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, 2017
TERM 4 Monday and Thursday art classes

All classes are strongly based on drawing skills using chalk, charcoal, pastels, dye and paint. We cover a variety of subject matter and complete a piece of artwork every session.  Everything is included in the cost as well as afternoon tea. Both classes do the same work which is suitable for 6 to 12 year olds in Room12 from 3pm to 4.30pm.

The MONDAY class will start on the 16th October ( Week 1 ) and finish the 4th December (Week 8 )
The cost for the 7 weeks (excluding Labour Day) is $126.00
The THURSDAY class will start on the19th October ( Week 1 ) and finish the 7th December (Week 8)
The cost for the 8 weeks is $144.00

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

After School Dance will commence for Term 4 on Wednesday 25 October at 3.00pm – 3.45pm in the Auditorium.
The cost is $50 per term and the styles covered will range from Jazz, Hiphop and Theatre Dance (to name a few).
All dance classes in 2017 will be on Wednesdays in the auditorium.
Numbers are limited so please email Gemma at gemma_monique@hotmail.com to confirm your child’s place. Please include child’s full name, year level and room number. Entry will be on a first come first served basis, places will be confirmed via email.

Fun French Beginners’ Classes Years 2-6:
We are once again offering our popular 8 session French taster course this term, conveniently based at school, at a time to suit those interested. 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 2017.
Term 1 – 13/2 to 10/4 $135 (9 weeks)
Term 2 – 8/5 to 3/7 $120 (8 weeks – no class on Queen’s bday)
Term 3 – 31/7 to 25/9 $135 (9 weeks)
Term 4 – 30/10 to 11/12 $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 16th to 20th
*April 18th to 21st
*Jul 10th to 14th
*Oct 2nd to 6th


We have opened up registrations for the 2017 Elmwood Touch teams. Elmwood Touch has been a fantastic opportunity for the children to play Touch with their school friends, be part of a team, learn skills and being a lot of fun.

Teams start at years 1-2, 3-4, 5-6. Games start at 5.30pm on Tuesdays, practice is generally 5.00-5.25pm before the game, which makes it an easy sport to commit to, because it is all on one day.  Please advise if you wish to sign up your child again or if you are new, please email to elmwoodtouch@gmail.com

Please include in email: Players (Name as the email title), DOB, School Year, Parents Names, Cell and Email,  did you play with Elmwood Touch last season, if so which team, any preference of any friends you want to be in a team with. (We will do our best).

For more information please see the website: www.coaching-solutions.co.nz/obc-juniors

Cricket Express, 210 St Asaph Street.
Saturday 23rd September 11 – 1pm
Registrations close 24th September 2017

Holiday Coaching Programme
Cricket 10-12.30pm  and/or   Multi Sport (supervision over lunch) 1-3.30pm
Yr2-Y8 Players – Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, Friday 13th October 2017
Email: hayley@coaching-solutions.co.nz   Hayley Aburn – 027 320 3521

Futsal is the fastest growing sport in the country, so come and see what all the buzz is about and keep the ball rolling over summer by joining in the Summer Futsal action at English Park with your mates.   Whether you are new to futsal or play in the winter football competitions, there is a league suitable to you!

Games are played on workdays after school or work through the summer.  On top of the 5v5 Summer Futsal Competitions, Mainland Football runs a few extra Summer 7’s competitions on Fridays.  Register for Term 4 – 2017 | CLICK HERE

Registering players into your team is compulsory and the player registration can be completed by simply adding your players emails to the last page of the registrations process and clicking the register button.  This will allow players to complete the rest from their end (2 minute job). Or use the click here to register players after you registered the team.

Mainland Football runs a variety of Summer Futsal Junior, Men’s, Corporate and Mixed competitions on Tuesdays.  On top of that we run a Summer 7’s league for Men’s recreational and Youth.  This on a Friday so you can kick start the weekend!

A summer of Fun Recreation Futsal right in the centre of the city, on the artificial pitch at English Park

Enrolling Now.  All ages welcome.  Learn new surf and water safety skills.  After School Surf lesson Term 4
Saturday and Sunday morning surf lessons from $26 per student inclusive of Board and Wetsuit