Week 5, T2 2022

3/6/22 - He Pānui Wiki Rima, Whānga Tuarua

Tālofa lava (Hello)

Happy long weekend koutou (everyone) - for those of you with whānau (family) members who are under the weather it will be a welcome break. There seems to be a wide range of winter ills and chills going around at the moment and we appreciate you all keeping in touch with the school to let us know how our tamarki (children) are.

It is also Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoan Language Week. The week celebrates the third most spoken language in New Zealand. In 2022, it runs from Sunday 29 May to Saturday 4 June. We encourage you to try some Sāmoan Language at home this weekend.

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The Carterton Cluster Cross Country event held here at Gladstone School on Wednesday was an excellent day out. Thanks to those of you who were able to come down and support our tamariki. The weather was touch and go at one point however it managed to fine up and be warm for the races. We extend our thanks to Graham Brown for organising a very well run event, to Grantly Booth for allowing us to use his paddock for parking, Anthony Fraser for manning the parking, Tanya Klue for recording, Damian Karena for track maintenance and our dedicated group of parents who ran the sausage sizzle and provided baking. We were impressed to see tamariki putting in their best efforts and have a large contingent going through to the Wairarapa Cross Country on Tuesday the 14th of June.

Well done to the following students who are part of the team going to the Wairarapa Cross Country Event (Years 4-8 students who were placed in the top 10): Rosie Falloon; Lauren James; Lyra Alexander; Genevieve Taylor; Keira Wither; Charlie Ashby; Declan Groen-Paku; Lachie Macdougall; Henry McKay; Blake McGregor; Jay Kawana-Reid; Arthur Wildy; Hannah Douglas; Ayla Longstaff; Ella Strang; Evie Dick; Alice Thompson; Zoe Cates; Michael Quirke; Hugo Wilkinson; Ben Freeman; Cooper Davies; Aiden Edwards; Harvey James; Olivia Orsborn; Sophie Beetham; Juno Fuller; Neela Rogers; Joel Douglas; Monty Murnane; Joey Williams; Tim Berryman; Lily Tomlin; Hannah Beetham; Lucy Orsborn; Rosie Walters; Saoirse Doyle; Annie Heffernan & Michaela Delves.

Here are some lovely pieces of writing from our friends at MPS.

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We had the lovely David McKay & John Partridge for taking time out of their busy day to turn our chicken coop around. We really appreciate it. Our job now is to get the chickens laying in their fancy abode & not out in the never never.

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We were delighted to receive a $1,000 grant from the team at Enviroschools & Earthwise. The grant is being used to set up a school beehive & purchase the necessary equipment. We aim to educate our students about bees and eventually supply honey to our community. This is what the facilitators had to say:

After careful consideration, in collaboration with our partners at Earthwise, we are excited to let you know that your project has been chosen as one of 16 projects to support in 2022.

The team at Earthwise said they feel very humbled that they can help make some of these amazing projects come to life. “A standout idea to not only teach children about the importance of bees but also how they contribute to nature. Great to see the idea not just involving the school but also have a positive impact on the community.”

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Next week is 'Support Staff Week' and we will be celebrating all the mahi that our fabulous support staff put in each and every day. The image above is spot on "Schools Couldn't Run Without You" - if you see Kirstan Norman; Chrissy Webb; Julie Nunn; Lara Hooper; Rachel Nicol or Clinton Homes, give them a big shout out!

Values Focus This Week

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We appreciate the manaakitanga being displayed towards staff as we plug gaps in staffing. Amy Strang has been amazing in the office while Kirstan has been away as have our TA's and teachers who have covered when and where needed this week - it feels much like a game of twister at the moment.

Nga manaakitanga,


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Scarecrow Fair Auction

We still need someone to come on board to oversee the Auction at the November Scarecrow Fair. Please contact principal@gladstone1.school.nz if you are able to assist with the auction.

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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COVID-19 Case Number Update

We have 1 staff case and 3 current student cases of COVID in our school that we know of. Please continue to test regularly if someone in your household is presenting with symptoms and advise the school of any positive result.


Thanks very much to Patrick Quirke & Aidan King for running assembly this week. You did a fabulous job & we really liked your slideshow - well done.


Malo lava (well done) to the following people who received certificates today:

Aiden Edwards; Christa Ashby & Graham Brown (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).

George Mason; James Gardner; Aurora Richardson; Will Irwin; Aiden Harris; Alex McDonald; Sophia Tosswill; Jacob Cubitt; Wyatt Halliday; Maddie Nicol & William Thompson (syndicate certificates).

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

Weeks 3 to 7 - Small Sticks Hockey (Tuesdays). The facilitator was sick this week so sessions will start next Tuesday.

Week 5 - Cluster Cross Country @ Gladstone School. Wednesday 1st June.

Week 6 - Footsteps Dance (W6-10 Tuesdays) - now starting on the 14th of June.

Week 7 - Wairarapa Cross Country (Tuesday 14th June). North Wairarapa Y7&8 Day.

Week 8 - Matariki Star Gazing Sessions 22nd/23rd June

Week 9 - Matariki Whānau Group Activities Day Monday 27th June.

Year 8 Kuranui College Open Day - Thursday 9th June.

A bus will leave Gladstone School at 8:50am to bring students to Kuranui College. The bus will depart Kuranui College at 2:30pm and return back to Gladstone School. If you have any questions please contact Graham Brown - graham@gladstone1.school.nz

Gladstone Church Mid Winter Service

5 p.m. the 19th of June - please bring torches. Gold coin entry. Everyone welcome.

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.

Message from the DHB

As you will be aware, the health system is facing a challenging time ahead. As a community, we have a predicated 2nd wave of Omicron across the country during July to September and a variant of the Influenza virus that is already in the Wairarapa. Therefore, with the potential for other health issues across the community due to winter on top of these higher profile viruses, the DHB would like to support where ever it can. Please reach out to us for additional information on staying well this winter.

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Poto College House

I would like to introduce myself as the new Manager at Poto College House, the boarding hostel for Wairarapa College.

We are the only co-educational boarding facility in the Wairarapa and we are taking enrolments for 2023 now. We offer affordable boarding to our Wairarapa community and beyond and we support sporting, cultural and academic excellence.

The College and Poto House are holding an open night on Wednesday 8 June from 6pm – 8.30 pm and we would love to see your year 8’s and their parents here and we ask that, if possible you advertise this in your school newsletters.

If your students are unable to attend on the 8th but are keen to know more about Poto College House please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be very willing to come and visit your school to chat with your young people, or organise a private tour of the hostel facilities with them and their parents.

Sue Wallis


027 279 1962

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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.