Elm Park School Newsletter - 12 April 2013 - Term 1 - Week 11

Friday April 12th – Term 1 Week 11

Value Focus for next week: Caring

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. 

Daylight saving has come and gone and the weather continues to be beautiful with clear blue sky and warm sun.  Easter is over and the hot cross buns and Easter eggs are all eaten.

PTA Events - A reminder that the Disco is being held this evening…..no doubt the children are getting excited. Thanks to the PTA ladies for their on-going fundraising support.  Mother’s Day gift orders are going well.

Year 5 CAMP fundraising - Thank you to the supporters of the sausage sizzle last Friday and the cake stalls last week, every bit helps.

TE TUHI SESSIONS - Some classes have been enjoying visits to Te Tuhi for art lessons with the staff there and have returned full of excitement and enthusiasm. Thanks to the parents who have helped out with supervision to enable the children to access this great resource that is so close to our school.

BIBLE IN SCHOOLS - Bible in Schools will be starting next term with an Assembly organised by the Bible teachers. If you do not wish your child/ren to take part in these weekly Bible sessions for 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon between 2-2.30 pm please advise us in writing to the office as soon as possible. The children who do not take part in the Bible activities are placed in classes so that they can continue with their own work for the 30 minutes supervised by our class teachers.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS - As you know our BoT elections are coming up on the 16 May 2013. Nomination forms will be sent to all parents / caregivers shortly. If you do not receive one and you wish to stand for the BoT please contact the office for further documentation and information from Mrs Rachel Herriott our Returning Officer.

E-PORTFOLIOS - Staff and children have been working hard to upload information about where children are at in Literacy (Reading, Writing), Mathematics and where they need to go to achieve the National Standards. Other curriculum areas will be commented upon.

PARENT EDUCATION AFTERNOON / EVENING - We will be holding afternoon/evening sessions next term to support parents in how to access your child’s e-Portfolio to view current achievement data and related comments. Information regarding this to come next term.

Kind regards
Trish Plowright

                  Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 12 Apr.................. School Disco
Thur 18 Apr............... Principal’s Awards Assemblies
Fri 19 Apr.................. End of Term 1
Mon 6 May................ Term 2 Commences
Thur 23 May............. New Parent Orientation

Week in Review

Tip Top Fun Day - Every year the Rotary Club with Tip Top hold a fun sports day for Howick and Pakuranga Schools.  This year a team of 30 children went along to Edgewater College to participate.  Even though the weather turned cold the children had a great day.  One of the highlights was the Sponge Bob Water activity.  The children had to fill a sponge with water then pass it over heads under legs to the end of their team line and squeeze as much water out of the sponge as possible.  The winner was the team that could fill the bucket the fastest.

Softball - We had 2 teams enter into this tournament.  We were very lucky to have a friend of Jayden’s to come and help coach us.   Each team played 3 games.  EPS 1’s first game was against Wakaaranga School with a win to EPS 1.  Next up was Baverstock Oaks with another win.  The final game for EPS 1 was against Cockle Bay.  This was the hardest game.  EPS 2 were undefeated in their pool playing Point View, Bucklands Beach and St Marks. 
Milo Skills and Drills with the Blues. - 30 lucky children got to spend the afternoon with the Blues Rugby players and the Auckland Rugby Pro Sport Rugby team. We had a fun filled afternoon learning new skills angetting to know some of the Blues.

Rippa Rugby - This is the second time that Elm Park School has sent teams to this tournament.  We had two teams.  The Avengers and the Barbarians.  Both teams started off well with a win each.  Avengers lost their next two games but they were both very close.  The Barbarians went on to win all their pool games to go onto the semi finals.  They eventually came 3rd in the competition.  All had a great day.

Interschool Swimming Carnival. - The Interschool Swimming Carnival took place at the Howick Intermediate School pools on March 19.  We had a large number of children participating.  Mrs Walker spent a lot of time training the children in their different events.   The children had a great time.
Jordan Hohneck        3rd             9 Year Boys Freestyle
Maddison Hohneck   2nd             10 Year Girls Freestyle
Dylan Almandoz      2nd             10 Year Boys Freestyle
Eason Diao              2nd             9 Year Boys Freestyle
                              3rd             9 Year Championship Boy Breaststroke      
Anahita Mistry         1st              10 Year Championship Girls Freestyle
                              1st              10 Year Championship Girls Breaststroke


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

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: 

James Wiltsher - Not all schools are the same and not all schools are perfect but each school is a centre point of the community. It is the school community that is the foundation of a great  school and one of the steps towards achieving excellence is a school which actively listens to their community.  My name is James Wiltsher and I have had the privilege to be a part of the Elm Park School board for the last three years.  I was lucky enough to see my eldest daughter  graduate from Elm Park last year and head off armed with the necessary tools and skills to take full advantage of what Farm Cove Intermediate School has to offer. These tools she gained while attending Elm Park School for 6 years. I also have a daughter in year three, a son in year one and another daughter keen to start school but still a couple of years away. So far my affiliation with the school has lasted five years with another nine years to go.  I am putting myself up for re election as I believe strongly in the values of this school. If re elected I would continue to work hard in providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment for our children. My aim is that Elm Park School become known as a well governed, well resourced school focussed on learning and teaching excellence. A place our community can be proud of
and a place where we as a community want our children to be.

Focus on Children

Have you filled a bucket today?

Are you being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?

Rm 12 read a special book called ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today? It was a guide to daily happiness for kids. 

The bucket is only to hold our good thoughts and good feelings about ourselves.

You feel happy and good when your bucket is full. You feel very sad and lonely when your bucket is empty.

You fill someone’s bucket when you show love to someone, when you say or do something kind, or even when you give them a smile.
A bucket dipper is someone who makes fun of someone and when you say or do something mean.

Everyday we try hard to be bucket fillers.

Have a look at our beautiful buckets. Have a look at all the things that fill our buckets and make us happy. :o)


Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1
Mason Brown
Room 3
Vernon Xiao
Room 4
Samantha Herewini
Room 5
Tristan Jasotharan
Room 7
Lisa Lin
Room 8
Julia Sommer
Room 9
Damien Hollins
Room 10
Riley Hall
Room 11
Thomas Mallard
Room 12
Allan Karo
Room 13
Matthew Leake
Room 14
Dilan Jayasuriya
Room 15
Kayla Hallows
Room 16
Jade Jones-Amai
Room 17
Brianna Hayes
Room 18
Ryan Deepu Thomas
Room 19
Jamie Ma
Room 20
Grace Park
Room 21
Sasha Sabeta
Room 22
Louise Skinner
Room 23
Mansur Nazif
Room 24
Annalise Khunfong
Room 25
Maree Nattrass
Room 29
Kazu Taylor
Room 30
Abimbola Dawodu


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:
Brian Li
Year 2:
Nicholas Po
Year 3:
Aston Stonelake
Year 4:
Yeaeun Lee
Year 5:
Manusha Kariyawasam
Year 6:
Imani Ranasinghe

Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system but show some sporting talent. A major fundraiser for the academy, and an excellent source of work experience for our members, is the free metal collection service we offer. We will pick up any old metal - computers, whiteware, roofing iron, metal piping, venetian blinds, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines, and so on. If you do have any metal rubbish to get rid of, we are keen to pick it up for you. It is a win-win for both of us. Thank you to everyone in advance, and to those who have donated metal to us  previously. Many thanks, Tricia Ph 027 5105890 / 09 2760328
It’s My Turn To Cook Tonight Bosch School Holiday Program – April 22 – 24 The It’s My Turn To Cook Tonight Bosch School Holiday Program is FREE, ONLINE, FUN and unique with great prizes. It is available ANYWHERE there is Internet coverage. This means no travelling, no pick ups or drop offs – kids get food savvy and learn to cook in their own home, using their food, cooking their dinner. Find out more www.itsmyturntocooktonight..com.
Creating Art (Thursday) - with Lucy Pierpoint - Term 2, Afterschool Art For children 8 to 12 years of age Is your child creative and all ways looking for something interesting and exciting to take part in afterschool during term 2? Join us in our Thursday afterschool art class while we explore elements of art using drawing, painting and sculpture.  Students assemble a portfolio that is brought home at the end of each term. Heaps of fun and learning with our experienced contemporary artist Lucy. 10 Weeks l Starting Thursday 9th May l 3:30pm - 5.00pm l Cost: $125.00 l Materials supplied Where: Art Studio 3, Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga Book early by contacting Jennie or Cherry at Reception - Spaces limited to 12 Students Phone: (09) 577 0138 ex 7700 Email:  info@tetuhi.org.nz  Website Info: www.tetuhi.org.nz/classes
Chinese Families Autism Support Group Meeting (and other disabilities) Tuesday 16 April - 9.30am till 1pm Manukau SuperClinic, Conference Room 1 901 Great  South Road, Manurewa, Auckland FREE entry and ample FREE carparking Complimentary Chinese food lunch included  www.parent2parent.org.nz www.altogetherautism.org.nz
NETBALL SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES YEARS 1 – 9  Wk 1 22 – 24 Apr & Wk 2 29 Apr – 1 May, Years 1 – 4 @ 9am – 12pm and Years 5 – 9 @ 1pm – 4pm $95, Half day netball half day Multi Activity available. MULTI ACTIVITY Wk 1 22 – 24 Apr & Wk 2 29 Apr – 3 May 3 days - $160, 5 Days - $200 Half day Netball half day Multi Activity available. Complimentary early drop off and late pick up available. Held at AMI Auckland Netball, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns. Register online or contact Bex Siebert T: 570 0030 |  M: 021 577 105  | E: development@amiaucklandnetball.co.nz www.aucklandnetball.co.nz


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