.school.nz/report-an-absence/ 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 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. 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/windyridgeparents/
- 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. 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
- 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/
Birkenhead Library Holiday Programme
MONDAY 19 APRIL VS MAGIC
Don’t miss the FIRST Northern Mystics home game of the 2021 ANZ Premiership against the Magic. Adult general admission tickets are ONLY $20 and
best of all ‘Kids go Free’ with every paying adult.
Doors Open: 6pm – Centre Pass: 7pm – Tickets on sale now at:
SATURDAY 24 APRIL VS STEEL
The Northern Mystics will be crossing the bridge for this game ONLY to take on the Southern Steel at Eventfinda Stadium, Wairau Valley, North Shore.
Doors Open: 4pm – Centre Pass: 5pm
Team Ticket Pass: 10 tickets for only $130 – great value as this averages at only $13 per ticket
Use Promo CODE: MYSTSCHOOL21 and receive a $5 discount off Adult tickets
Tickets on sale now at:
MONDAY 3 MAY VS TACTIX
The Northern Mystics are back at The Trusts Arena taking on the Good Oil Tactix, Monday 3rd May. Adult general admission tickets are ONLY $20 and
best of all ‘Kids go Free’ with every paying adult.
Doors Open: 6pm – Centre Pass: 7pm – Tickets on sale now at:
Need to focus on your health and fitness? Come join Encompass Fitness group training at Glenfield Rugby Club in term 2! 9.30am sessions are women only with a free babysitter for under 5’s. 5.45am sessions are mixed. Email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Holiday Programme:
Studio 246 present
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”
Come perform in our 17th Holiday show; a week of dance, singing, acting, making costumes and props, performing to family and friends on the last day.
Monday to Friday April 19th-23rd 9am-3pm with before and after school care available.
Programme held at Murrays Bay Intermediate
Boys and Girls aged 5-15 Welcome. Suitable for experienced kids and beginners.
Limited spaces available: Please ring 0211849849 or email email@example.com for more info.
“Brain Play coding, robotics, 3d printing and STEM classes. Holiday programs currently for $60 per day. Free trials available. Ages 5+.
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