Newsletter week 3, Term 1 2023

Term 1 Week 3 - 10th February 2023


Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

Welcome back to East Gore this year.

What a wonderful start we have had across our school. Although everyone is a bit happier the weather has cooled down a bit, after nearly melting in the first week!

All the classes have started their programmes getting to know each other and how they can all be learners in the classrooms. Some of the discussions across the school are very mature from what is a leader and what is a boss... there is quite the difference! To the junior school where they are developing whanau trees to make connections with each other. It is great to see everyone laughing with friends, and learning within all of our classes.

We have a lot of fun things planned this year! Since we haven't been out and about over the last few years, we are planning some trips to different locations around the Gore District. We will be asking for some parent helpers when we have finalised some of our plans... so watch this space for more information closer to the time. First up we have our school athletics day (Friday 24 February), and we look forward hosting you on this day while you cheer on our students while they run, jump and throw their way through the day.

Kia pai tō rā whakata (have a great weekend)

Wendy Kitto


Introducing Our Staff for 2023

Ex Student Visits East Gore

On Tuesday we were lucky to have an ex student of East Gore return to have a look around the school. Lindsay Campbell graduated from East Gore School in 1966 and approximately 4 years later left to join the air force. Lindsay was given an Air Force book as a leavers gift and this sparked his interest and helped make his decision to join the Air Force. He is still in the Royal Australian Air Force with his career spanning 53 years... and he isn't retiring yet!

Lindsay shared stories with the students about the different airplanes he flew in, he shared a story that involved a submarine and his time in an F18 (like the ones in the Maverick movie).

Thanks Lindsay for returning to East Gore to share about your adventures.

Athletics day information

Athletics Day 2023

When: Friday 24th February

Where: East Gore School

Time: 9:30 Events start

Postponement day: Monday 27th Feb or next fine day

If we have to postpone the Athletics Sports, a message will be sent out via our school app and on Facebook. Also on Hokonui (94.8) by 8:15am.

Senior School Sports – Aged 7, 8, 9, 10 year olds

This is the age your child is at 31 December 2022! This is because Eastern and Southland

Athletics use this date for the children. So some children will have already had their

Birthday this year but be competing in the age group below, as their age is taken from

31st December 2022.

9:30 – 12:00ish The senior students will rotate around the field events in the morning

(long jump, high jump, discus, shot put).


Lunch is planned for 12:00 – 12:45pm

Parents, come along and share this wonderful day with your children. You can have a picnic lunch with your children at lunch time. No student should leave the school grounds. There will be a sausage sizzle ($2), We will be looking for a couple of parents to help out

After lunch at approximately 12.45 - 1:00pm we will start the running races.

We will start with the 60m, 100m and conclude with the 200m. This will be run in age groups with heats and then finals of each distance. Some age groups straight finals.

At the conclusion of these races, all senior students can be taken home by a parent. Please send a note along if you want your child to go home with another parent. You must let a teacher know before you take your child home. If you do not wish to take your child home, they will stay at school until 3:00pm as usual.

Junior School Sports – Aged 5 and 6 year olds - 10.00 – 12:30

These students will rotate around Frisbee throw, high jump, long jump and bean bag put. Morning Tea. Relay races (egg & spoon, gumboot etc.) finish with 60m Races on the track. Heats and Finals from 12pm. (These times are approximate)

At the conclusion of these races, all 5 and 6 year olds can be taken home by a parent. Please send a note along if you want your child to go home with another parent. You must let a teacher know before you take your child home. If they are staying on for the senior running they will be supervised by a teacher. At the conclusion of the senior running they will stay at school and be released at 3:00pm as usual.

All children must wear appropriate sports clothes and shoes (gym shoes) on this day instead of their uniform. REMEMBER TO WEAR SUNSCREEN and bring a water bottle.

Sports Notices

Touch term 1

Grades are all mixed, Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and year 5/6,
Fees : $23 per player
Format: 6 weeks of competition
First Games: Thursday 16th February 2023
Last Games: Thursday 23rd March 2023
Entries due by FRIDAY 10th February

Any questions please let me know

Mrs Morton


The signup link for Smash Play is here:

The signup link for Summer Smash Cricket is here:

This covers Friday Night Cricket as well. Players will be able to select Tuesday or Friday as part of completing their registration.

The signup link for Girls Smash is here:

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Term 1 starts - 1 February

Term 1 ends - Thursday 6th April

Term 2 starts - Wednesday 26th April

24th April - Staff training day - school closed

25th April - ANZAC Day - school closed

Term 2 ends - Friday 30th June

Term 3 starts - Monday 17th July

Upcoming events

Feb 13th - BOT meeting

24th Feb - Athletics Day - more info to follow

3rd March - Assembly 2.30pm

7th March - Eastern Athletics

17th March - Assembly 2.30pm

Community Notices

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