Newsletter T2W4 2024
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Newsletter T2W6

7th June 2024

From The Principal



Kia ora koutou,
A warm welcome to our new students and families joining us in Year 0 this week.

Staffing
This week we farewell Year 1 teacher, Mrs Karen Andrews. Mrs Andrews has taught in our junior school over the last two years, and before that was a regular day reliever throughout the school. We thank Mrs Andrews for her dedication and commitment to our students and we wish her well with her new role.

Welcome to Mrs Amanda Colares who will take over room 11 starting from next week. Mrs Colares is an experienced teacher who has strengths around structured literacy so it is exciting to have her join us as we introduce this throughout our school.

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.

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.

Research on Living a Healthy Life
I was recently reading about two research projects that tracked the well-being of a large group of people over time – The Grant and Glueck Studies. Several books have been written on each project. Both studies focus on men who were in their late teens in the 1940s. Over 700 people participated in the studies and the data collection spanned six decades, making these studies the longest and most comprehensive research on well-being that we have. The research in the Grant and Glueck studies emphasises five important things necessary for a healthy and fulfilling life:
1. Having altruistic endeavours (doing things for other people),
2. Humour (having fun and laughing)
3. Sublimation (finding alternatives to anger and frustration),
4. Anticipation (being realistic about future challenges), and,
5. Suppression (developing resilience in the face of tough times).

The researchers summarised these five elements into two key areas. The first is having quality relationships, the second is maintaining the ability to not push love away by acting dysfunctionally during tough times, thus maintaining quality relationships.

One important point that popped out for me was the necessity of helping our kids to cope with tough times in ways that do not hurt others. As I say above, a key finding from the Grant and Glueck studies is that people need to find ways to cope and make the most of hard times if they are to maintain long standing relationships.

One thing is certain – the relationships our kids' have at this age are an important context that can prepare them to have enduring and meaningful relationships in adulthood. Meaning, it is vital to teach them to engage purposefully in the relationships they have now.

The results of these studies make for interesting reflection with implications at home and at school.

Have a great weekend!

Noho ora mai!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal
Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th June, 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.

Lunchtime Sports
Students have the opportunity in Years 5 - 8 to represent Glendowie School at various sports tournaments and are invited to try out for teams. Students are reminded to check the daily notices each day for what sports are on offer and when training will be held. Daily notices can be accessed by students via the school's intranet. Class teachers also display the notices each morning. Currently we have netball but watch out for basketball and hockey in term 3.

Lunchtime Clubs
Students are welcome to come along to lunchtime clubs. These clubs are promoted in the daily notices, which are shared by each class teacher in the morning. Students can access these notices through the school's intranet. Some clubs are open for anyone, other clubs require a try out due to popularity.
We currently have an arts and procreate club for years 7 & 8. Chess club is open for all year levels. In term 3 there will be two dance clubs for Y5&6 and Y7&8 as well as the return of our photography club.

Year 3 Karaka Bay Trip

On Tuesday 7th May Year 3 walked to Karaka Bay for a trip which is in conjunction with our Where We Are in Place and Time Unit of Inquiry. During this unit we have been inquiring into places of personal, cultural and historical significance and how we take responsibility to care for these places.

The children learnt that Karaka Bay was the site of one of the signings of the Treaty of Waitangi which is why it is a special place in our local community. Whilst we were there the children sketched the landscape, signed our own Year 3 Treaty and explored the beach. Thank you to all the parents that helped and supported a highly successful trip.

Year 6 Market Day

As part of our How we Organise Ourselves unit the year 6 students (and the year 5 & 6 students from Room 27) brought together all of the knowledge and understandings from our learning to create goods and services to sell to the year 5 students. This connected to our central idea that ‘Supply and demand impact trade’.

'The first thing we did in our business groups was to get information from the year 5s to know what things they wanted to buy. We asked questions in our surveys like: What colours do you like? and Would you like to buy a bookmark?
Once we had got the results of our surveys we were able to begin making our goods and organising the services we were going to provide, as well as creating some advertisements to show the year 5s what they could buy on the day.

On Market Day we set up our businesses in the mini hall and prepared for our customers to arrive. The year 5s came and they each had $15 to spend. We did our best to convince them to buy our products - this was very loud as all businesses were doing their best to gain the attention of potential customers! In the last few minutes everyone was trying to sell out by reducing their prices in order to make as much money as possible.

After we finished selling we calculated if we had successfully made a profit or not, some groups did, while others made a loss. Thank goodness it was only pretend money!
At the end of the day though we were all successful as we had learnt A LOT from this experience, and who knows this might inspire some of us to go out and become future entrepreneurs.'

- Xavier & Pepper (Y6)

Year 7 Girls Football

In week 5, sixteen Year 7 girls competed and won the Eastern Zones Football Tournament. The final was won in a very exciting penalty shoot out! This Wednesday, the Year 7 girls team competed at the Auckland Championship Tournament in Western Springs. The girls competed well against some very strong competition. The team ended up third in their pool after a great day of football.

Year 5&6 Bay Suburbs Rugby

On Wednesday 5th of June, some boys and girls from years 5 and 6 went to Colin Maiden Park to play Tackle Rugby or Rippa Rugby. Every team played 5 games against schools like St Heliers, St Thomas, St Ignatius, Orakei, Churchill Park and Kohimarama. Every team did a great job and had so much fun. We would like to thank the parents who could come along and the teachers who helped out and coached the boys and girls. A special thanks to Mr K who organised the Bay Suburbs event.

- Reuben, Isaac, Xavier & Rex (Y6)

Glendowie Parents' Association


The Parent's Association have had a change of leadership. We'd like to thank Bree Lornie and Heidi Murray for their dedicated commitment to their co-chair roles for the last three years as they retire from the PA.

Also stepping down after six years is Hayley Marshall who has diligently run the communications and uniform shop - thank you!

Stepping into these very large shoes are Maddie Dalton and Suze Fiorenza. We’d like to also introduce Kate Hamilton - Secretary, Kate Freyer - Treasurer and Josie Townsend - Communications. These ladies are backed by a fabulous, albeit, small group of parents who enthusiastically continue to volunteer their time and ideas.

The PA is pretty thin on members at the moment, we’d love for some eager new parents to come along to the next meeting (20th June - 7:30pm, staffroom). There’s no obligation to join, please simply come along, get stuck into the cheese platter and hear about how we’re raising money and keeping the Glendowie School community thriving with fun events.

Movie night - Friday 21st June
Tickets and all the details are live on Kindo now. Our junior movie this year is ‘Wish’ with the Senior flick being 'Minions - Rise of Gru’. Bring along a beanbag / pillow / sleeping bag, a drink bottle and some coins for the tuck shop. Siblings welcome. Pizza served upon arrival.

Milo Friday
As usual, we’re running Milo Friday every week at 3pm during terms two and three from the mini-hall kitchen window. $2 each which includes a choc fish. Please bring a reusable cup or drink bottle. Branded Glendowie School keep cups are available to purchase via Kindo as well as 10 x click cards ($20).

Second Hand Uniform Shop
Next open 10th June, 8:30 - 9am. Operating out of the corner room to the right of the office. Cash / bank transfer payment options available. We always welcome good quality second hand uniform donations which can be dropped off at the office.

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

Upcoming Events


  • Monday 10th June - Second Hand Uniform Shop - 8.30am
  • Friday 14th June - Eastern Zone Rugby
  • Thursday 20th June - Parent's Association Meeting - 7.30pm, Staffroom
  • Friday 21st June - Movie Night - Parent's Association
  • Monday 24th June - Y3-5 NZ Playhouse Visit
  • Monday 24th June - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Hockey
  • Tuesday 25th June - Board Meeting - 6.30pm, Boardroom
  • Thursday 27th June - Matariki 2024 - 7am, Astro Turf - School finishes 1.00pm
  • Friday 28th June - Matariki - School Closed
  • Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd July - MYP Teacher Interviews
  • Monday 1st July - Y2 Stardome Trip - Room 17, 18 & Montessori
  • Tuesday 2nd July - Parent Teacher Evening - School finishes 1:40pm
  • Wednesday 3rd July - Y2 Stardome Trip - Room 10, 19 & Montessori
  • 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 College Canteen

Glendowie College canteen are looking for a staff member.
Days/hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10.30am till 2 30pm.
Please contact Dale 021 999923, Dale3lee@gmail.com