West Park School - T3 Wk 8

Friday 16th September 2022


Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

Congratulations to all those amazing students and wonderful teachers who so wonderfully represented our school at this week’s ArtSplash and DanceSplash events. Feedback from an enormous amount of people has been nothing less than amazing.

Wellington City Council are again this year holding a Wellington North Primary Schools’ Citizenship Awards. The award will be presented at the end of the year to one Year 6 student who has shown “true leadership, citizenship, and contribution to school life” in each of the local primary schools, including West Park School.

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.

A large amount of lost property has accumulated throughout the term. Some items are worth considerable money. Please encourage your child to take time to look carefully through the lost property as it will be disposed of, to a charity, during the holidays if not claimed.

One of our School Value - Environmental Awareness

Why is environmental awareness important?

Environmental awareness is important for several reasons; it fosters a sense of connection to the natural world, promotes sustainable development and encourages conservation of irreplaceable natural resources and vulnerable plant and animal species.

By teaching our friends and family that the physical environment is fragile and indispensable we can begin fixing the problems that threatens it.

Why is it important to care for the environment?

Many of our basic necessities that we need to survive are provided because of biodiversity. We need food from various species and plants to eat, water to drink, air to breathe, and materials to provide shelter and other necessities.

What can we do to help protect the environment?

There are a number of ways you can help protect the environment in your everyday life. Some things you can do to reduce waste, conserve energy and prevent pollution include:

· Use reusable products or borrow, rent, or share items used infrequently,

· Select products made from recycled materials or designed to be safer for the environment,

· Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room,

Have a great weekend.

Luis Echegaray


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Junior School Update

Room 1 has been learning about our brains and learning about how we can develop them by using a Growth Mindset. We’ve learned that there are many things that we don’t know YET, but we can learn them through making mistakes, persistance and asking for help. We have created a visual representation of our brain growth and each student wrote a strategy we can use to become a better learner.
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Middle School Update

Over the last few weeks Team Rimu has been busy practicing their singing and actions for Art Splash. The children are looking forward to performing in the Michael Fowler Centre on 13th September. Everyone has put a huge effort into learning the words of the songs, with correct pronunciation, and the actions that go with two of the songs. It’s going to be a lot of fun performing in front of a large audience.
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Senior School Update

This term we had Harold the Giraffe and the Life Education van visit our school. In the senior school,

we learnt about resilience and how to overcome tricky situations. We talked about how to manage

your emotions to get from your red brain to your green brain. We also worked on activities where

you took a walk in someone else’s shoes, literally!

In Room 14 and 15 we decided to brainstorm strategies to help us move from our red brain back to

our green brain. These are some of the ideas that we came up with for keeping yourself calm.

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School Notices and Upcoming Events

Reading Workshop

Anna Starr, West Park's Reading Recovery and Seedlings Coodinator is holding a reading workshop for parents. This is aimed for those who have children reading on the colour wheel.

This is an opportunity to learn new strategies and games which can help to improve your child's sight word knowledge and reading.

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Silent Ball Tournament

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2022 Term Dates

Term Dates 2022:

  • Term 3 Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept (10 weeks)

  • Term 4 Mon 17 Oct – Fri 16 Dec (9 weeks)

West Park School Board of Trustees approved 2023 Term dates are as follows:

  • Term 1: Tuesday 31 January - Thursday 6 April

  • Term 2: Monday 24 April – Friday 30 June

  • Term 3: Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September

  • Term 4: Monday 9 October – Thursday 14 December

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 21 Sept. - Totara trip to Johnsonville Library

Thursday, 22 Sept. - Disco

Monday, 26 September - Board meeting at 6.15pm in Room 15

Friday, 30 September - Last day of term 3

Monday, 17 October - First day of term 4

Community Notices

Kids art classes

Painting classes for ages 5- 10-year-old children, kids get to learn creative drawings and painting. Classes will be run weekly during the school term. Please email for registration.

Cost $120 per term.

Pencils and Paint will be provided.

Email for registration: vamsisameera.krishna@gmail.com.

Classes will be held at @ 27 Petherick Crescent, Johnsonville

Class Timings:

Monday 6pm to 6:45pm.

Wednesday 6pm to 6:45pm.

Saturday 12 pm to 12:45 pm.

Facebook Url : https://www.facebook.com/Kids-Art-104616869000824/

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Conservation Week at Nga Manu Nature Reserve

Join us at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve for Conservation Week this weekend 10th – 11th September

To celebrate Conservation Week, we have a weekend full of conservation focused family fun with face painting, sausage sizzle, coffee cart, a pre-loved clothing sale fundraiser and eel feeding at 11am and 2pm. You can also meet our cheeky birds and rare reptiles with free expert and ranger talks on kaka, kereru, kakariki, tuatara, geckos, skinks, ruru and dactylanthus. We’re holding free demonstrations on composting, worm farming, bokashi and pest trapping. See our website https://ngamanu.org.nz for more info.

Spotlight Performing Arts

Spaces available for Term 4! !

Dance, Drama and Singing for students aged 4-15 years

Led by a London West End performer!


Book your child’s two-week trial NOW!


Heretaunga Boating Club (Petone)

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MAKEROOM Wellington - STEM activities

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Holiday Fun

KidzStuff Theatre

These school holidays KidzStuff Theatre for Children are presenting 'Why Are My Parents So Boring?', Written by Dan Bain and Directed by David Ladderman

What: Why Are My Parents So Boring?
When: 1st - 14th October 2022
Where: Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington
Times: Weekdays 10am & 11:30am, Saturdays 10am, no show Sundays

Tickets $12.50pp, Children under 2 Free

Bookings: www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz

Kelly Sports

FOOTBALL MORNING HOLIDAY PROGRAMME (Yrs. 1–8) Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Wilton (all weather indoor surface).

Perfect for beginners and those just wanting to have fun! Come along and improve technique, knowledge and learn more about the basic skills of "The Beautiful Game" (Football).

We will focus on the core skills of control, dribbling, passing, tackling, shooting but most importantly having as much fun as possible!

Week 1 - Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm, Week 2 – Tues, Weds, Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm.


WEEK 2 - Tues, Weds, Thurs 9am-12pm
Years 1-4 - These sessions will work on improving basic netball skills and start to develop technical and tactical knowledge in accordance with the Future Ferns programme. Children will improve their passing, shooting, spatial awareness and defensive skills.
Years 5-8 - These sessions will work on sharpening the basics like passing and shooting and we will learn to develop a better understanding of the 7 aside game and the different positional roles.

We use fun games and drills to develop and challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas of their level of development while also having fun!


Get your friends together and enter a team into the Summer Football (held at Ian Galloway Park or Summer Netball (held at Marsden or Karori Normal School) Competition. Held on Fridays for children 5 years +. A great way to introduce players to the sport in a fun, social environment or for your football/netball winter teams to continue playing and keeping active over summer. 8 weeks prior to Xmas and 8 weeks after Xmas. Prize giving after each round with “Player of the Day” certificates.

Come along and enjoy a family atmosphere. Competition starts on 28 October 2022.

Go to www.kellysports/netball2022 or www.kellysports.co.nz/football2022 to register your team.

Kelly Club - October Holiday


Kelly Club West Park Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

This programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Time Travellers Day, Kiwiana Day, Spy Academy, Island Gateway Day, Top Speed Day plus trips to Awesome Bounce, Space Place, Roller Skating and Wellington Museum.

Click on the link to see the activity planner - Kelly Club West Park Activity Planner

To enrol www.kellyclub.co.nz, email westpark@kellyclub.co.nz or ph. 022 035 1453

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School Holiday Writing and Art workshops

"Write Like an Author" and "Draw Like an Artist" are school holiday programs for young writers and illustrators.
They will be held during the school holidays, starting on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 and running until Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Scots College.

There will be a three day camp for children aged 9 to 14 and a one day workshop for children aged 7 to 10.

Young writers will learn:
* How to come up with story ideas
* How to plan and outline a story
* How to come up with interesting, sympathetic characters
* The writing process, how to put it all down on paper

Young artists will learn:
* How to draw a cool character
* Different media and techniques
* How to create storyboards
* How to create a multi layered artwork

Plus they'll make new friends and have heaps of fun!

The location of the camp is:
Scots College
1 Monorgan Road, Strathmore Park, Wellington

Young writers (or their parents) can register here: http://www.writelikeanauthor.com/CampListing.asp?wc_id=328

Young illustrators (or their parents) can register here: http://www.drawlikeanartist.com/CampListing.asp?wc_id=361

Wellington School of Cricket - Sky Stadium Holiday Programme

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Spring school holidays at Western Suburbs Rugby Club and Southern Suburbs SWIS

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