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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

3 December 2021

Term 4 Week 7

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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, 

Working towards the end of the year

Parents and caregivers will see that we have issued a letter today confirming our organsiation for the last couple of weeks of term.  Although Auckland has moved to the traffic light system today at ‘red’, schools are going to keep their current settings until the end of the term – Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and bubble classes.

We will be sending home students’ work and belongings during the last full week and those still at home will be able to collect theirs from school on Friday 17 December between 1:30-2:30 from the front gate.

Don’t forget that School ends on Monday 20 December at 12:30 pm

Return of devices and readers

We are asking those who have borrowed Chromebooks or iPads and readers shared in hard packs during lockdown to return them to school. Please contact the Office to arrange a drop-off time over the next week.

Sharing our fun and learning back at school

The Kōtare Nui students have produced some wonderful pen and dye Art over the last couple of weeks. The colours and designs are breathtakingly beautiful. Awesome work everyone –  wonderful to see you sharing your creativity with such skill and artistry.

In bubble school today the children enjoyed a fun water day.  Mr. Coates made a wonderful water slide and everyone had water pistol fights. Smiling faces, laughter, and total enjoyment. 

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 our certificate winners for this week, for their great attitude and learning this week:

Lada Khimich, Divya Chand, Felice Tienzo, Oscar Tyler, Cleopatra Reid, Neriah Halagigie, Jesco Waipouri,  Maxim Kimmich, Max Streifler, Harry Quinn, Daniel Ting, Jair Fernandez, Jack Nicoll, Greta Mazza, Mila Agnew, Anya Chen, Micayla Crane, Zara Niu, Aarav Singh, Bella Uys & Mila Agnew

PTA News

What you’ve all been waiting for… the annual Windy Ridge Christmas Raffle!! 🎄🎁🎅🤶
We already have some amazing major prizes – who fancies a $100 Bunnings voucher to bedeck your house in fairy lights or get started on those summer projects?? We have 5 to give away!!
Or you could win a family fun pack with games, toys, puzzles and snacks, or a major Lego prize (clue: 🏴‍☠️⛵). Keep watching this page for photos and more prizes to be announced.
This year it’s a little different, it will be solely online with tickets available through Kindo. $2 each or buy a bundle of 5 for $10 for more chances to win.
Raffle will be drawn on Tuesday Dec 14th to give you time to pick up prizes from school before the year ends

School Leavers – notice re ezlunch / Kindo school shop
If your family is leaving our school and moving to another school that does not use ezlunch or Kindo for school payments, you need to close your account. If you’re not sure about the new school, log in, go to My Details and click on the list of schools, scrolling to find your new school.

If your new school is NOT on the list, use the ‘close account’ button on that screen. You can choose to donate your balance to school or have it paid out to your nominated bank account.

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.