Friday 4 March 2016  – Term 1 - Week 5


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 to all the new families that are now in the Elm Park School community.

The term is zooming by really quickly and it is Week 5 already. Here are our student positions for this year.

Councillors for 2016

Matthew Graham            

Room 19

Najwah Nazif

Room 19

Allan  Karo

Room 19

Quintina Ioane

Room 22

Gavin Chen

Room 21

Teryn Stephens

Room 20

Diesel Folau

Room 22

Angel Lopez

Room 22

Ty Potatau  

Room 22

Nadini Ariyaratne  

Room 20

Troy Misihepi  

 Room 22

Jusleen Kaur

Room 19

Bhawnvir Minhas  

Room 22

Richelle Lal

Room 19

House captains for 2016

Rimu         Willem  Hewitson-Townley                        Deborah Tupou

Rata                Curtis James                                        Moriah Williams

Kauri                Kieran John-Francke                        Abimbola Dawodu

Matai                Zvaryn Engu-Cortez                                Shelby Scarle

Deborah Green our Chaplain will be starting Monday 7 March 2016. Please see her profile below.


GALA 2016 cancelled but the PTA will hold something along the lines of a Twilight GALA later in the year. Watch this space.


We have lots of projects that require your support:

·      Sunshades in the Junior School

·      Cushionfall for the Adventure Playgrounds

·      Repairs to the swimming pool to keep it open

·      Back driveway and carpark require resurfacing


50th Jubliee for Elm Park School will be held Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October 2017


Tell your neighbours and friends and anyone who has attended Elm Park School or worked here. Planning is underway for next year. If you have any photos we would love copies of them for our collection/display.


Thank you for your Gold Coins donations for Mufti Day.



Have a lovely weekend


Trish Plowright


Looking Ahead

In the unlikely event of a school wide EMERGENCY we will endeavour to contact all parents.  Please ensure we have your correct mobile number and other contact details.  Please phone or email the office to update details - 09 577 0070 or

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What is the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme

Elm Park has recently registered with ANZ to join their ‘ANZ Olympic School Program’. As a registered school, we’ll receive a kit of Olympic resources and merchandise that will help inspire and motivate our students.

In addition to this, if you, your family members or friends are looking to take a home loan, or increase your current home loan over $50k, speak with your local ANZ representative. If you draw your home loan with ANZ and identify our school we will receive 800 credits, equal to $400 spending power at the ANZ Awards Centre to spend on items like sporting equipment and computers. We will also receive the option to have a visit from an Olympic Ambassador as part of the programme.

You can find out more at  or to discuss an ANZ home loan, speak with ANZ staff Pakuranga Martin Zhang Senior Personal Banker on 09 252 3871 or Jas Rajput Senior Personal banker on 09 252 3777.

Award Winners


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

Room 1

Liam Malaki-Martin

Room 15

Chloe Grigaliunas

Room 2

Elsa Cheng

Room 17

Jaylee Armitage

Room 3

Tonisa Pratheepan

Room 18

Matthew Struwig

Room 4

Mia Waldrom

Room 19

Najwah Nazif

Room 5

Kellyn Kett

Room 20

Joseph Morrow

Room 6

Jayda Milicich

Room 21

Aaron Glew

Room 8

Bella-Deniro Petera

Room 22

Ty Potatau

Room 9

Nirosh Anpalagan

Room 23

Hudson Aish

Room 10

Delaney Hawea

Room 24

Rhea Mudaliar

Room 11

Lily McClintock

Room 25

Kahlan Watchorn

Room 12

Husna Nazif

Room 28

Aseesjot Sawhney

Room 13

Markel Ariyawansa

Room 29

Kallum Mohamed

Room 14

Faith Ioane

Personal Presentation Winners

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

Year 1

Jenny Wang

Year 4

Emerson Southerly

Year 2

Hannah So

Year  5

Ella James

Year 3

Sofia Steffany

Year 6

Phoenix Kaukau-Kara

Focus on Children


Kennings Poem by Joshua Leevers

Room 19 wrote Kennings Poems about themselves.  We were learning to use interesting adjectives to describe ourselves and personalise our poems without actually saying who we were.

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Photo weaving and All About Me Tagul Cloud

We created an All About Me Tagul Cloud by brainstorming ideas about us.  Then we used a photograph of ourselves and weaved two pictures together (a colour picture and a black & white picture).  We have put these on our wall together, they look really effective side by side.


Our buddy class

This year our buddy class is this awesome room 6.  We have had so much fun visiting them on Friday afternoons to read stories and get to know them better.  In a few weeks time we have planned a buddy class lunch date.  We are going to join them under the big tree for lunch before the weather gets too cold and wet.


Our class treaty

At the beginning of the year we discussed the importance of rights and responsibilities and what we all needed to do to make sure we have the right to learn, be taught, be safe, be respected and be included in room 19.   We created a "piu piu" and each person had a strip to write what they would try hard to achieve throughout the year.  Then around the outside we create doodle art names.

Community Notices

Pakuranga Girls' Brigade

For girls aged 5 years and over - come and join the fun and friendship of Girls' Brigade.  We offer a range of activities that encourage and grow girls in a safe friendly environment.  We meet Wednesdays at Trinity Methodist Church, 474 Pakuranga Rd.  Juniors from 6.00-7.30pm and Seniors from 6.30-8.30pm. Beachlands Kids Triathlon Advert for School Newsletters - square size.png

Phone Shirley Peat 537-4077 or email


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