Newsletters & Ngā Kaitiaki o Glen Eden Primary

Weekly News From Glen Eden Primary School

We send home a newsletter every Tuesday. Our newsletter is very informative

and lets parents know what is happening at school. Backdated newsletters available below as well.


Newsletter 39 - 12 September 2017

Kia ora te whānau o Glen Eden Primary School.

Last week our students competed in the Interschool Athletics Competition at The Trusts Stadium. Congratulations to Jay who came 3rd in 60 metre boys, Hunter who placed 2nd in the 10 year boys shotput and Dyllan who won the 10 year old girl shotput. Thank you to all the parents who provided transport and support.

Congratulations again to Stacey Yates and all of the tamariki at GEPS. For the second year in a row we have won the Resene mural masterpieces competition for primary category. The prize is $1000 worth of paint (yes the next mural is already being planned!) and some sports gear for next year.

We have a few staff leaving GEPS next year. Vivienne Fua’aletoelau joined us last year from Holy Cross. Vivienne has missed teaching about her faith and will return to the Catholic schooling sector next year at St Johns in Mairangi Bay. Amela Nikolao is also leaving to join whānau in Wellington. Candace Gardner is joining the staff at Peninsula Primary and Whaea Annitta is joining the staff at Henderson North Primary. Martin Timbers leaves us to explore new options. We thank them all for their mahi this year.

Many of you will have read recent media reports about the shortage of teaching staff in Auckland. At GEPS we feel very lucky and we are really excited about the quality of new staff we will have at school next year. We welcome the following staff:

Connie Igasan - Connie is a very experienced teacher who is joining us from Flanshaw Road School. She is in the process of completing her Masters in Educational Leadership. Connie has represented NZ for hockey and will co-lead sports at GEPS in 2018.

Casey Bellingham - Casey began her teaching career at GEPS and we are very happy to welcome her back. Casey has many years of experience and is joining us from Sunnyvale Primary. Casey spends most lunchtimes out coaching and playing sports with students - she is passionate about sports, the outdoors and art and will co-lead sports next year. Casey had already begun talking about senior camp so watch this space!

Leonard Davids - Leonard brings many skills to Glen Eden Primary. He is talented guitar player and is very interested in performing arts and physical education. Leonard is also a fluent Samoan speaker, a current rugby player and a youth leader at the Ranui Baptist Church.

Francis Paopao-Brown - Francis is of Samoan and Pakeha descent and is keen on PE, the arts and writing. He has played rugby overseas and has travelled extensively around the world.

Emily Marshall - Emily is an identical twin with a love of art, photography and creative learning. She is also keen on football and netball, culture and travel.

Aimee Hansen - Aimee is a born and bred West Aucklander who is excited about the opportunity to start her teaching career at GEPS. Whilst studying, Aimee has been tutoring students from Year 0 to Year 13 in English and Mathematics. Aimee is skilled in the use of digital technology in the classroom.

The Xmas raffle draw is this Thursday afternoon at 2:15. Please get all raffle tickets and money in before then. Nga kaitiaki have done a fabulous job this year with the raffles - they look amazing.

Last Thursday night we had our Year 6 dance - thanks to all of the staff for setting up the hall to ensure it was a special night for our Year 6 students. Thanks also to Kelly Olsen who organised the evening and did a great job as MC. It is an exciting time for our Year 6s as they prepare for the next stage in their schooling journey. We wish them all the very best for the years ahead.

Thank you to all of our great whānau and tamariki for all of the support and help this year. For those moving on we wish you well. For those returning, we look forward to a fabulous 2018. To all of you, have a wonderful break. I hope you get lots of time with friends and family.

Finally, we farewell Laurel Barrington who is retiring after 21 years at Glen Eden Primary. Laurel has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the students at our school year after year. Despite being more than capable of moving into leadership roles, Laurel has stayed true to her classroom teaching role and has given her all to making a difference to the students in front of her each year. In my time here, over many observations and classroom visits, I have always admired Laurel’s dedication and hard work. She was always able to articulate exactly where each student is at and has planned carefully to get them to the next step. Over her years here, Laurel has quietly used her own money to pay for children to play sports, do cultural activities and get equipment. I would like to thank Laurel for her dedication to the profession and for all that she has done at Glen Eden Primary over so many years. Our schools would be richer places if all of our teachers put in as much time and effort as Laurel. Enjoy retirement Laurel - it is certainly very well deserved.

Ngā mihi mahana

Donna Soljan

Lunchroom Notice
On Thursday 14 December the Lunchroom will close at 11am.
The children may order hot food and juices for morning tea.

The Lunchroom will be closed Friday 15 December.
Lunchroom will re-open Wednesday 7 Febraury 2018

Dates for your calendar

Thursday 14 December
- Xmas Raffle Drawn 2:15pm

Friday 15 December
- Prize giving at 10:30am
- End of Term 4 / School Closes @ 12noon

Thursday 25 January
- Stationery Shop Open 1pm - 3pm

Friday 26 January
- Stationery Shop Open 8am - 10am

Tuesday 30 January
- Stationery Shop Open 1:30pm - 3pm

Wednesday 31 January
- First Day of Term 1 2018

Here are our kupu in this week's newsletter:

kupu - word/s

mahi - work

whānau - families

tamariki - children

Newsletter 38 - 5 December 2017

Newsletter 37 - 28 November 2017

Newsletter 36 - 21 November 2017

Newsletter 35 - 14 November 2017

Newsletter 34 - 7 November 2017

Newsletter 33 - 31 October 2017

Newsletter 32 - 24 October 2017

Newsletter 31 - 17 October 2017

Newsletter 30 - 26 September 2017

Newsletter 29 - 19 September 2017

Newsletter 28 - 12 September 2017

F.O.G.S Meeting - 28 July 2017

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