Friday, September 27, 2013

Elm Park School Newsletter - 27th September 2013 - Term 3 - Week 9

Friday 13 September 2013  – Term 3 Week 9

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 9, Term 3 2013.

This is the last newsletter for Term 3 2013. We have almost completed another incredibly busy term. The children and the teachers are looking forward to a well-earned break. Our students and the teachers have managed to cover an enormous amount of work and the achievement data will be entered by next term on the e-portfolios with evidence and teacher comments where applicable.

The weeks have been filled with Maths Olympiads, Mathex competitions, Gymnastics competitions, sporting competitions, cross country and Jump Rope for Heart to name a few. We hosted International students from Shinan County in Korea and Hoshino Elementary School in Japan. Our Kapa Haka students performed to a very large audience at the Koanga Festival at Macleans College as well as welcoming Powhiri’s for our Trainee students and visitors.

Next term we will be expecting a visit from ERO (Education Review Office) in Week 4, November 4-6 to review the school. We look forward to these visits as it is great to hear what their perceptions of our school and to show case how our students are performing.  We will be welcoming them on Monday morning 4 November with a Powhiri at 9.00 am.  You are most welcome to attend.

Enjoy the holidays.

Up coming events for Term 4

New Term starts  Monday             14 October.
School athletics day                      24 October
Talent Quest - Auditorium             31 October
                                                  12.30 pm & 6.45 pm
Inquiry Learning Show Case          5,6 November in Auditorium
ERO visit                                     4,5 & 6 November
Push Play Day                              8 November
Student Led Conferences               13 & 14 November
Character parade                          15 November       
Athletics Field Day (Interschool)   19 November 
Garage Sale Fundraising               23 November
Celebration Concert                      29 November 

Have a great weekend

Kind regards
Trish Plowright
Trish Plowright
Key Events For Your Diary
Fri 27 September..... Term 3 Ends
Mon 14 October...... Term 4 commences
Thur 13 December.. Term 4 Ends
Looking Ahead
Open an account at the ANZ Bank in the school holidays and you can bank every week at school with Mrs Kerr and the ANZ school bank tellers. The school bank is open on Wednesday mornings, before school in the Library.
This Week In Review

Room 20 and Room 22’s Beach Clean Up - On Wednesday 18th September rooms 20 and 22 went to the Rotary Walkway to take part in a beach clean up along the Tamaki Estuary. It is one of the top five dirtiest waterways in Auckland. This trip was linked to our work Inquiry work which has been looking at sustaining coastlines.

When we arrived at the coast the teachers and parents handed the gloves and the rubbish bags out so we would pick up the litter with them. We were also very fortunate to have Riley with us, from Sustainable Coastlines. We all started heading to the beach to start our beach clean up. Riley showed us a little thing called nurdles. Nurdles is the base product of plastic, he explained to us about this and how it can be harmful to our sea life.

People found all sorts of different rubbish, from a car tyre to bottle tops. When we came to the yacht club we carried out a sampling activity. We had to draw a one metre by one metre square in the sand with a ruler. In the area we chose we had to list the organic and nonorganic things in our square. We each had a sheet of paper. On the paper there was a grid and we had to measure with our ruler in the sand exactly where the things would be in our sheet of paper. Underneath that we would list the things we found.

After that we played around, in a near playground. This experience has all made a difference to us, and we should all stop littering.

The Mighty Wekas - Congratulations to Andrew Thomas (Captain, James Ladopoulos and Lachlan McClintock for winning the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival 2013 in Taupo last weekend.  Andrew was also awarded the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.
The Pakuranga Under 11 Wekas have won 102 matches on the bounce since 2008.
 Coach Dean Thomas says that they are “one of the best under 11 Teams in the country”. 
“There is no magic formula says Thomas: It’s just good teamwork and being together for so long”. 
Everyone at Elm Park School is extremely proud of these exceptional Sportsmen and we look forward to seeing them achieving great things in the future.

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS - It was a pleasure to celebrate the effort made by the Term 3 Award Winners who have demonstrated perseverance towards achieving their personal best all term.  This was acknowledged in the Awards Ceremony at end of term Assembly yesterday.

Focus on Children

Check out Room 16's antonym diamante poems!  A diamante poem is a poem in the shape of a diamond.  Each line used specific number and type of words such as adjectives and verbs.  It does not have a rhyme.  These ones use antonyms as the topic. Reported by Imani (Rm 22).

On Wednesday 11th of September Room 15 were VERY lucky to take our class trip to East Tamaki School to check out their amazing Garden to Table programme. We have been learning about Enterprise, with a focus on food so this was excellent opportunity to see some very clever entrepreneurs in action and also get a chance to ask them about some of our focus questions in our inquiry.

We were very impressed to see the very large gardens that they had full of vegetables! Half of us worked here in the garden and helped find worms in the composts to go in the soil to help the gardens grow. We also made our own mini worm houses!

The other half of us went to work in the kitchen where we used the vegetables that were grown in the garden to make some fabulous Vietnamese rice paper rolls, an orange and fennel salad and some lemon muffins. Not only was this a fantastic opportunity to see the way in which they use their vegetables, it was a great learning opportunity in many other areas; we used out maths knowledge to work out what fraction of the muffins we were allowed to glaze in our groups, we used our time knowledge to work out when to take the muffins out of the oven in 20 minutes, we did lots of measuring and we even learnt a little science about liquid and solid states!

After the food was cooked, we helped to clean up the kitchen and set the tables. We then all got together and we were all able to eat the food we made! It was fantastic! Nearly all of us tried something new we had never tried before. We found the fennel and orange salad interesting, it tasted a bit like licorice!
All the left overs them went back into the compost and it began the cycle again!



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Awesome Last Day

Friday is going to be an awesome day.  Mufti day with proceeds going to the Cancer Society.  Children participating in the Jump Rope for Heart skipping programme.  Children are encouraged to wear their house colours and they must wear sensible clothing for skipping in.  They need to bring back the sponsorship forms for Jump Rope for Heart to be signed off or the donations that have been collected.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Meadowfresh Stickers

Friday is the last day to get the Meadowfresh stickers in .  We have 12,000 so far - well done and thank you.

Whats On At Elm Park School - Term 3 - Week 9

Whats On at Elm Park School - Term 3 - Week 9

Thursday 26th September 2013
9.15am Y0-Y3 - Principal's Awards Assembly
10.00am - Y4-Y6 - Principal's Awards Assembly 

Friday 27th September 2013
9.30am - 1.00pm - Jump Rope for Heart 
1.15pm - Staff vs Students Netball
3.00pm - Term 3 Ends

Hope you all have a lovely holiday 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What On At Elm Park School - Term 3 - Week 8

What's On at Elm Park School Term 3 - Week 8

Tuesday 17th
12.30 pm Cross Country Inter school at Howick and Pakuranga Athletics Club.

Wednesday 18th
10am - 2pm - Rm20/Rm22 Beach Clean up at Rotary Walkway

Thursday 19th
12.30pm - Rugby vs Owairoa away
6pm - BOT meeting

Friday 20th
Loud Shirt Day - Children can wear Mufti and their 'loudest' shirt. Your gold coin donation will support the Hearing Impaired.

11am - 3pm - Kiwileles rehearsal at East Tamaki Primary

Disco - 5.30 - 7 pm for year 1 - 3 and 7.30 - 9pm for year 4 - 6.

Have a great week 

Monday, September 16, 2013

School Disco with a Difference

Disco for Elm Park Kids this Friday - 20 September. 5.30 pm - 7 pm for year 1 - 3 and 7.30 pm - 9.00 for year 4 - 6. Bring a friend, they don't have to be an EPS student and choose your own music. The notice went home today. Parent helpers needed for both discos. Take money to the Hall from 8.30 am.

Friday, September 13, 2013

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.

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  Alternatively you can contact The Asian Network Inc. on 815 2338 or email 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.