Friday 11 December 2014 – Term 4 - 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.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our events throughout the year at Elm Park School. Farewell to all the Year 6 children who are leaving us to start a new chapter in their educational journey at Intermediate School. We wish you all the very best for your future. Farewell to other students who are changing schools or countries.
If your child/children are leaving Elm Park School this year we would appreciate a letter in writing or an email sent to office as soon as possible to assist us with the classes for 2015.
The remaining children have been shown to their new classes and met their new teacher/s and classmates today.
The School Office will be open for enrolments Wednesday 28 January 2015 from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
The Uniform Shop will be open again on Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 January from 9.00 am until 12.00 daily.
Stationery packs are available on-line from Office Max www.myschool.co.nz
Kids Korner will be open for an extra week for the 19th January to 23rd January 2015. Please email Karen Allen firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to enrol your child/ren for the above week.
School reopens for students on Monday 2nd February 2015
Staffing for 2015
Mehernaz D (TL)
Jessica Van Dort
Pauline Grainger (TL)
Debbie Rist (TL)
Keryn Scott and
Lesa Somaratne and
Susan Nelson PRT 1
Anna Graham (TL)
Irma Hughes (TL)
Dawn Walker (TL)
Rooms 28/29 will operate as a Modern Learning Environment with two teachers and Years 4/5 combined. This classroom combination will be explained at the Parent Information Evening in Week 3 of Term 1. Mrs Graham and Ms Melville have worked together successfully this year and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Rooms 19/20 will also operate in a combined arrangement. Mrs Raenette Taljaard and Mrs Alicia Howard will be sharing a class between both rooms and Mrs Taljaard will be taking Music for the school and Mrs Howard will be taking Sport/PE for the school on their release days.
Next year we will be holding an Art Exhibition in Term 3 to showcase all the lovely artwork our students will have done by then.
We sadly say farewell to Ms Dillie Baria and Miss Gaea Ladley who are taking the opportunity to travel overseas and teach in England. Mrs Jazmin Lashlie is leaving to have her baby early next year. We wish them all well and thank them for their contribution to Elm Park School and may see them return in the near future.
Mrs Faith De Villiers has decided to retire from the Lunchroom as well. Thank you for your contribution to Elm Park School over the past 8 years, enjoy your rest from the demands of school. We will have the lunchroom up and running again next year.
We say thank you also to Mr James Munro for stepping in to help us as our Caretaker and Mr John Norris our gardener. John is leaving to take up full time work and James will be around and about I am sure. Mr Brian Walker our new caretaker is certainly learning the role very quickly. He has been rushed off his feet at this busy time of the year.
We congratulate all our ex pupils who are or have been receiving awards at their various Intermediates and Colleges. Well done we are very proud of them all.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a lovely holiday from everyone at Elm Park School.
Message from the Board of Trustees
Thank you to the parents who have paid their parent contribution for 2014, we really appreciate your support. Regrettably only 28% of parents paid the parent contributions during 2014 and this has placed a tremendous strain on the schools financial position.
As you are aware schools are funded on a per student basis at the level that reflects the Decile rating for the socio economic status of the community. Unfortunately this amount does not cover all the costs incurred as we strive to provide the highest quality education for our students at Elm Park. The Government does expect parents and communities to contribute to the shortfall, at a rate of almost 10%.
The school relies on these funds to provide extra activities and programmes to support learning across the school.
Your contribution of $160 per annum (unchanged for the past 7 years) goes towards the following:
· Specialist teachers for enrichment classes and learning support programmes
· Library resources
· Digital technologies (screens, data projectors, computers, ipads, cameras, headphones)
· Sports equipment and interschool sports competitions
The government funding does not cover these costs and if we do not receive enough parent contributions we will be unable to continue offering some of these services and resources.
A reminder that during 2015 the students will be involved in Annual Trips and Cultural Activities, and using resources not covered by the government funding.
While these activities are closely related to the learning objectives for the year, they are not compulsory. An amount of $100 for the whole of the year will be due to ensure the students enjoy these extra and exciting activities. This amount can be paid on a term by term basis ($25 per term). We have on-line banking and Eftpos available at the school office to assist you with this payment.
The funds contribute to the following:
· Materials for specific projects such as Art exhibitions and Productions.
· Water safety activities and equipment (the children are taught water safety skills by both teachers and outside experts).
· Mathletics – this is a web based mathematics programme that supports our maths programme for Year 4, 5 & 6 children who can have access to this programme at home and at school.
· PMP - Perceptual Motor Programme and equipment for Years 1&2: this programme promotes fine and gross motor skills and assists the children to focus on learning.
· Extra curricular resources such as Workbooks, Life Education Trust, etc.
· Trips to a variety of sites that are associated with the Inquiry Learning topic or context.
· Guest speakers, Drama performances, EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom).
· Cultural activities; and
· Buses to transport the children to various programmes or activities.
The Stationery Packs for 2015 will be available from Office Max and the cost will vary according to what level the children are at.
Please help us keep Elm Park such a great school by paying your parent contributions, and other charges. If you need help making payment arrangements please contact Mrs Vicki Chittenden, our Accounts Person on 577 0193, or the Office Staff, Mrs Rachel Herriott or Mrs Lauren Russell.
Online banking and EFTPOS facilities are available. Thank you for your continued support.
Congratulations to this years special award winners
Jennifer Chan Pham
Face Off Most Improved
Face Off Art
Carolyn Osborne Award
Edna Curd Y3/4 Reading Cup
Lois Literacy Cup
PRINCIPALS AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were received Principals Awards this term.
POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this Term for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Joshua De Silva
PERSONAL PRESENTATION The following students were voted as the overall Term winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
“THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME LIKE READING MORE” Launch into reading with Auckland Libraries FUN, FREE summer reading programme! ‘Dare to Explore’ is back with an amazing ‘Out of this World’ theme for summer 2014 – 15. Sign up and collect your ‘passport’ from your local library. Read about imaginary and other worldly creatures, explore ideas and complete fun challenges wherever and however you spend your holidays. Visit the library to collect stamps and stickers along the way. Complete 4 challenges and get an invitation to a party to receive your certificate!
Dare to Explore will be available at your local library from Monday 8 December 2014 to Sunday 18 January, 2015. Register online or at your local library from 8 December. Find out more: www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/daretoexplore or phone 09 301 0101.
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KATH BEE’S PRE-CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 3pm SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER. Kath is the writer of “Individuality”, “Dad I wanna be a Camel”, “Seasons” and won the Children’s Video Award this year with “Dragons Under My Bed”. Dress up in something Christmassy and you might win a prize! $10 entry (under 2s and Grandparents FREE!) Kath’s songs make you dance, sing and always put a smile on your face – relax for an hour while your kids have FUN! www.songs4kids.co.nz
COME AND PLAY SOCCER
Registrations are open from 15 December 2014 for Fencibles football 2015 Winter Season.
Season Starts Saturday 18 April 2015 (Last Saturday of the School Holidays)
We are opening the registrations early this year because we have some exciting new programmes being developed for next season and want to give everyone the opportunity to be a part of them.
Register now and Payments not due until 10 March 2015
Holiday Fun - Come along with your friends and family to our free events during the summer! Beach day @ Eastern Beach Saturday 10th Jan 10-2pm Kids Tri Training@ Lloyd Elsmore Park Starting Tues 20th Jan 4-5 Amazing Race@ Barry Curtis Park Tuesday 20th Jan 1-3pm Search Out and About on
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information