Elm Park School Newsletter - Friday 16th August 2013 - Term 3 - Week 3

Friday 16th August  – Term 3 Week 3

Value Focus for next week:

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 to Elm Park School’s Newsletter for Week 3 Term 3. This week has been another full on week for everyone with trips to Butterfly Creek, Dance festivals at Elim Christian College, Speech finals for Years 5 & 6, and Interschool Sports games.
Overseas Students - We welcomed 22 Korean students from Shinan County with a powhiri.  These students are with us for four weeks. They are enjoying being at Elm Park and integrating with our students and practising their English.
Next week on Thursday 22 August we are expecting 70 Japanese students to visit Elm Park again for the third year in succession. The Japanese students teach our students some of their traditional Japanese games and our students share some of our traditional Kiwiana symbols and games with them. This is a very enriching experience for everyone as we learn so much about each other’s cultures.
BOT meeting - The BOT meeting was held on Thursday evening in the staffroom. The BOT discussed ways in which to continue to support our community of learners so that they can achieve their potential.
PTA (Parent Teacher Association) - The PTA held their meeting on Monday evening and I know they have many exciting activities planned for the rest of this Term and Term 4.
ERO (Education Review Office) visit - The ERO team will be visiting in Term 4, so we will be busy preparing for their arrival to look at our schools performance with student achievement and how we are catering for all our learners in our inclusive environment.
Dental Clinic - Next week a mobile dental clinic will be arriving at Elm Park and will be placed the concrete pad in the back car park. This clinic will operate during the school holidays as well and will be on our school site until 24 February 2014. Please call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) for enrolment information or to make an appointment.
Lunch tip - A very useful tip for school lunches shared by one of our BOT members.  If you cut up an apple for your child’s lunch, add a squeeze of lemon juice to the Clicklack container or reusable ziplock bag and give it a shake to coat all sides and it stops the apple from going brown in the lunch box. If you have any further suggestions please email them to secretary @elmpark.school.nz
Have a great weekend

Kind regards
Trish Plowright
Trish Plowright

Key Events For Your Diary
Tue 20 August............ Room 13 Museum Trip
Thus 22 August.......... Japanese Students Visiting
Mon 26 August........... Maths Olympiad Week
Wed 28 August........... Donut Day – orders to lunchroom
Thurs 29 August......... Fathers Day Gifts sent home
Sat 31 August............ Year 5 Skating Fundraiser
Mon 2 September........ Calendar/Card/Diary orders home
Sat 14 September....... Garage Sale
Fri 20 September........ Loud Shirt Day
Fri 27 September........ End of Term 3

Looking Ahead

Bottle Tops - Room 20 and Room 22 are creating a bottle top mural as part of their Inquiry. We are in desperate need of black, light blue, dark blue and light grey bottle tops.  Please drop them off to Room 20.

Pick & Mix - Get a taste of the Performing Arts
Free for the whole family. EVERY SATURDAY from 22 June to 31 August. PERFORMANCES: 10.30am
WORKSHOPS: 11.30am  Join us on Saturday mornings for our free programme of performances and workshops – Pick & Mix. Pick & Mix 2013 has a great selection of performances and workshops every Saturday from 22 June to 31 August, free for the whole family. Check out the full programme below and find out about our other family-friendly events at Winter Showtime
20th Annual Storylines Auckland Free Family Day Sunday 18 August, 10.00am - 3.00pm Aotea Centre FREE

Loud Shirt Day - Fancy breaking out of your normal school garb to shine brightly at school this year? Every year more and more schools take part in Loud Shirt Day. Staff and pupils have a great time comparing their unfashionably bright gear – didn’t you know black is so yesterday – and donating money to help deaf children learn to listen and talk.   Do the bright thing and please donate to help deaf kids learn to listen and speak.  We’re getting behind Loud Shirt Day and it’s time to go back to the future! Show your support by wearing your most outrageous ‘80s shirt and don’t forget your donation!
School Banking - A 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.

This Week In Review

Dance Festival – “Yay”.  On Monday and Tuesday Mrs Rist’s dance class and Miss Baria’s dance class went to the Howick and Pakuranga Dance Festival.  It was really fun.  It was held at Elim Christian College.  But sadly it was raining and it was terribly cold.  We looked very beautiful in our shiny costumes.  Im sure everyone there enjoyed themselves.  By Chiquita Bolton.

Focus on Children

Room 20 has been learning about painting skills.  We have been focusing on learning how to apply paint in different ways such as sponging, dragging the paint on a piece of cardboard, using the brush in different ways, and creating negative space using making tape.  We have painted lots of different artworks to practice these techniques.  Some of paintings are below:


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

Room 1
Callum Gordon
Room 2
Jaime Hartley
Room 3
Mack Brady
Room 4
Samantha Herewini
Room 5
Chanel Parker
Room 7
Soena Zeneli
Room 8
Sara Singh
Room 9
Carlos Faaeteete
Room 10
Emmanuel Uili
Room 11
Kahlan Watchorn
Room 12
Kalani Graham
Room 13
Finley Kake
Room 14
Oliver Cao
Room 15
Connor Stanaway
Room 16
Jordan Freeman
Room 17
Teryn Stephens
Room 18
Sean Hartley
Room 19
Sunny Low
Room 20
Charlie Wilson
Room 21
Caleb deCleene
Room 22
Grace Muldrew
Room 23
Jackson Webster
Room 24
Michael Wilson
Room 25
Djae Shuster
Room 29
Mahurangi Haare
Room 30
Sam Tupou

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

Year 1:
Louisianna Peni
Year 2:
Yovela He
Year 3:
Vaelei Young
Year 4:
Silva He
Year 5:
Aimee Turley
Year 6:
Jenny Dai

Community Notices
"Are you already, or do you aspire to be a leader in your school and/or community?
Do you like to have HEAPS of fun, but learn about important issues such as human rights, and sustainable development at the same time?
Would you like to make friends from all over the world?
CISV might be for you!
CISV International is a unique, non-profit, non-religious volunteer peace organisation whose goal is to build global friendships among youth from all around the world.

CISV Auckland is holding it’s last weekend camp of 2013 at Piha  6-8th September for anyone aged 9+.  
Come along for all or some of the time and find out more.

For more camp details please contact Jan Llewell on 817 3368 or 021 368935   or Tracey Cumin 360 63 54 or 021 162 5678
View the CISV website www.cisvnz.org"


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