Newsletter T2W8 2023
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Newsletter T2W8

16 June 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,



An exciting night awaits with the annual PA Disco ready to produce some sugar fueled fun for all. A huge thanks to those helping to decorate the venue for later on tonight.

Parking in St Andrews – A Note to the 1%
In some of the more mind blowing news this week – there are a few parents who have taken to parking in the hospice car park within St Andrews Village. The management of St Andrews called this week to ask that we address this matter with our community because some of their clients wishing to use the car park were unable to. I’m just going to leave this message here at the top of the newsletter for the few people that need to read it, and, if this is relevant to you, I simply ask that you reflect on what it means to take away a scarce parking space in a hospice car park, for the sake of your own convenience.

BYOD
We have noticed an increase of BYO Devices coming to school in Windows S mode. These are sometimes pitched in retailers as Education laptops and are slightly cheaper.

As part of our BYOD agreement, students must be signed into Chrome with their Glendowie User account.

My child will ensure they are signed in to Google Chrome with their Glendowie User Account and only use Google Chrome for web-based applications whilst at school. If the device is a laptop, please create a separate user account for school purposes only.

Chrome cannot be installed on Windows S. However, it is free and easy to upgrade these laptops to Windows Home.

Please follow these instructions to upgrade to Windows Home. If you are unsure, we are happy to do it for you. However, your child must be an administrator on the laptop. If you wish to keep the laptop in Windows S mode, we will kindly ask for your child to take the device home and use a school provided Chromebook.

This does not apply to Chromebook users as students sign in to the Chromebook with their Glendowie User Account.

Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews will be held this 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. If you haven't already booked a time for your child/children, please do so HERE (main school code is mrxkg) and HERE (Montessori code is s9k5a) or phone the office (09 575 7374) to assist you.

School Vision - “..active participants and citizens of the World.”
This week I conclude my reflections on our school mission statement. I have shared these thoughts as a way to engage our parent community around the underlying purpose behind what we are trying to achieve at school. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on every point that I have made, but I do hope it leaves you with some things to think about in the immensely important role that you play as your children's most important teachers. In this final piece I’d like to share some thoughts about the importance of encouraging our children to be active citizens that participate positively in the world around them.

The primary school that I attended as a child had a very simple motto: Service before self. I can’t remember being particularly inspired by these three words, but as students we all knew what they meant. We learnt the basic lesson that helping and supporting others was the right thing to do.

That particular primary school was established during a time when civic duty and being an engaged citizen were values that were not only desirable, they were essential. Many schools of that era had similar mottos. One other local school’s motto was: To serve with goodwill. New Zealand was not long done with fighting a major war when these schools were first built and dedication and service to one another were seen as essential to rebuilding financial and social stability.

I was somewhat saddened to notice recently that my old school had exchanged its motto for one far less inspiring, something to do with being enthusiastic. I was sad because the meaning of that motto is something that I hope any school would retain. I think of the words of philosopher Roger Scruton who said, “Traditions are answers that have been discovered to enduring questions.” The emphasis on service is a tradition we need to retain in New Zealand and this begins in school.

I hope that at Glendowie School, both now and in the coming years, we can promote in our students a willingness to help, serve and generally care about those around them. To this end the focus that our IB curriculum has on taking action to help others is important and something we should continue to value. However, it is not just through organised projects that students can show civic engagement. Students should see the importance of being good citizens in their everyday interactions with each other in their classrooms and around the school. Things like letting adults go through a door first, picking up rogue pieces of rubbish, and brightening up a person’s day with a warm greeting are some of the little behaviours that we can encourage as a way of contributing as responsible citizens at school.

I hope the school can work together with our parent community to encourage a sense of service as a way of growing our students as good citizens.

Our students will become confident, compassionate, lifelong learners, encouraged to achieve their full potential by actively participating in our country and as citizens of the world.

Nga mihi nui!
Paul Crowhurst l 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 today.

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.

Science is all around us!

During our recent chemistry unit (How the World Works), the year 8s embarked on a journey through scientific discovery both inside and outside the classroom. They have explored how chemical reactions are involved in cooking, the development of new materials and technologies, and even the understanding of climate change (looking at the Great Barrier Reef - chemical bleaching). Through their exploration of chemical reactions and the fascinating transformations they undergo, children witnessed the mesmerizing spectacle of colours, fizzing reactions, and the satisfying "boom" of exciting experiments.

By connecting scientific concepts to real-life scenarios, children have developed a deeper appreciation of the impact of chemistry on the world around them, inspiring them to become informed and responsible citizens who can contribute to the scientific world around them. They even got to learn about the science of washing clothes, maybe something that can be extended at home!

Request from the office

Please ensure your email address is up to date with what we have on our files. Reports are being emailed next week, so if there are any changes, please make sure you contact us as soon as possible so we can update our records.

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 !

Dance Troupe

On Wednesday 21st June, students in the years 5-8 dance groups will be performing to you and the school at the end of the Year 6 Assembly. This performance will be held in the school hall at 1.30pm. I would highly recommend you get to school by 1.15pm so that you get a decent seat. These students have worked really hard for this performance and are really excited to show you their troupe dance.

Uniform Free day - Eastern Bays Songbird Project

Over the past 6 weeks the year six students have been learning about New Zealand's native birds and how we can support them in our local environments, as part of our Sharing the Planet unit. We have had someone from the Eastern Bays Songbird Project come in and talk to us about what they do and how we can help to protect native birds across New Zealand by creating bird friendly backyards and removing pests that can impact these birds.

We have chosen to support this organisation for the term 2 uniform free day on the last day of term to raise money and awareness for this amazing group. We have been learning about PYP action in class and know how important showing advocacy for important issues is. The Eastern Bays Songbird Project will use this money to help them continue the great work they do in our local area by raising awareness, supporting birds, visiting schools and sponsoring new pest traps.
By Izzy D and Hettie F (Room 16)

Term Dates for 2024

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.

Parent Donation

Huge thanks go to the kind parent who saw a need and stepped in. Our caretaker, Lewis, was given this all purpose trolley making it a lot easier to keep our school spic and span. Very much appreciated.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 19 June - Eastern Zone Hockey
  • Tuesday 20 June - Board of Trustees meeting - 7pm
  • Tuesday 20 June - Parents' Association meeting - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 June - Y6 Assembly - 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 June - Y5-8 Dance Troupe (at assembly)
  • Thursday 22 June - Parent Teacher Interviews - School closes at 1.40pm
  • Tuesday 27 June - Y0 trip to the Pet Store
  • Wednesday 28 June - Bay Suburbs Netball
  • Friday 30 June - Last day of Term 2 - UNIFORM FREE DAY
  • Monday 17 July - First day of Term 3
  • Monday 17 July - Second Hand Uniform shop open

Glendowie PA

School Disco: TONIGHT!! "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. Flyer below.

Living Classroom: Our living classroom is looking great. We now need to stake some of our larger plants. If you have any clean old stockings or pantyhose that we could use for this, please drop them to the office in a bag marked Living Classroom.

Coffee Cart: On Friday 23rd June there will be a coffee cart at school until 9am providing hot drinks for the school staff as a thank you from the PA on behalf of our parents. After you drop your child off, please feel free to purchase a hot drink - cash and mobile eftpos facilities will be available.

Milo Friday: Enjoy a warm Milo and chocolate fish fortnightly on a Friday afternoon as we come into the winter months of Term 2 and 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 LAST Milo Friday for Term 2 will be on FRIDAY 23RD 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 2 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: Tuesday 20th June, 7:30pm in the school staffroom - all welcome, we'd love to see you there.

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

SITUATIONS VACANT: Glendowie OSCARS are looking for awesome locals to join our out of school care team, either before school: 730am - 830am or after school: 2.45pm -5.45pm or both sessions. There is also the option of school holiday work (discounted holiday programme rates for staff). For any queries, please feel free to call Che- 021367243. Email expressions of interest to: che@oscars.co.nz

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

Taekwon-Do - Confidence, discipline, self-defence, fitness. Mondays and Wednesdays. Register at http://www.glendowie.com/beginners/ Contact Master Mark Banicevich at mbanicevich@itkd.co.nz 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 gleninnes.opshop@spca.nz. Thank you for your support - students of Glendowie College.

Drowning Prevention Auckland has just released a series of water safety programmes for the July school holidays that will run at pools around Auckland. Further information and registration is available on the website. Parents will need to enrol their children in the correct session based on age group (8-10, 11-15) and select the location and date that suits. www.dpanz.org.nz/community/holiday-programmes