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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

8 April 2022

Term 1 Week 10

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, 

In our final newsletter of the term, we celebrate the success and achievements that we have had across the term.  It was wonderful to be able to welcome our tamariki back in February, and with good planning and health measures be able to keep our school open despite Omicron.  Unlike so many other schools, our case numbers have remained low and we have not been badly affected by staff illness or shortages. It is always unsettling when children are sick but thankfully our tamariki have all recovered quickly with no lingering effects.

We commenced our term focusing on well-being and weaved baseline assessment through our programmes, making sure that after such a long break at the end of last year we knew exactly how to support our students. Teaching and learning programmes have been running well and children have loved being back, playing, learning and socialising with their peers and teachers. A huge vote of thanks to our staff for their exceptional work this term.

Planning for Term 2

In last week’s newsletter, we were hopeful that Auckland might be able to go down to ‘orange’ under the Covid Protection Framework. Alas, the government felt that we needed a little longer before we made the move. The next review of levels will be on 14 April. This will mean that any changes to our Covid planning will now be communicated during the holidays. As a result, we have waited until now to issue our parent/whānau short survey about our plans for Term 2. We would like to hear about your levels of comfort around returning to a 3:00 pm pick-up for everyone, allowing parents and whānau back onsite, and holding community events. Please click on the link below to complete the survey. It will take 2-3 minutes to complete. 

Our Building Project

Our building project is progressing nicely with much of the groundwork well underway, with our contractors still hopeful of a mid-2023 completion. Final colour schemes have been decided upon and we are excited to be able to share an artistic impression. The building will give us amazing flexible classroom spaces with Arts and food technology areas, breakout spaces, quiet working and seating areas, and a social stair space designed for meetings, assemblies, and performances.  

Supporting Our Extended Tongan Families

One of the other amazing things that we have achieved this term relates to how you, our community supported our Tongan Appeal following the dreadful earthquake and tsunami.  You raised just over $1000 and we have a shipment of food scheduled to go to our extended Tongan families in May. Thank you so much Windy Ridge for your generosity and kindness.

Year 5 and 6 Camp

We are finalising the arrangements for our Year 5 and 6 students in Kōtare Nui at Carey Park Camp at the end of Term 3 (28-30 September). Ms Maxwell and the team will be sending out a letter next week to outline more information and costs. This is always a highlight in our senior students’ schooling.  We will be looking for parent volunteers to assist at camp, so look out for more information about possibly becoming a parent helper. 

I wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday.                                                                                      Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert



Kiwi Competitions

We are once again offering you the opportunity to participate in the KIWI English, Mathematics and Science competitions. These competitions take place annually and are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students based on the New Zealand Curriculum. For further information, please consult the CAM website

The competitions are open to all Year 5-6 students in English, Mathematics and Science. Students can enter in one or more subjects. Each competition will provide parents/caregivers with an individual student report of their child’s overall performance. These are available through your school. The supervised online tests will take place in the last 3 weeks of Term 2 and the first week of Term 3.

If you would like you child to participate in these competitions, please complete the form your child brought home, or register on Kindo.


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.

ANZAC Poppies

We have poppies for sale.  We will have students at the front gate next week.  You are welcome to send your child/ren along with a gold coin donation in order to purchase a poppy.

Teacher Aide Position

We have a teacher aide position available in Team Kotare Nui.  It will be 2 – 2 1/2 hours per day, 4 – 5 days a week.  Please get hold of Jenine if you are interested, or know anyone who is interested.

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.



I have registered a Y 5/6 hockey team to play on Monday nights.  I will contact parents next week to let them know details.

Nga mihi, Jenine


Hot Cross Bun fundraiser –  Orders close 10am Monday 11th April
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

 Holiday Programme Flyer Image Link  

“What are your plans for April School Holidays? sKids Windy Ridge is OPEN for the April School Holidays! Spaces are limited, so book today. 





Community Notices

Takapuna Easter Holiday Hunt – running from April 9th – May 1st, head in to Takapuna, grab a map from Shore City and follow the activities around Takapuna, then return to Shore City to claim a FREE Easter treat! (poster attached). TBA241175 Easter Trail Map Digital – Whale Tail

Whale Tail colouring competition – From now, until the end of the school holidays, design your own Whale Tails, then send us a picture of them to go in the draw to win a $100 family dining voucher for a Takapuna eatery!

Download the full page from our website, or head along to the Takapuna Easter Holiday Hunt and grab a map from Shore City and you’ll find the competition on the back!

For further information on both of these events, please visit our website: Celebrate Easter in Takapuna! – I Love Takapuna.



Takapuna AFC Holiday Programme

With the season just around the corner get the kids back into football with our fun football holiday programme at Takapuna AFC. Girls and boys from 4 to 13 are welcome. The week is full of exciting games and tournaments. Our team of highly qualified staff will ensure your kids have a ball in a positive and safe environment.

Holiday Camp Details


Takapuna AFC, Taharoto Park, Taharoto Rd, Takapuna, 0622


Week 1: Tues 19th to Fri 22nd April

Week 2: Tues 26th to Fri 29th April


– 9am to 12pm $29 per day

– 9am to 3pm $49 per day

Register Your Child:

Go to

Queries: Contact Chris Bryson on

We look forward to seeing you soon!