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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

9 November 2022

Term 4 Week 4

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, 

Footy on the Field

As part of National Play Outside Week, the children enjoyed playing football out on the field on Tuesday with Chris from M-Sport Footy. Great excitement was had by all as the inflatable pitch appeared in the morning and the children were able to improve their general ball and soccer skills. For those interested in developing their football skills further, Chris is offering 5 sessions on the fields starting 17 November (3:10-3:55 pm): $64 per child with extra siblings for $32. To find out more or register go to:

Junky Monkeys

A reminder that Junky Monkeys will be coming into school on December 9 to work with the children on a loose parts play day.  The children will be able to use the equipment and loose parts to design, make and create to the max. We are hoping that parents who are able to will be able to join us to see and learn more about how Play-based learning operates. Please let either Mrs Tyler (Piwakawaka), Mrs Hall (Kōtare Iti) or Mrs Henderson (Kōtare Nui) know if you are able to come along to support and learn more about our Learning Through Play.

  • Pīwakawaka session: 9:00-10:30 am
  • Kōtare Iti session: 11:00-12:30 pm
  • Kōtare Nui session: 1:30-3:00 pm

Planning for 2023

Can you please let the office know if you aren’t returning in February?  We are deep in planning our placements for 2023 and need to have definitive numbers.  


New Shade Sails outside the Hive

We have reopened the steps and seating area outside the Hive since the new Shade Sails have been installed.  We hope that parents and

tamariki will enjoy being able to take advantage of this improved area of the school throughout the summer.



Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Tumuaki – Principal



A Message from the Board – (Re) Introducing Your WRS Board Members New & ‘Old’

Ahiahi Mārie WRS Whānau,
A slightly belated post-election message to (re) introduce you to your school board members for the next three-year term!
Firstly a welcome to our new members Graham Upton and Niki Sherriff who have come on board to join myself, Stacey Anderson, Kavita Budhia and Marie Cheeseman as your parent representative team, alongside Angela Hall as our teacher representative, and of course Jonathan as Principal of our school and board member.
We are already two meetings into our new term – both of which have had fairly full agendas as we work through tasks we hold responsibility for. We have one last meeting for the year coming up on the 24th of this month, where we will in particular review the board’s three-year strategic plan for our Kura – and evaluate how far we have come in achieving the goals we have set – and what actions are needed in the coming year to keep us on track.
Wishing everyone a successful and fun Term 4 and finish to the school year – and again welcome to the board, Niki & Graham!
Mā te wā,
Susan Andrews
(Re-elected) Presiding Member WRS Board 



Term 4 Events

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.


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
Any question please contact Kieren on Facebook or via email


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



My Kindo App

Order on the go with the mykindo App

Sign up to Kindo online to order lunches with ezlunch, pay for school items like stationery or sports fees, purchase fundraising items such as Juicie Day, sausages sizzles or Christmas Cookies

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 @ 1pm

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

School Term Dates 2023:

Term 1: Friday 3 February (Whanau Connect Day) – Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Monday 24 April – Friday 30 June

Term 3: Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday 9 October – Last day of the year TBC

Public Holidays:  Waitangi Day Monday 6 February, and Easter: Good Friday, Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday, Anzac Day – Tuesday 25 April and King’s Birthday – Monday 5 June          Labour Day – Monday 23 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.