Newsletter T2W6 2023
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Newsletter T2W6

2 Jun 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,

Kings Birthday Weekend
A reminder that school will be closed this Monday 5th June as we celebrate the King's Birthday public holiday.

Big Night at the Rugby
Tonight Mr Kloppers will be taking the Year 5 and 6 Boys' Rugby team to Eden Park to play the curtain raiser for the Blues. Our boys were selected at the recent Barbarians tournament as one of eight teams that get to play tonight. We wish the boys all the best of luck!

Staffing News
A big welcome to our newest students who have started in Room 8 this week with their class teacher, Mrs Becs Hurdley. Mrs Hurdley is a regular reliever at our school and also opened one of the new entrant classes in the middle of last year, so she is very familiar with this area of the school. We hope you've all had a great first week!

Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Miss Kate Hodson at the end of this term. Miss Hodson will be heading back to her native Tauranga to live. She will be missed by her students, parents and staff both past and present, who know her to be a fun and highly competent classroom teacher.

If you have a child who is due to turn 5 this year or next and you haven't completed an enrolment form yet, please could you let the office know as this really helps us with our planning of classes.

Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd June in the school hall. School will close at 1.40pm that day so that the interviews can start from 2pm. A notice about the booking procedure has been emailed home.

School Vision - Lifelong Learners
One of the most important aspects of formal education – if not the most important – is to foster a love of learning that will endure into adulthood. The importance of this is well captured by Charlie Munger, Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, who says that anyone who wants to be successful should “Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” Mr Munger who makes up one half of one of the world’s most successful investing partnerships does not credit his success to natural genius, he believes in “learned intelligence” that accumulates over a life of learning.

It goes without saying then, that fostering a love of self-motivated learning should be an important part of growing up and life at school. Therefore, knowing what the preparation for a life of learning should look like is important for parents and teachers to know.

Typically discussions about what type of education will set students up for future success pit student-centred learning against teacher-directed learning. You’ll see this in the upcoming election as National roll out their predictable back-to-the-basics policy that insists on recapturing lost standards through teacher-directed learning. While Labour continue promoting their student-centred ideals of equity and inclusion, without any real description of what these big ideas should look like in real classrooms. In New Zealand the education system has lurched between these two extremes for several decades as part of a long established worldwide tension that 100 years ago Alfred North Whitehead described as the “...rhythmic claims of freedom and discipline in education.” Discipline alluding to the teacher-directed form of learning and freedom to the student-centred approach.

Cultivating lifelong learning requires BOTH discipline and freedom. Learning at its best requires both the motivation that comes from having freedom to explore and pursue self-directed lines of inquiry, as well as the discipline to learn from those who are charged with passing on the accumulated knowledge of humanity.

Alfred North Whitehead went to great lengths in the earlier part of last century to advocate for balance between discipline and freedom in young people’s education. As parents and teachers his lesson is one worth heeding. We must be both disciplinarians and encouragers. Learning requires both grit and inspiration, discipline and freedom. It is with a balance of both that we will stand the best chance of supporting a love of learning at home and at school and set our kids up for the best chance of cultivating a learned intelligence over the course of their lives.

Nga mihi nui!
Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday 20 June at 7pm in the Boardroom. Anyone is welcome to attend and a copy of the agenda is available from the school office after 3pm on the Friday before.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report, including the audited accounts for 2022 and the Presiding Member's and Principal's Report, will be available next week to view on our school website.

ICAS Y6-8 English and Mathematics

Each year we invite Y6-8 students to enter in the International Competitions and Assessments for School (ICAS) English and Mathematics. ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student will receive a printable certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.

We offer this service to parents and students as an option. We offer the opportunity for Y6, 7 and 8 students to sit ICAS English and Mathematics assessments.

A notice has been emailed to all Year 6, 7 and 8 parents. Please follow the instructions on the notice carefully as the school will not be ordering or accepting payments for ICAS. Parents are to purchase directly through the Parent Payment System on ICAS.
  • Please note the online shop closes on Monday 24 July. You must purchase before this date if you wish your child to participate.

Glendowie School’s Annual Book Fair

Please support the School Library Fundraiser! 22nd June (Thursday) from 2.00pm until 7.10pm in the School Hall. Buy a book for your family or donate a book to the School Library.
Or both! Books, novelties and activity packs will be available for purchase during parent/teacher interviews. 30% of sales goes towards books for our School Library.
Eftpos available - See You There !

Lunchtime Activities

We have a number of lunchtime clubs available to all students. Schedules are included in the Daily Notices shared by teachers with their class at the start of each day. Students are encouraged to ask their teacher to find out more information about the club if they are interested. Class teachers are also willing to support students to attend, such as introducing them to someone who already participates to become their buddy.

Currently we have the following clubs: Chess Club, Kapa Haka (Years 5 - 8 only); Dungeons & Dragons (Y 7/8 - currently full), Art Fun Club, Dance Club (Years 5 - 8 - currently full) and soon to be introduced in Term 3 - The World of Wool on Whisper Wednesdays (BYO wool / needles / hook); Book Club (Years 5 - 8) and a Singing Club. The library is also open every lunchtime to different year levels on different days.

We always welcome new ideas for lunchtime clubs. Many of our clubs are student-led. Clubs can change over the course of the year depending on student interest. It is the student's responsibility to check the daily notices for days, times and location and to turn up.

We also have opportunities for students in Years 5 - 8 to join sports training sessions during lunchtimes. Student leaders sometimes offer play sessions during lunchtimes for our younger students.

Year 7 Girls Soccer Tournament

The day of the tournament was quite intense, as soon as we arrived at Madills Farm we learnt that the only other year seven team was from St Heliers School. Yet we still had to play more than one game, so we competed against some year 8 teams. We lost a couple, drew one and won but all those games didn't matter for the actual competition, the only game we needed to win was against the year 7 team from St Heliers School.
During our final game which was the game that mattered we fought hard in defence and drawed. Instead of a penalty shootout we had overtime with a twist, every minute one player would have to be removed from each team. After about 2-3 minutes of that game, Amelia ran up with the goal and scored a great goal! Everyone was yelling, cheering and pumped with adrenaline, that day was awesome! By Hayley H

Barbarians year 5/6 Rugby fun day

On Sunday 28 May, 16 players went to Bruce Pullman Park to compete at a schools rugby fun day. They played exceptionally well and had lots of fun off the field meeting Blues players and getting their signatures.

Many thanks to all the parent helpers with transport, coaching and bringing halftime snacks.
The organisers had a lucky draw at the end of the day for 8 schools to go and play at Eden Park before their match against the Highlanders. With everyone cheering we missed our name that had been called out and then found out on Monday via email we were also going to Eden Park. Very happy children!!!
Our next adventure will be this Friday before the match as well as welcoming the Blues players onto the field.

Pink Shirt Day

On Friday 19 May, Glendowie School joined the rest of Aotearoa to show our support of Pink Shirt Day! It was a huge success with students, teachers and staff taking part in the movement by accessorizing in pink to stamp out bullying and instead celebrate diversity and promote kindness and inclusion!
As a KiVa school, it was a meaningful day for students, teachers and staff to celebrate and highlight the importance of creating a school culture of acceptance and kindness! Thank you to all the support shown by our community!


We have had another request from Glendowie Christian Kindergarten to please respect their rule of NOT parking beyond the signs in their carpark. You are welcome to park in the Church carpark at the front of the Church near Riddell Road, however you are not welcome to park down next to the Church as this is their kindy parking and parents can't get car parks. There is a sign saying no school cars past this point but it’s being ignored.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 5 June - King's Birthday - School closed
  • Friday 9 June - Y6 Tahuna Torea trip (3 of 3)
  • Friday 9 June - Y7/8 Boys' Rugby
  • Tuesday 13 June - Y5 MOTAT trip (Rm 14 and Y5/6 from Rm 28)
  • Tuesday 13 June - Y5/6 Boys' Rugby
  • Wednesday 14 June - Y5 MOTAT trip (Rm 12 and Rm 13)
  • Friday 16 June - School Disco - Junior 5.30 - 6.45pm
  • Friday 16 June - School Disco - Senior 7.00 - 8.30pm
  • Monday 19 June - Eastern Zone Hockey
  • Tuesday 20 June - Board of Trustees meeting
  • Wednesday 21 June - Y6 Assembly
  • dance trip? (Nathalie)
  • Thursday 22 June - Parent Teacher Interviews - School closes at 1.40pm
  • Wednesday 28 June - Bay Suburbs Netball
  • Friday 30 June - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 17 July - First day of Term 3

Glendowie PA

School Disco: Friday 16th June - "To the Galaxy and Beyond". $4 entry on the door. Face Painting, Photo Booth and Tuck Shop Available. Prices vary from $0.50 - $2, CASH ONLY. We are looking for sponsorship for this event, if anyone would like to be involved, please email us at

Milo Friday: Enjoy a warm Milo & chocolate fish fortnightly on a Friday afternoon as we come into the winter months of Term 3. Glendowie School branded keep cups are available to purchase now via Kindo; once purchased, please collect these and concession cards from the school office. The next Milo Friday for Term 2 is on Friday 9th June. Thank you to New World Stonefields for their generous donation and support.

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 3 are as follows:- Monday 17th July-Monday 7th August- Monday 4th September . We are looking for second hand uniform donations, please drop these to the office anytime or directly to the uniform shop during opening times.

Next Meeting: Our next PA meeting is Tuesday 20th June, 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.

Community Notices

Bricks4Kidz: Journey through Imagination - Lego Steam holiday programme. See flyer below.

Taekwon-Do - Confidence, discipline, self-defence, fitness. Mondays and Wednesdays. Register at Contact Master Mark Banicevich at or phone/test 021 314 503. See the flyer below.

SPCA Dove Hospice shop: We are working together for our school community project to raise awareness, get volunteers, get donations, and receive any second-hand items for the SPCA Dove Hospice shop. The SPCA Dove Hospice is a non-fundable charity store where all money made goes to saving all pets ranging from cats, dogs, and hamsters.
We are needing any second-hand items of good quality. Bring down your second-hand items to Glendowie Primary office and place it in a donation box. You can also volunteer today by coming down to 217 Taniwha Street, Glen Innes. Or you can donate by emailing Thank you for your support - students of Glendowie College.