Week 8, Term 1 2022

25/3/22 - He Pānui Wiki Waru, Whānga Tuatahi

Kia Ora Koutou (Hi Everyone)

We have made it through another eerily strange week at school. The latest absence update is 71 absent and 88 present. Of the 71 absent, we have 31 active COVID cases. Other absences are due to HHC requirements and other reasons.

Many of the current cases will be finishing their isolation periods over the weekend and will be returning to school. We continue to be grateful to you all for monitoring for symptoms in yourselves and your children.

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As you will all be aware, the government announced some changes to current requirements.

The key changes are as follows:

  • The removal of vaccination mandates for education workers will take effect from 11.59pm Monday 4 April.

  • On the same date, removal of the My Vaccine Pass from the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).

  • There is no requirement to display QR code posters although if you are coming on site to work or be in classrooms, you will need to sign in using the office Vistab.


  • There is no change to masks in education settings from the existing Red setting. Medical-grade masks remain a requirement for staff working indoors with children and young people in Years 4-13.

  • For all New Zealanders, including school settings, masks will not be required outdoors.

  • Capacity limits will be removed for outdoor events and activities.

  • Indoor capacity limits for extra-curricular activities increase to 200 people, or a maximum capacity based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was one metre apart (whichever is lower).

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Values Focus This Week

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We are enjoying seeing how engaged and active students are with their learning - our focus is on science and writing and we have been seeing some wonderful examples of student progress. Please keep your eyes peeled for science equipment that we could make up science kits with - glass beakers, test tubes etc. especially if you have contacts at secondary schools.

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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Hui - Assembly

Thanks very much to Cooper (AKA Milo) & Levi for running a great assembly today. We enjoyed your jokes & I particularly liked the note on the fridge one! Great job boys.

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Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

Annie Heffernan & Levi Kokx (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).

Hugo Tomlin & Logan Mason(Ōnoke). Robert McWilliam; Emma-Jean McKinley & Allie Blake (Ruamahanga). Patrick Hanson, Lilly Davis & Rhys Davis(Kourarau).

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Snapshot from the week

Spring Bulbs

Thanks to everyone who ordered spring bulbs. We made a profit of $670. This money is being put towards new basketball backboards and hoops - our current ones have seen better days. We will share some pictures once they are here and installed. The kids are going to be so excited.

App Alert Groups

So that we can target the right people, can you please check your alert group subscriptions - found by tapping the tick on the top right of the alerts page on your app.

We have added bus groups - please choose the bus group that your family is part of.

We have also added a 'docs' button. This holds handy information and will be added to. At the moment there is a copy of the FoGS Lunch Roster; the Whanau Information Booklet & Updated Household Contact procedures.

Wairarapa Laundry - Employment Opportunity


Hate to stand around?

See something that needs doing and just do it?

Pay attention to detail?

Yes? We’d love to hear from you!

Here at Wairarapa Laundry we are a small hardworking team looking for someone with a solid work ethic who knows what it is to be part of a small team in a family owned business.

This is a great position for a Mum needing work during school hours – but please note that although schools stop for holidays every term, we don’t! We need you to be able to work through the school holidays.

Hours are Thursday and Friday 9.30 – 2.30.

If you have what it takes and would like to know more please pop in and see us at 123 Ngaumutawa Road or give us a call on 06 378 7740.

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Special Kids Market for all those who make things, grow things or collect things to sell.

Wairarapa Farmers Market is having, special FREE Kids Market stalls on April 9th 2022.

Situated in the beautiful Solway Show grounds running from 9am till 1pm every Saturday rain or shine.

So get making, growing or collecting and come along to make some money.

We would love extra fruit, pinecones or veges to sell.

We can supply tables.

Please register your interest and tell us what you are selling by Monday 4th April.

We will send you all the information you will need.

Please reply to James Cooper. james.cooper126126@gmail.com

Hockey Wairarapa 11 Aside Transition Programme

Push Start Primary Hockey Programme (Y3 -8)

Gladstone-Wainuioru Hockey 2022 Sign Up Form

If you would like your child to play hockey in the 2022 winter season, please fill in the attached form. Any questions, please contact gladwaihockey@gmail.com.

FoGS Lunches - Monday 28th March: Suzy Beetham

Please contact Liz Mason to volunteer to help prepare lunches on a Monday or if you need to swap your duty (027 840 0700).
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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.