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ECS Update Week 7 – Friday 17 March 2023

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

ECS Update Week 7 – Friday 17 March 2023

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the Term 1, Week 7 Newsletter.


This newsletter contains information on the following:

  • Important Dates
  • Early finish Tuesday 21 March
  • Esther – The Musical
  • The Lions Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival 2023

Important Dates

Tuesday 21 March – Early finish at 2:25pm (all teachers are involved in professional development working with other schools).

Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st March Year 7 & 8 Camp in Hanmer

Thursday 6th April Last day of Term 1

Monday 24th April Teacher Only Day 

Tuesday 25th April ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April First Day of Term 2 for students

Monday 1st May – Wednesday 3rd May Year 5 & 6 Camp at Woodend

Early Finish – Tuesday 21st MArch

As in 2022, each term we have a staff meeting with staff from across the Christian Schools in Christchurch.  These meetings run from 3:00-5:00pm at different schools across the city.  The Ministry of Education is introducing a full New Zealand Curriculum refresh with three big learning areas documents coming out in 2023.  There is significant work to ensure we understand refreshed curriculum documents well.  These meetings allow us to connect with staff from other Christian schools as we work on this significant adjustment together, with a shared commitment to our Christian special character.

Please arrange to collect your children at the earlier time of 2:25pm on Tuesday 21st March to enable staff time to travel to these important meetings.

We are very aware that this meeting  falls only a few days after the strike closure. For those parents unable to collect your children early on the 21st we will have some supervision available until their regular finishing time.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


Esther – the Musical


  • Friday 5th May (Week 2, Term 2)
  • Matinee Performance – 1.30 
  • Evening Performance – 7pm
  • Christchurch Community Church (Christchurch Chinese Church) – 286 Greers Road, Bryndwr.

Students are working hard to memorise Music, Words, Lines and Dances for a spectacular performance of the Biblical Story of Esther, acted by the Senior Students in Year 9 and 10.

 120 ECS students are involved from Year 3 upward, either singing in the Choir, playing an instrument in the School Orchestra (which is accompanying the Production) or dancing. Practices are occurring within school time but we may require some students to attend an afternoon practice in the school holidays.

There will be 2 Performances on Friday the 5th of May:

 Matinee ‘Dress Rehearsal’ which the rest of the school will attend (they will be bussed to and from the venue). Grandparents are welcome to join us for this Performance – 1.30 – 2.30 but seating will be very limited. We will provide transport to the venue for this Dress Rehearsal.  

Evening Performance: 7pm – 8pm.  Year 9 and 10 performing students need to arrive at 5.30, the Choir and Orchestra at 6pm. We need to be on the stage and ready to start by 6.40. (Note: Instruments and Music can be left at the church after the matinee performance, the church will be locked in between, so instruments are secure.)

Cost: $5 per person
Tickets will be available from the school office from Monday the 20th of March.

 There will be more information about the Musical sent out over the remainder of the term.
Any questions can be directed to:  or


The Lions Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival 2023

31st October – 3rd November, 2023
Christchurch Town Hall

This is an exciting opportunity for any Year 5 – 8 students at Emmanuel.  Students who choose to join our school choir will perform on one of these evenings in the Town Hall with hundreds of other students from other schools. Over the period of 4 nights, there will be approximately 4000 students performing! It is certainly a memorable event!

I have space for 25 students to join this Festival choir (which is a separate choir from the Emmanuel Junior and Senior Choir). Students will need to audition for the school Festival choir and we will begin rehearsing the songs in Term 3. The theme this year is ‘Galaxies’.

There is also a unique opportunity for any interested students to join a Representative group – Junior Choir (Year 5 and 6), Senior Choir (Year 7 and 8), Orchestra (standard approx. Grade 3 and above), or Concert Band.
This is a big commitment and requires many hours of rehearsals on Saturday afternoons late in Term 3 and rehearsals in the September/October holidays, involving one full week. Students in these Representative Groups are expected to perform every night of the Festival (Oct 31 – Nov 3rd).

To be selected through a rigorous audition for these Representative Groups is the Musical equivalent of representing Canterbury in Sport.

We have had many students from Emmanuel selected for the different groups over the years. I am sure that they would tell you that joining these groups would have been one of the highlights of their schooling – the friends that they made through being involved in this are friends for life! I can personally attest to the fact that students who have been involved in any of these groups significantly benefit in terms of skill and performance confidence!

All details about the commitment and the audition process are on their website:
The applications for these Representative Groups close at the end of Term 1, so please get your applications in if you are interested. I will go through the audition process with all students who apply so that they are well aware of what the expectations are before the day of audition! On the day of audition parents will be required to transport their children to and from the venue if it is outside of school hours. If the auditions are in school hours and I am available, I will take the students in the school van.

Students in Year 5 – 8 who wish to be a part of the school choir performing on one of the nights, will need to attend an afternoon area rehearsal in Term 3 at Avonhead Primary School. We will take a bus from Emmanuel to and from the venue. On the morning of our school choir’s performance in November, students will attend a dress rehearsal at the Town Hall, transported to and from the venue by bus.
Tickets are available on their website once the date of our school choir performance night is confirmed.

If you have any queries, please contact me:


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