Week 9 T4 2022

16/12/22 - He Pānui Wiki Iwa Whānga Tuawha

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Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)

On behalf of the staff, we thank you for the kind words, messages and acknowledgements that have come in this week - we all appreciate them very much. The Leavers Dinner was a fabulous occasion where the Year 8's, their whānau, the staff and our Board of Trustees came together for a wonderful evening. Following on from the dinner, we celebrated the end of our school year with our prize giving assembly. Well done to our Year 8's who blew us away with an amazing set of speeches - Mrs Black featured many, many times as students reflected on their time at Gladstone School. Chris you truly are a local legend.

Please read further on to see a list of awards from our prize giving, a link to the recording and photos from during the week. We wish all of you a very happy, relaxing holiday break. And look forward to seeing those returning on Wednesday the 1st of February 2023. Reminder that we start the year off with a Whānau Picnic in the evening on the 1st of Feb. BYO drinks and a plate of either savoury or sweet kai (food) to share.

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2022 Year 8 Leavers

Values Focus This Week

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Principal/BoT PM End of Year Prize Giving Speech

  • Welcome: Nau mai, haere mai, welcome. Tena koutou katoa. I think we can all agree that it is wonderful to be back to “normal” in the sense that we are in the hall, gathered together to celebrate our leavers and the closing of another school year. From a school perspective, this has been the most challenging of all the “COVID” years. It has been a real juggling game to combat rolling staff and student absences, but hey, with your support we have made it across the line.

  • This year as part of my final duties for the Board, it is my pleasure, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to be part of this final assembly to celebrate our 2022 Year 8 students and school wide student achievement. I would like to begin by thanking Belinda for providing exceptional leadership with her unrelenting work ethic, her empathy and her amazing organizational skills, she gives 150% to her role as Principal and this filters down to everyone encouraging us all to be better, learn more, which in turn positively impacts on our students and their learning. We are so lucky to have such a fabulous leader. Thank you Belinda.

  • We would like to extend a huge thank you to our Senior Leadership Team, our teachers, teacher aides, support staff, relievers, helpers - everyone who forms “Team Gladdy”. Quite often it is the thankless, seemingly “go unnoticed” tasks, jobs, actions that keep our school wheels turning. We do notice - and certainly appreciate, all the time and effort that goes in behind the scenes. Working in a school can be tiring, taxing, emotionally draining. It is also highly rewarding, ever changing and a fabulous place to come every day. Our business is people. It is the people that matter most.

  • We are sad to be saying goodbye to a couple of great teachers who have been part of our team this year. We would like to thank Caitlin Peterson and Caryn Vorster for their excellent teaching contribution. You have both fitted in so well, staff and students have loved you. You will be missed and we wish you all the best for the future.

  • Thank you to our current Board of Trustees: Graham Brown; Don Irwin; and Charlie Post, who this year were joined by Becks Tosswill; Jacqui Wilkinson; and Ro Reidy. Our new 3 have seamlessly filled the roles that were left vacant by members who, after 3 years on the board, have recently stepped down. Our sincere thanks goes out to Tanya Klue, Colleen Sharp & Anna Bargh. You have all dedicated so much time, effort and energy into making our school what it is today. The BoT are a great group of hardworking people who have effectively collaborated to make continued strategic progress. Coming off the BoT is not an invitation to pop your feet up however - we still need your help so don’t disappear off the radar just yet.

  • Once again is it very important that we thank our amazing FOGS committee, it was wonderful to be able to hold our fair again this year, and the FOGS team worked tirelessly, organising and planning what was once again an extremely successful day. Not to mention the extra fundraising events held throughout the year. And on that note it is very important that we properly thank Jeremy Sharp, who has been a powerhouse behind the Fogs team, with his can-do attitude, fabulous contacts, and super efficient meetings. Thank you Jeremy for your commitment. Another member leaving us after a number of years on Fogs, is Alex King, who has been our efficient raffle organiser, and has been a constant helper with school lunches, Thank-you Alex.

  • The support provided by these fundraisers is vital to help fund Teacher Aide support, Kapa Haka tutoring, classroom furniture, camp expenses, hall insurances, and online learning programmes.

  • As a school we continue to make steady progress with our curriculum delivery. We are pleased with the progress students are making and are looking forward to embracing the newly refreshed curriculum as it is released. Our professional development programme is strong and this year we have furthered our knowledge of teaching structured literacy and science.

  • To our 2022 Year 8 graduates, thank you for all that both you and your families have contributed to our school throughout your years of learning. We hope you leave with a sense of being nurtured, feeling empowered because you have belonged, inclusively, to Gladstone School.

  • For many of you, your long association with the school is coming to a close. We acknowledge the time, effort and support that the Delves/Karena; Doyle; Gibb; Heffernan; King; Kokx; McDonald; Percy; Sharp & Walters whānau have provided in many ways, over many years. We wish our Year 8 students all the very best. Remember, the friendships you have formed here at Gladstone School are life-long. Stay committed and true to each other no matter which schools you head off to now or where you end up in later years.

  • To everyone returning next year, have a wonderful summer break, and we look forward to seeing you all at the start of the 2023 school year.

2022 Prize Giving Recipients

Congratulations & well done to our past Gladstone School pupils (prize giving lists below - we are waiting on lists from Kuranui & Makoura, results will be added once they are received). Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the start of the summer holidays - thanks very much to everyone who has put their hands up to feed the animals, very much appreciated.

Ngā manaakitanga,


Wairarapa College - Senior Prize Giving List

Year 11

1st Visual Art - Japhy Fuller

1st Agricultural & Horticultural Science - Abi Gibb

Lead Silver - Kayla Klue; Japhy Fuller.

Lead Bronze - Dylan Corlett; Harry Heffernan; Kayla McWilliam; Abi Gibb.

Year 12

1st Drama - Baxter Fergusson

1st Tourism - Lucy Moore

Lead Silver - Summer Anderson; Ferguson Baxter; Lucy Moore

Lead Bronze - Natasha Memelink; Charlie Hintz

Year 13

Lead Gold - Anika Stewart

1st Biology - Anika Stewart

1st Chemistry - Anika Stewart

1st Calculus - Anika Stewart

1st Physics - Anika Stewart

1st Sports Studies - Lily Irwin

1st Geography - Anika Stewart

Lead Bronze - Rachel Hall; Annie McNab; Lily Irwin.

Canterbury Scholarship - Anika Stewart

Otago Scholarship - Anika Stewart; Summer Anderson.

Te Herenga Waka Victoria Scholarship - Anika Stewart.

Mc Connell Cup - Anika Stewart

Chan Cup (Proxime Accessit) - Anika Stewart

Conservation Cup for Environmental Leadership - Anika Stewart

Solway College - Prize Giving List


Excellence in mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, soft materials, PE, food technology - Sassa Duncan.

St Matthew's Collegiate - Prize Giving List


Barbara Vinten Trophy (drama) - Olivia Church

Highly Commenede - India Williams


Academic Excellence - Alice McGuinness

Alexia Robson Memorial Tray (strength of spirit & courage) - Olivia Church

Sport Scholarship - Lucy Orsborn

Rathkeale - Prize Giving List

Tennis Player of the Year - William Day

The JA & ME Little Cup for General Knowledge - Samuel McGuinness

1st Visual Art Y10 - Charlie Cameron

1st English Y11 - Jasper Kokx

1st Mathematics Y11 - Jasper Kokx

1st Science Y11 - Jasper Kokx

1st Digital Technology - Jasper Kokx

Top Scholar Y11 - Jasper Kokx

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