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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

26 October 2022

Term 4 Week 2

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, 

We hope that everyone had a wonderful long weekend –  wasn’t the weather glorious?

Positive Puberty Programme

It was great to see our Kōtare Nui Year 5/6 parents attending the Positive Puberty parent information session last evening led by Nest Consulting who will be running the programme on Thursday with the children. 

With some of our girls physically developing earlier these days, we have been asked to investigate the possibility of running an initial Year 4 programme for the girls to prepare them with information about periods, period management and an introduction to puberty. We have sent out a letter and google form today to gauge how many families would want their daughters to attend a programme later in the term and will act on the feedback.

Last Term’s Kōtare Iti EOTC trip to Birkenhead Leisure Centre

While our Year 5 and Year 6 tamariki were at Camp our Year 4 students had an amazing day at Birkenhead Leisure Centre. A very special thanks to David Ding and Harcourts Cooper and Co who sponsored the day. The children had a blast scaling the rock climbing walls in the leisure centre,  followed by learning about basic orienteering out and about outside.  A huge thank you to the teachers and parents who accompanied the day’s activities and to Ms Maxwell and Miss Walker for organising the day. 




Junky Monkeys Coming to Windy Ridge

We have booked Junky Monkeys to bring in their amazing array of loose parts on 9 December.  It will be great to see the whole school enjoying their play in the grounds.  We would love those parents who can come along to join us and be part of the fun, observing how our play-based learning works. More details to follow, so watch this space!





Structured Literacy Update


Ruth Blair,  our Structured Literacy facilitator is back in school this week, working with the teachers and tamariki. Following the amazing progress that we are seeing with the spelling programme, Ruth is now focusing on using decodable readers for our beginner readers and catchup readers right up into the Senior School. 




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.  Please return your sibling photo requests to the office by 2nd November.

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

17 November – Junior Athletics Day – 11.30 am to 2.30 pm for 5, 6 and 7 year olds. 

18 November – Senior Athletics Day – 9.30 am to 12.30 pm for 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds and whole School track finals in the afternoon.

24 November – Cluster Athletics Day – this event is for the first and second place getters of the 8 – 11 year old events.

9 December – Junky Monkeys Loose Parts Play Day

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


Scholastic Book Orders

Please place your book orders for issue 7 by this Thursday 27th October.


Sun Hats

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.

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.  


Road Patrol

We have a new roster starting this week.  However, we are very short of parent supervision.  Anybody can be an adult supervisor and it only requires 20 minutes of your time, either in the morning or the afternoon.  Training will be provided.  Please contact Jane Brown or Jenine Maxwell


PTA News


Christmas Cookies Time Fundraiser
Order online through Kindo
Pre-orders close Friday 18th November 10am
Delivered to school Approx Friday 9th December
NEW:Lemon Meringue White Chocolate 2L $20
Salted Caramel 2L $20
Apricot Chocolate 2L $20
Chocolate Chip 2L $20
Cranberry White Chocolate 2L $20
Chocalicious 2L $20
GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Chip 1L $18
NEW GLUTEN FREE Berries & Cream 1L $18
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.



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 4: Monday 17 October – 16 December

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


sKids Before and After School Care

sKids Term 4 Out of School Care is now available to book, visit to BOOK TODAY!

Cheryl (Programme Manager)

027 270 1260

Community Notices



Birkdale North Music Centre 2023 enrollments now open.

We have an Open Day on Saturday 19th November between 10:00 am to 11:00 am. (10:30am to 11:00 am – meet the instruments, orchestra and concert band performance at the hall.)

The Music Centre is for all children from age 6 to 12 years old. We provide recorder, keyboard, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, flute, violin, cello, guitar, drum and ukulele group lessons.

Please visit our website for more information.



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

raising awareness & money for I AM Hope.