Our Normal School status
In 1954 the term ‘Normal’ was added to the school name (see Our History). “Normal” comes from the French word Normale – meaning ‘model’ or ‘teacher training’.
As a Normal School, Elmwood has a partnership with the University of Canterbury College of Education (UCCE) and the New Zealand Graduate School (NZGSE) in pre-service teacher training with particular focus on providing models for teaching practice. We regularly hosts students for teaching practice and for demonstration lessons. The school also attracts visiting teachers and students from overseas.
Due to this partnership there is an expectation that our teachers will provide exemplary teaching practices to model for those in training. This expectation is a performance management dimension for all of our teaching staff. Our teaching and learning strategic direction aligns with the training programmes offered at the UCCE and the NZGSE.