Week 10, T2 2022

8/7/22 - He Pānui Wiki Tekau, Whānga Tuarua

Tēnā koutou i tēnei ahiahi (good afternoon/evening everyone).

Wow where did that term go? We hope you all find a moment to rest, relax and recuperate during the winter break. We acknowledge that for some working families the holidays are a cause for added stress with childcare arrangements - especially when families have had to juggle so much sickness. Please reach out to friends and family where to can to support each other during the next couple of weeks. If you are taking the opportunity to get away - enjoy!

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I have been very humbled during 'National Principal Appreciation' week with beautiful gestures from staff, students & whānau. Thank you all very much. It is simply wonderful to be working as part of a well connected, appreciative "Team Gladdy".

Well done to our cross country runners who participated in the Wellington Regional Cross Country Event last Monday. Everyone put their heart and soul into running their very best. We would especially like to acknowledge Hugo Wilkinson who was placed 8 in his event. Hugo has now been invited to represent Wellington at the ‘Primary and Intermediate Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships’ held in Nelson later this year

Thanks to Mitch Blackwood for hosting the Kourarau Syndicate outing to the Kourarau Dam. Kourarau have been studying water habitats for science this term and the trip was a lovely way to finish off the unit. Mitch even caught some Kōura (Fresh Water Crayfish) for our tamariki to look at - a bit of learning for everyone too: Kourarau means 'many crayfish'.

Well done to our tracking and trapping crew. They had a brilliant success on Monday when a weasel was trapped. This sparked huge interest in the whole weasel, ferret, stoat conversation. Keep up the great work team - fabulous Kaitiakitanga!

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Tracking and trapping

The trapping group has recently been setting traps in the embankment to help protect our natural wildlife. On Monday morning we went to check our trap and found we had caught a Weasel. Below we will tell you about the differences between a Weasel and a Stoat.

How to tell the difference between a Weasel and a Stoat.

Lots of people get mixed up with stoats and weasels because they are from the same family called the mustelids.

The easiest way to tell the difference between a stoat and a weasel is that a stoat has a big black tip on the end of its tail. But a weasel has little brushes of black on its tail.

The stoat has a long tail around the half size of its body. But the weasel has a little bushy tail.

The stoats are a little bigger than the weasel. The stoat is larger than the weasels with a typical body length of 30-40 cms and the weasel is 20-27

If we don't act now by placing traps to stop these predators, we will lose some of our native animals.

By Joel Douglas, Troy McGregor & Jack Cates

Here is a picture of the weasel that we trapped at school, measured 27cms.

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Year 7&8 Carterton Schools Activity Day

On Wednesday Ōnoke was lucky enough to have a day out with other Year 7&8 students from around the Carterton area. Schools mixed up for a range of activities. We hosted outdoor cooking and dumpling/cupcake making. By all accounts, everyone had a brilliant day.

Mid Year Reports & 3-Way Conferences

Mid Year reports went home on Wednesday. We are aware that many of the attendance percentages result in an 'Of Concern' grading. We do know that many students have been sick during the first half year and that it can't be helped. We are required to report on attendance by the MoE so please treat it as an FYI. It is also important to keep attendance in mind when looking at progress and achievement. Please check your child's bag for their report or let us know if you haven't received it yet.

The booking link for our upcoming 3 Way Conferences can be found below. These conferences are a perfect opportunity to discuss student progress and achievement and any other matters. We like having students at the interviews so that everyone in the learning partnership can be present, however if you would prefer for your child not to come please contact their team leader to let them know.

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Values Focus This Week

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Thanks very much to Benji Gardner & Monty Beetham for running this week's assembly. Super work boys - and lovely to be extra special with all of the Principal acknowledgements.
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Well done to Hugo Wilkinson who is our star of the week this week. A big congratulations to the following students who received syndicate awards: Troy McGregor; Hannah Beetham; Olivia Orsborn; Arthur Wildy; Milo Wildy; Sidney Mason; Jacob Cubitt & Isla Blackwood. Rā whānau (happy birthday) to Hendrix; Kaylee; Sasha; Amy & Asa who all have birthdays in the holidays. Ka pai to Maungaraki for winning the end of term Whānau Group token count.

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I was lucky enough to have a wonderful afternoon out with our 'Mid Year Principal's Outing' students. These awesome kids have worked solidly all year and we couldn't be prouder of their efforts. A huge thanks to Jessica McPheat; Angela Falloon; Lee Longstaff; Kat Wildy & Hayley Quirke for coming on the trip with us & for providing transport.

Nga manaakitanga,


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Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

Term 3 Art Classes

After school Art Classes are likely to continue on a Wednesday afternoon next term. Monday and/or Tuesday are also a possibility if there is enough interest. Please email Charlie on gladstone.artclass@gmail.com to book space. Classes are $20 a session, from 3:15 to 4:30pm. All materials are provided.
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Helpful Health Information

Last week Nanogirl published a set of experiments regarding window openings, CO2 levels and air cleaners which are available on YouTube. Nanogirl puts COVID-19 classroom ventilation theories to the test – YouTube

Free flu jabs for tamariki aged 3 to 12: Children aged 3 to 12 years old can get a free flu vaccination from their GP, healthcare provider or at most pharmacies from this Friday 1 July. Free flu jabs for tamariki – Ministry of Health

COVID-19 Case Number Update

We have 0 student COVID cases that we are aware of although there are a few families isolating with parents and other siblings who have got COVID.

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 3 - Things Coming Up

Week 1 - 28/7 FoGs Meeting @ the pub 6:30pm.

Week 2 - 2-5/7 Year 5/6 Camp; 4/7 Jump Jam Comp; 5/7 Complex Quiz.

Week 3 - 3 Way Conferences; Math-a-rappa.

Week 4 - BoT Meeting.

Week 5 -

Week 6 -

Week 7 - Y 7&8 Rural Kids North Wai; Y 7&8 Design Tech Starts; AIMS Games.

Week 8 - Y 3&4 Camp Kaitoke; NZ Principal's Conference.

Week 9 - Gladdy's Got Talent; Kids St John's First Aid Courses; School Photos.

Week 10 - Possible Kapa Haka Festival.

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

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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".