Parent Teacher Interviews

Learning Progress Interviews August 2020

Parents are invited to Learning interviews in week 4, Wednesday 12 August (from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm) and Thursday 13 August (from 3:30pm to 6:00pm). Some teachers are also available on Tuesday 11th. 

This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and share information about student portfolios issued at the end of term 2. 

You are able to book interview times online at   9awpn

Interviews are for 15 minutes. If your children are in the senior, models and middle teams they will be held in your child’s classroom. If your children are in the junior team they will be on the upper floor of Te Puna Ako.

To make an interview time click: 

Once in the site you will be prompted through the steps to make your booking. Please fill in the appropriate details (parent/caregiver’s name, email address, number of students you are booking for and your child/children’s name).     Click GO.

You can then choose Rooms with Teachers from the drop down boxes. 

The list of times available will show up. Click on the time you would like then click GO. 

Your confirmed interview times will then be emailed to you. 

If you don’t have access to the internet, please call in to the school office and we can make a booking on your behalf. As interviews are for 15 minutes there will be limited choices over the two days so please book early. 
If you have any questions please contact Keith Mulholland

George Street Normal School Cross country

George Street Normal School Cross-Country

Date: Term 3, Week 2, Wednesday 29 July 2020 (postponement date Wednesday 5 August  please check our website and app messages if the weather looks doubtful)

Venue: North Ground (Alhambra Union rugby grounds, situated between Great King St and Cumberland St.)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Our annual cross-country event is to be held on Wednesday 29 July.

The first groups of runners start at 10:30am.  We will be leaving school at 10:00am so will have an early morning tea and late lunch on that day.

Parents and friends are most welcome to stand around the course and cheer for the children. There is also a space inside the course, near the finish line, opposite where the children are assembled. There isn’t a lot of parking available in this area and you are very welcome to walk from the school with us. 


10:30am    Year 3 girls           followed by

10:40am    Year 3 boys

10:50am     Year 4 girls          followed by

11:00am   Year 4 boys             


11:10am     Year 1 girls            followed by

11:15am     Year 1 boys

11:20am     Year 2 girls           followed by

11:25am     Year 2 boys


11:30am     Year 5 girls           followed by

11:40am     Year 5 boys             

11:50am     Year 6 girls           followed by

12:00pm     Year 6 boys             

12:10pm     Return to school.


Parents can help by:

  • Checking your child has clothing and footwear suitable for running

  • Making sure your child’s clothing is named, especially the ‘something warm to put on afterwards’, and make sure the layers are easy to put on and take off

  • On the day, giving your child a larger than usual breakfast and something ‘extra’ in their lunchbox, in case they are hungry (we are having a later lunch time so it would be a good idea to have a packed lunch rather than a bought lunch)

  • Checking your child has a drink bottle, named.

The first ten runners in the Years 5 and 6 races qualify for the OPSSA North Zone Cluster event Thursday 20 August with a postponement Thursday 27 August 2020. 

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Board of Trustees vacancy

Calling for expressions of interest

In order to fill a vacancy, the GSNS Board of Trustees calls for expressions of interest from anyone in our school community who is interested in becoming a member of the Board until the next triennial elections in mid-2022.  We are eager that the composition of the Board better reflects the cultural diversity which is valued and celebrated at GSNS.  If you have an interest in school governance and would like to make a contribution to the ongoing success of our fantastic school, please contact one of the following by Friday 3 July:

Acting Principal, Leanne Stanton (

Board Chair, Che O’Neill (

School donation

School donations

As a decile 9 school, George Street Normal School is not eligible for the Government donations scheme and we rely on parent/caregiver donations to provide our full educational programme.  Accordingly, at the end of 2019, in setting the 2020 budget, the Board of Trustees agreed to suggest a donation of $110 per pupil or $195 per family (the same as in 2019).  Thank you to all parents/caregivers who have already made a school donation for 2020.  We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic might mean that making a donation is difficult for our families at the present time.  However, if you are able to make a donation (in full or in part) now or at some stage in 2020, your donations can be made to the school office or directly to our school bank account (BNZ 02 0912 0320963 001).  We are very grateful for your ongoing support.

Move to Level 1 Tuesday 9 June

8 June 2020

Kia ora Koutou

Thank you for your ongoing support as we have come back to school under Level 2 conditions.  We are presently undertaking a review of the changes that were made as a consequence of COVID-19.   Some of these changes have been positive and we would like you to continue to:

  • encourage your children to be independent, by dropping them off at the school gate if at all possible.  We are seeing improvements in children’s self management skills!

  • use our online banking facilities.

  • send children to school  with packed lunches as this has reduced the demands on our office staff and reduces the amount of traffic coming into the school office.

  • get your children to school between 8:30 and 9:00 as gates will be locked soon after this. (The front door will remain open).

  • access our school newsletter via our school app, email (please keep details up to date at the school office) and web page.

  • wait outside the classroom for children to come out at the end of the day.

As we enter into Level 1, while there are no specific public health requirements for Primary schools that we have been made aware of to date, we would like to maintain and reinforce the following messages/practices for the greater good of everyone in our school community:  

  • Physical/social distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.

  • Regular washing and drying of hands, sneezing and coughing into elbows.

  • Regular disinfecting of shared surfaces

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).

  • Support contact tracing efforts if entering school grounds by utilizing the QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App, found on our entrance ways.

  • Stringent self-isolation for those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.  (At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.)

  • Consider the key public health measures as outlined via this link (Golden Rules).

So for the most part, Alert Level 1 will be very much business as usual including resuming the normal 3:00pm pick up as of Tuesday 9 June.  Good hygiene practices and people who are unwell staying away will remain a priority.

We plan to commence our school assemblies again in week 2 of Term 3 and many sports teams are now starting up.  

Once again thanks for your continued support. If you have any queries, please be in contact.

Ngā mihi 

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

New Principal

29 May 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce the appointment of Robyn Wood as the next Principal of George Street Normal School.   Robyn holds a Masters in Educational Leadership (with First Class Honours) and comes to George Street in mid-August 2020 after 11 years as Deputy Principal at St Clair School in Dunedin.

Robyn is excited to continue with and grow the legacy of excellent teaching and learning, character education and strengths-based learning which George Street Normal School is renowned for.  The Board looks forward to working with Robyn and we trust you will join us as we warmly welcome Robyn into our George Street Normal School community.

Tēnā tātou katoa,

E te tumuaki, tēnā rā koe, Robyn Wood,

Nau mai, hāeremai

He tino hōnore kua tae mai koe ki tēnei kura ko George Street Normal School.

Ahakoa he mihi poto tēnei

Hei aha ka nui tona ngā mihi

Nō reira,

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou,

Tēnā tātou katoa


George Street Normal School Board of Trustees

Queen's Birthday Holiday

The school is closed on Monday 1 June during Queen's Birthday Weekend. School will resume on Tuesday the 2nd of June.