Newsletter Term 4 Week 1 Friday 28 October 2011

Value Focus for next two weeks: Honesty / Independence

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.

Welcome to all new families to Elm Park School and the last (very short) term for 2011. I hope that everyone had a great holiday and managed to see some of the Rugby games. What a nail biting finish! “Awesome”

Congratulations to the All Blacks on their tremendous effort. Hopefully we will see some of our Elm Park students in the All Blacks in the future. Some of them were featured in the local paper, congratulations to Dylan Almandoz and Andrew Thomas.

This term is filling up really quickly with lots of interesting activities:

Camp for Year 6 in week 2 – 2 November

Trips to the Rainforest in week 2

Student Led Conferences in week 4 – see dates

Cultural Concert in week 6 – 1 Dec

Have a great weekend everyone.


Trish Plowright

Looking Ahead


Term 1 Tuesday 31 Jan to Thur 5 April - 10 weeks

Term 2 Monday 23 April to Friday 29 June - 10 weeks

Term 3 Monday 16 July to Friday 28 Sept - 10 weeks

Term 4 Monday 15 Oct to Friday 14 Dec - 9 weeks

Auckland Anniversary Day Monday 30 January, Waitangi Day Monday 6 February, Good Friday 6 April, ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April, Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June, Labour Day Monday 22 October

Annual Trips/ Cultural Activities & Resources Costs for 2012 - During the year classes will be involved in a number of cultural activities, trips and using resources. These activities are closely related to the learning objectives for the year. The total amount is $100 for the whole of the year, however this can be paid on a term by term basis. ($25 per term).

The funds contribute to the following:

· Art materials for specific projects.

· Writing resources – jovis, felt pens, coloured pencils (these are purchased in bulk by the school and are therefore cheaper and are kept by the teacher to avoid losses).

· Water safety activities – children are taught water safety skills by both teachers and outside experts.

· Mathletics – a web based mathematics programme that supports our maths programme. This pays for the license for Years 4, 5 & 6 children who can have access to this programme at home and at school.

· PMP – Perceptual Motor Programme for Years 1&2. This programme supports learners fine and gross motor skills and assists the children to focus on learning.

· Extra curricular resources: workbooks, seminars, Life Education Trust.

· Trips to a variety of sites that are associated with the Inquiry Learning topic or context.

· Guest speakers.

· Cultural activities.

· Buses to transport the children to various programmes or activities.

Please contact Mrs Norma Foster our Executive Officer on 5770193 or the office staff Mrs Rachel Herriott or Mrs Lauren Russell for payment options.

Stationery Packs for 2012 - These packs will be available from Office Max Online. The cost will vary according to the students year level. They range from $19.00 - $48.00 depending on whether they are new or returning students. More information will follow shortly.

IRON BRIAN We require helpers for our Iron Brian show on Tuesday 15 November. We need people for food prep from 8.30 am. Even if you only have half and hour, we would greatly appreciate your help. Please see Karen Allen or the office staff.

NEW PARENT ORIENTATION FORUM - Each term we invite the parents of new children to Elm Park School for an information and discussion time. You will also have a visit to the classrooms during a working session.

This is an opportunity for you to be welcomed to the school community, be introduced to our school values and to meet with staff members and other new parents to the school.

WHEN: Wednesday 9th November 2011 9.30 am.

FOR: Parents of Prospective Students.

Please note that this is for parents/caregivers only – children receive a class visit prior to their start date.

Please phone the School Secretary to confirm you will be attending the Orientation Forum. Phone 5770070 We look forward to meeting with you.

ART SHOW DVD ORDER – DVD’s are $15 each and cover all 3 nights of the show. Please contact the school office to place an order (

Key Events For Your Diary

Tue 25 Oct.. Term 4 begins

Wed 2 Nov... Year 6 Camp

.................... Headstart Begins

Wed 9 Nov... New Parent Orientation Forum 9.30 am

Thur 10 Nov. Kids for Kids Concert

Tue 15 Nov.. Iron Brian Show

Wed 16 Nov. Student Led Conferences Y1-3 3.30 – 8.00 pm

Thur 17 Nov. Student Led Conferences Y4-6 3.30 – 8.00 pm

Fri 18 Nov.... Year 6’s Visit Farm Cove 11-12

Wed 23 Nov. Headstart ends

.................... Interschool Athletics

Fri 25 Nov.... Term 4 Principals Awards Assembly 9.15 am Y1-3

Fri 25 Nov.... Term 4 Principals Awards Assembly 10.15 am Y4-6

Thur 1 Dec... Cultural Concert 6 pm

Fri 2 Dec...... Principal’s Morning Tea

Thur 8 Dec... Year 5 Swimming Carnival

Fri 9 Dec...... Push Play Day

.................... Mufti Day

Mon 12 Dec. Year 6 Graduation Ceremony 6.00 pm

.................... Year 6 Dinner 7.00 pm

Tue 13 Dec.. Year 5/6 Service to School Outing

.................... Year 4 Swimming Carnival

.................... Year 6 Disco 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Wed 14 Dec. Final Awards Assembly 9.15 am Y1-3

.................... Final Awards Assembly 10.15 am Y4-6

.................... Year 5 Reports home

.................... School ends 1.00 pm

This Week in Review

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Minada Wickramage, Veerbhanu Parmar, Chayden Court, Julia Sommer, Marco Wei, Kaea Horsfall-Kingi, Jordan Messenger, Tyra-Lee Turner, Zane Turner

TERM 4 HAT TIME – Please be aware that ALL children are required to wear hats in terms 1 & 4. Children without hats are not allowed in the playground and must spend morning tea and lunch in the shade area.

CROSSING GOSSAMER DRIVE – Parents please ensure you are using the lights to cross Gossamer Drive. We are trying to teach our children to stay safe and when they see parents weaving through traffic they assume they can also cross this way. We thank you for your cooperation.

Focus on Children

Room 8 had such an amazing time during the holidays. Read our stories to see what we did!

I had a wonderful holiday because I went to the cinema to watch the Smurfs in 3D! I remembered to bring my 3D glasses to watch the movie. It was a wonderful movie. It was a wonderful as a dream. Belinda Morris

In the holiday I had an extremely fun time because I went to the pools. My sister wasn’t having a good time because I was splashing her with a water gun! It was also my aunty’s birthday. I had three pancakes and four big scoops of ice-cream. I had some of the cake for lunch today. Macu Salato

I was so excited when we went to the parade. We went on the train and it went through two tunnels and under heaps of bridges. When we got off the train we were in a place under water and we didn’t know where to go but we made it just before the parade started. I could see the All Blacks and the trophy. It was as cool as a game! Ashton Liggett

I had the most fantastic day of my life because I watched the All Blacks play in the final. The All Blacks got 8 points and France got 7 points, so the All Blacks won! It was taking so long and I was so tired. New Zealand got the trophy and it was as shiny as the sun. Everybody was kissing the trophy. Julius Boysen

In the holidays I had a fantastic time because I went my dad’s holiday program. We painted jandals and we went bowling and to MOTAT too. It was so exciting when I went to the parade on Monday. I got to go on my mum’s shoulders. I got pins and needles in my legs! I saw the All Blacks on a truck and some cheerleaders doing cartwheels. Molly Busfield


Pakuranga Neighbourhood Support would like to invite you to a community meeting. Our guest speakers will include Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust, Graffiti Enforcement and your Community Constables. Our primary focus as an organisation is that of crime prevention, neighbourliness and civil defence help in a civil emergency. COME and meet your community constables and help make YOUR community a safer, happier and better place to be. Date: 2nd November 2011, Place: St Peter’s Anglican Church Hall (corner of Udys and Reeves Road), Time: 7.30pm -9.30pm

Howick Plunket Baby Fair - Sunday 13th November 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! And a raffle for a $100 Botany Mitre10 Mega voucher! For all queries email Jo at

Community children’s Light Party - An alternative to Halloween. Sunday, October 30 · 4:00pm - 6:00pm At the St Peters Anglican Church Community Rooms 71 Udys Road (Cnr Udys & Reeves Rds) Come dressed in a delightful costume – children aged 3-10 with a carer (older and younger children with their families) games, crafts, stories, bbq and lollies! RSVP helpful Ph 576 7817 (leave a message if we’re out with family name & # of children) gold coin donation per person.


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

Room 1

Elisha Tadamalla

Room 2

Tylae Bates

Room 3

Aliah Nazif

Room 4

Xavier Brown

Room 8

Alice Qin

Room 9

Hudson Aish

Room 10

Ryan Young

Room 11

Sam Tupou

Room 12

Nadene Liedenberg

Room 13

Shontae Nolan

Room 14

Jamie Ma

Room 15

Anna Hallows

Room 16

Aleah Letfus

Room 17

Sala Marie Manu

Room 18

Ricky Wen

Room 19

Grace Samways

Room 20

Christine Lin

Room 21

Logan Kayll

Room 22

Anya John-Franke

Room 23

Finley Crang-Cournane

Room 24

Daniel Bates

Room 25

Sophie Low

Room 26

Hannah Appleby

Room 27

Leroy Grimshaw

Room 28

Rhian Blakeborough-Kocsis

Room 29

Saufoi Tavete

Room 30

Kiri Kerswell


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

Year 1:

Meilaniah Kelsall

Year 2:

Sara Azimi

Year 3:

Callum Dawson

Year 4:

Erin Kernot

Year 5:

Sam Lu

Year 6:

Isabelle Crackett


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