Newsletter Term 2 Week 10

West Park School - 9th July 2020

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,


A huge thanks to all the people who have throughout the term supported the school by supervising road crossings, returning books, reading with kids in classrooms, accompanying classes on field trips, and by supporting kids during various sporting events. Staff and students really appreciate your support and presence. A special thanks to staff and parents involved in organizing and delivering last evening’s Matariki evening, which was well attended and enjoyed by all.


A final farewell to Barry Clarke as he changes careers to become a builder; Donna Curran-Green who will be moving north to build her dream home; Maree MacIver who will be taking over a maternity leave position for Term 3; and to Howard Young who leaves up to become principal at Evans Bay Intermediate School. We wish them all the very best in their next life chapters.


We also welcome Callan NcNamee and Jim McDonald as the new Rooms 12 and 13 Teachers. Both are really excited to be starting together and joining Team Kahikatea.


I hope you all have a lovely and safe school break.

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What's been happening at West Park lately?

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Check out all the cool things happening around the school to celebrate Matariki

Matariki Celebration

On Wednesday the 7th of July families of West Park came together to eat and participate in some traditional Maori games and activities. There was food galore to start our day and an awesome presentation from our very own Tane Woodley who told us all about Matariki and what it means to Maori.


Activities included Ma rākau (a game with long sticks and a lot of coordination), Mu Torere (a game that involves strategy and quick thinking), Poi practice (thank you to Haley Marsh for sharing her wisdom), along with some colouring of different Maori pictures and Matariki Stars.


A huge thank you to Howard Young, and Haley Marsh for all their organisation on such a successful night.

Check out Year 3's beautiful Matariki Display outside Room 10

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West Park School Term 2 Sport Wrap Up

Cross Country

An extremely successful Cross Country Carnival was held this term with students being placed in house teams for the first time. It was fantastic to see the students cheering each other on, particularly when the whole school gathered in their new teams to cheer on the Yr 1 and 2 runners during their races. Well done to Team Kakariki who were the inaugural house cross country winners.


On the track all the students put their best efforts into their running and even though it can be a tough event there were lots of proud smiles as students crossed the finish line.


We were pleased to send 30 Year 1-3 students to the Amesbury Invitational Cross Country where these students proudly represented our school, running against students from other local schools.


We also sent 30 years 4-6 students to the Northern Zone Cross country Races where all our runners put up excellent performances. Following on from this event Grace, Jessica, Lucy (Yr5), and Sam (Yr6) went on to represent The Northern Zone at the Inter Zone Carnival.


After a coming 6th at the Interzone Carnival Jessica then went on to race at the Region carnival coming a brilliant 20th. This is a fantastic achievement against a field for extremely strong runners. Well done Jessica.

WPS Sport Teams

Miniball

Two enthusiastic teams, a Yr3/4 team and a Yr 5/6 participated in the miniball competition at Nairnville Rec Centre in Term 2. The students were always competitive and enjoyed every game, showing effort and sportsmanship at all times. Thank you to Adele and Cathy for coaching the miniball teams this term.


Entries for Term 3 have been finalised, but there will be another competition in Term 4 for students who may like to try miniball.


Netball

The Yr 5/6 Saturday netball season is in full swing and will continue next term. After a delay we are looking forward to Yr 3/4 netball starting in Term 3 as well as the Yr 1/2 Future Ferns program.


Hockey


A team of seven Yr 5/6 students attended the Northern Zone Hockey day at the National Hockey Centre at Newtown this term. It was a big day with 6 games altogether with 5 of them in a row leaving some very tired players by yrh end of the day. The students were all at different levels and the team work and support of each other was the highlight of the day. A couple of wins, a few losses and lots of goals made for an enjoyable day.



Thank you to all the parents who have helped with coaching, transporting and cheering the students along at sports events so far this year and we look forward to offering the students other opportunities in a variety of Sports during the second half of the year.


Michael Joseph


Sports Coordinator

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SPCA Fundraiser

Last week the Student Council held a soft toy day to raise money for the SPCA. Students brought in their favourite soft toy and there were spot prizes handed out based on fun categories like "longest nose". It was a very successful day with $435 being raised to help look after mistreated or abandoned animals.


Thank you for everyone who participated and well done to the student council for their organisation of this fun day.

Lost Property

Again there is a bunch of lost property to be claimed. It will be on show on Friday the 9th of July. Please take some time to look through and see if any items are your childs'. Any leftover items will be donated.

Builder Needed

The library is 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 one that is available please get in contact with jasmainem@westpark.school.nz.

Road Patrol

We are desperate to hear from any parents who during term 3 are able to volunteer 30-45 minutes for one morning a week or 20-25 minutes for one afternoon a week, to go on a roster to help with road patrol supervision.

If you are able to help we would very much appreciate it. Please email Jade Poulter on jadep@westpark.school.nz

Upcoming Events

  • Last day of Term 2 - 9th July
  • Term 3 Start Date - 26th July
  • Life Ed Visit - 6th August to the 20th of August

WPS BOARD APPROVED 2022 SCHOOL TERM DATES

The following are the Board approved 2022 term dates which will have us align with the 2022 Raroa Intermediate term dates:

· Term 1 Thursday 3 Feb – Thursday 14 April

· Term 2 Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July

· Term 3 Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

· Term 4 Mon 17 Oct – Fri 16 Dec

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Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes. For over 40 years!

Our international curriculum will help explore performance skills and creativity, overcome shyness, develop positive self-esteem, grow imagination, make new friends and have lots of fun. Fun after-school classes for 5 – 17-year-olds held in Khandallah, Tawa, Whitby, Lower Hutt. To enroll or for more information please phone 0800 161 131 or visit www.helenogradynz.co.nz.

Community Notices

PRIDE LANDS FUN HOLIDAY ADVENTURES

WINTER HOLIDAYS AT SOUTH WELLINGTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (BERHAMPORE) AND OTARI SCHOOL (WILTON)

12th – 23rd JULY 2021 from 7.00am-6pm daily. Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games, Kai Cubs Cooking, Keep Fit Karapu Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Teas. One-on-one care and shuttle services available. Daily $81.04/cub per session or $137.77 for two siblings per session; Weekly: $324.16 per cub/week or $551.07 for two siblings/week . MSD Approved & WINZ subsidies are available for eligible families.

Please contact us: 0800 PRIDE 4 U Or Register online: www.PRIDELANDS.co.nz or Visit our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/PrideLandsChildcare



Experience what life is like at Whitby Collegiate at Experience Day where your child will spend a day in class with our friendly staff & students.

Dates: Friday 25 June or Friday 2 July

Time: 8:45am - 3:15pm

If you're interested in your child attending on either of the available dates, please register on our website here or give us a call on 04 234 1070.

If you would like to tour our school, please register your interest here or telephone the above number. We’d be delighted to show you our school and tell you more in person.

2022 Scholarships are available. To find out more, please visit our website here.

Experience what life is like at Whitby Collegiate at Experience Day where your child will spend a day in class with our friendly staff & students.  Dates: Friday 25 June or Friday 2 July Time: 8:45am - 3:15pm If you're interested in your child attending on either of the available dates, please register on our website here or give us a call on 04 234 1070. If you would like to tour our school, please register your interest here or telephone the above number. We’d be delighted to show you our school and tell you more in person.  2022 Scholarships are available. To find out more, please visit our website here.
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Wellington North Badminton Centre

Once again Tawa Tennis, Tawa Squash, and Wellington North Badminton are running the Racketlon holiday programme these school holidays.

Players rotate around each sport spending 1.5 hours at each club. Qualified coaches will take each session.

Please note holiday programme is for age 6 years and older.

Monday 19 July, Wednesday 21 July, Friday 23 July, 9am - 3pm

Cost per day: $50 or sign up for three days $135

Registrations: https://forms.gle/QZco4DvLc1TthNj37

For more information contact Babette at babette@wnba.org.nz or call 2324774

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