Pānui Hararei - Holiday Update

Gladstone School - 8th October 2021

Te Karere a te Tumuaki - Principal's Message

Kia ora e te whānau (hi friends & family).


It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of our first week of the school holidays. The spring weather is certainly doing it's part to keep us on our toes. Organisation of events is currently at the top of our minds. We understand it is frustrating that we are holding off making decisions to cancel Pet Day and the Scarecrow Fair but don't want to be in the position where we make a call too soon (especially with the fair) and end up being able to run the events after all.


We are keeping a close eye on how things are tracking nationally and are in regular communication with the Ministry of Education around any possible alert level changes or easing of restrictions. At the moment it is still 'watch this space'. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. If we are unable to proceed with a 'live audience' for the production, we will film it and share it with you all digitally. This will be the same for our upcoming Kapa Haka festival.


Kia pai tō mutunga wiki (have a good weekend),


Belinda Bunny

School Hoodies Update

Unfortunately the printing on many of the hoodies purchased has come off. Please send the hoodies (named or with a sticker/piece of paper attached to the garment) into school on the first day back, and we will organise to have them reprinted at no cost. We apologise for this.


We have been in talks with NZ Uniforms and they are going to pick up the supply of school hoodies. When they are ready, you will be able to purchase them any time either in store or online from NZ Uniforms. We are also looking at a sports-fabric, breathable polo option. Once the designs are back from NZ Uniforms, we will share them with you. The current fleece and polo options will still be available - we are increasing the choice you have over garments.

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Additional Scarecrow Making Photos - Last Day of Term

Please remember online protocols around using and posting photographs - if you are posting photos of other people and/or their children, you need to request permission first.

Tui Ridge Rotorua Ōnoke Camp Feedback

Please send in your feedback - both parents who went on the camp and those who's child went on the camp. Your feedback enables us to plan and prepare for future camps.

2021 BoT Community Survey

If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes over the holidays to complete our 2021 BoT Survey - the link is above.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • 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). School Closed.
  • Labour Day: Monday 25th October
  • Scarecrow Fair: Saturday 13th November
  • 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)
  • Final Assembly: Friday 10th December
  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December
  • Prizegiving Assembly & Year 8 Leavers: Wednesday 15th December


Dates Still To Be Confirmed (sometime in Term 4).

  • Kapa Haka Festival
  • Greats & Grands
  • Principal's Outing for Term 3 & 4
  • Whānau Helpers High Tea

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


  • RULES

    • 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.

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. We’d 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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Scarecrow Fair Plant Stall

Spring has finally arrived, and with only five more weeks until the fair it’s time to get potting! There will be a stack of pots outside the school office, so help yourself if you’re planning on spending some time in the garden over the holidays. Contact Kat on 022 425 7760 if you need some potting mix or would like a hand with potting up. Any and all plants sell well - indoor plants, herbs, fruit and veges, natives, grasses, perennials or annuals - we’ll take any you can spare!

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