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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

22 October 2021

Term 4 Week 1

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News from the Principal 

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

 

Kia ora koutou katoa, 

 

Welcome back to Term 4 –  we hope that you all had a restful holiday break and were able to enjoy the Spring weather.

Welcome to our new students and whānau who have joined the Windy Ridge School community.

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to welcome everyone back on-site this week because of the ongoing lockdown restrictions, and it is looking uncertain as to when we will manage to all get back. Throughout this period we will continue to deliver remote learning through Zoom and Seesaw, and our teachers are here to help and support you at home.

We are very aware that ongoing home learning can be tricky to juggle with home routines and work, and as before we encourage you and your child(ren) to engage with learning activities that are possible.  Please just do what you can as we move forward.

 

Some key dates

Obviously, there will be no Zooms or Bubble School on Monday because of Labour Day. 

We have decided to still go ahead with the Teacher Only Day that we have had booked for some time on Monday 15 November – this is to allow our staff to complete a vital component of the Restorative Practice professional development that we have been doing this year. It is the final opportunity to get staff to engage in the training otherwise we lose out. As a result, there will be no Zoom sessions but our Bubble School on-site will still operate.  

 

Thank you WRS Teachers and Staff

A huge thank you to the teachers and staff during the ongoing lockdown.  They have been working so hard to support our tamariki at home and keep the learning going –  I am proud of everyone.

Have a great long weekend everyone, take care and stay safe.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Principal

 

PTA News

“Yummy apple stickers are due in on November 4th. If you have been collecting, please drop to the school office (if your child is in attendance at level 3), or to Joy Marshall’s letterbox, 2a/66 Seaview Road, just 2 driveways down from the school, by November 4th. Thank you!”

 

 

A Word About Vaccinations

As Auckland works towards its vaccination targets and new traffic light warning system, the Ministry of Education asks us to pass on information about its messaging around vaccination:

Without vaccines, we’re at risk of serious illness, disability, or even death from things like measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus, and polio – and now COVID-19.

 

Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s natural resistance by training our immune systems to create antibodies.

Here are a few reasons why vaccinations are good – for everyone:

  • they can prevent us from getting sick
  • they are safe
  • they can save lives
  • they will not cause a disease they are designed to prevent
  • they can help protect the community
  • prevention is much better than treatment.

In a nutshell, by getting vaccinated, we are protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and those around us. Most people can be vaccinated, but those who cannot be – including very young babies, those who are seriously ill or have certain allergies – depend on us to be vaccinated to ensure they are also safe from vaccine-preventable diseases.

It’s important to know that licensed vaccines have been rigorously tested across multiple phases before being approved for use.

See more information on the Ministry of Health website.