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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

School Office & Uniform Shop Hours during the Holidays


The School Office & Uniform Shop will be open for new enrolments and uniform purchases on the following days:

Tuesday 21st January, 2014  9.00am - 3.00pm

Thursday 23rd January, 2014 9.00am - 3.00pm

To purchase uniform online please go to the following link: http://www.gulfharbour.school.nz/index.php?page=gulf-harbour-school-uniforms 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Devices at School Meeting Wednesday 4 December


Mobile Devices
  • Do you want to learn about devices at GHS?
  • Wondering how we have used our iPads this year?
  • Are you thinking about a mobile device for your child?
  • Are you considering some useful educational apps for your existing device?
We will be running a meeting on Wednesday 4th December 7:00pm in the staffroom at school. You can also check out our blog.  http://theipadpod.blogspot.co.nz

It's interesting to hear students talking about devices. They often love the engagement and opportunities that devices provide...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Books for Sale

Withdrawn Book Sale (books no longer is use in the library) in Room 7, half an hour before and after school for the next 2 weeks.

Reminder to please return all school library books for stock take.  Last day for returns 6th December.

Toys Please!


Toytastic Toy Sale  - Please help us to Help The Phillipines

We are raising money for the Phillipines. There was a huge storm and we would like to raise money for them by collecting toys to sell at school.

Ten thousand people were killed. Many of them do not have food, water or a house to live in. We have decided that we are going to do a toy sale to raise money for them.

So it is going to be on Thursday 28th November.  Please bring lots and lots of toys that we can sell. It is going to be toytastic!  Pease bring some money in to buy some toys on this day.

Do YOU have any toys or games at home that you don’t play with anymore? Please bring them in as soon as possible. Keep them in your classroom and straight after morning bell, one of our Toytastic Toy Team members will collect them.

You can bring dolls, stuffed toys, board games, robotic toys, anything in good condition. No broken toys, books, technology please.

We hope that with your help, we can raise enough money to help the Phillipines to rebuild their lives. Thanks SO much....

SEE YOU THERE!  Rose, Tatum, Liam, Taya and Christina.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Are you a Certified Water Wise Sailing Instructor?

We are looking for Water Wise Sailing instructors to assist our Year 5 & 6 teachers with a proposed trip to Big Manly Beach on 11th & 12th December.  If you are available and would like to help us with this activity please contact Jo Paget (Room 13), j.paget@ghs.school.nz or Mary Carter (Room 14), m.carter@ghs.school.nz 


Friday, November 8, 2013

Bunnings Help With Our Butterfly Garden

Room 21 and 4 have been working hard to create a butterfly garden for the school. Bunnings have kindly offered to help with the the fencing. The students are very excited and have learnt so much about butterflies and what they need.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

School Athletics Postponed

School athletics postponed today due to bad weather. It will be hand next Tuesday 12 November.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hibiscus Coast Writers Illustration Competition

Please find the list of illustration themes for this year’s Illustration Competition below. 
The closing date for these is 1 November 2013
These should be in full colour, max A4 in size and be the artists’ own work. 
Please mail to Tanya Gouws at 5 Lagoon View Drive, Gulf Harbour.

2013 Illustration List

Volcano
Emperor Penguins
Stormy night
A straight road in the desert
A geyser
Rats
A river flowing by with willow trees and lambs
The Mansion House on Kawau
A plane crash
Christmas at a camping ground
Immigrants landing at Puhoi (1863)
Surfing
Car crashing into a bike
World War I fighter planes
Expedition in the Amazon jungle
A slave trader’s boat, AD94
Cross country run
A girl riding a dolphin
A cocker spaniel puppy
The drop-off zone outside a primary school
A campsite in the bush
A school swimming carnival
At the tree adventure park : ‘Treetops’
The Sky Tower
An Anglo-Saxon burial ground
Getting muddy on the rugby field
Leaf boat race
Prince Spaghetti and Princess Meatball


ONE illustration will be chosen as the anthology cover image and the artist will win $40 cash and a copy of the publication!  Other illustrations will be selected to be included as artwork throughout the anthology, but these are unfortunately not eligible for any prizes.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Camp Camp Heroes on their Way Home!



GHS GHS GHS - the Best!!
We absolutely nailed our cheer performance at tonight's competition. It was perfect even though this week I've only snuck in one rehearsal! For those of you who saw the preview at assembly last week, multiply the energy, sharpness and performance by 10! For everyone else you will just have to wait til you see the video! Prouder than ever of the extremely hardworking kids.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Update on assembly due to America's Cup race at 8:15. 

If NZ win the race, assembly will remain at scheduled time of 9:30. If New Zealand do not win, we will postpone the assembly to 11.00 am so people can watch the second race.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Room 19 Science Fair - Thursday 9:30-12:00


Room 19 science fair is on this Thursday (19 September) in Room 8-9
Come along and see Room 19's amazing science projects.
Everyone welcome!



Monday, September 16, 2013

DOUCH'E DANCE GIRLS' END OF TERM CONCERTS:

Wed. 18 Sep. 7pm:  Year 4, 5, 6 girls dance concert at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club. Girls arrive by 6pm. Entry by donation at the door....All welcome

Thurs. 26 Sep. 7pm:  Year 2, 3 girls dance concert at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club. Girls arrive by 6pm. Entry by donation at the door....All welcome


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Walkathon is On!

Although the weather today is not currently looking that great, the forecast for tomorrow is fine!  We will go ahead with our Walkathon, please make sure your child has a plastic bag to put any wet shoes into.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Room 13 are on the hunt for a child's stroller

Room 13 are designing and constructing a custom made ipad cart/trolley for our school.  We have been investigating various design elements for the cart.  Our steering system team have come up with an idea of using a child's stroller for the cart.  We are asking if anyone has a stroller they would like to donate to our school so we can explore this possibility.  We would greatly appreciate any stroller.  Please contact oliviade@ghs.school.nz (student in Room 13)

Thank you

Tiri Tiri Mobile Dental Unit

The Dental Unit will be a Gulf Harbour School until the end of the school holidays.
Please return any consent forms to the clinic so that any treatment required for your child can be completed before this time. Please check your child's bag!!

Encourage your child to brush twice a day with adult Fluoride toothpaste and drink mainly water
Dental Decay is Preventable

Friday, August 30, 2013

Get Ready For Our Walkie-Talkie Walkathon 13 Setpember




Dear Parents

We have exciting news! On Friday13 September we will be having a school walkathon. This will entail the school walking in classes around Shakespeare Park and our local area. We have called it the ‘Walkie Talkie Walkathon’ and this year we are raising funds for our library.

We are also trying something a little different. Rather than just walking around a fixed course, there will be a series of challenges and at each challenge, classes will have to take a photograph. The aim is to upload the pictures straight to class Yammer accounts so you can track a classes progress during the day. 

We are keen for you to get as many sponsors as you can for this important cause from now until the walk (Sept 13). You can do this by filling out the enclosed sponsorship form or by going online to... 
The beauty of online sponsorship is that it is easy and you can call on friends and family that are further away. We will also email this link and have it on class Yammer accounts.

Room 14 are currently designed the days special challenges and we think it will be a lot of fun. So, please get behind us this year. If you are free on the 13th please join us for the fun!

Yours sincerely
Mr Walkie, Mr Talkie and Room 14

Gulf Harbour School


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sport Gulf Harbour's fun for all DISCO


Sport Gulf Harbour's fun for all DISCO
Friends and family all welcome. 
Tuck shop open and free water available.

Whangaparaoa Golf Club

Parents please pickup from the door.

$5.00 tickets

Friday, August 23, 2013

Watch TV3 Tonight (Friday) GHS featuring for Cure Kids

Watch TV3 today (Friday) for Comedy for Cure Kids featuring Gulf Harbour School! 
See our school's wonderful 'Oddlympics' events!
Hear Jackson interviewed in his role as Cure Kids ambassador!

http://www.http://www.tv3.co.nz



Lemonade For Sale

Room 6 had a Lemonade stand on Thursday at lunch time and did great trade with their delicious drink. Bring your money next Thursday (29th) because they will be selling more!







Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FREE Before School Care

Holiday Fun is offering a 2 week FREE trial for Morning Care from the weeks of:
 Monday 26th August till Thursday 5th September
7.00am - 8.30am 
Room 10 Gulf Harbour School

This opportunity is perfect for any parents who have considered taking their child to a Morning Care but have not taken the next step – please take this opportunity to discover easy care free mornings. For more information please ring Holiday Fun on (09) 443 538 or view their website at www.holidayfun.co.nz  

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Homestay Thank you

Thank you so much to all the families that put up their hands to host two Japanese girls that will spend time at our school at the end of August. I was overwhelmed with your readiness to help out and invite a young girl to be part of your families for two weeks. 

Very quickly I found myself in the situation of having to turn down people, because we found two homestay families. If that has happened to you, I hope you are not disappointed and I would love to match you up with an international student in the future, if you are still interested. In any case I am keeping you in mind in case I need further backup.

You Gulf Harbour people are simply lovely!


Thank you again from Dagmar Goodall and Gulf Harbour School!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

SPACE Production - 2 days left to buy tickets!!


Get your tickets now - last 2 days.  
Please place your order and correct money in the box a the school office.

Urgent Help Needed Please

We are desperately looking for two families that can host a Japanese girl, aged 14 or 15, from August 20th to September 4th. 
If you are interested and have a room for the student in your house, children living with you - at least one of them has to be a girl - please, contact d.goodall@ghs.school.nz as soon as possible.
The homestay fee is $220.00 per week - 7 nights.
You don't have to have children at Gulf Harbour School, but you should be able to drop off and pick up the student in the morning and the afternoon. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wheels Days at GHS



With the warmer weather just around the corner why not encourage your son or daughter to scooter or skateboard to school. At lunchtime they'll get the chance to ride around the courts and burn off some energy, have fun and get fit at the same time. Helmets are compulsory, but safety pads are optional. At GHS we are keen to promote Green ways to travel to school. Any questions, pop in to Room 11 and talk to Mr Widdowson.



Monday, August 5, 2013

GHS Cross Country - Thursday 15th August, 2013

We are excited to announce that on Thursday 15th August, (Tuesday 20th saving day), Gulf Harbour School will be holding their annual Cross Country day.  This is an exciting day where students participate in their year groups in a cross country race at Shakespear Park.  All students have been training hard for this day during school time and we look forward to seeing the benefits of our students getting fitter.

An up to date programme of the day will be posted on the website. We are asking that all children be involved and students will need a note should they be unable to participate.  We are asking students to wear sports shoes and a tee-shirt the same colour as their school team (or PE gear if no colour).  We will be having team points running through-out the day and many opportunities will be given for students to earn these points and to get their names into a lucky dip sponsorship prize.
 
The first few students home in year 5-8 will be chosen to represent our school at the Hibiscus Cross Country held later in August.  We look forward to building this team and preparing our top students for this event.
Students will need to be at school by 8:55 on the day of cross country and will be able to wear their running kit to school.  

Please ensure they have a warm change of clothes to keep them warm when they are not participating or after their events.  Students will also need plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep them going.  We will have some food and drink for sale (sausages, and a limited supply of food and drink) down at the park and more information on this will follow.

We are asking for parents of children in the Year 0 - 2 levels to please help us in assisting these students with transport to and from the event.  Notes will be going home with these students.

Year 0 - 2 students will complete a 1000m run, Year 3 1200m race, year 4 and 5 will run the distance of 1.6km, while year’s 6-8 will cover a 3.2km distance.  The approximate times for events are on the reverse side of this sheet.

Only Year 0-2 will be transported to the venue in private cars. If you are able to support with transport please email or contact your child’s teacher. If you wish for your child not to be transported by private car (all will be wearing safety belts), please inform your child’s teacher.
We are requiring some parental help to ensure that our day goes smoothly.  Please email Mark Barrow m.barrow@ghs.school.nz if you are able to assist us in some way on this day.
Thank you


Mark Barrow, Ruth Taylor

Teachers in Charge

Friday, August 2, 2013

RED NOSE DAY - FRIDAY 9 AUGUST




This Friday (9 August) we have a social Red Nose day to raise funds for Cure Kids.
Wear mufti, bring a donation and bring a plate of food to sell. 

It will be a Oddlympics day with lots silly sport fun.

Special sporty mystery guest!

It will be a great day!!!! !

Space the Year 7 Musical - Get Your Tickets!



A wacky musical comedy, SPACE! follows the Nimbus family living a futuristic life with their gadgets and robots! On hearing that he is expected to take his sister to the disco for her birthday, Cumulo rebels and wags school. He becomes lost and ends up in the Black Hole where he encounters a collection of rather interesting characters!

Monday 12th August – 4:30pm performance
Tuesday 13th August – 7pm performance
Wednesday 14th August – 7pm performance

Performances are all at Whangaparaoa College Auditorium Performing Arts Centre.

There will be lots of yummy food and drink available for sale before the show and during intermission – cash only

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Toilet Sign Thank you!

Thank you very much to Auckland Powder Coaters and Pro Custom Concepts for their help in cutting and colouring the new toilet signs for Gulf Harbour School.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Festival is on!!

We are not going to let rain beat us! The Festival is on tonight, 6.00 - 8.00pm.  Everything is under cover and looking amazing.  The students and staff have put so much effort into organising what will be a colourful, fun night. Enjoy our cafe at the end of the trail.  Our students are so proud of their efforts this term.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Room 28 in Top 50 Mathletics


My class made it onto the Top 50 Classes on Mathletics this morning. We made it as a goal for our class to try and get on there so set your class that goal too. They are so excited.
Mrs Kiata




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Great Work on Puppet Pals by ESOL Students




Here is a movie by Solange and Sakura with their dialogue around a misunderstanding about 'bringing a plate'! 

Room 28's Art on the NZ Shark Alliance Facebook Page

Room 28 have been working hard to rise awareness about the problem shark finning. They sent their art work to the New Zealand Shark Alliance.



Shark Alliances's reaction...
Look at all these glorious fins! To show our appreciation to Gulf Harbour School room 28, we arranged them in the shape of a giant shark fin! Thank you


http://www.facebook.com/NewZealandSharkAlliance

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Power of the Word Festival - Come along!



The Power of Words Festival: 
 A Community Event that will Engage, Enrage and Entertain You
July 3rd  Open 6.00 - 8.00pm   Gulf Harbour School
A walk-through event with static and moving displays, live performances, entertainment and interactive activities. Snacks and drinks available.

We are looking for some kind parents to support us by helping on the evening for an hour. Jobs will include things such as selling food and manning interactive activities.  If you can help please phone 4280202 or e-mail office@ghs.school.nz and leave a message with Bronwyn in the office.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

We Are Looking For Homestay Families


 
Are you interested in hosting international students for our school?
 

We have two international groups visiting Gulf Harbour School this autumn and winter.
 

We are excited to welcome a group of Chinese students from Ningbo Beilun Huashan Primary School from July 7th to July 15th. The children will have to be dropped off for normal school hours to attend their program which includes attendance of our school. Double placement of the children is possible and the homestay fee will be $ 220.00 per week per student. The age of the students has to be confirmed.

 
We are also delighted to welcome Ritsumeikan Junior High School back at Gulf Harbour. The fourteen to fifteen year old Japanese students will stay from August 20th  to September 4th  and attend our school and their sight seeing program within school hours. Please, check whether you could offer the following set up:

-        There is no other Japanese student living with you

-        The student has her/ his own bedroom for the time of the stay

-        You have a child living with you in your household

 
The homestay fee is $ 220.00 per week.

 
If you are interested in one or both of the homestay opportunities we can offer, please contact Dagmar Goodall: d.goodall@ghs.school.nz

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Purchase your 2013/2014 Entertainment Book

Gulf Harbour School

Not all good Books must come to an end…

The 2012 | 2013 Entertainment™ Book will expire on 1 June 2013.
The good news is that the sequel is here, and you can enjoy the many valuable offers in the latest edition.
Selling for only $65, the new 2013 | 2014 Auckland Entertainment™ Book is packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the best restaurants, caf├ęs, hotel accommodation, attractions and activities.
Plus, $13 of your Book purchase goes towards our fund-raising for Gulf Harbour School -- so please forward this email, and tell your family and friends, as the more Books we sell, the more funds we'll raise!
Thank you for your continued support.
Gulf Harbour School
"Each year, I make sure I've got my
new Book before the old one expires.
There’s nothing worse than being
Gold Card-less!"
— Ian, Auckland

Each Auckland Entertainment™ Book contains over $15,000 in valuable offers. Here is just a taste of some of the many offers in the new Book:

 


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Gulf Harbour School
Bronwyn Swaffield
Phone: 4280202 |  Email: b.swaffield@ghs.school.nz
Please don't forget to reference Gulf Harbour School when registering your 2013 | 2014 Entertainment™ Membership.

Stu Duval Storytelling in the Stadium (Room 16) Thursday 23rd May

We are excited to let you know that Stu Duval, master storyteller will be performing for Gulf Harbour School this Thursday 23rd May.  He will engage and entertain classes with the power of his words!

"His unique performances have captivated students and staff in schools across the nation.  Combining his skills in Visual Art, Oral Storytelling and Drama, Stu weaves his original tales into a one-hour-one-man show, creating endearing characters full of passion, pathos and side-splitting humour.  You will weep with laughter and cry with joy!"

This live performance will cost $4.00 per student and will be invoiced on your accounts. If you do not wish your child to attend please contact the office by Wednesday 22nd May.  This is great value and a show not to be missed!

To find out more about Stu Duval, visit his website: www.studuval.co.nz

Monday, May 20, 2013

Are you interested in hosting international students for our school?

We Are Looking For Homestay Families
  
We have two international groups visiting Gulf Harbour School this autumn and winter.

We are excited to welcome a group of Chinese students from Ningbo Beilun Huashan Primary School from 7th -15th July. The children will have to be dropped off for normal school hours to attend their program which includes attendance of our school. Double placement of the children is possible and the homestay fee will be $ 220.00 per week per student. The age of the students has to be confirmed.

We are also delighted to welcome Ritsumeikan Junior High School back at Gulf Harbour. The fourteen to fifteen year old Japanese students will stay from August 20th  to September 4th  and attend our school and their sight seeing program within school hours. Please, check whether you could offer the following set up:
-        There is no other Japanese student living with you
-        The student has her/ his own bedroom for the time of the stay
-        You have a child living with you in your household

The homestay fee is $ 220.00 per week.

If you are interested in one or both of the homestay opportunities we can offer, please contact Dagmar Goodall: d.goodall@ghs.school.nz



Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mobile Devices - follow our progress!

Interested in following our progress with using mobile devices? We now have over 100 devices registered. Follow our blog here  http://theipadpod.blogspot.co.nz/

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Colgate Carton Collection

Gulf Harbour School has entered the Colgate Carton race competition.

This is where we, as a school can win prizes simply by collecting Colgate Cartons.  The more Colgate Cartons we collect the more prizes we can win. 

Please bring empty cartons into school and put into the bins located at both offices (student and main office). Spread the word, ask your neighbours and get on board in helping our school!
For more information please visit the website http://colgatecartonrace.co.nz

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Term 2 Starts

Enjoy the holiday break with your family.  Term 2 starts back on Monday 6th May & finishes Friday 12th July.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Interested in Following Our Journey with Mobile Devices.

 We now have 100 devices registered at school which is exciting to see. So much potential for extending learning opportunities. You can follow our journey with mobile devices here...

http://theipadpod.blogspot.co.nz






Wednesday, April 3, 2013

APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Kelly Club and Kelly Sports are once again running holiday programmes from the 22nd April to 3rd May, 8.00am – 6.00pm.  Held at Red Beach School, Orewa Primary School and Stanmore Bay School, this programme is open to kids from any school.  Come join us for a fun-filled day of sports, arts ‘n’ crafts, beach trips, wheels days, cooking and heaps more awesome activities.  For more information and to book go online to www.kellyclub.co.nz or contact Karen on 427 9377.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baking a Difference for Red Puppy Bikkie Day

Millie Wilton and Olivia de Lautour from Room 22, are organising this fundraiser as a homework task.  Our class is helping out by cooking biscuits for them. 

Room 22 are getting out their mixing bowls, popping on their aprons and whipping up some puppy-shaped biscuits for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Red Puppy Bikkie Day.

Red Puppy Bikkie Day, now in its third year, is part of the RNZFB’s annual Red Puppy Appeal to raise funds to support RNZFB guide dogs.

Millie and Olivia will be selling puppy-shaped biscuit during morning tea break, outside the Food Tech Room on Thursday the 4th, 11th and 18th of April.  The cost of each cookie will be $2.00.

Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

School Closed for Easter Break

Easter break is from Friday 29th March until Tuesday 2nd April 2013. 
School starts back on Wednesday 3rd April.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lane Clark presents to Gulf Harbour Parents


Tuesday 16th April 7.00pm
Whangaparaoa Golf Club

If there was one night, one meeting, one chance I could get to have our parents hear an educationalist explaining the 'why and what' behind what we do at Gulf Harbour, then this meeting with Lane Clark would be it. Please mark this in your calendars, we look forward to seeing you on the night. Creche available on the night.  Please advise your child's teacher if you wish to use this service.

John Petrie, Principal

2013/2014 Entertainment Book Pre Orders

The NEW 2013 l 2014 Auckland Entertainment Book now includes content from Whangarei and the Bay of Islands and is even better than ever before!  The best part is that the NEW Books are still $65 and we get $13 from the sale of every Book towards raising funds for Gulf Harbour School.  Get your order in early to avoid missing out this year by clicking on the link below!