W2, T2 2022

13/5/22 - He Pānui Wiki Rua, Whānga Tuarua

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

It has been awesome to see students getting fully involved in NZ Sign Language Week. After a cold and gloomy start to the week, the last couple of days have been all sunshine and happiness. Now that we are moving into winter, please see that your children have lots of warm layers on - a thermal is a great base layer option. We will be ventilating our spaces but not to the extent required during the summer months. Fresh air is necessary so classrooms will be a little cooler than usual. We are still using the heat pumps and monitoring temperature/Co2 levels using the digital readers supplied by the MoE.

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We have made the call to postpone the Whānau Working Bee/Picnic/Classroom Tour/Cricket match, until Sunday the 22nd of May. We realise that some of you may now not be able to come - apologies for this, the weather is forecast for persistent rain and that is not ideal for picnic's and cricket. Fingers crossed the following Sunday is better.

Values Focus This Week

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The NZ Histories Curriculum Documents have been released to schools. We are excited about the new format of this curriculum document and look forward to running a whānau workshop in Term 3 to introduce you to the content of the curriculum. There will also be an opportunity for whānau to share their local stories of our area so that we can weave these into our localised curriculum - all will be welcome. Please see the links below to the online curriculum documents.

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Each year we celebrate and undertake learning about Matariki. We are on a 3 year cycle for this & we are lucky to have Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae whānau assisting with the planning. Year 1 - during the day whānau group activities; Year 2 - an evening of soup, lanterns & waiata; Year 3 - an early morning matariki breakfast, stories & star gazing. This year (2022) we are back to the Year 1 activities. They will be happening on Monday the 27th of June.

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FoGS (Friends of Gladstone School) met last night and have locked in Saturday the 12th of November for the Scarecrow Fair. This year's theme is 'Space'. We are in the process of divvying up the jobs and would welcome some keen organisers to facilitate either the cake stall or the monster auction. There is a great plan already in place from previous years to work from, we just need someone to oversee each of these sections. For other areas of 'duty' those people who usually oversee them are going to be contacted shortly to check that they are still happy to do the jobs - we hope so as you're all amazing!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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COVID-19 Case Number Update

We have 10 current student cases of COVID in our school and 1 staff case. Please continue to test regularly if someone in your household is presenting with symptoms.


Thanks very much to Lily & Sam for running assembly this week. You did an awesome job and your slideshow was really well put together. Thanks also to the lovely Anna Bargh-Reynolds from the BoT who made a special guest appearance.


Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

Darcy Berryman; Tim Berryman; Cooper Brady & Amy Strang (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).

Sam Berryman; Abel Porter; Jack Cates; Saoirse Doyle; Nirvana Charters; Charlie Ashby; Molly Freeman; Sophie Beetham; Ida Hartley-Meilink; Jaelyn Fraser (syndicate certificates).

If you don't have the app or, if its unreliable, check down the bottom of our website for app alerts, newsletters and events.

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Pink Shirt Day - Friday 20th May

As part of Bully Free Week, we are having 'Pink Shirt Day' next Friday. Come wearing your favourite pink outfit or shirt.

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Term 2 - Things Coming Up (Summary check the calendar for all events).

Weeks 3 to 7 - Small Sticks Hockey (Tuesdays). The facilitator was sick this week so sessions will start next Tuesday.

Week 3 - BoT Meeting 6pm Monday16th May.

Week 4 - Parent Transition Information Meetings (Y3 moving to Y4 @ 5:30pm; Y6 moving to Y7 @ 6:00pm). Wednesday 25th May.

Week 5 - Cluster Cross Country @ Gladstone School. Wednesday 1st June.

Week 6 - Footsteps Dance (W6-10 Tuesdays)

Week 7 - Wairarapa Cross Country (Tuesday 14th June).

Week 8 - Matariki Star Gazing Sessions 22nd/23rd June

Week 9 - Matariki Whānau Group Activities Day Monday 27th June.

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Yummy Sticker Time Again

It's that time of year again when we start collecting 'Yummy Stickers'. Please send any collections you have at home into school. Every sheet helps us get sports equipment for the kids to use.

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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".

Please find a direct link to our Whānau Calendar below. It can also be accessed via the app and the school website.