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Term 1 2020

  Monday 3rd February  to Wednesday 8th April 

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Welcome back everyone, we hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break. A special welcome to the families and children new to Glamorgan School this year.



Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

As you will have all seen over the last few weeks this situation has evolved quickly and we are the following Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education updates on a daily basis as well as reviewing and updating our procedures and plans. You can find comprehensive information and questions and answers on the Ministry of Health website:

All parents, caregivers, staff and students have been advised they must stay at home and self – isolate for 14 days if they have traveled to China recently or been in contact with anyone with coronavirus and we thank those families that have contacted us to say this is what they are now doing.

Ministry of Health advice to reduce the risk of infection includes the following:

  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
  • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • staying home if you are sick – children should not be sent to school if they are at all unwell
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.

If you are not sure or have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please phone Helpline (for free) 0n 0800 611 116.

We will be updating your contact details again as we do every year and a form will come home soon – every child should have 4 contacts we can use in an emergency situation. If you change address or have a new phone number during the year it is very important you let the school know your new details.

Asbestos removal

The contamination we had some concern over was all removed before school started and the affected areas are now clear.

Term dates 2020

When teachers settled on a new collective agreement with the Ministry of Education in 2019 an Accord was also negotiated which would give a further 8 days spread over 2020, 2021 and to June of 2022 when schools will close to provide time for teachers to review the curriculum and for professional development.  The 3 dates for 2020 when the school will be closed are Tuesday 2nd June, Friday 28th August and Tuesday 27th October. Dates for 2020 are therefore as follows:

Term 1 – Monday 3rd February to Wednesday 8th April

(Teacher Only Day 9th April, Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6th February, Good Friday 10th April)

Term 2 – Tuesday 28th April to Friday 3rd July

(Public holidays: ANZAC (observed) 27th April, Queen’s Birthday 1st June and school also closed 2nd June)

Term 3 – Monday 20th July to Friday 25th September

(School closed Friday 28th August)

Term 4 – Monday 12th October to Wednesday 16th December

(Public holiday: Labour Day 26th October and school also closed 27th October)

Our school year starts with lots of new learning opportunities and exciting activities ahead for Term 1. You will receive information about activities planned for the term and upcoming events. One of the first whole school events is Meet the teacher evening 12th February 2020. You should go to your child’s classroom.


Teams 2, 3 and 4 at 5:45pm

Teams 1, 5 and 6 at 6:30pm.

Please be at your child’s classroom by the starting times – this is different to Sharing the Learning where you are welcome to turn up any time. Last year we had a really good turn out and we look forward to seeing you all again this year. If there is a clash with sessions and you cannot make it to one of your child’s teachers please contact the teacher and let them know. Some have a prepared information sheet they can give you or you can make an appointment to see them at another time.

Just a reminder that if you are coming as a family, the children should not run in and out of the classrooms whilst the teachers are talking to you. This is distracting for both parents and teachers.

Your child’s teacher will send home a form asking if there is any more information you want the teacher to know about your child. Meet the teacher evening will not give the opportunity for one to one discussions and filling out the form would give the teacher any information you feel they need to be able to work successfully with your child. If you need to talk to the teacher further please make a time to see them either through the office or by emailing them directly.

We look forward to meeting you all!

Welcome back to all our returning families, and welcome to new joiners from Glamorgan’s Friends of the School (FOTS) committee! For those that are new, FOTS is a friendly group of parents/caregivers who plan events for the school community and raise money to help make the school a better place for our children, such as school discos and quiz night. In 2020, we are aiming to raise $25,000 towards a new playground and shade sails. 
We ALWAYS welcome new members to the committee and new ideas, so please come and join us! FOTS is a great way to make friends and have some fun, all while supporting our school. 
Our first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, 18 February at 7pm in the staff room (above the office) – come and have a glass of wine and see what’s on for 2020 and how you can help!
Email Katie Elliott (FOTS chairperson) on with any questions or for more information, or come visit us in the playground next week at the Meet the Teacher night and enter our awesome raffle!

Back to school costs
Work and Income has made a number of key changes to simplify the process for parents paying for their children’s back to school costs. In many cases, these transactions can be approved via
their contact centre service, which saves people having to come into their local office. Please inform parents about this service. The contact numbers are 0800 559 009 or 0800 552 002 for people receiving NZ Superannuation. Visit the Work and Income website for more information on back to school costs.

Pool behaviour

Recently there have been children ‘bombing’ into the pool – this is not permitted. All parents and caregivers must supervise their children in the pool and this includes stopping behaviour that is dangerous or threatening to themselves or others safety as per the pool keyholders agreement.

School Donations 2020

We greatly appreciate all donations made to the school. The school donation for the 2020 school year is as follows:

Per year Per term
1 Child $190 $47.50
2 or more children $350 $87.50

Payment can be made any time now at the office by cheque, EFTPOS, Visa, internet banking or automatic payments can be arranged with your bank. Our bank account details are ASB 12-3080-0059486-00. Please ensure you complete the reference section with your child’s name and specify “school donation”. You are able to claim a tax refund on school donations paid by requesting and completing an IR526 form from the Inland Revenue.

Sun Safety


Due to the harsh effects of our summer sun and in accordance with our behaviour plan, children MUST wear a hat when outdoors during Term 1 and Term 4. This is not optional. Please make sure your child has a hat at school at all times this term.  A named hat to keep at school would be a great option. To give full protection the hat should provide cover for the face, neck and ears.

Sun screen

There are many child friendly options available for sun screen such as roll on and spray applicators. Children are welcome to have their own sun screen in their bag and apply this before morning tea and lunch time. The school office also has a large pump bottle of sunscreen the children can use at any time if they don’t have their own. Please encourage and show your children how to apply sun screen.


We highly recommend t-shirts and tops that give protection to the back of the neck and shoulders. Children are welcome to wear sunglasses also during break times.

Basketball for year 3 and 4 children (miniball) – new coach wanted!
We have one team carrying on from last year and are looking for a coach to start up a new team. You don’t have to know all about basketball coaching – teaching ball skills with the help of a manual is fine. We appreciate anyone who will give it a go. Miniball, which is basketball for juniors, is coached at school, at a time that suits the coach and where a place in the hall can be found. Games are on Tuesdays after school at the Leisure Centre in Browns Bay.  Email if you are interested. Miniball runs for the whole year with two semesters.


The lunchroom is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week  and the menu is available on our website. Please send orders written clearly on the outside of an envelope with your child’s name and room number and all cash inside the envelope. These envelopes should be placed into the class lunch bin before 9am.

If you want to order your child’s lunch from the school lunchroom online then go to find the Glamorgan page and order and pay online before 9am.

Please note: sushi is available on Thursdays and this needs to be ordered by 9am on a Wednesday morning.

Upcoming Events

Click here to view the school calendar