Glenholme School Newsletter

Term 1- Week 9, 31st March 2022

Kia ora koutou,

I am writing to keep you updated about how our school is continuing to respond to COVID-19 in New Zealand.

As you may have seen, in the last few days the media has reported a reduction in the number of daily cases. While we know that cases in school will rise and fall with that of the level in our community, our health experts tell us that children are much more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 in the community than at school. We also know that nationally in mid-March no more than 4% of teachers in any seven-day period reported as testing positive. It is currently around 3.5%

As you know, it’s great for any child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends, teachers and other school staff. You also know that we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

This is why we remain open at Red. I wanted to remind you that in our school we are keeping the additional layers of protection in place to help prevent or reduce the risk of onward spread. We know that being fully vaccinated and boosted reduces the risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. We are encouraging all adults in our school who are working with students to be vaccinated including their booster. If they are eligible, I encourage you to get your child vaccinated too.

I know that some of you still have questions about this, however, so I’ve included links to a video that answers many of the common questions about the vaccine:

Common questions about the vaccine (English) – KidsHealth

Mask wearing for our students Year 4 and above and for adults remains in place in indoor spaces and we are getting lots of fresh air during the day. We also continue to focus on basic hygiene such as washing hands regularly, covering any coughs and sneezes, and cleaning surfaces regularly.

Like the links above, KidsHealth has some other great resources you may be interested in:

Why wearing masks and creating airflow helps – KidsHealth

Back to school with Omicron in 2022 – KidsHealth

From time to time some students will need to isolate at home. This is in line with Government advice and if this happens, we will support them to continue their learning home to minimise any interruption.

According to the Paediatric Society of NZ, in most children COVID-19 is a mild illness. It can be managed by whānau with some simple measures such as keeping fluids up and keeping an eye on your tamaiti (child). If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please get in touch – out team is here to help. We want children to be at school and engaging in learning with their friends. Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

Ngā mihi

Sarah Thompson

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Principal's Awards Awarded to students making exceptional effort and or achievement at school, therefore deserving of acknowledgement and recognition.

Whakapoungakau Team

A1:Brodie McMillan for being a diligent learner. He knows what his learning intentions are and strives towards achieving each success criteria that are linked to these learning intentions. He also demonstrates integrity and respect towards his teachers and peers. We are lucky to have him in our class.

A2:Ryan Skudder for being a responsible and reliable student in A2. He is an excellent self-regulator who is always organised and uses his initiative to get things done. Ryan uses his own time to complete tasks demonstrating his commitment to learning and drive to do well. He takes all of his responsibilities seriously and ensures it is all done with excellence. Ka rawe Ryan, keep being awesome!

A3:Lagan Nora for her strive for excellence. She continually demonstrates a positive attitude towards learning and asks great thought provoking questions. Lagan is always eager to attempt challenging work and uses this to extend her learning. Ka mau te wehi Lagan, we love having a respectful, hard working student in A3.

A4:Joanne Peato-Katoa for consistently demonstrating excellence by listening attentively to instructions and making a strong effort to avoid distractions that may interrupt the learning process. In particular, Joanne has been taking risks in her math learning by exploring a range of multiplication strategies and learning from mistakes! She is a role model in our class and is always maintaining our high expectations in all aspects of the classroom, encouraging others to strive on! We are so lucky to have such a helpful and wonderful student like Joanne in A4, Kei runga noa atu koe!

A5:Sukhmanpreet Kaur for being a hardworking and focused member of A5. She loves learning and is excellent at self regulation. She consistently finishes work to a high standard and to set deadlines, while ensuring that she meets all the success criteria of the task. Sukhmanpreet demonstrates all of the Glenholme school values and we are very proud to have her in our classroom. Tu meke Sukhmanpreet keep up with all that awesome mahi.

Tihiōtonga Team

B3:Demi Kiel for always striving for Excellence. It is fantastic to see Demi's enthusiasm for learning and she is a wonderful role model in B3. Demi is a Thinker like Te Ao-kapurangi who is reflective and curious. She is motivated and engaged with her learning and always helpful to others. Thank you for being a star student Demi, B3 is so happy to have you in our class!!

B4:Robyn-rae Tapu for always demonstrating the Glenholme School values - R.I.D.E. She is becoming more of an independent learner and always tries her best in Reading, Writing and Maths. She enjoys helping others and has proven to be a responsible member of the class. Tu meke!! Robyn-rae.

B5:Kaydence Albert for being a B5 superstar. Kaydence is a wonderful, hardworking self regulator. She manages herself beautifully in the classroom and is a leader and role model for her peers. You have a lovely calm nature and your work is always top quality. Well done Kaydence, keep up the great work.

B7:Yashvi Gounder who always comes to school with a beautiful smile on her face. She has a positive attitude towards her learning and consistently tries her best. Yashvi receives this award for being a Thinker and Innovator. Yashvi takes pride in our classroom and ensures our B7 is left pristine. She does an amazing job organising the class and reminds the students where to put their placemats and cutlery. Yashvi is also improving in her mathematics and feels more confident solving problems. Well done Yashvi, you are a superstar.

Pukehangi Team

B6:Rureihana Tawhara for his caring and thoughtful nature in class and for showing he can follow the routines and expectations in the Whānau Whare. Tau ke Hana!

A6:Nate Jacomb for showing excellence in his learning. He perseveres when learning gets tricky and he tries his absolute best. This positive attitude has seen him make steady progress in Literacy this term. Keep up the determined mindset Nate, Mrs Kiel is super proud of you.

C6:Jazmyn Taylor for demonstrating excellence in her learning and friendships. She always tries her best in her work, persevering when it is tricky. Jazmyn shows beautiful manners to her teachers and peers and is always a helpful friend to everyone. Ka pai to mahi Jazmyn, keep up the hard work!

C7:Elisaia Kiff for being an excellent learner and role-model in C7. Elisaia has settled into his new class and school so well. He listens thoughtfully, asks questions, and shares his ideas and knowledge willingly. Elisaia works well independently on written tasks. He also works cheerfully with other students, and is a friendly and helpful member of the class. Keep up the impressive work. Elisaia. We love having you in C7.

C8:Zehra Aydin for showing respect by always using good manners. She uses her listening ears and her quiet hand up at mat time consistently, and always tries her hardest with her school work. Zehra includes others in her games and uses kind words. Recently, Zehra has shown that she can follow instruction well and she isn't afraid to take risks, and learn from her mistakes. Keep up the great work Zehra!

C9:Khyrie Mita for her focused attitude during Writing. Khyrie is always keen to write and now has several skills in her writing kite. She can write some words and letters by herself and is making good progress moving up the writing progressions. Khyrie, I am impressed with the independence you are showing when writing. “Keep Trying” and aiming for Excellence.

Community Oral Health Service

We currently have the Community Oral Health Service van at school but next term when they move on you will need this information if your child requries any dental work.

Different options to communicate with the Oral Health Service:

0800 525 378 or text 027 578 0275 or 027 203 7792


B5 have been learning about the Maori legend Rona and the Moon.

SchoolDocs Term 1 Review

Please review the Health, Safety and Welfare Policy by going into the Current Review tab. Username: glenholme Password: glenholme

Academic Achievement Discussions - Postponed until Week 2, Term 2 due to current COVID Restictions

Academic Achievement Discussions

Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May 2022

We ask parents to collect their tamariki from school at 2.00pm on both of these days.

Please contact the school office if your child requires supervision from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Appointments are now open and can be made online

Our event code is q72p5

If you are unable to book via the website please phone our School Office (348 1489) to make you bookings.

Bookings are now open!

School will close at 2.00pm on Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May.

Up and Coming Events

Term Dates 2022

Term 1 1st February - 14th April

Term 2 2nd May - 8th July

Term 3 25th July - 30th September

Term 4 17th October - 16th December

Thursday 14th April - TEACHER ONLY DAY

Thursday 14th April - Last day of Term 1

Friday 15th April - Good Friday

Saturday 16th April - Holy Saturday

Sunday 17th April - Easter Sunday

Monday 18th April - Easter Monday

Wednesday 11th May - Academic Achievement Discussions

Thursday 12th May - Academic Achievement Discussions

Thursday 19th May - Class/Individual Photos

Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday

Thursday 16th June - Team Photos

Friday 24th June - Matariki Day

Friday 21st October - Greats and Gran's Day

Monday 24th October - Labour Day

School Gates


8.30am – 9.10am/2.45pm - 3.10pm

Miller Street entrance is available for use:

Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9.30am

Monday to Friday 2.30pm – 3.30pm

DO NOT PARK IN THE SCHOOL DRIVE as this is a tow away area.

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