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 2  2018
Term 2 art classes have begun and there are still places in both the Monday and Thursday classes if your child would like to join us.

We are in Room 15 from 3pm to 4.30pm and classes are all based on drawing skills using chalk, pastels, charcoal, dye and paint. Every week we do a different piece of artwork using fun subject matter. Both classes do the same work and afternoon tea is included in the cost.  For information on the cost or to book in please contact Jo  03 384 7506 or  joloughnan@xtra.co.nz.

We are very excited that Miss Gemma will once again be taking after school dance classes. These classes are held on Wednesday’s from 3.00 – 3.45pm and are held 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 2 is Wednesday 2nd May.   Enquires: gemma.kearney21@gmail.com

Classes introduce Yoga poses, calming techniques and promote wellbeing.  Class content is integrated with music and games ensuring learning plus lots of fun!  Yoga is complimentary to your child’s sport and education, teaching respect and how to look after your body.  Age appropriate and limited size classes provide an individualised targeted programme.  Classes commence : Term 2 – May 7th

Years 0 – 3 – contact Donna Cox 021 0241 8653 or littleyogisnz@gmail.com
Monday’s 3.15pm – 4.00pm

Years 4 – 6 – contact Tania Gibson 027 359 4009 or info@stretchme.co.nz
Tuesdays 7.45am – 8.25am
Thursdays 3.15pm – 4.00pm

Cost = $80 for an 8 week programme


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:
–    An immersion based program that teaches strong listening and speaking skills in Mandarin.
–    Language building activities such as role play, Chinese songs, rhymes and games!
–    The teaching of Chinese characters, reading, writing and Pin Yin.
–    The discovery of Chinese history, culture, festivals, Calligraphy, Tai Chi and even Kung Fu!

Mandarin Stars offers modern, fun & creative immersion based Mandarin Language lessons 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
*Oct 1st to 5th


Canterbury Volleyball has a great opportunity for kids to give Volleyball a go!

Kids who sign up will get to learn all the Volleyball skills from our Kiwi Volleyball coaches and try these skills out in a game!  This will be a fun filled session and is perfect for kids that have never played before or are just beginners.

Venue: St. Margaret’s College Gym – Choose from the following options:
July 11– 11-13 year olds- 9am-12pm
July 12– 9 & 10 year olds- 10am-12pm
July 13– 11-13 year olds- 9am-12pm

For more information please click on the following link: https://www.canterburyvolleyball.org/kidsfe