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Dental Clinic on site from Monday 21 August

Monday 21 August:   ENSCA Art Auction Tickets – 2.45pm-3.15pm – Veranda outside Elmwood Grind Cafe
Tuesday 22 August:  ENSCA Art Auction Tickets – 2.45pm-3.15pm – Veranda outside Elmwood Grind Cafe
Wednesday 23 August:   ENSCA Calendar Art Calendar Orders Close – 3.00pm; ENSCA Art Auction Tickets – 2.45pm-3.15pm – Veranda outside Elmwood Grind Cafe
Thursday 24 August:  ENSCA Meeting – 9.00am-10.00am – Staffroom; Canterbury Zones, Netball A Team – 11.30pm – 2.30pm; ENSCA Art Auction Tickets – 2.45pm-3.15pm – Veranda outside Elmwood Grind Cafe
Friday 25 August:   Grandparents Day – 9.00am-10.00am (classroom) 10.00am-10.30am (Auditorium for Morning Tea); Uniform Shop Open – 8.30am-9.00am – Auditorium Foyer; Second hand Uniform shop open – 8.45am-9.15am – Stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium;  ENSCA Art Auction Tickets – 2.45pm-3.15pm – Veranda outside Elmwood Grind Cafe; Last Day for Friday Winter Sport



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

PRINCIPAL’S DESK   (21/08/2017)

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 :
  • 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



This week we want to share a piece of writing from a year 6 student. Every Friday the students in room 18 reflect on their work, writing about their challenges and successes at school. These reflections are across the curriculum and include academic, sport, the arts and social.

Mac’s writing embodies the values that are a fundamental part of everyday teaching and learning at Elmwood. His writing serves as a reminder that we are a community that is strongly connected, and that our school culture has a deep sense of ‘pumanawatanga’ (morale, tone, beating heart).

‘When I was at the Isaac Theatre Royal for our production, I was amazed when we did a haka. I thought we were a family singing out aloud. I felt like there was a connection running through our bodies when we were working in a group singing and doing actions. I felt relieved when we had finished our performance and proud of our Kapahaka whanau.’

Our school values are:
Excellence/ Hiranga – we strive to do our best
Creativity/Auahatanga – we think in innovative ways
Empathy/Aroha – we respect and value others
Collaboration/Mahi tahi – we work with others to create inspiring learning
Independence/Motuhake – we take responsibility for our own learning

(Elmwood Normal School Curriculum, 2016-2017)

There is a lot to be proud of at Elmwood Normal School.

We look forward to Grandparents’ Day this Friday where we can share our love of learning.

Caro, Sandra and Megan



Date: Monday 4th September 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Elmwood Normal School Staff Room

Dear Parents/Caregivers, we would like to consult with the community regarding the delivery of the health curriculum at Elmwood Normal School. This would be the ideal forum to do this.  During the end of term 3 and beginning of term 4 we will be running sexuality education sessions for all classes. The teaching resources we use are from Family Planning, with lecturers from the University of Canterbury College of Education having had input into the writing of the resource.  We would encourage parents / caregivers to attend this session to gain an insight into the programme.

Please pop this date in your diary/calendar.

Sarah Hughey
Lead Teacher of Health

Welcoming all Grandparents!  This Friday August 25th, the children and staff would like to warmly welcome grandparents to school from 9.00am-10.00am. During this time the children will share their learning in the classroom. This will be followed by morning tea in the auditorium from 10.00am-10.30am.  We look forward to welcoming our grandparents to school.

The Elmwood Grind is back up and running for the new term.   If you are new to the school – the cafe is situated opposite Room 6a – on the deck next to the sports room.  You can purchase coffees and hot drinks from 8.30am until 9.15am.  Coffee cards and vouchers are available from the Office or from the Cafe.   This is an ongoing fundraiser for our school.  Thank you for your support.  Ruth, our Barista looks forward to welcoming you and making you a nice drink.

The Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival for 2017 is at the Horncastle Arena from Wednesday 25 October until Friday 27 October.  Elmwood Choir will be performing on Thursday 26 October at 7pm.   The theme for the Music Festival this year is “Whatever the Weather”.  For further information, including rehearsals and how to purchase tickets, please click on the following link Music Festival News.

Save the date!  Mark your calendar and book the babysitter. The ENSCA art Auction is on Friday the 22nd of September.  Come along and enjoy a night of socialising and Art appreciation.

Tickets are $20 and include finger food and one drink on entry.

Tickets on sale from the 7th of August from the veranda beside the Elmwood Grind from 2:45 – 3:15pm

It’s that time again! Your children have been busy creating beautiful pieces of art for our ENSCA Calendar Fundraiser.  .

Your child will bring home an Order Form by Monday 7 August.  Please check their bag!  Teachers will have your children’s art displayed close to the classroom by Monday 7 August or you to view and order.  Orders start Monday 7 August 2017 and finish Wednesday 23 August 2017.  No orders will be received after this date.

How to order:  Put your order form with correct amount in cash, or a cheque made out to ENSCA, in a sealed envelope attached to your child’s art (all art is individually numbered) and give to your classroom teacher.

Calendar Art is great to post overseas and a wonderful option for Christmas presents and cards. Item samples are on the front desk in the office reception for you to view.

Prices this year are as follows:
Art Calendars – $12 Each
Cards (pk 8)   – $12 Pack
Diaries             – $18 Each
Mouse Mats    – $14 Each
Sketch Pads    – $14 Each

Thank you for your support.


Meg Feller will be looking after Facebook and Twitter for term 3, so please send all photos and info to her on –

Here is the timetable for term 3.

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 24 August at 9.00am in the Staffroom.

A big thank you to the Term 2 BBQ/Sausage Sizzle parent helpers: Phoebe T, Pip S, Stacey J, Karina L, Mandy H, Fe B, Nicola B, Rebecca K, Bridget F, Steph P, Carolyn E and Tilly.  Without volunteers the children would not be able to have this hot lunch!

If anyone wishes to help with the Term 3 Sausage Sizzle (Thursday 28th September) then please email

The Entertainment Books for 2017 are now here and available to be purchased.  This year the money raised will go towards helping to purchase new iPads for classrooms, so please be in quickly to purchase your Entertainment Book or Membership. 
You will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. To place an order online please click on the following link

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 Elmwood Parents BIZ Directory – August 2017
Many thanks
Rachelle Henson, Carolyn Eyre-Walker and Natasha Lamont
The Elmwood Parents Biz Team


Discover how to help children adjust in your step family and create a united, supportive home life.  Overcome common challenges and learn practical strategies that really work from New Zealand’s leading stepfamily presenter. Live happily ever after in your stepfamily! ONE NIGHT ONLY. Numbers limited. You must register to secure your place.
When: Tuesday 22nd August, 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch City
For more information go to: email:  Or phone/txt: 021 404 742

Heaton Normal Intermediate School 2018 enrolments close on Thursday, 31 August.  We would appreciate receiving all in-zone enrolment applications by this date to assist us in planning for out-of-zone places.  Please contact the Heaton school office for enrolment information on 355 9555 or email:

Please remember to come into the School Office to check the notice board and the clear-files for Out of School Activities and Sports, Holiday Programmes and events in our community.