Glenholme School Newsletter

Term 3 - Week 9, 22nd September 2022

Kia ora koutou,

This pānui is to let you know about a change that is being made to the decile system, and what this means for our school/kura and ākonga.

As you may know, we receive government funding and staffing to operate our school/ kura which is mostly based on the number of ākonga we have.

There is also some government funding that is targeted. This includes ‘Equity Funding’. Currently our Equity Funding is based on how many ākonga we have and our school decile, but from 2023 school deciles will be phased out. The Ministry has a new measure called the Equity Index (EQI)

The EQI helps identify schools and kura that need additional funding and resources to support ākonga. The EQI gives each school a three-digit number which is tied to a funding rate. This number is not a measure of quality. It is not reflective of our schools’ teaching, culture, ākonga ability or achievement.

The EQI is a complex tool with strict privacy protections. School Boards, Principals and staff will not be provided with any information about ākonga, families or whānau, that has been used to generate their EQI number.

This number will be updated every year. For 2023 our number is 486. The average [national] Equity Index number is 463.

The Ministry will also use the EQI when considering other resources, like the School Donations Scheme. This means that eligible schools can opt-in to receive extra funding if they agree not to ask parents and whānau for donations, except for overnight camps. We will be eligible to join the School Donation Scheme.

Another funding change happening next year is that the Ministry is making changes to the Isolation Index. This tells the Ministry how isolated our school is compared to others. It was last changed 20 years ago and of course there have been lots of changes to roads and our region in that time. This change will not have any/will impact on us.

You can read more about these changes including factsheets at the Ministry of Education’s website: The Equity Index – Ministry of Education

Ngā mihi

Sarah Thompson

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a one-off public holiday on Monday 26th September 2022. This means that all state and state-integrated schools and kura will be closed on this day.

We will send out reminders closer to Monday 26th September that there will be no school on the day which has been set down by the government to mark the passing of her majesty the Queen.

Our Production will be happening on Wednesday 28th September and Thursday 29th September. My apologies for the confusion over the times of the performances.

Wednesday 28th September - Group A Performing - A6, B1, C8, B5, B4, A5/A4 and A3

11.00am Matinee Performance

6.00pm Evening Performance

Thursday 29th September - Group B Performing - C7, C6, C9, B7, B3, A1/A4 and A2

11.00am Matinee Performance

6.00pm Evening Performance

Teachers will let you know the when they would like their tamariki at school to get ready for the evening performances.

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Up and Coming Events

Term Dates 2022

Term 3 25th July - 30th September

Term 4 17th October - 16th December

Wednesday 28th September - Group A Matinee 11am and Evening Show 6pm

Thursday 29th September - Group B Matinee 11am and Evening Show 6pm

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.

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