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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

16 November 2022

Term 4 Week 5

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, 


It has been another great week with the children out in the sunshine playing and learning.  Don’t forget we are hosting our Junior Athletics Day tomorrow and Senior Athletics on Friday morning, with the whole school track finals on Friday afternoon. We are really looking forward to two great days of sporting endeavour and fun, and we are really hoping that we will get lots of parents attending and cheering on the athletes. Please make sure your child has a sun hat and are wearing comfortable clothing to participate in and has a drink bottle to keep themselves well hydrated.

  • Junior Athletics –  Thursday 11:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Senior Athletics – Friday 9:00 – 12:30 pm
  • Whole School Track Finals – Friday 1.30 – 2.50 pm
  • Senior School Rain Day – Monday 9:00 – 12:30 pm
  • Junior School Rain Day – to be advised

Staff Change

It is with great sadness that we announce that Mrs Angela Hall will be leaving our school at the end of this year. She has accepted a position at AGE Takapuna and leaves us to follow her passion for working with neurodiverse students.  Angela has been at Windy Ridge for 6 years during which time she has taught widely across the school in Fantail, Pukeko, and Falcon and at present is the leader of Kōtare Iti. She has been a huge play-based learning advocate and leader in our school, and in recent years she has worked as our in-school leader of Hauora and Well-being in collaboration with our Kāhui Ako (Community of Schools). We will greatly miss you Angela but wish you every success at your new school. 

We are glad to announce that Mrs Jude Tabuteau will be taking over the reins as Team Leader in Kōtare Iti next year in addition to continuing to lead Structured Literacy across the school. We are in the process of finalising our staff for 2023 and this will be shared with whānau along with end-of-year reports and class placements at the end of the term.

We will also be saying goodbye to Mr Nick Upton at the end of the year, as he moves to a new school in the Northern Territories in Australia.  Nick has worked at Windy Ridge for 5 years as a classroom teacher in Fantail, Falcon, Pukeko and Kōtare Iti. He will be missed by the students, and I join with his colleagues to wish him success in the future. 


As the summer weather continues to heat up please don’t forget that your child needs to have a sun hat to keep themselves safe as they play outside. All tamariki are encouraged to ‘Slip, Slap and Slop’ – applying sunblock and wearing their hats. 

Chicken Pox

Unfortunately, we have noticed an increase in cases of Chicken Pox in the community, if you would like more information about identifying symptoms please check the Ministry of Health website

We look forward to seeing parents and whānau at Athletics Day.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Tumuaki – Principal


Travelwise Goes to the Cloud

The Travelwise team were buzzing with excitement as we boarded the bus to The Cloud. The Cloud is a famous building that looks like a ginormous worm. It is by the ocean in the city. The tiny waves lapped the shore and the air was salty as we skipped into the building. 

Once we arrived, we had an opening awards ceremony. We waited and watched in anticipation. First the bronze schools, then the silver schools… And surprise! We were awarded a Travelwise Silver for 2022. We took a photo, but there was a toucan mascot waving its enormous, furry wing right in Heather’s face, so she was not seen in the picture!

After the awards, we did some inside activities. First, we did one where we had to run on a little paper road and the policewoman timed us. Matthew won out of our school. We looked around for a while and saw a lot more activities. We also enjoyed playing a game called poi rakau. Standing in a circle and holding tall wooden sticks, we had to grab the other person’s stick to our left (maui) or right (matou) before it fell with a clatter to the ground.

After an amazing lunch of ice cream, we set off at a brisk pace to the Maritime Museum. We spotted Sir Peter Blake’s red socks in a glass case that he actually wore!

Finally, we walked all the way to a bus stop, where to our delight there was a double-decker bus! We immediately seated ourselves at the front and gazed out the window. In no time, we were back at school with an awesome memory of The Cloud!   

The Travelwise Team

Heather, Emily, Kathlyn, Olivia, Kyah, Matthew, Thomas and Reggie.

Junky Monkeys

Don’t forget 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.  


All parents have been sent an email today with their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos.       
***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 27th NOVEMBER *** 
If you have not received this email please check your trash/spam folder or contact the office as we can provide you with the key code.

Piwakawaka Trip

The Piwakawaka Team (Rooms 10,11 & 12) will be visiting The PumpHouse Theatre on Monday 12 December to see a production of The Santa Claus Show.  Pīwakawaka – PumpHouse Theatre Trip Letter 2022  


Scholastic Book Club Order

We will be closing the online ordering for the Scholastic Book Club this Thursday 17th November.


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 9.30 am-10.30 am – Senior Prizegiving – Kōtare Nui from 11 am-12.30 pm.


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 8.30 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.  


Road Patrol

We have a new roster starting this week.  However, we are still 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

The PTA are selling Juicie Tubes at lunchtime on Friday 18th November 2022 

Juicie Tubes $2.00

 Available in Lemonade, 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.


Windy Ridge Annual Christmas Raffle

The PTA is holding a Christmas raffle with loads of awesome prizes to be won! Please contact Joy Marshall (022 3133930, if you wish to donate a prize. The prizes so far:

  • One of 2 $50 restaurant vouchers for The Postman’s Leg

  • A Backyard Bar $50 Dining Voucher

  • An Auckland Zoo family pass

  • Glenfield mall vouchers 

  • A Farro hamper valued at $150

  • A Valentine’s Buffet family pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to dine for FREE!

  • One of 4 $50 restaurant vouchers for Beer Brothers Juke Joint Birkenhead

  • Family prize packs with toys, games and treats to enjoy together

  • Mama’s Donuts vouchers 

  • Encompass Fitness voucher 

  • Acupuncture and massage treatment vouchers from Little Clinic Glenfield

  • A magnum (1.5l) bottle of Rabbit Ranch pinot noir

Tickets will be coming home with your child next week, and the raffle will be drawn on Friday 9th December.

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
If you have any questions, 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 @ 1 pm


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.