Week 1, T3 2022

29/7/22 - He Pānui Wiki Tahi, Whānga Tuatoru

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

Welcome back for the start of Term 3. Our new students are settling in well - thanks to buddies for doing a great job of supporting them during their first week of school. Our 3 new rabbits - Tulip; Rose & Charcoal have also made it happily through their first week, let's hope it continues.

Term 3 is traditionally our 'arts-creative' term. We have 2 teams competing in the Jump Jam competition next Thursday (5pm @ Wairarapa College), groups performing at Dance Splash, the Kapa Haka Festival and of course the ultimate highlight - 'Gladdy's Got Talent' in Week 9. Dance Splash & Kapa Haka groups will be finalised in the next few weeks and Mr Brown has been busy organising auditions for Gladdy's Got Talent.

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Our Year 5&6 students from Ruamahanga Syndicate are heading off on their winter camp this coming Tuesday. All information and details have gone out via SeeSaw and a paper reminder note is coming home today - please look out for it in your child's school bag. The camp is taking place at the Blue Mountain Adventure Centre and includes a day up Mt Ruapehu - let's hope the weather is kind and that there is enough snow. We look forward to hearing all about the trip and wish you a fun, exciting time away.

Reminder - 3-Way Conferences

The booking link for our upcoming 3 Way Conferences can be found below - the 'Event Code' is: 2nybj. Tuesday 9th August; Wednesday 10th August; Thursday 11th August. These conferences are a perfect opportunity to discuss student progress and achievement and any other matters. We like having students at the interviews so that everyone in the learning partnership can be present, however if you would prefer for your child not to come please contact their team leader to let them know.

Event Code: 2nybj

Did You Know....

Ruamahanga means - 'Trapping Hole'. This from Ra Smith at Hurunui-o-Rangi: The context for Ruamahanga is a river, a river that has rivers and streams converging with it. After the waterways converge there is often a deeper pool where the river has scoured the river bed because the flow of two rivers is quite forceful. The cooler water in the deeper pool attracts many eels and fish. This is why I think the Ruamahanga means trapping hole.

Ask your tamariki if they can remember what Kourarau means. Also ask them if they can show you the sign language for our school vision.

Values Focus This Week

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Thanks very much to Nikau Percy & Brodie McGuinness for running this week's assembly. I was really impressed with the mihi that were presented both by our assembly leaders and by a group of students from Ōnoke. The challenge is out there for everyone to learn and know their mihi.
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Well done to James Hanson, Maisie Post & Zoe Cates who are our stars of the week this week. A big congratulations to the following students who received syndicate awards: Annie Heffernan; Ruby Richardson; Cooper Brady; Bryn Hartley-Melink; Emil Chamberman; Evie Dick; Rosie Falloon; Alex Wenger; Lucy Harris; River McPheat; Isabella Crick & Lilly Davis.

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A reminder that nominations for the BoT elections close this coming Wednesday. Please email any remaining nominations through to our returning officer Amy Strang (amy@gladstone1.school.nz) by 4pm Wednesday the 3rd of August. We are delighted to have received 3 nominations so far.

Keep an eye out for the whānau consultation survey coming out later this term as we review camps.

Out of zone places for 2023 will be advertised in Week 4 of this term. Please let us know if your child will either be starting as a NE or not be returning to Gladstone School next year as we are currently working out the number of out of zone places we can offer and are organising staffing for 2023. Pet Day is on Friday the 21st of October (the first Friday of term 4).

Have a great weekend everyone.

Ngā manaakitanga,


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Scarecrow Fair Monster Auction - Coordinator Needed Urgently

We are desperate for someone to put their hand up to oversee and co-ordinate the Monster Auction. Other people will be sourcing the prizes so the role is co-ordinating the prize packages and liaising with the auctioneer. Please contact Belinda if you think you could help us out this year. Ang Falloon is happy to act as a support person.

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Kourarau Inquiry Play Items

Kourarau is looking for a few bits and pieces to use during inquiry play. If anyone has clean egg cartertons, paper tubes, or boxes we would appreciate them being brought into class.
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Fuels in Schools

Thank you very much to the following businesses who have helped raise $1800 for Gladstone School through the North Fuels Programme. You are all awesome - thank you for supporting our school. We look forward to getting some new items for the school with this money and will let you all know what we get. Thanks also to North Fuels for running such a great programme for schools.

Little Gwelo Ltd

Aiden Viviers

Urlar Gladstone Wines

Stu Nicol Trust

Jet Harvesting Ltd

Ash Hey

Commercial fleet Services Wairarap

Roeskes Mulch n Digg Limited

Ace Trucking Limited

Maxwell Ag Spray Limited

Wahi Atahua Limited AGO only

PB Harper Partnership

Leyden Downs Ltd


D W & PC Mckay

Wahi Atahua Limited petrol only

Hinewaka Shorthorns

Flat Point Station Ltd

Braddick Contracting Limited

Hire a Farmer Limited

Puketiro Farm Partnership

Mitchell Blackwood

Giddy up Ag Limited

Los Pastures Limited

Willbert Civil Limited

W P E Falloon Limited


David Bubb


Beetham Farming Limited

Tim Beveridge Contracting

Springrock Farming Limited

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The above items were ordered with the last $1,000 credit we received from North Fuels: Gymnastic mats; flutter boards & tee-ball equipment. Such an awesome help for the school. Thanks again to all of the businesses who are using North Fuels and have nominated Gladstone School to receive points.

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COVID-19 Case Number Update

We still have 0 student COVID cases that we are aware of although there are a few families isolating where parents and siblings have COVID.

Term 3 - Things Coming Up

Week 2 - 2-5/7 Year 5/6 Camp; 4/7 Jump Jam Comp; 5/7 Complex Quiz.

Week 3 - 3 Way Conferences; Math-a-rappa.

Week 4 - 15/8 BoT Meeting 6pm

Week 5 -

Week 6 -

Week 7 - Y 7&8 Rural Kids North Wai; Y 7&8 Design Tech Starts; AIMS Games.

Week 8 - Y 3&4 Camp Kaitoke; NZ Principal's Conference; Dance Splash.

Week 9 - Gladdy's Got Talent; Kids St John's First Aid Courses; School Photos.

Week 10 - Possible Kapa Haka Festival.

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 '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".
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