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ECS Update Term 2, Week 5 – Friday 26th May 2023

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

ECS Update Term 2, Week 5 – Friday 26th May 2023

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the Term 2, Week 5 Newsletter.


This newsletter contains information on the following:

  • Important Dates
  • Ahi Ora Evening Performance Cancelled
  • Samoan Language week and International Languages Week
  • Music Lessons available at ECS
  • Traffic Safety – Papanui Club Carpark
  • School App
  • Free Dental Care for Students from Year 9

Important Dates

Monday 5th June – King’s Birthday Public Holiday

Thursday 22nd June – School Photos

Wednesday 28th June – Final Day of classes for Term 2 


Ahi Ora Evening Performance Cancelled

Unfortunately the evening performance session for tonight has been cancelled due to increased wind predicted for this afternoon.

Samoan Language week and International Languages Week

Talofa! We are celebrating Samoan Language Week from the 28th May to the 3rd June, and we would love to have parent volunteers to come to school to share about this beautiful language and culture.

On a similar note, we are celebrating International Languages Week in 2023 from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June. International Languages Week is an annual event held in New Zealand to promote language and culture from around the world. 
This special week provides an opportunity to showcase, learn, and promote the diverse languages and cultures in our schools, communities, and nation. 
To celebrate this week, we would like to invite whānau (family members) who speak another
language to come to school as guest speakers (to share about heritage language or to teach simple phrases) or to read books in heritage languages.
If you are interested to volunteer for either week, please contact Christine Ng (Liu) at

Also as part of the international Languages week, we have a display of posters in the library. The posters show how to write and say phrases in a variety of language from around the world.
Our school community has a growing number of languages that are spoken at home and not all of these languages are represented in our display. We are asking if there are any parents who would be able to help us with some of the missing languages.

Languages that we do not have are: Arabic, Dutch, Russian, Hindi, Cantonese, Burmese,
Visayan, Swahili, German and Sinhalese. If you speak one of these languages, and would be
happy to help, please email Bronwyn on

Thank you,
Bronwyn van Mechgelen and Christine Ng (Liu), ESOL team

Music Lessons

Would your child like to learn how to play an instrument? 
We have a number of different itinerant music tutors who come to ECS and teach a range of instruments including woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone), brass (trumpet, horn), violin, cello, piano, drums, guitar, ukulele and voice (singing).
These lessons take place during school hours.  Many of our itinerant tutors offer students the opportunity to perform in concerts throughout the year.

Some lessons are also available as a group lesson.

If you would like more information please email the Office and we will give you the contact information of the tutors.


School App

One of the ways we communicate with parents is via our School App.  The school app can be used to:
– View newsletters
– Provide absence information
– Access the school calendar
– Receive notifications about cancellations and other important information is now available

We would encourage you to download this app.  

To download the app please go to the App/Play store and search for KiwiSchools Connect. Once downloaded you can select Emmanuel Christian School. 

Or click on this link: KiwiSchools Connect

Free Dental Care for Students from Year 9 

Reminder to all rangatahi and their whanau that Year 9 to 18th Birthday “Free Dental” is available, book in with your dentist for your yearly check-up.

Dental check-ups yearly are your best way to prevent poor oral health and protect youthful smiles.

If you can’t remember what dentist you are enrolled with or have any questions, please contact the Adolescent Regional Coordinator 0800 846 983 /

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