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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

End of Year Assembly Details

Tuesday 18th December 2012
Wentworth College Sports Complex
9.30 - 11.30am
Everyone Welcome
Assembly will have 2 sessions
Juniors (Years 1 - 3) will leave at 10.20am
Seniors (Years 4 - 8) will be present for the full assembly
Event will proceed wet or fine (we will supply buses if raining)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mobile Device Evening - 3rd December

Monday December 3rd             7.30pm             Whangaparaoa Golf Club

Gulf Harbour School will be hosting an evening based around our intentions to encourage students to own and bring mobile devices to school.  This evening is for all year levels 1 - 8.

The evening will consist of the following:
·       Where we are as a school.
·       Why we are recommending Apple products.
·       Presentation from leading Educationalist Stuart Hale
·       Questions and Answers
·       Presentation and options from Noel Leeming group

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mr Petrie on Newstalk ZB Thursday 7:15am

Listen to Mike Hoskings on NewsTalk ZB's Breakfast Show Thursday (tomorrow) morning at 7:15am.  He will be interviewing Mr Petrie about the exciting events of the day.

Students Safe- Heading Off For Swim at the Pools

Update: 5:00pm From Deputy Principal Jane Cochrane

We have just spoken to Mr Petrie. Everyone is safe and rather excited.
Students are heading off to the pools for a swim.

Breaking News - All Safe - Tongariro

With the recent breaking news of Mount Tongariro errupting we would like to strongly inform all parents of students attending our Year 8 camp that they are all safe and currently walking out of the track.

Update from Doc

Our group is currently an hour and half away from the bus waiting at the bottom of the mountain. They are with a Department of Conservation Guide, everyone is safe.  Doc have advised at this stage, that there is no problem with where our group is staying, activity was on the other side of the mountain. There were no rocks, or falling debris or injuries.

We will keep you updated as we hear further information.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bright Sparks Musical Learning, A Music and Dance Therapy Programme

Bright Sparks Musical Learning assists young children with special needs to achieve their developmental milestones and supports their general sense of wellbeing.
Each and every session is child-focused and catered to a child's level of understanding, interest and ability. We connect, share and learn thru various musical opportunities and dance movements. All music instruments and other resources are provided by the facilitator. Each session builds on from prior knowledge and acknowledges the role of the caregiver in helping the child reach their potential.

Ages: 0 to 6

Sessions are offered in a client's home.

Please call Hendrina Hancock on 09 428 0179 or 0211 553 541 for more information.

Years 7 & 8 Camp Facebook page

We have set up a Facebook page for Year 7 & 8 camps. It will be updated daily for families of students who are away at Tongariro & Kauaeranga Valley. Go to: http://www.facebook.com/ghsschoolcamps

Orewa Lions Club Raffle - proceeds to Gulf Harbour School

Orewa Lions Club Xmas Raffle

Tickets - $2.00 each / Book of 6 $10.00
Available from the school office
1st Prize - Fuera Wood Fired Oven
2nd Prize - Heletranz Scenic Flight for 2
3rd Prize - Grocery Hamper
4th Prize - Morris & James Platter
5th Prize - Chocolate & Sweets Hamper

Drawn 17th December
Results published in Rodney Times 20th December
Proceeds will be donated to Gulf Harbour School

School Hats Compulsory

A reminder that school hats need to be worn every day in terms 1 & 4.  Your child will need to stay in the covered areas should they not bring a hat to school.  Please make sure your child is wearing our navy school hats with the school logo on.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Athletics Day - Wednesday 7th November

Athletics Day
All students participating 
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Sausages for sale $2.00 & drinks $1.00
Year 7/8 students will be also be selling home baking throughout the day
Remember your suntan lotion & hats
Everyone welcome to watch

Friday, October 26, 2012

All Day Celebration for Readathon - Monday 29th October

All Day Celebration for Readathon - Monday 29th October 

Children need to dress up as their favourite book character and bring a cushion, bean-bag or deck chair so they can be comfortable for reading all day. Bring pop corn to enjoy while reading and being read to.

Day will start with whole school - Character parade and  guess the character.  

We will have a 'Marathon' of reading across intercom during the middle block. 

After lunch - Stu Duval will share some of his books and his journey to becoming an author.

There will be reading time with buddies. 

Parents welcome to come in throughout the day.

Let's celebrate our wonderful two weeks of reading!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

GHS hits 237 470 pages!

YES we have reached over 200 000 pages read.
Your total is 237 470!!!!

A Story From the Farm - Readathon!

'Baa Baa Smart Sheep' is performed in a new and unique way from Mrs Millington and Mr Van Zyl. What a lot of fun!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mrs Metcalfe Reads to the School!

Mrs Metcalfe read 'Brave Knight' to the school today. What a great story! Remember to keep getting sponsors!! Details are below...

Follow this link for readathon forms

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thank you!

Thank you so much to The Lions Foundation and Pub Charity who both kindly donated towards transportation for our Year 7 & 8 camps this year. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

All Day Celebration (Read-a-thon) - Monday 29th October

Children need to dress up as their favourite character and bring a cushion, bean-bag or deck chair so they can be comfortable for our all day Reading celebration. Remember your hats & water bottles.

Parents are welcome to come along for the day/part of the day - remember to bring along something comfortable to sit on too.

We will start the day with Sir Readalot, then go into a parade of the costumes and a 'Guess the character' competition.

Just a reminder that we still have until this date to get sponsorship - our goal is $20,000.  The students are so involved in the Reading but we just need to keep pushing hard with the sponsors - just think if we averaged around $50.00 sponsorship per child we would get there:)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Loving our Kids on Purpose

Course starts Wednesday 17th October 2012
7.30pm - running for 8 weeks
Wentworth College

This course will give parents the tool to:
Protect their connection with their children
Teach the children to manage increasing levels of freedom
Replace the tools of intimidation and control
Create a safe place for children to build confidence and personal responsibility
RSVP 09 424 1771

Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten Ducky Derby

Sunday, 4 November 2012 – Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten Ducky Derby. Annual fundraising event commencing at 11.00am at Western Reserve, Orewa. Duck race at 2.00pm with $10 duck tickets available from Orewa Menswear, on the day or by phoning 021 609 747.  First prize is $500 cash plus 2nd and 3rd prizes and loads of spot prizes.  In addition, there will be colouring competitions, raffles, live entertainment, food stalls, rides, lucky dips and much more! A fun day out for family and friends with all monies raised going to the upgrade of kindergarten facilities and equipment. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

English Course For Adults –

Learn English, meet new people and have some fun at Gulf Harbour School!

Please, come and register Monday, 15/10 and Tuesday, 16/10 at the main reception of Gulf Harbour School

·       The English class will be taught at Gulf Harbour School on Thursdays, 2 pm to 3 pm, in term 4, 15/10 – 20/12.
·       The tuition fee is $ 200.00 and has to be paid fully and in advance when you register.
·       The course is suitable for learners of English ranging from beginners to advanced beginners.

Sir Readalot Officially Starts Readathon!

This morning Sir Readalot officially opened 'The Great Stick Your Head in a Book Readathon' by reading the Dr Seuss story 'Oh The Places You'll Go!'  What a great start, thinking about what you can achieve through reading! Students at the school gate were already reading before school!!! Let's READ, READ, READ!

Sunday, October 14, 2012


It's time to start reading!!!! The readathon officially starts Monday 15 October.

We would love to have parents/grandparents to come in and read to and with the children.  The dates and time for our parent/grandparent afternoons will be: 
Wednesday 17th October 2-3 pm 
Wednesday 24th.  'Open afternoons'  

We would love to see you!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

End of Term Assembly - Thursday 27th September

Gulf Harbour School End of Term Assembly
Wentworth Sports Complex
Thursday 27th September
9.30 - 11.00am
Everyone welcome

Monday, September 24, 2012

Board Meeting - Tuesday 25th September

Board Meeting
Tuesday 25th September
Next year we face Board elections, these occur every three years. Parents are encouraged to consider being part of this and making a contribution to the school. Come along to our next Board Meeting this Tuesday in the Boardroom located in the Administration building. All Parents Welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


After school dancing with Judith Douch'e in term 4 at the Whangaparaoa Baptist Church
            Year 2/3 girls: 3.20 - 4.00pm
            Year 4/5/6 girls: 4.00 - 4.45pm
Starts October 15th, cost $40, concert for Xmas. Enquiries ph Judith 4243009 or 027 6715881

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Great Stick Your Head in a Book Athon!

GHS Readathon
October 15-29

In memory of Margaret Mahy the big fundraiser for Gulf Harbour School this year is a Readathon - “The Great Stick Your Head in a Book- Athon.

Money from this event will buy new books for classrooms and ICT equipment for students.  Another aim is to encourage and promote reading for pleasure – so we see this is a win, win!

The Readathon will take place over a two-week period at the start of next term October 15-29. We have a school wide goal of reading 200,000 pages during this time.  If we reach our goal we will celebrate together in style with a whole school banana split!

Please help your child or children to collect as many sponsors as they can – every little bit helps.

Next term have fun reading together and encouraging them to read as we head towards our goal of 200,000 pages. 

Thank-you for your help and for the energy we hope you will put into this. 

Follow this link for readathon forms

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Kelly Sports and Kelly Club will be running an excellent October Holiday programme from 3 venues:  Red Beach School, Orewa Primary, and Stanmore Bay School.  We have some awesome activities planned, including Science Experiments, Treasure Hunts, Cooking, Wheels days, Amazing Races, plus fantastic trips to Kelly Tarltons and the Sky Tower.   The programme for 5-12 year olds runs from 1st - 12th of October (excluding weekends) and operates 8am-6pm. For more information or to book please call Karen on (09) 427 9377 or e-mail karen@kellyclub.co.nz. We are now taking online bookings at www.kellyclub.co.nz <http://www.kellyclub.co.nz> .  Book early so you do not miss out.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Class photos Tuesday 25th August

Remember class photos are Tuesday 25th August.  Please wear tidy uniform with correct footwear.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Daffodil Day Mufti Day - Friday 31st August

Gulf Harbour School
Cancer Society Daffodil Day 2012
Friday 31st August
Mufti Day Gold Coin Donation
Bring out the YELLOW, dress up, colour your hair and support this cause.  Every day 55 people in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cake sale with a ROAR!

Next Thursday (23rd August) room's 25 and 30 are holding a cake sale to raise money for an animal shelter in Matakana called the Sanctuary.  The owners, Michael and Shawn care for injured, abused and neglected animals and native birds. It truly is a haven that aims to provide a safe, happy, and caring home for all types of animals.

A gold coin donation is all it'll cost for children to buy animal themed, environmentally friendly and tasty cakes.  All monies raised will go towards caring for and feeding the animals at the Sanctuary.

Please help support this worthwhile charity.

Another delicious idea from Mr. Widdowson and Miss Clark.

Say cheese (and butter) and help protect NZ's Yellow-eyed Penguin

Another neat fundraiser idea this time for Mainland cheese who are raising funds for the Yellow-eyed Penguin. 
Simply collect barcodes from Mainland cheese and butter packets, attach them to a specially designed wall chart (which are in your child's classroom) and Mainland will contribute $1 to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help protect an endangered native bird who needs our help!
Be mellow, be yellow and support the Yellow-eyed Penguin!

Wayne Widdowson

A Year's Supply of Free Milk!

Anchor Milk has agreed to use Gulf Harbour as a trial site for a new fundraising idea. 
Starting 6th August till 7th September simply collect the coloured lids with the Anchor logo from 2 litre bottles at stores in Gulf Harbour and go into the draw for a year's supply of free milk. 
For every bottle returned Gulf Harbour school receives a donation and by shopping local you'll be supporting local businesses in the community. 
Join in this great fundraiser idea from Anchor and do your bit for recycling at the same time!

Wayne Widdowson

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gulf Harbour School Quiz Night

Hibiscus Coast Small Business Expo

Thursday 23rd August 7.00 - 9.00pm
Gulf Harbour Yacht Club

Here on the Coast we have some clever professional people.  They can help you!  Come along and hear how?
  • Travel Managers
  • Lorraine Lea Linen
  • Oh My Goodness
  • Self
  • Mums the Word
  • Pro Fit
  • Breakthrough Business Solutions
  • Gulf Accounting and Taxation
  • Advoco
  • Social Media Manager
  • 360 Discovery
  • Insurance People
  • Need a Nerd
  • Circle Web Design
You can chat with these specialists and leave with a directory of local services.
Cash bar, nibbles provided.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bugsy Malone Yr 7 Production - Food for sale!

Bugsy Malone Yr 7 Production

For all those coming to our production, we are selling food & drinks at our “Speakeasy” before the show and at interval.

We will have available hot food, coffee & cake, cold drinks, icecreams, lollies and packets of chips.

Profits from this will go towards subsidising our Year 7 & 8 camps. Please bring cash.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Buy your Tickets now for Bugsy Malone

Tickets available from the school office, Room 1. Fill in the order form sent home with your child and return with the correct money (cash or cheque). Spare order forms at the office.

Show Dates & Times:
Monday 30th July 4.30pm
Tuesday 31st July 7.00pm
Wednesday 1st Aug 7.00pm

Tickets: Adults $10.00, Children $5.00

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Check out Room 16's Art Display at the Library

Check out Room 16's Art display at the Whangaparaoa Library next week (Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Year 7 School Production - Bugsy Malone

Tickets will be on sale from next Wednesday 27th June, available from the school office (Room 1).

Adults $10.00 & Children $5.00

Production Dates & Times
Monday 30th July          4.30pm
Tuesday 31st July          7.00pm
Wednesday 1st August  7.00pm

Food and Drink will be available at each show, please bring cash.

Monday, June 18, 2012

School Holiday Art Class

A structured one-day drawing and painting program for ages 7-13 yrs, fun and focused. Cost: $45
Tuesday 3rd July, 10.00am - 3.00pm at Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa
Bookings  Essential: Ph 09 4836703, email: eion@eionbryant.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gulf Harbour Mums High Tea

Thank you so much for the response we have had so far for offering to host a table at our High Tea event.  We have 7 confirmed tables and we need 5 more hosts for the high tea.

Please let Lezanda (09 424 3496 / 021 025 88079) know if you are interested in being one of our hosts or if you would like to buy a ticket to be one of our guests on the day.

Each host will be responsible for their tables decorations, theme and crockery and selling the 5 remaining tickets ($20 per ticket). We are providing the venue, food, drink and a guest speaker. There will be a prize for the best dressed table.
Date: 21st July (first Saturday back from school holiday’s)
Location: Gulf Harbour School
Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm

Be in quick for this girlie event.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wentworth College Scholarship Examination Day

Wednesday 25th July 
The Wentworth College Trust Board is pleased to offer 5 Entrance Scholarships to students wishing to enter Wentworth as a Year 7 or Year 9 student next year.  Scholarships are for fee assistance and are awarded based on a mix of academic, cultural (Dance, Music, Art etc) and sporting excellence.  To have an information pack posted to you, please contact the school office either by email (enquiries@wentworth.school.nz) or phone (424-3273).

Monday, June 11, 2012

Homestay Families Needed

We are expecting a group of Japanese students in August who will stay for two weeks and attend a special programme at our school.  Consequently we are looking for nice families that would be happy to host for us.

We expect this group of  15 to 16 year old Japanese students to attend our school from  August 21st  to September 7th.  At this stage we are informed that the families will receive  $220.00 homestay fees per week.

If you would like to make one of the 20 students part of your family for this time, please get in touch with d.goodall@ghs.school.nz. The students attend a private school in Japan, called Ritsumeikan. They were delightful visitors in the past two years.


Parents@school is our fund raising arm of the school where parents work alongside the school in organising fund raising events. Parents are invited to attend meetings as we plan Term 3 events.
These will be held on: 
Wednesday 13th June
9.15am & 7.00pm (same meeting content)
Staffroom (Room 10)
Agenda - Update on previous events, planning for term 3 & 4

TV TV Star, Snow & Fun for Jackson Howes from Room 17

View this article on our very own Jackson Howes from Room 17 Gulf Harbour School.

Student Led Conferences 2012 Year 4 - 8 Students

Parents-teacher interviews will be held a the following times in students home classes:
3.20pm - 5.00pm Wednesday 20th June
6.00pm - 8.00pm Wednesday 20th June
3.20pm - 6.00pm Thursday 21st June

To book you interviews go to http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ in your browser and enter the event code SHNZM.

If you do not have internet access, please call at the school office (Room 1) to collect an interview form.  Please return to the office by this Wednesday 13th June.

Thinking Caps for Kids - Maths Tuition

Thinking Caps for Kids run Maths Tutoring
in school time at Gulf Harbour

· teaching kids to enjoy Maths
· providing expert Maths tutoring in practical, hands-on lessons
· in school on Monday mornings and take your child for their lesson during school time
· teaching your child in small groups (5 or less)
· supporting the Maths your child is learning in class
NEXT TERM’S FOCUS: Fractions and Basic Facts

For more information, please contact Thinking Caps directly on:
Thinking Caps Office:  424 3536      Michele: 021 173 6422

Friday, April 27, 2012


Don't forget to check out the pieces of art that have been kindly donated to us. These will be on display during the evening of the Art Festival on Friday 4th May and then will be auctioned off later that night.

We wish to acknowledge & thank all the artists that have generously given us these works. Please support our school and come prepared to place a bid on the art works. Money raised from our festival will go towards music equipment.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Arts Festival Postponed to Friday 4th May

The Orbiting Arts Frestival has been postponed due to the weather. It will now be held on Friday 4th May from 4pm to 8pm in Term 2 Week 2. Thanks for your support, our children are looking forward to sharing their performances & exhibits with you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Yummy Apple Stickers

Please keep collecting these. Blank forms are available online from the Yummy Sticker website or come to Room 26.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

GHS Orbiting the Arts Festival

Electronic Waste Free Drop Off

Free of Charge Drop Off your unwanted Electronic Products/Equipments on this Drive-Thru Event. Staff will unload everything for your convenience.  Large quantity requires pre arrangement.
Do not dispose of your e-wastes on the streets for inorganic collection.

Saturday 24th March 9.00am - 3.00pm
Carpark of Red Beach Primary School,
 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red Beach

Reporting for Students in Years 1 - 3

There have been some significant changes to the way that student progress and achievement is reported on for children who are in the first three years of their primary school education.

Rather than reporting mid year and end of year, schools are now required to report to parents after the child has been at school one year, after two years and after three years.

As these anniversaries occur at different times during the school year, depending on the child, this raises some logistical issues for implementing the reporting process.  Teachers in Years 1 - 3 have clustered students whose anniversaries fall around the same time and will report on them throughout that term.  Your child’s teacher will communicate the dates and times of your child’s interviews. 

If you have any queries with regards to the reporting of your child please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

End of Term Assembly

Tuesday 27th March 9.30 - 11.00am 
Wentworth College Sports Complex 
Everyone Welcome

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Child Cancer Crazy Hair Gold Coin Mufti Day

Please support Child Cancer by dressing up and doing something crazy with your hair. 
Bring along a gold coin donation and have lots of fun.  
Friday 23rd March

This mufti day has been organised by Jackson Howes from Room 17.

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's Travelwise Week!!

Remember it's Travelwise week. How can you get to school?
Travelwise goals are...
  • reduce car trips to and from schools, tertiary institutes and workplaces,
  • encourage sustainable and active forms of transport, and
  • improve the safety of the journey. 

After School Care Supervisors Position

We are presently looking for a person to assist in the running of our after school care programme at Gulf Harbour School. This position is Mon-Fri from 3.00 - 6.00pm with extra hours available during the school holidays. Phone Diane 09 4435386 or email diane@holidayfun.co.nz

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Walking School Bus is Rolling!!!

Our Walking School Bus is up and running.  We meet at the corner of
Midshipman and Alec Craig Way on Wednesday mornings at 8:30.
At the moment we have up to 11 walkers.  Some join us as we walk along Alec
Craig Way.  It will be great if you join us!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Stranger Danger

There has been an approach made on a student recently which,  though nothing untoward occurred was unsettling. It would seem a number of students are cutting through the bush at the end of Alec Craig Way which goes through the Golf Course and emerges by the Wentworth Gym.

If your child travels this way it might be wise to review this with them. Encourage them to stay on the main pathways and always walk home with friends.                      

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gulf Harbour Market Every Sunday

Something for Everyone
This Sunday is one for the Kids  'KIDS CORNER'
Book your space now for this weekends kids corner, where you bring your unwanted toys and books and sell for some pocket-money. NO COST, UNDER COVER, TABLE PROVIDED.
Limited space available, book now by calling Debbie 027 461 1148 or Kim 021 060 5356
This Sunday only, 4th March 2012 from 10am to 12pm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kiara's Angel Walk & Funday 4th March

The Family Funday (10am – 2pm Free Entry, Western Reserve)
Bring the whole family to a great day out for a good cause.
Enjoy Kiara's Angel Walk and finish up at the Family Funday which includes entertainment, children's rides, food stalls, street performers, craft stalls and a fun carnival atmosphere. 

The Angel Walk begins 8.45am, near Pohutukawa Reserve Orewa. 
A 7km walk around the Te Ara Tahuna Orewa estuary walkway.  
$10 per adult / $15 per family. Register at http://www.angelwalk.co.nz/ 
Tickets also available at Centrestage Theatre, Orewa.
Or register on the day $15 per adult / $20 per family (eftpos available).

This event is inspired by the story of Kiara Morgan who you may have heard about. She was a beautiful little girl from Orewa who was first diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 4 months old and who tragically lost her battle with cancer in October 2011 just before her 5th birthday.
This event will be held on Sunday 4th March which is also International Children's Day and Child Cancer Appeal Month.

Thinking Caps Maths Tutoring

Thinking Caps for Kids run Maths Tutoring
in school time at Gulf Harbour Primary School

· teaching kids to enjoy Maths
· providing expert Maths tutoring in practical, hands-on lessons
· in school on Monday mornings and will take your child for their lesson during school time
· teach your child in small groups (5 or less) targeting their ability level
· support the Maths your child is learning in class

For more information, please contact Thinking Caps directly on:
Thinking Caps Office:  424 3536      Michele: 021 173 6422