Term 1 ends at 3pm on Thursday 6th April (Good Friday 7th April)
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
Well we didn’t expect this year to start quite the way it has, but it was great to see the children back at school again on Wednesday. Hopefully we can have some settled weather to help with the post cyclone recovery as well as enjoying the last weeks of summer.
Big Day In – Friday 24th February (weather permitting)
What: A day of games and activities.
When: Friday 24th February 2023
Where: At Glamorgan School
Why: To get together, have fun and celebrate learning and achieving together!
School Community Picnic on Friday 3 March from 5-7pm on the school field
Glamorgan School turns 50 in 2023 and we are planning some special events throughout the year. Our first event will be a school community picnic to be held on Friday 3rd March (save day 17th March) from 5-7pm. There will be face painting and fun activities such as frisbees, sack races, egg and spoon, corn hole, ring toss and more that children and families can rotate around. Friends of the School (FoTS) will sell ice blocks and you’ll be able to order pizza through FoTS as well that will be delivered on the evening. So mark this in your calendar, bring your picnic rug and have some fun kicking off the 50th Jubilee celebrations!
Shore to Shore 2023
The Shore to Shore is North Shore’s favourite 5km fun run/ walk, with approximately 5,000 participants entering every year. Taking place on Sunday 26th March, the event starts at Takapuna Grammar School, heads along both the picturesque Takapuna and Milford beaches and ends at Milford Reserve and brings together the North Shore community to support local schools by providing them with an opportunity to raise funds for much-needed sports gear. A great opportunity for Friends, Parents, Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents to get together, dress up, and join us for the fun!
Follow the link to sign yourselves up!
Increased traffic in Glamorgan Drive
Due to Glenvar Road being closed and traffic being diverted down Glamorgan Drive there is now an increased volume of traffic going past the school, including heavier vehicles such as trucks and buses. Please be patient and especially careful when coming to the pedestrian crossing near the school. The crossing monitors are new and are finding it difficult to see around some of the larger vehicles so need help from the adult with them. Reduce your speed and be prepared to stop at the crossing both in the morning and afternoon.
These are to be completed online using Google Forms for years 2-6 children. When you receive the link to the form please take the time to sit down with your child and discuss the points raised and complete the form together. The link will be emailed to you. The forms will now be done annually as we feel it is important for you to discuss digital and online safety with your child on a regular basis. The form must be completed for the children to have access to a device at school.
Police Vetting for sports team coaches and managers
Since the Vulnerable Children’s Act came out in 2015 we continually update our procedures and policies around keeping children and young people safe. It is recommended that all sports coaches and managers are police vetted as they have a position of authority over children and are often alone with them. If you are, or will be volunteering to be, a sports coach or manager and you have not already completed a police vet through Glamorgan School in the last 3 years, can you please pop into the office with two forms of identification, one of which must be photo ID (e.g. a drivers licence and passport would be fine). The school will cover the cost of the police vet and the office staff will complete the paperwork required. A police vet lasts for 3 years.
Reporting to parents
Children and parents will receive two written reports during the year and there are opportunities to meet with the teacher during the year as well.
A summary of the reporting cycle is below:
Term 1 Meet The Teacher on 15th and 16th February and Parent/Teacher/Child discussions on 23rd, 28th and 29th March between 3:15 and 5:30pm. We use an online tool to book appointments – details will be in the school newsletter the week before bookings open with the code to access our school’s times.
Term 2 Written report against progress made in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum.
Parent/Teacher/Child discussions (21st, 22nd and 27th June between 3:15 and 5:30pm. (Once again booking details will be in the school newsletter the week before bookings open with the code to access our school’s times)
Term 3 Sharing the Learning: Y1-6 3-6pm (Thursday 27th July)
Term 4 End of year written report against all curriculum areas.
Scootering and Cycling to School
If your child is in Year 4, 5 or 6 they are allowed to cycle or scooter to school independently and leave their cycle or scooter securely fastened during the day. To do this they MUST have parental permission. Permission letters are available from Mrs Copeland’s window (in the year 1 playground area). Please be aware that all safety procedures for the child and scooter or bike are parents’ responsibility and the school takes no responsibility for bikes or scooters left on the school site. E scooters are not recommended for primary aged children and are not allowed at school.
If your child is in Year 1, 2 or 3 they are not allowed to cycle or scooter to school independently and leave their bike or scooter at school. Of course they can cycle or scooter with a parent and the parent can take the scooter or bike home again.
No electronic devices are to be sent to school, including e-readers and smart watches. If a student brings a cell phone or smart watch to school, it MUST be left at the office during the school day. This is to ensure the item is kept safe and that children aren’t accessing the internet while at school without teacher supervision.
We also use Skool Loop to keep in touch with families. Download the Skool Loop App and select Glamorgan School to receive School Alerts, Newsletter notifications, Notices and Report Absences.