School Camp

On March 12 & 13 Golden Grove School students joined Meraki Montessori School students on an overnight school camp in Hunua. The two groups met at Camp Adair for two days of team building, testing our boundaries and just plain fun! We took part in flying fox, confidence course, archery, kayaking, mudslide, orienteering, high ropes, cargo net climbing, rifles and raft building. It was a fantastic chance to spend some time together, build friendships and take part in fantastic activities. We really enjoyed sharing our camp experience with another school, it was fun to work together. 


The rain on Monday made some of the activities muddier and much more exciting than usual, though a bit cooler. Hot chocolates and warm meals kept us going until the evening when we played group games in the gym before turning in. On Tuesday the rain stayed away, though we got wonderfully wet during kayaking and raft building.We finished our two days away with a timed orienteering activity, where everyone got back in time and we all managed to solve our clues. In short it was a fantastic camp, with fantastic parent helpers. We are looking forward to our next camp, which is for three days in early May!

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Parent’s Journey and Discovery

Golden Grove School recently played host to a Journey and Discovery event.  As part of this event school parents and community members are invited to a evening of discussion about the Montessori teaching philosophy on a Friday and then come back the following morning to experience Montessori from a students perspective. We had a wonderful turn out and everyone had a great time learning to see the world from a child perspective again. The parents had such fun experimenting with the Montessori materials their children use everyday.

The school will be hosting another of these events later in the 2018 school year.


Gold Award from World Vision

Golden Grove School receives a Gold Award from World Vision
We are happy to announce that World Vision awarded a Gold Certificate to Golden Grove School for raising $1064.80 in this years 40 hour famine.  The Gold Award is awarded to schools that are in the top 15 per cent of 40 Hour Famine schools across the country (based on the average amount raised per student in the school).
Our oldest juniors, senior students and Golden Grove graduates joined the 40 Hour Famine. They studied the Syrian Crisis and stayed at school on Friday night of 9th June. By knowing how hard it would be in a refugee camp, they were encouraged to collect donations from their families, relatives and neighbors.
We are very proud of our students and grateful to everyone who kindly supported the event. Thank you very much.

Health and PE for Term 2, 2017

Our Health and PE focus for term 2 was first aid, safety and survey skills.

The term started with a trip to the Onehunga War Memorial Pools to have our second safety lesson. The children were asked to wear clothes over their togs so that they could experience how difficult it is swimming with clothes on. Wearing life jackets the children had to tread water for 10 minutes and huddle in small groups to keep warm. The instructor also talked about boating safety and the need for everyone to always wear life jackets when boating.

In week 4 we had a Red Cross come to school and work with the senior class for the morning. The instructor led the children through basic first aid training. In the afternoon the seniors ran a mini workshop and taught their newly learnt first aid knowledge to the juniors.

An ASB St John’s educator came later the same week and taught all our children how to make a 111 emergency call. The instructor provided the opportunity for the juniors to learn about what happens when you go in an ambulance. The senior class learnt first aid and safety around household products and poisons.

On Wednesday 14th June we invited Outdoor Education Specialist Dave Mason to Golden Grove School for our survival skills fun adventure day. Dave enthralled the children with his enthusiasm about bush safety. He brought along a survival emergency kit and his big bush pack of essential items to keep us safe in the bush. The whole school took part learning about how to stay warm and safe if lost in the New Zealand bush. As part of the lesson the children made damper, were guided on how to build a safe fire and then cooked their damper over the hot coals. One student commented it was the best bread she had ever tasted.

Thank you very much to all our visitors and instructors for giving us the wonderful opportunity to learn first aid, safety and survival skills.

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School performance THE CONCEPT OF TIME

Golden Grove School students presented their annual school show on the evening of Friday 19th May and a matinee on Saturday 20th May 2017.  The performance was held at our local theatre, the Dolphin Theatre, here in Onehunga.

This year the students presented a variety of performances including Kapa Haka, plays, choir and dances.  Each performance had something related to “time”, to create our “Concept of Time” theme for the show.  Students chose to take part in a variety of the performances, contributing to the choreography and design of the event.

Kapa Haka students chose 4 waiata to open the performance with, setting the stage with their high spirited traditional Maori welcome.

Our senior boys crafted a hilarious skit with personalties from different eras coming together in a game show. Laughter erupted from every audience member in the theatre.

The dramatic piece,  “Between the Strokes of the Clock” took us on a journey into the day-dreaming world of each student. Music, video, acrobatics, dancing and a band told the students story to our audience.

The Golden Grove School Choir sang their songs beautifully. They chose songs from the children’s history including New Zealand folk songs, a Tongan hymn and a Danish folk song. Students wore diverse and stunning traditional costumes from around the world.

Our scripted play “The Time Traveller’s Fate” shared a message of skepticism towards the growing dependence on technology. The students portrayed their futuristic world roles well, sharing with us their hopes for the future.

The “Evolution of Dance” troupe entertained the audience impressively. It was a journey through time; starting with 19th century Ballet, travelling to Swing in the 40’s, Disco in the 70’s, the memorable 80’s Robot dance and finishing with a fun finale.

The performance went very well and we are very proud of our students, well done everyone! This great success can only be attributed to everyone who kindly contributed to the performance.

A HUGE thank you to all our fantastic whanau volunteers who made or offered costumes, brought or served the food, brought items for the raffle, organised the raffle, supported backstage with make-up and props and helped with clean up. We could not do this without your support and genuine contributions. Thank you from all of us at Golden Grove School.

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The chess tournament 22nd March 2017

Wednesday 22nd of March, the year 5 and 6 students participated in the cluster chess tournament. St Joseph’s School hosted the event.

Congratulations to Kupe who came in 2nd Overall. And Fin who came in 3rd overall.

Well done to the Best Girl, Jasmine who has received this award for the second year in a row. Zeldon was selected as one of the best players on the day and was just half a point behind Jasmine. Golden Grove School won the event and now have a place in the Chess Power regional event in Term 2.

We would like to thank all the students who participated a massive congratulations and keep practicing chess at home.




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On Friday the twenty-third of October the senior class refugee group hosted a mufti day for the Syrian refugees. To participate in the mufti the students had to bring a pair of new socks to school and wear something  RED!  The event was a huge success nearly 100 pars of sock were collected along with other donations. 

Information on the Refugees:

Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The number of innocent civilians suffering — more than 11 million people HAVE BEEN displaced, thus far — and the increasingly dire impact on neighboring countries can seem too overwhelming to understand.

But one fact is simple: millions of Syrians need our help. And the more aware people are of the situation, the more we can build a global response to reach them. Our lifesaving work — to connect people to the resources they need to survive and help their communities thrive — is only possible with your knowledge and support.

Giving Back Initiative

Golden Grove School has begun our “Giving Back Initiative”. This is a program within the school where the students put time and energy into doing something for the benefit of others. This is a very far reaching program that is aimed to broaden the student’s idea of community, we are aiming to “Give Back” to not just our school community and our surrounding neighbourhood but to the world community. Part of the initiative is to show the students that they are part of the wider community of humanity and that a little effort can go a long way.

So far we have the following programs started:
International – A team of students working with refugee organisations collecting what they need for ongoing support.
National – A team of students are selling Bee Seeds to help with NZ Bee Month.
Community – A team of students are supporting the local organisation Onehunga Peoples Garden.
School – A team of students are organising a “Pan” Movie Night to raise money for GGS to put extra street safety precautions on Grey Street.