West Park School - T1 Wk 9

Friday 1st April 2022


Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

With just under two weeks to go before the Term 1 school holiday break, I can’t but be amazed at how quickly time goes by. The COVID impact on programmes has been minimized by most families quickly returning their child/ren to school following having been a household contact or a confirmed case. The school positive case, and household contact numbers have significantly dropped during the past week which has been great to see.

Thanks to the team leaders who anticipated a need for short term learning packs, so subsequently put the school in a great position to quickly distribute learning packs to those children needing to isolate.

Thanks to the many parents who have this term helped out across the school in various ways, including: road patrol; assisting in class; returning books; coaching; and much more. Staff could not do the great job they do without your ongoing support.

The staff hope that you all have a great next couple of weeks as we head into the Term 1 school break.


Luis Echegaray

Principal/ Tumuaki

School Value: Honesty


HONESTY: The Honest Woodcutter

A poor woodcutter accidentally dropped his axe into the river. He was very upset, as he had no money to buy another axe. Just then a fairy appeared in the river holding out a golden axe to him. "I found this axe in the river. Is this yours?"

"That's not mine", replied the woodcutter. The fairy then brought out a silver axe. The woodcutter disowned this one too. Finally, the fairy held out a wooden axe.

Smiling with happiness, the woodcutter said, "That's mine. Thank you very much."

Junior School Update

Measurement in Room 1

Over the last few weeks Room 1 has been exploring measuring length, weight and capacity. The students have loved having hands-on experiences. Here are some photos of weight and capacity measuring lessons.

Baking in Room 3

Room 3 had so much fun baking last week! They learned the poem "Pat a Cake" and then made cakes of their own. They carefully followed the instructions to mix the batter and then poured it into cupcake cases. After they had baked, all of the students got to ice their cakes and take them home to their families!

Middle School Update

This week in Room 7 & 8 we have been looking at how when Kupe discovered Aotearoa he would have discovered many new animals such as the Moa and the Haast Eagle. For their writing they had to imagine they had sailed across the sea and discovered a new island with new animals, and use adjectives to describe the animals they saw. Below is one of the many imaginative pieces of writing that has been written this week.

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Senior School Update

The veranda outside Room 11 is a busy place to be.

Amongst the coats and bags of the Room 11, you will find sheets of lyrics and plants galore. On Monday lunch times, the veranda plays host to the school choir rehearsals. You can hear voices loudly singing, “We don’t talk about Bruno,” from across the playground. On Wednesday lunchtimes, the plants get their time to shine, with the Garden Club taking up residence under the veranda and our seedlings thriving in its shelter. This week, Garden Club will be focusing on how to collect and store our own seeds, ready to plant when the weather warms up.

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School Notices and Upcoming Events

Library Notice

Please check in with your child or your child's teacher regarding what day they go to the library. Reminder that if they do not have their books with them on the day or have books that are over due they will not be able to get new books issued.


A reminder that sunhats are compulsory at West Park School during Terms 1 and 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.

Absent or Late Students

We are currently spending a large amount of time every morning trying to contact parents and caregivers of absent or late students. Please contact the school office before 9am to let them know that your child will be absent or late. An absence notification can easily be sent via our school App or a short message left on the school’s answering machine would be greatly appreciated by Jo and Kathy. Alternatively you can email us at office@westpark.school.nz

School Donations

The 2022 donation being requested is as follows.

One child - $220 for the year

Two children - $440 for the year

Three children - $660 for the year

2022 Term Dates

Term Dates 2022:

  • Term 1 Thu 3 Feb – Thu 14 April (11 weeks)

  • Term 2 Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July (10 weeks)

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

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

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 11 Apr - BoT meeting (6.15pm, via Zoom) - If you would like to attend the meeting, please email our school board ( board@westpark.school.nz ) to receive a Zoom link to the meeting

  • Thursday, 14 April - Last day of Term 1
  • Friday, 15 April - Good Friday
  • Monday, 2 May - Day 1 of Term 2
  • Tuesday, 17 May - Parent/ Teacher interviews 3.15-8.00pm
  • Thursday, 19 May - Parent/ Teacher interviews 3.15-8.00pm
  • Tuesday, 24 May - Parent/ Teacher interviews 3.15-8.00pm
  • Thursday, 26 May - Parent/ Teacher interviews 3.15-8.00pm
  • Friday, 3 June - Teacher Only Day
  • Monday, 6 June - Queen’s birthday
  • Friday, 24 June - Matariki

Community Notices

Kelly Sports


Football - Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Ian Galloway park, Wilton


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 19 Apr, Weds 20 Apr, Thurs 21 Apr

Week 2 - Tues 26 Apr, Weds 27 Apr, Thurs 28 Apr

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellysports.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201.

Kelly Club


Kelly Club 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. The programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children.

We have some exciting days planned: : "Eggstravaganza Day", "Kelly Club Top Chef Day", "Anzac Day", "Giant Ball Day", "Kelly Club Survivor" Plus trips to: The Marine Centre and Ice Skating!

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

Pirates vs Ninjas show

These school holidays, KidzStuff Theatre for Children are presenting Pirates vs Ninjas (vs The Evil Vampire Wizards), Written by Russell King from the book by Spike Milligan and Directed by Amalia Calder

What: Pirates vs Ninjas (vs The Evil Vampire Wizards)

When: 18th - 29th April 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

April Holiday Computer Classes.

Grand Training runs educational and fun computer classes over the holidays.

Wellington City location on Lambton Quay for ages 5 to 15.

  • Roblox
  • Minecraft from Introduction to Mods and Servers
  • Learn to Code; Scratch, Python or Java & Create 3D Games.
  • Web Design, HTML and CSS
  • Build a PC
  • Film and Video Editing
  • Discovery Course in Computing - suitable for younger children

    For information & bookings 499-2211 or grandtraining.co.nz

Bigair Gym

At Bigair Gym, the classes are structured and follow a badge programme. This quality coaching & structure creates motivated and focussed learning, which allows children to focus on goals, gain feedback, reflect, and apply this to achieve through the levels! This type of training develops confidence, resilience and a positive attitude towards personal challenges and new learning. Parents keep telling us that Bigair Gym Classes are having a positive influence on their children, and they are benefiting from learning these lifelong skills outside of the gym. So, don’t miss out on this for your children!

Book online for Term 2 classes from the 4th April into GYMNASTICS, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (Parkour with flips), TRAMPOLINING & CHEERLEADING!

Bookings are OPEN NOW online for Bigair Gyms active, fun & popular upcoming April HOLIDAY PROGRAMME. Half day & full day sessions: 8.30am-1pm or 1-5.30pm = $30, & 8.30am – 5.30pm = $45. We offer BIRTHDAY PARTIES at Bigair too, so please inquire today.

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