Glenholme School Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 6, 1st September 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Thank you to those of you who have contacted me regarding your tamariki being placed in a bilingual class in 2023. It would be great if you could spread the word and encourage other whānau who might not have read the newsletter to get in touch with me. All they need to do is email me at There is also a google form which is being sent by email today. This form asks you about both cohort entry and the bilingual class.

I am pleased to let you know that after numerous delays with the weather we had a bobcat at school today to dig out the bike track. This means we are getting closer to having our bike track in place for our tamariki to use.

Excitement is building across the school about our 2022 production. Due to the Orange COVID setting we will have a limited number of tickets available to be sold at the school office. We will be allocating tickets to families which can be purchased at the school office. We will let you know when they are available.

Ngā mihi

Sarah Thompson

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Making sure your child attends school every day.

Going to school every day is really important if children are to achieve and succeed. As parents and carers, it's up to you to make sure your child attends school every day, from when they first start school until they are 16.

Does my child have to go to school every day?

Yes, your child must go to school every day. Under the Education and Training Act 2020, parents and carers of school children up to 16 years old can be prosecuted if their child is away from school without a good reason.

Why do they need to go every day?

Going to school every day really is the key to getting the best out of school because:

  • it sets up good habits for going to school right from day one
  • learning to read, write and do maths takes a lot of practice and is easier to master if your child goes to school regularly
  • each day is a chance to learn something new
  • school offers your child regular, dedicated help to master the many skills they need
  • it teaches your child life skills like commitment, being reliable, having a good work ethic and sticking with things when they get hard.

What about my five-year-old?

Even though you don’t legally have to enrol your child at school until they turn six, most children in New Zealand start school when they are five.

Once your child has started school they need to attend every day. School used to be compulsory from age six, but the law changed in July 2017, and now children need to attend every day from when they first start school.

If your child is going to be away from school for any reason you should always follow the school’s process to let them know. They need to know the reason that your child is away and that they are safe.

What if my child needs to be away from school?

Your child should go to school every day. But sometimes they might need to be away from school because they are too sick to attend, have an appointment or need to be at a tangi or funeral.

If your child is going to be away from school you should let the school know as soon as possible. Check what your school’s process is for letting them know about absences. You will need to let them know that your child will be away, why and for how long.

Your child’s safety and wellbeing is a priority for the school. If your child doesn’t turn up to school they will be concerned for their safety. If the school doesn’t hear from you, they will get in touch with you to make sure your child is okay.

If your child is going to be away for several days, talk to their teacher about getting some work to do while they are away, so that they don’t fall behind in class.

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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

Thursday 1st September - Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday 7th September - Rotorua Intermediate School Year 6 Orientation

Friday 16th September - School Assembly

Wednesday 28th September - Group A Matinee and Evening Show

Thursday 29th September - Group B Matinee and Evening Show

Friday 30th September - School Assembly

Friday 30th September - End of Term 3

Term 4

Monday 17th October-Thursday 3rd November - Rotorua Council Bike Ready Programme Year 5/6

Friday 21st October - 2023 Parental Request Forms Open

Friday 21st October - Greats and Gran's Day

Monday 24th October - Labour Day

Thursday 27th October - New Zealand ShakeOut

Friday 28th October - School Assembly

Friday 11th November - 2023 Parent Request Forms Close

Thursday 8th December - Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday 15th December - Last Day of School for Term 4 2022

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.