Elm Park School Newsletter - 1st March 2013 - Term 1 - Week 5

Friday 1st March 2013 – Term 1 Week 5

Value Focus for next week: 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.  

The weather continues to be amazing and our students are enjoying this wonderful opportunity to be outdoors and swimming. The Year 6 students have had another successful CAMP at Long Bay. Thanks to all the enthusiastic parents who helped out again and for the Teachers, Mr Borcher, Mrs Houghton and Mrs Kernot for their help as well.

If you wish to receive your newsletters by email, please go to our Blog at the bottom of our Website, enter your email address at the top of the page. If you have any issues please contact the office or Belinda Johnston.

Please ensure that your children are wearing helmets (correctly fitted) if they are using bicycles and scooter.

Congratulations to Leeyan Stephens, Chairperson, and Karen Lusis, Treasurer, elected at Tuesday evenings PTA AGM. Many thanks to all the new attendees, we look forward to working with you this year.  Thanks for all the hard work in 2012 and your contributions to the school funds and equipment, we really appreciate all that you do.

There seems to be an increasing pile of Lost Property outside Room 8 and 9. Please ensure that you name all the articles of clothing and shoes that your child wears including swimming togs, towels, goggles and undies. It is really hard to track the owners of the items especially as they all look the same only variations of sizes.

Thank you to those of you who attended this valuable evening. We are continually concerned with the rising usage of technological equipment that goes unmonitored by adults as there is an increasing number of undesirables lurking out there on the Internet. Please could you keep a close eye on what your child/ren are doing on the computer so as to prevent any issues that may arise.

We are slowly selling our firewood on the field. There is still some available. Please contact the office if you wish to purchase a trailer load for $25.00.

Please register online or return the slip to the office to book your time to see your child/ren teacher/s on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March from 3.30 – 7.30 pm in the classrooms with your child.

WHEELS DAY WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY MARCH 14 further details in the PTA newsletter (PINK sheet)

Have a lovely weekend
Trish Plowright

                  Key Events For Your Diary

Mon 4 March..  Rms 13 & 15 to Te Tuhi
Tue 5 March..   Rms 14 & 16 to Te Tuhi
Wed 6 Mar...... Y1-6 3-way Conferences
Thu 7 Mar......  Y1-6 3-way Conferences
Thur 14 Mar...  Wheels Day
Fri 15 Mar....... Whole School Assembly 2 pm
Thur 21 Mar...  BOT Meeting
Thur 28 Mar...  Mufti and Hot Cross Buns
Fri 29 Mar....... GOOD FRIDAY School Closed
Mon 1 Apr...... EASTER MONDAY School Closed
Tue 2 Apr....... EASTER TUESDAY School Closed
Fri 5 Apr......... Whole School Assembly 2 pm
Thur 18 Apr.... Principal’s Awards Assemblies
Fri 19 Apr....... End of Term 1

Looking Ahead

Board Of Trustee Elections are to be held this year.  Election day is 30 May 2013.  These elections are a chance for everyone in the school community to have a say in choosing the people who will govern and provide the vision for their school. Elm Park School requires five parent representatives. Here is some feedback about what being on the Board meant to past Trustees from around the country.
“My view is simple – it’s your school, your children attending the school. We all want the best for children and now is your opportunity to be part of it”. Eric Kjestrup, Bucklands Beach Primary School.
“I would encourage others to be involved. It can be too easy to stand back and criticise, rather than participate. People are often too willing to say they don’t like something, yet there is the opportunity to have your say”. Sue Becker, Cromwell College.
“Trusteeship has been instrumental to a huge personal growth and development in me and I have seen that happening and I know it has happened – it definitely broadens your mind. Personally it has helped me a lot and it has expanded my views”. Jodie Cook, Mata School.

Anyone can be nominated and stand for election to the Board of Trustees.  Now is a good time to start thinking about standing for election.  If you require any further information, please contact the school office.


Walking School Bus - Come and walk with a walking school bus next Friday 8 March and join us when we get to school for Milo & muffins. Cnr Gossamer Dr & Manapouri Pl 8.10 am, 4 Square Gossamer Dr 8.25 am and cnr Archmillen & Marvon Downs Aves 8.35 am.  We will also have a trial bus leaving from the cnr Pakuranga Rd & Gossamer Dr 8.30 am

Focus on Children

Camp M.E.R.C

On Wednesday 20th February the Year 6’s went on a trip to Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre at Long Bay, Auckland for a 2 nights 3 day visit.

There we took part in eight different challenging activities.  They were Tree Climbing, Abseiling, Sailing, Climbing, Archery, Surfing, Sling Shot and Stack ‘em High.

All of the activities made us work together, learn new skills and have lots and lots of fun.  Lots of us had never experienced these activities before so they required a lot of perseverance and teamwork.

One of the highlights for all of us was the delicious food made for us by Mrs Houghton.  We had burgers and a roast chicken dinner as well as plenty of fruit, cakes and tasty biscuits.  We were even allowed to have seconds!!

We were all very sad to leave Camp M.E.R.C as we all had the best time.  We would like to say a big thank you to all the parent helpers who gave up their time to come and support us. 

Fingers crossed we all get to go back!              Room 21 Boys 


Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1
Elias Lopez-Montofre
Room 3
Giovanni Folau
Room 4
Maria Christophers
Room 5
Avantika Sami
Room 7
Olaoluwa Dawodu
Room 8
Kirralee Weerasinghe
Room 9
Olivia Osunwa
Room 10
Layla Whiteside
Room 11
Blake Harrison
Room 12
Nadini Ariyaratne
Room 13
Irena Liu
Room 14
Mattie Clarkson
Room 15
Sara Azimi
Room 16
Barath Raj
Room 17
Samerah Amarasinghe
Room 18
Xavier Brown
Room 19
Sunny Low
Room 20
George Feng
Room 21
Fernando Calderon
Room 22
Andre Paynter
Room 23
Avalon Hutching
Room 24
Harshdeep Kaur
Room 25
Jennifer Chan Pham
Room 29
Perez Tiatia
Room 30
Hayley Pawhau


The following students were voted as the overall weeks winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Xander Webb
Year 2:
Andre Baigent
Year 3:
Katie Howell
Year 4:
Danika Jordaan
Year 5:
Jordan Hohneck
Year 6:
Shine Lopez

Elm Park School Headstart Programme
4 year olds only
This programme offers a wide variety of activities and experiences for children that enrich development and lay the groundwork for a head start at school.  The programme is run on a Wednesday afternoon from 1.30-3.00pm.  The fee is $10.00/session.  Please see the office staff for more information.

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – Classes in all areas.  Confidence, creativity, communication, presentation skills, public speaking, performance.  Bringing out the BEST in everyone.  Make the call now on 836 0233.  www.helenogrady.co.nz
Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten – 40th Birthday! 2nd March 2013 A day of fun from 11 am.  We would love you all to come along and to invite friends that you know who have been part of the kindergarten in the past.  On the grass area in from of the kindergarten will be bouncy castles, races and games, candy floss, sausage sizzle, and lots of friends to catch up with.
CHILDREN’S DAY EVENT – On Sunday 3 March Pakuranga Baptist will join the Church for an old fashioned family picnic day!  There will also be a church service from 9.45 am.  From 10.30 am – 1 pm on the grass area in front of the Church. Come join the fun.
St Heliers School Fair - A community fair on Sunday 14th April from 10 am – 2 pm. There will be something for everyone with games for all ages, a mouth-watering array of food and a wide range of crafts and plants available to purchase. We have an impressive range of secondhand furniture, books, clothes and toys for sale so don't miss out. The St Heliers School Hall is the heart of the community and unfortunately its fallen victim to the leaky building syndrome and needs urgent repairs. All funds raised will go to the repair work so come on down with the family and support the community. www.stheliersschoolfair.co.nz
Pakuranga Girls' Brigade - For girls aged 5 years and over - come and join the fun and friendship of Girls' Brigade.  We offer a range of activities that encourage and grow girls in a safe friendly environment.  We meet Wednesdays at Trinity Methodist Church, 474 Pakuranga Rd.  Juniors from 6.00-7.30pm and Seniors from 6.30-8.30pm.  Phone Shirley Peat 537-4077 or email thepeats@ihug.co.nz
SAINT KENTIGERN COLLEGE - OPEN DAY Wednesday 6 March 2013 9.30am – 12.30pm Applications are now invited for enrolment at Saint Kentigern College in 2014 for both day pupils and girls and boys who wish to board. Years 7 and 9 are the main intake years but applications at other levels will also be considered where places are available. We invite parents of prospective students to visit the Saint Kentigern College campus to discover the benefits of an Independent Education. Take a guided tour of our campus to see classes in action and inspect our outstanding facilities. As places are limited, please register to attend. For further information please contact Saint Kentigern College Admissions. Phone: 09 577 0703  Email:  skc_admissions@saintkentigern.com
SCHOLARSHIPS TO SAINT KENTIGERN COLLEGE - Scholarships are available for girls and boys who are currently in Year 8 at a New Zealand school, entering Year 9 in 2013. Scholarships are awarded to motivated students who display outstanding academic, sporting, artistic or musical ability. Applications for Scholarships close on Friday 12 April 2013. All applicants are required to sit a test on Friday 19 April 2013. For further information please contact Saint Kentigern College Admissions.
Phone: 09 577 0703   Email:   skc_admissions@saintkentigern.com
YUMMY APPLE STICKERS - "Don't forget that we are still collecting Yummy Apple Stickers.  These stickers can be found on marked fruit at our local supermarkets.  At the end of every year we send in all the stickers we've collected and in return we get FREE sports gear.  Each class has their own chart to fill so please send them along


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