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 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

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.

Figure Skating Success

We have some champions in our midst!  Three GSNS children achieved medals in the Corinne Gilkinson Figure Skating Trophy.  Brooke and Gibbo were both placed first in their grades and Ruby was placed third for her grade.  These children train tirelesly and demonstrate commitment to their sport.  Well done everyone!

A Fire Engine arrives at George Street Normal School

The children in Model 1B and Model 2B had an exciting day recently when they had a visit from the Fire service as part of their Fire Safety topic.


A parent sent us a message about an online survey about parking. If enough people give feedback it may help GSNS get some more parking around our school.....
HI, it feels like there's a bit of a parking problem at the school at the moment. DCC are asking for parking feedback so this might be a good opportunitiy for people to raise this #DunedinCityCouncil want to know what people think about parking in Dunedin so we can improve the service we provide for our residents and visitors. To help them develop different options, they need feedback on the key issues, what works well and what they can improve. They are gathering information through the online form at
Feedback closes 5pm, Monday 21 May 2018.