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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

19 November 2021

Term 4 Week 5

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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, 

This week it’s been about the children and sharing with them their excitement about coming back to school.  It has sent tingles down our spines as they have run through the gate just desperate to see their friends, their teachers, and be able to run around their school. “It’s like Christmas all over again”, “So cool to be back”, “We’re home”, “I’ve missed you”, “I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited” – just some of the comments that our beautiful children greeted us with.

Let’s not forget our students who are still at home as well, we are missing you and sending you all our love.  As a school, we are doing everything that we can to connect with you via zoom and seesaw and are loving hearing about the amazing things that you are doing and learning about.  We are so proud of each and every one of you.

Keeping Sun Safe

Please whether you are at school or at home, as the summer begins to warm up don’t forget to slip, slap, slop and slide to keep you safe from the sun as you learn and play outside.  We will have the gazebo and sun umbrellas up next week at school and make sure that we are utilizing the shade under our big old beautiful trees around the grounds. 

 

 

 

 

Nga Mihi Nui

A big thanks to our amazing staff for their amazing work in getting ready for coming back to school this week, you have made this week such a success –  thank you!

It looks like being a beautiful weekend, so we hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing you next week, either back at school or online.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Principal

This Week’s Certificates

Congratulations to some of our wonderful tamariki who came back to school and showed their enthusiasm this week: Izzy Chapman, Alvin Chau, Hudson Robert, Mila Mudford, Sarah Ong, Ethan West, Milo Osborne, Aaliya Chetty, Dallas Heather, Reggie Allen, Flynn Kennedy, Jacob Thomson, Jayden Rewiri-Te Momo & Elsie Eriksen

Have Your Say – Term 4 Policy Reviews

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:

  1. Visit the website https://windyridge.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  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. 

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.