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Term 1 ends at 3pm on Wednesday 13th April

Teacher Only Day Thursday 14th April, Good Friday 15th April

Term 2 starts 9am Monday 2nd May

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

As school finishes at 3pm next Wednesday 13th April this will be the final newsletter for this term. Thank you for your support throughout this unusual term and for following all the guidelines around the Omicron outbreak. At the time of writing this newsletter we have had 72 cases of covid-19 reported to us this term including both staff and children, which for a school of 550 children and 50 staff  is reasonably good. With all the hygiene measures and systems in place to help reduce the risk of onward spread, plus high vaccination rates in the local community as well, we have had a great term of learning with your children, as well as being able to complete outdoor education activities in years 4, 5 and 6. If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please get in touch – our team is here to help. We want children to be at school and engaging in learning with their friends and teachers.

We are finishing the term at the red setting, so all our current procedures remain in place to the end of term 1. From the start of term 2 the staggered finish times will no longer apply and all children will finish school together at 3pm.

We will have an updated Protection Plan on our website over the next few days reflecting the few changes to the red setting and the removal of the vaccine mandates. If the setting changes then I will be in touch with parents and whānau if there are any changes needed to the Protection Plan at the orange setting. 

Your job remains the same too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

Once again thank you for all your support. Have a great Easter break and let’s see everyone back on 2nd May!

Janet Pinchen


Year 6 camp parent meeting – advance notice

An information evening will be held in the school hall for all year 6 parents about school camp which is now from 26th to 28th July 2022. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and last approximately an hour. It is important year 6 parents attend to be fully informed before giving permission for their child to attend camp and essential you attend if you would like to be considered as a parent volunteer for camp.

Arriving early at school and finishing at 3pm for all children from term 2

A reminder that children should not be at school until 8:15am unless they have a supervised sports practice. As stated above, from the beginning of term 2 all children will finish school at 3pm and the staggered finish times will no longer apply.

Lost property

We have lots of togs, towels and jumpers amongst other really lovely clothes that belong to someone in the lost property box. The box is in the hall doorway facing the school, please feel free to pop through the gate and have a look for yourselves.  Any lost property left over at the end of term will be donated to charity.

University of Canterbury’s Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions – Years 5 and 6

This year we will be taking part in the University of Canterbury’s Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. The Kiwi competitions are written by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students and are based on the New Zealand Curriculum. The supervised online tests will take place as follows:
Science – 21st June (Tuesday, week 8, Term 2)
Maths – 28th June (Tuesday, week 9, Term 2)
English – 5th July (Tuesday, week 10, Term 2)

The competition is open to students in Years 5 and 6 who feel confident and comfortable at sitting a Maths, English or Science test and would enjoy the challenge. All participating students will be awarded a certificate and prizes will be awarded to top students in each year group. The cost for a student to participate is $9.50 per competition entered.

Entries can be completed online:

Year 5

Year 6

Click here to download a brochure Kiwi Competition – Information

The cost for each competition is $9.50

If paying online please include your child’s name and reason for payment (CAMCOMP). Our account number is: 12 – 3080 – 0059486 – 00

If sending money to the school office please place it in an envelope with your child’s name, room number, Kiwi Competition and amount paid on the outside.

The closing date for the school to accept entries is next Tuesday 12th April (Week 11 Term 1).

Please note:
Practise papers are not available for Kiwi Competitions (it is a competition!)
Visit the CAM website for more information.

Kia ora whānau,

As we embark on the new Aotearoa NZ History curriculum, we would very much like to collect a bank of our local stories. Do you have or do you know anyone who has a memory or story or knowledge of a local event in the past?

Please consider sharing this with us!

We will collect stories through a Zoom call, a phone call or a written email.

Once collated, we will first share the collection with you (the contributors) before passing the valuable bank to teachers.

If you are also keen to talk about your story, that would be amazing. Children love hearing things first-hand. This would be indicated on your original story, and your contact details supplied to Team Leaders. You would most likely be contacted weeks in advance.

If you can help with this project, please contact: Nicola Le Lievre

First pupils at Glamorgan School 1972