Elm Park School Newsletter - 2nd August 2013 - Term 3 - Week 1

Friday 2nd August 2013  – Term 3 - Week 1

Value Focus for next week: Honesty and Independence

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.
Welcome back everyone to Term 3 2013. We are back into the swing of school and everyone seems to be rested and relaxed. We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term, Dance Festivals, Maths Week, Speech competitions.
This week we have 20 students arriving from Shinan County in Korea and they will be integrated into our classroom programmes. We are also expecting a large group of International students from Hoshino Gakuen in Japan for a day, which is an on-going programme for the past 2 years.

Many of our classes are planning trips this term. Please ensure that you have paid the activity and resource payment so that your children are able to attend the activities as it is an essential part of the curriculum and related to the Inquiry Unit “Enterprise” that the children are studying this term.

If you have any concerns related to your child’s learning journey please contact the class teacher and make an appointment to discuss any issues so that these can be addressed.

Have a great weekend

Kind regards
Trish Plowright
Trish Plowright

                                    Key Events For Your Diary

Thu 15 August............ New Parent Orientation
Mon 5 August............. Hiwi the Kiwi Performance  
Mon 26 August........... Maths Olympiad Week
Fri 27 September ........ End of Term 3

Looking Ahead

School BankingA reminder that ANZ banking happens each Wednesday in the library from 8:20 am. New customers can open an account in the Pakuranga Branch and then bring their money in for banking each week. Contact Mrs Kerr in Room 1 for more details.  ASB deposit envelopes can be deposited on any day in the elephant box in the office.

Road Patrol – We urgently require a volunteer for our road patrol on Tuesday and / or Thursday afternoons.  If you can spare a little time we would greatly appreciate it.  Please contact Catherine Holdom in Rm 9.

This Week In Review

Here is a popplet produced by room 8.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - We have just welcomed 21 students from Shinan County in Korea. They will be with us for four weeks.  This is the sixth successive year that Elm Park School has hosted a group from Shinan!
Thank you to our homestay parents, students and teachers for helping to make their experience in New Zealand so special.

Room 5 – We have been using Wordfoto, an app on our iPads to turn pictures into a mosaic of describing words. Here are some of our gingerbread men cookie mosaics! We took pictures of our cookies with our iPads, then used Wordfoto to type words to describe our cookies.

Focus on Children

Room 4 Pastel Self Portraits and Kid Pix T-shirt designs.

After completing their self-portraits in pastel the students in Room 4 designed their own t-shirts on Kid Pix. They had to create a pattern using images, which would tell us something about them and what they liked. They also learnt how to type their name and use the shift key to type a capital letter for the beginning letter in their name. Do come in to visit our class to see the other self-portraits and t-shirt designs.


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

Room 1
Jordyniah Kelsall
Room 2
Layla Howie
Room 3
Jazmin Brown
Room 4
Cadence Bradshaw-Libeau
Room 5
Tristan Jasotharan
Room 7
Emelia Fu
Room 8
Nadia Mistry
Room 9
Mini Greening
Room 10
Tayla Ruhe
Room 11
Hudson Aish
Room 12
Nadini Ariyaratne
Room 13
Georgia Wilson
Room 14
Eden Wood
Room 15
Seth Adams
Room 16
Tanekar Brown
Room 17
Samerah Amarasinghe
Room 18
Gavin Chen
Room 19
Alley Scott
Room 20
Maddison Hohneck
Room 21
Joshua Spooner
Room 22
Shine Lopez
Room 23
Bailey Pereira
Room 24
Annalise Khunfong
Room 25
Chloe Biddick
Room 29
Denzel Stryker
Room 30
Brandon Harris


The following students were voted as the overall weeks winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.

Year 1:
Mason Brown
Year 2:
Deshontayne Te Wao
Year 3:
Riley Marshall-Stewart
Year 4:
Elizabeth Davies
Year 5:
Bella Kim
Year 6:
Andrew Thomas

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