Newsletter T2W10 2023
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Newsletter T2W10

30 June 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,

It has been a big term, with lots of exciting things going on around the school.



Parent / Teacher Interviews
It was great to see so many of you at parent/teacher interviews last week. Despite being quite an intense workload for teachers, many of our staff comment on how it is one of their highlights of the year. Of course the goal is to have home and school working well together to support the learning of your children, so the communication that takes place is invaluable. Thank you to all those who came out in such horrendous weather.

Term 3 Sport
Please see below (Lunchtime clubs and sports) a schedule of sports coming up in Term 3 and the days of the week training will take place. I hope having this in the newsletter will help parents support their children to be prepared for upcoming events.

Teacher Only Day
Please note that we will have a TOD on Monday 14th August, 2023, which is in Week 5 of Term 3. 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
We look forward to welcoming Ms Mathilde Gouider to our school next term. Ms Gouider will be teaching in Room 1 and taking over from Miss Hodson in Year 3. We will also welcome back Mrs Naomi Bensted, formerly our Learning Support Coordinator. Mrs Bensted will be teaching in various areas of the school before taking over in Room 7 when Mrs Aspden goes on maternity leave.

Curriculum Refresh
You may be interested to know––if you don’t already––that there is an exhaustive process in place to ‘refresh’ the New Zealand Curriculum. This initiative is part of a much larger movement in the Ministry of Education to review the content that is taught in New Zealand classrooms. If you would like to learn more about the curriculum refresh you can go to the Ministry of Education website: https://curriculumrefresh.education.govt.nz

There are several uncertainties associated with these curriculum changes. The first is the upcoming election and the differing policies held by the various parties. Education in New Zealand is a political football and there is little commitment to a unified / cross party way of doing things, so this time next year we could be anywhere with this curriculum refresh.

The second concern is what content will end up in the curriculum. Recent curriculum initiatives have produced little in the way of quality academic content. The development of the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories [sic] Curriculum is a strong example of a curriculum document light in academic content. There is little reference to the history of immigration, religion, trade, foreign policy, economics, women's suffrage or even pre-European Māori life. Schools have been left to choose what is taught as long as it adheres to broad ideological tenets, which are specifically focused on notions of colonialism, power and relationships.

Regardless of the result of the next election, I am hoping, as the rest of the curriculum is refreshed, that we would see more detailed content. It would be very helpful for schools and teachers to have a clear curriculum framework to work with to help us enhance the learning of art, science, mathematics, history, geography and the rest of the academic curriculum.

Wishing you all a wonderful school holiday break!

Nga mihi nui!
Paul Crowhurst l Principal

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.

School Orchestra

Any students who can already play a musical instrument, especially stringed instruments such as the violin or cello, are welcome to audition for our Glendowie School orchestra with our Music Teacher Mrs Cheryl Le Ferve.
Auditions will be held during lunchtime from 12.45pm on Thursday 20th July in the first week of term. Students are to bring their instrument to school. Instruments can be stored in the Music Room.

Lunchtime clubs and sports for Term 3

There are a number of lunchtime sports and clubs that students can attend. It is up to the students to attend. Parents may want to support their children by reminding them on the day.
Year 0 - 2: Mondays - Singing Club (mini hall); Wednesdays: Kapa Haka (mini hall); Wool Club (iSpace); Cross Country Running Club (weeks 1 - 5 - field); Thursdays - Fun Club (mini hall); Fridays - Chess Club (library)
Year 3 - 4: Mondays - Singing Club (mini hall); Wednesdays: Have a go (sports field), Kapa Haka (mini hall), Wool Club (iSpace), Cross Country Running Club (weeks 1 - 5 - field); Fridays - Chess Club (library)
Years 5 - 6: Tuesdays: Photography Club (iSpace), Basketball (hall); Wednesdays: Kapa Haka (mini hall), Wool Club (iSpace), Cross Country Running Club (weeks 1 - 5 - field); Thursdays: Book Club (iSpace), Singing Club (mini hall);
Years 7 - 8: Tuesdays: Photography Club (iSpace); Wednesdays: Kapa Haka (mini hall), Wool Club (iSpace), Cross Country Running Club (weeks 1 - 5 - field); Thursdays: Book Club (iSpace), Singing Club (mini hall); Fridays: Basketball (hall); Chess Club (library).

Kindo

Thanks to those parents who use Kindo to make payments to school. We have been advised that there will be some changes in Term 3 which will hopefully make this process even easier.

Kindo & ezlunch are excited to share the arrival of a fresh new look in Term 3! With its improved layout and enhanced features, the interface is now easier than ever to navigate, further simplifying school life and saving you time.

So what can you expect from the new and improved versions of Kindo & ezlunch?

  • A fresh, new look with better navigation and clear student selection
  • Clearer cart layout showing what has been purchased for each person
  • Faster and easier checkout flow for a better shopping experience
  • Better visibility of which items are available and which aren't.
We will email statements during the holidays showing payment requests which are still outstanding. While we can't enforce payment for voluntary contributions, we are reliant on these in order to offer the quality programmes that we do within our school, so if you are able to, we would really appreciate any payments you are able to make. Thank you for your support.

From the Office

A reminder to parents to always come to the office during the school day if you need to drop something off for your child. Please don't go to the classroom as it's disruptive and they're not always where you think they might be.
This is also relevant for bringing a late child into school or when you want to pick a child up early. Please allow plenty of time when you come to the office and we will quickly locate your child for you.

Epro8 Competition 2023

On Thursday last week, it was what we had been practising for - Epro8! It was an exciting night but VERY competitive, we chose to make a rat wheel from the four options. There were 12 teams competing and my goal was not to come last. We managed to do that! It was a very fun night and I want to participate again in the EPro8 Competition.

When I went to Epro8 last week it was quite exciting. We had two and a half hours to build a giant working rat wheel. It was a little bit frustrating when it refused to work and kind of fell apart in the last 10 minutes which dropped us from the top three to 8th place. Overall it was a great and fun experience!
By Cotono & Chloe

News From Our Library

Firstly, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Book Fair during Parent Teacher Interviews. We had a brilliant time and we are excited to get the generously donated books onto the shelves for our amazing readers to borrow. We raised over $1846 for new books!
Book Week 2023

“Setting sail on a sea of stories”

Week 2 of Term 3 is Book Week. There will be lots going on in our library and round the school and of course our amazing book character dress up parade which will be held on FRIDAY 28TH JULY (Week 2). Start planning your costumes now! What do you have around the house that you can use/reuse? Let your imagination run free.


During Book Week we will also be collecting books for The Story Store, a great initiative. The Story Store collects excellent condition children's books and then makes them available, for free, to school libraries that are under-resourced, thereby improving access by all children to books that they want to read. Our Glendowie School student librarians will be collecting books in the library BEFORE school each day during book week so please, donate your excellent condition, unwanted books to this wonderful cause.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 17 July - First day of Term 3
  • Monday 17 July - Second Hand Uniform shop open 8.30-9am
  • Friday 21 July - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Netball
  • Wednesday 26 July - Y2 Stardome trip
  • Friday 28 July - Book Week Parade
  • 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 - Second Hand Uniform shop open 8.30-9am
  • Thursday 3 August - Y8 Expo Parent Conference 9 - 10.30am
  • Wednesday 9 August - ICAS Y6 and Y7/8 English
  • Wednesday 9 August - Y 1 Assembly
  • Monday 14 August - Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 16 August - Year 5-8 Cross County
  • Friday 18 August - Movie night

Glendowie PA

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: School holiday programme - Journey through Imagination. See the flyer below.

Glendowie Guides currently has space to take more girls aged 9-12½ years keen to join in on the fun that GirlGuiding NZ has to offer. To register your interest and find out more about our rewarding programme complete the form found here: Register Your Interest - GirlGuiding New Zealand - You be the Guide! (girlguidingnz.org.nz)

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