Elm Park School Newsletter - 21st June 2013 - Term 2 - Week 7

Friday 21st June  – Term 2 Week 7

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.

Winter is certainly here! So are the coughs and colds. 
Just a reminder that if you wish to receive a hard copy of the newsletter please collect one from the office.  Alternatively an electronic copy will be emailed to you when you sign up with your email address on our school blog or you can receive it on your newsfeed via Facebook if you ‘Like’ our page.

School activities - Matariki week last week was filled with lots of activities around this celebration. Students Brylee Webb, Emma Perry and Jannise Graham were involved every day with songs and quiz questions. Well done to everyone for participating.

Rugby match - On Tuesday, our Rugby team coached by Mr Ryan Fletcher, our caretaker, won their game against Pigeon Mountain School. Thanks to all the parents who came to support. Well done to the boys for your great team work. Future All Blacks in the making!

Choir APPA - Ms Raenette Taljaard is training our Senior Choir in readiness for the APPA Choir Festival which will be held in the Town Hall (in the City) at the end of the year on 6 November at 7.30 pm. This is an amazing event with all the other school Choirs combined. Thanks to Ms Taljaard and the children, you are sounding great.

Student Led Conferences – 3 & 4 July.  What is a student led conference? - Student-led conferences provide students with an opportunity to talk about their educational progress. A student led conference is a meeting run by the student for parents/caregivers, entirely focused on the student’s recent learning. The meeting is facilitated by the student and follows a format that has been developed and practiced before the meeting.  The major focus will be on reading, writing and mathematics at this stage, but the student will share other curriculum areas as well. The student will analyze their strengths and reflect on the progress they have made in achieving their learning goals.  You may now go to the website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and log on with the school code – FE9UN and book your own interview times. The online bookings are instantly unavailable to others.
You will be able to book online in the following ways:

·    Use your home computer and log in with the code - FE9UN.
·    The school library will be open from 8.30 am – 9.00 am and 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm, if you would like     assistance to book online.
·    You can ask the classroom teacher to assist you.
·    You can use the community library computers to book online.
·    You can book through the office.

PTA events
·     1 July PTA meeting in the Staffroom at 7 pm
·     7 July Family Movie afternoon - 3pm in the Auditorium at EPS
·     12 July Wacky Hair Day – Gold Coin (last day of the term).

Year 5 Fundraising for CAMP 2014
.      5 July - Sausage Sizzle (more information to be sent out soon)
·     10 July - 7pm Camp Fundraising meeting (reminder to come out soon).

Enjoy your weekend

Kind regards
Trish Plowright
Trish Plowright

                                    Key Events For Your Diary

Mon 1 July................. PTA Meeting
Fri 5 July................... Sausage Sizzle
Sun 7 July................. Family Movie Afternoon
Wed 10 July.............. Camp Fundraising Meeting
Fri 12 July................. Wacky hair and Mufti Day

Week in Review

To Parents and Caregivers of Year 6 students
I would like to invite you to attend an Information Evening at 7pm Wednesday 26 June in the Pakuranga Intermediate School Library. The meeting will outline the opportunities available for your child’s education at Pakuranga Intermediate School. Supper will be provided, with an opportunity to meet personally with school management.
Enclosed is a pamphlet about Pakuranga Intermediate School.
We look forward to talking with you on 26 June.
Stuart Myers, Principal

Farm Cove Intermediate School - will be holding an Open Day on Thursday, 1 August 2013 from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm for prospective parents/guardians.
 You are invited to come along for a tour of the school, to visit our regular classrooms and specialist classrooms while students work.  Senior staff will be on hand to explain our programme and answer any questions you may have.  Please register your attendance on our website www.farmcove.school.nz

PEANUT PAWS - On Friday last week, three Year 13 students from Pakuranga College came to our school to talk to us about the business that they have started.  Their product is called Peanut Paws.  Peanut Paws is a make-your-own healthy treat kit for any kind or size of dog. These three students were not adults but are still entrepreneurs.  It was interesting to listen to them talk.  They found a need for their product.  You just need a good idea and some hard work to make it happen. Their product is currently being packaged and will be available for sale soon with $2 of every purchase going to the SPCA.
By Kalani and Charlie

PEANUT PAWS - The bake at home dog treat mix which is a fun family activity that will help your kids learn about their pet dogs’ nutrition! Teaches baking and measuring skills and makes 24-30 bite size dog treats. Includes a paw shaped cookie cutter. 
$10 a pack and $2 from every pack goes to the SPCA. 
For any questions and to purchase go to facebook.com/YES.ABCDogs or reach us on mobile on 0211457968

Looking Ahead

PE SHORTS – Our size 8, 10, 12  PE Shorts are now in stock.  These are $28 each.  Visit our uniform shop any day between 8.15 -9.00 am and  2.30 – 3.00 pm.

Focus on Children

Room 17 have been exploring a range of media.  They have used pastels for the sunflowers and showed detail in the petals with a black pastel.  The vivid markers have given the bees their vibrant colours and pipe cleaners provide a texture to the bee's legs.

Room 17 enjoyed the Autumn season and all the colors that are provided by the leaves.  Here are a few samples of the acrostic poems they have written.  Come on in to see them displayed in the windows.

A lovely colour
Under lots of trees
They are pretty
Up in the tree is nothing
My favourite one’s are yellow
Nice things
Briana Hayes

Adam likes brown leaves
Under my feet is a stash of leaves
There are nearly no leaves on the trees
Up in the sky are leaves falling down
My mum doesn’t like to rake up the leaves
Nature is wonderful

Eli Wood

Able to jump in beautiful leaves
Under your nose is the awesome autumn
Teryn loves the trees in the autumn season
Uncles love it too
Magic making the trees grow
Nearly winter – the cold is coming

Teryn Stephens

A pretty ocean of leaves
Under the bare trees are lots of colours
There is a colourful land
Underneath they will all be crushed
Magnificent yellow
Nice brown

Evan Gibbons


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

Room 1
Harmony Towers
Room 2
Thomas Guo
Room 3
Michael Li
Room 4
Franco Montofre
Room 5
Simra Khan
Room 7
Kaylin Arthur
Room 8
Peter Dixon
Room 9
Shamal Lal
Room 10
Bailey McCord
Room 11
Marco Wei
Room 12
Troy Misihepi
Room 13
Stevie Lee Hemi
Room 14
Amy Wright
Room 15
Saufoi Tavete
Room 16
Hailey Young
Room 17
Kendal West
Room 18
Tanielle Nomdo
Room 19
Nadia Wilson
Room 20
Annalise Worsfold
Room 21
Victor Jing
Room 22
Anna Hallows
Room 23
Jack O’Connor
Room 24
Henry Kelsall
Room 25
Jenny Nguyen
Room 29
Jayda Pawhau
Room 30
Samuel Latu


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:
Evelyn Fu
Year 2:
Tayla Jack
Year 3:
Joshua Murray
Year 4:
Macu Salato
Year 5:
Hayley-Ann Lemanu
Year 6:
Kenneth Zhou


GROUNDED // Festival of Sustainable Arts - Faculty of Creative Arts, MIT and Ōtara Creek Reserve, 50 Lovegrove Crescent, Ōtara 27-29th June, 2013 GROUNDED explores art and sustainability. It includes exhibitions, free workshops, public talks and performances that celebrate the unique multicultural community and environment of South Auckland. The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs, South Auckland's own creativity and sustainability superstars will be building a gateway on-site. Other events include creative writing workshops hosted by poet Robert Sullivan, Melanie Himiona's performance Ahi-Kā, and a sculpture walk in the Ōtara Creek Reserve. There will be a craft market, printmaking, drawing and weaving workshops amongst many more exciting events!
SPELD NZ –Parent Information Evening, Tuesday July 2nd at 7 pm.  Highland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park.  Speaker: Jo Thompson DP at Willowbank School. ‘Perspectives on Dyslexia from a mother’s and teacher’s point of view’.  Followed by a must see DVD:  The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.  It is the most common learning difference (1 in 5 kids) yet the most publicly misunderstood.  Documentary Film made by James Redford (son of Hollywood legend, Robert Redford).  Official selection at the Sundance Festival 2012.  God Coin Donation, Supper to follow.


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