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WEEKLY OVERVIEW

Monday 24 September:   
Tuesday 25 September:  BOT Meeting – 6.00pm-8.00pm – Principal’s office; Orchestra Performance – 7.00pm-8.00pm – Auditorium
Wednesday 26 September:   Dance Performances – 4.30pm – 6.00pm; ENSCA meeting in the staffroom – 7.00pm-8.30pm – Staffroom
Thursday 27 September:  Loud Shirt Mufti Day – gold coin donation; ENSCA Sausage sizzle – order from 8.30am on the courts
Friday 28 September:  School Uniform Shop open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium; Second hand uniform shop open – 8.40am-9.05am – under the stairs adjacent to the auditorium; Term 3 ends – 3.00pm – have a safe and happy holiday

 

FUTURE DATES FOR THE DIARY

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

MESSAGE FROM OUR DP (17.09.18)

Four principles for the open world
Recently I listened to a futurist named Don Tapscott. I have been intrigued by some of his messages and so thought I would share a couple of key ones with you.

In a very enlightening and entertaining TED talk he refers to children of today as having “no fear of technology, because it’s not there. It’s like the air. It’s sort of like I have no fear of a refrigerator”.

He explains that our children are the first generation of ‘digital natives’ as they have been bathed in technology since birth, whereas he, on the other hand, is a `digital immigrant’ – he had to learn the language (I’m sure many of us can relate to that!).

As a result of technology, the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent, and Tapscott sees this a good thing.  He describes today’s society as being “an age of collaboration … transparency … sharing, understanding the new power of the commons, and an age of empowerment.”  He insists that institutions need to be rebuilt around a new set of principles based around ‘openness’.

Driving themes to a more open world are effective communication, collective intelligence, interdependence, major collaboration and major participation. 

This is the business world our children will be heading into in the not too distant future. For this reason we see these as important attributes for all our learners at Elmwood to develop.

Here is a link to his thought-provoking presentation if you want to find out more;  https://www.ted.com/talks/don_tapscott_four_principles_for_the_open_world_1#t-100823

Jill Evans
Deputy Principal

A Message from the Hearts of ENS Union Members (17.09.18)

As you may be aware from news reports, the Ministry of Education have put forward a new offer regarding conditions of work and pay, to teachers and principals. This new offer does not address our main issue of the enormous workload and responsibilities for teachers, nor does it take into consideration the insufficient resources currently available for supporting children with additional learning needs (social, behavioural and academic needs). Schools no longer have one or two children requiring additional support, but multiple children across all classrooms.

Teachers are having to look at what can be ‘dropped off’ from the extras they provide, so they can continue to provide the most effective classroom teaching and learning programmes, in order to support the diversity of the children they are working with.

These issues, along with the impact of teaching not being seen as a financially viable career, has an impact when relievers can not be found when teachers are sick. Doubling up in classes is far from ideal if we want to provide quality teaching and learning. This issue also needs addressing.

We value your support.

Union Members at Elmwood Normal School

SCHOOL NOTICES

IF YOU ARE LEAVING ELMWOOD
If your child/children are leaving Elmwood Normal School this year (apart from Year 6 leavers at the end of the year), please can you let both your child’s teacher and also Jo on reception know as soon as possible.  This will help us with our planning for 2019.   Thank you.

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week Year 6 children are having their hot chocolate treat day on Thursday 20th  September.   $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.

ABSENCES
If your child/ren will be absent from school for any reason please ensure that you advise reception, even if you have already notified the class teacher.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
We have a new order of Keep Cups in stock at the cafe and at reception.  $25 for the large and $20 for the small.  New range of colours.  Pop in and pick one up if you would like one.   They make great gifts.

ACCOUNTS
A reminder that Year 4 and 5 camp fees must be paid before they go on camp.  Statements for Term 3 fees for activities and sport will be sent home via email at the end of this week, and we would appreciate payment of accounts before the beginning of Term 4.

TERM 3 SAUSAGE SIZZLE – THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Please bring $2 for a sausage to the main courts between 8.30-8.55 on this day and collect your sausage from the same place at lunchtime.

ENSCA SECOND HAND BOOK SALE
Thanks to all the families who so generously donated some great second hand books.  The Library choose a got a good selection of books from those donated, and $549 was raised for some brand new library books.  Thanks to Fiona, Rebecca, Charlotte, Megan and Chrissie for organising and running it.

CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL Year 5 and 6
Our second massed rehearsal is on the morning of the night on which we perform, Thursday 25 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 this 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 25 October 2018 at 7pm.

EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS & SPORTCHECK – EMERGENCY TEXT SYSTEM
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.

ENSCA NEWS

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

ENSCA MEETINGS
The next ENSCA monthly meeting is being held on Wednesday 26 September, 7.00pm in the Staffroom.

ENSCA FACEBOOK PAGE
ENSCA now have a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ENSCA-Elmwood-Normal-School-Community-Association-2287602817924146/

SAUSAGE SIZZLE
If anyone wishes to help with the Term 3 Sausage Sizzle on Thursday 27 September then please email jowynharris@gmail.com

SCHOOL LUNCHES:

SUSHI LUNCHES 2018
Order forms and prices are available on the ENSCA page.  Orders need to be in the pigeon hole in reception NO LATER than 9.00am on Wednesday.

EZLUNCH
Did you know that your child can get a hot lunch on Tuesdays thanks to New World in Northwood?  There are many food options: from butter chicken pies, to stir fry noodles, lasagne, gourmet sandwiches and muffins.  All you need to do is set up an account on Kindo, and you can take care of Tuesday’s lunches for the rest of the year!  No cash, no hassle.  Orders must be in by Tuesday 9.00am for delivery Tuesday lunchtime.

EZLunch is a company associated with Kindo.  You set up a prepaid account online, and then draw down on that account over time.  To set up your Kindo account please go to our ENSCA Payments page.

For a link to the EZLunch menu, please click here  EZLunch Menu Price List

SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP
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 uniform@elmwood.school.nz to notify us you have paid by internet.

You can also now order and pay for school uniform through Kindo.  To set up an account please go to our ENSCA Payments page.

PRE-USED UNIFORM
The Pre-Used Uniform shop is open every Friday from 8.40am – 9.05am at the bottom of the stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium.

ELMWOOD PARENTS BIZ NETWORK

Welcome to the Elmwood Parents Biz Network for 2018!
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 rachelleh@ihug.co.nz.  To view the directory click here 
Rachelle Henson, Carolyn Eyre-Walker and Natasha Lamont
The Elmwood Parents Biz Team

COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

ALLRIGHT? AMBLE – SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

THE BREEZE WALKING FESTIVAL – 29 SEPTEMBER  TO SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER
Now in its seventh year, the festival offers 50 free walks with a range of easy, medium and challenging routes.  Many of the walks combine the chance to learn more about nature, culture, history and new developments around our city and region. 

So get your family and friends together, head outdoors and put some spring into your step with The Breeze Walking Festival.

Pick up a copy of the festival booklet with all the walk details from your local Library, Service Centre or Recreation and Sport Centre, or check out the programme online here.

MASH SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

 

AQUAGYM SCHOOL HOLIDAY AND TERM 4 PROGRAMME

 

PAPANUI YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TRUST HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

YMCA SCHOOL RECREATION PROGRAMMES

PINK STAR WALK

SCHOOL HOLIDAY SCIENCE SHOW
Mr Science and friends put on a WOW Show! Fun and Educational!  Sensational science demonstrations on stage, audience participation, fun for all ages.   Join us on a magical journey exploring the excitement of FLYING, FLOATING, GLIDING, and SHOOTING!   Mr Science (Sterling Cathman) is a specialist primary science teacher and has been working with kids and teachers for the past 10 years in schools around NZ.

FREE THEATRE – OCTOBER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Enrolments are open for Free Theatre’s October Holiday Programme in the first week of the school holidays: Monday 1st October – Friday 5th October9am – 3pm daily.

Throughout the week, participants (8-13 years) will explore: mask-making and performance; history of art; puppetry; circus skills; voice and text work; sound and technical design. These tools are combined to explore a particular theme (which we’ll let you know about soon!) with the week culminating in a presentation to family and friends. Previous themes have included Creation Myths, Greek Gods and Heroes, Antarctica, the Olympic Games and Homer’s Cyclops story.

Costs are $240 per child.

ACT2 AUDITIONS – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST