The GHS Deckhands are our school’s 'Home School Association'.
Just as a Deckhand aboard a ship helps with on board maintenance and assisting the captain in safely managing the vessel throughout its travels, we are the energetic, behind the scenes group that of parents, teachers and friends of the school from the wider community who are passionate about GHS and ensuring our children’s educational journey is well supported.
Our Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month, 7.00pm in the staffroom, and all are welcome to attend.
Many hands make light work!
Following community feedback last term that indicated that parents were missing the community engagement we had through the Class Yammer pages in 2018, we would like to introduce the GHS Home and School Community group yammer page. This is a closed school based yammer group. If you have never used Yammer before it is a free social networking service used for private communication within organisations. We hope to use this Yammer page to build connections between families and whanau, and community engagement with the school.
Raise Funds For Our School
Fundraising is an important part of the Deckhand's . functions and is vital to help the school achieve its shorter and longer term enhancement objectives. As a decile 10 school we receive no additional funding from the government and we are expected to raise it from the surrounding community. Anything that we wish to provide at the school, such as equipment, tech or playground gear are covered by our fundraising efforts such as Galas, discos, calendar art and other fundraising and initiatives.
Create Events and Provide Fun Experiences
Some of the most magical memories of school days come from the fun traditions, celebrations and activities children enjoy. The deckhands work together to help add these into our kid's lives through fun events alongside normal school life.
Strengthen School Community and Spirit
One of our most important aims is to continue to grow and nurture the great positive community spirit we have within GHS and in our community. We want our school to be one that we are full of pride for and in which all our families are actively involved. Additionally, the HSA forms a link between the school and wider community and looks for ways to increase our involvement in our local area, and conversely to engage more of our community with us.
Provide a Parent Based Support Network
A place for families of our school, where parents can ask questions about the school, where they can get information and support from a peer group. We are a place to hold parent-based discussions on topics relevant to the school, to voice and discuss ideas as a community and give feedback to the school on how we would like to see our school grow.