Week 3, T2 2022

20/5/22 - He Pānui Wiki Toru, Whānga Tuarua

Tēnā koutou i tēnei ahiahi (good afternoon/evening everyone).

It has been fantastic to see so many things happening this week. The week has started and finished with 'Bully Free Week' - nice to see so many people supporting 'Pink Shirt Day'. Jess from Hockey Wairarapa started Small Sticks on Tuesday and Mrs Hooper got the Jump Jam practices underway. We had our Year 7&8 basketball team in action on Wednesday evening at Kuranui College; a Year 5&6 as well as a year 7&8 rippa rugby team playing down in Carterton; the Gladdy netball team had a training session with the Pulse and 'Outdoor Classroom Day' on Thursday. The weather played its part beautifully for all of our week's events including Wednesday and Thursday cross country training.

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As you know Sophie Mitchell is taking parental leave from the 12th of September. We are delighted to announce that Caryn Vorster will be doing Sophie's parental leave cover in Kourarau Syndicate. We welcome Caryn to our team. Caryn is very familiar with our school as she is often here relieving.

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Our fabulous pie fundraiser was a real hit - a massive thanks to the parents who were able to come down and help sort the pies (Trish Edwards; Fiona McKeown; Sarah McGregor; Nadia Withers & Amy Strang. As well as Liz Mason for organising the fundraiser on behalf of FoGS. Thanks also to everyone who purchased pies - you've made the school $1139.39). Great to see the seniors pitching in to help load the empty boxes.

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We will be donating $100 to the 'Pink Shirt Day' organisation - super cool to see so much pink around the school to support this great cause.
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Another big 'shout out' to Andy Anderson for delivering 6 lovely new chickens that have been donated by his neighbour Paul Reid. The new chooks are settling in well. The kids are loving them & have been busy giving each a name along with some tender loving care.

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We look forward to seeing those that can make it on Sunday. We are starting with a working bee at 10, followed by the opportunity to have a walk through the classrooms, picnic lunch (BYO kai) and a cricket match to christen the new cricket pitch. We will be planting harakeke (flax) up in the mountain bike track, spread the new playground bark around, weed the gardens etc.. A list will be up on the wall by the office.

Values Focus This Week

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Outdoor Classroom Day

We are delighted to be getting kapa haka up and running as of next Monday. The very talented Keepa Smith from Hurunui-o-Rangi will be leading the sessions. Keepa has recently returned from Sydney and has spent his life participating in and tutoring kapa haka, polygroups, music, song and dance. We are super excited to have him on board here at Gladstone School. Students will be going for 1/2 hour sessions in their syndicates.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday and our Year 3/6 parents next Wednesday for our transition evenings.

Nga manaakitanga,



Information has gone out about the upcoming Year 5/6 and Year 7/8 camps. Look our for Year 3/4 details on Seesaw this afternoon. Please email Belinda (principal@gladstone1.school.nz) if your whānau needs some financial assistance or a payment plan. We absolutely want to see all of our tamariki going on camp with their classmates so please talk to Belinda so we can work something out - confidentiality assured. In Term 3 we will be sending home a quick whānau survey to find out how our school families feel about A. going on camps; B. for how long; C. what's an affordable 'ceiling' etc... As a school/BoT we reviewed our Health & PE curriculum (including EOTC) in 2021 and agreed upon the camp progression. We will review things again in Term 3 and would welcome your thoughts.

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FoGS (Friends of Gladstone School) are busy planning for their next fundraising event - catering a school reunion function. On this occasion the best way we can help FoGS is to either offer to help with food preparation or to donate a small amount of money (if you are able) to the FoGS account for the purchase of ingredients - money donations please by Monday 30th of May. If you are able to help with food preparation please email: rachel@gladstone1.school.nz.

Fogs account 12 3290 0004707 00

Date: Saturday 4th June

Venue: Gladstone Complex

Scarecrow Fair Cake Stall & Auction

We are still in need for people to oversee and organise both the Cake Stall and Auction at the November Scarecrow Fair. Please contact principal@gladstone1.school.nz if you are able to assist with either of these roles.

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson


We are aware that there are concerns around the Cavelands pick up point. Please pass these concerns onto both ourselves (graham@gladstone1.school.nz) and GoBus. We are continuing to work with GoBus on an extension of this route down towards Manaia Road - as soon as we have an outcome, we will let you know.

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COVID-19 Case Number Update

We have 1 current student case of COVID in our school that we know of. Please continue to test regularly if someone in your household is presenting with symptoms. We do have a tummy bug doing the rounds - students need to stay home for 48hours after the last symptom has presented itself.


Thanks very much to Noah & Willem for running assembly this week. You did a fabulous job - thank you.


Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

William Thompson & Lily Tomlin (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).

Hugo Wilkinson; Levi Kokx; Edith Mason; Eddie Gardner; Willem Mebus; Hunter Garwith; Michael Nip; Olivia Palmer; Keira Wither; Deegan Nolan; Frances Williams; Roczen Nolan (syndicate certificates).

Well done to Ruby (above) for writing a fantastic persuasive argument about why kids should play sport. We have been impressed with the persuasions our tamariki have been writing - oh and no, I'm not changing my mind about Pokemon Cards!

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 4 - Parent Transition Information Meetings (Y3 moving to Y4 @ 5:30pm; Y6 moving to Y7 @ 6:00pm). Wednesday 25th May. If you need to have someone supervise your children while you attend the meetings, please bring them along and we will sort the supervision.

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

Week 6 - Footsteps Dance (W6-10 Tuesdays)

Week 7 - Wairarapa Cross Country (Tuesday 14th June).

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

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

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.

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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.