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Friday, 12th April 2019
Kia Ora Tātou
This is my last newsletter before I head away on my Woolf Fisher Fellowship trip in week 2 of next term.
From week 2 through to the end of the July holidays, Mr Robertson will be Acting Principal and Mrs Fraser will be Acting Deputy Principal. Thanks in advance to them and the other staff for next term.
Term 1 has been very busy and successful. We have had the regular school events such as Athletics Day, Swimming Sports, Year 9 Camps, Peer Support, Summerfest, Junior Social Evening and much more, and we also have our school trips. Seniors are now well into their formal internal assessments.
Thanks to our Prefects and Year 13 students who have done an excellent job in their various leadership roles across the school. Thanks to them and staff, the school has run very smoothly this term. I am very pleased with how Glendowie College is going.
A special congratulations to our MAADI Cup squad who returned home from the MAADI Cup regatta with a gold medal. Our Girls’ Under-18 Coxed Quadruple Sculls crew of Jessica McIntosh, Jamie Iro, Olivia Hay, Sascha Moltschaniwskyj and Oliver Heafield (cox) rowed a stellar race in lane 8 to place first in New Zealand. Congratulations to the girls, their coaches Danielle Schofield and Josh Everitt, and everyone involved in the rowing programme. Special mention goes to Olivia Hay who has subsequently been selected to trial to row for New Zealand. That is an outstanding achievement.
Thank you also to the staff and volunteers who travelled with our cricket and lawn bowls teams to compete in their summer tournaments.
Board of Trustees Elections
Next term the college will hold elections for the 2019-2022 Board of Trustees. All state schools in New Zealand hold their election at the same time. Canterbury Education Services is running the election on the college’s behalf, and liaising with Ms Davis-Miller, our Business Manager. There is more information about these elections further in this newsletter.
End of Term / Holidays
If you have a child in years 11, 12 or 13 … you will be aware of NCEA internal assessments and the increase in the academic workload for students. Some assessments are already completed and marked. You can access your child’s results on the Parent Portal.
The holidays are a good opportunity for you to talk with your child(ren) about how they are going towards their NCEA goals for this year. I am confident that the majority of our students will be well on track. I encourage you to listen to how your child feels that they are doing and what they see as their next steps for Term 2, as well as balancing their other co-curricular commitments and goals.
Please also ensure that they have some down time to relax and unwind. It is much deserved and needed.
Finally, thank you for your ongoing support of your child(ren) and the college. Glendowie College is an amazing, supportive community. We continue to see our students shine and grow into confident, articulate and resilient men and women.
Have an enjoyable and restful holiday period.
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