Out of School Activities & Sport


At Elmwood Normal School, we acknowledge that learning continues outside school hours and the value of community based learning opportunities, as you will see by the programmes outlined below.  Unfortunately programmes have to be limited according to the private tutor’s space available at that time.

In support of these learning opportunities, the school provides, where possible, a facility for individual tutors who may approach the school.  The school has no other responsibility for this extra-curricula activity.  Enrolment in any programme, along with any financial arrangement, is only between the parent/caregiver and the private tutor.

ART AFTER SCHOOL with Jo Loughnan – Term 4 2018

Term 4  2018
Art classes will begin on Monday 15th October and Thursday 18th October (Week 1) in Room 15 (Jo Mottram’s room) from 3pm to 4.30pm.

All classes are strongly based on drawing skills using chalk, charcoal, dye, pastels and paint.  We cover a fun range of subject matter and complete a piece of artwork every session.  Lessons are suitable for 6-12 year olds and all materials and afternoon tea are included in the cost.  Both classes do the same work.  Lessons this term include: zebra, duck/ducklings, snake, robots, wren, owls, panda and a Xmas lesson.

MONDAY…The cost for the term is $126.00 (7 weeks excluding Labour weekend)
THURSDAY….The cost for the term is $144.00 (8 weeks)

For more information or to book in please contact Jo  384 7506 or email  joloughnan@xtra.co.nz

Miss Gemma will once again be taking after school dance classes. These classes are held on Wednesday’s from 3.00 – 3.45pm in the Elmwood School Auditorium. They are open to children of any age at $50 per term. Each term the children will learn a new routine. At the end of the term there will be a mini concert where they can perform their dance for their family and friends. The first class of term 4 is in week 2, Wednesday 24th October.  Enquires: gemma.kearney21@gmail.com

Movement and mindfulness is essential for our children’s physical and mental wellbeing. With the increasing use of technology we are seeing a proliferation of Forward Head posture.  With compromised posture, performance and wellbeing is inhibited.  Classes will increase your child’s physical and mental awareness whilst being  lengthened and strengthened.  The eight week programme is dynamic, including yoga poses, breathing techniques and partner routines.  Classes are delivered to contemporary music and use a variety of equipment.  Maximum class size is 16, thus enabling individualised attention. Please wear PE gear to enable full participation.  Classes are held in the auditorium and commence:

Years 0 – 3  Monday 5th October – 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Years 4 – 6 – Thursday 8th October – 3:15pm – 4:00pm

Cost = $80 for an 8 week programme.  Please contact Tania Gibson 027 359 4009 or info@stretchme.co.nz


Fun French Beginners’ Classes Years 2-6:  Fun French Beginners’ Classes Years 2-6: An 8 session taster French course is being offered again at Elmwood this term, and beyond. The major emphasis is on communicating orally through the interactive use of fun games, song, role-play and ‘real life’ activities. For more information, please email admin@Lpa.co.nz or contact us on 022 358 2211. C’est si bon!


Imagine your child fluent in Mandarin, give your child a head start and join Mandarin Stars
Mandarin Stars will be offering modern, engaging & creative immersion based Mandarin Language lessons for beginner learners at Elmwood Normal School on Monday mornings, 8 am – 9 am.
Our lessons focus on developing strong speaking and listening skills through games, singing, dancing, drama, story time, craft and using our specialised workbooks.
We are now taking bookings for Term 1 and OFFER A FREE TRIAL LESSON FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS.  Contact us at enrol.christchurch@mandarinstars.co.nz or check our website for more information about our timetable, teachers and classes.  www.mandarinstars.co.nz

Extra-curricular Mandarin language program at Elmwood Normal School
The Mandarin language program at Elmwood Normal School has been delivered by Mandarin Stars www.mandarinstars.co.nz since 2013 and is focused on developing practical listening and speaking skills in Mandarin. The program is developed to enhance a love for learning Mandarin, an enthusiasm to learn languages, a sense of pride in learning a new language (and culture) and also a natural ear and pronunciation of Mandarin. In doing so, we believe that we lay the foundations for developing long term fluency in Mandarin and also a genuine passion and love for learning Mandarin Chinese for the future.

The Mandarin program also offers:
–    ssons for beginners on Monday mornings in the Music Room. We welcome new students and we always offer a FREE TRIAL LESSON FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS.  Contact us at  enrol.christchurch@mandarinstars.co.nz or head to our website for more information or  www.mandarinstars.co.nz or contact Melissa Heyrick on 0800 68 86 68 for more details.


Speak Spanish – Spanish Language Institute
Our Spanish Club is fun! We introduce the target language through total immersion using songs, dancing, stories, games, passive and active activities. This means children will learn Spanish in a real and relevant environment carefully planned for their developmental stage.

We have spaces available for children who would like to start in 2018.
Term 1 – 12/2 to 09/4 $120 (8 weeks)
Term 2 – 7/5 to 2/7 $120 (8 weeks – no class on Queen’s birthday)
Term 3 – 30/7 to 24/9 $135 (9 weeks)
Term 4 – 29/10 to 10/12 $105 (7 weeks)

Contact us if you have questions on our levels or register your interest. Gracias!
www.speakspanish.co.nz 0800 ESPANOL (0800 3772665) 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale.

Spanish Immersion Holiday Program during School Holidays
We offer a Spanish Immersion Holiday Program at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School during the first week of the holidays each term.
Have a look at the detailed information on the programs, fees and photos…
*Jan 15th to 19th
*April 16th to 20th
*Jul 09th to 13th
*Jan 15th to 19th
*April 16th to 20th
*Jul 09th to 13th
*Oct 1st to 5th

In today’s world, it’s essential for young people to learn how to create software not just consume it. Coding NZ’s classes empower students with the technology tools they need and help give them the best chance at being successful in our increasingly digital age. Signups are open now at codingnz.com/signup.  Due to high demand a second class has been added:  Friday 3.15pm-4.15pm


Registrations have opened for the 2018/19 touch rugby season! Touch is a great intro to team sport and a super fun way to develop teamwork and skills that will carry over to other sports.  Games are on Tuesday evenings from 5pm at Nunweek park, starting mid-October.If you would like your child to join one of the Elmwood teams fill out the following form:  https://goo.gl/forms/Bb3A1l7J8YMh3t442
We are a well organised Junior Athletics Club – Catering for children of all abilities in the 5-14yr age groups. Club nights are Wednesdays 5pm -6.45pm (5/6yrs finish by 6.30pm) – at Burnside High School.
DATE: Monday 15 October
TIME: 5.00-6.30pm
PLACE: Christchurch Avon Club Rooms – Burnside High School (access from Greers Rd beside tennis courts)
FEES: $85 per child (with reductions for 2 or more children in the same family) $55 for children in the Kiwisport Group – 5/6 yrs Fees are payable following registration by internet banking
For any other information contact Marilyn Morrison (Junior Club Captain) by email at marilynmorrison52@gmail.com
Delta Rhythmic Gymnastics Club has some spaces available now!   Classes are held at Middleton Grange, Breens Intermediate and Fendalton Community Centre.  Please contact us at membership@delta.org.nz to register for a free trial lesson.