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End of Year Date and Time

School will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday 18th December for the end of our 2018 school year.  This includes the office. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school as there will be no staff here in the afternoon. We will have a shortened lunchtime that day from 12:00 to 12:30. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no school bus in the afternoon or at 1pm. If your child usually goes to Glamorgan Kids Club after school they should go at 1pm as the Kids Club will be open for them.

Our first day of school for 2019 is Thursday 31st January.

The office will open on Tuesday 29th January and Wednesday 30th January  from 9am to 12:30pm for payment of stationery and donations. Uniform orders will not be taken until 11th February.

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

As we come to the end of another year and reflect on all the hard work, fun and enjoyment that make a school tick over, we also turn our thoughts to maintaining the levels your children have achieved and avoiding that ‘slippage’ over the longer summer break. It is really important to do a few things at home to help your children not slip back over the break—whilst still having a break and some well deserved holiday time together of course! Here are some suggestions:

  • Look at your child’s report which comes home today and talk about it with them—it is their report about them after all and they are the ones who will need to act on the advice and guidance given, not just you as parents!
  • Praise effort as well as achievement and remember most children’s effort is satisfactory—very good or outstanding effort deserves celebrating too!
  • Pick out a few of the suggestions from the ‘how you can help at home’ sections and give them a go.
  • Keep a diary, email friends and family, make a scrapbook, write lists, stories, poems, songs—anything to keep your child writing!
  • Play card and  dice games, monopoly, any board games to keep practicing using numbers.
  • Look on the Home/School Partnership page of the school website for more ideas.

Don’t do too much! This overwhelms everybody. Little and often is best.

Swimming lessons in 2019

If your child is in Year 2, 3, or 4 next year you will receive a letter with your child’s report (which should be in your child’s bag this afternoon) from the swim school detailing how to book lessons. Please read this carefully and if you want your child to have swimming lessons with Skillz4Life swim school, then follow the payment instructions using your child’s 2019 class room number which is on a sheet also in with their report. Please note the shortened timeframe to pay, this is to allow the swim school time to organise classes and employ the right amount of instructors. You must pay between 14th and 21st December. Late payments will no longer be accepted. Do not pay the school as we do not handle this money or organise these lessons.

Children in Years 5 and 6 will have the opportunity for lessons in December 2019.

Please note that children who do not have lessons with Skillz4Life will still have the opportunity to swim in the school pool after the lessons have finished.

Pool Key Sales

Pool keys can now be purchased from the school office at a cost of $140 per key which includes a refundable $20 key bond and will give access to the pool after school, at weekends and during the school summer holidays.  The last day to purchase before the school holidays will be Monday 17th December. No key sales will be processed on the last morning of school.

Miniball coach needed!

Miniball is a modified version of basketball for younger children and our Year 3/4 teams play at the East Coast Bays Leisure Centre in Browns Bay. We have enough children to make another team in 2019 but we need another coach – no experience required. If you are interested please contact teacher Robyn Bennett on robynbennett@glamorgan.school.nz or through the school office.

Lost Property

The lost property box is once again full! Please take a look in the box at the back of the school hall before or after school and take any of your child’s belongings home. Teachers will  also take the children to look at the lost property before the end of term. All property remaining after school closes will be donated to charity.

School pool vandalism

Last weekend we had a group of teenage boys climb over the fence into the pool area and not only use the pool but put all the wooden tables into the pool and leave them there.  This is willful vandalism and we will call the police if we see this happening to our property. If you see anyone climbing into the pool area or any vandalism of school property please call the police. It is a shame that such a valued and well used community facility can be spoiled by a few inconsiderate people.

Update on union action

You may have heard that primary teachers and principals have overwhelmingly voted to reject the Ministry of Education’s latest collective agreement offers. While the latest offer for teachers included a salary increase, it failed to address the important issues of class size and planning and assessment time, which underpin the crisis in education and difficulties in teacher recruitment. 

This may mean further industrial action next year, although we are very much hoping for a negotiated outcome – the Government has received a very clear message that educators are desperate for the teacher shortage to be fixed before it becomes a full-blown disaster.

Public polling has also showed continued strong support for what we are trying to achieve for our students and the future of the teaching profession. School parents in particular see the struggles we already face in hiring teachers and finding relievers when teachers are sick. 

We greatly appreciate your continued support as we continue our campaign to ensure a quality public education for every child.

Meet the teacher evening 7th February 2019

One of the first whole school events next year is Meet the Teacher Evening on 7th February 2019. You should go to your child’s classroom except children in team 2 who will meet as follows:

Rooms 5 & 11 in Room 5 and Rooms 6 & 7 in Room 7.

Times:

Teams 1, 5 and 6 at 5:45pm

Teams 2, 3 and 4 at 6:30pm.

And finally thank you to all those who have helped the school over the past year. To the year 6 children and families whose association with Glamorgan School is coming to an end, we wish you all the best for the future. To the rest of our families, have a safe and happy holiday, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Nga mihi

Janet

FoTS News

Calendar Art – Thanks to everyone who placed orders for the calendar art.  This fundraiser is always popular and there was some amazing artwork amongst it all!    We have received a payment of $2,404.25 for our school.

THANKS – I would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved in FOTS this year in some way, shape or form.  Whether it has been attending FOTS meetings, helping in the background, setting up/packing down before/after events, or turning up to help at the events.  Thank you to those who step up to help on rosters when required.  These events would not be possible without other support, so your efforts are much appreciated by FOTS and our school.
This year FOTS have put together and raised money at the following events – Shore to Shore, Two Discos, Quiz Night, Entertainment Books, Calendar Art and the Whittaker’s Chocolate fundraiser.  A fun way to finish the year was the Browns Bay Christmas Parade (in the rain)!  FOTS have made over $25,200 in fundraising efforts this year to go towards resources for our school and kids.  Fantastic effort all around!!
Have a great Christmas break everyone!
Lisa Radford

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