Elm Park School Newsletter - 30th November 2012 - Term 4 - Week 7

Friday 30th November – Term 4 Week 7

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.  

Message from the Board of Trustees - Parent/Caregiver Contribution - Thank you to the parents/caregivers who have paid their parent contribution for 2012, we really appreciate your support. As you are aware schools are funded on a per student basis at the level that reflects the decile rating for the socio economic status of the community. Unfortunately this amount does not cover all the costs incurred as we strive to provide the highest quality education for our students at Elm Park.  The Government expects that parents and communities will contribute to the shortfall.  Almost 10% of our budgeted income comes from parent contributions. Elm Park has kept the parent contribution at $160.00 per child for at least 7 years. The school relies on these funds to provide extra activities and programmes to support learning across the school.
Your contribution goes towards the following resources:
·     Books for the library
·     Reading resources for classroom
·     Art supplies
·     ICT equipment (computers)
·     Sports equipment and interschool sports competitions
·     Laminating resources to use in classrooms (reading, writing & maths
·     Literacy materials
·     Mathematics equipment
·     Specialist teachers for enrichment and learning support programmes

Annual Trips/ Cultural Activities & Resources Costs for 2013 - During the year classes will be involved in a number of cultural activities, trips and will be using resources. These activities are closely related to the learning objectives for the year. The total amount is $100 for the whole of the year, however this can be paid on a term by term basis. ($25 per term).  The funds contribute to the following:
· Art materials for specific projects
· Writing resources – jovis, felt pens, coloured pencils (these are purchased in bulk by the school and are therefore cheaper and are kept by the teacher to avoid losses.
· Google Apps for students (online individual login) for Years 4, 5 & 6 (this will allow students to work on activities at home as well as at school - $4.00 per child).
· Water safety activities and equipment - children are taught water safety skills by both teachers and outside experts.
· Mathletics – a web based mathematics programme that supports our maths programme.  This pays for the license for Years 4, 5 & 6 children who can have access to this programme  at home and at school.
· PMP – Perceptual Motor Programme and equipment for Years 1 & 2.  This programme supports learner’s fine and gross motor skills and assists the children to focus on learning.
· Extra curricular resources: workbooks, seminars, Life Education Trust.
· Trips to a variety of sites that are associated with the Inquiry Learning topic or context.
· Guest speakers.
· Cultural activities.
· Buses to transport the children to various programmes and activities.

Please contact Mrs Norma Foster our Executive Officer on 577 0193 or the office staff - Mrs Rachel Herriot or Mrs Lauren Russell.   
Online banking and EFTPOS facilities are available

Stationery Packs for 2013
·  These packs will be available from Office Max
·  This cost will vary according to what level the children are at.

Thank you for your continued support

Kind regards

Trish Plowright                            Steve Southon
Principal                                     BoT Chairperson

Key Events For Your Diary
Fri 30 Nov................. 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
Looking Ahead
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.

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

This Week In Review

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS - On Wednesday 21st November, Elm Park School sent 56 children to compete at the HPPA Inter-School athletics sports held at Lloyd Elsmore Park. With 13 schools, and more than 500 children competing it was a very competitive day for all our athletes. While everyone competed to their very best and competed well, these children placed in their various events:

1st       Daley Katu-Tausala- 10 Years 60m Sprint
2nd      Donia Shamia- 10 Years 60m Sprints
2nd      Chloe Alolahi- 9 Years 100m Sprints
3rd      Arzan Todywalla- 10+ Years Softball Throw, 11 Years 60m Sprints Championship
3rd      Daley Katu-Tausala- 10+ Years High Jump
3rd      Caleb DeClene- 9 Years Long Jump
3rd      Annalise Worsfold- 9 Years 60m and 100m Sprints Championship
2nd      Leiana Voukolo- 10+ Years Softball Throw
3rd      8 Years Team Relay- Phoebe, McKenzie, Hunter, Ben
3rd      9 Years Team Relay- Awhina-Rose, Annalise, James, Caleb

Well done to all all those that participated. A special congratulations to Hayley Gatward who opened the athletics day by saying a welcoming speech to all the children, and a big thank-you to Ms Adamson and Mrs Howard for taking the athletics team. 

ROOM 10’S SCULPTURES ON DISPLAY AT TE TUHIRoom 10 have done some great sculptures which are on display at Te Tuhi.  They are open until 5pm most nights should you wish to pop In and have a look.

PIANO EXAMS – The annual piano / keyboard exams for Glenda Chung’s (NZ Modern School of Music) students for 2012 were held in Auckland recently.  Students play technical work - 3 pieces, and have sight reading and aural tests.    Laura Christiansen and Ailie McNaughton both received a Merit in the Preliminary Exam.  Well done!

Focus on Children

In Room 8 we have been learning to write similes.  Here are some of our fabulous firework similes:-

Fireworks are as loud as a lawnmower on Sunday morning.

Fireworks are like exploding asteroids.

Fireworks are as bright as the stars in the sky.

Fireworks are as loud as a roaring dinosaur.

Fireworks are as colourful as a gold star on a Christmas tree.

Fireworks are as colourful as a peacock.

Fireworks are as bright as the moon in the night sky.

Fireworks are as loud as a noisy bomb explosion.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 2
Julia Sommer
Room 5
Javier Minhas
Room 7
Ella Roy-Broyd
Room 8
Artemas Kelsall
Room 9
Bailey McCord
Room 10
Mauriora Koroa
Room 11
Sean To’ofohe
Room 12
Dilan Jayasuriya
Room 13
Callum Dawson
Room 14
Bishop Grimshaw
Room 15
Jordan Hohneck
Room 16
Precious Tuavae
Room 17
Daphne Sheffield
Room 18
Macu Salato
Room 19
Finley Crang-Cournane
Room 20
Sydney Munro
Room 21
Lochlan Dobbie
Room 22
Madison Bowman
Room 23
Neiko Numan
Room 24
Ard Zeneli
Room 25
Kelly Yang
Room 26
Johnny Vu
Room 27
Mini Greening
Room 28
Victor Jing
Room 29
Matthew Graham
Room 30
Kayla Hallows
Room 31
Kody Ward

The following students were voted as the overall weeks winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Ty Peck
Year 2:
Briana Hayes
Year 3:
Summer Evans
Year 4:
Cheydan Hawea
Year 5:
Asenla Tanuvasa
Year 6:
Raffy Dio

Kea Clubs provide safe and nurturing environments for children to develop their creativity... What: Keas interact with nature and learn to share through co-operation and teamwork. They engage in active and quiet games, stories, creative crafts, play-acting and singing.  Keas share a motto: 'I share, I care, I discover, I grow.' When: Tuesday 6 – 7pm Where: Trinity Scout Hall behind Methodist Church, Pakuranga (just down from Mc Donalds).
Cost: Only $50 per term.    http://www.scouts.org.nz/keas Phone: Niki 537 5258.
CAR BOOT SALE - Come to buy: Sunday 9th Dec 8am to 12pm @ Shelly Park School, Sunnyview Avenue, Howick
Or to sell: $15 if paid by 1st Dec or $20 on the day 
Contact Tracey on 021852887 or email: traceyv1976@yahoo.co.nz 
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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