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“Kia rite tā koutou haere ki tā ngā tamariki o te mārama. walk as children of light”  

ECS Update, Term 3, Week 5 – Friday 26th August 2022

Emmanuel Christian
School Newsletter
Kia rite tā koutou haere ki tā ngā tamariki o te mārama – Walk as children of light

ECS Update Term 3, Week 5 – Friday 26 August 2022

This newsletter contains information on the following:

  • Important Dates
  • Teacher Only Day Reminder
  • Time 2 Talk – Parent Information Night
  • Middle School Open Evening
  • Board of Trustee Elections
  • 2023 Year 7 & 8 Camp
  • Cultural Day
  • Scholastic Book Fair (last day TODAY)!
  • Cantamath
  • Year 9 & 10 Sports Teams 
  • School Photos

Important Dates

Teacher Only Day: Monday 29th August

Early Finish (all classes finish at 2:25pm): Tuesday 6th September

Middle School Open Evening:  Thursday 15th September

Time 2 Talk Parents evening:  Tuesday 20th September 7-8:30pm

Cultural Day: Thursday 29th September (Week 10)

Teacher Only Day – Monday 29th August

Time 2 Talk – Parent Information Night

Tuesday 20th September 7- 8:30pm at school.

An evening for parents of children at all year levels.  

(Please note this event is not suitable for you to bring your children.  The focus is on equiping parents).

In today’s digital world, young people being exposed to pornography isn’t a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Pornography is sweeping through our society like a tsunami, and we have yet to see the long-term impacts. By providing strategies that allow parents and kids to work as a team, we can mitigate the harmful effects of pornography on Aotearoa’s young people. 

Tāima Kōrero equips parents and educators with the tools to effectively talk about pornography with young people. By having the right conversations in a timely way, we can reduce the impact of pornography and support our young people to have healthy sexual relationships as adults. 

Brett Harvey will share from his own experience,  research and within the framework of his personal Christian faith.


“Dealing with anything to do with pornography can be an incredibly difficult and sensitive conversation. The Time 2 Talk Team handle this potentially explosive topic with great dignity, value, and authenticity. Their presentation contains a very positive, inspiring, and encouraging message while at times needs to be confronting and challenging. ALL adults (not just parents), will benefit from the words of wisdom and hope that are passionately shared. The Time 2 Talk Team are VERY easy to deal with and will not push themselves on any school or organisation. They listen and tailor their message to meet your needs. Their overall aim is simple. They have a genuine desire to help parents help children to stand against the toxic and insidious effects of pornography.”

Steve Frost – Tumuaki/Principal of Hillview Christian School

Middle School Information Evening

If you have a child who is going to be in Year 7 next year, you are invited to the Middle School Open Evening.

Board of Trustee Elections

Board of Trustee voting occurs over the next few weeks with voting closing on Wednesday 7 September. You should have received information about the parent representative nominations in the post. We are blessed to have received Three parent nominations for the two parent representative places. Please read the nominee profiles carefully and pray about this important decision-making process and remember to vote before 7 September.  

Voting closes on Wednesday 7th September at 4pm.  There is a Voting Box in the Office, or papers can be returned by mail

2023 Year 7 & 8 Camp 

If your child will be in Year 7 or 8 in 2023 we have an exciting Camp planned in Term 1.
We will be going to Hanmer Springs on the 29th – 31st of March for our Camp. 
At this stage the cost of camp will be around $250 per person and we will be requesting your contribution prior to the camp.  The contributions toward this camp will be received as tax deductible donations (you will be able to claim back 1/3 of this donation as a tax rebate at the end of the financial year).

If you would like to set up a regular payment plan, please see Louise Morrison at the office or email 

Cultural Day

On Thursday of week 10 (29th September) it is our school’s cultural day.
It is a great day for us to
celebrate our amazingly diverse school community.

Cultural Day will begin with a parade in the morning and students are encouraged to come to

school dressed in traditional clothes (or something that reflects this) of the culture they relate to. If your child(ren) would prefer not to do this, then they just wear their school uniform. In the case that the traditional clothing is special, students are able to change out of them and back into their school uniforms following the parade.

As part of the celebrations, we plan to set up the hall with cultural stations representing some of
the cultures in our school. This will run in the afternoon from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. For this, we
need your support. If you are willing to help with the event, whether it is providing materials, ideas, or coming to run a station, please fill in the form below and return to your child’s classroom teacher by Wednesday 23 August.
All who are able to help will then have a chance to meet together to
discuss plans.

If you have any questions about Cultural Day, please feel free to contact Bronwyn van Mechgelen or Christine Liu.

Scholastic Book Fair – Last Day TODAY!!

This afternoon is the last opportunity to check out the Book Fair!

When:  Fri 26th August 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Where: The Library

The Book Fair will be set up in the library, and open for all from 8.30 to 9.30 in the morning, and 2.30 to 3.30 in the afternoon from Tuesday through to Friday.

A Scholastic Book Fair can be a great benefit to our school. A portion of each sale at the Fair earns Scholastic Rewards which can be spent on books for our classrooms and library. If we sell over $750 of product, we earn 30% of the total sales back to spend on books. In addition, there is an opportunity for you to donate books to your child’s class or to the library.

As well as books there will be novelty stationery items to purchase from as little as a few dollars each. 


We were excited to enter Emmanuel Christian School in the Cantamath team competition at the Christchurch Arena.
In the Year 7 team was Isabella Morrison, Abby Reid, Nathan Ursa, and Anna Francis.
We also took a Year 8 team as well, which consisted of Christine Jones, Amelia Francis, Luke Thompson, and Noah Langford. They did extremely well as this was their first time competing. Year 7’s got 30pts and Year 8’s got 45pts out of 100.

We also entered 11 projects and were awarded 3 Excellent awards and 5 Highly Commended awards. A huge congratulations to these amazing students and all the time and effort they put in!

Excellence Award

Abigail Mackenzie Y7 – Maths in Orthodontics
Noah Langford Y8 – Fire Spiral (String Art)
Gina E Y8 – Bird (Paper folding art)
Holly Duthie Y8 – Publicity Motif

         Highly Commended Award

Peter Couprie Y7 – Maths with a Twist
Esther van der Horst Y7
– Boardgame
Christine Jones Y8
– Written Work
Christine Jones Y8 – Overall theme
Lilia Kanjo Y8 – Flower (Paper folding art)
Kegan Wakelin Y8 – Probability wheel

Year 9 & 10 Sports Team Successes

Our Year 9 & 10 sports teams did really well this year with Table tennis finishing 2nd and both Basketball and Netball finishing 3rd in their respective divisions. 

Congratulations to each these teams.

Pictured below is the Year 9&10 Basketball team and coach.

School Photos

The School Photo orders arrived today and will either be sent home with your child today or early next week.

If you didn’t order a photo but would like to, you are still able to do this online following the instructions which were emailed to you.  The sender’s name was Natasha Claassen (from PhotoLife).  Each email contains a unique access key which allows you to view and order the photos of each of your children.

Alternatively contact PhotoLife on 0800 50 10 40 or email

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