Newsletter Term 3 Week 9 Friday 30 September 2011

Value Focus for next week: Trust

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.

Here we are almost at the end of Term 3. Everyone seems to be getting into the spirit of the Rugby World Cup, which is wonderful to see. I hope everyone is enjoying the rugby games.

Last week we were privileged to see and be involved with the 2011 Talent Quest organized by Mrs Raenette Taljaard. We were thoroughly entertained by some of our very talented children. The funds raised from ticket sales are to go towards our Y6 Camp for 2012. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Our Years 4, 5, 6 Cross Country was held on Tuesday on a lovely fine day. Well done to all children for your participation and thanks parents for coming to watch.

We are currently preparing to place children in classes for 2012. This is a huge job and we take it very seriously. We try to place your child with peers and a teacher that best suits their needs and personality.

If you have any particular requests for your child/ren to be with or not with other children please can you email with your requests as soon as possible or write to the Principal. Please do not request a teacher. Please ensure you notify the school office in writing if your child is not returning in 2012. Also, if you have child starting in 2012 and have not yet completed an enrolment form, please do so as soon as possible.

Parent Contribution/School Donations - Thank you to the parents who have paid their parent contribution for 2011, we really appreciate your support. As you are aware, schools are funded on a per student basis at the level that reflects the decile rating for the socio economic status of the community. Unfortunately this amount does not cover all the costs incurred as we strive to provide the highest quality education for our students at Elm Park. The Government expects that parents and communities will contribute to the shortfall. Almost 10% of our budgeted income comes from parent contributions. Elm Park has kept the parent contribution at $160.00 per child for at least 6 years. The school relies on these funds to provide extra activities and programmes to support learning across the school.

Your contribution goes towards the following resources:

· Books for the library

· Reading resources for classroom

· Art supplies

· ICT equipment (computers)

· Sports equipment and interschool sports competitions

· Laminating resources to used in classrooms

· Literacy materials

· Mathematics equipment

Thank you for your co-operation.

Trish Plowright


Looking Ahead

BEFORE SCHOOL - We have noticed that many children are arriving at school as early as 7.45 am. We understand that many of you have to start work early however, although some staff are usually on site they are preparing for the day or have meetings and cannot supervise the children until 8.15 am. Please do not send your children early, if so we will have to send them to Kids Korner (our before and afterschool care facility) which will result in a charge for this service.

HOWICK INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL ORIENTATION for 2012 – Elm Park School community and prospective students for 2012 are invited to attend an orientation on Saturday 24 November at 9.30 am in the school hall. Parents are welcome to accompany their son or daughter on this visit. Please ring the school office on 534 3922 if there is anything you would like to know or visit or Facebook: Howick Intermediate

PARKING – As you are aware, we have been advised by the Police to close the road alongside the school office, for the safety of your children. The gates will be closed from 8.30 – 9.15 am and 2.30 - 3.15 pm. If you find yourself locked in at any stage, you will need to wait for the gates to be unlocked at the due time. Thank you all for your cooperation so far. We are also experiencing parents dropping their children off in the access way in front of the boom gate and in people’s driveways. This is causing traffic jams. As this is dangerous, please drop your children along Gossamer Drive, being sure to be legally stopped (not on a yellow line) at all times. Because of the problems we are having, the Community Constable and other police officers will be popping in regularly to check our drivers habits – let’s give them a pleasant surprise!

Key Events For Your Diary

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: Julie Kaewkham, Benjamin Cao, Tylae Bates, Peter Kaewkham, Adison Makaola, Blake Harrison, Vikasni Dharman

ART SHOW - We would appreciate your feed back on the recent Art Show. Could you please fill out the short survey, which can be found on our Elm Park School web page.

Your comments are important to us so that we can improve.

CROSS COUNTRY - On Tuesday the 27th of September, the Year 4, 5 and 6's ran their Cross Country. The sun was out, field soft, and a little mud for all to enjoy. Here are the top 3 finishes from each race which will go on to represent Elm Park at the Inter-school Cross Country in Wk 1, Term 4.

Year 4 Boys: Kheva Potatau, Jayden Ruhe, Joshua Spooner

Year 4 Girls: Shontae Nolan, Maddison Hohneck, Annalise Worsfold

Year 5 Boys: Josh Winchester, Harvey Dang, Steven Zhu

Year 5 Girls: Emily Morrison, Nancy Guo, Cindy Zhu

Year 6 Boys: Matt Petherick, Alex Edwards, Jackson Armour

Year 6 Girls: Eve Koenders, Shereen Liebenberg, Kaitlyn Wilkinson

GYMNASTICS - On Thursday 8th September a group of Year 5 and 6 students entered the HPPA Eastern Zone Primary Schools Gymnastic Festival. These students have been working hard for two terms learning a range of routines for the Mat, Floor and Beam. Each student achieved their personal best and did a wonderful job of representing Elm Park School. A big Congratulations to Steven Zhu, Tyrell Kanny , Yazan Hatem and Jeremy Takau who won FIrst Place in the Year 5 Boys Competition. This Team of boys were then invited to take part in the Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition last week where Yazan Hatem achieved an astounding 12th equal in the Individual Year 5 Boys Competition. Thank you to all the gymnasts for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm this year!!!

WHAT DOES THE BOT DO? - The board is accountable for the school’s performance, and emphasises strategic leadership, sets the vision for the school, and ensures that the school complies with legal and policy requirements. The BOT sets policies at governance level and outline clear delegations to the principal. The board and principal form the leadership team, and the principal reports to the board. The board is proactive in its operations and decision making and does not involve itself in the administrative details of the day-to-day running of the school. Enhancing student achievement is its focus. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is responsible for ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

Focus on Children

Room 4 are learning how to use interesting words in their writing. To celebrate Spring they wrote an acrostic poem. This is the first time they have written a poem. They are very proud of their success.

Silvery rain,

Pretty flowers go in the garden,

Raining in the puddles,

I like to play in the rain,

Nice to be warm,

Grass is growing.

By Ridwan Usman

Shiny sun in the air,

Purple blossoms are beautiful in Spring,

Roses are beautiful in Spring,

I nsects are crawling on the new leaves,

New leaves are popping up,

Golden daffodils in the garden.

By Cameron Hall

Shiny yellow daffodils swaying in the breeze,

Pretty bright red blossoms under trees,

Rain is coming down on the green grass,

I like the dew on the green grass,

Now the red roses are growing on the plants,

Green grass is growing but Dad is mowing the lawns again.

By James Willats

Sun shining in the sky,

Pink butterflies flying in the air,

Racing in the puddles,

I like Spring,

New leaves in the garden,

Golden beautiful daffodils in the garden.

By Briana Crang-Cournane

Spring is shiny and beautiful,

Playing in the sun,

Running with each other making sure

we are safe,

I nsects are coming out,

New golden leaves are coming out too,

Green grass is growing now.

By Gavin Chen

Sunny air is cool,

Pretty daffodils shining on the grass,

Red roses looking pretty,

I nsects nibbling on the green leaves,

No rain drops falling from the sky,

Garden flowers growing beautifully.

By Xavier Brown


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

Room 1

Samuel Latu

Room 2

Adison Makaola

Room 3

Braxton Murtic-Kerr

Room 4

Xavier Brown

Room 8

Divya Ram

Room 9

Kalani Graham

Room 10

Reef Ryan

Room 11

Sean To’ofohe

Room 12

Faith Ward

Room 13

Hubert Lai

Room 14

Jared Wright

Room 15

Lachlan McClintock

Room 16

Bella Kim

Room 17

Alex McGrath

Room 18

Jessica Wei

Room 19

Thomas Murray

Room 20

Catherine Washington

Room 21

Jason Langi

Room 22

Ryan Profner

Room 23

Ethan Birch

Room 24

Lupo Hall

Room 25

Sebastian Hay

Room 26

Mavrick Murch

Room 27

Jayda-Leigh Kahi

Room 28

Kirsten Way

Room 29

Cameron Ross

Room 30

Cheydan Hawea


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

Year 1:

Vishailen Naicker

Year 2:

Alliah Bautro

Year 3:

Nevada Lim

Year 4:

Nadia Wilson

Year 5:

Tyrell Kanny

Year 6:

David Feng


Want Local Food? Ooooby Information Evening Ooooby (Out of our own back yards) is now 4,000+ members strong and is delivering local food to over 150 Auckland doorsteps every week! This Spring we start making local food effortless for East Auckland by bringing the ‘Ooooby Box’ to your doorstep! Come and learn how you can easily buy or supply local food and even how you can barter some time for a Box. If you grow food in your own backyard then you are extra welcome. We will explain how we buy local food, how the logistics work and how you are paid.

6.30-7.15pm Friday 28th September, Uxbridge Arts, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick. No need to rsvp, just turn up. Can’t make it along? Visit or

School Holiday Fun at Paradice ~ Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey Learn new skating skills, Skating On Ice Group Performance on Last Day! Enjoy the fun games & activities during the Public Session. Classes for Beginner to Advanced skaters from 6 years + HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 9am-12noon ~ 1 hour instruction & 2 hour Supervised public session Wk 1: Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey ~ Monday 10 Oct – Friday 14 Oct = 5 mornings = $97.99 Wk 2: Learn to Ice Skate ~ Mon 17 Oct – Fri 21 Oct = 5 mornings = $97.99 All Fees include Admission, Equip Hire and Tuition, for more info or to enrol contact Paradice. ENROLMENTS now open for TERM 4 CLASSES starting from 25 October for Children Tues & Weds 4pm, Sat & Sun mornings + Hockey School Monday evenings. Classes also avail for Adults! Tues & Fri 10am & Weds 7pm. 490 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs; Ph: 273 2999 ext6;


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