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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 9, Term 3, 2021. 24/9/21.

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). Let's stay on camp forever! Ōnoke has had a blast of a time in Rotorua and we will be returning home absolutely shattered - it's been all go. A huge thanks to the parents who were able to come with us, your assistance, support and team spirit is very much appreciated. A big thanks to the team at school who have done an awesome job of keeping the home fires burning while we have been away - it will be great to catch up with everyone on Monday.

Our 'BoT Community Survey' is linked below. The BoT would appreciate as many people as possible completing the survey - both parents or caregivers would be fantastic. The survey takes around 5 minutes to complete and responses are due in by Monday the 28th of October. The survey helps the BoT with their strategic planning and review.

We continue to keep an eye on alert levels. Unfortunately at level 2 we are not able to have parents on site to help with scarecrows this year. We are going to try and manage making them with the Year 7&8's helping the little ones. Teachers will be sending home lists of what kids need to bring for their scarecrow on Friday the 1st of October.

We will need around 10 bales of hay to be donated and dropped off at school before Friday morning - if you can help with this please email Belinda (principal@gladstone1.school.nz).

We are also keeping an eye on Pet Day - look out for updates during the school holidays as we will leave making a call as late as we can.

Please also remember that while we are at alert level 2 parents can only come onsite if absolutely necessary. If you do, please continue to hand sanitise, wear a mask and use the app - we don't make the rules, we are just doing our best to follow them. Your assistance is very much appreciated.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

MoE reminder about events/gatherings at schools during level 2:

As soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply, including limits on numbers attending. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities. These rules will also apply if you are hiring out your facilities.

If you have people working at a gathering (paid or unpaid) they must wear face coverings to meet the requirements in the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order.

You’ll need to treat the running of any large programmes with strong caution, particularly if there are a number of different schools participating or large numbers of students (and parents and caregivers) involved at the same time/indoor space. We’d recommend that these types of events are deferred until your school returns to Alert Level 1.

Hui (Assembly)

Kia ora tau ono (thank you Year 6)for running this week's assembly while Ōnoke have been away on camp. Cooper and Thomas - you did a super job of being our assembly leaders.
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Week 9 Kaitiakitanga Focus

Kaitiakitanga (k'eye tea ah key tongue ah) - is care and guardianship, that is correct. It can be the care and guardianship of land, the environment, people, places.

Tanga is the act of doing something and a Kaitiaki is a guardian or protector of something.

Kaitiakitanga Certificates

Congratulations to the following students who received certificates at this week's assembly: Phoebe James; Allie Blake; Tim Berryman; Cooper Davies; Toby Wilkinson; Charlie Ashby; Lucy Harris & Harper Neilsen.

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Whetu o te Wiki (Star of the Week)

Kā rawe (awesome) to our stars of the week - Olivia Orsborn & Sophie Beetham. You have both really stepped up this week while the seniors are away and taken on being an awesome buddy to our friends that are new to school.

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Rā Whānau (Happy Birthday)

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

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.

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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.

Upcoming Events, Cancellations, Date Changes & Information

Upcoming Events

  • Scarecrow Making: Friday 1st October (continuing but with no adults coming onsite).
  • School Holidays: Sat 2 October - Sun 17th October.
  • Pet Day: Thurs 21st October - starting at 9:30 am (if at Level 1).
  • 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

Wairarapa Spitfires Baseball Club

Summer is nearly here and that means the 2021/22 Wairarapa Spitfire Baseball season registrations are now open!

We have club teams available for all ages and levels of experience.

Rookie Ball – Ages 5 to 9 will play on Saturday mornings at Kuranui College at 9am

Minor League U11 – Ages 9 to 11 will play on Saturday mornings at Kuranui College at 10.30am

Intermediate U13 – Ages 11 to 13 will play on Wednesday afternoons at Kuranui College and MIS at 5.30pm

U13 Travel Team – Competitive baseball in the Wellington Regional Competition. Trials for this team will be held at Masterton Intermediate on Thursday October 14th from 10-12pm. Players must be available to play on Sundays in Wairarapa, Wellington and Levin. For more info contact our Club Captain.

Our Have a Go Open Day is on Saturday October 16th from 10am to 12pm at the Kuranui College Baseball Diamonds. Come along for a fun morning learning about baseball and free yummy Greytown Butchery sausages.

The baseball season will continue through to March 2022 with a break over the summer holidays.

For more information and to register check out our website www.spitfires.nz, join our Facebook Page Wairarapa Spitfires, or give Club Captain Shane Fawdray a call on 0273955001.

Reminder: Future Ferns Sign Up Form Below

Reminder: 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.

Reminder: 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.

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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Red Star Junior Cricket

"Red Star Junior Cricket is looking for new and existing players to register to play cricket for 2021,term 4, from year 1 to year 8. Please contact Mark Elliott on 0277890707 or register on https://registrations.crichq.com/register/39321"
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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.