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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 8, Term 3, 2021. 17/9/21.

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Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). Kei te pehea to wiki? (How has your week been?). It has been very rewarding seeing the high level of engagement from students and staff during 'Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori' (Māori Language Week). Our strategic challenge now is to keep the momentum going. Well done and thank you if you have been trying some new phrases at home or in your work place.

Announcement from the Ministry of Education: School holiday dates will remain unchanged, starting from Saturday 2 October. The Minister has carefully considered advice on how moving term dates presented challenges that would have had a wider and long-term impact by disrupting curriculum and activity plans already in place for students, whānau and educators.

Keeping the holidays as they are will avoid adding stress and anxiety to children and their education and wellbeing. The Minister was also aware that an extended length of Term 4 for Auckland would add to fatigue among your students and staff at the end of a school year.
Welcome to Harper Neilson who started school on Monday. It is wonderful to have you and your whānau here and part of 'Team Gladdy'.
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Thanks also to everyone for working hard to get pie orders from friends, family and work colleagues. This is a significant fundraiser for the school and we appreciate your efforts.

Ōnoke Syndicate (Year 7&8) is heading up to Rotorua on camp this coming Monday (meeting at 7:30am) and will be back on Friday the 24th at approximately 5pm. Graham Brown and I are going on the camp. Jaime Church will be in charge at school while we are away. Please direct any questions or concerns to Jaime - jaime@gladstone1.school.nz, and she will contact us as and when necessary. Absences and daily office queries can still go through Kirstan in the office.

Keep an eye out in the newsletter and on the app for upcoming event updates including scarecrow making and Pet Day.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend),

Belinda Bunny

Hui (Assembly)

Ka pai Alex and George for running an awesome hui te rā (assembly today). We were treated to a couple of fantastic items to showcase some of our 'Wiki o te reo Māori' activities - check out the video links below.

Week 8 Manaakitanga Focus

Manaakitanga (pronounced: mah-nah-key-tongue-ah) - is essentially being a good host. Welcoming people into our spaces, taking care of others when they are in our spaces, showing care and compassion to those around us.

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Manaakitanga Certificates

Congratulations to the following students who received certificates at this week's assembly: James Hanson; Kade Porter; David McKay; Joel Douglas; Thomas Herrick; Kyno Gleeson; Aiden Edwards; Guy Reynolds; Harper Neilson; Addison Aburn; Olivia Aburn. Ka pai tō mahi.

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Whetu o te Wiki (Star of the Week)

Kā rawe (awesome) to our stars of the week - Māhinarangi Rutene; Lizzie Gibb; Annie Heffernan & Jack Macdougall. Wahine ma, you have been awesome buddies to our new students and have demonstrated amazing manaakitanga. Jack, you were our 'Night in Shining Armour' for getting Whaea Micaela's car started the other evening - thank you.

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Scarecrow Fair Auction Items and Prizes

FoGS are now looking for auction items and prizes for the Scarecrow Fair to be held on Saturday 13th of November. We would love everyone to think about auction items and let us know if you would like to contribute. Some ideas that have sold really well in the past are:

  • Holiday accommodation
  • Experiences eg dinner vouchers, beauty spa vouchers, hotel accommodation
  • Product eg meat packs, wine, sporting, clothing, firewood, home décor items, giftware
  • Services eg plumbing, electrical, building, decorating, photography, cleaning, gardening

It may be that you can source items from other businesses that you have a relationship with. All donations are welcome – smaller items are great for prizes and cash donations help keep our net fair expenses low! Please contact Ang on 0292008196 with your suggestions/ideas.

It might be good to also pop a reminder in about scarecrow making at home…

Start Planning Your Scarecrows

“Superstitions” is the theme. The school scarecrows will be made on Friday 1 October at school but we’d also love lots of home entries in the Scarecrow Competition. This year every scarecrow entry will go in the draw to win a family prize and we will be awarding an overall supreme winner too! Great prizes to be revealed closer to the time. Anyone can enter and we will happily display scarecrows from outside the district in prime Gladstone locations.

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Calling All Stall Holders - Please Register Your Stall By Following This Link:

Fair Raffle Tickets

These are ready to go and will be sent home over the next week. Please do your best to sell the allocated booklets - we really appreciate this. For each booklet sold and returned, your children can have 5 whānau group tokens and there will be the usual prizes for most booklets sold etc...

This is one of our biggest money earners for the year.

PORTRAIT PRIZE from Esther Bunning | Portrait Artist.

The winner will receive a creative portrait session from the 2020 NZ Professional Photographer of the Year award, Esther Bunning.

The package includes the creative session in the Wairarapa, and also an approx A2 loose unframed print: total value $1150.00

Esther loves to work with you to plan and together you’ll create a portrait session that is a reflection of your loved ones, your favourite locations and tells the story of you.

Her vision and skill results in stunning imagery as beautiful art pieces for your wall.

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FoGS Secretary Needed for 2022

Awesome news that Jo McKay has put her hand up to take over from Ang Falloon as Treasurer in 2022 - thanks Jo, you're a star. We are now looking for a Secretary to take over from Nadia who, like Ang, has worked tirelessly for years in this role. Please let Belinda (principal@gladstone1.school.nz) know if you are willing to give up a couple of hours a week to coordinate and take the minutes of the FoGS meetings and liaise with the Chairperson & Treasurer.

Strategic Planning Update

As you all know we have been working on developing our strategic plan over the past 2 years. We are now putting the final pieces of the puzzle together. Becks Tosswill has been working with us to develop visual images which reflect the strategic plan and story of our school. John Strang is working with us to develop a visual advert/pitch/movie to share with you all over the next few weeks. Thanks to John for coming in today to work with our Year 8's on this project.

Pet Day Cups

Mrs Norman would like all the Pet Day cups which were awarded in 2020 returned to school please so that we can get ready for 2021.

Tui Ridge - Ōnoke Year 7&8 Camp

Leaving this coming Monday the 20th of September (meet at school by 7:30am). Returning Friday 24th September at approximately 5:00pm. We are assessing things as we go along .

Please bring the following items (these are now on the updated camp booklet list).
- Face mask (we will also have boxes of extras).
- 1 packet of biscuits.
Please see the following links around health and safety. We will not be going to public places if alert level 2 requirements do not allow for this. We will adapt our off-site day and change to on-site camp activities if necessary.
The camp has changed our accommodation to dorm-style. There are 3 dorms and this allows for everyone to spread out. Please see the diagram in the linked summary of guidance document below.
We are confident that we have all the correct procedures in place in order to go ahead with the camp at alert level 2. If parents have any queries or concerns, they need to contact Belinda as soon as possible.

Future Ferns Sign Up Form Below

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Term 4 Touch Rugby

If anyone is interested in touch rugby for term 4, please email Chelsea Douglas (chelsea@gladstone1.school.nz) or text Trish on 0274605838 . So we can sort teams need minimum 7 in a team. 6 on the field and one sub. Also any parents wanting to coach / manage a team please come forward by lunchtime today. Costs have increased this year to between $10 - $15 per player depending on team entries. Thanks Trish Thomson.

Scholastic Lucky Book Orders - Delayed

While Tamaki Makaurau remains at alert level 4, our book order can't be dispatched. We will let you know as soon as these arrive. Thanks for your understanding.

Primary Schools Tennis Tournament - October

Primary Schools Tennis Tournament
Year 7/8 = Tuesday 19th October
Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 = Wednesday 20th October (postponement day Thurs 21 Oct).
Entries close Friday 1st October 2021.
Venue & Time: Masterton Tennis Centre, Dixon St, Masterton
Arrive 8:30am for 9.00am start. Finish approx. 4.00pm
Parents are responsible for their child on the day as this is not a school run event.
$25.00 per player
The winner and runner-up in Yr7&8, and Year 6U grade will be able to represent the Wairarapa, and their school, at the Tennis Central Regional Primary School Tournament Weds 17th November 2021 in Palmerston North.
Email/Contact Mr Brown if you wish to enter your child.

Policies to Review

Please logon to school docs, to review our current policies. 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".

Our policies to review this term are: 'Concerns and Complaints' and ' Behaviour Management'. Please use the link above to enter the website and add any thoughts or comments. We already see that the Kawa Card process needs to be added and linked into the behaviour policy. Thanks in advance for your help.

Financial Assistance

MSD (Ministry of Social Development) has developed an online tool to help identify what types of financial assistance a person could be eligible for quickly and easily: Check out what you might get | Ngā āwhina tērā pea ka whiwhi koe

Please note, this is a guide and shows how MSD can help a person or whānau. Once the application form is submitted, MSD will be able to work out the exact financial assistance they will receive. This service is only available to New Zealand citizens and residents.

Upcoming Events, Cancellations, Date Changes & Information

Upcoming Events

  • Ōnoke Camp: Monday 20th - Friday 24th September.
  • Scarecrow Making: Friday 1st October (only if at level 1).
  • School Holidays: Sat 2 October - Sun 17th October.
  • Pet Day: Thurs 21st October - starting at 9:30 am.
  • Teacher Only Day: Friday 22nd October (Pause, Breathe, Smile Professional Development).
  • Labour Day: Monday 25th October
  • Individual Photos (Belinda Pratt): Wednesday 27th November.
  • Times Age Sports Awards: Now Monday 15th November.
  • Production: Week 7 of Term 4 (Tues 30th Nov - Thurs 2nd Dec).
  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December

Cancelled Events

  • Chess Tournament
  • Dance Splash
  • South Wairarapa Netball & Hockey
  • Term 3 Disco

Dates Still To Be Confirmed (sometime in Term 4).

  • Kapa Haka Festival
  • Greats & Grands
  • Science Technology Roadshow
  • Principal's Outing for Term 3
  • Whānau Helpers High Tea

Reminder: Wairarapa Schools Photography Competition - An At Home Optional Task

All students are invited to enter one photo per category for the Photo competition. This will be an optional activity that students can do at home if they would like to. Please email photos to Mrs Douglas by Tuesday 19 October (First Tuesday of week 1, Term 4) so they can be judged. Winning entries will then be sent through to the Wairarapa Photography Competition. Please read the rules section carefully below. Photos must be 1MB, please do not take photos on chrome books or Ipads. For more information about the Photo competition please click here. Any questions please let Mrs Douglas know.

The photography entry categories are;

  • Food – can include food growing (e.g.fruit trees, crops), macro (close up), food for sale (supermarket, markets), food for the family, food at the table, food preparation, Providing food is the main focus people can be in the photo.
  • Architecture – can include building exteriors, interiors, buildings in use (e.g. museums, libraries), shelters, greenhouses – any structure that has been built. Providing the architecture is the main focus people can see in the photo.

Entry levels for each category are:

    • Years 1 and 2
    • Years 3 and 4
    • Year 5 and 6
    • Year 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 2021.
    • 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.
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Reminder: Pet Day - Thursday 21st October (if at alert level 1)

We have altered the organisation of this year's Pet Day. We have had quite a bit of feedback that the afternoon is too hot for the animals. In light of this we have decided to start Pet Day judging at 9:30 am on Thursday the 21st of October. Students will go to class at 9:00 am to do the role and then will come out to sort pets ready for judging. Categories and an order of events is being sent home on Monday.

There will be a bake sale for morning tea and (hopefully) a coffee cart. We will also run the usual sausage sizzle from 10:30 am onwards and anticipate that the event will finish around 12:30pm. Students are welcome to go home with parents/caregivers at this time or are equally as welcome to stay on at school until 3pm. Busses home will be running as usual on this day at 3pm.

Please note that sand trays will only be for those students who are not bringing a pet. They will be made at school starting at 9:30 am in the hall followed by judging at approx 11:00 am.

Reminder: Term Dates for 2022

Term 1 2022 will start for students on Wednesday the 2nd of February.
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Scarecrow Fair Plant Stall

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 are also keen to sell indoor plants, given their current popularity - 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.

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Wairarapa Ploughing Match Association

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"The Wairarapa Youth Orchestra! Launching in Term 4!



Open to all primary and secondary school students and it's free!

Monday Afternoons
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Kuranui College, Auditorium

Need help with transport? Please email: wairarapayouthorchestra@gmail.com

Joining a youth orchestra will be an incredible experience and hugely beneficial to your child! Students will:

- Learn new skills on their instruments and new music

- Have a safe and fun way to socialise and make new friends

- Learn teamwork, discipline, punctuality and orchestra etiquette

- Create music together working towards our collective goal of two concerts a year!"

You can also view our COVID-19 plan here for how we will operate under this current level, and what will happen if anything changes:


Polio Quiz - Now Friday 10th of December

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Yummy Stickers

Keep collecting those yummy stickers and send them into school. We benefit from this as the stickers generate donations of sports equipment.