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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 (principal@georgestreet.school.nz

Board Chair, Che O’Neill (che@georgestreet.school.nz)

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.

Principal's letter #3, 18 May

Monday 18 May 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Thank you for everything you have done to support your child in having a successful return to school.  Thanks also to all the staff for their preparation prior to today.  The day has gone very well, with children and staff happy to be back. 

Thank you for your patience with having to go through the sign in process to enter the school grounds.  Hopefully this will only be a short term arrangement.  If you need to contact the school office to make a payment, our bank account number is 02-0912-0320963-001.

If you are able to help with road patrol in the afternoons from 2:45pm to 3:20pm while we are in Level 2, Mr Keith Mulholland would love to hear from you.  keith@georgestreet.school.nz

Today no one ordered lunches and on reflection this was a good thing.  If you could possibly avoid ordering lunches in Level 2, this would be helpful.  

To help our movement out of school grounds at the end of the day, the children from M1A and M1B will now exit from the Duke Street gate, unless they are required to go to Georgies or the drop off/pick up zone.  The parents of children in these classes will be emailed by the class teacher about arrangements.

Finally a reminder that if your child is sick and presenting with any of the COVID-19 symptoms which include a dry cough, high temperature, runny nose, sneezing and/or loss of smell, you are asked to keep them at home and ring Healthline on 0800 611 116 or contact your GP to get further advice.  

Kind regards

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

George Street Normal School

Principal's letter- level 2 -18 May

14 May 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

As promised here are some more details about how things will look and run at GSNS next week:

Naturally children will be wondering what school will be like - what will be the same, what will be different.  Here are a few things you can share with them.

Teachers/staff are looking forward to seeing children again.

Children will be able to use balls at playtime.

Children will be able to use the climbing frames and adventure playground.

Children won’t be able to use the drinking fountains and will need their own drink bottle.

There will be two different playtimes and two different lunchtimes.  All the Senior Team and Senior Models will come out and play first, then when they go in the Middle Team and Junior Models will come out and play.  This means children will have more space in the playground and will be mixing with a smaller number of children.  The Juniors will all go out at the same time.

Desks might be set out differently in classrooms so that they are spaced away from others.

Children will be reminded they should not share any belongings. 

Children will get very good at washing their hands as they will need to do this when they enter the class, when they leave the class, when they use shared equipment and before they eat.

Children will be reminded to keep out of what the Ministry of Education describes as other people’s ‘moist breath’ zone.  

Drop off and pick up will be different for a while.

Younger children 

We recognise that some of our younger children will need someone to accompany them to class.  While we are trying to reduce the number of parents/visitors to our school grounds, we recognise the need to balance this with children’s emotional wellbeing.  Therefore, for those of you who need to come onto school grounds, we will have staff on the entrance ways to the school who will record your details for our contact tracing register.  (NB:  The Duke Street Gate and the entrance by Model 2A will remain locked).  

At the end of the school day, the children on the Junior side can be picked up by a parent.  Once again they will need to have their details recorded by the person on the gate.  Please wait in a ‘supermarket line’ fashion outside the classroom, allowing sufficient space for children to exit/leave with their parent.  Teachers will look out for parents and allow children to leave the class when they see you outside.  NB:  To reduce congestion, parents can pick up Junior side children from 2:45 on.    Junior Georgies children will be collected as normal and brought over to the Senior side after school.  

Older children

At the beginning of the day older children will be able to come onto school grounds and go to their class as normal,  

At the end of the school day, if children are walking home unaccompanied, they may leave school earlier at 2:45 to reduce congestion at the school gates.  Please email your child’s class teacher to let them know that your child has permission to leave early.  Those children who normally go to the pick up zone can line up 1m apart on the white line at 3:00pm.   Those children who go to Georgies can go straight to Georgies at 3:00pm.  All other children on the main side of the school will be taken by their class teacher to the court area and will line up behind their classroom marker.  Teachers will be looking out for parents outside the school grounds and will let children know they can go when they spot the parent. 

Please ensure your child knows what they are to do at the end of the school day.

If you would like to talk with a staff member, please email them.  If you need to make a payment, please consider doing so online, to avoid having to come to the office. If you want to contact the office, their email is office@georgestreet.school.nz 

Hopefully this way of doing things won’t last too long.  Thanks for your ongoing support and understanding as we move into Level 2.  

Finally a plug for our virtual Fun Run/Walk happening anytime from 3pm Friday 15 May until 6pm Sunday 17 May. The PTA have organized this event to support our school-wide focus on the value of term - Compassion.  Details can be found in the latest school newsletter.

As always if you have any questions, I’m happy to be contacted.

Kind regards

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

George Street Normal School