West Park School - T3 Wk 2

Friday 5th August 2022


Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that you all were able to take some time to enjoy family and friends during the recent school break. The term ahead already looks like being a busy one across the school.

Our TTCF (The Trusts Community Foundation) grant funded ‘Sandlab’ project located behind Rooms 2 and 10, is well underway, with all the foundation work now complete. Weather permitting, we should see the main structures built during the coming 2-3 weeks. This is a wonderful project that lots of kids and staff are very excited about.

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Road Patrol Parent Helpers Needed

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 Callan McNamee on callanm@westpark.school.nz

Just for Fun!


· Be cautious about lending money to friends. You might lose both.

· Never cut what can be untied.

School Donations

The 2022 donation being requested is as follows:

One child: $220

Two children: $440

Three children: $660

One of our School Value - Diversity

At West Park School we value diversity by accepting the individuality of others, their views, beliefs and heritage.

As our society becomes more diverse, children are increasingly exposed to people from different backgrounds and cultures. It is only natural that young children wonder about those who are different from them in some way, so it’s important to teach children about the value of diversity. Show them that these differences in beliefs, cultures and religions only serve to enrich our lives and bring new ideas and energies to our world. As a parent, you can help prepare your child to be accepting and tolerant of others by celebrating differences and creating opportunities for your child to interact with people from various backgrounds.

Talk about the value of diversity. Healthy social and emotional development is often defined by the environment and culture in which a child is raised, and it varies from child to child. Children start identifying as part of a group based on race, ethnicity, religion or other affiliations. Teach your child about diversity by explaining to them that even within their own group, people are different, and that there is not one standard that is better than the others. You can also do this by asking them how they would feel if all of their toys were the same or if all of the crayons in the box were the same color.

As a parents you could further help your child value and appreciate diversity in everyday experiences by modeling behaviors that are open and kind toward others.

Have a great term ahead

Luis Echegaray


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Junior School Update

Since the beginning of the year Teams Totara and Miro have been eagerly counting the number of days at school, looking forward to reaching the milestone of 100 days this year!

Last Wednesday we celebrated the 100 by dressing up as 100 year old's, eating fairy bread made with 100’s and 1000’s, doing lots of 100 themed activities, as well as having a disco party in the hall.

As you can see from the photos, we had a lot of fun!

Middle School Update

What a fantastic start to Term 3 it has been for Room 7 and 8!

It was so nice to see everyone’s smiling faces after their holidays. We have gotten straight into our new unit of health and looking at food and nutrition and how in different countries people eat different insects to get their nutrients.

We have also started looking at poetry for our writing beginning with acrostic poems. Have a look at some of the amazing examples!

Senior School Update

During Term 2, Team Kahikatea has been practicing lots to perfect this year's Dance Challenge. After lots of hard work in the classroom, we came together as a team to practice all together outside. We filmed in the last week of term, with a small group of students performing the dance in different areas around the school. We had an awesome parent help us edit it and drum roll..….. We won the ‘X-Factor’ Prize!!! Congratulations Team Kahikatea! All your hard work and super dance moves paid off and we have won a bunch of books from scholastic for our school library! An amazing prize for our whole school to enjoy! A special thanks to Miss Bell for her dedication to this project and all her amazing ideas!
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School Notices and Upcoming Events


During the recent school holidays Amy Iremonger, our amazing ESOL teacher, resigned from her position at West Park School. Amy has accepted a great job in payroll with the Ministry of Education, a field that she is trained in and was planning to move back into when her kids were older. Amy has been part of West Park School for 9 years, and in that time has made the ESOL programme hers, ensuring our learners were getting the very best, that the programme was exceptionally well resourced, and that the school was receiving the maximum funding possible for the programme. Her proactive, enthusiastic, supportive and reliable nature, will be missed at school by many, particularly by those who she has formed close long lasting friendships with. We wish her the very best for her new job and thank her for all that she has given our students, staff and families. A keen walker, we are sure that Amy will take full advantage of the lovely lunchtime city walks whenever she can.

We are currently following the recruitment process for a new ESOL teacher and will update the school community once this is completed.

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 Terms 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

Friday, 29 July - Rms 12 and 20 local area photography trip

Wednesday, 10 August - Raroa Int. parent information evening

Tuesday, 16 August - Rms 16 and 17 trip to Space Place

Wednesday, 17 August - Totara trip to Johnsonville Library

Thursday, 18 August - Miro trip to Johnsonville Library

Friday, 19 August - Rms 14 and 15 local area photography trip

Monday, 22 August - Board meeting at 6.15pm in Room 15

Wednesday, 24 August - Life Education Van onsite (3 weeks)

Wednesday, 7 Sept. - BOT elections

Friday, 9 September - Rms 11 and 19 local area photography trip

Wednesday, 21 Sept. - Totara trip to Johnsonville Library

Thursday, 22 Sept. - Miro trip to Johnsonville Library

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

Friday, 30 September - Last day of term 3

Community Notices

Kelly Sports

Term 3 Warm Up Winter Sports Programme – TUESDAY’S 3.05pm-4.05pm

Coach Connor is back for term 3!!

Our Kelly Sports after-school multi-sports programmes is back and running in Term 3!
Get your kids active and learning great new skills in a fun, exciting and enjoyable environment with Kelly Sports!
Encouraging a lifelong love of sports, our popular multi-sports programmes teach kids foundational skills and build confidence all by having fun!.

This term we are focusing on the following sports:
Hockey, Basketball, Football and Tag Games (2 weeks of each).
Starts Tuesday 2 August for 8 weeks.

Go to www.kellysports.co.nz, and in the school box put "West Park".

Guide Leaders Needed!

We are growing and we need MORE GREAT VOLUNTEERS to join our team. Do you want to give back and join a passionate team who love what we do? You will join a well-established, long standing organisation making a real difference in the lives of young women. Full training provided. Flexi Hours. Go to https://girlguidingnz.org.nz/volunteers


DRAMA: Wonderplay has places available for kids drama in Churton Park on Tuesdays. Join us now for our production of Peter Pan! Tuesdays at Churton Park Community Centre; 4-5pm: Star Players (7-13yrs), 5-6.30pm: Wellington Young Actors class for teens. First lesson is free to try.

Please contact Debs debs@wonderplay.co.nz 021-172-2836, www.wonderplay.co.nz

Boost your Learning

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help.

We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Math support, for primary, intermediate and college students.

Visit www.boostyourlearning.co.nz for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.


Monday night coaching begins Monday 1st August - 2 sessions, 4:20 - 5pm, 5pm - 5:40pm. Cost $100 per term, 8 sessions. Run by a qualified club coach.

Junior Club nights begin Friday August 5th. 5pm - 7pm. $5 for non members (first night free), free for members. Run by a qualified club coach. Parents most welcome to stay and observe or relax, food and refreshments available.

Mums N Bubs Thursday mornings 9:30am - 11am. Drop the older kids at school and come and have fun while learning how to play the "Healthiest Sport in the World" (bringing bubs is optional). Safe area for littlies.

In all cases rackets, balls and eyewear are available at the club for loan. Non marking shoes are required.

For more details contact Peter 027 677 8274 or peter@tawasquash.co.nz 67 Main Road, Tawa (next to St Francis Xavier School)

After School and Saturday Computer Classes

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Ngaio Scottish Dancing Club

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