Newsletter T1W4

24 February 2023

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa,

Something novel occurred at school this week -- we were here for five days! It has been a good week with the sun out most days, sports teams trialling and practising at lunch times, and the pool getting plenty of use. Hopefully we will get to enjoy some summer yet.

Fundraising for Cyclone Recovery

You’ll be aware of the devastation caused by cyclone Gabrielle, particularly in the Hawkes Bay and East Cape regions. We plan to have a gold coin donation day on Monday 27th February, to raise funds to support some of those affected by this event. All money collected will be donated to Eskdale Primary School. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Nude Food

I thank parents for the effort being made with our nude food initiative. There is noticeably less rubbish around the school at the moment, which will be delighting our Property Manager Mr Kloppers.

Bike Safety

I have spoken to those students who ride their bikes or scooters to school about the importance of being safe especially with the many younger children around. Students are not permitted to ride on the road or pavement between school and the bottom of the hill near the corner of Roberta and Riddell. No riding will be permitted between the school and St Andrews Village. If you see our students riding in these areas feel free to remind them of their responsibility and report this to the office.

Auckland Regional Dental Care

Auckland Regional Dental Services (ARDS) provides free dental care for New Zealand students across the greater Auckland area. To ensure that ARDS is able to provide their service, we will be sharing our school roll with ARDS as required. For more information about why we are required to share this information you can check the webpage of the Privacy Commissioner.

Payments to School

Thank you to those families who have already paid the voluntary donation, it really is appreciated. Our preferred collection method for these, and for class trips and activities, is via Kindo (, but we are also happy to accept payment by eftpos or cash at the school office, or direct to our bank account (Glendowie School Board of Trustees, ASB, 12-3027-0305676-00). Unfortunately we are not able to accept payments by credit card, but if you prefer to use this option then Kindo has the facility for this.

Noho ora mai!

Paul Crowhurst | Principal

Staff News

Last week the staff and board acknowledged and thanked Hiranthi Jayasingha, who has now been at our school for 20 years. Hiranthi is a teacher in the junior class of our Montessori unit and as such has taught the majority of students who have been through the Montessori system. We recognised the great contribution made by Hiranthi, in particular her compassion and concern for our students and her dedication and commitment to the school. We know that her current and former students have really appreciated her kindness, care and gentle nature.

Congratulations Hiranthi, and thank you for your wonderful work over the last 20 years - we are so

pleased that you are part of our school community.

Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School – OPEN DAY 5th MARCH 2023, 2-3.30pm

Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School would like to extend a welcome to all families who would like to attend our Open Day on Sunday 5th March, 2.00pm until 3.30pm at Glendowie School, 217 Riddell Rd, Glendowie.

Teachers and Trustees will show you through the Montessori classrooms and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding Montessori primary education.

Final Reminder

Request for personal contact details from the PA Class Reps

The Parents' Association (PA) gathers the contact details of parents/guardians to support parents in getting to know each other, and to help with the efficient and timely communication of class social activities, school events and requests for assistance.

Contact details are confidential and are collated into a class specific mailing list which is coordinated by Parent Class Reps. If you are happy to be contacted by your child’s Class Rep, please complete the form, if you haven't already.

Click here ( for a link to the form.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday 28 February - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Softball

  • Sunday 5 March - Montessori Open Day

  • Wednesday 8 March - Y4 Tryathlon

  • Thursday 9 March - Y2 Museum trip

  • Monday 13 March - Y7/8 Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart

  • Tuesday 14 March - Y5/6 Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart

  • Wednesday 15 March - Y7 Camp (day 1 of 3)

  • Wednesday 15 March - Senior Montessori Camp (day 1 of 3)

  • Thursday 16 March - Y7/8 Eastern Zone Swimming Sports

  • Friday 17 March - Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Swimming Sports

  • Tuesday 21 March - Y1-4 Swimming Sports

  • Wednesday 22 March - Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Softball (new date)

  • Sunday 26 March Weet-Bix TRYathlon

  • Tuesday 28 March - Board Meeting

Glendowie Parents' Association

We are hoping that all the unsettled weather is behind us and all of our Term 1 events can go ahead as planned. We'd like to welcome all the new families who have joined our school community this year, we have a great year of events planned for you to enjoy!

Camp Night: The return of the annual family Camp Night & Picnic is coming on Saturday 11th March. Tent sites have already sold out! There are limited campervan sites left. Keep an eye out for further details. If you have already purchased a ticket and find you can no longer take part, please contact the PA and your space will be made available to someone on the waitlist.

Frosty Friday: Every Friday at 3pm on the courts outside the hall. Bring a $2 coin or purchase your punch card on Kindo. Punch cards purchased will be available from the office.

Second Hand Uniform Shop: We have had a much anticipated location change. We will now be 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 from 8:30 - 9am; the next three dates are:

- Monday 6th March

- Monday 3rd April

- Monday 1st May

If you have any second hand uniforms to donate, please drop these to the office or directly to the uniform shop during opening times.

Class Reps: We are working on putting together class lists and allocating parent class reps for 2023. Our class rep groups are used to escalate Parents' Association activities and events as well as other important information. We are still looking for parent class reps for the following classes: 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28. Please contact us via email if you are interested.

New Members: If you'd like to join us on the PA, please get in touch via email. It's a great way to be involved with the school community and meet lots of other wonderful parents!

Friends of the PA: Are you interested in helping out with PA events without the time commitment of joining the committee? We have put together a group of parents who are willing to volunteer as able/required. If you are interested in joining this group, please send us an email with your contact details.

Facebook Page: We are keeping our Facebook page up to date with events. Follow us at

Glendowie Primary School Parents' Association for updates.



Facebook: @GlendowiePrimarySchoolParentsAssociation

Community Notices

Taekwon-Do for parents and children 8-12 years. Contact Mark Banicevich on 021 314 503 or register at

Music Lessons at school with Lewis Eady: Enrol for music lessons at school with Lewis Eady! We currently offer individual and group lessons during the school day, in keyboard, guitar, and ukulele at Glendowie School. Our tutors are friendly, motivated, and accomplished musicians themselves – musicians teaching music!

Term fees (based on a 10-week term): Individual lessons $400, Group lessons $175. Complete our online enrolment form today at and begin your music journey with Lewis Eady Music School! N.B. Lessons can only go ahead once we receive sufficient enrolments, so please encourage your friends to enrol too!

Email: Website:

Cyclone Relief Bake Sale Fundraiser: All proceeds will go through New Zealand Red Cross. Saturday 25 February at Glendowie Presbyterian Church carpark, 10-11.30am. Please come along and treat yourselves - baking donations very welcome from 9am Saturday.

Stow Austin Studio 2023 Enrolments: Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Ballet. For students from 4 years and above. See the flyer below or phone 021 440 088/0275 456 778 or or visit

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