News & Events

Latest Notifications

19th May Newsletter, Week 3, Term 2, 2022

Thu May 19 03:54pm



Wellness packs sent home today with your tamariki

Fri May 13 01:40pm

Thank you so much to Comvita and Ka Pai Kai Rotorua !! Today they dropped off these amazing wellness bags for each student and staff member!!
Each pack has a pot of manuka honey, manuka honey lolly pops, sachets of honey and some honey throat lozenges.
We are so very thankful and grateful for your generosity and especially love the handwritten notes on each bag


Academic Achievement Discussions

Tue May 10 02:08pm

Tomorrow school finishes at 2.00pm.
Academic Achievement Discussions start at 2.15pm.

Academic Achievement Discussion – Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May

Wed May 04 11:27am


A reminder that we have Academic Achievement Discussions next week

School closes at 2.00pm on Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May
If your child needs to be looked after here at school until 3.00pm please let the class teacher or the school office know.

Appointments are now open and can be made online

Our event code is q72p5

If you are unable to book via the website please phone our School Office (348 1489) to make you bookings.

Welcome back to school for Term 2, 2022

Thu Apr 28 02:56pm

School starts for everyone on Monday 2nd May at 8.55am.

With the change to the Orange Traffic Light setting we expect to see everyone back at school on Monday. 

We are now able to make a few welcomed changes:

You are able to walk your tamariki into school.
Pre school class will operate as normal on Wednesday mornings.
Our tamariki will be able to play in both A and B Blocks.  C Block remains available to Pukehangi Team tamariki only.

Whānau are encouraged to continue wearing a mask when they are in the school.

Our tamariki in Whakapoungakau Team will be encouraged to wear masks when they are in an inside space.

A reminder that we close early at 2.00pm on Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May for Academic Achievement Discussions.  

Moving to Orange

Wed Apr 13 04:46pm

Kia ora koutou,

A reminder that we have Teacher Only Day tomorrow. Enjoy your holiday break with your tamariki.
You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight.

The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.
I wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for our school.
At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.
Ngā mihi,
Sarah Thompson


School is CLOSED tomorrow (Thursday 14th) for Teachers Only Day

Wed Apr 13 03:38pm

TEACHER ONLY DAY – Thursday 14th April

Tue Apr 12 05:40pm

Glenholme School is closed THIS Thursday!

Enjoy your extra day with your tamariki

School returns after the term 1 holidays on the 2nd of May

7th April Newsletter, Week 10, Term 1, 2022

Thu Apr 07 12:38pm



31st March Newsletter, Week 9, Term 1, 2022

Thu Mar 31 02:30pm



24th March Newsletter, Week 8, Term 1, 2022

Thu Mar 24 02:35pm



Cricket cancelled today due to flooding

Thu Mar 24 11:35am

Due to rainfall, Rotorua Lakes Council have closed all sports field across the city again today (they have been closed all week) – so there will be no SUPERSMASH hub at Boord Park today, and no INCREDIBALL at Smallbone Park today.


Fingers crossed for better weather next week……

Academic Achievement Discussions

Tue Mar 22 11:31am

Academic Achievement Discussions

Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May 2022

We ask parents to collect their tamariki from school at 2.00pm on both of these days.

Please contact the school office if your child requires supervision from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Appointments are now open and can be made online

Our event code is q72p5

If you are unable to book via the website please phone our School Office (348 1489) to make you bookings.

Bookings are now open!

School will close at 2.00pm on Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May.


Book here!

17th March Newsletter, Week 7, Term 1, 2022

Thu Mar 17 02:26pm




Tue Mar 15 03:21pm

Quick update regarding COVID cases.
We currently have 47 students who have had COVID and 6 staff members. The students are now from every classroom in the school.
A reminder to please let us know if your child tests positive so that we can keep a record of this. We need to pass information to the Ministry of Education each day with our case numbers.

Week 6, Term 1 Newsletter

Thu Mar 10 02:54pm



Week 5 Playground Awards

Tue Mar 08 02:23pm

Congratulations to our tamariki who won playground awards at our School Zoom Assembly yesterday.

Pukehangi Team
Braxton Vile A6
Excellence Award

Tihiōtonga Team
Harvey Morgan-Stone B4
Excellence Award
for showing good sportsmanship

Whakapoungakau Team
Jakoh Corbett A5

How to work out your 10 days of self-isolation

Sun Mar 06 08:33pm


Week 6

Sun Mar 06 08:18pm

Kia ora koutou,
Currently, we have 15 students who have tested positive for COVID-19. We also have another staff member who has tested positive.
The children are from across all of the teams now.
Thank you to the families who have notified us at school that their child has tested positive. We need to keep the Ministry of Education up to date with our numbers. It is also important for us to have an idea of the number of students who are not able to attend school, for our planning.
The next step in our plan will be to move to classes working together so that one teacher works with the students who are at school and the other teacher can work with the children who are at home and are well enough to complete home learning via Seesaw or Google Classroom.
We continue to ask you keep an eye on your child for symptoms and please keep your child at home if they are displaying any COVID symptoms. This will help us keep the staff members and children who are at school safe.
Ngā mihi
Sarah Thompson

3rd March Newsletter, Week 3, Term 1, 2022

Thu Mar 03 02:52pm




Wed Mar 02 02:23pm

Kia ora koutou,
We have had several more students since yesterday morning, who have tested positive for COVID-19.
These children are in both Tihiōtonga team and Whakapoungakau team.
As I said yesterday the rest of the tamariki in the classes are fine to be at school. We do ask that you keep an eye on your child for symptoms.
The classrooms have all had a deep clean to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ngā mihi
Sarah Thompson

Glenholme School COVID update

Tue Mar 01 10:48am

Kia ora koutou,
Today we have had our first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 with one of our tamariki who is in Tihiōtonga Team.
All of the parents of tamariki in the class have been phoned by the school to let them know that their children are able to continue attending school and asked to watch for any symptoms.
We have informed the Minsitry of Education.
Thank you again to all of you who are keeping us here at school informed if your children are sick. It is much appreciated.
Ngā mihi
Sarah Thompson

COVID-19 Update

Sun Feb 27 05:28pm

We have several staff members who are unable to come to school this week as they have a member of their own family who has tested positive for COVID-19.
We are extrememtly fortunate to have been able to cover this, by employing a reliever for one class this week. The other staff members are not classroom teachers.
One of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. She is not a classroom teacher. I have been in contact with the small group of children she came in contact with last week when she was at school. These children on the icept programme are still able to come to school tomorrow. I have asked their parents to keep an eye on them in case they develop symptoms.
Ngā mihi
Sarah Thompson

Phase 3 of the Omicron Response

Thu Feb 24 08:06pm

Kia ora koutou,


New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.


You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.


You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that spread within the school setting is very low (less than 4% of cases at school infected someone else when at school). We have seen that in New Zealand too.


This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.


With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.


Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.


If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.


Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.


The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.


Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.


If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch.  We are here to help.


Aku mihi,

Sarah Thompson

24th February Newsletter, Week 4, Term 1, 2022

Thu Feb 24 02:36pm



“Own Clothes Day” Tomorrow Friday 25th February wear your own clothes in exchange for a gold coin donation

Thu Feb 24 11:51am

All money raised goes towards the  support of the Tongan community for the devastation caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami.

Thank you Glenholme School Young Leaders



Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.The Seesaw platform is used for homework activities as well as in class work.

Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

Download the app or open Seesaw here

Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Glenholme School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.