Our fully fenced school pool is open in Terms 1 and 4 and all students participate in class swimming lessons. Students have access to various equipment including flutterboards, sinkers, noodles, floaters, waterpolo equipment and flipperballs to support their aquatic development. Changing rooms and spectator seats are located within this enclosure and a pool cover is used to maintain temperature. The Year 1-4 swimming sports is held towards the end of Term 1 at our school pool, whilst the Y5-8 swimming sports are held at the nearby Sacred Heart College indoor pool.
Our two playing fields overlook the spectacular view of the Tamaki Estuary and are expertly maintained for our students. The community is welcome to make use of our fields outside of school hours. However, please respect the fields by keeping off them when the field is closed.
We are fortunate to have three adventure playgrounds at Glendowie School which all have shade sails for sun protection. The newer Junior Playground is situated outside the classrooms and supports the development of gross motor skills, lower and upper body strength. This playground is fitted with foam based astroturf and a sandpit with toys. The Lower Field’s playground is also a Junior Playground. Underneath is the Senior Playground which includes climbing, swinging, balancing and rotation activities. Adjacent to this is basketball court, which can also be used for wall and net games.
We have two full sized courts out the front of the school. These are used to support our netball, tennis and wheels programmes. Outside agencies, including parents, also use our courts for before and after school for sport practices.
Glendowie School’s Hall/Gymnasium is available to hire for educational purposes.
Community groups hire the gym after school at a cost of approximately $20.00 (inc) per hour.
If you are interested in hiring the gym, please contact the office on (09) 5757374 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our large carpeted space with internal moveable wall is well utilised for dance, drama, junior PE, class instruction, meetings. At one end of the hall is a fully equipped kitchen for food technology and science. At the other is a sound system and projector for presentations. Wireless internet is also available.
Our library space is large and well stocked with new books and resources. Tables, chairs, cushions, a couch, games cupboard and reader’s theatre make this a well utilised space and breakout area for classes and individuals during break times.
Attached is a fully stocked computer suite of 30 computers, projector and sound field system. The I Space is open before school for senior students wishing to return and issue books or for homework activities. Our chess club also operates from here on Friday mornings. This area is also open in the lunch hour for children’s enjoyment and learning.
Suited behind the hall is our large greenhouse. This is supported by our enviro group, Unit of Inquiry programme and Trees for Survival. Plants are grown from seedlings and the students work closely with teachers to nurture them before replanting in different areas around Auckland. This is to support regrowth and reduce erosion and includes the stream behind our classrooms. Our worm farm is also housed in this area, the by-product used for our plants and vegetables. Any vegetables grown are sold to the community.
We have a robust recycling system and are a Bronze Enviro School. Classes have buckets for food scraps to feed the worm farm. We have two large recycling centres for students to separate paper, plastic, food and landfill waste. Paper is regularly collected from classrooms for recycling and landfill waste is kept to a minimum.