Week 5 Newsletter, Term 3 2022

Kia ora Parents and Whanau,

There have been lots of amazing things happening across our kura in the last two weeks.

Last week our Y8s had their Snow Camp. It was such a wonderful week regardless of the rain. Our students (and parents) showed their perseverance, resilience, positivity and teamwork as they skied, snowboarded, rafted, hiked, biked, swam, tramped and explored all the beautiful opportunities throughout our camp. Snow Camp is such a huge highlight of our students’ time at Glenbrook School and we can’t wait for 2023 when we take our next group of year 7&8 students. Keep an eye out for the date of our first meeting in Term 4!

On Tuesday we had some of our superstar students run and race at the Waiuku Group Day Cross Country. We are so very proud of the efforts of all our students. Glenbrook School won the team placings in both the Year 6 girls and boys division. Good luck to all our students who have qualified for Franklin Zone Day. This is on Thursday 1st September at the A&P Showgrounds in Pukekohe.

This week both Teams Kereru and Pouakai are visiting Auckland Museum and have engaged in the Ancient Greeks education sessions. This is such a cool opportunity to learn about ancient history and actually see relics from Greece.

Next week we have two year 7&8 teams representing Glenbrook School at the Auckland heats of the NZ Literacy Quiz. We want to wish our teams the best of luck.

A reminder that the last day to register for Calf Club is tomorrow by 3pm please. On Tuesday 6th September we will have our special guests come in and speak to our students about Calf Club and share some hints. Calf Club is on Saturday 1st October.

A few reminders about what is coming up…

Wednesday 7th September – Book Fair will be held from Wednesday 7th September in the library. Students will be able to purchase items before and after school. 

Thursday 8th September – On Thursday 8th September we are fortunate to have Cath Schofield from Christchurch visit our school. A leading expert in NZ on adapting classroom practice for students with special needs. Mrs Schofield will be facilitating the professional development for all our staff in autism and other special needs areas. This is a necessary aspect of strengthening our teachers’ capabilities and a wonderful opportunity for our staff. We ask that parents collect students at 12pm. If you are not able to collect your child, please let the school know and I will supervise children until the end of the school day. 

Friday 9th September – On Friday 9th September, we have a whole school trip to the V8 Supercars in Pukekohe. We will need a lot of parent supervision and transport for this trip. This is the last time the V8 supercars will be held in Pukekohe. We are so lucky to be able to have this opportunity to attend an international event. We have enough tickets for each student  and parents who can help. A notice will come home next week.  

Finally I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Andrew Maddock who completed his last meeting as a Glenbrook Board of Trustee member. Mr Maddock has served for the last fifteen years. I would like to thank Mr Maddock for his time, his kindness, his mana and immeasurable work as a governor of our school. Thank you Andrew for the hundreds of hours you have spent over the years in service to our school and our community. A major contributor of our success to our school is because of the governance provided by Andrew and our BOT.  Kāore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka The kūmara doesn’t speak of its own sweetness.

Thank you again for your continued support of our school, especially to all those parents who have been active in helping with school trips and sports. Without the help of our parents and leadership of our teachers,  these events would not be able to go ahead. 

Noho ora mai,
Ms Lysandra Stuart