Elm Park School Newsletter - Tuesday 28th March 2013 - Term 1 - Week 9

Thursday 28th March – Term 1 Week 9

Value Focus for next week: Trust / Worth of the Individual

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. 

Happy Easter everyone.  I hope you all have some family time and get a chance to relax and enjoy the good weather that we are still having. A reminder that we return to school on Wednesday 3 April as the Educational Act states that schools must be closed the Tuesday following Easter.

We finally announced our school councillors yesterday.  Congratulations to those children who were successful. Well done to all children who put themselves forward for this position. We were very impressed with your speeches this year, well thought out, constructive and well delivered.

The following children are our councillors this year and we look forward to working with you all.

Catherine Chan
Paris Sharma
Maddison Hohneck
Anahita Mistry
Charlie Wilson
Kalani Posinkovich
Anna Hallows
Levi Guyan
Lachlan McClintock
Fernando Calderon
Sasha Sabeta
Cian John Francke
Kheva Potatau
Ephraim Tadamalla
Have a lovely weekend.
Trish Plowright
                  Key Events For Your Diary

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

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
    Pages, Keynote
    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

Headstart is a pre-school programme for four year olds who may or may not be attending Elm Park School. The purpose of this programme is to familiarise children with the school learning environment. This programme runs during term time on Wednesdays at 1.30 pm. This is run by Mrs Pauline Grainger. Please contact to the office for further information.

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: Charlise Carotenuto  I have enjoyed the wonderful experience and challenge of being part of the Elm Park School (EPS) Board of Trustees for the past 5 years.  I am passionate about ensuring we continue to give all students at EPS the opportunity to achieve their personal best. We have so many students at EPS with diverse backgrounds and cultures, as well as many migrant families in our community. I can personally relate to this, being a migrant myself, and understand the challenges migrant families face.  Having been in New Zealand for more than 9 years I have the benefit of local knowledge as well as migrant experience, and feel it is important to support our students at EPS to integrate well into our school community.  If we can provide the students and their parents with a variety of opportunities I believe this will assist them in making the best choices for their development. I am committed to helping the Management Team at EPS:
·     Manage the school in an open and honest manner;
·     Use the finances available in ways to gain best advantaged for our children;
·     Connect our school to the families so parent input is valued;
·    Celebrate EPS’ diverse community so our young people can benefit from growing and learning     together; and
·     Ensure our children get the highest quality of education possible in a safe environment.
I am a working mum and my skills come as much from raising a family as from my education and professional background.
Standing for re-election to the BOT is a great way to stay involved in the community and I would welcome the opportunity to continue to represent the parent body on the new Board of Trustees should I be re-elected.

Focus on Children

In Room 23 we are learning to structure a Cinquain Poem correctly.  We focused on 3 simple rules.

·     Cinquains are five lines long.
·     They have 2 syllables in the first line, 4 in the second, 6 in the third, 8 in the fourth line, and just 2 in
      the last line.
·     Cinquains do not need to rhyme, but you can include rhymes if you want to.

Here Aleah, Avalon, Callum and Trista have shown they have been successful poets.


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

Room 1
Capri Hayes
Room 3
Markel Ariyawansa
Room 4
Maria Christophers
Room 5
Akuhata Norman-Hewlett
Room 7
Dunika Kotze
Room 8
Meilaniah Kelsall
Room 9
Ella Roy Broyd
Room 10
Julia Xu
Room 11
Caitlin Malaki Martin
Room 12
Kalani Graham
Room 13
Macu Salato
Room 14
Danika Jordaan
Room 15
Silva He
Room 16
Caleb Birch
Room 17
Diesel Folau
Room 18
Marrick Purcell
Room 19
Dylan Almandoz
Room 20
Emma Whelan
Room 21
Makalo Stubbs
Room 22
Tyler Moran
Room 23
Trista Ly
Room 24
Aimee Turley
Room 25
Djae Hahipene
Room 29
Reece Robinson
Room 30
Nikita Milne


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:
Janelle Baker
Year 2:
Jade Birch
Year 3:
Richelle Lal
Year 4:
Caleb Birch
Year 5:
Liam Kernot
Year 6:
Zhaoyu Tang


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."
Learn to Ice Skate or Play Ice Hockey these School Holidays or Next Term! Auckland needs new young Ice Hockey Players & Figure Skaters. Enjoy the exhilaration of these ice-sports.  Learn to skate the easy way with Paradice instructors. Classes for beginner to advanced skaters from 6 years+, we teach the national skate school programme "Kiwi Skate" with a total of 12 levels.  HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 9am-10am Instruction, 10am-12noon supervised public session skate.   Week 1: Learn to Ice Skate Monday 22 April–Friday 26 April Week 2: Learn to Ice Skate 29 April – Friday 3 May  Pay 7 days in advance and receive a $5 discount. Term classes are available on Tuesday & Wednesday at 4pm, Saturdays 9am & Sundays 10.45am  All fees include admission, equipment hire and tuition. Beginners welcome!   To enrol or for more info contact Paradice Ph: 273 2999 ext 6 Email: botany@paradice.co.nz  Website: www.paradice.co.nz Visit Paradice @ Cnr of Ti Rakau Dr & Botany Rd, Botany Downs.
COME AND PLAY SOCCER Registrations open for Fencibles AFC all Grades Season Starts 6th April Limited Places Available Boys, Girls and Adults of all ages, experience and abilities Junior Grades aged 5 -9, Saturday Mornings Meadowlands Reserve, Junior Grades aged 10- 17, various locations depending on Grade, Senior Grades aged 19-  For dads and mums that might want to play For 2013, Fencibles main training facility is being converted to Astro Turf with 5 Junior and 1 full size pitches. This will mean that training will be undertaken on fields that will not be subject to weather related closure. Information, contact details and online registration is available on our website: www.fencibles.org.nz


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