Week 1, T4 2022
21/10/22 - He Pānui Wiki Tahi, Whānga Tuawha
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This week's newsletter starts with a massive shout out to all of those people who have been going full on organising lots of different things largely behind the scenes. Everyone is A. over the terrible weather we have been having, B. racing around catching up on work and life, so to have you adding to your load to help us here at school we really can't thank you all enough.
We would like to give a special mention to Neil Anderson who spent the middle Saturday of the holidays ringing up the fallen gum logs in preparation for our working bee; Duncan McGregor who spent most of the next Sunday driving here in his tractor to move logs, drop off straw and split firewood; Liz Mason who is flying around organising pie fundraisers, lunch rosters, fair stalls, cleaning our school pool and doing a myriad of other things; Joe Quirke who has saved the day many times and been fixing things constantly at school; the FoGS committee & extras who are flat out sorting auctions, plants, raffles, cow pat bingos, signage, advertising, games, cafe's, food tents, parking; BoT members who are tirelessly sorting budgets, property projects, policies, grant applications, pet day judges; parents who are busy organising sports teams, coaching, getting stuck into fair prep, helping out at working bees, getting kids organised with scarecrow gear & pet day items. We know it's exhausting and hope that you're all not getting worn out in the process.
If you missed last Friday's newsletter please find it linked here.
We welcomed 7 new students and 1 new staff member on Monday. William McLean; Isla Postuma; Angus Blake; Pippa Giddens; Oscar Neumann; Warner Colman & Leo McLeod along with Ali Lang have all settled in well and are a welcome addition to 'Team Gladdy. We would like to also remind new families that have started during the year to add a whānau rock under our Ahi Kaa.
Scarecrow Making 2022
Well done to our tamariki & kaiako for getting their scarecrows made on Wednesday amidst the torrential down pour of rain. We got there and all pitched in to support getting the project over the line. I'm not sure that we've seen so much spray paint in action for a while. Here are some pics of the scarecrows as they were being attached to the fence.
Values Focus This Week
Ngā mihi mō tō huritau - Best wishes for your birthday!
Please read on to see other highlights from what has been a busy first week of the term. It was fantastic to see such a great turn out at todays Pet Day. A big thank you goes out to our Pet Day Sponsors - PGG Wrightson for the ribbons; Sharpes Farm Feed for the Championship Prizes; South Wairarapa Vets for supplying judges; John Griffith & Co for supplying judges; Property Brokers for the sausage sizzle fundraiser; Ali Lang, Jill Day and Richard Stevenson for judging. Thanks also to those parents who were roped in last minute to help judge - Andrew McKay & others we really appreciate it.
Please complete our quick survey below indicating a morning or afternoon preference for the timing of Pet Day. Have a well deserved long weekend. Pet Day timing poll.
A massive extra thank you to Property Brokers for donating the profits of the sausage sizzle today - $405. This money will be put towards covering camp shortfalls from the camps we have run this year. Your time and effort is very much appreciated Property Brokers.
Congratulations to all of our championship cup winners: Longbush Cup for best preschool lamb - Fletcher Corkill; EM & JM Graves Cup for Championship Lamb - Jacob Cubitt; Henderson Cup for Champion Calf - Harvey James; Patricia Reid Cup for Championship Horse/Pony - Edith Mason; McKenzie Cup for Champion Dog - Cooper Brady; Bodle Cup for Most Points Junior - Arie Butler & Jacob Cubitt; McKeown Cup for Most Points Senior - Harvey James & Edith Mason.
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School Action This Week
Our first Gladstone team competed at the Solway Interschool Dressage on Tuesday, Rosie Walters, Theo and Alex McDonald with a loan rider Lauren Stevenson from MIS. Fantastic riding from everyone. Alex came 7th & Theo 9th out of 33 riders in the intro class. Pretty good for their first dressage show. Rosie coming 17th out of 36 riders in her first go in intermediate level. Very proud of all our young riders WELL DONE.
We had an awesome group of students participating over 2 days in the Wairarapa Tennis Tournament this week. Well done to everyone who played and to Lucy & Olivia Orsborn who took out their respective grades. Thanks to those parents who spent the day down there supporting our kids.
Mark the shark and his daughter Charlotte are back at school teaching athletics skills to our students. They do such a great job and we really appreciate having the expert tuition from such highly qualified people. Here are the Kourarau tamariki in action:
On the 2nd Tuesday of the holidays we hosted an Enviroschools workshop which was such a fabulous day to be part of. Thanks to Andrew Stewart for the awesome photographs & as Gill said "to all of the hands involved putting together and running this day and all who participated and contributed through good conversations and sharing. Ngā mihi nui ki a kōrua Rā rāua ko Nanny Francis for sharing your stories, knowledge and places". Kia ora. The group very generously donated a koha which we have put towards the bee gardens.
We have our roster out for fair day helpers. Please add a family members name to the roster if you haven't already. Those of you who put your names down at Pet Day this morning have been added to the online copy - thanks so much for putting yourselves down.
Mystery bags can be returned anytime - preferably by Monday the 7th of November to allow time for sorting. Both of these stalls are extremely popular and any contributions families can make in this space is hugely appreciated.
Kat Wildy would also greatly appreciate any seedlings or plants for the plant stall. These can be dropped off at school anytime leading up to the fair.
Community Scarecrow Making
It is great to see community scarecrows popping up around the area. Please send through a photo of your scarecrow so that your tamariki can get 20 whānau group points.
Carterton District Council
We would like to thank and acknowledge the Carterton District Council for their generous grant contribution to our 'Bikes In Schools' project. We received $2,500 which we hope to put towards the purchase of a storage container and some bikes so that at long last our kids can start using the track properly. Thanks also to Bruce Warnock who has very kindly offered to donate repaired bikes for the students to use - awesome Bruce.
Gladdy Cricket Teams
Is there was anyone else keen to play Friday night cricket this term? We now have four Gladdy cricket teams but have space for a couple more keen cricketers in the junior teams. Please email email@example.com or text 021864533.
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.
Thanks very much to those caregivers who were able to come to the meeting this morning. If anyone has questions about the camp, please let Graham or Belinda know.
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.
Mon 24/10 - Labour Day Public Holiday
Tues 25/10 - BoT Meeting @ 6:30pm
Thurs 27/10 - School photos; NZ Shakeout
Mon 31/10 - St Matt's Lion King Production (Ōnoke)
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
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:
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".
A&P Pet Lamb & Calf Competition
The Wairarapa A&P Show is back for 2022! Our Spring time Show is back on the 28th - 30th October. The A&P Pet Lamb & Calf Competition (in conjunction with South Wairarapa Group Day) is taking place on Sunday 30th October starting at 11 am. Entries for the Pet Calf Competition MUST BE RECEIVED before showday and include the animals NAIT number. For more information & entry forms please contact the Secretary on Ph 3798124 or email 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.