West Park School - T4 Wk7

Friday, December 2, 2022

Principal's Message

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

Staff this week finalised our 2023 student classroom placements. As mentioned previously, staff took into consideration a large number of variables including academic needs, social needs and teacher strengths, in an effort to ensure the best possible structure for all students within the available resources. Whanau requests were also taken into consideration with many able to be met. Next Wednesday (7th of December, 10.30-11.00am) we are planning to hold our ‘Meet your 2023 teacher’ morning, where students get to spend ½ an hour in their new class, and with their new teacher. That same day they will come home with their 2023 stationery list.

Important Notice

We have been made aware of that there are a number of students from across the school, that have been on a regular basis leaving school at the end of the day and walking down to the local dairy before going to home or to after school care at Kelly Club. This can lead to serious concerns for parents if their child doesn’t show-up when and where they are expected. The school has given reminders to students, and we ask that you also please speak with your child/ren to clarify expectations.

Wellington North Primary Schools’ Citizenship Award

Congratulations to Michaela Young who was this year’s West Park School Wellington North Primary Schools’ Citizenship Award recipient. Michaela as part of an outstanding group of young students from across the Northern zone was presented with her award last Friday. Her family, teachers and school were very proud to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding young student that Michaela has shown to be.

End of Year Reports

End of Year Reports will be uploaded to each child’s Seesaw account on Tuesday the 13th of December. Students will also be given a hardcopy of their report to take home on the day.

2023 Stationery available online through OfficeMax

Your child’s stationery items can be bought as a complete pack or as individual items through OfficeMax by visiting https://www.myschool.co.nz/westpark. They offer a range of payment options and are able to deliver the items when it best suits you throughout the upcoming school holidays. Please note that your OfficeMax stationery purchase helps our school earn reward points that are used to purchase extra resources for students.


· Begin each day with your favourite music.

· Focus on making things better, not bigger.

As we quickly move towards the end of the school year I’d like to thank you all, on behalf of all staff, for your support and for allowing us to work with, and nurture your wonderful children. A teacher’s life can be highly demanding, filled with highs and lows but those times fade into insignificance when we see the joy of new learning, the confidence fostered through achieving and when children share their smiles and laughter. To you, the first teachers of your wonderful children, I again thank you for the privilege you give us by entrusting your child to our school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Luis Echegaray


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Junior School Update

In Room 1 we have been learning how to write a narrative. We've practiced coming up with characters, settings, problems and solutions. Last week we created our own class book about Hairy Maclary. We read 'Hairy Maclary Shoo' and then wrote our own solutions to the problems he had in the book.

Middle School Update

This past week Room 7 and 8 have been having lessons from Lorraine who works for the city council about how to reduce the waste in their class and homes. She has educated them about the different natural resources that we use in everyday life and why we need to look after our resources. She has also talked about why we need to help reduce the amount of waste that we produce as a society and for the future of our planet. The students have been so engaged as they have participated in sharing their knowledge and asking thoughtful questions. They especially loved seeing the worms that Lorraine brought in from her own compost as we learnt about what can and cannot be composted!

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Senior School Update

For our inquiry this term we have been learning about 'Our Government'. In Room 19 and 20, we have spent the past few weeks learning about how parliament makes decisions and the different roles that members of parliament have. To put this learning into action, students formed their own parties based on how they feel about the law around the age that children are allowed to stay home alone. They decided if the law should stay the same, if the age should increase or decrease. In their parties, students created party names and posters to support their cause. Here are photos of some of the party names and slogans they came up with!

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School Notices and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 6 December - Interzone Athletics

- Year 1-3 Athletics Day

Wednesday, 7 December - Students meet their 2023 Teacher (10.30-11.00)

Tuesday, 13 December - Year 1and 2 Water Play day

- Team Rimu trip to Wellington

- Year 6 graduation

Friday, 16 December - Last Day of School (School closes at 12.45pm)

Confirmed 2023 Term Dates

Term 1 Tue 31 Jan – Thu 6 April

Term 2 Mon 24 April – Fri 30 June

Term 3 Mon 17 July – Fri 22 Sept

Term 4 Mon 9 Oct – Thu 14 Dec

Community Notices

Wellington Young Voices Choir

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Bigair Gym - Cheerleading Trials

GREAT NEWS! Bigair Gym is holding its Annual Cheerleading Trials for next years 2023 teams!

NZ Cheerleading is a mix of dance, gymnastics & tumbling. Don't miss out on this opportunity to find out more by signing up today via emailing office@bigairgym.co.nz! Cheerleading is a rewarding individual & team sport that young people love, adore, and continue right through and into their teens, having a positive impact on their health and development. Your cheerleader will also create friendships that last a lifetime!

BIGAIR GYMS Drop & Shop December School Holiday Programme is running Mon 19th – Wed 21st December 2022!

Full day and half day sessions are available. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep active and to learn something new during the holidays! BIGAIR GYMS January Holiday Programme will run Mon 9th – 27th Jan 2023. Bookings will be open on Monday 28th Nov! Book through our online website: www.bigairgym.co.nz

Christmas Parade 2022

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Would you like to host an international student for Onslow College?

We need families who are willing to share their home with Year 10-13 international students from July 2022. We offer a competitive weekly allowance and on-going support.

This is a great opportunity for you and your family to learn about different cultures, share New Zealand culture and values, and practise your language skills.

If you are interested in discussing the possibility of hosting, please send us a brief description about yourself and your family, including why you are interested in hosting an international student to homestay@onslow.school.nz

Kelly Club

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School Holiday Fun

Kelly Club West park

Join us for a fun filled Pre-Xmas and January School Holiday Programmes. They are packed with lots of exciting days including:

Pre-Xmas holiday Programme – Mon 19 Dec – Thurs 22 Dec

Super Summer Fun Day, Santa's Little Helpers Day, Xmas Party Day plus a trip to Mini Golf and lots of more Xmas fun!

Jan 2023 Holiday Programme – Mon 9 Jan – Mon 30 Jan 2023

Slimetastic Day, It's Game Day (with Inflatable & Giant Games), Movie Madness Day, Postively Pawtastic Day, H20 Let's Go Day, Child VS Wild Day, Wet N Wild Day, plus trips to:

  • The Kelly Sports Carnival Day (held at Ngatitoa Domain, Porirua), Bowling, Wellington Zoo, Roller Skating, Picnic in the Garden plus lots more!!

To Book go to www.kellyclub.co.nz

Pride Lands



Dates: 19th – 23rd DEC 2022 and 9th JAN – 3rd FEB 2023, from 7.00am-6pm daily.

Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games.

Cooking, Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Morning Tea, 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

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