Epsom Normal Primary School

2020 Learning Theme: Together We Are Strong
Kia ngãtahi ai te tu
E pakari ai te tuarã
Stand united, stand strong! 

Kia ora tatou

Welcome to Term 3

We would like to welcome everyone back to Term 3 and extend an especially warm welcome to all our new families. This week we held our powhiri to welcome our new teachers, new students and their parents to the school.  Our ENPS Kapa Haka group gave a strong performance which was appreciated by all who attended.

Staff Only Day – 21st September (Please note the change of date)
Our Staff only day will now be held on Monday, 21 September, as the annual Normal School Conference has been rescheduled to be held on 18 September due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Please note that the school will be closed for instruction on the 21 September.

Staff Update
Welcome to Khalya Te Maro who is teaching our New Entrants in the AWHINA 2 classroom and Jocelyn Lee who is acting as a support teacher for Y1, prior to starting the next New Entrant class later in the term.

Jocelyn Lee
大家好,我是李佳宣(Jocelyn)。我即將在九月出(第三學期後半段)負責 Room 24 的新生入學班。我今年年初完成了教育碩士的課程,剛剛從我出生成長的基督城搬來到奧克蘭。生活中,我的興趣包括徒步,書法,彈奏樂器,閱讀和照顧室內植物。我很高興加入ENPS這個大家庭,未來的日子裡也請多多指教!

Tēnā koutou katoa – greetings to you all. I am Jocelyn and will be starting the Room 24 new-entrant class in September. I completed my Master of Education studies earlier this year and have just moved up from Christchurch where I was born and raised. Hiking, calligraphy, playing musical instruments, reading and tending to indoor plants are some of my interests. I’m very excited to join the ENPS whānau and would love
it if you would come chat with me when you see me around!

Khalya Te Maro
Tēnā tātou katoa.
Ko Matopas te maunga
Ko Zambezi te awa
Ko Welch te hapū
Ko Alex tōku mama
Ko Haami tōku tāne
Ko Khayla Te Maro taku ingoa
Kei Tāmakimakaurau taku kāinga

My mountain is the Matopas
My river is the Zambezi
My sub tribe (maiden name/extended family) is Welch
My mother is Alex
My husband is Haami
Khayla Te Maro is my name
My home is in Auckland

Hi my name is Khayla, I recently completed my Masters in Primary School teaching at the University of Auckland. I also completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts specialising in photography. I love the beach, swimming, diving, painting and anything art related. I have started teaching this term in Awhina Rua working with some awesome New Entrants children!

ENPS Cultural Day – 7th August
Our annual Cultural Day will be held next Friday, 7 August. I would like to extend a warm invitation to our parent community to join us for the powhiri which will be held at 9.30am, to welcome our special guests from the community. Derek Wenmoth from Future Makers, will be joining us as a keynote speaker, and I encourage you all to be part of this programme. Our students have been preparing for next week and we look forward to a day of celebrations!

School-Wide Topic – ‘I am an Athlete’
We are two weeks into Term 2 and there has been a real buzz with students beginning our new topic ‘I am an Athlete’. We have been extremely fortunate to have a member from our parent community, Mose Tuiali’i, to come and discuss with the senior students what it is like to be an athlete. We have more members from our community volunteering their time, strengths and experience to come into the school to speak to our akonga about why sports have been important to them. Many classes are already practising what it means to be an athlete and have begun their training for cross country this term.

If there are any parents who are involved in club sports or have previous experience in any sport that would be willing to share their expertise, please contact grobinson@epsomnormal.school.nz or your child’s classroom teacher.


Cultural Day – August 7

School Disco – August 20
Meet the Epsom Normal Primary School Board of Trustees
Sausage Sizzle

Student-Led Conferences – August 11 – 13

Parent Consultation:

August 19 – Year 3 and 4

August 20 – Year 1

August 26 – Year 5 and 6

August 27 – Year 2

Y4-6 Cross Country – September 3

Teacher Only Day – Monday, 21 September (No School)

DOT Days (Development of Talent) September 23 and 2

Ngā mihi nui,
Ateel Sudhakar


Mahia te mahi, he painga mo te iwi.
We strive every day to do the work for the betterment of the people