Week 8 Term 1 2015

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Last week was a busy week with Junior Syndicate visiting Auckland Museum, Middle Syndicate visiting Cornwall Park and yesterday the Senior Syndicate visiting Awhitu for Orientereering. Our teachers work hard to find learning opportunities outside the classroom that enhance the vocabulary and skills of your child. These are linked to the topics of the term. Prior to a school trip, teachers investigate risk assessment, communications, costs and notify the appropriate people. These trips do not just happen overnight. All the feedback I have had from Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) experiences has been positive, enthusiastic and identifies the excellent organisaiton of the trips. Thank you to all our parents who have come along on a trip this term. We do appreciate and rely on your support, supervision and transport at times. These school partnerships allow for these opportunties to be successful. Photos from these trips can be found on facebook.

I would like to thank our BOT and highlight how fortunate we are. Our BOT works very hard to ensure that the learning environment and expectations at Glenbrook School remain high and achievable. This is a volunteer elected position. At times it must seem like a full time job. They assist in making decisions about governance and policy. They follow up on property and financial matters with the Principal. They manage a range of matters from checking the school at night if alarms go off to working bees. They work very hard behind the scenes for you and your children. Thank you David, Vance, Andrew, Tim, Robyn and Craig. I would also like to thank your families and partners for the time you give us from your families. You are much appreciated.

A reminder about our Child Centered Conferences or CCC’s. Please book a time online to see your child’s teacher on this day. Tuesday 31st March. Please remember that school finishes at 12pm on this day. Preferred booking times are filling fast. The website address www.schoolinterviews.co.nz The event code PTQR2

 Thank you to Te Rakau Nui and Mrs Brown for leading assembly last week.

This Thursday there is NO CLASS ASSEMBLY. Instead we have a few students who are fundraising for leukemia and blood cancer. We are having a mufti day this Thursday and students are able to wear crazy hair. It is a gold coin donation. All proceeds will be going to Shave For A Cure. Students who are participating will shave their heads at school. If you are a barber or know a barber and can assist in the shave please contact Miss Stuart. Thank you Benjamin Lake and Antoine Ashman for being proactive about this cause. To find out more about Shave for a Cure and the funds being raised, please see http://my.leukaemia.net.nz/glenbrookunited?SID=682225&LangPref=en-CA

For more information on how YOU can participate in 2015 Shave for a Cure, please visit at www.shaveforacure.co.nz

Next Week:

Next week we are sending teams to Orienteering on Monday. Our choir, kapa haka and instrumental students will be professionally recorded by the JAM Bus, which is visiting from 9 – 12 on Monday. On Tuesday we have a show about Storm Water being performed for our Years 3-8 from 9.15. On Wednesday some of Year 5 and 6 students will participate in a touch rugby exchange with Puni School. Thursday is our last day of school. Our end of term assembly will include PB4L rewards and our Year 4 students will receive their dictionaries from The Waiuku Rotary.

Can you believe term one is nearly complete?   Have a wonderful week everyone,

Your Principal,

Lysandra Stuart.