Elm Park School Newsletter - Friday 20th July - Term 3 Week 1

Friday 20th July – Term 3 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 our new families, we trust that your association with our school will be a rewarding one. Monday was a very busy day with 18 new children being enrolled. This term is shaping up to be extremely action packed. Check out our website, Facebook and blog for all the upcoming events and current information.

We welcome our new teacher Mrs Dawn Walker to Room 22, Mrs Ray Van Niekerk who is relieving in Room 13 for Mrs Sue Hodge and Mrs Elaine McNab to Room 17 while Mrs Linda Richards is on leave.

The Inquiry Unit for 2012 is “Being Connected”.
Each year level is investigating a different aspect of this context and these will be explained in each Team Newsletter. Many of the classes will be following the “Olympics” as well.

School uniform: Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct uniform, school sweatshirt etc, plain black shoes preferably leather, not canvas, as these are unsuitable in the winter weather. The uniform shop has beanies available to keep the children’s heads warm over winter. The new long sleeved school jackets will be available soon, they have been held up by the slow delivery from the manufacturer. We will advise you when they arrive.

Lost property:
Please ensure that all clothing is clearly named and check the Lost property box outside Room 9 if any items go missing.

Coming Events:
Week 3:     Dance Festival will be held at Elim Christian School.
Week 4:     Korean students from Shinan County arriving 4 August.
Week 5:     NZ Maths week, Maths Olympiad.
Week 6:    Elm Park will be hosting this years Farm Cove Cluster Music Festival in the Auditorium over 2 evenings.
Week 6      Elm Park hosting Japanese students for the day.
Week 7:     The Zone Speech Finals will be held at Elm Park.
Week 9:    Our Art show will be held in the Auditorium and I know that the classes are working on their pieces of artwork for display.

Have a lovely weekend.

Trish Plowright

Key Events For Your Diary

Mon 16 July.... Term 3 commences
Thur 2 Aug..... Parent Orientation 9.30 am
Fri 3 Aug........ Whole School Assembly
Mon 13 Aug... Maths Week
Fri 17 Aug...... Whole School Assembly
Fri 24 Aug...... Principal’s Morning Tea
Tue 28 Aug.... Zone Speech Final
Fri 31 Aug...... Whole School Assembly
Fri 14 Sept..... Whole School Assembly
Thur 27 Sept.. Principal’s Awards Assembly
Fri 28 Sept..... Term 3 Ends
Mon 15 Oct.... Term 4 Commences
Mon 22 Oct.... Labour Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
Fri 2 Nov........ Whole School Assembly
Wed 7 Nov..... Student Led Conferences Y1-3 3.30 pm
Thur 8 Nov..... Student Led Conferences Y4-6 3.30 pm
Fri 16 Nov...... Whole School Assembly
Fri 23 Nov...... Principals Morning Tea
Fri 30 Nov...... Whole School Assembly

This Week in Review

Tree Planting - Thank you to all the wonderful tree planters this week.  Children, parents and teachers have been hard at work planting many native plants to enhance our school environment.  The Green Team work at lunchtime on Tuesdays and we would love to have your help looking after our gardens with the children.

Looking Ahead

ELM PARK SCHOOL WALKING BUS - We are excited to announce that Elm Park School’s first WALKING SCHOOL BUS will be starting on Monday 23 July.  An Elm Park Parent will be wearing a bright orange vest and will be waiting for you at the shops on the corner of Reeves Road and Gossamer Drive.  The bus will begin walking to school at 8.25 am.  Please join her and the rest of the group for a fun, safe and healthy way to start your day.  If any other parents would like to start up another walking school bus please see Karen Allen.  Let’s work together to keep our children safe.
Student Achievement

Congratulations to Annalise Worsfold who achieved second place in round 2 of the interschool climbing competition.  She was competing against year 7 and 8 boys and girls.  She was only just beaten by her big sister and plans to beat her next time.

Focus on Children
Brianna gave Room 26 a big surprise when she brought in an emu egg from her grandparents’ farm up North. It weighed about 400 grams and was equal to 10 hen’s eggs.  We all helped get the egg out of the shell and cook it.  Then we ate yummy scrambled emu egg – thanks Brianna, it was great!


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

Room 2
Marco Wei
Room 5
Tayla Ruhe
Room 7
Xuanyu Chen
Room 8
Erin Lai Kan
Room 9 
Sara Singh
Room 10
Mandy Ngo
Room 11
Bianca Labnotin
Room 12
Yea Eun Lee
Room 13
Hank Huang
Room 14
Jack O’Connor
Room 15
Kiri Kerswell
Room 16
Aleisha Moor
Room 17
Tania Gill
Room 18
Yohan Manecksha
Room 19
Bailey Ruoff
Room 20
Donia Shamia
Room 21
Tyrell Kanny
Room 22
Briana Valgre
Room 23
Ayden Larsen
Room 24
Tyler Moran
Room 25
Zhaoyu Tang
Room 26
Tarquin Fitzgerald Jolly
Room 27
Will Chen
Room 28
Samantha Davies
Room 29
Braedan Davies
Room 30
Bettina Labnotin


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

Year 1:
Darren Wee
Year 2:
Eve Ahna Nepia Waterman
Year 3:
Maverick Murch
Year 4:
Sindy Ngo
Year 5:
Lydia Calkin
Year 6:
Leiana Voukolo

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.


Paradice Ice Skating presents - Aotea Square Ice Rink Wednesday 20 June - Sunday 5 August, daily 10am - 10pm Aotea Square Ice skate amongst the buzz of Auckland city and experience winter like never before! Adults $20, Children $15 Family Pass $55 (2 adults and 2 children) Includes skate hire and 90 mins of skating time Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the Aotea Square Ice Rink. Auckland will join other great cities of the world like New York, Amsterdam and London with its very own ice skating rink in the heart of the city. With a fun-filled programme including ice skating lessons, skating demonstrations, competitions and themed weekends in the mix, make sure you get to Aotea Square during the day, in the school holidays or in the evening. The rink is fully covered so you can skate rain, shine or even snow!  For group bookings of 25 or more please contact Paradice Ice Skating in Botany or Avondale www.paradice.co.nz Please note: there are no pre-sales for single tickets. These will be available to be purchased at Aotea Square from 23 June. Part of the Winter Showtime programme, a family-friendly mix of theatre and music with bubbles and ice during July. 


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