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, Greetings to all

Happy Chinese New Year

I hope you are all settling well into the new year and extend an especially warm welcome to all our new families. I particularly want to acknowledge the difficulties our parents and their families, schools and other centres affected by the coronavirus are facing. I urge all parents and families of our community to stay safe and take all necessary steps to protect ourselves against this virus. The majority of our children are attending school and we currently have 34 students who are on the 14 day stand down. Our parent community have been very responsive to our requests and I thank you all for your support. Very positive progress has been made at ENPS to cope with the challenges this term.

Our teacher only days were very successful and our staff was inspired by our two guest speakers, Derek Wenmouth from Futuremakers NZ and Professor Welby Ings from AUT.

Derek spoke on ‘The Ten Trends in Education’ and provided insight into the future pathways in education and the rapid shift in learning practices in the 21st Century. Professor Ings presented powerful ideas on educational practices that make a difference in the lives of our children.

We have posted health notices on our school Facebook and in e-newsletters. Soon we will be asking parents to download the Dojo and Seesaw apps to strengthen our partnership with parents. Our school app will also be upgraded to help you read all our communications in the language of your choice. We will also be upgrading our website to help families affected by the virus, support their children’s learning.

Should you need any learning resources, for your child please contact your child’s teacher. You are welcome to send me an email or request the Deputy Principals for any further support that may be necessary for you during these critical times.

We are taking positive steps at ENPS to support our children’s Health & Safety and will be seating children arriving early at 8.15 am to wait in their allocated class areas:
Year 1 & 2 at the Gazebo outside R25 & R26
Year 3 & 4 in the covered area outside R11 & 12
Year 5 & 6 in the covered area on the wooden steps outside R5
Our  Learning support staff will continue to supervise the children in these areas.

We encourage all children to arrive at school at 8.30am and request that parents collect children from the office by 3.15 pm at the latest. The office is getting very overcrowded, making it difficult for reception staff to attend to the needs of the parents.

The school swimming pool is ready for this season and Sports Leader, Casey Gilligan, is attending to our children’s sporting needs. May I ask all parents to pay any sports activity fees that are requested by our sports co-ordinators this year. This is important as it enables the school to provide our children with a rich sports programme. A large number of sport activity fees were not paid last year.

The school hall has recently been painted and the carpets in all the rooms will be replaced this year. John Jacka our Business Manager, and the office staff, are busy bees. I hope you all appreciate their efforts!

A very warm welcome to our new teachers, Mohan Wali who will be teaching in Year 6 and Megan Beattie in Year 5.

Our annual Term 1 Meet the Teacher and School Picnic is on Thursday 20 February.
The Meet the Teacher session will be held from 4.45-5.15pm in the following rooms:
Y1: Room 23
Y2: Room 25
Y3: Room 19
Y4: Rooms 11 & 12
Y5: Room 5
Y6: Room 6

Following the Meet the Teacher session, please join us on the senior field for the School Picnic from 5.15-7pm. This is a good opportunity for you to meet and get to know other families and socialise. The PTA will have some delicious food and soft drinks available for you to purchase.

Term 1: I am a Citizen
Term 2: I am a Chemist
Term 3: I am an Athlete
Term 4: I am a Creative Designer

We have started 2020 with an engaging social studies-focussed learning theme of ‘I am a Citizen’. Within this topic, each ākonga (learner) will learn about their own identities and how they connect with the people and places around them. The contexts include learning to be a class and school citizen, and what it means to be a citizen of Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the world. We will be focussing on understanding ideas around digital and global citizenship and covering what Te Tiriti o Waitangi means for our nation today. We hope the tamariki will connect their learning to the school vision, to be responsible global citizens who make a positive difference in the world.

Musician of the Year
Hans Zimmer is a German composer, famous for his movie soundtracks. These have included, The Lion King, Madagascar, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Amazing Spider-Man 2, to name a few. In his early life, Hans had two weeks of piano lessons but he didn’t like them so he taught himself how to play. He can also play guitar, banjo, piano, and synthesizer.

Artist of the Year
Our School-Wide Artists for 2020 are Mary Taylor and John Pule.

Mary Taylor is a New Zealand artist, born in Devonport. Formerly a teacher, she has worked as a full-time, professional artist since 1983. Her work is held in many private collections in New Zealand and internationally.The major part of her time is devoted to her limited edition, hand-coloured etchings.  She also paints in oils and water-colours, and writes and illustrates books.

John Puhiatau Pule ONZM is a Niuean artist, novelist and poet. When John Pule first arrived in inner city Auckland as a young adult in 1980, the formal tenets of poetry and painting were largely unknown to him. Over the next 30 years Pule would explore new directions as both writer and painter, and has since emerged as one of this country’s most recognised painters and one of the most celebrated artists of the “New Oceania”. His work is highly inventive, particularly in its adaptation of traditional Pacific art forms.

This year, each year group of the school has selected their own Māori artist to explore. These include:
Year 1 – Reuben Paterson
Years 2,3,4  – Shane Hansen
Year 5 & 6 – Charlotte Graham

Nga mihi nui

Ateel Sudhakar