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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

16 March 2023

Term 1 Week 7

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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, 

School Closed Tomorrow

A reminder that school is closed for instruction tomorrow; Thursday 16 March due to the industrial action that teachers and Principals are taking in support of improved school funding, working conditions and fair pay.  A huge thank you to those parents and members of our community who have sent good wishes and support for the campaign, it means so much to know that you are behind us.  We simply want a better deal for our tamariki and to be recognised and fairly remunerated for our work.  Many of our teachers and I will be marching up Queen Street tomorrow morning and if you see a demonstration tomorrow, please give it a toot and wave to show your support.

SKiDS will be open for those who do not have childcare for tomorrow. However, bookings are essential. Please follow the link to secure a place tomorrow.  skids Link

The Final Landscaping of the Front Courtyard

Last week we shared the proposed landscaping plan for the front of the new building.  We are very excited by the work that our architects put into the design.  We are hoping to get the project costed and completed soon. 

A Huge Pakipaki to Last Weekend’s Working Bee

Thank you to all of those whānau, tamariki, kaiako, board and community members who came along to the working bee last Saturday. It is so exciting to see the garden boxes now in use. The project is a major part of our entry into the Garden to Table programme, which will teach our tamariki about growing, preparing and eating healthy homegrown food. Once again, a big thank you to Mrs Brown for organising Saturday’s working bee.

Pīwakawaka is Moving Back to Rooms 1-4

Pīwakawaka will be moving back into their original home in Rooms 1-4 later this week. This will complete the big moves in school and return the Hall back to the whole school. We will then be able to use it for assemblies once again.

Reminder about next week’s Māori Whānau Hui

We sent out individual invitations to each of our whānau Māori this week, and are really hoping to welcome you to our hui on Wednesday 22 March at 6:30 pm in the Staff Room.  This event is not solely for our Māori community and we look to welcome anyone who wishes to come along.  We will share karakia and kai at 6:30 pm, and following pepeha and introductions, we hope to kōrero about our current pōwhiri/mihi whākatau kawa and anything else that you feel is important. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please take care tomorrow whānau and enjoy the rest of your week,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert

Principal | Tumuaki


Term 2 Teacher Only Day

Monday 24th April school will be closed as the staff are participating in a Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day for the Curriculum Refresh.  

Classroom Removal

This weekend our 2 modular classrooms, Room 5 and the ESOL Room will be moved off site as we no longer require them.  Please be aware that there will be trucks and a crane completing this work during the weekend.


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, or in the limited time zone areas at the back gate, all of which are clearly marked to be kept clear. This is about your child and our students’ safety.


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: Wed 22 March (W8) | 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. 



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


Basketball is underway with our Y1/2 team WR Tornadoes having a win on their first outing.  Go the Tornadoes! There is still a space in this team.  If you are interested, please get hold of me.  The Storm and Hurricanes start next Tuesday.

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


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


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

Thursday 16 March –  School Closed due to Strike Action

Wednesday 22 March – Māori Whānau Hui (6:30 pm in the Staff Room)


Scholastic Book Orders

We will be closing the online ordering for Scholastic book club this Thursday 16th March.  If you would like to place an order online please visit their website.






My Kindo App

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 27 March to Thursday 6 April and go in the draw to WIN a Lego Creator 3-in-1 White Rabbit. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 6 April 2023 and be notified by phone and/or email. Every lunch order gets another chance to win. Go to to start ordering.

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.

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School Term Dates 2023:

Term 1: 7 February – Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Monday 24 April (Teacher Only Day) Tuesday 25 (Anzac Day Public Holiday) Wednesday (1st Day of T2) – 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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