West Park School - T3 Wk 6

Friday 2nd September 2022


Kia ora, Tolofa, Kia orana,

Isn’t it fantastic that we are at the end of winter and will hopefully see some sunshine and experience some warmer weather. All our students will agree it’s better to be outside running around enjoying the sunshine, than being inside because of the wet weather. With that in mind, we are still experiencing the winter illnesses going around school. If a teacher is sick, we will try our very best to get a reliever for the class, however, with the reliever shortage this may be difficult to do and we might need to split classes. We know it’s not the ideal situation, but unfortunately one that might need to happen.

Over the course of the year, our teachers have been taking part in some Mathematics professional development. This has seen us working closely with Lee Smith and Gillian Kissling, who are external Mathematics facilitators who work with Cognition Education. To date, we have had the opportunity to walk through all the classes to see and celebrate what maths looks like, teachers have had the opportunity to observe Lee Smith come into class to model what an effective maths starter could look like and run some after school professional development sessions, and in the not-so-distant future teachers will model their own starters with Lee or Gillian working alongside them.

Dance Splash and Artsplash

Laura Bell and her team of Dance Splash dancers are in the final stages of practicing their dance routine. They have spent a long time learning the routine and bringing it altogether. Goodluck with the performance on the night of 14th of September at the Michael Fowler Centre. We are excited to hear how it goes.

Team Rimu is also in the process of learning songs and actions for the Artsplash performance. They have at least 10 songs to learn. If you are a parent/caregiver/family member of one of our Team Rimu students please feel free to buy a ticket for the performance on the night of 13th September. Tickets can be purchased through Kindo. Goodluck with your performance Team Rimu.

Have a great rest of the term

Deputy Principal

Emily Osborn

Newsletter Sponsored By

Update from the new Board of Trustees

Kia Ora West Park School Community,

My name is Sam Andrews and I have been appointed as the new chair of the Board of Trustees. As we are all new members of the Board, this newsletter seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce us all. Below you’ll find a bit about each of us and photos so you can put a face to the name, if you see us around at the school feel free to come and say hello!

Firstly I’d like to congratulate the outgoing board members on the recent years and the progress they have made at West Park all while navigating the disruption from the pandemic. Classrooms have been built, the Seedlings project is in full swing and initiatives like the school app and kindo have all made a positive impact on the learning environment for the students and how we as caregivers can engage with the school.

A special thanks to the outgoing chair Natalie for her contributions during her many years on the board, you’ve set a high bar for me and the new board members to continue to make every student matter, and event moment count at West Park.

You’ll note that there are only 4 of us listed below, we currently have an open spot on the board and would welcome any parent or caregiver who would like to contribute to the school to come and join us to help make West Park a great place for our kids.

Please email board@westpark.school.nz if you would like to know more.

About Us

Ngā mihi nui,

Sam Andrews

On behalf of the West Park School Board of Trustees

Junior School Update

What a fun week Team Totara and Miro have had visiting Harold! In the life education van we have learnt about how to be a good friend, how to think before we act and how to make great choices.

We visited the bus, sang songs, had a few dance parties and shared our knowledge! You might want to chat to us about what are cheeky monkey or wise owl decisions, this would help reinforce what we learnt with Harold and Marsha.

Middle School Update

We were so lucky to have been visited by Harold and the Life Ed van! Room 7 and 8 are learning so many things about our bodies. We investigated how the respiratory, circulatory and nervous system work, and all the different ways we can keep ourselves healthy and safe. In the classroom, we continued our investigations into our body and what is inside of it. We had fun drawing pictures of Harold using our hands as a guide and our students decided to make them into a booklet to give Harold and Marsha as a thank you gift.

Senior School Update

Team Kahikatea’s Nutrition Lessons

Last week Team Kahikatea took part in the Food for Thought Programme where we had nutritionists come in to teach us about eating healthy. We learnt about the different food groups and how to read the labels of food packets to see what is really in our food. Below is a photo of some of the information we got from reading the labels from various food packets.

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Cross Country Zones

On Thursday the 25th of September, the year 1-3 finalists from our West Park School cross country competition, went to Amesbury School to compete against 11 other schools. The students used their resilience and perseverance to do their best against the other schools.

School Notices and Upcoming Events

Voluntary School Donations

The 2022 donation being requested is as follows.

One child: $220 - Two children: $440 - Three children: $660

Why do we ask you to consider making a voluntary donation?

The Ministry of Education funding covers the basic costs of running the school and providing materials and resources for your child to use. At West Park School we believe that additional resources are needed to provide an enriching educational environment. The cost of additional resources and support has traditionally been raised through fundraising, grants and voluntary donations.

Please note:

· School donations are voluntary, meaning that there is no obligation on Parents or Caregivers to make a donation.

· The amounts requested as donations have been set at a level that the Board believes will allow the School to reach the funding target to support the School’s yearly operation.

· If a Parent or Caregiver wishes to make a different value donation, that amount will be warmly received and appreciated

· We acknowledge and support the fact that some Parent’s and Caregiver’s prefer to make donations in the form of volunteering time, expertise or supporting events.

· Voluntary donations are tax deductible.

· Receipts are issued immediately from the online shop.

· If you have any queries regarding voluntary donations, please contact the school office on 478 7074.

When making a voluntary donation...

· Voluntary donations can be paid via West Park School online shop, Kindo.

· To register all you need is your email address.

· First registration go to the following web address - https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/handshake.shtml?shop=West+Park+School

· Once registered you can make all payments at the following

Shop - https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/user_home.shtml?session=false&shop=West%20Park%20School

Both these links are available on our website: www.westpark.school.nz under the shop tab.

Silent Ball Tournament

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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, 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

Tuesday, 13 September - Rimu at ArtSplash 7.30pm

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

Monday, 17 October - First day of term 4

Community Notices

Enrolling at Rāroa for 2023

Rāroa Normal Intermediate appreciates those who have enrolled for 2023. In order for Rāroa to effectively place your child for 2023 this is a friendly reminder for those who haven’t enrolled yet. They would appreciate enrollment completed as soon as possible.

If you have any queries or questions regarding the enrolment process please do not hesitate to make contact with the Rāroa School Office or the Senior Leadership Team at Rāroa.

Click Here to Enrol at Rāroa for 2023

Newlands College - International Student Programme 2023

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Johnsonville Community Association


The Johnsonville Community Association invites everyone to come and hear candidates speak and answer questions.

When: Saturday 10 September 7.30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall

Hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association


The Johnsonville Community Association invites everyone to come and hear the mayoral candidates speak and answer questions.

When: Saturday 17 September 7.30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall

Hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association

Kids art classes

Painting classes for ages 5- 10-year-old children, kids get to learn creative drawings and painting. Classes will be run weekly during the school term. Please email for registration.

Cost $120 per term.

Pencils and Paint will be provided.

Email for registration: vamsisameera.krishna@gmail.com.

Classes will be held at @ 27 Petherick Crescent, Johnsonville

Class Timings:

Monday 6pm to 6:45pm.

Wednesday 6pm to 6:45pm.

Saturday 12 pm to 12:45 pm.

Facebook Url : https://www.facebook.com/Kids-Art-104616869000824/

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Johnsonville Cricket Club

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Kelly Sports Summer Series Football/Netball Competition 2022/2023

Join us for another fun-filled year of Friday night Football and Netball!

Football is a 5 aside competition held at Ian Galloway Park.

Netball caters for 5/ 6/ 7-a-side and is held at Marsden & Karori Normal Schools.

Competition runs from Term 4 through to Term 1 (with a break over Xmas).

To register and for more information go to:



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Holiday Fun

Kelly Club - October Holiday

Our October Holiday programme is fast approaching and we have a bunch of fun themed activity days designed to entertain children in a safe and supportive environment.

These holidays we have planned two epic trip days each week where we'll be going to Space place, Zealandia, Awesome Bounce, and to the Wellington Museum!! We also have planned some awesome themed days which include a time traveller's day, a Kiwiana day, a Spy Academy day, and a wheels day, plus much more!!

Check out our activity planner attached to see what else we have planned!

Head over to our website https://www.kellyclub.co.nz/west-park for full details and book in our 'October 2022 School Holiday Programme" event.

For any extra information email westpark@kellyclub.co.nz or call

022 035 1453.

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Spring school holidays at Western Suburbs Rugby Club and Southern Suburbs SWIS

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Easy Swim - Swim School

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