Newsletter T4W8 2023
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Newsletter T4W8

1 December 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,
Athletics Sports
Well done to the many students who represented our school at the Bay Suburbs and Eastern Zone competitions in recent weeks.

MYP and Week Without Walls 2024 Information – Tuesday 5th December
Please be reminded that we have an information session this coming Tuesday for MYP and Week Without Walls.

Event information:
MYP Information Session - 5.30 till 6.30pm (for parents of current Year 6 and 7 students)
Week Without Walls Information Session - 6.30 till 7pm (for parents of current Year 7 students only).
Location: Minihall, Glendowie School

Staff Changes
As the year draws to a close, we will farewell four teachers who are moving on from our school - Mrs Britta Schwabe (Year 6), Miss Hayley Donald (Year 2), Miss Chae-Yeon Park (Year 8) and Mr Ben Nakajima (Montessori).

Mrs Schwabe has had a long association at our school, originally as the teacher of German, but also as a regular reliever for both long and short terms. She has been offered a Syndicate Leader position at another local school. Miss Donald started at our school this year but has purchased a home outside of the area and will be moving to a school which doesn't entail such a big daily commute. Miss Park was also new to us this year, but will be moving to Korea for up to a year before returning to take up a position outside of the teaching profession. Ben has now completed his fixed term employment which supported the Montessori unit, but we hope to see him back as a reliever at times.

We thank them all for the huge commitment they have made to our students, school and community and wish them well for the future.

Thanks also to Mrs Bry Minton, Learning Support Assistant, who is leaving us to take up a teaching position at another school. Congratulations Bry on becoming a qualified teacher and we wish you well with your teaching career. We have really appreciated your work with our students this year. We also say goodbye to Mrs Adie Pedersen from our front office. Adie is leaving to join the realm of the retired. We wish her well spending more time out on the water, which is one of her passions. We will miss her efficiency in the front office.

We look forward to welcoming Mrs Rose Bain and Mrs Katie Kingstone who are experienced teachers who will be new to our school, as well as welcoming back Mrs Hazel Fowler and Mrs Amber Payne, former Glendowie teachers who are returning next year.

Congratulations to the following staff members who will be taking on leadership roles in 2024 - Mrs Nikki Mackay will be the Assistant Principal/Across School Leader and Mrs Naomi Bensted who will be Acting Syndicate Leader for Year 3 and 4 next year. Mr Logan Ganley has been the acting Dean of Intermediate this year, but will now take on this role permanently.

Mr Jeremy Shroff has resigned as classroom teacher following his study leave this year, but we are thrilled that he will be working with us one day per week as a counsellor. This is a new initiative for our school and we envisage that this will add a lot of value to the support we are able to offer our students.

2024 Class Placements
We will again be holding our Move Up Day on Monday 11th December. This day was very successful last year, as it gave many of our students the chance to become more comfortable with the teacher and environment they would be entering into the following year. Just to be clear, Move Up Day is not a whole day. It is just a short period before lunchtime where teachers meet the classes for the following year.

End of the Year Ups and Downs
The festive season is upon us! This of course means the pace of life will be drastically ramped up in the lead up to Christmas. At which point we will all crash and ease into the summer after eating way too much on Christmas Day. This of course is the way we do things in New Zealand, and I’m not sure this will ever change. I think we just need to be mindful of the impact the pace of life and the change of season has on us all, especially our kids. Tensions do run a little higher than usual at school and at home. So it is important to be mindful that everyone is a little tired and more likely to react to situations in ways that are not necessarily constructive. My answer to this time of year is twofold – 1 - patience and 2 - reminding our kids of the high standards we expect. I’m sure you’ll agree these are two things that we can encourage at both school and at home over the next few weeks.

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Thursday 14 December at the earlier time of 6pm 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.

Year 8 Leaving Assembly

As the academic year draws to a close, we are delighted to invite the year 8 parents and whānau to our Year 8 Graduation Assembly, a special event celebrating the achievements and successes of our Year 8 students. Date: 6 December 2023, Time: 13:00, Location: School Hall

Christmas Break

A reminder that school finishes for the year on Friday 15th December at 2pm. If the weather is fine, we will gather on the fields from 1.30 to say our farewells.

The office will be closed for the summer break and will reopen from Tuesday 23rd January and school will start for students on Tuesday 30th January. Office emails will be checked periodically during the holidays if you need to contact the school -

Year 5 and 6 Bays and Remuera Literacy Quiz 2023

On Friday the 17th of November 2 teams from Glendowie school (Stella H, Xavier D, Orla K, Eloise W, Alex F, Izzy D, Luke S, Vianna C) went to the year 5 and 6 Eastern Bays and Remuera Literacy Quiz 2023 we were driven by two amazing parent helpers. We were all so thrilled to show everyone how hard we had been working this year reading books and working with Miss Moyle to remember details. We had read 13 books each over the past 2 terms and every book was written by a New Zealand author.

When we arrived there were so many schools, all from the Remuera and Bay Suburbs area. We took a seat at two different tables one for team A and another for team B. There were seven rounds in total each with 6 questions and 2 quotes to identify. After an intense first half we had a quick break we went right back to it.

In the second half we listened to another series of questions about numerous books.Then they announced the winners. In third was Mount Carmel. in second place it was a tie between a Kohimarama team and Mount Carmel team and first place was a team from Victoria Ave School. These teams all worked so hard and deserved to win.

Turns out we did really well. Glendowie A got 17 points and Glendowie B got 27 points, both out of a total of 56 points.

By Orla K and Eloise W.

Y4 - How we organise ourselves

Foodbank Drive
Glendowie School would love to support our local community this Christmas. Please donate any tinned goods (cans) or non-perishable food to school on Thursday 14th December or Friday 15th December.
As part of their UOI: People give service in different ways and for a variety of reasons, some of our Year 4 students will be collecting these food items on the school courts before school starts on the last two days of school.
All food collected will be donated to Ruapotaka Marae and the Glen Innes Foodbank and will be distributed to families in need this Christmas. Thank you for you support. See the flyer at the end of the newsletter.
Toy Collection
If you have any new or near new toys (clean and in excellent condition) that your children no longer use, then the Year 4 students will be running a Toy Collection. They will be collecting these on the courts on Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December before school on the courts. All donations will be given to the Women's Refuge. Thank you for your support.

Bay Suburbs and Eastern Zone Athletics results

Congratulations to those who were placed in the finals and thanks to parents and teachers who helped make it a successful day. Your help and encouragement is always appreciated.
Bay Suburbs:
Year 5 girls' 400m final - 3rd Amelie V
Year 5 girls' 800m final - 1st Amelie V
Year 5 girls' discus - 3rd Alex F
Year 6 girls' 400m final - 2nd Florence H, 3rd Lucy C
Year 6 girls' 800m final - 3rd Lucy C
Year 6 girls' discus - 1st Alyssa D
Year 6 girls' high jump - 1st Nia B
Year 6 girls' long jump - 1st Nia B, 3rd Alyssa D
Year 6 boys' 800m final - 1st Zach S
Year 6 boys' discus - 3rd Freddie T
Eastern Zone:
Year 7 boys' 800m final - 2nd Tobias C
Year 7 boys' 1500m final - 2nd Tobias C
Year 7 boys' long jump - 1st Toby B
Year 7 boys' high jump - 2nd Tobias C
Year 8 girls' 100m final - 1st Chloe McM
Year 8 girls' 200m final - 1st Chloe McM

Lost Property

A lost property table will be outside the office on the next two Fridays for you to look over. During the last week, the table will be out most days. Please look over the items there - we have very high numbers of polar fleeces, non uniform items from events and shoes which will all be repurposed if not claimed.

Stationery Lists for 2024

Class stationery lists for 2024 are now available on Glendowie School's website or follow this LINK to the Office Max website (see the flyer below). Please note that if you order in December and beat the rush, you can go in the draw to win $1000.00.

Glendowie PA

Collection for Ruapotaka Marae and Glen Innes Food Bank: during the last week of term we will be collecting food and non - food items for the Ruapotaka Marae as well as the Glen Innes Food Bank. We ask that each child donates an item of non perishable food such as tins and packaged goods, or non - food items such as washing powder or nappies/wipes etc. This is an annual collection and always greatly appreciated. It is a lovely opportunity for our school community to support those in need.

Colour Run: 2023's Colour Run was a huge success! We have no doubt that those who attended had a great time. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to ensure that the afternoon ran smoothly. A huge thank you to Sandy Hayer - Sandy in the Bays - for supporting this event!

Frosty Friday: There are only two Frosty Fridays left for the year! Please note there will be no Frosty Friday on the last day of term (15th December).

Second Hand Uniform Shop: The last Uniform Shop for 2023 will be on Monday 4th December. We are operating out of the corner room to the right hand side of the main entrance to the office. We will be open 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.

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

  • Wednesday 6 December - Y8 Graduation Assembly
  • Thursday 7 December - Montessori leaving ceremony, 5.30pm
  • Monday 11 December - Move up day
  • Friday 15 December - Last day of Term 4. School finishes at 2pm
  • Tuesday 30 January - First day of Term 1, 2024
  • Tuesday 30 - 2 February - Rm 28 Motutapu trip

Community Notices

Bricks4kidz Holiday Programme: Journey through time and space. For details about the school holiday programme, please see the flyer below. Note the new location.

Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon will be on March 24, 2024, 7:00 am, Pt England Reserve. Entries are now open. 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.

Jazz School, School holiday Big Band workshop: December 18, 19 and 20.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. The music we play will range from jazz versions of Christmas songs to modern pop classics with an emphasis on having fun while producing music at a high standard. Please visit or email for more information.

Swished On Basketball School Holiday Programmes for December 2023 and January 2024
Remuera (Dec):
Glendowie (Dec & Jan):
Email with any questions.

Billy Harris Christmas Soccer Camp: Billy is an ex All White and has been coaching in the school for 20 years. Three day camp 20-22 December in Okahu Bay. 9am-midday. Go to or text to enrol: 027 2799042. Classes resume Wednesday 7 February, 3-4pm.