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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 4 Term 4, 2021. 12/11/21

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody).

Thanks to everyone for helping us maintain our COVID requirements. Over the next few weeks and months we are going to need to remain vigilant - particularly once the Auckland borders open. Planning from here on in, is very much around keeping our kids safe. Staff and those working with students are mostly all double vaccinated, with just a couple waiting on 2nd doses.

Parents volunteering or working onsite with students need to be fully vaccinated - this includes EOTC trips and camps. Parents coming to interviews and other events do not need to show proof of vaccine, however all parents do still need to wear masks and socially distance. Staff that work onsite only need to wear masks if they wish to.

We are trying to make the newsletters less wordy, so information will be broken up into sections and dispursed amongst images. Newsletter content is priority ordered - must know information is at the top, community advertising near the end (not saying the community advertising isn't important, hopefully you know what I mean).

Noho ora mai (stay well, look after yourself),

Belinda Bunny

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Year 3 & Year 6 Transition Meetings

Thanks very much to those who were able to come along to our transition meetings last Wednesday evening. It was a worthwhile time for all involved. For those unable to make the meetings, copies of the slide show presentations have been shared on Seesaw. Please contact team leaders for next year if you have any questions - Ōnoke (graham@gladstone1.school.nz); Ruamahanga (chelsea@gladstone1.school.nz).


Thank you to Lucy & Evarn for running a great assembly this week. Congratulations to Aiden Edwards; Eddie Gardner; Daxton Osmond-Pitt; Robert McWilliam; Charlotte Henderson; Ayla Longstaff; Michaela Delves; Harper Ashby; Sam Beetham; Maddie Nicol & Henry Post for receiving either Manaakitanga or Achievement certificates.

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Kapa Haka Filming - Monday 15th November

In lieu of the Kapa Haka festival, we are getting our performance filmed and put online for all of you. The filming will take place this Monday afternoon.

The Y1-3 students and some year 4's will be filmed first. Can they please be wearing their Gladstone School t-shirts on Monday.

Y4-8 students will be filmed after them. Boys need to be wearing black shorts and their Gladstone t-shirts. Girls please bring the following - bike shorts to go under your dress, a hair brush and small hair-tie. All students can wear a taonga (pounamu or bone) that represents themselves or their whānau, but no other jewellery thanks.

Thanks for your help in making sure your child/ren come equipped on the day with what they need. Whaea Micaela.

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Gladstone School Athletics

As with most events this year, all levels of athletic competition have been cancelled. We are however running our own Gladstone School Athletics on Tuesday. Parents and caregivers are not permitted to attend this event. We will be filming each Year group's events (Year 3-8) and posting them online for you to watch. Links will be sent out via the app and our school Facebook Page. Results for school events don't count for any additional events this year - as there aren't any.

We are making the day a little more fun by adding in a whānau group element - students are being asked to come dressed in their whānau group colours.

Te Whiti - yellow; Maungaraki - blue; Longbush - green; Te Wharau - red.

Again, we know that many of you will be disappointed that you are not permitted to come and watch. Unfortunately as soon as we have parents coming onsite, we need to operate under alert level gathering rules. The MoE is quite clear about this.

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Teacher Aide Position - Fixed Term 2022

We require an enthusiastic, experienced part time Teacher Aide to join our fantastic rural school team 9:00 - 12:30 Monday - Friday. The role will be to support one of our students with their learning.

The suitable applicant must have proven ability in working with children coping with trauma. They must also have sound communication and collaboration skills.

Application details are available by contacting the Principal, Belinda Bunny - principal@gladstone1.school.nz, 06 372 7601 or 0276 140 777. We are hoping for this position to commence at the start of 2022.

End of Year Information

There will be a lot of important information coming out next week - staffing; final school assembly; Year 8 leavers dinner & prize giving assembly details. We are working hard behind the scenes and liaising with other South Wairarapa Schools to ensure that we get things right. We do understand that for our Year 8's and their families, these occasions are important. We will be coming up with the best solution possible that still fits within COVID restrictions.

Bus Guidance from the MoE

At the start of 2022, Tranzit will no longer be our bus provider. Go Bus will be operating all bus runs across the Wairarapa. We are in talks with GoBus to confirm arrangements for the start of 2022 and will communicate this with you when it is finalised.

BoT News

For those of you who are not sure who the parent-elected BoT member are, we have included a photo below. Please reach out to our members with any school issues, they are an approachable bunch with a listening ear.
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Online Auction - Starts Saturday the 13th November at 12noon.

Here is the auction link: https://www.32auctions.com/GladstoneSchoolMasterton. You can also access the auction site by using the QR code below. The auction will be open for 2 weeks. Please share with friends and family - this is our big fundraiser for the year. A huge thanks to all of the people and businesses who have contributed to create so many awesome auction prizes.

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Padlocks on the Double School Gates.

The MoE require us to have padlocks on all of our double gates around the school. The codes for these gates are written on each of the locks should you need to get a vehicle onto the school site.

Gladstone Kiwi Netball

Big thanks to 10CC for coming through with sponsorship for our combined Gladstone-Wainuioru Kiwi Netball team t-shirts. Thanks to Olivia Church & Annie Heffernan for coaching the team.

Gladdy Girls Cricket

Huge thanks to Sarah Gibb from Vintage European for sponsoring the Gladdy Girls Cricket team. The team have lots of awesome new gear to go with our fancy new cricket pitch! We have kind of scrambled enough each week and it’s just so exciting to have our own team kit now. Thanks Sarah.

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Ōnoke (Year 7&8) 2022 Camp - Abel Tasman

Pre-information is being given to the 2022 Year 7&8 students this afternoon. A link to the booklet is also included below. A more comprehensive document with a detailed itinerary, budget, RAMS etc will be sent home at the start of 2022. This is just an initial information pack.

Pool Keys Now Available

If you would like a pool key for the summer, please contact Kirstan in the office - office@gladstone1.school.nz. Keys will be $40 for the season.

Upcoming Events

  • Kapa Haka Performance: Filming on Monday 15th pm.
  • Production: We are filming the production.
  • Science Roadshow: Monday 6th December.
  • Principal's Outing for Terms 3&4: Tuesday 7th December.
  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December. Venue TBA.
  • Prizegiving Assembly: Wednesday 15th December 11am. NB. This event will be modified to suit alert level 2 requirements if necessary. Details TBC.

Reminder: Term Dates for 2022

Term 1 2022 will start for students on Wednesday the 2nd of February.
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