West Park School - T2 Wk 10

Friday 8th July 2022


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 trips, supporting kids during various sporting events, and by keeping kids at home if they were sick. Staff and students really appreciate your support and presence.

This term the staff have done an absolutely incredible job keeping classroom programmes and school structures going through, what has been without a doubt, the most difficult staffing term I have ever seen. We have had to deal with large numbers of absent staff due to illness, being positive COVID cases, or needing to isolate as household contacts. Staff have supported each other throughout the term by taking additional kids, covering extra duties, and spending countless hours contacting relievers and employment agencies to secure day to day relief teachers. The huge effort meant that we were able to avoid moving to a hybrid teaching model, or needing to consider closing the school temporarily.

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

Holiday Maths: Take advantage of math in the world

School holidays are a great time to learn how math relates to the real world. Math is everywhere!
Help your child prevent “holiday learning loss” by taking advantage of the many great opportunities to practice math naturally!

Below are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Cooking can involve weighing, measuring, ordering, estimating, adding, multiplying
  • Restaurants and shopping can involve money, number identification, estimating, adding, subtracting, division …
  • Parties can involve matching numbers of people to plates, cutlery, area of tables, estimation,
    multiplication …
  • Trips can involve time, distance, budgeting, speed, evaluating various routes, license plate games (e.g. adding or multiplying the numbers on the plate) …
  • Home projects can involve estimation, measuring, multiplication …
  • Gardening can involve measuring, counting, area, division …

These ideas all demonstrate how much math is involved in our daily lives and will support your child in his or her basic computation and problem-solving skills in natural, fun and real ways.

One of our School Value - Honesty

What is honesty?

· Honesty is speaking the truth.

· Honesty means you don't say things about people that aren't true. You are not being honest if you make up rumors about someone or if you share rumors someone else made up.

· Being honest means you admit to your actions, even if you'll get in trouble. You are not being honest if you deny doing something wrong when you really did it.

· Honesty means you explain how a situation really happened. You are not being honest if you say something happened one way when it really happened another way.

· When you do something you know is wrong, or when you have to hide your actions because you know they are wrong, you are not being honest. Being honest means you act in a way that you know is the right thing to do.

Have a great last day of term, and a safe and enjoyable Term 2 school break

Luis Echegaray


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Update from the Board of Trustees

Big Thank You To All Staff!

Over the past 5 weeks or so the school, like many others, have been faced with high levels of staff unavailability due to sickness and COVID isolation requirements. However, amazingly, the school has managed to keep operating and providing face-to-face learning to all students through this time. This was only achievable through the hard work of those able to work, finding relievers, and good leadership. On behalf of the WPS community we would like to say a big thank you to all staff - we are very grateful for your efforts and commitment.

Update From Last Board Meeting

At our July 4 Board meeting we heard that 60% of Year 2 students are already achieving or exceeding the end of Year 2 reading expectation - this is outstanding progress for the halfway mark in the year. This is a result of the hard work of teachers and students who are part of the 'Seedlings Project'. We are in the second year of the project, which is rebuilding how we teach reading, writing and maths in years 1 and 2, to ensure students have the right foundations to succeed through all their schooling years. The project is scheduled to run for three years, so it is great to see these early results.

We heard from Leo Jordan who was representing the Student Council. He did a great job updating the Board on his own due to other members being unavailable. Their focus at the moment is raising funds to achieve some of their goals, such as getting nets for the soccer goals on the top field. They are also looking to run some fundraisers for a number of charities.

A key decision at the meeting was that the School Board agreed to adopt a mid-term election cycle. This is an important change to the way members are elected onto the Board. You can read more about this decision and the upcoming election in the second edition of our Election Newsletter.

School Donations

Thank you to all the families who have made donations to the school this year. These donations help us make West Park School the best it can be for all students. This includes enabling us to run initiatives such as the 'Seedlings Project'. If you are yet to make your donation this year, and you are in a position to do so, we kindly ask that you consider donating. Any contributions are greatly appreciated, and your children will benefit from these.

Final Word

It's hard to believe we're halfway through the school year already. We hope you enjoy the school holidays with your children, whatever your plans may be. Keep an eye out for the Election Newsletters, as they'll keep you up to date with where things are at with the upcoming Board elections. If you would like to meet with any of the School Board members to discuss anything about the elections, please email board@westpark.school.nz

Nga mihi

West Park School Board of Trustees

Junior School Update

Teams Totara and Miro have been loving our dance lessons this term. Here are some snapshots of the students learning a dance to the song ‘Uptown Funk’. We have also been practicing the Matariki Macarena daily!
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Middle School Update

Imagine that life on Earth as we know it is coming to an end and we must all pack our bags and start a new life on Mars. How will we get there? How will we breathe? Can we grow food? These are just a few of the questions that the students of Room 11 have been exploring during Term 2. First, the students came up with questions about Mars and researched the answers. Next, the students focused on a particular problem that needed to be solved so we could survive on Mars. Finally, the students have each created a model and written an explanation of how their idea helps human survival on Mars. Across the class, we have a WIFI tower, an oxygen tank on wheels, many houses, gardens protected by a clear dome and so much more.
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Senior School Update

Wow, what a term it has been! Room 7 & 8 have had such a busy Term 2 with their visit to space place, creating their own aliens and planets, and making rockets. As they were making their own rockets, they had to first design how it would look and plan what recycled materials they were going to use to make it. They also had to draw a net for their rocket design. It was so great to see the way they problem solved when they encountered difficulties with their designs and persevered until they were happy with their final product. It was also great to see their imagination brought to life through their alien making!
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School Notices and Upcoming Events

West Park School - Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are invited for the election of 5 parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.

A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters.

You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself.

Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 3rd August 2022 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement.

The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

There will also be a list of candidates’ names as they come to hand for inspection at the school.

Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September 2022.

R M Early

Returning Officer

2022 Term Dates

Term Dates 2022:

  • 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)

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, 8 July - Last Day of Term 2
  • Monday, 25 July - First day of Term 3

Community Notices

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Dance Pointe Academy

DancePointe Academy has a new ballet class on a Saturday for 5-6 year olds along with after-school ballet on a Tuesday for this age group and tap classes for all ages from 4 years to Adult Ballet. After-school week day classes at St Peter & Pauls, Saturdays at St Johns Johnsonville.

Contact Sharon



mobile 021-2151222

Holiday Activities

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 July programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: "Manic Monday", Kelly Club Speed Races Day", "Pyjama Party Day", "Bricktastic Day", "A Magical Madness day with Zappo the Magician who is coming to Kelly Club with his brand new Magical Workshop"

Plus trips to: The movie "Lightyear", Laserforce, Ten Pin Bowling!

To see the activity plan go to: West Park Activity Planner

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellyclub.co.nz email westpark@kellyclub.co.nz or call 022 035 1453

Kelly Sport


(Yrs. 1–8) Green Room, Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Wilton (all weather indoor surface).

WEEK 1 - Tues 12 July, Weds 13 July, Thurs 14 July - 9.30am-12.30pm
WEEK 2 - Tues 19 July, Weds 20 July, Thurs 21 July - 9.30am-12.30pm

Book in for 1 day, 2 days or all 3 days!
Perfect for beginners and those just wanting to have some Football 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 2 ONLY – Tues 19 July, Weds 20 July, Thurs 21 July - 9am-12pm

Book in for 1 day, 2 days or all 3 days!

Come along and grow your child’s confidence at the Kelly Sports Netball Holiday Programme.

Years 1-4 - For Beginners, these sessions will work on improving basic netball skills and help start to develop technical and tactical knowledge in accordance with the Future Ferns Programme. Children will work towards the following skills Passing, Shooting, Spatial Awareness and Defensive Skills.

Year 5-8 - These sessions will work on sharpening the basic skills (from the above session) Passing and Shooting and we will start to develop a better understanding of the 7-aside game and the different positional roles.
We will use fun drills and games to develop and challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas for their level of development while also have fun!!.

KELLY SPORTS WINTER WARM UP SPORTS! – TERM 3 (Yrs. 0-4) – Tuesday’s, 3:05-4:05pm

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 3 with their fun and exciting classes!

This 8 x weekly programme gives children the skills and confidence in a fun and enjoyable environment. It also encourages their enthusiasm for sport and the life skills that such involvement brings, giving them the confidence to join sports clubs and teams in the future. Come and try Football, Basketball, Hockey and Tag Games! It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability and have lots of fun!!

Starts Week 2 of Term 3.

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


Wonderkind is a brand-new, magical theatre experience for young children.

You can join fledgling friends, Tim and Em, as they set off on a journey leading to the ultimate discovery;

that endless possibilities for wonder and joy lie in true friendship.

Wonderkind is a theatre show featuring puppetry, live performance, a stunning scenographic

design and a delightful original music score. This is a high-quality and visually striking piece

of children’s theatre at Circa Theatre during the July school holidays and is open to bookings

from Early Childhood Education Centres during week one of Term Three.

Show Details:

Wonderkind runs 9th – 30th July at Circa Theatre, with shows at 11am and 1pm. Bookings

through Circa Theatre's website.

General Admission tickets - $15 each

Family Pass for Four - $50

Under 2’s – Free

School and ECE Groups - $12 each

Relaxed performances: Tuesday 12 July at 11am & Wednesday 20 July at 11am

School and ECE Performances: 26 – 29 July at 11am and 1pm every day

KG Football Holiday Programme

By popular demand the KG Football Holiday Programme is here for the July School Holidays on Alex Moore Park.

Our sessions cater for the players of 9-12 years of age. We have limited spaces so get in fast!

For more information check out our website:


Big Air Gym

If your child loves doing cartwheels, handstands, trampolining, flips, or parkour moves, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym!

Bigair Gym classes are excellent for fun, focus and fitness! Children learn new skills and develop personal confidence and self-achievement! Strong focus is given to safety and technique, ranging from fundamentals to advanced skills. The structured classes follow a Bigair Badge Programme, which creates focused learning, and allows children to achieve and feel personal progression!

Bigair classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (that’s parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!


Bookings open Mon 27th June. Booking in is easy online at www.bigairgym.co.nz or contact your local Bigair Gym office today.

Code Club

CodeCamp allows kids from the ages of 7-12 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems, presenting & collaboration. Create games, apps.

Thorndon Primary

11th - 14th July

18th - 22nd July Book Now at https://codecamp.co.nz

Computer Classes

July 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