Week 5, T3 2022
26/8/22 - He Pānui Wiki Rima, Whānga Tuatoru
Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)
Another big shout out to everyone on the ground at school. This is certainly one of the most testing terms we have had since the pandemic began with regards to rolling staff and student absences given there is so much illness around. This combined with a shortage of relievers, I think we are doing well to be keeping things moving along. A huge thanks to everyone for managing the constant juggling and re-juggling that goes on behind the scenes. A big acknowledgement to to our kids and their whānau for coping so well with last minute changes. All of that said, we are trying hard to keep things as 'normal' as possible while maintaining our focus on Team Gladdy hauora (wellbeing) and student progress/achievement. Keep up the great work everyone.
We only have 1 staff case (me - Belinda), 1 student case and a couple of HHC's. The larger illness factor seems to be the persistent tummy bug that keeps looping around. Thank you for keeping your children home for 48h after symptoms have stopped. If students are feeling well enough, they can access their learning from home. A reminder that our 'Distance Learning' plan with links to resources can be found below and on the app. You are also encouraged to check with your child's kaiako (teacher) to check what's online - google classroom, seesaw etc...
As many of you will be aware, we have taken out the large gum trees on the south-eastern corner of the school boundary. The trees have recently been shedding limbs and this has created a health and safety risk. Luckily the team from 360 Logging & contractor SR & KM Logging, have been working down the road and agreed to take the trees down for us as a great rate. We now have an opportunity to make back the money spent on getting them taken down, as well as fundraising through the selling of split firewood. We understand that the longer the logs are left, the harder it is to ring and split. If anyone in the school community is keen to lead this project and help organise some working bee's please let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be discussing options at both our FoGs and BoT meetings.
Values Focus This Week
Community Consultation Online - Now & In Person - Thursday 29th September (while the mid winter disco is happening). There is now an opportunity for you to respond to the ANZ Histories Curriculum - local stories component; our Health Curriculum delivery & programmes; our Camp programmes and costs etc; and our Sun Smart Policy. Please see the link to our information & survey below. Responses can also be emailed in or delivered in person on the 29th of September.
Well done and thanks to Lucy Orsborn and Hannah Beetham for running this week's assembly. I watched it online and thought you did a great job - loved the general knowledge questions. Congratulations to: the tracking & trapping team - Troy McGregor; Corben Schischka; Joel Douglas & Fergus McGuinness who are our 'Whetu o te Wiki - Stars of the Week'. The group has continued to work hard both on their own and alongside our Enviroschools facilitator Gill Stewart.
Well done to the following students who have been recognised by their teachers for either displaying ako - excellent progress in their learning or teaching others: Hannah Beetham; Jay Kawana-Reid; Lachie Macdougall; Juno Fuller; Monty Murnane; Archie Ashby; Logan Mason; Mia Hodder; Harry James; Mia Gleeson; Nirvana Charters and Lucy McKay.
Rā Whanau to our Birthday Tamariki
Scratch (Coding) Masterclass
It was fantastic to have students from Kuranui College teaching our students all about the coding programme Scratch. Everyone had a bunch of fun and we especially liked the growing connection we have with Kuranui. Ka pai.
Well done to those tamarki who auditioned for Gladdy's Got Talent. Mr Brown has let you know if you are through. Syndicates are also busy practicing their group items and we will let you know when tickets go on sale.
Have a great weekend & I look forward to catching up with everyone on Monday.
Onesie Day - Next Friday the 2nd of September. Bring in a gold coin donation & wear your onsie to support this worthy cause.
School Action This Week
What a cool idea - Kourarau Whānau put together this awesome baby libaray.
Embankment planing continues.
Thanks to the Post Whānau for the new sandpit spades.
Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson
Another huge shout out to Enviroschools who have donated plants purchased from the Wainuioru Community Nursery. A big thank you once again to Gill Stewart from Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui for thinking of us.
FoGS Lunch Helpers
Keep an eye out for the new app release. Watch the linked video below for more information.
Term 3 - Things Coming Up
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; Dance Splash.
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.
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".