Elm Park School Newsletter 28th September 2012 - Term 3 - Week 11

Friday 28th September – Term 3 Week 11

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.

Here it is the last day of Term 3, 2012. It has been an extremely busy term with Festival Choir performances, Speeches, Maths Olympiads, Mathex, Art Exhibition, trips, planting on the backfield and sports fixtures as well as all the usual classroom activities.

Term 4 starts Monday 15 of October at 8.55 am, and is shaping up to be equally as busy.

Dates for your diary:-

·  Wk 2  Wed   24 October Y6 Camp Meeting for 2013
·  Wk 3  Thur  01  November Orientation (New Parents)
·  Wk 3  Sat     03 November Garage Sale for CAMP 2013
·  Wk 4  Wed   07  November Y1-3  Student Led Conferences
·  Wk 4  Thur  08 November Y4-6  Student  Led Conferences

National standards reporting in the Media - There has been renewed focus on National Standards recently in the Newspapers and on Television. Elm Park School has already published results in an early newsletter for 2010 and 2011 and we were very pleased with the overall results.  Extra programmes are already in place for students who are below or well below in some areas of the curriculum and for those students who are well above and require extension.

Assessment & Achievement 2012 - We are currently assessing our students in reading, writing and mathematics for 2012. These results will be entered into the e-portfolios over the next few weeks.  Writing is being assessed using the revised version of e-asTTle, and staff are engaged in an intense moderation process to identify strengths and weaknesses in the writing area.

Earthquake drill - On Wednesday at 9.26 am everyone engaged in the New Zealand Earthquake Drill. It is extremely important that we practice this drill so that our students know exactly what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Modernisation of the Junior Block - Our building is shaping up and the roof should be in place by the end of this week. We are eagerly awaiting the completion date as our temporary classroom in the Library - Room 31, is rapidly filling up.  As soon as the building is completed Room 31 will be able to move into Room 3 and have a lot more space.

Have a lovely weekend and a safe and happy holiday.

Trish Plowright
Looking Ahead

Farm Cove Intermediate Applications - Please remember to complete Farm Cove Intermediate enrolment forms for your child.  If you have not already returned one to the EPS office, you will need to take it directly to Farm Cove. They would appreciate receiving all In zone enrolments as soon as possible.  The closing date for out of zone and priority four enrolments is 4.00 pm on 15 October.

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 10 cm.  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

WANTED - AGAVES and BROMELIADS - If you have any spare agaves and bromeliads we would appreciate then for our gardens.  Please leave at the back of the Property Manager's shed. Thank you.

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

Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 28 Sept..... Term 3 Ends
Mon 15 Oct.... Term 4 Commences
Mon 22 Oct.... Labour Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
Wed 24 Oct.... Y6 Camp Meeting
Thur 1 Nov..... New Parent Orientation
Fri 2 Nov......... Whole School Assembly
Sat 3 Nov....... Garage Sale for CAMP 2013
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

It is a pleasure to celebrate the effort made by the Term 3 Award Winners who have demonstrated perseverance towards achieving their personal best all term.  This was acknowledged in the Awards Ceremony at the assembly today.

Nadia Mistry
Julia Chua
Vinuth Ariyaratne
Ben Wong
Carlos Faaeteete
Ethan Birch
Tanzee Guo
Briana Valgre
Joshua De Silva
Ayden Larson
Seth Hutching
Kunal Malhotra
Thomas Mallard
Jared Wright
Jade Jones-Amai
Anmol Preet Kaur
Sindy Ngo
Layla Whiteside
Zion Nolan
Imani Ranasinghe
Anna Santoso
Teryn Stephens
Harry Numan
Summer Evans
Daphne Sheffield
Cullan Wiltsher
Macu Salato

EASTERN ZONE GYMNASTICS - All the students who took part in the Eastern Zone Gymnastics Competition on the 6th September  competed to a high standard and achieved their personal best.   There were some outstanding results by the Year 5 and 6 Boys Teams:
Year 5 Boys placed 2nd in the Team Competition - Caleb deCleene, Moshtaba Sahar, Lachlan McClintock, Kheva Potatau.
Year 5 3rd Place Overall - Caleb Decleene  
Year 6 2nd Place Overall -  Moshtaba Sahar
Year 6 Boys placed 2nd in the Team Competition - Steven Zhu, Tyrell Kanny, Jeremy Takau, Sebastian Hay
Well done to all involved.

Focus on Children
Room 19 made some awesome collages for the Art Exhibition, based on the 1920 artist, Eileen Agar.


Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this term for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 2
Julie Kaewkham
Room 5
Peter Dixon
Room 7
Ella Roy-Broyd
Room 8
Eve-Ahna Nepia Waterman
Room 9
Eunho Lee
Room 10
Mauriora Koroa
Room 11
Jayden Hill
Room 12
Eden Wood
Room 13
Callum Dawson
Room 14
Sylvia Yang
Room 15
Jasmine McCord
Room 16
Sala-Marie Manu
Room 17
Tahryn Toki
Room 18
Cindy Lin
Room 19
Sierra Heemi
Room 20
Amena Khan
Room 21
Sebastian Hay
Room 22
Lupo Hall
Room 23
Daniel Pearson
Room 24
Tyler Moran
Room 25
Asenla Tanuvasa
Room 26
Gemma Moran
Room 27
Desmarie Ah Sui
Room 28
Levi Guyan
Room 29
Zane Harding
Room 30
Atharv Kamat
Room 31
Stephanie Maguiness


The following students were voted as the overall term winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Kirralee Weerasinghe
Year 2:
Abimbola Dawodu
Year 3:
Maia Baunton
Year 4:
Avalon Hutching
Year 5:
Kelly Yang
Year 6:
Caitlin Turley


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 8.45 am 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
Wakaaranga Primary School Gala, Sat 27 October,  10am-2pm, 18 Butley Drive, Farm Cove.
Hi wonderful WOWers, This is a friendly reminder to please send us your WOW results and competitions for this term. You can do this by 2 ways:
 1. Email your results to: sally.miles@aucklandtransport.govt.nz Please include… Name: School: Number of WOW days: OR:
 2. Post your results to: Sally Miles, L8 Civic Building, 31-33 Manukau Station Road, Manukau, Auckland


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