Newsletter Term 3 Week 3 Friday 19 August 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Initiative / Perseverance

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.

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful changeable weather.

Student Led Conferences - A big thank you to everyone who attended these conferences last term and for the online feedback. The overall feelings from everyone is that these were very successful and the majority of parents/caregivers were amazed at how much the children know about their learning and where they need to be in comparison to other students at the same age. The children enjoyed the opportunity to share all their work with their families.

We are discussing our programme for reporting to parents for the rest of this year and next. We intend producing an End of Year 5 report that will be sent home at the end of the year. This report will support applications for Intermediate Schools next year for our Year 6 students. If you require a reference as well you need to advise the class teacher early so that this can be organized.

Early in Term 1 2012 we will be holding a meet the teacher evening, then a goal setting evening for parents and students. This will be an opportunity to discuss where the students are at and what they need to do to achieve the next step in their learning. Student led conferences will be held again in Term 2 and in Term 4 for 2012.

Gardening - Many thanks for the wonderful parents, and students, both past and present who turned up on Saturday to help out with our gardening working bee. Hopefully the plants will not object to the move and continue to grow.

Uniform - We are discussing streamlining our uniform options, as we are not happy with the quality of our fabric on our polo shirts. We are also considering introducing a rain jacket and a long sleeve polar fleece (to replace the no sleeve top) Please let us know your ideas by email to

Gates - We have been struggling with the traffic outside our school and we have been advised by the Police to shut the gates both before school and after to alleviate the congestion in our driveway. From Monday we will be closing the gates from 8.30 am and again at 2.30 pm. If you have a pass this will no longer be applicable. It is in the interests of our student’s safety and well being. We are also preparing for the World Cup teams who may be practising on the Elm Park field and will need the space to park.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Trish Plowright

2011 ART SHOW - Our Art Show this year is called “Bits on the Side.” Children and teachers’ have been busy throughout Term 2 making art accessories. Each class will present their art works on stage.
Year 1/2 - Tuesday 30th August 1.00 - 2.30 pm
Year 3/4 - Wednesday 31st August 7.00 - 8.30 pm
Year 5/6 - Thursday 1st September 7.00-8.30 pm
Tickets are on sale now - $2.00 each or $5.00 family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children aged 5-12). Please book early, tickets selling quickly.

DESPERATELY SEEKING HELPERS FOR ROAD PATROL - We need parents or caregivers to help supervise the light controlled school crossing on Gossamer Drive on Tues and Friday afternoons from 3.00 - 3.15 pm and Thursday morning 8.30-8.55 am. If you could please help to keep our children safe, leave your name and number at the office, or call Mrs Holdom on 577 0070 ext 826 or see her in Room 26.
Thanks so much

PARENT LOGINS FOR KNOWLEDGENET (e-PORTFOLIOS) - We have found students get very excited when parents have logged into their e-Portfolios and left encouraging comments about their learning. If you have lost or forgotten your login details please call the office (577 0070) or send an email to If you would like some help with how to use KnowledgeNET and leave a comment in the e-Portfolios, please email our e-Learning Facilitator, Belinda Johnston (

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.

LOUNGE SUITE NEEDED – We are currently seeking the donation of a respectable lounge suite / couch in good condition 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.

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:

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
Tue 25 Oct Term 4 begins


NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Ayla Fleming.

DAFFODIL DAY – Friday 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).

GARDENING - A Big Thank you! Sincere thank you to all the people who helped us at the working bee on Saturday. Although there were not many of us we really achieved a lot. Special thanks to Kirsten, who brought her brothers to help and to Zoe, Ashley and Briana and their families who worked tirelessly to create a better environment for us all. Mrs Meikle

Room 22 has been designing T-shirts for the World Cup Rugby. Here are some exciting samples.

Chocolate Chip Friends by Jordan Hallows

“Friends are the chocolate chippies in the cookie of life.” Friends are people who make your life more exciting.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have to move away from your friends? I’ve been through that and it’s quite hard.

In the holidays I saw the movie Cars 2 ….it can teach me and you a lot about friendship.

For example, for someone to be a good friend it’s important that you have fun together, trust each other and can forgive each other. Lightning and Mater had to learn to do this.

Mater was poor and lived in a small town. He was a rusty tow-truck. Lightning was rich and one of the fastest racing cars on the track. He had lots of fans. Even though Lightning had lots of fans he had no friends.

At Radiator Springs Mater taught Lightning new tricks like tractor tipping and reverse driving. They had lots of fun together.

Forgiveness is important for friendship and trust. If there is no forgiveness you will leave your friends as soon as they make a mistake. In Cars 2 Mater needed to forgive Lightning for ditching him for not acting cool at his flash party. If he didn’t forgive they wouldn’t be friends today!

We don’t need to be exactly the same as our friends to enjoy them. In fact differences are good.

Mater and Lightning were as different as different gets but in the end they were great friends anyway. You don’t have to act like you aren’t who you are, you just have to be yourself, even if you are 100% different from the other person you should celebrate your differences in every way.

Bernard Meltzer says, “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked”.

Imagine you are on a steep cliff dangling on a rope. You can try and look brave, but it is best to have someone there who wants to help you. Remember “a good friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else”. So enjoy your friends, catch up with them, and help each other up the difficult cliff of life.

We all know that chocolate chip cookies are yummy… so get out there and be a good friend.
By Jordan Hallows

Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1 Oliver Handley-Elder
Room 3 Kalin Howard
Room 4 Najwah Nazif
Room 8 Macu Salato
Room 9 Tianna Lavemai
Room 10 Troy Misihepi
Room 11 Ethan Ofa
Room 12 Faith Ward
Room 13 Lydia Calkin
Room 14 Kenneth Zhou
Room 15 Jenny Dai
Room 16 Carlos Chee
Room 17 Marcus Ambler
Room 18 Annelise Frewin
Room 19 Seth de Villiers
Room 20 Rishika Choudhry
Room 21 Mike Cui
Room 22 Nitara Perera
Room 23 Donia Shamia
Room 24 Shardul Kamat
Room 25 Ben Wong
Room 26 Irena Chen
Room 27 Benjamin Lowe
Room 28 Matthew Lee
Room 29 Amy Wright
Room 30 Vacha Patel

The following students were voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1: Vaelei Young
Year 2: Georgia Wilson
Year 3: Dayton Sprague
Year 4: Victor Jing
Year 5: Julia Fared Chua
Year 6: Jordan Hallows


Storylines Annual Free Family Day - At the Aotea Centre and the Museum on Sunday 28 August 10am - 3pm. Activities include:
Meet authors and illustrators, Listen to stories, Watch performances, Watch artists in action and create your own illustrations, Enter competitions and win prizes, Enjoy activities, talks and stories all day, Much, much more, For more information visit.

Kelly sports at Elm Park Primary School - Kelly Sports offers sports programmes at Elm Park Primary straight after school on Tuesday from 3.10pm to 4.10pm. Our Programmes are targeted at year 1 - 4 children who are keen to try out a variety of sports. Kelly Sports encourages kids to have fun, build confidence and to develop key sporting skills. Player of the Day ribbons awarded every session. Please contact Lyn Flavell on 09-2922-224 or for an enrollment form or check out our website

AMI Auckland Netball Centre Term 3 - 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 9th August 2011
OR Years 1-8 Wednesdays AMI Auckland Netball Centre, St John’s 8 weeks starting 10th of August 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

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 at Bethells Beach 16-18 September 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


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