Elm Park School Newsletter 19th October 2012 - Week 1 - Term 4

Friday 19th October 2012 – Term 4 - Week 1

Value Focus for next week: Honesty and 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 all the new students and families at Elm Park School. It is hard to believe that it is Term 4 and in only 8 weeks it will be the end of term. This Term is always a busy one.

FUNDRAISING - Many of you will be looking forward to the PTA fundraising movie Madagascar 3, next Wednesday 24 October 2012, 6.00 pm at Highland Park Movie theatre. Thank you for your support. The funds go to support learning for all our students at Elm Park School.

CAMP MEETING AND GARAGE SALE - Our 2013 Year 6 Camp meeting for 2012 Year 5 parents, is being held at 6.30 pm in the Auditorium on Tuesday 23 October 2012. Please attend to find out what the programme is for your child.  The school is also holding a Garage Sale on Saturday 3 November to raise funds for the 2013 camp, to help keep the cost down for families. We value your contribution to this worthy cause. Thank you to Leeyan Stevens for your continued support.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - Our Student Led Conferences are coming up again in Week 4.
·     Years 1-3      7 November 3.30 pm – 8.00 pm
·     Years 4-6      8 November 3.30 pm – 8.00 pm
The conferences are held in the classrooms and it is a unique opportunity for your child/ren to share their work and achievements with you over these two evenings. We look forward to meeting with you.  Please book in early to avoid missing out on the time you require. Lauren Russell in the School Office is more than willing to help you with any queries you may have.  Jean Russell and Sarah Choi (ESOL) teachers are also available for you to meet with if you have children that attend their sessions. Lois Nunes will also be available.

BUILDING UPDATE - The renovation of the Junior Block is on the home straight and is looking stunning. Our teachers and children are impatiently awaiting the completion so that they can move in, especially Room 31 who are squashed into the Library seminar room.

ROAD SAFETY - Recently a parent, helping out as a volunteer on road patrol, was verbally abused by another member of our community, in front of parents and children, when asked to move from a no parking zone.  This is unacceptable behaviour and has been reported to the police. Please support our quest for the safety of our children and their families by adhering to the road rules, thank you.

PEER MEDIATION - Elm Park is a Cool School, using the Peer Mediation Programme that has been operating in New Zealand since 1991. This proactive programme empowers people by teaching children skills and processes to resolve conflict peacefully. Individuals learn how to use conflict scenarios as an opportunity to build positive relationships with others. Non-violent, constructive, co-operative, WIN/WIN solutions to a problem are negotiated. Agreements are made which are mutually acceptable to all parties concerned. When implemented as a whole-school programme it has a positive impact not only on students, teachers and parents but also for the wider school community. Our school has specially trained students, peer mediators, who act as peacekeepers in the playground, helping to make the environment a happier, safer, more peaceful place to be. These students are easily identified by their Yellow vests and are accessible throughout the school everyday.

Conflict resolution and problem solving skills are linked to the Health and Physical Education Curriculum – Strand C, Relationships with Others, Levels 1-8. In the Ministry of Education Curriculum document.  The 5 Key Competencies include many achievement objectives related to the skills and processes taught in the Cool Schools Programme.

Trish Plowright
Looking Ahead

WALKING SCHOOL BUS – The walking school bus leaves from Pakuranga Heights 4 Square at 8.25 am every morning!  There are Prizes for Keen Walkers.  We welcome enquiries for volunteers – please see the school office.
MARSHMALLOWS FOR SALE BY STUDENTS – 50 cents each. As a fundraiser for the year 5 camp.  Juniors on Monday 5th November, Middles 6th & 7th November, Seniors 8th & 9th November – at the big tree – please ask your parents first.
YEAR 5 CAMP 2013 MEETING - The year 6 teachers would like to invite all the year 5 parents to an information evening on Tuesday 23rd October at 6.30 pm in the auditorium. (please note this is a date correction from the previous newsletter).  It will be your chance to see and talk about some of the exciting learning experiences your child can be involved in at camp.
BOOK FAIR - Fri 2nd to Thur 8th November, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  We will have two late nights (until 8 pm) on 7th & 8th November which are the evenings of the Student Led Conferences. Closer to the time we will make sure every class has a booked session to view the book fair and bring home their wish lists!
Key Events For Your Diary

Mon 22 Oct.... Labour Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
Tue 23 Oct..... Year 5 camp meeting 6.30 pm
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

INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY - On the first Wednesday of Term 4, thirty five keen Elm Park students finally got the chance to compete in the HPPA Inter-School cross country competition. It was a hot afternoon at Lloyd Elsmore Park and the conditions were very difficult for running, with 14 schools competing and up to 100 children in each race. A special mention to Shontae Nolan (13th), Maddison Hohneck (14th) and Joshua Spooner (17th) who were amongst our best finishers. A BIG thank-you to the parents that assisted on the day, transporting children, managing the team and helping on the course. The children had an awesome day, especially splashing through the river on the course. 
SPARE CLOTHES – Over the cold wet months we lent many items of spare clothing to wet, muddy, cold children.  We now have nothing left to lend.  If your child was lent spare items and you inadvertently forgot to return them, we would appreciate you sending them in as soon as possible please. 

Focus on Children

Room 10 went to the airport and talked about the different jobs there are at the airport.  These are some of the jobs we would like.


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

Room 2
Rafay Hayat
Room 5
Tayla Ruhe
Room 7
Pula Rathnasekara
Room 8
Poppy Wiltsher
Room 9
Bailey McCord
Room 10
Evan Gibbons
Room 11
Dayton Nolan
Room 12
Elizabeth Davies
Room 13
Cheydan Hawea
Room 14
Rebecca Washington
Room 15
Saaraa Kahn
Room 16
Eason Diao
Room 17
Alliah Bautro
Room 18
Macu Salato
Room 19
Yazan Hatem
Room 20
Bronte Netana
Room 21
Connor Hiley
Room 22
Tayla Webb
Room 23
Annalise Worsfold
Room 24
Wal Lee Wong
Room 25
Belal Hatem
Room 26
Sam Tupou
Room 27
Jorhius Kazakevics
Room 28
Charlie Wilson
Room 29
Raquel Stryker
Room 30
Jeffrey Liu
Room 31
Ethan Lodge


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

Year 1:
Di Su
Year 2:
Braedan Davies
Year 3:
Vivek Sharma
Year 4:
Aleah Letfus
Year 5:
Ayden Larson
Year 6:
Ethan Makaola


Light Party Wednesday 31 October, 5-8pm.  The Light Party operates as a safe and positive alternative to Halloween, emphasizing a “light as opposed to dark” celebration. The event offering fabulous family fun is open to the public for just a $2 per person donation. You can look forward to a huge range of dinner options, bouncy castles, mini quad bikes, rock wall, carnival games, balloon animals, face painting and more! An extra cost applies to some activities.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Funny, friendly and fantastic costumes are welcomed but no scary costumes please. Bring a friend and neighbour and come join in the fun at St Columba, 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, Wednesday 31 October from 5-8pm. For more info please call 274 4864 or visit www.stcolumba.org.nz


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