Friday, April 27, 2012

Chocolate Selling Fundraising

Thank you to all those families that have already sold their chocolates and to those who are able to take extra boxes.  If you are not able to sell your box of chocolates send them back to school on Monday.  Remember the profit from the sale of chocolates will contribute to the purchase of more IT equipment.

Elm Park Primary Newsletter - Term 2 - Week 1 - 27th April 2012



Friday 27th April 2012 – Term 2 - Week 1

Value Focus for next week: 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, Greetings to you all.

Welcome to all the new children and families to Elm Park School we trust that your relationship with our school is a pleasant one. The term is off to a great start this week with such a stretch of beautiful weather one can’t help feeling inspired. We are looking forward to a term of lots of exciting activities.

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of one of our parents, Ross Thwaites, during the holidays. Ross will be greatly missed as he was a great support to our school. Our thoughts are with Raewyn and Laura Thwaites. Thanks to the network of parents that have been such a great support to the family.

Trips and cultural activities - We are looking forward to our Inquiry Unit “Globalisation” that starts this term. The class trips that are planned for this term will be connected to this topic in some form.

Just a friendly reminder that activity payments are due this term at $25.00 per child. Please pay at the office or via online banking. Thank you to those of you that have already done so.

Student achievement - Mathematics and Reading results for 2011 were very pleasing overall as a result of hard work by teachers, students and parents/caregivers.

Mathematics /OTJ results in 2011
90% of all students achieved at or above the expected standard.
89% of males achieved at or above the expected standard.
90% of females achieved at or above the expected standard.
86% of Maori students achieved at or above the expected standard.
84% of Pasifika students achieved at or above the expected standard.

Reading results for 2011
78% of all students are achieving at or above the expected National standard in reading for 2011.
84% of males are achieving at or above.
82% of females are achieving at or above.
86% of Maori students are achieving at or above.
72% of Pasifika students are achieving at or above.

Have a great weekend.
Trish Plowright
Principal


Key Events For Your Diary
Wed 9 May........ New Parents Orientation Forum
Fri 1 June......... Principal’s Afternoon Tea
Mon 4 June...... Queens Birthday – 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
Fri 29 June....... Term 2 ends
Mon 16 July...... Term 3 commences


Looking Ahead
ICAS - Monday is the last day for ICAS enrollments.  It is $10 for each paper Science, English, Mathematics. 


This Week in Review
2012 CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER - Once again we are holding the major fundraising event for the year.  The aim is to assist the school to purchase more IT equipment for children to use in their learning.  To ensure the smooth running of this fundraising venture we need your help.  On Tuesday chocolate boxes were distributed to the eldest child in each family.
·    Please return all money to the classroom teacher.
·    Please return all unsold chocolates to the classroom teacher immediately to enable other students to sell more.
Ensure money is returned to your child’s teacher in a clearly marked envelope.  There are awesome prizes involved again this year for the most chocolates sold by a family and prizes for each area of the school. Every box of chocolates sold goes into a prize draw. NO CHOCOLATES OR MONEY ARE TO BE GIVEN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE. If extra chocolates are required please ask the class teacher or Karen Allen to organise this for you.   TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES THE LAST DAY FOR THE RETURN OF CHOCOLATES AND MONEY IS MONDAY 14 MAY. Remember to sell to family, friends, work mates, sport teams etc. PLEASE NOTE Dairy Milk and Caramello and Top Deck $2.50 a bar or $60 a box
If you are able to assist with the counting of money in the morning and delivering of chocolates please contact Karen Allen karen@elmpark.school.nz or the school office secretary@elmpark.school.nz or call 5770070


Student Achievement

Annalise Worsfold achieved 4th place in the interschool climbing competition at Birkenhead Leisure centre on Sunday 30 March.  She was the youngest competitor. Well done!


Focus on Children

In Room 11 we have been learning about ANZAC Day. We have written about what we will see.

I can see a Poppy Day.  Ella

I can see soldiers on ANZAC Day.  Jayden

 
On ANZAC Day I look at a poppy.  Peter  


I can see a medal on ANZAC Day.  Bianca


I can see an ANZAC poppy.  Meilaniah

I can look at the Army.  Intiaz

I can see my poppy on ANZAC Day.  Mihi 

On ANZAC Day I can see a soldier in the Army.  Dayton


POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this TERM for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 2
Benjamin Cao
Room 5
Andre Baigent
Room 7
Ashra Visser
Room 8
Donny Aiono
Room 9 
Vashi Dhillon
Room 10
Essence Hau
Room 11
Reef Ryan
Room 12
Julius Boysen
Room 13
Lilian Wang
Room 14
Sylvia Yang
Room 15
Ben Peni
Room 16
Mahurangi Haare
Room 17
Alliah Bautro
Room 18
Mavrick Murch
Room 19
Shardul Kamat
Room 20
Harvey Dang
Room 21
Chalos Barnston
Room 22
Emily Morrison
Room 23
Dylan Almandoz
Room 24
Fernando Calderon
Room 25
Sasha Sabeta
Room 26
Ryan Deepu Thomas
Room 27
Mini Greening
Room 28
Emma Whelan
Room 29
Ty Potatau
Room 30
Eric Ou Yang

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:
Riley Hall
Year 2:
Shreya Choudhry
Year 3:
Mattie Clarkson
Year 4:
Minada Wickramage
Year 5:
Awhinarose Wood
Year 6:
Owen Huang


 
COMMUNITY NOTICES

HOWICK PLUNKET BABY FAIR Howick Rec Centre, 563 Pakuranga Rd. Sunday 29th April, 10am - 12pm. Come along for great bargains on new and used baby/children’s clothes, toys, books, maternity items, nursery equipment and much more. Entry by gold coin donation.
MEET THE LG NORTHERN MYSTICS: AMI and Auckland Netball have come together to start the 2012 netball season in style. Members of the LG Northern Mystics will be at AMI Auckland Netball in May for photos, autographs and giveaways.  In addition, AMI are giving away more than $5,000 worth of LG Home Entertainment equipment.  To find out when the LG Northern Mystics will be at AMI Auckland Netball and to go in the draw to win over $5,000 worth of prizes, visit: www.aminetball.co.nz
AMI AUCKLAND NETBALL CENTRE Term 2 Netball Skills Afterschool Programme AMI Auckland Netball run fun, challenging netball skills sessions.  These sessions are progressive and promote learning new skills and up skilling, extending skills with experienced coaches within a fun and energetic learning environment. Feedback is given at the end of each term on the individual player’s progress. Years 1-8 Tuesdays AMI Auckland Netball Centre, St John’s. 6 weeks starting 8th May 2012.  Fantastic preparation for the netball season ahead!! $75.00 per student per term.  For further information and registration forms please email Carley Eklund or visit our  website www.aucklandnetball.co.nz or phone 09 5700030 Ext 204
AMI AUCKLAND NETBALL CENTRE PRE-SEASON NETBALL SKILLS CAMP  Sunday 20th May 2012 A great kick start to the upcoming season! Preparing players for the start of the netball season by refreshing existing  Skills and introducing new ones. Warm up and cool down routines, recovery after games and training. Understanding the rules of the games. Learning court play putting skills learnt into court situations.  Court etiquette e.g. fair play, understanding umpire calls. Delivered by qualified instructors. Held at AMI Auckland Netball Centre,  St John’s $50.00 per participant For further information email development@aucklandnetball.co.nz or for registration forms please visit our website
 www.aucklandnetball.co.nz or phone 09 5700030 ext. 204.
KIDS FESTIVAL – Uxbridge Creative Centre. Saturday 26th May 1-3.30 pm. Entry by gold coin donation. A day full of fun activities and performances by the hilarious antics of Cornflake the Clown @ 1pm and a music session, an art session, badge making and much more.  www.uxbridge.org.nz

 


 

 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Elm Park School Newsletter - Term 1 - Week 9 - 30th March 2012

Friday 30th March 2012 – Term 1 Week 9
 
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, Greetings to you all.

It is hard to believe that we have one more week in Term 1 left. All the classes have been working really hard throughout the term and Learning Journals are being activated with evidence of the children’s achievements on their learning journey to date.

CAMP 2012 - This week our Year 6 students have experienced three fantastic days at Sir Peter Blake Camp Merc at Long Bay on the North Shore. The weather was perfect and the students, teachers and parents have had a wonderful time. The activities are designed to build self-confidence and team building. Even the staff had a go at some of the more challenging activities. I was very impressed with the behaviour of the students and the support for each other when I visited the Camp on Tuesday.

Thank you to all the parents who gave up their valuable time to support the school by going to the camp to help out in so many ways. We appreciate your participation and support of our school’s activities in such a positive way. “Thank you” to Mrs Houghton for your catering expertise.

2013  - We will begin our fundraising for our 2013 Camp very soon. The fundraising is so that we can keep the costs down so that all our students have an opportunity to attend.

ACTIVITY COSTS - A friendly reminder for those parents and caregivers who have not yet paid the activity fees this term. Although the classes may not have been on any outside trips there has been a number of activities and resources that we have already participated in or used and we would gratefully appreciate your payment as soon as possible ($100).

ROAD RULES - I hope you are all coping with the new (old) road rule changes. Some people are clearly still finding it challenging especially when they are caught driving on the wrong side of the road outside our school gates. Please be aware that the Police will have a presence outside school at any stage and will be apprehending any breaches of road sense.

Enjoy your Easter Holidays.

Trish Plowright
Principal
Key Events For Your Diary

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......... Queens Birthday – 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 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.

ROAD PATROL - We are still looking for help supervising the road crossing on Gossamer Drive before and after school.  If you could spare some time to help keep our children safe it would be fantastic! Please see the office or Mrs Holdom in Room 26. Thank you!

YEAR 6 WRITER'S WORKSHOP - Some Year 6 students had an opportunity to work with children's author Jill Marshall at a Writer's Workshop held at Pakuranga Library on Monday 19 March.  Jill is famous for her Jane Blonde and Doghead series of books and we enjoyed hearing how she comes up with the ideas for her stories.  Perhaps the most valuable part of the workshop was the writing tips she shared with us such as always start with deciding on the ending as it makes writing the middle part much easier!





This Week in Review

LUNCH ROOM - We now have in stock a SPECIAL Vegetarian Pizza $3 or $6 in a combo.

CAMP 2012 – A HELPERS PERSPECTIVE - Early morning, beautiful sunshine, lots of luggage, parents, teachers, students, excited chatter!!!
All packed onto the buses, goodbyes said and off to Camp MERC we go.
Three days away together at camp, “no school work” they say! But some amazing life experiences to be had.
After the excitement of finding a bed in the dorms, it all started with team building games, figuring out how effectively we could work within our teams.  Then over the next three days it was time to experience abseiling, archery, climbing, Canadian canoes, dingy games, stack em high and surfing.  All exciting opportunities, that many of us have never experienced before.  Some easier than others, some taking a lot of perseverance, others needing us to break through some fears – but an amazing achievement when we had completed them.
All in all an amazing three days together, enjoying each others company, great weather, great food, amazing fun instructors and awesome outdoor activities.
“From the east to the west, year 6’s are the best!!”
Thanks Elm Park School and Camp MERC.  


Focus on Children

Room 17 have been learning that adjectives describe nouns. Adjectives make our writing more exciting for people to read.  We used our senses to describe popcorn.  We got to eat it too!

My Tasty Popcorn
Popcorn looks cloudy.
Popcorn sounds crunchy.
Popcorn feels fluffy.
Popcorn smells sweet.
Popcorn tastes buttery.                      By Alliah

Yummy Popcorn
Popcorn looks twisty.
Popcorn sounds crunchy.
Popcorn feels rough.
Popcorn smells delicious.
Popcorn tastes sweet.                               By Briahna

My Popcorn
Popcorn looks white.
Popcorn sounds crackly.
Popcorn feels bumpy.
Popcorn smells good.
Popcorn tastes delicious.                         By Georgia  



A fun time was had by all the Year 3 students and teachers at their swimming sports day on Friday 23rd. Thanks to the parents for coming and supporting us all.









POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this TERM for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 2
Tylae Bates
Room 7
Reuben Ambler
Room 8
Kieran John-Franke
Room 9 
Hudson Aish
Room 10
Abimbola Dawodu
Room 11
Mihi Ruka
Room 12
Yachna Patel
Room 13
Sindy Ngo
Room 14
Rebecca Washington
Room 15
Aleah Letfus
Room 16
Ethan Tizzard
Room 17
Briahna Tupou
Room 18
Divya Ram
Room 19
Shardul Kamat
Room 20
Serena
Room 21
Conner Hiley
Room 22
Emily Morrison
Room 23
Jayden Ruhe
Room 24
Faheemah Nazif
Room 25
Belal Hatem
Room 26
Schapelle Nimot
Room 28
Shine Lopez
Room 29
Willem Hewitson-Townley
Room 30
Alice Qin

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:
Charlotte McClintock
Year 2:
Kalin Howard
Year 3:
George Cui
Year 4:
Emma Perry
Year 5:
Tyler Wetherill
Year 6:
Tyrell Kanny


COMMUNITY NOTICES

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN AT PARADICE  Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey - Learn new skating skills. 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 Week 1: Ice Skating ~ Tues 10 April – Fri 13 April = 4 mornings ($82.99) Week 2: Ice Skating or Ice Hockey ~ Mon 16 April – Fri 20 April = 5 mornings ($99.99) All Fees include Admission, Equipment Hire and Tuition, for more info or to enrol contact Paradice. ENROLMENTS now open for Term 2 CLASSES starting from 24th April 4pm on Tues & Weds Sat 9am & Sun 10.45am + Hockey School Monday 5pm Classes also available for Adults! Tues, Fri 10am & Weds 7pm 490 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany; Ph: 273 2999 botany@paradice.co.nz   www.paradice.co.nz
FRIDAY LATIN DANCE CLASSES - May 4th 2012 - 8 lunchtime lessons. 40 minutes long. Spaces are limited. Years 1 –6. $52 for 8 lessons
THURSDAY ZUMBATOMIC CLASS - May 3rd 2012 - 8 lunchtime lessons. 40 minutes long. Spaces are limited. Years 1-6. $52 for 8 lessons Please book via email/internet payments must be received before 2nd May. Bank acc:031508 0601741 00 Natasha Sharp 021 793018 danceit@xtra.co.nz
SCHOOL HOLIDAY RIDING PROGRAMMES Learners & Experts welcome. Safe experienced horses provided. Full and Half Days available. Learn to Ride and Care for a Pony. Phone Courtenay 021 505 220  Kingslea Park Riding School Info@Kingsleaparkstud.co.nz
CORNWALL PARK DISTRICT SCHOOL FAIR – Sunday 1st April 10am-2pm. Over 50 stalls with bargains galore.  International food, coffee, auctions, band. Free entry.  EFTPOS available. Cnr Greenlane West and Wheturangi Road. Rain or Shine!
AMI AUCKLAND NETBALL CENTRE LITTLE NETZ FUN DAY - Free Little Netz Fun Day | Monday 9th April | 10:00-12.30pm A great chance to have a “Have a Go”, meet some new friends and have lots of fun!! Little Netz is a pre-school 2-4year yrs. netball programme designed to introduce your child to the fundamental skills needed to participate in a wide range of sports. Little Netz Demo Sessions times: 10:30-10:50am     11:00-11:20am 11:30-11:50am     12:00-12:20pm Easter Egg Hunt, Face painting, Demo sessions, poster competition and a  chance to win a Free Term of Little Netz  For further information please visit our website www.aucklandnetball.co.nz