Newsletter Term 2 Week 1 Friday 6 May 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Honesty /Independence

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 all our new families at Elm Park. We hope you have had a great holiday and are ready for another long term of interesting activities and hard work. We have started the term off really well with the children keen to get back to school and see their friends and classmates. Our Inquiry topic Our World Our Water continues to be a focus for the rest of this term.

Our new classrooms are almost ready for us to move in to and we are looking forward to having more space to spread ourselves. We have had to change the numbering on our classrooms as a result which will confuse us all for awhile until we get accustomed to the new numbers.

The new rooms will be Rooms 5, 6 &7

Old Room 8 will be Room 4

Old Room 4 will be Room 8

Old Room 5 will be Room 9

Old Room 6 will be Room 10

Old Room 7 will be Room 11

Old Room 9 will be Room 28

Old Room 10 will be Room 29

Old Room 11 will be Room 30

Mr Armstrong has been busy putting up the new numbers.

Our playground games have had a new coat of paint during the holidays which really spruces them up and keeps the children active at break times.

Our enrichment groups are up and running again and the children are participating in the wide variety of activities that are available, these include Art, Music, Maori and Mathematics. The teachers at Elm Park work very hard to provide a wide range of learning opportunities for your children to participate in and we are very proud of their achievements.

We are very pleased with the current achievement data results that have being collated as a result of last terms testing across the school, in particular Reading and Numeracy. The majority of year levels have achieved at or above the expected national level in these curriculum areas. You will see your child’s individual achievement recorded on their e-portfolios as soon as all the data has been entered. Well done everyone.

Have a great weekend

Trish Plowright


Looking Ahead

FREE PARENTING COURSE - We are now able to offer you a free parenting course in the evenings at Elm Park School. This is a 4 week course and further information will be sent home with your child. Sessions will be on the following Thursday’s: 26th May, 2nd June, 9th June, 16th June from 6 – 9 pm

ZUMBATOMIC AND LATIN DANCE – A reminder that these classes start for term 2 on 12th May at lunchtime. The cost for the 9 week course is $54. All enrolments MUST be in by 11th May as spaces are limited. Any further questions, please call Natasha on 021 793 018.

Key Events For Your Diary

Wed 11 May........ PTA Meeting - Staffroom

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

Mon 20 June....... Photolife Studios

Wed 22 June....... Maths Olympiad Begins

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

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

This Week in Review

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Jennifer Chan Pham, Ashlee Sproull, Eli Wood, Caitlyn Alley, Ethan Ofa, Jocelyn Liu

STUDENTS CONTACT DETAILS - It is very important for the safety of your child, that our student contact details are correct. In cases of emergency it is very upsetting for a student when we are unable to contact a parent either at home, work or via mobile phone. If you have moved, or changed your work or cell phone number, please phone the office or drop by and fill in an ‘Updated Contact Details Form’ (alternatively email your change of details to the school office including your child’s name and room number). If you are unsure whether or not you have updated you details, please feel free to phone the school office and we will check for you.

STUDENT LATENESS AND ABSENCES - A number of students are arriving late on a regular basis. Parent support and cooperation is required to ensure children are at school by 8.30 am to prepare for their school day – which starts at 8.55 am. If your child is going to be late, please phone the school office by 8.45 am advising of this and then report to the office to sign your child in on arrival. Children arriving late must be accompanied to the school office by a parent or caregiver. In the interest of safety, if your child is to be absent, please notify the school office before 8.45 am on the day of absence. All absences are recorded. Where students have not arrived at school or their absence is unexplained, the school will endeavour to phone parents to confirm the whereabouts of the student. These policies are there for the safety of your child. We thank you for your cooperation.

SCHOOL UNIFORM – School uniform is compulsory and there is an expectation that all students wear the correct Elm Park School uniform. Please ensure your child wears the correct footwear, socks and sweatshirt as well as the standard uniform items. We appreciate your support on this matter.

How You Can Help Your School

We are still collecting all sorts of things that help our school in various ways. We collect used postage stamps, used small printer cartridges, yummy apples stickers and Colgate toothpaste boxes. These can be brought to the school office or Mrs Allen’s office. We also collect can tabs for the Kidney Kids Foundation. For more information feel free to contact the school office.

Numeracy Website – The Ministry of Education TKI site has a vast array of information available to parents, along with activities for parents and children to do together to help students with Numeracy.

There are also links to information on the New Zealand Curriculum and many other subjects.

Focus on Children

We read the book ‘The Monsters’ Party’ in Room 3. The monsters were happy, cheerful and fun. We drew our happy monsters. Hope they do not scare you… We used pastels to colour our pictures. For more work from our class, visit our class blog Love2Learn.


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

Room 1

Willem Hewitson-Townley

Room 3

Aaron Glew

Room 4

Annika Choudhry

Room 8

Danika Jordaan

Room 9

Brianna Moor

Room 10

Eli Hohneck

Room 11

Diesel Folau

Room 12

Grace Muldrew

Room 13

Alison McWilliams

Room 14

Tyler Wetherill

Room 15

Erin Kernot

Room 16

Aleisha Moor

Room 17

Trisha Ly

Room 18

Annelise Frewin

Room 19

Saidharan Mahendran

Room 20

Megha Patel

Room 21

Ignacio Corrales

Room 22

Elaine Yang

Room 23

Ethan Birch

Room 24

Ivana Williams

Room 25

Georgina Johnson

Room 26

Hannah Appleby

Room 27

Dilan Jayasuriya

Room 28

Connor Hiley

Room 29

Nivethitha Thananchayan

Room 30

Alex Handley-Elder


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

Year 1:

Essence Hau

Year 2:

Andy Wang

Year 3:

Henry Kelsall

Year 4:

Nathaniel Knight

Year 5:

Daniel Bates

Year 6:

Cameron Roberts


AMI Auckland Netball Centre Term 2 Netball Skills Afterschool Programme - Our afterschool programme promotes learning new skills, up skilling, extending existing skills in a fun and energetic learning environment, with skilled coaches. Years 1-8 Tuesdays AMI Auckland Netball Centre – St John’s 8 weeks starting 10th May 2011 OR Years 1-8 Wednesdays AMI Auckland Netball Centre, St John’s 8 weeks starting 11th of May 2011 $95.00 per student per term.

For further information and registration forms please email Gemma Lasenby or visit our website or phone 09 5700030 Ext 204

East City Life Church welcome parent and children to their services at Elm Park School at 10 am on Sunday. Services are followed by a luncheon and a Sunday school is in operation.


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