Week 8, Term 2

Kia Ora All,

Please see this week’s newsletter:

Dear Parents and Whanau,
Welcome to week 8. Thank you for your patience with the blocked roads on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were involved. Our manaakitanga and aroha are also with our colleague’s family and whanau who were involved in the horrific car fatality in Picton. 

2022 Glenbrook Speech Final
Last week our years 3-8 completed their speeches. What a fantastic range of topics presented, and we love the passion and ideas students brought to their speeches in both the competitive and non-competitive sections. Congratulations to the following students who will compete in the Glenbrook Speech Final on Tuesday 28th June. Team Pouakai: Niamh S, Shaylen S, Gemma W, Jessica J, Raquel I and Maeve G. Team Kereru: Brydie B, Emily M, James K, Sienna K.G and Alexandra S.B. Team Tui: Kenzie C, Ava L and Willow G. Good luck to everyone. Speeches will be held in Te Rangi. Years 3-6 will start at 5.30. We would like everyone seated from 5.15. Years 7-8 will need to meet in the Glenbrook staffroom at 6.20pm.  Parents and whanau are welcome to attend. We would like all to wear a mask when inside.

Wearable Arts
Good luck to our talented and brave students taking part in Wearable Arts this week. The show is on tomorrow at the Vodafone Events Centre starting at 6.30pm. Students will be involved in the dress rehearsal during the day. We can’t wait to see the incredible designs from our students and other schools. Thank you to our parents for supporting their child. Have the best fun: Passion L, Lily May N, Melissa C, Brydie B, Adelaide VK, Maddison VK, Emma-Jane M, Mikayla M, Alexandra S.B, Lakota M and Sienna K.G.

Staff and Isolation
Like all schools, we continue to have staff away sick regularly or isolating. This week we have already had five staff away. I would like to acknowledge the huge amount of work and care from all our staff as they support each other so we can keep classes open. Please if your child is sick, keep them home. We continue to have students isolating and staying home when they are unwell. Thank you everyone.

It is with sadness we farewell Mrs White at the end of this term. Mrs White has taken a position at Kingsgate School. We want to thank Mrs White for her teaching and care in Te Whenua this term. We wish her the best of luck in her new role at Kingsgate.

Financial Literacy
Last week some classes in years 3-8 began the ASB Getwise Financial Literacy programme. Students have been introduced to concepts and ideas around smarter money management. They are involved in 1-2 workshops including Cash Clever Kiwis. Other classes will be involved this week and next.

Sexuality in Education : Health Programme
On Monday 4th July at 3pm we will be holding an information session with parents about the Sexuality in Education programme we will be teaching in Term 3. This will be held in Te Rangi. This is a legislative document recommended by the Ministry of Education and we are required to teach this annually. This is the time for you, as parents, to ask questions and be informed about the programme we will be teaching in Term 3. In Term 2 we taught the 2021 programme.

What will our students learn in Sexuality in Education?
In the early years students will develop listening skills, talk about their feelings and relationships, and look at their roles within the family. They will learn about contributing to safe environments, addressing bullying and accommodating difference. Students will be able to name body parts, and identify differences between the genders.
From year 5 onwards they will learn about the physical and emotional development of puberty, reproduction and sexual behaviour. They will learn about relationships, keeping themselves sexually safe and decision-making skills within a scientific lens.

BOT Elections
Glenbrook School Board of Governors Elections
Nominations will soon be open for the Glenbrook School Board of Governors Election.  We will have a vacancy for 3 parent representatives to be elected to the school board. All eligible voters in our community are able to either nominate themselves or any other eligible voter.  We will call for nominations on Monday 25th July 2022 with nominations closing Friday 5th August 2022. (Look out for another notice with further nomination information coming out soon).

If you are interested in becoming a Governor of our fantastic school and would like more information on what the governors do or what skills governors may need, please go to the School Board Election Website:https://www.schoolboardelections.org.nz/becoming-a-board-member/ or contact our returning officer Mrs. Darlene Goodall goodalld@glenbrook.school.nzMatariki
This Friday is our first Matariki public holiday. I hope you get to do something nice as a family together and take time to enjoy the kauapa that is Matariki.

Learning and Achievement 
A reminder that each week our Senior Leadership Team sends an emailing out updating of what is happening in your child’s team. In learning you can check what your child has achieved  and is working towards within their Learning Progressions. This is done in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Assessment is updated as students complete it. All information can be found in your child’s portal using the etap app. Please contact Mrs Goodall if you need assistance with your app. 

Have a wonderful week whanau, 

Nga Manaakitanga,
Ms Lysandra Stuart