West Park School - T3 Wk 10

Friday 30th September 2022


Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

I hope you have all had a great last week of term. Term 3 has been a busy one for students and staff, and both are deserving of a good break over the coming two weeks.

Early in Term 4 we will start working on our 2023 school structures and organisation, which will be followed by teachers beginning the process of assigning students to their 2023 classrooms. This is an important process that can take a great deal of time to get right. Please keep an eye out for the first couple of Term 4 newsletters which will outline the process being followed.

At our last Board meeting, the Board approved up to 5 out of zone enrollments for Terms 1 and 2 in 2023. If you know of any out of zone families intending to apply, please have them contact the school office for more details.

We are ending another term with a 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.

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.

JUST FOR FUN - A couple of items from Life's Little Instruction Book

· Record your parents’ laughter.

· Every person that you meet, knows something you don’t; learn from them.

Have safe and enjoyable school break.

Luis Echegaray


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Junior School Update

In team Totara, we have been working on creative writing. For this, we have made our own potions! We mixed together various herbs, flowers, leaves and glittery concoctions to create our magical potions. There were some crazy potion names being invented, such as ‘Rainbow Unicorn Fairy’ and ‘Giant Ranger’. The children enjoyed this hands-on writing activity.

Totara and Miro also had an awesome time at the school Jungle disco. It was great to see the kids having such a blast and pulling out their best dance moves!

Middle School Update

We have had a great term in Room 10! We completed our shape focus in mathematics by using shapes to create a piece of art. These are some of the childrens finished art pieces. Have a great break ruma tekau!

Senior School Update

Over the past few weeks, Garden Club has been busy learning about planting seeds and watching them germinate and grow into seedlings. This week, our seedlings were finally big enough to be moved to our new raised garden bed. With the help of the rest of the school, we have been collecting fruit scraps to feed to our worm farm and produce our own fertiliser for our plants. We continue to watch our plants grow bigger and stronger every day and can’t wait to see the progress they make once we are back from the school holidays.
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West Park Disco

Bright lights flashed across the room, as the students danced across the hall. You break into a grin, strolling into the hall in your coruscating attire, and go to join your friends in the jungle spotlight. Your designer costume flows by itself, and your arms just flutter in the air as your grin turns into an overjoyed laugh. Your fav song plays in the background, and you grab your friend's hand and dance, spin and jump countless times before you drop to the floor, dead tired. Oh well, at least you still have your little snack pack.

This year’s disco theme was… Safari Jungle! As someone who went to the disco, we saw the most breathtaking costumes, ours obviously included, and of course, the most important part, the decor! Paw prints scattered across the walls, a fierce crocodile waiting to snap, rope lights flashing all sorts of colors as we partied away. We clapped and cheered, forming amazing dance circles. The center of attention, pouring out the best of the best dance moves while we chanted their name. People danced their way into the spotlight, one by one dancing in the crazy circle! We jumped and shimmied to our limits devouring all our energy. Oh well, at least we still had our snack packs!

At the back, the Kelly Club Kitchen was selling spectacular glow products. Sunglasses seen on faces, glow sticks circled their bodies, smiley face rings flashed on students fingers, people battled out with their foam glow sticks as their laughter spread across the room, charming badges lit up peoples bodies, smiles on every face!

Overall the disco was a bomb of amazement, a good disco at West Park means happy students and staff. It was such a fab disco and we didn’t want it to end. A round of applause for all of the people that organised it because everything from top to bottom was great! This year we had a really good disco!

By Grace Ding, Micheala Young and Maira Singh

Rm 12

School Notices and Upcoming Events

Overdue Library Books

If your child/ren have any overdue library books, the school holidays is the perfect time search for these.

Have a look under those beds, in the shelves and in those waredrobes.

We would love to see as many of them back on the first day of school as possible!!

Hells Pizza Reading Challenge


The HELL Reading Challenge is a well-established programme that has been hugely

successful in getting tamariki reading and enjoying the pleasures of stories.

The HELL Reading Challenge is free, and it is so easy! Children receive a stamp on their HELL

Reading Challenge pizza wheel for each book they read. Once they have read seven books,

children can exchange their completed wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza from any HELL store.

Just follow the rules below:

• Every child/student must read 7 books to fill up their wheel so that they are able to receive

their free 333 kids’ pizza from their local HELL store.

• There is no limit on the number of pizza wheels a student can fill up, provided the wheels

are stamped and authenticated by a school teacher or librarian. But only one wheel can be

redeemed per child per visit.

• The child/student must redeem their pizza wheels IN PERSON and before the expiry date,

which is Tuesday 31 January 2023. Each wheel will feature detailed rules and regulations,

as well as a serial number that will be traced back to your school/library. We do this to

ensure a high standard of conduct. It’s our honour code!


Reminder, please DO NOT park on the yellow lines, on the streets (e.g. Broderick Street) surrounding our school when picking up and dropping off your child/ren.

We are recieving a number of concerns about this particular issue and the effects it is having on our students safety.

2022 Term Dates

Term Dates 2022:

  • 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

Community Notices

Summer Athletics Registration

Summer Athletics with Olympic Harriers & Athletics Club

Registration is now open for our junior athletics season. Check out www.olympicjuniors.nz for information on what we offer, times, dates and membership fees. Athletics is a great sport for developing running, jumping and throwing for all ages.

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MAKEROOM Wellington - STEM Club

For the last 6 years MakeRoom has delivered its STEM CLUB after school programme from its Home Base in Miramar. Currently we have a roll just under 150 kids across 27 classes per week.

As our reputation has grown so has our Waitlist. As a result, from Term 4 we are expanding into other Wellington Communities offering our quality classes in Kelburn, Mt Victoria, Island Bay, Vogelmorn, Karori and Khandallah.

STEM CLUB offers ongoing weekly classes for kids aged 8-13 years, building a wide knowledge and skill base through project based learning. Every term includes take home projects that combine many different disciplines including: Computer Coding, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Electronics, CAD, Arduino, Robotics, Sewing, Woodwork, CNC Milling, Raspberry Pi, And More...

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Affordable Counselling

Affordable counselling available for parents

Parent Help counsellors have helped hundreds of families to restore peace and balance in their lives.

Request a counselling session by registering online here: www.parenthelp.org.nz/counselling.

Do you need parenting strategies you can implement right away? Speak to our warm and supportive parenting experts.

Call now for free on 0800 568 856.

Available from 9am – 9pm 7 days a week.

E-Waste Recycling Drop Off Day

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Holiday Fun

NZ School Kids Fishing Tournament

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BigAir Gym Sports & Cheerleading

If your child loves doing cartwheels, handstands, trampolining, flips, dance, or parkour moves, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym!

Bigair Gym classes are excellent for fun, focus and fitness! Children learn new skills and develop personal confidence and self-achievement! Strong focus is given to safety and technique, ranging from fundamentals to advanced skills. The structured classes follow a Bigair Badge Programme, which creates focused learning, and allows children to achieve and feel personal progression!

Bigair classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (that’s parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!


Bookings open Mon 19th September. Booking in is easy online at www.bigairgym.co.nz or contact your local Bigair Gym office today.

3D Printing & Software Holiday Programme

Whitby Collegiate will be hosting a 3 day introduction to 3D printing and CAD software holiday programme in October. Our IT experts will teach students how to design a 3D model using the modelling computer programme SketchUp. Students will keep their printed 3D designs. No previous experience is necessary. Students must bring their own chromebooks/laptops. Limited spaces available.

Dates: Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 October 2021

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Cost: $270

Ages: 10+


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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