Monday, September 16, 2019

This week

Kia ora

This is Mr McNaught's last week in M1A.  He is working hard with the children to get prepared for the School Fair and to complete our "Calendar Art" before Friday.

He is hoping to say farewell to the class with a few sweet treats on Friday but will be back to help out with the Fair on Saturday and to assist with coaching a Futsal team next term.

Speaking of the Fair... only four sleeps to go!

On Wednesday afternoon we have a cricket coach visiting to share with us some handy tips and perhaps inspire some of us to take up the sport?

This Thursday we will be making Coconut Ice creations to sell at the Fair.  The class have come up with their own adaptions to the recipe and will be packaging these using labels which they also designed.

If you would like to add to our sales stock please feel free to send coconut ice products along on Friday morning.

On Friday M1A will be transforming into the greatest little Book Sale Store in the Universe.

It is a busy week. 
Take Care
Nga mihi

Thursday, September 5, 2019


Kia ora

The children were sent home with Raffle cards a couple of weeks ago (Blue cards in a plastic bag) with instructions to return these sold or unsold by today.

At this stage we are still missing all but 6 raffle cards (a huge thank you to those who sent these back).

The Fair Committee is very keen to get these all back as soon as possible as they need to account for every single raffle card prior to the raffle being drawn.

If you never received a card, the card suffered an unexpected catastrophic accident or is located somewhere currently unknown please let us know as soon as possible.

Otherwise could you please send the sold/unsold raffle cards back to School at your earliest convenience.

Thank you in advance from our Fair Committee.
Nga mihi

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Darcy's Coconut Ice Recipe

Darcy’s Coconut Ice 


  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup milk 
  • 25g butter 
  • ¼ tsp salt 
  • ¾ cup of desiccated coconut 
  • Few drops of food colouring (you can choose your flavours) 

Lightly grease a square tin
Put the icing sugar, milk, butter and salt in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring consistently
until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. 
Stop stirring, bring to the boil and simmer until mixture reaches the soft ball stage.
(114 degrees on a sugar thermometer)
Remove the heat, mix in coconut and cool for 10 minutes.
Poor half of the mixture into a bowl, add food colouring and beat with a wooden
spoon until mixture starts to thicken.
Pour into prepared tin and then beat the white portion until it starts to thicken and spread
it over the coloured mixture. Cool the mixture, then cut into squares and serve.

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Tomorrow is our turn on the stage during the School Assembly. 

The children in M1A have worked hard to produce this assembly item.  They selected the songs (wrote a song), scripted the movie, created the props, suggested movements, volunteered for their roles in the item and in short took the lead in planning out the entire item. 

I am very proud of their efforts and hope to see you all at our assembly tomorrow,

Nga mihi

Fair products

Kia ora

Next week we start preparing for the School Fair.  The Models team will be creating sweet treats to sell at the Fair.  This will involve some investigation by the students into what might sell the best at the Fair.

The base recipe that we will be improving upon ahead of the Fair is:

1/2 tin condensed milk
2 cups of coconut
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups icing sugar
Food colouring

Warm the condensed milk if cold.  Combine  the rest of the ingredients.  For a two tone coconut ice, colour half red and leave the other half white.  Press the mixture into a lined tin.  Chill and then cut into squares.

Monday, August 26, 2019

A message from DNI

Kia ora

GSNS was sent the following message from DNI to pass on to anyone who might be thinking about joining them next year:

Enrolments for DNI 2020
It would be really helpful to have all DNI enrolments complete by the end of August. This allows us to plan best for your children for 2020. Online enrolment is available here on our website
Kind regards

Monday, August 19, 2019

Marae visit 22 August - information for helpers

   Senior Marae visit

Kia ora/ thank you for being a part of our marae experience on :

Thursday 22 August 2019
Please take the time to read the following to help yourself become familiar with the kawa (protocols) of Ōtākou Marae if you are already not so. It is a fun day and well led by the tutors on the day so you don’t have to know everything but be willing to participate.  

·       We would like to leave school by 9 am so please be in your child’s classroom by 8.45.
·       If you are meeting us at the marae please wait outside the gates and do not enter.  There is limited car parking outside the marae on Tamatea Rd off Harington Point Road. Remember a bus will need to pull up outside the gates so please park considerately.  Allow at least 45 minutes to get there.  Please let the teacher know if you are meeting us there. The bus takes longer and our estimated time of arrival is around 10.10.
·       Bring your lunch and suitable footwear and clothing for a cold day.
·       You may want to take shoes off inside the wharenui so warm socks are advised if you feel the cold. 
·       Women are encouraged to wear a skirt or wrap a sarong around trousers for the pōwhiri (welcoming onto the marae).  
·       Photos are usually prohibited during the pōwhiri process and it is polite to check with mana whenua (hosts of the marae) if it is ok to take photos of the marae and wish to use them on the net.

If you would like a more detailed description of the pōwhiri (welcoming on process), or would like a template to do your own mihimihi (introduction about yourself) you can ask your child’s teacher for a copy. 

Thank you again for joining us on our trip.

Keith Mulholland, Claire Spencer, Claire Gardner, Claire Harper, Michelle Hunt, Sam Hamilton, Shane Tamblyn