FREE Interactive Young Ocean Explorers Website

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

There is about 4.5 hours of short videos, quizzes and polls created from around NZ, Australia and the South Pacific.  Children can choose their own pathway and learn about the magnificent underwater world.

Here’s the link:

And also the link for how it can be used by teachers in classrooms:

Below is some feedback from people who have used these links:

Liz Manley, Principal of Woodlands Park Primary School, New Zealand “This is an excellent interactive resource for children and teachers.  It is stimulating and engaging and Riley is a fabulous role model to young people.  The largely New Zealand content is authentic and trustworthy. The message that each one of us, no matter how young or old can make a difference, is a powerful and relevant one. 

The Young Ocean Explorers Interactive Documentary website is a strong science resource.  Science for primary school children should be about hooking into children’s curiosity, the awe and wonder they have about the world around them.  This website does that with quirky facts and videos which make the experience come alive for the user.  It is also a visual language and reading resource – children love quizzes and polls and there are plenty of these.  The website is a scaffold for writing too, with examples of different types of writing.  Some of our reluctant writers love facts and are happy to create quizzes and polls of their own or write reports… “

Teacher “Fantastic, as soon as I opened the site I knew our children would absolutely LOVE IT!!! The Quizzes are so cool and believe it or not the kids are hung up on “the girls” enthusiasm when she is speaking about the things she loves.”

Parent“I did an activity with my son, who is an ESOL student. He watched a video and then he pretended to be a scientist and gave a presentation in front of the whole family about the facts he learned from that video. He was so confident!”

Enjoy exploring!!

Kind regards                                                                                                                              Cecilia Fa’alili



Here are some photos of our Pohutukawa Senior School performing at Kelston Intermediate School 27 October 2017 for Kelifest 2017.  Our children did a great job and definitely made our school proud.


Good Morning Parents/Caregivers,

Just a reminder that our Pohutukawa Senior School multicultural groups will be performing today at Kelston Intermediate at 11.20am.  So please make sure you are there early to find a park and a seat to enjoy our school performance.



Hope to see you there!!

Kind regards                                                                                                                    Cecilia – School Secretary

End of Term Bulletin 27.09.2017

End of Term Bulletin

Dear parents/caregivers,

Just a few reminders before we end Term 3.

Spell-a-thon Fundraiser & Prizes

Thank you to everyone who has brought or donated sponsorship money to school for our main fundraiser.  So far we have raised $4,564.70.  All children who have brought in money for our Spell-a-thon fundraiser will choose a prize at our final assembly for the term on Friday 29 September.  It is not too late if you have not yet sent your child in with their sponsorship money to receive a prize.  Please remember NO MONEY NO PRIZE!!


Term Dates for 2017

The last day for Term 3 is this Friday 29 September and school will close at 3.00pm.  Our first day for Term 4 will be 16 October at 8.50am.  We hope you all have a great and relaxed holiday.


Powhiri Term 4 – 18 October 2017

We have a Powhiri to welcome our new students on Wednesday 18 October at 9.00am at school.  Families of our new students are very welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served in the staffroom after morning tea.


Personal Details Update

On Tuesday 17 October, we will be having a lockdown practice at Glendene School as part of Health and Safety.  It is also important that we have all your correct personal details so that we are able to contact you in the case of an emergency.  Please send your updated details of, or fill in  the slip your child was sent home with and send it back to school.  Alternatively, you can text me on 021 084 75283 with your updated details.

For more information on this bulletin, please do not hesitate to contact me in the school office.

Kind regards

Cecilia Fa’alili

School Secretary




Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As part of our topic What makes us happy, healthy and safe, we are offering  the Kai Time programme (run by Diana Neru from Sport Waitakere) at Glendene School this Thursday, the 14th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For three hours participants will be cooking five meals with ingredients that cost $30.00.  You are not required to bring anything, just your lovely self to participate in the programme with your school aged children.

Please fill in the slip below if you would like to participate in this programme.  Spaces are limited for this programme and we will only take the first ten slips that are returned to the school office.  Please also note that there will be no one to look after pre-schoolers.

For more information please contact the school office on (09) 8388603.

Kind regards

Cecilia Fa’alili

School Secretary

School Finishing at 1pm 06 September 2017

05 September 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Just a reminder that as Glendene School is part of the Excellent Kelston Schools Community of Learning, all teachers from the seven schools will be attending a workshop run by Cognition Education on relationship based learning at Kelston Boys High School.

Children will be sent home at 1.00pm tomorrow 05 September 2017.

If you would like your child/ren to stay at SKIDS after school care until 3.00pm, please text me their permission on 021 084 75283 or submit their permission through our school stream app or email  Please note that children who do not have permission to go to SKIDS will be sent home at 1.00pm.

Have a great day!!

Kind regards                                                                                                                   Cecilia Fa’alili                                                                                                                           School Secretary

Future Education Needs Survey

Kelston New Lynn

Future Education Needs Survey

Dear Parents, staff, students, caregivers and members of the Kelston New Lynn community

With the help of the Ministry of Education we are currently undertaking a collaborative project to look at the future educational needs of the Kelston New Lynn catchment. The first part of this project is for education community members to complete a survey.

If you cannot complete this survey in English, or would like a hard copy (paper) version, please contact Reception at Kelston Girls’ College and we will help coordinate support for you.  Support to complete the survey is available Wednesday 30th August at Kelston Girls’ College, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Phone: 09 827 6063; Email:



Afai e le mafai ona e faatumuina le faamaumauga i le gagana peretania po o le Igilisi i luga o le upega tafailagi, ae a fia manomia sau pepa e faatumu, ona fesootai mai lea o le ofisa Kolisi o Teine Kelesetone ona matou fesoasoani atu ai lea i le faatumuina o lau pepa.

E maua atu lea fesoasoani i le Aso Lulu 30 Aokuso mai le itula 3:00pm – 6.30pm po o le telefoni mai foi : 09 8276063 pe imeli mai


Malo e lelei

Kapau ‘e ‘ikai teke lava ‘o fakakakato e savea ni ‘i he lea fakapalangi pe ko ho’o fiema’u ‘a e pepa savea ke pulusi atu, fakamolemole kae fetu’utaki mai ki he ‘apiako pea te mau tokoni’i koe ke fakakakato e savea ni. ‘E ma’u atu e tokoni ‘i he ‘aho Tu’apulelulu ko hono 30 ‘o ‘Akosi mei he taimi 3.00 ki he 6.30 efiafi.

Fetu’utaki mai ki he telefoni (09) 8276063 pe ko ho’o tohi mai ki he Email:

Faka’apa’apa atu


إن لم تستطعوا إكمال هذا الاستفتاء باللغة الانكليزية،أو إن كنتم ترغبون بنسخة مطبوعة فنرجو منكم الاتصال باستعلامات ثانوية كلستن للبنات وسنقوم بالتنسيق لتوفير ما تطلبون. يمكننا تقديم المساعدة لكم  للاجابة على أسئلة الاستفتاء في ثانوية كلستن للبنات في يوم الأربعاء المصادف ٣٠ من شهر آب الجاري من الساعة الثالثة بعد االظهر  وحتى الساعة السادسة والنصف مساء”

الاتصال على هاتف  ٨٢٧٦٠٦٣

عنوان البريد الالكتروني



اگر نمیتوانید این نظرسنجی را به زبان انگلیسی انجام دهید یا نسخه کپی کاغذی را بخواهید، لطفا با پذیرش در کالج دختران کالونس تماس بگیرید و ما هماهنگی حمایت شما را خواهیم کرد. پشتیبانی از تکمیل این نظرسنجی در روز چهارشنبه 30 اوت در دانشکده کالسون دختران در دسترس است، از ساعت 3:00 بعد از ظهر. تا ساعت 6:30 صبح تلفن: 09 827 6063؛ ایمیل


As we all know there are significant changes planned for Kelston New Lynn.  For all the schools, and preschools, in our area, these changes present exciting opportunities for the future.

We would like to ask for your help in understanding how well the Kelston New Lynn schooling network is meeting your expectations now and what the network can consider in ensuring it meets the needs of our growing local community over the coming years.

If you could please take 10 to 15 minutes of your time to answer this simple questionnaire, that would be greatly appreciated. The last day for completion is 15th September.

The results from this survey will be used to inform a future vision workshop later in October.  If you would like to reserve your place at this workshop provide your details in the last question of the questionnaire.  All individual questionnaires are confidential.

Thank you for your valuable input.