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

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


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


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


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





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