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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

26 November 2021

Term 4 Week 6

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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, 

As Auckland’s move towards the Covid Protection Framework on 3 December, we can now confirm that when we move to the new red traffic light system that there will be no changes to our school organisation as directed by the Ministry of Education. Protocols for the rest of this term including pick-up and drop-off – Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday classes will continue along with our daily essential worker bubbles. Our days are working well and it has been highly successful for everyone who has already returned.  If there are families who still wish to consider sending their child(ren) back for the last couple of weeks don’t hesitate to contact us.

End of Year Information

The term will end at 12:30 pm on Monday 20 December, and reports and confirmation of next year’s class placements will be sent out on the students last day. Unfortunately, due to restrictions, we will not be able to hold a whole-school final assembly this year, although we are planning a special afternoon outside to allow us to farewell our Year 6 students who will be moving onto intermediate school next year. We are planning to video the celebrations and share it with parents and whānau, so look out for more details from the Year 6 teaching team. We really hope that all of our Year 6 students will be able to attend.

Sunhats & Water Bottles

As was mentioned in last week’s newsletter, our early summer is heating up fast. It is really important for our tamariki to stay sun-safe and we ask that they have a sunhat to protect them from the golden rays. Likewise, with our water fountains still out of action, we urge children to have their own named waterbottles.  These can be refilled at class taps.  We have extra shade up but let’s keep our tamariki safe outside.

Friday Fun in the Bubbles

The children in our two bubbles had great fun designing and making creative hats today. They proudly showed them off in a groovy parade this afternoon just before going home time. Here are some pictures that we took at the parade.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, take care and keep doing the wonderful job that you are all doing keeping us all safe.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Principal

This Week’s Certificates

Congratulations to some of our wonderful tamariki for their great attitude and learning this week:

Emilia Upton, Jayden Yang, Alisha Chetty, Olivia Kokkadan, Aaron Ting, Louise Pinto, Aaradhyda Shetty, Nikheel Budhia, Zoe Balolong, Travis Hill, Katie Ly, Lucas Nixon, Eloise Stuart, Boris Mitev, Curtiss Lai, Charlotte Lilley, Chloe Conza & Maia Anderson

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. 

 

School Term Dates:

Term 1: Friday 4 February – Thursday 14 April      (Teacher Training Days, Monday 7 March and Thursday 14 April – School Closed)

Term 2: Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July      (Teacher Training Day Tuesday 7 June – School Closed) 

Term 3: Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September   (Teacher Training Day – Monday 27 June – School Closed)

Term 4: Monday 17 October – TBC   (Teachers Training Day TBC)

Public Holidays: 

Term 1: Waitangi Day, Monday 7 February – Good Friday, 15 April – Easter Monday, 18 April – Anzac Day, Monday 25 April 

Term 2: Queens Birthday, Monday 6 June – Matariki, Friday 24 June 

Term 4: Labour Day, Monday 24 October

 

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.