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Principal's Welcome 

Friday, 13th April 2018

Kia ora tātou

Nature seems to have provided a clear message that the ‘summer’ term is over and winter terms are around the corner.

To parents of new year 9 students, I hope that the first term at Glendowie College has gone well for you and your child(ren).  I hear many positives about our year 9 students from teachers and parents, and hope that your child has settled in well.

Last Saturday we ran our inaugural GDC Alumni Sports Day. My thanks to Caroline MacKenzie, Alumni Advancement Officer, and all other people who helped organise this event.  It was great to see former students, recent and not so recent, join us.  Teams played against our current school teams in football, touch, basketball and netball, competing for the ‘Jeanette Bell Cup’.  Congratulations to the Alumni who won this year’s competition.

Thank you to parents who have paid all or part of the school donation.  As at 31st March, we are progressing steadily towards our 2018 budget.  These donations make a significant difference to the education – curricular and co-curricular that we provide to students.

Weather permitting, the redevelopment of the Quad starts this weekend.  Contractors arrive tomorrow to fence off the Quad and will do the initial (noisy) demolition work over the holidays.  They will then landscape the new Quad and install the new seating and garden areas through most of term 2.  This means that the Quad will be unavailable to students while this work is taking place.  The Parents’ Association are also generously contributing to this project by supplying and planting the gardens.  Fingers crossed for good weather.

Work has also begun on significant maintenance work to the old Gymnasium, with the roof and upper windows being replaced over the holiday period.  This is part of the school’s ‘5YA’, i.e. our five-year Ministry funded maintenance programme.

I talked about senior students having internal assessments ‘stack up’ in the last newsletter.  Many students will have assessments to work on over the holidays and will need to prioritise time to work on these. 

It is also important that students, and parents, take time to relax.  As we head into the winter terms and internal assessments keep coming, the holidays are an important chance to rest and unwind.

Whether you are heading away, or staying local, I wish you and your family a pleasant holiday period and safe travel if travelling out of Auckland.

Ngā mihi nui, 


Richard Dykes



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