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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 7, Term 3, 2021. 10/9/21.

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora e te whānau (Hello friends and family). It is so nice to have everyone back at school with a sigh of relief that things are starting to get back to normal. Our tamariki (children) seem settled and happy as they have returned - we hope this is the case. We also understand that some students may be struggling with a return to school - please reach out to us if so and we can help.

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Lots of dates are being changed and events cancelled due to our time in lockdown and the current level 2 restrictions. We will do our best to leave things as late as possible before cancelling - just in case there is a move to level 1. Pretty much any event that brings parents and members of the community on site needs to be cancelled or postponed during level 2. This includes things like 'Pet Day'; scarecrow making; 'Greats & Grands'; the production; the Scarecrow Fair.... This said, we will leave it as late as possible before cancelling these important events. Please see below calendar date changes. Fingers crossed it won't come to that and by October/November we will be back at level 1. Thank you all for your patience and understanding while we navigate our way through the next few weeks/months.


Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend),

Belinda Bunny

Tui Ridge - Ōnoke Year 7&8 Camp

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One good piece of news this week is that Ōnoke are able to proceed with their camp in Week 9. The other school who were booked to be at Tui Ridge with us have cancelled so this means we have the venue to ourselves! In order to comply with level 2 guidelines and procedures we are following the 7th of September guidance from Education Outdoors New Zealand. A copy of this document can be viewed by following the link below. We are confident that we have all the necessary procedures in place to run the camp in a safe way - there may be some alterations to planned activities ie. the town day. We will keep our Ōnoke parents informed of these.

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Next week is 'Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week)'. We have a wide range of activities planned in class and hope that you might enjoy learning a few new phrases to use yourselves. Check out this website: https://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/events/te-wiki-o-te-reo-maori/. There is also a link below to a website that helps each of us set a challenge for ourselves during 'Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week)'.

Nau mai, haere mai (Welcome, come)

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome, come) to Mia Hodder, Tessa Harding & Caryn Vorster. We hope you enjoy your time here with us. Mia is a NE student and is in Kourarau syndicate. Tessa and Caryn are both student teachers and are with us until November. Tessa is working in Kourarau, and Caryn in Ōnoke.

Wiki Whitu Huihuinga (Week 7 Assembly)

Thanks Olivia and Theo for running our first actual huihuinga (assembly) since we have been back at school. You both did a great job of organising the slideshow and the people. Ka pai te mahi (the work is good). Well done to everyone who received certificates this week. A student vote was taken and there was overwhelming support for curly wurlys to be handed out rather than waiting for a principal's morning tea.

Kaitiakitanga (care & guardianship) Certificates

Tau kē ( this is so cool, this is so neat, magnificent, great) : Hannah Douglas; Hendrix Charters; Koby Klue; Joel Douglas; Sophie Beetham; Fergus McGuinness; Brodie McGuinness; Juno Fuller; Kaylee Huck; Hannah Beetham; Edith Mason & April Freeman who received certificates at assembly today.

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Proudly Sponsored by

Wig Wednesday Action At School

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FoGS Treasurer

FoGS is looking for a new treasurer to take over from Ang Falloon at the end of this year. If you are interested in giving back and can spare a few hours a week, please let Belinda know and she will put you in touch with the FoGS committee. Ang has done a great job over a number of years and is willing to pass on her expert knowledge to the new treasurer.

Artificial Cricket Pitch & Practice Nets

Thanks so much to Mark Edwards who has worked hard to secure $6,000 from Trust House. This money is going towards an artificial cricket pitch on the top field and a practice net. A sub-committee is being organised to action this project. It's really exciting for the school cricket teams to have these facilities to use. It also means that Gladstone School will be able to host matches here at school.

Policies to Review

Please logon to school docs, to review our current policies. 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".

Our policies to review this term are: 'Concerns and Complaints' and ' Behaviour Management'. Please use the link above to enter the website and add any thoughts or comments. We already see that the Kawa Card process needs to be added and linked into the behaviour policy. Thanks in advance for your help.

Wairarapa Schools Photography Competition - An At Home Optional Task

All students are invited to enter one photo per category for the Photo competition. This will be an optional activity that students can do at home if they would like to. Please email photos to Mrs Douglas by Tuesday 19 October (First Tuesday of week 1, Term 4) so they can be judged. Winning entries will then be sent through to the Wairarapa Photography Competition. Please read the rules section carefully below. Photos must be 1MB, please do not take photos on chrome books or Ipads. For more information about the Photo competition please click here. Any questions please let Mrs Douglas know.


The photography entry categories are;

  • Food – can include food growing (e.g.fruit trees, crops), macro (close up), food for sale (supermarket, markets), food for the family, food at the table, food preparation, Providing food is the main focus people can be in the photo.
  • Architecture – can include building exteriors, interiors, buildings in use (e.g. museums, libraries), shelters, greenhouses – any structure that has been built. Providing the architecture is the main focus people can see in the photo.

Entry levels for each category are:

    • Years 1 and 2
    • Years 3 and 4
    • Year 5 and 6
    • Year 7 and 8
  • RULES

    • Only 1 entry in each category per student.
    • Entries must be taken by the student.
    • All entries must be a photo taken in 2021.
    • Written permission must be obtained for use of personal images. E.g. portraits. This information must be held by the school.
    • Image size must be at least 1 MB. This will make images reproducible. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format.
    • Images can be submitted in colour or black and white.
    • Images can be cropped but cannot be digitally altered in any other way.

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Pet Day - Thursday 21st October (if at alert level 1)

We have altered the organisation of this years Pet Day. We have had quite a bit of feedback that the afternoon is too hot for the animals. In light of this we have decided to start Pet Day judging at 9:30 am on Thursday the 21st of October. Students will go to class at 9:00 am to do the role and then will come out to sort pets ready for judging. Catergores and an order of events is being sent home on Monday.


There will be a bake sale for morning tea and (hopefully) a coffee cart. We will also run the usual sausage sizzle from 10:30 am onwards and anticipate that the event will finish around 12:30pm. Students are welcome to go home with parents/caregivers at this time or are equally as welcome to stay on at school until 3pm. Busses home will be running as usual on this day at 3pm.


Please note that sand trays will only be for those students who are not bringing a pet. They will be made at school starting at 9:30 am in the hall followed by judging at approx 11:00 am.

Pies Are Back!

Order forms went home during the week and are due back by Thursday the 16th of September. Pies are $7 each - freshly baked and ready for the oven or freezer. Great to get all stocked up before docking and the summer holidays.


While we're in lockdown, we would welcome your digital order from yourselves, friends and family - email office@gladstone1.school.nz. Spread the word.


Chicken & Veg; Mince; Mince & Cheese; Mince & Veg; Ham & Egg; Steak; Steak & Cheese; Steak & Mushroom; Apple; Blackberry & Apple; Apricot.

Onoke Camp Reminder - Week 9 (20 - 24 September). Yep! We're going!

We are looking forward to taking our senior to Rotorua in Week 9. Please see that the $350 payment is made to the office within the next few weeks. Below is a linked copy of the itinerary.

Hay For the Chickens

We are hoping that they may be a whānau (family) who can donate a couple of small bales of hay for our chickens. Please let Belinda know if you can help out.

Upcoming Events, Cancellations, Date Changes & Information

Unfortunately dates are going to clash all over the place in Term 4 as not only schools, but dance schools, sporting bodies and other places all try to reschedule events. If you come across a date clash please choose which event you are going to participate in (school or otherwise) and let us know. We are expecting clashes and at this point it is not possible to move dates on our calendar.


Scarecrow making has been pencilled in for Friday the 1st of October (last day of Term 3). If we are still at level 2 we will need to alter our plan for this. We will advise you in Week 9 how things are looking.


Upcoming Events

  • FoGS Meeting: Thursday 16th September, 6:30 pm @ the pub.
  • Ōnoke Camp: Monday 20th - Friday 24th September.
  • Scarecrow Making: Friday 1st October (only if at level 1).
  • School Holidays: Sat 2 October - Sun 17th October.
  • Pet Day: Thurs 21st October.
  • Teacher Only Day: Friday 22nd October (Pause, Breathe, Smile Professional Development).
  • Labour Day: Monday 25th October
  • Individual Photos (Belinda Pratt): Wednesday 27th November.
  • Times Age Sports Awards: Now Monday 15th November.
  • Production: Week 7 of Term 4 (Tues 30th Nov - Thurs 2nd Dec).


Cancelled Events

  • Chess Tournament
  • Dance Splash
  • South Wairarapa Netball & Hockey
  • Science Technology Roadshow
  • Term 3 Disco


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

  • Kapa Haka Festival
  • Greats & Grands
  • Principal's Outing for Term 3

Term Dates for 2022

Term 1 2022 will start for students on Wednesday the 2nd of February.
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Scarecrow Fair Plant Stall

Our plant stall has gained quite the following over the years, but we need plenty of plants in order to maintain it’s stellar reputation! All types of plants sell well - veges, herbs, shrubs, flowers and natives - we’ll take any you can spare! We are also keen to sell indoor plants, given their current popularity - any cuttings gratefully received. Message Kat on 022 425 7760 if you need any potting mix or pots, or if you’d like some help with potting up.

Polio Quiz - Now Friday 10th of December

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Yummy Stickers

Keep collecting those yummy stickers and send them into school. We benefit from this as the stickers generate donations of sports equipment.