Newsletter Term 1 Week 5 - Friday 4 March 2011

Value focus for next two weeks: Quality/Respect

From The Principal

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.

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. The weeks are flying by and it is hard to believe that it is Week 5 of Term 1 already.

Last week was a difficult week for those of you who had family, friends or acquaintances in Christchurch. Many, many thanks for your generous donations last Friday for our Mufti day. We were thrilled to raise over $1800 for our Red Cross appeal to support the Earthquake victims.

Visitors - This week we hosted 20 Principals and teachers from Sweden who visit New Zealand in their term break time to gather ideas for their schools. Our Kapa Haka group performed a welcome for our guests under the watchful eye of Mrs Koroa.

Councillors - Our councillors will be announced very soon. We heard some convincing speeches last Friday. Well done to all of you in Year 6 who put yourselves forward for the positions. We see it as a very important role in the school.

Classrooms - Our three new classrooms are progressing well and we look forward to moving into them by next term. The builders are hard at work and we appreciate everyone who has made sure they have used the main entrance to collect and deliver their children to school. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sport - Our cricket team were very successful in winning their game last week against Willowbank. Thank you Mr Fitzgerald for supporting our team. Keep up the great effort…..better than our NZ team.

Recycling - A reminder to keep the newspaper and cardboard coming in. Mr Armstrong has moved the green bin closer to the main entrance so it is convenient for you to drop off your paper recycling.

Conferences - Collaborative Conferences will have a new format this year in Term 2. They will be held on Wednesday 13 July for Years 1, 2 and 3 and Thursday 14 July for Years 4, 5 and 6. They will be called Student Led Conferences as they are focused on the student’s progress in their learning. The children will be able to articulate where they are at in their learning and what they need to do next to achieve their goals. They will have supporting evidence ie books, charts, wall displays as well as their e-portfolio. Each conference will take 30 minutes and will be held in your child’s classroom. More information will come later.

Year 1 Parent discussions - These will take place on Wednesday 23 March at 2.00 pm in your child’s classroom. Information to come.

Farewell - We say farewell to Daniel Houghton who has been helping us out over the past few months in the grounds and caretaker duties. Daniel is returning to his home in Australia on Saturday. We wish him well and say a big thank you for his willing help.

Headstart - Headstart will begin next week on Wednesday 9 March at 1.30 pm in Room 2.

Swimming - Our Year 1-3 children are swimming in Term 1. We feel really strongly about this Water safety activity and would really like all families to support us in ensuring that all children in these classes bring their swimming togs when it is their turn to go swimming. This is an important part of the curriculum and we are expected to support this area of their learning as much as possible. As you will be aware New Zealand has an increasing number of drownings, which is very sad in a country surrounded by water and numerous lakes and rivers. Thank you for your continued co-operation in this matter.

Have a great weekend.

Trish Plowright


Key Events For Your Diary

Wed 9 Mar........... Headstart Begins

Fri 11 Mar............ Principal’s Afternoon Tea

Thur 7 April.......... BOT Meeting

Fri 15 April…….. Term ends

Looking Ahead

WORM TEA – What is Worm Tea? Well Worm Tea is worm pee (vermin liquid), we say YUCK, but the plants say YUM we love you. How do we get Worm Tea? Worm Tea comes from our worm farm we (Elm Park school) put our food scraps in the worm bin and then all the food scraps go in to the worm farm. The worms eat the food and then they pee it out, YUCK, well then we put it into milk bottles and it gets sold. How does Worm Tea work? What you do? Put 1 part Worm Tea and add 10 parts water. Pour that on your plants and the plants will grow nice and strong like a big tree. Order at the front office or buy at the school gate. P.S. We have enough empty milk bottles at the moment thank you.

PAPER RECYCLING - Help Your School. Help The Environment! Introducing “Paper From Homes” initiative. Paper From Homes is an exciting fundraising partnership between your school and Fullcircle Recycling – New Zealand’s leading paper recycling company. Paper From Homes is simple, green and rewarding. All you need to do to raise money for your school is to bring your used paper (including newspapers, junk mail, magazines, books, and flattened cardboard boxes) and place it in the specially marked “Paper From Homes” green recycling bin that is tied to the deck under the tree by the front office. Fullcircle Recycling will empty the bin and pay the school for the paper placed in it. So, the more paper from homes, the more money the school will make. Start now! Bring us your paper from home, help your school raise money, develop awareness of the benefits of recycling and create a better environment for us all. Bring us your Paper from Home!

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS – If you would like to receive the fortnightly newsletter by email, along with reminders about early school closures, mufti days etc, please email the school office at with your youngest child’s name and your preferred email address.

This Week in Review

DOLLS CLOTHES - Has anyone some dolls clothes that they no longer need and would like to donate to the counselling/play room? Larger sizes would be good....

Please drop off at the office. Many thanks...Lyall Christie

Focus on Children

Place Value Songs

Room 19 made up some songs and raps to help each other learn Place Value. We made delightful videos, and entertained the Senior School at our recent syndicate assembly, amidst gales of laughter. Now we know our Place Value!

If you don’t know your Place Value,

We will help you learn

Units, Tens, Hundreds

Let’s have another turn

If you don’t know your Place Value,

Here’s a decimal point

Tenths, Hundredths, Thousandths

And now we’ve helped you learn.

by Lauren, Jedlee, Raymund, Alyssa, Rahil, Campbell.

Ta da ta da ta da ta da

Place Value

Ta da ta da ta da ta da

Show to them

Decimals, Decimals

aha aha

Let’s get decimals

aha aha

Everybody now we need fractions

Tenths, hundredths, thousandths

Everybody now we need decimals

Tenths, hundredths, thousandths

Lauryn, Raynah, Grace, Olivia, Angela, Airah

The Place Value system is

Ones, Tens, Hundreds

This is so important that my brain is gonna explode

Ones, Tens, Hundreds

My brain is gonna explode!

A decimal explosion

You have to add a decimal point

It’s not hard at all

Tenths, Hundredths, Thousandths

My brain is gonna explode

My brain is gonna explode!

William (R21), Julius, Daniel, Saidharan, Radika, Rochele, Lynn

Place Value, Place Value,

in your face

Place Value, Place Value

each value has a place

Ones, tens, hundreds,

each value has a place.

Anything smaller than a whole is a fraction

That’s when you start the decimal action

Don’t forget the point (x5)

Tenths, Hundredths, Thousandths each value has a place.

Anything smaller than a whole is a fraction

That’s when you start the decimal action

Lanika, Mario, Sairaj, Seth, Jedlee


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:

Eli Hohneck

Year 2:

Matthew Leake

Year 3:

Sydney Munro

Year 4:

Madison Ward

Year 5:

Anna Santoso

Year 6:

Kate Ramos


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

Room 1

Willem Hewitson-Townley

Room 3

Aliah Nazif

Room 4

Julius Boysen

Room 5

Aaron Ho

Room 6

Teryn Stephens

Room 7

Curtis James

Room 8

James Willats

Room 9

Ashley Sabetian

Room 10

Amy Wright

Room 11

Aimee Turley

Room 12

Kheva Potatau

Room 13

James Hills

Room 14

Lucas Warren-Cocks

Room 15

Tyler Moran

Room 16

Colin Ng

Room 17

Eason Diao

Room 18

Jackson Webster

Room 19

Angela Webb

Room 20

Sarah To’Ofohe

Room 21

Patrick Chan

Room 22

Shannon Howell

Room 23

Connor Hiley

Room 24

Lani Graham

Room 25

Rafael Dio

Room 26

Oliver Cao

Room 27

Joshua Christophers

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS – If you would like to receive the fortnightly newsletter by email, along with reminders about early school closures, mufti days etc, please email the school office at with your youngest child’s name and your preferred email address.


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HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE proudly supports NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY Sunday, March 6 5 8pm Step back in time and experience love and affection as it was displayed in Victorian times! A special evening with fun for all the family! Bring a picnic tea! Adults $14; Senior Citizens $11 Children free!* Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga 09 576 9506; * maximum three children per paying adult.

FARM DAY – Sunday 13 March 2011. Leave the city behind you and join us out in the paddock for some FREE family fun! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of farming. Bill and Lyn Cashmore, Cashmore Farms. 3000 acre hill country sheep and beef farm. 389 Kawakawa-Orere Road 10 am – 3 pm Visit for maps, directions and further information.


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