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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

5 November 2021

Term 4 Week 3

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

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


Kia ora koutou katoa, 

We hope that this newsletter reaches our tamariki and whānau safe and well.  We are very aware of how tiring and draining this ongoing lockdown is proving to be.  We know that juggling home, work and homeschooling are incredibly difficult and we would like you all to know how proud we are of the job that you are all doing.  We have been living this strange life for over 12 weeks now and are all looking forward to returning to some form of normality soon.

Possible School Opening

We are expecting to hear a further update from Minister Hipkins and the government on Monday afternoon with regard to whether primary schools will be reopening.  There was an indicative date of 15 November talked about at his last announcement, but we will have to wait to see what gets announced on Monday.   Once we know what the plan is going to be, we will swing into action and let you all know how the school will operate.  When we know more we will issue a short online survey to find out which whānau intend on sending their child back and which will be keeping them at home.  We anticipate needing to run a mixed model of onsite and remote learning until the end of the term. For now, though let’s all hold fast until we know more.

Level 3 Step 2

As part of the ever evolving Alert Level system in Auckland, we know that retail shopping, museums, zoos and libraries are due to reopen on Wednesday 10th November.  If you work in one of these areas and need to return to onsite work, please email me by Monday morning. 

Celebrating  Our Current Learning

We are so proud of our tamariki and the way in which they have been learning at home via Zoom and Seesaw during the lockdown. Therefore, we have decided to start awarding certificates from this week going forward through the newsletter.  Here are this week’s certificate winners –  ka pai everyone!

Sadie Bishop, Ahaan Shetty, Micah Cheeseman, Max Pierzynski, Nolan Hu, Jesse Upton, Tomi Saint-Germes, Chase Ryan, Ahren Budhia, Heilin Withanage, Alice McCahill, Max McCahill, Alex McFarlane, Rosie Marshall, Brent Austre, Willa Sherriff, Avah Fesili, Greta Mazza, Riley Walsh, Heidi Upton &  Owen Puddle

We also thought it would be great to share with our readers a couple of stunning pieces of written language work created by two of our Kōtare Nui students.

Greta’s Halloween Piece …

Riley’s Guy Fawkes Description…
The sky was a vast sea of black, it was cold, clear, and silent.  Suddenly… BANG! The darkness changed into a dazzling display of colour. 
I could see… Crackling fireworks in the sky they are so bright I was blinded by them!  The colours were like diamonds in the sky!
I could smell… The smoke smells like a cooking pig on the spit roaster. The smell was like the fresh night air. I could hear…
The sound of them going BANG BANG BANG! It was so loud I went deaf. The way it went BANG sounded like a shotgun being shot!

Gumboot Friday

Our tamariki and whānau have been celebrating Gumboot Friday this week in support of children’s mental health.  A cause that is always in our thoughts at this time.  

At the time of writing the newsletter, Windy Ridge has raised almost $450 Ka pai everyone!



Celebrating Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is a five-day festival that marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. “May the light of Diwali remind us that from the darkness there is knowledge, wisdom, and truth.

5 Amazing Facts About Diwali
  • The festival occurs on a no-moon night. …
  • It celebrates the birth of Lakshmi, goddess of Wealth. …
  • It’s the end of the harvest season. …
  • It includes the festival of Annakut. …
  • There are plenty of fireworks and lights!

To our Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Newar Buddhists we wish you a safe and happy Diwali


Supporting Our Community Well-being

We know that this lockdown has been a difficult time for many of us and for some families it has been particularly challenging.  If you need help, please reach out so that we can put you in contact with those who can help with food and support.

Here are some links that might be useful:


We all wish you a safe and peaceful weekend,

Take care everyone.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert




Unfortunately, due to COVID cancellations, we are currently processing refunds for a number of sporting codes.  When these are sorted out, we will refund your Kindo accounts.


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.