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Monday 19 March: 
Tuesday 20 March:  ENSCA Amazing Race Tickets – veranda outside the cafe – 3.00pm-3.15pm; BOT Meeting – 6.00pm-8.00pm – Principal’s Office
Wednesday 21 March: Hot Chocolate Treat Day Year 4 ($2) – 8.30am-8.50am – Elmwood Grind Cafe; Room 19 and 20 Trip to the Museum and Art Gallery – 8.45am-3.00pm; ENSCA Amazing Race Tickets – veranda outside the cafe – 3.00pm-3.15pm; ENSCA Meeting – 7.00pm-9.00pm – Staffroom
Thursday 22 March: NZEI meeting – children are to be picked up at 1.00pm
Friday 23 March:  Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer; Second hand Uniform shop open – 8.40am-9.05am – Stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium; Friday Summer Sport; ICAS entries close – 3.00pm



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


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
  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 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:



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.

This week we will have a hot chocolate treat day on Wednesday 14th March for our Year 3 children.  Kid’s Hot Chocolates are $2.00 each.   Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am – to give the children time to drink them before school.  Thank you for supporting the cafe at Elmwood.

On Monday 12 March following swimming at 2.30pm-3.00pm a black “baby G shock” watch went missing.  If anyone has found this watch can it please be returned to reception.

A great morning out for family/ friends.  Sunday 8th of April 9.15am-12.30pm

Have fun exploring the city & being creative with your family/friends, then back to school for a sausage sizzle & judging with some great prizes up for grabs!  Please see your leaflets in your eldest child’s bags for further details.

To register:  Email with team name, class #, family name.  Internet payment of $25.00 per team to 03-1707-0058075-00 please reference team name, OR purchase your tickets and register outside the Grind Café after school on 13th , 14th , 20th & 21st March.  Eftpos or cash.  Further information will be emailed on registration, any queries please email

The sausage sizzle for Term 1, 2018 is on Thursday 12th April, $2 per sausage.  Bring your $2 and pay at the courts before 8.55am.  Come and collect your ‘sausage in bread’ from the courts at lunchtime.

ENSCA have listened to the feedback from you that some of you wish to attend meetings but are unable to make it during the day due to work and/or other commitments.    As such the meeting times for this year are going to be changed to accommodate everyone.    The next ENSCA meeting will be held in the evening of Wednesday 21st March, 7.00pm in the staffroom.   So please come along and give us your support.    Dad’s come along and share your great ideas.

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 Wednesday 21 March, 7.00pm in the Staffroom.
The ENSCA committee members would like to acknowledge Bridget Eastgate by saying a big thank you for all her hard work as Chairperson for the last two years.   Also, we extend a big welcome to Louise Parnham who is taking over from Bridget and stepping into the role of Chairperson.

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


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 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  To view the directory click here Biz-word-directory-5 March 2018.  
Rachelle Henson, Carolyn Eyre-Walker and Natasha Lamont
The Elmwood Parents Biz Team


Please join us for our Open Day on Monday 12 March or Monday 14 May (9.00am-12.00pm both days).  In Years 7 & 8 every girl is encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try different things, and to be resilient. The Senior School programme is carefully crafted to ensure that each girl is exposed to a rigorous spectrum of intellectually engaging experience and challenges. After completing the Senior School programme, she will be fully prepared for the next step in her academic career, well equipped with valuable life and social skills and ready to face any challenge with confidence. To learn more about our Years 7 & 8 Curriculum, please contact Charlotte Johnson,  


On the back of a very successful Weetbix Tryathlon we would like to share the next exciting event on the Canterbury calendar, the Sea2Sky Challenge on Sunday 18th March.  Held at the beautiful Scarborough Beach we have both Duathlon and Triathlon events for all ages and abilities.  We encourage children from 9 years to have a go and to bring Mum, Dad and the rest of the family to race too or to share in the day.  Please go on to our website and have a look at the different races available:

We hope to see many of Canterbury’s children and families there.

An Evening with Jim Delisle—hosted by the Canterbury Explorers

The Canterbury Explorers are excited to bring internationally renowned gifted expert, Dr Jim Delisle, to Christchurch later this month.  We will be hosting an evening for parents, teachers and others interested in gifted children and gifted education.

Date: Wednesday 21st March @ 7:00pm
Location: The Medbury Centre, Medbury School
Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members or $10 Students.
Visit for booking or further information.
Or e-mail if you have any additional questions.


M FACTOR FASHION SHOW (for Ronald McDonald Charities)