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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

1 March 2023

Term 1 Week 5

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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

News from the Principal

               Poipoia te pua atua    Ranea te rau o Tāne     He Pakiakia e tū ai             

Kia taurite te tētēkura    E tipu, e rea    Tai atu ki te rangi

Nurture the potential of each student. Make abundant the interlocking branches and uphold the strengthening roots adapted to each  student’s unique needs, to grow and develop to their highest potential 


Kia ora koutou katoa, 

Celebrating our Whānau Connect Kōrero

There was a very special feeling throughout our Kura yesterday and today as whānau, tamariki, and kaiako came together for their Whānau Connect meetings.  We would love to hear how the experience was for whānau and tamariki but we felt the chance to sit and kōrero, share our stories and listen to what makes each of our students special was highly valuable. For us getting to know our tamariki is the most valuable first step that we can take in being able to nurture their potential and be able to support them to thrive and grow, emotionally, socially, educationally and in terms of their hauora and mana.  

Quite by chance, a Ministry of Education document came across my desk this week and in it was a beautiful and oh-so-relevant whakautoki which talks about just what the aim of our kōrero this week has been about:

Poipoia te pua atua 

Ranea te rau o Tāne 

He Pakiakia e tū ai 

Kia taurite te tētēkura 

E tipu, e rea 

Tai atu ki te rangi 

Nurture the potential of each student 

Make abundant the interlocking branches 

And uphold the strengthening roots 

Adapted to each student’s unique needs 

To grow and develop 

To their highest potential 


Cooking Equipment for the Maker Spaces

We are wondering whether any of our community are looking to replace some of their kitchen items and would like to offer their old ones to us.  We are looking for good-quality Mixing bowls, measuring cups/jugs, baking trays, cutlery and knives for chopping and cutting.  If you are considering donating any of these items please contact either for the Kōtare team space or  for the Tui team space.


Road Safety Around Schools

A reminder to our school community to observe the 40 km max speed limits around schools and borrow a phrase being used by the Police at present – ‘speed limits are a maximum speed allowed, not a target’. Can we also ask parents, whānau and friends to park safely and legally around our school at pick-up and drop-off times? We continue to see cars parked or stopping on yellow lines and at bus stops which are clearly marked to be kept clear. This is about your child and our students’ safety.


Enjoy the rest of the week everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Principal | Tumuaki


Māori Whānau Hui

We will be holding termly Māori Whānau Hui during 2023.  We will reach out personally to our Māori whānau to invite them to attend.  

Dates:  T1: Thurs 16 March (W7) | T2: Wed 14 June (W8) | T3: Thurs 7 Sept (W8) | Thurs 30 Nov (W8)

At our first hui we are hoping to engage in kōrero around our Kawa and Tikanga relating to pōwhiri to review our current process. 


Road Patrols – Can You Help?

Our road patrol monitors and wardens do an outstanding job each morning and afternoon ensuring that our students and families cross safely at the zebra crossing, and the back gate. We are desperately seeking our community support to assist with adult supervision for both mornings and afternoons. We welcome parents/families from Piwakawaka, Kotare and Tui team to support us. Just one morning or afternoon will hugely help us to safely monitor our crossings. Mornings require approximately 30 minutes of your time from 8.30 am – 8.55 am and afternoons are 2.50 pm – 3.10 pm. Please see Jane Brown or contact the office if you can help.

Thank you for your support
Jane Brown – Travelwise Leader 



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.


Netball enrolments are now due for the Winter Semester, and close on Friday 31st March 2023.  Please hop onto Kindo to fill these out.  The cost will be either $80 or $90 depending on your child’s year level.  Check out details on the letter attached below

Netball – Winter 2023


School Gardens and Working Bee
Saturday 11 March; 9am – 12pm
Dear families, friends and community,
We are very happy and excited to announce that our school gardens are in place and ready for preparation. We have 16 garden beds and are seeking our school community support to help fill them ready for planting. We are using a method of layering, so will be adding cardboard, small tree branches and twigs, leaves, grass
clippings, soil, manure and compost. Please come and join us for the morning, and bring your gloves, wheelbarrow, shovels/spades and any other gardening tools that you may want to use. We still need more resources for the garden, so welcome any contributions that you can contribute from the above list of garden ingredients.
Thank you for your support.
Jane Brown – Enviro Leader
Next Tuesday 7th March the Parent Teacher Association will be holding their annual AGM, everyone is welcome to attend.
6.30 pm -8 pm in the staffroom.


We now have 16 kids walking on the Capilano and Roberts Road walking school bus. We would love more.

What is a Walking School Bus? It’s an organised group of children who walk to and from school along a designated route, under the supervision of adult volunteers. Children are ‘picked up’ and ‘dropped off’ at specific walking school bus ‘bus stops’. Walking School Buses (WSBs) reduce the number of cars on the road, making our environment safer and cleaner, and they provide exercise for kids in a fun and social way.  

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 WSB-general-information

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

Saturday 11th March – Garden working bee



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School Term Dates 2023:

Term 1: 7 February – 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, King’s Birthday – Monday 5 June & Labour Day – Monday 23 October


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