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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