Elm Park School Newsletter - 16th November 2012 - Term 4 - Week 5

Friday 16th November – Term 4 Week 5

Value Focus for next week: Initiative / Perseverance

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.  

Student Led Conferences: Thank you everyone who came to the Student Led conferences last week. I am sure that you all found them very informative and a reflection on where your child/ren are at in their learning and where they need to be next.

New Building: We are hoping to move some classes into the newly renovated building next week.  Room 31 students will be relocated to Room 7 and Room 7 students will be relocated into Room 4. Other classes will be relocating over the holidays for the beginning of the new year 2013.

Farewells: Sadly we will be saying farewell to a number of staff at the end of the year for various reasons.  We thank them all for their amazing contributions to our community and wish them all the best for the future.
 Mr Armstrong, our lovely caretaker, is hanging up his hat and retiring at the end of the year.
Mrs Robyn Commins is also retiring from teaching. She has had an 18 year association with Elm Park.  Many students have been taught by her, especially in Reading.
Mrs Tracy Venter has decided to trade teaching for a career in her family business after 10 years at Elm Park.
Mrs Katherine De Haast is also leaving for Vietnam to join her husband in his new job.  Katherine has been working in our library and co-ordinating our International Student programme.
Mr Nick Fitzgerald is heading for Canada to be with family and friends on the start of his big OE. Nick has been actively involved as our sports and PE co-ordinator for the past 3 years.
Miss Gaea Ladley is leaving to teach at another school after 3 terms at Elm Park.

Y6 students: Our Year 6 students are visiting their various Intermediate schools. A reminder to ensure that your child is enrolled at an Intermediate before the end of this year. Please contact your Intermediate for enrolment details as soon as possible. Many of our students will have visited Farm Cove Intermediate today and I know they are all excited and perhaps a little apprehensive about their new surroundings.

Have a lovely weekend and hopefully we will have some sun???

Have a lovely weekend

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.

2013 TERM DATES – Below are the dates for 2013:
Term 1        Tues 29 Jan – Fri 19 April           
Term 2        Mon 6 May – Fri 12 July
Term 3        Mon 29 July – Fri 27 Sept
Term 4        Mon 14 Oct – Thur 12 Dec

PREENROLMENTS FOR 2013If you have a child starting school in 2013, please ensure we have received their enrolment form and birth certificate.  Classes for next year’s new entrants are already planned so we need this information immediately.  Thank you.
Peaceful Family Communication Life-changing Course for Parents, Caregivers, Couples and Individuals.  You can benefit by learning simple, proven ways to increase effective communication with your children and your partner.  “ I had great results after using these techniques. It is one of the best courses that I’ve ever attended. Gave me good practical skills to sort out problems in my daily life. The tutor is one of the best trainers with excellent knowledge of the subject “. Rodney.  Date: Wednesdays starting 14 November 2012 Time: 6.30-9.30pm (for 5 weeks) Venue: St Heliers Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd. For more info and to register contact lisa@peacefoundation.org.nz or call 3732379. This 15-hour course is organized through the Peace Foundation www.peace.net.nz

Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 16 Nov...... Whole School Assembly
....................... School Disco
Fri 23 Nov...... Principals Morning Tea
....................... Gold Coin Mufti Day
Fri 30 Nov...... Whole School Assembly
....................... Celebration Concert
Thur 6 Dec..... Term 4 Awards Assemblies
....................... Year 6 Graduation
Tue 11 Dec.... Year 6 Disco and Dinner
Wed 12 Dec... Year 6 Outing
Thur 13 Dec... Final Awards Assemblies
Fri 14 Dec...... Year 5 reports out
....................... School closes 1 pm

This Week In Review

Kereru Transportable Dental Unit - currently based at Pakuranga Intermediate will be relocating on 30th November 2012 & will return to the Pakuranga Intermediate site in April 2013.  Children’s emergency dental needs will be meet by :
Howick Intermediate Child & Adolescent  Clinic, in the grounds of Howick Intermediate School Telephone  534-8732 Wakaaranga Child & Adolescent Clinic, in the grounds of Wakaaranga School, Telephone 572-0088 Botany Child & Adolescent  Community Clinic, in the grounds of the Botany Maternity Hospital Telephone 533-5426 For further information please contact 0800 825 583 or 533-5426

Focus on Children

In Room 20, we have been learning about Globalisation.  We have been talking to students in other countries to find out about how schooling is different around the world.
On Monday the 12th of November, Room 20 and Room 16 skyped Manor Lakes School in Melbourne. 

Here’s what we found out:

·   They have an i-pad each; we share 5 i-pads in some classes.
·   They have no swimming pool; we do!
·   They start at 8.50am and finish at 3.00pm – the same as us.
·   They have over 1400 kids at their school (Grades 1-12) and about 60 classrooms; we have 30 classes and 603 kids.
·   They have i-portfolios, which are on their i-pads; our e-Portfolios are similar but online.
·   They have been learning Indonesian and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and were very impressed with our Maori!
·   We are both Apple schools – using Apple computers.
·   They call their teachers by their first name; we use our teachers’ last names.
·   We have camp in Year 6; they get to go on camp in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9!  Wow!

It was Manor Lakes’ first time to skype, but we have been lucky to have already talked to Elm Park School in England and St Fidelis’ School in Melbourne.
In the next couple of weeks, Room 16 will be joining us again for a sleepover so we can skype Elm Park for the second time (and maybe some other classes if we are lucky!).
We can’t wait to find out more about these other schools!
Rhian, Steph and Ashlee


Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 2
Kate Lindsay
Room 5
Vinuth Ariyaratne
Room 7
Deshontayne Te Wao
Room 8
Samerah Amarasinghe
Room 9
Tayla Jack
Room 10
Aisha Bochu
Room 11
Julie Xu
Room 12
Saufoi Tavete
Room 13
James Slater
Room 14
Jenny Nguyen
Room 15
Mahdia Fayaz
Room 16
Adrian Koraua
Room 17
Kowyn Baddeley
Room 18
Stevie-Lee Heemi
Room 19
Fi O’Higgins
Room 20
Ailie McNaughton
Room 21
Blake McIntyre
Room 22
Tayla Webb
Room 23
Anna Hallows
Room 24
Nathaniel Knight
Room 25
Daniel Choi
Room 26
Brandon Harris
Room 27
Riley Hall
Room 28
Imani Ranasinghe
Room 29
Shreya Choudhry
Room 30
Isabella Garibovic


The following students were voted as the overall weeks winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Mack Brady
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Schapelle Nimot
Year 3:
Flynlay Kake
Year 4:
Jenny Zhou
Year 5:
James Hills
Year 6:
Quentin Stephens


Howick Baby Fair - Sunday 4th November.  Howick Rec Centre 10 am-12 pm.  Come along for great bargains on new and used children’s toys, books, clothes, maternity items, nursery equipment and much more. Entry by gold coin donation.
MOTAT – FREE Auckland South & East. 1-30 November for all Auckland South and East Residents.  Bring proof of address to MOTAT and receive FREE entry for you and your family.  There are no extra charges to enjoy all of MOTAT’s exhibitions and activities.  Visit www.motat.org.nz to find out if your suburb falls into the Auckland South and East Allocation.
Lakewood Lodge - The Adventure Farm Camp Specialists www.lakewoodlodge.co.nz  JANUARY 2013 SCHOOL HOLIDAY ADVENTURE CAMPS – WET N WILD THEME!!! Monday 14th – Friday 18th January, 8 – 14 year olds Monday 21st – Friday 25th January, 8 – 14 year olds 5 days, 4 nights $390 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 & tabletennis 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 & ALL staff are police vetted. If you would like to be on our mailing list please email Jeff – jeff@lakewoodlodge.co.nz


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