Newsletter T1W0 2024
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Newsletter T1W0

26 January 2024

From the Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,
Happy New Year!

A warm welcome back to school and the start of another academic year. We have a lot to look forward to. I trust that many of you will have taken the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun at some point and this, plus some lazy days, has freshened you up.

A friendly reminder that school starts this Tuesday 30th January. Students should proceed to class before 9am as usual with all their stationery. All students who were enrolled at Glendowie School at the end of 2023 will have received an email informing you of your 2024 classroom placement. If you are unsure you can contact the office, but please check your inbox for that email first. Please remember to report any absences via the app, school website or by email.

Save the Date
Please save Wednesday 21st February in your diaries for our annual meet the teacher evening. A detailed schedule will be shared in our next newsletter.

Mihi Whakatau
There will be a Māori welcome (mihi whakatau) for all new staff, students and families on Friday 9th February. We ask that new whānau wishing to attend meet outside the front of the gym at 9am.

Building Projects
We are excited to be closing in on the completion of our technology block. We expect to have it ready to occupy before the end of February.

Some of you will also notice that we are building a small structure among the harakeke bush on the far side of the field. This will house our bee hives that will arrive later in the summer. The bees will provide plenty of opportunities for learning as they are fascinating creatures. They will also be doing what bees do – make honey. This will be available to the school community at a small price later in the year.

Parents’ Association Welcome
The Parents’ Association will be putting on a cuppa to welcome new parents on Tuesday morning in the Minihall. If you are new to Glendowie School or would just like to pop in to say hello and find out more about our wonderful PA please come to the Minihall at 9am on the first day of school.

Finally, I just want to start out the school year by reiterating the importance of good communication in the home school relationship. We will – as a school – get things wrong from time to time. When we do please feel free to reach out and raise your concerns with the relevant people. Sometimes the heat of a situation makes us want to say and do things in ways that are not conducive to effective collaboration. I ask that you remember that we are all working toward the same goal – providing your child with an awesome education.

Noho ora mai! Have a great long weekend.

Paul Crowhurst | Principal