Week 2, Term 4 2015

Kia Ora Whanau, Thank you all for the brilliant day that was Glenbrook School’s 76th Calf Club. It was a fantastic day of watching our students with their animals, achievements and families.

Again I would like to recognise the hard work done behind the scenes with our Calf Club committee, PTA, staff, students, judges and animals. From the stalls, to the class exhibits, prizegiving, judging and games. We are very lucky to have the people that understand the importance of Calf Club and how important it is to our history, and future of a country school like Glenbrook.

It is with sadness we farewell long standing Calf Club committee ladies, Carey Panchia, Diana Bradley and Jane McGregor. They have been a cornerstone of Calf Club and we will miss them.

Last week I had an initial visit from the Education Review Office (ERO) team who will be reviewing our school the week starting 23rd November. They were positive people who are interested in the direction of our school and how we are raising student outcomes. This is a chance for us to celebrate all our successes we have achieved, the hard work we have put in as a team, and to receive feedback on what we can do better.

I would like to welcome Miss Laura McKinlay who is teaching PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays across the school. She started last week. Her focus will be on teamwork, skills and problem solving. I would also like to introduce Whaea Maria Harris who will be teaching Maori, waiata (songs), powhiri and lead our Kapa Haka. She begins tomorrow for years 0-6. I am very thankful for the expertise these ladies bring into our school.

If you have an area of expertise, have a regular time and would like to share with us, please feel free to contact me. Again thank you for your time and support with Calf Club, I now know the time and commitment that is needed as a parent to support students. But it makes it all worthwhile, when you see your child trying their best, persevering with their animal and the joy on their faces when they succeed.

Naku noa, Your Principal, Lysandra Stuart