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Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 Stationery - The New Way

This year we are purchasing all school stationery for you, the opportunity of buying our stationery in bulk has helped us secure a great price offer.

We have spent considerable time working firstly with our teachers to make sure that the items they need are the right ones for their class and your children. We sent for quotes to three major stationery suppliers and have been offered competitive discounts of 50% on most of our stationery and about 30% on other items.

The cost is $40.00 per student ($10.00 per term). We will be debiting your account at the start of next year. Their school exercise books will be available first week back to take home and cover if needed.

The benefits of doing this:
 is competitive pricing on all stationery items
the right amount and type of stationery for your child's learning with their 2012 teacher
all the work has been done for you

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mobile Dental Unit

The Mobile Dental Unit currently situated at our school will be closed from Friday 16th December, reopening Monday 9th January.

All children will be sent appointments for either during the holiday period or will be seen when school returns on 7th February 2012.

Thankyou from The Dental Team

Monday, December 12, 2011

Athletics Sprint Finals

Athletics Sprint Finals

Friday the 16th December (weather permitting)
11am -12:30pm
Each year level sprint finals followed by class relays
Sausages drinks and ice blocks will be for sale.
Drinks $1
Ice blocks $1
Sausages/bread $2

Come along and support your children with your picnic lunch and blanket.

Holiday Fun Early School Closure

Holiday Fun will be operating our After School Care programme on Tuesday 20th December (last day of school), 1.00pm in Room 13.  Cost will be $5.00 per hour.  Bookings must e done through our website http://www.holidayfun.co.nz/

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GHS YRs 1-4 Beach Party Disco

Friday 9th December at school in Rooms 8,9&10. Yrs 1-2 4:00 - 5:30pm, Yrs 3-4 6:00 - 7:30pm
Tickets $5.00 order from the office or door sales available. Please come dressed up in the theme, prize for best creative costume. There are some fun beach carnival games to play. Bring some extra money for candy floss, mini hot dogs, pizza etc.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Music Lessons in 2012

Gulf Harbour School Music Lessons in 2012
Please remember to register your child with Creative Music Core (CMC) for all music tuition in 2012 as
R & B Music will no longer be taking lessons at our school. Please check your childs bag for a registration form going home today.  This is not a notification for money, just registration to get an idea of numbers.  No money needs to be paid until lessons start next year. Please complete and return to the box provided at the school office.
Registrations must be in by 15th December. For further informaiton please contact Peter Warren at creativemusiccore@gmail.com  or 0210485493.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fight For Life Package on Trade-Me

This fabulous package has been generously donated by a family of our school.

Set of Shane Cameron’s boxing gloves
2 x Fight for Life tickets priced at $399.00
2 Boxing sessions with Monty Betham and a lunch date “ His shout”
All proceeds go towards Special Needs students at Gulf Harbour School.

Go to this link to bid on this wonderful package:

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Great Gift idea to say “Thank You” to your Staff and Customers this Christmas!!
Order now and support the
Rotary Club of Orewa (Inc)
All proceeds are going to the Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten, Riverside Road


Thursday, November 10, 2011

'Diabetes Awareness' Gold Coin Mufti Day

Please join in with our blue mufti day, Friday November 18th. It is Diabetes Awareness Week and we would like to raise money for Diabetes Auckland, as well as educate our students about type 1 & 2 diabetes. Find a crazy blue outfit and bring a gold coin donation!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hospice Fashion Collection 2011

Hospice Shops would like you to give up your designer and well-known label clothes and accessories for the Hospice Fashion Collection 2011.  Please support them - go to your wardrobe and it if looks cool, give it up this week.  Even if its just one item you'll be making a difference.

We have specially printed bags available from reception or drop your clothing off and we will bag it for you.  Hospice will collect from the school next week.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Children's Communication Workshops

Next term we will be running a series of workshops aound children's communication development.  These workshops will be developed and delivered by a Speech-Language Therapist, Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) and experienced classroom teacher.

Details of the workshop:
Each Wednesday 2nd November to 7th December (weekly)
9.30am - 12.00noon (morning tea provided)
Gulf Harbour School, Room 13
Topics covered: Speech, Language and Phonological Awareness

If you are wanting to learn more about how you can support your children at home in these areas or if you have concerns about your child's communication development and are wanting to sign up for these workshops please contact Jane Matson j.matson@ghs.school.nz
"Don't let childcare be the barrier"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Travelwise launch Friday 4 November - Be there!

We would love to see as many parents as possible come to our Travelwise launch and celebrate Gulf Harbour School officially becoming a Travelwise
School.  It is just over a year since we began our Travelwise journey and now we are ready to receive our Bronze Award.  Be part of our journey to make travel to school safer and more sustainable.

Date: Friday 4th November
Location: Gulf Harbour School (courts)
Time: 2.00pm  - 3.00pm

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vote for our 'Doodle for Google' finalists!!

Earlier this year Google NZ asked kids across NZ to design their own Google image (Doodle) with the theme "My wish for NZ".  The winner will have their image displayed on the Google home page for one day and will win a laptop and whiteboard for their school.

Olivia entered the Google for Doodle competition at her school and has been selected as 1 of the top 4 finalists for years 1-3 in NZ.  Her doodle is titled 'Kiwiana Culture' and is the bottom left Doodle.  Vote here http://www.google.co.nz/doodle4google/vote.html

Sato was selected as 1 of the top 6 finalists in the year 4-6 category. His doodle is called 'Adventure Capital of the World'. Vote here 

If you like their doodles please vote using the links above. Forward them on to family and friends to vote too.  Both students have done a fantastic job so get behind them and vote!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Auckland Half Marathon Sponsorship

Jane Matson, has set up a web page at http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/JaneMatson/

Drop by and support her as she participates in Auckland Half Marathon in an effort to raise funds for some special kids at Gulf Harbour School.

Spread the word - please forward this email to your email address book so that the children from Gulf Harbour School really benefit from Jane Matson's efforts.

Thank you


·        Shop, save money, save time and raise funds for your school.
Step 1 – sit down & relax !
Step 2 – get someone to make your favourite coffee !
Step 3 - simply go to http://www.yourfastshop.co.nz/webshop/index.php?set_school=874 select your school and start browsing for Christmas presents.
·        No queues, No parking problems, No aching feet !
·        Save on petrol costs.
·        Over 70 online stores to choose from including electronics at Apple, fashion at Ezibuy, books at The Nile, toys at Mighty Ape and you can even get your groceries online at Woolworths.
·        Your shopping is dealt with directly by your chosen online store.
·        www.yourfastshop.co.nz automatically provide funds to your school.

Treat yourself to easy shopping and help your school this Christmas.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hansel & Gretel Live on Stage

School Holiday Fun Live on Stage at the Bruce Mason Centre

Monday 17th October - Saturday 22nd October
10.00am & 12.00noon daily
Tickets $14.00 - Adults at kids prices

Toolbox Parenting Groups

Term 4 - Parenting Teenagers
Tuesdays 1st November - 6th December, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Whangaparaoa College, Delshaw Ave, Stanmore Bay
$67.50 per person or $90.00 per couple

Toolbox groups are relaxed, informal parenting sessions run over six weeks.  The focus is on making your parenting experience a really positive one and being the best parent that you can and have fun on the way!

To register contact Allan on 424 7338 ext 211 or 027 472 3304, http://www.parentsinc.org.nz/

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Room 23's Survival Kits

Do you want to survive and live life to the limit? Gulf Harbour School has been putting together survival kits that are not too expensive and at an affordable price. We have researched and have only included the best of the best to ensure you will survive a natural disaster. We have made 3 different types of survival kits to suit your needs:

  • Basic kit that covers all the basic equipment - $100
  • Car kit that helps you when you are on the road - $75
  • Deluxe kit that includes the right equipment to survive - $150

If you are looking to add some other items to your kit, we have optional items available. Join with us and be ready for whatever comes your way.

See attached order form, http://ghssurvival.wikispaces.com/

Friday, September 30, 2011

Room 17 Selling Puppets at Silverdale Market on Saturday Morning

Room 17 are Selling Puppets at Silverdale Market on Saturday Morning!
Room 5 will also be selling their Play dough and Room 28 will be selling their Bookmarks!

Be there to see their great products!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

GHS Rugby World Cup Festival

Friday 23rd September, 4.00 - 6.00pm.
Venue - Gulf Harbour School
Come along and join the fun!
Music, food & refreshments for everyone.
Super bake stall, Sausage Sizzle, Cafe and Lolly scramble.
Support your favourite team & support our school in this event.
This is one special magical moment not to be missed.
Come on the best team!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Guardian of the Bridge Show Rooms 19 - 22

This exciting show with singing and dancing by our Year 1 & 2 children is on the following days:

Tuesday 4th October, 2pm & 7pm
Thursday October 6th, 7pm.

Cost $10 for 2 adults and up to 3 children or $3 a ticket. 
Tickets on sale from Monday 19th September before and after school in Rooms 8/9

Come along and enjoy Year 1 & 2 children performing for you.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Local ‘Jim’ makes the walk to school safe again for Gulf Harbour School pupils

Thank you so much to Keith Duffin from Jims Mowing and Gary Turton (Dad from school) for making this palm safe for our children to walk past.

Seeing the danger to the Gulf Harbour School children who use the footpath on Shakespear Road just inches from the spikes of this partly pruned palm, concerned Keith Duffin of Jims Mowing so much he had to do something about it.

‘These spikes are extremely sharp and the kids walk, run and ride bikes right past here each day on their way to and from school. Kids don’t realise how dangerous they are, one slip and these spikes will skewer them. So I asked the property owner if I could make it safe – for no charge” said Keith.

Previous attempts to trim the fronds had left the hard sharp spikes pointing straight towards the footpath. ”I’ve brushed against these palms while mowing other customers lawns and got the spikes stuck in me, they are very painful and difficult to remove” said Keith. After a trim and with a trailer full of palm fronds – the children can get past with more space and safely.

Keith has a word of advice to other property owners with palms. “Many people don’t know how to prune palms. If you are going to prune them make sure you cut them right back to the trunk to remove all the hard spikes that are nearer the trunk”. “Wear strong leather gloves and protection from the spikes and be sure to dispose of the fronds immediately as they are still very dangerous if on the ground and someone walks over them.”

Monday, September 12, 2011

Year 8 Parents Camp Meeting

Reminder we have a meeting for parents of students attending the year 8 camp – Tongariro.
The purpose of this meeting is to address and clarify any issues of concern.

Wednesday 14th September 7.00pm  Staffroom

7.00pm – 7.45pm  Parents of students attending camp.
7.45pm – 8.30pm Briefing for parents attending camp.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Congratulations Gulf Harbour School we raised

$440.00 for SPCA today, thanks for your effort.
From our  GHS House Captains.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Photolife Class Photos- Prepaid Envelopes

Photos will be taken on Wednesday 7th September starting at 9.00am.  Please make sure your child has the correct Gulf Harbour School uniform, including footwear.  Personalised, prepaid envelopes will be going home today, Monday the 29th August.  Please complete and return with the correct money to the office by Monday 5th September. Payments by cheque or cash only. If you have 2 or more children requiring photos you can make one payment, please place in the oldest child's envelope.

Taking Entries Now for GHS Animation Festival!

Criteria: Your animation must teach others about the importance of one of the GHS school values - Bravery, Resilience, Responsibility, Fun
Must be 2 -5 minutes long
Can be Claymation, Stop-motion, 2D Animation, Flip animation

Hand in to Room 29 in the form of a Quicktime by Friday of Week 8!

Collect a flyer from the School Office or Room 29

Friday, August 19, 2011

SPCA Cupcake/Mufti Day - Monday 29th August

SPCA Cupcake Day is on Monday 29th August.
Dress up as your favourite animal and bring a gold coin donation.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Incredible Years’ Parenting Programme

This is a 14 week programme, run by facilitators from the Ministry of Education, for parents of children aged around 3-8 years.   It involves weekly sessions of around two hours. 
Over the weeks, parents will develop strategies to build positive relationships with their children and to manage problem behaviours. 
Group sessions will held each week for parents to talk through what has, or hasn’t worked, set goals for what they want to happen and ways to achieve those goals during the following week.
The Incredible Years programme is extensively tested. With a 25 year history, the programme now operates successfully in a wide range of countries. Programmes in New Zealand show reductions in problem behaviour across a range of families and cultures.
For information about the Incredible Years programmes and topics covered please contact Jane Matson j.matson@ghs.school.nz 
Programme Details
Dates:  Monday 29th August – Monday 12th December
Location: Gulf Harbour School
Times 9.30am - 12.00 pm 
Complimentary Morning Tea  & Free Childcare Provided

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ministry of Health - Measles Outbreak

From the Ministry of Health
By 8th August 2011, 175 measles cases had been reported this year, including 19 who needed hospital treatment. Most cases were in the Auckland region, although 24 cases were reported in Hawke’s Bay.In the past week, 12 cases have been reported in the Waikato region, mainly around Te Awamutu.

Measles symptoms
Measles is a highly infectious disease and is more serious than many people realise. Symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes and a runny nose, and then a rash which develops after about three days. Complications can include middle ear infections, pneumonia, and, more rarely, encephalitis or brain inflammation.  About one in ten people infected need to be hospitalised.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Warm welcome to our Korean Students

We are very happy to welcome our friends from our sister school, Samyook School from Korea. They have arrived after an 11 hour flight and even though very tired they still managed to enjoy an assembly, game and afternoon tea with our students before being collected by their New Zealand home stay families.  They will be with us for the next 4 weeks.

Confirmation Placements for Year 6's Students for 2012

Our ideal is to have all our Year 6’s stay at Gulf Harbour right through to the end of Year 8. You have choices and options available. We do however require confirmation of your intentions to manage our enrolments, classes and staffing. 

All Year 6 parents will have received the form by post to be completed and returned to the school office stating your intentions for your child's schooling in 2012.  Please return this form to the office by Tuesday 31st August.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Term 2 Disco Photos - Order your digital copies.

A digital copy can be purchased for $3.00. Order forms are available from the school office, complete and enclose the correct money in the disco photo box.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NED is coming to our School - Tuesday 9th August

The NED show will be visiting our school from 9.15 - 11.00am on Tuesday 9th August.
The show combines a great message with yo-yos, humour and audience participation to teach children how to develop three valuable characteristics involved in becoming champion at school and in life..

Never give up
Encourage others
Do your best

Yo-Yos will be available for sale for 5 school days following the show and also by order form which has been sent home today.  Please place all orders with the correct money (cheques made payable to Gulf Harbour School or cash only) in the box at the school office. Visit their website: http://www.thenedshow.com/

Double our chance to win an iPad

From Monday 8th August we have the chance to double our nominations to win an iPad for our school.  Please help us by registering online http://auckland.yellowlocal.co.nz/schools-leaderboard .  For every person who registers we will be given two nominations.  This offer is only available until sunday 21st August.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Knights & Princesses Ball - 26 August

Girls get your Dad, Poppa or Uncle to bring you to the
Knights and Princesses Ball
                        Desserts, Music, Dancing & Spot Prizes

                                    Date: Friday 26 August 2011
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Whangaparaoa Golf Club
Ticket: $25 (from front office)
 (Buys entry for 1 Knight & accompanying Princess/Princesses)

Princesses need to be attending Gulf Harbour School & must be accompanied 
by their Knight of choice who is 18 years or older.
Dress up as a Princess for the night
An opportunity for our girls to enjoy a 
special  time with their Knight.

Friday, July 15, 2011

'Guys & Dolls' Centrestage Youth Theatre

Production by local students, Centrestage Theatre, Orewa July 20th - 23rd.
20th July - 7.00pm
21st - 23rd July - 2.00 & 7.00pm
$12.00 per ticket.  Phone 426-7282.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Urgent Help Required for Gulf Harbour School

GULF HARBOUR SCHOOL is calling on the support of families.  We are short of homestays for visiting groups of Japanese students arriving at our school.

Families whose children don't attend Gulf Harbour School can also host, so please ask your friends and neighbours.  This is extremely urgent. Please see further information below.

The Japanese group stays only for 2 weeks.  The homestay fee is $210.00 per week for hosting a student.

The Japanese students arrive on 21st August  and depart 4th September 2011. They will be 14 – 15 years old, both boys and girls. 

Placement Requirements for the students:
  • Each Japanese student needs their own room
  • No other Japanese staying in the home please.  Other nationalities are okay
  • There needs to be a mother or grandmother living in the home.
  • The family needs to arrange transport to and from school each day and ensure the student is accompanied either by a family member, or by a member of one of the other families who are hosting.   Students are to be accompanied on outings.
  • There needs to be a child in the home for the full duration of the student's stay.
  • The students will be placed in families with a child of the same gender.
  • Families are required to speak English while their student is staying
  • Only one Japanese student will be placed per family
  • Families must be able to care for the student for the full duration of their stay
  • Attending the Sayonara/ Farewell Party is part of being a host.
Check out the International Program site for more information or get in touch with Dagmar Goodall: d.goodall@ghs.school.nz

Friday, July 8, 2011

2012 School Term Dates

These dates are our confirmed 2012 school term dates.
Term 1   7th February -  5th April
Term 2   23rd April -  29th June
Term 3   16th July - 28th September
Term 4   15th October -  20th December

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

School Donation Thank you

Thank you to the 29% of our parents who have paid their school donaiton.  The impacts of this is a major concern for the school and a topic of Board attention.  For the details and latest report of this please click here: http://www.gulfharbour.school.nz/index.php?page=school-donations-and-fees

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Whangaparaoa Plaza Scholar Dollars - help us to win!

We are currently coming 3rd place in the Scholar Dollars race for a grand prize of $5,000.  Please help us to win by taking in all your receipts from the Plaza (even those back dated to 1st June).  Tell your friend and relatives.  Drop your receipts off at the Kiosk next to BB's (by Countdown).
  • First Prize:         $5,000
  • Second Prize:    $2,500
  • Third Prize:        $1,000
Please support Gulf Harbour School and help us to win by presenting your vouchers.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wednesday Morning Coffee Catchups

All parents are invited to our Wednesday morning coffee groups at
9.00 - 10.30am in the staffroom. 
Come along and meet new families, preschoolers most welcome. 
Enjoy a coffee and yummy home baking.
For further information refer to the website