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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

28 May 2021

Term 2 Week 4

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, 

Structured Literacy Evening

It was really great to meet and connect with many of the parents of our younger students at the Structured Literacy evening on Wednesday of this week.  A huge thank you to Mrs. T and the team of teachers who supported her with an in-depth explanation of what Structured Literacy is and why we have adopted it here at Windy Ridge. We are excited to already be seeing the early benefits of this approach to early reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting.  Look out for more information about this on our new website that we are planning to go live within the next 1-2 weeks.

Senior Choir

One of my passions has always been music and the performing Arts, so I am delighted to have seen such enthusiasm shown towards both our newly formed Glee Choir (Year 3/4) and Year 5/6 APPA Performance Choir. The Year 5/6s will be performing in the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Music Festival in November, which I have been actively involved in for some years. Both groups have been enthusiastically rehearsing each week this term, and the Year 5/6s will be traveling to St Leonard’s School in Kelston on Wednesday next week to rehearse with some of the other 450 children that they will be performing with on November 11th in Auckland Town Hall.

Pink Shirt Day

Wasn’t it great to see our students really get behind Pink Shirt Day last week, supporting the anti-bullying cause and raising $202 towards the Mahi? Here at Windy Ridge we actively promote positive interaction between our students, indeed, our new Restorative approach is gaining momentum.  Through this reflective approach, students engage in solving their issues restoratively rather than by getting violent and angry. Through these meaningful conversations school-wide they learn to think and act in a more positive way when confronted with challenges in the future.



Have a great weekend everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert



PTA Corner

Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser 

We need some more volunteers for a Bunnings sausage sizzle on Sunday 25th July. Sign up here for a shift>>>>>

This is a great chance of fundraising from wallets outside our direct school community.

Chocolate Fundraiser
WOW – thank you so much to all the families who have sold a box (or 10). Please remember if you are unable to sell your box please return it to the office so another family can sell it. Even part boxes. If you have sold your box and want another please contact the office and they will arrange to send another box home. If you don’t want to sell a box please consider making the donation on Kindo of $25 this is the profit we make per box or buy a bar or two from another family. Thank you again for all your support.
Movie Night
We are planning a movie night in the old falcon double classroom (Old Room 9-10) before they are demolished to make way for the new build. Before we confirm details, does anyone in the school community have a Large projector screen/ Projector and or speakers we could use for the set up. Or a contact we could hire them from at a fundraising friendly price.

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


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:

  • Board Meeting – Monday 31st May at 6.30 pm in the staffroom



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.                                                        


Community News



The Northern Mystics are back home at The Trusts Arena after 3 weeks on the road and it’s a rematch against our Southern rivals the Ascot Park Southern Steel.

You don’t want to miss this match – make sure you get there early to get the best seats in the house.

Doors Open:      3pm

Centre Pass:       4pm

Tickets on sale now at:

Promo Code:  MYSTSCHOOL21


The Northern Mystics are up against the Robinhood Stars in the first match of the Barfoot & Thompson Northern Challenge on Sunday 6 June.

Tickets include the curtain raiser match which sees the Northern Marvels take on the Comets in the National Netball League at 4pm.

Doors Open:                     3pm

Marvels vs Comets          Centre Pass:               4pm

Mystics vs Stars                Centre Pass:               6pm

Tickets on sale now at:

Promo Code:  MYSTSCHOOL21












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 to book in for a free trial class!  Find Encompass Fitness on Facebook here:








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