Newsletter Term 2 Week 11 Friday 15 July 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.

We are in our final week of Term 2. Thank you to all the parents who have supported the school during this busy term with all the trips, sporting events, etc. We do appreciate your support as we see it as a partnership between parents, caregivers and school. Everyone is ready for a well-earned rest and there has been a lot of staff and children succumbing to the winter chills and ills. We all need to recharge our batteries for the next term.

ABSENTEEISM AND LATENESS - Please remember to contact the office as early as possible if your children/child are going to be absent, as we are legally required to phone everyone to check if your child is genuinely absent. As you can appreciate, with up to 70 children away in a day this is a mammoth task for the office staff. Please encourage your children to get to school before the bell rings at 8.50 am so that they are not marked late. The Minister of Education is looking closely at this at the moment and we don’t want any unpleasant phone calls to our families from the Truancy Officers.

UNIFORMS - Thank you to the parents who continually make sure their children are well presented each day and wearing the correct uniform, particularly PLAIN black shoes. We really appreciate your efforts and we can be proud of our children’s personal presentation.

PARKING AND USING THE DRIVEWAY BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL - We are concerned at the number of parents who are parking in the driveway and causing congestion for the traffic. The staff now park their vehicles in front of the main entrance instead of the back car park by the hall. This allows our children to have more concrete areas to play in, especially in the winter. If your children are able to walk to your car that is parked on the roadside instead of the driveway we would appreciate that very much. Thanks for your co-operation in this matter.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - Thank you for attending the SLC the last two nights. We are very happy with the way that the children presented their goals and evidence of their hard work to you in such a confident manner. We are proud of all the efforts that everyone has put in to get these conferences to a standard in which the children are able to talk about their learning in such an articulate way.

Our next SLC’s will be held in Term 4, Week 4, Wednesday 16 November for Years 1-3 and Thursday 17 November for Years 4-6.

YEAR 6 REPORTS - Parents and Caregivers of the Year 6 students should all receive a Mid Year Report today. Please check that your child has one.

Have a great weekend.

Trish Plowright


Looking Ahead

MATHS OLYMPIAD – Our Maths Olympiad has been moved to coincide with Maths Week which is in Week 2 of Term 3. Details will follow later in the term.

MILK BOTTLES – We are currently in need of clean, 2 litre milk bottles for our worm tea. If you have any could you please place them by the worm farm. Thank you, we appreciate your support.

Road Patrol - We need someone to do Thursday morning from 8.30 to 8.50 and Friday afternoon from 3.00 - 3.15. Please see Catherine Holdom in Room 26 or call on 5770070 ext 826.

Description: L:\2010\Clients\Consumer\McCain\Veggie Patches\Images\logo.pngCHOCOLATES - On Friday 5 August the oldest child in each family will be bringing home a box of chocolates to sell at $2.50 a bar. We would ask that you make every effort to sell as many bars as possible. Watch out for the exciting prizes. This year every child will be given the chance to win a prize, every box sold goes into the lucky prize draw and prizes will go to the child that sells the most in each year level as well as the family who sell the most boxes of chocolates. This is our most successful fundraising event for the year and we thank the Elm Park community in advance for their support. We are also looking for co-ordinators to assist with this fundraiser. If you are able to assist us please contact Mrs Allen on 5770191 or

Help build our McCAIN School Veggie Patch -

Our school has registered for the McCAIN

School Veggie Patches program. The school

is now urging local community members,

businesses and families to help build the

Veggie Patch by collecting and sending the

school barcodes from McCAIN vegetable packs to redeem for points. Every barcode earns McCAIN Veggie Patch points for our school which can then be redeemed for gardening tools and seeds. I hope our community will get behind us to help us build our Veggie Patch as quickly as possible! To help build Elm Park’s Veggie Patch, simply collect barcodes from your McCAIN vegetable packs and place them in the collection box [at the front office. To find out more about McCAIN School Veggie Patches, please visit:

Key Events For Your Diary

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

Mon 8 August........ Maths Week Commences

Wed 17 August...... New Parents Orientation Forum 9.30am

Mon 29 August....... Art Exhibition Week

This Week in Review

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Reef Ryan, Norah Lee, Karen Lee, Samuel Johnson, Joshua Tsao

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.


Willem Hewitson-Townley


Jessica Wei


Braxton Murtic-Kerr


Lauren Hussey


Jusleen Kaur Singh


Avishek Prasad


Macu Salato


Alex Edwards


Essence hau


Elijah Elmes


Poppy Wiltsher


Ethan Birch


Calvin Hanna


Quentin Stephens


Helen Lam


India Wiltsher


Jack Watchorn


Oliver Cao


Caleb Conrad


Cindy Lin


Annalise Worsfold


Alan Zhang


Jennifer Chan Pham


Caleb Taewa


Mansur Nazif


Sylvia Yang

SOCCER - After a lot of rain and postponing, the soccer team finally had their first game. It was against Wakaaranga and played on our wet and muddy field. Not sure if we were playing soccer, swimming or mudsliding! It was a great first game with some good passing. The teams were very even but Wakaaranga beat us 4-3. Our second game against Owairoa was great to watch. The Owairoa field was also very muddy. Due to a museum trip our team was a bit depleted but those who joined us for the first time did very well. Anaiyah is to be congratulated on some excellent goals saved. It was his first time to play goalie in a soccer match and is definitely man of the match. We lost a close game 2-0.

SCHOOL DANCE CLASSES – Term 3, commencing 12th August. 9 Friday lunchtime lessons. 40 minutes long. Limited spaces Year 1-6. End of term assembly performace. Please see office for an enrolment form.

Working Bee - Saturday 13 August 2pm - 4pm

Bring your gardening tools and help us to relocate some plants to around the new classrooms. Put this date in your diaries and bring the whole family - many hands make light work.

The United Maori Mission (UMM) is returning to its foundations of encouraging educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Maori men and women. Over the past 74 years the Mission has provided a stepping stone for many young men and women who are now pillars within their community. This has been achieved through the provision of affordable accommodation and apprenticeship programs. There are a significant number of Maori businessmen and tradesmen whose success is a direct result of the support and mentoring they received during their stay at United Maori Mission. 

A current initiative is to assist with providing a way for Maori and Pacific Island boys in New Zealand to gain secondary education at one of the country's top schools, Auckland Grammar School. It is our intention to support them through their secondary years by way of partnering with Auckland Grammar School and support services. For more information please see the school office who can email you a copy of our brochure. Or contact The United Maori Mission directly on 638 8214.

Focus on Children

Room 10 read a poem about a little green frog jumping from log to log. We drew a frog and coloured in the legs with thick crayons. Then we dyed our frogs using light or dark green dye. We made a zig zag tongue using red paper. After we had finished Miss Charlesworth glued our frogs onto a lily pad. Here are some of our awesome frogs.


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

Room 1

Donny Aiono

Room 3

Tanielle Nomdo

Room 4

Paige Newman

Room 8

Ashton Liggett

Room 9

Riko Ellison

Room 10

Ashita Prasad

Room 11

Schapelle Nimot

Room 12

Paris Sharma

Room 13

Levi Guyan

Room 14

Mujib Nazif

Room 15

Sophia Su

Room 16

Emma Perry

Room 17

Hank huang

Room 18

Katrina Tantau

Room 19

Rochelle Hennesy

Room 20

Desmond Poutasi

Room 21

Daniel McWilliams

Room 22

Elaine Yang

Room 23

Tyrell Kanny

Room 24

Briana Valgre

Room 25

Sebastian Hay

Room 26

Jade Jones-Amai

Room 27

Benjamin Lowe

Room 28

Samuell Tuivakano-Alai

Room 29

Tatiana Wichman

Room 30

Tanuj Minhas


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

Year 1:

Ryan Young

Year 2:

Saufoi Tavete

Year 3:

Jordan Hohneck

Year 4:

Faheemah Nazif

Year 5:

Madison Bowman

Year 6:

Angela Webb

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Helen O’Grady Children’s Drama Academy has classes for students aged 5 to 17 years, in your area. We are aimed at developing ongoing confidence, self-esteem and skills in verbal communication. Our programme is exciting, motivational and great fun. All our teachers are trained teachers with specialist training in the Helen O’Grady Drama System. Enrolling now for Term 3; phone Debbie Napier, on 836 0233 for further details.

LEARN TO SKI OR SNOWBOARD IN SNOWPLANET’S CHILLYBIN PROGRAMME - The Snowplanet ChillyBin after school programme is a specially designed programme to introduce children to the world of snow and snowsports. 
Registrations are now open for term 3 (10 weeks), commencing on Monday 1st of August. WHEN: Monday 4-5.30pm OR Friday 5-6.30pm COST: Option 1 - $415 paying in full OR Option 2 - $100 joining fee and $35 per Week For enquiries or bookings contact Snowplanet on 09 427 0044 or email Visit Snowplanet’s website

St Cuthbert’s College are currently accepting applications for Endeavor Scholarships for entry in Year 7 2012. Applications close on Monday 8 August 2011. See the school office for an application.


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