Newsletter Term 1 Week 3 Friday 17 February 2012

Value Focus for next two weeks: Initiative/Perseverance

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, Greetings to you all.

We are at the end of Week 3 already. The children and staff have been working hard to get settled into their new classrooms and routines. At this time of the year the teachers are focussing on establishing expectations of behaviour and learning in their rooms and within the playground. We encourage children to understand and abide by Elm Park School Values, Caring, Independence, Perseverance, Respect, Tolerance, co-operation with others, Honesty, Initiative, Quality, Responsibility, Trust and Worth of the Individual. Each week there is a focus on a value.

Thank you to all of you who attended the Parent Orientation Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday last week. It was wonderful to see so many parents who came to meet the teachers. We are fortunate to have such enthusiastic teachers who are committed to providing the best possible opportunities for your children to experience. We “empower all our learners to achieve their personal best”.

The New Zealand Curriculum also aims to help children to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their community. The key competencies that develop over time and are shaped by interaction with people, places and ideas are managing self, relating to others, participating and contribution, thinking and using language, symbols and texts. Our staff will be focussing on these capabilities as part of their programme.

Thank you to those parents who have purchased the correct uniform especially hats and black shoes. Please make sure that you name all the clothing clearly as it is very difficult to find when it is unnamed. Please encourage your children to look for their lost possessions in the lost property boxes as soon as possible as they are full already.

We are very concerned that some parents are not crossing their children on the crossing. There have been some near misses on the road outside our school, which as you know is an extremely busy road. Please assist us by crossing in the correct place so that our children have road sense and everyone is safe. Thank you to those parents who help out on the crossing.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Food and Family evening today (Friday) at 5.00pm. Join us with your picnic food, there will be coffee, snacks and Mr Whippy. Join in the Amazing Race, there will also be sports equipment and the pool to enjoy.

Have a great weekend

Trish Plowright


Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 17 Feb........... Food & Family Evening (Wheels Day) 5.00pm

Tues 21 Feb........ Interschool Softball field day

Thur 22 Feb........ PTA Meeting 7pm staffroom

Fri 2 Mar............. Whole School Assembly 2.00pm

Wed 7 Mar.......... World Maths Day

Fri 9 Mar............. Principals Morning Tea

Fri 16 Mar........... Whole School Assembly

Mon 26 March.... Y6 Camp (MERC) Long Bay

Fri 30 Mar........... Whole School Assembly

Wed 4 Apr........... Principal’s Awards Assembly

Thur 5 Apr........... Term 1 ends

Fri 6 Apr.............. Good Friday

Looking Ahead

The Incredible Years Programme for ParentsIt’s the little things that really matter. This is a free programme for parents of 3 – 8 year olds. Problem behaviour in children causes enormous family stress, and parents can feel alone and helpless. But a positive and harmonious family life is possible. The Incredible Years parenting programme helps you develop strategies to build positive relationships with your children and to manage problem behaviours. It will help you:

Þ Enjoy your kids

Þ Overcome challenging behaviour

Þ Stimulate your child’s development

Þ Gain skills to feel more confident and positive about your parenting

Þ See changes for the better

Þ Establish better relations with your child’s teachers

Parent training remains the single most effective way to help young children with challenging behaviour problems. This programme consists of 14 2-2 ½ hour sessions, one per week. Manukau programme starting Tuesday 21st Feb 10am – 12.30 pm or Wednesday 22nd Feb 5.30 – 8.00 pm. Panmure programme starting 10 am – 12.30 pm TBC. There is no cost for this programme. Please contact: Manukau Programme – Ursula Ruakere, 260 4215 or Panmure Programme – Keren Newnham, 260 4260

Elm Park School Newsletter Options – A reminder that there are other ways to read your school newsletter. You do not need to wait for your child to unpack their bag. Find us here:

Elm Park School Blog: (you can subscribe for updates)

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Road Patrol helpers needed - If you are able to help with Road Patrol in the morning from 8.30 to 8.50am or in the afternoon from 3.00 – 3.15pm can you please see the office ladies or Mrs Holdom in Room 26. Thank you!

Ice Cream Containers – The art room is in need of clean ice cream containers without lids please. These can be delivered directly to the art room or to room 9. Thank you.

This Week in Review

Value Focus for next two weeks: Initiative/PerseveranceElm Park is once again opening the National Bank for children to deposit their money into. We begin on Wednesday 22nd February, before school in the library. We will be open every Wednesday morning during term time. Our bank tellers, Hayley, Maddison, Jenny and Emily have been for training at Pakuranga National Bank and are eager to work with established customers and any new people who would like to take part in school banking this year. We look forward to seeing you there. Mrs Kerr.

Focus on Children

Room 2 have done some swimming stories.


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

Room 2

Rafay Hayat

Room 7

Jayden Myburgh

Room 8

Tanzee Guo

Room 9

Shayaan Syed

Room 10

Diesel Folau

Room 11

Meilaniah Kelsall

Room 12

Toa Fonoti

Room 13

Aimee Turley

Room 14

Rlisha Kauraka

Room 15

Sophia Boysen

Room 16

Maree Nattrass

Room 17

Hannah Appleby

Room 18

Silva He

Room 19

Julia Fared Chua

Room 20

Stephanie McIntyre

Room 21

Ethan Birch

Room 22

Lupo Hall

Room 23

Maddison Hohneck

Room 24

Tyler Moran

Room 25

Sasha Sabeta

Room 26

Anmol Preet Kaur

Room 28

Charlie Wilson

Room 29

Nathan Ruhe

Room 30

Oliver Cao


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

Year 1:

Emma Nicholson

Year 2:

Katie Howell

Year 3:

Elizabeth Davies

Year 4:

Calais Kaukau

Year 5:

Nadia Wilson

Year 6:

Bailey Ruoff


Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – Kids Love Drama and Parents Love the Results. Students ages 5-17 to develop confidence and communication skills. They provide excellent preparation for growing up in today’s competitive world. They’ll just love it! Phone 836 0233

The Parenting Through Separation programme is now running at Willowbank Primary School. The programme is facilitated by Triple P psychologists with a family court lawyer. It is free to all parents in the region who are going through separation or have already separated. Next sessions in the two part course are 29 Feb and March 7. Register at Triple P: 09 579 1794.

PAKURANGA UNITED RUGBY CLUB - THE ALL BLACKS WERE JUNIOR RUGBY PLAYERS ONCE...BECOME A PAKURANGA JUNIOR AND START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY! JUNIOR RUGBY REGISTRATIONS ON NOW! Grades: Nursery (Under 5-6s), Junior (Under 7-10s) and Intermediate (11-13s) Register online at Registration Days: 17, 18 and 19 February, 24, 25 and 26 February Fridays: 3-7pm, Saturday/Sundays: 1-4pm and Weekdays: 3-5pm 78 Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. Phone: 09 576 7928

Piano and Theory Tuition Offered by a highly qualified and experienced Piano teacher recently returned to New Zealand after 15 years abroad teaching piano full time at the Vienna International school in Austria. From beginners to Diploma Level. Private and group tuition available in William Roberts Road. ABRSM Exam preparation if desired. Performing Opportunities throughout the year with regular informal piano recitals. For further information, please contact Mrs Joanne Klein (BMus; Dip Tchg: LRSM; LTCL; ATCL) Tel 09 576 6094 Mobile 021 122 4145 email


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