Glenholme School Newsletter

Term 2 - Week 10, 7th July 2022

Kia ora koutou,

This is the last week of the term and with all of the illness around I don’t think that the holidays could have come at a better time. We have just started to have COVID-19 cases start up at school again after a bit of a break for a few weeks. While we have not had the high level of sickness that some schools in Rotorua have experienced, there have been a number of students and staff absent.

In term 3 we welcome Whaea Crystal back to A1 after taking maternity leave. Whaea Crystal will teach in A1 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Whaea Leandi will teach in A1 on Thursday and Friday.

On Friday we farewell Matua Chris who has worked at Glenholme School for a number of years as the assistant caretaker. Matua Chris has worked tirelessly around our school ensuring we have a wonderful vege garden and tidy grounds. We wish him well for his retirement. He will still be around to spend time in the gardens.

This week I need to acknowledge the outstanding work that is being produced by two groups of students who work in a Reading acceleration programme with Whaea Angie. This programme is funded by Ngati Whakaue. While I was in the library on duty at lunchtime on Wednesday I was able to read some of the work which they have produced.

A huge thank you for your support with the Mathathon. We have been blown away with the amount of sponsorship money which has been pouring into the school office. The draw for the prizes has been postponed until after the holidays.

This year we have the Board elections and we will be calling for nominations from members of our school community shortly. Please consider giving some of your time to the school and running for election for the Board of Trustees. If you would like to come and talk to me for more information, please do so.

Ngā mihi

Sarah Thompson

Education Review Office (ERO)

The Education Review Office (ERO) has shifted to a new approach to evaluation that supports each school's improvement over time. Key features of the new approach, Te Ara Huarau, are that ERO will:

  • work with all schools in an ongoing way rather than as a one-off event
  • connect with each school's strategic planning and reporting cycle as part of their improvement journey
  • work in partnership with schools, collaborating in support of equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners

As a result, each school will:

  • have a dedicated ERO Evaluation Partner who works alongside the school
  • have a different experience depending on needs, strengths, and their school's specific evaluation focus
  • be on a three-year evaluation cycle

What will public reporting on ERO's website look like?

As schools' transition into the approach, ERO will work with schools to publish a one-off Profile Report. This will focus on the strategic goals schools have in place to improve learner outcomes and what the school is seeking to achieve through the evaluation.

Within a three year cycle all schools will then have a Te Ara Huarau / School Evaluation Report. This report includes information about the school's improvement journey, what the school has achieved for learners and their future priorities.

All schools will receive a Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report about their board's attestation to meeting those requirements. Provision for International Students and Hostel Reports will be published where applicable.

Other Reporting

Progress Reporting - These reports are not published on ERO's website. They can be written by the school, jointly by the school and ERO or by ERO. Progress reporting provides specific information for specific audiences such as your board, the community, or the Ministry of Education.

2022 Glenholme School Board Parent Elections

Glenholme School

School Board Elections

Parent Election Notice

Nominations are open for the election of 5 parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations.

Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Wednesday 3rd August. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates' names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on 7th September 2022.

Nomination link

What is a school board?

Every state and state-integrated school or kura in New Zealand has a board that governs it.

The board's role is to oversee the governance of its school or kura and to ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done - legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.

The board is the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the board's 'chief executive' and manages the day to day operations of the school or kura in line with the board's direction and policies.

A standard board constitution is made up of:

  • members elected from the community;
  • the principal;
  • a staff-elected representative;
  • a student representative - for schools or kura with students in year 9 and above;
  • a number of co-opted members (who must be fewer in number than parent-elected members)
  • and for state-integrated schools only - one or more proprietors’ representatives.

Board members have a term of office of up to 3 years.

What does the board do?

Section 127 of the Education and Training Act 2020 describes the board's responsibilities.

This is achieved through particular governance activities such as:

  • setting the strategic direction and targets for the school or kura
  • planning towards and reporting on achieving those targets
  • curriculum management
  • financial and property management
  • policies and procedures
  • health and safety
  • employment of staff at the school or kura.

127 of the Education and Training Act 2020(external link)

The board has a duty to show to its parents, community, and to the government that students are being well prepared for life beyond school. Evidence of progress and future direction is outlined annually in a charter, which is a document declaring specific annual targets and long-term goals.

The board is elected by members of the school community to ensure that the school community has a voice in how its school operates.

The board must also ensure it is a good employer to all the staff in the school or kura.

Here are some things that a board does:

  • work with its local community to make sure that the school or kura works in a way that is appropriate for the students, families and wider community that it serves.
  • create the school or kura's charter and strategic plan. These describe the board's long term plans for the school or kura and sets goals that will help make them happen.
  • monitor progress towards the long-term plan and goals
  • monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement to make sure that every student is getting the preparation they need to survive and thrive in the world
  • make overall decisions about the school or kura's property (grounds and buildings), finances, curriculum (what is taught) and administration. These decisions are often made on the advice of the principal and staff, and are carried out by the principal and staff once they are made.
  • ensure that the school or kura gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • appoints and supports the principal and assesses their performance
  • is a good employer to its staff. The board employs all the staff including the principal. This means that the board has a responsibility to make sure that the school or kura provides a safe and healthy environment for them all to work in, and obeys the laws about employment.

What skills do board members need?

Board members are active leaders in their schools or kura, All members should to be able to:

  • work well in a team
  • understand and think about what they are being told
  • ask relevant and challenging questions
  • have good communication skills.

Boards also need a balance of specific skills and attributes to make sure that all the board's responsibilities are being met. Board members should have a genuine interest in the work of the school and the education and welfare of its students. Board members should also have:

  • passion
  • energy
  • people skills
  • honesty
  • integrity.

Other knowledge or experience in areas such as Education, Finance, Law, Property, Human Resources, Health and /or the Social Sector may be helpful for a board, but not compulsory.

Friends of the School Math-a-thon

Glenholme School F.O.T.S. Maths A Thon 2022

Each child pack today contains the following items:

· Maths list for your child’s team.

· Sponsorship Card including information on the Maths A Thon.

· Plastic Bag for the named sponsor card and money to be returned in.


Help your child while supporting Glenholme Schools fundraising. FOTS have funded Ukuleles for the school, paid for the Shows for every child coming up this year, shade sails, gazebos, toys etc. It is a great opportunity for the children to gain more confidence in Maths, Number recognition and numeracy. Encourage your child to learn and practice, practice, practice!


· Every child who returns their named sponsorship card and money (from sponsors or from donations) will be entered into the draw.

· Prizes will be drawn for each team plus several other draws!

· Prizes include: - Major Prizes include speakers, headphones and a tablet!! - Family passes to Rotorua attractions -Movie Vouchers - And MANY MORE!! There are businesses we are still waiting on so more prizes are in the offering. Please note the following important dates:

Week 4 Friday 27th May – Math A Thon packs go out to children.

Week 5-7 Children collect sponsors on sponsorship cards and learn Maths questions.

Week 8 Math A Thon Test in classrooms and marked tests to go home Start collecting money.

Return money with card inside plastic bag to the office by Friday 5th August (Week 2 Term 3)8.30am-8.50am (before school starts) All monies must be returned today to go into the prize draw.

Prizes drawn at school assembly -

Week 2 Term 3 Friday 5th August

A3 Artwork

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Academic Achievement Discussions

Wednesday 3rd August and Thursday 4th August 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 z2xmr

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 3rd August and Thursday 4th August.

A5 Academic Achievement Discussions

A5 Discussion times can be booked following the same steps as above.

The times are:

Wednesday 24th August 3pm - 6pm

Thursday 25th August 3pm - 6pm

Friday 26th August 3pm - 6pm

Up and Coming Events

Term Dates 2022

Term 2 2nd May - 8th July

Term 3 25th July - 30th September

Term 4 17th October - 16th December

Friday 8th July - Math-a-thon Prize Draw day

Friday 8th July - End of Term 2

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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