Week 4, T4 2022

11/11/22 - He Pānui Wiki Wha Whānga Tuawha

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Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)

We continue to build up into the term with this weeks focus largely being on the Scarecrow Fair happening tomorrow. We continue to be so grateful to all of you out there who are tirelessly working behind the scenes to pitch in and help out. A big shout out also goes to the many, many workplaces and businesses who have yet again donated goods and services. Aroha mai koutou.

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Staffing Update

On behalf of the BoT, I would like to extend our congratulations to Becky Corkill and Kate Head who have been successful in obtaining permanent appointments at Gladstone School. Becky will continue on for 2023 in her 0.8 position in Ruamahanga, and Kate her 0.5 position in Ōnoke. We are all delighted to have them both on board.

It is with deep sadness that I can now advise you all that there will be a change in staffing in Ruamahanga next year. Caitlin Peterson has taken up a position at Wainuioru School, beginning in January 2023.

Caitlin is a wonderful teacher and she will be missed by us all. We wish Caitlin well for her start at Wainuioru and look to enjoy what is left of the term with her.

Our appointments process has started and we will be actively seeking a permanent replacement for Caitlin. An advertisement will be published in the Education Gazette on Monday and we hope to appoint a suitable candidate by the beginning of Week 8 of this term. Once we have done this, we will let you know.

Ōnoke have been busy getting prepped and ready to go for camp. This week groups were busy with tent set ups - lots of laughs and lots of learning. By the end of camp week, the kids will all be masters at setting & packing up their tents.

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Check out the awesome Mid Day Monster Auction list for tomorrow. There are a couple of packages to add so watch this space for the final list which will be handed out at the fair. A huge thanks to our sponsors, business groups and families who have donated prizes.

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Scarecrow Fair Reminders

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the Fair. Thanks very much again to all of our helpers, it's a real pulling together of the whole community.

Scarecrow Fair Pamper Vouchers C/- Genevieve Bayliss

FOGS have a limited number of $20 pamper vouchers, which entitle the purchaser to have a mini facial for themselves and a friend with all proceeds going to our school. Treat yourself or purchase as a gift. Payment can be made to the main FOGS account 12-3290-0004707-000. Please collect your vouchers from Kirstan at the office and leave your name and contact details with her. Enjoy!

Values Focus This Week

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Our tamariki and kaiako have been super busy focussing on their ako and we are delighted with the progress everyone is making. Keep an eye on nation wide work in the Curriculum Refresh space. We will be running workshops next year to help whānau make sense of the changes coming our way. If you would like to have a sneak peak - the curriculum refresh website is linked below.

Ngā manaakitanga,


In March 2022, the content for the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories, for the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum and Te Takanga o Te Wā for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa was launched.

To make Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories and Te Takanga o Te Wā a formal part of the national curriculum, a notice was issued on 27 October in Te Kāhiti o Aotearoa | The New Zealand Gazette under section 90 of the Education and Training Act 2020. This notice will come into effect on 1 January 2023 and ensures that schools and kura have legal obligations (through section 164) to begin teaching the Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories content.

For The New Zealand Curriculum, Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories is being added to the social sciences learning area. To find out more about the changes go to our website:

Changes to The New Zealand Curriculum – Curriculum Refresh

Ngā mihi mō tō huritau - Best wishes for your birthday!

Rā whānau to everyone who has had a birthday recently and coming up this weekend.
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Thanks to Lizzie & Annie for running this weeks assembly. You did a great job. Our 'Whetu o te Wiki' (stars of the week) are Lily Tomlin; Koby Klue; Sophie Beetham; Aiden Edwards & Maddie Nicol. These awesome tamariki receive this week's award for representing Gladstone School so superbly well when asked to speak to a visitor about what happens at our kura.

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Well done to these awesome students who received syndicate awards from their teachers: Daxton Osmond-Pitt; Ella Strang; Aidan King; Willem Mebus; Riley France; Sidney Mason; Jacob Cubitt; Harry James; Sienna Cosgrove; Alex Wenger.

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We were delighted to have a visit from Carterton Rotary representatives Alan & Sheila Butler who have kindly donated fabulous dictionaries to our Year 4 students. We are grateful every year for this generous gesture, it really makes a difference to their classroom learning.

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School Action This Week

ANZH (Aotearoa NZ Histories) - Weekly Kōrero

2022 Garden Shield Winners - Gladstone School! Amazing! Last time we won it was in 1950. Our challenge now is to hold onto it for a couple of years. Well done and thank you to Troy McGregor; Evie Dick; Joel Douglas; Neela Rogers; Isla Thomson & Jack Cates for presenting the history of the 'Challenge (Garden) Shield'.

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Garden Shield History


On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have won the Garden School Challenge Shield. Today we are going to share with you the history of this shield, where the gardening challenge started and what is involved in competing in this competition.


The school gardening competition started in 1906 (that’s 116 years ago). The shield was presented to the A & P society by W.C Buchanan and H.R.Bunny (a relative of Mrs Bunny’s husband). The trophy was to be awarded to the school who had the best agricultural plot or garden in the whole of South Wairarapa. Gladstone School was the very first school to win the shield in 1906. The following year the shield was won by Clareville school and then Gladstone won the next 5 garden challenges. Lots of different schools took part in the challenge, many of which have since closed down. Since these schools have closed down there are lots of new schools that have started.


Schools competed in this competition until 1964 (that’s 58 years) before the challenge shield disappeared. In 2011 Coral Atchison who was new to the area heard about this wonderful trophy that had been discovered in a cupboard at the Clareville A&P showgrounds. She loved the idea of this competition and decided she would start it up again. She spoke to the schools in the South Wairarapa and asked them to support her to make this possible. The competition restarted in 2012. In the first year, Clareville Garden Centre & Nursery gave each school a starter pack of seeds. In 2020 Garden Barn began sponsoring the competition, giving plants and seeds to the participating schools.


For the first 5 years $500 was generously donated by John Bunny to the winning school, along with the privilege of holding the shield for the year. The Rotary Club of Carterton also awarded $100 as a 2nd prize, and $100 as a third prize. This money could be spent however the school wanted to.


Members of the Carterton Garden Club judge the competition in November every year. Lots of schools get help from parents, grandparents and other members of their community to help them with their gardens. There is always lots of great learning going on. We learn to not only grow plants and vegetables, but also how to plan and record our progress. We learn to cook and share our products and take lots of photos to share with the judges in our garden shield journal.

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Some of the things other students have done with their produce includes making baked cauliflower and soups, making Ribena fruit drink, elderflower cordial and growing lots of different vegetables and fruit. Some schools also grow swan plants for butterflies and sunflowers. “Worm wine” is a great product that some schools sell at their school galas. Making pesto is another favourite activity.


Teaching students to gather seeds for the next year’s crop helps us learn more about the plants and helps us make plans for next year. We are looking forward to teaching some of the year 4s all about the work that we do and help them to become the experts so they can then teach others in years to come.


We are super excited to have won the shield this year as the last time Gladstone School won was in 1950. That’s before your parents and maybe even your grandparents were born.

Collection of Parakawhara (Gladstone) Stories

We add a new story each week. Please remember that you are welcome and encouraged to send through stories that can be shared with our tamariki.

Term 3 - Things Coming Up

Please note the change in the date for the Carterton Schools Athletics - it is now in Week 5 on Tuesday the 15th of November.

Week 4

Sat 12/11 - Scarecrow Fair, 9:30 am start.

Week 5

Tues 15/11 - Carterton Cluster Athletics (note change of date).

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.

Reminder - FoGS Lunch Helpers: Next Monday the 14th November - Suzy Beetham

Please find a direct link to our Whānau Calendar below. It can also be accessed via the app and the school website.

School Docs - School Policy & Procedures

This term parents are asked to review our 'Student Safety Policies'. 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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