Thursday, September 16, 2010

Term 3 Week 7 - Friday 3rd September 2010

From the Principal
Kia ora tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, Greetings to you all.

Farewell
On Friday last week we held a special assembly to farewell Mrs Kay Nielson from Elm Park School. Mrs Nielson has been at Elm Park since 1997 working with our ESOL students across the school. We wish Mrs Nielson all the very best for the future as she works full time for Team Solutions. These are the words of thanks to us from Mrs Nielson

“Thank you so much for making my last day at Elm Park so special. What an amazing assembly, I was absolutely blown away. I have indeed been privileged to have worked with such wonderful children and staff. Please thank the children for all their wonderful cards, humbling messages, amazing songs and music and for dressing up in their beautiful cultural costumes. It was an afternoon I will never forget. My tears were of both happiness and sadness. Happiness that I have had the honour of working with so many wonderful children not only in the ESOL room but in classrooms, at dance and on the sports fields. My tears of sadness were that I will miss you all so very much. Thank you all.”

We welcome Mrs Jean Russell who will be taking over as our new ESOL teacher.

Festival Choir
On Wednesday and Thursday evenings our choir performed at Farm Cove Intermediate together with Wakaaranga School, Sunnyhills and St Marks. This was a lovely experience and I am sure all those parents and families who attended would agree. We are very proud of our choir and their performance. They looked especially smart in their new shirts. Many thanks to Mrs Taljaard for all her hard work this year. Well done.

Rugby
Unfortunately our Interschool Rugby finals had to be cancelled due to the WET weather and the state of the grounds. Many thanks go to Miss Tizard for all her organization to co-ordinate all the teams and the games

ERO
A team of three people will be visiting Elm Park the first week of Term 4. We are looking forward to sharing our stories with the team.


Celebration of Learning Day

Week 8, Thursday 9 September
9.00 am until 12.30 pm.
We welcome you to visit your child’s classroom and observe the class in action and share some of your child /children’s day. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Intermediate School Enrolments
Please return your intermediate school enrolments ASAP. Thank you.

Key Events For Your Diary
Tue 7 September..........Hindi Speech Finals
Thur 9 September.........Celebration of Learning Day 9-12 pm
Tue 14 September........Cross County T
hur 16 September.......BOT Meeting
Fri 24 September..........Principal’s Awards Assembly
......................................Term 3 ends

Sensory Gardens Seat
We have two seats in pride of place in our sensory garden in memory of Maggie Roberts, one from the PTA (thank you) and the other from the Staff and children of Elm Park. The children are making good use of these to sit and ponder when it is not raining.

Auckland Botanic Garden
Last week the Year 1 Team visited the Auckland Botanic Gardens. It was part of our inquiry on ‘Birds’. We went to learn about the adaptations birds have that help them live in their special habitats. We learned about different kinds of beaks and how the birds use them. We also talked about where you find the different sorts of feathers on a bird. We learned about the pests that harm our birds. We saw some Tui, some ducks and some Pukeko. Many thanks to all the parents who helped us.

KnowledgeNET Caregiver Logins
By now every parent should have received their personal, confidential user name and password for KnowledgeNet. If you have not yet received yours, please email the school office at secretary@elmpark.school.nz and we will send it home via your child.

Focus On Children
Room 24 have been studying Freiedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hunterwasser - Hunterwasser was born on December 15,1928. He died on February 19, 2000. He died when he was on a ship, the Queen Elizabeth. His father was a Catholic and his mum was Jewish. During WWII, he and his mother became Catholics and they pretended they were not Jewish, so they were not discovered and sent to a concentration camp. Hunterwasser was very artistic. He attended for 3 months the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Austria. He liked to paint and started doing paintings. He was also famous as an architect. His buildings were inspired by architects like Antoni Gaudi. Hunterwasser came to New Zealand and lived here. New Zealand became his official home. Whenever he travelled out of the country, he kept his watch on New Zealand time. He made buildings without straight lines, different sizes and colors. He hated straight lines and sterile modern buildings. He loved nature and thought we should plant lots of trees, especially in urban places. Our class calendar art is inspired by Hunterwasser.


Personal Presentation

Congratulations to all the students who were selected this term as class winners for Personal Presentation. Students voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform are:
Year 1: Cameron Burns
Year 2: Khushnaz Masani
Year 3: Imasha Fernandez
Year 4: Hannah-May Slater
Year 5: Siobhan Brunton
Year 6: Chantelle Neely

Positive Social Interaction Winners
This term the following students were acknowledged for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1 Levena Hu
Room 2 Selina Wu
Room 3 Barath Thavarajh
Room 4 Kiri Kerswell
Room 5 Javier Tangitau
Room 6 Jethro Mapusua
Room 7 Molly Busfield
Room 9 Lucy Yang
Room 10 Ethan Tizard
Room 11 Ard Zeneli
Room 12 Nathan Ly
Room 13 Ivana Williams
Room 14 Caleb Conrad
Room 15 Sydney Munro
Room 16 James Hills
Room 17 Emma Whelan
Room 18 Anna Hallows
Room 19 Summan Asim
Room 20 Anna-Louise Mahoney
Room 21 Spencer Savage Howe
Room 22 Samuel Chen
Room 23 Megha Patel
Room 24 Matthew Leake
Room 25 Raymond Santos
Room 26 Jack O’Connor
Room 27 Senaya Wellalagodage

COMMUNITY NOTICES
Sunnyhills School 40th Celebration

Wed 22 and Thur 23 Sept Wine and Cheese evening, open morning, celebration assembly and sports events. For further information contact robins@sunnyhills.school.nz Phone 576 8031 www.sunnyhills.school.nz

Basketball Holiday Camp
Ages: 7 – 14 year olds. Time: 9am – 3pm Cost: $150 for Camp or $50 per day Mon 27th – Thur 30th, Mon 4th- Thur 7th(Tue 5th 12-3pm) admin@basketballauckland.co.nz

Bucklands Beach Ohui-a-Rangi Playcentre Gala Day/Car Boot Sale
Sun 19 Sept, 8am-2pm. 50 The Parade, Bucklands Beach. Tables/Parking spaces available for $10. Contact Paula on 5351507 or 0210380956 The Adventure Farm Camp Specialists - www.lakewoodlodge.co.nz

School Holiday Adventure Camps 2010

Monday 27th Sept – Friday 1st October, 8 – 14 year olds – limited spaces left Monday 4th – Friday 8th October, 8 – 14 year olds 5 days, 4 nights $360 Here at Lakewood Lodge, we offer a safe, caring, family atmosphere with an opportunity to experience farm life and make new friends. We have great country cooking, 1 Horse trek & grooming **, Kayaking, Archery, 11 Metre Climbing Wall, Low Ropes course, Frisbee Golf, waterslide, disco, a concert, Spotlight, Burma Trail, pool & tabletennis competitions, BBQs, Volleyball, games, Firepit with toasted marshmallows, pet animal interaction & excellent supervision. Also included is a day at an Aquatic Centre. Pick up from Auckland if wanted, Monday at 8.45am in our bus EXTRA $35. Phone to confirm this. Return Friday at 5pm or by arrangement. Meeting Place: University Clocktower, Princes Street, Auckland or by arrangement. Phone us now with your registration - 07-826-3344 Or book on through our website www.lakewoodlodge.co.nz **Specialist Horse Camp running at the same time. OSCAR Approved. If you would like to be on our mailing list please email Jeff – jeff@lakewoodlodge.co.nz

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