Our Vision…

Creating a love of learning within a safe, caring, respectful, sustainable environment where individual excellence and diversity is valued.

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whanau and Friends of the School

Yesterday six Gartson School students, their teacher and the Environmental Southland Educational officer visited our school to look at how we incorporate the Maori perspective into our Enviroschools programme. Our senior Kapahaka group, welcomed our visitors with a Powhiri, the group participated in a Te Reo Maori lesson with the room 11 children, and then a group of children hosted the Garston team, sharing some of the activities our school has been working on in our journey to improve sustainability within our school and local environment. Early next term Jude Lees and I will take the Goldfields children who hosted our visitors to Garston to look around their school, and to learn about the activities they have worked on in gaining their Silver Enviroschool award. One of the highlights for me, was visiting all classrooms looking at displays, and learning from the children of the many and varied activities and experiments they have been involved with during our current inquiry. We hope that many parents can join us next Wednesday afternoon, to share some of the children’s learning from the Sustainability inquiry.

Learning Expo: Wednesday 24 September


1:30- 2:10. School Hall: Kapahaka group performance. Some classes/Syndicates will share aspects of learning; and the JumpJam teams will demonstrate the routines that won them a place in the South Island finals which will be held in Christchurch in November.

2:10-2:30 Parents invited to visit all classrooms to look at the learning displays that have been set up.

2:30 JumpRope for Heart – Jump Off.

Some classes have some upcycled items for sale to generate funds for our growing season.

During the school holidays, we have several maintenance projects being carried out, with contractors working on our carpark extension; the final stage of our window and door replacement project to be underway; and the area outside the new classroom and toilet block to be landscaped. The dental bus will also return in the first week of the holidays. Please remind children to stay away from these areas.

Kia pai to wiki. Have a good week, Sharon.

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Sushi Katsu – Friday Lunch Order Form

Subway Friday – Lunch Order Form

Souvlaki Friday – Lunch Order Form

2014 Prizegiving Congratulations to our Senior Students for winning the 2013 trophies:  Individual Excellence, Brodie Devon; Contributions to the Life of the School, Marica Senabu-Salu; Anderson Family Trophy,  Zane Garr; Whanau Trophy: Kiwi.


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