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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 2 Term 4, 2021. 29/10/21

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody).


We hope you have had a productive short week. There are 2 pieces of 'big' news to share this week. The first is the launch of our visual branding update. We would like to acknowledge the hours of work our design team have put into this (Year 8's, Becks Tosswill & John Strang). They have worked with our strategic plan and vision statement to develop something that ties it all together and retains aspects of our traditional branding. We invite you to watch the promotional video linked below.


The second is the announcement that Chelsea Douglas has been appointed as the team leader in Ruamahanga. She is also taking on the Literacy Lead Teacher role. We are delighted to have Chelsea stepping into these positions.


We are currently piecing together our staffing plan for 2022 and hope to share this with you as soon as positions are confirmed.


It is looking increasingly unlikely that our production will be able to proceed with live audiences. We are now planning to film the production and share it with you all in that way.


Noho ora mai (stay well, look after yourself),


Belinda Bunny

Gladstone School Visual Branding Update

Kourarau 'Ako' (Teaching & Learning) Certificates

Congratulations to the following students who received certificates in class this week: Rhys Davis; Frankie Murnane & Geneieve Taylor. Awesome mahi (work).

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Ruamahanga 'Ako' (Teaching & Learning) Certificates

Congratulations to Lily Butler; Allie Blake; Dakota Murphy; Saxen Alexander & Alex Wither who received certificates in Ruamahanga this week.
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Ōnoke 'Ako' (Teaching & Learning) Certificates

Well done to India Williams; Tara Tucker; Rosie Walters; Nikau Percy & Levi Kokx who received certificates in Ōnoke this week.
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Whetu o te Wiki (Star of the Week)

Logan Mason is our star of the week this week. Logan did an amazing job of helping out a community member with the stacking of 6m3 of firewood for no payment. The gentleman was so proud of Logan that he took the time to write to school and let us know! Nga manaakitanga Logan!

Haere Ra (Farewell) Dakota

Today we are farewelling Dakota Murphy. Dakota is returning to her home town of Hāwera. We have loved having Dakota at Gladstone School and wish her all the best for the next phase in her journey. Thanks to Dakota and her whānau for donating their chickens.
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Proudly Sponsored by

Community Scarecrows


Advertising is amping up for the community scarecrow drive both in the Wairarapa Times Age and on More FM. What we need now are loads of awesome scarecrows out and about through our district.
Scarecrow prizes:
Main prize (Supreme winner) = 2 nights accommodation at Riversdale for up to 10 people kindly donated by the Dick family and a hamper full of goodies kindly donated by Rival Wealth.
Lucky winner drawn out of a hat prize = $100 Gladstone Inn voucher kindly donated by Gladstone Inn and family goodie bag.

Face Masks on Bus Transport - Message from Tranzit

The new health order has now come into effect, face coverings for those aged 12 and over are now mandated on school bus services including MOE daily school bus services, SESTA services, school charters and school tech runs.

What does this mean?

  • Our drivers will now be required to wear face coverings unless they have an exemption.
  • Following guidance from MOE, our drivers are not responsible for enforcing face coverings on school services.
  • Face coverings are the responsibility of individuals and caregivers to supply. Our drivers will not have stock.

Given the above, please be reassured that no student will be left behind or denied carriage if they do not have a face covering.

If any of our drivers have a concern about compliance, they will discuss this with our operations team who will then be in touch with the school if required.

Artificial Cricket Pitch - Boxing Timber

We have a wonderful team of dads who are due to dig out and lay the concrete for an artificial cricket pitch in the next couple of weeks. They are short of some boxing timber. If anyone has some that they could borrow for about 3 weeks please contact Nigel Tomlin on 027 486 5267. Many thanks.

End of Year Prizegiving Cups

Can we please have all end of year prize giving cups returned to school as soon as possible so they can be prepared for this year.
Student Online Pet Day Contributions 2021

Thanks to those who uploaded or sent through pet day contributions - super cool videos and photos, thank you. If you haven't had a look, use the link above to access the folder.

Christmas Float Co-ordination & Gladstone Church Christmas Choir

Should the Carterton Rotary Christmas Parade go ahead, is there a group of parents who would be able to coordinate our school float? Please contact Belinda at school to work out a plan.


The Gladstone Church is 'watching this space' with regards to having the annual Christmas service and choir. In the meantime, we will be inviting students to be part of this group should they wish to. Please have a talk to your children to see if this is something they are interested in doing. The service is scheduled for Sunday the 19th of December.

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Scarecrow Competition, Raffle & Online Auction

Gladstone Scarecrow Competition 2021 “Superstitions”

It’s great to see the scarecrows starting to pop up around the district. Here is the link to enter this year’s competition https://forms.gle/s1De272AqmKpEdJC7 , which can take place under all alert levels. Each scarecrow entry will go in the draw to win a family prize and we will also be awarding an overall supreme winner! Anyone can enter – the more the merrier!


Scarecrow Raffle Tickets

Reminder to return your raffle tickets to school, crediting the FOGS raffle account (12-3290-0004707-50) or sending cash to the School office with the raffle books sold. As always, there will be a prize for the family who sells the most tickets! Please contact Alexandra King on 021 0884 3688 if you would like more tickets to sell. If you are unable to sell the tickets, please return them to the School ASAP.


Scarecrow Auction Items and Prizes

An online auction is currently being set up to open on Saturday the 13th of November. If you know anyone that would like to contribute an auction item or scarecrow prize, please contact Ang Falloon on 0292008196. We need to know about auction items by the 1st of November.

Trunk or Treat and Level 2

The Gladstone Project and the Church committee are aiming to go ahead with the Trunk or Treat event within the Level 2 guidelines. We all had a great time last year, and don’t want the kiddos to miss out, but equally we don’t want to risk a spreader event if Covid happens to be present in our community; so if you are planning on coming please remember the following:

  • There will be QR codes at the gates - please scan in
  • Please stay home if you’re feeling unwell
  • We will have someone on the gate counting people in and out, so if we do reach 100 people at the event please be patient, as you’ll be asked to wait until someone leaves.

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Reminders & Previous Advertisements

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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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Upcoming Events, Cancellations, Date Changes & Information

Upcoming Events

  • Year 3 & 6 Transition Evening: Wednesday 10th November. Year 3 parents @ 5:30pm; Year 6 parents @ 6:00pm. Invitations have been sent home.
  • Times Age Sports Awards: Now Monday 15th November.
  • Production: Week 7 of Term 4 (Tues 30th Nov - Thurs 2nd Dec). We may need to film this event if still at alert level 2. We will advise you asap.
  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December.
  • Prizegiving Assembly: Wednesday 15th December 11am. NB. This event will be modified to suit alert level 2 requirements if necessary. Details TBC.


Cancelled Events

  • Kapa Haka Festival - Our item will be filmed and shared with you digitally. Date TBA.
  • Year 8 Moving On Conference.


Dates Still To Be Confirmed (sometime in Term 4 if alert levels allow).

  • Greats & Grands
  • Science Technology Roadshow
  • Principal's Outing for Term 3 & 4
  • Whānau Helpers High Tea

Reminder: Term Dates for 2022

Term 1 2022 will start for students on Wednesday the 2nd of February.
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