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.
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.
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.
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 www.canterbury.ac.nz/cam.
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
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.
Anyone who can’t use the online review tool, can use this Policy Review form
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
Term 2: Queens Birthday, Monday 6 June – Matariki, Friday 24 June
Term 4: Labour Day, Monday 24 October
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