Week 8, T2 2022

23/6/22 - He Pānui Wiki Waru, Whānga Tuarua

Kia ora e te whānau

It's exciting to be heading into our first ever national Matariki long weekend - and what a beautiful morning it was to start things off. The next few days will be the perfect time to get outside in the morning to have a look at the Matariki cluster of stars. Hopefully you can still remember how to find it from our breakfast session last year. Below is a copy of the image Whāea Micaela took last year - it might help you pick out the cluster.

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We would like to thank the team at Cabernet Foods - Kyntyre Meats for donating the sausages for our Matariki cooking sessions - we are very appreciative and love the way you look after us here at Gladstone School. If there are any more adults free to help with our Matariki cooking next Monday please let us know. We need about another 2-3 helpers if we can. Please email principal@gladstone1.school.nz.

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Haere ra Homes whānau. Yesterday we farewelled Jake, Jackson, Danny, Clinton & Kathryn. They are off on a new adventure that will see them living in the UK. Have fun, we will miss you, keep in touch.

We were impressed with the standard of the Ōnoke speeches presented this week. It was a difficult task to select the final winners. Well done to Cooper Brady (Y7) & Levi Kokx (Y8) who are going on to represent Gladstone School at the South Wairarapa Speech Competition this coming Monday. Good luck!

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Yesterday I was excited to hand out invitations to the Principal's outing that is happening on Thursday the 7th of July. Congratulations to the following students who have been acknowledged by their syndicate teachers for and outstanding effort during the first half of the year.

Kourarau: Elsie Patrick; Charlie Herrick; Mya Corkill; Asa McPheat; Amy Wenger; Ida Hartley-Meilink; William Thompson; Frances Williams; Frankie Murnane & Toby Wilkinson.

Ruamahanga: Maisie Post; Juno Fuller; Archie Ashby; Ayla Longstaff; Neela Rogers; Michael Quirke; Kaylee Huck; Rosie Falloon; Blake McGregor & Henry McKay.

Ōnoke: Milo Wildy; Koby Klue; James Hanson & Lucy Orsborn.

Those students who have been away can collect their invitations from my office when they return.

We loved having Ben Laybourn in school this week co-teaching science lessons. It was awesome to see how engaged everyone was. Our development in the science 'Ako' space continues into Term 3.

Well done to past pupils Sam Blundell & William Orsborn who won their respective catergories at the Wairarapa Times Age Sports Awards last night. Great job, we're proud of you both.
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Values Focus This Week

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I was thinking today about the order of our values. Back in 2020 we decided to have Manaakitanga, Ako and Kaitiakitanga in a certain order for the following reasons: if you are part of a place or group and you need to be cared for, welcomed, noticed, loved before you have the confidence and headspace to develop your Ako (teaching, learning, creativity, curiosity...). Once you have developed this, you can then actively show Kaitiakitanga (care and protection of people, places, language). All three are dependant on the others and weave together to create a well rounded individual.

Have a lovely long weekend spending time with friends and family - Happy New Year!

Nga manaakitanga,


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App Reminder

Please sign up for the relevant groups within the app. Under the 'docs' tab we have a set of information pages ie. COVID Household Contact Information; Whānau Information Booklet; COVID Response Plan; FoGS lunch helper roster....

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COVID-19 Case Number Update

We have 2 student COVID cases that we are aware of. We have had up to 45 students away each day this week with the flu. Please continue to keep your children home until they are completely better if they are suffering from either of these things.

NZ Uniforms - New Stock Now In

Uniform items can be ordered online or in store. A reminder that students can still wear their 'old We Shine' garments. We also have a selection of 'old' polos for sale here at school at a reduced rate $20. Please complete the order form if you wish to purchase these 'old' items. Please also note that these are new, not second hand items.

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BoT Elections 2022 - Parent Election Notification

Nominations are open for the election of 3 parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Wednesday 3 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on Wednesday 7 September 2022.

Signed Amy Strang

Returning Officer

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Term 2 - Things Coming Up

Week 9 - Matariki Whānau Group Activities Day Monday 27th June. BoT Meeting 6pm.

Week 10 - Mid Year Reports home Wednesday 6th July. School term finishes Friday the 8th of July @ 3pm.

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Yummy Sticker Time Again

It's that time of year again when we start collecting 'Yummy Stickers'. Please send any collections you have at home into school. Every sheet helps us get sports equipment for the kids to use.

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School Docs - School Policy & Procedures

This term parents are asked to review our 'Visitors' policy. Search 'Visitors' or 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".

Please find a direct link to our Whānau Calendar below. It can also be accessed via the app and the school website.