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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

18 May 2022

Term 2 Week 3

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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,  

It was great to welcome Tom and Josh from Basketball NZ, Talia and Ash from Northland and Auckland Basketball, and Rob from Nuzest into school last Friday to celebrate the completion of the new basketball hoop project. We were the 100th school to receive the new equipment and the team joined our students in a session, shooting hoops to mark the occasion. They also, very kindly donate 2 bags of new balls and a signed Basketball New Zealand shirt. I know that both our students and the wider community are enjoying using the new hoops, so a huge thank you once again to Basketball NZ, Nuzest and Hayden Allen for making this happen.

Structured Literacy 

Over the past few days, as part of our school-wide Structured Literacy professional development, we have had our Learning Matters consultant Ruth Blair,  come and model Spelling lessons across the school with all students.  It has been wonderful for teachers to be able to observe expert, explicit teaching through a Structured Literacy Approach.

Ruth commented “Kids are excited to participate in the lesson.”  I have seen some fantastic handwriting and enthusiasm sounding out.   I even got goosebumps watching the very young learners working with sounds in words.”  Ruth also commented, “It has been great to see how teachers at Windy Ridge school are ready and willing to take on board a different teaching pedagogy that reflects the Science of Reading.”

Some comments from the students –  “This is fun!”  said Oscar Tyler and Isaac Wharton.


Teacher Appreciation Week

We have celebrated teacher appreciation week this week, with us celebrating our amazing team. We are so lucky to have such dedicated and highly professional teachers here are Windy Ridge and I am sure you will join me in thanking them all for their hard work and dedication.

Pink Shirt Day

On Friday we will be holding Pink Shirt Day as part of New Zealand Bully Free Week, and we are promoting the official theme of Kindness costs nothing but means everything. Mrs Hall is working with teachers and classes to prepare for Friday. We encourage everyone to wear something Pink and consider making a donation to our Pink Shirt Day appeal:  

The Building Project

Our building project has moved on at pace this week, with the concrete pad being poured. We are also seeing some of the structural steel arriving on-site and understand this will begin to be going into place very soon. After so much planning and anticipation, it is so good to be seeing the project coming to life.

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 this Friday and several Wednesdays over this term and next and will also run a few Cake Stalls. School Camp Hot Dog Fundraiser 



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. Kaipatiki Kahui Ako Cluster Sports Day 2022 



Board of Trustees

2022 Meeting Dates – 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. 

  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. 
  10. 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: