Epsom Normal Primary School

Kia Ora Tatou, Greetings to all

Haere ra to our ENPS Students and Whanau Leaving our Community

Farewell and thank you.  As students you have lived the school values daily and achieved extremely well, and thank you to the parents who have contributed your time and energy to the school over many years.  Remember you always belong to the ENPS community. Kia ngatahi ai te tu, E pakari ai te tuara – Together we are strong.

Farewell to staff
Our teachers, Sharon Overall, Gina Potter, Sarah Uehara, Emily Chiang, Jessie Jordan and Megan Ebborn will be leaving us at the end of the year.  On behalf of the school community, thank-you all for providing our students with inspirational and creative learning programmes and for your commitment and dedication to our school.  We wish you all the very best with your future teaching careers.

To our support staff, Elsie Rechtschaffen, Ashwini Chauhan and Alice Hansen who will be leaving us at the end of the year, thank-you for providing our students with the support necessary to grow their learning strengths. A very special farewell to our long serving support staff member, Yan ling Li who has served our staff for many years. We wish you a very relaxing retirement.

Year 6 Graduation
The 2019 Graduation Ceremony was a well attended event by our parent community. We are very appreciative of your kind support throughout the year. We wish our Year 6 graduates every success in all their future endeavours.

Save the Children Fair
The Save the Children Fair was an exciting occasion for our children. The school was abuzz with budding entrepreneurs, bargain hunters, colourful stalls and lots of laughter and fun. The fair raised over $7,000, one of our most successful fairs to date. All proceeds will be donated to children’s charities and our sponsored children in New Zealand and overseas next year. I would like to thank Gabby Robinson and her team for organising the day.

Celebrating our Achievement Results
Our Senior Leadership Team presented our 2019 achievement results in Maths, Reading and Writing to the BOT. Overall we as a school have achieved outstanding results. The results are as follows:

School-wide in Mathematics
Across the school, students are performing well in mathematics with most students in Years 1-6 having reached the school’s New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) targets. 95% of students throughout the school have achieved at or above the NZC level in mathematics for their year level.

Students in the Māori cohort across the school have made progress with 93% achieving at or above the NZC level for their year level. Similarly, students in the Pasifika cohort across the school have made progress with 93% achieving at or above the NZC level for their year level.

All the cohorts across the school have exceeded the school’s NZC targets with 59% of students achieving a year above the NZC level in mathematics. Our Year 3 and 5 students have performed significantly well with 99% and 98% of students exceeding the NZC target for their year level. 69% or 72 students in Year 6 are achieving at or above Level 4 of the NZC, and 17 students are achieving at Level 5 of the NZC.

School-wide in Reading
Most students in Years 1-6 have reached the school’s New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) targets with 94% of students reading at or above the NZC level for their year level. Our Pasifika students continue to perform well with 87% of our Pasifika students having achieved at or above the NZC level for their year level. Our Māori students continue to perform well with 85% of our Māori cohort having achieved at or above the NZC level for their year level.

School-wide in Writing
Most students in Years 1- 6 have continued to perform well in writing and have reached the school’s New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) targets, with 91% of students writing at or above the NZC level for their year level. Our Māori students have performed well with 85% of our Māori students having achieved at or above the NZC level for their year level. 76% of our Pasifika students have achieved at or above the NZC level for their year level, and this group will be a specific focus for 2020.

I would very much like to express my thanks to all the teachers and support staff that have worked tirelessly with your children to achieve these results.  I would also like to thank the BOT who provide the necessary resourcing to support the learning programmes, and to you, the parent community, for taking such an active role in your children’s education.

The Term Foci for 2020
Term 1 – I am a Citizen
Term 2 – I am a Chemist
Term 3 – I am an Athlete
Term 4 – I am an Event Designer

THANK YOU
BoT
Thank you to Brett Bishop and all of the trustees for your partnership guidance and support which is greatly appreciated.
PTA
Thank you to the PTA parents for the commitment you make to the school in fundraising for a number of valuable resources.  The students greatly benefit from this support. We are appreciative of the $20,000 donation for various initiatives and resources for our students.
Parent Helpers
To all of the parents who have contributed in a variety of ways, whether it be attending school trips or helping in the library and coaching our sports teams. Thank you on behalf of the staff and students.  Your commitment to the school is greatly treasured.

TEACHERS’ ONLY DAY
As a result of the 2019 NZEI industrial settlement with the government, all primary schools have been given 8 teacher only days over the next 3 years. Schools will not have to make up these days and extend the school year.

Epsom Normal will be taking these teachers only days as follows:
2020: 2 days – Friday 18 September, Friday 6 November
2021: 3 days – dates to be confirmed in Term 4 2020
2022: 3 days – dates to be confirmed in Term 4 2021
Please note that these dates are also on the school calendar.

My heartfelt thanks to all parents for your continuing support of the school.

HAVE A VERY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS.
Nga mihi nui

Ateel Sudhakar
Principal
TERM DATES 2020

FROM TO
Term 1 Monday 3 February Thursday 9 April
Term 2 Tuesday 28 April Friday 3 July
Term 3 Monday 20 July Friday 25 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October Tuesday 15 December

Public holidays and Staff Only Days occurring within school terms TERM DATES 2020

Term 1 Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February
Term 2 Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June
Term 3 STAFF ONLY DAY (No School) Friday 18 September
Term 4 Labour Day
STAFF ONLY DAY(No School)
Monday 26 October
Friday 6 November

Public Holidays occurring within school holidays
Auckland Anniversary Day                    Monday 27 January
Good Friday                                           Friday 10 April
Easter Monday                                       Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day                                           Saturday 25 April
ANZAC DAY – Observed Date               Monday 27 April

INFORMATION UPDATE

School Office Opening Hours
The school office will be open for enrolments on:
Wednesday 29 January from 1pm to 3pm
Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January
from 9am to 3pm
The office will be closed from 12 noon – 1pm

Stationery 2020
As of 2020 we will be offering parents 3 options for the purchase of stationery packs:

  1. Stationery packs will be available at Onehunga Books & Stationery, located at 175 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga (Tel 09 634 0349). Please inform the bookshop staff as to the year level pack you require when purchasing your child’s stationery. Packs can be purchased from 15 January 2020 or online from Onehunga Books & Stationery www.obsonline.co.nz from the 10 December 2019 although delivery will not be until after the 15 January 2020.
  2. Stationery packs are available online now through the Eeny Meeny website. Packs can be ordered by selecting Epsom Normal Primary in the drop down box at schoolpacks.co.nz
  3. Stationery lists will be available at the school office at the end of Term 4, 2019. Parents will be able to purchase the required stationery items from your preferred supplier and make up your child’s pack.

Please bring your child’s complete stationery pack to school on their first day. Your child’s teacher will name and set up your child’s stationery requirement. Any spare stationery items will be stored in the classroom and given to your child as needed through the year.