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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 6, Term 3, 2021. 3/9/21.

Te Karere a te Tumuaki - Principal's Message

Kia ora e te whānau. Another Friday rolls around and you may be feeling a little flat and a bit over our current situation - hang in there! We really do thank you all for doing your best to keep things on the straight and narrow while you're trying to work with kids at home. The image below sums up how many of you are feeling. We are counting down the days until we can have everyone back at school - 'come on level 2'!

Our recent student teacher - Merryn Hamilton, finished up during lockdown. We look forward to farewelling her properly once school resumes. Thank you Merryn for the wonderful job you did in Kourarau.

Read on further down the newsletter to catch up with the latest BoT news. If you'd like a challenge this weekend, have a go at our 'Guess the Staff Baby Pic' competition. Entries are due in on Monday afternoon, 5pm.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and look out for our COVID level updates on the school app once Cabinet has met on Monday.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

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Week 6 Assembly

Thanks Olivia, Saorise, Annie and Māhinarangi - what a super cool assembly you have put together. Good job to everyone that was involved, there was certainly a heap of prep work happening behind the scenes. Well done if you had a item included in the assembly. It's worth a watch if you get time today or over the weekend - check out the link below.

Ako Certificate Awards

Ka pai, well done to: Asa McPheat; Mya Corkill; Jaelyn Fraser; Jack Cates; Jack McGregor; Troy McGregor; Cooper Brady; Shylah Charters; Jackson Homes; Olivia Church & Tom Nicol. This cool crew of tamariki were presented with Ako (teaching and learning) certificates this week.

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Kourarau Zoo Zoom

Thanks to the team at Wellington Zoo who 'zoomed' in with Kourarau on Thursday. It was cool to see what the animals are up to over lockdown. The zoom also inspired a cool penguin video from the Wilkinson whānau - check it out below.

Check out this cool article by the Enviroschools team:

Message from the BoT

We are over halfway through the school year and as a Board are very happy with how the students' learning is tracking. The new literacy programme our teachers implemented at the beginning of the year is showing promising results already after only 2 terms. We are also happy that several projects around school have been completed so far this year, such as the Kourarau storage shed and the recent working bee which saw huge amounts of work done in the embankment, orchard, and bike track areas. Thank you to all the staff, parents and families that helped at the working bee - without you our children would not have such an amazing playground to thrive in.

There is always a lot going on behind the scenes with the BoT and any news is incorporated into the weekly school newsletter thanks to Mrs Bunny who does an amazing job of keeping everyone informed. In particular each term we seek parent feedback on the school policies that are up for review for that term. The links to these policies are included in the weekly newsletter for you and we really appreciate any feedback we receive.

We are very lucky to have such a dedicated leadership team and staff at Gladstone School. They have all taken the challenge of converting over to online learning confidently and systematically. Thank you for your time and commitment during Lockdown handling all the COVID disruptions.


The BoT would like to acknowledge and thank FoGS members for their continued fundraising efforts. FoGS is made up of a small but extremely productive and dedicated group of parents that contribute their time, effort and expertise to FoGS for the benefit of Gladstone School and the community. Many projects at Gladstone would not be possible without their contributions for which we are very grateful. In the last year FoGS raised over $60,000. These funds have, or will, fully fund or contribute to the following:

* teacher aides for each syndicate

* kapa haka tutor costs

* literacy resources

* Kourarau storage shed for play based learning equipment

* hall insurance

* Matific and Steps learning programmes

* Kourarau 'All Weather Screens '

A huge thank you FoGS!

Community survey

Towards the end of Term 3 we will be sending out our annual Community Survey. Please keep an eye out for this survey. We would love to have lots of responses!

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.

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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). NB camp will depend on alert levels. We will keep you informed.

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.

Upcoming Events - Depending on Alert Levels.

  • Onesie Day: Friday 3rd September.
  • Production: This has been moved to Term 4. Dates TBA.
  • Onoke Camp: Monday 20th - Friday 24th September.

Other school dates are to be confirmed.

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.

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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.