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Friday 15 December: Celebration Assembly – 9.00am-10.00am – Auditorium; Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer; Second hand Uniform shop open – 8.45am-9.15am – Stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium; Last day of Term 4 – please pick up your child/ren at 12.30pm – have a safe and happy holidays

Monday 29 January: School Closed; Second hand Uniform shop open – 10.00am-10.30am – Stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium
Tuesday 30 January:  First Day of Term 1, School starts 8.55am; Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer; Second hand Uniform shop open – 8.30am-9.00am – Stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium;
Wednesday 31 January: Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer
Thursday 1 February:  Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer
Friday 2 February: Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer



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


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.



Over the past week our children have been involved in a wide range of events leading into the festive season. Every day I am reminded of the excitement of Christmas.  The sound of Christmas carols drift through my office window being sung by numerous groups or performed by the school orchestra, candy canes and cards adorn my desk and I have lost count of the number of crazy Christmas hats I have seen around the school.  Some of the children even had the opportunity to sit in `Santa’s sleigh’ from the New Zealand `Kiwi Christmas’ movie. Remember to check out our school Facebook page to see photos of some of these events.

It is such a pleasure to see our school getting involved in activities that support the wider Christchurch community. Last week four Year 5 and 6 students held a cake stall and raised an impressive $343.10 for the SPCA. The Junior School children delighted members of the public by spreading Christmas cheer down at Merivale Mall and Rooms 7, 8 and 9 visited Nurse Maude.

A final opportunity for our Elmwood community to support others will be happening tomorrow with a mufti day. We ask for the children to bring nonperishable food item (instead of money) to donate to the Salvation Army. Please give generously to this very worthwhile cause.

With this being the last newsletter of the year, may I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful summer break.

Ngā manaakitanga.

Jill Evans


TERM 1, 2018 DATES
First day of term 1 – Tuesday 30 January
Last day of term 1 – Friday 13 April

Stationery for Years 1-6  (excluding new entrants) is available from OfficeMax. Please ensure you order your child’s/children’s stationery ready for them to bring to school on Tuesday 30 January. The stationery lists for your child’s/children’s 2018 classroom are available as per the attached link: OfficeMax website Please enter Elmwood Normal School in the search area, this will bring up all year group lists.  Click on your year group and this will bring up your classroom for selection.  Please note: the student ID field is not required.

If you have ordered but have not received your school photo for your child/ren please contact Heritage Productions directly on 365 3554 or email

With the end of year approaching quickly this is just a reminder to get any uniform items you may need for next year.  The School Uniform shop is open this Friday from 8.30am – 9.00am in the Auditorium Foyer. 

The Uniform Shop will be open the first week of Term 1, 2018 – Tuesday 30 January to Friday 3 February from 8.30am-9.15am.
The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open the day before Term 1, 2018 starts – Monday 29 January – 10.00am-10.30am, and the first day of Term 1, 2018 – Tuesday 30 January 8.30am-9.00am

EZLunch will start again for Term 1, 2018 on Tuesday 13 February.

Keys are $100 (with a $30 refund on key return at the end of the season).  To hold a school pool key you need to have signed the following form Pool Key Users document 2017 and undergone a pool safety course.  If you are interested in purchasing a school pool key please contact

The ENSCA AGM is to be held on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 9:00am in the staffroom.  This will be followed by the monthly meeting.  All are welcome.  This is a great opportunity to meet some new people while playing a role in providing those extras for your child and the children of Elmwood.  To find out more about the role of ENSCA please follow the link also invite written nominations for the roles of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Nominations can be posted to the ENSCA box in reception and need to be in by Wednesday 14 February.  We look forward to seeing you there.

The Community Dental Service will be providing emergency dental appointments on the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December available at the following clinics:  Hornby Community Dental Clinic, Northcote Community Dental Clinic, Woolston Community Dental Clinic, Aranui Community Dental Clinic, and from Hillmorton Community Dental Clinic:

Tuesday, 9th January – Friday, 12th January 2018 (inclusive)
This service will operate by appointment only and if we are unable to see your child, alternative options will be given. If your child has dental pain as a result of an accident please contact your dentist in the first instance.

New Year Clinic Openings  An emergency dental service will also be offered from Hillmorton Community Dental Clinic and Northcote Community Dental Clinic on the following dates:

Monday, 15th January 2018 – 19th January 2018 (inclusive) and
Monday, 22nd January 2018 – 26th January 2018 (inclusive)

You can phone and make an appointment for these clinics by ringing 0800 846 983.

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 15 February, 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 1 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

EZLunch is a company associated with Kindo (which Heaton uses for managing school payments).  You set up a prepaid account online, and then draw down on that account over time.  To go to the EZLunch website click on the following link  To set up your Kindo account please click on the following link  Orders must be in by Tuesday 9.00am for delivery Tuesday lunchtime.

For a link to the EZLunch menu, please click here EZLunch Menu Elmwood.  You can see the prices on the Kindo form page.
For FAQs please click here EZLunch FAQ Sheet

We hope that you find our new service convenient.  If you have questions about setting up your account, please contact Kindo at Help? or tel. 0800EZLUNCH term time 8am-4pm.  If you have any feedback please email Bridget at

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


The Christchurch City Libraries annual Summertime Reading Club programme is for kids between 0 and 13 years old inclusive. The competition starts on Friday 1 December 2017 and finishes on Friday 19 January 2018 at 5pm. Try an eBook, read an eMagazine or read to someone – tell us your reading experiences and be in to WIN great prizes.

Children and families with children aged 0 to 13 years inclusive are encouraged to share their reading experiences this summer. All kinds of reading are to be celebrated! Pick up a challenge sheet from any Christchurch City Libraries or download a copy from the library website:  The emphasis this year is on encouraging shared family experiences – have fun together as you celebrate the joy of reading!  Children will be asked to get a teacher, librarian, or parent to ‘stamp, sticker, or tick’ the five experiences they have had.