Week 2, T4 2022
28/10/22 - He Pānui Wiki Rua, Whānga Tuawha
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Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)
We have loved the recent settled, warm weather and combined with a short week everyone seems in a buoyant frame of mind. School photos were taken on Thursday and Belinda Pratt will have them ready to share next week - a link will come out via the app. As well as individual photos, there are also Year Group and Syndicate pictures available for purchase.
We are looking forward to hosting our 'Greats, Grands & Special People' afternoon tea next Friday from 1:30pm. Guest come to the hall and then move to classrooms for activities before joining back together for afternoon tea on the matting if the weather is fine, in the hall if wet. Families send along a plate of afternoon tea-style kai to share. Please send this in on the morning of the event (next Friday the 4th of November).
Also on Friday the 4th of November....
What is Gumboot Friday?
Gumboot Friday is an initiative by the Key to Life Charitable Trust, a fundraising and advocacy organisation that supports young people who are struggling with their mental health. We help connect young people with existing counsellors or therapists and provide funding for counselling, so that they get help as soon as they need it.
The Gumboot Friday counselling funding service is designed to take the pressure off current services and give young people facing long wait times an alternative pathway.
Gumboot Friday is not a long-term solution designed to take over from government services, rather, it should be seen as a bridge between current services and immediate need.
Please bring along a gold coin donation - all money raised will go to the Key to Life Charitable Trust.
As part of our camp fundraising initiative, the Year 5&6 students of Ruamahanga are holding a shop day (mini fair of sorts). The shop day is on Tuesday of next week (1st November). Students are invited to bring along a little bit of money to spend at the stalls. Items on sale include: lemonade; milkshakes; baking; bracelets; pompoms; spider drinks; cardboard animals; glitter play-dough; sherbet; garage sale items & scented cushions.
Thank you to those who completed our Pet Day poll. The results show that most people prefer a morning event. We will take this into consideration when organising next years Pet Day.
The fair is coming around quickly. We have linked the helper roster below. If you have trouble entering your name, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I can enter it for you. We still need help on the day so if you were able to spare time to help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Whānau should have received a reminders note and a mystery bag bag as well as a baking box - these were sent home yesterday (Thursday). If you need additional bags or boxes, please let the office know and we can happily send these home.
As part of our Term 3 curriculum consultation, we asked the question about fundraising for camps. There were a number of comments around the proceeds from the Fair going towards camps and a comment about families not really knowing what the fundraisers during the year go towards. While we aim to communicate the purpose of each fundraising event, the summary below may help to clarify this.
Each year FoGS (Friends of Gladstone School) are provided by the BoT, a list of items that are outside of the schools operational spending (aka the money we receive from the Ministry of Education). On the list for this year is: Hall Insurance 2022 $1,500; Matific Subscription (all students) 2022 $1,500; Nessy Online Structured Literacy Subscription $1,500; Additional Learning Support Contribution (Teacher Aides) $15,000. This comes to $19,500.
Requests over this amount include: Furniture (tote trays, seats, teacher whiteboard tables - Ruamahanga & Kourarau) $10,000; Kapa Haka Tutor Costs (2022) $4,000 and additional Camp Costs $2,000.
FoGS fundraisers undertaken this year to try and reach these targets have been: Complex Quiz Night Catering; 1st round of Pie orders; National Party Quiz night catering; Monday lunches; the Scarecrow Fair.
In addition to the FoGS fundraisers, the school has run a number of activities to generate extra money. The bulk of this money has gone towards school camps, the rest was used to pay for garden soil; basketball hoops; sandpit toys; Jump Jam licence; green team items; rabbit hutches & pet expenses; matariki expenses; kapa haka and other event transport shortfalls. The fundraising activities have been: beeswax wraps; cross country sausage sizzle; 2nd round of pie orders; school disco; Friday sausage sizzle & ice block sales. Coming up is the calendar art fundraiser & the Ruamahanga Shop Day.
Order forms for Calendar art have been sent home today. Please send your orders back to the school office by Friday 4 November (next Friday). The art products are always a great idea for extended family Christmas presents. The profits from this fundraiser will be split between the syndicates - for Ōnoke & Ruamahanga the money will add to the camp shortfall amount, for Kourarau it will go towards some pieces of classroom equipment.
Values Focus This Week
Please read on to see other highlights from this week, including assembly presentations and student mahi. Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Ngā mihi mō tō huritau - Best wishes for your birthday!
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Thanks to Monty and Milo for running this weeks assembly. You did a great job and had to deal with a number of technical glitches - well done for getting through it. Congratulations to the following students who are our stars of the week: Hugo Wilkinson (outstanding sporting achievement, 9th place at the national cross country event; Hendrix Charters & Patrick Quirke (amazing manaakitanga helping junior students who need extra support in the playground) & Lucy Orsborn (outstanding sporting achievement representing the Central Region in the national tennis competition).
Well done to these awesome students who received syndicate awards from their teachers: David McKay; Joel Douglas; Sam Berryman; Benji Gardner; Michaela Delves; Ruby Richardson; Kyno Gleeson; Harvey James; Sophia Shailer; William McLean; Michael Nip; Evie Dick; Charlie Ashby; Isla Posthuma; Oscar Neumann; Warner Colman (hidden); Angus Blake; Maddix Bidlake; Leo McLeod & Pippa Giddens.
We were pleased and proud to present the recent Otago Maths Problem Solving Challenge awards. The challenge consists of high-level mathematical questions for students to individually solve under test conditions. Well done to all of those who entered and in particular, to Levi Kokx and Tom Nicol who gained 'Excellence' - the first time we have achieved this as a school. Logan Mason, Cooper Brady & Willem Mebus got Merit awards which is the next level down from excellence. Levi also went on to sit the final challenge as his score was in the top 20 - Tom missed out by 1 point. The results from this final challenge will be out in the coming weeks.
School Action This Week
ANZH (Aotearoa NZ Histories)
As part of the new ANZH curriculum we are going to start teaching our tamariki a local story each week. This week's story was inspired by Hugo Tomlin who was asking about the history of Gibson Hall. Thanks for the inspiration Hugo. Stories will then be shared in the newsletter so our community can come on the journey with us. Any local stories can be emailed through to email@example.com.
Te Kura o Parakawhara / Gladstone School - Gibson Hall
During the 1950’s and 60’s Mr Ian Gibson was the Head Teacher at Gladstone School. He oversaw the building of the school pool and changing sheds. The pool was completed in 1960 and opened the same year. He was a keen supporter of school rugby and hockey.
Ian Gibson also started up the South Wairarapa Inter-School sports that are still going today.
In 1961 the school buildings were upgraded and what we call Gibson Hall was moved to where it is positioned today.
Community Scarecrow Making
Lots of cool scarecrows are popping up. Awesome work everyone. If you live outside of the Gladstone district, Ali & Greg Lang have kindly offered to help put scarecrows up under the yellow gladdy sign. Please let us know if you would like to do this & earn 20 whānau group points.
Reminder - Gladstone Church Christmas Service
We are helping to organise this year's Children's Choir at the Church for the Christmas Service. If your child is interested in being part of this, please contact Belinda Bunny - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0276140777. Kate Head will be organising some practices here at school leading up to the event.
Term 3 - Things Coming Up
Please note the change in the date for the Carterton Schools Athletics - it is now in Week 5 on Tuesday the 15th of November. The Lion King show is now on Thursday the 3rd of November.
Tues 1/11 - Ruamahanga Shop Day Fundraiser (Students bring $$ to spend).
Wed 2/11 - Ōnoke Parent Camp Helper Meetings 8:00am or 5:00pm
Thurs 3/11 - Cricket World Cup @ Rathkeale; St Matt's Lion King Production (Those Year 6/7/8 students who are not going to the Cricket World Cup).
Fri 4/11 - Greats, Grands & Special People 1:30pm; Gumboot Day.
Fri 11/11 - Year 7&8 Design Tech Starts;
Sat 12/11 - Scarecrow Fair
Tues 15/11 - Carterton Cluster Athletics (note change of date).
Thurs 17/11 - Ōnoke Gear List 1 & Tent Check
Fri 18/11 - Year 7&8 Design Tech #2
Sun 20/11 - Ōnoke depart on camp from school @ 7am.
Week 6 - Ōnoke Camp all week.
Fri 25/11 - South Wairarapa Athletics.; Ōnoke return approx 2:30pm.
Fri 2/12 - Year 7&8 Design Tech #4
Wed 7/12 - End of year student reports home.
Fri 9/12 - Last School Assembly for the Year.
Wed 14/12 - Year 8 Leavers Dinner 6pm @ The Complex
Thurs 15/12 - Prizegiving Assembly 9:30am @ school.
Reminder - FoGS Lunch Helpers: Next Monday the 31st of October is Sarah McGregor.
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".
Cardio Tennis @ The Complex
We wondered if any local farmers were rolling paddocks at the moment around our local area. We have kids cricket games scheduled to be played here at Gladstone and need our top field rolled - this is an exciting new thing now that we have a cricket pitch. We think it would take about 30 mins for a tractor. If anyone knows of anyone who would/could do the rolling for us this week please contact Belinda 0276140777 or email@example.com
Carterton Farmers Market Annual Plant Sale
Carterton Farmers Market Annual Plant Sale is on Sunday 30th October 9am to 12.30pm. With over. 40 stalls selling natives, flowers, perennials, fruit trees, rare plants, vege seedlings & succulents. Entry by gold coin donation raising money for the new Carterton swimming pool.