Newsletter T1W10 2023
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Newsletter T1W10

6 April 2023

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,
Greetings everyone,

Thank you all for a great first term of 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming Mr Charles Liu next term as Deputy Principal. Charles will oversee the senior school (Years five to eight) in both pastoral care and curriculum. He will also take the lead with school wide administration (timetables and general organisation). Mr Liu is well known to many of you having taught at Glendowie for a number of years. We expect he will fit seamlessly into the running of the school and are very much looking forward to having him rejoin our team.

Staffing News
Exciting times ahead for two of our staff who will go on maternity leave early in Term 3. Mrs Annie Aspden and Mrs Nathalie Smith are expecting babies around the same time in September. A huge congratulations goes to both ladies and their families. We wish both Annie and Nathalie healthy pregnancies and a joyous start to their next chapter with newborns.

Teacher Only Day
A reminder that we will be having a teacher only day on Monday 24th April. Students will start Term 2 on Wednesday 26th April (after ANZAC Day). Staff will be spending the teacher only day on 24th undertaking professional development.

Upgrades to the School Site
Many of you will have noticed that we are currently doing some improvements at the front of the school. It has been lovely to see the shaded area under the trees getting much more use now that students can sit on the new turf. You will have noticed that we have also tidied up the garden areas. A scorched earth approach was needed for the gardens at the front of the school, which will mean it will be a while until some of the hedges will come into their own. For now we have a much neater and tidier feel.

It is important that shared spaces look good and feel good. The importance of the way our learning environments look and make us feel is well established, as is the way that spaces can positively affect well-being.

A big thank you goes to one of our parents – Richard from the Property Crew. He and his team have done the recent landscaping work and we appreciate the level of professional engagement from Richard. I highly recommend him for all your landscaping needs.

Artist in Residence
During week two of next term we'll have an artist in residence – Jonny4Hire. Jonny is a mural artist who has worked all over the world and will be painting the brick ball wall near the entrance to the school, which is currently looking very plain. On the side that faces the road he will paint a map of our school as it is currently not that obvious to visitors – and some parents – where everything is. On the face that points toward the school he will paint a Glendowie landscape that includes learner profile traits from our PYP curriculum. We will encourage teachers to bring their classes out to watch Jonny work. Jonny’s visit will be a great chance to see a real life artist at work.

New Website
We have a new website that went live this week. You can access this at our normal URL:

Finally, I wish everyone a restful and safe school holiday break.

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Non-Uniform Day Donation

Thank you so much for the donations given on our non-uniform day today. We were able to pass on over $750 to the St John Community Programme - Therapy Pets.

Lost Property

Please make sure you check the lost property table which will be outside the office for the final time today. There are numerous goggles, pairs of shoes, school uniform items and swimming togs and towels. These items will be repurposed if unclaimed.

Glendowie PA:

We wish our school community a happy and safe Easter, have a great school break and we look forward to another action packed Term 2!

Quiz Night: Organisation for our Back to the 80's Quiz Night is well underway. Tickets sold out completely within 48hours and it is set to be a great evening. We are still looking for items to include in our silent auction. If you'd like to donate a voucher from your business, or simply want to hire the kids out for lawn mowing, please send us an email with ideas.

School Disco: Save the Date: Friday 16th June

Frosty Friday: Thank you for all the support with Frosty Friday this term, it has been extremely popular and is always a great way to end a Summer's week at school. The money raised from Frosty Friday this term is going towards purchasing equipment for our exciting new technology block.

Milo Friday: Enjoy a warm Milo & chocolate fish fortnightly on a Friday afternoon as we come into the winter months of Term 2 and 3. Glendowie Primary School branded keep cups are available to purchase now via Kindo. The first Milo Friday for Term 2 will be the second week back, Friday 5th May. See the flyer at the end of the newsletter.

Second Hand Uniform Shop: We are operating out of the corner room to the right hand side of the main entrance to the office. We will be open on the first Monday morning of each month from 8:30 - 9am; the dates for Term 2 are as follows:- Monday 1st May at 2:30 pm (please note the change of time. All other dates are from 8.30am) - Thursday 1st June - Monday 17th July - Monday 7th August - Monday 4th September. We are gratefully accepting second hand uniform donations so please drop these to the office anytime or directly to the uniform shop during opening times.

Next Meeting: Our next PA meeting is Thursday 27 April, 7:30pm in the school staffroom. All welcome, we'd love to see some new faces!

Facebook Page: We are keeping our Facebook page up to date with events. Follow us at
Glendowie Primary School Parents' Association for updates.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 24 April - Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC day
  • Wednesday 26 April - First day of term two
  • Thursday 27 April - Parents' Association meeting
  • Wednesday 10 May - Y2 Assembly
  • Tuesday 16 May - Board Meeting
  • Thursday 18 May - Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Football
  • Wednesday 24 May - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Girls' Football
  • Thursday 25 May - Y7 Immunisations
  • Tuesday 30 May - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Boys' Football
  • Wednesday 31 May - Y3 Assembly

Community Notices

bricks4kidz: April Lego Holiday programme (held at Glendowie Church). To register, go to or see the flyer below.

St Andrews Village Autumn Market - Saturday 15 April from 10am - 3pm in the Irwin Miller Centre. Craft, food, beauty and clothing stalls. All welcome.

Introduction to Sailing: Glendowie Boating Club's programme is for young people aged 9 years and up. Tuesday 11 Apr - Fri 14 Apr, 2023,9-3pm. To register, go to

Jazz School, School holiday Big Band workshop: This will be an exciting three day school holiday workshop where year 6, 7 and 8 students will learn to play in a Jazz Big Band and then perform a concert for family and friends on the final afternoon. The Big Band is for Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Clarinet players plus Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums. The music we play will range from jazz standards to modern pop classics with an emphasis on having fun while producing music at a high standard. From 9-3pm, April 12, 13 and 14 at Kings School, 258 Remuera Road. Please visit or email for more information.
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