Newsletter T2W4 2024
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Newsletter T2W4

24 May 2024

From The Principal

Kia ora koutou,
Thank you for your support for our teacher today. Our teaching staff have spent the day taking part in Structured Literacy professional development.

A huge congratulation to the PA for arranging the Beats By Bingo night last Saturday. There certainly was a lot of colourful and creative costuming.

New Entrant Class
We look forward to welcoming our newest year 0 students who will be starting with us on Tuesday 4th June. Mrs Nathalie Smith will be returning to our school following maternity leave and will teach the class in room 30.

2025 New Entrant Enrolments
If you have a child due to turn 5 this year or next and you haven't yet completed an Enrolment Application Form, please could you collect one from the school office. This will be a great help for us with planning for staffing and classroom allocations, and also when we look at a possible out of zone ballot later in the year.

King's Birthday
A reminder that school will be closed on Monday 3rd June for King's Birthday.

Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday 2nd July in the school hall. School will close at 1.40pm that day so that the interviews can start from 2pm. A notice about the booking procedure will be sent home closer to the time.

Annual Reports
The audited annual accounts and reports for 2023 will be available to view on our website from June. This includes the Financial Statements and the Principal's and Presiding Member's Report.

Noho ora mai!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Primary Years Programme (PYP) Information evening

Years 0-6

You may know Glendowie School is part of The International Baccalaureate. You may have heard the school talk about the PYP, but do you know what the educational programme strives to achieve?

On Tuesday 28th May from 5:30 - 6:30pm, we will be holding an information evening on The Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the School’s mini hall.

Our PYP Coordinators, Ms Sinclair and Mr Liu will explain the teaching and learning programmes from both a junior and senior perspective. We will clarify some of the terminology that your students use in the classroom and unpack the attributes of an ‘internationally minded’ student. We will explain how a unit of inquiry is planned with concepts and a central idea to guide us. We will also demonstrate how skills, e.g. research and social skills, are incorporated as part of our teaching programme.

We look forward to welcoming all of the school community from across all year levels, particularly new families.

Note: the presentation will follow a similar format to previous years.
Please RSVP via this link

Intermediate Literacy Extension Day 2024

The Year 7 & 8 students were recently given the opportunity to apply to participate in our Intermediate Literacy Extension Day. There were two options: for the readers, there was the KidsLitQuiz and for the writers, there was the Auckland Writers Festival. The teachers selected ten students to take to each event. Read on to hear the highlights from this amazing day!

Kids Literacy Quiz 2024
For those of you who don’t know, the Kids Literacy Quiz is an annual event which has students from year levels 5 to 8 come and participate in a reading quiz. The teams that win the national final will come forward to represent the country in the world final (held in a different city every year), where they will be competing against the best teams in the world. It was very interesting (and very nerve-racking!) being able to see so many different schools from across Auckland attend the first round of the competition at St. Cuthbert's College. And while our two teams unfortunately did not place, they were both in the top half of the competition (24th and 47th out of 84 teams, respectively.), All thanks to Victoria Elisara, our lovely librarian, and Natalie Hanna, one of our outstanding English teachers.

Auckland Writers Festival
"Going to the Writers Festival was an incredible experience. Being able to hear amazing authors like Maryam Master, Selena Tusitala Marsh and David Hill got so many great ideas flowing through our minds. It was an awesome day and we were so lucky that we have an amazing teacher and great parents to take us there."
-Orla K, Y7

"It was so amazing to hear from these talented authors. Listening to them got story ideas flowing through my mind."
- Mackenzie Q, Y7

Pink Day

Last Friday Glendowie students made a stand against bullying by wearing pink. Glendowie School's KiVa programme, an anti-bullying programme, teaches about the importance of celebrating diversity and creating an environment where students feel safe, valued and respected.

Montessori Cultural Fair Day

Cultural Fair day is a day to celebrate culture and their traditions. The year 7s from Montessori organise the entire day of activities to run for a group of children from year 1 all the way to year 8. This year the Montessori classes learned about Europe!
They organised parent meetings and tested activities and on the day they set up all the decorations for the activities.
We had guest speakers come into the classroom and talk about countries from Europe. It was really interesting to learn about the cultures and their history, sometimes they brought in some food for us to try!

Room 28 created mosaic flags of all the European countries.

Glendowie Staff - Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Within the IB programmes, taking action plays an integral role in the teaching and learning programme. Students are encouraged to take action on their learning as they develop an understanding of real-world issues. Last Wednesday morning, Glendowie staff took action and put on a scrumptious breakfast raising a whopping $1,847 for breast cancer education, research and patient support. Well done Glendowie staff!

Y5/6 Eastern Bays Football Tournament

The Y6 boys had 8 games, we did such an amazing job! We won the tournament because we won 7 games and we had a draw for 1 of the games. The tournament was at Glover park,our first game was at 9:30 am. We had two eating breaks a morning tea break and a lunch break. The lunch break lasted for 30 mins and the morning tea break was 15 mins long.
The tournament was run by Eastern Suburbs AFC.
-Isaac, Y6 & Alfie, Y6

NZ Barbarians Rugby Club Primary Schools Fun Day

On Sunday 19th May, thirteen Y5/6 boys went to Bruce Pullman park to take part in the NZ Barbarians Rugby Club Primary Schools Fun Day. It was a stunning Autumn day, the kids had fun and thank you to all the helpers on the day. We look forward to attending the next one.

Glendowie Parents' Association

Thank you to everyone who came along and made Beats by Bingo such a huge success. It was a fabulous night of prizes, musical bingo, oodles of silent auction items and a raucous live auction. Thank you to all the businesses, big and small who supported us. We’ll be delivering the same night of fun and frivolity in 2025.

Our annual Movie Night is fast approaching, Friday June 21st. For anyone who hasn’t been before, we gather in the gym for the junior (years 0-4) or senior (5-8) movies. A half or whole Dominos pizza is included in the ticket price and a tuck shop selling little treats will be in operation. Tickets and more information will be live on Kindo next Thursday, May 30th at 3pm.

Milo Friday
Milo Friday is back, Friday afternoons for Term Two and Three. Branded Glendowie School keep cups are available for purchase via Kindo.

Save the Dates
AGM Thursday 30th May.
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 dates for this term are: - Monday 10th June

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 27th May - Eastern Zone Y7/8 Girls Football Tournament
  • Tuesday 28th May - PYP Information Evening - 5.30pm, Mini Hall
  • Thursday 30th May - Parents Association AGM - 7.30pm, Staffroom
  • Thursday 30th May - Eastern Zone Y8 Boys Football Tournament
  • Monday 3rd June - King's Birthday - School Closed
  • Wednesday 5th June - Bay Suburbs Rugby
  • Monday 10th June - Second Hand Uniform Shop - 8.30am
  • Friday 14th June - Eastern Zone Rugby
  • Friday 21st June - Movie Night - Parent's Association
  • Monday 24th June - Y3-5 NZ Playhouse Visit
  • Tuesday 25th June - Board Meeting - 6.30pm, Boardroom
  • Thursday 27th June - Matariki 2024 - 7am, Astro Turf
  • Friday 28th June - Matariki - School Closed
  • Tuesday 2nd July - Parent Teacher Evening - School finishes 1:40pm
  • Friday 5th July - Last Day of Term 2
  • Monday 22nd July - First Day of Term 3

Community Notices

Glendowie College Parents'Evening

2025 Enrolment Process

Glendowie College will hold a Parents’ Information Evening for 2025 Enrolments on Tuesday 18 June 2024 at 7:00pm in the College Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to outline the programmes the school offers and to cover the enrolment process for 2025 Year 9 students’ enrolments.

This is an opportunity to meet informally with Gordon Robertson, Glendowie College’s Principal, to have any questions answered about the enrolment process.

We look forward to seeing you there. No RSVP is required.

Glendowie Community Club

The Glendowie Tennis Club and Glendowie bowling club are in advanced stages of exploring the potential advantages for both our current membership and the broader community by amalgamating and creating a sports hub for our communities.

In addition to this endeavor, we have engaged an independent partner, Craig Jones of Visitor Solutions, to conduct a feasibility assessment. This assessment aims to provide us with insights into the potential benefits that our clubs and the wider community could derive from such a union.

To help make this successful we are looking for insights and feedback from across the community and stakeholders . Please click this link to contribute.