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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 month’s notifications will be available on this page below (but may not be as timely as the app).

♦ 2018 Gladstone Primary School Charter


School is now open all day – Tuesday 18th March
Mon, 11:06am • Whole School

To ensure schools can focus on children and their needs ALL paid union meetings for primary teachers and principals, which were due to begin this week, have been postponed as a mark of respect to the tragedy which took place in Christchurch on Friday.

Therefore, Gladstone will run its normal hours tomorrow 8.45-3pm. Please contact Victoria on 8469744 if this causes you any difficulties.

Tragic Events in Christchurch
Mon, 9:23am • Whole School

Our deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to all of you who have been immediately affected by the tragic events in Christchurch. Like all of our country, we have also been hugely affected by these. It is foremost in our minds at the moment that these events will be incredibly distressing for our children. As always, the best place to have any conversations around these are within your own families.

We have attached a guide sheet from the Ministry of Education Website which might assist you in this. Inevitably, questions may arise at school today, please be assured staff will handle these in a factual, sensitive and caring way.

Our school will be providing support for students and staff who need it. Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if your children need any particular support at school.

Please also note that school will NOT be closed tomorrow afternoon, but will be open as usual finishing at the usual hour of 3pm. Please contact Victoria on 8469744 if this causes you any difficulty.

Dave Shadbolt

Weekly reminders – Week 7
Sun, 5.00pm • Whole School

Hey all, here are your weekly reminders for next week:

1. Interschool cricket for those children who have trialed and have been picked. This will be at Cornwall Park on Tuesday 19th March. children need to be at school by 8:30am and meet Mr. Nathan and Miss Yelland on the hall steps. Children will need lunch, water bottle, hat, sunscreen. We will be returning at approximately 2.30.

2. Assembly – Room 27 will be taking assembly this week with some surprise guests coming to give us a special performance.

3. Room 39 – Sleepover Kelly Tarltons – Friday 22nd March.

Year 6 Campers are back
Fri, 3.33pm • Senior

We have had a wonderful week – so many experiences and so much fun. They will be shattered but will have lots of interesting stories. Enjoy your weekend with them -us teachers are passing them back to you. There will be a video up soon.

[Photos appear on our Flexibuzz app]

Voting for New Board of Trustees
2:02pm • Whole School

Later this year, the Gladstone community will be voting for their new Board of Trustees.

Established 133 years ago, Gladstone is the country’s largest contributing primary school, with a role of more than 850 children.

The Board of Trustees plays a critical role in ensuring the ongoing success of our school, with responsibility for its overall governance. Trustees also represent other parents and caregivers, ensuring a positive and enduring partnership between the school and the wider Mt Albert community.

Board members have wide-ranging responsibilities, such as helping to set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school, overseeing funding decisions, health and safety, informing the community about how the school is progressing, and overseeing staff management, property and administration.

Trustees are also responsible for acting in the best interests of students, ensuring the school is an inclusive place for all children, including those with differing needs.

The current Board would like to invite interested members of the community to consider putting themselves forward for the election or to think about nominating someone else.

People who work well in a team, have good communications skills and ask challenging questions make good trustees, including those with an understanding of education, financial and property matters. Gladstone has a diverse community, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to consider putting themselves forward.

Nominations will open on 10 May and will stay open until May 24. Please contact the school office if you are interested in further information, including a discussion with a current board member.

Voting closes on June 7 with results announced on June 14th.

[Click here to view our Board of Trustees page]

Our amazing Junior School aerobics morning.
8:12am • GTV

[Video link appears on our Flexibuzz app]

Day 2 – Year 6 Camp
Tuesday, 7:53pm • Senior

Another fabulous day here at Ngaruawahia on year 6 camp. We’ve had a busy day doing all our activities and are now relaxing our bodies and stretching our brains with our camp quiz.

[Photos appear on our Flexibuzz app]

Day 1 Camp – Year 6’s

Mon, 7:27PM • Senior

Great first day at camp – we are all settled in and we have had great fun with our activities. [Photos appear on our Flexibuzz app]

A Powhiri for our new families starting term 1 Wk 6
Monday, 11:21am • GTV

A huge welcome to our new families.

[Video link appears on our Flexibuzz app]

This video has been uploaded to our unlisted YouTube account, for family viewing only. Please do not download or upload this video to any other social media accounts. This is for the cyber safety of our children. Many Thanks.

Gladstone’s Chill & Grill
Monday, 10:40am •GTV

Take a look at the amazing Chill & Grill we had on Friday evening.

[Video link appears on our Flexibuzz app]

This video has been uploaded to our unlisted YouTube account, for family viewing only. Please do not download or upload this video to any other social media accounts. This is for the cyber safety of our children. Many Thanks.

Weekly Reminders – Week 6
Sunday, 5:00pm • Whole School

**Thanks to everyone who came to support the Chill n Grill on Friday – how lucky were we for the rain to stop just in time. Thanks also to everyone who helped out to make this happen – you are all amazing. Pretty quiet week ahead …**

  • Year 6’s away on camp Monday 11th-15th March
  • Whakatoa 9am Monday 11th to welcome our new intake and their families.
  • Room 38 are spending the night at Kelly Tarltons on Friday 15th.
  • 2019 ICAS (NSW) Testing – Many of the Year 4-6 students at Gladstone Primary have participated over the years in the ICAS Testing that is available. These tests are a great way to get feedback about your child’s learning and the provide an extra challenge and opportunity for our students. This year the ICAS organisation has changed the process. The tests are now in late August and early September and most are now going to be on-line. We will be asking for enrolments and giving out further information closer to the time. If you have any questions please email Claire Alger – [email protected]


Chill n Grill – come and visit
Friday, 5:00pm • Whole School

The rain has stopped – there’s food, rides, lucky bottles, jolly jars, lucky dip. Come and join us 

[Photos appear on our Flexibuzz app]

Year 6 Camp – gearlist

Friday,3:22pm • Senior
Here is the gear list:
Remember, children need to be at school by 8:30 meeting on the covered court.
[Photos appear on our Flexibuzz app]

Chill and Grill Still On
Friday, 1:54pm • Whole School

Despite the upsetting change in the weather, this is to inform you that the Chill n Grill is still on. Bring your raincoats and your cash and embrace our beautiful New Zealand weather to support your school We look forward to seeing you all from 5pm.

Year 6 Camp
Friday, 9:00am • Senior

Year 6’s go on camp on Monday 11th to Ngaruawahia returning at 2:30pm on Friday 15th.

Please ensure you make arrangements for your child to be collected on Friday.

Children need to be at the covered court by 8:30am on Monday so we can load buses and ensure everyone is present.

All medication needs to be put in a plastic bag with the child’s name, room number and required dosage clearly written inside the bag. This medication will be collected by the teacher and must not be kept by the child.

The camps are extremely busy for both children and teachers. Therefore, we have decided that there will not be individual Flexibuzz posts done by the teachers but rather a daily post put up on the Senior School page. If for any reason you need to make contact with us please ring the school and they will pass the message on.

Congratulations to our Interschool team
Tue, 8.05pm • Whole School

Well done to our Interschool team today who put in a tremendous effort and won the trophy for Gladstone. We are all so proud of you.

Week 4

Sunday, 5.00pm • Whole School

Hi all – here are your weekly reminders:

• Interschool swimming is on Tuesday 26th for those children who qualified.

• Rm 37 are going to Kelly Tarlton’s on Friday for their overnight stay

• Assembly this week will be led by Room 49

The pick up and drop off zones are not for parking your car. The system works extremely well when everyone follows the rules. Parking wardens are regularly on duty to issue tickets to those people who park and leave their car or who park on the yellow lines to pick or drop off their children. If we all follow the rules the drop off and pick up zones work extremely efficiently.

Please think of others and the safety of the children when using them.

Videos of School Production

Sunday, 2:00pm • Whole School

The 2018 School Productions for Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, are now available on USB stick at a cost of $10 per USB.

If you are interested in ordering one please place your orders and payment through KINDO. Go to or pay through the link on Flexibuzz.

Delivery will take 1-2 weeks.

Futsal – Year 5/6 Team Members Needed

Wednesday, 4:07pm • Senior

Hi Gladstone, we have a Futsal team of Yr5/6 students (boys and girls) but are in need of 3 more players.

It’s on Fridays after school directly across the road at Unitec.

If you and your child are interested please contact Michelle (Iris Tolley’s mum) on: 021 664061

Gladstone Chill and Grill

Wednesday, 3.42pm • Whole School

Notices about Chill and Grill 

1. Parent help needed with security for the Chill and Grill. If you can help please email [email protected] 

Grab your friends and family and come along for an evening of fun, rides, food, crafts and music.

What’s on offer: 

-Bar – NO BYO – prices from $7 
-Soft drinks and Water – prices from $2 
-Food Trucks -The Rolling Pin and Double Dutch Fries – vendor pricing applies 
-Hamburgers – $5 
-Sausage Sizzle – $2 
-Mr Whippy Ice Cream 
-Musical styling, from Bruce the wonder DJ 
-Market stalls 
-FunCo rides 
-Photo Booth 
-Jolly Jars, Lucky Bottle & Lucky Dip 

See you there for a great night!! 

Week 3 

Sunday, 5:19pm • Whole School

Hi all here are your weekly reminders for week 3:

• Sausage sizzle on Tuesday
• Senior school swim carnival Friday 22nd Feb
– A division at Cameron Pools – B division at school pool. Your child will come home with a notice this week with more details.
• There is no assembly this week – Room 49’s assembly will now be next week and Room 39’s will be in week 8.
• Whanau Fono starts this week in the library after school.
• Room 9 have their Kelly Tarlton’s sleepover on Friday 22nd February.
• Year 4 camp meeting in the staff room on Wednesday 20th February at 17:30.
• Wednesday 20th there will be a parent information evening by Family Zone regarding the new Mobilezone licences each child has at Gladstone. Please use the link to register your interest in coming.

Week 2

Sunday, 9:00am •  Whole School

Welcome to Week 2 – Hope everyone had a nice, short first week back to school?

Happening this week:

  • PE starts this week – this is a compulsory part of the curriculum and all children need to swim. Children will need to bring togs and towel (optional goggles) on their PE day.
  • Term 1 is hat term – all children need to wear a hat during morning tea and lunchtime. Children with no hat will be required to stay in the shade.
  • Meet the teacher – Thursday 14th Feb – this is a great chance for you to meet your child’s teacher and get an understanding of your child’s school day and the expectations of the class. Junior School – 6.00pm, Middle School – 6.30pm and Senior School – 7.00pm.
  • Year 5 and 6 Camp Meeting – Thursday 14th Feb – 7.30pm in the staff room

Other Dates to Note:

  • Whanau Fono will start on the 18th Feb (Week 3).
  • Family Zone Digital Information Evening – 20th February – 6pm – more information to come or click here to see more about Family Zone’s partnership with Gladstone
  • Senior School Swim Carnival – 22nd Feb – 10-12.45 Cameron Pools & School Pool

Message from Happy Roc Cafe

Sunday, 9:00am •  Whole School

Hi everyone! Kia ora tātou

Welcome back to Term 1 2019! We hope you have had a restful and safe holiday. Thank you for your on-going support of Lunchonline.

At the beginning of every year your children will usually change classrooms – please update your child’s details by clicking “members” and changing their classroom name and school (otherwise your lunches will end up in the wrong location). If your child no longer attends a school with Lunchonline then you can make them “inactive” by unticking the box next to their name.

If you have finished with Lunchonline altogether then you will want to close your account and get a refund of any leftover money. Simply click “close account” and follow the instructions to receive your refund (less a $5 admin fee). If you have less than $5 left on your account you won’t receive a refund. We now have the capability for you to donate your remaining credit on your account straight back to your school.

All refunds will be being processed on 28th January – if you close your account by 27th January you will receive your refund on 28th – if you miss this deadline then the next batch of refunds will be processed at the end of Term 1 2019.

Happy Roc menu 2019


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