Newsletter T3W2 2023
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Newsletter T3W2

28 July 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,
Happy Book Week! We have had lots of cool stuff going on this week, culminating with everyone coming to school today as their favourite book character. Thanks to Mrs Elisara, our fabulous Librarian, and Ms Sinclair for all of the extra work put in to making this week such a success.

Tech Building
We are getting closer to starting our much awaited tech block renovation. The contractors have advised us that they can get underway in mid-September. During the construction phase we will have the entire tech block fenced off with a chute area between the building and the large gate that will also be fenced off for contractor vehicles. The entire area will act as a separate building site and no contractors will be allowed to move outside of this area.

To the discerning eye it will be apparent that the current cladding is asbestos. Please be assured that we have a comprehensive safety management plan for removing this cladding so that risk is minimised. Included in this plan will be removing all the cladding outside of school hours.

Individual and class photos will be taken this Monday 31st July. Best to get a fresh press on the uniform this weekend and a lick of gel in the hair before school on Monday.

Teacher Only Day
Please be reminded that we will have a TOD on Monday 14th August, 2023, which is in Week 5 of this term. This year the MOE has given schools two additional days for professional learning and curriculum development. The first was used on the first day of Term 2.

Staff News
This term we welcome Naomi Bensted back to our school who will be taking over in Room 7, replacing the departing Mrs Aspden. We will also welcome Kieran Allaway to replace Mrs Smith in Room 26. Both changes are due to the well synchronised pregnancies of the ongoing teachers who leave at the end of next week. We wish both Mrs Aspden and Mrs Smith all the very best with the arrival of their newborns.

Prime Energy Drinks
We have received health advice from the Ministry of Education regarding Prime Energy drinks. Some types of Prime drinks contain twice the limits imposed by New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS). They are not considered safe for children and we strongly recommend you do not allow your child to purchase these products. They may not be brought to school.

Nga mihi nui!
Paul Crowhurst l Principal

Out of Zone Ballot

The Board has agreed to hold a ballot for out of zone enrolments for 2024. Applications close on Wednesday 11th October and if a ballot is required it will be held on Wednesday 18th October.
The exact number of places available will depend on the number of in-zone enrolments we receive, but it is likely that we will have:
  • up to 10 places in years 0, 4, 5 and 7
  • up to 5 places in year 1
  • up to 3 places in years 2, 3 and 6
Application forms can be obtained from the school office or by email from
If you live out of zone and have a child due to start next year, you MUST complete an application for the ballot, even if you already have a child enrolled here.

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday 1 August 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.

Y7/8 Sports Results

Year 7/8 Hockey: The hockey tournament was a great experience for everyone who participated. Everyone tried really well and gave it their all, and the training really paid off. The girls landed up coming 2nd which was amazing to watch. Jacob C Room 23

Year 7/8 Netball: It was sooooo foggy (and cold!) as we got to the netball centre. Thankfully, the sun came out for us and made the day more enjoyable! The Year 8 A netball team got off to a good start, even though we lost, we were happy with the way we played against one of the better teams. Then we played our next game against Stanhope. We were a bit nervous because they are such a good team. But with good teamwork and a positive mindset, we won 11-8! We played a few more games and had mixed results. Luckily, we got into the 5th and 6th place playoffs! It was against Pt. England, who are about 5 grades higher than our out-of-school team, so we knew we had to play really well. We also got told that we needed to supply our own umpire (and my dad was not confident), so Jonny's mum had to ref for us. Thanks Mel! In the first half, Pt. England was ahead by 2 goals. Unfortunately, we lost, but it was a great day out and all of the teams had a fantastic time! Written by MillaJ

On Monday 24th of July, around sixty Year 7 and 8’s went to the netball tournament. The tournament was meant to be on Friday the week before, but as there was torrential rain it was postponed. I was in the Year 7 A team, and we all had a great time! We were split into two pools, and versed everyone in our pool. Luckily for us, the teams from Barradene and Point England were in the other pool. After three 18 minute games, we beat everyone in our pool and were in the semifinal! Because we had won our pool, we got to verse the second team in the other pool, Point England. We lost to them, and lost our chance to be in the final. Now we knew we wouldn’t be in the top two, we had to compete for third, against another school. We had already beat them in the pool games, so we knew we had a good chance of coming third. Everyone else from our school came to cheer us on, and we beat them, coming third in the tournament! Soon, we were all on the bus heading back to school after a fun and exciting day of netball. Written by Amelia F

Year 5/6 Bay Suburbs Netball Tournament

On the 28th of June, Year 5 and 6 Netballers participated in the Bay Suburbs Netball Tournament. We were very fortunate, as it was a sunny day with no rain, unlike last year's tournament. Each team played 3-5 games against our neighbouring schools.
As a school, we did exceptionally well, seeing some of our teams place 1st and 3rd!
We want to thank all the parents that helped us on the day, both supporting us and managing a team. We also want to thank Miss Moyle, Mrs Maslin and Hugh for training us and preparing us for the day.
Written by Hugo H, Larissa V, Alex F, and Nia B

Photography Club

We have a new Photography Club starting this term! We have lots of keen students interested, but are still building up the resources that we have available to use. We are wondering if we can call on our community to help us!
We are looking for donations of digital cameras that are in good working order but no longer needed. Sometimes these get put to the back of the cupboard when you upgrade. If you have a camera that you are no longer using, please could you drop it into the Office, the Photography Club would love to make use of it. Any queries, please email Mrs Natalie Hanna on

Woolly Wednesday

Woolly Wednesday in the library was a huge hit this week! If you have any donations of wool, French Knitting spools, knitting needles or crochet hooks please drop them into the Senior Montessori Class - Room 28 to Mrs Couper (Tesneem). Thank you!

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 31 July - School Class and Individual Photos
  • Tuesday 1 August - Y7/8 and Y5/6 Speech Competition
  • Tuesday 1 August - Board Meeting 7pm
  • Thursday 3 August - Rm 24/25 Art Gallery in the Minihall - 8.30-3.15pm (Visitors sign in at the office please)
  • Thursday 3 August - Y6 Puberty Parent information evening with NEST consulting
  • Friday 4 August - Rm 24/25 Art Gallery in the Minihall - 8.30 - 3.15pm (Visitors sign in at the office please)
  • Monday 7 August - Second hand uniform shop open 8.30-9am
  • Wednesday 9 August - Y3 Art Gallery trip
  • Wednesday 9 August - ICAS Y6 and Y7/8 English
  • Wednesday 9 August - Y 1 Assembly - 1.30pm
  • Monday 14 August - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
  • Wednesday 16 August - Year 3-8 Cross Country
  • Friday 18 August - Movie night
  • Monday 21 August - Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Cross Country
  • Monday 21 August - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Cross Country
  • Wednesday 23 August - Y1/2 Cross Country
  • Wednesday 23 August - Y4 Assembly - 1.30pm
  • Thursday 24 August - Y8 Exhibition
  • Tuesday 29 August - Y1-4 Student led conferences
  • Wednesday 30 August - Y 5-7 Student led conferences
  • Monday 4 September - Second hand uniform shop 8.30-9am
  • Friday 8 September - Runathon

Glendowie PA

Welcome back to school, we hope you all had a wonderful school holiday break and are keeping well as we move through the winter months. We have another action packed, fun filled term planned and can't wait to get underway with these events.

Movie Night: A favourite in the school calendar, the Movie Night is back again this year! Mark Friday 18th August on your calendar for this fun event! Further details to follow in the coming weeks. We are looking for sponsorship, if you are interested in supporting this event, please email us at

Runathon: The Runathon is on 8th of September this year; we have further changes planned again this year to make sponsoring your child a lot easier!

Milo Friday: Enjoy a warm Milo & chocolate fish fortnightly on a Friday afternoon as we get through the cold winter weeks of Term 3. Glendowie School branded keep cups are available to purchase now via Kindo; once purchased, please collect these & concession cards from the school office. These will be held on even weeks this term, beginning this week - week 2.

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 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: Thursday 31st August, 7:30pm in the school staffroom - all welcome, we'd love to see you there.
Class reps: If you are new to our school and haven't heard from your child's class rep, please email us at so we can add you to your class WhatsApp group.
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: After school registrations for term 3 are now open. See the flyer below.

Taekwon Do: Confidence, discipline, self-defence, fitness. Mondays and Wednesdays at Glendowie School. See the flyer below.

Teenage Mental Health: Glendowie College is running an event in August for parents on teenage mental health, specifically around anxiety, with clinical psychologist Dr Mary Miller. This event is aimed at parents with teenagers but because it will benefit a lot of parents, it has been made available to parents of Glendowie School. See the flyer below.

Borrow a camera, be an environmentalist, be an artist. See the flyer below.

Electoral Commission Opportunities to Work : To anyone who might be interested, there are job opportunities to work for the Electoral Commission for the upcoming Elections. Many more applicants are still needed in the Tamaki Electorate. So follow this link to apply, mentioning where you'd like to work. Applications will remain open after July 30th if not all the roles are fulfilled.