Newsletter T4W10 2023
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Newsletter T4W10

14 December 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,
Behind the Scenes
There are people in our community who make reasonably anonymous but significant contributions.

We are so fortunate to have such a supportive and high performing Board. I thank our entire Board for their service this year. A lot of work goes into the governance of a school and we are fortunate to have a group willing to give up their time for the purpose of supporting our community school. To illustrate the amount of time they give up, the last meeting finished at 11.20pm!!! A special mention should go to our Presiding Member (formerly known as Chairperson) Dawn Garbett, who is always willing to come to school and review and sign documents, prepare for meetings, and communicate on behalf of the school when appropriate.

The other group that needs a big shout out is our Parents’ Association. Our PA has put together a series of wonderful fundraising events this year. These events have raised important funds for the school and created a very strong community vibe. I especially want to recognise our dynamic duo of Heidi and Bree, Co-Chairs of the PA, who have brought a tremendous amount of energy to their roles again this year.

MYP and Week Without Walls 2024 Information Evening
It was great to have a really engaged group of parents join us for the MYP and Week Without Walls information sessions last week. More Week Without Walls information will be shared in early 2024.

2024 Class Placements and Move Up Day
We again held a move up day ahead of the summer holidays to support our students’ transition into 2024. This time went very smoothly and we hope it helps to settle everyone’s nerves about their classes for next year.

Final Word
Thank you to all our parent community for their support over the last year. I wish all our departing students and their families well in the future.

2024 is shaping up as an exciting year for Glendowie School. Our median class size will be 20 students, we will have a new tech block, a new curriculum in Years 7 & 8, and of course, we have a crack squad of teachers across the school ready to make learning engaging.

Before then though, let’s all try to enjoy a good summer break. I wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and a safe start to the New Year!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Awards of Achievement

Congratulations to our Y8 students who were recognised at the recent graduation assembly.

Sports Award:

2023 marks the first year of introducing a Glendowie School Sports Award.
The Kloppers Sports Award recognizes outstanding dedication, exceptional skill, and unwavering sportsmanship within school sports. This award is named after Peter Kloppers, who has for many years at Glendowie School, coached, supported and inspired our students to achieve their very best on the sporting fields. The Glendowie School Sports Award honours those who exemplify the true spirit of athleticism.
The Winner of the Kloppers Cup for Boys: Caleb L
The Winner of the Kloppers Cup for Girls: Chloe McM

Arts Award:

2023 marks the first year of introducing a Glendowie School Arts Award.
This award recognizes exceptional talent shown across all facets of the arts. This encompasses the school speech competition and art competition, dance and music performance. The Glendowie School Arts Award honours those who show a true passion for, and ability in the Arts.
The Winner of the Arts Award: Zoe S

Citizen Award:

This award recognizes values of care, respect and action. With a caring attitude that radiates warmth and sensitivity, this person tirelessly ensures the well-being of those around them. Demonstrating respect for peers, teachers, and school rules. Constantly displaying the attributes in the learner profile in many different ways and is a role model for all our school.
The winner of the Citizen Award: Abby S

All Rounder:

The student who displays our PYP attitudes and performs well across all subject areas, such as:
  • Reading and writing and maths
  • Plays a range of sports
  • Speaks confidently
  • Art / Drama / Dance / Music
  • Shows curiosity during Units of Inquiry (asks interesting questions, researches for information, find answers, make connections with information)
  • Displays manners consistently to students and teachers
  • Has a range of friends
  • Friendly to everybody (includes people who are not just friends)
  • Comfortable in most social situations
This was a very difficult decision to make, this we have decided to recognise a few learners who were nominated and stood out for different reasons: Milla J and Felicity V
The winner of this Award: Sasha W

Academic Awards:

This Award looks at all academic achievements, specifically focusing on Maths and Literacy. This accolade is a recognition of their outstanding achievements, relentless pursuit of knowledge, and the embodiment of scholarly distinction.

Proxime Accesit:

The winner of this Award is: Jacob C


The winner of this Award is: Patrick C

Board Meeting

The last Board meeting for the year will be on 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 office.

Non-Uniform day

Students can wear non-uniform on the last day of school for 2023. Please bring in non-perishable food items for donation to the Ruapotaka Marae Food Bank. We would also appreciate Christmas gifts (no second hand items please) which will be donated to Women's Refuge.

Uniform Name Check

Parents have found that there are a number of their children's uniforms missing that have already been named. We wonder if some items have accidentally been taken home by mistake. Please check the labels on the uniforms you have at home and return any that may not be yours.

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:


If your family is leaving our school and has been using Kindo, please make sure to stop any regular automatic payments that have been set up before the school year finishes. You may also need to transfer or close your account which can be done as follows:
  • Not sure if your new school is using Kindo? If you’re not sure if your new school is using Kindo, you can either ask them directly or go to “My Details” in your Kindo account and click on the list of schools to see if your new school is listed.
  • New school IS using Kindo. If your new school is using Kindo, simply click on the new school from the list in “My Details” of your Kindo account and you’ll be attached to the new school’s menu. Any balance on your Kindo account will remain available to spend with the new school.
  • New school is NOT using Kindo, or you no longer need Kindo. If you need to close your Kindo account, use the “Close Account” button within the “My Details” section of your Kindo account. You can either withdraw your account balance or choose to donate your balance to the school. Please note that all withdrawals will be made via electronic payment to your New Zealand bank account. Kindo is unable to process cash withdrawals.

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 into the draw to win $1000.00.

Year 7 Work

In their last unit of inquiry, Year 7 have been trialling out MYP (the Middle Years Program). We thought you might like to hear how we found it and see some of our recent work!

I have really enjoyed the experience of a small taste of the MYP (Middle Years Program) and all the new things I’m learning from it. I liked the timetables which were clear and well set out (they were designed by Daniel V). The two topics we have learned with the MYP schedule are English and social studies. Mrs Hanna has done excellently teaching us listening skills and how to properly write or draw a summary of what we have read and then present that summary to the class. Mr Ganley has taught us social studies (SST) including research skills and lots about the history of Aotearoa as well as the NZ land wars. Overall I have truly loved the MYP practice and am looking forward to taking it on in full in Year 8. Also, I would just like to say thank you to Mrs Hanna and Mr Ganley for giving Year 7 this great opportunity and setting out interesting and fun lesson plans. (Stella V)

Switching between lessons for MYP training has been… Well, it has been great. MYP training was a bit of a relief for me - honestly. Rather than doing something for a whole block, splitting a block up into two makes it more interesting, for you don’t continuously do the same thing. English and social studies were the ones we experienced. With English focusing on our reading and listening skills as well as our neatness and writing. Writing in full answers. Focusing and listening while we write down points from the book. In social studies, you delve into history. Pairing it with our UOI unit ‘How we Organize Ourselves’ where we were learning about land. Mainly on the history between Maori land, Treaty of Waitangi and the land of New Zealand we focused on the Geography side of it as well. We marked a map of New Zealand and a World map. You don’t slink into boredom while doing and it’s certainly better than what we did before. We also focused on organizing ourselves with timetables. (Ruveesha)

This is some of our artwork and some excerpts from our writing. We had to imagine a land or base it on an imaginary world we knew. Firstly we drew a map of our land and then we wrote a description of the land and the locations of all the major points of interest.

Glendowie PA

2023 has been a hugely successful year for the PA. Events such as Camp night, Movie night, the Disco, the Runathon, the Colour run, as well as Milo and Frosty Fridays have been well received by our school community. They've been a lot of fun and we have raised a lot of money along the way!

This year the PA also supported school initiatives such as the Week without Walls, the Teachers Fellowship and $25,000 was given to the school to go towards the exciting new technology block.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Parents' Association this year, our school community is an incredibly special one and we wouldn't be able to hold so many successful events without our parent volunteers and staff support.

We hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year holiday and enjoy the school break. We look forward to another fun year in 2024!

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 15 December - Non-uniform day. Please bring a non-perishable food item.
  • 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 - Montessori 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.