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Friday, 22nd March 2019

Kia Ora Tātou

This week has been intense, long and humbling.

On Wednesday, I attended a memorial service at Al-Madinah School, one of two Muslim schools in Auckland. I was humbled by the resilience of their Principal and staff, who talked of how good has come out of this tragedy and their confidence that time will heal their community. Our thoughts are with the Muslim and Christchurch communities at this time.

Friday’s events were abhorrent. They are not part of our or any country. It has been comforting and uplifting to see New Zealanders unite against this evil and affirm our commitment to peace, diversity and tolerance.

Our students have responded well to the tragedy. Our Head Prefects – Jessica Neilsen and Edward Blair, spoke well at our school assembly yesterday, and two students – Siddika Guler and Melissa Pangestu, have organised a green ribbon fundraiser at our college over the last two days.

At Glendowie College, we held a minute’s silence on Monday morning, have our flag at half-mast, held a special assembly, have a condolences book for students and staff in the library, are doing a special fundraising, and observed two minutes silence today.

The impact of these events will echo for a long time and we will continue to support staff and students as needed. Our guidance staff have also recommended the following website if you would like ideas and advice on how to support your child(ren).


Meeting with Hon Nikki Kaye … Wednesday 27th March, 7pm

The Hon Nikki Kaye is speaking at the college to discuss the Haque Report, which proposes radical changes to how education in New Zealand is structured. Nikki is a former Minister of Education, and has been involved in cross-party discussions about the report. I encourage you to attend this meeting and learn more about the report. Note that we have shifted the meeting from the school hall to the library.

Elstree Avenue Roadworks (until June 2020)

If your child travels to school along Elstree Avenue in Glen Innes, you will be aware that roadworks now block northern access. This is due to new sewer lines being installed in Glen Innes. The works are significant and require Elstree Avenue to be closed to traffic driving north, i.e. towards Glendowie College … possibly until June 2020. All students travelling this way to school will need to adjust their travel plans to allow for the disruption. Information is available on the Watercare website at the following address:


Summer Tournament Week

Good luck to all students competing in tournaments next week. We wish you safe travel and well in your various games or competitions. Thanks in advance to the many coaches, managers and parents supporting our students.


Richard Dykes



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