Term 2 2019 – Monday 29th April 2019 to Friday 5th July 2019
School is also closed on Friday 31st May (Teacher Only Day) and Monday 3rd June (Queen’s Birthday public holiday)
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone and welcome to all the new families and children that are joining Glamorgan School this term.
A huge well done to the children with English as a second language who work with Mrs Bellehewe and have set up the first gardens behind rooms 18-20. They look amazing. This will be an ongoing project as we add to them and begin to grow our own vegies!
Our Kiwisport focus for years 2 to 6 this term is Soccer and the Northern Football Federation will deliver the Football in Schools programme with one lesson per class every week for five weeks of term starting on Monday 6th May . This programme is in addition to the class PE programme which will have a focus on cross country running this term.
Board of Trustees Elections
The latest edition of The Goss – the Board of Trustees twice yearly newsletter sent out at the end of last term, details the upcoming Board of Trustees elections. On Wednesday 8th May at 7pm in the staff room there will be a ‘Meet and Greet.’ You are all welcome to come along and meet the current parent representatives on the Board, ask any questions or find out more about what being a board member is all about.
Come Learn with Me – Thursday 9 May (Home/School Partnership Team)
We are opening the school from 9am until 10am on Thursday 9th of May and invite all parents, whanau and family members to come and join in with your child’s classroom programme. Feel welcome to come inside the room and observe what happens in your child’s classroom setting. You are encouraged to participate in the morning’s activities and enjoy the learning alongside the students.
Choices and Challenges mornings —what is this?
On Friday 10th and 17th May we have “choices and challenges” mornings at school. So what is this all about?
The teaching staff have offered a variety of options for the morning that may be different to the regular curriculum such as clay, origami, science toys, cartooning, music and performance and construction for example. The children choose their preferred activities. We then organise them into multi level classes and they complete four of their chosen activities over the two Friday mornings.
Why do we have these mornings?
They provide an opportunity to experience other areas of learning with a different group of children and each class is made up of children from years 2-6; our youngest and newest children in Year 1 do not take part this year. Along with events like The Big Day In, it is an opportunity for children and teachers to form friendships and associations with other year levels of the school. We often see children asking others for help or playing with new friends after these days and we hope this will not only enrich their learning experiences but provide the children with a different social grouping also.
Bullying Free New Zealand Week
Bullying-Free New Zealand Week starts 13th May and ends with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17th May. The theme this year is ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’ The week provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique and encourage schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.
The week ends with Pink Shirt Day where children and adults can wear a pink shirt on 17th May in support of Bully-Free NZ week. We realise not everyone has pink in their wardrobe and we do not expect families to buy especially for the day. A pink hair tie or wristband is just as welcome.
Our school is a TravelWise school
We encourage you to walk your children to and from school as it:
- Helps improve your child’s fitness and health (and yours!)
- Gets them to arrive at school awake, alert and ready to learn
- Keeps the school gate area clear of parked cars so it is safer for everyone
- Helps your child to become familiar with their community and to learn road sense skills
- Saves on petrol money
Before and after school is a busy time for everyone. Parking rules help protect our children and keep them safe and drivers who park illegally put our kids at risk. Please help us to keep them safe and respect our neighbours by parking at least a metre from their driveways.
This term parking officers will be on patrol outside our school to issue tickets to those who are illegally parked.
The pool is now closed and this is the end of the 2018/19 swimming season. If you have a key please return this to the office before 24 May in order to get back the key deposit of $20. Please note: money will not be given to children.
ICAS (International Competition and Assessment for Schools)
ICAS has changed to an online format for 2019. All tests will take place in September and a letter/entry form will be sent home early in Term 3. We will be entering the Science, English and Mathematics assessments.
Sticker sheets to be collected from 16 September 2019. The sheets can be downloaded at:
Yummy stickers and completed sheets can be taken to either Mrs Spanhake in Room 9 or to the Front Office.