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Gladstone School Newsletter - Week 6 Term 4, 2021. 26/11/21

Te Karere a te Tumuaki (Principal's Message)

Kia ora tātou katoa (Hi/greetings/hello everybody). We have had a busy week leading up to the production filming next Tuesday. The performance is looking great and we can't wait to share it with you all. Teachers are busy finishing off end of year assessments and reports. Caregiver copies of reports are being sent home on Monday the 13th of December.

Y4-8 students wanting to participate in the church Christmas Choir are asked to please email Mrs Head asap. Practices start next week here at school. kate@gladstone1.school.nz.

We are inviting Year 6-8 students to bring their togs and a towel if they would like to participate in lunchtime swims from Monday onwards.

Behaviour issues always spike towards the end of Term 4 and we are doing what we can to mitigate, navigate and deal with these. It's always helpful to maintain open lines of communication with the school and see that students are as rested and relaxed as possible.

New Zealand is moving to the traffic light system on the 3rd of December. How this effects schools is currently being worked on at ministry level. From what we understand, current requirements at Level 2 will stay in place for schools until the end of the school year with a new set of traffic light requirements being developed ready for the start of Term 1 2022.

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

Belinda Bunny

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Positons Available

We are seeking a keen person who would be interested in being co-oped onto the BoT to take over the 'Grants' portfolio from the fabulous Mark Edwards who is stepping down from his co-opted position at the end of this year. Securing additional grant funding is an important piece of work because as you know, our funding allocation from the Ministry of Education doesn't stretch very far at all. Please contact Tanya Klue - bot@gladstone1.school.nz if interested.

The other position we have available is the pool manager - the awesome Clint Anderson is moving on when his son Jack finishes Year 8 in December. Now that we have a new pool liner and filter system the job is much more streamlined than it has been in the past. It may be a job that can be shared between 2 people. Please contace Graham Brown - graham@gladstone1.school.nz if interested.


Thank you to Tom & Jack A for planning and running this week's assembly. Well done to our certificate recipients we are super proud of your efforts this week: Sam McGuinness; Kandy Norman-Neal; Koby Klue; Joey Williams; Corben Schischka; Lyra Alexander; Hannah Douglas & Madden Davies.

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Garden Shield Competition

Thank you very much to the organisers of the Garden Shield competition. We are pleased to announce that Gladstone School has been awarded 2nd place out of 12 competing schools. This is a fantastic result - well done to the winners, South Featherston - we will be down to visit to see all the cool things you've been doing.

Scarecrow Raffle Results

Thanks very much to everyone for supporting our 2021 Scarecrow Raffle. The winners are as follows:

1st #0365 Caragh Briggs (Esther Bunning Creative Portrait Session)

2nd #1668 Serena Naysmith (Trailer Load of Firewood)

3rd #0462 Sara Orsborn (Masterweave Mohair Throw)

4th #1295 Marge Worsfold (Gladstone Horse Trek Voucher for two)

5th #0649 Karen Williams (Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club Double Pass)

Annie Heffernan sold the most books - 13!

Rosie Walters and the Mason family tying second with 8 books each.

Production Costumes & Props

Please check the app alert that went out during the week. We are short a few props and costume items - if anyone has some of the listed things at home, we'd love to borrow them.

RSVP - End of Year Assembly; Y8 Leavers Dinner & Principal's Outing

Please RSVP for these events and outings. We still need 3 more parents to join us on the Principal's outing on Tuesday the 7th of December.
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Online Auction - Finishes on Sunday! Get Bidding Team.

Here is the auction link: https://www.32auctions.com/GladstoneSchoolMasterton. You can also access the auction site by using the QR code below. The auction will be open for 2 more days. Please share with friends and family - this is our big fundraiser for the year. A huge thanks to all of the people and businesses who have contributed to create so many awesome auction prizes.

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Upcoming Events

  • Production: We are filming the production.
  • 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.
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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 - Ōnoke (Year 7&8) 2022 Camp - Abel Tasman

Pre-information is being given to the 2022 Year 7&8 students this afternoon. A link to the booklet is also included below. A more comprehensive document with a detailed itinerary, budget, RAMS etc will be sent home at the start of 2022. This is just an initial information pack.

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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