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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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