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Week of 10 December 2013

Wednesday 11th December Parent Thank you Morning Tea, 10.00am in the staffroom - invites have been sent to parents who have assisted during the school year.  If for some reason you have not received this and have assisted the school on a regular basis, please feel free to attend.
Blue Tiki Team evening for parents (Rooms 1 - 6)
Thursday 12th December - Student reports and 2014 class placement letters circulated.
Year 2 camp held at school.
11th & 12th December Year's 5 & 6 Sailing Big Manly Beach
Monday 16th December 1.30pm Students will visit their 2014 classrooms and meet their 2014 teachers.
Tuesday 17th December End of Year Assembly 9.30am Wentworth Sports Complex
Years 1 - 4  9.30 - 10.30am       Years 5 - 8 9.30 - 11.30am
Wednesday 18th December 6.00pm Year 8 Graduation - Gulf Harbour Yacht Club
Thursday 19th December 1.00pm - School finishes for 2013. The school bus will depart at 1.00pm.
Points to note: 
There will be considerable shifting of furniture on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning (17th & 18th December) - if you are available to assist please contact your child's teacher.
2014 After School Care
Our school will be running a before and after school care programme from the beginning of Term 1, 2014. We will offer both before school and after school childcare.  Please complete this survey if you are interested in this service.

Week of 25 November 2013

28th November - Mufti day for the Phillipines, dress up in red and blue, gold coin donation. 
28th November - Toytastic sale to be held in Rooms 8 & 9 from 3 - 3.30pm raising money for families in the Phillipines. Please help us to make a difference in these peoples lives.
28th November - Year 7 & 8 Inter school Softball tournament - held at Gulf Harbour School
2nd - 6th December - Year 7 Camp to The Pinnacles, Kaureanga Valley

Toy-tastic Toy Sale and Mufti Day!


Help us raise money for the Philippines.
Bring a toy to school this week and donate it to our sale.
(No more soft toys please!)

The sale is Thursday 28 November in Rooms 8 and 9.
Morning tea break:     Years 0 to 2
Lunch break:               Years 3 and up.
After school:               All welcome!

Bring cash and buy some toys!

Plus,  Mufti Day on Thursday 28th too!  Dress in red or blue (the main colours of the Philippines flag) and donate a gold coin for the cause. 

We hope to have a news crew at school to film us, so let’s make this a GREAT day!

Week of 19 November 2013

17th - 22nd November - Year 8 Students away at Tongariro
21st November Coast Athletics Champs - Whangaparaoa College 9.00am - 2.00pm.  Our senior students Years 5 - 8 will be representing our school at this event.  We wish them all the best. We will post the timetable for this day on our website.  Students who have been chosen to represent us will bring home a permission slip tonight.
24th November - GHS Flying Man Challenge (Year 7 & 8's) 
Come along to Hobbs Wharf Market 11.00am - 12.30pm  
Can they fly? How far will they fly? What do they look like?
Mobile Devices
  • Do you want to learn about devices at GHS?
  • Wondering how we have used our iPads this year?
  • Are you thinking about a mobile device for your child?
  • Are you considering some useful educational apps for your existing device?
We will be running a meeting on Wednesday 4th December 7:00pm in the staffroom at school. You can also check out our blog.  http://theipadpod.blogspot.co.nz
28th November - Bring in your pre loved toys for our TOYTASTIC sale to be held on Thursday 28th November to raise money to help families in the Phillipines. Students will collect the toys from the classrooms each morning.

Week of 12 November 2013

Whole School Athletics on today - come along and enjoy the day with your child. Programme on our Website: http://gulfharbourschoolsports.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/thursday-athletics-timetable.html 
13th November - Parent Coffee Group. 9.00 - 10.30am in the Staffroom.  Come along and meet other parents in the school and enjoy a coffee and home baking.
17th - 22nd November Year 8 Camp to Tongariro. Students need to be at the Alec Craig Way carpark by 1.00pm Sunday 17th November. Returning Friday 22nd November between 2.30 & 3.15pm.

Week of 5 November 2013

5th & 6th November - LavaLava Island Production. The Island presenting in Rooms 8 & 9.
7th November - Whole School Athletics Day, view the programme for the day on :  http://gulfharbourschoolsports.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/thursday-athletics-timetable.html
Friday 8th November - Teacher Only Day, School Closed

Week of 29 October 2013

30th October Parent Coffee Group - 9.00 - 10.30am in the Staffroom.  Come along and meet other Gulf Harbour School parents and enjoy a coffee and home baking.
5th & 6th November The Island's Production - tickets for sale. The LavaLava Island Production presented by Rooms 2 & 3. Tickets Adults $5.00, children $2.50.  Fill in the order form at the school office, your tickets will be issued to your child's class.  Cash or cheques only please.
8th November (Friday) Teacher Only Day Reminder - School will be closed.  Should you require childcare, we have a programme running at the school.  Please email b.swaffield@ghs.school.nz
Reminder Gulf Harbour School hats must be worn in Terms 1 & 4. They are available for purchase from the school uniform shop, $15.50. To order on line click here:http://www.gulfharbour.school.nz/uploads/pdfs/GHS-UNIFORM-ORDER-FORM-2012.pdf 

Week of 22 October 2013

No Dogs Allowed in School during school opening hours. We have been reasonably liberal on this, but have found recently a couple of situations where children have been frightened by dogs that have been brought into school (on leads). We ask that parents please refrain from walking their dogs in the school grounds (whether on leads or not).
Please do not enter the grounds during school time with a dog.
Reminder Teacher Only Day - Friday 8th November.  School will be closed but we will be operating child care from the school.  Please contact the office, office@ghs.school.nz should you require care.

Week of 15 October 2013

Welcome back to Term 4 - 14th October - 19th December, 2013
Important Dates
28th October - Labour Day School Closed
8th November - Teacher Only Day, school closed.  Should you require childcare, we will be running a programme at school. Information will go out soon regarding this.
17th - 22nd November - Year 8 camp to Tongariro
2nd - 6th December - Year 7 Camp to Thames
17th December - End of Year Assembly
18th December - Year 8 Graduation
19th December - School Finishes for 2013, 1.00pm
Reminder that school hats must be worn in Term 4 from Labour Weekend until the end of Term 1, 2014. 
Pre schooler enrolments - if your child is turning five in the Christmas school holidays please make sure you have enrolled them at the office or by email b.swaffield@ghs.school.nz.
Sunscreen / Bug Guard order forms - please return these by this Friday 18th October. There is a pack of 3 Sunscreen products for $24 and a pack of 3 Bug Guard Products for $20! 20% of funds raised go to our school.

Week of 26 September 2013

School finishes for Term 3 at 3.00pm on Friday 27th September
Good Luck to our Sports Academy Students who are away competing in Matamata this week. Bring home the trophies.

Week of 17 September 2013

Amendments to Porthole
Board Meeting starts at 6.30pm, Thursday 19th September
School Assembly starts at 9.30am, Friday 20th September

Week of 10 September 2013

Thursday 12th September - Wheels day, helmets compulsory.
Friday 13th September - School Walkathon, saving day if wet weather, Monday 16th September.  A further email will be sent home tomorrow detailing walking times and clothing for students to wear on the day.
Please note our end of term school assembly is Friday 20th September at Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am.

Week of 3 September 2013

4th September - Farewell to our Japanese Students
5th September - Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby, Silverdale Rugby Club
6th September - SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Only Day.  Holiday Fun are running a child care programme in Room 10 from 7.30am - 6.00pm, $30.00 per child. Morning and afternoon tea supplied, children to bring their own lunch. Activites, games, baking all included in the days programme.  Please email office@ghs.school.nz or phone 428 0202, Ext 700 to book your child into care, there are still spaces available.
13th September - Walkie Talkie Walkathon, the whole school will be walking in classes around Shakepeare Park and our local area.  All funds raised will go towards our school library. Sponsorship forms have been sent home with your child.

Week of 27 August 2013

TEACHER ONLY DAY - 6th September, SCHOOL CLOSED. Child Care Programme will be run on Friday the 6th, at Gulf Harbour School by Holiday Fun from 7.30am - 6.00pm, $30.00 per child. Morning and afternoon tea supplied, children to bring their own lunch. Activites, games, baking all included in the days programme.  Please email office@ghs.school.nz or phone 428 0202, Ext 700 to book your child into care. If you would like to have a look at the schedule for the day, please see Bronwyn in the school office.
Holiday Fun is offering a 2 week FREE trial for Morning Care from the weeks of Monday 26th August till Thursday 5th September. This opportunity is perfect for any parents who have considered taking their child to a Morning Care but have not taken the next step – please take this opportunity to discover easy care free mornings. For more information please ring Holiday Fun on (09) 443 538 or view their website at www.holidayfun.co.nz.
28th August - Gulf Harbour Playtime Coffee Group - Wednesday's 9.00am - Midday in Rm's 8 & 9. Come along and meet new Mums, have a coffee and let your children play.
28th August - Room 6 trip to Victor Eaves
30th August - Stadium trip to Motat
Dental Consent Forms must be returned promptly to the school office please so dental treatment for your child can be completed.
The use of Mobile Devices - Wondering how devices are being used effectively at Gulf Harbour School? Follow the iPadpod blog here... http://theipadpod.blogspot.co.nz
Watch Gulf Harbour School on TV3 - Cure Kids
Click this link to watch GHS on TV3s Cure Kids special. Push the slider across 37 minutes for some magic. Well done to Harvey and Jackson from The Stadium (Room 16) GHS for Cure Kids!

Week of 20 August 2013

20th August - Japanese Students arrive from Ritsumeikan Moriyama, Japan for 3 weeks.
21st August - Photolife Class Photos will be taken.  Please ensure students are wearing correct Gulf Harbour School uniform - teal polo shirts and tidy footwear.
21st August - Gulf Harbour School Parent Morning Tea.  Staffroom 9.00 - 10.30am. Pre-schoolers welcome.
21st August - Playtime Coffee Group Room's 8 & 9, 9.00am - midday. $1/child + $1 donation/coffee. Run by volunteer local Mums. Sarah 021 0294 9801 or Rebecca 021 0239 2969 for further details.
23rd August - Wheels Day, skateboards and scooters only.  Students must wear helmets, knee and elbow pads optional.
We currently have a number of students who are away with either the flu (very high temperatures) or a tummy bug. Please ensure you keep your child home should they show any signs of being unwell.

Week of 13 August 2013

Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th August Year 7 Production - SPACE - 7.00pm at Whangaparaoa College.  Door sales available $10 Adults, $5 Child.  Cafe open with delicious hot and cold food: sushi, club sandwiches, carrot and chocolate cakes, mars bar slice, scones, hot savouries, drinks including wine, confectionary, popcorn.  CASH only please.  Come along for an early dinner before the show, open from 6.00pm and during intermission.
15th August Annual School Cross Country Day for Whole School - Shakespear Park. Sausages, drinks and iceblocks will be available for sale. Please bring CASH. Years 0 - 2 will be using private transport, Years 3 - 8 are walking, departing school at 9.15am and returning from the park at 2.00pm. Please ensure your child wears their team colour, sports shoes are advised.  Children are to bring plenty to drink and warm clothes to put on afterwards.
19th August Year's 6, 7 & 8 Parents Evening, 7.00pm in the Staffroom. This is an evening dedicated to your child's preadolescent years. Cake & coffee provided. 

Week of 6 August 2013

7th August - Parent Morning Tea 9.00am in the Staffroom. Come along and enjoy morning tea and meet other parents.
7th & 8th August - Student Led Conferences - make sure you have booked your conference times. (spaces still available) http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ 
Are you considering purchasing a device or wondering how we are using them at school?
Do you want some ideas about using them productively at home or what apps to buy? Max Brown will be available in the Board Room (next to the Staffroom)  throughout Student Led Conferences to answer questions.
8th August - Wheels Day. Encourage your child to scooter or skateboard to school, helmets are compulsory, safety pads optional. At lunchtime they will get the chance to ride around the courts.
9th August - Mufti Red Nose Day Oddlympics. Dress up in RED mufti and bring a donation in support of Cure KIDS, a fundraiser to help children who live with life threatening illnesses. Baking will be available for sale at morning tea time.  We would appreciate any help please of baking to sell,  please leave at the Food Tech Room before 9.00am.  Food Day lunch orders will be as usual with order forms going home on Thursday and all proceeds going to Cure KIDS.
12th August - Bootcamp Meet and Greet. 9.15am in Rooms 8 & 9. Come along on Monday and meet Michelle who is dedicated to creating fun and fantastic exercise programmes that everyone can participate in regardless of fitness levels.  Bring your friends and pre-schoolers for a no obligation "meet and greet" in a relaxed atmosphere, where your questions will be answered.
12th, 13th & 14th August - GHS Year 7 Production SPACE. Get your tickets now by placing your order form and money in the box at the school office. Delicious hot & cold food available before and during intermission. Audlts $10, Children $5.

Week of 30 July 2013

Welcome Back to Term 3

31st July - ICAS English Testing

2nd August - Bible in Schools starts every Friday 9.00 - 9.30am

Student Led Conferences Years 4 - 8

Wednesday 7th August, 2013 4.00 – 8.00 pm
Thursday 8th August, 2013 4.00 – 6.00 pm

To access online bookings please go to: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz Event Code: PWDHQ

Dancing with Judith Douche for Years 3 - 6 Girls - Monday to Thursday during the lunch break, Term 3. Judith will teach dancing for those interested with a show being held at end of the term.

SPACE! Year 7 Production - 12th, 13th, 14th August. Tickets on sale soon. Suitable for all ages.

Mobile Dental Van on Site - Dental therapists will be working their way through the school.

Week of 2 July 2013

3rd July - The Power of Words Festival 6.00 - 8.00pm. Held in our newly renovated classrooms 7 - 14.

A walk-through event with static and moving displays, live performances, entertainment and interactive activities. Enjoy supper in our cafe (Room 7) and let the kids enjoy interactive activities in Room 8 - Photo Booth, Word Wall and make your own badges ($1.00).

3rd July - Parents Morning Tea in the Staffroom, 9.00 - 10.30am

7th July - Chinese sister school students arrive from Beilun Huashan School – Ningbo - China

9th July - Sand Dune Planting Shakespear Park - Rooms 27, 28, 29 & 30

10th July - End of Term Assembly - Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am. Everyone welcome

Week of 25 June 2013

10th July - End of Term Assembly, Wentworth Sport Complex 9.30 - 11.00am. Everyone Welcome.

12th July - Last day for Term 2

Wednesday July 3rd - The Power of Words Festival, Gulf Harbour School, 6.00 - 8.00pm

Thank you to all those parents who have kindly put their names forward to help on the night of our Festival. We still need some more kind parents to support us by helping out on the evening for an hour or so. Jobs will include things such as selling food and manning interactive activities. If you can help please phone 4280202 or e-mail office@ghs.school.nz and leave a message with Bronwyn in the office.

Week of 18 June 2013

19th June - Parent Morning Tea in the staffroom, 9.00 - 10.30am. Everyone welcome, come along and meet other parents of our school and enjoy a coffee and morning tea.

20th June - School Banking, unfortunately there will be no banking this Thursday.

25th June - Year 7 & 8 Tag held at Gulf Harbour School, top and bottom field.

A date to remember - July 3rd, 2013 Gulf Harbour School Open 6.00 - 8.00pm

The Power of Words Festival

A Community Event that will Engage, Enrage & Entertain You!

A walk-through event with static and moving displays, live performances, entertainment and interactive activities. Snacks and drinks available.

We are looking for some kind parents to support us by helping on the evening for an hour. Jobs will include things such as selling food and manning interactive activities. If you can help please phone 428 0202 or e-mail office@ghs.school.nz and leave a message with Bronwyn in the office.

Week of 12 June 2013

12th June - Defence Helicopter Visit, helicopter will land in the grounds at school, approximately 1.15pm.

13th June - Hockey, Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 at Gulf Harbour School. Saving day 18th June.

17th June - ICAS Writing Test

18th June - ICAS Spelling Test

Week of 4 June 2013

5th June - Parent Morning Tea. Come along and enjoy morning tea and meet other parents of our school. 9.00 - 10.30am in the staffroom. Pre-schoolers very welcome.

Week of 28 May 2013

29th May, Board Meeting 6.30pm in the Staffroom
30th May, Whole school fitness - 9.00 - 9.30am
30th May, School Banking outside the Library
30th May, Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby
31st May, Year 3 - Kind Parents to please supply baking for Food day morning tea. Please deliver to the Food Tech Room.
3rd June, Queens Birthday Holiday - School Closed

Week of 21 May 2013

21st May - Year 7 & 8 Camp Meeting, 7.00pm, in the Stadium, Room 16
22nd May - Room 19 Trip to Whangaparaoa Library
23rd May - Stu Duval Story Telling in the Stadium, a master storyteller who will engage and entertain classes with the power of his words. To find out more about Stu Duval, visit his website www.studuval.co.nz. All accounts will be invoiced $4.00 per child, unless you notify the office by Wednesday 22nd May that you do not wish your child to attend.
23rd May - School Banking, outside the Library 8.30 - 9.00am
23rd May - School Wide Fitness Programme, 9.05 - 9.30am, every Thursday
Board Election Results
5 Nominations (2 invalid) have been received for our Board of Trustees.  Accordingly, the following have been appointed and there will be no need for an election:
  • Vanessa Bennett
  • Neille Bonner
  • Tony Naido
  • Vaughn Summerton
  • David Verdake
  • Fiona Southgate - Staff Representative

Week of 14 May 2013

16th May - Board of Trustees nominations close, 12 noon.
We need people to make a difference for our school. Step forward or encourage someone you know, to stand for election. A school Board is accountable for student progress and achievement to its parents and community. The Board has the overall responsibility for the school.  This includes legal obligations covering curriculum, property, personnel, finance, health and safety.
Trustees are active leaders in our school and need to work well in a team, ask challenging questions and have good communication skills. For further information check out: http://www.nzsta.org.nz/trustee-elections/what-is-a-trustee-/

17th May - Rooms 23, 27, 30 trip to Auckland Zoo.

Interested in following our progress with using mobile devices? We now have over 100 devices registered. Follow our blog here http://theipadpod.blogspot.co.nz

Remember to bring in your empty Colgate Cartons for the competition we hav entered, so we can win fabulous prizes for our school. Ask your neighbours, spread the word and get on board in helping our school.  For more information please visit the website http://colgatecartonrace.co.nz

Week of 7 May 2013

9th May - Rooms 26 & 28, trip to Kelly Tarltons
9th May - School Banking outside the Library, 8.30 - 9.00am (every Thursday)
16th May - Board of Trustees Nominations close 12 noon
13th - 17th May - Year 6 Camp to Kawau Island
Reminder to parents of students going to Kawau Island to please pay the camp fee ($250.00).

Week of 16 April 2013

16th April - Change of Venue for Lane Clark Presentation - now in the Gulf Harbour School Staffroom, 7.00pm
17th April - End of Term Assembly - Wentworth College Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am.  Everyone welcome. We will be providing buses to and from assembly if it is rainning.
Poppies available at our school assembly, donation please.
18th April - Team Xtraordinaries (Rooms 23 - 26), event at Shakespear Regional Park 10.00am - 2.00pm. At school if wet.
18th April - Red Puppy bikkies for sale, $2.00 each outside the Foodtech room.
19th April - Last Food Friday for the term.
19th April - Final day of school for Term 1, 3.00pm finish.
Lost Property - please make sure you check the box outside the back of Room 1 before the end of term, for any lost uniform.
Library Books - please return all library books before Friday 19th April.
School Office/Uniform Shop Holiday Opening Details
Tuesday 23rd April, 9.00am - 3.00pm
Open for new enrolments and uniform purchases
Check out our Community section on the Website for holiday activities, especially if it is going to be wet! http://www.gulfharbour.school.nz/
Have an enjoyable break with your family.

Week of 9 April 2013

Can you help us?
The last two weekends the school has been broken into with computers stolen. Entry has been by the way of back windows. If you are in the habit of evening walks and can include the school in your walk it would be appreciated.  In the event of  anything untoward occurring please contact the Police or our security company 426 4255 – number on display within the school.
Poppy Day - we will have year 7 & 8 students selling poppies before and after school from 15th - 18th April at both entrances to the school.
11th April Red Puppy Bikkie for sale - $2.00 each, outside the Food Tech Room, 10.30am .Raising money for the Guide Dog Foundation.
11th April School Banking - join your child up to school banking in partnership with the ANZ Whangaparaoa.  A representative is here every Thursday to open new accounts and take your childs deposits, outside the Library 8.30 - 9.00am.
15th April Board of Trustees Nominations - forms will be posted on Monday. We need people to make a difference to our school. Please consider stepping forward or encourage someone you know, to stand for election. Nomination forms must be returned by noon, Thursday 16th May, 2013.
16th April Lane Clark Presents - 7.00pm Whangaparaoa Golf Club. World renown educationalist, we have had on going involvement with since the start of our school. This evening will give you such a powerful insight to the 'what and why', behind our school and our learning processes. Child minding available, please contact the office, office@ghs.school.nz
17th April End of Term Assembly - Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am. Everyone welcome to attend.

Week of 3 April 2013

Board of Trustees Elections - Parent Roll is now available for you to view at the School Office
4th April Red Puppy Bikkie Day - Beautifully baked & decorated biscuits for sale by students from Room 22. $2.00 each, outside the Food Tech Room, 10.30am. Bikkies will also be for sale on 11th & 18th April. Raising money for the Guide Dog Foundation.
4th April Year 7/8 Interschool Soccer - Gulf Harbour School grounds, 10.00am - 1.30pm.
4th April Year 6 Camp Meeting for Parents - School Staffroom 7.00 - 9.00pm.  Meeting for parents of students going to Kawau Island, 13th - 17th May.

Week of 26 March 2013

Welcome to our new Weekly Porthole which you will receive via email every Tuesday morning.  It will contain information regarding activites and events happening at our school during that week.  The week runs from a Tuesday to the following Monday.  Of course with the Easter break occuring when our 2nd Porthole is due out, it will be sent on  Wednesday 3rd April.  We would love feedback on the new Porthole and hope it will help with the communication re happenings at school.
  • Easter Break - Friday 29th March - Tuesday 2nd April.  School starts back on Wednesday 3rd April.
  • 26th March Year 8 Girls Immunisation - only students who have returning the signed forms will be given the immunisation.
  • 28th March Food Day - due to the Easter break our Food Day will be Thursday. Order forms will be sent home on Wednesday. We would appreciate please, any help with home baking, an Easter theme would be exciting for the kids. Please take to the Food Tech room.
  • 28th March Entertainment Book - forms due back for early purchase of 2013 Books.
  • Pay your School Donation before 31st March & receive a $50.00 credit. ($150.00 if paid by 31st)

Advanced Notices - due to Easter Break
  • 4th April Year 6 Camp Evening for Parents - to discuss the Kawau Camp held for Year 6 students during May 13th - 17th.
  • 16th April Lane Clark presents to Gulf Harbour Parents - Whangaparaoa Golf Club 7.00pm. A chance to hear from an educationalist explaining the 'why and what' behind what we do at Gulf Harbour School.