Week 9, Term 1 2022

1/4/22 - He Pānui Wiki Iwa, Whānga Tuatahi

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

Today started with a bit of 'April Fools' hijinks - no we are not making the kids walk home (the bus drivers are not on strike), no Mr Brown is not retiring and no we are not finishing the term early next Friday the 8th of April. The trick certainly stimulated some fascinating conversations. Students and teachers had a bit of fun too - even Mrs Norman was tricked into thinking someone had a pin in their finger!

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We had a super FoGS AGM last night and it was so nice to see some new faces coming along. If you haven't been along yet and would like to, we'd love to see you at our next meeting. The fair has been locked in for Saturday the 12th of November. Ang Falloon and Damelza Cook are stepping down from FoGS and we would like to thank them very much for their outstanding contributions to FoGS. Without such dedicated parent support, our fundraising efforts wouldn't be nearly as successful.

Staying on the team for another round are: Jeremy Sharp (Chairperson); Rachel Nicol (Vice-Chair); Nadia Wither (Secretary); John Strang (Promotions); Alex King (Raffle & Committee Member); Hayley Quirke (Committee Member); Christa Ashby (Committee Member).


Joining FoGS this year is Jo McKay, taking over from Ang as Treasurer/Finance Officer; and Ro Stevenson, taking on Facebook. Thanks so much ladies. We have vacancies for the following roles - Fair Raffle support (helping Alex this year with a view to taking over when she steps down at the end of 2022); Fair Stalls Liaison; Fair Auction Organiser. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact either Belinda (principal@gladstone1.school.nz) or Rachel Nicol (FoGS Vice-Chair - rachel@gladstone1.school.nz).

FoGS Easter Raffle

We would love your help in putting together an Easter raffle - 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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Values Focus This Week

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Our focus for next week is to concentrate on the 'inclusive' part of our vision statement. We talked to students about this today and will be following it up with reminders, scenarios and activities during the week.


Have a lovely weekend everyone,

Ngā manaakitanga,

Belinda Bunny

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by Kayla Watson

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Current guidance has no limits on outdoor gatherings and masks are no longer required outdoors unless you personally feel like wearing one. Please keep collecting your children from beside Gibson Hall - this is working well. If you are coming in to see teachers, you sill need to sign in using the Vistab in the office and wear a mask indoors. We are through our peak and have 38 students away and 76% of students now back at school.

Hui - Assembly

Thanks very much to Annie & Koby for running a great assembly today. We did get a fright with your 'Mr Brown' April Fools trick.

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Well done to the following people who received certificates today:

Frankie Murnane; Henry Post; Isla Blackwood; Isla Dick; Jackson Homes; Jorja Palmer; Lucy Blake; Mia Gleeson; Morgan Richardson; Sam Beetham; Toby Wilkinson; William Thompson (Whetu o te Wiki - stars of the week).


James Hanson & David McKay (Ōnoke). Juno Fuller, Evie Dick & Charlie Ashby (Ruamahanga). Mya Corkill, Isla Blackwood & Hadleigh Webb (Kourarau).

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Snapshot from the week

BoT Meeting - Monday the 4th April, via Google Meet

If you would like to virtually attend the meeting, please contact bot@gladstone1.school.nz and Tanya will send you a link.
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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 4th April: Paula Dick

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".
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Please find a direct link to our Whānau Calendar below. It can also be accessed via the app and the school website.