Windy Ridge School Newsletter
12 November 2021
Term 4 Week 4
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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
Kia ora koutou katoa,
What a whirlwind week we have all had, with Auckland’s move to Level 3, Step 2 on Tuesday, and the announcement from our Minister of Education Chris Hipkins on Wednesday telling us that primary schools will be able to start to open from Wednesday 17 November. Of course, we are delighted that we will be able to welcome our tamariki back into school to finish the year with us.
Obviously, there has been a huge amount of planning and problem-solving to undertake and I would personally like to thank Jenine Maxwell, Inge Millard, and Suzanne Boyce for the help that they have provided working with me to prepare the plan. Having now surveyed and personally contacted many of our parents and whānau we envisage approx. 71% of our tamariki returning to school.
Health and safety will be our number one consideration, along with student wellbeing and reconnecting as we look to open. We will be following the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Public Health protocols to ensure that we offer the safest environment that we are able for our students and staff. Our plan to reopen will see us running an alternating day model with distance learning on the other days. We will also continue to offer bubble school (5 days a week for those children whose parents have to work away from home). The numbers of children and staff on-site will be limited to reduce risk with children attending set days according to year level and whānau room. There will be, weather permitting lots of outside fun activities and learning, and classroom time will be limited where possible. Playgrounds will reopen with sanitising and hand washing protocols in place. Staggered pick-up and drop-off will ensure reduced risk from the excessive congregation of adults and children at our school entrances. We are looking to share the full plan and information relating to your child(ren) early next week.
The introduction of masks for our Year 4-6 students may be of concern to some parents, it was always going to be a contentious issue. This is a public health measure that is officially required and as a school, we are obligated to follow it.
Thank you everyone for being so supportive and understanding throughout these ever-changing times.
Please look after yourselves and I wish you a safe and peaceful weekend. Take care everyone.
Ka kite anō au i a koutou.
This Week’s Certificates
Congratulations to some of our wonderful learners this week:
Amiel Valenzuela, JunLin Chen, Ishbel Stuart, Kasey Anderson, Jamie Li, Ezra Agnew, Chloe Cai, May Hermanson, Curtiss Lai, Caleb Wentworth, Rion Wilson, Dahlia Firmston, Lucas Nixon, John Mallari, Jody Dong, Kobe Koerselman, Paul Marshall & Shaun Kokkadan
Board of Trustees News
Messages from Marie, Mei & Susan.
I wanted to pop a quick note in the newsletter to update everyone on the changes that have taken place in your school board. I have decided to step down from the chair role because of the increasing demands on my time, but I will remain an active member of your school board. We’ve made some changes to how the board will run to minimise these demands, and from this point forward, Susan Andrews will now be your new chairperson. We can still be contacted in the same way as before via the board email address BOT@windyridge.school.nz
Best wishes and I hope to see you all in person at school again soon!
I unfortunately have decided to step down as a board member at the end of this year, due to family commitments back in Japan. I feel honoured to have been part of the wonderful team who have been putting a lot of time and effort into making Windy Ridge School a happy and safe place for our tamariki and whānau. I acknowledge every one of us as parents have been working so hard to juggle life in these difficult times, and appreciate our dedicated teachers and staff’s support. I wish you all and Windy Ridge School the very best. Stay safe and take care.
Tēnā koutou katoa
As you can see a couple of changes have been going on amongst the board members. The board and I really thank Marie for the great work she has done setting in place good processes as the board chair over the past year plus and are pleased though that we will still have her input and knowledge as a member of the board going forward!!
Sadly, Mei is leaving us at Christmas – we will miss her very much and the contributions she has brought to board discussions – and send the very best of wishes with her and her whanau as they journey to spend time in Japan next year.
As the new board chair! – I would like to let the school community know that we will be seeking to decide at our next and last board meeting for the year – Monday 29th November at 7.00pm – to reduce the number of parent representatives on the board from the six we currently have to a ‘standard’ five. If anyone would like to attend the meeting you are welcome to do so – please if you could let Suzanne or I know – we can send through the meeting link. If this decision is made it will mean Mei’s vacancy will not need to be filled.
Other than all this news – I hope everyone is continuing to hang in there during another crazy Covid struck year – and that the fine weather is helping to brighten things a little – along with an upcoming ‘partial’ return to school. Take care – kia kaha!!
New Board Chairperson
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 term parents are invited to have their say around the Māori Educational Success. If you would like to participate in the review:
- Visit the website https://windyridge.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
- Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
- Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
- Read the policy.
- Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
- Enter your name (optional).
- Submit your ratings and comments.
- If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.
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.