Week 9, T3 2022

23/9/22 - He Pānui Wiki Iwa, Whānga Tuatoru

Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)

Ka mau te wehi (awesome)! What a week. I was so proud to see 'Team Gladdy' pull together once again to create what was undoubtedly a wonderful 'Gladdy's Got Talent - Season 3'. The show has highlighted the fantastic talent we have here at our kura (school) along with providing our creative tamariki the opportunity to showcase their individual skills. Kia ora Mr Brown & the Year 8's for doing such a super job of planning, organising and running the show. Also a big shout out to our kaiako (teachers) for designing their class items - all of which were super cool. We also acknowledge the part whānau have played in the background organising costumes, transport and support - you are brilliant.

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Some whānau wonder why we have the production over 3 nights. We realise that it is a big ask for families, their children and staff to commit to 3 shows. We have received comments about having the show on 1 night and/or at the complex. The complex is problematic. There is a limit of 200 people - we are 170 kids + 15 staff and this wouldn't allow for an audience. Stage facilities, lighting and backstage waiting areas ie. classrooms are limited at best. Transporting kids over there for practices would be costly and impractical. For us, 3 nights is not about making money, it's about providing enough opportunity for all of our whānau to come and see the show. As always we are open to reviewing our systems and processes, but for the time being we are sticking with productions at school.

Selection of GGT Photos - More to Come

Exciting News...

Congratulations to Miss Peterson & her partner Jeremy who got engaged this week. We are all very excited for you both.

A second, updated reminders notice is coming home this afternoon. It has key dates for things that are happening in the next few school weeks. We understand that there are a number of people who don't seem to know what is happening - some not knowing that there was a production on - so we are trying to work out how we can plug the gaps here. Please talk to friends and family to check that they are linked in with our key forms of communication detailed below.

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Values Focus This Week

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Thank you to Aidan King and Saoirse Doyle for running this week's assembly. Super work tamariki ma. Well done to Mr Brown & our Year 8's for their mahi in the GGT space.

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Syndicate Certificates

Congratulations to Isla Thomson; Olivia Orsborn; Thomas Anderson; Hugo Tomlin; Alex Wenger; Sasha Anderson; Pearl Morris; Bryn Hartley-Meilink & Charlie Herrick who have been acknowledged by their teachers for awesome work in the Kaitiakitanga space. We are all very proud of you.

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Ngā mihi mō tō huritau - Best wishes for your birthday!

Rā whānau Troy & Deegan
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Good luck to Hugo Wilkinson who is representing Wellington at the National Cross Country Champs in Nelson next week.

We hope everyone enjoys a break on Monday as we stop to remember Queen Elizabeth II & make the most of an opportune time to pause. See everyone on Tuesday - FYI FoGS lunches will be happening on Tuesday as Monday is a holiday.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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School Disco - 80's Theme

  • Thurs 29th September. Year 1-3, 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Year 4-8 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday next week. Tamariki can also bring money to purchase sweets and or popcorn on the night. Year 1-3 students can stay at school on Thursday afternoon, get changed and go straight into the disco without going home.

Pie Orders - Due Tuesday the 27th September

School Action This Week

St John's First Aid Courses

Bekey Burgess from St John's has been at school this week delivering first aid courses to our tamariki. Everyone had a great time during the sessions and hopefully have some knowledge that they may be able to use out and about in the community.

Bee Update

Our bee crew have "bee-n" busy checking and feeding our newest friends. To our delight, there is already a nice batch of honey developing. This project has been made possible by our successful Earth-Wise Action fund grant earlier in the year.

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Ōnoke Gladdy's Got Talent Poems

2022 Wairarapa Schools Photography Competition

If you are interested in entering this year please email Mrs Douglas your photo(s) by the end of week 1, Term 4. Might be a good holiday project if you are keen.

The categories this year are:

STILL LIFE - The term “still life” describes a work of art that shows inanimate objects from the natural or man-made world – things that are ‘still’ and don’t move.

Items may include;

  • Fruit, toys, baskets or bowls,
  • Natural items such as food, flowers, plants, rocks, shells
  • Man-made items such as jewellery, coins, books, pens etc

SHAPES – Geometric photography can be defined as a type of photography that emphasizes capturing unique shapes, lines, and other forms to create a particular perspective within the photo.

Shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, and others can be used as benchmarks in taking a photo.

Shapes can be found in architecture, in nature, in food and drink, providing the main focal point is the shape the options are unlimited!

Entry levels for each category are:
Group 1: Years 1 and 2
Group 2: Years 3 and 4
Group 3: Years 5 and 6
Group 4: Years 7 and 8


  • Only 1 entry in each category per student.
  • Entries must be taken by the student.
  • All entries must be a photo taken in 2022.
  • Written permission must be obtained for use of personal images. e.g. portraits. This information must be held by the school.
  • Image size must be at least 1 MB. This will make images reproducible. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format.
  • Images can be submitted in colour or black and white.
  • Images can be cropped but cannot be digitally altered in any other way.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.



  • Convey a message
  • Have an easily understood meaning or message. (Make your subject obvious, take time to choose a focal point for your image that will help portray its meaning to the viewer.)
  • Have good composition (Use techniques such as rule of thirds; foreground; background; balance and order to draw the viewers eye through your image and to the main focal point)
  • Show one or more of the elements (pattern, line, colour, light)
  • Demonstrate awareness of angle; frame and/or macro
  • Be a large size (e.g. at least 1 MB), as images will be viewed on a screen for judging (check size)
  • Be saved in jpeg file format
  • Be named using the title of the photo and the name of the photographer, school, level and category.

The judge looks at the form and feel of the image, the techniques that were used, the presentation, and the composition. A judge observes the work as a whole, without breaking it down into parts. Technical considerations, composition, lighting, and impact are key considerations.

FoGS Update

Reminder: Plant Stall - Gearing Up For A Bumper Year

Our plant stall has gained quite the following over the years, but we need plenty of plants in order to maintain it’s stellar reputation! All types of plants sell well - veges, herbs, shrubs, flowers and natives - we’ll take any you can spare! We’ve also found garden pots and ornaments are popular, as well as indoor plants - any cuttings gratefully received. Message Kat on 022 425 7760 if you need any potting mix or pots, or if you’d like some help with potting up. Similarly, if you have plants potted up but don’t want to look after them until November, let us know and we’ll take care of them for you.

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Reminder: Community Scarecrow Making

This year the Scarecrow Fair theme is 'Space'. Get your friends and neighbours organised to start creating community scarecrows. We'd love to see them popping up any time from now on. This year there will be a major prize for the winning entry and we'd love to do a push on community involvement to amp up our revitalised scarecrow drive.

Reminder: Year 1-4 Future Ferns Netball

Netball Wairarapa are running the FutureFerns programme Term 4 for Year 1 and 2 and Year 3 and 4. This is for both girls and boys. It will be played on Tuesday after school at Colombo Road Netball Courts. It is 6 weeks long starting Tuesday 25th October to Tuesday 30th November. Year 1-2 games are 3.45pm and Year 3-4 games are 4.30pm.

Term 3 - Things Coming Up

Week 10 - Year 7&8 Carterton School's Day & Kapa Haka Festival, Wednesday 28th September, 12:45pm @ Chanel College.

Reminder - Curriculum Consultation Now Open

Community Consultation Online - Now & In Person - Thursday 29th September (while the mid winter disco is happening). There is now an opportunity for you to respond to the ANZ Histories Curriculum - local stories component; our Health Curriculum delivery & programmes; our Camp programmes and costs etc; and our Sun Smart Policy. Please see the link to our information & survey below. Responses can also be emailed in or delivered in person on the 29th of September.

Reminder - FoGS Lunch Helpers: Week 10 (Tuesday) Quirke

Please find a direct link to our Whānau Calendar below. It can also be accessed via the app and the school website.

School Docs - School Policy & Procedures

This term parents are asked to review our 'Student Safety Policies'. 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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Tennis – Term 4

Gladstone tennis club is excited to offer for Term 4 tennis lessons for all ages and levels. Coaching held at Gladstone Tennis courts, and with qualified tennis coach.

Small group sizes to allow for more intensive coaching, and faster development for players.

Coaching starts Week 1 Term 4 - Mondays & Thursdays.

Interclub team entries now open, & entries close next Frid 30th Sept, so we need to confirm teams in next 2 weeks.

N.B. Entry level interclub (Beginners) has now changed to Tuesdays, instead of Fridays, to assist those families also playing Friday kiwi cricket.

Please fill out google form if interest in coaching & interclub.

All juniors please come along to our tennis taster next Tuesday 27th September 3.30-5pm for some fun tennis games, assess levels, meet the coach, and enjoy Sausage Sizzle. NO COST

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All players in years 7 & 8 that are interested in playing in the Wellington Regional Baseball Competition on Sundays, come to our pre-season meeting and training, Friday September 23rd from 4 to 6pm on the Kuranui College baseball diamonds. If it's raining we will be in the Kuranui College gym. There are gloves available to borrow if you don't have one. Please register your interest to mcwilliamae@gmail.com. If you are unable to attend, but would like to be considered please let us know.

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Primary Schools Tennis Tournament
Year 7/8 = Tuesday 18th October
Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 = Wednesday 19th October (postponement day Thurs 20 Oct).
Entries close Friday 30th September 2022.
Venue & Time: Masterton Tennis Centre, Dixon St, Masterton
Arrive 8:30am for 9.00am start. Finish approx. 4.00pm
$25.00 per player
The winner and runner-up in Yr7&8, and Year 6U grade will be able to represent the Wairarapa, and their school, at the Tennis Central Regional Primary School Tournament Weds 16th November 2022 in Palmerston North.
Parents are responsible for their child on the day as this is not a school run event.
Email/Contact Mr Brown if you wish to enter your child.

Red Star Cricket Registrations

The registrations for junior cricket at Red Star Cricket club are now open for the coming cricket season. Please use the link below to register


If you need any further information please contact Mark Elliott on 027 7890707


Mark Elliott

Red Star Cricket Junior Coordinator

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