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 1, 2018
Art classes will begin on Monday 5th February and Thursday 8th February (Week 2) from 3pm to 4.30pm. I will contact students Week 1 with our room number.   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.

The cost for the term on Mondays  (9 weeks excluding Easter Monday ) is $162.00
The cost for the term on Thursdays (10 weeks) is $180.00

For more information or to book in please contact Jo  384 7506 or email  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.

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 1 – February 5th

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

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

Cost = $80 for an 8 week programme

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


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

SURFKIDS – Childrens Surfing Programme
Learn the skills of Surfing in a fun, safe environment. All equipment provided and professional instruction from Aaron Lock and team. For kids 8 – 14 years.

Sundays 10am to 12pm.  Starts Sunday 28 October.  Venue: Sumner.
Dec / Jan Holidays : from 18th Dec, 10am -12pm.  Cost $30 per day or $135 for five. Bookings essential.

Call Aaron on 0800 80 SURF (7873) or register online at www.surfcoach.co.nz