School Notices - 3 August 2020

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday August 2, 2020

ASB Sport sessions, swimming and co-curricular continue this week as advised previously as well as fitting in normal school lessons, but a few more things that you need to know ....

What's on?

  • Mihi Whakatau - Monday 3 August 2.30pm
  • Keyboard Lessons - cancelled Wednesday 5 & Friday 7 August

Amesbury School Photos 2020

The 2020 Amesbury School photos are now available to view and purchase.

An email was sent out to all parents last Tuesday (28 July) with all the 'How to' information.

This gallery will close at midnight on Wednesday 12th August 2020.

Keyboard Lessons Cancelled this week

Apologies, but owing to Tas's unavailability due to personal circumstances, co-curricular keyboard lessons will not be held this week - Wednesday & Friday. 

All affected parents should have received an email. If you haven't or you have any other questions please contact John [email protected].

Amesbury's Got Talent

Amesbury's Got Talent heats will be running during lunchtimes in weeks 5 & 6 (17-28 August), with the finals the following week.

Now is the time to sign up, as entries close this Wednesday 5 August.

After that - start practising. We know that we will be amazed at the diverse range of talents on display.

Made to order products with your child's artwork

Students have been very busy creating their own artwork that can be printed onto calendars, cards, diaries, mouse mats and sketch pads (spiral bound A5 notebook with blank pages) that are available for you to buy.

On Friday (31 July), your child/ren will have brought home a named order code form that will have a unique code that is linked to their art. Please use this to order online via the KidsArtWorks website. (Orders cannot be made via the school by cash or on the school account).

Final orders close at 10am on Monday 17th August and, sorry, no late orders can be accepted.

Purchased items will be delivered to school mid September and will be given to students to bring home.

Scholastic Books Club

Don't forget that Term 3, 2020 of Scholastic's Book Club is now available for online ordering.

Please do the ordering by visiting the website at - no need to fill in the paper order form and please do not return anything to school. Everything can be done online. 

Ordering will be open until Monday 31st August 2020 and books will be sent to school.

Harakeke Inquiry

Can you help out with materials for Harakeke's Inquiry this term? They require newspapers and bubble wrap.

If you have any - whether or not your child/ren are in Harakeke - can you please drop it off in the hub (preferably) or into the office.

A big thank-you in anticipation.

Nits and Head Lice Checks

There are signs that these pests are back again.

Please read through this article and take the appropriate steps. Thanks.

Koru Hub Swimming Lost Property

Koru Hub swimming only started last week and already they have a number of items of clothing in their 'lost property' pile. If you recognise it and, while it is all unnamed, it will be kept in Koru Hub for you to pick up.

Image by: John Murrihy

Can I also take the opportunity to strongly encourage you to name all of your child/ren's clothing and things not only when they take them to swimming but whenever they bring anything to school?


  • Labelling: with ASB trips and changing room chaos at swimming this term it's a good time to get everything named (even goggles, togs and swim caps!). We have fabric label pens available to purchase on Kindo, or Stuck on You have a great selection of iron on and sticker labels
  • Fleeces: The production of size 4, 6 and 8 polar fleeces (currently out of stock) has been delayed due to extended international shipping timeframes (for the zips!). New fleeces can still be ordered via Kindo and will be issued as soon as they arrive (hopefully by end August).
  • Reminder: Jeans are not permitted as part of the school uniform. Lower halves must be black (not blue) and long sleeve tops worn under the polo must also be plain black
  • Second Hand: You're welcome to visit the office between 8.30am and 3.30pm to check out the range of second hand items currently available (polos, fleeces, skorts, skirts, shorts, pants)

Lost Property:

  • Blue Accelor8 bike helmet (L)
  • x2 Sistema Klip It 2l rectangular containers/lunch boxes
  • x4 Sistema screw top snack/pottles
  • x2 pairs of kids sunglasses
  • Key ring with hand sanitiser, kiwi and other tags
  • Hello Kitty fan
  • Child's SKMEI watch
  • x1 size two Amesbury beanie
  • x2 OSFA Amesbury beanies (without an inside tag)

Fleeces (most have been in lost property since end 2019 or Term 1)

  • x1 near new size 2 fleece
  • x2 size 8 fleeces (one slightly named in photo attached, the other with very faded biro)
  • x2 size 4 (one with an ohm symbol raksha bandha in pocket and no zip, the other with hard to read label (photos attached)

SchoolAppsNZ Update

SchoolAppsNZ have just released the latest App update 2.4.2 which resolves a couple of outstanding bugs some users were experiencing.

Most people have automatic updates set on their device, however, you might want to ensure that you have the update to the latest version of the app.

Community Notices

Election Day: Work Available 

Our school will once again be a Voting Place on Election Day Saturday 19 September. 

The Ōhāriu Electorate is looking for good people to staff the Voting Place, and there are also opportunities to work before and after Election Day. These are paid roles and full training is given. 

See for more details. If you wish to work on Election Day, please help the recruitment team by stating your preferred Voting Place when you apply. 

Papararangi Kindergarten is turning 50

Paparārangi Kindergarten is turning 50 years old and to celebrate they are holding an open afternoon on Sunday 30th August from 1pm. There will be an afternoon tea at 2.30. 

They would love to see past families, committee members and teachers join them. If you wish to attend please RSVP to [email protected].

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Education for your daughter in Year 7, 2021

Open Mornings (tour the school, ask questions and find out about Marsden’s Visible Wellbeing approach and programmes): Friday 14 August and Friday 23 October 2020, 8.45am-12pm. Principal Narelle Umbers will be speaking briefly at 9am.

Year 7 Māori & Pasifika Scholarship applications for entry in 2021 close 31 July, see details and apply online.

Enrolments: Enrolments for entry in 2021 are now due.

To organise a personal tour or day in class for your daughter please contact Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707.

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