W1, T2 2022

6/5/22 - He Pānui Wiki Tahi, Whānga Tuarua

Tēnā koutou i tēnei ahiahi (good afternoon/evening everyone).

What an awesome start to the term. The weather has been amazing and the kids have loved being outside re-connecting with each other after the holidays. As you will have seen from our holiday update, we are now at 'Orange'. Masks are optional for both staff & students, however those 12+ still need to wear masks on the school bus service. Parents and visitors are welcome in the school. Please sign in using the vistab if you are staying for any length of time & wear a mask if you are meeting with teachers indoors.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Tamariki - Welcome Children

We were delighted to welcome Pearl Morris; Sidney Mason; Mason Patrick; Riley France; Maddix Bidlake & Sophia Shailer. A huge thanks to the New Entrant Buddies from Ōnoke who are doing an amazing job of supporting tamariki with their start at school.

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Huge thanks to the McGuinness Whānau who kindly spent a day in the holidays delivering a new load of sand to school - even the seniors are loving it! We are also extremely grateful to Andy Anderson who kindly donated his chicken coop to the school. It wouldn't have got here without the fabulous organisation and transportation from Brent Nunn. A wonderful team effort - thanks everyone. Collis Berryman finished off the cricket turf in the holidays and it's now ready for action - a massive thanks to the team of dad's who have helped make this happen as well as Trust House for funding to go toward the project.

Reminder: Sunday afternoon picnic - 15th of May. We are combining it with a quick 2 hour working bee before hand from 10 - 12 and then will move to the picnic. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with staff & other families as well as a chance to have a look through the classrooms.

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Values Focus This Week

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Our overarching theme for this term is 'water'. We are working hard to tie concepts about water into our science, literacy, maths & social sciences learning.

Remember to calendar the whānau picnic next Sunday the 15th & have a lovely day this Sunday if you are one of our mothers, grandmothers or aunties.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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At Orange, face masks are no longer required at our kura (school), however if you would like to wear one, you are more than welcome to. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings.

There may be times that we’ll ask staff and students from Y4 up to wear a mask, – for example, if there are a high number of cases at school. Please see that students have a mask in their bag should they need one - we do have emergency supplies.

At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick. We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.

COVID-19 Case Number Update

As at yesterday, we have 72/164 kids (44%) who have had COVID - that we know of. So potentially still a few to go. 8/16 staff have had COVID (50%). Please let us know if your children had COVID in the holidays so we can monitor how things are tracking, an email to the office is fine.

BoT Update - Introducing Anna Bargh

Hi, my name is Anna Bargh. I am Hugh and Guy's mum. Together with my husband Pascoe we live on a sheep and arable farm on Carters Line. I work for a law firm in Wellington as an intellectual property lawyer, providing legal advice to clients about their trade marks and brand rights. I help them protect their trade marks in New Zealand and overseas.

I have been on the Board of trustees since 2020. I am responsible for the Policy portfolio. All of the Gladstone school policies and procedures are on our portal on the School Docs website. Each term we review about 3 or 4 of these policies, for example last term it was the health and safety policy, and check them to make sure they are up to date with what we are actually doing and update them if needed,


It was so AWESOME to be back in the hall for an actual whole school assembly today. We had a very special visitor - Life Ed Harold. The kids loved seeing him. Thanks to Milo & Emilio for running assembly this week. We loved all your fabulous jokes!
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Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

Troy McGregor; Hugo Tomlin; Edith Mason; Hannah Douglas; Laura Wood & Harold (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).

Lucy Harris; Lachie Macdougall; Monty Murnane; Lizzie Gibb; Sophia Shailer; Sophie Beetham; Lucy McKay; Jack McGregor; Maddix Bidlake; Pearl Morris; Mason Patrick; Riley France & Sidney Mason (syndicate certificates).

Bus Update

Unfortunately we are not able to offer a service to the Gladstone Complex for after school sport this year. Only those students who are already using the Longbush service can be dropped off at the complex. We understand your frustration around this and can only suggest that you try to team up with another family to share the drop off and pick ups.

We are still working on a private paid extension option, this time through GoBus, for our Te Whiti/Manaia Road tamariki. As soon as we have made progress, we will let you know.

Term 2 - Things Coming Up

Week 2 - Small Sticks Hockey (W2-5 Tuesdays)

Week 4 - Parent Transition Information Meetings (Y3 moving to Y4 @ 5:30pm; Y6 moving to Y7 @ 6:00pm). Wednesday 25th May.

Week 6 - Footsteps Dance (W6-10 Tuesdays)

Week 8 - Matariki Star Gazing Sessions 22nd/23rd June

Usually we have interschool cross country, speech competitions and the National Young Leaders day. We are watching this space to see if these events will run this year.

Get Voting For Our Past Students Everyone

Yummy Sticker Time Again

It's that time of year again when we start collecting 'Yummy Stickers'. Please send any collections you have at home into school. Every sheet helps us get sports equipment for the kids to use.

Thanks so much to the businesses the continue to support our school with fuel purchases.

School Docs - School Policy & Procedures

This term parents are asked to review our 'Visitors' policy. Search 'Visitors' or go to current review, read the policy and make any comments by clicking on the red icon - top right of the screen.

We invite you to visit the site at https://gladstone1.schooldocs.co.nz (note that there's no "www."). Our username is "gladstone1" and password "1471".
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Please find a direct link to our Whānau Calendar below. It can also be accessed via the app and the school website.