The school’s curriculum is under constant review, the objective being to meet the changing needs of the students and the regulations of the Ministry of Education.

The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas – English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Sciences, Language, The Arts, Health and Physical Well-Being – which students need to acquire. These learning areas are essential for a broad and balanced education.

The school’s curriculum is integrated throughout the eight essential learning areas and also includes eLearning, Ngati Whakauetanga, SOLO Taxonomy and the Glenholme School Values.

Literacy and Numeracy for Glenholme School students is paramount. This is evident in all classroom teaching and learning programmes.

Literacy & Intervention

Glenholme School offers a number of enhancement programmes with literacy support across the curriculum.

The main focus for literacy enrichment is on the junior students however some support is available for senior students. Group and individual teaching sessions are organised for students and are delivered by both trained teachers and teacher aides.

Literacy initiatives operating in the school are Reading Recovery, Pause Prompt Praise, Toe by Toe, Talk to Learn, Rainbow Reading, ESOL and a written language programme.

These programmes are funded via the Glenholme School operational fund and with financial support from the agencies such as the Ngati Whaakaue Endowment Education Trust.

The Pause Prompt Praise programme relies heavily upon voluntary hours of our generous school community members, many of which are retired grandparents. If you are interested in donating your skills and time to the students of Glenholme School please contact Sarah Thompson – Principal.

Information & Communication

Glenholme is well resourced with Information and Communication Technology.

It is important that these resources are treated with care.

All children using the internet must first sign a student user agreement.

Permission and relevant personal details are required for students to utilise these safe educational programmes.

Glenholme School will provide safe cyber access for students. Firewalls have been created to ensure students safety.

However if these have been penetrated by students or hackers, parents will be notified as all electronic activity can be traced.


(English for Speakers of Other Languages)

New residents to New Zealand who have English as their second language are able to join the ESOL classes and lessons for tuition in English.

Glenholme School will apply for student funding from the Ministry of Education. Group and individual teaching sessions are organised for students to accelerate their understanding of the English language.

Mrs Sue Edwards is the ESOL teacher. She works in conjunction with the classroom teacher. Individual, group, in class or out of class learning sessions are based on a programme that will best fit the student’s needs and abilities.

Literacy and numeracy for Glenholme School students is paramount

Kapa Haka

Kapa Haka is open to all students.

It occurs at a formal level in terms of powhiri and performances and to encourage Maori performing arts at Glenholme School.

Please make yourself known to Whaea Kelly and Whaea Susan if you have a background in Kapa Haka. Even if you don’t you are most welcome to join and demonstrate commitment.

Kapa Haka this year starts in Term Two for Juniors and in Term Three for Seniors.

Te Reo Maori

Te Reo and Tikanga Maori programmes are successfully integrated into the class programmes. Te Reo and Tikanga Maori programmes capture Maori history, culture, music and art.

Glenholme School has an accomplished Kapa Haka group led by Whaea Kelly and Whaea Susan. The Kapa Haka group remains committed and dedicated throughout the year. The roopu proudly represented Glenholme School on a number of occasions including powhiri and the Rotorua Cultural Festival.

Te Reo Maori and Tikanga Maori learning experiences involve the school community coming together in the preparation and sharing of kai and learning programmes.

Glenholme School is confident that initiatives together with the aroha from the staff is the impetus of establishing an environment where Maori students and whanau feel valued and supported to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them.

Glenholme School has strong links with Ngati Whakaue. The school is supported by the Ngati Whakaue Endowment Trust Board and it jointly funds extremely successful literacy intervention programmes.

Seesaw App

We are very excited to introduce to you a new learning initiative fully funded by the Board of Trustees for the next 3 years (2018 – 2021).

Seesaw is a new app Glenholme School is using to share students’ learning. Seesaw is a digital portfolio that gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology.

Families will have access to view and comment on their child’s work.

A major benefit of using Seesaw is that it will house your child’s learning journey in one portfolio for their entire schooling years at Glenholme.

Your child’s teacher will assign a unique sign up QR code, with step by step instructions on how to connect to Seesaw, to view your child’s work.

Te Pikopiko Programme

Te Pikopiko Programme is a school and home partnership programme. It is about working with parents and whanau to understand how their child’s learning is progressing over their first year at school. It is also about supporting parents to help their children in learning at home.

Pikopiko Programme allows parents to know exactly how their child is doing at every stage of their learning in their first year at school. How are they doing, Where are they going and What is their next step in the learning process.

The Pikopiko Programme is focused on learning. The Pikopiko Programme is an approach to developing Assessment Capable Parents to complement our Assessment Capable Learners.

Any queries regarding behaviour will be discussed with the classroom teacher. Some questions are best answered by the classroom teacher and the co-ordinator will help parents to develop those questions.

Class teachers will continue to report as they usually do to parents and community. The programme complements formal reporting and learning conferences.

The school co-ordinator will make first point of contact with parents at school transition visits.

This will be an informal “get-to-know-you” meeting where parents can share information about their child and their vision for that child over their first year at school.

The school co-ordinator will spend time in classrooms observing and participating in teaching and learning in order to develop relationships with students in the Pikopiko programme.

Pikopiko Programme is about:

  1. Parents/whanau having in-depth knowledge of how their child is doing in their assessments and next steps for learning by meeting with the co-ordinator when their child is 5, 5 ½ and 6 years.
  2. Parents/whanau choosing where and when to have meetings.
  3. Using parent friendly language.
  4. Sharing data about their child’s achievement.
  5. Parents/whanau asking questions and sharing information about their child and their interests and strengths.
  6. Selecting next steps for learning at home.
  7. Parents/whanau taking home learning resources that mirror those in the classroom, to support learning at home.

Achievement, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence

Milk In Schools

Glenholme School has implemented the Milk for Schools Programme.
The programme is available to Glenholme students in Years 0–6.

We know that children’s primary school years are the formative years of growth and development and we want to give every Glenholme student the best nutritional and learning start.

Milk is packed with goodness for growing children such as: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamins and zinc. Milk also supplies other essential nutrients for growing children, including protein for muscle growth and vitamins like riboflavin that release the energy from food.

The goodness of milk helps the development of strong bones, assists in weight management and it can give you something to smile about because milk helps people to grow and maintain healthy teeth.

The New Zealand Dietary Guidelines recommend school children consume at least two to three servings every day of milk or dairy. Glenholme School supports the recommendation.

Although all Glenholme School students are encouraged to drink the milk after lunch every day, this is a voluntary programme for both schools and students.

Parents with children that are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy are encouraged to contact the school immediately and remove them from the programme. If your children identify as lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy please make it clearly known on enrolment and they will be removed from the programme.

If the school is not informed then we will continue to encourage all students to consume the milk each day.