W10, T1 2022

8/4/22 - He Pānui Wiki Tekau, Whānga Tuatahi

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

This week we have been relying on our manaakitanga practices to care for those around us, and move us all ever closer to a much needed rest over the Easter break. Our thoughts have been with the Herrick Whānau who lost a much loved mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunty & friend last weekend. Sherry was an active part of our school over many years and she will be deeply missed. A care package was delivered to the whānau on behalf of the school. If you would like to contribute to Angel Meal Vouchers, please deposit funds into our -50 account (Gladstone School: 12-3290-0001530-50) and we will get this organised on behalf of the wider Gladstone School community.

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Congratulations to Sophie Mitchell and her partner Sam who have recently announced that they are expecting their first baby later this year - very exciting news. Sophie plans to take maternity leave from Term 4 and we have started the process to appoint a long term reliever to cover Sophie in Kourarau syndicate.

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We are very keen to bring whānau back on site and have planned a Sunday afternoon picnic for the 15th of May. We are combining it with a quick 2 hour working bee before hand from 10 - 12 and then will move to the picnic. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with staff & other families as well as a chance to have a look through the classrooms.

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Holiday Goat & Chicken Feeding

Thanks so much to those families who helped out over the summer holidays. We would love a hand over the April holidays - if you are around and would be able to sign up to feed the goats & chickens for a 3 day block, please add your name to the roster below.

Values Focus This Week

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Team Gladdy has done a wonderful job of focussing on the inclusive part of our vision for the school. Let's continue with mahi (work) in this space.


Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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We have conducted a review of our health and safety processes regarding the risks of contracting COVID-19 while working or learning here at Gladstone School. The outcome of this review has been that what we currently have in place is meeting all expectations from the MoE, MoH & Worksafe. A copy of the review can be found by using the link below. If you have any feedback around our COVID-19 procedures & processes please email this through to principal@gladstone1.school.nz for the BoT to consider.

Hui - Assembly

Thanks very much to Lily & Theo for running a super assembly today. We are looking forward to resuming our whole school assemblies once we move to 'orange' alert level settings.

Gladstone School on Facebook Watch

Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

Frankie Murnane & Michaela Delves (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).


Jake Homes; Rosie Walters; Benji Gardner; Aidan King; Thomas Anderson & Patrick Quirke (Ōnoke). Paige McGregor; Corben Schischka & Henry McKay (Ruamahanga). Asa McPheat; Henry Post & Sam Beetham (Kourarau).

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Snapshot from the week

A big thanks to Danielle Charters for leading netball at Gladstone School.

Danielle is super proud of her year 3 & 4 team (as are we). This message from Danielle: Even though the team had alot of disruptions due to covid, they really came together and worked as a team today. Such a good feeling seeing how well they played. They should be very proud of themselves. Such a cool geoup of kids. Cant wait till term 4 to play again! Great team work on the court.

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Rosie and her pony Lucy were part of the Wairarapa Pony Club team who went over to the Battle Hill Forest Park one day event in Wellington last weekend. This event combines the scores from 3 disciplines, dressage, show Jumping and a cross country jumping course. Rosie and Lucy were 4th after her dressage test and finished the day with a 3rd place. Super result for the two of them who had not even seen the course till that morning and at their 3rd one day event ever.

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Mountain Bikes

Our friends over the hill at Wainuioru School have recently done a 'Mountain Bike Drive' and had great success in securing bikes for the school that students can use. We have a grant application in the pipeline to get a set of school bikes and helmets but in the meantime, if you have a mountain bike in good working order that you would be happy to donate, please let us know and we can organise to pick it up. We are also on the look out for a range of helmets that might be collecting dust in garages.

End of Term Principal's Outing

The principal's outing will continue to follow what we did at the end of last year - 2 outings, mid and end of year. We will still be taking the same number of students, just in two groups.

Term 2 - Things Coming Up

Week 1 - Life Education: We are excited to have Laura & Harold from Life Ed back in week 1 of Term 2 delivering health education sessions to our tamariki. Teachers will let you know individual syndicate focuses on Seesaw.


Week 2 - Small Sticks Hockey (W2-5 Tuesdays)


Week 6 - Footsteps Dance (W6-10 Tuesdays)


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


Usually we have interschool cross country, speech competitions and the National Young Leaders day. We are watching this space to see if these events will run this year.

Reminder - FoGS Easter Raffle

Thanks so much to the effort everyone has gone to so far. The raffle is to be drawn on the last day of term (Thursday 14th of April).


We have a fundraising target of $16,000 to cover the cost of the following items:

  • Furniture (tote trays, seats, teacher whiteboard tables, high stools)

  • Kapa Haka Tutor Costs

  • Additional Camp Costs

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Tots to Teens Magazine - now online

link to our April Tots to Teens digi-magazine (for your school Newsletter, website or Facebook page) is https://issue2203.totstoteens.co.nz/


We hope you are able to share our Magazine so your parents can access some great info and prizes over the holidays.

What’s in this issue for parents?

» 8 family-life habits for a healthy immune system

» How to: Encourage your kids to open up

» Kids shoes! They might look great, but do they fit properly?

» Egg-cellent Easter recipes. Yuuuum! and (as always) EPIC GIVEAWAYS

Ask your tamariki to find this issue's Te Reo Māori words including kōrero, hēki, kura, and hei mahi

Thank you to everyone for supporting our digital magazine, it means we are able to share our magazine with more kiwi parents and whānau, in a format that is super visual and phone user friendly (75% of your parents will be reading on their phone!). We know that some families find it more enjoyable to read a hard copy so if you would like 50 or more copies for your school’s parents, margie@totstoteens.co.nz can assist you.


We are proud to be Aotearoa’s favourite parenting magazine, with 450,000 free magazines distributed each year through schools, pre-schools, libraries and Plunket, for the last 19 years. We also distribute digital copies to over 5,000 New Zealand ECEs, primary and intermediate schools nationwide.

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Special Kids Market for all those who make things, grow things or collect things to sell.

Wairarapa Farmers Market is having, special FREE Kids Market stalls on April 9th 2022.

Situated in the beautiful Solway Show grounds running from 9am till 1pm every Saturday rain or shine.

So get making, growing or collecting and come along to make some money.

We would love extra fruit, pinecones or veges to sell.

We can supply tables.

Please register your interest and tell us what you are selling by Monday 4th April.

We will send you all the information you will need.

Please reply to James Cooper. james.cooper126126@gmail.com

FoGS Lunches - Monday 11th April: Cosgrove

Please contact Liz Mason to volunteer to help prepare lunches on a Monday or if you need to swap your duty (027 840 0700).
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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.