Newsletter Term 1 Week 9 Friday 1 April 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Trust / Worth of the individual

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.

This week we have had softball and cricket matches against other schools. Elm Park performed beautifully. We are very proud of them.

The new building in nearing completion, the painters are currently working in there and we are looking forward to moving in next term.

Our teachers have been conducting assessments and the students are working on eportfolios, goal setting and providing evidence. The children will be sharing their work with you at the Student Lead Conferences in the last week of term 2.

Have a great weekend.

Trish Plowright


Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 8 April............. Mufti Day

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

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!

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

Student Counsellors – Congratulations to our new school counsellors:

Isabelle Crackett, Shannon-Lee Howell, Anja John-Francke, Eve Koenders, Grace Koroa, Grace Malaesilia, Angela Webb, Briana Worsfold, Jackson Armour, Patrick Chan, Brendon Johnstone, Duan Jordaan, Sharaan Karunaratne, Matthew Petherick

MANUKAU IN BLOOM ACTIVITY DAY – On Friday 25 March the Envirogroup and GATE art students went to the Botanic Gardens to learn more about our Waterways and how to protect them. We played the “Drain Game”. It taught us what we should put down the drains. Outside drains only drain rain, what you drink goes down the sick (only), wash your car on the grass and take old paint to the Resene colour shop, car oil goes to the Hazmobile. We also made pictures, painted rocks, played a stream game and saw some eels and inanga. We were very proud of our entry into the art competition, we won first prize ($1000) and it looked amazing!

AQUATIC ART - Congratulations must go to the Gate Art students Hayley Gatward, Jamie Ma, Felix Zhang, Christine Lin, Poyong Huang, Sanjit Ramesh, Angela Webb, Isabelle Crackett and Mrs Keryn Scott whose entry won first prize in the “Manukau In Bloom” aquatic art competition. Using paint on eight large panels the students created different compositions that depicted the fauna, flora and Maori motifs of our New Zealand marine and fresh water life. The competition attracted many entries from the local Eastern Suburbs schools so we are very proud of our artists achievement against strong contenders.

Focus on Children

Check out some of our work from our Room 12 class blog.

We have fotobabbles! We have wordles!

Animoto movies, Videos from our trip! Stories and Re-counts. And LOTS and LOTS of photos.

Go have a look! We are very proud of our blog.


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:

Gabriel Linnow

Year 2:

Briahna Tupou

Year 3:

Jessica Wei

Year 4:

Jenny Dai

Year 5:

Yazan Hatem

Year 6:

Luciana Yan


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

Room 1

Eliani Hukui-Leebody

Room 3

Eve-Ahna Nepia-Waterman

Room 4

Molly Busfield

Room 5

Angel Lopez

Room 6

Aston Stonelake

Room 7

Myra Singh

Room 8

Shreya Choudhry

Room 9

Kirsten Way

Room 10

Caleb Birch

Room 11

Andrew Zhang

Room 12

Marley Lavemai

Room 13

Louise Skinner

Room 14

Moshtaba Sahar

Room 15

Imani Ranasinghe

Room 16

Kobey Kenrick

Room 17

Gemma Mocke

Room 18

Jayda Pawhau

Room 19

Rahil John

Room 20

Nicholas Kochedov

Room 21

Matthew Petherick

Room 22

Dylan Ladopoulos

Room 23

Ethan Birch

Room 24

Kaitlin Armour

Room 25

Abigail Santoso

Room 26

Isabella Garibovic

Room 27

Teodora Jotanovic


FREE Family Fun Games Day: Sat 2nd April. Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomand Cres, Pakuranga. 2pm-6pm yr 1-6. Variety of fun games, Bouncy Castle, Horizontal Bungy, Gladiator, Pedal Cars, Table Tennis, Live Music, under 5 area, Face-painting, BBQ, Prizes, giveaways and much more... Supervision of your child(ren) is required.

Have you ever wondered how 3D movies like Toy Story and computer games are made? Learn the latest in 3D Animation and Games Design on a Bubble Dome School Holiday workshop these holidays. Other courses in Science & Inventions, Moving Making, Architecture, Fashio Design, Writing, Robotics and our NEW! Engineering & Technology are on offer this April. For students aged 6 to 18 years. Tel: 09-622-0670 or Email: or Book online at:


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