Newsletter T1W8 2023
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Newsletter T1W8

24 March 2023

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,

Camp Night
It was wonderful to see so many families camped out on the field on a beautiful early autumn evening a few weeks ago. The night was a wonderful community event. A big thanks to the PA for all their organisation and Mr Kloppers for setting things up and keeping the young people entertained. I knew it was time for me to head home when there were five year olds up past my bedtime. I’m sure any sugar fuelled fallout was well worth it… for the kids.

School Carparks
I am very concerned by a small number of parents who are prioritising their own convenience above the safety of our community. In the last week we had a car back onto the crossing while the patrols were running, a 50 point turn in the carpark in close proximity to students, and a parent who came centimetres from hitting a child when reversing. Both school car parks will now be closed from 8.30am till 9am in the morning and from 3.00pm till 3.10pm in the afternoon. No cars will be able to enter or exit during this time. This is an issue of safety first. The bottom car park will be closed with a cone that will be placed on the driveway. Exceptions will only be made for the Sommerville Unit bus.

Staff News
You will have seen the announcement this week that Mr Charles Liu will be taking up a Deputy Principal position here as from the beginning of Term 2. We are very pleased to have made this appointment and look forward to welcoming Mr Liu back to our school.

Mr Tom Jolly, Year 6 teacher, will be leaving us at the end of this term to take up a teaching position in Phnom Penh. Mr Jolly has been with us for just over 3 years, teaching mostly in the intermediate area of our school. During his time here he has been a supportive and active coach of several sports teams and we especially thank him for the extra commitment to this part of school life. We wish Mr Jolly and his partner every success with their overseas adventures.

Mrs Britta Schwabe, a regular reliever here, will take over the class from the start of Term 2 until the end of the year.

Swimming Sports
It was amazing to see so many parents out for the swimming sports this week. Well done to all our swimmers. A special thanks again to Mr Kloppers for all his organisation and entertaining commentary on the day.

AIMs Games
A meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th March in the Mini-hall. Please note the earlier start time of 5.30pm. A full list of sports options will be shared at the meeting

Happy Friday!!!!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Board meeting

The next Board meeting is Tuesday 28th March 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.

Homestay Families Wanted

Hosting can be a fun and rewarding experience for your family.
Homestay includes three meals per day and their own bedroom. We pay $650 per week (for a student and a parent) to cover expenses. If you would like to take a single student for a 3-4 week visit, it would be $400 per week. If you have a spare room and are keen on a new cultural experience please email

Year 7/8 Immunisation Programme 2023

Students in Year 7 are offered a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping
cough to complete the New Zealand childhood immunisation schedule. This combination vaccine is called BOOSTRIX.
Students in Year 8 are offered HPV vaccination to immunise against human papillomavirus. This vaccine is called GARDASIL.
These can be administered at a school based vaccination programme in a series of 2 injections over 6 months or by your family doctor. The first date of our school is scheduled on 25th May 2023.

Please complete and return the form sent home this week. This form will give the nurse information on whether:
 you wish your child to be vaccinated at school
 your child has already received these vaccinations from their GP
 you do not wish your child to be vaccinated.
Please see the link below for the videos that have been presented at school to Year 7 & 8 students this week.
For more information please contact:
 Starship Community Service – School Based Immunisation Programme.
Phone: 09 639 0200 OR
 Your Family Doctor/ Practice Nurse
 Visit the Ministry of Health website
 Contact the Immunisation Advisory Centre: 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466863)
or visit their website: insert text.

Year 3 Swim Sports

Harper M: I felt like I was about to freeze as I jumped into the pool. Mum, Nana and grandpa were there cheering for me as I swam. I felt incredibly proud having swum so well.

Oscar P: Swimsports was really fun, but when I saw that I had tied with Asher and Reid, I was really mad. When I got out of the pool, it was like having an ice bath in Antarctica! So I wrapped myself in my towel like a snake capturing a chicken.

Room 28's Trip to Rotorua

Akina: On Wednesday 15th March, we went to class camp in Rotorua. We stayed at All Seasons Holiday Park. We went to Te Puia to see carving; Whakarewarewa to see the geysers, hot pools and mud pools. We went to Mitai Maori Village to see and taste the Maori Culture. On the way back to Auckland, we went to the Agrodome Sheep Show. My favourite thing was going to Te Puia.
Zarah: Our class went to Rotorua for our school overnight trip, it was so fun and interesting! We went to Te Puia and saw a huge geyser and three kiwi birds, plus we watched some people carving Maori sculptures out of bone, wood and stone and even some people weaving. It was amazing to see how they could do such detailed sculptures and baskets. We also went to Whakarewarewa, The Buried Village, The Museum and Agrodome Sheep Show, where we saw dogs stand on the sheeps' backs!
Laura G: I enjoyed the Sheep Show at the Agrodome. The man was really kind and I got to feed a baby sheep. I also enjoyed going to Whakarewarewa because we ate sweetcorn that was cooked in a hot pool and it was very yum!
Isabel: We first went to Te Puia and after we went to Whakarewarewa. The part I liked the most was making pizzas for dinner because they were delicious.
Harper: At school camp we stayed at a place called All Seasons Holiday Park and the cabins were very nice because the beds were comfy. For dinner at camp we had a Hangi on the first night and it was really good and different to what I would normally have because it tasted like smoke. I enjoyed the Maori cultural performances. It was very cool because of how many dances they did. Camp was fun because of everything we did.

Year 7 Camp Merc 2023

Preparing for camp was quite the lengthy process. It was annoying and just drew on for what felt like hours! At least all this work was much worth the effort it had taken, and as quickly as it ended, it was the day of camp. Turns out the bus was late, it wasn't really major, but it had to be the most painful hour of camp. After a fifty minute bus ride, it was truly time for camp.
My personal favourite, or really most memorable activities were the abseiling and the tree climb. Abseiling was the scariest and I really disliked it, I should've calmed down a little while doing it. Tree Climbing on the other hand was both the most thrilling and exciting part about camp! Looking down was like looking at your own demise, nevertheless I made it to the top and said my inspirational quote.
Putting all the equipment and gear away was a lot quicker than packing everything. Looking back at camp in my opinion, it was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing!
William F
We arrived at camp with an amazing bus ride there, (I think I just love bus rides). We did many activities such as Surfing, Sailing, Abseiling, GSUP, Stack’ em, Tug ‘o’ war and Archery. They were all very fun but one stood out the most to me. TREE CLIMBING!! It was an exciting, scary, heart-racing but also fun activity. Just climbing up a 43m tall tree really makes you feel like you did something confidence-improving.
We had to use a specific piece of equipment called the duck. It allowed you to stop and go on command. Climbing up the tree was incredibly scary but exciting. Reflecting back on it I think I was less scared than I thought I was going to be. When I reached the top it was a great view, but just the experience itself was amazing. I climbed down and it was a really good feeling.
Jackson TM

Year 5-8 Swimming Sports Results

On 13 March, the year 7/8 students had the opportunity to show what good swimmers they are. It was an awesome day at the pools and congratulations to the place getters. We only had a few year 8 students that represented Glendowie at the annual Eastern Zone competition. Thanks to all the parent helpers, teachers and Ms Cable that made this day a success.

The very next day the year 5/6 swimmers made their way to the pools where they had some tough opposition amongst themselves. Well done to the winners who had to work hard to earn the top spots. They finished their Bay Suburbs competition on a high. We can't miss the hard work on the day from our parents and teachers.

Lost Property

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

Glendowie PA:

Camp Night: Our 2023 Camp Night was a huge success. Our campers and visiting families enjoyed a swim, sausage sizzle, ice blocks, lawn games and the infamous game of spotlight which was followed by an outdoor starlit movie on the big inflatable screen. We were treated to both a beautiful sunset and sunrise. A massive thanks to all our camping families for your help and support, it would not have been as successful without you! Mr Kloppers, we are endlessly grateful for your efforts with yet another event. We are already looking forward to Camp Night 2024.
Quiz Night: Organisation for our 'Back to the 80s' Quiz Night is well underway. Make sure your babysitters are organised for Friday the 5th May, 7pm onwards, for a night of fun, laughter, costumes, a silent auction and of course, trivia! Limited tickets will be available via Kindo from Monday 27th March - get a table together or purchase a ticket to join a table. We are 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. See the poster at the end of the newsletter.
We would like to thank Sandy Hayer from Sandy in the Bays - Ray White for her generous donation towards our Quiz Night.
Frosty Friday: Every Friday at 3pm on the courts outside the hall. Bring a $2 coin or purchase your punch card on Kindo. Punch cards will be available for collection from the school office. Please note that the 31st March will be the last Frosty Friday for Term 1.
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. We have recently placed another order for our branded Glendowie Primary Keep Cups which are available to purchase on Kindo and will be ready for collection from the office following your purchase.
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 next two dates are:- Monday 3rd April and Monday 1st May. We are gratefully accepting second hand uniforms donations. Please drop these to the office anytime or directly to the uniform shop during opening times.
Class Reps: Our Class Rep groups are up and running successfully. We are still looking for a parent class rep for room 23! Please contact the PA if you are able to help with this. If you have not yet heard from your class rep, please send us an email.
Next Meeting: Our next PA meeting is Thursday 30th March, 7:30pm in the school staffroom. All welcome, we'd love to see some new faces!
Friends of the PA: Are you interested in helping out with PA events without the time commitment of joining the committee? We have put together a group of parents who are willing to volunteer as able/required, if you are interested in joining this group, please send us an email with your contact details.
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

  • Sunday 26 March - Weetbix Tryathlon
  • Tuesday 28 March - AIMs Games meeting - 5.30pm in the Minihall
  • Tuesday 28 March - Board Meeting
  • Wednesday 29 March - Rm 22 Meet the teacher
  • Thursday 30 March - Y7 Assembly
  • Thursday 30 March - PA Meeting
  • Monday 3 April - Second Hand Uniform shop
  • Thursday 6 April - Last day of term one
  • Monday 24 April - Teacher only day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC day
  • Wednesday 26 April - First day of term two

Weetbix Tryathlon - Sunday 26 March 2023

This has been a long wait for all the Tryathloners! Good on you for giving it a go! The big day is just around the corner and the weather will be just awesome even if it's cloudy! Please find the following information to make it easy for everyone.

Pre-race visit
It would be wise to take your child to go have a look at the race venue if it is their first time. Event staff will be around setting up from Friday onwards.

Race Day (Sunday 26 March)
As usual we will have our Gazebo and BBQ close to the main venue, a place to put your gear and meet all the other Glendowie School Tryathletes from our school. We will be close to the finishing line with all the other schools. Please come join us before and after the race. Sausages and drink will be available – a gold coin donation towards this would be appreciated. All maps and event guides can be downloaded from the website and
Good luck to all of you – enjoy!

On the day
Administration tent opens: 7.00am.
Transition area opens for you to drop off required equipment: 7.00am to 8:15am
Race briefing: 8:30am (at the stage container)
Races start: 9:00 am Colour Caps in order – Light blue (10), Orange (9) , Yellow (8), Teams Purple (jnr teams), Green (7), Dark Blue (6), Teams White (snr teams), Black (13-15), Silver (12) and Red (11) (number indicates age)
Final Prize giving: Approx 12.00pm
Transition opens (collect bikes) : Approx 12.20pm
The start order will be as follows:

Community Notices

Year 8 netball: The netball season starts early term 2. Games are on Tuesday afternoons and practices will be before school. If your child (open to boys and girls) would like to play, please contact Edwine by 27th March:

Sacred Heart College Fair, 250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie is on Sunday 26th March from 9am-2pm. There will be food, quick fire raffles, silent auctions, toys, clothing, sporting goods and many other stalls.

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.