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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

25 March 2022

Term 1 Week 8

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

                         Ahakoa ngā uaua, kia toa, kia kaha, kia manawanui                 

When you find things in life are difficult, be strong, stand tall and be of great heart.

Kia ora koutou katoa, 

What a whirlwind week it has been.  We arrived at school on Monday in the midst of a weather bomb, with some of the heaviest rain that this area has experienced. Like so many others, areas of our school became like a river, and we suffered water damage to the Hall bathrooms and Room 5. Thank you to Suzanne and Jenine who worked alongside me sweeping and mopping up water and shovelling the debris up all over the school for much of the day.

Covid Update

The Prime Minister announced more changes to our Covid landscape this week with scanning, vaccination passes and many of the vaccination mandates set to be phased out. I think that many of us had secretly hoped that some of our health measures under the traffic light system might have also been relaxed, but for schools, these remain basically unchanged.  We will continue with handwashing and hygiene protocols, all indoor spaces being well ventilated, continuing to wear masks inside, and non-essential visitors, including parents still needing to remain offsite for the time being.  We are hopeful that from next term, Auckland’s measures will have been reviewed and that we may be able to welcome our school community back into the school. This will be reviewed nearer the time.

New Caretaker

I am glad to announce that we have appointed a new caretaker at Windy Ridge, following the departure of Mr Coates earlier this term.  For much of this term Suzanne, Jenine and I have been covering the caretaker duties and we will be happy to hand these over to Mr Peter Brooksbank when he starts on Monday. A huge thank you to Suzanne and Jenine for helping out in the meantime.  Peter is experienced in building maintenance and garden/grounds upkeep, so we are lucky to have him.  He is also an ex-student of the school, so for him, it will be like coming home to Windy Ridge.

Road Patrol

We made the decision not to operate our road patrols this term, because of the potential health risks to our students. Instead, we have had a dedicated staff member, often Jenine Maxwell or myself working on the crossing morning and afternoon. Thankfully with the decline in local Omicron cases, we will be starting crossing patrols on Seaview Road on Monday, and on Valley View Rd from 4th April.  Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered to supervise Patrol.  We are still looking for a few more for either the front or back gate.  We are able to provide training, and welcome parents from any level of the school.  If you are able to cover either a morning or afternoon patrol, please contact Jenine.

Learning Through Play Passion Projects

I was lucky enough to be invited into Kōtare Nui this afternoon to spend time with our tamariki.  Across each room, I saw children laughing and smiling, and working on their passion projects.  In-Room 1 there was bookmaking, In Room 2, Māori language games, in Room 3, ink-line drawing and in Room 4, origami led by Emi Nishiwaki-Perez. Amazing student agency and collaborative learning at its best. You rock Kōtare Nui.


Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert



Our Teaching Teams Would Like to Introduce Themselves

Now that we have got our school up and running, our amazing staff have put together videos to introduce themselves and their learning spaces. Thank you to Gemma Crowther for her awesome editing and collation of these videos. We hope you enjoy watching them. 

Piwakawaka: (Rooms 11 and 12)

Kōtare Iti: (Rooms 5 – 8)       
Kōtare Nui:  (Rooms 1-4)      


Term 1 Holidays 

The last day of term 1 for students will be Wednesday 13th April as the staff are participating in a teacher only day on Thursday 14th April and Friday 15th April is the start of the Easter holiday break with Good Friday being observed.


Board of Trustees

2022 Meeting Dates – 16th May,  20th June, 15th August, 19th September, 17th October, 21st November


Have Your Say – Term 1 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 following policies, VisitorsSchool Closure – EarthquakesCOVID-19 Information and Procedures  & COVID-19 Red

.  If you would like to participate in the review:

  1. Visit the website
  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. 


  1. Please don’t forget that your child(ren) need to have a hat to keep them sun safe outside. As is our usual process, children without a hat will be asked to play in the shade.
  2. Please remember that at Red parents need to remain offsite.  If you need to collect your child early please ring the office to arrange this.
  3. Please remember our staggered pickup times, at 2:40 pm for Pīwakawaka, 2:50 pm for Kōtare Iti, and 3:00 pm for Kōtare Nui.  We ask that parents and caregivers dropping off and picking up at the gate wear a mask.



We are calling for expressions of interest in Netball.  We have had a successful history of teams playing in the Netball North Harbour competitions and would love to see students get involved again this year.  As an outside sport and non-contact at that, netball is one of the safer sports for your child to engage in at the moment.  Hopefully, by next term, COVID numbers should have decreased considerably, and we’ll get a good season in.

The winter season is 12- 14 weeks long, from early May to late August.  We welcome boys and girls to our Netball teams.  Please head over to Kindo to enrol your child.  Team registrations close on 1st April, so I need enrolments completed by then.

Netball relies very heavily on parent support, for coaching, managing and umpiring.  We would love to see parents put their hands up and help us out with this.

We can enter combined teams (e.g. Y 1/2 Y 3/4 or Y5/6) but in this case, the team must play in the older division.  

Year 1/2 Monday pm or Saturday am  – Glenfield College,  4 – 6 per team – 12 weeks $80 

Year 3 – Monday pm – Northcote courts or Saturday am  – Glenfield College, 5 – 7 per team – 12 weeks $80

Year 4 – Monday pm – Northcote courts or Saturday am  – Glenfield College, 7 – 10 per team – 14 weeks $85

Year 5 – Wednesday pm – Northcote courts or Saturday am  – Glenfield College, 7 – 10 per team – 14 weeks $85

Year 6 – Wednesday pm – Northcote courts or Saturday am  – Glenfield College, 7 – 10 per team – 14 weeks $85

Interest in Netball has been intense with the basis of two senior teams, one Y3/4 team and one Y 1/2 team already created.  You have until 1st April to enrol your child through Kindo.   


We are calling for expressions of interest in hockey.  The games will be played at North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Bush Rd, Rosedale, Albany.  The 2022 season starts on Monday 9th May, and runs through Terms 2 and 3.  

Your child will need a Hockey Stick, Mouth guard, Shin Pads and Long Socks you can purchase Starter Kits quite reasonably at either Just Hockey or Go Hockey. Fees for the season will be $100.00 

Mini Sticks – Year 3/4 Boys and Girls 

  • 6 aside (1/4 turf)
  • Monday nights – from 4 – 6.00pm approx.

Kiwi Sticks Development– Year 5/6 Boys and Girls

  • 6 aside (1/4 turf)
  • Monday nights – from 4 – 7.00pm approx.

Please register your child via Kindo by Thursday 7th April.

Nga mihi, Jenine


Hot Cross Bun fundraiser 
4 Flavours
Chocolate chip, 
Apple & Cinnamon,
$10.50 per 6 pack (same as last year)
Order through Kindo.  Orders close 10am Monday 11th April
They will be sent home with your child on Wednesday 13th April (Thursday 14th is a teacher only day, Friday 15th is Good Friday).
Thanks, Kieren

School Term Dates 2022:

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 and Monday 27 June – School Closed)

Term 3: Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September  

Term 4: Monday 17 October – 16 December

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



Kia ora koutou, sKids will be opening on 14th April for the school’s teacher only day. Our theme for the day is Myths and Legends. It will be a day of arts and crafts, drama, games and lots of fun!
Please book using this link
We look forward to seeing you all!
Cheryl (Programme Manager)
027 270 1260


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