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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

11 May 2022

Term 2 Week 2

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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,  

Welcome to our mid-week newsletter issued front and centre of another great week of learning.

Announcing our New Team Leader for Kōtare Nui

We are delighted to announce that following our recruitment programme, we have appointed Ms. Barbara Henderson as our new team leader for Kōtare Nui, with her role commencing from the start of Term 3.  Barbara has worked at Windy Ridge in the past, between 2002-2005, and has a wide range of educational experience. She has considerable knowledge of inquiry learning, student agency, and Reggio Emilia play-based pedagogy.  She has worked across a range of school settings as a teacher and leader, and as part of her new role will also oversee our ESOL programmes, working with whaea Donna and Tania Stephens.

Jenine Maxwell will continue to lead the team until the end of this term. I would like to say a huge thank you to her for the amazing work that she has done since the start of the year as acting team leader. 

Developing Our Structured Literacy Programme

We are also very excited to welcome our new Structured Literacy facilitator, Ruth Blair who will be working with our teachers and students from next week.  Ruth and the Learning Matters Ltd team will help us to develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of structured literacy.  Ruth will be working with each class next week when she is in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Colds and Flu

As autumn morphs gradually into winter we are beginning to notice the onslaught of the cold and flu season.  We’ve had very little influenza circulating in our communities since the pandemic began, and this means our community immunity will be lower than usual. As flu symptoms are similar to Covid, we all need to be vigilant.  Please continue to test if symptomatic and remain at home if unwell. Remember drinking fluids and rest are really important if sick.

Please take care and enjoy the rest of your week,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Tumuaki – Principal

Lunchtime Clubs

Camp Fundraising

This year Kotare Nui have planned a number of fundraising initiatives to minimise the cost to our Y 5/6 families whose children will attend this year’s camp at Carey Park, Henderson Valley.  We are selling Hotdogs and ice blocks most Fridays over this term and next and will also run a few Cake Stalls.  Look out for Hotdog order forms coming out next week.

Basketball New Zealand

On Friday morning, Basketball New Zealand is videoing a short segment about the new Basketball hoops they and Nuzest funded and installed at our school.  The purpose of the video/photos is to promote the Hoops in Schools initiative via Basketball NZ and Nuzest’s social media channels and websites.  Some of our students will participate in this activity, and we are really happy to support this programme by doing so.

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 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 your child to participate in these competitions, please complete the form your child brought home, or register on Kindo.  Registrations close on Thursday 12th May.


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.  Teams will be selected over the next few weeks.

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







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: