Elm Park School Newsletter - Term 1 - Week 7 - 15th March 2013

Friday 15th March – Term 1 Week 7

Value Focus for next two weeks: Responsibility & Tolerance

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.  

THREE WAY CONFERENCES: - Thank you to all those parents/caregivers that attended the 3 Way conferences last week either Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully it was beneficial to you and your child/ren. If for any reason you were unable to attend and still wish to meet with the teacher/s please contact the office for an appointment.

UNIFORM - We are very pleased with the increasing numbers of children wearing our new shirt and taking pride in their personal presentation, particularly their hair bands, hair ties and their shoes. Thank you for supporting our school values and expectations.

PUM (Paid Union Meeting) 19 March - Next week many of our teaching staff will be attending a Union meeting at Telstra Clear Arena at Manukau from 1.00 pm onwards.  The school will remain open for instruction, however, if you wish to collect your child/children at 12.30 pm we would appreciate it as we will only have a few staff available to monitor the children.

EMAILING OUT THE NEWSLETTER - We are currently working on an email issue that has been brought to our attention in regard to not being able to send out the Newsletter directly by email.  However, our fortnightly Newsletter is available on the Elm Park Website, Facebook & Blog.

PTA NEWSLETTERS - The PTA is currently sending out information regarding upcoming events on PINK paper. Please look for them in your children’s bags.  In the future they will be available on our Website.  We value your ongoing support.

AFTER SCHOOL MANDARIN LESSONS - Elm Park School is offering an afterschool Mandarin programme from 3.15 pm – 4.45 pm once a week on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday depending upon the class level.  Please register your interest at the school office secretary@elmpark.school.nz or phone Joy 02102226208 or email joyzh@gmail.com . Joy can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Have a lovely weekend
Trish Plowright
                  Key Events For Your Diary

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
Week in Review

The children on the walking school buses enjoyed a Milo, Muffin treat on Friday for getting fit and reducing the number of cars around our school - keep up the great work!  So why don't you join a bus if you see them walking down the roadand if anyone would like to start up a new walking school bus please see Mrs Allen or the ladies in the office with your details.

COMPUTERS FOR SALE - Please email Belinda Johnston or contact the school office if you are interested in buying one of our old classroom eMacs - photo attached.   All come with keyboard, mouse, security cable and basic software including:

•    iPhoto, iMovie
•    Garageband
•    iCal
•    Safari
•    Pages, Keynote
•    Numbers
•    Kid Pix
•    PM Readers

There are two different specification and price options:

•     Option 1 - 40GB, no wireless card, ethernet cable for internet use $50
•     Option 2 - 140GB, wireless $90

Cash, bank deposit or EFT-POS accepted!
Looking Ahead

Elm Park School - Board of Trustees Election
Nominations are invited for the election of 5 parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on 16 May 2013, which is 14 days before the election date and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll will be open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 30 May 2013.
Signed Rachel Herriott, Returning Officer

STANDING FOR RE-ELECTION – Over the next few weeks we will present current Board Member’s candidate statements for re-election:
Tricia Stevenson – My name is Tricia Stevenson; I joined the Board of Trustees early last year.

My husband Jeff and I currently have two boys. Our oldest son, Campbell, graduated from Elm Park School just over a year ago, our youngest son, Harry, is due to start here in roughly two years time, our daughter Hannah, would be in her final year at Elm Park this year, if she hadn’t passed away in 2008. She attended as a five year old, in the year prior to that.

It is largely due to the support we received from the Elm Park School community during that time, that is the driving force behind my decision to join the Board, I simply want to give something back, and continue to have a meaningful relationship with the EPS community.

I come with valuable experience and skills in planning, administration, communication, and in succession planning. I am a critical thinker, am intelligent, compassionate, effective, and honest.

It’s been an honour to work as a Board member thus far, and look forward to continuing to do so if possible.

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

Room 9 have been learning to write acrostic poems.  We wrote a letter on each line and then thought of words starting with that letter to describe us.

R eally good learners
O ur class is the best
O ne in the school
M rs Holdom is our teacher
N eat work
I try my best always
N ice friends
E very day!


Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1
Ayah Wahid
Room 3
Faith Ioane
Room 4
Xavier Evaroa
Room 5
Jesse Linno
Room 7
Delta Katu-Leaupepe
Room 8
Azzryn Jones
Room 9
Isla Pegg
Room 10
Aahan Gupta
Room 11
Tylae Bates
Room 12
Keiran O’Connor
Room 13
Stevie-Lee Heemi
Room 14
Joel Messenger
Room 15
Kayla Hallows
Room 16
Isabella Garibovic
Room 17
Vaelei Young
Room 18
Gemma Moran
Room 19
Minnie Chung
Room 20
Anahita Mistry
Room 21
James Ladopoulos
Room 22
Kheva Potatau
Room 23
Callum Dawson
Room 24
Precious Tuavae
Room 25
Anna Santoso
Room 29
Sophia Boysen
Room 30
Brooke Williams


The following students were voted as the overall week’s winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Elaine Liu
Year 2:
Yovela He
Year 3:
Matthew Graham
Year 4:
Summer Evans
Year 5:
Sylvia Yang
Year 6:
Daniel Chua


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
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
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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