Week 6, Term 1 2022

11/3/22 - He Pānui Wiki Ono, Whānga Tuatahi

Kia Ora Koutou (Hi Everyone)

Every week we roll through another set of changes - thank you all for being so supportive during this process. Last night I shared via the app the latest information from the MoE/MoH regarding isolation requirements and contact tracing. We will continue to do this as updates come to hand.


Welcome to the Richardson whānau. Aurora (Y7); Ruby (Y6) & Morgan (Y3) started at school this week. It is wonderful to have you as part of 'Team Gladdy' and we hope you enjoy your time with us.

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We also have our first positive student case - that brings our total to 3 (1 staff, 1 contractor, 1 student). It is likely case numbers will increase from here on in. Please monitor for symptoms and test if feeling unwell.


Mask wearing continues to be a key line of defence in the middle/senior rooms. Please see that you are sending your children to school with a supply of masks. Masks are readily available at supermarkets and The Warehouse. We do have masks for emergencies but are not in a position to supply the whole school. This is important, especially over the next couple of weeks. We have suggested a packet of masks in school bags would be a good idea.

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If you didn't get the chance to watch Dr Chris Bowden's presentation, we have linked it again here. Well worth a watch if you can spare an hour over the weekend.

Values Focus This Week

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Buses - we feel your frustration on a number of different levels. We are trying everything we can to remedy the size of the buses being provided, confirmation of the pick up times, extension of the Te Kopi route and other matters. We are actively trying to get solutions to all of these problems and understand the urgency of the matters. Updates will go out via the app as and when they become available.


Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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Help for whānau who are self-isolating

If you know any whānau who need extra support while they are self-isolating because of COVID-19, Work and Income may be able to help.

Visit the Work and Income website and use their online form to let them know how they can help.

Many people will be able to self-isolate with help from whānau, family and friends, but there is help available for whānau who need it.

If help is needed, they may be able to get:

  • money to pay for urgent and essential costs, like food, medicine, and some bills
  • things that are needed to be delivered.

Hui - Assembly

Thanks very much to Joey & Thomas for running a great assembly today. We liked the just dance addition.

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Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

Ali Lang & Toby Wilkinson (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).


Annie Heffernan & Tim Berryman (Ōnoke). Zoe Cates; Robert McWilliam & Ayla Longstaff (Ruamahanga). James Strang & Harper Ashby (Kourarau).

Ōnoke Patuna Chasm

Thanks to Alan and the team at Patuna Farm Adventures for hosting our Ōnoke trip on Wednesday. We had perfect weather and so much fun - it was wonderful to feel 'normal'. A huge thanks to the parents that were able to come on the trip to provide transport and supervision.

Gladstone-Wainuioru Hockey 2022 Sign Up Form

If you would like your child to play hockey in the 2022 winter season, please fill in the attached form. Any questions, please contact gladwaihockey@gmail.com.

FoGS Lunches - Monday 14th March: Fiona McKeown

Please contact Liz Mason to volunteer to help prepare lunches on a Monday (027 840 0700).
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YMCA School Holiday Programme

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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".
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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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