Newsletter T4W2 2023
facebook instagram email website 

Newsletter T4W2

20 October 2023

From the Principal

Hello everyone,

It is so hard to believe that we are already in Term 4. This year has really raced by. I have to keep my section of the newsletter short this week as I have spent most of it adventuring around Ruapehu National Park with some of our Year 8s.

Mini Hall Window
Many of you will have noticed that we now have a sliding window that allows us to distribute items from the Mini Hall kitchen. The PA have already been putting this to good use this term with Frosty Friday kicking off again. Don’t forget you have the option of sending your children with $2 on a Friday to pick up an ice cream and support our PA’s fundraising efforts, or you can purchase a concession card online at Kindo.

Week Without Walls
Our first ever Week Without Walls took place this week for our Year 8 students. Reports coming in are that our students have enjoyed an incredible time in four different locations – Auckland, Ruapehu, Wellington and Cairns. Huge thanks to the teachers and parents for their support with this.

Enjoy the long weekend!!!!
Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday 24 October 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.

Non-Uniform Day

Thanks for your support for our non-uniform day at the end of term 3. We have been able to pass on $657 to the Sir John Kirwan Foundation as a result of your donations. Year 8 had been inquiring into this foundation, who provide schools with resources and support to enable students to recognise and respond to mental health issues, and nominated this group to receive the donations. Thank you so much.

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Results for 2023

The English and Maths ICAS results have been received from the ICAS exams and we congratulate all our students who participated in this assessment. Students are able to receive:
High Distinction Certificate (top 1% of participants)
Distinction Certificate (top 10% of participants)
Credit Certificate (next 25% of participants)
Merit Certificate (next 10% of participants)
Participation Certificate (to all other students)
We are very proud of the following students who achieved excellent results:

Win with Words Writing Competition

Scholastic Book Club Issue 7

Issue 7 of the Scholastic Book Club is out now! Catalogues will be distributed via your student's class teacher and all orders will need to be completed ONLINE via the Book Club LOOP, no cash or cheque orders accepted! Completed orders will be distributed to students at school. Issue 7 orders are open now and close WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER. Go to for more information on how to order and the LOOP platform or contact our Librarian (

Calendar Art

Facebook and Instagram Links

Term 4 uniform reminders

As the days warm up, a few reminders about wearing our school uniform.
  • Sandals must be all black. No jandals or crocs.
  • Intermediate students must wear enclosed shoes during food tech lessons.
  • Students must bring in their school hats every day and wear them whenever they are outside, during break times and sports sessions. Students without hats must stay in the boulders area under the shady trees.
  • Students are encouraged to bring in their own sun cream to apply before break times.

Glendowie PA

Frosty Friday is back up and running for our summer school terms. We have had a special window installed in the Minihall kitchen and we will be running Frosty Friday straight from here. Frosty Friday concession cards are available to purchase via Kindo and can be collected from the school office.

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 during Term time 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.

Next Meeting: Thursday 26th October, 7:30pm in the school staffroom - all welcome, we'd love to see you there.

Class reps: If you are new to our school and haven't heard from your child's class rep, please email us at so we can add you to your class WhatsApp group.

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

  • Monday 23 October - Labour Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Tuesday 24 October - Y4 Scooter Training
  • Tuesday 24 October - Board Meeting 7pm
  • Thursday 26 October - ESOL Assembly, Minihall, 1.30pm
  • Thursday 26 October - Parents' Association meeting, 7.30pm
  • Monday 30 October - Friday 3 November - Y8 Cycling Skills
  • Wednesday 1 November - Y5 Assembly
  • Tuesday 7 November - Eastern Zone Touch Rugby
  • Monday 13 November - Road Patrol trip to Rainbow's End
  • Tuesday 14 November - Bay Suburbs Touch Rugby
  • Wednesday 15 November - Y5-8 Athletics day
  • Tuesday 21 November - Bay Suburbs Athletics
  • Thursday 23 November - Eastern Zone Athletics
  • Tuesday 28 November - Board Meeting 7pm
  • Wednesday 29 November - Y0-4 Athletics day
  • Wednesday 6 December - Y8 Graduation Assembly
  • Friday 15 December - Last day of Term 4. School finishes at 2pm
  • Tuesday 30 January - First day of Term 1, 2024

Community Notices

Bricks4Kidz: Enrolments can now be made for term 4. See the flyer below.

Mindful Parenting Course: See the flyer below for details of online as a livestream, and also on demand.

Glendowie College Rowing: We are urgently looking for more Coxswains. This is a perfect introduction to rowing for Year 8s going to GDC for Year 9. The season runs until March with lots of exciting regattas and summer camp still to come. Would be perfect for 2 or 3 friends to join, but not essential. Need to be a confident swimmer and ok with early morning trainings. Full coxswain training given - no experience needed. Please contact Andrea McComish for more information: mobile 021 110 3156 or (or you can talk to Adie in the office about it).

Eastern Athletic Club: Glover Park, fun and challenge for 4-14-year-olds. Visit the website to learn more -

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.

Try Junior Athletics!: Wednesday afternoons, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, ages 2-17, starting Wednesday 11 October. Registrations at