Thursday, December 12, 2013

Elm Park School Newsletter - 12th December 2013 - Term 4 - Week 9

Thursday 12 December 2013 – Term 4 Week 9

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.

It is the last week of Term for 2013 and we have had an incredibly busy year. We are extremely pleased to report that our recent ERO review was very complimentary and positive. You will be able to read the report on the ERO website in three weeks time when it is published. I would like to personally thank all the staff and the BOT for all their hard work and support over the past three years, it takes everyone’s input to be successful.

Thank you to all the parents who have attended all our recent functions: Talent Quest, Celebration Concerts, Principal’s Awards, Final Assemblies and the Year 6 Awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the Year 6 students on your Graduation from Elm Park School and best wishes for Year 7 at your various Intermediate schools.

The children were introduced to their new teachers and classes today. Hopefully they will remember which class they will be in by Tuesday January 28th 2014 when we begin Term 1 next year. If not please come to the office on the first day.

The school office and uniform shop will be open Wednesday 22 January and Thursday 23 January 2014 from 9.00 am until 12.00 pm if you wish to come to the school.

We have a number of teachers and staff leaving to seek careers in other schools and businesses. We
say farewell and wish them all the very best for their future endeavours. Thank you all for your hard work over the past years you have been associated with Elm Park School.

• Mrs Vanessa Koroa will be on Maternity Leave.
• Mrs Tina Baptist (Bezuidenhout) is moving to Clevedon School.
• Mrs Linda Richards is moving to Owairoa School.
• Mrs Lyall Christie is retiring from Elm Park School but will continue her private practice.
• Mrs Lois Nunes will be continuing to expand her own business.
• Miss Mary Griffin will be leaving Elm Park School.
• Mrs Tearani Cooper will be moving to Sunnyhills.

2014 Class Structure
There will be a Year 5 Boys class and a Year 5 Girls class next year. After 4 successful years with a Year 6 Boys class taught by Miss Lucy Adamson, the decision was made to create a Year 5 boys class and Year 5 girls class next year. These classes will continue to follow the Year 5 teams programme in response to the curriculum expectations. Any questions regarding these classes please contact Dave Borcher, Deputy Principal or Trish Plowright, Principal.

Ms Sara Melville and Mrs Anna Graham will be creating a Modern Learning Environment (MLE) class in Rooms 28 & 29. Mrs Kathy Pittaway will be their release teacher.  The classes will be Year 4 & Year 6 students who are a mixed ability group.   If your child has been placed in these rooms and you have any queries please contact Belinda Johnston, Deputy Principal; Dave Borcher, Deputy Principal or Trish Plowright, Principal.

Here is the list of staff for 2014:
Position Name
 Principal Mrs Trish Plowright
 Deputy Principal Year 1-2 Mrs Karen Allen
 Deputy Principal Year 3-4 Ms Belinda Johnston
 Deputy Principal Year 5-6 Mr Dave Borcher
  
 Executive Officer Mrs Norma Foster
 Accounts Clerk Mrs Di Graham
 Reception Mrs Rachel Herriott
 Reception Mrs Lauren Russell
  
 Year 1 Team 
 Room 2, Team Leader  Mrs Pauline Grainger
 Room 1 Mrs Susanne Kerr
 Room 3 Mrs Keryn Scott
 Room 4 Mrs Narelle Bovill
 Room 5 Mrs Roseanne Worsfold/Mrs Kerry Tetupu
 
 Year 2 Team 
 Room 8, Team Leader Mrs Mehernaz Darukhanawalla
  Room 7 Miss Ray Van Niekerk
 Room 9 Mrs Catherine Holdom
 Room 10 Miss Gaea Ladley
 Room 11 Ms Briar Millar
  
 Year 3 Team 
 Room 17, Team Leader Mrs Debbie Rist
 Room 15 Mrs Kelly Field
 Room 16 Ms Cherie Boucher
 Room 18 Mrs Dillie Baria
  
 Year 4 Team 
 Room 13, Team Leader Mrs Sue Hodge
 Room 12 Mrs Jazmin Lashlie
 Room 14 Mrs Sue Dane
 Room 29 Ms Sara Melville/Mrs Kathy Pittaway
  
 Year 5 Team 
 Room 24, Team Leader Miss Irma Hughes
 Room 20 Mrs Alicia Howard 
 Room 23 Faenza Wanoa (Matua Faenza)
 Room 25 Ms Lisa Biddick
  
 Year 6 Team 
 Room 22, Team Leader Mrs Dawn Walker
 Room 19 Mrs Raenette Taljaard
 Room 21 Ms Lucy Adamson
 Room 28 Mrs Anna Graham/Mrs Kathy Pittaway
  
 ICT Support Dip Sharma/Jared Kerr
 ESOL Mrs Jean Russell
 ESOL Mrs Sarah Choi
 Enviro/Reliever Ms Monica Meikle
  
 Library/Business Administration Mrs Katherine de Haast
 Administration Mrs Vanessa Kernot
 Teacher Aide Mrs Lindsay Murray
 Teacher Aide Mrs Suzan Jenner
 Teacher Aide, Uniform Shop Mrs Sheree Houghton
 Teacher Aide, Lunch Orders Mrs Faith de Villiers
 Teacher Aide Mrs Libby Douglas
 Teacher Aide Mrs Monique Ashmore
 Teacher Aide Mrs Tanya Sproull
 Teacher Aide Miss Kirstie Miller









Friday, November 1, 2013

Elm Park School Newsletter - Term 4 - Week 3 - 1st November 2013

Friday 1 November 2013 – 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.
Welcome to Week 3 Term 4. We are well into the Term and everyone is extremely busy around the school.

Athletics - Last week we held our Year 4 - 6 Athletics which were very enjoyable as the weather was kind to us.

Talent Show - This week we have had the Talent Show, organized by Mrs Taljaard. Well done to all those children who put in so much practice. Thanks to all the teachers who were involved and Mrs Taljaard’s daughter Rae for all her help as well.

Inquiry Show Case - Our teachers and children have been working hard on our Inquiry Study “Enterprise” the last two terms. We will be setting up all the children’s work in the Auditorium for parents and families to view next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. You are welcome to come in and view the displays during these two days from 8.30 am – 3.30 pm.

ERO (Education Review Office) - We are expecting 3 members of ERO to visit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week to look at what our students are learning and what our teachers are doing.

Choir - Next Wednesday evening our choir is performing at the Town Hall at 7.00 pm along with choirs from many other schools across Auckland.

Student Led Conferences - A reminder that our Term 4 Student Conferences will be held on Wednesday 13 November (Year 4 - 6) and Thursday 14 November (Year 1 - 3). Information to follow.

Uniform - Please ensure your children are wearing the correct school uniform and shoes at all times. Please also note that term 4 is a hat term, children must have their hat if they wish to play out of the shade during break times.

Have a great weekend Kind regards


Trish Plowright 
Principal


LOOKING AHEAD

CLASSES FOR 2014 – We are in the process of forming classes for 2014. Please note that no staffing is confirmed and it is not possible to request a specific teacher for any year level. If you have information you would like us to consider when placing your child in a class, please write to The Principal in confidence by 22 November and we will consider this information when making placements.
Can you please notify us in writing if your child is not returning to Elm Park School in 2014.


GALA 2014 - Sunday 2 March 2014. A day of fun and excitement for the whole family! We would love your help and your participation. Please contact the office on secretary@elmpark.school.nz or Karen Allen at karen@elmpark.school.nz or Karen Lusis, dean.karen@vodafone.co.nz if you are able to help or if you have any questions.


CHILD RESTRAINT LAWS - Information is now available regarding changes to child restraint laws that are coming in to force on 1 November. At that time, the mandatory use of child restraints in vehicles will be extended by two years, with all children required to be correctly secured in an approved restraint (this includes booster seats) until their seventh birthday. Children aged seven will continue to be required to be secured in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle, and if not, in any child restraint or safety belt that is available. These changes will help reduce preventable deaths and serious injuries to children travelling in vehicles. More information is also available at www.nzta.govt.nz/childrestraints


ANZ BANKING – A reminder that there is ANZ banking with Mrs Kerr and the ANZ school bank tellers. The school bank is open on Wednesday mornings, before school in the Library.

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW


2014 Changes for e-Portfolios and Cybersafety Procedures - Following a successful trial with two classes this year we have made the decision to move our e-Portfolios from KnowledgeNET to Google for 2014. Each student will have their own public blog to share their learning along with a private Google Site for teachers to share confidential feedback and assessment data. The content of the e-Portfolios will not change - you will still have access to all the same information that you've had this year. We will be providing more detailed information about the change at the beginning of next year.
To align our increasing use of e-Learning practice with our cybersafety expectations we are making some changes to our procedures. While feedback and assessment data will continue to have access restricted to the student and their caregivers, student blogs/e-Portfolios will now be public although no personal identifying information will be used other than the student's first name. The purpose for the public nature of the blog is to motivate our students to engage with learning tasks more actively and this is supported by recent research and best practice in other New Zealand schools. Again, more information will be provided early next year but please contact Belinda Johnston, Deputy Principal and e- Learning Facilitator, if you have any specific concerns (belinda@elmpark.school.nz or 5770194).

KEY EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY

Thur 13 Dec ........... Term 4 Ends
Thur 24 Oct ............ Y4-6 Athletics day
Thur 31 Oct............ Talent Quest - Auditorium

............................... 12.30 pm & 6.45 pm
Tue 5 Nov .............. Inquiry Learning Show Case Wed 6 Nov ............. Inquiry Learning Show Case Mon 4 Nov.............. ERO visit commences

Fri 8 November....... Push Play Day
Wed 13 Nov............ Student Led Conferences
Thur 14 Nov............ Student Led Conferences
Fri 15 Nov ............... Character parade
Tue 19 Nov ............. Athletics Field Day (Interschool) Sat 23 Nov.............. Garage Sale Fundraising
Fri 29 Nov ............... Celebration Concert


POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this fortnight for their responsible, friendly behaviour.















PERSONAL PRESENTATION

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






FOCUS ON CHILDREN
Room 14 has been studying butterflies as our Enterprise Inquiry. We found it very interesting and hope that the Red Admiral butterfly will come and visit us at school.


Butterfly Creek
Flowers-wild flowers, nettles, swan plants.
Food-plates with fruits and they drink nectar.
Life Cycle-egg larva pupa adult butterfly.
Parts of a butterfly-antenna, wings, 6 legs, head, abdomen, compound eyes. Habits-a mix of flowers.


The train is called the Red Admiral.
The butterflies like warm weather.
The eyes are compound which is like a kaleidoscope. They like sunshine.
Birds are predators of butterflies.
There are lots of species of butterflies.
The Red Admiral larvae like stinging nettles.


Camouflage, pond, warm, plants, sweet water, different types, nectar, Red Admiral, colourful wings, shiny, flowers, sunshine, nettles, compound eyes, life cycle.
By Cindy Lin

Madame Butterfly. Things that we learnt what type of flowers do we use? marigolds, roses, high pollination,flowers, Use bright colourful flowers, make sure that flowers are not neatly planted.
wild flowers, dont put flowers in certain spots that are neatly made, attractive flowers, pollination, talk about red admiral, nettle from nurseries, female, male, females lay over 200 eggs, some butterflies live up to 2 terms but the monarch butterfly lives up to 9 - 10 months, butterflies camouflage to make predators not see them, they have compound eyes, abdomen, thorax, antennae, head, proboscis, legs, feet, wings, nectar drinker, egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, adult, lifecycle, pupa, larvae, imago, laid, hatchling, hatch. nectar.
By Eden Wood














Monday, October 21, 2013

Sunscreen

Just a little advanced warning that the PTA will be selling roll on Sunscreen.  This is fabulous for your child's bag.  Look out for the flyer.  Only $5.

2014 Gala

The organisation for the 2014 Gala continues.  You must be wondering how you can help!   We really need assistance in the area of printing.  We need to print leaflets for a letter box drop and placards to be placed around the streets.  If you want to offer to assist in way we would love to hear from you. Please email karen@elmpark.school.nz or dean.karen@vodafone.co.nz

Friday, October 18, 2013

Elm Park School Newsletter - 18th October 2013 - Term 4 - Week 1


Friday 18 October 2013 – Term 4 Week 1

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 our new students and families at Elm Park School. It is hard to believe we have only 9 weeks until the end of the Term. We would also like to welcome our new teacher, Tearani Cooper in Room 6, with a new class of Year 0 children for this term. We also have a number of Trainee teachers in our school working with our teachers and students. 

ERO VISIT - We have three members of ERO (Education Review Office) that will be visiting our school in Week 4. We will welcome them with a Powhiri at 12.30 pm on Monday 4 November in our Auditorium.

TALENT QUEST - Our annual Talent Quest will be happening on October 31 in the Auditorium. The stage is set and ready to go. Elm Park certainly has a lot of talented children wanting to perform. There will be a matinee session as well as the evening session (details to come).

INQUIRY SHOW CASE - Staff will be setting up our Inquiry Learning Showcase in the Auditorium in Week 4 for parents, family and whanau to view all the hard work that the students and staff have been doing around our Inquiry topic “Enterprise”. We look forward to seeing you all there.

CHOIR PERFORMANCE - Our school choir performance will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - These will be held in your child’s classroom on Wednesday, November 13 (Years 4-6) and Thursday, November 14 (Years 1-3) from 3.30 pm – 8.00 pm


BOOK FAIR - There will be a Book Fair held in the Library at the same time as our Student Led Conferences.

GARAGE SALE - We will be holding the Garage Sale on Saturday 23 November in the Auditorium starting at 8.00 am.


CELEBRATION CONCERT - This will be held on 29 November in our Auditorium, starting with Years 1 & 2 at 6.00 pm, Years 3 & 4 at 6.30 pm and finally Years 5 & 6 at 7.00pm.
As you can see the Term is already bursting with events.

We look forward to our continued partnership between Home and School to support your children and their learning journey.

Have a great weekend

Kind regards 
Trish Plowright 
Principal

LOOKING AHEAD
CHILD RESTRAINT LAWS - Information is now available regarding changes to child restraint laws that are coming in to force on 1 November. At that time, the mandatory use of child restraints in vehicles will be extended by two years, with all children required to be correctly secured in an approved restraint (this includes booster seats) until their seventh birthday. Children aged seven will continue to be required to be secured in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle, and if not, in any child restraint or safety belt that is available. These changes will help reduce preventable deaths and serious injuries to children travelling in vehicles. More information is also available at www.nzta.govt.nz/childrestraints

ANZ BANKING – A reminder that there is ANZ banking with Mrs Kerr and the ANZ school bank tellers. The school bank is open on Wednesday mornings, before school in the Library.

Key Events For Your Diary
Thur 13 Dec..... Term 4 Ends
Thur 24 Oct...... Y4-6 Athletics day      
Thur 31 Oct...... Talent Quest - Auditorium      
......................... 12.30 pm & 6.45 pm
Tue 5 Nov......... Inquiry Learning Show Case
Wed 6 Nov........ Inquiry Learning Show Case
Mon 4 Nov........ ERO visit commences          
Fri 8 Nov.......... Push Play Day          
Wed 13 Nov...... Student Led Conferences 
Thur 14 Nov...... Student Led Conferences 
Fri 15 Nov......... Character parade                  
Tue 19 Nov....... Athletics Field Day (Interschool)       
Sat 23 Nov........ Garage Sale Fundraising      
Fri 29 Nov......... Celebration Concert 
This Week In Review

PARENTS DROPPING OFF CHILDREN - There is still a considerable element of unsafe behaviour occurring when parents are dropping children off and picking children up from school.
Please note that:
·        Children are to exit vehicles on the footpath side of the car NOT the road side of the car.
·      Parents must park legally - NOT on the footpath, NOT over people's driveways, NOT in no   stopping areas (broken yellow lines and clearways are no stopping areas.)

Where ever possible we encourage parents to park away from the school!!


Focus on Children


Room 7 is learning about enterprise. We know that enterprise means to keep trying and persevering. We also know how important it is to have healthy food so we decided to create a garden where we have more healthy food for us to eat at school. Here are some of our amazing planting stories.  





POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this fortnight for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1
Mason Brown
Room 2
Aseesjot Sawhney
Room 3
Arnika Lam
Room 4
Louise Lim
Room 5
Mihika Yakkarnall
Room 6
Aibel Dony Athithara
Room 7
Mankaran Mand
Room 8
Pula Rathnasekara
Room 9
Sean To’ofohe
Room 10
Eunho Lee
Room 11
Deshontayne Te Wao
Room 12
Angel Lopez
Room 13
Yachna Patel
Room 14
Rajbir Kaur
Room 15
Levena Hu
Room 16
Kyle Stapelberg
Room 17
Kieran John-Francke
Room 18
Mauriora Koroa
Room 19
Rajal Pratap
Room 20
Catherine Chan
Room 21
Victor Jing
Room 22
Erin Kernot
Room 23

Room 24

Room 25

Room 29

Room 30

Brandon Harris

PERSONAL PRESENTATION

The following students were voted as the overall fornight’s winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Vernon Xiao
Year 2:
Hudson Aish
Year 3:
Ty Potatau
Year 4:
Oliver Cao
Year 5:

Year 6:


Niu-Alinghi Peni