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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

19 October 2022

Term 4 Week 1

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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,

A warm welcome back to school for Term 4. We hope that everyone had an amazing holiday and that our tamariki are pleased to be back at school for Term 4; goodness where has the year gone? 

An Exciting Term Ahead

Term 4 is shaping up to be a busy time with many exciting and engaging events planned. See below the list of events scheduled so far.

Obviously, with the better weather, we will be able to hold whole school assemblies outside and we are looking forward to coming together to share as a whole school once again. 

Kapa Haka

We are glad to welcome Whaea Moana to Windy Ridge as our new Kapa Haka tutor for our Year 4-6 performance group.  She has led Kapa Haka at other Glenfield schools in the past and we are delighted to be able to work with her. 

National ShakeOut

The children will be learning about the National ShakeOut next week, learning about how to keep safe in the event of an earthquake.  We will be holding a ShakeOut Drill on Friday morning where they will be able to practice their “drop, cover and hold”. Read more about the National ShakeOut


As we have done in the past, and as we move into summer we ask that Tamariki have a hat to wear when outside while at school during Term 4 to offer protection from the sun.

End-of-Year Prizegiving 

We are planning to hold 2 end-of-year assemblies on the last day of the term in the Hall.  Pīwakawaka teachers have very kindly agreed to move their equipment aside to let this happen, so a big thank you to them. 

We have decided that we will try something a little different this year with a shorter assembly of the Pīwakawaka and Kōtare Iti students with songs and certificates to celebrate the year, followed by a Kōtare Nui Prizegiving Assembly, including the Year 6 graduation ceremony.  At both assemblies, we will have musical items and Kapa Haka and really celebrate our tamariki’s success and achievements.

The New Building

Over the holidays our building project has continued at pace and we are now seeing the interior really taking shape.  We are excited to announce that our Year 5 students are going to engage in a programme focused on understanding construction in our school.  This module is led by trained teacher and quantity surveyor Bronny Apted, from Woodview Construction. Here they will learn about how buildings are designed and built. The sessions will take place every Thursday afternoon in Room 4.  Some later sessions may include visits to the building site.

Tomorrow afternoon, our Year 6 students will get to visit the building site.  They will be the first students to do so.  Obviously, health and safety have been considered and during the sessions, no actual construction will take place. We are looking at moving into the new building during Term 2 of next year.

Please don’t forget that School is closed for Labour Day on Monday of next week –  we hope that everyone has an enjoyable long weekend.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Tumuaki – Principal

Term 4 Events

28 October – Be Green Be Seen – fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Society

28 October – New Zealand ShakeOut – national earthquake drill at 9.30 am.

3 November – Photolife – class and individual photos.  Online ordering information will be emailed to families later in the term.

4 November – Gumboot day fundraising for I am HopeChanging attitudes around Mental Health.

17 November – Junior Athletics Day – 11.30 am to 12.30 pm for students in years 1-3. 

18 November – Senior Athletics Day – 9.30 am to 2.30 pm for students in years 4-6 and whole School track finals in the afternoon.

24 November – Cluster Athletics Day – this event is for the finalists of the Year 4-6 events.

16 December – Junior Prizegiving – Piwakawaka & Kōtare Iti from 9.30am-10.30am – Senior Prizegiving – Kōtare Nui from 11am-12.30pm.

School Hours

Please remember that the school hours are 8.30am to 3pm.  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 until tomorrow morning.   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

Please head over to Kindo to register.

Touch Rugby

Term 4 Touch open for registration.   There are only one or two spaces left per team, and registration closes on Friday 21st October.  Touch is on Wednesday between 4.00 and 6.00 and is $40 per child.  Please go to Kindo to enrol.

PTA News

Calendar Art online ordering, perfect for Christmas presents for the whole family.
Follow these instructions to place your order online:
1. Go to
2. Use the Entrance Code: KZ1118
3. Enter your child’s room & name when prompted
    Classic Calendar $18.00
    Greeting Card     $16.00
    Diaries               $18.00
    Mouse Mats        $17.00  
    SketchPad          $16.00
Orders close 31st October at 11am
Any question please contact Kieren on Facebook or via email
Year 6 Glenfield Intermediate School Enrolments

Please follow the link to enrol online


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



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School Term Dates 2022:


Term 4: Monday 17 October – 16 December

Public Holidays:  Term 4: Labour Day, Monday 24 October


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Community Notices


Highbury House have a range events coming up for all ages & parents to attend

raising awareness & money for I AM Hope.