In week 2 all of our students, teachers and some parents travelled to MindLab to do some incredible Inquiry learning! We made Electromagnetic motors (it was super tricky) and then electric cars! We learned a lot about circuits, magnets and motion. A 'lightbulb moment' occurred for some Te Manawa students when they were challenged to make their car go faster. They figured out that if they decrease the length of wire the electrons have to travel, it will make the propeller rotate quicker and the car go faster! Others decreased the weight of the car which made it go faster too. We all learned so much and had plenty of fun along the way. What a fabulous way to start the term!
Term 3 Inquiry
It's worth the fight for equal rights. How can we act to make a dramatic impact? Students answer their inquiry by learning about people who have stood up for their own and others rights. They answer their own question by creating a production to tell their learning story. They designed the costumes, wrote the scripts, designed the sets and performed the stories! This is what we expect of a term's worth of student inquiry at Sylvia Park School.
Our Mission Statement
Setting children on a path of lifelong learning Poipoia ä tätou tamariki ki te hïkoi i te ara o te mätauranga mö ake tonu atu
Our School and Community Vision
When students leave Sylvia Park School we would like them to…
Achieve at or above national norms in literacy and numeracy to maximise all learning.
Demonstrate initiative to contribute positively within a changing society.
Be confident in their own identity.
Show resilience and flexibility to overcome challenges.
Maintain effective relationships based on tolerance, respect and honesty within a diverse community.
Principals Awards 2015
Congratulations to all the students who received a Principals Award on
The first stage of The Hub is open! The Hub is a place for all of us - students, teachers and whānau - to learn together and we invite you to come and check it out. Students are now able to borrow books, take them home, enjoy them with their whānau and then bring them back to borrow some more. Please come in and spend some time with your kids to read, to relax and to learn together. We are open between 8.30am and 3.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and you will find us in the old Room 16.
School Fun Run
Can you believe we raised a total of $20,029.00? Unbelieveable support from an amazing community. Thank you to you all for your efforts and commitment. We are working on the Fitness Trail design and will update you as we work through the process. A special mention to the following incredible students who raised the most money.
Armani Maruariki-Hunt R3 - $1007.35
Caleb Liava'a R23 - $853.75
Alyssa Arnesto R2021 - $741.50
On Wednesday Week 10 of Term 4 Mrs Key took 24 students to compete in the Tamaki Cluster Cross Country event. Our runners did a great job as they had a very tough course to run. Everyone who competed did a great job with every runner coming in the top 20 of their age group. We may even see some of these kids competing at the Olympics one day!
First day of Term 3 - Monday 20th July
Last day of Term 3 - Friday 25th September
First day of Holidays - Monday 28th September
Last day of Holidays - Friday 9th October
First day of Term 4 - Monday 12th October
Last day of Term 4 - Wednesday 16th December.
Student Leaders 2015
I am proud to announce the following students as Sylvia Park School leaders for 2015.
Head Girl - Milania Cairns
Head Boy - Samuel Fanguna
Deputy Head Girl - Annaleigh Taufa
Deputy Head Boy - Isaiah Smith
The outcome of the referendum question, 'Should we have a student council?' was unequivocal. No less that 87% voted yes! We will have a student council in 2015.
We have just completed our first year of HIPPY and are thrilled to see that those children have now enrolled at school. These children are significantly well prepared for school. We encourage our parents to keep the programme up at home!
Parents who want their children enrolled in HIPPY can contact the school or Ana Manu on 021 163 773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Travelwise reminder to parents
We continue to encourage all parents to park up by the alleyway between Bean and Keate Place. This will help reduce traffic on Longford Street and help make it safe for our students. Check out our Travelwise page for more info.
Here at SPS we have some wonderful blogs written by our teachers. They have great photos and a heap of info on what is happening at SPS.