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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

6 May 2022

Term 2 Week 1

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,  

It has been great being back at school this week and being able to welcome parents and whānau back into the school. Just a reminder that we are asking parents and visitors to wear a mask while we are still at ‘orange’ under the Covid framework and remain outside of the classrooms.  

We have been straight back into our learning through play and core learning workshops this week with tamariki eager to learn, and our lunchtime activities will also be starting up from next week.

Sports Teams

A huge pakipaki to our sports teams who will be representing Windy Ridge this term. Thank you to Ms Maxwell for getting all of the netball, hockey and basketball registration sorted as well as issuing the uniforms. Thank you also to our parent coaches and helpers who make it possible for us to participate in the after school leagues and competitions. We wish all of our sporting stars good luck for the term.

Prefects and House Leaders

We have appointed our prefects and house leaders for Term 2 and the first half of Term 3.  

Prefects: Chloe Conza, Heather Blackwell, Luon Jeong and Kobe Thorburn

House Leaders: Aiden Smith, Eloise Stuart, Thomas Burtenshaw, Emily Spooner, Lui Waterson, Mia O’Connor, Johji Hanrahan & Brooke Holden

Congratulations and good luck to them all in their student leadership roles – we are very proud of you all.

NZ Sign Language Week 

Next week is NZ Sign Language Week, and we will be learning about Aotearoa New Zealand’s 3rd national language in class as well as singing and learning to sign the lyrics to the wonderful Six60 song, Pepeha.  Here is a sneak preview of the song:

And finally, we will be moving our weekly newsletter back to Wednesdays from next week. Parents have expressed a preference for a mid-week publication, and we are happy to change our issue day if it works better.

Please take care and enjoy your weekend,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Tumuaki – Principal


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.  

Exciting news today as we watched the concrete being poured for our new building.

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.  Registrations close next week.



Board of Trustees

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


Have Your Say – Term 2 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, 

To start reviewing, click on a topic name below, then click the red UNDER REVIEW flag (top right hand corner of the page). If a link is inactive, your school doesn’t have the topic.

Note that if you’d like to provide feedback on a topic that’s not listed below, you can still do so if it has a red review flag.


Behaviour Management

Anyone who can’t use the online review tool, can use this Policy Review form PDF document icon



We have four netball teams and a hockey team beginning competitions this week or next, and they join our basketball team in representing our school.  Well done guys.  Thank you to the parents that are supporting them.

Kaipatiki Kahui Ako Cluster Sports

The Cluster schools are participating in a Year 5/6 Sports day on Friday 17th June.  The sports involved are netball, soccer and touch.  Notices about this will come home on Monday.





School Term Dates 2022:

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

Term 4: Labour Day, Monday 24 October



sKids Before and After School Care

Cheryl (Programme Manager)
027 270 1260

Community Notices


Shore Community Trust Relief Fund
Times are uncertain for many. The Shore Community Trust Relief Fund is here to help. It’s confidential, easy to apply for, and is for anyone with a financial need, or initial financial relief when the unexpected happens. If you or someone you know needs some help, go to the website to submit an application: