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Week of 23 May 2017

Tuesday 23rd May, 7.00pm in Rooms 8 & 9 - Cyber Safety Presentation. Are you a parent/guardian concerned about how your child uses the internet or mobile phone? GHS invites you to a presentation on the issues and dangers associated with the inappropriate use of computers, mobile phones and the internet.  Hosted by NZ Cyber Security expert John Parsons.
Wednesday 31st May - Order Pita Pit for your child's lunch tomorrow - orders made through the School Shop. Lunches will be delivered to your child's classroom.
Saturday 10th June - PTA Fundraiser, get your ticket to the hottest event this June 'Ladies Night Out' here at school -  $35.00 per ticket. Purchase either through the School shop or at the front office.  Don't miss out, first 100 ladies to buy a ticket receive a free swag bag. 
Ticket price includes:
  • Complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival
  • Entry to the Style Secrets Workshop where industry experts will share Hair, Make Up and Personal Styling tips and tricks
  • Entry to the Winter Fashion Show
  • Entry to the Market Place to shop and browse with vendors showcasing beautiful goods and products, as well as consultants in a wide range of areas all specifically relevant to women. Buy yourself a treat, or take the opportunity to chat with a professional and find out more about their services.
  • Entry into the Door Prize Draw
Also part of the event are:
  • Indulgent Pamper Stations where you can book yourself a treat such as a massage, mini-manicure, and make up applications.
  • A delicious Dessert Bar to tempt your taste buds
  • Fun games and activities
  • Amazing raffles and great spot prizes
Date to Diarise - Thursday 29th June, Matariki Festival 5.00 - 7.30pm. Great night out for the family here at school.  More information to follow.

Week of 16 May 2017

Final chance to pay for Mathletics - as we have so many new students who have started at GHS recently, we are going to give them, and anyone else who would like to, a chance to buy Mathletics for the rest of the year. The cost will still be $26. Please ensure you pay either through the School Shop or at the front office.  Cut off date for payment is Friday 26th May.
Tuesday 23rd May, 7.00pm in Rooms 8 & 9 - Cyber Safety Presentation. Are you a parent/guardian concerned about how your child uses the internet or mobile phone? GHS invites you to a presentation on the issues and dangers asociated with the inappropriate use of computers, mobile phones and the internet.  Hosted by NZ Cyber Security expert John Parsons.

Week of 9 May 2017

Photolife Personal Key Code: to enable you to view and purchase your childs class & individual photos you will be receiving a 'key code' within the next 3 weeks. Photolife are in the process of sending our photos through for proofing before they go online.
Monday 15th May BOT Year 7 & 8 Community Survey Presentation in Room's 8 & 9 - 6.30pm.
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May, Parent/Teacher Interviews. Maths drop in workshops will be held in the staffroom during the two parent interview afternoons/evening. Come and learn some games and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.
Thursday 11th May, Stu Duval Workshop for Year's 3 & 4 (Room's 19 - 22 & 25).  Please ensure you have paid $5.50 by tomorrow (Wednesday) for your child to attend.
Friday Sushi Pickup - we are in desperate need of parents to please help out with picking up our sushi order on a Friday at 12.00 noon. Sushi is proving very popular with our students and we would really love to still be able to offer this option to you. 
Monday 15th - Friday 19th May, Year 5 & 6 Camp to Kawau Island. 
MOTUTAPU collected the most house points between them last term and will be rewarded with a number of privileges this term. This Friday the whole of only team MOTUTAPU from New Entrants to Year 8 are able to come to school in mufti (no school uniform needs to be worn). They will also have a pizza lunch.  Well done MOTUTAPU!!
SCHOOL UNIFORM - Our GHS children are looking so smart. Please remember that footwear must be plain black, this includes the laces and soles.
Sports Payments - Please ensure all payments are made through the School shop by this Friday as we are being invoiced through the clubs for payment. Thank you.
Thursday 11th May - Students playing Flippa Ball for GHS have been offered a one off training session at the Leisure Centre through Water Polo NZ.  Year 3 & 4 students 7.00 - 7.45pm. Year 5 & 6 students - 7.45 - 8.30pm.
HOOPZ HBC - Basketball Premier Coaching with Carl Buck available for all GHS students on Sunday afternoons 30th April - 2 July. $65 for the Term. ($10 casual visit). To register email: hibiscuscommunitybball@gmail.com

Week of 2 May 2017

Re: Communication from Gulf Harbour School Board of Trustees Year 7 & 8 Community Survey - 2017. Please copy and paste the following email to forward your comments to our Board of Trustees: communityfeedback@ghs.school.nz
10th & 11th May Remember to book your Parent Teacher Interviews, May 10th & 11th, www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  Enter Code: rbxaf.
Netball Support required - we are in great need of netball coaches for our year 4 teams. Please contact Ruth Taylor, r.taylor@ghs.school.nz . Games for year's 3 - 6 start this Thursday.
Reminder, all Flippa Ball years 3 - 6, games start this Sunday at the Leisure Centre. You will be notified of game times when we have been advised of these.


Week of 1 May 2017
Year 7 and 8 Community Survey - 2017
It is the job of the School Board to ensure that a quality education is provided for all.
As part of preparing the school for the new year it is good practice for a School Board to review the overall structuring, including teacher placement and resources available within a school.  During this annual review at the beginning of 2017 we identified the current Year 7 & 8 intermediate provision provided at GHS as a cause for concern.
The reasons for these concerns:
Over the last six years we have seen a dramatic decrease in the percentage of children staying on for our Year 7 and 8 programme compared to those who are leaving to attend Whangaparaoa College.  For example, in 2011 35% of the school roll (152 children) stayed on for Year 7 & 8 at GHS compared with 9% (38 children) in 2017.
As you may be aware, the provisions for an intermediate school require more resourcing than those in primary.  This is for the additional curriculum required. Unfortunately the Ministry does not provide adequate funding for these additional curriculum needs when the numbers of students are so low, meaning that we are not supporting educational growth to a consistent and  acceptable level in some areas of the curriculum, particularly technology and soft and hard tech.
Our findings have established that through the consistent decline in numbers at GHS the provision for the intermediate children is now at a detriment to the younger children within the school. For example, this year with 38 children we have had to form a mixed Year 6 /7 class to accommodate these numbers as there were not enough children to justify two intermediate teachers. Creating this class has been at the cost of an additional teacher as the Year 6 children could have been placed in already existing Year 5 and 6 classes.
As part of the GHS Boards in-depth inquiry into the feasibility of our Year 7 & 8 provision an analysis of the whole school roll growth v the decline in numbers in the intermediate cohort has been undertaken. Financials including operations grants, teachers salaries and the analysis of school income streams, including before and after school care and school donations has also been studied.
The Board has carefully reviewed all of the information available and raised the question of whether we can maintain a quality Year 7 & 8 program that will not negatively affect the resources available to our Year 1 to 6 children. After an in depth inquiry into the feasibility of our intermediate provision the Board is recommending that we look to phase out our Year 7 and 8 programme. Should this intermediate provision close we would look to develop a strategy to phase it out over a one to two year period.
Following further discussions with the Ministry, we would like to obtain community feedback on the potential closure of the year 7 & 8 provisions at GHS. We intend to hold a night to discuss with the whole community the future of the Year 7 & 8 programme in addition to seeking your feedback now.
If you have feedback on this, either for or against the school keeping the year 7 & 8, please email through to communityfeedback@ghs.school.nz by Monday 8th May.
We look forward to receiving your feedback.
GHS Board of Trustees