Friday, March 16, 2012

Newsletter Term 1 Week 7 Friday 16 March 2012


Value Focus for next two weeks: Responsibility and Tolerance


From The Principal

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

Goal setting conferences - Thank you to all the parents who attended the Goalsetting conferences with their children last week. The feedback was positivefrom the parents who attended and the teachers. By the end of the term teacherswill be posting the results of the recent assessments in Literacy and Numeracyon the reading and numeracy graphs. Asurvey about the goal setting process is on our blog, website and Facebook. Wewelcome your feedback as this helps us plan our programmes for reporting toparents, so thank you in anticipation.

Year 6 CAMP – On March 26th Year 6 students will beattending Camp at Sir Peter Blake MERC (Marine Education and Recreation Centre)at Long Bay, North Shore for three days. This Camp is an annual event for theYear 6 children and the programme is an important part of the school programmeto focus on team building, relating to others, managing self and developingself confidence and independence. The Camp’s Mission statement is “to provide alife changing marine and outdoor experience for young New Zealanders”.

Enrichment Classes - Our students are verylucky to be able to enjoy a range of Enrichment activities again this yearthanks to the skills and knowledge of our teachers. Mrs Taljaard is workingwith a large number of children in the choir, drumbeat, ukulele and recordersessions on Fridays. Mrs Scott is working with children in the art room onThursdays and Fridays. Mrs Meikle is working with the Enviro groups throughoutthe week. Mrs Tetupu is working with the Pasifika group on Thursdays. We lookforward to seeing these groups in action at some stage throughout the year.

Have a lovely weekend
TrishPlowright
Principal


Key Events For Your Diary

Wed 21 Mar........ PTA Annual Meeting 7pm
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
Mon 23 Apr......... ANZAC Poppies on sale at school
Wed 25 Apr........ ANZAC Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
Wed 9 May......... New Parents Orientation Forum
Fri 1 June............ Principal’s Afternoon Tea
Mon 4 June......... QueensBirthday – SCHOOL CLOSED
Mon 11 June....... Photolife
Wed 20 June...... Student Led Conference Y1-3
Thur 21 June...... Student Led Conference Y4-6
Thur 28 June...... Principals Award Assembly


Looking Ahead

For Sale - Worm Tea – the “Up n Go” tonic for the plant world. Only $2.00 for a 2 litre bottle - this makes20 litres of 100% pure, organic fertiliser that will improve the growing rateof any tree or plant. Order at the officeor look out for gate sales.
We are still looking for helpsupervising the road crossing on Gossamer Drive before and after school. If you could spare some time to help keep our children safe it would befantastic! Please see the office or Mrs Holdom in Room 26. Thank you!
Book Club Issue 2: Last day for ordersis Wednesday 21st March. Please bring orders to Mrs Commins in the JuniorBlock through Room 6. On Fridays the orders may be left at the FrontOffice. Please make cheques payable to scholasticNew Zealand. Thanks, Robyn


This Week in Review

PARENT CONTRIBUTION - Pay your parentcontribution by the end of March and as a thank you from Elm Park School you will receive a Vouchercode Localised Voucherbook. The Voucher booklets are valued at $25.00 and have over $5000 of great savings at Hoyts,Snow Planet, Waiwera, Tree Adventures, Golf Courses, Cafe's, Restaurants and Retail, Outlets,etc. All vouchers are valid till 1st June 2012, so there is still lots of time to receive great savings on fun activities, food and retail. If you want to see all vouchers goto www.vouchercode.co.nz/searchbook.htm and click on South Book. Please see the office stafff or download instructions.
LITTER FREE LUNCHBOXES - What is a litter free lunch box? A litter freelunch box does not contain any item that has to go into the landfill. As an enviroschool our vision is to reduce the amount of rubbish that will end up ina landfill. Our initiatives to achievethis so far are to have a worm farm, a compost bin, recycle all paper, cardboard, yoghurt pots and containers numbered 1 to 7. Please bring your fooditems in reusable containers and ziplock bags, paper towels, serviettes andlunch paper (nonwaxed) to support our school vision. Plastic wrap, tinfoil, plastic packets andpackaging is to return home in lunchboxes and does not qualify as a litter free lunchbox. Litter free lunchboxes leads to less landfill! A very big thank youto those families that support our school environmental policy and supply their children with a litter free lunchbox and a reusable water bottle. You are supporting our vision towardsachieving a totally sustainable school.

SHADE SAIL OVER SENSORY GARDEN – Thank you to our wonderful PTA for the shadesail which has been put over our sensory garden.


Focus on Children

Room 7 have been learning how to draw their face. We looked at ourselves in a mirror and looked at a photo of our face. In our sketchbooks we practiced drawing our eyes, nose and mouth. We thenlearnt about the correct proportions for when we drew our face. We are very proud of our faces.





I am special, I am special.
If you look, you will see.
Someone very special,
Someone very special.
That is me! That is me!




POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this TERM for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 2
Nadia Mistry
Room 7
Carlos Faaeteete
Room 8
Artemas Kelsall
Room 9
Joshua De Silva
Room 10
Briana Crang-Cournane
Room 11
Ella James
Room 12
Brody Ashmore
Room 13
Gordon Morris
Room 14
Ekin Liu
Room 15
Vacha Patel
Room 16
Bella Kim
Room 17
Conor Wilkinson
Room 18
Divya Ram
Room 19
Haeun Lee
Room 20
Keziah Seiuli
Room 21
Matthew Lee
Room 22
Jasmin Wood
Room 23
Annalise Worsfold
Room 24
Tyler Moran
Room 25
Hubert Lai
Room 26
Justin Lim
Room 28
Levi Guyan
Room 29
Paige Newman
Room 30
Khushnaz Masani

PERSONAL PRESENTATION
The following students were voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Darren Wee
Year 2:
Braxton Murtic-Kerr
Year 3:
Barath Thavarajh
Year 4:
Anna Santoso
Year 5:
Alia Sulaman
Year 6:
Ben Wong

Community Notices:
Pakuranga Counseling Centre COURSES 2012 - SELF ESTEEMMondays 23 April - 28 May Morning 10am-12 noon COMMUNICATION& Anger Management Tuesdays 1 May – 5 June Evening 7—9 BOUNDARIESMondays 14 May- 25 June Evening 7—9 PRE RELATIONSHIP (forthose planning on entering into a new relationship) Wednesdays 6 June-27 June Evening 7—9 BLENDED FAMILIES (for couples blending twofamilies into one) Mondays 23 July- 27 Aug Evening 7—9 PARENTINGALONE (for people raising children on their own) Tuesdays 24 July-28 Aug Evening 7—9 Contact: Sylvia Holliday or Sandy Snook: 576 4248, contact@pakurangacounselling.org.nz How do you feel about YOU? SELF ESTEEM COURSE Dates: 23 April – 28May (Mondays for 6 weeks ): 10am-12 noon PakurangaCounseling Centre 207 Ti Rakau Dv (crn Fremantle Pl /Ti Rakau Pakuranga. Cost: $20 for whole course Call Sylvia or Sandy on 09 576 4248 Or email: sholliday47@gmail.com
Tamaki Sports Academy - offers mentoring,coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out ofthe mainstream school system but show some sporting talent. A major fundraiserfor the academy, and an excellent source of work experience for our members, isthe free metal collection service we offer. We will pick up any old metal - computers, whiteware,roofing iron, metal piping, venetian blinds, batteries, car panels, cars, metalshelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines, and so on. If you dohave any metal rubbish to get rid of, we are keen to pick it up for you. It isa win-win for both of us. Thank you to everyone in advance, and to thosewho have donated metal to us previously. Tricia Ph 027 5105890 ph 09 2760328
Call to dispose of chemicals - AucklandCouncil's annual Hazmobile collections start soon and offer people a chance toget rid of hazardous household waste. The first stop is in Pakuranga onMarch 17. The drive-through collections held ensure tonnes of householdand garden chemicals, used batteries, old gas bottles and other hazardous itemsare safely disposed of.
The council’s sold waste business unit manager JonRoscoe says seven collections have been scheduled so far for this year, whichsupplement the drop-off service available at three of the region’s refusetransfer stations. He says peopleinterested in using the service should check which household hazardous waste isacceptable. Ensure they box it up carefully and follow instructions uponarrival at the collection site.
The Pakuranga collection is at the car park in LloydElsmore Park, Sir Lloyd Drive, from 10am-2pm on March 17.
Collectionpoints are also in Glen Innes, Western Springs and Three Kings. Phone 301-0101, or visit www.hazmobile.govt.nz, for more information




Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Newsletter Term 1 Week 5 Friday 2 March 2012

Value Focus for next two weeks: Quality / Respect

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.

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. The weeks are flying by and it is hard to believe that it is Week 5 of Term 1 already.

It is hard to believe that last week it was a whole year ago that Christchurch experienced the major devastating earthquake. Our thoughts are with the families who are still suffering trauma.

Visitors

This week we hosted 16 Principals and teachers from Sweden and Norway who visit New Zealand in their term break time to gather ideas for their schools. 16 children from Year 6 were selected to host these visitors and show them around our school. They were very capable and articulate and we appreciate their help.

Councillors

We will be announcing our Councillors very soon. The selection is an extremely difficult process.

Classrooms

We have a number of empty classrooms at the moment in the Junior Block due to the fact that we are progressing with Stage 2 of our modernization project - the old original classrooms that were built in 1967 and are in need of an upgrade. The Junior toilets will be reconstructed during this project.

Sport

Our softball team enjoyed the Interschool field day last week, held on the Elm Park field.

Recycling

A reminder to keep the newspaper and cardboard coming in to the Green plastic bin as we get money for this and we use the money to fund our enviro programme.

Parent Goal Setting Evening next week

The Parent Goal setting evenings will be held on Wednesday 7 March and Thursday 8 March for all students. This will be an opportunity for parents, children and teachers to discuss the recent assessment data collected over the past 3 weeks and a time to set goals for individual children in reading, numeracy and writing. The teachers can share the data information with you and discuss ways that children can be helped with their learning at home as well.

Each interview will take place in your child’s classroom with the class teacher and child for 15 minutes.

If you wish to discuss any issues feel free to make an appointment with the class teacher. This can be done through the school office. Rachel and Lauren are always willing to assist you with this matter. Please understand that our teachers are very busy both before and after school so appointments are necessary if you wish to discuss anything with the teachers.

Swimming

Currently our Year 1-3 children are swimming in Term 1. We feel very strongly about this Water safety activity and would really like all families to support us in ensuring that all children in these classes bring their swimming togs when it is their turn to go swimming. This is an important part of the curriculum and we are expected to support this area of the learning as much as possible. As you will be aware, New Zealand has an increasing number of drownings, which is very sad in a country surrounded by water and numerous lakes and rivers. Thank you for your continued co-operation in this matter.

Road safety

Unfortunately many drivers and parents have a total disregard for the safety of our children at Elm Park. I have had numerous complaints from the public regarding the inconsiderate behaviour of adults outside our school gates. We strive to teach our children to respect each other and be aware of the safety of others particularly on our crossing. Please assist us by crossing on the pedestrian crossing when the parent or teacher allows. Please refrain from abusing our parents and staff who are assisting us with the crossing duty. We have been advised that Traffic Wardens will randomly be coming to observe our crossing and will be issuing tickets where necessary.

Trish Plowright

Principal

Key Events For Your Diary

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

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

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

Wed 21 Mar........ PTA Annual Meeting 7pm

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

For Sale - Worm Tea – the “Up n Go” tonic for the plant world. Only $2.00 for a 2 litre bottle - this makes 20 litres of 100% pure, organic fertiliser that will improve the growing rate of any tree or plant. Order at the office or look out for gate sales.

This Week in Review

Lost Property – We have a large array of lost items in the office – keys, jewellery, watches etc. If you have lost anything in the last year, please come and see us and identify your items.

School Softball - On Wednesday the 22nd of February the Elm Park Softball team competed in the Howick / Pakuranga competition. With the rain clouds hovering the team quickly went about their business to beat Point View and Mellons Bay in a last innings comeback victory. In the third and final game the team went down in a tight contest to St. Marks, before the looming rain finally arrived. While all the players showed great skill, and most importantly great sportsmanship, the player of the day went to Jeremy Takau for his great pitching, and consistent hitting at the plate.

Focus on Children

Room 9 have been learning about what a Room 9 learner looks like.







POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS

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

Room 2

Adison Makaola

Room 7

Jasmine Mapusua

Room 8

Alyssa Timmins

Room 9

Aahan Gupta

Room 10

Annika Choudhry

Room 11

Jayden Hill

Room 12

Tatiana Wichman

Room 13

Marcus Ambler

Room 14

Khalida Nazif

Room 15

Jennifer Chan Pham

Room 16

Kobey Kenrick

Room 17

Ashton Liggett

Room 18

Jordan Freeman

Room 19

Bailey Ruoff

Room 20

Sophie Low

Room 21

Daniel Bates

Room 22

Iverson Chee

Room 23

Anna Hallows

Room 24

Ashleigh Gibbons

Room 25

Catherine Chan

Room 26

Oliver Handley-Elder

Room 28

James Hills

Room 29

Troy Misihepi

Room 30

Liam Revell

PERSONAL PRESENTATION

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

Year 1:

Peter Addo

Year 2:

Paige Newman

Year 3:

Jethro Mapusua

Year 4:

Kendra Lai Khan

Year 5:

Ayden Larson

Year 6:

Rafael Dio


COMMUNITY NOTICES

Farmhouse Fun Camps - The Farmhouse will be running horse riding camps for two weeks during the April holidays. We are members of the OSCAR foundation and have CYF approval. Our next camp dates are: 09/04/2012 - 13/04/2012 and 16/04/2012 - 20/04/2012 Please contact us on 07 3323771 for more information.

Howick Baby Fair - Sat 11 Feb, 10am - 12pm Howick Rec Centre, 563 Pakuranga Rd

Come along for great bargains on new and used baby/children's clothes, toys, books, nursery equipment, maternity items and much more! Entry by gold coin donation. For more info contact babyfair@howickplunket.org.nz