Newsletter T4W4 2023
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Newsletter T4W4

3 November 2023

From the Principal

Hello everyone,
Firstly, congratulations to all the South African supporters who saw their team win the World Cup last weekend.

Tech Block Progress
You can all see that our tech block is progressing well. I am really happy to inform you that it is still on track to be completed before the end of year. Post-construction we will need to spend a considerable amount of money on fitting out the hard materials and kitchen areas. In this respect, we are so fortunate to have an active PA who supported us this year with a $25,000 donation, as they did last year. This money will go toward the list of resources that need to be added to the tech space in early 2024.

Changes in Education
One of the things people are wondering about with a new government on the way is: what changes will we see in education? And, more specifically, how will this impact what happens at school? The most straightforward answer is that we don’t exactly know until coalition parties sit down and work the details out.

National have campaigned to require teaching of an hour a day for reading, writing and maths. This is unlikely to faze most schools where teaching maths for nearly an hour a day is quite normal, as it is for reading and writing (if you include the literacy and numeracy components in all curriculum areas). Act have ideas around standardised testing and the publication of results. I worry a little about the incentives this will create, but I don’t think we need to get carried away until details are released.

In the meantime, as I’ve said before, we will continue to do what we do by continuing to develop our high quality IB Curriculum.

Climbing Trees
Just a reminder that there is no tree climbing after school. Recently we have had a few nasty falls from children who over extended themselves. Of course adventuring in nature is part of a healthy childhood. However, as a school we have responsibilities related to our school site and we are required to provide supervision when students are engaged in more risky activities.

Please be informed that you cannot park in the Glendowie Christian Kindergarten carpark for school pick ups or drop offs. There is a very clear and obvious sign that states this.

Also, while I’m providing parking reminders, please do not park in the Dove House carpark. Dove House is a hospice. For obvious reasons taking up parking places there is highly inappropriate.

Enjoy the weekend!!!!
Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday 28 November 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.

Year 1 writing

The students in Room 10 have been building their writing stamina and literacy skills. We planned using a story mountain, discussed our main character and setting, then mind mapped some WOW words (adjectives) to give more detail for the reader. How hard working they are! We hope you enjoy their stories.

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Glendowie PA

Colour Run: A firm favourite in our school calendar, the school Colour Run and Family Picnic is all set to go on Friday November 24th from 4:30pm. (Flyer below) Featuring the giant waterslide, obstacle course, food trucks, sausage sizzle and bouncy castle, the Colour Run is an event not to be missed! Tickets will be available to purchase via Kindo in the coming weeks but in the meantime, make sure the date is marked on your calendar. We are looking for sponsorship for this event, if you are interested, please let us know by emailing us at

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.

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 6 November - Y 3/4 AUCC Cricket, Colin Maiden Park
  • Tuesday 7 November - Year 1 trip to Tahuna Torea
  • Tuesday 7 November - Eastern Zone Touch Rugby, Madills Farm
  • Tuesday 7 November - Y 5/6 AUCC Cricket, Colin Maiden Park
  • Monday 13 November - Road Patrol trip to Rainbow's End
  • Tuesday 14 November - Bay Suburbs Touch Rugby
  • Wednesday 15 November - Y5-8 Athletics day - Glover Park
  • Tuesday 21 November - Bay Suburbs Athletics
  • Thursday 23 November - Eastern Zone Athletics
  • Thursday 23 November - Y5 and Montessori Room 28 (year 5&6) Stardome trip
  • Friday 24 November - Colour Run and Family Picnic, 4.30pm
  • 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

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

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.