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

Term 1 has been a historical learning experience for our children and nation. As a school community, we have taken leadership and responsibility during these challenging times. I take this opportunity to thank our BOT, community, staff and children for all your amazing support.

We are officially closing today due to the national lockdown.

Message to our Children
Kia Kaha to you all, show courage, optimism and care for one another.
I am proud of who you are!
He waka eke noa
We are all in this together

SCHOOL GROUNDS CLOSED – Please note that from midnight tonight there is a total lockdown. This means that no one at all will be allowed on school grounds for the duration of the lockdown period (Ministry of Education).  

Online Learning Support 
Teachers will be working from home tomorrow, Thursday 26 March and on Friday 27 March. You are welcome to contact our teachers, team leaders and Deputy Principals via email between 9.00 am to 3.00 pm on these days. Contact details are available on our school website.

The Ministry of Education has brought forward the school holidays, which will start from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April. All school staff will be unavailable for online learning support during these dates.

(Please see the online learning links at the end of this newsletter for each year level and ESOL learners)

Term 2
Term 2 will commence from Wednesday 15 April and our teachers will be working from home and supporting students through distance learning. We will continue to provide the Ministry of Education updates during the term.

School Assessments
The term assessments have been completed and our teachers are working on the school discussion reports. Reports will be emailed to parents on Tuesday 28 April. We will be reassessing the school events for Term 2 which will be available on the school website shortly. These will be subject to change.

Term 1 School-wide Topic – ‘I am a Citizen’
Term One’s Topic, ‘I am a Citizen’ was a timely topic. Students were busy learning about who they are, where we come from and where we belong in our school and wider communities. Children investigated what our school values, particularly inclusiveness and optimism, look, feel and sound like around ENPS. We explored ideas about our local area and built an understanding of what it means to be a part of our Epsom community and a citizen of Auckland.

Term 2 School-wide Topic – ‘I am a Chemist’
We are keen to involve our parent community who have a science background. We invite you to present to our tamariki about what it is like to think in the mind of and walk in the shoes of a chemist. Children will learn about the states of matter and how chemistry is all around us.

Nga mihi nui

Ateel Sudhakar
Principal