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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

25 June 2021

Term 2 Week 8

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.                                                           

Nau mai ki nga purongo o tenei wiki – welcome to this week’s news!

More Around Real-time Reporting

We talked in last week’s newsletter about our plans to introduce Real-time Reporting and shared a survey to collect your thoughts. The results thus far are really positive:  

  • 89% of parents responded that they liked the idea of real-time reporting, with the other 11% saying maybe   
  • 84% of responded that real-time reporting would help them better understand their child’s learning, with the other 16% saying maybe

We have got our Mid-year Data Report ready now and we are hoping that we will be able to send these home on the last day of this term.

3-Way Conferences

As part of our reporting to parents, we are intending to schedule 3-way student conferences for Week 3 of next term –  Wednesday 11 August.  These will provide an excellent opportunity for the children to show and talk about their learning, and for you to have some time to talk with your child’s Whānau room teacher. Please lookout for the communication about booking conferences which will be coming out shortly.

New Zealand Histories Curriculum

As I am sure you will have heard, schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be introducing the new Histories curriculum in 2022.  The curriculum’s whakatoki, Me mātai whakamuri, kia anga whakamua, translates as ‘if we want to shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s future, start with our past.’  While we are still waiting for confirmation of the final curriculum, the draft focused on:

  • Māori history is the foundational and continuous history of Aotearoa
  • Colonialisation and its consequences over the past 200 years
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s history has been shaped by the exercise and effect of power 

As a staff, we will be looking at how to approach the new curriculum throughout the second part of this year and we will be looking for local Māori history as a result. 


Keep warm and dry and stay well everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert


Haere Mai nga Whanau,

You are invited to our special Matariki Celebration on Friday 2nd July.  This will be a great opportunity to welcome in the New Year, enjoy performances, share some kai and view your child’s work

and learning spaces around the school.

The programme for the morning is:

8.15 am – Blessing and korero by Matua Danny

8.30 am – Kapa Haka performance

8.40 am – A free shared breakfast in whanau spaces.

This will be either a sausage in bread or toast with jam/vegemite

9.15 am – Short presentation by senior students in the old Falcon block

9.30 am – Parents return to whanau rooms where they will be guided around the school by their children. There will be videos running of children doing Matariki themed activities or work on display for everyone to view.

10.10 am – Return to whanau rooms, classes will participate in their classroom Paepae activities, including Karakia, Pepeha and waiata.

10.40 am – Haere ra – Parents can farewell their children and head off to the day’s activities

Please rsvp your attendance by completing this notice  Matariki Celebration

Have Your Say

Like many other schools, we use the services of School Docs who design policies for many New Zealand schools; updating them to reflect current legislation.  Periodically parents are asked to review certain policies.  This month parents are invited to have their say around the Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement.  If you would like to participate in the review:

  1. Visit the website 
  2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.
  9. If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form. 

Glenfield Intermediate Transition Events for 2021

If your child is year 6 and you would like to know more about enrolling them at an intermediate for next year Glenfield Intermediate have a series of Parent Open Evenings, Transition Day & School Tours coming up in August.  All year 6 students will have received a copy of this notice which was sent home yesterday. Glenfield Intermediate Transition Events

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
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 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.
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 28th June at 6.30pm in the staff room
  • Matariki Celebration – Friday 2nd July from 8.15am to 10.40am – please rsvp if you wish to attend and join us for breakfast Matariki Celebration
  • Real-time Reporting Community Information Evening – Wednesday 7th July from 6.30pm to 7.30pm


“sKids Windy Ridge is here for July School Holidays! Visit: to book now!”


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



Art Day for children in the holidays (ages 7 – 12 yrs.)

If your child loves drawing and painting they’ll love this one-day workshop with artist Eion Bryant. With step-by-step instruction they will draw then create a vibrant acrylic painting learning tips

and techniques along the way. Fun and focused! VENUE: Beach Haven Community House, July 14th, 10.00am– 3.00pm. Cost: $55

Bookings:, mob 0211327033 or 0210606641



Extraordinarily Creative: Tim Bray Youth Theatre offers after-school drama classes for neurodiverse children on the North Shore, endorsed by the Children’s Autism Foundation.

Enrolments are now open for Term 3. “


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