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School Office & Uniform Shop Hours during the Holidays

The School Office & Uniform Shop will be open for new enrolments and uniform purchases on the following days:

Tuesday 21st January, 2014  9.00am - 3.00pm

Thursday 23rd January, 2014 9.00am - 3.00pm

To purchase uniform online please go to the following link: http://www.gulfharbour.school.nz/index.php?page=gulf-harbour-school-uniforms 

Hobbs Wharf Market, Gulf Harbour

Last Market for 2013 - Sunday December 22nd
  • Kids Christmas Carol singing talent Competition with prizes (please email your registration to info@hobbswharf.co.nz)
  • FREE kids entertainment
  • FREE water activities
  • FREE Christmas mince tart with every coffee
  • Heaps of stalls selling great last minute gift ideas
  • Final day to pick up your Pumpkin seedling for the "Great Pumpkin Growing Competition"

Gulf Harbour Country Club Sponsorship Thankyou

A huge thank you to Gulf Harbour Country for their kind donation towards Gulf Harbour Schools' Year 8 students legacy and leaving project.

Community Parents & Kids Picnic's in the School Holiday

Monday Shakespear Park
Wednesday Big Manly Beach
Friday Stanmore Bay
10.00 to 4.00pm

Parents and kids picnics throughout the holidays, for kids to play and parents to chat

Peaches & Pickles Holiday Programme 2014

YES!  Due to popular demand we are having a holiday programme in January!  So put it in your diaries and BOOK in NOW to avoid disappointment.  Monday 20th - Friday 24th January.  This is going to be a week FULL of singing, dancing and acting madness, plus so so much more! 
Suitable for Children ages 4 - 17 years. 
BOOK IN NOW on www.peachesandpickles.net and start the year off with a BANG!!

Sophia Pedersen

Peaches and Pickles Performing Arts/ 
Green Door Youth Theatre

W: 09 4280559
M:  0274 545717




Come and cuddle the kittens in the Kitten Crèche, meet the cats in the cattery and enjoy a sausage sizzle

M: 027 337 3933   E: catsncare@gmail.com   W: www.catsncare.org.nz

Orewa New World Santa Parade - Sat. 23 November

Parade starts this Saturday 12.30pm
Best Viewing: Hibiscus Coast H'way, Orewa Boulevard
Parade Ends: Orewa Beach Reserve (surf club carpark)

Good as New Summer Pre-Loved Kids Market

Saturday 30th November
9.00am - 12 noon
Orewa Community Centre
40+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand Kids Toys, Clothes, Furniture and Accessories

Lots of Christmas Bargains

Stanmore Bay School Fun Family Day Gala

Come and have a Fun Family Day” at the Stanmore Bay School Gala 
 Sunday the 24th November 10am-2pm.

Stanmore Bay School’s gala is more than a fundraising event - it is now one of the highlights of the Hibiscus Coast community calendar.

Where else can thousands of children and adults enjoy free entertainment, delicious food, pick up a whole pile of bargains and celebrate the start of summer – all together, at one place, on one day! Plus, buy a $2.00 raffle ticket and be in with the chance to win a stunning Toshiba SatPro C850 Notebook!

Children will love the rides this year including bouncy castles, jeeps, horses and a giant Games Alley. The entertainment line-up is promising too with Cheer Leaders, Belly Dancing, Taekwondo Performances a local band and "Peaches and Pickles".

A crowd favourite, the silent auction, will be running all day with over several thousand dollars’ worth of donated goods including a Bike, Kayak and a Family Day Pass to the Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Explore NZ valued at $400.00. An excellent time to secure some of those much needed Christmas presents.

A bumper crop of food and drink stalls including hamburgers, hot meat rolls, sushi, ice cream sodas, lollies and cakes, to the children’s favourite candyfloss, will keep the crowd’s hunger at bay. There will also be loads of hampers and tempting pantry items.

The gala begins – rain or shine – at 10am.

Stanmore Bay School Gala
Sunday 24th November 2013 (rain or shine)


Waiora Road (off Brightside Rd), Stanmore Bay, Ph 424 5540

PregFit and MamaFit

 If you are looking for fun and friendship come and join the experienced team at InShape Studio and their exercise classes for both pre and post pregnancy fitness. 

Our safe and effective workouts are designed specifically for your changing body and are supported by Hibiscus Coast Midwives and health professionals. Only $15 a session or weekly pass from only $22.

Our classes include Pilates, Gravity training and pelvic floor work. For our Mums and Bubs classes we have childcare included. 

Checkout our website at www.inshapestudio.co.nz or contact Helen Chisholm 021 888 476 

Peaches & Pickles Big Christmas Sale!

That's right all stock must go! Perfect Christmas presents for budding Performers! 
We have limited sizes available in T shirts, Hoodies and Dance shoes. 
All at 20% off! 
Get in quick or you'll miss out! 
Plus the week of 25th-29th November is 'Bring a Friend' week at Peaches & Pickles and Green Door!

Experience all that we have to offer for just a gold coin donation!
Learn our fabulous Dance routine to 'What does the Fox say', Sing 'Somewhere only we know' like Lily Allen and play some wicked Drama Games! 
Plus if your friend enrolls before the end of the Term they get a free T shirt. 
Call Sophia on 09 428 0559 or email sophia@peachesandpickles.net for more details.

Family Cycle Orewa Estuary - Sunday 17th November

Grab the kids and come and join us at the Western Reserve for a cycle round the Orewa Estuary.
Exercise is good for everyone especially those with diabetes.  It's never too late to start, once you get going, you'll be amazed how quickly those excuses fade away!

Sausage Sizzle and Spot Prizes
$5 per rider or $10 per family
Proceeds donated to Diabetes NZ & Chasing a Cure
Sunday 17th November
Registrations from 10.00am (in front of Skate Ramp)
Ride starts:  10.30am

Orewa Lions Fun Family Event

Orewa Lions are running a Fun Family Event cycling round Orewa Estuary on 17th November.  Lots of amazing spot prizes, a certificate for each rider and a sausage sizzle will be available.  Registration only $5 per rider or $10 a family.  All proceeds donated to Diabetes NZ and Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  Registrations on the day from 10.00am in front of the Skate Park Orewa Estuary.  Ride starts 10.30am.

Halloween at Wahngaparaoa Library

Jelly and I Scream: Halloween at Whangaparaoa Library
Thursday 31 Oct, 6.30 pm
Join us for a night of terror and fun!

Ghost Tunnel
Costume Parade and Prizes
Spooky Sensory Challenge
Scariest Stories ever!
And lots of Jelly and Ice-cream!

Mathematics On-Line Tuition

One guided session at 16 Tindalls Bay Road available Thursdays 4.30 - 5.30pm
Mathmetaics On-Line Tuition
Does your child lack confidence in maths?
Give your child the maths step up now! (High school is too late!)
Learn in the comfort of your own home.
Work activity is monitored by a trained teacher
All learning is introduced by Instructional Video
Flexible, COST EFFECTIVE, No need to travel to Learning Centre
Ph:  09 424 1746  Mobile: 027 229 5622  Email: educatenz.net@gmail.com 

Whangaparaoa College Uniform Shop Opening Hours

17th December 2013   -    2-4pm
18th December 2013   -    2-4pm

Also times available in January for all students:

15th  January 2014   -   9-3pm
16th  January             -  12-6pm
21st  January             -   9-4pm
22nd  January             -   9-6pm
23rd  January             -  11-3pm

Whangaparaoa Tennis Club Junior Registrations

Open for non interclub juniors. Join our club coach for games and skills on Saturday mornings in Term 4 & Term 1, 2014, starting Sat 2nd November. Register online at www.wgptennis.co.nz or contact Adrienne on 09 424 7526.

Orewa Lions Family Event

Orewa Lions are running a Fun Family Event – cycling round Orewa Estuary on the 17th November.

Lots of amazing spot prizes, a certificate for each rider and we will be running a sausage sizzle too!

Registration only $5 per rider or $10 for a family, all proceeds donated to Diabetes NZ and Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Please circulate to your pupils and wider community, we look forward to seeing you there!

BUY local - GIVE local

Christmas appeal organised by your local community newspaper, Hibiscus Matters, in partnership with the Hibiscus Coast Community House and the Orewa Baptist Church Christmas food drive. It’s about spending a few dollars this Christmas to help others in the community who are going through hard times.

Here’s how it works: While you’re doing your Christmas shopping, purchase a voucher of any denomination over $10 and drop it in to a collection box (located at Manly Care Chemist, Manly Village, Eddie Law, Top of the Plaza, Whangaparaoa; Beds R Us, Silverdale Centre; Dad’s Pies, Silverdale Industrial or Hibiscus Matters’ office, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa) or post to Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, 18 Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa, 0931. 

Vouchers will be distributed to families in need with the Community House’s Christmas food parcels, and by the Orewa Baptist Church as part of its Christmas food drive. Vouchers can be for anything that will bring a little sunshine to a struggling family on Christmas Day – fuel, groceries, toys, electrical goods, toiletries, clothes and so on. Vouchers must be dropped into the boxes or received in our office prior to December 10. Together, we can make a difference

Orewa Night Markets

Something new on a Friday night
Starting this Friday night October 18th 
Opening from 5.00 - 10.00pm in the Ramada Suites Nautilus Orewa visitors carpark

45 stalls of quality product and international food fare
Korean style fried hot dog * chicken sausage and chips * bulgagi wrap * Crepes * Protein Shake and grilled meats * Japanese famous “imagawayaki” – wheelcake * Chocolate bon bons and fudge * Exotic Candy and Licorice strips * American brownies * Hungarian cheese sandwiches * Piada artisan, traditional Italian flatbread * French pastry and bread * Cooked German inspired sausages served in a bun * Bacon, meatball and cheese baguettes * Hungarian chimney cakes called "Sweet Chimney" * traditional fried bread with toppings, called "Elephant Ears" * fruit and yogurt smoothies * Churros * coffee, tea, hot chocolate 

Gulf Harbour Play-time Coffee Group trip

Wednesday 6th November, 9.30am
Whangaparaoa Railway
Adults and kids $7/each, includes a train ride. Under twos are free.
Please contact Rebecca Matthews should you wish to book for this trip 021 0239 2969

Join the Facebook page (HBC Gulf Harbour playtime and coffee social group) and find out about all the wonderful events this group have planned, eg. trip to the Zoo, walking group every Monday and Thursday, trip to the railway & a Christmas picnic.

Peninsula Players Drama Lessons

Drama Lessons with experienced ex teacher
Starting Wednesday 16th October
1 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay
10 - 12 years 6.30  -8.00pm
12 - 14 years 8.00 - 9.30pm
 8 lessons = $80
Phone: 09 424 1529
All proceeds go to the club

Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club Registration Day

Junior programme starts on Sunday 3 November 
Registration day 20th October  
10.00am -12.00pm
Orewa Surf Club 

Don't worry if you miss this day as you can register any Sunday. If you are aged between 3 and 13 and want to join a surf club come along to Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club. For more details contact Cameron on 4266486, 0211466732 or camlockie@gmail.com or www.orewasurfclub.co.nz 

Sun Care Products at a Great Price!

The end of Term 4 is here already! Summer is coming...Stay Safe in the Sun!
Help raise funds for our School by ordering your Summer Sunscreen essentials through 
a parent from our school who is a local Avon Representative with 20% of the sales going to our School.

Packof 3 Sunscreen products for $24 
Pack of 3 Bug Guard Products for $20 
Fill out the order form and return with the correct money to the box in the office.

Biz Kids Monthly Fair for School Kids at the Plaza

                                                     Kids selling products or services
Open to school aged children only
Every 3rd Sunday of the Month
10.00am - 1.00pm
$10 for a Licence to Trade
Products and services must be of good quality and standard
Contact us to book your stall now, christina@mumstheword.net.nz, Phone 021 275 1168

Peaches and Pickles Fresh NEW Holiday Programme

GREAT NEWS, We still have a few spaces left. 
For the first week only, its going to be loads of fun with film making and editing, tap and ballet dancing, rhythm workshops and a pop star day!
Your child will have a blast at this fantastic holiday programme. 
Discounts available. Suitable for ages 4 - 17 years
Don't delay enrol now. www.peachesandpickles.net or phone our office 09 4280559  

It's Showtime - Magic & Illusion Spectacular!

11th October, 2013 
2.00pm & 7.00pm
Orewa Arts and Events Centre
90 minute Magic & Illusion 
Buy Tickets: www.itsshowtime.co.nz
Tickets from $10.00 per child 


BALLET         JAZZ         TAP       HIP HOP        CONTEMPORARY
Last chance to be part of the excitement of our end of year concert.
Offering Preschool through to Adult classes.
Enrol now, mention this ad and receive $10 off next Term’s tuition.
(Offer valid until 18 October 2013)
For more information visit www.solemovement.co.nz

Kelly Sports Touch & Turbo

Kelly Sports is excited to be working with the Silverdale Rugby Club to bring you a Touch and Turbo Touch competition for all ages and abilities, in term 4 at the Silverdale Rugby Club.  The cost for the competition is $35 per child for year 1-13 students and any team that enters as a whole team will go into a draw to win their teams fees back as well as winning a fantastic prize pack including balls, drink bottles, wristbands and more.  The cost for adult teams is $500 per team, with a 10% discount for managers that enter more than one team and a 15% discount for teams that enter in both the touch and turbo touch competition.
For more information and to register please go to www.kellysports.co.nz or contact Jenny on 09 427 9377 or at jenny@kellysports.co.nz

Live On Stage - Mrs Wishy-Washy

Auckland's leading theatre for children - The Pump House, Takapuna
Mrs Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
Term time 23rd - 27th September
School Holidays  28th September - 12 October
Book Now:  Phone 489 8360 or via Website: www.timbrayproductions.co.nz

Special Needs TRY-athlon

Come along and support, or enter your special needs child in this fantastic event.  The indoor event consists of swimming 2 laps of the 25m pool (swim aid equipment available), then heading to the stadium with a four lap cycle, and ending with a 2 lap run.

Registrations due by 23 September to centre staff or Gaylene Chambers 021 615 0783 or email specialneeds@sportgulfharbour.co.nz

Where:  Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre
When:   Sunday 29th September 2013
             10.00am start (arrive by 9.00am)
Cost:     $5.00 per child

Parental assistance is required for each participant

Wentworth College & Primary School

Open Day
Thursday, 19th September
Phone:  424 3273

Good as New Pre Loved Kids Spring Market

Orewa Community Centre
9.00am - 12 noon.
40+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand kids Clothes, Toys, Furniture and Accessories
Babies - Tweens, local and overseas brands.
Inquiries 0274 707 151 or find us on Facebook.

Epilepsy North Shore Support Trust Database

1 in 50 New Zealanders live with epilepsy.  The aim of the Epilepsy Foundation is to raise funds to fully support those living with epilepsy, and their families.  To this end the Foundation has instigated the Epilepsy North Shore Support Trust supporting people in the North Shore and Rodney region.  To ensure we can fully support you, it is currently building a database of people within this region living with the condition.  To ‘have your say’, be updated on what is happening within the Foundation and the Epilepsy North Shore Support Trust, the support on offer and upcoming events, please join our database by emailing Foundationepilepsy@gmail.com with your contact details.  Thank you, Janine Morton, Membership Manager, Epilepsy North Shore Support Trust

Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten Ducky Derby

This is the fourth year we have run the successful event which involves the racing of plastic ducks on the estuary. There will be great prizes for the first 3 ducks to cross the finish line. There will be spot prizes, raffles, bouncy castles, kiddie cars and lots of food and a great family atmosphere. The event is being held: 

11.00am – 3.00pm

Sunday 15th September 2013

Western Reserve, Orewa

Whangaparaoa Tennis Club Junior Registrations

Keen to play junior tennis in the 2013 / 2014 season? Register online at www.wgptennis.co.nz

For juniors 8 -18 years play weekly matches in a team in the Tennis Northern junior interclub competition. Each team receives a weekly coaching session with club coach Ken McLeod.
Registrations close on Friday 13th September.

Saturday morning sessions with club coach Ken McLeod building skills, technique and enjoyment of tennis in a non competitive environment. Suitable for players aged 5 -15 years
Registrations close on Friday 11th October.



Peaches and Pickles Performing Arts and Green Door Youth Theatre are offering another fun filled School Holiday programme based around the performing arts in the first week of the School Holidays!

Open to anyone aged 4-17, students will be broken down into age groups for the week. With workshops and specialised master classes in Acting For Screen, Tap, Ballet, Pop Singing and more, students will learn so much from our experienced tutors and staff. Don’t miss out on the fun these holidays BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment! Discounts available.
www.peachesandpickles.net or phone 09 4280559

Sophia Pedersen
Peaches and Pickles Performing Arts/ 
Green Door Youth Theatre

Sport Gulf Harbour's fun for all Disco

Friends and family all welcome. 
Tuck shop open and free water available.

Whangaparaoa Golf Club
Parents please pickup from the door.
$5.00 tickets

You don't have to be a SGH member to come so grab a group of friends and have a great night !!!

For tickets please email Cassandra.tufuga@raywhite.com or phone Cass on 021 889 598. Likewise if you play a sport for SGH your team manager has Disco tickets for sale as well. 

Year 7 Parent Information Evening - Orewa College

Thursday 15th August, 2013, 6.30pm in the Orewa College Arts & Events Centre.

Orewa College Netball Fundraiser "The Hilarious Hypnotist"

Orewa College's Senior 1 Netball Team Fundraiser
Tuesday 13th August, 7.00 pm
Orewa College Art's & Events Centre
$20.00 per ticket

Dave Upfold - The Hilarious Hypnotist - International show as seen on TV

Come along to an evening of side-splitting fun & laughter!  Comedy at its Best!

Tickets available from Amy Swaffield 021 159 0113

Bluelight - Rainbow's End Fun Day

Hibsicus Coast Bluelight

Rainbows End Fun Day - 25th August, 2013

Bluelight would like to take this opportunity to advise that our 18th annual 
"Bluelight Rainbows End Fun Day" will be held again this year on Sunday 25th August, 2013.

Bus departing Orewa College at 8.45am and returning at approximately 4.00pm, no exceptions.

Ages - Year's 7 & 8 (Intermediate)

Cost: $25 per child - includes, transport from Orewa College to event and back, all day super pass, continuous BBQ, complimentary drinks and spot prizes valued at $50.00.

To register & purchase a ticket please come to the school office, CASH only please. Any queries please contact Mickey Botha at Orewa Police 09 426 4555 MBAQ48@police.govt.nz

Bluelight's goal is to build positive Police and Youth partnerships nationwide, thereby building respect, reducing crime and enhancing community safety.

Further information from our Website: www.bluelight.co.nz

Homestay Thank you!

Thank you so much to all the families that put up their hands to host two Japanese girls that will spend time at our school at the end of August. I was overwhelmed with your readiness to help out and invite a young girl to be part of your families for two weeks. 

Very quickly I found myself in the situation of having to turn down people, because we found two homestay families. If that has happened to you, I hope you are not disappointed and I would love to match you up with an international student in the future, if you are still interested. In any case I am keeping you in mind in case I need further backup.

You Gulf Harbour people are simply lovely!

Thank you again from Dagmar Goodall and Gulf Harbour School!

Urgent Help Needed Please

We are desperately looking for two families that can host a Japanese girl, aged 14 or 15, from August 20th to September 4th. 
If you are interested and have a room for the student in your house, children living with you - at least one of them has to be a girl - please, contact d.goodall@ghs.school.nz as soon as possible.
The homestay fee is $220.00 per week - 7 nights.
You don't have to have children at Gulf Harbour School, but you should be able to drop off and pick up the student in the morning and the afternoon. 

Hockey Holiday Programme - Orewa College

Come along and be coached by some of NZ's top players including
Black Sticks, Cory Bennett and George Muir!
Games, skills, fun, prizes
Midgets 4 - 7 years from 9.00am - 12 noon
Juniors 8 + years from 12.30 - 4.00pm
$15 per child, per session or $25 per family per session
Black Sticks will be at afternoon sessions

Bizkids @ the Plaza

Start you own Business with BizKids - Monthly Air for school kids who want to do Business!

  • Kids selling their products or services
  • Open to school aged children only
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the Month
  • 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Everything from cupcakes to art
  • Products must be of good quality and standard
  • $10.00 for a Licence to Trade

Are you a real BIZKID?
Then contact us to book your stall now!  All enquiries to christina@mumstheword.net.nz
Phone: 021 275 1168

IMMERSE - Fostering Hope

Have you ever wondered about becoming a foster carer?
There is an 'Information Evening' to help you discover how you can make a positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children:
Orewa Baptist Church
2 Loop Rd
Wednesday 31st July 2013
7:00 - 9:00pm

Babysitters in the HBC

Are you looking for a local  babysitter for casual, regular or school holiday babysitting?  
Please join our Facebook group  Babysitters in HBC  https://www.facebook.com/groups/294295583962990/ 

Kids Republic Winter Fun School Holiday Programme

Discover the freedom of fun with quality care for your child at Kid's Republic action packed holiday programme.  Limited spaces! Book today 09 428 4831 www.kidsrepublic.co.nz

Peaches & Pickles

Children's theatre, parties and performing arts classes

Wentworth Primary Gulf Harbour
Mondays 3.25 - 4.25pm

Come and join Charlotte at Wentworth Primary for heaps of Drama, Dance and Singing fun!  From Hip Hop and Pop to Musical Theatre, Scripts and Drama Games.  This class is a must for budding performers, it helps to boost confidence and above all it is so much fun!  To enroll please fill out our online enrollment at www.peachesandpickles.net or call Sophia on 09 428 0559.

Orewa College Enrolment Dates 2014

Tuesday, 13 August – Thursday, 15 August 2013

Guided Tours for parents at the following times - 9.30am; 11.30am and 12.30pm. Please advise parents to email admin@oc.school.nz or ring Orewa College on 4273833 to book a tour.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Year 7 Parent information evening from 7.00pm – 9.00pm in the Orewa College Arts and Events Centre.

Tuesday, 20 August  – Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Enrolment evenings from  3.30pm – 7.00pm in the Orewa College Library.

FAB FABLES Writing Workshop - Whangaparaoa Library

FAB FABLES Writing Workshop for 8-12 year olds, held at the Whangaparaoa Library on Thursday 18th July from 10 – 12pm with award winning author Maria Gill, www.mariagill.co.nz . Students learn tips on how to write exciting beginnings, create suspense in the middle of their story, and close with a fab ending. Costs $20 pp includes morning tea, certificate, and a chance to win book prizes. Email: mariagill@ihug.co.nz


Playground Magazine

Stuck for ideas on what to do with the kids these holidays?  Playground provides information on local holiday programmes and after school activities in your area.  Visit us at http://playground.org.nz/regions/ and view the magazine for your region you either live in or will be visiting.  A small number of magazines are available from the school office.  Happy holidays from the Playground team.


Pippi Longstocking - The PumpHouse Takapuna

An enduring favourite of boys and girls around the world.  The irrepressible Pippi Longstocking has flaming red ponytails and lives all by herself in Villekulla Cottage.  Imagine, no grown-ups!  Join Pippi, and her friends, Tommy and Annika, as she outsmarts the bullies, has fun with her monkey, Mr Nelson, and is reunited with her father, the Cannibal King.  A topsy-turvy world of fun and hi-jinks.

School Holidays 13th - 27th July
Gala Performance Sat 13th July 5.00pm
Shows 10.30am & 2.00pm

Book now:  Phone 09 489 8360 or via website: www.timbrayproductions.co.nz

Creative Writing Workshop with Stu Duval

This workshop is to launch the Writing Competition
Year 5 & 6 Rodney school children are invited by Hibiscus Coast Writers to participate

WHEN:   Wednesday, June 26th, 10.00am - 12.30pm
WHERE: Red Beach School, 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red Beach
WHO:      Year 5 & 6 Rodney School Children
COST:      $4.00 per chil
HOW:       Bookings essential.  For more info and bookings e-mail: Hibiscus Coast Writers,
Tanya Gouws - writers@xtra.co.nz  or go to www.HibiscusCoastWriters.weebly.com

Val Shearer Memorial Trophy - Children's Writing Competition
Students may enter ANY 3 of the categories:  Fiction, Non-Fiction (own personal experience) & Poetry.  (Max 3 entries, in any category)
NB: Students must submit one of each category to be eligible for the overall winner title.
Entry Fee:  $5.00 per student (for one or more entries)
Word count for Fiction & Non-Fiction: min 400 - max 700
Entries MUST be typed, not handwritten (encourage children to save a digital copy for possible publicaiton later on)
Post folio to: 5 Lagoon View Drive, Gulf Harbour, 0930.  Entries will not be returned.
Closing date:  Friday, 13th September, 2013.

SnowPlanet Friends & Family Fundraiser

7th July 6.00 - 10.00pm. $20pp (gear rental not included) Normally $37 per child.

Team Wembley from HBC are off to the Japan Cup in Ashburton 23rd - 25th July. Come and help them get used to the cold. For more info contact Yvonne 0276113752 or email giggsmessi@gmail.com


Holiday Programme

Kelly Sports and Kelly Club will be running an excellent July Holiday programme from 3 venues Red Beach School, Orewa Primary, and Stanmore Bay School.  We have some awesome activities planned, including Sports Competitions, Cooking, Wheels days, Amazing Races, plus fantastic trips to Extreme Edge Rock Climbing and The Movies.   The programme for 5-12 year olds runs from the 15th – 26th July (excluding weekends) and operates 8am-6pm. For more information or to book please go to www.kellyclub.co.nz and book online.  Any questions you can contact Karen on (09) 427 9377 or email karen@kellyclub.co.nz

Year 9 Information Times - Whangaparaoa College

Visit to Whangaparaoa College by contributing Primary Schools:
Thursday 1 August           1.10 pm

Information Evening:
Tuesday 6 August            7.00pm

Tours for Parents and Public:
Monday 12 August          9.30 am & 12.30 pm
Tuesday 13 August          9.30 am & 12.30 pm

First Enrolment Nights:
Wednesday 14 August    4.00 – 7.00 pm
Thursday 15 August         4.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Someone Sort the Kids Out!

Coast Familites Trust presents an evening with Diane Levy
Someone Sort the Kids Out!
Counsellor, Family Therapist, Speaker & Author
Wednesday 3rd July
Whangaparaoa Bapist Church
733 Whangaparaoa Road
Tickets: $10.00 per person

Diane Levy is a household name in New Zealand, known as the person you turn to when you are having trouble managing children.  With highly practical what-to-do strategies, Diane shows us effective steps to get our children to do as they are told, and tips to respond effectively when our children are angry, upset or out of control.  Diane's books will also be available for cash purchase on the night.

Tickets are available from the Whangaparaoa Baptist Church office or by contacting cherie@coastfamilies.co.nz 027 277 1136. (Cash only)

Volunteer Planting Day 2013 - Shakespear Regional Park

Here's a great opportunity to make a difference to Auckland's parks.  Bring your family and friends and help us enhance your Regional Parks.  Each plant was grown from seeds collected here at Shakespear, with the help of Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Inc.

Date:      Sunday 16th June, 2013
Time:     10.00am - 1.00pm
Where:  Shakespear Regional Park (follow the signs to the planting site)

There are tasks available to accommodate most levels of fitness.  Previous experience is not necessary.  A barbecue will be provided afterwards.

Equipment to bring:
  • a spade and gloves
  • sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots (jandals are not suitable)
  • a raincoat and warm clothing
  • hat, sunglasses and suncreen if it's a sunny day

Please be sure to:
  • supervise children around the site and water areas
  • watch your step on uneven ground and take care when handling plants (especially near the eyes)

Good as New Pre Loved Kids Market

Saturday 15th June
Orewa Community Center
9.00am - 12.00 noon
40+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand Children's; Clothes, Toys, Furniture and Accessories
Babies - Tweens
Inquiries to 0274 707 151

Jammies for June

Middlemore hospital is running a community drive to help to get warm flannette pj's for the sick kids that end up staying in hospital.
Would you like to help by donating a pair of NEW winter PJ's to be given to a child in need. Flannette pj's are often seen as a luxury item for some of these kids. They are looking for all sizes from 1 to 15 years.
If you would like to donate please leave your pj's at the school office and they will be delivered by the end of June to Middlemore Hospital.

Worried about your child's reading and spelling?

Accelerate their reading age by up to 12 months within 7 weeks.  See massive improvement from daily 15 minute lessons.  Guaranteed results or your money back.  Take a free trial today.  Call 0800 777 225 or email hello@easyread.co.nz

Alice in Wonderland JR

Peaches and Pickles and Green Door Youth Theatre's Production of Disney's

Join Alice's madcap adventure in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!  Featuring classic Disney songs such as I'm Late, The Un-birthday Song and Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.

With 70 children on stage aged from 3 - 17 years - it promises to be a magical show for the whole family.  Show runs during the 1st week of the Holidays, 17th - 21st July.  Book now - tickets are selling fast www.iticket.co.nz or visit our website for more information www.peachesandpickles.net

GLORIA - Centrestage Theatre Orewa

Gloria "The Bride Who Wouldn't Leave New Zealand', 67 years later two of her granddaughters celebrate her WW2 years in this sparkling and courageous solo show!

Book now to experience this thrilling and romantic tale:

Playing at Centrestage Theatre, 60 Centreway Road, Orewa
Evening Performances 29th June - 4th July at 7:30pm
Matinees 2nd & 4th July at 2:00pm
Tickets: Adults $25.00, Concession $20.00, Book now at 426 7282 or

Special Bees Playgroups

A safe place where pre-school children with any special needs, along with their siblings and carers, can socialise and meet others.

When:    Every Wednesday 9.00 - 11.00am
Where:  Gulf Harbour School, 65 Alec Craig Way
Cost:      $4.00 per family (includes morning tea for caregivers)

We are very lucky to have a special attendee at our playgroup.  Lucy is a 2 year old golden retriever and is part of the Outreach Therapy Pets program run by St Johns and the SPCA. Lucy is gentle and welcoming and offers children another opportunity for interaction where standard toys and activities might not suit.

Please contact Gaylene for more details rangchambers@xtra.co.nz 027 615 0783

FREE Child Car Restraint Checks

Don't wait for a crash to see if your child's car restraint is safe!
Bring along your car, seats, kids and all your questions
FREE child car restaint checks
Thursday 30th May & Friday 31st May, 2013, 9.00am - 12noon

Kids Republic Deals

Kids Republic Incredible Mid-Week Birthday Bargin! $12.50 per child
Take the stress out of hosting and book today! Applies to 8+ kids

Kids Republic Weekend Party SUPER DEAL!
Birthday child Eats & Plays FREE
FREE bowl of Lollies + FREE bowl of Potatoe Chips.
Applies to 9+ kids
Check out our website www.kidsrepublic.co.nz or call 09 4284831
Bringing great Fun & Party Value to Hibiscus Coast

Seasons - Supporting Children Living With Loss

Seasons is a social service that runs peer support groups for children aged 5 - 13 years who are missing someone important from their daily life due to a death, the separation or divorce of their parents, or other major family change.

Seasons groups meet for a one hour session, once a week, over 9 weeks.  The groups are small, usually just three or four children of similar age, with one to two trained adults who use a wide range of activities, stories, artwork and games to encourage the sharing of experiences.  Topics include feelings, telling our stories, memories, change, strengths and resources.  For more information please contact Megan Bowden, Phone: 09 410 5117 or email: seasonsnorthshore@gmail.com

Learn Chinese

Learn to speak, read and write Chinese/Mandarin
Qualified teacher of Chinese.  Native speaker/standard accent
Small groups or 1 to 1
Contact Bing: 021 036 1227, 428 3014

Fame Afterschool Care

At FAME afterschool care we offer a wide range of activities that cater to a wide range of ages.  This term for afterschool care at FAME, we are focusing on having fun with Science.  Children enjoy performing arts, this terms produciton is stars in their eyes!  Children learn dances, sing songs, learn lines and help with design.

Enquiries welcome:
The Fame Team
09 428 5054 or Rosie 021 036 7991

Zonta Hibiscus Study Award $2000

Are you a Woman...
  • 30 years of age or more?
  • a resident of HIbiscus Coast are?
  • wanting to undertake any NZQA accredited course of study?
  • deserving of financial assistance?

If the answer if YES...
...The Zonta Club of Hibiscus Coast is keen to hear from you!
For an application pack and further information please email Heather ginneyjackson@gmail.com
or phone 09 428 7059.  Applications close 5th July, 2013.