Newsletter Term 1 Week 11 Friday 15 April 2011

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.

Greetings for the last time this term. We have worked so hard this term, the time has flown by and it is now the end of the Term. The children have had an exciting time experiencing lots of wonderful activities. Thanks to the staff for their hard work organizing all these for the children and many thanks to the parents/caregivers for your continued support accompanying the children on class trips and sporting activities.

We strive to provide a happy and safe environment for all our students both physically and emotionally which is one of the National Administration Guidelines NAG 5 (i).

Bullying, in whatever form it takes, impacts on our young children and their learning. We act on any incidents that are reported to us as soon as we can. We are proud of our Cool Schools Programme that has a positive effect on our students as it teaches our children strategies to manage conflict and hopefully this will serve them well now and in the future.

Our thanks goes to the PTA team for their continued hard work to raise money for our school so that our children can benefit from the wonderful educational opportunities that Elm Park School provides for everyone.

Hopefully next term we will be in our new building.

We look forward to another exciting Term after a well deserved break.

Trish Plowright


Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 15 April…….. ... Term ends

Mon 2 May............ Term 2 Begins

Thur 12 May ......... BOT Meeting

Wed 18 May.......... New Parents Orientation Forum

Mon 6 June........... Queens Birthday – School Closed

Fri 10 June............ Principals Afternoon Tea

Thur 16 June......... BOT Meeting

Wed 13 July.......... Y1-3 Student Lead Conferences

Thur 14 July.......... Y4-6 Student Lead Conferences

Looking Ahead

HELP NEEDED FOR A TOOLSHED - We are in need of a toolshed where our students can keep their gardening tools and other equipment they use when working in our school environment. If anyone in our community has a contact or any information that could help us purchase/obtain a toolshed please contact the front office. We would be grateful for any help.

RUGBY TRAINING TERM 2 AND 3 – There will be rugby training every Tuesday and Thursday during term 2 and term 3. All players must remember to bring a mouth guard and a change of clothes or they will not be able to participate.

LITTER FREE LUNCHBOXES - What is a litter free lunch box? A litter free lunch box does not contain any item that has to go into the landfill. As an enviroschool we are reducing the amount of rubbish that will end up in a landfill by worm farming, recycling yoghurt pots and containers numbered 1 to 7 and paper recycling. Please bring your food items in re-useable containers and ziplock bags, paper towels, serviettes and lunch paper (nonwaxed) to support our school vision. Plastic wrap, tinfoil, plastic packets and packaging is to return home in lunchboxes and does not qualify as a litter free lunchbox. Litter free lunchboxes leads to less landfills! WORM TEAPut your order and money for worm tea in the order box at the front office. 2 litres for $2.00.

HEADSTART – We currently have spaces available in our Headstart programme. This runs on Wednesdays from 1.30 -3.00 pm. The cost is $10 per session. The programme introduces basic key skills including:

· An introduction to reading and book knowledge

· Writing their name (Capital and lower case)

· Learning to write (story with picture, letters)

· Letter / Sound and number recognition.

· Maths – counting, patterning colours and shapes.

· Talk to learn (speaking and listening).

· Fine motor skill development (cutting, colouring)

· Working in groups and independently

· Classroom routines and expectations / behaviour

For more information please contact the school office.

This Week in Review

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS - It was a pleasure to celebrate the effort made by the Term 1 Award Winners who have demonstrated perseverance towards achieving their personal best all term. This was acknowledged in the Awards Ceremony at end of term Assembly today.


Shipra Sharma


Sanjit Ramesh Chandran


Artemas Kelsall


Nevada Lim


Belinda Morris


Phoebe Sirett


Mauriora Koroa


Oliver Lin


Jeremiah Fonoti


Daniel Warren-Cocks


Alyssa Timmins


Grace Koroa


Cameron Hall


William Kelsall


Jasmin Wood


Abarnika Thananchayan


Conor Wilkinson


Kelly Cao


Kiri Kerswell


Kaitlin Armour


Samantha Davies


Abigail Santoso


Catherine Chan


Ronald Filipo


Alex Huang


Jayda Leigh-Kahi

FROM THE BOT - The BOT and Elm Park Management Team are currently finalising the Elm Park School Charter and Annual Plan for 2011. This is done in accordance with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education, and covers topics such as Elm Park's school description, national educational priorities and cultural diversity programme plans. The school Charter is required to include specifics on the principles, learning areas, and quality teaching. The Annual Plan is detailed in that it sets out the Literacy and Numeracy targets, together with detailed actions for the whole year on these targets. In addition it includes annual plans for the: Environmental; Enrichment; Personnel; National Standards Implementation; and other areas of focus for the school, together with the expected outcomes. Once approved by the Ministry, the Charter will be available for review by all interested parties at the school office, or on the school website(
We are very excited to advise that, after being on the waiting list for a few years, Elm Park School has been selected by the Ministry of Education to be part of the SNUP Project (School Network Upgrade Project). The purpose of this network upgrade is to bring all areas in the school computer network up to MoE network guidelines; future-proof this network, as much as possible, for the next 5-10 years; prepare Elm Park for implementation of the ultra fast broadband project in the next 2-3 years; and' provide our students with access to current 21st century learning opportunities. We are privileged to have been selected, many schools are still on the waiting list. The BOT has agreed to cover the shortfall in the funding for this project, and it is expected it will be completed in 4 months time.

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School:

Skye Bown, Alyssa Bown , Rylee Bowden, Ethan Mundie, Pristine Onton, Katie Siddall

TIP TOP SCHOOLS - On Sunday the 10th April Mr. Ackermann gathered together a group of children and split us into two teams of 10 . We all got to go to an awesome Tip Top sports fun day. We played with wet sponges, walked around blind folded, attempted to walk on stilts and pulled our team mates along in carts, some with wheels and some without. It was a hot, sunny day but there were plenty of ice-creams and beverages on sale. Elm Park students, along with many other schools in the area, had lots of fun playing all these fabulous games. We are looking forward to next year’s Tip Top Challenge. By Brittany Allen-Charteris and Anya John-Francke.

Focus on Children

In Room 23 we have been working on shading with our sketching to show the depth of an object and the effect of light on it. We have also been working on designing simple Island patterns, using repetition. Here are some of our finished masterpieces.


Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this term for their responsible, friendly behaviour.

Room 1

Oliver Handley-Elder

Room 3

Aliah Nazif

Room 4

Julius Boysen

Room 5

Tianna Lavemai

Room 6

Troy Misihepi

Room 7

Curtis James

Room 8

Nathan Ruhe

Room 9

Ethan Makaola

Room 10

Amy Wright

Room 11

Bishop Grimshaw

Room 12

Cian John-Francke

Room 13

Nadia Wilson

Room 14

Lucas Warren-Cocks

Room 15

Tyler Moran

Room 16

Kobey Kenrick

Room 17

Eason Diao

Room 18

Senaya Wellalagodage

Room 19

Angela Webb

Room 20

Kate Ramos

Room 21

Logan Kayll

Room 22

Shannon-Lee Howell

Room 23

Liam Ross

Room 24

Lani Graham

Room 25

Harvey Dang

Room 26

Isabella Garibovic

Room 27

Maniah Waihape


The following students were voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.

Year 1:

Charlotte Muldrew

Year 2:

Matthew Leake

Year 3:

Jessica Wei

Year 4:

Asenla Tanuvasa

Year 5:

Sami Nazif

Year 6:

Jack Smith


Our services are provided FREE to all pre-school,

primary and intermediate school children.

For details of the nearest School Dental Clinic open during the

holiday period please contact 0800 TALK TEETH or 0800 825 583

A list of clinics currently open is also available on our website:

The Wakaaranga Clinic is open from 18 – 29 April Ph 572-0088


Parenting Through Separation – Is a free programme with excellent resources for parents. It is delivered by our psychologists in co-operation with a Family Court lawyer. The course schedule at Willowbank School is as follows and runs from 7-9pm:

10 & 17 May, 5 & 12 July, 16 & 23 August, 27 September & 4 October, 29 November & 6 December. Visit

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