Newsletter T1W10 2024
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Newsletter T1W10

5 April 2024

From The Principal

Kia ora koutou,
I hope everyone had a really great long weekend. It has been pleasing to see that the parking situation around school has improved.

Non-Uniform Day Next Week – Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand
Next Friday is a non-uniform day. Please bring a gold coin to donate. This term we are supporting Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand. This is a charity that is close to our hearts and those in our community. Cystic Fibrosis NZ is dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life for people with CF and their families.

A reminder that wearing the school sunhat is not compulsory in Terms 2 and 3. Students are able to wear the school beanie if they wish, and these are available to purchase from the office or online from our uniform supplier. Only the official school beanie can be worn.

Cell Phones Away for the Whole Day
In the US when a group of parents were asked to identify the thing that they are most fearful of for their children they said, “...the internet and social media” ( Most of us know that one of the biggest risks for our kids is the online world. The portal to that online world is almost exclusively found through cell phones.

At school we have needed to do very little to implement the government's policy on cell phones, as we already had a no phones policy. Most schools are in the same boat as us. What I have heard is that the schools that have needed to make big changes to their rules around cell phone use – that is banning them when they were once allowed – have noticed huge changes to behaviour immediately. This anecdotal evidence as well as more empirical data adds up to a compelling indictment against any cell phone use for children.

Listen to what psychologist Jonathan Haidt says about the link between cell phone use and mental health:

Sapien Labs, which runs an ongoing global survey of mental health with nearly a million participants so far released a “Rapid Report”... on a question they added in January asking young adults (those between ages 18 and 24): “At what age did you get your own smartphone or tablet (e.g. iPad) with Internet access that you could carry with you?” When they plot the age of first smartphone on the X axis against their extensive set of questions about mental health on the Y axis, they find a consistent pattern: the younger the age of getting the first smartphone, the worse the mental health that the young adult reports today. This is true in all the regions studied (the survey is offered in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, and Swahili), and the relationships are consistently stronger for women.

The Sapien Labs research confirmed what has become a groundswell of evidence that correlates impaired mental health and cell phone access. You’d expect to hear more from the media on the topic but of course cell phones are not only portals to our social worlds, they are the way that we access our news.

I know from many conversations with parents that they struggle with knowing when to give their children a phone, and then once they have the phone how much time to allow access to that phone at home. The answers to those problems are: as late as possible and as little as possible.

Of course there comes a time when in order to function in modern society one requires a mobile device that accesses the internet and downloads apps. I would suggest this would be around Year 9 at the earliest.

Before then some parents need to be able to contact their child after school and at other times. This is often the reason given for allowing younger students to have phones. But a device that allows unfettered access to the whole online world is a big responsibility for 10 and 11 year olds. Recently I was impressed by the genius idea of one of our parents who bought their child a $50 Nokia flip phone for such purposes. They could contact their son when they needed to, without giving him the whole Internet.

I offer these thoughts for your contemplation because like you these are issues I have wrestled with as a parent, and I have watched many other parents struggle with how much device time is acceptable. What is clear is that there are very real and present risks that come with cell phone ownership for children. I leave these thoughts with you to percolate and encourage you – if you are interested – to read more from Professor Haidt and his colleagues who have amassed hundreds of pages of research content on the link between social media and mental health. Haidt has also written several very good books, the latest called the Anxious Generation that was released last month.

Have a great last week of Term One.

Noho ora mai!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Non Uniform Day

Friday 12 April 2024

Gold coin donations from this term’s non-uniform day will support Cystic Fibrosis NZ.

This is a charity that is close to our hearts and those in our community. Cystic Fibrosis NZ are dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life for people with CF and their families.
Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st May, from 6.30pm in the boardroom. Anyone is welcome to attend and a copy of the agenda is available from the school office from 3pm on the Friday before the meeting.

A reminder that wearing the school sunhat is not compulsory in terms 2 and 3. Students are able to wear the school beanie if they wish, and these are available to purchase from the office or online from our uniform supplier. Only the official school beanie can be worn.

Lost Property
All lost property will be placed outside the office from Wednesday, 10th - Friday 12th April for collection. We highly recommend labelling uniform so that items can be easily returned to students.

Bay Suburbs Swimming Sports Results

Congratulations to the following students who were place getters at the recent Bay Suburbs Swimming Sports.

Year 5 Girls - 2nd Sienna F
Year 6 Boys 2nd Gregory B

Year 6 Girls - 2nd Kenzie A
Year 6 Boys - 1st Gregory B

Year 6 Girls - 2nd Simra N
Year 6 Boys - 1st Gregory B

Ind Medley
Year 5/6 Boys 2nd Gregory
Year 5/6 Girls - = 2nd Kenzie A and Harper A

Year 5/6 Boys -1st Gregory B

50m Freestyle
Year 5/6 Boys 1st Gregory B

Year 6 Girls - 3rd

Year 3 Assembly

Year 3 performed their assembly in Week 9. They loved showcasing their learning through drama, music and dance and did an amazing job.
Throughout our Who We Are unit we used colour monster story and the zones of regulation to help the year 3 students learn more about feelings and emotions.

Year 4 WALA

Art from different cultures around the world: Samoan tapa, Chinese dragons, and Mexican sugar skulls.

In year four, we have been learning about how cultures are represented in different ways. We studied different elements of Māori culture together as a class and talked about the similarities and differences to the cultures we come from. For the past few weeks, the students have been rotating around the year four classes, learning about art, music & dance, and food from other cultures. We made Mexican sugar skulls, learned a Bavarian Schuhplattler and so much more! The students have undertaken a project to learn more about a culture of their choice. They are developing their research skills as they learn how to collect & summarise information, and present their research findings.
The Year 4 Teachers

Year 8 Social Studies

In social studies this term we have learnt about map skills and how to read a map. We learnt things like: how to tell the height and the contour lines of a mountain, where places are found (coordinates), and the affect of weather on an area. The approach to learning we have been focusing on is Understanding and interpreting map symbols and terminology.

For our first project in social studies we made a 3d mountain. We first had to cut it out, then painted it, and drew the contour lines on the mountain. Contour lines are lines that join areas of the same height. We took a photo from above which then created a map and showed how contour lines would like on a topographic map.
- Asher F & Ruby W
Islands by Nia B and Lucia L (left) & Rineta, Emilia and Marion (right)
In social studies this term we have learned lots about really interesting subjects like topographical maps and how maps work. We started off the year by learning what maps are. This was a very interesting subject and is a very important life skill. We then transitioned into things like the coordinates of cities and the compass. Along with the compass we learned about longitude and latitude. After that we started our summative task. For this we had to create our own topographical map. For me this was the best thing so far and it was very enjoyable.
- Theo R
Maps by Ruveesha (top left), Phoebe M (top right), Amelia F (bottom)

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 8th April - Second Hand Uniform Shop
  • Friday 12th April - End of Term 1
  • Friday 12th April - Non Uniform Day - gold coin donation
  • Monday 29th April - Start of Term 2
  • Monday 6th May - Second Hand Uniform Shop
  • Tuesday 21st May - Board Meeting - 6.30pm, Boardroom
  • Saturday 18th May - Beats By Bingo - Parent's Association
  • Friday 24th May - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
  • Thursday 30th May - Parent's Association AGM - 7.30pm, Staffroom
  • Friday 21st June - Movie Night - Parent's Association
  • Tuesday 2nd July - School finishes 1:40pm - Parent Teacher Evening
  • Friday 5th July - Last Day of Term 2

Glendowie Parents' Association

Beats by Bingo: our adults only night out is coming around soon!
May 18th, School hall - Doors open 6pm, Beats by Bingo starts at 7pm.
Fancy dress as a music artist or band (prizes up for grabs).
Tickets ($35) available via kindo from 7pm, Wednesday 10th April.
Fully stocked bar with RTD cans, wine, beer, low and non-alcoholic options available.
Please no BYO.
Tables of 8 donned with platters upon your arrival.
Sit where you please, no need to gather a table of 8, the more new families the merrier.
We would love donations for a silent auction, or any alcohol that can be sold over the bar on the night.
Please email us

Frosty Friday: Our last Frosty Friday for Term 1 will be today! We will be running Milo Friday in Term 2. Branded Glendowie School keep cups are available for purchase via Kindo.

Save the Dates: Dates for our Term Two events are a Parents Event planned for Saturday 18th May and Movie Night on Friday 21st June.

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.

The next dates are: - Monday 8th April- Monday 6th May

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: WhatsApp groups are now up and running. If you are concerned that you haven't been added to your class group, please send us an email at or contact the office to fill out a contact details release form.

Glendowie Primary School Parents' Association for updates.
Facebook: @GlendowiePrimarySchoolParentsAssociation

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