Thursday 05 February 2015  – Term 1 - Week 1

From The Principal

Kia ora tatou katoa, Annyong Haseyo, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, Greetings to you all.    


Welcome back to all returning students and their families and welcome to all those who are joining our school community for the first time. Our first day was busy, particularly in the office with new children arriving.


A warm welcome to our new staff this year:  Miss Jessica van Dort, Room 18 Year 3

Further information



During last week our Elm Park School staff attended Professional Learning at Wakaaranga Primary along with Sunnyhills Primary, St Marks Primary and Farm Cove Intermediate.  Our Professional Learning was facilitated by Kathryn Berkett, who talked to us about Neurophysiological training. Every year we strive to match our professional development for staff with the needs of the children so that it is a win-win situation for everyone.


SCHOOL GALA will be held on Sunday March 22 from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm at Elm Park School.

Information will be coming out each week regarding this event. Contact Karen Allen for any information.


Reporting to Parents

Parent Information Evenings will be held in Term 1, Week 3 - This will be an opportunity to be introduced to all the staff and your child/children’s teacher/s. The teachers will outline what they have planned for the class for this year and their expectations.   Parents, Whanau and Caregivers are cordially invited to attend Parent Information Evenings initially in the Auditorium.


Wednesday 18 February Years 3-6 at 6.00 pm

Thursday 19 February Years 1-2 at 6.00 pm

At 7.00 pm on the Wednesday evening there will be a discussion with parents, whanau about BYOD (Bring your own devices) in the Auditorium for the following classes who will be trialling these this year): Rooms 15, 16, 22, 28, 29.


We look forward to meeting with you.  Please assemble in the Auditorium by 6.00 pm.  Three way conferences will be held Term 1, Week 8 March 25 & 26




We will continue to use e-portfolios at Elm Park School as a method of communication with parents/caregivers. This is an ongoing electronic form of collating information regarding the children, their progress and next learning steps in Literacy, Mathematics and other learning areas. This form of data collection is aligning our school with the 21st Century and the methods of reporting that are fast becoming the norm.  We are constantly refining the guidelines and format of these learning journals. Students are active participants in their own learning journey. They are aware of where they are at in their learning, what the gaps are and where they need to go next.


The e-portfolio takes the place of the paper written report. Parents, Family and Whanau are able to access their children’s work throughout the year. If you require any assistance in finding this information please contact the office and they will assist you. (Please note that we will inform you when they are up and running and ready for viewing by parents).


Cybersafety Guidelines

This year our e-Portfolios will continue to be hosted in a blog. We hope this will still have many advantages including ease of use for students and parents. Our  cybersafety guidelines:  All students are now assumed to have permission to use our school equipment unless we are notified otherwise in writing.  This includes publishing work online in their e-Portfolio using their first name only.  Please be assured that we do not use surnames or any other personal information online.  Please contact Belinda Johnston if you have any questions or concerns (5770194 or


Student Led Conferences We will have 2 sessions of Student Led Conferences in Term 2 Week 10 and Term 4  Week 7 for parents and children to discuss achievement with the teachers.  If you have any queries during the year please feel free to make an appointment with the class teacher.


Principles, Values and Key Competencies

At Elm Park School we continue to include Principles, Values and the Key Competencies in our daily programmes. These concepts form the basis of the National Curriculum. We would really appreciate your support in this area of your children’s education. The key competencies are managing self, relating to others, participation and contribution, thinking, and using language, symbols and texts.  Elm Park students are encouraged to value excellence, innovation, enquiry and curiosity, diversity, respect, equity, care for the environment integrity and community. At Elm Park “we empower all learners to achieve their personal best”. This is a partnership between the school and yourselves. We are also focussing on the Three “R’s”,  Respect, Resilience and Responsibility.


Inquiry Context for 2015

This year our focus will be Wellbeing, which is vital for student success. Schools have an ethical, professional and legal responsibility to ensure that their practices promote the wellbeing of all students. Elm Park fosters all aspects of the student including their physical, social, emotional and academic needs. Student wellbeing is strongly linked to learning and we strive to achieve a high level of satisfaction with learning experiences.


Parent Contribution, Annual Trips & Cultural Activities Payment


You may not be aware but if you pay your Parent contribution before the end of March either online through Office Max or at the school, you will receive a $30 discount.

Thank you to all those families that have already contributed to our funds. Elm Park School strives to provide a quality education with a wide variety of opportunities for all students to participate, not just trips.  Enrichment groups such as Maths, Art, PE, Music, Chess, Swimming activities, Digikids (ICT), sports groups etc.


Donation Receipts

Did you know that families with an annual income of $70,000 or less, may be eligible for a childcare subsidy. If you would like to apply, you can find an application form at your local WINZ office, or visit  If you require any replacement or duplicate donation receipts for tax purposes please request them at the front office before the end of the year. Our financial software cannot issue duplicates after the start of the new year.


Stationery can be purchased online from Office Max.

We have reduced the cost of stationery packages considerably this year as more of the children’s work is being done on line using digital technology such as computers, ipad’s etc.


Uniform Shop

Hours are Monday – Friday mornings 8.15 am – 9.00 am and afternoons 2.30 pm - 3.00pm (Mrs Libby Douglas is in charge of the uniform shop).



All children are expected to wear the correct uniform at all times. We have had to increase some of our prices due to what we are charged by the supplier. Our culottes price have gone down this year due to the reduction from our supplier. All sizes will be the same price. All our shirt sizes are the same price now.


Year 6 Camp

The Year 6 children will be attending Camp MERC at Long Bay on the North Shore in Term 4, Week 4.

This is an extremely valuable experience for everyone and we encourage all children to be part of this Camp. There is a focus around water safety skills and activities and team co-operation and collaboration. Further camp information will be available from the Year 6 teachers and Mr Dave Borcher Deputy Principal Year 5 & 6.


Headstart is a pre-school programme for four year olds who may or may not be attending Elm Park School. The purpose of this programme is to familiarise children with the school learning environment. This programme begins Week 3 Wednesday 11 February at 1.30 pm. This will be run by Mrs Pauline Grainger.  Please contact to the office for further information



Roadworks  You will have noticed that there are roadworks outside our school. I have spoken to the organiser who says that this will be like this for the next 3 weeks. Please park and walk as it is impossible to drop off your children outside the school. We have put notices on Skoolbag and Facebook to warn you of this inconvenience.


Road Safety

Thank you to the wonderful parents who have offered to help out at the pedestrian crossing, we really appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you to Mrs Holdom for co-ordinating the Road Safety timetable. We encourage parents to help us by not parking on the yellow lines, making sure that the children walk safely across the crossing and up the path, not on the back driveway as it is a busy access to the school.


Kids Korner (Before school  & After school care).

Just to remind you that we have this facility available. Please contact Kirstie Miller (577 0198)

Before school             7.00 am – 8.30 am

After school                3.00 pm – 6.00 pm


NEWSLETTERS - School newsletters are published once a fortnight.  These are available on our website or if you ‘like’ our Facebook page you will get them in your newsfeed. Alternatively you can subscribe to the newsletter via our blog and it will be emailed to you every fortnight. The school newsletter is often our only means of communication with you at home so it is imperative that you read every issue to ensure you know what is going on within the school. We will not be sending home a paper newsletter unless you request one.


Dog Policy

We have a school policy that asks that dog owners do not bring dogs onto the school premises. If you wish to walk your dog to and from school please ensure that they are left outside the school grounds for health and safety reasons for our students and staff. Thank you.


Looking forward to an exceptional new year.


Term Dates for 2015


Term 1 Tuesday 2 February         to         Thursday 2 April 2015 (9 weeks)

Term 2 Monday 20 April                 to         Friday 3 July 2015 (11 weeks)

Term 3 Monday 20 July                to         Friday 25 September 2015(10 weeks)

Term 4 Monday 12 October         to         Tuesday 15 December 2015 (10 weeks)



Term 1         Waitangi Day - Friday 6 February

Easter (Good Friday) 3 April

                         Easter Monday 6 April

                         Easter Tuesday 7 April

                         ANZAC day Monday 27 April

Term 2         Queen’s Birthday - Monday 1 June 2015

Term 4         Labour Day - Monday 26 October 2015


Trish Plowright


ELM PARK SCHOOL GALA Sunday 22 March 10 am - 2 pm We need you!!!!

To make the Gala a real success we need helpers to set up on the morning, run stalls, clean up and be around to do jobs. Even if you can help for 1 hour let us know.  We have flyers that we need distributed around the area before the Gala.  If you are able to take some to drop off in letter boxes as you walk to and from school or as you walk around your neighbourhood, anywhere in the Pakuranga/Howick/Burswood/East Tamaki area we would really appreciate your help.

Clearing out - well we want your old clothes and household items for the white elephant.  We can collect if you cannot deliver to us.

We also need to borrow Gazebos to provide cover for the stall holders - can you help?

Please contact the school office 5770070 or

Karen Allen (5770191

Karen Lusis (

We are asking the school community to contribute baking to sell at the Gala.  We will send a container home for the baking the week of the Gala and all baking can be sent to school on Friday 20 March or delivered on Saturday 21 March between 3pm - 5 pm .

And yes we are having the Tombola stall again.  Please send a bottle of ‘something’ to school as soon as possible.  Any type of full bottle (sauce, shampoo, drink, dressings, body lotion etc).  

Those are the only 2 items we are asking you contribute.  

 It is going to be a fabulous day for families and there will be lots of really inexpensive fun activities for everyone to do. There will be groups performing, including Elm Park School children.

Remember to bring the whole family, friends and neighbours. This is going to be the event of the year for Elm Park School.

Watch out for more information

We look forward to seeing you at the Gala

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