Reminders for week 4

  1. The parent art workshop for children with special needs is taking place on Monday evening in the staffroom, please email Barbara McPherson if you plan to attend
  2. Inter-school football zone day is on Tuesday at Seddon Field. A draw for the tournament can be found on the sports blog.
  3. On Tuesday at 9.20 am we have our first UNSW test (also known as ICAS testing). Our first test is Digital Technologies. If your child is enrolled to sit this test please ensure that they are on time to school. Tim Faville (Year 6), Carol Elson (Year 5) and Lynsey Yelland (Year 4) will be administering the test. After the test their papers are sent to Australia for marking – they take a few weeks to be returned to us. When they are, we return their papers and test feedback to students and parents. Please note that we are required to abide by the UNSW guidelines – if your child is away from school on the test day, then they are not able to sit the test at another time. If you have any questions please email Claire Alger . If you have any practice test please return them to Claire Alger in room 31.
  4. This Tuesday we are having our Maths Parent Workshops in the staff room from 6.30 pm – 8 pm. Thank you to the many parents who have responded to say they are coming. If you haven’t done this yet, you are still very welcome to come along. If you have any questions please email Claire Alger
  5. The house captains will be attending the National Young Leaders Conference at Vodafone events centre on Thursday.
  6. Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 cross country will take place on Friday at Unitec, we will be departing school at 9.45 am from the covered turf. All children who have filled in the 5 km permission slip will be able to attend. Parents are more than welcome to join us to support. You can walk over with us or meet us at the sports field at Unitec. Children will run in age groups and all children who place 1st to 6th in the 8-11 year old age groups will get to attend the cross country zone day .


Time Age
10.10 8 girls
10.25 8 boys
10.40 6-7 girls
10.55 6-7 boys
11.10 9 girls
11.25 9 boys
11.40 10-11 girls
11.55 10-11 boys

LAST WEEK to get your tickets to the Gladstone Community Movie Night: ‘Adult Life Skills’, which is playing 8pm this Thursday 25th May – $25 per ticket incl complimentary drink.  Details are on the Gladstone Community Group Facebook page, or contact for tickets.


Week 3 Reminders

Reminders for week 3, term 2:

  1. Waterwise will take place Wednesday morning for room 47, Thursday for room 45 and Friday for room 49.
  2. Options start for children in Years 3-6 on Wednesday afternoon, children will be told on Monday what they will be doing.
  3. If you have any New South Wales test at home please return them to Mrs Claire Alger in room 31.
  4. There is a Sausage sizzle on Tuesday, please buy your sausage in the hall before school. The proceeds this week will go to the Senior School for resources.
  5. Please ensure your child/ren have a rainproof jacket to wear to and from school. We request for the safety and well being of all  children that they do not arrive at school prior to 8.15am unless they are enrolled in OSCAR preschool care.
  6. ‘I wish I was day’ is on Friday, children can dress as what they wish to be when they grow up. The student council ask for a gold coin donation and all proceeds will go toward the Make A Wish foundation.
  7. The boys inter-school football teams training is postponed from Monday to Tuesday this week.
  8. You have multiple ways of staying in touch with what is happening at school. If you are not a members of the Gladstone Primary School group on Facebook you will be missing out on many of the exciting happenings at school. We also have a very user friendly school app available at the Apps store (iPhone users)  or the Play store (Android users).

Week 2 reminders

We have had a great start to term 2, room 43 and 46 both had successful sailing days at waterwise. Room 49 presented a fantastic assembly on Friday by performing a myth which will is keeping with our terms focus on myths and legends. Discussion documents (reports) were sent home on Friday, if you have not received one please check your child’s bag or book bag.

Reminders for the week:

  1. Student involved conferences/ parent teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week.  We do aim for every parent to attend so please book a time on the online booking form or by calling the office.
  2. We continue fitness year round, it is getting cooler in the mornings so please ensure your child wears layers of clothing so they can be easily removed prior to fitness.
  3. Children are reminded they are not to arrive at school prior to 8.15am unless they are attending OSCAR pre-school care. This is for the safety and well being of your child especially as the weather changes.
  4. The Gladstone community group are selling movie tickers for a fun adults evening, details are on the Gladstone Community Group Facebook page.

Student Involved Conferences/Parent Interviews

Dear Parents/Caregivers

RE: Student Involved Conferences/Parent Interviews: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May 2017.

This letter is to let you know that we have our Student Involved Conferences/ Parent Interviews on the following dates:

Wednesday 10th May from 3:15pm to 8:00pm, and Thursday 11th May from 3:15-7:00pm. 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 5th May. Please talk about it with them and bring it to your interview. Claire Alger, Stephanie Oates, Barbara McPherson, Bevan Verryt, Colin Laing, Jessica Wells, and myself will also be available for an interview should you require one. Should you need to see Amanda Goodwin please contact her on as she is unfortunately not available on these evenings. Our aim for these discussions is to get 100% attendance so if you are unable to make any of these evenings your child’s teacher will contact you to arrange an alternative time.

As usual we are using the online bookings for interviews. The guidelines for this are on the reverse side of this letter. If you do not have access to a computer at home these are available at our local public libraries, in your child’s classroom or feel free 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 May 10th at 9am. Any bookings or changes to bookings will then need to be made through the office.

We look forward to seeing you on one of these afternoons/evenings.


Dave Shadbolt


Gladstone Community Group Movie Night, 

8pm, Thurs 25 May (drinks from 7pm)

 ‘Adult Life Skills’

              Bridgeway Cinema, Northcote Point

              Tickets $25 each, including a complimentary drink


Come and join us for a private screening of this “funny, tender and brilliantly made” British movie about an almost 30 year old woman, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed – starring Jodie Whittaker (of ‘Broadchurch’ fame).

Check out the trailer at:

To purchase tickets, contact: or one of the committee members (Lee Dodds, Julie Carter, Julie Curtis, Kath Mitchell, Kelly Cook, Kerry Glengarry, Peter Bonisch, Renee Schick or Sarah Haigh).

All proceeds will go to the Gladstone School Community.

Reminders for week 1 of term 2

Welcome back to term 2, we hope you have had a safe and enjoyable break.

  1. Room 43 has waterwise on Tuesday and room 46 on Wednesday, please return permission slips and ensure children have all the correct equipment.
  2. Our worms in the school worm farm are needing more egg cartons. They shelter under them and enjoy the soft cardboard for their homes. Would you please send empty egg cartons (of any size) TO THE OFFICE, during the month of May.
  3. Discussion documents will be sent home on Friday afternoon. Please book a time to see your child’s teacher to discuss these further at the student involved conferences on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May. Information for booking a time will be sent home this week.
  4. If your child travels to school on a bike, skateboard, scooter or any other human powered transport with wheels they will need to be wearing a correct fitting helmet.
  5. Ideas to help your child at home with maths parent meeting
    Tuesday May 23rd, 6.30 pm – 8 pm in the school staffroom.
    We warmly invite all parents to hear about the many ways that you can help your children at home with their maths. Come along and hear about:
    Maths Stages – overview
    Improving number knowledge
    Learning basic facts
    Dice games to improve maths
    Card games to improve maths
    Maths – practise available on-line
    NZ Maths – family pages
    Digital technology for maths learning
    Our aim is to give you lots of ideas to help you practise maths at home in a fun way. This meeting is suitable for all ages.
    Please RSVP to Claire Alger if you are intending on coming along.

Week 11 Reminders

  1. Pool Keys: Now is the time to return your pool key in order to receive your bond refund.  The pool will be closing by the end of the term, irrespective of the weather. You or your child will be required to sign to say you have received the refund.
  2. Inter-school touch will take place at Grey Lynn Park on Monday for those children selected to represent our school.
  3. Year 0 & 1 cross country will take place on Thursday starting at 10.20am, races will start and finish on the field.
  4. Assembly will take place on Thursday morning this week.
  5. Rooms 19 & 25 are off to camp on Wednesday and will return at 3.00pm on Thursday.
  6. School will finish at 3.00pm on Thursday and will start back on Monday 1st May.


Week 10 Reminders

  1. Thank you to all those who helped with the Gala and supported the Gala by attending, the total amount raised will be announced later this week.
  2. Please remember to use the crossing on Seaview Terrace to cross your children rather than crossing between cars.
  3. Dogs are not permitted on the school site, this is for the safety and hygiene of all in our community. Please refrain from tying dogs to the gates inside school.

Zone and Gala Information

Dear Gladstone Community,

As per our previous blog the Gladstone Board of Trustees has been advised that the Ministry of Education are proposing the implementation of an enrolment zone scheme for Mount Albert Primary School.  The proposed enrolment zone for Mount Albert Primary School includes a significant overlap with the current Gladstone Primary School Zone. In the draft enrolment zone, the streets included in this overlap would become a ‘shared area’ included in both the Gladstone and Mt Albert Primary School zones.

Mount Albert Primary is currently undertaking a consultation process on this matter. The Mount Albert Primary School website ( provides details of the draft zone and on the consultation process. Should you wish to make submissions to the Ministry, please be aware that they close on Saturday 8th April, not Friday, 31 March as previously advertised.

To view the proposed zone please click here 

Yours Sincerely,

Gladstone Board of Trustees,

Gala Information

Please click  to view the Auction Items-21i70yd that are still available to bid on.


The Designer Women’s and Kids Stall would like to invite you to come to a special selling time on Saturday 1st April between 12pm and 2pm in Room 6 & 7.

We are opening this up to everyone for a gold coin donation on entry.  You are welcome to invite friends along as we appreciate that shopping on Sunday for yourselves isn’t as practical or possible. We have so many incredible items and the prices are just as great.
This is a CASH ONLY event. Donations are still welcome on Saturday at this time so feel free to drop them to us at this time.

Zone Information

Dear Gladstone community,

Many of you may have read a story in the New Zealand Herald this morning about the new proposed enrolment zone for Mt Albert Primary School.

This story suggested a conflict between Gladstone Primary School and Mt Albert Primary, but I want to assure you all that this is not the case.

Gladstone Primary has a strong and positive relationship with Mt Albert Primary School, and this will continue as our schools face the challenges ahead. Auckland is growing rapidly and we are focused on delivering the best education we can to our students, while we work through zoning initiatives.

The Gladstone Board of Trustees will be working closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure the best outcome for our community, alongside Mt Albert Primary. We will keep you all updated as these conversations progress.

Thank you for your continued support.

Gladstone BOT