Elm Park School Newsletter - Term 4 - Week 3 - 2nd November 2012

Friday 2nd November – Term 4 Week 3

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 - The weeks are rushing by and we are extremely busy preparing for the Student Led conferences next Wednesday and Thursday. You are able to make appointments at the office or online.  The conferences are held in the classrooms. Please bring your child/ren as they are pivotal to the sessions. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Garage Sale - There are lots of exciting objects arriving for our Garage Sale, which is to be held this Saturday, 3rd November from 8.00 am - 11.00 am. Come and do your early Christmas shopping. All proceeds will be going towards the Y6 Camp next year. Many thanks for your kind donations everyone, much appreciated.

Road patrol volunteers - We require some more helpers for this really important job. If you can spare some time either before or after school please contact Mrs Allen, our Deputy Principal.

Junior Block Renovations - This is almost complete, the painters are here working hard to get it finished in time. It is looking very smart and everyone is eager to move in.

Book Fair - A reminder about the book fair that will be Friday 2nd to Thursday 8th November 8.30 am to 3.30 pm in the Library.

School Uniform – Hats - The weather is getting sunnier at last so please remind your children to bring their sun hats as it is an expectation that all children wear them in Terms 1 & 4.

Kia Kaha

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.
MARSHMALLOWS FOR SALE BY STUDENTS – 50 cents each. As a fundraiser for the 2013 year 6 camp.  Juniors on Monday 5th November, Middles 6th & 7th November, Seniors 8th & 9th November – at the big tree – please ask your parents first.
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 viewthe book fair and bring home their wish lists!
PTA REMINDERS – The school disco will be held on Friday 16th November.  Notices regarding parent help and tickets sales will come home later.  We also have a gold coin mufti day on Friday 23rd November.  Our celebration concert is coming up on November 30th . Stall holders are welcome and we would love some parent help. A notice will go home next week for you to indicate your participation. Thank you in advance for your support.
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 2013 – If 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.
MR FITZ - Good luck to Mr Fitz. He is flying to Lahore, Pakistan on Saturday to compete in an International 7’s Rugby tournament.  We wish him and his team all the best and look forward to his safe return.
Key Events For Your Diary

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
....................... 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

MOTAT - Did you know that MOTAT has a tram that is over 100 years old and one that is so new it isn’t even being used yet? It’s a new future tram that will be introduced in 2013 and it will be powered by electricity.
The Year 3 children travelled to MOTAT this week and learnt many new things about transport. The best things we learnt were all the exciting things that have happened to change transport. We learnt that people have used feet, horses, diesel and electricity to make transport work. We went for a ride on a very old tram, sat in a very old train and looked at old and new sorts of transport. We got many ideas to help us invent some new sorts of transport ourselves.

Focus on Children

In Room 21 we have been learning to write a Biographical Recount of someone that we admire.  We are discovering how ordinary people can accomplish extra-ordinary things.

Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake was born on the 1st of October 1948 in Auckland, New Zealand.  His full name was Peter James Blake. 
As he was growing up all he would think about was boats and sailing around the world.  Everyday after school he would go down to the water to sail.  It was his desire to become a yachtsman.
He was being raised in a family of four by his parents at Bayswater, Auckland.  It was clear from a young age that he loved the sea.

By the time he was an adult his Yachting career had taken off with him winning the 1989-1990 Whitbread around the world race aboard Steinlager 1. 
Sir Peter Blake also won the Jules Verne Trophy aboard the ENZA  New Zealand in a record time of  74 days, 22 hours,  17 minutes and 22 seconds in 1994. 
But he was most famous for winning the 1995 Americas cup and for  wearing  red socks for good luck.
One of his most famous quotes was “ to win you have to believe you can do it ”. 
Throughout his life he won lots of awards but the most important ones were  when he was given the M.B.E ( Member of the order of the British Empire.)
 Sir Peter Blake was on the 1983 Queens honors list.  Sir Peter Blake was also awarded the O.B.E ( Officer of the Order of the British Empire.)  He was on the 1991 Queens honors list for services to Yachting.      In 1995 he was Knighted and became Sir Peter Blake.
After his outstanding career Sir Peter Blake decided to devote his life to saving the environment.  He contributed to lots of programs and cleanups all around the world.

On the 5th December 2001 Sir Peter Blake was on an expedition on the Amazon River when his boat was raided by pirates.  He was shot and killed.
Even though Sir Peter Blake is not alive, he will be remembered by all his family and friends for his love of life and for everything he has done to help make the world a better place.
By Connor Hiley


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

Room 2
Kate Lindsey
Room 5
Akuhata Norman-Hewlett
Room 7
Micah Guyan
Room 8
Kieran John-Francke
Room 9
Kenan Garibovic
Room 10
Calvin Hanna
Room 11
Cheyenne Harrington
Room 12
Tatiana Wichman
Room 13
Carlos Chee
Room 14
Harshdeep Kaur
Room 15
Kazu Taylor
Room 16
Lucas Graham
Room 17
Barath Raj
Room 18
Maniah Waihape
Room 19
Sierra Heemi
Room 20
Ivana Williams
Room 21
Owen Huang
Room 22
Tayla Webb
Room 23
Jayden Ruhe
Room 24
Louise Skinner
Room 25
Grace Muldrew
Room 26
Tanielle Nomdo
Room 27
Markel Ariyawansa
Room 28
Rajal Pratap
Room 29
Adam Wade
Room 30
Jordan Lindsay
Room 31
Stephanie Maguiness


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

Year 1:
Veer Parmar
Year 2:
Donny Aiono
Year 3:
Tyler Myburgh
Year 4:
Harry Numan
Year 5:
Ard Zeneli
Year 6:
Keziah Seiuli

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.


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