Windy Ridge School Newsletter
23 November 2022
Term 4 Week 6
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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
OPENING MID 2023
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,
Goodness, we have had a week since our last newsletter with the weather playing havoc with our best-laid plans to hold School Athletics. On Thursday of last week, the Junior Athletics had to be abandoned when the rain washed the afternoon out and the Seniors had their events delayed twice before thankfully a window in the weather yesterday allowed us to run the events. Thank you to the teachers, Ms. Maxwell and available parents for making this finally happen. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing soggy weather forecast Cluster Athletics have been cancelled. We know that our athletes will be bitterly disappointed but I would like to congratulate them for their amazing participation here at school.
New Zealand schools are required to consult with their communities periodically about their health programmes. To help us evaluate our teaching and learning we are asking parents to give feedback on how effectively they feel we deliver against this curriculum.
There are two curriculum documents which feed into school Health programmes here in New Zealand; the New Zealand Health Curriculum and the New Zealand Sexualities Curriculum. In a primary school setting these outline how schools construct meaningful teaching and learning around hauora and well-being | attitudes and values | relationships between individuals and others | and society & health promotion.
Teaching and learning programmes are divided into 4 strands: personal health and physical development | movement concepts and motor skills | relationships with others | and healthy communities and environments. At Windy Ridge, we also offer the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme and Positive Puberty Programme. To help you get a better understanding of how we teach each strand we have prepared a short description of each learning area. These are what we are asking our community for feedback on. Click for More Information about the Windy Ridge Health Curriculum
Please note that in years 1-6, the Sexuality Education Curriculum focuses on friendships and interpersonal relationships as well as identity, diversity and respect towards others. It is not a sex education curriculum.
If you would like to contribute to the consultation please follow this link which will take you to a survey. WRS Health Survey 2022
A reminder that we will be holding 2 Prizegiving Ceremonies on the final day of the term (Friday 16 December). These will be a celebration of our school year and the learning that we have achieved.
- Junior Prizegiving for Pīwakawaka and Kōtare Iti students – 9:30 am in the Hall. Here there will be speeches, musical items and we will be awarding class certificates and Principal certificates for Kindness and Integrity chosen by the students themselves.
- Senior Prizegiving for Kōtare Nui students – 11:00 am in the Hall. Again there will be music and Kapa Haka performances, speeches and the awarding of the following certificates. awards and cups: Class Awards | Academic Awards (Literacy and Mathematics) | Sports Cups | Specialist Awards (ESOL Cup, Enviro Cup and GaTE Award) | Graduation certificates for our Year 6 leavers | Principal certificates for Kindness and Integrity chosen by the students | Community Service Cup and Rotary Prizes for Citizenship | and to conclude the awarding of the House Shield for 2023.
We will send out official invitations over the next few days to parents and whānau, but please remember to put these events into your diaries. We are looking forward to a great end to our school year.
Have a great end to your week everyone.
Ka kite anō au i a koutou.
Tumuaki – Principal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org know if you aren’t returning in February? We are deep in planning our placements for 2023 and need to have definitive numbers.
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
Term 4 Events
16 December – Junior Prizegiving – Piwakawaka & Kōtare Iti from 9.30 am-10.30 am – Senior Prizegiving – Kōtare Nui from 11 am-12.30 pm.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com) 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
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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 – 20 December
Public Holidays: Waitangi Day Monday 6 February, and Easter: Good Friday 7 April, Easter Monday 10 April, 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 www.sKids.co.nz/Windy_
Cheryl (Programme Manager)