March 2023 Edition
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Week 7, Term 1 2023

15/3/23 - He Pānui Wiki Whitu, Whānga Tuatahi

We have had to change our newsletter provider as they are no longer supporting SchoolApps. The newsletter will now be written within our website and will be sent out electronically. If you are wanting the newsletter to come directly via your email inbox, please let Belinda know at Unfortunately we lost our newsletter contact group as well.

Tēnā koutou katoa (hello everyone)

Kia ora e te whānau o te kura o Parakawhara (hello friends & family of Gladstone School). This has been a big week nationally regarding NZEI collective contract negotiations with the government. It's important to note that not all teachers are part of a union. We only have a few NZEI union members here at Gladstone School which is why we were able to stay open. At school we absolutely support what is being asked of the government to improve working conditions and resourcing - as you all know, schools are inadequately resourced to provide all that tamariki require.
Under the new NELP's (National Education Learning Priorities) we are working towards meeting expectations outlined in Priority Five - Meaningfully incorporate te reo Māori and tikanga Māori into the everyday life of the place of learning. Wording traslations that may help as you read the newsletter:
Tamariki - children
Parakawhara - Gladstone
Mahi - work
Kōrero - talk/discussion
Kaupapa - approach/way of doing things.
Whānau - family/friends
Ka pai to mahi - great work.
Ōnoke were busy using some of the harvested summer vegetables from our school gardens yesterday. They made the most delicious relish, grilled zucchini & muffins. It is awesome to see the 'Garden to Table' kaupapa coming to life here at school. Thank you to the green team for growing such fabulous produce. The team are now preparing garden beds ready for winter vegetable planting.
Reminder - 150th Celebration Committee - If you or anyone you know is willing and able to join us in organizing this all-important community event, please reach out - Thanks to those of you who have put your names down already.

Ceilidh Update - New Date

This cool fundraiser has been postponed until Saturday the 28th of April. Please lock this into your calendar and share with whānau. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be distributed by FoGS for school camps so the more support the better.
It was wonderful to see our awesome BoT getting fully engaged with science at our meeting on Monday evening. We had our science facilitator Ben Laybourn along with head of science - Jaime Church, presenting our school science journey so far. Ben is working with the school until the end of 2023. Our focus has been on strategically planning to weave science through the teaching of maths and literacy so that the three subjects work together to provide deep, purposeful, powerful and engaging learning opportunities while looking at assessment for learning and formative practice in science and science capabilities.
Tracking and Trapping Update: Last week we hosted a Tracking and Trapping workshop here at Parakawhara te kura (Gladstone School). The workshop involved facilitators from Pūkaha (Kelly Body and Rhys Watkins) and Enviroschools and the funding for all of the equipment comes from the Ruamahanga Restoration Trust - we love your ongoing support.
South Wairarapa Swimming Sports - Well done to those swimmers who now go through to the Wairarapa Swimming Champs being held next Wednesday the 22nd of March, 10am @ the Trust House Recreation Centre. The team: Frances Williams; Joey Williams; Hugo Tomlin; Declan Groen-Paku; Michael Quirke; Toby Wilkinson; Hugo Wilkinson; Allie Blake; Cooper Brady; James Gardner; Eddie Gardner; Sam Beetham; Maisie Post; Frankie Murnane; Lucy Blake; Ella Strang; Hannah Douglas; Monty Murnane; Joel Douglas; Olivia Orsborn; Juno Fuller; Sophie Beetham; Sam Berryman; Zoe Cates & Darcy Berryman.


Well done and thank you to Sam Berryman & Sophie Beetham for running this week's assembly. You did a super job. If you missed the assembly, you can watch it on our school Facebook Page - the link is below.
Well done to our 'Whetu o te Wiki - Stars of the Week': Jaime Church for plugging all the gaps and keeping things running in Kourarau while staff are absent; Sophia Tosswill & Zoe Cates for running a super junior art class on a Thursday lunch time; The Green Team for getting the gardens, fish pond & chicken coop all tidied up and ready for winter. Ka pai to mahi - great work.
Congratulations to students who received certificates from their teachers today: Milo Wildy; Lucy McKay; Evie Dick; Paige McGregor; Darcy Berryman; Lauren James; Mya Corkill & Pippa Giddens. Our focus was on Manaakitanga this week. Students can also be awarded certificates for other super mahi (work). Rā whānau (happy birthday) to our special birthday people this week.
This week's korero (story/talk) is about our school logo which was developed in 2021. The kōrero behind the logo is explained by a group of Year 8 tamariki (children) who were here in 2021.
The full slideshow of local stories can be found by using the link below. Each week we add a new story to the collection. Anyone with interesting local stories is welcome & encouraged to email them through to
This is Maisie and I testing our wing that we made for science. I had lots of fun making this wing. I hope you like it - by Isla.
Playing partner maths games in Kourarau. Our year 3s did a great job of helping.
Ruamahanga mahi (work) in the chicken coop area.

Winter Sport Registration Links

Winter sports are just around the corner. Please find links below to the latest sports sign-ups. Links have also gone out via the school app. Please note that winter sports are organised and played through clubs here at Parakawhara - Gladstone. The links will take you to the right forms to sign up. All forms have information on playing days & times.

Things Coming Up

Week 7
Sun 19/3 - Super Bee @ School

Week 8
Wed 22/3 - Wairarapa Swimming Champs 10am @ Trust House Recreation Centre
Fri 24/3 - Year 7&8 Design Technology
Sat 25/3 - Relay for Life

Please note: Monday the 24th of April is a staff only day across the Carterton District. All 5 schools are joining together for a curriculum refresh hui (meeting/workshop). Tuesday the 25th of April is a public holiday for ANZAC Day. Term 2 for students starts on Wednesday the 26th of April.

School App

Please pop onto the school app and update your alert groups.
Thanks so much to those of you who are supporting us through PGG Wrightson & Ballance. Every dollar counts and we are grateful for your support.
Fuels for Schools. We are so delighted to have been able to order $3,000 worth of equipment for our school through this awesome programme. Packages ordered shown below:
We would like to take the time to mention those members of the community that have contributed to our school through the Fuels for Schools Programme.
They are listed as follows:
Little Gwelo Ltd
Aiden Viviers
Urlar Gladstone Wines
Stu Nicol Trust
Jet Harvesting Ltd
Ash Hey
Commercial fleet Services Wairarapa Ltd
Roeskes Mulch n Digg Limited
Ace Trucking Limited
Maxwell Ag Spray Limited
Wahi Atahua Limited AGO only
PB Harper Partnership
Leyden Downs Ltd
D W & PC Mckay
Wahi Atahua Limited petrol only
Hinewaka Shorthorns
Flat Point Station Ltd
Braddick Contracting Limited
Hire a Farmer Limited
Puketiro Farm Partnership
Mitchell Blackwood
Giddy up Ag Limited
Los Pastures Limited
Willbert Civil Limited
W P E Falloon Limited
David Bubb
Beetham Farming Limited

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