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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

21 May 2021

Term 2 Week 3

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, 

Junky Monkey Day

What a great day the children and teachers had with Ann and the Junky Monkey team on Tuesday, despite the wind and rain early on. The programme illustrated the power of learning through play as they examined, collected, designed, and made numerous creative pieces from the loose parts.  Following the sessions with the children, the staff met with Ann and engaged in some great discussion about unpacking the different components of the children’s learning that they had identifying, relating them to the NZ curriculum. Thank you to everyone who participated for making this such a great day of building and learning.

Next Week’s Structured Literacy Session

A reminder that Mrs Tabuteau will be leading a parent information session on Structured Literacy next Wednesday evening between 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  While the session is open to anyone who wishes to attend, the target audience will be parents of tamariki in Years 0-3.  Due to the great interest, we have decided to move the session down into the Learning Hive (the old Hall).  To help us to be prepared for numbers attending, could we ask you to RSVP to the Office if you are planning to come along.  We are looking forward to seeing parents there. 



Over the next few weeks, we will be unveiling plans to move our reporting to parents to more of a real-time format. As a school, we have been working on what this will look like, and will be entering into community consultation in order to share our plans. One aspect that we are sure that you will be excited about will be us celebrating your child’s milestones and successes as they happen, rather than waiting until the mid-year/end of the year formal reporting points. We will achieve this through the greater use of our ePortfolio app SeeSaw.  The app is an effective method of communication and one that also allows parents to respond to posts about their child’s learning.  We encourage parents to post responses to further celebrate their successes – perhaps have a go at posting a comment next time.

Kōtare Swimming Programme

Just a reminder to look out for the Swimming notice and permission slips that went out on Wednesday.  The Itis and Nuis will be starting their respective programmes on Thursday 3 June. Please remember that parents will need to return a signed permission slip to the Office in order for their child to participate. Swimming Permission Kōtare Iti – Swimming Permission Kōtare Nui


Have a great weekend everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert



PTA Corner

The PTA (Parents and Teachers Association) is a group of parents who want to help fundraise for the school. We work alongside the Board of Trustees, senior management and school staff, our main goal is to provide extra resources to our students through fundraising initiatives. 

Over the past few years some of those projects include classroom resources and bigger projects like the new junior playground and sandpit with shade sail.

Being a part of the PTA is a great opportunity to be involved in your child’s education, and meet other like-minded parents and caregivers in the school. We are always keen for new members – to bring fresh ideas and energy, and to help share the load. Every little bit counts, if every parent gave an hour over the course of the year we would easily be able to reach our goals! 

There are many ways to get involved. We need committee members to meet and plan events. Helpers that turn up on the day and give an hour or two of their time. Donations – if you own a business that can donate products for raffles, or work for one that might, we are happy to provide a donation letter on request. We also love giving a shout out to local businesses that support us in our fundraising, both on Facebook and via the school newsletter. We are also open to ideas via email, if you have seen something work at another school or club they can be emailed through to

Logistics: We meet at least once a term in the school staffroom to plan fundraisers and school community events. Meeting times are advertised in the school newsletter and the Facebook group. We also have a group email and a Facebook Messenger chat for those who want to keep informed and help with decision-making.

With our school hall being used as a classroom for the foreseeable future we are looking at running some offsite/weekend events like Bunnings sausage sizzles, Parents Lawn Bowls, Family Bowling or Movie at a local cinema.

If you are interested in joining the PTA or just want to volunteer to help with events like school sausage sizzles or discos, please email, or contact Kieren or Joy for more info.

PTA Officers:

Chairperson – Kieren Striefler

Treasurer – Joy Marshall

Secretary – Yvonne Parseramen

Chocolate Fundraiser
We have had a fantastic response to our fundraiser, thanks for your support.  If you do not wish to sell the chocolates could you please return the box unopened or part box to the school office as soon as possible to enable another family to sell them, alternatively if you would like to contribute to the fundraiser you can return the chocolates along with a donation of $25 which is the profit we make on each box. All families who sell 2 or more boxes and who return their money to the school office by Friday 25th June 2021 will go into the draw to win fabulous prizes! Prizes will be drawn at the last assembly in Term 2 (or the first one in Term 3). Any queries regarding the selling of the chocolates, please contact a PTA member

Windy Ridge School Students’ Summer Holidays 2021 (ESOL Project)

Mrs Millard’s  ESOL Group A have been inquiring about what people at our school did during their summer holidays. We wanted to find out what things they did in New Zealand because they were not able to travel overseas due to Covid.

We interviewed teachers and students and asked specific questions about their summer holiday. Then we learnt to compile and analyse the results. We thought you would enjoy learning about what we found out. 

These are the questions we asked and the answers we received.

  1. Where did you go on holiday?

So many places including: On a Cruise Liner, camping, Mangawhai, Russell, Gisborne, Rotorua, Waipu cove, Taupo, the beach, the pools, Hamilton, Leigh, camping at Taupo holiday park, Queenstown, hot water beach, Kaitaia, Wellington, Tauranga, Raglan, and Shakespear Regional Park.

  1. Why did they go there?

People had many different reasons to go on their holidays. Here are a few of them: They were invited to a batch, they liked the area, to spend time with family and friends, to take their dogs to the beautiful beaches, for a nice break, to go camping, they had never been there before and it seemed nice, for family time, to see a friend, for a birthday, a funeral and for a cricket game.

  1. Where did they stay?

In a tent, at a holiday home, at a motel, in a rented house, in a campervan, with relatives, in a stateroom, in a hotel and in a batch.

  1. What did you like about it?

Here is what we found out: They enjoyed fishing in a lake, playing Xbox with a friend, swimming in a pool, riding down a hill on a luge, swimming with dolphins, eating at a fancy restaurant, eating good food, sitting in a really hot spa,  getting away from work, being close to the beach and being with family.

  1. What did you do there?

Here is what we found out: The luge, swimming with dolphins, going to the sand dunes, going to 90 Mile Beach, having a bamboo sword fight, eating out, having a sleepover, playing table tennis and climbing trees.

  1. The final question we asked them was “If you could go anywhere in 

NZ, where would you go?” Many people had different opinions! 

People said: The Hobbit holes, Napier, Queenstown, Rainbows End, Te Papa museum in Wellington, Lake Taupo, Snowboarding, Rotorua, Mountains in the South Island, and Wellington.

Here are some of the reasons they chose to go there.

Because there are lots of wonderful things to do with their family, it was beautiful and relaxing, because there are very beautiful beaches and lovely sunsets, they had never seen anything like it and it looked cool. A friend lives there, they had never been there before and they love the beaches.


So those are the WRS students summer holiday and places they would like to go. Have you been to any of these places before? What places did you go to in your summer holiday?   

By Ellie Tjui, Anya Chen, Alex Lui, Isla Cleland, Boris Mitev, Lexie Chen, Ambra Mazza. 

School Term Dates:

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 30 August – School Closed)

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


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:



KickStart Breakfast –  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

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 or tel. 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.


Find out more or


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





  • 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.                                                        


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