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Week 8, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Mar 24 02:23pm

Kia ora. Please find our newsletter for this week linked below. Have a lovely weekend & if you get a moment to look at and comment on our Relationships & Sexuality Overview, we would be most grateful. 

Week 8, Term 1 Newsletter 2023Relationships & Sexuality Curriculum Information

Relationships & Sexuality Education – One of the Health & PE Strands of the NZ Curriculum

Wed Mar 22 04:13pm

All New Zealand Schools are required to deliver between 12-15 hours per year of instruction on the ‘Relationships & Sexuality Education’ aspect of the Health & PE curriculum. We are planning to focus on this during Term 2. Please view the consultation document linked below. Included in the document are links to the curriculum documents and websites.  Any comments, questions and/or responses to the consultation document are due in by Thursday the 6th of April. 

Relationships & Sexuality Education – Term 2, 2023

Massive THANK YOU & Week 8 Reminders

Sun Mar 19 01:03pm

We are so delighted with the turn out today at the super bee. THANK YOU SO MUCH if you were able to be here this morning. We got so much done – window cleaning; painting; weed eating; lime; firewood; tree trimming; bike track making. Many hands sure do make light work. From the bottom of our hearts we really do appreciate every bit whānau helped with.  Thanks also to those of you who are coming along over the next few weeks to do other bits and bobs – AMAZING.  Great job Matt Nielsen & Willie Falloon who have been hard out getting the junior bike track started. Our mission this year is to secure a container for bikes and a repair workshop. We have the helmets donated already so keen to get the last piece in the puzzle sorted. 

Monday – FoGS Lunches (Emma McGregor)

Wednesday – Wairarapa Swimming Champs 10am

Friday – Sausage Sizzle & Ice Blocks + Year 7&8 Design Tech. 

Firewood for Sale

Sun Mar 19 09:04am

We have firewood ready to go. If anyone would like to purchase a load please come with a trailer to school before 12 and there will be a team of people to help load. Bank account details are available here at school.  The wood is gum – some has been drying over the “summer” the rest is being split today so will be for burning next winter. You can also come to school during the week to get a load – come to the office to pay.  Price depending on size of trailer but a good rate is assured. Phone Belinda 0276140777 if you have any questions. 

Week 7, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Mar 17 02:28pm

Kia ora. We have had to move to a new platform for our newsletters. Please find the new format linked below. 

Lots of sandpit fun lately: 


Week 7, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Gladstone Primary Netball Registrations

Thu Mar 16 04:09pm

Primary Netball for Years 5-8  will be played on a Tuesday afternoon in Terms 2 and 3.  (No games in Term 2 Holidays)
We would like to be able to enter teams from the Gladstone area in their appropriate age groups if the numbers allow us to, we can combine age groups appropriately. Please fill out this form to register your child’s interest in playing netball. Remember that both Girls and Boys can play netball at Primary level.
Please complete the form by Monday 8th March.
If you have any questions please email Danielle at or pm the Gladstone Netball Facebook page.Gladstone Primary Netball Registration Link

Gladstone Rugby Club – Junior Registrations.

Thu Mar 16 08:25am

The Gladstone Junior Rugby registrations for 2023 are now open. They are welcoming back a lot of players who tried other sports but realised Rugby was the best winter sport option.  The New Zealand Black Ferns showed how women are leading the way with another World Cup in the trophy cabinet. Come and take part in the fun – join your friends on Thursday 6 April at 3:30pm at the Gladstone Complex.  There will be a free sausage sizzle, and the first 100 registrations get a cool free Boot Bag. Register at  or email Charlie on for any queries.

Hockey Registrations Now Open

Wed Mar 15 01:43pm

Please use the button below to access the hockey registration form. 

2023 Hockey Registration Form

Wairarapa Youth Orchestra Message – Enrolments Now Open

Wed Mar 15 09:25am

The Wairarapa Youth Orchestra are accepting new enrolments for term 2. We are a youth orchestra that accepts all primary and secondary school aged students across the Wairarapa and our programme is free! We do all we can to get students to rehearsal and back with x3 current vans operating across the Wairarapa. 

We are very lucky to have 9 experienced tutors who have had successful careers as teachers, musicians and New Zealand and Symphony Orchestra players. These specialist tutors coach our tamariki and ākonga in rehearsals and concerts to help them learn their music and work together to produce our large ensemble sound! I have attached their bios below. 

We also have instruments available for students who are in need of support. We have x6 scholarship violin instruments available for year 6-8 students and x2 Clarinets for year 9 and above. We also have a contact list of music teachers throughout the Wairarapa and can help students and families get in touch to start learning an instrument of the orchestra! 

We encourage all string, woodwind, brass and percussion students to join us to develop their instrument skills, as well as their social, communication, listening and leadership skills as part of our programme. 

You can also have a look and listen to our students performing/ rehearsing their music on our facebook page here:

Open Tomorrow (Thursday)

Wed Mar 15 09:19am

Kia ora. As previously advised, Gladstone School is open tomorrow (Thursday). We have enough non-union members on staff to run our programmes as normal. Buses will also be running as normal. The strike action is being taken my members of the NZEI, not all teachers and principal’s in  Aotearoa/New Zealand are part of this union. 

Super Bee & Firewood Sales – Sunday 19th March

Tue Mar 14 05:06pm

Kia ora. As you all know we are having our annual working bee this coming Sunday. A list of jobs needing to be done can be found below.   We will have paint and cleaning products at school – if you’re keen to paint  or do window cleaning, please bring along a paint brush &/or window cleaning gear/cloths. 

We are also selling off the gum that we are splitting – it will need to dry out for burning next winter.   Thanks so much to Neil Anderson who spent last Friday night pre-ringing logs. Please bring a trailer along on the day to load up and pay for it either with cash or via internet banking.  Jacqui Wilkinson will be overseeing this. Come to the new carpark behind the school to get further instructions. Prices will depend on the size of your trailer & how full the load is – it will be heavy so full loads may not be an option.   

Some families can’t make it to the bee and have offered assistance at other times. Please let us know if you are in this position, there are definitely things that can be done outside of Sunday. Thanks a million. 


Bulb Fundraiser

Mon Mar 13 02:30pm

Thanks so much to everyone who has sent in bulb orders. We have a few days up our sleeves to accept late orders. Please send them in by Wednesday. 

Week 7 Reminders

Sun Mar 12 03:55pm

Kia ora koutou (hi everyone).  Thanks to those who helped out and provided kai for the Kourarau bake sale on Friday night. The team are most appreciative. 

Gladstone School will remain open for instruction on the day of the nation wide teacher strike – we have enough non-union members to keep the school running. 

Please also double check your alert groups ie. classes; bus groups. Often alerts are sent directly to groups rather than to everyone. 


Monday 13/3: 6pm Bot Meeting. 

Friday 17/3: Year 7&8 Design Technology

Sunday 19/3: Super Bee from 7:30/8:00am. 

Week 6, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Mar 10 03:58pm

Kia ora. Apologies for the formatting of today’s newsletter. We have run into a problem with the SMORE platform so have had to send out the information in PDF format for today – we will have the situation sorted by next week. 

As you will have seen in the media, Primary School Teachers who are part of the NZEI are joining other groups from the Education sector to take strike action on Thursday the 15th of April. At Gladstone School we have enough non-union members to keep the school open and running as usual.

Well done to our swimmers who represented the Carterton Cluster and a big thank you to Kourarau Whānau for sending along the most amazing baking. 

Please find newsletter information attached below. Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

View PDF

Strike Action – Update

Wed Mar 08 06:25pm

As yet there is no official word of a primary teachers strike day. Voting closed this evening and primary schools will be advised in the next day or two. We will keep you informed. 

Week 6 Reminders

Sun Mar 05 04:19pm

Kia ora koutou. As we head into Week 6 the focus is very much on drumming up support for the following things:

1.  We are looking for volunteers this Wednesday 8 March between 8am and 10am to help a local farmer, David McKay, clear some fences. If you can spare an hour or two after school drop off on Wednesday, please add your details to the google doc linked below or contact Ang Falloon on 0292008196.
David will make a donation to school for the work completed. This to go towards the 2023 FOGS fundraising target. 

We will meet at Davids, 1359 Te Whiti Rd, from 8am Wednesday. Please wear gloves, gumboots and old clothes as we will be clearing grass, branches and other debri from fences. Thank you!

2. Promotion & purchase of Ceilidh Tickets. The proceeds from this event are going towards the Year 7/8; 5/6 & 3/4 school camps. 

3. Super Bee Help – Sunday 19th of March. We would love to get the junior bike track put in and the gum cut up & sold off. Please add your name to the linked doc below or email Belinda if you can help & she will put it on for you. Doc seems to work better from a computer rather than a phone for some reason. Conversations are underway with Waka Kotahi via the Carterton District Council & local families for a storage solution for bikes so we have popped that part of the project to the side for the time being. 

Help with local flood damage and fundraise for Gladstone School – Sign Up Form

Super Bee – Sign Up Form

Mon 6/3 – Mihi Whakatau (Welcome for new students & student teacher) 9:00am.

Fri 10/3 – South Wairarapa Swimming Champs; Year 7&8 Design Technology Starts (travel by bus from school to Makoura and back again); Carterton District Council Picnic in the Park Event. 


Week 5, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Mar 03 03:47pm

Please find this weeks newsletter linked below. Lots of action this week and a special mention to those students who competed at the Carterton Cluster Swimming event on Wednesday. 

Here are our some of our budding honey-makers in action this week. We can’t wait to taste the honey:

We are looking forward to seeing many of you here at school this evening for ‘Tent City’ – it’s the perfect evening for it and I am sure we will all have a lot of fun. Just a quick reminder that this is an official EOTC event aka camp, so the expectation is that there will be no alcohol.

Week 5, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Super Bee – Sunday 19th March

Tue Feb 28 03:36pm

Calling all hands. Please pop your names down via the link below or let Belinda ( know if you are not able to use the link and she will enter your name. Sausage sizzle, bacon butties & child supervision provided. 

Super Bee Helpers Sign Up

Fun with wool kids event @ the Golden Shears.

Tue Feb 28 02:00pm

If anyone would like to enter this, please let Belinda know asap. Organisers have extended the cut off for entries until tomorrow (Wednesday).  Details from the organisers below:

The 2023 Golden Shears committee are again organising the students/children’s competition on
Thursday night 2 nd March.
The first two years of this event were very successful with all children entered having a great time.
The competition involves 5 disciplines pertaining to wool handling:
 throwing a fleece on a wool table
 throwing belly wool into a basket
 loading wool into a wool press.
We have 3 grades for the competitors
Junior: Up to 7years old
Intermediate: 8 – 13 years
Senior: 14 – 18years
Students represent their school as a promotional activity, however if successful, will receive a
complimentary prize from Golden Shears. Because of time restraints we have a limit of 6 competitors
from each school.
Each competitor shall be judged for each discipline. The highest accumulated points shall be the
winner in each grade. Depending on entries, we may have semi-finals prior to the final for each
The competition starts at 6.45pm on Thursday evening at the Masterton War Memorial Stadium, 2
Dixon Street, Masterton.
We anticipate the event shall be finished at approximately 8.15pm including the presentation of
This event is free for the competitors to enter. Thursday night is free entry to the Stadium for

Week 5 Reminders

Sun Feb 26 05:00pm

Kia ora koutou.  Here are a few reminders about the week ahead. 

Mon 27th Feb: FoGs lunches (Pies & Frankfurters). 

Wed 1st March: Carterton Cluster Swimming Sports (details to come out via the app). 

Fri 3rd March: Sausage Sizzle & Ice Blocks; Kourarau Tent City (Years 1-3). 

Many thanks to the fab whānau who helped with catering on Friday night. A big thanks also to those of you who baked and donated. It was very much appreciated. 


Week 4, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Feb 24 04:08pm

Happy Friday everyone. Please find this week’s newsletter linked below. 

Week 4, Term 1 Newsletter 2023


FoGS Update

Wed Feb 22 02:04pm

FYI – meeting at school on Thursday @ 6:30pm. All new members incredibly welcome and well received – come along with a friend. BYO drinks. 


Ceilidh Dance Tickets Now Available

Mon Feb 20 02:38pm

Please find a link below to purchase your Ceilidh Event tickets – Saturday 25th of March @ The Complex. Ceilidh Dance Tickets

Couple of Quick Updates

Mon Feb 20 12:29pm

Flood Relief: A contact of mine has a school community outside of Gisborne (Te Karaka Area School) that is desperate for the items we are collecting. I am going to send some of the community relief to them directly and the other half out to our friends at Tinui.  Both communities are also promoting the donation of money to the Red Cross. Thanks so much to everyone who has sent items along already. 

FoGS Lunches: We only have pies and frankfurters available this year – no sausage rolls. Pies are $3 and Frankfurters are $2.50. Thanks to Bron Wood who is kindly taking orders from 8:30 – 9:00 on a Monday morning. If anyone in our community is able to either take over from or share with Bron, please let us know. 

Week 4 Reminders

Sun Feb 19 01:40pm

Kia ora. We are collecting items for the flood relief team (nappies, sanitary items, clean towels, toilet paper, baby wipes, non-perishable food). We also understand that relief groups would prefer donations so that they can get the aid where they need it most. If you would prefer, please donate to the community support page:

Community Support DonationsHere are a few reminders about the week ahead:

– Monday 20/2: BoT Meeting, 6pm

– Wednesday 22/2: Gladdy Swimming Sports 

– Thursday 23/2: Catch-up Check & Connect Meetings (same times as you booked for last Thursday unless changed with your child’s teacher); FoGS Meeting, 6:30pm @ school. 

– Friday 24/2: Baking for FoGS Fundraiser


Flood Relief

Fri Feb 17 04:36pm


Admiral Bus Running Late

Fri Feb 17 03:16pm

There is a smashed window on the Admiral Bus. It is being cleaned up & sorted now and will be leaving in 5 minutes. 

Week 3, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Feb 17 02:23pm

Kia ora. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding this week. Please find our newsletter linked below. 


Week 3, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Gladstone Tennis:

Fri Feb 17 10:25am

Junior tennis coaching started this week. Takes place at the complex on Monday & Thursdays after school with coach Rudo. 
We have had a couple of spots come available in the Thursday afternoon groups. Beginners to championship. 
Anyone welcome.
Please fill out form here, and email Jacob Emery asap at: 

Tennis Sign-Up Form

Bus Update for Friday 17th Feb

Thu Feb 16 04:32pm

All buses running tomorrow. Go Bus will let us know if Te Wharau has normal route but they think at this stage it is all up and running.

FoGS Catering Fundraiser – Friday 24th February

Thu Feb 16 04:20pm

Friday 24th February (next week) – same day as Wings over Wairarapa. The FoGS team would be very grateful for baking to be dropped in before school on Friday morning (next week). 

Cakes, slices , muffins – it will all be very much appreciated. Also if anyone has any surplus zucchini, please send it into school tomorrow or Monday. 

The group is especially keen for some people to make special diet cake/slices – gluten free etc (please contact Hayley if you can help with this).  Hayley Quirke: 027 766 5009.

If you can’t help with baking, FoGS would very much appreciate a donation into their account to go towards ingredients. 12-3290-0004 707-00

Thanks everyone. 


Gladstone School swimming sports next week, Wednesday 22nd March. This is our practise swim for the Cluster swim the following week.

Thu Feb 16 01:17pm


GS swim sports & practice

Update 16.2.23

Thu Feb 16 10:05am

Mōrena koutou (good morning everyone). Thank you all again for being so understanding about the school closure today. We are pleased for property owners in our area that the forecast rain hasn’t as yet been as bad as forecast. At this point in time it looks like things are easing and we plan to be fully back to normal tomorrow (Friday). We will let you know of any bus run issues later in the day. At present TE WHARAU ROAD UNSEALED SECTION IS NOW OPEN TO 4 X 4 VEHICLES AND RESIDENCE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY EXTREME CAUTION REQUIRED. Mr Brown will liaise with Go Bus about how far the bus can come up Te Wharau tomorrow. 

Forward Planning for Thursday 16th Feb. 

Wed Feb 15 12:33pm

We have been considering our approach for tomorrow (Thursday). Having weighed up many scenarios, checked weather forecasts and advice going out via civil defence and other pages, we, together with the BoT  have decided to close the school as a precautionary measure. 

Heavy rain is again forecast later today, overnight and all day tomorrow. Rivers are already swollen and the ground is sodden. Most of our staff and many of our families live on the other side of the Ruamahanga,  in Carterton or Masterton and there is the possibility of further flooding and road closures. 

We are mindful that this will cause difficulties for those of you trying to work, however health and safety issues and the high chance of students not being able to get home if things go the way they are expected has led us to this decision.  

Students in Ruamahanga and Ōnoke have their planners online if they do wish to work on some tasks however many of these students still have their devices at school so we have a realistic expectation that for most of you, there will be limited if no work being completed.  Our suggestion is to dust off the board games, have fun with some art, do some creative writing, baking or making with lego. 

For those of you who have check and connect meetings booked for tomorrow, we will reschedule these to next Thursday the 23rd of February – same times unless they no longer work for you, in this instance please email your child’s team leader to reschedule (Ōnoke – Graham Brown; Ruamahanga – Chelsea Douglas; Kourarau – Jaime Church). 

Updates will continue to go out via the app. Alerts can also be found at the bottom of our home page on our website and we will also copy alerts across to Facebook as a back up for those of you who have problems with your app or are not able to logon to it. 

We thank you for your understanding and wish you all a safe & uneventful  24 hours to come. Please reach out if you are in any difficulty or need assistance of any kind. 

FoGS Meeeting – Thursday 16th February

Wed Feb 15 09:27am

We are having our first FoGS meeting for the year tomorrow evening at school – Thursday the 16th Feb, 6:30 pm in the staff room. All welcome, particularly new families/members. 


Update 8:13

Wed Feb 15 08:23am

Just to clarify: Things change pretty quickly. It’s one of those days where you can bring them in if you want to but if you’re all happy staying at home then that is fine too. Lots of kids are away today so it will be a mucky day anyway.

As water starts to subside in places and people are able to get through and they want/need to, students can be dropped off at school during the day. If you live in Masterton or on the other side of Te Whiti and would like to drive your kids around the long way then please do. We are not sure how long the road will remain closed. We understand that things are different for different people depending on where you live. Staff are all here. Fingers crossed we continue to have a break in the rain. 

Update 7:40

Wed Feb 15 07:47am

Thank you for your patience while we get to school and liaise with others. 

1. Stay put if you are flooded in and can’t get to school or if your bus run is not going – (Te Kopi including the PPE down to the waste water treatment plant and Te Wharau).   Longbush and Admiral are still running. 

2. Check and connect meetings are taking place. If you can’t physically get here then please let teachers know and they will organise a phone call or zoom interview. 

7:15 Update

Wed Feb 15 07:18am

As advised earlier, many of our local roads are closed. Buses are making their way around past the Gladstone Pub. There will be no Te Whiti Bus Run (including the PPE from the waste water treatment plant). Other runs TBA.

The school is not officially closing however if you can keep your children home today please do. We will be running a limited hunker down type of day.  If you do need to get to work please send your kids to school. The other bus runs will be late at best and we will let you know what time they are leaving school. 

Please watch this space re. check and connect meeting organisation. 


Wed Feb 15 07:06am

Morning all. Lots of roads are closed at present. Te Whiti Road has also just closed. Please stand by for further updates re buses and school. We will come back to you in 5 minutes. 

Check & Connect Meetings Wednesday & Thursday

Tue Feb 14 03:55pm

Thanks to those of you who have made appointments to meet with your child’s teacher either in person or via zoom/google meet. The meetings will be taking place in the following spaces:

Wednesday 15/2

– Ōnoke in Belinda’s office;

– Ruamahanga in the meeting room (part of the office).

– Kourarau in the staff room

Thursday 16/2 

– Ruamahanga in the meeting room;

– Kourarau in Belinda’s office.

14/2/23 BoT Meeting Postponed

Tue Feb 14 12:41pm

FYI tonights BoT meeting has been rescheduled to next Monday the 20th of February at 6pm. 

Weather Update

Tue Feb 14 11:48am

Kia ora anō (hello again). We understand that access down towards Mahupuku Road and the end of Longbush Road is starting to get marginal due to river/water levels. If you live in this or other affected areas, and are concerned about rising water please feel welcome and encouraged to come and collect your children earlier. Buses at this stage are still running as normal, however we will update you as soon as we hear otherwise. 

Wild Weather

Tue Feb 14 07:21am

Mōrena koutou. We hope you are all doing ok with the onset of this wild weather over night. School is open and buses are running. Please advise us if you are unable to get to school or know of any road closures etc. We will continue to monitor the conditions. Take care. Team Gladdy. 

Missing Scooter

Mon Feb 13 04:10pm

Please keep an eye out for a missing scooter belonging to Wyatt Halliday. It is a multi-coloured metal scooter which is usually locked up on the fence. Please let us know if you have seen it or know where it may be. 

COVID & Illness

Mon Feb 13 08:18am

As I write this I am still ever hopeful and optimistic for a ‘normal’ school year with over 90% attendance and low rates of illness. 

That said, please keep an eye on your children and do a COVID test if they are unwell. We do have 2 cases that have popped up this morning – children in Kourarau. There is also a nasty head cold doing the rounds. As always, we will keep you updated and in the loop. 


Week 3 Reminders

Sun Feb 12 03:19pm

Kia ora. Bookings close on Monday evening for check and connect meetings. Please see the link below.

Upcoming FoGS Fundraising Event – 24th February 2023
We have a fund raising event coming up on 24th February (lunch for the 25th). This is quite a big fundraiser with over 200 boxed lunches needing to be provided by us. If you are interested in helping on the day (Friday after school/early evening) making sandwiches and boxing up lunches, baking either cake, slice or muffins (also need gluten free/dairy free/ vegan), or if you are keen to donate some money to the FoGS account, please let me know on 027 766 5009. Your help on this is so appreciated, and all the profit goes towards our kids, in our school! Thanks in advance Hayley Quirke.

Here are a few reminders about the week ahead:

Mon 13/2 – FoGS Lunches. 

Tues 14/2 – BoT Meeting, 6pm.

Wed 15/2 – Whānau Check & Connect Meetings 

Thurs 16/2 – Whānau Check & Connect Meetings

Fri 17/2 – Sausage Sizzle & Ice Blocks. 


Check & Connect Meetings (Parents & Teachers)


FoGS Lunch Helper List

Fri Feb 10 02:29pm

Thanks to Liz Mason who has put together this list of families able to help with lunches on a Monday afternoon. Additional names will be added as we receive them. Please see the lunch day instructions linked and written below.  There is also a copy under ‘Docs’ on the home screen of the app. 


Lunch Helper InstructionsPreview

1. 12:40 – Arrive

2. Turn Frankfurt’s on to boil.  There is usually too much water in the pan so drain a bit.

3. Turn off the pie warmer – this ensures they are not too hot for the kids.

4. Turn the oven on to warm the rolls.  Oven a bit temperamental you need to turn it full 360 (to make it wake up) then turn it back to the temp you want.

5. Check sauces are full and put into each box (3 big black containers- one for each hub)

6. 12:55pm get the pies and sausage rolls and put them into the black boxes.  One box for each hub – the list of how many orders for each hub will be on the bench. 

7. 1:00pm the senior kids come to help.  Make sure they hand sanitizer their grubby hands !

8. 1:00pm make the franks – and put them into a napkin.

9. 1:05pm orders are taken by the senior kids.

10. Wash the pots used and wipe the bench if required.

11. Make sure the pie warmer is unplugged, oven turned off and lights off.

Week 2, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Fri Feb 10 12:17pm

Please find our newsletter for this week linked below. Enclosed in this weeks update are links to upcoming parent-teacher interviews; information about upcoming FoGS fundraisers and upcoming events.   A big thanks to McKenzie’s Electrical who have kindly sponsored House of Science Kits for all of the Carterton Schools of which we are one. 

Check & Connect Meetings – Booking Link Below. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Week 2, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Check & Connect Interview Booking Link

Bus & Car arrangements: Please let us know if there are any changes. We need to be informed from one term to another if things change.

Thu Feb 09 03:28pm

So if your child no longer goes to dance/touch/art…etc, please let Kirstan know in the office, via email or phone.

(06) 3727601

Also if anything changes from day to day, let us know as soon as possible. So if it is late notice, preferably phone the school, rather than an email.

Graham Brown, who is the bus controller, deals with any matters to do with buses so get hold of him if you have any queries.

Week 2, Tem 1 2023 Reminders

Mon Feb 06 03:46pm

We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful summer weather and have had a lovely long weekend. Please see our reminders for the up coming week. All other information went out in the newsletter on Friday. 

Tuesday 7/2 – FoGS Lunches (order in the meeting room in the office). 

Wednesday 8/2 – Ōnoke (Y7&8) Beach Ed Trip; Cara’s singing group (for information, timings, costings etc please email Cara at 

Friday 10/2 – Sausage Sizzle & Ice Blocks. 

Just in case you missed it in the newsletter:


Check & Connect Meeting/Interview Link

Week 1, Term 1 School Newsletter 2023

Fri Feb 03 01:12pm

Please find our newsletter for this week linked below. Find in the newsletter: welcomes to new families & staff; staff & BoT bios; Whānau Check and Connect booking links (caregiver/teacher beginning of the year interviews); Future Fern Netball signup information; Spitfire Baseball signup information; Girls Cricket Signup; Certificates; Links to our school calendar and many other things. We hope everyone has had a great first week back at school. 

Ngā manaakitanga,Team Gladdy.

Please note, there were also 2 holiday update newsletters that went out in January. Find the links to these under ‘Newsletters’ on the app. 

Week 1, Term 1 Newsletter 2023

School Lunch Options – Monday & Friday’s

Thu Feb 02 11:00am

Please find information below on the options to purchase kai at school on Mondays and Fridays.




Ruamahanga start of year Slide show presentation

Tue Jan 31 01:46pm

Please have a look at the Slideshow below if you have a child or children in the Ruamahanga Hub.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school tomorrow.

Ruamahanga slideshow

Beginning Of The Year Reminders

Tue Jan 31 12:32pm

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back tomorrow (Wednesday 1st Feb). School starts at 8:55am. Here are a few reminders for the next two days:

– Remember your sun hats and swimming togs. 

– Students go to their classrooms for the roll (including all new students). 

– New whānau gather outside the hall ready for the mihi whakatau. (start time approx 9:05) You will move into the hall together when you are called in (we will help with this). 

– On the way out of the hall new whānau place their rock at the Ahi Kaa and then everyone gathers on the rubber matting for a cup of tea/kai to conclude the mihi whakatau process.

– Students will go to morning tea break while adults finish their cup of tea. 

– The whānau picnic is from 5pm also tomorrow (Wednesday). Please put your plates of kai (either sweet or savoury) on the tables which will be set up under the trees by the classrooms. We will say a few words and do introductions at 5:30 followed by shared kai – please ask your children not to start until that time. Families can bring a few snacks too and their own drinks. 

Beach Education Trips: Year 6 Thurs 2nd Feb; Year 4/5 Fri 3rd Feb. Please let us know if you are able to come as a parent help.  Year 7/8 go next week on Wed 8th Feb. 

Waitangi Day: School is closed on Monday the 6th of Feb as it is Waitangi Day. 

Gladstone Club Tennis – Term 1 update 

Mon Jan 30 10:33am

We are very excited to present our term 1 coaching options, & junior interclub team entries are now open. All info is in the attached form, & please fill out by Weds 1st Feb. 

*Junior Tennis Coaching
We have continued our junior coaching on both Monday and Thursday afternoons. Players will be able to do one or two lessons per week.

*Junior Interclub: Entry level grade play Tuesdays , Intermediate & Championship play Fridays. 
Please confirm your child’s interest by Weds, as entries close Friday. 

*Adult Coaching
We are hoping to be able to offer a Cardio Tennis session at Gladstone so please let us know if you would be interested in this. Cardio Tennis features fast-paced doubles drills where participants hit lots of balls in point play scenarios while getting a great workout.

*After-School Care
In conjunction with our junior coaching, we are looking at offering after-school care to help parents that are unable to get to the club. We need to gauge interest first and we will need to ensure we are able to provide a high-quality service before we can roll this out. It may be possible to deliver this in term 1 if there is sufficient interest.

Please fill out the below google form for any coaching, interclub and tennis interest. 

Follow Gladstone Tennis club Facebook and Instagram pages for all updates. 

Gladstone Tennis Club 


Tennis – Google Form

Beach Education trips

Sun Jan 29 07:42pm

A big thank you to the parents that have offered to help with our Beach Ed trips.

We still need 3 more parent helpers for Thursday 2 Feb with the Year 6 group and 2 more parents for Friday 3 Feb with the Year 4 and 5 group.

Please email Chelsea on if you are able to help.

Thank you.





Beach Ed for Y4/5 & Y6. We desperately need parent helpers, please? Please contact Chelsea if you can help next week. Info attached:

Fri Jan 27 02:35pm


Parent helper Form for Beach Ed

Y6 Beach Ed

Y4/5 Beach Ed

Y7/8 Beach Ed

Te Wharau Bus. This bus will run as normal on Thursday, 2nd February. There was some confusion, as signs indicated the road would be closed.

Fri Jan 27 02:32pm

GoBus has assured us that they have spoken to the authorities and the bus will be let through

Holiday Update #2 – 27th January 2023

Fri Jan 27 08:56am

We would like to send out a special ‘good luck, we are thinking of you’ message to our wonderful 2022 leavers and those moving onto other schools. We wish you the absolute best start at your new schools and hope to hear how things are going in the coming weeks – remember to keep those Gladdy connections alive.

Please see our 2nd Holiday Update for information about the Whānau Picnic on Wednesday the 1st Feb from 5pm, additional visual art and singing classes and Beach Education Trips among other things. 

Have a lovely weekend – see you all on Wednesday. 

Holiday Update #2 – 27.1.23

Holiday Update – 17 Jan 2023

Tue Jan 17 03:27pm

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Wednesday the 1st of February. Please find our holiday update linked below.   Make a note of the Whānau Picnic also on the 1st of Feb from 5pm. Details in the update. Holiday Update – 17/1/23



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