We send home a newsletter every Tuesday. Our newsletter is very informative
and lets parents know what is happening at school. Backdated newsletters available below as well.
Kia ora nga whānau o GEPS
Tuatahi our thoughts are with all of those affected by the tragedy at Te Puia o Whakaari/White island.
It is so hard to believe that this is the last school week for 2019. Thank you all so very much for your support of our kura this year. It has been an excellent year in so many ways.
Congratulations to our fabulous athletics team who came second overall at the interschool zone athletics last week. An amazing achievement. Thanks so much to Sandra, Tui teachers, Mrs Thorby and Miss Toluaki who coached and took the team.
Last week we held our Mayow Fun Day for the 5th time. There is no doubt that this is the best day of the year for many of our tamariki and also for some of our staff. As you can imagine, it takes a huge amount of organisation to ensure that 380 students get to experience a range of activities throughout the day. Massive thanks to Kathryn Arbon who organised the day and to Grant who put in loads of extra work to make this event a success. Thanks to everyone who helped on the day.
Last Wednesday night we held our Year 6 leaver’s dance. This was a really special night and a chance to farewell our Year 6 students. Again, a lot of work goes into this event and hours of extra time is put in to ensure that it is the best night possible for our fabulous Year 6 tamariki. Thanks to Stacey Yates who is happy to come back every year and help us out with decorations. Huge thanks to Alana McKenzie who spent hours at home each night baking cupcakes, carefully crafting art figures and putting together the decorations for the hall. Thanks also to all of the staff who worked together after school on Tuesday and Wednesday decorating, blowing balloons and following the directions of Mrs McKenzie via Mrs Yates! It was a wonderful night and we hope that those who came really enjoyed it.
Every year we have a lot of students who do extra mahi in our school and help it to run smoothly. We are very appreciative of all the work they do. Last Friday, they were rewarded with a trip to Parakai to thank them for the extra work.
Next year, our staff is largely staying the same. We would like to acknowledge the work of our part time teachers who are leaving this year and wish them all the best for 2020. They are Kirsty Lonsdale who has taught one day a week in Room 1 and one day a fortnight in Room 6 and Stephanie Julian who has taught one day a week in Room 12. We would also like to thank and farewell Rebecca Lange who has taught art three days a week.
Next year we welcome Liz Cassidy to our GEPS team. Liz will be taking up the role of Learning Support Coordinator and will also be working at Glendene School. Liz is already well known to us as she has worked at St Leonards Road School for the past ten years. We also welcome Kelly Fakalata back to a full time teaching role. Both of these women bring many strengths and we are really happy to have them on our 2020 staff.
Today students had the opportunity to meet their new teacher and their 2020 classmates. They will all bring home an envelope with details about their new classroom, new teacher and a stationery list. We have had to turn away a large number of out of zone students for 2020. New dates for ballots for Terms 2, 3 and 4 are now on the website for next year. Please ensure that friends and whānau are aware of these dates.
On Wednesday, we will pack up our Xmas hampers so please keep goods coming in - any donation is welcome. Thanks so much for your generosity so far.
We are really happy with our attendance results this year. This term, there were 164 students with between 95-100% attendance. Thanks to our friends at CMP we gave each 100% attendance student a bucket of Cookie Time cookies. Each student who had above 95% attendance enjoyed an ice block reward today.
A reminder that our prizegiving is this Thursday at 11:00.
School finishes at 12pm on Friday. SKIDS will run from 12pm and their holiday programme will run at GEPS for the week beginning the 16th December. Details of the holiday programme can be found on the SKIDS website.
We wish you a very happy holiday break. To those tamariki and whānau who are leaving us, we wish you all the very best. To all others, we look forward to seeing you back at GEPS in 2020. Thank you for all of your support. Stay safe - seasons greetings.
Ngā mihi mahana
Thursday 12 December
- 11am Prize Giving Assembly
Friday 13 December
- School Finishes at 12noon
- End of Term 4
Monday 3 February
First Day of School 2020
Here are our kupu in this week's newsletter:
kupu - word/s
kura - school
mahi - work
tamariki - children
tuatahi - firstly
whānau - families
Newsletter 38 - 3 December 2019
Newsletter 37 - 26 November 2019
Newsletter 36 - 19 November 2019 - Page 1
Newsletter 36 - 19 November 2019 - Page 2
Newsletter 35 - 12 November 2019
Newsletter 34 - 5 November 2019 - Page 1
Newsletter 34 - 5 November 2019 - Page 2
Newsletter 33 - 29 October 2019
Newsletter 32 - 22 October 2019
Newsletter 31 - 15 October 2019
Newsletter 30 - 24 September 2019
Newsletter 29 - 3 September 2019
Newsletter 28 - 10 September 2019
This committee is a very hard working group of parents and supporters, supported by the Board of Trustees and staff. The committee meets twice a term and is always looking for new members who are prepared to help the school in a variety of ways. Contact Dianne in the office if you are interested in helping the school. Most of our fundraising is organised by this group.