School Mid Year Interviews 2019


Mid year Interviews 2019


Parents are invited to Mid year interviews next week, Wednesday 3 July (from 3:30 to 5:30 and 6:30 to 8:30) and Thursday 4 July (from 3:30 to 6pm).

Room Three will hold their interviews on Tuesday 2 July (afternoon and evening) and Wednesday 3 July (afternoon).

This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to meet, discuss the mid year learning report and to set new goals for the rest of the year.

You are able to book interview times online at

Interviews are for 15 minutes. They will be held in your child’s classroom or if your child is in the Junior classes the interviews will be upstairs in Te Puna Ako.

To make an interview time, go to

Enter the event code: 39739 and press ‘Go’.

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.

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 Anne Robertson (


Board Of Trustees Elections 2019 Results

Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent Board of Trustees election. We are also grateful to those who stood for election, offering their support and expertise to governing our school.

Congratulations to the four parent-elected trustees returning: Maree McDonald, Mark Champion, Michelle Te Hiko and Che O’Neill, our teacher-elected trustee returning: Michele Dakers, and a warm welcome to our new parent-elected trustee: Greer Harper. In addition, at our first meeting this week, Ken Orchiston became a co-opted member of the Board, Mark Champion was elected as Deputy Chair and Maree McDonald was returned as Chairperson. We look forward to working with you all!

In case you missed the full list of results published in the Otago Daily Times, these are included below.

A special thank you to Tania McNeill for her work in running such a smooth election.

Regards Rod Galloway


Parent Representatives votes:

Mark Champion 81

Greer Harper 85

Maree McDonald 102

Che O’Neill 69

Ken Orchiston 64

Michelle Te Hiko-Calvert 72

Raymond Xia 66

Invalid Votes 6

I hereby declare the following duly elected: Mark Champion Greer Harper Maree McDonald Che O’Neill Michelle Te Hiko-Calvert

Staff Representative:

One nomination received. I hereby declare Michele Dakers duly elected.

Tania McNeill

Returning Officer

School Speech Competition

Over the past few weeks children have been preparing and presenting poems to their classes and teams.  Today we had our speech finals and were once again impressed with the high standards of presentation.  

The following children recieved placings;

Year 3:  1st Place; Tarn, 2nd Place; Nina, 3rd Place; Amy.

Year 4:  1st Place; Liam, 2nd Place; Emma 3rd Place; James.

Year 5:  1st Place; Timothy, 2nd Place; Salote, 3rd Place; Beatrice.

Year 6:  1st Place; Joseph, 2nd Place; Hannah,  3rd Place; Tom.

Jump Jam success

Congratulations to our Jump Jam teams who both won their sections in a recent Jump Jam competiion.

Pasifika Family Gathering and Shared Tea

WHEN: Friday 21 June 2019 TIME: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

WHERE: School Staffroom. Bring a plate of food to share.

WHY: chance for families to meet and socialise share ideas about upcoming Polyfest performance next term.

If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, please email or talk to Claire Spencer (M2A teacher). Please let the office or Claire Spencer know if attending.

Video/books/lego and supervision will be provided downstairs in Te Puna Ako for children.

GSNS Ice Skating Night - 28th June - 5pm to 7pm

We are hiring the Ice Skating Rink on the 28th of June from 5pm to 7pm.  Family and friends are welcome to come and have a great night out.

$10 per skater (include the skate hire).  Cash or EFTPOS (but no cash out available).

There will be pizza, hotdoogs, hot soup with bread rolls, hot chocolate, baking and snacks for sale.   All food sales are strickly cash only.  All items $2 or less.  

New skating 'buddies' (skating aides) can now be hired for $2.  These are great for new skaters or smaller children.

Skating finishes at 7pm strickly as we must depart the vuene fully by 7:15pm to allow the rink to set up for their public session.

Mad Hat/Wacky Hair Day

Thanks for sending along items for our school fair.  The wacky hair dos and hat's were very creative, cute and colourful!

Chess success

Today the chess team went to Sacred Heart School to participate in a competition with other primary schools from the Dunedin area.  We were very pleased with our results and everyone had an enjoyable day of competition.  Thanks to the parents who accompanied us to and from the competition and thanks to Mr Henderson who runs the chess club at school each week.