Newsletter Term 2 Week 3 Friday 20 May 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.

NEW CLASSROOMS - Our new rooms are open for instruction as from this week. Mr Mana, a previous parent and present grandparent, blessed these new rooms for us on Monday at 7 am. Our staff are eager to start using these lovely new premises, as are the children.


Last week our children were informed by Julian Wilson of the ASB Get Wise Programme, developed by Ministry of Education. The ASB GetWise Programme is dedicated to the development of financial literacy skills of New Zealand students. A fundamental tenet of the programme is to provide free education resources without promoting ASB products. The specific aim of the GetWise programme is to engage students in an interactive and fun learning environment while equipping them with essential money management skills, primarily through the delivery of engaging and educational workshops.

CAMP - Every year our Year 6 children attend Camp. This year our Year 6 children will be attending Sir Peter Blake’s Camp MERC at Long Bay on the North Shore, in week 2, Term 4, for 3 days. We are endeavouring to support families who may find the cost difficult by holding a series of fund raising efforts to bring the cost per family down as much as possible. Last year, Year 5 held a Talent Quest and a Drama production in order to fundraise for this year. This year’s fund raising will support next year’s children as well with their efforts.

Fund raising events - TERM 2

Friday 27 May: Cake sale for the children at lunch time.


Saturday 27 August: Garage sale.

Thursday 22 September at 7.00pm: Talent Quest for students and perhaps the sale of goods at morning tea. Toothpaste and brushes are already on sale with some children doing a great job.

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

EXCITING NEW ERA OF DENTAL CARE - Wakaaranga School Dental Clinic is due to undergo a major refurbishment and extension from the current 2 dental chairs to 3 dental chairs, this will necessitate the relocation of the Dental Staff.

During the refurbishment process we will continue to provide the same high quality dental care, with staff relocating to Pakuranga Intermediate School Dental Clinic, 45 Reeves Road, Pakuranga. The anticipated start date is 31st May 2011 with an expected completion of late August 2011 (weather permitting). The telephone number will remain the same throughout the refurbishment process (572 0088), calls will be automatically redirected to Pakuranga Intermediate. For further information please telephone 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583)

Key Events For Your Diary

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

Fri 15 July........... Term 2 Ends

Mon 1 August...... Term 3 Begins

BOT News

At this month's BOT Meeting the Board had the opportunity to review data on student achievement. Monitoring the school’s performance against student achievement outcomes forms part of the Boards mandate, and is done regularly. It is great to see that the school Management Team can track each student's progress and that they take such a personal interest in all the students. Elm Park is proud to be able to offer a large variety of 'alternative' learning programmes for students, largely funded by the Board. The good results of these programmes are clearly shown in student achievement.

Elm Park currently has 597 students enrolled, which is a 3 year high. Thank goodness for those new classrooms!

We received a letter from the Hon Anne Tolley on the topic of bullying, in which she requests us to ensure the students can learn in a safe environment. Elm Park's BOT is confident that the management team and their systems make every effort to control bullying in our school. This is an ongoing, very serious issue that cannot be controlled without your help as a parent/guardian. If you have any concerns on this topic, please feel free to contact Mr Dave Borcher, Deputy Principal, or any other member of the Elm Park team.

This Week in Review

ACTIVITY FEE – Thank you to those parents who are up to date with their activity fee payments. If you have not already done so, please pay your term 2 fee promptly as we have many exciting activities planned across the school.

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Ereti Harrison, Tony Li, Zvaryn Engu-Cordtz, Aisha Bochu.

OUTDOOR TABLES FOR SALE – We have 3 BBQ tables and 11 chairs for sale. The prices are as follows:

$500 for one table with 4 chairs (best condition)

$450 for one table with 4 chairs

$400 for one table with 3 chairs.

Please enquire at the office if you are interested.


See below for a summary of our Term 1 student achievement in Mathletics.

Term One 2011

School Curriculum Points


Total School Certificates


Star Improvers*


Curriculum Summary

School Average First Score


School Average High Score


School Average Improvement


Top Students in School


Abigail Santoso


Abarnika Thananchayan


Imani Ranasinghe

Focus on Children

In Room 21 we were visited by Julien from the A.S.B who came to give is advice on Saving for Our Future. Here are some of our Recounts of the visit.

The Crazy ASB Man - On Tuesday 10th May a man came to talk to Room 21 to give us advice on spending and saving our money.

Julien was as funny as a clown because he was acting like one. He constantly made silly noises and actions that made us laugh. I think one of the main purposes of him coming here was to help us to save money so that we can have a better lifestyle in the future.

My favourite part was when he was telling us about the “Get What You Want Plan”. It was my favourite part because I want to start doing that plan. When I get home I am going to start.

Julien was very inspiring because he made me want to do everything that he was talking about. The only thing that I don’t want to do is the chores but I already have to do them.

I think I am going to be a lot better at earning and saving money now.

By Keane Carotenuto

“Spend Some, Save Some”

This morning we had an unexpected visitor to the class called Julien. He was from the ASB Bank and he came to talk to us about saving money.

My favourite part of what he was talking about was the fact that he was really funny. He was as funny as a clown. Some other things I liked was the facts that I learned that it is best to save your money in the bank because when you put your money in the bank they reward you with interest.

Julien told us different ways that we could earn pocket money and one of the ways was making Business. For example you could make a lemonade stand or play the guitar in places that a lot of people walk past to earn money.

He also explained to us about a “Get What You Want Plan”. Which is when you write what you spend on a chart that shows you what you can spend in a week and then you think of ways that you can reduce the amount of money that you spend which increases the amount of money that you save!

By Ignacio Corrales

Remember that the National Bank is run from the school library on Wednesday mornings from 8:15.

The bank tellers are Year 5/6 children who are chosen each year and trained down at the Pakuranga Branch so that they can provide top bank service to their customers at school. All new customers are welcome and if you want more details please see Mrs Kerr in Room 11 (formerly Room 7).

ASB has a box in the office for deposits any time. Application forms are available – please ask.


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

Room 1

Abimbola Dawodu

Room 3

Ty Potatau

Room 4

Justin Lim

Room 8

Belinda Morris

Room 9

Tarquin Fitzgerald-Jolly

Room 10

Quintina Ioane

Room 11

Schapelle Nimot

Room 12

Ayden Larson

Room 13

Leon Wilkinson

Room 14

Mujib Nazif

Room 15

Sophia SU

Room 16

Aleisha Moor

Room 17

Hank Huang

Room 18

Eli Almandoz

Room 19

Lynn Lee

Room 20

Kevin Mana

Room 21

Zach S

Room 22

Jordan Hallows

Room 23

Blake McIntyre

Room 24

Lupo Hall

Room 25

Grace Appleby

Room 26

Barath Thavarajh

Room 27

Jessica Pratt

Room 28

Bronte Rameka

Room 29

Tatiana Wichman

Room 30


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

Year 1:

Brandon Harris

Year 2:

Jordan Freeman

Year 3:

Jennifer Chan Pham

Year 4:

Faheemah Nazif

Year 5:

India Wiltsher

Year 6:

Lauren Hussey


CISV (Children’s International Summer Villages) - is a unique, non-profit, non-religious volunteer peace organisation. CISV’s goal is to build global friendships among children from all around the world. CISV is holding a weekend camp in Hunua the weekend 21 - 22 May for anyone aged 9+. Come along for all , or some of the time and find out more. For more camp details please contact Jan Llewell on 817 3368 or 021 368935. View the CISV website
Kidspod - is a new and exciting OSCAR approved After School and Holiday Programme in your area! Offering care and recreation for children aged 5 – 14 years. The After School Programme provides transport for children to the centre and offers a range of activities and clubs from homework, cooking, guitar, sports, science, art and more! The Holiday Programmes provide an equally lively mix of in-house activities and daily excursions. For more information please contact Kidspod on 021 082 59905 or email Full Winz subsidy is available.

Mt Hobson Middle School Enrolments Year 7-10 OPEN DAY Tuesday 24th May Mt Hobson Middle School, 131 Remuera Rd, Ph 523-1241 or Points of Difference: Small School Environment, Outstanding Academic Learning, Graduates achieve superbly, Student/teacher ratio of 12:1, Extensive individual feedback, Excellent learning resources, Competitive fee structure, A project based, integrated curriculum, Structured core subjects, Differentiated day structure, Christian philosophy and values, Visit anytime between 10am -12.30pm

Howick Plunket Baby Fair – Sunday 22 May. Howick Recreation Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga. - Between 10am—12pm. Come along for great bargains on new and used baby/children's clothes, books, toys, nursery equipment, maternity items and much more! Entry by gold coin donation. For all queries email Karen at

Riverina School Golden Jubilee - All former students, staff, parents and friends of Riverina School are cordially invited to celebrate our 50th Birthday on Queen’s Birthday Weekend. For details:, Facebook,, or 09-5277377.

Kelly Sports Winter Ball Blitz Program at Elm Park Primary School - Kelly Sports is again offering an after school sports programme at Elm Park primary on Tuesday's from 3.10pm – 4.10pm in the 2nd Term. The Winter Ball Blitz program is a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop key sporting skills and inspire them to give sport a go. A Player of the Day prize is awarded at every session, and the programme runs over nine weeks. If you would like a brochure sent to you please contact Pat or Lyn Flavell on 2922224 or


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