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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

16 February 2023

Term 1 Week 3

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, 

What a turbulent week we have all experienced with Cyclone Gabrielle. We hope that everyone was not too badly affected by the wild winds and torrential rains.  

Tuesday’s Blessing 

This a reminder that Matua Danny Watson will be blessing the new school building on Tuesday 21 February commencing at 5:30 am. Please meet outside the building.  Light refreshments will be served following the blessing. For catering purposes, please follow the link to tell us if you and your whānau are planning to attend.

Rescheduled Whānau Connect Meeting

We have rescheduled our whānau connect meetings for Wednesday 28 February (1:45 – 7:00 pm) and Thursday 1 March (3:15-5:45 pm). We are all looking forward to connecting and having some meaningful dialogue to help us all get to know one another more. School will be closing early at 1pm and children should be collected at this time.

A new booking schedule has been created for you to book your whānau Connect meeting time; We anticipate that everyone will book a time to connect. Parents and students will need to attend.


Thank you to Ms Maxwell for setting up sports for this term. Please see below for details about basketball and cluster sports, and announcements about netball and touch rugby.


Take care, everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Principal | Tumuaki



Kia ora koutou.  We have lots of Sports news to share, and some tight time frames to meet so please follow along carefully.


We are taking registrations for basketball teams for semester one for 2023. Semester One Entries close Friday 3rd March 2023 and the competition will begin on Tuesday 14th March 2023.  The venue is at the Eventfinder Stadium for Yr 3-4 and AUT or North Shore Event Centre for Yr 5-6 on Tuesdays. The teams are for students in Year 2 (beginners),  Y 3/4 (mixed) and Year 5/6 (mixed). 

The cost will be $100 per semester. There will be 12 games per semester.  Please head to Kindo immediately to enrol.

Basketball Semester 1 2023

Cluster Sports

This year we are once again holding a Kaipatiki Kahui Ako Cluster Sports Day. There will be a netball team, a soccer team, and a touch rugby team representing each of our Kaipatiki schools. The day will be held at Glenfield College on Friday 31st March, with the students from the college coaching and refereeing the games. There will be several short games held throughout the day with a prize-giving at the end of the day. We will leave at 9.00 and return at 2.30 pm.

We would like to take a number of girls and boys from Years 5/6 to participate in this event. We can only take about 25 children altogether. If your child would like to participate in the day, can you please go to Kindo and indicate which sport they would like to take part in or complete and return the form below. Anyone is welcome, although preference will go to those children who have either represented the school in the sport for Netball and Touch or a club for Soccer. I will do my best to select appropriately.  There is no cost to this event.

Kaipatiki Kahui Ako Year 5_6 Cluster Sports Day 2023

Touch Rugby

Currently, Touch North Harbour is not hosting a junior module this term due to the council closing the fields due to the floods and weather.  They are hoping the council might be able to extend our season for field booking but will wait to get a reply.  I will let you know should I further hear from them.


I will be calling for Netball enrolments in three or so weeks.  In the meantime, the Netball North Harbour AGM is fast approaching.   This will be held on Monday 20th March 2023 at 7:30 pm.  They intend to hold the meeting in person in the upstairs Function Room and will need more than 25 voting members to form a quorum.

If you wish to attend, please register here and let us know so we can forward the appropriate documents.



Dear families,

Did you know that we have two walking school buses? Walking school buses are a great way for your kids to travel to school in the morning with their friends and peers, and adult supervision to keep them safe. It’s fun, free and everyone gets some exercise. Last week, we had 11 kids (6 families) and 2 adults walking with them. That was 6 cars off the roads around school!

Would you like your child to join a Walking School Bus? Are you able to commit to at least one day a week to run the Walking School Bus? Due to growth and popularity, we need more adults to support us.  Below are the routes that are currently running, and two that we would like to get up and running. Please contact Jane Brown if you are interested in joining an existing WSB, or are able to support Route A or B.  

Walking School Bus website

Thank you for your support.

Route C (Roberts Road)

Kieren Streifler (route coordinator)  

Route D (feeder route to Roberts Road)

Amelia Bone (route coordinator)     

Route A (Redfern Lane)

(We need adults)

Route B (Embassy Place)

(We need adults) 


Term 1 Events

21 February – New building Blessing, please complete this form to register your attendance

28 February – Whānau Connect

1 March – Whānau Connect


My Kindo App

Order on the go with the mykindo App

Sign up to Kindo online to order lunches with ezlunch ezlunch menu for Term 1, 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 2023:

Term 1: 7 February – First Official Day,  28 February & 1 March (Whanau Connect Day by appointment only) 

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, King’s Birthday – Monday 5 June & Labour Day – Monday 23 October


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Cheryl (Programme Manager)

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Community Notices


Minipreneur Market

25th february 2023
Our popular kids market is back for 2023.
Time to get creative & show your entrepreneur side.
Email to register

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