COVID-19 Update 21 September

21 September 2020

Kia ora 
As you will be aware the Government has agreed to move our part of New Zealand down to Alert Level 1 as from 11:59 p.m. tonight.  This means:

  • There are no restrictions on personal movement but people are encouraged to maintain a record of where they have been

  • There are no restrictions on gatherings but we are encouraged to maintain records to enable contact tracing

  • We need to stay home if you or your child are sick, or have flu-like symptoms

  • We need to wash and dry our hands, cough into our elbows, and not touch our faces

  • Continue using the NZ COVID Tracer app for contact tracing


In terms of school, this is very exciting news.  This means:

  • Parents are very welcome to come back on site and into children's classrooms

  • The mihi whakatau scheduled for the first day back at school (Monday October 12th) will proceed

  • Assemblies will recommence.  The first one is scheduled for Friday week 2 (23rd October).

Finally, this Friday the school is holding a "Games Day".  Parents are warmly invited to join us from 11:30 - 12:30 to join in the fun.

We look forward to 'reconnecting' with you.
Ngā mihi nui
Robyn and the team 

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Otago Cross Country cancelled

The Otago cross country event, due to have been held on Friday 18 September, has been cancelled.

Covid-19 Level 2 information update- 14 August

14 August 2020

Kia ora koutou

For the present, as we remain in Level 2, we are keeping our school routines as normal as possible, with the added emphasis on personal hygiene, contact tracing and restrictions on large social gatherings.  Information shared by the Ministry of Education in their latest communication reinforces what we are already doing.

Personal Hygiene

Thank you for keeping children at home if they have any symptoms.  As always, you can ring and leave an absence message (including the reason for absence), or use our skool bag app.  This allows us to quickly establish in the mornings that everyone who should be at school is at school.  

Remind your child to make sure they give people ‘breathing space’ so they aren’t so close and can feel someone else’s breath.

As mentioned in previous communication if you have purchased a mask for your child (presently not compulsory), please ensure they know how to wear it and not to keep touching it. It is important not to place a ‘used’ mask’ onto surfaces other people might touch.

Social Gatherings

We are sorry that we will only be able to have some of our school present for our mihi whakatau for Mrs Wood and to have to stop our school assemblies again, but are wanting to limit large gatherings within the school.  

Contact Tracing

Thank you for your ongoing understanding with the need to contact trace.  If you do not have to enter school grounds and can drop off/pick up your child at the gate, this makes life easier.  However we do appreciate the individual needs of children and so we will continue to have people standing at the main entrances to record contact details, should you need to enter school grounds.  If you are able to use the COVID-19 tracing app, this is also a great help.  Please note that we do shut the gates soon after 9:00am, so having your children at school on time is important.  If you do need to come into the office we have posted the school phone number on the door so you can let us know you are outside.  Gates will be opened at 2:55pm for those who need to enter school grounds to pick up children.  Please do not loiter in school grounds if you do need to pick up your child. 

As always don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

George Street Normal School

GSNS update Interviews and Covid level 2

George Street Normal at Covid level 2

As of 12 noon today until midnight Friday, George Street Normal will be operating under Covid level 2, as per Ministry requirements.
Level 2 is about reducing the risk of community transmission by minimising the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and ensuring we can identify and contact anyone if someone is infected.

What does this mean for George Street Normal School?

Parent Teacher Leaning Interviews

Parent teacher interviews will go ahead with the following considerations:

Good hygiene practices will be important:

  • Use hand santiser, which will be available at doorways and in classrooms
  • Do not attend if you are feeling unwell in any way
  • Under Level 2 masks are encouraged but not required

Social Distancing

  • We encourage you to attend on time, but not too early to minimize social contact.
  • Chairs available in waiting areas will be placed 2m apart.
  • Please maintain a 2m distance from others when entering and exiting the building.
  • While interviews are timetabled for 15 minutes, we will encourage our teachers to conclude these slightly ahead of time to reduce social contact.   
  • In the interview seating will be set out to enable 1m social distancing.  
  • To aid social distancing, the Junior class interviews will be held in your child's class not in Te Puna Ako as previously advertised. 

Contact Tracing

  • When entering school grounds please use the NZ Covid tracing app (if possible), alternatively ensure that your class teacher has recorded your presence.


Room 4 & 5 Assembly, scheduled for this Friday, is postponed.


What about other Events and Activities?

At present we are making decisions only about what is scheduled to happen over the next three days. There may well be some updates and changes should Covid alert levels stay above level 1 beyond Friday 14th.

  • Georgies is still operating, following the same procedures as school.  This includes recording contact details for anyone who comes onto school grounds to drop off/pick up their child
  • Clubs are still meeting and sports teams are still practising
  • Music tuition is continuing

What are we doing at school?

  • Parents and visitors entering the school grounds are strongly encouraged to use the NZ Covid app. The QR code is on all our entrances and doorways
  • Teachers are reminding children of what good hygiene practice means:
    • washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinsing thoroughly and drying hands for 20 seconds
    • coughing or sneezing into your elbow
    • respecting other people's 'bubble'
  • If children come to school and present as unwell, we will need to send them home
  • Continuing to ensure that all hard surfaces are regularly cleaned

Things Parents can do to help are:

  • Discuss good hygiene practices at home
  • If your child is unwell keep them at home
  • If your child wears a mask, ensure they know of safe practices associated with this
  • Consider how you are supporting contact tracing whenever you come onto school grounds.  If you can avoid doing so, this would be appreciated.

Going forward

Should this situation continue we will:

  • Reintroduce contact tracing procedures at entrances before and after school
  • Have children on the main side lined up on the courts ready for pick up at the end of the day
  • Some planned events that involve the wider community may be postponed or cancelled
  • Continue to keep you informed by way of email, skoolbag and our website

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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