Newsletter Term 3 Week 10

West Park School - 30th September 2021


29th September 2021,

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

Hard to believe that we are again at the end of yet another school term. This has been a long and hard one for many, including staff, students and families. I hope you all have a well deserved break.

Please keep an eye out over the next few days for a School Board of Trustees newsletter.

It’s with a deal of sadness and excitement that I announce three staff resignations. The first is that of Alisa Schilder who has this year been on maternity leave and was due to return for the 2022 school year. Alisa and her husband have decided that they would like to be able to devote more time to their little girl over the coming one to two years, therefore will not be returning as planned. Alisa will be missed by her colleagues, and, the many students and families that she worked with during her years at West Park School. Alisa during her time here became involved in a range of activities and initiatives, always giving her best, and touching many lives. We wish her and her family the very best for the coming years.

For the past three years, staff and I have had the privilege of working with Jasmaine Martin and Jennifer Carey. They arrived together as part of a fresh breath of air to the school, and sadly the end of this year will see them both also leaving together.

This has been a really hard decision for Jen, as this school and many of its’ staff have become not only respected professional colleagues, but also family to her. Some of you may already know that last year’s lockdown stopped Jen from venturing out of education into other areas of interest. Through this year’s lockdown Jen reached a greater level of clarity regarding her career and the coming years. Her aspirations and plan in brief, have her studying full-time to be a child and adolescent counsellor in 2023, but first plans to spend a year working in an Intermediate school to better understand the possible needs of adolescents. Her positivity, enthusiasm and professionalism will be missed by everyone in our school community.

As it was for Jen, this was also a very difficult decision for Jasmaine Martin. After three years of showing staff and the community many of the wonderful things that a teacher can do for students when they give unconditionally, she also has reached a turning point in her career, now looking to become involved in the special needs sector. Her can do attitude, sense of fun, and amazing levels of energy are also going to be missed by many students, staff and the community. Jasmaine during her time at West Park School has taken every opportunity possible to lead, try new things and develop as a teacher. Her nature and determination will serve her extremely well in whatever position, and in whatever sector she ends up working in.

I wish Jen and Jasmaine (The dynamic-duo) the very best in wherever life takes them. It has been nothing less than an absolute honour working beside them and seeing them both grow and give so much of themselves to the school and your children.

Next year we will be welcoming Kate Collins who has been appointed permanently to one of the current vacancies. Kate Collins has four years’ experience, having taught in New Zealand and Australia. Kate’s references and achievements to date were exceptional. She has taught primarily years 1-3 and held roles such as Junior School coordinator, School Professional Learning Communities Leader, School Improvement Team Leader, and many more. Very much data and evidence based driven in practice, her referees spoke of a lovely natured person with a huge heart for kids and the teaching profession.

I will announce further appointments to the above 2022 vacancies as appointments are made.

A reminder that sunhats are compulsory during term 4. Children are expected to have a wide brimmed hat or a hat that provides cover to the ears and neck. Please note that visors and caps are not acceptable forms of sun protection. We would also like to encourage parents to consider providing their child with SPF30+ sunscreen and long sleeve items as additional protection for their skin.

Have a great weekend and upcoming school break.

Luis Echegaray


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Charlotte Bailey and Sophie Poole-Alefaio wrote about our school values as part of a homework task. They have really encaptulated the meaning behind the values. Tino Pai girls!

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Check out Hannah from Room 9's amazing persuasive writing about why zoos are good places for animals to be. Very persuasive and well thought out!

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Stem Club

Over the year children at West Park school have been attending Stem Club once a week at lunchtime to participate in experiments, challenges, and a whole lot of fun. Check out the photos below for some examples of the cool things they have gotten up to!

Has your child missed having their school swimming lessons this year?

Since all swimming was cancelled due to Lockdown and Level changes Todd and his team at EasySwim have a wonderful opportunity for West Park Students. See the below message for more information:

Free Swimming Lessons Offer for West Park School – Must book by end of October!

We don’t like to see kids miss out on swimming! All of West Park School missed out on their swimming lessons with Easyswim this term due to Covid. Because of that, we are offering all families, who don’t swim with us already (ie new customers to Easyswim), a Free Month of swimming lessons OR a 5-day Holiday programme. This offer must be booked by the end of October. Holiday Programmes start next week, 4th October and run Monday-Friday (5 days), or the second week starting 11th October Monday-Friday. Various times are available. Or start anytime with a weekly lesson.

Call us now and talk to the office team about what works best for you. Say you are from West Park School and we will sort it out!

See you at the pool!

Todd and the Easyswim Team

School Notices and Upcoming Events

Colour Run 2021

That's right! WPS Colour Run in aid of Camp Quality is back and is set to be bigger, brighter and better than last year. The date will be the 10th of December (Week 9, Term 4). More information will come in the new term.

As we begin our planning I am on the lookout for volunteers, ideas, donations, access to services anything that you may have access to. If you are able to help please email or if you see me around don't be afraid to come up and have a chat! Last year we raised over $5000 for Camp Quality and this year I would love to raise more.

Sports News

West Park Athletics Days

Seniors (Years 4-6) - Friday 22nd October (postponement date will be Friday 29th October)

(The Northern Zone Competition (years 4-6) will be on Monday the 15th November (postponement date will be 22 November) for those who qualify.

Junior (Years 1-3) - Friday 19th November (postponement date will be Friday 26 November)

School Photos

The school photos are due to arrive at school in the first week of Term 4. We will get these dispatched to families as soon as we can.

Lost Property

We are finishing another term with yet another huge collection of unclaimed lovely clothes. As we move into term 4 please take a few moments to name clothes so that we can return them to the rightful owners. This should help keep the number of unclaimed clothing items down whilst saving parents and caregivers considerable dollars.

Donated clothes

Thank you so much for all of the clothing that has been donated to the school. We are well stocked now and will not need anymore at this time. We are very grateful to everyone who was able to help us out.

Bee Healthy Dental Services

The Bee Healthy dental service was unable to get around all of the children while they were here. If your child was not seen you can contact Bee Healthy direct on 0800 825 583 to make an appointment for your child. They are open over the school holidays.

Builder Needed

The library is still in need of a builder to help us build some bench seating to complete our brand new library. We have the funds available for labor and resources we just need a builder. If you are someone that is able to help or know of one that is available please get in contact with

Upcoming School Dates

Friday, 1 October - Last day of Term 3

Monday, 18 October - First day of Term 4

Friday, 22 October - Years 4-6 Athletics Day

Monday, 25 October - Labour Day (School closed)

Friday, 29 October - PP date: Years 4-6 Athletics Day

Monday, 15 November - BoT meeting @ 6.15pm in ooms 14/15

Wednesday, 1 December - Year 5/6 Camp

Monday, 13 December - BoT meeting @ 6.15pm in Rooms 14/15

Friday, 17 December - Last Day of term 4 – finish 12.45pm

Community Notices

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A message from Tony Randle of the Johnsonville Community Association inc

The Johnsonville Community Association is planning a Wellbeing survey of our suburb along-side the resident associations of Newlands/Paparangi and Khandallah in late October 2021. The purpose of the survey is to try to get a measure of how well people in our communities are doing and anyone who lives in the community will be welcome to participate. We will provide details on how to take part in our survey next term.
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