Newsletter Term 4 Week 5 - Friday 12 November 2010

Value Focus for next week: Quality / Respect


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

We have just completed Week 5, another week closer to Christmas. Everyone is busy organizing things for the finish of the school year.

Staffing - At the end of this year we will be saying farewell to two of our valued staff members. Mrs Kerry Tetupu will be taking maternity leave and Miss Georgina Tizard will be taking up a teaching position at Kings School. We wish them well in their new adventures, and thank them for all their wonderful contribution to Elm Park School. They will both be greatly missed. We have appointed two new staff members to these positions for 2011.

Recycling - We now have a large recycling bin positioned by the School Hall. We would love you to place clean newspaper, magazines and folded cardboard in this bin as the school will earn some money for resources from your contribution. Please make sure that there is no plastic, glass or rubbish placed in the bin.

Collaborative Conferences - Just a reminder about these student led conferences taking place on December 1 & 2 .
This is the final opportunity to discuss your child’s progress for the final part of the year and to collaboratively decide what their goals will be for 2011. If you have any other issues to discuss you will need to make another time with the teacher as we only have allocated 15 minutes for each meeting.

Class Placement for 2011 - The students will be told at the end of the year which class room they will be in for 2011. They will have an opportunity to meet the teacher and fellow students on the last day of school this year.

Last day of Term - Just a reminder that school finishes at 1.00 pm on Wednesday 15 December 2010

CHILDREN ARRIVING LATE AT SCHOOL – School starts promptly at 8.55 am NOT 9 am. Children are expected to be in their classroom and ready for the school day by 8.55 am We have a number of children arriving late on a daily basis. This is not acceptable and we ask parents to make an extra effort to have children at school on time please.

HATS – All children are required to wear hats in Term 1 and Term 4. We have a large number of children in the playground without hats. We have lots of outside activities during the school day. It is important that all children have hats. Children without hats are required to stay in the shade area during morning tea and lunch. No Hat, No Play.

SWIMMING – A reminder that swimming is part of the curriculum for years 4, 5 and 6. It is not an optional subject. Unless there is a doctors certificate / medical reason, all students are expected to participate.

Have a good weekend.
Trish Plowright

Fri 19 Nov Principal’s Morning Tea, Wacky Hair and Mufti with Christmas Theme
Fri 26 Nov Year 6 visit to Farm Cove Int
Wed 1 Dec Collaborative Conferences 3.30 – 8.00 pm
Thur 2 Dec Collaborative Conferences 3.30 – 8.00 pm
Tue 7 Dec Parent Helpers Morning Tea
Wed 8 Dec BOT Meeting
Thur 9 Dec Year 6 Graduation
Fri 10 Dec Term 4 Awards Assembly 9.30 am, Celebration Concert
Mon 13 Dec Year 5 /6 Service to School Outing, Year 5 / 6 Disco
Wed 15 Dec Final Awards Assembly 9.30 am, Term 4 ends


Week 6 – Thursday 18 November – House colours
Week 8 – Friday 3 December - Wear your favourite hat
The buses will leave at 8.15 am from the following routes;
Route 1 - Mrs Allen: Meet on the corner of Walworth Ave and Cascades Road. Walk down Walworth Ave to Marvon Downs, up Marvon Downs to the walkway to Elm Park School.
Route 2 – Mrs Worsfold and Mrs Howard: Meet on the corner of Beldon Ave and Ennis Ave, walk along Ennis Ave to Gossamer Drive, down Gossamer Drive to Elm Park School.
Route 3 – Ms Meikle: Meet at the Four Square, walk along to Gossamer Drive, down Gossamer Drive to Elm Park School.
Route 4 – Miss Tizard: Meet on the corner of Pooley Street and Larne Ave, walk along Larne Ave to Portadown Ave, onto Gossamer Drive, down Gossamer to the crossing in front of Elm Park School.

MILK BOTTLES – Mrs Meikle is desperately seeking clean, dry, 2 litre milk bottles with their correct lids. Please send these to school with your child if you have any. Many thanks.

This Week in Review

CHOPPER CHALLENGE CORRECTION – The information provided on the top of the Chopper Challenge Sponsorship Form was incorrect. The helicopter flight is for 8 children only, not family members. We apologise for this misunderstanding.

CAKE STALL - Thank you for participating in our bake sale on Tuesday 9th November. We fundraised over our goal which was $75. Our final outcome was $114.60, we were really amazed that we raised that much. Emily thought that we would raise $20 from the bake sale, Anna thought we would raise $55 and I thought we would raise around our goal. We would like to thank the students and teachers who bought and baked the goodies. The Save the Kiwi fund will be able to make a difference with your help. Yours Sincerely, Anna, Emily and Jordan Room 20.

TE TUHI TRIP - On Wednesday 10th November Room 21 walked to Te Tuhi Art Centre to view the exhibition by Phil and Galia Kollectiv. The exhibition was focused on their use of black and white in Film and Art. We enjoyed going into the Dark Room and watching the black and white film. We thought it was very weird but quite fascinating too.

After the exhibition we went to the Workshop with Hamish to use black and white to create a self portrait. We made a 2D and also a 3D self portrait. We used polystyrene and paint to create our art work. We had a fantastic time and can't wait till we go back again. We recommend this Exhibition to everyone.

PUSH PLAY DAY – On Tuesday 9th November, Elm Park School had Push Play Day and it was awesome. Luckily for all of us it was sunny. We all wore our house coloured clothes and accessories. Our house groups are Matai which is yellow, Rata which is red, Rimu which is blue and Kauri which is green. We all got changed and walked to the place where our houses were meeting and got into our groups. We all had tons of fun doing all sorts of activities like soccer, octopus, kiwi cricket, parachute, relays, water gun fights, Jump Jam, skipping and heaps more! It lasted from 9.00 – 12.30, after it we were all very tired and puffed out! By Jarvis and Rishad

CHOCOLATE PRIZE WINNERS - Below are our prize winners:

Year 1 Jordan Freeman

Year 2 Perez Tiatia

Year 3 Lochlan McClintock

Year 4 Georgia Campbell

Year 5 Isabelle Crackett

Year 6 Sara Hsu

Outstanding Effort Winner Samuell Tuivakano-Alai

Family Winner Brooke Taylor

And our fundraising this year has gone towards a seat for Maggie Roberts, new PJ bears and listening post head sets.

19 Nov is Mufti and Wacky Hair day with a Christmas theme.

Michael Harris came third equal in the over 36 kg junior boys division in the Howick Invitational Judo tournament held on Sunday 7 November.


On Tuesday it was Push play day at Elm Park School. I liked playing rob the nest. You had to steal an egg from the nest. You had to gather a lot of balls by stealing them from other people. I loved playing games on Push play day. My favourite game was Sneaky Samurai.


I couldn’t wait for Push Play day and finally… it was here. We got to play lots of games like stuck in the mud, rocket tag and even duck, duck, goose. My favourite one was an obstacle course because we got to have lots of exercise and fun as well. My second favourite game was stuck in the mud because it was really funny. When we moved between activities we sang our cheer. “I can’t wait for push play day next year,” I said to my friends.


I couldn’t wait for Push Play day and finally it was Push Play day when I got to school. I was so excited that I could not wait to get started. I got changed and the bell rang for us to go in our groups. I played many games. Finally, it was long jump time. And guess what? I beat a senior. Wow! Rata won with the most points at the end of the day.


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:

Dilan Jayasuriya

Year 2:

Hank Huang

Year 3:

Anahita Mistry

Year 4:

Linda Zhao

Year 5:

Cameron Roberts

Year 6:

Cody Joyce

This term the following students were acknowledged for their responsible, friendly behaviour.

Room 1

Levena Hu

Room 2

Cameron Ross

Room 3

Tyler Myburgh

Room 4

Alliah Bautro

Room 5

Riko Ellison

Room 6

Ashita Prasad

Room 7

Calvin Hanna

Room 8

Tianna Lavemai

Room 9

Noah Marshall-Stewart

Room 10

Liam Kernot

Room 11

Sophie Fooks

Room 12

Rhea Ram

Room 13

Arwen Matthews

Room 14

Nicolas Kong

Room 15

Iverson Chee

Room 16

Leon Wilkinson

Room 17

Catherine Chan

Room 18

Jenny Dai

Room 19

Eve Koenders

Room 20

Carrie Ng

Room 21

Andrew Liu

Room 22

Adonijah Tanuvasa

Room 23

Dylan Wilson

Room 24

Cindy Huynh

Room 25

Duan Jordaan

Room 26

Stevie-Lee Heemi

Room 27

Stella Boland

ZUMBA FAMILY CHRISTMAS NIGHT Everyone Welcome. Held outside in Elm Park School grounds. 4 pm Sunday 5th December, $10 pp adults (12 years and over), $5 pp children (11 years and under).


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