He Pānui-Wiki Tahi, Whānga Tuawha

Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 1 Term 4, 2021. 22/10/21

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). 'Expect the Unexpected' is our mantra for this term. By now I am sure that you will have caught up on the news that Whaea Micaela and her whānau are moving to New Plymouth. Micaela has accepted a position at Puketapu School and will finish here at Gladstone at the end of this school year.

We are very sad to see Micaela go as she is an asset to our team. Her knowledge across the curriculum and in particular Literacy, Neuroscience, IT and te aō Māori supports our school in volumes. We congratulate Micaela on her new position and the opportunities New Plymouth will offer.
As a school (staff, BoT, kids, whānau) we plan to thank and farewell Micaela for her dedication and service to the school at the end of this term. Micaela started at Gladstone in July 2014. We will also be saying goodbye to Māhinarangi.

We have advertised for a full time permanent teacher and will advise the community of an appointment in due course.

We are continuing to navigate our way through COVID-19 Level 2 requirements. The senior leadership team and BoT are making the best decisions they can with the information available in order to keep our students protected. Thank you for your understanding with this.

The FoGS committee met on Wednesday evening and made the decision to cancel the fair for 2021 - it will be back in Nov 2022 - BUT there are other things happening to get excited about.

We are amping up for a monster online auction so if anyone has prizes that can be auctioned or combined to create gift baskets, please let us know. We need to know about item contributions by the 1st of November. Please email Ang Falloon on Angela_Falloon@bnz.co.nz.

The auction will be launched on Saturday the 13th of November and bidding will be open for 2 weeks. Links to the auction site will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

The community scarecrow drive is still happening and there will be prizes for this - get cracking with your family scarecrow. Other smaller fundraisers for early next year are also in the pipeline so watch this space.

Our staff spent the day at school today (Friday) working with George from 'Pause, Breathe, Smile'. He facilitated an excellent professional development day and we are all excited about introducing this very important health and wellbeing programme in 2022.

Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing your children on Tuesday.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Big picture

Welcome to Charlie & Maia

On Monday Charlie Kawana-Reid and Maia Reid (1st cousins) started school together. We are delighted to have both students at school and they seem to be settling in well. Thanks to James Hanson and Michaela Delves for being awesome Te Wharau buddies.
The annual survey closes this coming Monday. We would like a member of each school family to complete the survey please as it helps us with our annual planning. Please use the link above.

Kourarau Manaakitanga Certificates

Congratulations to the following students who received certificates in class this week: Michael Nip, Deegan Nolan & Darcy Berryman. Ruamahanga and Ōnoke certificates are coming next week.

Big picture

Proudly Sponsored by

Tennis Tournament

Well done to students who played in either the Year 7&8 or Year 6 and under tennis tournaments this week. Everyone did very well and we were especially pleased with your behaviour on the day. Thanks very much to those parents who were able to go down to help and be part of the day.
Big picture

Term 4 - Hats

We are a 'Sunsmart' accredited school. Students need to be wearing their school hats in Terms 4 and 1 of each year. Year 1-6 students wear a yellow cricket-style hat, and the Year 7-8 students have the option of wearing a black bucket hat. Both kinds of hats are available online and in store at NZ Uniforms next to Animates in Masterton. https://gladstone.nzuniforms.com/catalog/school-uniform-1103946.htmx

Matthew the Goat

Welcome to our latest school pet - Matthew the goat. He is a lovely friend for Lolly. Thanks so much to Rebecca (Kandy's caregiver) who works at the SPCA for offering him to us. Lolly is much happier now that she has a friend. No baby goats though - Matthew has been kindly neutered!
Big picture

School Individual & Year Group Photos - Wednesday 27th October

I am excited to have the opportunity to provide your school with Fine Art School Portraits. I

like to provide a more personal experience to all the families who attend the schools who

have chosen me to photograph their child(ren).


Fine Art School Portraits are a modern approach to school photos. No more cheesy smiles

with strange backgrounds. The photos will be simple and classic. Instead of forcing a cheesy

grin, the children will be encouraged to be themselves and will never be forced to smile.

Example photos can be found here:


Sibling photos are welcome! Please feel free to get in touch directly with me to book your

sibling photo. These photos will be taken from 8.15am, before school begins. I will also be

available at break times for those who want “friend group” photos.


Within two weeks of your child’s photo day, you will be e-mailed the link to a class proofing

gallery. There will be 2 - 5 images of each child. Images are available in both colour and

black and white. I do not choose which photos you print; you do. You will be able to order

high quality prints, canvases and framed prints, and digital files directly from the viewing

gallery. The ordering process is simple and secure. The gallery will be live for 14 days. All

orders must be placed in that 14-day period. Prices start at $8.00 for individual items, and

include the opportunity to purchase packages, or individual products. Once orders have

been placed, your photos and / or canvas / framed prints will be delivered to school within

four weeks.

For any questions or to book sibling photos, please contact me at belinda@belindapratt.co.nz or 027 391 1144

Scarecrow Competition, Raffle & Online Auction

Gladstone Scarecrow Competition 2021 “Superstitions”

It’s great to see the scarecrows starting to pop up around the district. Here is the link to enter this year’s competition https://forms.gle/s1De272AqmKpEdJC7 , which can take place under all alert levels. Each scarecrow entry will go in the draw to win a family prize and we will also be awarding an overall supreme winner! Anyone can enter – the more the merrier!

Scarecrow Raffle Tickets

Reminder to return your raffle tickets to school, crediting the FOGS raffle account (12-3290-0004707-50) or sending cash to the School office with the raffle books sold. As always, there will be a prize for the family who sells the most tickets! Please contact Alexandra King on 021 0884 3688 if you would like more tickets to sell. If you are unable to sell the tickets, please return them to the School ASAP.

Scarecrow Auction Items and Prizes

An online auction is currently being set up to open on Saturday the 13th of November. If you know anyone that would like to contribute an auction item or scarecrow prize, please contact Ang Falloon on 0292008196. We need to know about auction items by the 1st of November.

Big picture
Big picture

Reminders & Previous Advertisements

Fair Raffle Tickets

Please do your best to sell the allocated booklets - we really appreciate this. For each booklet sold and returned, your children can have 5 whānau group tokens and there will be the usual prizes for most booklets sold etc... This is one of our biggest money earners for the year.

PORTRAIT PRIZE from Esther Bunning | Portrait Artist.

The winner will receive a creative portrait session from the 2020 NZ Professional Photographer of the Year award, Esther Bunning.

The package includes the creative session in the Wairarapa, and also an approx A2 loose unframed print: total value $1150.00

Esther loves to work with you to plan and together you’ll create a portrait session that is a reflection of your loved ones, your favourite locations and tells the story of you.

Her vision and skill results in stunning imagery as beautiful art pieces for your wall.

Big picture

Upcoming Events, Cancellations, Date Changes & Information

Upcoming Events

  • Labour Day: Monday 25th October
  • Individual Photos (Belinda Pratt): Wednesday 27th October.
  • Aotearoa Independence Day: Thursday 28th October.
  • NZ Shakeout Earthquake Education: Thursday 28th October.
  • Year 3 & 6 Transition Evening: Wednesday 10th November. Year 3 parents @ 5:30pm; Year 6 parents @ 6:00pm. Invitations have been sent home.
  • Times Age Sports Awards: Now Monday 15th November.
  • Production: Week 7 of Term 4 (Tues 30th Nov - Thurs 2nd Dec). We may need to film this event if still at alert level 2. We will advise you asap.
  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December.
  • Prizegiving Assembly: Wednesday 15th December 11am. NB. This event will be modified to suit alert level 2 requirements if necessary. Details TBC.

Cancelled Events

  • Kapa Haka Festival - Our item will be filmed and shared with you digitally. Date TBA.
  • Year 8 Moving On Conference.

Dates Still To Be Confirmed (sometime in Term 4).

  • Greats & Grands
  • Science Technology Roadshow
  • Principal's Outing for Term 3 & 4
  • Whānau Helpers High Tea

Reminder: Term Dates for 2022

Term 1 2022 will start for students on Wednesday the 2nd of February.
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture