News – Pūrongo

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At Gladstone we no longer publish a regular paper or online newsletter. In 2019 the majority of our information will be ‘pushed out’ via our Flexibuzz App. Please go to the app store/google play to download it.
A copy of the last week of ‘Whole School’ Flexibuzz notifications will be available on this page below (but will not be as timely as the app).


It is that time of year again. Last term your child completed an amazing piece of art for the calendar, cards and diary fundraiser. Their artwork is now available online and will also be on display during the student-led conferences on Wednesday 23rd October and Thursday 24th October.

This year you will receive an individualised form that contains a unique code specific to your child’s piece of art. To place an order go to the website and enter the unique code.

Orders will be open on Monday 14th October and will close on Tuesday 29th October.

Calendars will be $16.00 each, diaries will be $17.50 each and cards will be $16.50 for an 8 pack.

If you are unable to pay online you may pay at the school office. Please provide your order in a sealed envelope. On the envelope write your Child’s name, Room and Code as shown on the order form, as well as your product order and the total amount you are paying. Please also write your name and phone number in case we have any questions.

Orders will arrive towards the end of the term.
There are examples of each product on the desk in the office. They make great Christmas gifts.
If you have any questions or queries please contact the school office.

As mentioned in the information that went out regarding our Teacher Only day last term as part of the teachers Collective Agreement schools have been allocated 8 days over the next 3 years..
The intention here at school is to use them in Terms 1, 3 and 4. Terms 1 and 3 to assist at data analysis and report writing time and the term 4 one to allow teachers to focus even more on class allocations and creating information sheets on students for the following years teacher. This means we will be taking Monday 25th November as our second teacher only day in 2019. OSCAR will again be open that day. Details about this will be sent out early next term.

Dear Parents/Caregivers
RE: Student Involved Conferences/Parent Interviews: Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th October 2019.
This letter is to let you know that we have our Student Involved Conferences/ Parent Interviews on the following dates:

Wednesday 23rd October from 3:15pm to 8:00pm, and Thursday 24th October from 3:15pm to 7:30pm. School will close at the normal time of 3:00pm on these days.

Interview lengths are 15 minutes. This is a chance for you and your child (Years 4-6) to meet with teachers and discuss their achievement so far this year. For students Years 1-3 their participation remains a choice for you to make. Your son and/or daughter will bring home a Discussion sheet on Friday 18th October. Please talk about it with them and bring it to your interview. Claire Alger, Amanda Goodwin, Barbara McPherson, James Cossey, Colin Laing, and myself will also be available for an interview should you require one.
As usual we are using the online bookings for interviews.
To book online go to, enter the EVENT CODE evw38 and follow the easy instructions.
Bookings can be made either using your Smartphone or online via computer. If you do not have access to either of these at home please just to call in to the office and talk to Victoria or phone her on 846 9744 ext 700 to book your time. Online bookings will close at 9am on Tuesday October 22nd .. Any bookings or changes to bookings will then need to be made through the office on 846 9744.
We look forward to seeing you on one of these afternoons/evenings.
Dave Shadbolt

Seven Sharp Need Volunteers for Filming
03/09/2019 • Whole School
We have been contacted by TV1’s Seven Sharp show with Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells. Next week is Money Week organised by the website and the theme this year is all about having conversations about money. 30% of parents in a survey being released by Sorted later this week admit they don’t talk to their children about money.
Seven Sharp is looking for 5-8 year old confident kids who we could talk to them and their parents about their views on money and talking about money. They are hoping to chat with parents and children tomorrow or Thursday, and require them for about 15-30 minutes more than likely at the TVNZ HQ on Hobson Street in the city.
It is nothing too invasive, and more a cute look at how children react to the topic of money … Things like how much money do you think your parents earn? How much do you think you will earn when you grow up etc.
If you are interested please email: [email protected] so they can arrange the filming.

Weekly Notices & Reminders – Week 7
01/09/19 • Whole School
Morena Gladstone Whanau and a Happy Father’s Day to all our Gladstone dads.
Before we go into our weekly reminders we just want to say a huge congratulations to some successes we have had this week:
Congratulations to our Gladstone Gatsbies (our Jump Jam Team) who have been working hard with Miss Rogers and have qualified for Regionals in Tauranga in November.
Well done to our first EPro 8 team (Zaria, Laura, Jesse and Kylan) who won their section on Friday.
Congratulations to The Gladstone 3 team who came second in their challenge today at the Auckland Regional Finals of Tournament of Minds.
Weekly Reminders
School is closed today as it is a Teacher Only Day.
ICAS Digital Technologies – for those children who have signed up.
ICAS Science
Room 30 is hosting our Whole School Assembly
House Activity day – all children to wear their house shirts as we are taking yearbook photos.
Weeky Notices:
Non-regular medication:
Just a reminder. If your child is needing to receive medication during the day e.g antibiotics, pain killers etc. A parent must come into the school office and sign the form to authorise us to administer this.
ICAS Testing begins this week. These tests are for the Year 4-6 students who have enrolled. Please ensure that your child is at school on time on their test days. Test dates: * Digital Technologies – Tuesday September 3 * Science – Thursday September 5 * Writing – Tuesday September 10 * Spelling – Thursday September 12 * English – Tuesday September 17 * Maths – Thursday September 19 If you have any questions please contact Claire – [email protected]
Sofija’s Garden, a play by Renee Liang-Glucina * Sat 7 Sep (koha entry, bookings recommended), Sunday 8th and Saturday 14 September (ticketed). For ages 5-12 and their grown-ups | Performed in English, Croatian and Te Reo Māori Enter a magical garden where Baba Sofija is waiting to tell her grandchildren a story – with their help, of course! Fiesty Kosjenka yearns to travel far away from her home, so she rides on the back of the wind and befriends the shy giant Reygoch. An adaptation of a Croatian fairytale, inspired by the oral histories of Dalmatian settlers in West Auckland and premiering at Going West Festival. Come prepared to watch actors make magic with music, mess, unexpected puppets and plenty of imagination!

Enrolment at OSCAR for Teacher Only Day
27/08/2019 • Whole School
This is to remind you that enrollments for OSCAR on the Teacher Only Day – 2nd September – Close tomorrow afternoon. Please ensure you pick a form up from the office and complete if you are wishing your child to attend OSCAR next Monday.
Many thanks

Weekly Reminders & Notices Week 6
25/08/19 • Whole School
Kia Ora Gladstone Whanau – hope you had a lovely weekend – here are your weekly reminders and notices.
Weekly Reminders
The Life Education Caravan will be us for 4 weeks from next week – the education in this caravan will be supporting our health theme this term of Friendship and Empathy.
Whakatau to welcome our new children and their families to Gladstone.
Rooms 1,2,3 & 4 visit to Stardome
Room 30 & 33 – visit to MAGS farm.
Interschool Netball for our year 5 and 6 children who are currently playing netball at Windmill and our 2 boys teams.
Room 36 – visit to MAGS farm.
Sausage Sizzle – raising money for the Middle School.
Room 32 – visit to MAGS farm
Pasifika and Maori Hui
Room 35 – visit to MAGS farm
Room 4 will be hosting our whole school assembly.
Year 2’s are having a Father’s Day celebration (see class Flexibuzz for more on this).
Weekly Notices
ICAS Testing Papers – Lots of our students who are enrolled in the upcoming ICAS testing have been and collected past papers for practise. But at the moment we have run out of practice papers in some subjects. If you have practice papers at home can you please urgently photocopy them and return the original back to school and back to Claire Alger in Room 19. Your help with this is really appreciated.
Measles – there have been confirmed cases of measle outbreaks within schools in New Zealand – please see the flyer attached for advice what to do if you suspect your child may have measles.
Teacher Only Day Reminder– School closed for Teacher Only Day on Monday 2nd September. OSCAR will be open on this day if you need supervision for your child/children. Enrolment forms will be available from Monday in the office or the school hall during OSCAR times. The cost of this will be 8am-3pm $30 or from 8am-6pm – $44. (3pm-6pm = $14)

Gladstone Community PTA – How Can You Help?
29/07/19 • Whole School
Please take a few moments to complete the form below to let us know if there are areas where you’d be willing to help out with up-coming school events and to help us raise money for school improvements, including an upgrade of the Hall.
2019 activities are in the diary, but we are also considering running a Gala in 2020. We know that this event is very popular with our children and our community, but we will only commit to this if we have a good-sized team to put it together.
We plan to make this decision at the 13 August PTA meeting and would appreciate an indication of interest – including areas that you would be willing to support – by Friday 9th August.
Even better, join us at the meeting to discuss further – or let us know your thoughts at [email protected]
Thank you in advance
Julie Carter & Mark Kurtovich
On behalf of the Gladstone Community PTA

Gladstone Community Group (PTA) Meeting Reminder – 25th June
17 Jun • Whole School
The Gladstone Community Group (or PTA) plays an important role in supporting Gladstone Primary – linking parents and the school, ensuring that we’re working together for the benefit of our children.
With a new team in place we’re looking forward to working with – and growing – our group of motivated parents to keep up the great work that has gone before us.
The PTA coordinates and assists the school with many fun- and fund-raising events each year – and we cannot do this without your help. For the remainder of this year we’re asking for volunteers for:
A new PTA Secretary (someone who can attend and document our meetings and actions)
Halloween Disco (around 31 October)
Calendar Art
Our children’s wonderful Art Night (12 December)
And a team to plan the 2020 Gala or Chill’n’Grill
Many hands definitely make light work – and if all of our 600 families helped in one way over the time their children are at school we would never run out of volunteers. Whether you can help a little or a lot, we’d love to connect with you.
Come and join us at 7:30pm on Tuesday 25th June in the Gladstone Staffroom.
We look forward to meeting you, sharing our vision, and hearing your ideas to make Gladstone a great place for our children to learn, grow and thrive.
See you there!
Mark Kurtovich & Julie Carter (Co-Chairs)
Kate Fraser-House (Treasurer)
Could this be you? (Secretary)

24/05/2019 • Whole School
Please ensure you are signed up to the Whole School box on Flexibuzz to receive all the school information.


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