Wellbeing at School presentation

Wellbeing at School

An information evening for parents

at George Street Normal School

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Te Puna Ako/Learning Centre

7.30pm - 8.30pm

All parents want their child to be happy at school, do well and make friends. This is the topic of student wellbeing and in recent years research has confirmed an important link between wellbeing and learning success. The better your child feels about him/her self and being at school, the more likely learning progress and achievement will happen.

In this one-hour presentation, strategies for parents will focus on:

  • How to use seven pathways to increase your child’s wellbeing and confidence
  • The role you can play in teaching your child about resilience
  • Recognising and growing your child’s strengths at home
  • The wellbeing partnership: How you can work with your child’s teacher to improve wellbeing at home and school.

Rod Galloway is the Principal of George Street Normal School and recently presented a paper at an international conference on wellbeing hosted by the New Zealand Government. Last year Dr Galloway was nominated to receive an Australian Educational Research Association award for his research into strengths-based approaches.  

All parents are welcome

Parking available in the school grounds

End-of-year School Production

George Street Normal School



A world of colour

Forsyth Barr Stadium (entrance B)

(Gold coin donation per seat at the door – thank you)

THURSDAY 29 November


All families and friends of the school are welcome to our

end-of-year whole school production

O'MATHalon success for Year 6 and Year 5 teams

Two teams were entered in the Year 6 and Year 5 sections of the Number Works 'n Words O"MATHalon competiton. The Year 6 team of Jenah, Megha, Cambell and Aidan came first with 19 out of 20 points. The Year 5 team of Ken, Zak, Neo and Connor came second with 17 out of a possible 20 points.

Award Winning Poetry Writers and Performers

Recently some of our students have entered their writing in two poetry competitons, achieving success in both.

Hannah won the Year 5 and 6 Poetry Writing Competition for the ODT Extra!, and Anya was highly commended. The topic was 'freedom' and both their poems were published in last month's edition.

Felix won first place in the Dunedin Primary Schools Poetry Competition- Years 7 - 8, with his poem 'I Wish', and Mackenzie was awarded second place in the Year 5 - 6 competition with 'Midnight in the Woods'. Both Felix and Mackenzie performed their poems to an appreciative audience at the awards ceremony.

Dunedin Regional Chess Tournament

This week Geoge Street Normal hosted the Dunedin Regional Chess Tournament in our school hall. More than 70 children from schools around Dunedin attended. 42 children from George Street Normal were involved; for many this was their first taste of playing chess in a tournament environment.

In the 'rookie' grade George Street Normal teams came 2nd, 3rd and 6th. Ashton Fraser placed 4th in the individual standings,. Daan Peeters 7th and Elise Summerfield 9th

In the 'junior' division our teams came 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th. Individuals that placed highly included Alexander Jansen Van Vuuren 2nd, Harry McDonald 3rd, Aidan Dixon 4th and Jaden Tonkin 5th.

New Georgies online booking system information

George Street Normal School

New booking system for Georgies


This term we will be using a new online booking system for Georgies before school, after school and holiday programmes.  We are asking all parents wishing to use a Georgies programme to firstly enrol their children (this process should take about 10 minutes) at https://georgies.aimyplus.com and then follow the instructions to make bookings. 

Please note: (1) there are new terms and conditions for attendance, booking and making payments at Georgies - please read these carefully; (2) from 23 July, Georgies bookings will only be accepted and confirmed through Aimyplus; (3) all existing children must be re-enrolled; (3) all existing/permanent bookings must be re-booked; and (4) in addition to the new booking system, Georgies has a new bank account suffix (002) that all parents should begin using.  Please note this new Georgies account: (BNZ) 02-0912-0320963-002.

The Aimyplus website has many helpful features that parents may wish to use.  If you have any further questions, please contact the school office or the Georgies office on 474 0825, press 715 for Georgies (you may have to leave a message – these are cleared daily).  In addition, our site supervisors can be contacted on 027 614 5086 (Junior Georgies) or 021 0817 7822 (Senior Georgies) and by email at georgies@georgestreet.school.nz

Thanks for your support.

Bex and the Georgies team



Middle Team Electives and Discovery Time

On the last Friday of Term 2 the Middle Team met in Te Puna Ako to share all the wonderful activities they have been participating in as part of our Electives programme. The children have been involved in Discovery Time, art and crafts, drawing, cooking, Chinese culture, construction, sport and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).

Chess success

In the weekend, two George Street Normal Teams participated in the annual Otago Southland Primary School Chess Tournament.  After an afternoon of playing chess games back to back, George Street Normal school teams were able to claim first and third prizes.  Alexander van Vuuren was also awarded 'The most friendly chess player'.  Well done to all who participated.