Week 5 Reminders

  1. NSW testing is now finished for 2017. Please return all practice papers to Claire Alger in Room 31. We have now received the results of the Digital Technologies, Science and Spelling tests. The results for the other tests will return to school later in the term. When you have received your papers back and looked at them, we would welcome any papers to be donated back to school to build our collection.
  2. For all Walking School Bus children and parent volunteers:
    Auckland Transport are rewarding all of our amazing walkers with a Milo & Marshmallow Morning on Monday 21st August at 8.20am at the school hall.  All WSBs are departing earlier than usual tomorrow morning, please refer to the email from your WSB Coordinator for details. If you’d like to join a WSB, please check out the information on our website: 
  3. Friday is house activities day, please dress in your house colours.
  4. The student council will also be hosting a lunchtime disco on Friday. There will be prizes for the best dressed students, the theme is house colours. To enter we ask for a donation of a book you no longer read, all books will be donated to a school in Samoa.

Week 4 Reminders

  1. High Ability Students – Parent Meeting
    Thank you to all the parents who came along to hear Brooke from Cognition Education speak about parenting a child with High Abilities.  The presentation and lots of different links with parenting information have now been loaded onto the school website.  You will find these by clicking on the High Abilities tab.
  2. Maths NSW (ICAS) Test
    On Tuesday August 15th is the last of the 2017 NSW tests – it’s our biggest test – Maths.  Because of the number of students sitting this test the Year 5 and 6 students will sit their test at 9.20 am.  The Year 4 students will sit their test at 10.20 am.
    We are starting to receive the results of previous tests.  When we receive these we send the results and test papers home.  Students who have received a Distinction or High Distinction will be presented with their certificates at a school assembly.  If your child receives a High Distinction or Distinction you will be notified in advance.
    We try and build up our bank of old papers for students to use as practice papers. Once you have seen your papers and results, if you would like to donate your test paper back to the school this would be very appreciated.  Please ask your child to bring it to Room 31.
  3. A request from our community, if you are picking up or dropping off your child from OSCAR can you please refrain from parking your vehicles in driveways.
  4. Life education will be onsite for the next 4 weeks supporting the PE & Health curriculum with their fantastic programme.
  5. Gladstone Quiz Night- 8 Sept in the School Hall from 6.30pm

    Come one, Come all, just come in uniform!!!!!
    $200 per table (max 10) – single tickets available
    Cash bar (eftpos/cash)
    Bring your own platters/snacks
    Pizzas provided for each table
    Bring plenty of coins for raffles and games
    Contact Lee Dodds for tickets lee@fused.net.nz

    Proudly sponsored by John + Rachel Property Team at Anne Duncan Ltd
    Contact John Covic 021 946 933 or Rachel Berry 021 195 4321

    We are looking donations for our Silent Auction. If you would like to make a contribution please email Sarah Haigh sarah@storymarketing.co.nz


Week 3 Reminders

  1. School photos are on Tuesday and Wednesday, please check with your classroom teacher for timings. All children will have an individual and class photos taken so please remember to dress nicely.
  2. Scholastic orders are due on Friday the 11th. Online orders only.
  3. The positive puberty information evening will take place in the staff room on Wednesday at 6.00pm for Senior School parents. Please check the Senior School blog for more information.
  4. The Fono hui that was advertised for August 9 has now changed to Monday 25 September.
  5. Parent Meeting on Tuesday from 7 – 8 pm in the school staff room. Come along and hear about some of the joys and challenges of parenting a child with High Abilities. Our guest speaker will be Brooke Trenwith from Cognition Education. Please RSVP to claire@gladstone.school.nz
  6. NSW Maths Exam is being held on Tuesday August 15th at 9.20 am.  This is the last NSW test for 2017.  We will return all papers and results as they are returned back to school.
  7. We have our last week of gymnastics for PE, please ensure your child is wearing appropriate clothing for PE. If they have their class photo on the same day then a spare change of clothes might be required.
  8. Inter-school netball is on Thursday at AMI netball centre, Mt Wellington.
  9. Room 44 has their rescheduled Corban Estate trip on Monday.
  10. Come along to the Gladstone Quiz Night
    Friday 8 September
    From 6.30pm in the School Hall
    Theme: Come one, Come all, just come in uniform!
    $200 per table (max 10)/single tickets available
    Cash bar (eftpos/cash)
    Bring your own platters/snacks
    Pizzas provided for each table
    Bring plenty of coins for raffles and games.

    Contact Lee Dodds for tickets lee@fused.net.nz

    Brought to you by the Gladstone Community Adult Fun Committee

GLADSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL Proposed Enrolment Scheme

The Gladstone Primary School Board proposes an amendment to the existing enrolment scheme as agreed by the Ministry of Education. Under section 11H (1) of the Education Act 1989. The changes are principally to amend the perimeter of our home zone around the Unitec site. No current houses in our zone are affected.

We are required to consult on the proposed amendments with the community.

For further details on the proposed changes, please visit the schools’ website www.gladstone.school.nz or collect information from the school office.

Members of the community are invited to make comment regarding this proposed enrolment scheme in writing to: The Board of Trustees, Gladstone Primary School, 8 Seaview Terrace, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025 closing Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Gladstone School (1282)

Enrolment Scheme

Effective from (date)

The guidelines for development and operation of enrolment schemes are issued under section 11G (3) of the Education Act 1989 for the purpose of describing the basis on which the Secretary’s powers in relation to enrolment schemes will be exercised.

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone described below shall be entitled to enrol at the school.

Starting at the junction of the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and St Lukes Road, travel south along the centre of St Lukes Road to the intersection of St Lukes Road and New North Road. Continue south west along New North Road (737-975 odd numbers included and 756 – 1062 even numbers included), south along Alberton Avenue (included) and continue south west along Alberton Avenue. At the intersection between Alberton Avenue and Mount Albert Road travel north west along Mount Albert Road (88, 103 and below included; Toroa Terrace, Kerr-Taylor Avenue included). At  the intersection of Mount Albert Road and Summit Drive, travel south west along Summit Drive (included; Sadgrove Terrace included), north west along Stilwell Road and south west along Allendale Road to Richardson Road. Travel north west along Richardson Road (6 – 18 even numbers included) and continue north along Woodward Avenue to Carrington Road (Jenning Street, Harbutt Avenue, Fairleigh Avenue, Springleigh Avenue and offroads included) Travel north along the centre of Carrington Road (20 – 28, 50 – 56, 78 – 145 even numbers included; off roads included; Farm Road and Unitec Campus excluded) to the SH16 overbridge. Follow SH16 east towards St Lukes Road, back to the starting point.

All residential addresses on included sides of boundary roads and all no exit roads off included sides of boundary roads are included in the zone unless otherwise stated.

Proof of residence within the home zone will be required.

Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  This will enable the board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone.

Special Programmes

This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a Special programme approved by the Secretary.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

First Priority      This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a Special programme approved by the Secretary.

Second Priority    will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Third Priority       will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth Priority     will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.

Fifth Priority         will be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.

Sixth Priority        will be given to all other applicants.

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Week 2 Reminders

  1. NSW English test will take place on Tuesday.
  2. Interschool Rugby will be at Memorial Park, May Road on Tuesday. The draw will be on the sports blog on Monday.
  3. There will be a sausage sizzle on Tuesday, all profit will go to the Science and Technology curriculum area. Please buy your sausage in the hall before school. We would like to thank John Covich of Anne Duncan Realty for his continued support in sponsoring this.
  4. Options start for year 3-6 students on Wednesday afternoon.
  5.  A special request from Rooms 6 & 7. Before we purchase new items …Do you have any of the following toys that your children have grown out of that they may be happy to part with?
    – dinosaurs, farm or zoo animals
    – train tracks and trains
    – duplo (not lego)
    If so, we would be very grateful to expand our current class sets.
    Reduce, reuse, recycle ♻️
    Gladstone’s Got Talent 2017 is coming up, so get planning, get practising, warm up those muscles/vocal chords/musician’s fingers and sign up!
    For the first step on your path to glory, CLICK HERE!
  7. Just a little public service announcement for cyber safety. We have been made aware many children play a game at home called Roblox, it is similar to Minecraft. Please be aware that this game is recommended for children over 12 as it does have pop ups in the game not recommended for younger audiences.

Term 3 Week 1 reminders

Welcome back, we hope you have had a safe and enjoyable break. Reminders for this week:

  1. PE will be focusing on gymnastics for the first 3 weeks of this term, please ensure your child is dressed in appropriate clothing to move freely. Items recommended are shorts, t-shirts, tights. Not recommended are jeans, stockings, dresses.
  2.  NSW English Test is on Tuesday August 1st at 9.20 am.
  3. Parent Meeting – Parenting a child with High Abilities – Tuesday 8th August from 7-8 pm in the school staffroom. Come along and hear Brooke Trenwith speak about the joys and challenges! Please RSVP to claire@gladstone.school.nz
  4. Gladstone’s Got Talent 2017!
    Oodle’s of talent, and we want to see it all!
    Sign up for this year’s amazing showcase of Gladstone Talent now HERE!
  5. Whanau Fono will start back in week 2 of term 3.
  6. The pick up and drop off bays were working fantastically towards the end of term 2. Please continue to assist the safety at the gates programme by using them correctly this term.


Wrap it Up is changing.  They are joining with ‘KINDO’ at the end of term 2 which means things will change slightly for our families. Our online ‘shop’ will look a little different, but still offer you the convenience of paying your child’s school activities online at anytime, 24/7.
To summarise:
a)  School fees, donations and camps are payable on The Edge.  No change there.
b) School activities/outings/Oscar/lost library books/sports outings/options etc are payable on KINDO, from the end of this term onwards.  Each notice that is sent home regarding a payment, will have instructions for parents so they are not confused.
The reason we use two systems is that no one online system meets all our needs unfortunately.
Please click this link for the instructions on setting up your Kindo. Blog letter KINDO-1asrasv

Week 10 Reminders

  1. Sausage sizzle on Tuesday, please purchase your sausage in the hall before school. Profits from this sausage sizzle will go to the PE & Health curriculum.
  2. Wednesday is the last session for this terms Year 3-6 options. The two paid options are open on the Middle and Senior School blogs until 9.00am Monday morning.
  3. Hands on creatures will be in on Thursday and Friday for all the classes who have not attended yet.
  4. Friday is the last day of the term, we will finish school as normal at 3.oopm. Children will be on holiday until Monday 24 July.
  5. ACTIVITY PAYMENTS ON LINE:  Wrap it Up is changing. They are joining with ‘KINDO’ at the end of term 2 which means things will change slightly for our families. Our online ‘shop’ will look a little different, but still offer you the convenience of paying your child’s school activities online at anytime, 24/7. More information will be coming out shortly as to how you register.
  6. Pick off and drop off zones are working fantastically and there has been positive feed back relating to this. Please remember to discuss with your child the bay you will collect them from to keep traffic flowing safely at the gates.

Week 9 Reminders

  1. Matariki evening will start at 6.00pm in the school hall, all families are welcome to attend. Please remember to to bring a plate to share if you are attending.
  2. Room 43 will be going to Corban Estate on Thursday.
  3. Hands on creature will be in on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for this weeks lucky classes.
  4. KIWI KAPERS 2017:
    The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) are preparing yet another fantastic schools concert on Wednesday 22nd November. This is an optional trip open to all Year 1-6 students.
    To find out more and sign your child(ren) up, click HERE.
  5. Thank you to all those using the pick up/drop off zones to pick your children up. We have noticed both Monaghan Ave and Seaview Terrace are safer and quieter in the afternoons. Remember to arrange the bay number you are going to pick your child up from.

Week 8 Reminders

  1. Room 48 & 49 are off to Corban Estate on Monday.
  2. The Year 1 classes will be going to the zoo on Tuesday
  3. Hands on Creature will be on Thursday and Friday for this week’s lucky classes.
  4. Year 0 & 1 cross country will take place at school on Friday.

Approximate start times:

10.00- 6 year old girls
10.12- 6 year old boys
10.24- 5.5 year old girls
10.36- 5.5 year old boys
10.50- 5 year old girls
11.05- 5 year old boys

5. Inter-school cross country will take place at Fowlds Park on Tuesday for the children representing Gladstone. Approximate start times:

Race 1 – 10:00am – 8 year old boys
Race 2 – 10:15am – 8 year old girls
Race 2 – 10:30am – 9 year old boys
Race 3 – 10:45am – 9 year old girls
Race 4 – 11:00am – 10 and 11 year old boys
Race 5 – 11:15pm – 10 and 11 year old girls


Every month the Gladstone Community (PTA) organises a sausage sizzle at school which, is not only a novel lunch option for the kids but also raises more than $10,000 for various departments within the school.

These sizzles are only possible with the support of our amazing school parents. For each monthly sizzle (which are held on Tuesday’s) we need approximately 10 people to help with either collecting money, cooking or serving. If you are interested in supporting one, or more, of these sausage sizzles, or want more information then, please email me with your name and contact number. Prior to each sausage sizzle I will email those interested for volunteers to fill each roles.

Together, we can help to continue this fun and valuable fundraising event.
Warm regards,
Murray murray.legrice@yahoo.co.nz

7. Our drop off and pick up zones are starting to function as intended before and after school. Please remember to arrange with your child where you plan on meeting them. You will notice we have installed numbered signs on the bays to make this easier for you and your child. It does take children a couple of minutes to get from their classroom to the bay so arriving from 3.05 would be beneficial for all involved.