Newsletter T1W4 2024
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23 February 2024

From The Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Meet the Teacher Evening
Thank you to those who came to meet their child’s teacher this week on Wednesday. This evening was an important part of the year as it establishes a connection between home and a key person at school – your child’s teacher!

Staff News
We will be sadly farewelling Julie Wallace, our Office Manager, who is leaving us to take on a full time role at a local business. Julie has been with us for six years and has built strong relationships with not only the children, but also many of our families who have appreciated her warm welcome, helpfulness and kindness when they've visited the office. We thank Julie for all that she has done and wish her well in her new job.

Mrs Renee Moyes will be taking over as Office Manager when Julie leaves early next month. We will also welcome a new Office Assistant, Ms Raquel Bennett. Raquel has a child in year 3 and may be well known to our students as she has also worked part-time in the tuck shop. We look forward to having her join us.

Strategic Plan
We are pleased to have developed a draft strategic plan on which we are now seeking feedback from our community. If you would like to review the plan you can click here. If you would like to provide feedback on our plan then please email:

Please take the time to read the message from me on the website about the strategic plan.

Phones Away for the Day
The new government has been actively implementing their policy agenda in education, including banning all phones in schools. As this is already a school rule we do not envisage changing much at Glendowie School.

One Hour of Reading, Writing and Maths
As with the new cell phone rule, we are already comfortably conforming with another new requirement of the incoming government – to have one hour per day of reading, writing and maths. All forms of learning that include reading, writing or maths can count as time toward the one hour a day rule. For example, if a student was writing a report as part of their unit of inquiry this would be considered part of the mandatory hour of writing. As would any reading done as research for this assignment.

Noho ora mai!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal
Board Meeting
The next board meeting will be Tuesday 26th March, from 6.30pm in the Boardroom. Anyone is welcome to attend. A copy of the agenda will be available from the office from 3pm on the Friday before the meeting.

Tuck Shop - Menu Update
We have an updated version of the Tuck Shop Menu for 2024 - this can be found on the School App under Links. Alternatively, you can find it here

PYP - Programme Evaluation Survey

We are currently reviewing our PYP programme of inquiry. This includes looking at all the units we teach within a year level and across the course of schooling from Year 0 - Year 6.

We are seeking feedback from our school community about the content of our units of inquiry.

We would like to know what units of inquiry your child has been excited about in the past and at which year level. You might observe the following behaviours from your child :
  • They were eager to talk about what they are learning at school at the dinner table
  • They wanted to go to the library to find more information about what they were studying
  • They made things at home relating to the unit.
  • You noticed your child showing positive social action as a result of their learning, e.g. making you recycle soft plastic; wanting you to save electricity;
Record up to 3 of your child's favourite units of study. You are welcome to talk to your child but we are seeking a parent/caregiver point of view. You may complete one form per child or one per family.

Link to the survey here

Tuakana-Teina Relationships in Years 1, 4 and 5

The year 5 classes, as well as room 6 in year 4, have formed tuakana-teina relationships with the year 1 classes. Tuakana-teina relationships are when an older or more expert peer supports or guides a younger or less expert peer in their learning and development. The classes meet around once a week and the sessions are a great opportunity to develop relationships across year levels, as well as developing skills in working with their peers of different ages.

‘For buddy class, we helped the year 1’s read books and learn how to look after the common room.’ - Carla, R6

Every week, we get to share our learning with our buddies and show I Care by helping them. We even got to swim with our buddies.’ - Ida, R12

"Our buddy class is a fun time to spend time with students who are younger than us. I like teaching them new things and helping them with their learning." - Isabella, R14

"I like being with little kids because they are very cute and they act very cute too." - Subin, R14

"It is fun and creative because we helped them make Chinese lanterns and frogs for their phonics." - Kaden and Duncan, R14

Room 12 and Room 8 spent one of their tuakana-teina sessions in the pool with the tuakana helping their teina with their confidence and skills in the pool.
Room 14 tuakana helped their Room 7 teina to make their penguins when they were learning about ‘p’ in their phonics programme, as well as making lanterns for the Chinese New Year.

“Our buddy class helps us make stuff, I like when they come down, it’s fun!”- Zoe, Rm7

“I liked when our buddy class showed us the dragons they made and I liked when they helped me to make my lantern.” - Niko, Rm 7

“I wish our buddy class could take us to the swimming pool.” - Rory, Rm 7

“I loved making Chinese lanterns with my buddy.”- Eddie Rm 9

“I like working with my buddy because they help make thing so that it is easy to do.” - Oliver Rm 9

Glendowie Parents' Association

School Camp Night is being held on Saturday 2nd of March 2024. This much-anticipated event is always popular, our tent sites have sold out but we have 1 caravan site & 7 sites left inside the hall - these are available to purchase through Kindo. Details and information will be sent out to our campers in the next week. For families who don’t want to spend the night - please join us for the afternoon and/or a picnic dinner. We have booked a pizza truck, an icecream truck & we will have a sausage sizzle, the swimming pool will be open from 2:30pm, we'd love to see all those who can make it for an afternoon & evening of fun.

Frosty Friday: We will be selling iceblocks/icecreams from the window outside the mini hall every Friday after the 3pm bell. We accept cash, or you can purchase a Frosty Friday concession card via Kindo; once purchased, these are available for collection 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.
The dates for this term are:
- Monday 4th of March
-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: We are in the process of setting up our class reps system which is proving to be invaluable. WhatsApp groups will be up and running in the next couple of weeks. 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.

Joining the PA: If you would like to join the PA this year, please send us an email or pop along to our next meeting, we would love to see some new faces.
Meeting: Thursday 21st March, 7:30pm in the school staff room.

Facebook: @GlendowiePrimarySchoolParentsAssociation

Upcoming Events

  • Friday March 1st - 9:00am - 9:30am Launchpad Programme (Bible in Schools) begins
  • Friday March 1st - Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports Practice
  • Saturday 2nd March - PA Camp Night
  • Monday 4th March- Yr 7 & 8 Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart
  • Monday 4th March- 8:30am - 9:00am 2nd Hand Uniform Shop
  • Tuesday 5th March - Whanau Day (Rm 10, 17, 18 & 19)
  • Wednesday 6th March - 9:15am - 10:15am Year 4 Triathlon
  • Friday 8th March - Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart
  • Wednesday 13th March - Eastern Zone Swimming Sports
  • 13th-15th March - Year 7 Student Camp at MERC, Long Bay
  • Friday 15th March - Bay Suburbs Swimming Sports
  • Wednesday 20th March - Bay Suburbs Softball
  • Friday 22nd March - Year 0-4 Swimming Sports
  • Tuesday 26th March - 6:30pm - Board Meeting
  • Wednesday 27th March - 1:30pm - Year 3 Whole School Assembly
  • March 29th - Good Friday to April 2nd - Easter Tuesday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Friday 12th April - End of Term 1
  • Monday 29th April - Start of Term 2

Community Notices

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 to register now. When you enter via the link, you will automatically join your School Group (Glendowie School) and contribute towards your School Group prize eligibility. There will be an area to leave gear at the school gazebo and a gold coin sausage sizzle on the day.
Recycling Updates:
Items accepted in your kerbside recycling bin from 1 February 2024:
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic bottles, trays, and containers (grades 1, 2 and 5 only)
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans
New items excluded from 1 February 2024:
  • Items less than 50mm (e.g. caps, small cosmetic and spice containers)
  • Aerosol cans (steel and aluminium)
  • Liquid paperboard (beverage cartons and juice boxes)
  • Plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • All lids
  • Items over 4 litres
The Calm Connected Tweens & Teens Summit is a free online event delivering expert information, aimed at supporting parents and their tweens and teens.
Summit Speakers: Our speaker lineup for this summit includes well respected parenting experts: Dayna Abraham, Maggie Dent, Dr Vanessa Lapointe, Karen Tui Boyes, Paul Dillon, Brett Lee, Andrew Fuller , Michelle Mitchell, Kirrilie Smout to name a few.
Topics covered – The topics relate to the 3 pillars of the summit helping parents support their tweens and teens to build:
  • strong relationships
  • independence and resilience
  • wellbeing
Summit Dates: The summit is free online - 22nd to 24th Feb.

You'll get to understand their world better and get practical strategies for helping them thrive. Register here:
Parenting Place
If parents are interested in taking part in the six-week toolbox course they can get more information and sign up here!
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