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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

13 September 2021

Term 3 Week 8

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Manaakitanga-Respect, Manawaroa-Resilience, Atawhai-Kindness, Honore-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 

Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui – Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Steadfast


Tēnā koutou katoa, Ko te tumanako kei te ora koe –  I hope you are all safe and well.

We had hoped that we would be able to issue a newsletter today to celebrate moving into alert level-3, but alas it seems we will have to wait a little longer. Certainly, we are having a tough time in Auckland, but we can stand tall and be proud that we are doing what we need to ensure the longer-term health and well-being of Aotearoa.



The difficulty of juggling home life with work is never an easy one, and we fully understand that for many of our whānau you will be experiencing some tricky maneuvers with home learning and work zooms.  Please remember we are mindful of your predicaments and hope that the remote learning options the teachers are offering are providing a broad range of opportunities for independent learning as well as activities that you can support along the way.



I’d like to put a huge shout out to our amazing teachers who are working hard not only presenting zoom sessions but finding new learning activities and commenting on the Seesaw posts as your children post them.



We hope that you all enjoyed our lockdown dance, it was a huge amount of fun to make and was aimed at lifting everyone’s spirits and reconnecting with our tamariki.  Why not take another look and cheer yourWindy Ridge Lockdown Dance 2021 Monday up:



We celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori –  Māori Language Week and would like to draw everyone’s attention to the special Zoom sessions that our whānau room teachers are preparing for tomorrow to celebrate Māori Language Week.  I won’t say too much more as we have included a special article from Jenine Maxwell, but would like to quote a whakatoki to express my deep respect for our Māori whānau and community: He aha te mea o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngatam he tāngata  – what is the most important thing in the world? it is people, it is people, it is people. 

So, Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui – Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Steadfast, and we look forward to seeing each other back together very soon;  Waiho i te toi poto kaua i te tuiroa – let us keep close together not wide apart. 


Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert




Board of Trustees News

Kia ora Windy Ridge School Community,

I hope everyone is safe and well in their bubbles. 

I have been in regular contact with our principal, Jonathan Lambert, around the ongoing work by all the staff at Windy Ridge to continue to provide teaching and learning for your children. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Jonathan and the staff for the work they have done, and are continuing to do, to ensure this period has as little an impact as possible on our students. This is no easy time for many, continuing to work tirelessly for our children, while also in their own bubbles, with the challenges we all know that brings! 

On the subject of remote learning, hopefully, you and your children are finding the activities engaging, and that the whole process is a little easier this time around. Please remember though that balance is important during this time, home learning should be fun and rewarding, not overwhelming. Wellbeing remains our number one priority, we really don’t want home learning to create too much disharmony for your family! 

This really is no ordinary time, something I think we all need to remind ourselves of sometimes. Many of you will be under incredible stress and pressure – with many parents working from home, looking after younger children, and dealing with the stress and pressure of the current situation. Others may well be enjoying this extra time to spend with your families and many of you may be feeling like you should be enjoying and making the most of this time, but somehow it all just seems too hard sometimes! I am really looking forward to Auckland returning to level 2, as soon as it is safe to do so, so that we can all get back into school, the kids can see their friends, and we can get back to whatever our new Delta normal might look like.

Should you need to contact the Board of Trustees please feel free to email, and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Nga mihi,

Marie Cheeseman

Chairperson of the Windy Ridge School Board of Trustees

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Nga mihinui e te whanau,

Kei te pehea koutou?  I hope you are all doing well as we complete our fourth week in lockdown.  Kua uaua – it has been difficult I know, and perhaps a little more challenging to stay positive, given that we may be at Level 4 for a while longer!   

So here is some news to hopefully brighten your bubble.  This week is Te wiki o te Reo Maori – Maori Language week.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate our official language and help to ensure its health and beauty as a vibrant, living language.  You may have already noticed the teachers including quite a few te reo activities on Seesaw.  If you like, try having a brief conversation with your child in te reo, or just sharing some kupu (words) that you know.  You might be able to teach them some words and they might be able to teach you some.  

Our teachers have all enrolled in the Maori Language Moment, which is aiming to get 2 million people all speaking, singing or listening to Te Reo at the same time.  That time is tomorrow (Tuesday – Ratu) at 12.00.  To help bolster these numbers at Windy Ridge School, we are holding our whanau zooms at 12.00 tomorrow.  Because we’re all going to be on at the same time, you might have some double up with devices in your whanau.  It’s quite alright to have siblings attend one or another’s zoom.  Also, you are welcome to listen in and experience your child participating in karakia, waiata, pepeha and pukapuka. 

To get you in the mood, here is a link to six60’s latest waiata – Pepeha

Kia mau, kia ora (keep safe, keep well)