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Week of 24 November 2015

Wednesday 25th November Athletics is postponed until Thursday 26th November.  Unfortunately due to the weather we have had to cancel the Pot Luck Dinner part of the day. School will finish as usual at 3.00pm. The timetable for the day will remain the same.
To view the Athletcis timetable please click on the following link:http://gulfharbourschoolnews.blogspot.co.nz/2015/11/blog-post.html
Wednesday 2nd December - Mufti Day to support Starship
We would like our community to suppport Starship, recognising the important role they play with several of our students but also the fact that as National Childrens' Hospital they work hard for all children. The Stadium will also be selling cupcakes for $2.00 during the day. Come dressed up in bright colours and please bring a donation for Starship.

Week of 17 November 2015

Friday 20th November 2015 - TEACHER ONLY DAY - School will be closed.
Monday 23rd - Friday 27th November - Scholastics Book Fair in the library.
Wednesday 25th November - Whole school athletics from 9.00am - 3.00pm.  All students will be involved in fun, filled competitive and non-competitive activities.  A schedule will be posted on our website shortly. 
Athletics Evening POT LUCK DINNER - Our athletics evening will resume from 5.00pm through to 8.00pm.  We would like to start the evening off with a potluck dinner, followed by family games of touch rugby, 2 ball soccer and 10/10 cricket.  To help make this evening a success, could we please ask that families with children in Years 1 - 4 bring a salad to share and children in Years 5 - 8 bring a dessert. The school will provide hot sausages.  Thank you. At 6.30pm our track finals from the day will be held.  We are looking forward to a great day of celebrating the athletic skills of our students.
Thursday 10th December, 7.00pm - Judith Douche Dance Concert, Whangaparaoa Golf Club Year 3 - 6 girls. All family and friends welcome. Donation at the door. Queries ph: Judith Douché, 4243009 or 0276715881

Week of 10 November 2015

Friday 20th November - Teacher Only Day, School will be closed.
Uniform Lost Property - we have a large amount of uniform displayed on the walkway outside Rooms 8 & 9.  Please come and check for any missing uniform items - lots of polar fleeces!
End of Year Important Dates
23rd - 27th November - Scholastic Book Fair - great Christmas presents.
25th November - GHS Athletics Day/Evening - whole school pot luck dinner.
15th December - End of Year Assembly, 9.30 - 11.30am. Wentworth Sports Complex.
15th December - Year 8 Graduation, Gulf Harbour Yacht Club
17th December - Last Day for 2015. 1.00pm finish.

Week of 27 October 2015

Wednesday 28th October - Last day for Lucky Book Club orders. Please bring your orders and money to the office.
Wednesday 28th October - Wacky Wednesday: Dress up in your wacky clothes and please bring a $2 prize per family which will be used as prizes in the games. We are also still accepting bottles of soft drinks and lollies if you forgot to bring those in last week and the previous week. Thank you again for your ongoing support! (I know it’s tiring!)
Thursday 29th October - BOT Meeting in the Staffroom, 6.30pm
Thursday 29th October - Vegetable Sculpture Competition run by Room 23: If your child wishes to enter, they need to bring their vegetables and other paraphernalia they require to build their veggie sculpture on Thursday,  as they will be doing it during the Gala Preparation day, and $1 to enter. More information in the Gala Update emailed out today.
Friday 30th October - BLACK OUT DAY, come dressed in black to support the All Blacks!
Saturday 31st October - Final Gala Drop off by the container on the asphalt. The Alec Craig Way gate will be open for your convenience. If you have spare shopping bags please can you donate them to the gala. Thanks.
Raffle tickets on sale for the school gala from today near the main office at the front of the school and near student reception - $2 per ticket and $5 for 3 tickets. The raffle will be drawn on day of gala at 2pm. Raffle prizes include restaurant vouchers, beauty treatment vouchers, massage vouchers, gym membership vouchers, Jump Family pass as well as various prizes.

Week of 20 October 2015

Tuesday 20th October - Gala meeting, 7.15pm in the Staffroom for all Stall Holders & Volunteers or anyone who would like to be involved but hasn't been in touch with us yet. If you have friends or family or older kids who would like to help, please bring them all along as we need more volunteers!
Monday 26th October - Labour Day, School closed.
SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – Perfect for Christmas!
Personalised calendars, cards, mouse pads, diaries and notebooks!
The children are working on some wonderful artwork in class especially for this fundraiser, so if you’d like one of these with your child’s artwork or even a family photo on it please get your order & payment in by the deadline of 30th October and we’ll have them to you by the end of November, just in time for international post.  These are excellent quality and good value so they make great Christmas presents!
Examples are in the office for viewing.

Week of 22 September 2015

School Closes for Term 3 Friday 25th September, 3.00pm.
Wednesday 23rd September Wacky Wednesday - Dress up to support the ‘All Blacks’. We will be asking for a donation of a $2 toy (eg: stickers, bouncy ball, erasers, frisbee etc) to be used as a prize in the games. This donation is per family and is instead of the gold coin donation that we usually ask for Wacky Wednesday Mufti.
Wednesday 23rd September - Dance Concert, Year 2 girls will be performing their end of term dance concert at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club, 1337 Whangaparaoa Rd, 6.00pm. Girls arrive by 5.15pm. Gold coin donation at the door. All family and friends welcome. Any mums who can help, please phone: Judith Douché 4243009 or 0276715881
Walkathon Thank you - A big thank you to all students and families who participated in our Walkathon this year.  The school raised $7400 towards our environmental projects and outdoor areas.  We would like to acknowledge Sophie Bryhn for raising $282.00.  Well done everyone - top effort!
Message from our Uniform Suppliers - "Argyle Schoolwear wishes to advise that due to high seasonal demand for some uniform items, there can be of outages of garments in some sizes. Please be assured garments will be supplied to the School as soon as they are available. The uniform shop currently has no stock of polo t-shirts in sizes 6 - 12. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Week of 15 September 2015

Wednesday 16th September Gala donation drive.  Please can every family bring a non-perishable grocery item, eg.  pasta, pasta sauce, jam, marmalade or hand made soap, body lotion,etc. These will be used in raffle hampers for the quick fire raffles.
Saturday 19th September: 2.00 - 3.00pm Gala Drop Off of second hand toys, clothes, books, white elephant goods. Clean and in good condition please. Please bring your donations to the container by the netball courts. The Alec Craig Way gate will be open for your convenience.
Friday 25th September - Last day for Term 3. School finishes at 3.00pm. 
Monday 12th October - Term 4 starts.

Week of 8 September 2015

Gala Donation Drive...
Wednesday 9th September - Please donate a bottle or can of fizzy drink per family. These are to be used as prizes in the slip and slide bungee game which was so much fun last year.
Saturday 12th September - 2.00 - 3.00pm at the container near the netball courts. Donations of 2nd hand toys, clothes, books, and white elephant goods  - clean and in good condition please, Alec Craig Way gate will be open. Thank you for your support.
The GHS PTA Gala Committee
Thursday 10th September - ​Inside Out​ Festival. (Saving day, due to unsuitable weather, will be Monday 14th September).
  • 4.00 - 6.00pm follow the trail to explore the environmental projects.
  • 4.15pm onwards, enjoy musical items in Room 16. 
  • 5.00pm kapahaka group in Rooms 8 & 9.
  • Work together as a family on a simple piece of art for our front entrance.
  • Sausage sizzle and other food and drinks available for sale. 
Thursday 10th September - Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.30pm in the Staffroom
Monday 14th September - Mad Scientist Morning. We will be exploring science as a school and students will be asked to dress up as mad scientists.  They will rotate around different teachers and develop a curiosity for how things work.  We are lucky to have senior students from Wentworth College helping us with this.  If there are any parents with a passion for science who would like to be involved and take groups of students for experiments on this day please contact Charlotte Brown,c.brown@ghs.school.nz or phone 4280202.  Thank-you.
Significant Absence due to Illness Last Month
We have had increased absence due to many illnesses over the past month, (gastroenteritis, vomiting, diarrhea, strep throat, chest infections and other flu like symptoms). Many of the illnesses this term have been contagious. To avoid spreading, please remind your children of general hygiene and keep them home if they are unwell.
Symptoms to be cautious about are high fever, sore throat, tummy pains and general body aches and pains. If your child develops a rash associated with the previous mentioned symptoms please seek medical advice.

Week of 1 September 2015

By now you should be aware that the gala is fast approaching. The big day is Saturday November 7th from 11.00am - 3.00 pm. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year and we really rely on parent help and support for this. In the run up to our inaugural gala last year, we saw such wonderful support from our school community and our local community. Already in the last few weeks I've been amazed by how generous people are: on that note, I would like to acknowledge Royal Wolf for loaning us a 20 foot container that we will store all our Gala goodies and donations in. This will be arriving shortly. Of course we wouldn't be able to get the container to the school  without the help of Neville Brothers Transport who are kindly moving the container for us at no charge! I would also like to thank local promotional business,iPromote who have donated a large number of brand new items to be sold at the gala. Thank you!
We will be asking for a donation of something every Wednesday for the rest of the term. (eg. bag of lollies, bottle of fizzy drinks, $2 prize etc).  Please keep your eye out for what we are requesting either in the gala update which will be emailed every Monday or in the Porthole on Tuesday's. We will also put it on the school Facebook page.
What's on this week???...
Wednesday 2nd September:  We will be having our usual Wacky Wednesday but instead of the gold coin donation that we usually ask for, this time we request that you donate a bag of lollies or chocolate bar per family. These will be used as prizes at the gala. Thank you for your support!
Every Saturday for the rest of this term we will be at school to collect any 2nd hand goods (toys, clothes, books and white elephant items) that you wish to donate. Please only drop off items that are clean and in good condition or good working order. Much appreciated - thank you!
Saturday 5th September: 10.00 - 11.00am. Please drop off the goods at the big container that will be on the far side of the asphalt/ netball courts.
How you can help???...
There are a number of ways you can contribute to making our gala a success:
We need a lot of volunteers to help on the day and before hand. If you can help or if you would like to be in charge of a stall or game, please contact Nicki on leenickirobertson@me.com or 0211343978. Alternatively, please give your name and contact details to Bronny in the front office.
If your business or the company you work for would like to support us by sponsoring one of our games or stalls, that would be absolutely wonderful. We have already had a number of people who supported us last year, say they will do the same this year. We are very excited to have Ray White Manly on board again this year and Nathan Haulage are sponsoring one of the bouncy castles again. Thank you - we couldn't do this without your generous support.
Again, please contact Nicki or Bronny if you are interested in supporting us.
You could donate something for one of the raffles, be it a service you can provide or goods of some description.
Help please:
We are looking for a large truck with curtains on the side to use as a stage, similar to the one we  used for all our live entertainment last year. If you can help or know someone who can, please contact Nicki on 0211343978.
On the topic of Entertainment, if anyone is interested in their band playing or dance troupe putting on a dance (for example), please contact Tania Brown on 021 1658 557or email: cory.tania@xtra.co.nz.
That's it for this week. Once again thank you for all your wonderful support. The gala will not be possible without it!
The GHS PTA Gala Committee

Week of 25 August 2015

Thursday 27th August - Term 3 Assembly 9.30 - 11.00am, Wentworth Sports Complex.  Everyone welcome. 
Friday 28th August - Daffodil Day - Dress up in YELLOW - gold coin donations please, all go to the Cancer Society. 
Tuesday 1st September - Classroom Photos.  Please return money in prepaid envelopes to the office by this Friday 28th August.
Wednesday 2nd September, 7.00pm in the Staffroom, Speaker Lee Chisholm - Education and Training Specialist at NetSafe will be talking about...
  • Online safety
  • Safe and secure online habits at home and beyond
  • What young people are doing online
  • Some challenges presented by using social media
  • Conversations you might have with children about online practice
  • A chance to ask questions
Wednesday 2nd September - Come dressed in your wackiest spots and stripes! Instead of a gold coin donation, please bring a bag of lollies per family for our Gala Day.

10th September - Inside Out Festival, 4.00 - 6.00pm at Gulf Harbour School.   All classes are participating, please mark this date to come along and see what your child's class has been creating.
Walkathon Sponsorship money is due in please by this Friday 28th August.
Helpers required for Breakfast Club, 8.00 - 8.45am (Monday & Wednesday).  If you are able to help with the setting up and serving of breakfast to our students, please contact Bronny, b.swaffield@ghs.school.nz or phone:  428 0202 Ext: 700.
Digital Citizenship Survey - We are currently reviewing our policies regarding digital citizenship in our school. Your opinions and ideas are important to us so please take time to complete the survey below.  It will help us gauge our community’s knowledge and confidence around digital citizenship. The survey has been designed by Netsafe who work with schools providing support in this area. Thank you.

Week of 18 August 2015

Thursday 20th August - Walkathon, Shakespear Park, (saving day Wednesday 25th August)
Thursday 27th August - Term 3 Assembly 9.30 - 11.00am, Wentworth Sports Complex.  Everyone welcome.
Friday 28th August - Daffodil Day - Dress up in YELLOW - donations please, all go to the Cancer Society. We will have daffodil items available for a donation from Tuesday 24th August. Please support this cause that affects so many people.
Tuesday 1st September - Classroom Photos, prepaid packs are going home today. Please return by Friday 28th August with the correct money to the school office.
Wednesday 2nd September, 7.00pm in the Staffroom, Speaker Lee Chisholm - Education and Training Specialist at NetSafe will be talking about...
  • Online safety
  • Safe and secure online habits at home and beyond
  • What young people are doing online
  • Some challenges presented by using social media
  • Conversations you might have with children about online practice
  • A chance to ask questions
Wednesday 2nd September - Come dressed in your wackiest spots and stripes! Instead of a gold coin donation that we usually ask for on Wacky Wednesday we (the PTA) request that you please donate a bag of lollies per family. These are to be used as prizes at our Gala on the 7th November.
Look out for the Gala newsletter that will be coming home with your children today. It has all the info you need about our Gala preparation and also a section you can fill in to volunteer your help. Thank you for your support.  The GHS PTA
10th September (please note date change) - Inside Out Festival, 4.00 - 6.00pm at Gulf Harbour School.   All classes are participating, please mark this date to come along and see what your child's class has been creating.
Hibiscus Coast Club Football, Breakfast, Lunch and After School Clubs - spaces still available for this term. Please either collect a form from the office or go to fun@hbcafc.org.nz to enrol.

Week of 11 August 2015

Wednesday 12th August - Head Lice Parent Presentation in the Staffroom, 7.00 - 9.00pm. Come along and find out the best way to treat your children, products available to purchase.
Thursday 13th August - School Cross Country Shakepear Park - all year levels will participate.  Year 0 - 2 students will be travelling by bus to the park, the cost is $3.00.  Please ensure you have paid this amount before the event.
The Snow Queen School Production, Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th August - Last week to purchase tickets for this amazing show in which 150 of our students are participating. Adults $10, Children $5.  Go online to the School Shop or complete a form at the front office and leave with the correct money, Eftpos, cash or Cheques available for payments. Please come along and support your children, they have worked extremely hard!
Wednesday 2nd September, 7.00pm in the Staffroom, Speaker Lee Chisholm - Education and Training Specialist at NetSafe will be talking about...
  • Online safety
  • Safe and secure online habits at home and beyond
  • What young people are doing online
  • Some challenges presented by using social media
  • Conversations you might have with children about online practice
  • A chance to ask questions

Hibiscus Coast Club Football, Breakfast, Lunch and After School Clubs - spaces still available for this term. Please either collect a form from the office or go to fun@hbcafc.org.nz to enrol.

Week of 4 August 2015

Thursday 6th August - Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.30pm in the Staffroom.
Wednesday 12th August - Headlice talk and demonstration for Parents in the Staffroom, 7.00pm.
Hibiscus Coast Breakfast Club Football $64.00 - spaces still available for this term 8.00 - 8.45am. Please either collect a form from the office or go to fun@hbcafc.org.nz to enrol.
Wednesday 2nd September Speaker Lee Chisholm - Education and Training Specialist at NetSafe, (time to be confirmed). Lee has a background in counselling, mediation and management, and joined NetSafe in 2005.  Schools and the public contact NetSafe to seek advice on a wide range of online challenges. These are as diverse as online harassment and bullying, offensive and damaging sexual content, malicious software, theft of data and a myriad of scams.
Lee’s experience enables her to share some preventative strategies to reduce the chances of your children being adversely impacted by online challenges. The session will cover:
  • Online safety
  • Safe and secure online habits at home and beyond
  • What young people are doing online
  • Some challenges presented by using social media
  • Conversations you might have with children about online practice
  • A chance to ask questions

Week of 28 July 2015

Wednesday 29th July - Wacky Wednesday. Theme is PYJAMA's, come dressed in your onezy!!  Please bring a gold coin donation.
Thursday 30th July - Life Education Parent Session in the mobile classroom - 8.55 - 9.20am. For further information go to the Website: http://www.lifeeducation.org.nz
Friday 31st July - Food Day's are back!  This week is sausages, hotdogs, ice blocks and juice.  Home baking this week is rostered for our Year 1 parents. We would greatly appreciate any help of baking to sell at morning tea time.
Gulf Harbour School Years 7 & 8 proudly presents ....
The Snow Queen, A Frozen Adventure
This is an opportunity to come and watch our seniors as they perform in the delightful musical 'The Snow Queen', produced by Silvie Watts. GHS combined choir is also featuring.
Show dates:  Monday 17th August 7pm
                      Tuesday 18th August 4pm
                      Wednesday 19th August 7pm
Venue: Whangaparaoa College Auditorium
Adults $10.00  Children $5.00
Tickets can be purchased through the school shop or using an order form at the front school office. 

Week of 21 July 2015

Welcome back to Term 3 - Spring is on it's way!!
Life Education Trust Mobile Unit on Site - all students will be participating, the cost is $5.00 per student.  For this students will receive 2 lessons in the mobile classroom and a student workbook. Please make sure you have paid either through the school shop or at the front office. 
A message about the programme:
"Our programme is based on the three philosophical messages that we believe are essential to a child's development: they are unique and special, that their bodies are magnificent and that we need to support and respect each other.
Our lessons cover content across five major strands: self-esteem, social relationships, body systems, food and nutrition and substances."
Thursday 23rd July - 2nd Rippa Rugby Tournament, Years 3 - 6, Silverdale Rugby Football Club.
Tuesday 28th July - PTA Meeting, 7:15pm in the school staffroom.  Gala Planning will be the main item on the agenda. You do not have to be a committee member to attend the meetings, we would love to see some new faces, its fun and very social - (not all hard work). Everyone welcome!

Week of 16 June 2015

Wednesday 24th June - Wacky Wednesday Mufti Day, come as your favourite Disney character (i.e. Mickey/Minnie mouse). Please remember your Gold coin donation.
22nd - 26th June - Year 6 Camp to Kawau Island
Tuesday 30th June & Wednesday 1st July - Parent/Teacher Interviews. Years 4 - 8. Mid year reports will be given to parents at the interviews. Bookings are available online, please go to the following link:.
https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  Event Code: WSUAA.
Wednesday 1st July - School Disco at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club from 6.00pm - 7.30 pm.
Pre-order your children's tickets using the ticket order form which will be coming home today. $5 per ticket - includes a free glow stick for pre-ordered tickets. Bring some cash as glow items, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.
Missing Item - we have had a students playstation go missing last Friday. If for some reason you find your child has brought this home please contact the school.  Parents are reminded attractive and expensive items such as play stations are not appropriate to bring to school.

Week of 9 June 2015

Wednesday 10th June - Rooms 12 & 25 Kelly Tarltons
Thursday 11th June - Hockey Tournament, Rosedale Park
Thursday 11th June - Board of Trustees Meeting in the staffroom
Saturday 13th June - PTA Quiz
Doors open from 6:15pm. Quiz starts promptly at 7.00pm. Don't forget your drinks, nibbles and of course glasses to drink out of!
Please ensure that your table is paid for by Wednesday this week. We still have 7 tables which need to be paid for!  Preferably one payment per table please. Either come into the school office or you can use the school online shop.  Rooms 8 & 9 will be open for table decoration between 12.00 - 2.00pm on Saturday.
Thursday 18th June Hands Alive Puppet Theatre
As part of the literacy focus in the junior school, Hands Alive Puppet Theatre will be coming to GHS to perform a show about Fairytales to the Year 1 & 2 team. A mini workshop about how the puppets work will follow this. The cost is $3.50 per child. Please pay either online through the School Shop or at the school office.
Room 13 are collecting items for their Scientific & Technological World of Plants journey. If you have any of the following items, could you please drop them off to the classroom:
  • Clean Recycled plastic 1 & 1.5 litre plastic bottles.
  • Potting mix / compost
  • Small plastic pots for seedlings
  • Seed raising trays
  • Gardening tools: small trowels, small gloves, small watering cans
  • Seeds – herbs, flowers
  • Plant – herbs, flowers
  • Outdoor Paints

Week of 26 May 2015

Wednesday 27th May - Wacky Wednesday Crazy Hair Mufti Day. Please bring a gold coin donation. Do something crazy with your hair!!
Thursday 28th May - School Assembly 9.30 - 11.00am.  Wentworth Sports Complex, everyone welcome.
Friday 29th May - Kapahaka - we intend starting our school Kapahaka group  Friday's 1.30 - 2.30pm.  We would welcome parent support.
Monday 1st June - Queens Birthday - School Closed.
Tuesday 2nd June - Year 6 Camp Meeting 7.00 - 8.00pm in the Staffroom.
Saturday 13th June PTA Quiz Night at Gulf Harbour School in our Mini Hall - Room 8 & 9. Book your table of 8 or 12 and invite all your friends and family for a night filled with fun and laughter.
$240 per table of 12, $160 per table of 8 ($20 p/person) - to be paid in full before the event. Get dressed up and decorate your table. The theme is TV shows through the years - think Friends, ER or Starsky and Hutch - or even Baywatch! Prizes for the best dressed and best decorated tables. Book your table today as space is strictly limited. Come into the front office or phone 428 0202 Ext 700  to secure your table. Doors open from 6:30pm, Quiz to start at 7:15pm. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.
Thank you for your support  - GHS PTA
New School Uniform is in Stock. We now have beanies, track pants & rain jackets, as well as new style polar fleeces, boys cargo shorts, girls skorts and polo t-shirts. Uniform can be purchased through our online school shop, https://shop.tgcl.co.nz or during school hours on a Tuesday & Thursday8.30am -3.30pm.
Please note sports uniform is to be worn for Sports only - it is not acceptable for it to be worn at any other times as school uniform.
We have a number of plates that were used at our shared dinner last week to please be collected from the office.

Week of 19 May 2015

Wednesday 20th May - Room 12's Mini Market - raising funds for a gift basket for Grace from Room 23, who is in Starship Hospital with Leukemia. Selling cup cakes, soft toys, mincraft toys and crafts.
Thursday 21st May - U-ME-US Festival Gulf Harbour School 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Please bring a plate of food to share, come dressed in an item from the culture you identify with and find out more about what the students have been working on. This is a whole school event and we would love to see you all there! Powhiri starts at 5:15pm. In case of poor weather we will confirm alternatives before 3.00pm
Thursday 21st May - Year 3 - 6 Rippa Tournament, Silverdale Rugby Club Gorunds
Thursday 28th May School Assembly - Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am.  Everyone Welcome.
Fruitworld Whangaparaoa Fundraising Opportunity - the school has been offered a fantastic fundraising opportunity with Fruitworld Whangaparaoa.  3% of the total sales from your docket will go to our school plus you get the chance to win one of five $25 vouchers to spend at their store. Friends and family are welcome to support this fundraiser. Just write your child's name and room number on the docket and pop it into the box provided at Fruitworld.  Promotion starts the first week of June and will run for the first week of every month. Thank you for supporting our local business and school.
Kapahaka - we intend starting our school Kapahaka group on Friday's 1.30pm - 2.30pm. This will start next Friday 29th May.  We would welcome parent support.

Week of 12 May 2015

Thursday 14th May - BOT Meeting 6.30pm in the Staffroom
Thursday 21st May, 5.00 - 7.30pm U-ME-US Festival
Come & Celebrate Our Cultural Diversity at GHS
5.15pm - Powhiri to start at back gate/courts
5.45pm - Shared dinner in Rooms 8 & 9
6.15pm - Students will share their learning in their classrooms.
Dress in your colours - bring or wear something from the culture you identify with.​
​Bring a plate of food from your culture to share with others.  If possible please make this savoury finger food. Bring your own drinks, plates and cutlery.
PTA will sell hot drinks and dessert from the Staffroom, so bring along some money.
​Hope to see you there.  ​
Named Uniform items - can you please check that your child is bringing home the correct named uniform, especially sweatshirts and hats. It is very easy at this time of year for students to pick up the wrong ones.  Please show them where their name is on their sweatshirt so they can check it.
Gulf Harbour School Facebook - 'like' our page.

Week of 5 May 2015

Tuesday 5th May - Year 8 Girl's Round 2 & Year 7/8 Boostrix Vaccination.
Thursday 7th May -  Maths Knowledge Workshop for Parents, 6.00 - 6.45pm & 7.00 - 7.45pm in Rooms 8 & 9.
Thursday 14th May - Board Dinner & Meeting - The Board of Trustees has set aside our next Board meeting to tentatively explore our options for a school hall.  This topic is in it's early stages and no definitive decision has been made either for or against a school hall.   If you would like to attend our next Board meeting you are very welcome. Interested parents are invited to join the Board for dinner at 6.00pm. Meeting starts at 6.30pm. Please confirm attendance (for catering purposes) to b.swaffield@ghs.school.nz
Saturday 13th June - Quiz Night PTA Fundraiser (put this date in your diaries and look out for more exciting info).
Are you able to donate any of the following unwanted items to Room 11?
  • Garden hose - (leaky or damaged) to make vines for the class forest
  • Old magazines for cutting up
  • Dress-ups for small children
  • Jigsaws & puzzles, hand puppets
  • Fabric scraps for collage.

Week of 28 April 2015

Tuesday 28th April - Maori Community Hui 1.30 - 3.00pm & 7.00 - 8.30pm, in the Staffroom.
Wednesday 29th April - PTA meeting in the staffroom at 7:15 pm. All welcome - we would love to see some new faces.
Wacky Wednesday April 29th - come dressed as your favourite animal, how creative can you be? Gold coin donation please.
Wednesday 13th May - School Disco at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club. 6.00pm - 7:30 pm. Ticket order forms will be coming home next week.
Olive oil orders are ready to be collected from the front office. If you have a problem getting there before or after school to collect it, please contact Nicki on 0211343978, to arrange an alternative.
Thank you for supporting the PTA's fundraising efforts.
4th - 8th May - Year 7 Camp to Kauaeranga Valley
5th May - Year 8 Girls HPV Round 2 & Yr 7/8 Boostrix Vaccinations

Week of 21 April 2015

Wednesday 22nd April - Year 7 Boostrix Vaccinations, only those children who have handed in their forms with 'given consent', will be vaccinated.
Friday 24th April - Anzac Ceremony Room 21
We would like to invite you to an Anzac Cermony that we are holding on the field outside the two storied block, Rooms 19 - 26, starting at 1.30pm.  This ceremony is to remember all the Soldiers who fought in the war. Some students will be talking about why we celebrate Anzac Day.  We hope you can come to this special ceremony.  From Room 21.
School representatives - Anzac Parade
Our school will be represented at the Anzac Day Service on Saturday 25th April, 11.00am at the Silverdale & Districts RSA, 43A Viponds Road Stanmore Bay.  We are looking for two representatives who may have a close association through a relative involved in the war.  Please contact the school officeoffice@ghs.school.nz or phone: 428 0202, Ext 700.
Monday 27th April - School Closed, Anzac Day observed.
Wednesday 29th April - Wacky Mufti Day 'Animal theme' - paint your face or wear a favourite t-shirt with an animal on it, keep it simple.  Gold coin donation please.
2015 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)
At GHS we offer the opportunity for our students to participate in external assessments from the University of New South Wales in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). 
These annual assessments are for skills development in key areas of learning for students in Years 3–8; assessments are available in English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing.
They are administered at school through a 30–60 minute supervised in-school test. The writing test will be completed in between the dates of 15th -19th June. The results are available to parents and students online; these online reports and analyses remain available indefinitely.
List of subjects and fees to be paid are through our online school shop, any questions please emailm.thorpe@ghs.school.nz.
All fees need to be paid by Monday 4th May 2015.
Tuesday 28th April - Maori Community Consultation.  We would like to invite any parent interested in suppporting the school as we look to develop our next steps with our Maori community.  Our meetings are 1.30pm and/or 7.00pm in the Staffroom.
Wednesday 29th April - PTA Meeting 7:15pm in the Staffroom. All welcome. Olive oil orders will be available for collection from the front office from next week. Look out for details.
Thursday 7th May - Maths Knowledge Workshop. Two workshops, 6.00 - 6.45pm & 7.00 - 7.45pm in Rooms 8 & 9.  Please arrive 10 minutes before to sign in. Please RSVP by Monday 4th May, indicating the number of people attending. k.kiata@ghs.school.nz 
Thursday 21st May - U-ME-US Festival, 5.00 - 7.00pmPlease put this date in your diaries.  This will be an evening event celebrating the diverse range of cultures that make up our school community.  There will be an opportunity to share a meal and to find out more about what our students have been doing during the current school wide theme 'Diversity of Culture'.  We do hope you can make it!
Thursday 28th May - Term 2 Assembly, Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am.  Everyone welcome.

Week of 31 March 2015

 School Finishes Thursday 2nd April, 3.00pm, returning Monday 20th April.
Notices from the PTA
  • Thursday 2nd April - Easter Egg Hunt for the whole school, $2.00 to participate. Everyone will be a winner.
  • Olive Oil Fundraiser - Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser. Olive oil will be at school for collection early next term.

Week of 24 March 2015

Thursday 26th March Swim Champs. Our competing Year 5 - 8 students will be representing our school at the Coast Meet.  This will be held at the Northern Arena in Silverdale and we would like to warmly welcome all parents.
Thursday 26th March Olive Oil Fundraiser forms Reminder: All Olive Oil order forms and payments need to be returned to the front office by Thursday 26th March. Please support our fundraising. Anyone ordering 4 or more packs will go into the draw to win a massage voucher and coffee pack valued at $100.
Friday 27th March - Spotty Mufti Day for Melanoma Awareness. This is to raise awareness of this disease that is affecting over 4000 kiwis every year.  Wear something spotty or dotty and bring a gold coin donation.  All proceeds go to the Melanoma Foundation of NZ.
Saturday 28th March - Soap Box Derby, Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay.  Racing starts at 9.00am.  Come along and support our Gulf Harbour School trolley contestants. 
Tuesday 31st March - School Assembly, Wentworth Sports Complex - 9.30 - 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
Thursday 2nd April - Easter Egg Hunt organised by the PTA at school.  $2 participation fee - everyone is a guaranteed winner!
Reminder: All Olive Oil order forms and payments need to be returned to the front office by Thursday 26th March. Please support our fundraising. Anyone ordering 4 or more packs will go into the draw to win a massage voucher and coffee pack valued at $100.
Thank you to all our wonderful parents who have so kindly cooked meals for Grace's family.  We are hoping to be able to supply them with meals and baking over the school holidays. We so appreciate your kindness, as do Grace's family. THANK YOU.
School finishes for end of Term 1 on Thursday 2nd April.

Week of 17 March 2015

School Working Bee Tonight, 6.30 - 8.00pm. Can you spare an hour tonight to help shift and spread bark onto the playgrounds. Please bring a shovel and wheelbarrow. 
Tuesday 31st March - School Assembly, Wentworth Sports Complex - 9.30 - 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
Can please you help us? You may be aware that Grace Hamblett-Davison in Room 23 is currently in Starship Hospital, very sick with leukaemia.  Grace has a brother, Caden in Room 20. As our way of supporting the family at this time we have started a meal roster currently in Room's 20 & 23 and we would now like to extend the request to the rest of our parents.
We will supply tinfoil trays with lids for meals to be frozen in. These can be collected from the school office. We will hold the meals in our school freezer and give them to the family at the beginning of each week.

Ideas for meals:
Spaghetti bolognaise
Cottage Pie
Chicken Pasta Bake
Bacon & Egg Pie
Savoury Pie
Fish Pie
Can you please freeze the meals before you bringing them to the office.  We really appreciate your support for the family at this time.
Breakfast Club
We have a breakfast club operating Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. This is for any child who may for what ever reason, have missed breakfast that day. Starts 8:10am. Held in Room 8 & 9.

Week of 10 March 2015

Wednesday 11th March, School Powhiri, 9.30am. Everyone welcome. Morning tea to follow. 
Thursday 12th March, "Understanding Your Child's Personality"  7.15pm - 9.30pm School Staffroom $10 per person. Door sales available.
Tuesday 17th March, Help needed - School Working Bee 7.00 - 8.00pm
Can you give the school 1 hour? We need help to shift and spread bark on to the playground. Please bring a shovel and wheel barrow. RSVP:  j.petrie@ghs.school.nz
Religious Instruction Survey - today your child will bring home a survey for you to complete on which religious instruction you would like your child to partake in.  Please complete and return to your child's teacher by Friday 20th March.
First PTA Fundraiser for 2015 - Village Press Olive Oil Packs - order forms will be coming home with your eldest/only child this Friday 13th March.  Great Mothers Day present!
Swimming Sports - can you please check that your child has the correctly named uniform.  We seem to have a few children who mistakenly put on the wrong uniform after the swimming sports last Wednesday at the Leisure Centre.

Week of 24 February 2015

Tuesday 3rd March - Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccination (Round 1)
Wednesday 4th March - Years 5 - 8 School Swimming Sports, Leisure Centre.  $7.00 per child to be paid before the event.  Go to our School Shop: https://shop.tgcl.co.nz
3 Way Interviews Years 1 - 8 / Goal setting
Wednesday 4th March, 3.30 - 5.30pm & 6.10 - 8.00pm       Thursday 5th March 3.30pm - 6.00pm
This is an opportunity to learn more about your child and be involved in their goal setting.
Our students have spent the first 3-4 weeks of the school year finding out more about themselves and how they learn.  They would like to share this with you. 
The interviews will have two parts.  Firstly students will share what they have discovered and then there will be a chance for the student, teacher and parents/caregivers to discuss and set 2 or 3 goals for the child to focus on.  These goals will be based around the values, skills and attitudes needed for learning. 
We value your input into your child’s learning and ask that you make time to attend these interviews.  Please visit the www.schoolinterviews.co.nz to book a time. Event Code: F72FQ

Week of 17 February 2015

Thursday 19th February
  • School Shop Help Session, 1.00 - 3.00pm. Come into the school office during this time and we will help you with any queries, show you how to access the school shop to make your payments and hopefully make life easier for you.
  • Board of Trustees Meeting6.30pm in the Boardroom.
  • PTA Wine & Cheese Evening, 7.00pm in the staffroom. Come along and meet the PTA members and find out about the exciting events they have planned for 2015 and how you can be part of a great team of parents helping our school.
Friday 20th February, Rainbow Themed Mufti Day - Gold Coin Donation in support of Child Cancer. Dress up in your favourite colours.
Monday 23rd Feb - Friday 27th Feb, Year 3 & 4 Camp to Shakespear $90 (2 camps), Year 5 Camp to Whatipu $155 (2 camps).  Last day for payment is tomorrow Wednesday 18th February.  Please go online to our school shop and select School Camps: https://shop.tgcl.co.nz 
Wednesday 4th March - Years 5 - 8 School Swimming Sports $7.00. Payment can be made through the school shop. Last day for payment is 27th February.
Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th March - 3 Way Interviews, bookings will be open from Thursday 19th February, please visit the following link:
http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the Event Code: F72FQ.
Thursday 12th March, 7.15 - 9.30pm at GHS. Understanding your Child's Personality, buy your tickets now $10.00 through the school shop. For further information visit:

Week of 10 February 2015

Stationery - It has been good to see nearly all children with their stationery. For those who have yet to action this – it would be good to purchase it this week. Children and classes are underway.
Click here to view the Stationery list: http://www.gulfharbour.school.nz/index.php?page=stationery
Tuesday 10th February - PTA Meeting, 7.00pm in the Staffroom.  New faces very welcome to join our keen group of parents who have so much fun orgainising and raising funds for our school.  Come along and find out the exciting events they have planned for 2015 - a great way to meet and socialize with other families in the school.
Wednesday 11th February - Year 3, 4 & 5 Parent Camp Meetings (Shakepear & Whatipu). 7.00 - 8.00pm in Rooms 8 & 9.
Thursday 12th February - School in the Park, 5.30 - 8.00pm. Come and enjoy a fun family night at the beach. An opportunity to meet other families in your child's class and in the school community. Pack a picnic or grab fish n' chips - bring your togs. Bouncy castles, tug of war and other sports to play.
The PTA will have a variety of hot food for sale (CASH ONLY). Sausages sizzle, burgers and a selection of cold drinks.
Friday 20th February - Mufti Day (Gold Coin Donation) to raise funds for Child Cancer. Kiara's Angel Walk is a local event and consists of a walk around the Te Ara Tahuna estuary walkway in Orewa culminating in a Family Funday at nearby Western Reserve. This is an annual event now in it's fourth year which raises money for the Child Cancer Foundation in memory of Kiara Morgan, a local girl who lost her battle with cancer just before her 5th birthday.
Dress up in your favourite rainbow colours - Kiara loved purple and butterflies.
Wednesday 4th March, 10.00am - 2.30pm Senior School (Yr 5 - 8) Swimming Sports at Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre.  Competitive and non-competitive events.  Cost is $7.00 per child, please go to the School Shop to make this payment: https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/login  Notices with information will be sent out this Friday.
GHS Cheerleading:  Students at GHS have an exciting opportunity to be part of the GHS cheerleading squad.  Ashleigh from the Pacific Cheerleaders will be coming to GHS every Monday lunchtime to coach and train those students interested.  More information will be given out the Thursday to those students who are keen.
School Uniform - We are currently revising the GHS uniform, this is a lengthly process, we will advise you of the changes once they are confirmed.  All uniform will have our school logo embroidered onto it.  We do have a new bucket hat made of a light weight fabric, which will be available for sale in approximately three weeks.  This will be our only school hat.

Week of 3 February 2015

Welcome to 2015.  A special welcome to our new families. We trust you feel very settled and comfortable within our school.  It is just the best thing when we see the children arrive, the school breathes back into life and we start what is going to be our best year yet.  This “Porthole” newsletter goes out every week, whilst monthly we send a more comprehenisve newsletter “Ahoy”.
Breakfast Club, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, starting tomorrow Wednesday 4th February.  Available for all children who do not have breakfast at home.  Time: 8.00 - 8.45am in Rooms 8 & 9. We do need parent and grandparent helpers who would please be able to help out on these mornings. Reply email or contact the school office, 428 0202, Ext: 700.
PTA MEETING Tuesday 10th February.
7.00pm in the staff room. All welcome - we would love to see some new faces!
School in the Park Thursday 12th February, 5.30 - 8.00pm, Shakespeare Park. Come and enjoy a fun family night at the beach. An opportunity to meet other families in your child's class and in the school community. Pack a picnic or grab fish n chips - bring your togs. Bouncy castles, tug of war and other sports to play.
School Camps 
We have Years 3, 4 & 5 camps this term (Week 4,  23rd – 27th February). Separate promotion has been sent out today with the children. A parent evening giving detail of these camps is to be held Wednesday 11th February 7.00pm.
School Shop
Reminder to start using the school shop for all payments of various trips, camps, events and activities. A link is available from the school web site or by clicking: 
Reminder the class stationery list is available from the school website or by ordering on line. Click here: