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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

28 September 2022

Term 3 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,

And They’re Off!

A very excited cohort of Year 5 and Year 6 students boarded buses at lunchtime and in a flash were on their way to Camp Carey.  This morning was filled with excitement and last-minute preparations. Bags were dropped off and packed onto buses, last-minute instructions were given to the children and parent helpers were briefed. The children just had time for some games on the field before having their lunch and starting their big adventure.  A huge thank you goes out to the parents who are giving up their time to help at Camp – without you, we simply wouldn’t be able to offer our children this experience. Likewise, huge thanks go to the teachers and leadership, Gemma Crowther, Jane Brown, Barbara Henderson and Jenine Maxwell for all of their organisation and behind-the-scenes planning. Now it’s time for the parents of our intrepid travellers to sit back and wait for them to return full of fun-filled memories. Your children are in great hands and I can assure you will already be having a blast!

Mental-Health Awareness Week

When choosing this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme, the team at the Mental Health Foundation wanted to highlight the importance of connecting with others for our mental health. Taking time to kōrero with friends and whānau is one major way we can boost our own well-being and the well-being of those around us. 

This is certainly been something that has been front and centre in our thoughts and planning this year. We have had 2 years of disconnection and isolated relationships, and during 2023 we have looked for ways to maximise opportunities to reconnect as a school. It has been great being able to chat with parents and whānau in school each day, being able to hold parent information events and hui and being able to plan events across our school cluster with our colleagues.

Mental-Health and well-being run deeper though, and for many, the uncertainty and constant change since 2019 has resulted in increased levels of anxiety.  Just last evening, many of you may have watched the TVNZ 1 programme with Robyn Malcolm about anxiety. For me this highlighted the fact that we need to be aware of ourselves and others, remember to be kind and consider how others are feeling and reach out to those who need our help. 

In school, we are refocusing on our values-based learning – working with our tamariki to recheck what kindness and understanding towards others, respect, integrity and resilience could and should look like. We have become aware that some of our students need to reset some of these values and we are refocusing on our restorative conversations and reflections to ensure that we are caring for one another.  

Positive Puberty Plus Programme (Years 5 and 6)

Our Year 5/6  students will be engaging in the Positive Puberty Plus programme on Thursday 27 October (Week 2 of next term). The programme is professionally and sensitively delivered by Nest Consulting and is designed to build knowledge and awareness of puberty for our tamariki. We run this programme bi-annually as part of our health curriculum, and see the sessions playing a vital link between home, school and students learning about how their bodies and emotions change as they grow.  Obviously, this can be a sensitive issue for some children and we have found that bringing in highly trained specialised educators makes the learning easier. Indeed, Nest Consulting deliver the programme in such a positive way that many of the children end the day wondering why they were slightly anxious about it in the first place. If you are a parent of a Year 5 or 6 student, please look out for the letter that will be sent out this week outlining the programme, and please join us for the parent information evening on Tuesday 25 October which will fully showcase the programme. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. 

So the holidays are almost upon us once again, from the whole Windy Ridge Team we wish everyone a peaceful and restful holiday.

Kindest Wishes,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert


School Hours

Please remember that the school hours are 8.30 am to 3 pm.  Please remind your children that if you drop them off before this time they are expected to wait in the shelter area.  The very earliest that they can be dropped off is 8.00 am.  Any earlier and they will be taken to the Skids Before School programme and parents will be invoiced. This is a health and safety issue.    Also, we are having some concerning issues with students playing on the front footpath and road areas during unsupervised times.  This is also a health and safety issue.  We would not want to see any of our students harmed in any way.  


Spring Netball League

The Spring League is open for registration.   The options are:

Thursdays at Northcote – For Year 1 to Year 6 – 27th October to 1st December

Saturdays at Northcote – For Year 4 to Year 6 – 29th October to 3rd December

All registrations close on 20th October

Year 4 to Year 6 teams will ALL play 7 aside, no matter where they are playing.  Only Year 1 to Year 3 will play the modified game – year 1 & 2, 4 aside and Year 3 5 aside.  There is no difference between competitions – these are all social leagues.  They are meant to be fun and to give our young players some practice playing 7 aside, etc.

I have contacted the coaches from last term and if they have enough interest they will register a team.  However, if your child did not play over the winter and would like to play during the spring league, then please contact Caroline or myself ( to let us know.

For previous players, there is no registration of players.  Registration is by team and is done via our forms.  Schools DO NOT register using sporty like the winter league.  Go to this link and click the Register Here button which will take you to another page and then select the form you want.  We do not need to know who is in the team.  We only need contact details for the organiser.

PTA News

The PTA are selling Juicie Tubes at lunchtime on Friday 30th September 2022 

Juicie Tubes $2.00

 Available in Tropical and Wildberry 

We are trying to go paperless, so please order via KINDO. Please contact the School office if you would like support to register on KINDO school payments.


Term 4 Events

Thursday 3rd November – Photolife – class and individual photos.  We will be sending home order forms for this event early next term.


Year 6 Glenfield Intermediate School Enrolments

Please follow the link to enrol online


Sushi Thursdays – online ordering closes every Wednesday at 9pm.




My Kindo App

Order on the go with the mykindo App

ezlunch menu for Term 3

Have you downloaded the myKindo app?  Faster when you’re on the go…
No passwords are required! Simply login, then add your PIN or use Face ID or Touch ID.

myKindo App on Google Play
myKindo App on App Store


Skool Loop App

School Term Dates 2022:

Term 3: Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September  

Term 4: Monday 17 October – 16 December

Public Holidays: Term 3: Queens Memorial Day, Monday 26th September – Term 4: Labour Day, Monday 24 October


sKids Before and After School Care

Skids Term 3 Holiday Programme Announcement

Greetings Parents & Caregivers,

Skids Windy Ridge is preparing for our Term 3 Holiday Programme, and we are very excited to announce our plan for the holidays, below are some highlights to look forward to:

  • Trip day where we heading to Flippin’ Fun at Massey
  • Sprouting Seeds Day: Where we will be making our own plant hangers to take home
  • Premium day Underwater Treasures: A day spent on-site but with something extra fun
  • Messy Monday always a fun day with lots of mess making gooey gloop and more

In the Term 2 Holiday Programme, we ran an enjoyable program with lots of fun, with more children compared to Term 1’s Holiday Programme which was fantastic. This served as a great reflection on the team here at Windy Ridge, and we are hopping with new staff on board this term, that our numbers will see another increase.

With our mix fantastic children from here and neighbouring schools, along with great staff and all the people including myself doing the behind-the-scenes planning and organising, it all contributes to successful Holiday Programme for your children. My personal goal is to provide fun and enjoyable Holiday Programme that children will love so much that want to come back next holidays.

Below is the link to enrol:

Visit to BOOK TODAY!

Cheryl (Programme Manager)

027 270 1260

Community Notices


We are appealing to the students who enjoy fishing to enter our free tournament that runs from the

1st October through to the 16th 2022. It is open to anyone under 16 throughout all of Aotearoa.
There are heaps of prizes up for grabs that will appeal to any budding fisher. The process to register is very simple.

All anyone needs to do is go to our website where you can find all the guidelines.







Takapuna Cricket Kookaburra Cup on Friday Nights

At Onewa Domain
Term 4 and Term 1, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


TDCC 2022 23 K Cup flyer



•Taka School Holidays Flier October








Local Government Elections

The voting period will start 16 September – 18 October










Eliette’s Music Academy 

holiday programmes for October