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10 September 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

For those of you that attended the Cultural Festival last week and seeing our Kapa haka group perform, I think you would agree they were outstanding.   The pride and passion with which they performed made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Their commitment and enthusiasm shone through. A sincere thanks to Matua Rihari, Caro, Toni-Jayne for their wonderful input.  Special thanks also to ENSCA for their work in getting the uniforms ready.

Paul

        

27 August 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

For those of you who attended the ENSCA Winter Ball on Saturday night I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating and thanking Louise, Rebecca, Natasha, Kelly, Melissa, Justine, Lisa, Caroline and Katie for a fantastic evening. The time and effort that obviously went into organising this event must have been immense but ultimately well worthwhile. Great job for what was a great event.

Thanks also to the many sponsors who generously gave of their products and services and to the parent community in general for your support in your attendance and bidding on the auction items.    

Enrolments for 2019:
If you have children who will be starting school at the beginning of 2019 please can you get your enrolment forms in to the office to Jo at reception. This will help us with planning for next year.

Winter Sports:
Congratulations to the sports teams on their achievements this year.  Great effort resulted in the following teams receiving places in their grades:

Football – Elmwood Dragons – 2nd place
Hockey – Elmwood Lightening – 1st place
Hockey – Elmwood Thunder – 3rd place

Netball – Elmwood Heat – 1st place
Netball – Elmwood Blaze – 2nd place

Thank you also to the staff and parents who gave of their time to help and coach the teams.

Winter Tournament:
Congratulations to our netball team Elmwood Heat who got through to compete in the Winter Tournament.   They came 4th in the tournament – so a great effort.

Congratulations also go to those who participated in the Primary School’s Ski race at Mount Hutt.

Heritage School/Group Photos:
Last week we mentioned that the group photos are coming up on the 30th of August – this Thursday.  Please note: The Orchestra photo only will now be held on the 4th of September with the school class and sibling photos.  All other group photos will go ahead on the 30th of August.

Paul

13 August 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Last Friday we held our first celebration assembly for term 3, hosted by the Year 5 and 6 Drama group.  We were captivated by their great impersonations of staff and engaging dialogue.  It was wonderful to see so many parents at assembly and we hope you all enjoyed it.

Strike:
As you will no doubt be aware, school is closed for instruction this Wednesday (15th August) due to the strike action of the NZEI, which involves many of our staff.  This is another reminder to please ensure you have made alternative arrangements for your children on this day.

2019 Organisation:
The organisation has begun for 2019.  To assist us with our planning, we would appreciate  you advising the office if you are not intending on returning to Elmwood Normal School next year.

Glitter and Gold Ball:
The ENSCA ball is a fantastic evening – not to be missed.  It is being held on Saturday 25th August at the Canterbury Club.  Come along and enjoy drinks, canapes, an auction, mystery prize balloons and more.   Tickets are on sale this week on Thursday afternoon at 3.00pm outside the Elmwood Grind Cafe.  For more information and updates, like the ENSCA Glitter and Gold Ball facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ENSCA-Glitter-and-Gold-Ball-2018-2287602817924146/

We hope to see you there.

Heritage School Photos:
School classroom photos are coming up on the 4th of September.   If you would like a sibling photo of your children together, please email Vicki on office@elmwood.school.nz and she will send you out a form to complete and return.

Schooldocs Policies:
School Docs is our “cloud based” policy and procedure system. This is a comprehensive core set of policies that have been well-researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines.  Policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews/requests from schools and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team.  Each term there are policies and procedures for review.

What is under review this term? Link to School Docs to review. (user name: elmwood and password: Elmw00d). Please note – 00 in the password are zeros.

This term our Board and staff are reviewing Complaints (Board, staff and parents), and Behaviour Management (Board, staff and parents).  To review these policies, log onto our website and follow the instructions below.

  1. Visit the website http://elmwood.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  2. Enter the user name (elmwood) and password (Elmw00d).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the Policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the right hand top corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional)
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.  We value parents reviewing these policies.

The Elmwood Grind Cafe:
This week there is a Hot chocolate treat day for Year 0-1 children on Thursday 16th August.  $2.00 for a hot chocolate. The cafe is open from 8.20am till 9.15am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

Keep Cups:
We have a few keep cups left to sell.  The small size is $20 and the large is $25.  Thinking about sustainability and looking after our planet, this is a great way of being able to do that. Thanks for your ongoing support of the cafe.

Paul

23 July 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome back to the new term.  I hope the holidays were not too stressful for you and that you found some time to spend with your child/children doing kids’ stuff.

Despite being past the shortest day (and heading towards summer) we still have a few months of cold, wet weather ahead of us.

A few reminders then to help us all get through:

  • Please ensure you send your child/ren to school prepared for the weather of the day – a jacket, hat and gloves are essentials. When the weather is suitable students will be outside in the fresh air and therefore need appropriate clothing.
  • Please don’t drop your child off at school too early in the morning.  Students are not able to access their classrooms until 8:30 am so an 8:05 drop means a long wait in the cold.
  • The holidays were a good time to break the dreaded head lice cycle. Please keep on top of this by regular checking and immediate treatment when necessary.
  • Please keep your child home if they are unwell and only send them back when they are fully recovered.  Remember to contact Jo on reception for absences.
  • Please ensure you collect your children from school at 3.00pm, or have arrangements in place for their care after school.  We seem to have more and more children who are not being collected until 3.45pm on a regular basis.
  • Please remember to check the Lost Property.  There is quite a lot of school uniform from Term 2 which needs to be uplifted.  If your child has lost a piece of clothing – please check here in the first instance.  This will be taken to the Second Hand Uniform shop on Monday 30th July if not collected.   The lost property is displayed on the deck by the cafe which is also opposite the end of Room 6A.   Thank you for your assistance with this.

Elmwood Grind Cafe
We have appointed a new Barista at the cafe and we will reopen for term 3 on Tuesday 31st July.  We look forward to welcoming Catherine Casey to our team.

Big Congratulations
Huge congratulations to Cooper Moore who competed at the World Stars Junior Golf tournament in Los Vegas during the holidays and won the 9-10 year old boys section.  Cooper was competing against people from all around the world. Well done Cooper!

Paul.

2 July 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I hope you are managing to stay well and warm as we progress through the depths of winter. At least having now passed the shortest day we can tell ourselves that we are heading towards summer!

Mid-Year Students Achievement Reporting
During this week students in Years 3-6 will have their mid year Progress and Achievement report statements published on LincED. These statements as well as the recently published Progress Goals describe how your child is achieving and progressing in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum.

I’m sure that there will be many conversations over the coming days, sharing and celebrating the first half-year achievements and direction for the remainder of the year.

Personnel
Next term we would like to welcome back Megan Stedman who will be starting our next New Entrant classroom (along with Lynette Williamson).  

We are sorry to be losing Ruth, our Barista at the Elmwood Grind Cafe.  Thank you Ruth for managing our cafe for the last year and a half. We have enjoyed your hot drinks and we wish you well for the future.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in the part time Barista position, please see the advertisement below and get in contact with Vicki on 355 7192 extn:  706.

For those of you heading off on overseas holidays in the coming months and taking your children out of school, while it is not ideal from our perspective we do appreciate that for some families this is unavoidable.  Please ensure you notify our Receptionist Jo, in writing of your travel intentions on reception@elmwood.school.nz

Please be aware that we do not provide our students with any extra work whilst they are absent from school but do encourage them to keep a diary or scrapbook of their travels and read regularly while they are away.

The learning will I’m sure be in the travel experience!

Have a restful holiday break.

Paul

18 June 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Wow, what a fantastic week we had at school last week with our Matariki celebrations and hangi.  I must say Thursday was an extra long day having to be down at school shortly after 5:00am to light the fire for the hangi.

Issues with the weather meant it took us a little longer to get the heat needed in the fire, but with the help of Bill’s leaf blower we got there eventually. This resulted in a 45 minute delay hence we lifted the food at 12:45pm instead of midday as was originally planned.

The wait was well worth it with the five hundred meals devoured by hungry students and teachers in a short space of time.

Holding these sorts of events requires a considerable amount of planning, resourcing and implementing. To that end I would like to acknowledge the following people:

  • Mike Anderson and Darren Clarke (Waimairi School) for acting as our coaches through the whole process.
  • Marcel Gray (Pak n Save Wainoni) for his extremely generous donation of all the food and other consumables for whole event.
  • All of the parents who helped prepare the food / food parcels.
  • The enthusiastic, dedicated team of staff, led by Claire Peacock-Price, who saw the whole thing through.

A very sincere thanks to you all.

Paul

11 June 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

As we move into the depths of winter I hope you are staying warm and well. There certainly appears to be plenty of bugs around causing lots of absences with students and teachers.

We are certainly hoping the weather clears for our hangi on Thursday as cooking for 500 in rain could be a challenge! Preparations are well underway with the pit being dug in the coming days.

Thank you to all those parents who have helped out with numerous school events in recent weeks, in particular those of you who helped with catering for Grandparents/Special Friends Day and also preparations for the hangi.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

You may have heard through the media that teachers are again having another Paid Union meeting this time on the 26 June at 2:00pm to discuss their Collective agreement negotiations. While this involves many of our teachers we will remain open for instruction and be carrying on with a normal school day.  In fact we will be enjoying the orchestra’s termly performance on that afternoon.

At this time of the year the streets around the school become even more congested with many more students coming to school by car. Please be patient, follow the roads rules and exercise extra care as you drop off and pick up your children.

Keep warm

Paul

5 June 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Assessment and Reporting
You will be aware from our previous communications that we have been working hard developing a new reporting system as a result of the removal of National Standards.

This has required considerable thought, planning and development especially as it needs to integrate with our “cloud reporting” system, LincED.

Our new system for assessment and reporting is called “progressions based” reporting and links directly back to the New Zealand Curriculum framework.

Progression-based reporting provides us with a rich picture of student achievement and areas of strength as it focuses on all curriculum areas. It is based around goal setting which enable teachers and parents to track the child’s progress and gives a clear picture of achievement. The goals are aligned with the New Zealand curriculum levels.

  •   Level 1 – NE to Year 2
  •   Level 2 – Year 3 and Year 4
  •   Level 3 – Year 5 and Year 6

Students complete goals in each curriculum area at each level.  At Elmwood we are currently focusing in on goal setting in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, with these goals extending into other curriculum areas next year.

Within LincED we have been developing what this looks like and are excited about the way this looks for parents. Feedback from parents who attended one of our four parent information sessions in recent weeks confirmed this new way of representing the progress and achievement of their child/children as being a positive way forward.

On Friday 8 June we will turn this new functionality on for all students where you will be able to see where your child is up to with the learning progression and specifically what goals they and the teacher are currently working at. You will also be able to see where they are up to in terms of the New Zealand Curriculum framework / expectation.

Once we have turned this functionality on you may have questions for us and to cover this eventuality we will run short information sessions – more information below.

In summary our assessment and reporting cycle going forward will be:

8 June – Progression Based reporting turned on in LincED for all students Year 1-6.  Login to your LincED account to view this.

6 July – Reading, writing and mathematics mid year summary statements for Year 3-6 students published in LincED.  i.e. Mid year digital report. Note: You will get an email notification of this being available.

1 June – 6 July – Year 1 and 2 students who would have had a 40, 60, 80 or 100 week report in March, April or May will have their Reading Writing and Mathematics summary statements published.  Note: You will get an email notification of this being available.

To assist you with understanding our new way of reporting we will be running more parent information sessions over the next two weeks to introduce you to our new Reading, Writing and Mathematics Progress and Achievement Frameworks.

During this session we will also assist you with how you can access and understand your child’s progress in our cloud-based reporting system, LincEd.

The sessions will be in the staffroom and will run for approximately 20 minutes.
Monday 11 June  – 8.30am

Tuesday 19 June –  2.30pm

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Paul

28 May 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Winter Uniform
Please ensure that the winter uniform is worn correctly with no colourful additions.   If a polyprop is to be worn under the uniform, please ensure it is Navy blue or the blue of the polo shirts which are complimentary to our uniform.  We have introduced an optional Elmwood Beanie which can now be purchased from the uniform shop.   This is for outside wear only and will need to be removed while in the classroom or inside.

Thank you for your RSVP’s for the hangi.  This closed last Friday and unfortunately we are unable to take additional orders.   Thank you to those who have volunteered to help.  We have been overwhelmed with offers and are very grateful for your support.    We will be in touch in the coming week to confirm arrangements.  

Thank you
We would like to express a huge thank you to the Grandparents and Special Friends who attended our school today to share the morning with their whanau, friends and grandchildren.  It was wonderful to see so many of you here, particularly on such a wet wintery day, and we hope you enjoyed seeing the children’s creativity and learning.

We would also like to shout out a big thanks to our wonderful ENSCA team and all the people who baked scones for the morning tea this morning.   It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

Paul

30 April 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome back everyone, to another exciting term of teaching and learning.

I hope everyone has had a restful break and you were able to find some quality time to spend together as a family. I enjoyed chatting to a few of you this morning about your adventures over the holidays.

A special welcome to the 12 new students and their families who joined the Elmwood community today. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

This term we welcome back Claire Peacock-Price to our staff as the new teacher starting our next New Entrant class in Room 6.

Hopefully you will have noticed the new landscaping that we have undertaken over the holidays outside Room 6a.  This project will be completed in the coming weeks with the addition of a flag pole and plantings.  This is part of a landscape plan that the Board is working at implementing over subsequent years.

Hangi:
During Matariki celebrations later this term, we would like students to experience an authentic hangi.  This is a massive undertaking and we will require considerable support and expertise from the community.  At this stage, we would like to hear from anyone in the community who has expertise in laying a hangi.  Please contact me directly this week if you can offer your expertise. The date set down for this is Thursday 14th June.

Reminders:
As we head into the cooler months I would like to draw your attention to a few matters that make life easier for you and us:

Please:

  • Ensure your child is clothed correctly in our winter uniform.   Please check the school website if you are unsure of the correct uniform: http://www.elmwood.school.nz/school-uniform/  If your child intends wearing a polyprop under the uniform please ensure it is not visible.  Unfortunately the winter months is when our uniform can begin to look untidy.  We would ask for support in ensuring your child wears the uniform correctly and with pride. Our heating system in the school is very effective hence the only need for a jacket is getting to and from school.
  • The sunhat can be packed away until Term 4.
  • Don’t send your child to school too early. We have some children being dropped off at 8:00am which is too early to be standing in the cold for 30 minutes.  After school, parents are required to collect their children by 3:15pm.  If you are unable to collect them by this time, please make arrangements with one of our afterschool providers.  
  • If your child is unwell please don’t send them to school. Sickness spreads quickly in the classroom environment.  Please remember there is a 48 hour period after vomiting and diarrhea before children can return to school.
  • Observe the “rules” around using the P3 parking outside school on both Aikmans and Leinster Road. It is obviously highly sort after in the mornings and afternoons so by adhering to the 3 minutes everyone will have access. Please also be considerate of our neighbours and don’t park over their driveways.  Unfortunately last term I had reported to me a situation where an elderly neighbour missed a critical hospital appointment as one of our parents was parked over their driveway.  This is not only illegal but extremely disappointing.  Please be respectful of our neighbours. 
  • When using the pedestrian crossings please ensure that preschoolers are supervised and that you follow the instructions of the road patrollers ie. Waiting for their instruction “cross now”.

Paul

9 April 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Looking out the window today it certainly looks as though the weather is cooling and autumn is rapidly heading our way. Let’s hope the upcoming holidays allow for plenty of outdoor pursuits.

Well done and congratulations to those students who represented Elmwood in the Primary Sport Canterbury Duathlon and Championship Swimming events recently.  It was a great effort by you all, and thank you to the parent/s who supported you.

Assemblies:

Celebration assemblies are held three times a term and are a wonderful occasion where we share and celebrate our learning and successes. We love having parents join us on these occasions to share in the celebrations.

Our next assembly is this Friday (13th April) at 9:00am where Rooms 7, 8 and 9 will lead us in our final gathering for Term 1.  I hope to see as many of you as possible at this event.

Reminders:

  • The school day finishes at 3:00pm at which time parents need to ensure that all students are collected or make their own way home.
  • Parking on yellow lines, across driveways (particularly ours!), double parking and in time restricted parking areas around the school is unlawful. Please don’t do it!

Have a safe and restful holiday break.

Nga mihi
Paul

26 March 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The lovely fine weather continues.  Let’s hope the Easter break brings plenty of sunshine.

After the fantastic summer we have had, the pool will be closing for the season on Tuesday 3rd April (end of Easter).  We hope you have taken the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful resource that we have here at Elmwood. A sincere thanks to the Pool Managers and Supervisors who have given many hours over the summer to enable the community to enjoy the pool.  Thanks also to Jonelle Quane for her oversight of the key distribution programme.  There will be a notice in next week’s newsletter advising how to return pool keys.

Thank you for your support last week in collecting your children early on Thursday to allow teachers to attend their paid union meeting. It was much appreciated.

We wish you a wonderful Easter break as you enjoy the hot cross buns and Easter eggs and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 4th April.

Paul

12 March 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

It was great to see such a good turn out to the three way learning conferences last week.   Thank you for attending with your children and taking the time to share in the conversation about the direction for learning this year.

Tomorrow we have sixteen students representing Elmwood at the North Zone swimming competition. We wish all of these students well for this event.  

2018 Charter
At last months Board of Trustees meeting the 2018 Charter was approved.

This document contains the following:

  • The Board’s Strategic Plan (the schools direction for the next three years)
  • The Annual Plan (what we are doing this year to work towards our Strategic goals)
  • The 2017 “Analysis of Variance Report” (how we got on with last years student achievement Targets)
  • The “Strengths, Areas for improvement and how we will go about it” statement (using the Ministry of Education’s mandatory template).

This comprehensive document provides the pathway for the year ahead making clear links to our priorities in enhancing teaching and learning and ultimately outcomes for our students.

To view this document in its entirety please visit the Board of Trustees section on the website.

Schools Docs
School Docs is our “cloud based” policy and procedure system that we use here at Elmwood. This is a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well-researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines.

Policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews/requests from schools and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team.

Each term there are policies and procedures up for review.  This term we seek your feedback on Home Learning.   

To do this:

  1. Visit the website http://elmwood.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  2. Enter the user name (elmwood) and password (Elmw00d).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the right hand top corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can easily provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.

ICAS
ICAS examination entry forms for years 3-6 need to be back at the office by Friday 23rd March.  Please drop them into the pigeon hole in the office. If you have not received an entry form, you can pick one up from Jo on Reception.

Head Lice
Unfortunately we have been notified a few cases of headlice across the school. Should you receive a letter from the classroom teacher regarding head lice please take the time to check your child’s hair thoroughly and take the appropriate action should you find evidence of these little critters.

If you find your child has head lice please notify your child’s teacher.   There is information on the Ministry of Health website: https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/head-lice


Paul     

26 February 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers

As discussed in last week’s newsletter our 3 Way Learning Conferences are coming up on 6th March.  The bookings for these are now open and will remain open for a week.   Please ensure you log in and book the time with your child’s teacher.   Instructions are as follows:

To make a booking:

  • Go to the website : www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
  • Enter the school’s event code: js8u6
  • Enter your family name, email address and student name.
  • Select the class teacher from the list provided.
  • Select an available time slot.

Once you have made your booking the interview timetable will be emailed to you at the email address that you provided.

Paul

19 February 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As our amazing summer continues it is great to see our school swimming pool getting lots of use not only during the school day but in the evenings and weekends as well. For those parents who have purchased key access please ensure that you adhere to the conditions of the contract that you signed. In particular, the consumption of alcohol in the complex is prohibited and also allowing minors access without adult supervision.

New Zealand Educational Institute (Teachers Union)
We have been advised by the NZEI that they will be holding paid union meetings during March this year as part of their collective agreement negotiations. Elmwood staff will be attending their meeting on March 22nd at 1:30pm. As we have in the past, we ask for your support in collecting your child on this day by 1:00pm so that our staff can attend these important meetings. We appreciate your support with this.

Three Way Learning Conferences
Our first round of Three Way Learning Conferences for Y1 – 6 students will take place Tuesday 6 – 8 March. We have brought these forward in the school year to enable the three parties (parents, students and teachers) to get together to discuss the learning journey ahead for the year and set some mutually agreed goals. There will be a follow-up conference in Term 3 to evaluate progress made towards these learning goals.

Three Way Learning Conferences are a conversation between the student, their parents and their teacher. The student has an opportunity to share with their parents (with the support of their teacher) their growth as a learner. All three parties – student, parents and the teacher – sit together and talk about the student’s learning by looking at and discussing a range of the student’s work samples. Each conference will last for fifteen minutes with times selected through our online booking system.

It is recognised that if our children are to be successful in the future they must be given the skills to learn how to learn. We want them to understand that learning is something they do: it is not something done to them.

Strategies like three way conferencing increasingly lead students towards becoming self-directed, independent learners. During three way conferences, students play their part in contributing to the discussion and providing evidence of progress and achievement. Their task is to provide a range of work to illustrate the progress they have made. Three way conferences ensure that the focus remains on the student’s learning and the critical role they have in determining their own next steps for learning.  If students are to develop as independent learners they must reflect on their own progress and look at what they can learn from what they have accomplished. This is becoming an integral part of their classroom programme.

Reflection encourages students to consider their own thinking. It is being able to stand back, to think about what has been done well, to identify difficulties, and to focus on areas for improvement. Where students are able to reflect on their current strengths and weaknesses, they are in a strong position to set their own next learning steps.

“Where students set their next learning steps, individuals were shown to have made impressive gains in terms of academic achievement”…. (Atman 1988).

These understandings give students skills for life in learning how to learn. We are empowering them to become self directed, independent, lifelong learners, able to cope with whatever challenges they may face in the future. In next Mondays newsletter we will advise you of details of our online booking system. In the meantime please mark your diaries.

Assessment and Reporting
As you will be aware, at the end of last year the new Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced that schools would no longer be required to report on the National Standards. This decision was related to a range of concerns associated with the National Standards, in particular the language used to report achievement to both the student and families.

The Ministry of Education has indicated that they will be working with the sector to develop a new system to replace the standards. In the meantime, please be assured that at Elmwood Normal School we will continue to use a range of assessment tools to make robust judgments about our students’ progress and achievement in reading, writing and mathematics.

We are committed to sharing high quality information about achievement and progress with parents and students that is assessed against the levels contained within the NZ Curriculum. These levels are closely aligned with the outgoing standards but will also reflect a broader range of learning areas. The sharing of this information will continue to take place in a variety of forms including Linc-Ed reporting and Learning Conferences.

We look forward to working with the Ministry and our community to develop a new system that better reflects the achievement and progress our students are making and will keep you updated as these develops.

School-Gen Energising Young Minds Competition
Elmwood Normal School has been nominated for the above competition.  This competition gives our school a chance to win a share of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000 to spend on science or technical equipment.    You are welcome to vote on the school-gen voting page http://www.schoolgen.co.nz/voteforyourschool/   People can vote once a day up until voting ends on the 2nd of April.   

Mufti Day
On Thursday 22nd of February we are holding a mufti day.  The theme is red and white and a gold coin donation will be collected to support Tonga with the aftermath of Cyclone Gita.  

Paul

12 February 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thank you for your attendance at Meet the teacher evening last week.  As Jill has mentioned below, this is a valuable event for both our teaching staff and our parent community and it was great to see the turn out of parents attending.

Our Congratulations to Bronwen Kingston in Room 19 who successfully completed the Coast to Coast event at the weekend.  Competing in this event is no mean feat and takes discipline, stamina and determination.   Bronwen and her husband Sam completed the two day event in a total time of just over 16 hours which is a fantastic achievement.

Here is a little blurb from Bronwen about the race:
We had a great time doing the race, the weather was fantastic and the atmosphere was incredible. There was a real sense of camaraderie among the competitors, there was one boulder on the mountain run that was twice as tall as me which I couldn’t grasp to pull myself up onto and a guy ahead turned around and gave me a hand up! It seemed surreal actually completing the event that we signed up to a year ago. A year of training and learning new skills all over after two days, the time flew by. Sam and I placed 5th in our category which was a bonus as we just wanted to complete it. We both did faster times in our parts of the Coast than we had done in our practise which was a real boost. When you’re doing events with minimal rest between and you can still smash out the next it’s a pretty good feeling.

This week we extend our condolences to Willem Kortekaas in Room 16 whose Dad has sadly passed away.   We will have a reliever in Willem’s classroom this week for him.

From time to time during the year some of our staff will be attending courses for their Professional Development.  Staff undertaking Professional Development extends their learning which is of benefit to your children.  This will mean there may be a reliever in your child’s class from time to time during the course of the year.

Uniform:
At Elmwood we have a smart uniform which is worn with pride and gives us identity to our great school.  As parents, please support us in ensuring your child wears the correct components of the uniform with no additions.  The uniform requirements can be seen on our website, you can go to this link:  http://www.elmwood.school.nz/school-uniform/

Some of the additions not to be worn include other coloured tights (apart from navy), tee shirts etc worn underneath the uniform.  It has also come to our attention that a number of students are wearing JoJo Bows in their hair.   Please keep these large bows for Mufti Days only. Thank you for your support with this.

Elmwood Grind Cafe:
Our cafe is again open for the year with Ruth, our Barista making coffees and hot drinks for us each morning.  There are a few keep cups still for sale at the cafe or from the office.   Prices are $18.00 each for the standard size keep cup.   We will once more hold a special day of selling hot chocolates for the children for each year level during the course of the term.  The dates for these will be in the newsletter next week and up on the wall outside the cafe later this week.  Thank you for supporting this ongoing fundraiser for our school.

Enjoy the continuation of lovely warm weather this week.

Paul

30 January 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome back everyone to the 2018 school year.  I hope everyone has enjoyed what has been a fantastic summer break, feels well rested and ready for what promises to be an exciting, busy and productive year.

Judging by the smiles on children’s faces this morning on entering the school grounds (and the even wider ones on parents faces!) it would appear that everyone is keen to get back into the routine of school.

I’d like to extend a big thanks to all parents for preparing the children so well for the beginning of the school year; having all their stationery, wearing the uniform correctly and having their sunhats – what a great start.

With the extra hot weather forecast for the next few days we are extremely grateful for the heat pumps we installed across the school at the beginning of last year. Should the temperature become excessive at break times (including lunch) we will be utilising the cool indoors and shade areas to keep everyone out of the sun.  We would also appreciate that you send your child/ren to school with plenty of fluids and with sunscreen applied.

Holiday happenings:
You may have noticed that during the holidays the large oak tree on the Aikmans Road boundary has been removed. Unfortunately during the holidays the tree began splitting apart and without immediate removal will have no doubt split and fallen on the buildings and road. It certainly was a shame to have to remove such a beautiful tree however our arborist advised us there was no other option but removal.  We will ensure that a similar tree is planted in the vicinity to replace it.

Meet the Teacher Evening:
Wednesday, 7 February, between 6:00 – 6:50 pm. Mark your diaries!

This year we will again use the format we adopted last year for our meet the teacher evening.  Class meetings will begin for all classes at 6:00pm in the teachers respective rooms and run through until 6:20 pm. At 6:30pm we will repeat these meetings in all classes for those of you who have more than one child at school. Meetings will all conclude at 6:50pm.  The purpose of these meetings is for parents and teachers to meet, and for teachers to outline how their classroom will operate for the year.   As all staff will be committed to their meetings, parents need to be aware that there will be no supervision in the playground.

Waitangi Day:
Next Tuesday 6th February is Waitangi day.  If you have planned a long weekend, please ensure that you tell both Jo at Reception (reception@elmwood.school.nz) and the teacher about your absence via email.

Easter Holidays:
Easter is a separate holiday this year (not within the school holidays, as it sometimes is).  The dates are from Friday 30th March until Tuesday 3rd of April.  Returning to school Wednesday 4th of April.

Cafe:
The Elmwood Grind Cafe will reopen on Wednesday 7th February for the year.  Ruth looks forward to seeing you then and making coffees for you.  There are a few Keep Cups left for sale, which make great gifts.  $18.00 each.  Thank you for your support of this ongoing fundraiser.

School Library:
The Library is closed between 12.30pm and 1.00pm each day.

2017 Year Books:
There are approximately 20 people who have ordered the 2017 School Magazine last year, but have not come and paid for it or collected it.  If this is you, please can you do so this week.   It is available at the school office. Thank you.

Looking forward to working with you all again this year.

Paul

11 December 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The end of the school year is all but upon us and we can reflect on what has been another great year at Elmwood Normal School.

Hopefully you’ve been able to sit down with your child/children and let them share their learning achievements that were captured in their digital reports. I hope you are as proud as I am, of each student’s achievements for the year.

The school year will conclude this Friday 15 December. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm from their classrooms so please make arrangements to collect them from there at that time.

At the end of this week we will farewell teachers Danielle Bowden, Angela Hamilton, Heather Pearson, teaching assistants Gaye Banks and Shara Barclay and part-time teaching staff Lucy Willetts and Wendy Fitzgerald.

To all of our leaving staff, thank you for your contributions to Elmwood, for some, over many years. You have all positively influenced the lives of many of our students. We wish you all the very best for your future endeavours.

Next year we are delighted to welcome back Andrea Brunton who is returning to Elmwood from Roydvale School and Marg Bellis who is returning from a years leave. We look forward to both of these experienced teachers being back on the Elmwood Normal School team.

In 2018 the school will be organised as indicated below.

Room 6A      Sandra Johnston – Y1
Room 7         Tara Hollings – Y1
Room 8         Andrea Brunton – Y1
Room 9         Laura Richardson -Y1

Room 12       Marg Bellis and Zoe Rose -Y2
Room 13       Jess Saunders -Y2
Room 14       Charlotte Wilson – Y2

Room 1         Meg Feller -Y3
Room 2         Sarah Argyle -Y3
Room 3         Hayley Bishop and Jill Royds -Y3
Room 4         Keryn O’Donnell -Y3

Room 15       Jo Mottram -Y4
Room 16       Willem Kortekaas -Y4
Room 17       Zoe Shakespeare -Y4

Room 22       Sarah Hughey -Y5
Room 23       Toni-Jayne Miles -Y5
Room 24       Jeni McKinnon -Y5

Room 18       Caro Searell -Y6
Room 19       Bronwen Kingston – Y6
Room 20      Anna Schmidli – Y6

Today your child will spend some time in their 2018 class with their next year’s teacher getting to know their new classmates.  They will be issued with an introductory letter from their 2018 teacher which they will bring home and share with you.

You will also be able to login to your Linc-Ed parent account to see your child’s 2018 class teacher.

As this is our last news update for the year I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during the year and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you all have safe, relaxing holidays.

Looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Paul

27 November 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The school year is quickly racing by and for our staff there is still a lot to achieve.

Linc-ed

Later this week we will be turning off the parent portal access of Linc-Ed to enable staff to complete their National Standards assessments and end of year comments for the children’s reports.   We will reactivate this on Friday 8th of December.   This will then conclude the reporting process for the year.

Sunday ENSCA Fun Day
This Sunday we are looking forward to our annual family fun day run by the hard working ENSCA team.  Please come along and enjoy this awesome community event.   See you there.

Paul

30 October 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the weather warms we are again looking forward to another good season of swimming and aquatic activities in the school pool.  All going well, the pool will open 17th November (Show Weekend) and close at the end of March 2018.

To be able to run the pool outside school hours we again need the assistance of parent volunteers as Pool Managers and Supervisors to oversee its operation.  Pool Manager – you will be responsible for testing the pool water and Pool Supervisor – responsible for opening and closing the pool. Full training will be given for both roles.

Volunteers will be rostered on a week at a time – the more volunteers we have the less time those involved will have to do. In recognition of the time that is volunteered a free pool key is offered.

To date, we have only had two parents offering to help and we need ten or more.  This is obviously insufficient so please if you are able to help please contact Brian urgently. Brian Miles, email:  brianm@elmwood.school.nz

If you intend purchasing a key so that you can use the pool in the evenings and weekends you will be required to attend a pool safety briefing (if you have not already).  The content of this briefing will cover the pool environment, safety equipment as well as the basics of what to do in an emergency (including pool rescue and CPR). The session will be run by Life Saving New Zealand on Wednesday 15 November, 6-6:45pm at the school pool. So that we can manage numbers can you please email Brian Miles, our sports Coordinator brianm@elmwood.school.nz to register.

ENSCA will once again be selling pool keys to Elmwood School families. The date for the sale of the keys will be advised early next week.

School Production Video  – “The Journey – around the world in under 80 minutes”
We now have the school production available for viewing or download.  The below link will give you access.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8mJsRrtcv2jRkI3aE5RMEVac0k/view?usp=sharing


Paul

Latest Board Talk is available for perusal, to view click this link http://www.elmwood.school.nz/b-o-t/

16 October 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome back to school for Term 4. I hope everyone is well rested and ready for another exciting term of learning. This term there will be nine weeks with the final day of the school year being on Friday 15th December. It will no doubt go very quickly!

A very special welcome to Jill Evans who has joined us from St. Margaret’s College as our new Deputy Principal.  We look forward to having Jill on our staff and learning from her extensive knowledge of curriculum and future focussed teaching and learning.

Planning for next year is well underway. If you know that your child/children will not be attending Elmwood Normal School next year please advise us in writing as soon as possible. Also, if you are aware of anyone that has a child/children that will be starting Elmwood Normal School next year please ask them to contact the School Office as soon as possible.

With a compacted last term our teaching and learning focus vary across the school.

Our Year 4, 5 and 6 students will all be heading off to camps at Living Springs, Hanmer Springs and Wainui respectively in the coming weeks. We wish them well for a successful camp and good weather.

As we head into the warmer months (hopefully) a couple of reminders:-

  • Summer uniform is worn in Terms 4 and 1. Please ensure it is worn correctly without the “extras” that were appearing at the end of last term.
  • Please also ensure your child has their sunhat at school every day and that it is clearly named.
  • On particularly sunny days you may want to apply sunscreen to your child and if your child is able to, your child could reapply this during the day.
  • Consider walking to school as often as possible. We know that a large percentage of the school’s population live within 1km of the school therefore a brisk walk to and from school is a great way to look after the physical well-being of your child as well as look after the environment.
  • For those of you who use our drop off zones on Aikmans and Leinster Roads please ensure you adhere to the time restrictions.

Paul

25 September 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Another term has flown by. Winter is behind us and we can looking forward to longer, warmer days.

ENSCA Art Auction
For those of you who attended the Art Auction last Friday evening I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating and thanking Rebecca Taylor, and her team for a great night. The time and effort that obviously went into organising this event must have been immense but ultimately well worthwhile. Great job for what was a great event.

Thanks also to the parents who generously gave of their time and expertise in the design and preparation of the art pieces from each of the classrooms. The quality of each of the pieces was evident in the amazing prices they sold for.

Normal and Model School National Hui
A couple of weeks ago I was away in Dunedin at the Normal and Model Schools National Hui. Once a year Principals from the twenty nine Normal and Model schools get together to discuss matters pertaining to Initial Teacher Education and prepare our strategy for working with the Ministry of Education, Education Council and Universities across the country.

The Education Council have signalled some fairly major changes to how our teachers for the future will be prepared for the classroom.  We as a Normal Schools Association need to ensure we are “at the table” with the Ministry of Education and Education Council so that we are able to inform and hopefully influence the best direction for Initial Teachers Education.

Thanks to the “Triplets” (aka Caro, Sandra and Megan)
This term, in the absence of a Deputy Principal we have had Caro, Sandra and Megan stepping up as acting DP’s. They have had to take on a number of new roles as well as continue to run their teams and classrooms. I would like to acknowledge and thank them for the great job they have done. Their support within the leadership team and for the staff, students and community has been much appreciated.

Headlice
I’m aware that head lice has become a bit of an issue for some classrooms. If your child brings home a letter indicating that head lice has been identified in the classroom please take appropriate action by checking thoroughly and treating if necessary.

The holidays are also a great time to break the cycle through thorough checking and treating.

Early arrivers
Please don’t drop your child off at school too early in the morning. Students are not able to access their classrooms until 8:30am so an 8:05am drop off means a long wait in the cold. There is no supervision available until 8:30am.

Summer Uniform
When we return to school for Term 4, we ask that summer uniform, that includes the school’s summer hat, be worn please.   We ask once again for support in ensuring your child wears the uniform correctly and with pride.

I hope everyone has a restful break and that you return to school refreshed and ready for an exciting final term of the year.

Paul

28 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Grandparents Day:
What a wonderful Grandparents Day we had at school last Friday with over 250 Grandparents visiting and spending time with their grandchildren.  It was lovely to see the interactions between the students and their Grandparents.   Some Grandparents travelled considerable distance specially for the event.  Thank you from the Elmwood Staff for making such an effort to attend a very positive occasion.

Grateful thanks are extended to all the ENSCA team and additional scone bakers for the yummy morning tea provided.  The mountain of scones was devoured and the staff were appreciative of the left overs.

Winter Sports:
Last week Winter Sports concluded with many of our teams winning their respective grades.  Thank you to those parents who helped coach during the season and for supporting from the sidelines.

It has come to my attention that some of our parents need a reminder about our school sports code of conduct, which I have copied below from our school website.

Parents

I will:

  • encourage my child to play within the rules and respect officials’ and coaches’ decisions
  • teach my child to respect the efforts of their opponents
  • remember that children learn best by example so I will applaud good plays/performances by both my child’s team and their opponents
  • give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort
  • support my child’s efforts and performance
  • thank the coaches, officials and other volunteers who give their time to conduct the event for my child
  • help when asked by a coach or official
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.

I will not:

  • pressure my child in any way – I know that this is their game not mine
  • use bad language, nor will I harass players, coaches, officials or other spectators
  • criticise or ridicule my child’s performance after the game.

Paul

21 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Three Way Learning Conferences:
Next week is Three Way Learning Conference Week; 29th, 30th and 31st August. Students are looking forward to sharing their learning with you. Your affirmation of progress they have made and support with their next learning steps is an important part of the process.

Make sure you book your time slot this week. Details of this process are as follows:

To make a booking:

  • Go to the website : www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
  • Enter the school’s event code: 5u43y
  • Enter your family name, email address and student name.
  • Select the class teacher from the list provided.
  • Select an available time slot.

Once you have made your booking the interview timetable will be emailed to you at the email address that you provided.

If you do not have access to a computer, or you have problems with arranging your interview times online, please call into the school office and they will be able to assist you.

Change of contact details – particularly Email address:
As our reporting to parents is now accessed via our Linc-ed system, and your login is connected with the email address you have provided, if you change your email address – you will not be able to log into Linc-ed.  You will have to let our office staff know of the change of email address and they will update it for you in our system.

If any of your contact details change, including emergency contact person you have for your children/child, please let the office staff know so they are able to contact you in case of an emergency.

Mobile Dental Clinic
The mobile dental clinic has arrived at our school.  The dental nurses will be calling the children during school hours for check ups.  For further information please see the attached flyer Community Dental Service

Paul

14 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

It has come to my attention that there are a couple of nasty winter bugs around at the moment which are very contagious.  One is a virus which has flu like symptoms and another is gastrointestinal.  We kindly ask that if your child has any of the following symptoms that you keep them at home until the infectious period has ended.

Headache
Fever
Dizziness
Sore tummy
Lethargy

If you have a family member who is sick and your child complains of similar symptoms in the morning, please do not send them to school.   Due to the contagious nature of these illnesses, if your child comes into the sick bay with any of the above symptoms, we will be phoning you to come and collect your child.

Please refer to the link below for the Ministry of Health Guidelines, which are referred to in our Schooldocs Policies. http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/school-exclusion

Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of illness at Elmwood.

Paul

07 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

What a wonderful occasion we were all able to enjoy last week through our whole school production The Journey – Around the world in under 80 minutes.  This was the first time we had been able to perform as a school since 2010 and this production certainly brought our community together.

Every child in their own special way contributed to the performance.  I am sure they will remember ‘their moment in time’ for many years to come.

Such events would not take place without the efforts of many working together collaboratively for a common outcome.  I would like to, however make mention of the following:

Special thanks go to:

  • ASB Bank – Performing Arts Community Grant
  • Isaac Theatre Royal
  • Richard Oswin and Daniel Cooper – our wonderful accompanists
  • Hayley Woodham, our Dance Specialist extraordinaire
  • Kirsten McFaull who oversaw, designed and coordinated the wonderful costumes
  • Matua Rihari Walker, our Kapa Haka group leader and teacher
  • Parents, partners and spouses who helped with costumes and props
  • Children in the drama elective who designed the posters and front of the programme and were back stage helpers
  • Robbie who designed the ‘backdrop rocket’
  • Jeni McKinnon for pulling it all together

Paul

31 July 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Excitement levels are building as we lead up to tomorrow’s whole school production.   We hope you are looking forward to it as much as the children are looking forward to sharing their talents with you.   Thanks to everyone for your support and many contributions.

ENSCA Art Auction:
Mark your diaries now for the Art Auction to be held in the Auditorium – Friday evening 22nd September 7.30pm – see more details under latest news.

The Art Auction is set to be a wonderful, fun evening of celebrating our student’s creativity and art work, and is an opportunity to support ENSCA and our school.  We would love you to support this worthwhile community evening.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Paul

24 July 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome back to the new term.  I hope the holidays were not too stressful for you and that you found some time to spend with your child/children doing kids’ stuff.

Personnel
We are delighted to welcome Keryn O’Donnell (Teacher Rm 4), Tania Gibson (Library) and Lisa McNabb (Teaching Assistant) to our staff and community. We hope they enjoy their time with us.

Leadership Organisation for Term 3
With Jill Evans, our new Deputy Principal, not starting with us until Term 4 we have had to reorganise our leadership team structure for this term. Essentially our three team leaders, Caro, Megan and Sandra will be our acting DP’s sharing the role. They will be released one day per week as well as  sharing Fridays in the office. The days are as follows:

Caro Yr 5/6 – Mondays, Megan Yr 3/4 – Wednesdays and Sandra Yr 0/1 – Thursdays.

If you need to make contact regarding a matter that you would normally have gone to Maree about, we ask you contact the respective acting DP.

Production
Excitement levels are certainly building for our upcoming school production next week.  Rehearsals have stepped up, costumes and props and being finalised and students are refining their respective parts. It certainly has been a huge logistical challenge to get all 535 students performing on the stage. Jeni and her team have certainly done a wonderful job.

Schools Docs
School Docs is our “cloud based” policy and procedure system that we use here at Elmwood. This is a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well-researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines.  Policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews/requests from schools and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team.  Each term there are policies and procedures up for review.

This term we seek your feedback on Appointment Procedure (Board only), Child Protection (Board and Staff only) and Students with Special Needs (Board, Staff and Parents).   To do this:

  1. Visit the website http://elmwood.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  2. Enter the user name (elmwood) and password (Elmw00d).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the right hand top corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can easily provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.

In short
Despite being past the shortest day (and heading towards summer) we still have a few months of cold, wet weather ahead of us.  A few reminders then to help us all get through.

  • Please ensure you send your child/ren to school prepared for the weather of the day – a jacket, hat and gloves are essentials. When the weather is suitable students will be outside in the fresh air and therefore need appropriate clothing.
  • Please don’t drop your child off at school too early in the morning. Students are not able to access their classrooms until 8:30am so an 8:05 drop means a long wait in the cold.
  • The holidays were a good time to break the dreaded head lice cycle. Please keep on top of this by regular checking and immediate treatment when necessary.
  • Please keep your child home if they are unwell and only send them back when they are fully recovered.
  • Please ensure you collect your children from school at 3.00pm, or have arrangements in place for their care after school.  We seem to have more and more children who are not being collected until 3.45pm on a regular basis.
  • Please remember to check the Lost Property.  There is quite a lot of school uniform from Term 2 which needs to be uplifted.  If your child has lost a piece of clothing – please check here in the first instance.  This will be taken to the Second Hand Uniform shop on Monday 31st July if not collected.   The lost property is displayed on the deck by the cafe which is also opposite the end of Room 6A.   Thank you for your assistance with this.

 

Paul

03 July 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the last week of Term 3!   It has been another busy but very productive term at Elmwood.  We look forward with anticipation to our whole school production, “Around the World in under 80 minutes” early next term.

A very sincere thank you to those parents who provided a delicious morning tea for the staff last Thursday. It was enjoyed by all.

Reports:
Last week you will have received access to our parent portal within Linc-Ed, enabling you to view your child’s progress and achievement report.  We hope you were able to take the time to sit down with your child or children and review this, and celebrate their learning success.  The conversations that you have with your child about their successes and next learning steps are a valuable part of the learning process.

Personnel:
In recent weeks we have been undertaking a recruitment process to fill the Deputy Principal vacancy left by Maree.   We had a particularly strong field of applicants which made this process a rigorous one.   We are delighted to announce that Mrs Jill Evans has been appointed to this position and will commence her role as of Term 4 this year.  Jill is well known to the Elmwood community, having taught here in the past and has had a close association with our school for many years.   She brings an extensive knowledge of future focused teaching and learning, together with a strong sense of wellbeing for the community, students and staff.

I hope everyone has a safe and restful mid year holiday.

Keep warm.

Paul

19 June 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you are managing to stay warm and well as we enter the depths of winter. With the shortest day this week at least we can cajole ourselves that we are now heading towards summer!

LincEd:
Over the last eight months staff have been getting their heads around our new Student Management System, LincEd. One of the key features and reasons for changing to this system was its ability to provide cloud based reporting. We see real time, rich reporting of student achievement as the way of the future and we are delighted to be launching this in the coming weeks. Information regarding access to the parent portal will be emailed to you later this week so keep a look out for it.

Production:
Preparation for our first whole school production for a number of years is well underway. We are delighted to be presenting “The Journey – around the world in 80 minutes” to our parent community on the 1st August at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Lead roles have been cast, costumes are being designed and rehearsals are in full swing.   All 525 students will perform on stage in what will be a night to remember.
Ticketing details can be found further on in this newsletter.

Personnel:
We have a further couple of changes to our staffing for next term. Ben Cording is leaving us to begin his new role of full time House Dad for little Annabelle. We are of course sad to lose Ben after nine years of dedicated service, but how lucky will Annabelle be having Dad at home full time!  Kerryn O’Donnell, an experienced teacher currently teaching a Year 3/4 class at Allenton School in Ashburton will take over in Ben’s class.

Nicky Bell, our Monday to Wednesday Receptionist, is also leaving at the end of the term to have more time helping her husband Darryl on the farm.   Jo Koers our Thursday/Friday Receptionist will be taking over this role full time.

We wish Ben and Nicky all the very best in their endeavours and thank them for their dedicated service.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tania Gibson to the position of Librarian. Tania brings a wealth of knowledge and experience coming from the Christchurch City Council’s Library team.

Recruitment to replace Maree is currently underway and we would expect to make an appointment by the end of this term.

Winter Holidays:
For those of you heading off on overseas holidays in the coming months and taking your children out of school, while it is not ideal from our perspective, we do appreciate that for some families this is unavoidable.

Please be aware that we do not provide our students with any extra work whilst they are absent from school but do encourage them to keep a diary or scrapbook of their travels and read regularly while they are away. The learning will, I’m sure, be in the travel experience!

Keep warm.

Paul

22 May 2017

Dear Parents

As we settle into Term 2 with cooler mornings, please be mindful of safe travel to and from school.

At last week’s assembly I spoke to students about wearing their winter uniform correctly and with pride.  I ask for your support in this by ensuring that what you send your children to school in, is the correct uniform as per our website – http://www.elmwood.school.nz/school-uniform/  with no additions please.

Personnel:
It is with some sadness that we have received our wonderful Librarian Nicky Sharple’s resignation, effective from the end of this term.   Nicky has given many years of dedicated service to Elmwood in various roles, from parent help, teacher assisting and most recently Librarian.   Her passion for reading and wide knowledge of book genres has hugely assisted many children and their families to create a love of learning and reading.   We wish Nicky and her family all the best for her future endeavours.

Cybersafety:
We have developed a new Cybersafety Agreement in line with Netsafe’s recommendations.  This will be coming home with your children later this week and we ask that you read and discuss this with your child/children and then sign and return the form to the classroom teacher.   This signed agreement will cover the duration that your child is at school.

Head Lice:
With the winter months upon us it is obviously the season for head lice. Please be proactive about this little nastie by regular checking of your child’s hair and taking the appropriate action should you find evidence of head lice.  We have been made aware  of a new medication which is subsidised (including the Doctor’s appointment) from Pharmac.  The link to more information is herewith.  https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/medicines/my-medicine-has-changed/head-lice-treatment/

Catherine Gallagher:
Catherine Gallagher is a Clinical Psychologist.  We are bringing her in to talk to parents about anxiety in children.  She has some great advice, ideas and strategies on how to help our children.   All welcome tonight in the Auditorium at 7.00pm.

Paul

01 May 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome back everyone to another exciting term of teaching and learning.

I hope everyone has had a restful break and you were able to find some quality time to spend together as a family. I enjoyed chatting to a few of you this morning about your adventures over the holidays.

Jill and I undertook a “road trip” of the bottom half of the North Island during the holidays, travelling up the west coast, across the island via Taupo and back down the east coast. Highlights would have to be exploring beach settlements such as Oakura, Waimarama and Castlepoint, walking the Tongariro crossing, trout fishing on lake Taupo and visiting some of New Zealand’s best wineries.  We were so impressed with the stunning views and quality of the whole experience. We really do live in a beautiful country.

A special welcome to the 9 new students and their families who joined the Elmwood community today. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

This term we welcome back Claire Peacock-Price to our staff as the new teacher starting our next New Entrant class in Room 6.

As we head into the cooler months I would like to draw your attention to a few matters that make life easier for you and us:

Please:

  • Ensure your child is clothed correctly in our winter uniform.  Please check the school website if you are unsure of the correct uniform:http://www.elmwood.school.nz/school-uniform/
    If your child intends wearing a polyprop under the uniform please ensure it is not visible.

    Our heating system in the school is very effective hence the only need for a jacket is getting to and from school.
    Unfortunately the winter months is when our uniform can begin to look untidy.  We would ask for your support in ensuring your child wears the uniform correctly and with pride.
  • The sunhat can be packed away until Term 4.
  • Don’t send your child to school too early. We have some children being dropped off at 8:00am, which is too early to be standing in the cold for 30 minutes.
  • If your child is unwell please don’t send them to school. Sickness spreads quickly in the classroom environment.  Please ring or email Reception and let them know of your child’s absence.
  • Observe the “rules” around using the P3 parking outside school on both Aikmans and Leinster  Rd. It is obviously highly sort after in the mornings and afternoons so by adhering to the 3 minutes everyone will have access. Please also be considerate of our neighbours and don’t park over their driveways.

Paul

Linc-ed Reporting

Last year we began implementing a new Student Management System called Linc-ed.  This is a cloud-based system that was designed by Paul Sibson when he was Principal at Fendalton School.  It is a tool we use for attendance, storing information and data on students, and also reporting to parents electronically.

This year we will be changing the way we are reporting on our students.   Instead of giving out a written report twice a year, we will be doing ‘real time’ reporting.  Teachers, teaching assistants and support staff will be posting information about your child through the parent portal on Linc-ed and you will receive this instantly via email, from the end of term 2.   Children will also have the opportunity to post about their learning on Linc-ed.

Our timeline for implementation this term is as follows:
● Monday 19 June – Email sent to all parents / caregivers giving information and access to the Linc-ed  portal.
● Friday 23rd June, 10am in the staffroom – Drop in session for questions or help with using Linc-ed
● Friday 30 June, 11:00am – Reporting goes live to parents.

In the meantime we suggest you watch the video clip below to begin building an understanding of Linc-ed and how it will support us in better reporting student progress to parents.

Linc-ed introduction for parents

If you have further questions after watching the clip, then please come along to one of following sessions:

Information on Linc-ed
Friday 19th May, 10am in the staffroom

We have begun a Question and Answer forum as a result of feedback from our parent focus group.  These may be helpful in answering some of the initial questions you might have:

Linc-ed Q&A

Paul and Maree

10 April 2017

Dear Parents,

It certainly was great to see the sunshine after all the rain last week.

I would like to thank all the parents who attended the Amazing Race on Sunday. It was a great day and your support was appreciated. Thank you also to Bridget and the ENSCA team for all your organisation for The Amazing Race for our families.

As the last week of term is upon us – a couple of reminders:
– Winter uniform is to be worn from the beginning of Term 2
– Please check the lost property.  This is on display on the deck opposite Room 6a this week.

I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone back next term. 

Paul

27 March 2017

Dear Parents,

Looking out the window today it certainly looks as though the weather is cooling and autumn is rapidly heading our way.

Well done to the hardy students who took part in the Primary Sport Canterbury Duathlon at Ruapuna raceway today. A great effort by you all, and the parents who supported you.

Swimming Pool
The school swimming pool will close this Sunday 2nd  April. I would imagine it will be only the brave that will venture in this week!

I would like to extend a  very sincere thank you to all of the pool managers and supervisors who gave up their time over the summer to make the pool available for the community. Without your support this would not have been possible.  Particular thanks to Jonelle Quane for organising the sale of pool keys and all of the other associated processes and procedures. She will no doubt be in touch with all key holders shortly to organise their return.

Nathan Wallis evening
Thanks to those of you who attended the Nathan Wallis parent information evening last Monday night. I hope you found the evening not only informative, but useful in understanding the development of the brain and the impact of this on parenting.  He certainly delivers a very good message.  Maree has put some links to Nathan’s presentation under her notices and the references for further reading are at the end of this newsletter.

2017 Charter
At February’s Board of Trustees meeting the 2017 Charter was approved.

This document contains the following:

  • The Board’s Strategic Plan (the school’s direction for the next three years)
  • The Annual Plan (what we are doing this year to work towards our Strategic goals)
  • The 2017 Student Achievement Targets which have been based on the National Standards.
  • The 2016 “Analysis of Variance Report” (how we got on with last years Student Achievement Targets)
  • The “strengths, areas for improvement and how we will go about it” statement (using the Ministry of Education’s mandatory template)
  • Elmwood Normal Schools National Standards data (using the Ministry of Education’s mandatory template).

This comprehensive document provides the pathway for the year ahead making clear links to our priorities in enhancing teaching and learning and ultimately outcomes for our students.
To view this document in its entirety please visit the Board of Trustees section on the website.

Reminders:

  • The school day finishes at 3:00pm at which time parents need to ensure that all students are collected or make their own way home by no later than3:15pm.
  • Parking on yellow lines, across driveways (particularly ours!) and in time restricted parking areas around the school is unlawful. Please don’t do it!
  • The staff car park on Aikmans Road is for staff and not for parents to park in to collect their children at the end of the day.

Paul

REFERENCES FOR FURTHER READING
NATHAN WALLIS

The Mediational Role of Neurocognition in the Behavioural Outcomes of a Social-Emotional Prevention Program in Elementary School Students: Effects of the PATHS Curriculum. Nathanial R. Riggs et al. in Prevention Science, Vol. 7, No. 1 pages 91-102; March 2006.

The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence.Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl and Molly Stewart Lawlor in Mindfulness, pages 1-15; 2010.

Interventions Shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4 to 12 Years Old. Adele Diamond and Kathleen Lee in Science, V ol. 333, pages 959-964; August 19, 2011.

Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Delay of Gratification 40 Years Later. B.J. Casey et al. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, Vol. 108, No. 6, pages 14,998-15,003; September 6, 2011.

Computerized Training of Working Memory in Children with ADHD- A Randomized, Controlled Trial. T. Klingberg, E. Fernell, P.J Olesen, M. Johnson, P. Gusstafsson, K. Dahl-Strom, C.G. Gillberg, H.Forssberg and H. Westerberg in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 44, No. 2, pages 177-186; February 2005.

Improving Fluid Intelligence with Training on Working Memory. Susanne M. Jaeggi, Martin Buschkuehl, John Jonides and Walter J. Perrig in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Vol. 105, No. 19, pages 6829-6833; May 13, 2008.

Can Training in a Real-Time Strategy Video Game Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Older Adults? C. Basak, W.R. Boot, M. W. Voss and A. F. Kramer in Psychology of Aging, Vol. 23, No. 4, pages 765-777; December 2008

Differential Effects of Reasoning and Speed Training In Children. Allyson P. Mackey, Susanna S. Hill, Susan I. Stone and Silvia A. Bunge in Developmental Science, Vol. 14, No. 3, pages 582-590; May 2011

Short- and Long-Term Benefits of Cognitive Training. Susanne M. Jaeggi Marton Buschkuehl, John Jonides and Priti Shah in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Vol. 108, No. 25, pages 10,081-10,086; June 21, 2011

Stress Signalling Pathways That Impair Prefrontal Cortex Structure and Function. A.F.T Arnsten in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Vol. 10, pages 410-422; June 2009

A Bidirectional Model Of Executive Functions and Self Regulation. Clancy Blair and Alexandra Ursache in Hand-book of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications. Second edition. Edited by Kathleen D. Vohs and Roy F. Baumeister. Guilford Press, 2011.

Child Development in the Context of the Adversity: Experimental Canalization of Brain and Behavior. C. Blair and C. C. Raver in American Psychologist, Vol. 67, No. 4, pages 309-318; May-June 2012

06 March 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the lovely late summer weather we are having. The school pool is certainly getting plenty of use both during the school day and at the weekends.

Thank you to those of you who attended Three Way Learning conferences last week. We hope you found these useful in setting the learning direction for the year for your child/ren. We, as a staff, have spent some time developing these conferences to ensure they are meaningful for your child, their teacher and yourself. Feedback on this last round has been very positive.

As is always the case, if ever there is a matter that you are concerned about, please get in touch with your child’s teacher (or the staff member concerned) and make a time to discuss and resolve it.

I’d like to say a big thank you and well done to Indie Lewis from Room 20, who last week organised the bake sale to raise funds for those affected by the recent Port Hills fires. It is wonderful to see our students stepping up and taking some action when our community needs some support. Thank you also to the Year 5 and 6 student’s parents who did the baking to support this very worthy cause.

A personal thank you from Indie Lewis Room 20
“I would like to say a special thank you to all the staff, Year 5 and 6 students and the parents who supported the bake sale last week.  We raised $1,011.10.  The funds are going to be given to the Rural Fire Department and the Dorrance family to help rebuild their garden.   This was such an awesome effort, thank you so much for getting on board with my idea”.
Indie Lewis

New Parents Morning Tea
To all of our new families to Elmwood this year, we would like to invite you to a welcome morning tea this Wednesday, 8th March at 9:00am in the Staffroom. This will be an opportunity to come along to meet and chat with the leadership team and members of ENSCA (Elmwood Normal School Community Association). If you intend to come, please rsvp via email to Maree mareeh@elmwood.school.nz

Reminder:

Nathan Wallis
Monday, 20 March 7:00pm in the Paparoa St School Hall.

If you haven’t already marked you diaires for this event do so now.

“Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management.
Until recently he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and was also a board member and senior trainer with the highly respected Brainwave Trust. In 2010 he founded a private training consultancy, Nathan Wallis Ltd, with the goal of facilitating easy to understand professional development training reflecting the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday practice.
Since then he has been in hot demand, delivering in excess of 150 presentations every year throughout New Zealand and Australia. He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make this complex topic come to life.
He has worked with children in counselling settings relating to domestic violence, sexual abuse and childhood trauma. Nathan has established and managed educational contracts in Christchurch including Parents as First Teachers and Te Waka Huruhurumanu, a Ngai Tahu indigenous early learning centre”.

A couple of housekeeping reminders:

  • Please use the crossings on Leinster and Aikmans Roads to access the school. When using these please follow the Road Patroller’s instructions ensuring you wait for the “Cross now” command.
  • We have designated areas for Bus parking on Leinster Rd between 9:00am and 3:30pm.  Please do not park in these areas at these times.
  • Please also adhere to the 3 minute parking when dropping off your children.
  • Parents need to be diligent about coming to the office if their child arrives late to advise the office staff, or they need to remind their children to pop into the office before going to class.

Paul

27 February 2017

Dear Parents,

We as a community have the opportunity to hear Nathan Wallis speak on Monday evening 20th March, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at Paparoa Street School. Nathan is a fantastic, dynamic speaker.  You will be disappointed if you miss hearing him.   

Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management.

Until recently he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and was also a board member and senior trainer with the highly respected Brainwave Trust. In 2010 he founded a private training consultancy, Nathan Wallis Ltd, with the goal of facilitating easy to understand professional development training reflecting the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday practice.

Since then he has been in hot demand, delivering in excess of 150 presentations every year throughout New Zealand and Australia. He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make this complex topic come to life.

He has worked with children in counselling settings relating to domestic violence, sexual abuse and childhood trauma. Nathan has established and managed educational contracts in Christchurch including Parents as First Teachers and Te Waka Huruhurumanu, a Ngai Tahu indigenous early learning centre.

“I didn’t realise that there was so much going on in my kids heads.  This information has been awesome to hear.  I really feel like I have a completely new understanding of why my teenager is like he is.   I’m not worried at all anymore.  Thanks so much Nathan – you are an AWESOME communicator.  You make everything so easy to understand.”   Parent.

I would strongly encourage you to come.  Please mark this event in your diaries now.  You will not be disappointed.
If you wish to attend please email mareeh@elmwood.school.nz

Regards
Paul

20 February 2017

Dear Parents,

Our first round of Three Way Learning Conferences for Y1 – 6 students will take place Tuesday 28 FebruaryThursday 2 March. We have brought these forward in the school year to enable the three parties (parents, students and teachers) to get together to discuss the learning journey ahead for the year and set some mutually agreed goals. There will be a follow-up conference in Term 3 to evaluate progress made towards these learning goals.

Three Way Learning Conferences are a conversation between the student, their parents and their teacher. The student has an opportunity to share with their parents (with the support of their teacher) their growth as a learner. All three parties – student, parents and the teacher – sit together and talk about the student’s learning by looking at and discussing a range of the student’s work samples. Each conference will last for fifteen minutes with times selected through our online booking system, which we will open today and close on Monday 27 February at 9.00am (see below for instructions).

It is recognised that if our children are to be successful in the future they must be given the skills to learn how to learn. We want them to understand that learning is something they do: it is not something done to them.

Strategies like three way conferencing increasingly lead students towards becoming self-directed, independent learners. During three way conferences, students play their part in contributing to the discussion and providing evidence of progress and achievement. Their task is to provide a range of work to illustrate the progress they have made. Three way conferences ensure that the focus remains on the student’s learning and the critical role they have in determining their own next steps for learning.
If students are to develop as independent learners they must reflect on their own progress and look at what they can learn from what they have accomplished. This is becoming an integral part of their classroom programme.

Reflection encourages students to consider their own thinking. It is being able to stand back, to think about what has been done well, to identify difficulties, and to focus on areas for improvement. Where students are able to reflect on their current strengths and weaknesses, they are in a strong position to set their own next learning steps.

“Where students set their next learning steps, individuals were shown to have made impressive gains in terms of academic achievement”…. (Atman 1988).

These understandings give students skills for life in learning how to learn. We are empowering them to become self directed, independent, lifelong learners, able to cope with whatever challenges they may face in the future.

To make a booking:

  • Go to the website : www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
  • Enter the school’s event code: qrnah
  • Enter your family name, email address and student name.
  • Select the class teacher from the list provided.
  • Select an available time slot.

Once you have made your booking the interview timetable will be emailed to you at the email address that you provided.

If you do not have access to a computer, or you have problems with arranging your interview times online, please call into the school office and they will be able to assist you.

Paul Armitage
Principal

13 February 2017

Dear Parents,

Thanks to those of you who attended last week’s meet the teacher evening.  We hope you found these sessions informative and helpful.  To support the material that was shared with you, we have this year developed an information section on our website.   This can be found under the ‘Information’ droplist on the home page and then hover over Team Information and you will find  a section for each of the following year levels:

Year 1 and 2:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_eE1JgsltioRU5e22HAXDA3FffGvq1sIWk1tgepa8qk/edit

Year 3 and 4:
http://yr3and4elmwood.weebly.com/

Year 5 and 6:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/13KojKX2agl-Cdz2qq3-mkzADJBtkqOHzWUftGE3DxEY/edit

I would recommend you refer to these in the first instance, should you have any questions regarding what happens in the year level your children are in.

Celebration Assemblies:
Due to the Auditorium being unavailable this term, Celebration Assemblies will be held outside the music room (weather permitting). These assemblies are held week 3, 6 and 9 (17th Feb, 10th and 31st March).   The first assembly will take place this Friday at 11.00am. The later start time is due to the grounds drying out sufficiently for the children to sit on.    Should we have to cancel the assembly – there will be a notice on the website by 9.30am.    If in doubt, please check the website.

Linc-ed Reporting
Last year we began implementing a new Student Management System called Linc-ed.  This is a cloud-based system that has been designed by a past Principal in Canterbury.  It is an online tool we use for recording attendance, administrative information and recording learning and achievement for students.  This tool is also used for reporting to parents.

This year we will be changing the way we are reporting to parents about  student achievement.  Instead of providing a written report twice a year, we will be undertaking ‘real time’ reporting of your child’s achievements.  Teachers, teaching assistants and support staff will be posting information about your child’s learning within the Linc-ed system.   Parents will be able to access this information once we go live at the end of Term 2.   This will be done through the parent portal on Linc-ed.  We will share more information with you later in the term via the newsletter, website and parent information sessions.

School Uniform:
Please note that due to the building work being undertaken on the Auditorium, the Uniform shop will operate from the Library for the next two weeks.  The shop will be open from 8.30 – 9.00am.   The second hand uniform shop will remain in it’s usual place under the stairwell.

SchoolDocs:
School Docs is our “cloud based” policy and procedure system that we use here at Elmwood. This is a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well-researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines.  Policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews/requests from schools and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team.

Each term there are policies and procedures up for review.

This term we seek your feedback on Recognition of Cultural Diversity.   To do this:
1.     Visit the website http://elmwood.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
2.     Enter the user name (elmwood) and password (Elmw00d).
3.     Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
4.     Read the policy.
5.     Click the Policy Review button at the right hand top corner of the page.
6.     Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
7.     Enter your name (optional).
8.     Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can easily provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.

Regards

Paul

31 January 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome back everyone to the 2017 school year.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer break, feel well rested and ready for what promises to be an exciting, busy and productive year.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to all parents for preparing the children so well for the beginning of the school year; having all their stationery, wearing the uniform correctly and having their sunhats – what a great start.

Property Works:
During the holidays there has been considerable property works taking place at school. You will no doubt have noticed the newly painted buildings. The new colour scheme certainly gives a fresh look to our buildings.  You may wonder why we have painted some blocks and not others. This is because some didn’t require repainting yet and others will be replaced when we enter the Ministry of Education’s rebuild / modernisation programme in 2020.

We have also installed heat pumps (for cooling) now to all classrooms. These will keep rooms at a comfortable temperature when the settled hot weather arrives next month!

Works to the Auditorium will begin in the coming weeks. This will involve resolving water tightness and also a full internal refurbishment.
The auditorium will be out of action for all of term one, requiring us to have whole school assemblies outdoors (weather permitting).

Behaviour Expectations:
Last year staff and students developed a document that outlined the expectations we have at ENS that relate to our values. Teachers will be sharing these with students in the coming days and we will share them with parents via the website shortly.

One of the expectations I shared with all pupils today at our first assembly,  was that scooters must be walked in the school grounds. We would appreciate if parents and pre-school children also adhered to this.  Please click on the following link to view the ENS Values and Expectations ENS Values and Expectations 2017

Meet the Teacher Evening:    Tuesday, 7 February, between 6:00pm-6:50pm
This year we will be trying a new format for our meet the teacher evening. We have decided to dispense with the picnic as numbers in recent years have been declining.
This year there will 2 meeting times which will be held in the teachers respective classrooms. These will be identical meetings in their content with the first round beginning at 6.00pm and the second round beginning at 6.30pm. Parents may choose whichever time is suitable.
The purpose of these meetings is for parents and teachers to meet, and for teachers to outline how their classroom will operate for the year.
As all staff will be committed to their meetings, parents need to be aware that there will be no supervision in the playground.

Road works on Aikmans Road:
We have been advised by Fulton Hogan that they will be carrying out extensive roadworks on Aikmans Road over the next 3 days.  This means Aikmans Road will be closed to all traffic between Akela and Stirling Streets.  Please be mindful of this and plan an alternative route when coming to and from school.

Barista:
With Libby leaving us at the end of last year to further her studies we are looking out for a new barista to run the “Elmwood Grind”. If you know anyone that may be interested or you are interested yourself, please get in touch with Vicki in the office.   355 7192 extension 706; email:  office@elmwood.school.nz

Looking forward to working with you all again this year.

Paul.

12 December 2016

Dear Parents,

The end of the school year is all but upon us and we can reflect on what has been another great year at Elmwood Normal School.

Hopefully you’ve been able to sit down with your child/children and let them share their learning achievements that were captured in their reports. Having read all 558 reports, I hope you are as proud as I am of each student’s achievements for the year.

In last weeks’ newsletter I acknowledged our leaving staff and thanked them on behalf of the community for their dedication and service to Elmwood.

Next year we are delighted to welcome Danielle Bowden from Mount Eden Normal, Heather Pearson from Amberley Primary, Willem Kortekaas, Jessica Saunders, Angela Hamilton, Bronwen Kingston all beginning teachers. We also welcome back on a part time basis, Zoe Rose and Jill Royds.

Joanne Koers is also joining our administration team taking over the Thursday/Friday Reception position from Sue Welsh.

In 2017 the school will be organised as indicated below .

Room 6A    Sandra Johnston                       Y1
Room 7      Toni-Jayne Miles                        Y1/2
Room 8      Tara Hollings                              Y1
Room 9      Laura Richardson                       Y1
Room 11    Jessica Saunders                       Y2
Room 12    Jo Mottram                                  Y2
Room 13    Heather Pearson                         Y2
Room 14    Charlotte Wilson                          Y2
Room 1      Meg Feller                                   Y3
Room 2      Angela Hamilton                          Y3
Room 3      Zoe Shakespeare                        Y4
Room 4      Ben Cording                                 Y3
Room 15    Willem Kortekaas                         Y4
Room 16    Danielle Bowden                          Y4
Room 17    Hayley Bishop/Jill Royds              Y4
Room 22    Sarah Hughey                              Y5
Room 23    Sarah Argyle                                 Y5
Room 24    Jeni McKinnon                              Y5
Room 18    Caro Searell                                  Y6
Room 19    Bronwen Kingston                         Y6
Room 20    Anna Schmidli                               Y6

This Wednesday your child will be issued with a letter from me advising parents of their 2017 class placement. On Wednesday they will spend some time in their 2017 class with their next year’s teacher getting to know their new classmates.

As this is our last news update for the year I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during the year and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you all have safe, relaxing holidays.

Looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 31 January.

Paul

 

05 December 2016

Dear Parents,

Planning for next year is now well underway with school organisation, budgets and staffing all being finalised. As has been previously indicated if you are not intending on returning to Elmwood Normal School next year (other than Year 6 students) please advise the office immediately as this information is critical to our overall planning.

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, classroom teachers are currently completing final assessments and writing reports. Students in Years 1-3 will either receive an anniversary or end of year report while students in Years 4-6 will receive their anniversary report. These will be sent home on Friday 9 December with your child.

Class placements is another big job staff have been working through. Considerable time, thought and effort goes into this process with each child’s academic and social needs being taken into account.

On Wednesday 14 December students will meet their 2017 teacher and classmates and bring home a letter to parents advising of their placement.

ERO Report:
We have now received our Confirmed Report from the Education Review Office. It is a