Newsletter T3W4 2023
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Newsletter T3W4

11 August 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,
Teacher Only Day
Please be reminded that we will have a TOD this Monday 14th August, 2023. SCHOOL WILL NOT BE OPEN. This year the MOE has given schools two additional days for professional learning and curriculum development. This is the second, the first was used on the first day of Term 2.

2024 Intermediate Parent Night (All welcome)
For parents of intermediate students in 2024 there will be a parent meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 12th September in the Mini-hall. At the meeting we will discuss some of the key events on the Year 7 and 8 calendar for 2024. We will also be discussing a significant shift in our approach to delivering the IB Curriculum. In 2024 we plan to roll out the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is the IB programme specifically designed for Year 7 and 8.

As the items that we will discuss at this meeting will be of relevance to those students who will be in intermediate in the next few years, we are opening this event up to all parents who would like to come and hear about the future of our intermediate programme.

For our parent community homework is a subject where there are a variety of perspectives. There are those who would love to have the after school workload doubled or tripled, and others who believe home should not be the place for school work. There are strong arguments for both perspectives. On one hand, homework at college is inevitable and so this can be seen as absolutely necessary as part of preparation for post-primary education. On the flip side, some think six hours of study at school is quite enough for one day and would prefer that their children had time to follow other interests after school.

Recently we have made a shift in the way we approach homework at Glendowie School. Teachers are now focusing on getting students to complete basic but important tasks that can be done independently such as reading, learning basic facts and practising spelling words.

In 2009 John Hattie – an educational researcher – looked at over 800 educational studies and ranked those things that had the greatest effect on learning. Homework has a very low effect size (source). Homework has half the impact of ‘exposure to reading’, the very thing we would really love families to encourage as the alternative to the homework tasks that have been sent home in the past. Reading might take the format of a parent reading to their child (as would be appropriate for our younger students), children reading to their parents, or children reading independently.

Physical Restraint
It is a legal requirement to inform the community of the school’s position on physical restraint. We have a policy that can be found on our website. All teaching staff at Glendowie School are authorised to use restraint and have undertaken training around this. Obviously this measure is used as a last resort when safety is at risk.

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, website, 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 12 September 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.

Student-Led Conferences Year 1 - 7

As part of the PYP (Primary Years Programme), we regularly encourage students to be reflective and have agency with their learning. A student-led conference is a pre-planned meeting in which students demonstrate responsibility for their academic performance by providing a review of their work for parents. The students lead the conference by presenting work samples and discussing their learning.

During the conference, students will share and discuss their learning with their parents (knowledge, skills, concepts, and action). They will discuss the process involved in their learning, the progress they have been making and the product of their work - across a range of curriculum areas.

Some frequently asked questions are:
  • What is the role of the STUDENT? Students lead the conference. They collect work samples, plan their conference, review their work and think about future learning goals. They use communication skills to share this with their parents/caregivers. After the conference, students discuss the benefits of the conference and work on their next improvement steps.
  • What is the role of the PARENT? Parents participate as active listeners and as a support for their child. They provide encouragement, praise and feedback. They can clarify by asking questions and assist their child in identifying strengths and learning goals.
  • What is the role of the TEACHER? Teachers help students prepare for the conference but do not participate in the conference. Before the conference, teachers guide students in the collection of their work, ensure they have a range of learning experiences, and organise the conference area for successful communication. Teachers may be sitting at their desk or standing in the common room so students can lead the discussion.
  • What happens if I want to talk to the teacher about concerns evident during the conference? Please make an appointment for an interview with the teacher at another time (eg the next day), as this is your child’s special time to share their learning with you.
The Student-Led Conferences will be held on the following dates:

Session 1 - 9:10am to 9:45am or Session 2 - 9:55am to 10:30am
Year 1 - Rooms 7, 9, 10, 11
Year 2 - Rooms 17, 18, 19
Year 3 - Rooms 1, 2
Year 4 - Rooms 4, 5
Montessori - Room 27, Years 1 - 4

Session 1 - 9:10am to 9:45am or Session 2 - 9:55am to 10:30am
Year 5 - Rooms 12, 13, 14
Year 6 - Rooms 15, 16, 26
Year 7 - Rooms 24, 25
Montessori - Room 28, Years 5 - 7

See below explaining the on-line booking system for student-led conferences.
Appointment Procedure:
We will be using the same on-line appointment procedure we used for the parent teacher interviews. Bookings open at 3pm on Monday 14 August.
Go to
The code is rynjn
Type in personal details (Parent name, e-mail address, child’s name)
Choose room number and teacher
Choose a session
Click on a box for a tick to appear
You will receive an e-mail confirming your booking
Online bookings will close on 28 August.

    Cross Country

    Cross Country running races will be held in Glendowie Park, across the road from the school. Children must wear shoes to run.
    Year 3 - 8 races will be held on Wednesday 16th August.
    Children must wear suitable running shoes (non-uniform acceptable), and their PE uniform. It is an expectation that all children will take part.

    Note the approximate start times for each race (girls, then boys)
    Year 3 - 9.30am
    Year 4 - 9.50am
    Year 5 - 11.15am
    Year 6 - 11.35am
    Year 7 - 1.45pm
    Year 8 - 2.05pm

    Year 0, 1 and 2 races will be held on Wednesday 23rd August.
    Children can wear non-uniform shorts for their race and must wear suitable running shoes. Children will run in their school uniform shirt. It is an expectation that all children will take part.

    Note the approximate start times for each race (girls, then boys)
    Year 2 - 11.15pm
    Year 1 - 11.30pm
    Year 0 - 11.45pm
    Parents please note, there is no shelter where you stand, so come prepared. The children will be sitting under shelter. Also, please no dogs near where the children are seated.

    Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language 2023

    Year 7/8 students presented a high calibre of speeches and oratory presentations this year. Intermediate students have a choice to present a Speech, Rap, Flash Talk (use of powerpoint while presenting) or a Spoken Word Poem. The judges had an extremely difficult decision to decide the winners from each segment and we are very pleased to congratulate the following winners:
    Speech Competition: 1st Place - Zoe S, 2nd Place - Felicity V
    Oratory Competition Flash Talk: 1st Place - Sasha W
    Oratory Competition Spoken Word Poem: 1st Place - Lara B
    Students who won their division will represent our school in the Remuera Zone Finals later this term.
    Congratulations to all our students who achieved a placement in our school finals competition:
    Ben N, Stella V, Zarah D, Alec L, Daniel V, Jacob G, Elodie-Rose C, Jackson T-M, Jade M, Jacob C, Nicholas T and Chloe X.
    Well done to these students, along with all of the year 7/8 students who wrote, practised and presented their speeches this year.

    Year 5/6 Speech Finals

    Last week the year 5 and 6 school speech final was held. There were 14 finalists selected from the 7 classes. Each finalist had written, practised and presented a speech that fit within the theme of Kaitiakitanga / Guardianship, and had successfully presented it to their class before being selected by their classroom teacher to participate in the final. Our judges Mrs Woolley and Mrs Elisara had the challenging job of selecting a finalist and runner up from the speeches presented in the final. Hugo H received first place, and he will represent Glendowie at the upcoming zone competition later this term, with Jimmy W being selected as the runner up.
    The finalists for Year 5 and 6 for 2023 were:
    Room 12 - Alex F, Lola G
    Room 13 - Alfie K, Simra N
    Room 14 - Alex W, Zian B
    Room 15 - Jimmy W, Hugo H
    Room 16 - Alyssa D, Izzy D
    Room 26 - Lucy C, Theo R
    Room 28 - Harper A, Matthias B
    Well done to these students, along with all of the year 5 and 6 students who wrote, practised and presented their speeches this year.

    Book Week Thank You!

    Thank you to our school community for donating quality second hand books during Book Week.

    “A quick note to thank Glendowie School staff and students for the donation of preloved books to Story Store. These books will go on to help children in less fortunate schools have access to quality books in their school libraries. I love sharing books I've enjoyed and this is a way of doing just that!
    Thank you, once again - always happy to receive more donations at any time.”
    Joanna Baynes

    Upcoming Events

    • 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
    • Thursday 24 August - NZ Playhouse Years 3-5
    • Monday 28 August - ICAS Y6 and 7/8 Maths
    • Tuesday 29 August - Y1-4 Student led conferences
    • Wednesday 30 August - Y 5-7 Student led conferences
    • Thursday 31 August - Parents Association Meeting 7:30pm
    • Monday 4 September - Second hand uniform shop 8.30-9am
    • Friday 8 September - Runathon
    • Tuesday 12 September - 2024 Intermediate Parent Information Night 5:30pm
    • Tuesday 12 September - Board Meeting 7pm

    Glendowie PA

    Movie Night: A firm favourite in the school calendar, the Movie Night is next Friday the 18th August. Tickets are on sale now and will be available to purchase through Kindo until 5pm WEDNESDAY 16TH AUGUST - no tickets will be sold after this time. Tickets will be delivered to your child's classroom on Thursday or Friday next week.
    Junior Movie - Sing 2, 4:15pm-6pm
    Senior Movie - Spider-Man into the Spider - verse, 6:45pm-9pm
    Pizza Hut pizzas will be delivered during half time intermission and these can be purchased along with your ticket on Kindo. Check out Kindo for further details regarding this event.

    Runathon: The Runathon is on the 8th of September this year; we have further changes planned again this year to make sponsoring your child a lot easier. We are also working on ways to make this event more exciting for our students!

    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 next date for Term 3 is: - 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

    Mindful Parenting: Online via Zoom, starting 17 August. See the flyer below to sign up online.

    Auckland Hockey Junior 6's September Festivals! Team Registrations are now open.
    Open to any school, club or social junior team. Venue: Auckland Hockey Stadium, Lloyd Elsmore Park.

    Bayside Baseball would like to welcome you to Join our "Have a Go Day"!
    Attention all young athletes and aspiring baseball stars! We're excited to invite you to our upcoming "Have a Go Day" at Bayside Baseball. It's a FREE event designed to introduce kids from 8 years old and up, to the cool world of baseball!
    No experience is needed, and all equipment will be provided.
    4 Dates to choose from: 20th August, 27th August, 10th September, or 17th September
    Time: 1-3pm
    Location: Crossfield Reserve 83 Crossfield Road, Glendowie, Auckland 1071
    Register FREE here: