Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mufti Day

We have Mufti Day tomorrow please remember to bring a gold coin donation.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Elm Park School Newsletter Term 2 - Week 5 - 25th May 2012

Friday 25th May – Term 2 Week 5

Value Focus for next week: 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.

We are well into Autumn and we are certainly surrounded by the leaves that are falling from the trees. Poor Mr Armstrong is busy cleaning up all the leaves everywhere, but at least the sun is shining.

This is a breakdown of the School achievement data for the past 2 years. As you can see for yourself we are doing extremely well overall.

READING

Elm Park School Reporting Against NAG 2A in Reading  2010/2011
Year
Total
Well below
Below
At
Above
All students
2011
552
20
4%
100
18%
171
31%
261
47%
2010
532
56
11%
131
25%
145
27%
200
38%
Males
2011
309
12
4%
63
20%
105
42%
129
42%
2010
299
50
17%
69
23%
74
25%
106
35%
Females
2011
244
9
4%
35
14%
69
28%
132
54%
2010
233
21
9%
47
20%
71
30%
94
40%
Maori
2011
90
10
11%
11
12%
31
34%
38
42%
2010
85
24
28%
14
16%
22
25%
28
32%
Pasifika
2011
57
8
14%
8
14%
14
25%
27
47%
2010
48
14
29%
8
17%
16
33%
10
21%

MATHS

Elm Park School Reporting Against NAG 2A in Numeracy
2011/2010
Year
Total
Well below
Below
At
Above
All students
2011
550
4
0.73%
54
10%
411
75%
81
15%
2010
530
4
0.75%
54
10%
391
74%
83
16%
Males
2011
308
5
2%
28
9%
217
70%
58
19%
2010
297
4
1%
26
9%
216
73%
51
17%
Females
2011
242
2
0.83%
10
4%
194
80%
23
10%
2010
233
0
0.00%
26
11%
175
75%
32
14%
Maori
2011
89
0
0%
13
15%
70
79%
6
7%
2010
87
2
2%
15
17%
66
76%
4
5%
Pasifika
2011
56
4
7%
5
9%
44
79%
3
5%
2010
48
4
8%
2
4%
40
83%
2
4%



















You would have been aware that the new Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, has announced the Government’s new changes to education. These changes will have an impact on your child’s education if they take place. Class sizes will increase and the extra staffing and support will no doubt be eroded. Children who require extra help will invariably miss out on the help. This could also mean that Junior classes will have 4-5 additional students in them. This will impact on teacher’s time spent with each child and in turn their learning.  Check out this website: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/speech-notes-raising-achievement-all-budget-2012.
The Minister has invited comments and feedback and this can be sent to her at hekia.parata2@parliament.govt.nz.
We would also like to encourage you to write a letter to the New Zealand Herald.  This can be done online, but it is a good idea to write your letter in a Word document first so that you can easily check that it is 200 words or less.  If your letter is too long it will be rejected for publication or severely edited. 
We also encourage you to write to your local Member of Parliament christianname.surname@parliament.govt.nz
And send a copy to the Prime Minister too john.key@parliament.govt.nz
Trish Plowright
Principal




Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 1 June......... Principal’s Afternoon Tea
Mon 4 June....... Queens Birthday – SCHOOL CLOSED
Fri 8 June......... Whole School Assembly Choc Prizes Presentation
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

SOCCER - Parents interested in helping with the soccer team can do so by refereeing the game in Week 9.  Please contact Nick Fitzgerald at school or nick@elmpark.school.nz
WINTER SPORTS – These have started with the Netball, Soccer and Rugby teams involved in regular inter-school games. The Hockey team has started training for their Field Day in Week 8, and the Gymnastics team are training for their competition next term. Please remind your children to bring the required gear to train for these teams. Weekly practices are listed below:
Monday:                                                Soccer, Hockey and Gymnastics
Tuesday:        Rugby and Netball
Wednesday:    Gymnastics
Thursday:       Rugby, Netball, Soccer and Hockey
HOME STAY PARENT NEEDED - Earn $1380 in three weeks!!!  Homestay Parents required.  If English is your home language and you are able to host two Korean boys or girls for 3 weeks in August please contact Katherine on 577 0196.



This Week in Review

CHOCOLATES - Thank you so much for all your support with the chocolate fundraising.  We will be presenting prizes at the whole school assembly on 8 June at 2pm.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS -  Thank you to the families that supported the Entertainment book fundraiser - you can still purchase Entertainment books for yourself and / or your family and friends.
TOOTHPASTE AND TOOTHBRUSHES - Year 5 will be bringing home a toothpaste and toothbrush fundraiser.  The children get to keep the profit.
TE TUHI - Elm Park students in Years 4-6 have been involved in a wonderful learning opportunity by working with the amazing sculptor Gregor Kregar. Gregor is a Slovenian artist who now lives in New Zealand. He is famous all over the world for his architectural sculptures. Gregor inspired Elm Park students to design and construct Dream Houses. We worked with Gregor's pre-cut cardboard triangles to make some incredible structures. In fact, Gregor and the Staff at Te Tuhi Gallery quickly saw that the structures were so strong they could be exhibited in the small gallery off the foyer. We felt really privileged to have our structures displayed there. They hang off the wall and ... the ceiling! Strange but true. Go down to the Te Tuhi Gallery to check out how Gregor has transformed the Te Tuhi entry space. The amazing structure has been made with 5 truck-loads of demolition timber. “It is so strong it would be the safest place to be if there was an earthquake” said some engineers. We are really proud of our contribution!



Focus on Children

Room 30 have been learning to use descriptions in our writing. Can you guess what the things are that we are describing?

This thing is heavy and it looks like a person’s head. It has a mouth, a nose and eyes. This thing is brown. You can put it on your face and people can be scared.
Eric

When you touch this thing it feels smooth. It has stripes at the bottom all different colours. It has a golden curled up tail. It has a lot of black at the top and a golden face and two red stripes. When you put this in the dark it looks spooky. It is made of wood and it looks like it is made in Egypt. It is also painted. Can you guess what it is?
Oliver

This thing is crinkly and it has swirls. It might make your eyes go dizzy. When you flap it in your face it blows wind on you. The colours are yellow, blue and red. If you look carefully it has camouflaged patterns on it. Can you guess what it is?
Molly

When you touch it it feels silky and precious. It has black wavey whiskers. It has a golden tail shaped like a snail shell. Can you guess what it is?
Kayla

When you touch it it makes you feel dizzy and fuzzy. It has swirly, shining, colourful and even pretty colours. It goes quickly if you spin it. It has beautiful patterns on the middle. It is gold. It has a fierce face like a taniwha. Can you guess what it is?
Alice

This thing is crinkly. When you look at it your eyes feel dizzy. It is 3 colors. If you look carefully you can see the patterns. It has 2 sharp corners and it is smooth. It gives cool air. You can hear woosh woosh! If you move it forward, the patterns are dark. If you move it back, the patterns are light. Can you guess what it is?

Khushnaz








  POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.

Room 2
Rafay Hayat
Room 5
Isla Pegg
Room 7
Kirralee Weerasinghe
Room 8
Poppy Wiltsher
Room 9 
Armanirose Tumataiki-Nikora
Room 10
Quintina Ioane
Room 11
Bianca Labnotin
Room 12
Dilan Jayasuriya
Room 13
Liam Kernot
Room 14
Kaya Nair-Ncube
Room 15
Jayda Pawhau
Room 16
Ethan Tizzard
Room 17
Sara Azimi
Room 18
Jethro Mapusua
Room 19
Finley Crang-Cournane
Room 20
Nancy Guo
Room 21
Kabeer Nazif
Room 22
Quentin Stephens
Room 23
Nadia Wilson
Room 24
Annalise Worsfold
Room 25
Kelly Zhu
Room 26
Brianna Moor
Room 27
Layla Whiteside
Room 28
Caleb Conrad
Room 29
Eliani Hukui
Room 30
Sage Nolan

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:
Jash Patel
Year 2:
Gemma Moran
Year 3:
Kowyn Baddeley
Year 4:
Kiri Kerswell
Year 5:
Andre Paynter
Year 6:
Ivana Williams



Parenting tip from Kiwi Families:
Being consistent and following through on what you say, is good parenting practice, but equally so is listening to your child and apologising if you have made a mistake. Parents don’t have to be right 100% of the time. It is okay if they see that you’re not perfect either and by saying ‘I’m sorry’ you are being a good role model.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

THE ADVENTURE FARM CAMP SPECIALISTS - www.lakewoodlodge.co.nz  JULY 2012 SCHOOL HOLIDAY ADVENTURE CAMPS Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July, 8 – 14 year olds Monday 9th – Friday 13th July, 8 – 14 year olds 5 days, 4 nights $380 Here at Lakewood Lodge, we offer a safe, caring, family atmosphere with an opportunity to experience farm life and make new friends.  We have great country cooking, 1 Horse trek & grooming **, Kayaking, Archery, 11 Metre Climbing Wall, 130m Twin Flying Foxes, Low Ropes course, Frisbee Golf, waterslide, disco, a concert, Spotlight, Burma Trail, pool & table tennis competitions, BBQs, Volleyball, games, Firepit with toasted marshmallows, pet animal interaction & excellent supervision.  Pick up from Auckland if wanted, Monday at 8.45am in our bus EXTRA $40. Phone us now with your registration - 07-826-3344 Or book on through our website www.lakewoodlodge.co.nz **Specialist Horse Camp running at the same time. OSCAR Approved. If you would like to be on our mailing list please email Jeff – jeff@lakewoodlodge.co.nz

ART AFTER SCHOOL – Term 3, 2012 Hand Made Works - with Kate Hart For children 5 to 8 years of age With expert guidance from our experienced art teacher Kate, students will learn how to make 5 exciting and inventive works of art using clay, cardboard, paint and recycled Materials while developing artistic ideas and techniques in a fun and supportive environment in our Art Studio at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga.  10 Weeks l Starting Monday 23rd July l 3:30pm - 5.00pm l Cost: $116.00 l Materials supplied Book early by contacting Jennie at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts  Phone: (09) 577 0138   Email:  info@tetuhi.org.nz  Website Info: www.tetuhi.org.nz/classes
ICE SKATING WITH EASTGATE CHRISTIAN CENTREThursday 31st May Family night at Paradice Ice Skating. 6.45 – 8.15 pm Arrive early to get your skates on and make the most of the skating time!  Tickets – single $13, family of 3 $30, family of 4 $40, family of 5 $50. Non skaters and spectators are free.  Funds raised will support the 2012 Missions trip to the Philippines.  Pre pay tickets are available from Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Cres, 576 1500 www.eastgatecc.org.nz  Door sales will be cash only (no EFTPOS available on the night)