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

Term 1 has been an exciting term for our students, teachers and parent community. The term has been full of numerous activities and the children have enjoyed the last weeks of summer participating in zone swimming, summer field days and school trips to the Botanical Gardens. We have also had the Tread Lightly Caravan and the amazing Monarch Musketeers visit our school.

We have celebrated our students’ learning with school performance assemblies, team assemblies, meet the teacher evenings, school picnic and parent evenings. Our teachers have worked hard to deliver quality learning programmes based on contemporary learning. The parent community has been very generous in their support of our school programmes. Without this ongoing support, these learning programmes would not have been possible.

The Term 2 Topic focus will be ‘I am an Astronomer’.
The last few weeks have been significant. The recent tragic incidents in Christchurch, have led to us strengthening our procedures as we continue providing a safe environment for our students and staff. I thank you all for your kind words that have supported our leadership and have enabled us all to move on with our normal school programmes. The compassion shown by the school community has healed the hearts of many. I urge our community to continue to remain vigilant at all times when you walk your children to and from school, and if your child arrives early, please leave them at the hall steps which is supervised by staff. Please follow and respect the school’s health and safety procedures to enable us to provide a high standard of care for your children.

Term 2
We are looking forward to Term 2. We continue to plan innovative learning experiences for your children that enable them to be more flexible and creative in their learning. Our children will experience the benefits of play-based learning in Year 1 and in some Year 3 classrooms. This programme will be based on local curriculum initiatives from the MOE.

The Development of Talent (DOT) programme will be a high priority in Term 2. Children across the school will have more opportunities to sing, dance and take part in indoor sports and STEAM activities.  I would like to extend an invitation to the parent community to contact me if you have a skill/some expertise that you would like to share with our students such as: craft, baking, web designing, filming or digital skills. Please feel free to contact me via email. During the term, teachers will also be completing assessments and reporting on your child’s learning. Your support in helping your children reflect on their learning would be much appreciated.

Teachers’ Union, Tomorrow’s School
The latest offers from the Ministry of Education have been rejected by the union and there is the possibility of future strike action. We will provide updates with any further information. We are very appreciative of our Board of Trustees (BOT) and our parent community, for your understanding of the industrial action and also for your submissions on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review. We greatly appreciate your partnership. We are committed to having a respectful, inclusive and supportive employment relationship with our school’s staff and the BOT during these trying times.

Staff Update
We have much pleasure in welcoming Sarah Vlietman who has joined our school as a new entrant teacher and will be starting in Term 2. Emily Chiang has been appointed as a teacher aide and we also welcome her on board. She will be teaching in a new entrant class in Term 3.

Thank You
The PTA and the school are willing to make a generous donation towards the families and victims involved in the Christchurch tragedy. We appreciate the efforts of all the parents and the children in helping us support this worthy cause.

We once again urge our parents to download the School App, ‘follow’ our school Facebook page and visit our school website to receive our recent communications. All of these communication tools will be used to reach parents when required to communicate urgent news from the school.

Finally, I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday.

Ngā mihi nui
Ateel Sudhakar