Epsom Normal Primary School
2019 Learning Theme: Together We Are Strong
Kia ngãtahi ai te tu
E pakari ai te tuarã 
Stand united, stand strong! 

Kia Ora Tatou, Greetings to all

We would like to welcome everyone to the 2019 school year and extend an especially warm welcome to all our new families.  I hope you have had a peaceful and joyous time during the holiday break.

At this time of year it is timely to reflect on our school vision, values, learning themes and our Whakatauki:

ENPS Vision 
Nurtured by community (inclusive)
Inspired by creativity (teaching)
Empowered by strengths (learning)
To be responsible global citizens (thinking critically to make a positive difference)

ENPS Values

Staff Update
A very warm welcome to Sayaka Hughes our music teacher, Jeremy Kerr who is teaching in Year 2, and Alice Hansen who joins our teacher aide team this year.

Term 1             I am an Environmentalist
Term 2             I am an Astronomer
Term 3             I am an Innovator
Term 4             I am a Performer

Term 1 – I am an Environmentalist 
This term’s topic will see students ‘walking in the shoes of’ and ‘thinking in the mind of‘ an environmentalist. Students throughout the school will be learning about how environmentalists use their strengths to build and sustain stronger communities. Students will understand that environmentalists think about the needs of their communities by researching and planning a variety of proactive initiatives to meet these needs. During the final weeks of this term, students will use their new knowledge to plan an initiative, which will have an impact on the community. The school values for this term are inclusiveness and commitment. These values are embedded in our everyday teaching and learning at ENPS, and we are looking forward to exploring them in more depth throughout the term.

Home Learning Discussion Questions
The home learning discussion questions are an important part of our home learning programme at ENPS. The discussion questions alternate on a weekly basis and include ideas from our topic, arts and music learning programmes and a weekly Te reo phrase.

Artists of the Year 2019
Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is often referred to as the ‘princess of polka dots’. Kusama works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. She turns 90 this year, and is still busy creating artworks that will be exhibited all around the world. One of her most significant and loved installations, ‘The Obliteration Room’, came to the Auckland Art Gallery in 2018, where the audience was invited to view the white interior and encouraged to transform the space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Kusama says, “I convert the energy of life into the dots of universe. My art was made to change people’s minds, I hope that it can make the world more peaceful.”

Artists from Aotearoa: 
Michael Parekōwhai
Michael Parekōwhai is a European/ Māori (Ngati Whakarongo) artist who is one of New Zealand’s most important and influential contemporary art practitioners.
Parekōwhai’s sculptural works are often described as emphasising the extraordinariness of the ordinary. Each body of work has layers of potential for meaning and significance – they are open to any depth of interpretation and storytelling. One of Parekōwhai’s recent artworks was open to the public to experience and explore at the Queens wharf. The artwork, entitled “The Lighthouse, (2017)”, was described as a ‘small house that holds a cosmos’. Parekōwhai graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1990) and Master of Fine Arts (2000) from the University of Auckland (Elam) School of Fine Arts, where he is now Associate Professor of Fine Arts.

Jane Galloway
Jane Galloway is an Elam graduate (Dip FA Hons), whose creativity encompasses a range of styles and media – abstract painting, portraits, landscapes and prints inspired by the history of art and furnishing design. Two of the print ranges produced for summer 2017 (Owl Babies and Love Trumps Hate) are a reaction to the divisive state of US politics and its influence on the New Zealand political environment.

Jane’s prints underscore what all people share in common and what they can all appreciate, no matter where they come from. Jane explains, “While I enjoy painting landscapes, the excitement of drawing inspiration from design history and combining it with New Zealand themes means a constant mix of ideas is always percolating.” Her work methods include painting and drawing on paper, collage and photography, as well as digital design using Photoshop.

Music Focus 2019
This year our two composers of the year are the famous theatre composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and romantic composer, Camille Saint-Saëns.

Webber composed many musicals; some of the most well-known being ‘Cats’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, and ‘Evita’. Learning about these musicals will help us in our preparation for the upcoming production later this year.

Saint-Saëns is a French composer from the Romantic period and is known for his incredible instrumental works. One special piece called ‘Carnival of the Animals’, humorously depicts different animals-some being chickens, elephants, and even donkeys! Sayaka Hughes, Music Specialist

All parents and caregivers are invited to come and hear about the exciting year ahead. This will start at 4.45pm on Thursday, 21 February and will be followed by the picnic on the senior field. While parents meet the teachers, all children will be supervised on the field in organised games and activities.

Nga mihi nui

Ateel Sudhakar