Newsletter T3W8 2023
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Newsletter T3W8

8 September 2023

From the Principal

Mālō e lelei,
A very happy Tongan language week to you all!
It was very embarrassing this week to again receive a call from the Dove Hospice next door to our school, who phoned to advise us that a number of parents were parking in their car park. The car park was full of school traffic meaning that families wishing to visit their relatives were unable to find a parking space.

The double parking outside the school has increased in recent weeks too, causing health and safety issues. Our school liaison officer at the Police has asked that we take photos and forward them on to her. We will be doing this but request that you please be considerate about where you park.

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.

Children Onsite After School
With the building work currently underway around the school it is very important that children who remain onsite after 3pm are closely supervised. If you would like to remain at school after 3pm so that you can socialise while your children play on the playground, please ensure that you know where your children are at all times.

Student Led Conferences
We had a wonderful few days with student-led conferences last week. Much effort went into each student carefully curating an account of this year’s learning journey and we really appreciated seeing so many of you in attendance.

Have a great weekend! Apparently we are expecting some sunshine.

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

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 today.

Photolife Orders

To access, view and order your child's photos online, go to Access codes have already been sent home with your child. Please note that the free delivery period expires at midnight on Sunday 10 September, 2023. If you misplace your individual access code, contact the office on 09-575 7374.

Room 14 Wants More Litterless Lunches

Earlier in the year, year 5s were learning about how to care for our shared environments and we focused on looking at our school environment in particular. We all picked up litter daily in different areas of the school and we found there was A LOT of litter. We did audits of the litter and found that MOST of it is from lunches. Did you know that we even saw a pukeko with a chip packet on its head?! We believe that if everyone brought litterless lunches to school, then our school environment and the wildlife around it would be safer and healthier. Please read our letter we collaboratively wrote to convince our school whānau to bring litterless lunches to school.
Tobias, Zian, Moana and Campbell with litterless lunches. Ryan and Tobias made a petition and went around one lunchtime to get students to sign it. Moana, Emma and Campbell with rubbish they collected at lunchtime when they chose to take action earlier this term. They have done this a number of times with a few other students involved.

Fibonacci Sequence

For the past two weeks, our Y8 class (Room 23) have been learning about the Fibonacci sequence, which is connected to our algebra inquiry. We learnt that the Fibonacci sequence is a pattern that adds the first two numbers and then the answer is the next number; this pattern goes on and on and on. Here is an example of the pattern: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89… So 1 + 1 = 2, then 2 + 1 = 3, and so on.

We also found out that the Fibonacci sequence is found in nature; it is seen as a spiral. We made an art piece of a Fibonacci sequence found in nature. Starting off by drawing boxes using the measurements of the Fibonacci sequence, we then drew a spiral over the boxes and turned it into an art piece. There were ferns, galaxies, snails, whirlpools and more! The Fibonacci sequence has shown us that maths is everywhere, whether you can see it or not. Our challenge for you is: next time you go on a walk out in nature, try and spot the Fibonacci sequence. You can look for tree ferns, the middle of a flower, or even the lobe of your ear!
Milla and Felicity

Mathex Competition 2023

Two teams of four from Y7 were selected to represent the school for Mathex. After a year group competition, individual trials and one short practice on Friday, we were ready. We all met at a stadium on Thursday night, and chatted excitedly in the stands. For those of you who don’t know what Mathex is, it is an exciting maths competition in which teams of four compete. You’re given the first question. You quickly write down your team’s answer, and give it to the selected runner who will take it to the marker. The marker will give you the next question, unless your answer is incorrect. If your answer is incorrect, the runner runs it back to your team for another try. If you’re struggling, you can pass on any question apart from the first one, which is multichoice. You have thirty minutes to complete twenty questions.

After waiting for a few minutes in the stand, all the Y7s were told to head towards the tables. There were 128 Y7 teams, from all around Auckland! Everyone crowded down the stairs: pushing and shoving each other. The tables were arranged alphabetically, and we quickly found the Glendowie Primary Schools tables. We chose who would be the A and B team, and sat down by the tables to wait. After some brief instructions, our runner walked to our marker to receive the first question. She brought it back to our table in an envelope, and we waited anxiously to start. Someone yelled, “Go!” We tore open the envelope and started reading the question. 10 minutes later, the first team finished! We kept going, passing on lots of questions and taking lots of attempts. Several teams got the maximum number of points, 100. After thirty minutes of intense screaming, running, cheering and maths, we were all told to stop. Our final score was 70/100, with the other Glendowie Y7 team on 20 points. We could choose to stay and watch the Y8s, or leave with our parents. It was a chaotic night with everyone screaming and cheering at each other, and runners sprinting around the tables, but overall it was heaps of fun.
By Amelia F

Mathex was a very loud and stressful night. There was a lot of screaming and shouting. We were close to beating our score from last year (80p) but we only got 70 points. We were happy that the Y7s didn’t beat our score from last year! The other Y8 team also did really well with 90/100 points. The night was very exciting and finished in a flash. Although Mathex was stressful, we want to do it in college and try to beat each other.
By Chloe X and Cotono Y
Mathex participants: Nathan, Tom, Issac, Lucas, Daniel, Patrick, Leonhard, Chloe, Lotti, Amelia, Daniel.
Also: Theo, Jonny, , Mikayla, Jacob, Cotono.

AIMS Games Results

The AIMS Games in Tauranga is a thrilling annual sports event for intermediate-aged students from all over New Zealand and beyond. It features a wide range of sports and emphasizes camaraderie, sportsmanship and creating unforgettable memories in the beautiful coastal city of Tauranga. We were fortunate enough to send a few individual sports students this year, competing in events from Badminton to Rock climbing. We have had some amazing results, with more results to follow, as this event is still going on!
Declan L - 2nd in Div 3 badminton
Sasha W - 3rd in Girls Yachting
Lauren A - 6th in Girls Yachting
Tobias C - 7th, Y7 cross country
Caleb L - 12th Y8 Mountain Bike, Cross Country
Theo S - Quarter finals Rock climbing
We will be publishing more results next week! Well done Team!

Glendowie PA

Runathon: As you know, we had our annual School Runathon today! This year each classroom is competing to raise the most money, the winning classroom will enjoy a pizza lunch. Spot prizes will be handed out to two children per classroom, the prizes will be on display from next week outside the Staffroom. We have set up an Online Sponsorship Platform which makes it easy to sponsor your child. Please follow this link to enter your child and join their classroom team.
Glendowie Runathon 2023 Online Sponsorship
How to enter your child:

  1. When you get to the homepage, please scroll down and click on "Enter a child"
  2. Click on "Fundraise as an individual"
  3. Join a team? - Click on "Yes"
  4. Select the team - Please type in your child's classroom eg "Room Five" - Please note, classes may be entered in different formats eg "Room 5", "Room five", or "5". Then select "Join"
  5. Your account - enter your name and email address
  6. Your profile - you will be prompted to enter your child's name and a photo (optional)
  7. You will then be able to sponsor your child. You can also send the link out to friends and family to gain more sponsorship for your child and your child's class team!
    Please note - we will close off this link on Friday 15th September and any cash sponsor money needs to be returned by this date so we are able to calculate totals and announce a class winner in week 10!
    If you have any problems with setting up your child's profile, please contact us at and we can talk you through it.

Milo Friday: The last Milo Friday for the year will be held next Friday (week 9). We look forward to welcoming Frosty Friday back in Term 4! Concession cards are available to purchase through Kindo and can be collected from the office.

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 during Term time from 8:30 - 9am. 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 26th October, 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 11 September - Eastern Zone Girls' Basketball
  • Tuesday 12 September - Y6 Auckland Museum trip
  • Tuesday 12 September - 2024 Intermediate Parent Information Night 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 12 September - Board Meeting 7pm
  • Wednesday 13 September - Y4 trip to Mangere Mountain
  • Thursday 14 September - Eastern Zone Boys' Basketball
  • Thursday 14 September - Kapahaka Ropu Performance at Glen Taylor School
  • Thursday 14 September - ESOL Assembly, Minihall, 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 September - Y7 trip to Kelly Tarlton's
  • Tuesday 19 September - Bay Suburbs Hockey
  • Wednesday 20 September - Montessori Cultural Fair
  • Friday 22 September - last day of term 3
  • Monday 9 October - first day of term 4

Community Notices

Bricks4Kidz: October school holiday programme registrations are now open. See the flyer below.

Matariki Shoot for the Stars: Celebration at Glen Taylor School on Thursday 14 September, with special performances from local schools including Glendowie. See the flyer below.

Tackling Technology Talk by the Parenting Place: Wednesday 13 September, Robbie Baker will be talking us through how to tackle technology with our kids. See the flyer below.

Auckland Hockey Junior 6's Festival on Saturday 9 September: Team Registrations are closing soon. Venue: Auckland Hockey Stadium, Lloyd Elsmore Park
Mini Sticks Y3 & Y4 Draw 8am-9:40am*
Kiwi Sticks Y5 & Y6 Draw 9:40am-11:20am*
Kwik Sticks Y7 & Y8 Draw 11:20am-12:50pm*

Have a Go Cricket: Holiday programmes for different age groups. Cricket and Softball, boys and girls. Go to to check out what's on offer and to register.

Glendowie Tennis Club open day: Sunday 17 September, 1.30-4.30pm. All ages, all levels. Check out the website and flyer below for membership options.

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. October 4, 5 and 6. Please visit or email for more information.

Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will be on March 24, 2024, 7:00 am, Pt England Reserve. Entries are now open. OPENING WEEK SPECIAL price of $44! Be sure to use the code ‘GIVEITATRY’ . Put it in your diaries and follow this link to register now. When you enter via the link, you will automatically join your School Group and contribute towards your School Group prize eligibility.

Try Junior Athletics!: Wednesday afternoons, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, ages 2-17, starting Wednesday 11 October. Registrations at

The Terry Fox Run is coming to New Zealand! Sunday 17 September, 2023. See the flyer below. Register or donate here:

St Philip's Church is celebrating 15 years of Mainly Music on Thursday 5 October from 10-12 midday. This is a planned event for families with children aged 10 and under. See the flyer below.