Newsletter Term 3 Week 1 Friday 5 August 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Honesty / Independence

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 the new families to Elm Park School. This week we have 18 Korean students visiting from Shinan County to stay for the next three weeks. We know that our homestay families and everyone in the Elm Park School will make these students feel welcome to our school and New Zealand. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.

We are looking forward to another exciting term with lots of activities coming up. Next week is Maths Week and we will be holding our Maths Olympiads on:
Wednesday 10 August 2011 Year 3 @11.15am – 12.00 pm
Year 2 @12.15pm – 1.00 pm
Thursday 11 August 2011 Year 4 @ 9.30am – 10.15 am
Year 5 @ 11.15am – 12.00 pm
Year 6 @12.15 pm – 1.00 pm
Parents and families are welcome to the Auditorium to observe the competitions.

The PTA is fund raising for a shade sail to provide shade over the sensory garden for our children in the summer. Please support us with the sale of the chocolates that have come home.

Pakuranga Intermediate – Orientation morning on
Monday 8 August for Year 6 students. The Intermediate will supply buses to transport the children to the school from 9.10 am – 12.30 pm. This is for children only.

Koanga Festival
At the end of Week 5 (Saturday 3 September) our Elm Park School Kapa Haka group will be performing at Somerville Intermediate as part of the Koanga Festival at 1.10pm. All our local schools - primary, intermediate, secondary - will be performing on this day. This festival is open to everyone in the community.

Our Art show (Bits on the side) will be held over Week 5. Details to come later.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Trish Plowright


LOUNGE SUITE NEEDED – We are currently seeking the donation of a respectable lounge suite / couch for use in Kids Korner. If you have such a thing and are happy to give it to the school we would greatly appreciate it.

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.

Working Bee Saturday 13 August 2pm - 5pm
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!
We would also appreciate any donation of clivias, bromeliads, agaves and plants that will survive in shade and damp.

Help build our McCAIN School Veggie Patch

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:

GARAGE SALE - Please note the garage sale which was to be held on 27 August is now cancelled.

Key Events For Your Diary

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

Wed 10 August.... Maths Olympiad

Thur 11 August... Maths Olympiad

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

Thur 18 August... BOT Meeting

Mon 29 August.... Art Exhibition Week

Friday 9 Sept...... Principals Afternoon Tea

Thur 22 Sept....... Talent Quest 7pm

Fri 30 Sept.......... Y5 & Y6 Disco

Fri 7 Oct.............. Term 3 ends

Mon 24 Oct......... LABOUR DAY

Tue 25 Oct......... Term 4 begins

This Week in Review

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Nadini Ariyaratne, Kahlan Watchorn, Aidan Herekiuha, Leilani Hoeta, Charlie Wilson, Georgia Wilson

CHOCOLATES - On Friday 5 August the oldest child in each family has brought 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

DAFFODIL DAYFriday 26 August 2011. We will have daffodils for sale for the week commencing 22 August. Gold coin donation. (Please note that this is NOT a mufti day).

PUPIL ABSENCES The law requires regular attendance of pupils. In the interest of safety, if your child is to be absent, please notify the school at your earliest convenience either in writing for prior known absences or by email, phone or text (021 134 0916) before 8.45 am on the day of absence. All absences are recorded. Where student absence are not notified, students will be marked as TRUANT on the national register. If pupils arrive after class has commenced, they must check in at the school office upon arrival.

Focus on Children

In Room 1 we have been busy sketching, tracing, cutting, drawing, painting, gluing and decorating our Mardi Gras Masks in preparation for the Wearable Art Show – Bits on the Side - coming up at Elm Park School later this month.

We have sketched our finished masks – if you would like to see the real thing and MORE we would love to show you so come along to the upcoming Art Show on the 30th August (Year 1 – 2), 31st August (Year 3-4) and 1st September (Year 5-6).


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

Room 1

Abimbola Dawodu

Room 3

Eve-Ahna Nepia-Waterman

Room 4

Ethan Mundie

Room 8

James Bates

Room 9

Essence Hau

Room 10

Jasmine Pereira

Room 11

Myra Singh

Room 12

Kelly Zhu

Room 13

Louise Skinner

Room 14

Jared Wright

Room 15

Sasha Sabeta

Room 16

Mahurangi Haare

Room 17

Mansur Nazif

Room 18

Gordon Morris

Room 19

Airah Cortez

Room 20

Taylor Marshall-Stewart

Room 21

Keane Carotenuto

Room 22

George Wu

Room 23

Rhea Ram

Room 24

Keziah Seiuli

Room 25

Rafael Dio

Room 26

Tamara Holt

Room 27

Eden Smith

Room 28

Stephanie McIntyre

Room 29

Jane Tikhomirova

Room 30

Maree Nattrass


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

Year 1:

Reef Ryan

Year 2:

Joshua Christophers

Year 3:

Jenny Zhou

Year 4:

Catherine Chan

Year 5:

Amena Azimi

Year 6:

Jedlee Abu


The Parenting Through Separation programme is now running at Willowbank School for all parents who are in the process of separating or considering separation. It is a free course delivered by Triple P New Zealand, working with a Family Court lawyer. Next course is (7 – 9pm) August 16 and August 23. To register call Triple P New Zealand 579 1794

Howick Plunket presents Girls Night Out Wednesday 24th August, Howick Club, 107 Botany Road. Come along and enjoy an evening of entertainment, spot prizes, exhibits, raffles and makeovers! Tickets are $15 each and includes a Goody Bag See our website for ticket information or contact Leonie on / 533-3888

Howick Plunket Baby Fair Saturday 20th August 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! Sausage Sizzle, Bake sale, Lucky Dips and a raffle for a NEW car seat!!! Entry by gold coin donation. For all queries email Karen at

Live-in childcare for $60pw – Families needed - Family homes sought for part-time European Au Pairs (Demi Au Pairs) arriving in September for 3 to 6 months. These are students with childcare experience who study high-level English in the morning at The Campbell Institute in Bucklands Beach and are available in the afternoon and evenings for up to 20 hours childcare, school pick-ups, and light housework. In return, you provide full board and a payment of $60pw. Families need to live in the Eastern suburbs or within reasonable commuting distance of our Auckland campus.

For more information please call (09) 534 4292 E: Web:


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