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Monday 16 October: Term 4 starts – 8.55am – Welcome back; Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer
Tuesday 17 October: Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer
Wednesday 18 October: Year 5 Camp – Hanmer Springs; School Photo orders close – 3.00pm – Reception
Thursday 19 October:  Year 5 Camp – Hanmer Springs; Year 4 Camp – Living Springs
Friday 20 October:   Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer; Second hand Uniform shop open – 8.45am-9.15am – Stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium; Friday Summer Sport Commences; Year 5 Camp – Hanmer Springs return; Year 4 – Camp Living Springs return



Please check the Calendar on the website for our Future Events and Dates.

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 focii 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.



It is wonderful to be part of the Elmwood community again. I would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to welcome me back. For others who don’t yet know me I am looking forward to meeting you.   There are going to be  numerous school events coming up over the next nine weeks – starting with both the senior and junior school athletics sports days, Year 4 & 5 Camps and the school choir who will be performing at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival. Please don’t hesitate to come up and introduce yourself to me at these events or around the school grounds.  

The main goal I have this term is to spend time reconnecting with the children who I already know and getting to know those that I don’t.  I am looking forward to spending time in the classrooms observing all the great learning that is happening.

Nga mihi

Jill Evans


Volunteers are required for pool managers and supervisors while the pool is open during the summer season.  If you are interested, or would like further information please email Brian at  For anyone interested in being a pool manager, we have one vacancy to undertake a water treatment course on the 28 November, if you are interested please email Brian by Friday 20 October.  First in, first served basis.  Course costs would be covered by the school.
The final date for photo orders is Wednesday 18th October.  The class photos have been sent home with your child/ren.   You can order your class photos by filling in the envelope provided, popping your money inside it and dropping it into the box in reception.
Extra Curricular photos (i.e. sports and music etc) can be viewed on line at Heritage Productions by clicking on the following link:  Please use the Co-curricular order form if you wish to order one of these photos.

Welcome to the new families to our school this term.  We run a cafe at Elmwood that is open every morning term time from 8.30 – 9.15am.  This is an ongoing fundraiser for our school.  The cafe operates from the deck opposite the back of Room 6a.   Pop in and check it out!   Ruth our Barista would love to serve you.  

Keep Cups:  We are still waiting on more keep cups for those who are wanting them.  They should be with us in the next three weeks.  These are sustainable cups which reduce waste into the environment.   We will let you know as soon as they arrive.  

In less than two weeks the choir children from Elmwood will be performing at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival at the Horncastle Arena, Addington.  Our second rehearsal is on the morning of the night on which we perform, Thursday 26 October.

We will be going to the Horncastle Arena, leaving school at 9:00 am. Choir children will need to be at school by 8:45am on this day. We will be returning to school for lunch.  We advise that the children have a substantial breakfast on that morning.  We will be travelling by Red Bus. The Music Budget will cover the cost of the bus travel.

We look forward to sharing our learning of this year’s Music Festival songs with you on the night of Thursday 26 October 2017 at 7pm.

Loud Shirt Mufti day held on Thursday 28 September, raised a grand total of $519.60.  Thank you to everyone who donated, funds raised will help provide core communication skills to deaf and hearing-impaired children.  Fantastic work!

Next term our uniform changes to our summer uniform.  Remember that children must wear hat during Term 4 and Term 1.  PLEASE NOTE:  S/M Microfibre Hats will not be available until next term.  The uniform shop will be open in the auditorium on the following days/times:

Tuesday 17 October 8.30am – 9.00am

Art Auction catalogues are available for purchase from the school office – $10 each.  A great record of the student’s work including class photos with the art.
We have year books for sale if anyone missed out last year or on previous years.  The prices for Year Books are as follows and are available from the school office:

2016 Year Book   $25.00
2015 Year Book   $20.00
2014 Year Book   $15.00
2013 Year Book   $12.00
2012 Year Book   $10.00

This is an early notification regarding the end of year Itinerant concert which will be held on Tuesday 14 November at 6pm in the Elmwood Auditorium.  The children who have been involved with learning musical instruments through the Itinerant Music Programme at Elmwood this year will be sharing their learning.  The children are looking forward to performing some of their favourite pieces of music with you.

Please keep the school office up to date with your current phone numbers, your e-mail address and home address. It is vital that we have current information so that we are able to contact you quickly and easily in the event of an emergency. Please also register with Sportcheck. Sportcheck is the text message service we use during an emergency along with our website, Facebook and radio announcements. If you change your cell phone number please remember to update this with Sportcheck.


Please link to the ENSCA page for all ENSCA News and Events.

The next ENSCA monthly meeting is being held on Thursday 19 October at 9.00am in the Staffroom.

A huge thank you to the Elmwood School Community who purchased Entertainment Books. Sales of these books enabled ENSCA to purchase 3 iPads for the school.

If anyone wishes to help with the Term 4 Sausage Sizzle then please email

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to be Class Reps for 2017.  Please click on the following link for a list of all of the Class Reps 2017 Class Representative List


ENSCA requires parent help for Wednesday Sushi lunches, for 40 minutes on a Wednesday from noon, possibly three times a term. This requires sorting pre ordered sushi and handing out to children at lunch time.
If you can help please email Nicola Brownlee

Sushi order forms
Order forms and prices are available on the ENSCA page.  ENSCA are now offering Chicken on Rice for Wednesday Sushi lunches, $5, small only

The School Uniform shop is open every Friday from 8.30am – 9.00am in the Auditorium Foyer.  If you require Uniform at any other time please place an order, along with the correct payment, into the Uniform posting box at the School Office. Payment may be made by eftpos, cash or cheque.  
Orders can be paid by Internet banking to the ENSCA uniform account 03-1707-0058075-00.  Please note that this account is an ENSCA account and is different from the Elmwood School account.
Please email to notify us you have paid by internet.

The Pre-Used Uniform shop is open every Friday from 8.45am – 9.15am at the bottom of the stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium.
Please note that payment can be made by cash or cheque ONLY.


Welcome to the Elmwood Parents Biz Network for 2017!

Elmwood Parents Biz organises regular networking events and have developed the Biz Directory, an on-line resource of the local businesses within our school community. Whether you are looking for an architect, builder, a special gift, corporate catering or a piece of bespoke art work, the talent among our own school community is vast. Let us help support these new and existing businesses, big and small. Support local. You may be surprised at what you discover!
As our directory is constantly evolving, please check in regularly and if you would like to become involved and spread the word about your business, please contact us at  To view the directory Biz-word-directory-September 2017  Rachelle Henson, Carolyn Eyre-Walker and Natasha Lamont
The Elmwood Parents Biz Team


Fear NZ is back again this year for the Halloween Trick or Treat Family Fun Day at Ferrymead Heritage Park.  Last year was a lot of fun and a great success, so we have decided to come back bigger and better.  For a $25.00 Family pass you gain entry to the park. There will be old time games, bouncy castles, bumper boats, The Edge Candy Bar, bubble machine, candy floss and pop corn, Disney characters, balloon makers, mascots, Plunkets Big Blue, Best Dressed and Spot Prizes and of course the novelty to trick or treat safely around the village houses for candy. All this is included in the entry price.  Vendors will be present, but family are welcome to bring a picnic. Suitable for all ages.

The date: 29th October
Time 1pm-4pm

Tickets online at iTicket or through any iTicket outlet. Limited door sales.

Is your child dramatic? Do they love dressing up and acting out stories? Take advantage of a free trial class and find out!  Canvas Bag Drama School commences Term 4 drama classes on 16 October. Limited spaces for Term 4 in age ranked classes for 5 – 13 years.

Our classes are located in Merivale and combine a structured fun-filled social environment with extensive use of improvisation and role-play to develop positive feelings of self-worth and the ability to confidently express thoughts and feelings. You can trial or join any time within the term.  Please enquire at or 021 222 7273 or check out our web page for fees and more information. 

Saturday Morning Classes – spaces available in Term 4 for Years 4-13.  For further information please click on the link to view their flyer Saturday Writing Classes Y4-13

Rhythm and Rhyme Challenge Writing Competition for Year 4 to Year 11 students  – deadline 30 October.  For the entry form and details for our rhythm and rhyme competition take a look at the latest Write On magazine or go to  Great prizes and publication in our next Write On for selected winners in each age category.

Lucy Hone – Parent and Community Talk Evening
Thursday 19 October at 7:30 pm, in the Performing Arts Centre, Heaton Normal Intermediate School.   Tickets $5, and are limited.  For more information please read the attached flyer Lucy Hone PTA talk flyer