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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 8 Term 4, 2021. 10/12/21

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). Today we had our final whole school assembly for the year. It was an emotional but lovely send off for 6 of our fabulous students who are moving on to other schools:

Y7 Māhinarangi Rutene - Puketapu School in New Plymouth

Y7 Kandy Neal-Norman - Solway College

Y6 Phoebe James - Solway College

Y6 Lily Butler - St Matthews

Y6 Thomas Herrick - Hadlow

Y3 Spencer Herrick - Hadlow

We thank you for your contributions to Gladstone School and wish you all a fantastic start next year and hope that you continue to keep in touch.

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We also farewelled 5 of our wonderful staff members who are finishing fixed term contracts. Amy Strang and Paula Dick have worked tirelessly as Teacher Aides; Kim Reid & Suzy Beetham have worked as release teachers and Sarah Blake has been a 0.5 beginning teacher in Ruamahanga. We thank all of these lovely ladies for their time, effort and commitment to the school We hope to see Kim, Suzy & Sarah back next year in a day to day relieving capacity.

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Micaela Westrupp is nearing the end of an 8 year stint at Gladstone School. As you know, Micalea is taking up a position as team leader at Puketapu School in New Plymouth. Micaela has been instrumental in leading the school through te aō Maori; Technology; Mapping; Growth Mindset; Literacy & Neurodiverse-friendly practices. We thank Micaela very much for her commitment to Gladstone School and wish her all the best for her move to Taranaki.

Students created a korowai and book for Micaela that was presented to her at assembly this morning.

Personal Message From Whaea Micaela

Mihi nui te whānau,

After an emotional farewell at this morning's final whole school assembly, I'd like to take this opportunity to say what I couldn't say through my tears earlier. Us teacher's take our jobs very seriously. They aren't jobs as such but more vocations, which makes us tied emotionally to what we do. As I start the process of moving to Taranaki whenua, I'd like to acknowledge that Gladstone has been an incredible experience on my teaching journey and I haven't taken it lightly to have been entrusted with your tamariki. This school has been a refuge, a tough learning curve, a caring and supportive environment and quite simply an absolute delight to teach in. Undoubtedly, it has been a treat to teach on the whenua of ngā hapū o Hurunui-o-Rangi and I acknowledge their ongoing support towards Gladstone School and their tautoko of Māhinarangi and I.

The staff here are incredible and I can say hand on heart that the students here are lucky to have time with these educators and the amazing programmes in place. I say that from the perspective of a teacher but also a parent. Thank you to each person who has contributed to Māhinarangi's journey here, to her teachers, to her classmates and friends. For myself, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to work here and with amazing people.

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini -

Success is not the work of one alone, but the work of many.

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Thank you to George & Olivia for planning and running a superb Christmas-themed assembly. You did a great job and we all had a lot of fun. Well done to the following students who received certificates this week: Thomas Anderson; Arie Butler; Māhinarangi Rutene; Hannah Beetham; Logan Hanson; Keira Wither; Aiden Harris; Olivia Palmer; Harry James & Patrick Quirke. We are proud of your efforts.

Link To A Video Of Our Final Whole School Assembly

The video is also available to view on our school Facebook page.

We had 35 birthday people today and our pano photo didn't really turn out so apologies for that. We hope you all have a happy holiday birthday. A big thanks to everyone who surprised me with a lovely birthday cake, confetti & happy birthday wishes at assembly. Such a lovely surprise!

Student reports are being sent home on Monday. Please let us know if you would like a digital copy emailed out from Tuesday onwards - principal@gladstone1.school.nz. It is a great way of sharing reports with grandparents and whānau who live away. Also enclosed in the envelope is a copy of the BoT survey analysis and feedback. Belinda Pratt hopes to have school photographs ready for delivery early next week. We will let you know when we have them.

The 'Y8 Farewell & Prize-Giving Assembly' is taking place at 10:00am on Wednesday the 15th of December - invited guests only. Reminders about protocols will come home on Monday.

Our final newsletter for the year will be coming out on Wednesday afternoon following the conclusion of the Y8 & prize-giving assembly. Have a lovely weekend,

Belinda Bunny

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Help With Holiday Chicken & Goat Feeding

We would love a hand to feed the chickens and goats over part of the holidays. Please see the linked roster below. We have divided the weeks up into sets of 3 day slots. Thank you so much in advance for your help.

Principal's Outing

We had a wonderful day out on Tuesday with students selected by their teachers for being awesome during the second half of the year. A huge thanks to the parents who were able to come along and assist with transport & supervision.

Gladdy Girls Cricket

Fantastic last game for the Gladdy Girls last week. Farewell to Bella, India and Māhinarangi. You have had a great season and it's awesome to see you out there playing. Thanks to 'Vintage European' for sponsoring their new cricket tops and to the coaching team.

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Gladstone Tennis Results

Well done to the Gladdy Gold team who won the Championship grade, and to the Gladstone Bumblebees won the advanced A grade.

Past Pupils

We love hearing how our past pupils are getting on at secondary school. We are delighted to acknowledge the following students for their academic efforts & prize giving acknowledgements:

Joshua Wiegman - Head Boy 2022, Kuranui College

Jasper Kokx - Top Y10, Rathkeale College

Anika Stewart - Yr 12 top scholar & prefect for 2022, Wairarapa College

Conall Doyle - Whitfield Challenge Cup for outstanding effort in Y11, Rathkeale College

Henry Borthwick - Clinton Baker Cup & Silver Salver for leadership, Rathkeale College

Lily Irwin - 1st English Y12, Wairarapa College

Katelin Edwards - Lead Gold & Top Y9 Student in Class, Wairarapa College

Hamish Thomson - Y12 peer support leader, Rathkeale College

Past Pupils Sporting & Cultural Accomplishments

Well done to Maggie Thomson who passed her last swimming, theory and rescue tests to be a lifeguard this summer at Riversdale. Congratulations to Maggie Thompson and Katelin Edwards who got 100 % distinction awards at dance for there hip hop exam . Look our for Hamish Thomson at Riversdale too this summer - he has a job teaching water safety and boards etc as a nippers coach and a lifeguard.

Big Scarecrows Day Out - Winners Announced

Thanks to all the entrants of the Scarecrow competition this year! There were some really great entries and also thanks to our sponsors; The Dick Family, Gladstone Inn, Rival Wealth and Whittakers. Thanks to our judges Greg and Ali Lang also.

We have some great prizes to deliver to our winners this week.

1st - Voodoo Doll with Pins; 2 nights at Dick’s bach + Rival Wealth goodie bag.

2nd - Step on a Crack you Marry a Rat; $75 Gladstone Inn voucher + goodie bag.

3rd - The Scottish Play; Whittakers Chocolate Package.

Special mention - School Scarecrows

- Black suit scarecrow with horseshoes all over it.

- Scarecrow under a ladder with mittens hat.

Gladstone Inn RIVAL Wealth

Check out all the cool photos on our Gladstone School Facebook & Scarecrows Big Day Out pages.

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Gladstone Church Christmas Services

Once again there is a group of keen children practising for the annual carol service on Sunday 19th December at 5 p.m. Due to Covid restrictions it won’t be in the church but at the Strangs’ “Gobbler”, 1686 Longbush Road. Please bring your own chairs or rugs. If the weather is unsuitable we will sadly have to cancel the event.

The usual Christmas Eve family Christingle service will be in the church at 5 p.m. which will require Vaccine Passports for anyone 12 and over. Up to date details will be on the church website (link below) or by phoning me on 3727864. Many thanks, Sue Beauclerc.

REAP Schools Photography Competition - Message from the organisers

Kia ora katoa

We are pleased to be able to release the two category videos for the Wairarapa Schools Photography Competition 2021.

Whilst we have not been able to have an awards evening - and this year has posed a number of challenges - it must be noted that the quality of the photographs was much commented on by both judges. Your students have taken some beautiful photographs and should be very proud of themselves.

This year we asked 2 different judges to judge a category each - we thank them their willingness to take time to review and judge the photos.

FOOD was judged by local Wairarapa Photographer Michelle Brown of Captured by MB

"My name is Michelle Browne and photography is a huge passion of mine. I like to think outside the box a little when taking photographs.To me photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things we see and everything to do with the way we see them”

Michelle was impressed with the quality of the photos and enjoyed the opportunity to judge them

ARCHITECTURE was judged by Mandi Lynn from Click Happy and her advanced secondary students from around NZ.

Mandi has kindly donated a scholarship for the winners from years 5-6 and 7-8 to take part in their Click Happy Summer Academy. The details for this will be sent separately and students can access this online and take part over the summer holidays.




Thank you to Pete Nikolaison, Pete is a fantastic support of local photography and has beautifully printed and framed all winning photographs for the students. I will deliver the framed photographs and certificates to your school.

Thank you to Masterton Trust Lands Trust who kindly supported the competition.

Thank you to you all for supporting your students to tell their stories creatively through a lens.

We hope you all have a great break and if you are keen to support this event in 2022 - please get in touch!!

Ngā mihi nui

Trudy and Olivia

Upcoming Events

  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December. Venue - Gladstone Sports Complex.
  • Prizegiving Assembly: Wednesday 15th December 10am. NB. This event has been modified to suit alert level 2 requirements.
  • Last Day of the Year: Wednesday 15th December. 12:00 finish. Buses will be running at this time.

Reminder: Term Dates for 2022

Term 1 2022 will start for students on Wednesday the 2nd of February.

Reminder - Pool Keys Now Available - Pool Open - Please adhere to COVID restrictions below.

If you would like a pool key for the summer, please contact Kirstan in the office - office@gladstone1.school.nz. Keys will be $40 for the season. When collecting your key we will run through the following COVID Guidance, have you sign the agreement and ensure you understand the requirements.

Community use of school pools

In Alert Level 2 areas, both indoor and outdoor pools are allowed to be open as public recreation spaces.

If your school pool is open and you give out keys to your pool, you must ensure your community understand what restrictions apply (for example, reduced numbers to enable social distancing).

You will need to have systems in place to ensure that visitors to your pool are familiar with the public health requirements for public venues before visiting the pool and comply with public health requirements while they are there including:

  • keep two metres physical distance from people you do not know
  • sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • wash or sanitise your hands after using shared equipment.
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