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End of Year Date and Time

School will close at 1 p.m. on Friday 16th December for the end of our 2016 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. Our first day of school for 2017 is Thursday 2nd February.

The office will open on Tuesday 31st January  from 9am to 2pm for payment of stationery and donations. Uniform orders will not be taken until 9th 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 on Monday 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.

Congratulations Year 6

Congratulations to Year 6 children and their teachers on a fabulous Leavers Assembly last night. It is always amazing to see the growth and maturity of these children as they prepare to leave us and move on to intermediate school. Thank you to all those families who will now be leaving the school community also at the end of the year – your support has been very much appreciated and we wish you and your families all the very best for the future.

Pool Keys available now

Pool keys are on sale to the school community at a cost of $140 for the season including a $20 bond which is refundable on return of the key. The pool is now open.

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.

Library closed for stock take

No library books will now be issued and all library books must come back to the library. Please have a good look at home and return any books as soon as possible.

Lunchroom closing tomorrow 9th December

The last day for the lunch room this year is tomorrow Friday 9th December. The lunchroom will open again on Wednesday 8th February 2017.

Glamorgan Year 5&6 Basketball Team Term One 2017

Any Year 4 and 5 students (who will be in Year 5 or 6 in 2017), who would like to play basketball in Term 1 2017 should collect a notice from room 16. Basketball is played on Friday afternoons at the East Coast Bays Leisure Centre in Browns Bay, and currently costs $45 per player per term. The ECB competition is run on a term by term basis and normally involves 7-8 rounds of games per term. At present they run two divisions to cater for a range of player abilities.

Our current Year 5/6 coaches are moving on, leaving a legacy of great interest, enjoyment and success in basketball. This means that we are seeking volunteers to coach teams in 2017.  We can only enter teams if we have parents or caregivers willing to take on coaching roles. If there are not enough coaches then, unfortunately, we will have to tell some children they cannot play. At present, coaching takes place in the school hall on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays at 8.00am, depending on team placement.

Please contact me either through the school office or on glennsheers@glamorgan.school.nz if you would be available to coach a team (or more than one team). You do not have to be a basketball mastermind!

Please do not pay any fees until teams have been finalised.

More information will be sent early in Term 1 next year, once we have an idea of player and coaching numbers.

Thank you,

Glenn Sheers

(Basketball Coordinator – Year 5/6)

Feedback from Enrichment Day – Love Letters Activity

As part of our two Enrichment Days a group of children created Love Letters. These were not terms of endearment written to their nearest and dearest, but random acts of kindness that will wing their way to brighten the sterile walls for children in hospital. Love Letters is an organisation run by Tracey Meads from the Waikato. When Tracey’s baby son had cancer a friend made his name out of individual letters on A4 card. They made the family feel more ‘at home’ and became part of her son’s wall of whichever ward or hospital he was in. When he finally went home, the letters went with him and were finally put up on his own bedroom wall and Tracey was inspired to further develop the Love Letters concept.

The Glamorgan students who selected this option for Enrichment Day worked with love, creativity, and care. They were all very proud of their letters and even the youngest were happy to leave their work behind to be laminated and sent off to Tracey to be distributed. On the back of the letters is a message of encouragement and hope written to whoever might receive them. 

If you are interested in creating some letters with your family, or if you know of a child in hospital follow the link below for more information.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11437911

It would be a great project for over the summer holidays.

Thank you to all of the children who selected this option.  Your creations will be treasured by the children who receive them and their families. Well done!

Jo Barker

Teacher Room 3/4

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