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Week of 1 August 2017

Year 3 & 4 Camp MERC, 4th - 6th & 6th - 8th September.  Please pay through the School Shop by 30th August.  $180.00 per student.
Disabled Carparks - It is a legal requirement that we provide these spaces for families in our school who require them, Please, do not park in these spaces unless you have the mobility card displayed in your window. 
Soap Money, please return money and unsold soaps to the front office by Friday 11th August.
Wednesday 2nd August, Years 6, 7 & 8 Visit to Whangaparaoa College, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Our students will be travelling by bus, provided by the College.
Wednesday 2nd August - Year 7 Boostrix Immunisation, 12.30 - 1.30pm.
Tuesday 8th August - Netball Tournament, Years 3 - 6, Edith Hopper Courts, please pay through the School Shop, $12.00. 

Week of 25 July 2017

Wednesday 26th July - PTA Meeting, 7.30pm in the Staffroom. Come along and see what initiatives we have planned for the rest of the year, including our School Gala. If you cannot attend the meeting but would still like to be involved please email pta@ghs.school.nz to be added to our Yammer group.
Soap Fundraiser - what an amazing fundraiser, keep going with your awesome selling and please remember to bring the money into the office in an envelope with your name and room number on it.

Week of 27 June 2017

Wednesday 28th June - National Rippa Rugby Qualifier Tournament, East Coast Bayes Rugby Club.
Thursday 29th June - Matariki Festival, 5.00 - 7.30pm.  Come along and enjoy your children's celebrations & entertainment.  Extra food will be available to purchase, (other than the hangi which tickets have been prepaid for). There will also be glow sticks & raffle tickets to buy.  Please bring cash as there will be no Eftpos available. Please note there is no entry fee to come to the festival.
Thursday 29th June - 2017 KIWI Competitions test for those who have already registered and paid. 
9.30 - 10.30am Maths
11.30am - 12.30pm English
1.30 - 2.30pm Science
Wednesday 5th July - BOT Meeting, 6.30pm in the Staffroom.  All welcome.
All Sports Registrations & Payments need to be in by Friday 7th July.  Please hand in your completed forms to the office and ensure you have made payment either through the School Shop or at the office.
Friday 7th July - Last day of school, 3.00pm finish.

Week of 20 June 2017

Wednesday 21st June - WIGS WEDNESDAY MUFTI DAY, wear a wig or make a crazy hair style. Please bring a gold coin donation and help us to support child cancer. Students do not need to wear uniform.
Thursday 22nd June - Year 3/4 Camp Meeting for Parents, 7.00 - 8.00pm in the Staffroom. It is very important that as many parents as possible please attend this meeting.
Friday 23rd June - TEACHER ONLY DAY - School will be closed.
Wednesday 28th June - Rippa Rugby National Qualifier. East Coast Bayes Rugby Park.
Thursday 29th June - 2017 KIWI Competition - All students who have paid will be sitting the English, Maths & Science tests on this day.
Thursday 29th June - Matariki Festival, 5.00 - 7.30pm. Hangi tickets still available for $15.00 each. This festival is instead of our end of Term assembly.  Please come along to celebrate your child's learning.
Friday 7th July - Last day for Term 2

Week of 13 June 2017

Wigs Wednesday, 21st June - Please help us to support Child Cancer Foundation, Gold coin donation please. Wear your favourite crazy hair style or wig.
Friday 23rd June - Teacher Only Day, School Closed. Please note there is no Before or After School Care available on this day due to all staff being involved in the day.
Sunday 25th June - Last day for making your Photolife orders online.
Thursday 29th June -  Matariki Festival 5.00 - 7.30pm at GHS. Please mark this date in your calendar.  Hangi orders all sold out.
Friday 7th July - Last day of Term 2, school re-opens Monday 24th July. 
School Values Community Feedback Survey Update
Thank you to all our families who completed our survey to help us review the current school values, as part of the Positive Behaviour 4 Learning journey at our school. We have also consulted with our staff and students about the values that they feel are important and by comparing the data from both surveys we can announce that we will be introducing the following four values at our school:-
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Kindness
  • Resilience
These values will remain in draft until we feel they work proactively and support the learning and teaching at GHS. The next step of our journey involves the school creating a statement of expected behaviours that show what each of the values looks like, sounds like and feels like in different settings across the school. All statements are positively worded, for example, walk quietly, listen or follow instructions. They will be observable and measurable outcomes that we will expect our students, staff and community to use at school. Please contact Fiona Southgate on f.southgate@ghs.school.nz if you need any further information.  We will be keeping you updated.

Week of 6 June 2017

Ladies Night Out - this Saturday 10th June. Don't miss out on a Goodie Bag with items to the value of over $550.00. (this is not a typo!!) Tickets are only $35.00 each, through the school shop or at the front office. Rugby widows, leave your husbands and kids at home and come out for a night of fun, freedom and get together with friends. Tickets include a glass of bubbles and entries to spot prizes, plus more. Wine & Dessert Bar available.  Please support our school and community.
Thursday 8th June - Coast Football Competition, Stanmore Bay Football Grounds, Brightside Road. Please ensure if your child is participating, that they bring their completed persmission form into the office by Wednesday 7th June.  Payment can be made through the school shop or at the office.
Monday 12th June - Positive Puberty Evening for Year 5 - 8 Parents, in the Staffroom.    6.00 - 7.30pm.
Rippa Rugby Coaching - if you are able to assist us with coaching a Year 5/6 team at lunch times during the school day please email Ruth Taylor r.taylor@ghs.school.nz

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

Week of 4 April 2017

Due to the popularity of our After School Care Programme we are now fully booked for any new permanent or casual bookings, until further notice.
Wednesday 5th April - School Disco 6.30 - 7.30pm - Whangaparaoa Golf Club.  Tickets $5.00, door sales available.
Thursday 6th April - End of Term Assembly, Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 10.30am.
Thursday 6th April - Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.30pm in the Boardroom.
Remember to book your Parent Teacher Interviews, May 10th & 11th, www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  Enter Code: rbxaf.
Thursday 13th April, Last day of school, 3.00pm finish.  School starts back for Term 2, Monday 1st May.

Week of 28 March 2017

Mathathon donations are due in tomorrow, Wednesday 25th March.  Please return with correct money and completed forms to the front office.
Thursday 30th March - Join the Gulf Harbour School PTA and make new friends, 7.30pm in the staffroom.  If you are interested come along and join us for drinks and nibbles - even if you can only spare an hour of time here or there - please come to our first meeting of 2017. We would love to see you there!
Wednesday 5th April - School Disco - $5.00 per ticket. Whangaparaoa Golf Club 6.00 - 7.30pm.
Thursday 6th April - Term 1 Assembly, Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 10.30am.  Everyone welcome. 
Thursday 6th April - BOT Meeting, 6.30pm in the Boardroom.
Thursday 13th April - Last day of school for Term 1.  Term 2 starts back Monday 1st May.
Tuesday 2nd May - Photolife Class & Individual photos.  This year we will be taking individual portraits for students and any siblings, as well as class photos.  Siblings will be taken at 9.00am. Prepaid envelopes will be sent home, sibling envelopes can be collected from the front office from 3rd April.
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May - Parent / Teacher Interviews for Year 4 - 8 students.Go online and book your interview times now using the Event Code: rbxaf www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

Week of 21 March 2017

Thursday 23rd March - Sushi pickup. Are you able to please collect the sushi order for our students lunches, needs to be picked up at 11.45am to be back here at school for delivery to our classes at 12.30pm. Please contact the office if you are able to help.  428 202 Ext: 700.
Thursday 23rd March - Year 5 & 6 Camp Information Evening, 7.00pm. Year 5 in the staffroom, Year 6 in Rooms 8/9.
Sunday 26th March - Weetbix Triathlon for all students who have entered - Manly Park.  More information will follow on Yammer.
Monday 27th March - Book Club Orders, last day for returning orders and money to the office.
Wednesday 29th March - last day for returning Mathathon forms and money to the office, donations also on Givealittle. Thank you for your support.
Thursday 30th March - PTA Meeting in the Staffroom.  Come along and be part of a great parent/community team.
Learn to Play the Drums - Tuition at GHS with Pete Warren, private lessons, school programme. Phone 021 048 5493, pfvwarren@windowslive.com

Week of 13 February 2017

SUSHI THURSDAY starts this week 16th February. Orders can only be placed through the SCHOOL SHOP, no orders through the office.  Please make sure you have placed your order by 9.00am Thursday morning. Sushi will be delivered to classrooms at 12.30pm.
Thursday 16th February - Meet the Teacher Family Evening.  Bring a rug and your picnic dinner, starting 5.30 - 6.30pm, Meet the Teacher following this.  Bouncy Castle and games for the kids.
Friday 24 February -  Senior School Swimming Sports (Year's 5 - 8) 9:45am - 2:30pm to be held at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre.  Permission slip and payment for the bus must be made by Wednesday 22 February - $6.00 per child.
Tuesday 28 February - Community Sports Meeting 7:00 - 8:00pm in the school staffroom. 
Tuesday 28 February, Thursday 2 March, Friday 3 March - Senior School Leadership Boot Camp.  
Tuesday & Friday mornings Whole School Fitness 9:10 - 9:20am. 
Please remember you child should be wearing full school uniform, correct hat and footwear, hair tied back. They are all looking so smart.

Week of 7 February 2017

Thursday 16th February - Meet the teacher from 5.30pm. Please bring a picnic and come and enjoy some fun and games. Meet the teacher starts from 6.30pm.
Friday 24 February -  Senior School Swimming Sports (Year's 5 - 8) 9:45am - 2:30pm to be held at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre.  All parents are welcome.  If you are able to assist on this day please email Ruth Taylor r.taylor@ghs.school.nz.  Permission slip and payment for the bus must be made by Wednesday 22 February.  
Tuesday 28 February - Community Sports Meeting 7:00 - 8:00pm in the school staffroom.  If you are interested in supporting our school in some way with our sports teams please come to this meeting.  We would love to have some input with coaching, managing, administrative tasks, funding applications, etc.
Tuesday 28 February, Thursday 2 March, Friday 3 March - Senior School Leadership Boot Camp.  You will be notified if your child will be taking part in this on Friday 10 February.
Tuesday & Friday mornings Whole School Fitness 9:10 - 9:20am will be held, please feel free to come and join in with your child's class.
Sunday 27 March - Weetbix triathlon - Gulf Harbour School teams to enter.
School Bike Track is now open at lunchtimes. All children must wear helmets. Days for each year level to use the track are listed below:
Monday        Year's 1 & 2
Tuesday       Year's 3 & 4
Wednesday  Year 5
Thursday      Year 6
Friday           Year's 7 & 8
Uniform reminder - All children should now be wearing the GHS bucket hat and full new uniform. Also, if your child has hair that is shoulder length or longer - please make sure it is tied up. Thank you for helping our children look so smart.

Week of 14 December 2016

Friday 16th December End of Term Assembly - Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am. Everyone welcome.
School finishes for 2016 Tuesday 20th December - 12.30pm
We are a collection point for gifts for children who will spend this Christmas at a Ronald McDonald House, while they receive specialist medical treatment.
Drop a present into our office, last drop off day is this Friday 16th December, with a label on it stating either boy/girl and approximate age the gift is for. Thank you to those parents who already have so kindly donated a gift. 
Ray White Manly will make sure the gifts get to a deserving family.

Week of 6 December 2016

School Disco Cancellation - Again, we would like to apologise for cancelling the disco tonight.  We know how much the children were looking forward to the evening but felt there was no other option at this late stage. Please rest assured that we have lots of discos and fun family events already planned for 2017. We will let you know about these at the beginning of the new school year so that as a family you have plenty of notice. 
REMINDER - please return all library books by this Friday 9th December.  Any outstanding books after this date will be invoiced to you.
Saturday 10th December, Carols on the Canal at the Gulf Harbour Village Rotunda.  Rooms 1, 4 & 5 will be performing from 3.30 - 4.00pm. Bring along a blanket and picnic or buy from the local food stalls.  Father Christmas arrives on the Coastguard boat at 5.00pm.
Friday 16th December - End of Term Assembly, Wentworth Sports Complex, 9.30 - 11.00am. Everyone welcome.
Tuesday 20th December - Last school day for 2016, 12.30pm finish. Our school bus has been organised to leave at this time.

Week of 29 November 2016

Thursday 1st December - Year 2/3 Cupcake Sale $2.00, outside the Galley at morning tea time. This is a camp fundraiser.
Friday 2nd December - Whole School Athletics Day.  There will be no Friday Food Day.
After School Care will be closed in the afternoon of Tuesday 20th December - Last day of school.
Reindeer Food Bags $2.00, available at morning tea time outside the front office. Fundraiser for the Year 6's who are graduating.
Year 2/3 Shakespear Overnight Camp payment is now due, please pay through the School Shop or at the front office. Final payment date is next Wednesday 7th December.

Week of 22 November 2016

Tuesday 22nd November, 7.00 - 8.00pm - Year 2/3 Camp Meeting for parents in the Staffroom.
Friday 25th November, Room 12 are selling fruit kebabs and cupcakes from the Secret Garden. $2.00 each.
School Hats - please remember hats are complusory and must be worn in Term 4 & 1.  With the summer sun appearing please remember to sunblock your children before they come to school. We do have sunblock in all classrooms for children to top up with during the day. Water bottles are also very important for your child to have every day.