Elm Park School Newsletter - 13th September 2013 - Term 3 - Week 7

Elm Park School Newsletter - 13th September 2013 - Term 3 - Week 7

Value Focus for next week: Responsibility / Tolerance

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 Week 5 Term 3 2013.

Welcome to Elm Park School’s newsletter for Week 7 of Term 3. We have had another eventful week with Professional Learning Opportunities for the teachers in Maths and Apple ipads. 
Cross Country - Year 4, 5 & 6 were involved in the Cross Country trials on Tuesday in preparation for the teams representing the Eastern Schools Interschool Cross Country on Tuesday 17 September. Well done to all our participants. Thank you to the parents who came to support their children.  Thank you to Mrs Howard for your organisation.

Koanga Festival – This Saturday our students will be performing at the Koanga Festival at Macleans College at 12.15 pm for 20 minutes. We look forward to seeing the fabulous performance.

Year 5 Garage Sale – Postponed – Unfortunately due to the lack of “goodies” to sell this Saturday’s Garage Sale has been postponed.  We will reschedule and keep you informed.

Music Enrichment and Choir – Mrs Taljaard is sharpening up the choir in preparation for some fabulous performances next term, which we are really looking forward to.  Mrs Taljaard is also working with a group of children for Drumbeat. The feedback from the children is that they are very happy and excited to be participating with this group.

Elm Park continues to strive to be a caring, respectful, nurturing place that empowers all learners to take action to build a sustainable environment for people and nature.

Have you seen our Bug Hotel on the back field?

Have a great weekend

Kind regards
Trish Plowright
Trish Plowright
Key Events For Your Diary

Fri 20 September........ Loud Shirt Day
Fri 27 September........ End of Term 3
This Week In Review

Interschool Gymnastics Day  - On the 29th of August the Elm Park year 5/6 gymnasts proudly headed off to the Howick Gymnastics Club just around the corner, to take part in the Inter-School Gymnastics Competition.    All the gymnasts had been taking part in weekly practices since Term 2 where they learned the skills and routines they needed to take part in the competition.   The girls had 3 routines to learn, the beam, mat and vault.  The boys learnt routines on the mat, bar and vault. At school we were practising and practising until we got it the way we wanted. When we arrived at the Howick Gymnastics Club we had a quick warm up....THEN came the big competition that we had all been waiting for! To be honest, we all were a little bit nervous but we got through everything we had todo.   Soon after came the very exciting part! The Handstand Competition!!! Minutes went by – our Elm Park students didn’t win... But then it was the TEACHER’S turn! We all encouraged Miss Adamson to the front and because of Miss Adamson AND us we won 2 points!! YAY!
Although we didn’t get any awards or placed in the top 8 for the real competition, each and every one of us were very proud and I’m pretty sure Miss Adamson and Mrs Field were too!  By Catherine Chan

Looking Ahead

Eastern Schools Koanga (Spring) Festival – Come along for a day of Kapa Haka entertainment and kai at this years Koanga Festival which is being hosted by Macleans College, 2 Macleans Road, Eastern Beach on the 14th of September.  Powhiri starts at 9.00am and the entertainment continues through until 6pm.  Entry by koha (donation) only. Elm Park’s Kapa Haka group is performing on stage at 12.15pm so come along for a family day out and support our tamariki.

5 Steps to Raising Responsible Kids – Here is a link to a great site about raising our children to be responsible contributing members of society. http://www.kidspot.co.nz/Tweens-to-teens/article+7399+490+5-simple-solutions-to-raising-responsible-kids.htm

YEAR 6 NEWSPAPER COLLECTION – The year 6 teachers urgently need newspapers for an end of term activity. They would be very grateful for any that can be brought in, whether local papers or The Herald. They can be dropped off at reception or to one of the year 6 classrooms. Thanks for your support. Year 6 team.


Y4 Boys           
Y5 Boys           
Y6 Boys
Thaisoni Onesi
Jackson Webster
Kheva Potatau
Kowyn Baddeley         
Jordan Hohneck
Jayden Ruhi
Tyler Myburg   
Nicholas Putman
Caleb DeCleene

Y4 Girls
Y5 Girls
Y6 Girls
Sydney Sellar  
Sophia Boysen
Alley Scott
Sara Azimi       
Chole Biddick
Maddison Hohneck
Eden Wood      
Sindy Ngo
Ashleigh Gibbon

It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our kids safe

Keep our children safe … and park safe.
Please play your part by:
· Always observing the parking restrictions near the school
· Always using the school patrol crossing
· Choosing safety over convenience at all times
· Walk with your child or join a Walking School Bus

Focus on Children

Room 5 have been learning about blending, in Art. We have been focusing on learning how to choose which colours we can blend, what we can blend colours with, and the technique of blending. We are proud of the Korus we created and blended, with pastels, and blending in different parts of our Korus. Here is some of our artwork.  


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

Room 1
Hannah Su
Room 2
Jaden Glew
Room 3
Markel Ariyawansa
Room 4
Michelle Huynh
Room 5
Chloe Grigaliunas
Room 7
Oscar Leung
Room 8
Andre Baigent
Room 9
Jayden Myburgh
Room 10
Adeline Santoso
Room 11
Phoenix Adams
Room 12
Cameron Hall
Room 13
Brody Ashmore
Room 14
Cindy Lin
Room 15
Tyler Myburgh
Room 16
Briahna Tupou
Room 17
Diesel Folau
Room 18
Tanielle Nomdo
Room 19
Faheemah Nazif
Room 20
Faiza Khan
Room 21
Moshtaba Sahar
Room 22
Vivienne Hanna
Room 23
Rlisha Blue Kauraka
Room 24
Tanuj Minhas
Room 25
Kian Mahomed
Room 29
Meherzad Manecksha
Room 30
Calvin Hanna

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

Year 1:
Tarun Singh
Year 2:
Julia Sommer
Year 3:
Brandon Harris
Year 4:
Yachna Patel
Year 5:
Jenny Zhou
Year 6:
Anahita Mistry


Community Notices
Chinese Families Autism Support Group Meeting  Tuesday 17 September - 9.30am till 1pm Manukau SuperClinic, Conference Room 1 901 Great South Road, Manurewa, Auckland. FREE entry and ample FREE carparking. Complimentary light lunch included. For catering purposes it is important to register for this meeting.  You can register in spoken or written Mandarin/English with Lily on 021 1168 716 or email her on lilyxu.akl@gmail.com.  Alternatively you can contact The Asian Network Inc. on 815 2338 or email info@asiannetwork.org.nz. Click here for a map link to the venue.  Click here for a Manukau SuperClinic site map to find the conference room.
Family Rock n Roll Night – Friday 13th September and Friday 18th September, 6.30 – 9.00 pm.  Adults $5, Children $2, Family $10. Bring drinks and nibbles, only cash cheque at the door. Elm Park School Hall, 46 Gossamer Drive.  All Welcome.


The highlight of Maths week are the Olympiad competitions.  They were fiercely contested this year.  We congratulate the winning teams Year 2 – 6 and also the teachers in the extraordinary teacher Olympiad.

Maths week has been a wonderful success.  We want to thank the Maths Committee, Mrs Allen, Mr Borcher and the Year 6 helpers for all their help.

Sue Hodge

 Well done to all participants!

Elm Park School is now a Travelwise school!  This means we will be working with Auckland Transport on road safety and making trips to school active, social and safe.


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