School Notices - 2 December 2019

By John Murrihy | Posted: Monday December 2, 2019

The main theme this week is CAMPS ....

What's on?

School Camps

All of the school camps are happening this week.

The links to the latest newsletters are above. Please re-read them and make sure that your child(ren) has everything they need as well as noting what time they have to be where.

Also a reminder not to order lunches for the days they will not be here at school.


Just a reminder that all library books should have already been returned to school. Quickly bring them back if you haven't.

Also don't forget to return all school readers before the end of the school year.

Kindo Updates

A new Top Up Account page that works better on phones

The new-look "Top Up Account" page is another way for parents to add funds to their Kindo balance, without doing a purchase at the same time. The page includes bank account reference details and the link for using online topup methods (credit card, POLi) - and now it resizes for phones and ipads, making it much easier to use when out and about.

A new functionality to automatically link existing family accounts.

Caregivers with existing myKindo accounts, have been seeing a prompt to 'link' their students to school records. Some families are ignoring the prompt and so a new facility to link them automatically has been put in place.

Most families will simply notice that they can now see outstanding items at the top of their screen, rather than an "action required" prompt to link their students.

No students will be removed, but if the student name does not match, caregivers may notice they've now have two children of similar names on their account. They can delete the extra student on the 'my details' page.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us on 09-869 5200 (or 0508 454 636) or email [email protected].

Lost Property

Has anyone mistakenly taken home Aanya's fleece? It does have her name on it and has a broken zip. If so, can you please give it to one of the teachers in Koru hub. Thanks.

'Pack the Bus' - Wednesday 4 December

A reminder because it happens this week.

This year Amesbury School is participating in the Wellington City Mission Christmas Charity event ‘Pack the Bus’.

During December the ‘Bus’ travels around Wellington picking up donations of Food and Gifts, which are then distributed to those families in need over the Christmas period.

On Wednesday 4 December the ‘Bus’ will be arriving at school to ‘Pack’ all of the donations made by students & families of Amesbury School.

We need your help! It would be great if your child could bring something to donate to this worthy cause. The options are endless, some ideas are: cans of food, crackers, cereals, chippies, toiletries and of course festive items such as biscuits/chocolates. All food items need to be sealed and non perishable.

There will be a collection point in the office foyer from Monday 25 November. Wouldn't it be great if our donations could be placed all along the length of the ‘drop off zone’ at School.
If you have any questions please contact Belinda Beazer (Jack & Greta Eglinton’s mum) ([email protected]) or talk to Regina or Rachel at School. 

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Holiday things-to-do

Summer Reading Challenge

Wellington City Libraries are running a Summer Reading Challenge which, additionally, can win you and the school prizes.

Please read the information attached below - sorry if the writing is a little small but there's a lot of information included.

Drama Remedy

‘Twas the night before Christmas

A unique holiday programme with a festive theme will focus on performing Christmas poetry, prose and scripted plays with Drama Remedy. Create craft items to display your own writing, plus festive themed decorations. On the final day dance to a choreographed dance routine to a medley of Christmas tunes. It gets more exciting with Secret Santa and a scrumptious spread on the final day.

When: 18th, 19th, & 20th December 2019

Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (doors open from 8.30 am)

Where: Churton Park Community Centre

Cost:$115 per child for the 3 day workshop

$45 per day per child

To enrol or for more details contact Drama Remedy on: (04) 478 5962 or 022 027 3316 E-mail: [email protected]


January Holiday Drama Programme

We got an exciting line-up to keep your children entertained this school holidays. Come and join us

to explore many elements of creative drama.

Dates: 16th & 17th of January 2020 (Thur & Fri)

Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (doors open from 8.30 am for drop-off)

Venue: Amesbury School

Price: $95 per child for the 2 day workshop (includes all material, morning and afternoon tea)

$55 per day per child

Junior Programme (Age 5 – 9) Senior Programme (Age 10 – 14)

Thur 16th – Performance Poetry Thur 16th – Theatre Sports

Fri 17th Oct – Role Plays Fri 17th – Types of Drama

For more details or enrolment contact on:

02202 733 16 or 04 478 5962

[email protected]

Kelly Club & Kelly Sports

Kelly Club Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.


HO HO HO - We’re taking over Santa’s workshop for the week with lots of Christmas activities planned!


The January programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned:

Awesome Bounce, Rock Climbing, Ice Skating, Laser Force, Zealandia, Staglands, Colour War Day, Under the Sea Day, Slime Day, Wonderful Water Day, Wicked Wheels Day plus Bumper Ball is coming to Kelly Club and lots more!

To enrol email [email protected] or call 04 972 7201


Football - Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Ian Galloway park, Wilton

Week 1 - Tues 14 Jan, Weds 15 Jan, Thurs 16 Jan

Week 2 - Tues 21 Jan, Weds 22 Jan, Thurs 23 Jan

Week 3 - Tues 28 Jan, Weds 29 Jan, Thurs 30 Jan

Football Fun - Ages 5 + 9am - 12pm

Football Skills - Ages 7 + 1pm - 4pm

1 day (AM or PM) for $35.00

3 days (AM or PM) for $90.00

Dance **NEW** - Raroa Intermediate School Hall, Johnsonville

Day 1 - Tues 21st Jan - "JAZZ"

Day 2 - Weds 22 Jan - "BALLET"

Day 3 - Thurs 23 Jan - "HIP HOP"

Our second dance holiday programme! With our NZAMD (NZ Academy of Modern Dance), RNZB (Royal NZ Ballet) and RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) accredited coach Caitlin.

Learn an entire dance routine from 10am - 1pm, Ages 6+

Cost: 1 day $35.00

3 days $90.00

**NEW** Little Movers! - Raroa Intermediate School Hall, Johnsonville

We are launching a new hour long programme that will take place every morning before our dance programme kicks off.

A chance for 3 to 6 year olds to have a boogie and explore movement to music.

9am - 10am

Tues 21st Jan, Weds 22nd Jan, Thurs 23rd Jan

Cost - $10/session

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit email [email protected] or call 04 972 7201. 

Onslow Gymnastic Club

Kids got energy to burn? Gymnastics is the answer! Have Fun – Learn Skills – Build Confidence! Onslow Gymnastics has Recreational, TeamGym and Competitive classes for ages 5+ years. Recreational Gym-for-All classes are held at Khandallah School Hall (ages 5-9 years) and Onslow College Rec Centre (ages 7-14+). No previous experience is required to join any of our recreational classes. TeamGym (ages 10+) brings together tumbling, mini-tramp and dance to provide an energetic and creative performance. Registrations for Term 1 2020 open 16th December 2019 at or email us with any questions at [email protected]. Classes do fill up so please enrol early. 

Write Like An Author/Draw Like An Artist

These programmes for young people are being held from 21-23 January 2020.

For more information please see the flyers below.


CodeCamp Summer Holiday Programmes will be held at Queen Margaret College, Samuel Marsden Collegiate and Chilton St James. 

Plus there are discounts (of up to 21%) available.

All Dates Available At All Venues

- 16th Dec – 19 Dec 2019 (NOTE: no 5th-day option available for this week)

- 6th Jan – 9/10th Jan 2020

-13th Jan – 16/17th Jan 2020

- 21st Jan – 24th Jan 2020 (NOTE: no class on the 20th, because of Wellington Anniversary day)

Ages: 7 – 11 Recommended for beginners and intermediate block-based coders. We use a mix of Scratch, Tynker, App Inventor & Other block-based platforms. Junior NInja

Ages: 11+ Recommended for Advanced Block-based coders. Students can choose to build mobile apps with advanced block-based coding or start learning advanced text based coding concepts. Hacker

Ages: 11+ Recommended for Advanced text-based coders only. Students must have completed the junior & Hacker levels to advanced into the Full Stack Course. Full Stack

More Information -  Alumni Bookings Click Here - Any queries contact: [email protected]

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