Student involved conferences and a few term dates

RE: Student Involved Conferences/Parent Interviews: Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th  October 2017.

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

Wednesday 25th October from 3:15pm to 8:00pm, and Thursday 26th October from 3:15-7:30pm. 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 report on Friday 20th October. Please talk about it with them and bring it to your interview. Amanda Goodwin, Claire Alger, Stephanie Oates, Barbara McPherson, Bevan Verryt, Dianne Chambers (please note Dianne is only available on the Wednesday evening), Jessica Wells, 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. 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 24th October. 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.                                                                                          








  1. Halloween disco, Friday 3rd November. All kids are encouraged to get dressed up and be as scary as possible.
    This could be a great opportunity to get crafty with your kids at home. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume, best dancer etc. There will also be a song suggestion box at the office in the lead up to this event so kids can suggest their favourite songs.
    We would also love some more parent help on the night as we’ll have a snacks and drinks table and the ever popular glow sticks will be on sale. We also plan to fire up the BBQ’s for a sausage sizzle on the hall steps for hungry kids and parents. This is for the junior school only as the sausages didn’t sell at the senior school disco in term 2.
    If you think you can help the decoration team or can help on the night please email Kate to
    We look forward to seeing you all Friday 3rd Nov for a great night full of fun and boogie!
  2.  The Junior School athletics day is at school on Tuesday 7 November at school. The Middle and Senior School athletics day is on Thursday 9 November at the Unitec sports field.
  3. The Junior School Picnic is on Tuesday 12 December, Middle School is Thursday 7 December and the Senior School is on Monday 11 December.
  4. The last day of term 4 is Friday 15 December 2017.

Week 10 Reminders

  1. The Pasifika /Maori hui is on Monday evening in the staff room. There will be no whanau fono on Monday afternoon.
  2. Calendar art orders have now been extended to Monday 25th September so get ordering! Pay online or get a slip to Victoria in the office.
  3. Sausage sizzle on Tuesday, please order your sausage in the hall before school. Funds raised this week go towards the year 6 graduation.
  4. The exhibition of learning will take place this Wednesday from 3.30pm-5.00pm in your child’s class.
  5. Gladstone’s Got Talent finals are on Friday morning in the hall.
  6. School finishes on Friday at 3.00pm, we start back on Monday 16th October.

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Week 9 Reminders

  1. Gladstone’s Got Talent semi-finals are on Monday afternoon in the hall for the amazing contestants who have progressed.
  2. Netball team photos are on Tuesday morning in the hall, please remember to bring your uniform for the photo as it will be returned afterwards. Timings are at the bottom this post.
  3. Various Middle School classes have trips to Corban’s Estate this week.
  4. The LADD’s movie night is on Wednesday starting at 6.15pm, it will be no matter the weather as the hall will be used as a last resort. Kids bring dad, granddad, uncle or significant male with you.
  5. This is our last week of options for the Middle and Senior Schools.
  6. Please remember to wear a helmet when riding bikes, scooter and skateboards to school. Children are not allowed to ride on the school site from the 8.15 bell until the OSCAR 3.10 bell.
Time Team name
8.45 Zebras
09:00 Comets
9.05 Antelopes
9.10 Giraffes
9.15 Keas
9.20 Takahe
9.25 Kereru
9.30 Pukekos
9.35 Stars
9.40 Swifts
9.45 Piha
9.50 Karekare
9.55 Muriwai

Reminders for week 8

  1. Gladstone Got Talent auditions will be on Monday afternoon in the hall. Check the music blog for timings.
  2. The netball coaches and managers thank you evening will be on Wednesday in the staffroom from 5.30. Please RSVP to Mr Colin Laing.
  3. Maui story telling will take place for the Junior and Middle school on Wednesday to celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo.
  4. The zone speech finals are on Thursday in the Gladstone school hall.
  5. The LADD’s movie night is on Wednesday 20 September here at school. Dad’s, granddad, uncle’s or significant male are invited to come watch movie under the stars with your children. Moana will be screened starting at 6.15 pm, please arrive in time to get settled with your blankets and picnic. This is a free event.

Week 7 Reminders

  1. Gladstone Got Talent auditions are on Monday in the hall. Check out the line-up for Gladstone’s Got Talent HERE. Contact Miss Wells at if there are any errors or questions.
    Don’t forget to get your sound track, if you have one, to Miss Wells before your performance. You can email it to her or bring/send it in on a USB stick.
  2. Rocketry OptionThis week we are going to have a very exciting time making water rockets at the Rocketry option. Can the students who come to Rocketry please bring:
    -Spare change of clothes
    -1.5 L coke or lemonade bottle (if possible)
  3. Netball prize giving will be on Wednesday night in the school hall starting at 6.00pm.
  4. Rooms 44 and 49 will be off to Arataki Visitors Centre on Thursday.
  5. Don’t forget the Gladstone Quiz Night is on this Fri 8 Sept 6.30pm till late
    We still have a couple of tables available and a couple of tables looking for extra people to join
    Get in touch with Lee Dodds if you are interested
    $200 per table (max 10) or single tickets available
    Cash bar (eftpos/cash)
    Theme: Come one, Come all, just come in uniform!
    Bring your own platters/snacks
    Pizzas provided for each table
    Bring plenty of coins for raffles and games
    Prizes for Best Dressed Man & Woman, Best Dressed table and much much more…Proudly sponsored by John + Rachel Property Team at Anne Duncan Ltd
    Contact John Covic 021 946 933 or Rachel Berry 021 195 4321

Week 6 reminders

  1. Gladstone’s Got Talent auditions start on Monday afternoon in the hall, please check the timetable for your time.
  2. Sausage sizzle is on Tuesday, buy your sausages before school in the hall. Thank you to John Covich for his continued support, proceeds are going to the Social Science curriculum.
  3. Senior School speech finals are on Thursday in the hall starting at 9.20.
  4. Year 2’s dad’s day out is on Friday.
  5. Your children have produced some fantastic artwork which will be turned into 2018 calendars, greeting cards, notepads and diaries. They make perfect Christmas gifts and are great for sending overseas!   The timeline for viewing and placing orders is as follows:
    • The art will be available to view in classrooms and on your class blogs over the next 2 weeks.
    • Order forms will be available from 28th August 2017
    • Orders to be in by 15th September 2017
    • Delivery date is hoped to be first few weeks of next term -in plenty of time for Christmas.

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

    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


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
  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

    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 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.