Week 7, Term 4 2022

Kia Ora Whanau,

What an incredible two weeks we have had with camps for Team Kereru and Tui, extension sailing programs, Akonui Hui, a beautiful last class assembly from Uenuku and now we are in the sprint to the end as we prepare for end of year and 2023. Thank you to all our amazing parents and staff for supporting and helping out so we could ensure our students have these amazing opportunities  

Transition and 2023 Classes: Friday 2nd December
Tomorrow is our transition day. Students will come to the hall and be split into their 2023 class with their 2023 teacher. They will spend the morning in team building and relationship strengthening activities. A reminder that there are only so many ways we can organise students and we look at the whole group together. We take into account academic, social, behaviour, needs and learning. We have spent months organising classes and do not change the classes students have been allocated to.

 End of Year Prizegiving: Thursday 8th December 6pm
Next Thursday is our end of year prizegiving. All students are expected to attend. If your child is not able to attend, please email the office to let us know. Students in years 0-7 are expected to wear school uniform. Please be at school (5.45) ready for a 6pm start. This is such a special time to celebrate our students and we cannot wait.

 Glenbrook School Pool Keys
Pool keys will be available to purchase from Monday 5th December- Friday 9th December during office hours. The cost for the season is $120 with a $20 refund on return of the key. Pool contracts must be signed and adhered to. We are currently tidying up the pool changing areas so the pool will not actually be open for use until the week starting 19th December.

2023 Digital Devices
All students in years 4-8 are required to have a digital device. We are a BYOD school. Students must have headphones and a hard cover for their device. All items must be clearly named. We recommend a minimum of a 13 inch screen and 6-8 hours battery life. A minimum of 8GB of RAM and an internal solid state drive (SSD) greater than 250 GB. (Please do not buy a laptop with a Celeron processor if possible). Students need headphones and a good case. All items need to be clearly named. 

Outstanding Accounts
We have a large number of outstanding accounts. Families have had invoices emailed and also hard copies sent home. We ask those families to please follow up their invoices as this does affect costing. If you genuinely need support, please contact our office. 

Glenbrook School Uniform
A reminder school uniforms are purchased online from our supplier Uniform Works  www.uniformworks.co.nz.  You will have the option of getting your uniform couriered to your home or delivered directly to the school for pickup from the office.  School Hats are available online, or from the school office.

2023 School Office Hours:
The school office will be open to accept in zone enrolments and 2023 stationary payments on February 1st  and February 2nd 9.00-200pm. 

School Portal 
At Glenbrook School we use our Parent Portal to communicate and share the whole school and class information, your child’s assessment, learning progress, school contributions and attendance. Information can be found on our school website https://glenbrookschoolnz.com/parent-portal/ on how to download the app.  For access please contact the school office where your username / passwords can be issued.

 School Hats and Jumpers
All students must wear a Glenbrook School hat in Terms 1 and 4. These can be purchased from the office or online. Please make sure you name it. There are also a large number of jumpers in the lost property waiting to be claimed. Please remind your child to bring home all their belongings. 

Christmas Donations
We invite Christmas donations for struggling families. If you are able to donate a gift, please wrap it with the age and gender and drop off to our donation box in the office. If you would like to donate food parcels please email Ms Stuart. We will have a mufti day on Monday 5th December. We ask that students bring grocery items for us to donate to families. 

Year 6 Technology Transition
Year 6s will complete their Technology transition on Monday 12th December. They must be at school by 8:45am, and will travel to View Road School by bus. Students must wear covered-in shoes and a full school uniform. Students will be back onsite by 10:30am. Please note this is our last day of school, which finishes at 12pm. 

2023 Stationery Costs:
The stationery cost for 2023 is $95 per child. We have not increased our stationery fees for five years, however unfortunately due to the high increase of rising costs we have had to.

Stationery costs include items for the year such as books, pens, pencils, glue sticks, cellotape, colouring markers, outliner pens, individual books and digital platforms, Education Perfect, STEPsWeb and other digital platforms that Teams use, at home and school. These stationery items are used to make things that come home such as STEAM items. Both digital platforms are heavily subsidised by the school.

The stationery cost can be paid at the school office or online. Just a reminder that at Glenbrook School all stationery items are organised by the school. They do not come home until the end of the school year, nor are they covered. This ensures equity for all of our students. The class teacher will name them ready to start for day one. All you have to do is make the payment!

Years 7 & 8 students have an additional cost for Technology of $75. This is for the Technology programme at View School. The total cost for years 7 & 8 which includes Glenbrook stationery and Technology fees is $140. Please note that stationery payments do not include additional activity and sports costs.
2023 Stationery can be paid anytime from now and is due by Wednesday 8th February 2023.
Payments can be made electronically to:

Glenbrook School Board of Trustees

12 3023 0503093 000

Ref: Student Last Name and Stationary

Next week we have the Waiuku School Year 8 Dance on Tuesday evening, the Year 8 Dinner on Wednesday and Prize Giving on Thursday. Friday is our last full day where we have fun with our kids on Whanau Day.

As the busy season starts its crescendo to the end of the year, we would also like to acknowledge how tired our children are becoming. The best part of this time of year is enjoying those daylight hours together as a family, making plans about what to do together when school ends and enjoying the opportunities our backyard brings. We will keep communicating and emailing out information as soon as we can.

Aroha mai, aroha atu,
Nga manaakitanga,
Ms Lysandra Stuart