Newsletter week 1, Term 4 2022

Term 4 Week 1 - 21st October 2022


Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

It is great to be back this term!! I was missing the school by the end of my sabbatical last term so it has been great to catchup with students and parents this week on some of the things I had missed.

During my sabbatical I was privileged to visit a variety of schools across the North Island, Christchurch and West Otago. It was interesting to visit these schools and see the design of their schools from brand new builds to schools like ours. It was good to see the exciting learning and ideas they are using and teaching and how we can incorporate some of this into our classrooms with an East Gore twist. Every school does things differently, and some of these ideas had definite merit to enhance our school. Watch this space for these new ideas as they pop up in 2023.

Teacher Only Day

The Board have approved a teacher only day to be held on Friday 18 November. The staff will be spending this day looking at assessment data. This is the last teacher only day that we are having for the year. As the school will be closed for instruction, can you please ensure alternative childcare arrangements.

Grocery Grab Fundraiser

We are very lucky to have teamed up with Gore New World again this year for our grocery grab raffle. Mike and Kirsten from New World are excited to be part of our fundraiser. Tickets are going on sale after Labour weekend for a month with the 'grab' to happen early December. With the cost of groceries these days, how great would it be to fill a trolley and know you're not paying for it!!!

Families will be given a raffle booklet to sell, with the three amazing prizes...

** 120 second grab **

** 90 second grab **

** 60 second grab **

Imagine how many groceries you could grab in 120 seconds or even 60 seconds. There will be a prize for the class who sells the most tickets...

This is the last fundraiser for the 2022 school year and replaces previous Christmas raffles. All profits will go to the continued upgrade of our outdoor spaces. Tickets $5 each.

Wendy Kitto - Principal

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

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We would like to welcome the following students to our School. We know you will enjoy your learning journey with us at East Gore School.

Room Kauri: Rhayden and Blake

Room Totara: Taylor

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Thank you to our great volunteers Emma & Co, Grace Church team and Phillip for your help with allowing this service to be offered to all students. If you would like to help you would be most welcome - more the merrier.

Breakfast Club will open in the hall at 8.35am and finish at 8.50am - weetbix followed by toast will be on offer.

Smash Cricket term 4

SMASH PLAY (Yr1/2 Boys & Girls), SUPERSTAR CRICKET (Yr3/4) and GIRLS SMASH (Yr3-8) will be every Tuesday at Hamilton Park starting on Tuesday 1st November.

And SUPERSTAR CRICKET (Yr4-6) is at Hamilton Park every Friday and gets underway on Friday 4th November.

Like last season, parents/guardians should register their player(s) online. This season we are using the new PlayHQ system.

The Smash Play signup link is:

The Superstar Cricket signup link is:

Players will be able to select Tuesday or Friday Superstar Cricket as part of completing their registration.

The Girls Smash signup link is:

T BALL term 4

Pre Xmas T Ball.

Commence 28th October 2022. 4pm Start at Gore Show Grounds

Seniors. 8 - 10yrs. Skin Diamond 1.

Juniors 5 - 7yrs Grass Diamond Number 1.

Just come along on the day and you will be put into a team.

All equipment supplied and No playing fee.

Heather Hetaraka. ESSA..

Ministry of Health Guidelines

A reminder from the MOE and MOH

  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/ eating normally.

  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.

  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to come to school.

  • In general, a doctor's certificate or clearance should not have to be provided for a child to return to school after being unwell.

The Ministry of Health has recently updated its definition of a household contact.

You are a household contact if you:

  • normally share a residence with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either on a permanent or part-time, or shared custody basis)

  • spent at least one night or day (more than eight hours) in that residence while the person with COVID-19 was infectious

  • don’t normally share a residence with the positive case but have spent a night together in the same room.



Please keep the office updated with any changes to address/cellphone number and emergency contact details. We need to be able to contact someone in case of an emergency at all times.


If you are picking up a student during school hours please come to the office to sign them out.

If they return they must sign back in ie: going & returning from an appointment.

Remember, students must sign in at the office if they are arriving to school late .

We need to know where students are at all times incase of an emergency so we appreciate your support with this.


We are unable to heat up lunches for students at lunch times. Staff use this time getting ready for the afternoon programmes and having their own break. We appreciate your support by not sending pies/noodles etc to school. School lunches are provided to every student in the school.


Headlice cases have popped up across the school this week. If you could all check your child/rens hair and treat if necessary. We appreciate you help with the control of this.


If your any student is unwell we will ring home to ask them to be picked up.

Ministry of Health guidelines say that students must stay away from school 48 hours after the last vomit or diarrhoea episode.



Term 4: October 17th - December 15th

Upcoming events

17th October - Start of term 4

24th October - Labour Day - no school

4th Nov - Assembly 2.30pm

18th Nov - Teacher Only Day - no school

2nd Dec - Assembly

5th - 9th Dec - School swimming lessons

13th Dec - Final Assembly 6.30pm

15th December - Last day of the school year


Waikaka Arts and Crafts

The Waikaka Arts & Crafts 46th Annual Exhibition opens on Friday 11 th November at the

Waikaka Centennial Hall with Waikaka farmer Jono Gardyne as guest speaker. Check out or our Facebook page Waikaka Arts & Crafts to read about Jono and

the recycled materials artwork competition we are running in conjunction with our


Opening Night Tickets only $15 – available at the door. The Exhibition runs from Saturday

12 th to Thursday 17 th November, 1 pm – 5 pm with Wednesday 16th being our late night (

1pm – 8.30 pm.) Day admittance only $5, hope you can make it!