Golden Sands School Tuesday 14 March 2023


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A big thank you to those who supported our Whacky Wheels Day for Hawkes Bay. We are still counting the proceeds but will let you know how much you raised when we can. We are very grateful for the kind and generous support the community has provided.

New Entrant Open Night

Always wondered what the new entrant space looks like? Have a neighbour, friend or family member who has preschoolers? Come to school tomorrow night between 4.30 and 6.30pm to check our cool new space out. You will be able to have a chat with the staff and see the exciting things happening in our space.

We are able to take a limited number of out of school enrolments for year 0 - 2.

Please email if you would like to attend. See you all there!

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Save the Date! Thursday 23 March @ 7.30pm

We are incredibly lucky to have amazing whanau that are willing to give back to the parent community.

Dr. Paul Meens, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist , has been working in mental health since 2006. Since 2018, he is one of the psychiatrists at CAMHS at Te Whatu Ora - Health NZ. After his training and work experience in the Netherlands, he enjoys spending his family and work life in the Bay of Plenty.

In Neurodiversity: What is it? , Paul will give an introduction into the diagnoses and background of ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD), while also discussing current talking points around Autism, ADHD and Gender Diversity. He will also attempt to give insight into available treatment options and the impact of neurodiversity and different life domains, such as school and family life.

This is free to attend, we would love to see you there.

Please register here

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We need your help!

We have a number of jobs that our caretaker Tony, needs a hand with. If you can lend us a hand on Saturday 18 March, we would love to hear from you. Bring a mate and we might finish off at PapaMo’s.

Please let us know if you can make it by RSVPing to

Thursday 16 March - Strike Day

School will be closed on Thursday as the nationwide teachers strike takes place. Teachers are striking after negotiations broke down in the last few weeks. We want to provide a better learning environment for our tamariki and a better working environment for teachers across the primary sector. We know that you support us and we appreciate you for doing so. Thank you!

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L)

This week's focus continues to be: Brain break behaviour

Our key ideas are as follows:

  • We are sun smart, and always wear a hat outside in T1 and T4

  • We know to play in the right place at the right time during BB

  • We return to class promptly

  • We seek help from duty teachers, when needed

  • We wait for our turn, patiently

  • We share equipment, and return it to the right place when we are finished

  • We keep our hands and feet to ourselves

  • We use polite words

Thank you for reinforcing these ideas at home too.

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Blake Poetry

Blake Poetry

The Blake team have been writing poems about celestial objects. The students were introduced to personification and similes. Here is Ella Riley’s poem for you to enjoy.


The meteorite shoots through the sky with no restraint,

Like a person zooming around space

listening to the commands of his leader.

An astronaut floating around in space,

It shoots through the sky in flames like it is crying.

Ngā mihi

Melanie Taylor


What our new school app looks like
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Travel Smart News

This year we have a new amazing Travel Smart team which includes Chloe Berkett, Summer Jackson, Miela Murphy, Beth Metcalfe, Liesl Van Waveren, Izzy Reynolds, Florence Helps,

Jesse Hogarth, Caitlyn Taylor, Erin Mckean, Grace Pepper, Jessica Hall, Kennedy Edwards, Maria Toesoliga and Betty Kofe.

We try hard to encourage students at GSS to Walk, Scooter, Bike, Skate, carpool and bus to school. We also promote road safety to the students.

We will still be doing the Wednesday Challenge this year and will be going around to the students' classrooms every Wednesday and collecting data from both coming to school and going home. The class who gets the highest percentage for any way that excludes going in the car wins the golden foot.

We hope this encourages students to Walk, Scooter, Bike, Skate, Carpool or bus to school.

Week 6 Winners for the most using active travel are:

Mahy 2 and 3 tied with 70%

Blake 3 had 83%

Rutherford 3 had 72%

Hillary 2 had 89%

Congratulations to those classes!

Yours sincerely,

The Travel Smart Team

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Sports News

Term 2 & 3 Sports Registrations NOW OPEN

The following sports will be available in Term 2 & 3 (2023)

Registrations are now open via Kindo until Monday 27th April.

Register via Kindo:


Trustpower Arena, Baypark, Mt Maunganui

Year 5 & 6 - Fridays, 4pm- 7.30pm 12 May - 25 Aug (5 aside) $135/pp

Year 3 & 4 - Tuesdays,4pm-5.30pm 9 May - 22 Aug (5 aside) $125/pp

Year 1 & 2 (Little League)- Mondays, 4pm-5.30pm (4 aside)

(Little league) is broken into two terms to allow kids to have a go and not have to sign up for the whole two terms if they don't like it

Term 2 (currently available), 15 May- 26 June (6 wks) $50/pp

Term 3 (will be made available at the end of term 2) 17 July - 28 Aug (7 wks) $55/pp


Tauranga Hockey Turf, Mt Maunganui

6th May - 26th Aug

Year 5 & 6 - (Kiwi sticks) Saturdays , (6v6) $70.00/pp

Year 3 & 4 - (Mini sticks) Saturdays , (4v4) $70.00/pp


Tauranga Netball Courts next to Blake Park Mt Maunganui

Starts 20 May (for 10 weeks) Year 6 grading day 13 May

Year 1 & 2 - Saturdays, 10.30am - 12.30am, 22 May $55.00/pp

Year 3 & 4 - Saturdays, 11.30am - 2.00pm, 22 May $55.00/pp

Year 5 - Saturdays, 11.15pm - 3.15pm, 19 Aug $70.00/pp (includes umpires fees)

Year 6 - Saturdays, 11.15pm - 3.15pm, 19 Aug $70.00/pp (includes umpires fees)

If you have any queries, please contact Jane White, Sports Coordinator.


Other winter sports available, but not run by schools…

Football (Soccer)

Contact Papamoa Football Club


Contact Papamoa Rugby Club

Scholastic Book Club

The latest brochures have been sent to classrooms.

Please place your order by Friday 17th March.

Our preferred way for you to order is through Please do not return your paper order form to school if you choose this ordering option.
If you prefer to order with the paper form, these need to be returned to the school office. Payments for these orders can be made by cash or EFTPOS.

Orders are sent to your child's classroom when they arrive. However, if you wish to purchase as a gift, please select the "gift" option if ordering online or write office in the class if you are completing a form. We will then phone/ email you to collect from the school office.

New Stationery Supplier

For 2023 and going forward we have a new school stationery supplier - see attached poster.

You can order your child's stationery as soon as you know their class for 2023. It helps with the start of the year if your child is equipped with their stationery supplies for Day 1!!!

Term 1

Thursday 16 March - Nationwide Teacher Strike - school closed

Thursday 23 March - Dr Paul Meens presentation at school

Thursday 6 April - last day of Term 1 (normal finish at 2.30pm)

Term 2

Monday 24 April - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day (Public Holiday)

Wednesday 26 April - Term 2 starts for students

Monday 5 June - King's Birthday (Public Holiday)

Friday 30 June - last day of Term 2 (normal finish at 2.30pm)

Term 3

Monday 17 July - First day of Term 3

Friday 22 September - last day of Term 3 (normal finish at 2.30pm)

Term 4

Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December

Monday 23 October - Labour Day (Public Holiday)

Friday 15 December - last day for 2023 (school finishes at 12.15pm)

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All school payments, donations, sports registrations and school lunches (ezlunch) can be paid for via Kindo! Create a Kindo account - Click on this link to find out how!

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After School Activities

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