Windy Ridge Boys' Farm

Sharing A Passion For Literacy For All

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How it looks to me just now


The basic philosophy of Windy Ridge appears simple – teach phonics and have fun with it, plus plenty of outdoor freedom.

The underlying value appears to be fairness. It's not fair if some people don't learn how to read.

I met Graham only a few times but I did have a good discussion with him over the phone on the morning of the day he died. I don't think I upset him, in fact I found an awful lot in common. But I have not seen the way he…


Added by Matt Swinburn on November 7, 2012 at 8:43pm — No Comments


Who am I?

Matt Swinburn, 55 years old, Pakeha, grew up in Titirangi, Auckland (hugging trees and chopping them down too), bit of a handful - sent away to boarding school in Hamilton (St Paul's Collegiate), did well academically so went to Otago Uni to do Med Intermediate (like my Dad), unlike my Dad chucked it in and took ten years off. I traveled around NZ, picked fruit and did about 40 other jobs but only for enough money to live sparsely on (my parents grew up in the…


Added by Matt Swinburn on November 7, 2012 at 8:35pm — No Comments

From The NZ Herald Obituaries

Following the sad news, these are the tributes posted on the Herald site:

Monday, 10 September 2012

Well done, good and faithfull servant! I enjoyed many hours working on your projects at Windy Ridge, Wekaweka and Aropohue. Enjoy the reward of your labours.

Added by Sally O'Brien on September 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Kid Freindly Websites

Activities for Kids

Parents, the following are kid-friendly websites for ages 2 and up that develop reading skills through word games, storytimes, brainteasers and…


Added by Sally O'Brien on August 1, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Sally O'Brien on May 27, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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