Glenholme School Newsletter

Week 9, Term 3, Thursday 23rd September 2021


Kia ora koutou,

It is wonderful to see all of the learning opportunities which are happening across the school.

This week Pukehangi Team have been fortunate to have had the team for the Museum in to work with some classes teaching them about Te Arawa toys and games. The hall has been a hive of activity with our tamariki trying out the games. The classes were booked in to visit the Museum programme this term and we are lucky that due to COVID restrictions the staff from the Museum have been able to come to us.

It has been pleasing to see that our teams who play hockey and miniball have had the opportunity to finish off the season. The hockey finals were last weekend and miniball has continued this week.

A reminder that we have Greats and Grans day scheduled for the first week of Term 4 on Friday 22nd October. This will go ahead if we are in Alert Level 1. Unfortunately if we are still in Level 2 at that time we will still be unable to have visitors in the school. This is an exciting day on our calendar so we will all have our fingers and toes crossed that it can go ahead.

Ngā mihi

Sarah Thompson

A6 Snail Artwork

Touch Rugby Term 4

The Term 4 touch rugby season starts up at the beginning of next term. Touch is an after school competition so please be aware that it is the parents/caregivers/whanau responsibility to get their child to and from the games. If possible we would like to keep the same teams we had in Term 1 while also allowing other students to join. The competition will run every week through to the end of Term 4 at the Westbrook Rugby Fields. Here is some important information from Touch Rotorua;

  • The grading tournament is on Saturday 16 October (second week of the holidays). We hope that all teams and coaches will be available that Saturday. We will let you know the time frames once we have this information.

  • Once the competition starts in Week 1 of Term 4, Year 5-8 teams will play on Tuesdays (starting 19th Oct), and Year 1-4 teams will play on Wednesdays (starting 20th Oct)

  • The competition will run for approximately 8 weeks

For the school to compete in this competition we require at least one coach per team. A teacher will manage the teams, but we need a parent/whanau member to coach (Rotorua Touch Assoc. will supply referees). No Coaches. No Teams! The fees have increased for term 4. The subsidised fee for Term 4 is $25 per child which includes the use of the sports uniform which must be returned clean and dry, at the end of the season.

Teachers in charge of touch are;

Mrs Kiel - Pukehangi Teams, Whaea Jodene - Tihiōtonga Teams and Whaea Kylie - Whakapoungakau Teams

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COVID-19 Information for Parents and Whanau

For school-aged children

  • We want everybody in New Zealand to be well, and they can help do that.
  • Talk to your child about playing safe when they’re with their friends. Remind them to keep a safe distance in a way that they’re ‘not breathing’ on each other.
  • Tell them that their teacher might have some extra rules and it’s important that they follow their teacher to keep everyone safe.
  • Remind your child to always wash their hands before and after eating, playing outside, playing with others, after sporting activities, after playing on hard surfaces including outdoor play areas.
  • Explain to your child that they should not share their lunch or any other food and drink.
  • Let your child know that they will see more cleaning of their school and their classroom.
  • Let them know that some children and adults may wear a face covering in school and there will be some who are not. Explain to them that it’s a personal decision and it’s important that we respect their choice.

Play it safe

  • Children should be going to their early learning service or school.
  • If your child is sick, they should stay at home. Children who arrive at school or an early learning service sick will be sent home.
  • If your child is awaiting a COVID-19 test result or is in isolation, they should stay at home.
  • Remind them that COVID-19 is still out there so it’s important that they play it safe and follow the rules.
  • Let them know that some things will be different. Their early learning service or school will have some extra measures in place.
  • Talk to your early learning service or school if you have any questions.

Principal's Award

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

Whakapoungakau Team

A1: Vinaina Bilivalu is a driven and compassionate student. She works really hard and is beginning to strive to achieve excellence. Vinaina is not afraid to take risks in her learning and this shows in her fantastic progress in her reading and maths. A1 is lucky to have you in the classroom, Vinaina. Ka Pai o Mahi Vinaina You are amazing!

A2: Loralie Packham for her enthusiastic approach to learning. She has been very diligent in ensuring that she completes her work to a high standard. She is a curious learner who asks and answers questions to deepen her understanding. Loralie wrote some creative stories over lockdown and shared these over seesaw, tino pai rawa atu, keep up the excellent mahi

A3: Ashley Crengle consistently demonstrates the Glenholme R.I.D.E values. Each school day Ashley enthusiastically comes to school ready to learn. She is respectful to everyone whom she is in contact with and is someone who can be relied upon to help and support others. Keep up the great mahi Ashley, we are lucky to have you in A3.

A5: Declan Vakaj, you are a terrific asset to A5. You have an amazing imagination and a wonderful ability to think outside the box. You were diligent during Level 3 & 4 Homelearning, showing perseverance and commitment to your schoolwork. Your confidence with using ICT equipment is impressive and I love that you are always willing to help others when they are in the Learning Pit. You are funny and fun and always demonstrate the Glenholme Values. A5 and Whaea Kylie thinks that you are fabulous!

Tihiōtonga Team

B1: Hunter Tapsell-Singh for being a Self Regulator and a Risk Taker. While completing your home learning you were creative and used your digital fluency knowledge to produce some amazing videos. Ka mau te wehi Hunter!

B3: Rishi Suryavanshi for his dedication and enthusiasm to his Home Learning during Lockdown. Rishi was a Self-regulator who was engaged daily and challenged himself to complete his work to a high standard. Ka pai Rishi, thank you for all of your efforts and you should be very proud of yourself!!

B5: Ashmeet Kang for being a B5 superstar. Ashmeet works hard to complete all tasks to a very high standard and she is also always willing to help others if needed. Ashmeet works quietly and carefully to produce quality work and is a role model to others. Ashmeet can always be relied upon to be in the right place at the right time. Keep up the excellent work Ashmeet, well done!

B7: Zahlia Richel receives this award for being a Self Regulator, Innovator and showing Excellence in all she does. Zahlia shows commitment and dedication to her learning, always striving to do her personal best. Zahlia has done an amazing job with her Bee Unit, she has completed all our in-class activities and is working towards finishing her Book Creator. Pai rawa atu to mahi Zahlia.

Pukehangi Team

A6: Outa Sato for having a focused and superstar attitude towards literacy learning this term! Outa shows persistence during writing time and can add interesting details to his ideas. He is very enthusiastic to learn new sight words and spelling patterns and this has also supported his positive progress in both reading and writing. Mrs Kiel is very proud of you! Keep up the winning attitude!

B4: Luka Te Kira-Nicholls for having made a great start in B4. He has already shown himself to be a role model in the class by following the rules, even when he sees that others are not. Luka has shown respect and kindness by sharing our play equipment and taking responsibility for tidying up after himself. He engages in tasks with enthusiasm and always makes his best effort. Keep up the great work Luka!

B6: Tanishka Mudaliar for being an excellent learner in B6. Tanishka follows discussions with interest and is keen to share her own good ideas and knowledge. She is working so well with her Reading, Writing and Maths and is a wonderful, independent worker. Keep up your fantastic efforts, Tanishka. We love having you in our class!

C6: Kyra Baldwin for being a risk taker and self-regulator in your learning. Kyra it is so awesome to see your confidence growing when you take risks and persevere in your work. This is helping you make fantastic progress. Believe in yourself - mauri te pono! Keep up the hard mahi Kyra, Miss Bridgeman is proud of you!

C7: Katee Samuel, you have been putting a lot of effort into Reading, Writing, and Mathematics which is showing in the progress you are making in your learning. It is great to see your confidence growing as you participate and contribute more and more in class discussion and activities. It is lovely to see you being proud of your achievements. Keep up the great work!

C8: Dean Aranjuez for making a great start back at school after lockdown. Dean, it is wonderful seeing you follow the class rules and involving yourself in our class routines. You are starting to play alongside your friends and explore new resources and toys in the classroom. Fantastic work Dean, keep up the great work!

C9: Zaraiah Brown for making a big effort in all areas of her learning. Zaraiah is motivated to make progress with her reading and writing. She focuses on what she needs to do to achieve her learning intentions and takes pride in her successes. Zaraiah is learning to self-regulate her behaviour in class and can reset quickly when needed. Mahi pai Zaraiah.

Upcoming Events

  • End of Term 3 - 1st October
  • Term 4 Starts - 18th October
  • Greats n Grans Day - 22nd October subject to Alert Levels at the time
  • Labour Weekend - 25th October

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