Friday 14th October 2022

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Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)

Kia ora e te whānau o te kura o Parakawhara (hello friends & family of Gladstone School). We hope your tamariki have managed to rest up and enjoy the holiday break. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back on Monday for the start of Term 4. This is a quick newsletter update with some important FYI's and reminders of things happening throughout the term.

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We are looking forward to welcoming the following students on Monday:

William McLean; Isla Postuma; Angus Blake; Pippa Giddens; Oscar Neumann; Warner Colman & Leo McLeod.

All of the new entrants will be looking forward to meeting their whānau group buddies:

Longbush: Pippa - Patrick Q; Warner - Olivia O

Maungaraki: William - David

Te Whiti: Isla - Aurora; Leo - Tim; Oscar - Willem

Te Wharau: Angus - Paige McG

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Staffing Update

Lara Hooper has recently completed her teaching qualifications and is ready to step out into the world of relief teaching prior to securing a classroom position in one of our local Wairarapa kura. We will see Lara (Mrs Hooper) regularly in at our kura when she is here for relieving days. We thank Lara for the dedication and time she has put into her role as a teacher aide at Gladstone School and wish her well for her new role as a classroom teacher.

Joining the team for Term 4 is Ali Lang. Ali will be working as a full time teacher aide in Ruamahanga and is already well known to staff and students. We look forward to having Ali here working alongside us.

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Well done to the tracking and trapping team who managed to set a trap and catch the Ōnoke rat over the holidays. Eeeeew yuck! I'm pleased that's one less rat lurking around.


Mel Hansen from the Wairarapa Cricket Association has sent through the following message about the at school cricket coaching sessions on offer in Term 4:

There are currently only 1 Girls registration and 4 in the boys.

If you could please advertise out again, and post on your school facebook page that would be awesome, as I'm sure there are other kids out there that would be keen to do these sessions.

Link to register is here: https://www.playhq.com/new-zealand-cricket/org/wairarapa-cricket-association/1d275d9b/register

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Things Coming Up - Term 4 2022

Week 1

Mon 17/10 - Welcome assembly for new staff & students.

Wed 19/10 - Scarecrow Making (Kourarau 9:00; Ruamahanga 11:15; Ōnoke afternoon); FoGS meeting 6:30pm @ school.

Thurs 20/10 - Pie Deliveries.

Fri 21/10 - Ōnoke Camp Meeting (all caregivers) 8:30am; Pet Day (first events start at 9:30am).

Week 2

Mon 24/10 - Labour Day Public Holiday

Tues 25/10 - BoT Meeting @ 6:30pm

Thurs 27/10 - School photos; NZ Shakeout

Week 3

Mon 31/10 - St Matt's Lion King Production (Ōnoke)

Tues 1/11 - Ruamahanga Shop Day Fundraiser (Students bring $$ to spend).

Wed 2/11 - Ōnoke Parent Camp Helper Meetings 8:00am or 5:00pm

Thurs 3/11 - Cricket World Cup @ Rathkeale

Fri 4/11 - Greats & Grands 1:30pm; Gumboot Day.

Week 4

Wed 9/11 - Carterton Cluster Athletics

Fri 11/11 - Year 7&8 Design Tech Starts; CC Athletics Postponement

Sat 12/11 - Scarecrow Fair

Week 5

Mon 14/11 - Dry classroom based 'Water Skills for Life' sessions

Thurs 17/11 - Ōnoke Gear List 1 & Tent Check

Fri 18/11 - Year 7&8 Design Tech #2

Sun 20/11 - Ōnoke depart on camp from school @ 7am.

Week 6 - Ōnoke Camp all week.

Fri 25/11 - South Wairarapa Athletics.; Ōnoke return approx 2:30pm.

Week 7

Fri 2/12 - Year 7&8 Design Tech #4

Week 8

Wed 7/12 - End of year student reports home.

Fri 9/12 - Last School Assembly for the Year.

Week 9

Wed 14/12 - Year 8 Leavers Dinner 6pm @ The Complex

Thurs 15/12 - Prizegiving Assembly 9:30am @ school.

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Scarecrow Making - this is completed in groups during the day. Teachers of syndicates will have sent out information and a list of things your children need to bring to school. We supply the stockings & crosses. The McGregor family are kindly donating the straw. Scarecrows go up on the school fence.

Pet Day - this is starting at 9:30am on Friday (we decided in 2020 to try a morning event so that the animals don't get so hot and hungry). There will be a coffee cart and Property Brokers are running a sausage sizzle. Any outstanding entry forms or changes need to be to the office by the end of the day on Monday.

Pies - This is a Ruamahanga camp fundraiser & pies can be collected from the hall on Thursday. Please send along named bags or chilly bins to the hall.

School Photos - these are taken by Belinda Pratt. She will be taking family photos before school and then individual, class & year group photos during the day. If you would like to organise a family or sibling shot, please contact Belinda Pratt directly - 027 391 1144 or Belinda@belindapratt.co.nz

Ruamahanga Shop Day - students in Ruamahanga (Y4-6) are planning and running small food and craft stalls to raise money to cover the shortfall of their recent winter camp. Other students in the school are able to bring along some money to spend ($5 - $10 is more than enough) if families would like to participate.

Greats, Grands & Special People - each year we invite Greats, Grands & Special people to come along for the afternoon. During this time students show their chosen people around the school, participate in a game or activity and share afternoon tea. Students are able to go home at the end of the day with their special people or travel home as normal - please communicate arrangements with the office so we can update bus lists accordingly.

Scarecrow Fair - at Pet Day we will have a roster up on a big whiteboard by the gate. Families are asked to volunteer a whānau representative who can take on a role/job during fair day. We rely heavily on the help our school community can offer in order to make the day a success. Please add your whānau names to the list on Pet Day. We will also be sharing an online version once names have been added on Friday. Families are also asked to contribute baking items, plants, white elephant items and a mystery bag item if possible. We do understand that families may not be able to do all of these things - any thing you can manage will be greatly appreciated. Boxes for baking and mystery bag bags will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.

Year 8 Leavers Dinner - each year on the evening before the Prize Giving Assembly, the school hosts a leavers dinner. This dinner is for Year 8 students and 2 invited adult guests (parents, grandparents or special people). It is a formal occasion and whānau do not need to bring anything along. It is held at the Gladstone Complex from 6pm. Year 7 students decorate The Complex prior to the dinner.

Last School Assembly of the Year - this is held on the last Friday of the school year. It is our last assembly and an opportunity to farewell those students not in Year 8 who are moving on to other schools. Whānau are welcome to attend this assembly and it starts at 9:30am in the school hall.

Prize Giving Assembly - this is held on the last day of school and this year will start at 9:30am to allow time for the 21 Year 8 speeches we have this year. We are also planning an intermission - a chance to stretch legs and have a break. At this assembly we acknowledge student achievement with a series of awards & cups. We also farewell our Year 8's, BoT members and any staff who are leaving. Seats are reserved at the front for our Year 8 whānau & invited guests - whānau of students not in Year 8 who are also receiving awards. There is limited space for other family members who wish to attend.

Last Day of School - school finishes at 12:30 on the last day. Occasionally we run a little over time, please be mindful that this may happen. Buses will be running at 12:30 - we will send out an alert if for some reason we are running late.

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Please keep an eye on your app alerts and the school calendar so you can keep up to date with what is happening during what is always a pretty busy term. Whānau of tamariki in Ōnoke need to keep an eye out for the paper 'camp information booklet' that is coming home on Monday. It has an updated itinerary, meeting dates & gear lists among other things. We will also be sending out an electronic copy via the app.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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Reminder: 2022 Wairarapa Schools Photography Competition

If you are interested in entering this year please email Mrs Douglas your photo(s) by the end of week 1, Term 4. Might be a good holiday project if you are keen.

The categories this year are:

STILL LIFE - The term “still life” describes a work of art that shows inanimate objects from the natural or man-made world – things that are ‘still’ and don’t move.

Items may include;

  • Fruit, toys, baskets or bowls,
  • Natural items such as food, flowers, plants, rocks, shells
  • Man-made items such as jewellery, coins, books, pens etc

SHAPES – Geometric photography can be defined as a type of photography that emphasizes capturing unique shapes, lines, and other forms to create a particular perspective within the photo.

Shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, and others can be used as benchmarks in taking a photo.

Shapes can be found in architecture, in nature, in food and drink, providing the main focal point is the shape the options are unlimited!

Entry levels for each category are:
Group 1: Years 1 and 2
Group 2: Years 3 and 4
Group 3: Years 5 and 6
Group 4: Years 7 and 8


  • Only 1 entry in each category per student.
  • Entries must be taken by the student.
  • All entries must be a photo taken in 2022.
  • Written permission must be obtained for use of personal images. e.g. portraits. This information must be held by the school.
  • Image size must be at least 1 MB. This will make images reproducible. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format.
  • Images can be submitted in colour or black and white.
  • Images can be cropped but cannot be digitally altered in any other way.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.



  • Convey a message
  • Have an easily understood meaning or message. (Make your subject obvious, take time to choose a focal point for your image that will help portray its meaning to the viewer.)
  • Have good composition (Use techniques such as rule of thirds; foreground; background; balance and order to draw the viewers eye through your image and to the main focal point)
  • Show one or more of the elements (pattern, line, colour, light)
  • Demonstrate awareness of angle; frame and/or macro
  • Be a large size (e.g. at least 1 MB), as images will be viewed on a screen for judging (check size)
  • Be saved in jpeg file format
  • Be named using the title of the photo and the name of the photographer, school, level and category.

The judge looks at the form and feel of the image, the techniques that were used, the presentation, and the composition. A judge observes the work as a whole, without breaking it down into parts. Technical considerations, composition, lighting, and impact are key considerations.

FoGS Update

Reminder: Plant Stall - Gearing Up For A Bumper Year

Our plant stall has gained quite the following over the years, but we need plenty of plants in order to maintain it’s stellar reputation! All types of plants sell well - veges, herbs, shrubs, flowers and natives - we’ll take any you can spare! We’ve also found garden pots and ornaments are popular, as well as indoor plants - any cuttings gratefully received. Message Kat on 022 425 7760 if you need any potting mix or pots, or if you’d like some help with potting up. Similarly, if you have plants potted up but don’t want to look after them until November, let us know and we’ll take care of them for you.

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Reminder: Community Scarecrow Making

This year the Scarecrow Fair theme is 'Space'. Get your friends and neighbours organised to start creating community scarecrows. We'd love to see them popping up any time from now on. This year there will be a major prize for the winning entry and we'd love to do a push on community involvement to amp up our revitalised scarecrow drive.

Reminder: Year 1-4 Future Ferns Netball

Netball Wairarapa are running the FutureFerns programme Term 4 for Year 1 and 2 and Year 3 and 4. This is for both girls and boys. It will be played on Tuesday after school at Colombo Road Netball Courts. It is 6 weeks long starting Tuesday 25th October to Tuesday 30th November. Year 1-2 games are 3.45pm and Year 3-4 games are 4.30pm.

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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