Newsletter week 5, Term 1 2023

Term 1 Week 5 - 3rd March 2023


Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

It is hard to believe it is March already and we are half way through the term.

We are packing a few things into this term. Our theme this year is get out and about in our community, as we feel we haven't been able to do this in the last few years. How great was it to have our Athletics day on Friday. It was wonderful to see so many parents here cheering on all our students throughout the day. There are a small number of students who are going on to compete in Eastern Athletics on Tuesday. We held our 'meet the teacher' on Wednesday night and it was great to see families along to this. This is the first time we have held it since pre-covid times. The highlight for me was watching families try and work out the scavenger hunt questions... I think some people were a little surprised by some of the answers. Thanks for supporting both of these events.

For the second half of the term we have some more out the classroom experiences across the school. Notes will come home closer to the time for the different events. Our next topic is Planes, Trains and Automobiles where we will be looking at the older style, current styles and potentially future styles of these. The year 5 and 6 students will be walking up East Peak to hear the story of Te Rakitauneke and Matamata in a couple of weeks time and the whole school will enjoy Mr Yipadee (the author of Nee Naw) later in March.

This term we are focusing on manners across the school. We will be working on greeting people when we see them with a good morning/afternoon, the basics of please and thank you and letting people that are older than us to use a door (or the front gate) before us. We find that using basic manners can put a smile on anyone's face.

On athletics day we held a BBQ where all proceeds were going to be donated to a school in Tairawhiti/Gisborne area. We raised $500 from this BBQ (woohoo) and have made contact with Hatea a Rangi Kura in Tokomaru Bay.

Kia pai tō rā whakata (have a great weekend)

Wendy Kitto


Athletics Day

Eastern Athletics

Good luck to the following students who are representing East Gore School at Eastern Athletics next week. We cant wait to see how you get on.

Track: Chloe L, Livvey, Preston, Rogan, Scarlett, Emma & Rene

Shot put & Discus: William R, Marley

High Jump: Darcee

Assembly March 3rd 2023

Sports Notices

Sports subs

Sports subs for school teams are now due for payment. Thanks

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Pioneer Junior Rugby -

School Notices

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Student Illness

We have a lot of illness across the school at the moment and we appreciate you keeping students home until they are well again. Strep throat, croup is about along with coughs and colds.

Please do message us if a student is away for any reason: txt, messenger, phone message or via school app are available.

All students must sign in at the office if late or sign out if leaving early please.



Term 1 starts - 1 February

Term 1 ends - Thursday 6th April

Term 2 starts - Wednesday 26th April

24th April - Staff training day - school closed

25th April - ANZAC Day - school closed

Term 2 ends - Friday 30th June

Term 3 starts - Monday 17th July

Upcoming events

3rd March - Assembly 2.30pm

7th March - Eastern Athletics

14th March - Yr 5/6 East Peak walk

17th March - Assembly 2.30pm

20th March - BOT Meeting

29th March -" Deno" author visit

31 March - Assembly 2.30pm

6 April - Last day of term 2

26 April Wednesday start of term 2

Community Notices

Longford - Gore High Merger


Kia ora

The merged school has a temporary name which is Longford Gore Merged School or LGMS for short. The school will be called this until a new name has been decided. It was necessary to give the school a temporary name so that many administration tasks could be completed such as opening a bank account and getting an IRD number. The number of large and small tasks that need to be completed by the end of the year is quite daunting but there is a great team of people working on these. The first task that is currently being worked on is the appointment of the new principal. Cleave Hay, our Change Manager, has been leading this mahi and has put together a very attractive application pack for the applicants. The advertisement for the new principal who will lead the merge of the two schools has now been published on the Education Gazette website and this will close in three weeks. The successful applicant will be appointed by the end of term one and will start as principal at the beginning of term 3. This means that for the last two terms of 2023 there will be a principal of Longford Intermediate, a principal of Gore High and a principal of Longford Gore Merged School (LGMS). The work on the vision, values and strategic plan will begin shortly with a small team who will consult with our community. There is also a small team that will be working on the finances and property issues and a personnel team as well. There is a plan to have an information hui shortly for any interested parties to come and find out where the process of merging is up to and have a look at the images and plans of the new buildings. It would be great to have a big turnout so that everyone can get all the up-to-date information. A date for this will be confirmed shortly.

Longford Gore Merged School committee, Gore High School Longford Intermediate.

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Athletics Day