Elm Park School Newsletter - Term 2 - Week 9 - 22nd June 2012

Friday 22nd June – Term 2 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.

The end of the term is fast approaching and the weather is truly winter - wet and cold! Thank you to all the parents/caregivers who attended the Student Led conferences this week. It is wonderful to see the genuine interest that you have in your children’s education. The children are very able to articulate their learning and where they need to be going next. You are able to check your child’s e-portfolio at any stage of the year as we provide a formative assessment of your child’s work rather than a summative assessment. Any support at home is much appreciated and helpful to your child’s education. Especially listening to them read and checking their spelling words and basic facts.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s education please contact the office to make an appointment with the teacher or Mr Dave Borcher - Y4-6 DP, Mrs Karen Allen - Y1-3 DP or myself to discuss any matters of concern or needing clarification.

PTA - Many thanks to the PTA ladies for providing two Discos for the children last Friday evening.  We really appreciate your hard work and I know that the children who attended had an energetic time.

Silver Enviro Award - We are very pleased to receive the Silver Enviro Award this Friday in our assembly. Our special thanks go to Cate Jessup, Monica Meikle, teachers and children who have worked so hard to help Elm Park achieve this award. Our Inquiry units about Sustainability and Guardianship of the water related to the environment have been a major focus for our learning at Elm Park over the past two years. Our children have gained vast knowledge and understanding of the importance of caring for our environment for our future generations.

Staffing - Sadly we will be saying farewell to Mr Neil Ackermann at the end of this term, as he will be taking up a position at Wakaaranga School next term. Mr Ackermann has been an active Team Leader of Year 6 since last year. We wish him every good wish and thank him for all that he has contributed to Elm Park School.  Mrs Dawn Walker will be taking up the Year 6 Leadership position from Term 3.

Mrs Ray Van Niekerk will be taking Room 13 during Mrs Hodge’s absence for four weeks next term. She will then start up a new entrant class later in Term 3.
Mrs Liz Robertson will be taking over from Mrs Melanie Olsen when she takes Parental leave later in the term.

Behaviour outside school - Thank you to the parents who have alerted us to the unacceptable behaviour by a small number of our students that has been occurring after school. We’ve had reports that a number of children have been rude to adults and other students whilst walking home. This is not to be tolerated and we need to know about these incidents so that we can deal with the students as soon as possible. Please contact the office if you witness these incidents.

Uniform - A number of our students are not wearing the correct uniform, particularly sweatshirts. We have a huge number of second hand sweatshirts that can be given to the children for free. We also have a lot of unclaimed lost property, which is located outside Room 9 in a blue bin.

Please check or encourage your child to check for their items, as we want our students to look well presented at all times.

Have a lovely weekend,

Trish Plowright
Key Events For Your Diary
Thur 28 June..... Principals Award Assembly
Fri 29 June....... Term 2 ends
Mon 16 July...... Term 3 commences

This Week in Review

GRANDPARENT / ADULT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED - We would like to run a Literacy Support programme in the classrooms, for the year 1 children who need a little extra assistance.   There will be a little workshop to give you ideas and strategies of how to support the children.  You would be working with 1 or 2 children at a time.   If you are interested in finding out more about this please contact Karen Allen.

THE ANNUAL GUITAR COMPETITION was held on Saturday 16th June and was once again well represented by students from Elm Park School.  Well done to everyone who took part, you all did so well and are all winners to me!  It takes a lot of courage to play and sing in a room full of people, many of them strangers.  The children who took part were: Maniah Waihape, Tayla Webb, Brylee Webb, Calvin Hanna, and Louis Hewitson-Townley.  Special congratulations to Tayla Webb who won a bronze medal position. Tayla also had a very good result in the duet section, coming in 4th place.  Congratulations also to Louis Hewitson-Townley who had a great day, winning 2 bronze medals and also 1 silver medal which is awesome.  Anya John-Francke, a previous EPS student who is now Y7, also had a fantastic day, winning 1 gold medal, 1 bronze medal, a very highly commended award, and also the guitarist of the year trophy for her age group….wow!  When you consider that the competition is open for the whole Auckland area and that for many students it was their first time in the competition, these results are brilliant and also very well deserved as everyone practiced regularly and worked very hard.  Well done to each and every one of you, you should all be proud of yourselves, as I am.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and family members that supported their children in this event, by getting up early on a cold winter’s morning and giving of their time so graciously. Your support is very much appreciated by me, as without you, the event would not be the success that it is.  Thank you to all of you for your continued support and efforts.  Alison Terry, Guitar and violin teacher  - NZ Modern School of Music. 

Looking Ahead

ELM PARK SCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE – Elm Park School have a Facebook page.  If you ’LIKE’ the page, you will receive updates of all activities taking place as well as newsletters and reminders.  This is a good way to keep up to date with what is happening at Elm Park School

HELP BUILD OUR MCCAIN SCHOOL VEGGIE PATCH - Our school has registered for the second consecutive year and is now urging our families, local community members and businesses to help build the Veggie Patch by collecting and sending the school barcodes from McCAIN vegetable packs to redeem for points.   Simply collect barcodes from your McCAIN vegetable packs and place them in the collection box at the front office.  Every barcode earns McCAIN Veggie Patch points for our school which can then be redeemed for gardening tools and seeds.  Last year we benefitted from this initiative but we are hoping to make it bigger and better this year with more barcodes to cash in for gardening equipment and plants.  To find out more about McCAIN School Veggie Patches, please visit: www.mccainveggiepatches.com

POI RESOURCES - Next Wednesday 27th June from 3.15 – 5.00 pm we will have a mini working bee to make poi resources for our children to use at school. If you can help out please come along. We would appreciate any wool donations or plastic bags if you have any to spare (please leave at the office).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Focus on Children

The year 4 students went planting New Zealand native trees outside the school near the creek.  We planted Manuka, Kanuka, Harekeke (flax) and Ti Kouka (Cabbage trees).  Soon we will be able to go and have a look at how the trees are growing.

Zion wrote: Wow, today Room 14 is going to plant trees.  I ran to school.  After morning tea, we went with a partner.  It was muddy and slippery.  Our shoes got dirty.

Sylvia said:  “It was so much fun planting trees.  First we dug a hole and put the plant into it.  Wow! There was a very, very, very big earthworm.  It was fat.”
Rebecca got muddy hands and the plants were tickling her.

Jacob learnt that the earthworms are good for the soil.  The plants should grow well.  It was great fun.
Calais said that she learnt how to use a shovel.  It was slippery and muddy but she had fun.

Ekin didn’t like the earthworms but he did enjoy planting the trees.
Kaya said, “I was so excited when I heard we were going tree planting.  I got my gumboots and spare clothes.”

Jack found it very hard to dig the soil.  He did manage to dig up a very large worm while planting eight trees.


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

Room 2
Veer Parmar
Room 5
Kayde Alleyne
Room 7
Vikasni Mathan Kumar
Room 8
Nadini Ariyaratne
Room 9 
Charlotte McClintock
Room 10
Nikita Milne
Room 11
Thomas Mallard
Room 12
Saufoi Tavete
Room 13
Callum Dawson
Room 14
La’Didas Tukerangi
Room 15
Alisha Ditta
Room 16
Nicholas Putman
Room 17
Hannah Appleby
Room 18
Karen Zhu
Room 19
Caitlin Turley
Room 20
Rhian Blakeborough-Kocsis
Room 21
Jeremy Takau
Room 22
Iris Diao
Room 23
Neiko Numan
Room 24
Cian John-Franke
Room 25
Niu-Alinghi Peni
Room 26
Zvaryn Engu-Cordtz
Room 27
Desmarie Ah Sui
Room 28
Mujib Nazif
Room 29
Teryn Stephens
Room 30
Jeffrey Liu


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

Year 1:
Reuben Ambler
Year 2:
Aaron Ho
Year 3:
Kayla Hallows
Year 4:
Ekin Liu
Year 5:
Jared Wright
Year 6:
Connor Hiley

ZUMBATOMIC AND LATIN DANCE – Enrolling now for term 3 lunchtime classes.  The cost for the 9 week course is $58.50.  Thursday Zumbatomic starts 26th July and Friday Dance starts 27th July. Spaces are limited.  Any further questions, please call Natasha on 021 793 018.


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

HAVE FUN AT SNOWPLANET THIS JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY! Snowplanet offers unique winter wonderland experience and only 20 minutes north of the bridge, making for a wonderful school holiday destination.  The very popular kid's school holiday programmes come with a 2 hour ski or snowboard group lesson (beginners to advanced) each day, rental equipment, a graduation meal on the last day, a Snowplanet certificate of achievement plus a huge amount of fun! For enquiries or bookings contact Snowplanet on 09 427 0044 or email rachel@snowplanet.co.nz. Visit Snowplanet's website www.snowplanet.co.nz

AMI AUCKLAND NETBALL CENTRE July Holiday Programmes Look at our Exciting Holiday Programmes: AMI Auckland Netball Centre offers Multi Sport, Dance, and Netball holiday programmes over both weeks of the School holidays catering for school years 1-9. Netball and Dance Packages Available!! Delivered by qualified instructors. Held at AMI Auckland Netball Centre, St John’s 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.


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