Gladstone School Newsletter - 29/4/22

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). We hope you have managed to juggle your way through the holidays with childcare arrangements and possible COVID isolation requirements. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of your children this coming Monday. Our term will start with a welcome assembly for our new students: Pearl Morris; Sidney Mason; Mason Patrick; Riley France; Maddix Bidlake & Sophia Shailer - it will be wonderful to have you here.

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RIP Matthew. We are sad to announce that one of our goats - Matthew - was put down by the vet over the holidays. He was very sick and had kidney failure. The kids will have to keep Lolly, the remaining goat, company during break and lunch times. A huge thanks to all of those families who helped feed the goat and chickens over the holidays, it is very much appreciated.

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Wai (Water) Theme for Term 2

As part of our science professional development, you will notice our activities tying into an overarching 'wai/water' theme. We hope our tamariki/children will continue to be as excited by science as they were in Term 1. Watch out for updates and activities on Seesaw.

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School Life at Orange

As you are all aware, we are now at 'Orange'. You will notice that schools will be approaching things slightly differently depending on roll size and ventilation options. The MoE are encouraging mask use indoors, however this is not compulsory and it is up to individual staff and students to decide on personal mask use. A basic summary for life at Gladstone school is:

- Friday assemblies will resume in the hall.

- Hand sanitiser needs to be used at door entrance ways;

- Ventilation needs to be maintained;

- Those who are sick need to stay home;

- Masks are strongly encouraged when indoors (this is personal preference for staff & students);

- No restrictions to the number of visitors on site, however those coming in need to sign in using the vistab and are encouraged to wear a mask, especially when coming into classrooms.

Further information can be found using the links below.

COVID +ve Case Tracking

So that we can maintain our tracking of how affected we have been by COVID, we ask that whānau email the office@gladstone1.school.nz with the date of a positive student COVID result. This includes if your child tested positive over the holidays. Thanks for your help with this.

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End of Day Pick Up

Pick up at the end of the school day will still be by Gibson Hall - not necessarily just for COVID reasons, but for 'systems' reasons. It seems to work better releasing students from the concrete by Gibson Hall, and it helps to keep those not on the bus from getting in the way of bus lines. Thanks in advance for your help with this. Masks are not required when picking students up outside.

Working Bee & Community Picnic- Gardens, Bike Track & Orchard Area (Sunday 15th May)

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Key Dates for Term 2

Monday 2/5 - School starts for students with a mihi whakatau in the hall at 9:00am.

Week 1 - Life Education

Week 2 - Small Sticks starts (every Tuesday); 12/5 FoGS Meeting @ the pub.

Week 3 - 16/5 BoT Meeting @ school; 19/5 Pie Delivery Day & Outdoor Classroom Day; 20/5 Pink Shirt Day for Bully Free Week.

Week 4 - 25/5 Year 3 and Year 6 Transition Evenings.

Week 5 - 1/6 CC Cross Country

Week 6 - 6/6 Queen's Birthday Weekend; 7/6 Footsteps Dance starts; 10/6 Year 7&8 Design Technology Starts.

Week 7 - 14/6 Y7&8 Rural Kids Day

Week 8 - 22/6 & 23/6 Syndicate Stargazing Dome; 24/6 Matariki Public Holiday.

Week 9 - 28/6 Y7&8 Rural Kids Day; 28/6 Wairarapa Speech Finals.

Week 10 - 6/7 Mid Year Student Reports Home; 8/7 End of Term 2

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