Elm Park School Newsletter - Term 3 - Week 7 - 31st August 2012

Friday 31st August – Term 3 Week 7

Value Focus for next week: Responsibility / Tolerance

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.

Yet another busy two weeks at Elm Park School.

Construction - Finally, our modernisation of the Junior Block is underway. Glen Watson and his building crew are demolishing the old classrooms in readiness for the new roof and refurbishment of the original 1967 classrooms Rooms 1- 4. We are hoping that these rooms will be completed by the end of the next holidays.

Room 31 - Our new entrants (Year 0) class has begun in our Library seminar area, now called Room 31, due to the fact that we are short of space until our old rooms are renovated. The children are settling into their colourful environment very well with Mrs Ray Van Niekerk as their teacher.

Festival Choir - We successfully hosted the Farm Cove Festival Choir performances over two evenings last week with audiences of 300 each evening. Our sincere apologises if you missed out on getting a ticket, they sold rapidly in the first few days.   Many thanks to Mrs Raenette Taljaard for her sterling work with our choir and musical groups, we were extremely proud of our children.

International students - Last Thursday we hosted 80 students, 13 teachers and the Principal and Deputy Principal from Shinan Gauken Elementary School in Japan for the   day. Our visitors were welcomed in fine style by our Kapa Haka group. The Japanese students demonstrated a series of games, origami and calligraphy to our Year 5 & 6 students.  It was an amazing event for all, thanks to Mrs Katherine De Haast for her hard work organizing this visit for us.  The Shinan County students from Korea also left on Friday after 3 weeks at Elm Park School.

Speech Finals - This week we hosted the Zone Speech finals in our Auditorium. The standard of speeches was extremely high and the two adjudicators were Pam Hook and Alistair Munro. The place getters were: first place, Jamie Tukeri from Sunnyhills School, first runner up was Bianca Matulich-Watson from Our Lady Star of the Sea and Damon Jackson from Point View School was Second runner up. Lupo Hall from Elm Park School delivered an excellent speech “Proud to be a Kiwi” and we were extremely proud of him.  Thanks to Mrs Karen Allen, Miss Irma Hughes and Mrs Dawn Walker for the organisation for the evening.

Have a lovely weekend.
Trish Plowright
Looking Ahead

Parent Help Needed - Just Half An Hour - No expertise required!! We are asking for parent help to finish planting and mulching our native trees on the back playing field.  The trees are placed where they should be planted and the mulch is in piles to be distributed around and between the plants at a depth of about 10cm.  We would appreciate any help - if only an hour when it suits you or alternatively, when you come to drop off or pick up your child, why not spend half an hour together planting and mulching?  If needed we have spades and buckets for your use.  Your help will be greatly appreciated and you will be contributing to a long term vision of having a beautiful native tree grove at Elm Park School for the benefit of birds, insects and of course, our students.  Any queries please contact Monica Meikle through the school office. 
How You Can Help Your School

McCain’s School Veggie Patch Programme is still running in schools. Collect the barcodes from your frozen veggie packs and drop them in to the box outside Mrs Plowright’s office.   Would you like to see Elm Park students planting their own veggie seeds and learning about healthy eating at the same time?
Help us: barcodes=points= equipment and advice

PAPER 4 TREES UPDATE - As a result of increased paper collection from our Community we have another bin and that means more trees for us!  Please continue to keep putting the following in our green Paper 4 Trees bins which are situated by the Hall:  any recyclable paper which you normally generate at home such as empty cardboard boxes, newspapers, junk mail & flyers, egg cartons, cereal boxes, magazines, writing paper can be put into theses bins.  However paper cannot be contaminated with anything which has blood, excessive amounts of food residue (such as empty pizza boxes with food stuck to them) and of course hand towels and tissues.  These are not OK for us to recycle and need to go into your rubbish bins at home. Thank you for your support!

Maths Olympiad Results After spirited competition, at all levels from Year 2 to 6, the top teams of Mathletes were identified:
Year 2: Quinn Calkin, Teryn Stephens, Elisha Tadamalla, Zane Harding Rm29
Year 3: Yohan Manecksha, Macu Salato, Carne Fa’Afiu, Belinda Morris Rm18
Year 4: First - Hank Huang, Marcus Ambler, Aimee Turley, Lucy Yang (Rm13) Second -  Lilian Wang, Jessica Wei, Gordon Morris, Ben Hogan (Rm13) Third - Eason Diao, Aleisha Moor, Trista Ly, Kobey Kenrick (R1m6)
Year 5: First - Kheva Potatau, Alex Huang, Marley Lavemai, Lochlan McClintock (Rm23) Second - Anahita Mistry, Maddison Hohneck, Dylan Almandoz, James Ladopoulos (Rm23) Third - Tyler Moran, Lydia Calkin, Andre Paynter, Wa Lee Wong (Rm24)
Year 6: First - Cindy Zhu, Tayla Webb, Hayley Gatward, Iris Dao (Rm22) Second -Michael Truong, Samuell Alai- Stowers, Owen Huang, Tyrell Kanny (Rm21) Third - Lupo Hall, Liam Ross, Chhana-Khan Stryker, Quentin Stephens (Rm22)
The Teacher Olympiad was won by Mrs Grainger, Mr Fitz, Mrs Walker and Mrs Dane.    Congratulations to all the competitors and winners. The Olympiads are only part of Maths Week but they are enjoyed by all.

Key Events For Your Diary
Tue 4 Sept........ Interschool Gymnastics
Wed 5 Sept...... School Cross Country Y4-6
Tue 11 Sept...... Interschool Cross Country
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
Student Achievement

Congratulations to Eli Almandoz for making the Cherrybrook Under 9 Rugby team. Eli will travel to Australia next year to play, along with Dylan Almandoz, Andrew Thomas and Lachlan McClintock who are all in the Cherrybrook Under 10 team. They are already fundraising for the big trip. Good Luck Boys.

Focus on Children

We focused on an aspect of Maori culture called weaving.  Here are some of room 25's amazing work.


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

Room 2
Benjamin Cao
Room 5
Tristan Jasotharan
Room 7
Micah Guyan
Room 8
Gabriel Linnow
Room 9
Jessica Willats-Hogan
Room 10
Shipra Sharma
Room 11
Ty Peck
Room 12
Brody Ashmore
Room 13
Ben Willats Hogan
Room 14
Annelise Khunfong
Room 15
Anna Santoso
Room 16
Lucas Graham
Room 17
Tahryn Toki
Room 18
Silver He
Room 19
Kirsten Way
Room 20
Nathan Ly
Room 21
Joshua Winchester
Room 22
Lani Graham
Room 23
Sunny Low
Room 24
Lydia Calkin
Room 25
Chloe Burgess
Room 26
Aaron Glew
Room 27
Samantha Herewini
Room 28
Levi Guyan
Room 29
Najwah Nazif
Room 30
Connor Stanaway


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

Year 1:
Haylee Newman
Year 2:
Keiran O’Connor
Year 3:
Kayla Hallows
Year 4:
Sylvia Yang
Year 5:
Zayde Liggett
Year 6:
Julia Chua

Men’s Stuff - Saturday 1st September; Eastgate Christian Center, 5 Ben Lomond Cres, drop in between 11am -3pm  Competitions, truck pull, laser skirmish, hammer  and nail, digger comp, arm wrestling... Displays; flash cars, motorbikes and a $25k Jetski! Bring...your mates, your dad, your boys, and a Gold coin Note: Free entry to Cascades Community (between the Pakuranga Highway and the Aviemore Drive Round-about.
Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system but show some sporting talent. A major fundraiser for the academy, and an excellent source of work experience for our members, is the free metal collection service we offer. We will pick up any old metal - computers, whiteware, roofing iron, metal piping, venetian blinds, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines, and so on. If you do have any metal rubbish to get rid of, we are keen to pick it up for you. It is a win-win for both of us. Thank you to everyone in advance, and to those who have donated metal to us previously.
Many thanks  Tricia Ph 027 5105890 ph 09 2760328
Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey these School Holidays or Next Term! Auckland needs new young Ice Hockey Players & Figure Skaters. Enjoy the exhilaration of these ice-sports. Learn to skate the easy way with Paradice instructors. Classes for beginner to advanced skaters from 6 years+, we teach the national skate school programme "Kiwi Skate" with a total of 12 levels. HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 9am-10am Instruction, 10am-12noon supervised public session skate. Wk1: Learn to Ice Skate Monday 1–Friday 5 October   Wk2: Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey Mon 8–Fri 12 October Pay 7 days in advance and receive a $5 discount.  Term 4 classes are available after school, Sat & Sun. All fees include admission, equipment hire and tuition. Beginners welcome!  To enrol or for more info contact Paradice  Ph: 273 2999 ext 6, Fax: 274 5551botany.paradice@xtra.co.nz, www.paradice.co.nz Visit Paradice @ Cnr of Ti Rakau Dr & Botany Rd, Botany Downs.
Lakewood Lodge - The Adventure Farm Camp Specialists www.lakewoodlodge.co.nz  OCTOBER 2012 SCHOOL HOLIDAY
ADVENTURE CAMPS Monday 1st – Friday 5th October, 8 – 14 year olds Monday 8th – Friday 12th October, 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


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