Takahe Team Newsletter

Takahe Team Letter 2017

Tēnā koutou, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kamusta, Bula vinaka!
A very warm welcome to all our wonderful whanau. 2017 looks to be another exciting year at Glen Eden Primary with kaiako and tamariki already having lots of fun getting to know their new classes.
At Glen Eden Primary we are keen to form close partnerships between students, whanau and teachers. You are welcome to pop into classrooms we would love to meet you all. Takahe team is the Year 3 & 4 syndicate of the school and consists of five composite classes and six teachers. The teachers and rooms are as follows:

Room 8 Mrs Debbie McLarin

Hi all. My name is Mrs Debbie McLarin and I am the teacher in Room 8. I have taught at GEPS since the year 2000 in a variety of roles, I am currently the teacher in charge of the Library and any children who have English as their second Language at GEPS. I take the interschool gymnastics team at school and am heavily involved in West Auckland Soccer club so if you wish to know anything about these two sports please do not hesitate to contact me. I enjoy learning about new things and helping others.

Room 9 Mrs Fuaaletoelau

Talofa lava, my name is Vivienne Fuaaletoelau. I live in Glendene with my husband and three children aged 1, 3 and 8 years old. I have been teaching for a number of years but this is my first year teaching at Glen Eden Primary. This year I will be teaching in Room 9 and I am very excited to get to know your children and to be a part of the Takahe team. Please feel free to email me or come and talk to me about your child before or after school.

Room 10 Miss Lana Aitken

Hi my name is Lana Aitken. I am the teacher in Room Ten. I have been teaching for nine years and absolutely love it. I was born and raised in Tauranga. My favourite things to do are hanging out with my whanau, reading, cleaning and going to the gym.

Room 11 Miss Candace Gardner

My name is Candace Gardner I’m the teacher in room 11, I’m in my second year of teaching at Glen Eden Primary School. I was born and raised in West Auckland and still reside here living just a few minutes away from school. I love spending time with my five nephews and my one niece. Star wars is one of my favourite topics as room 11 already knows. I’m looking forward to an amazing 2017. Feel free to pop in before or after school, I would love to meet you if I haven’t already. ☺

Room 12 Mrs Bronwyn Woodward

Hi, I’m Bronwyn Woodward and I teach in Room 12 in the mornings, Monday - Thursday. Previously I taught for a number of years at Arahoe Primary School. I live in Titirangi with my husband John and our 3 teenage children. I love the living in the bush close to the beaches of West Auckland.

Room 12.Mrs Ngaire Williams & Team Leader

Kia ora my name is Ngaire Williams I have been at Glen Eden Primary for a number of years. I really enjoying working with our Glen Eden whanau and tamariki. I have lived in West Auckland all of my life. My husband and I live in Glen Eden with my 17 year old son. I am looking forward to the exciting year ahead.


In order to support our tamariki, reading books read in class will be sent home four nights a week for further practice. Spelling words will be written into homework books on a Monday and tested on a Friday. While the classroom spelling programme helps tamariki learn these words additional practice at home is also beneficial. In mathematics the learning of basic facts will help tamariki to progress. Weekly basic facts tests will be glued into homework books so that any incorrect facts can be practiced. We realise families are busy so these tasks are designed so tamariki can do these on their own.


Swimming is our Health & PE focus for this term. Each class has three class swimming sessions a week plus three additional lunchtime swims. We would love everyone to participate and it is a great way to cool off. Named swimming clothes, a towel and a plastic bag is all that is needed.

Takahe swimming times are below:

- Room 8 @ 10:10am - 10:40am
- Room 11 @ 11am - 11:30am
- Room 10 @ 12noon - 12:30pm

- Room 12 @ 11:00am - 11:30am
- Room 9 @ 11:30am - 12noon

- Room 12 @ 9:10am - 9:40am
- Room 10 @ 11am - 11:30am
- Takahe Lunchtime Swim

- Room 9 @ 9:40am - 10:10am
- Room 11 @ 10:10am - 10:40am
- Room 8 @ 11am - 11:30am
- Room 12 @ 1:30pm - 2pm

- Room 9 @ 9:10am - 9:40am
- Room 8 @ 9:40am - 10:10am
- Room 10 @ 10:10am - 10:40am
- Room 11 @ 11am - 11:30am
- Takahe Lunchtime Swim

Sun Hats

It is extremely important that tamariki wear sunhats while outside. Any hat is acceptable. Hats may be left at school in their desks. School hats can be bought from the school office for $10.


In Takahe we actively encourage tamariki to take care of their own belongings. Names on pencils, hats, swimming togs, clothes, scooters and skateboards make it easier to return any misplaced items. Teachers have vivid markers you are welcome to borrow to name these items. ☺

We look forward to meeting with you soon

Ka kite Takahe Teachers

Glen Eden Primary School
makes learning an enjoyable
and rewarding experience
for our tamariki.



Phone: (09) 818 6686
Mobile: 021 610 364 or 027 337 7002




Glen Eden Primary School
3 Glenview Rd
Glen Eden

Auckland 0602