School Notices - 25 May 2020

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday May 24, 2020

Now that most are back on campus there is a need to restart our weekly notices ....

What's on?

  • Connection Conferences - Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 May
  • Co-curricular Lessons Start - Wednesday 27 & Friday 29 May
  • Queen's Birthday - Monday 1 June - No school

Connection Conferences

Hopefully everyone has already signed up for the Connection Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

The purpose of this ‘connection conference’ is to allow parents to pass on important information about how their child/ren coped during lockdown, how they are feeling now, and how they have managed with their learning. It would also be a good opportunity for parents to ask questions about your children; you may have noticed certain things about your child’s learning and/or behaviour, and you may want to know more about it from the teacher’s perspective.

If you haven't yet signed up - this closes at 8am on Tuesday - or you need more information, please refer to Urs's email to all parents sent on 13 May.

Co-curricular Lessons start this week

Our co-curricular lessons are commencing for Term 2 on Wednesday & Friday this week.

After resigning all those that wished to continue this term, we still have vacancies if your child is interested taking any of our classes. We have additional teacher hours for those classes that were previously over prescribed. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer gymnastics this term.

If you want to see what co-curricular lessons are please visit our webpage. If you have any questions not covered, or you want to sign your child up, please contact John [email protected].

Information from the Ministry of Education

Now that we are at level 2 and back at school, the Ministry of Education has prepared some useful information for parents. Here is the link. Spend a little while looking at the information and pick out the things relevant to your situation.

Kelly Club

Don't forget that Kelly Club is back in full swing and has space for your child/ren in both their pre-school and after-school sessions.

Below is a typical Kelly Club programme:

Image by: John Murrihy

Re-energise and Reconnect After School Sports Programme (Years 1-4) – Friday’s 3.05pm-4.05pm

Get your children (Years 1-4) back into being active, feeling excited about playing sports & having fun with their friends.

This 4 weekly programme gives children skills and confidence in a safe, fun & enjoyable environment. It encourages their enthusiasm for sport & life skills that such involvement brings,

giving them confidence to join sports clubs and teams in the future.

We have limited spaces available, so please enrol online urgently! Sessions start Friday 29 May 2020 for 5 weeks! We would love to see you!

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

Yum, Chocolate

Are you aged between 5-13 and do you have what it takes to design New Zealand’s next favourite chocolate bar? Then the Wellington Chocolate Company has just the competition for you!

A fantastic prize awaits the winner, but the 5 finalists all win chocolate. If you don't like chocolate, I'm sure that your favourite teacher or Acting Principal will happily take it off your hands.

This is not a school competition, so parents you will need to be happy and will need to sign up so that your kids can enter, which you can do here.

Good luck!

Lost Property

Well that didn't take very long, but we have our first item of lost property:

  • size 4 fleece with bracelet in the pocket
Image by: John Murrihy

Additionally, before lockdown were you missing a size 2 or 6 fleece (unnamed), or do the fleeces in the photos at the bottom of this article look familiar?

If so, please email Rachel [email protected] and she will give it to students to take home.


  • You can still buy uniform items during level 2 - uniforms purchased from the school Kindo shop will be given to students to put in their bag and take home for naming. (Rachel will email parents to confirm when this has been done)
  • Our winter beanie stock has arrived! We now have 2 sizes available to purchase online.
  • The sports tops have also arrived and are now available in all sizes 6-16

Enrolments for Rāroa Intermediate

If your child is in Year 6 and you are interested in looking at Rāroa Intermediate as an option, Rāroa is providing 3 different programmes of opportunities to obtain information:

  • 'A Day at Rāroa' for students: Thursday 30th July, a teacher will take Amesbury Year 6 students for 'A Day at Rāroa'.
  • Parent Evenings: There are three separate parent evenings in order to make the group sizes smaller on the night. If you can't make your night, you are welcome to pop along on one of the other nights. They are all from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
    • Monday August 10 - Khandallah & Churton Park
    • Tuesday August 11 - Ngaio, Amesbury & Johnsonville
    • Wednesday August 12 - Cashmere Ave, Crofton Downs & West Park
  • 'Open Days': These are onThursday August 13 and Friday August 14. This is where parents are welcome to go into school during school hours to have a tour of the school while current students are working in class.

Please contact Rāroa Intermediate if you require more information regarding the parent evenings or open days. We will send out further information about the day to Year 6 parents toward the end of this term regarding the 'Day at Rāroa'. Parents are welcome to join us and attend for part or all of this session.  

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School key dates for entry in 2021

Year 7 Information Webinar –8 June, 7pm, please register on the Marsden School website, and you will be sent a link.

Open mornings14 August, 23 October. Please register at the link above

Enrolments – now open.

For personal tours, time in class and questions please contact Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 or email [email protected]

Community Notices

Churton Park Community Centre Newsletter

If you haven't already come across it please check out the latest Churton Park Community Centre Newsletter to see what's happening in Churton Park.

Independent Herald

If you haven't seen the latest edition of the local Independent Herald, here's the link. If you are interested and haven't done so already you can sign up to have the online version sent directly to you.

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