Newsletters & Ngā Kaitiaki o Glen Eden

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 35 - 17 November 2020

Welcome to Ian and Saanga.

Tuatahi, we are very sorry that we had to call off the whānau hui at late notice last week. When we made the call details of the new COVID community case were not yet known. We will always put the safety of our whānau first and will let you know plans for our next hui once the team has had time to meet.

Last week Monica Topia, Lana Aitken, Kathryn Arbon and I spent three days at the Te Akatea conference in Manukau. As with any conference we learnt a lot and heard some good kōrero over the few days we were there. This conference tied in with our work with the Māori Achievement Collaboratives that we have been part of in 2020. As a result of this mahi, we have lots of new ideas and innovations to implement in 2021 which is really exciting.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa are again holding a Te Reo Level 2 course at GEPS. This is a course for beginners of Te Reo. Go to TWOA to register for this course -

Thank you to all of the whānau who helped at last week's Athletics Day. The staff reported that this year was one of the best yet. Huge thanks to Miss Bellingham for again organising another successful sports event and to Grant for supporting her with the set up for the day. Thanks also to our kaiako who fully got into the spirit and were just as dressed up and painted up as our tamariki. Great work GEPS!

Last week the school got to view the drumming group’s video which showcases their work with Demetrius Savai’inaea. The video is on our Facebook page and will be on our website soon. We are lucky to be able to continue to work with Demetrius next year as well.

Reports are in the final stages of being done and will be sent out to all whānau on or before December 5th.

It is very hard to believe that we only have four weeks of school left! School finishes on December 15 and we have a lot of things planned before that date. One annual event that we do need help with is the Mayow Fun Day. This year we are holding the event on Thursday December 3. If you can help on the day please email me at We would love your help.

Classes for 2021 are now being finalised. Please can you let us know as soon as possible if your child will not be at Glen Eden School next year. This will help ensure classes are evenly balanced and also lets us know if we can offer spaces to out of zone enrolments. Please also can you let other whānau know to enrol students for 2021 as soon as possible. Our out of zone ballot is on the 26th of November.

All 2021 students will meet their new kaiako and new classmates on December 8th.

Yesterday Kathryn Arbon and I spent the morning at the Education Review Office. ERO has a new way of working with kura and we have been invited to be a part of the first tranche of schools in the piloting phase. Instead of a three day visit, ERO is now working with schools over a longer period of time and thus, hopefully, getting a better overall picture of a school. We are always looking for ways to make our kura better and we are looking forward to working with ERO over the next term and a bit.

Ngā mihi mahana

Donna Soljan

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The Village Community Services Trust
If you and your family are in need of Food support
Please use the link below to apply for a food parcel with The Village Community Services Trust

Located: 3/448 Rosebank Rd, Avondale, Auckland
Phone: 09 826 5427
Hours: 9am-3pm (Mon,Tue,Thur & Fri)
Check out there Facebook page for more details

A message from our Public Health Nurse

Kiaora whanau,

My name is Stacey and I am your child/ren’s school public health nurse. I am available to discuss any concerns about your child’s health, growth and development. My work includes health assessments, health promotion, immunisation and home visiting. I am also able to help with skin and ear infections, asthma and eczema, bedwetting and soiling, hearing and vision concerns, linking to health and social services and advice about any other health concerns. I work Monday to Friday and can be contacted via, 021572059 or please leave a message at school for me to contact you.

Nga Mihi, Stacey.




Waitakere Improving School Attendance Programme is continuing our “Return to the Workforce” programme for parents who currently receive the Sole Parent Support benefit. We are able to employ 12 Teacher Aides/Learning Support to work in one of the following schools: Glendene Primary; Glen Eden Primary; Henderson Intermediate; Liston College; Rangeview Intermediate; Te Atatu Intermediate; and Tirimoana Primary. The work is during normal school hours.

The positions are for a 40 week fixed term period (excluding school holidays) commencing Tuesday 2nd February 2021. The project is partially funded by Work and Income through the Ministry of Development Flexi-Wage Project in the Community. The rate of pay will be $21.84 per hour (A Grade, Step 1 Teacher Aide Collective Agreement). There is no guarantee that the teacher aide positions will continue after the end of the project.

Successful applicants will develop teacher aide / learning support skills through working with teachers and students in a classroom, supporting literacy, numeracy and general learning needs; and preparing teaching resources and other duties as requested by the school. A job description and training will be provided by each school.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory police vet and to be available for interviews during the week Monday 7th – Friday 11th December.

If you would like to learn more about these positions, we are holding short information meetings on:

Monday 30th November

* 12 noon at Fruitvale Primary School

Tuesday 1st December

* 9.30 a.m. at Tirimoana Primary School

* 10.30 a.m. at Henderson Intermediate

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please collect an information pack from the school offices listed above or email for the information.

Please either deliver the completed application to any one of the above schools’ offices or email application to

Applications close Friday 4th December at 12 noon.

All inquiries to: Margaret Campbell, Manager, Waitakere Improving School Attendance Programme.

Phone: 0274376126 Email:

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 24 November
6:30pm Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday 26 November
- Junior Athletics Day
- Out of Zone Enrolments close and Ballot drawn

Friday 27 November
- 2:15pm Fiafia Afternoon

Tuesday 1 December
- Interschool Athlectics

Thursday 3 December
- Mayow Fun Day

Monday 7 December
- VIP Morning Tea

Tuesday 8 December
- 6pm Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday 9 December
- 6:30pm - 8:30pm Year 6 Dance

Friday 11 December
- 11am Prizegiving

Tuesday 15 December

Out of Zone Deadline Dates for Applications & Ballots 2020

Newsletter 35 - 17 November 2020

Newsletter 34 - 10 November 2020

Newsletter 33- 3 November 2020

Newsletter 32 - 27 October 2020

Newsletter 31 - 20 October 2020

Newsletter 30 - 13 October 2020

Newsletter 29 - 22 September 2020

Newsletter 28 - 15 September 2020

Newsletter 27- 8 September 2020

Newsletter 26 - 1 September 2020

Here are our kupu in this week's newsletter:

kupu - word/s

Fa’afetai lava - Thank you very much

Fiafia - Get together

hui - gathering

Ka pai - Well done

kura - school

mahi - work

tamariki - children

tuatahi - firstly

whānau - families

One of our families has kindly given us the following information about a new foodbank called

The Hope Center that can provide kai to whānau every 2 weeks:

  • Beginning this week.
  • Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • 10:00am-2:00pm.
  • 4109 Great North Road.
  • All you need to bring is photo identification if you have it.
  • The Hope Center has a Facebook page to look at for more information.

This committee is a very hard working group of parents and
supporters, supported by the Board of Trustees and staff. The
committee meets twice a term and is always looking for new
members who are prepared to help the school in a variety of ways. Contact Dianne in the office if you are interested in helping the
school. Most of our fundraising is organised by this group.

We would like to thank the businesses below who have been so kind in supporting our kura and by advertising in our Skool Loop App.

  • Watkins Plumbing Services LTD
  • Barfoot & Thompson – Glen Eden
  • Fresh Choice Glen Eden
  • Crown Auto Works & Tyres LTD
  • Effective Electrics
  • Allwest Plumbing LTD
  • Piwaka Early Learning Centre
  • Moore than Physio
  • Dental Care West
  • Bright Electrical
  • Waterhole Swimming Centre

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