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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 7 Term 4, 2021. 3/12/21

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). Thank you to everyone who participated in and helped organise the monster online auction, it was a huge success - please see the update from FoGS below. Thanks also to whānau for supporting students at home with production prep & costuming. The film is being put together and will be shared before the end of the school year.

As the year draws to a close we are mindful of families finding it difficult to navigate the giving of gifts to teachers when there are a number of teachers/staff members in each syndicate. We don't expect end of year gifts from families. In some schools, a parent from each syndicate takes on the role of organising a combined gift from all the families. Perhaps in the future this may be something families would like to do, however for this year please don't stress about gifts for staff, it is not something we are expecting.

Reports are being sent home on Monday the 13th of December. If you would like to view the videos we made last year explaining how to understand the reports and graphs, please see the links below.

We are excited to share our Kapa Haka Groups performances. A huge thanks to Maia Maunsell and Whaea Micaela for working with the groups this year. You have both done an amazing job. Please see the video links below.

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

Belinda Bunny

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Thank you to Lizzie & Indy for planning and running this week's assembly. Well done to our certificate recipients we are super proud of your efforts this week: Levi Kokx; William Orsborn; Eddie Gardner; Annie Heffernan; Alex Wither; Ben Freeman; Corben Schischka; Abel Porter; Kaylee Huck; Aiden Percy; Isla Dick; Darcy Berryman; William Thompson; George Dick; Sophia Tosswill; Patrick Hanson.

Peter Pan Production - Photos Folder

Check out these cool photos taken by staff during the recording of our production. Please me mindful of sharing photos of other students without family permission.

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Cara Brown's Singing Group Performances

Thank you very much to Cara who has done a great job with our singing groups. We look forward to having Cara back again in 2022.

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Carterton Rotary Club Dictionaries

Each year the Rotary Club of Carterton generously donate dictionaries to all of our Year 4 students. We thank the Carterton Rotary Club for their ongoing support for this project. Dictionaries will be named and kept at school for students to use while in Ruamahanga. At the end of Year 6, they will be able to bring them home.

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Online Auction - FoGS Thank You.

We are blown away by the support for this year’s Scarecrow fundraiser for our School. Approximately $28,000 was raised from the online Monster Auction, Trade Me Auctions and Scarecrow raffle, which is amazing given the challenging year that everyone has had and not being able to host the fair! Funds raised will be going towards Learning Support, the School hall, online subscriptions and new classroom furniture. Thanks to everyone who made scarecrows, donated, placed bids, sold raffle tickets and shared the auction link and to FOGS who again co-ordinated this major fundraiser. Special thanks to all our generous sponsors who made this all possible. Please take a look through the below list and support these local businesses that support Gladstone School!

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Student Work

I have had lots of examples of wonderful work being presented to me in the office this week. Here are some stand out efforts. Ka pai to mahi (great work).

Pack the Bus Thank You

What an awesome example of community manaakitanga! The generous contributions made by families at our school on Wednesday were amazing - please accept our thanks for supporting this great cause.

Touch Rugby - Term 4 2021

So cool that the end of year touch season went well and not too many games were missed due to the weather. Thank you very much to our awesome coaches & organisers - Lee Longstaff; Chelsea Douglas; Piers Fuller & Trish Thomson. We are looking forward to next season already.

Upcoming Events

  • Principal's Outing for Terms 3&4: Tuesday 7th December.
  • Final Whole School Assembly: Friday 10th December
  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner: Tuesday 14th of December. Venue - Gladstone Sports Complex.
  • Prizegiving Assembly: Wednesday 15th December 10am. NB. This event has been modified to suit alert level 2 requirements.
  • Last Day of the Year: Wednesday 15th December. 12:00 finish. Buses will be running at this time.

Reminder - Gladstone Church Christmas Choir Event

The Gladstone Church is planning and preparing for an outdoor version of the annual Christmas Choir & Carols event (the venue is still to be confirmed) - Sunday 19th December 2021 @ 5pm.

As part of this we invite students who are interested & have permission from their parents to be part of the children's choir. Please email student names to kate@gladstone1.school.nz and Kate will compile a list. This year only Year 4-8 students are able to participate.

Reminder: Term Dates for 2022

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

Reminder - Pool Keys Now Available - Pool Open - Please adhere to COVID restrictions below.

If you would like a pool key for the summer, please contact Kirstan in the office - office@gladstone1.school.nz. Keys will be $40 for the season. When collecting your key we will run through the following COVID Guidance, have you sign the agreement and ensure you understand the requirements.

Community use of school pools

In Alert Level 2 areas, both indoor and outdoor pools are allowed to be open as public recreation spaces.

If your school pool is open and you give out keys to your pool, you must ensure your community understand what restrictions apply (for example, reduced numbers to enable social distancing).

You will need to have systems in place to ensure that visitors to your pool are familiar with the public health requirements for public venues before visiting the pool and comply with public health requirements while they are there including:

  • keep two metres physical distance from people you do not know
  • sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • wash or sanitise your hands after using shared equipment.
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