School Notices - 2 November 2020

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday November 1, 2020

What's happening at Amesbury this week ....

What's on?

  • Northern Zone Athletics - Monday 2 November
  • Junior (Year 0-2) Athletics at school - 9:30am - 12:30pm Tuesday 3 November
  • Board of Trustees meeting - 5:30pm Wednesday 4 November

Junior Athletics Carnival

Our Junior Athletics Carnival will be held at school from 9.30am-12.30pm this Tuesday (3 November). The Carnival is for our Year 0-2 students including those Year 2s based in Harakeke.

Please refer to the Junior Athletics Carnival article for further details, especially around what to bring for the day.

Parent Survey and Parent Focus Group Sessions

How well are we implementing the vision for education for Amesbury School?

This Survey and information was emailed out to all parents during the past week. 

Urs & Lesley really urge as many of you as possible to complete the survey and make yourselves available for a feedback session (on 10 November) as the school looks to 2021 and beyond.

Walking and Wheeling to Amesbury School Survey

Further to our Movin' March and Walk or Wheel to school events, Natalie has put together the this survey about how children are currently getting to and from school. It's really short and your input would be greatly appreciated.

EOTC / ‘Camp’ Week

This year, we have changed the format for our end of year overnight stays and camps due to issues with Covid-19.

All of our end of year trips and activities will happen in our ‘EOTC’ (Education Outside of the Classroom) Week - Mon 30 Nov - Fri 4 Dec. For further information about what your child/ren will be doing for the week and what you need to know and to do, please read the following:

Amesbury Speech Competition

Entries have now closed for the Amesbury Speech Competition

Heats will take place next week (9th - 13th November) and the finals will take place in our school hall from 1:30pm on Thursday 19th November.

If you haven't started working on it - now's the time. For everyone else who's entered keep working at it.

Scholastic's Book Club

Issue 7 of Scholastic's Book Club is now available for online ordering.

The closing date is Friday the 6th of November 2020.

Cultural Festival at Amesbury

The Amesbury School cultural festival will take place at Amesbury School on Friday 27 November from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Among other things it will showcase the activities that have been taking place in the school's learning enquiry this term around artworks.

Additionally, there will be a diverse range of cultural activities on display and foods to partake of. But there is room for more. If you have something of your culture that you would like to share please contact Regina ([email protected]) by 15 November.

But wait, there's more: One our our teachers, Gar Kee, has agreed to have her long hair cut for charity, or more precisely for the Cancer Society. If you wish to find out more and make a donation please follow this link.

Sun Protection and Pollen 

A friendly reminder that Amesbury sun hats are compulsory this term and in readiness for the upcoming sunshine, please apply sunscreen in the morning at home. 

Pollen levels are increasing again - for students needing seasonal allergy medication, the first dose should ideally be given before school.

Lost and Found

  • Sleeping bag (pictured below)
  • Fitbit
  • Casio watch
  • Pink togs with dinosaurs on them
  • Bracelet
  • Snapper Card
  • School uniform: beanies, polo top and skort
  • Kathmandu track pants (black)
  • Bike Helmet

Absence Reminders

  • Parents/Caregivers are required to notify the school office by 9:00am each day their child is absent (or coming in late), so that we can verify the safe whereabouts of all our students. Here's how to let us know: 
  1. Absence Form on website/school app (preferred), 
  2. 04 477 3423, 
  3. text only: 021 865528, or 
  4. [email protected]
  • Please only select 'Appointment' for medical absences (doctor/dentist/specialist)
  • It is school practice that a certificate from a medical professional (confirming days and when fit to return to school) is requested/provided after 3 consecutive days absence due to health reasons.

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.

UTSAV - Celebrating Indian Culture

The Churton Park Community Association invites you to attend UTSAV 2020 on 8 November from 2.30pm onward. UTSAV is an annual community event that celebrates Indian culture through performances, food and crafts.

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Churton Park Garden Group

The next meeting is scheduled for 10 November from 7-8.30pm in the Churton Park Community Centre with guest speaker Finn Michalak, Manager - Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton’s Bush Reserve, on NZ plants and how you can use them in your garden

The Churton Park Garden Group is an informal community group, open to people with a love of gardening, horticulture and plants, who are interested in finding out more, looking at other people’s gardens, talking about gardens and helping others with their gardens.

Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday evening of the month from 7.00pm – 8.30pm. Each meeting will generally include a speaker on topics of interest to gardeners and local gardening conditions, a plant sales table and raffles. Proceeds are used to support the running of the group, group activities and support for Churton Park Community initiatives.

Visitors welcome - $5

For membership enquiries, please contact Alison Hannah, 022 415 6480 or [email protected]

Plunket: An Evening of Christmas Music

Image by: John Murrihy

Amesbury School will not be performing as a school but groups are welcome to perform. Please contact Plunket if you wish to do so. 

Also everybody is invited along to enjoy the evening and make a contribution to the work that Plunket does.

Poetry Journal for Kids and Teens

Wellington City Libraries is excited to announce that we are launching our very own poetry journal for kids and teens -- Tūhono! All throughout the month of November, we will be accepting submissions of poetry from young writers aged 5 - 18 in Wellington. Unlike some other poetry journals, having your work accepted in Tūhono is not a competitive feat -- as long as you follow the rules of submission, every piece of work that gets submitted will be published. Tūhono itself -- the collection of poetry from young people all over Wellington -- will be published as an eBook on OverDrive, so that everyone with a library card can borrow it and bask in your talent and glory!

Here is all the information your students will need to submit a poem for inclusion in Tūhono 2020:


  • Submissions will be open from 1 - 30 November 2020.
  • The journal will be published and available to borrow from the library in December 2020.



  • Everyone between the ages of 5 and 18 who lives or attends school in the Wellington region may participate.


  • Theme: We want you to write a poem on the theme of "Tūhono -- Connection." Exactly what this means to you is up to you -- you could write about your family; friends; your connection with history or your place in the world; disconnection during lockdown -- anything at all. We can't wait to see what you create!
  • Length: Your poem should not be longer than one A4 page typed, with size 12 font and 1.5 line spacing. Only one poem per person will be accepted.
  • Language: Your poem may be written in English or te reo Māori.


  • We want to give all young people in Wellington the opportunity to have their work published in an accessible format. We think everyone deserves a platform and the chance to see something they created be part of the library's collection, alongside all the great authors and poets represented on our shelves. We hope that Tūhono grows into a uniquely Wellington collection of writing, capturing the thoughts and emotions of kids and teens from all over the city and region across time. We are so excited to see what you come up with!

Throughout the month of November, we will be posting regular updates on the Kids’ and Teen Blogs providing inspiration for your writing -- so keep your eyes peeled! More information can be found at, or you can email the editors of Tūhono here

Happy writing, everyone!

The Inspiration Garden

The Inspiration Garden is Wellington’s newest, most inspirational FREE art event for all ages, curated with top Wellington designers & artists taking you behind the scenes of their passion, demonstrating their creative process & journey.

Its an art event & market, featuring 30 + artists creating art from all different mediums from painting to pottery to sculpture and everything in between! You can watch, ask questions and in some cases, try it for yourself! There will also be delicious food & coffee available, & lovely music to listen to.

Find stunning Christmas gifts & watch how ceramics, jewellery, paintings, felt, leather products, sculptures & many other artworks are made.

The event listing on Facebook:

A link to the Promotional Video:

Come along to experience the creative magic & leave with beautiful products along with a new knowledge and understanding of art/ design that will spark your curiosity for creation.

November 28th 10am till 4pm at the Petone Baptist Church.

Free entry & perfect for all ages, children & families.

Christmas Drawing Competition

Orchestra Wellington are delighted to announce that we are hosting a Christmas Competition for all local primary school children. The winner will receive a VIP family pass (x2 children x2 adults, although we can be flexible on this) to our Christmas Singalong (usual cost $10 Child, $15 Adult). The concert itself features a Samoan choir, classic Christmas anthems, special guests (including Santa himself), and fun for all the family. All finalists will have their work displayed in the Renouf Foyer at the venue, which will be seen by a large number of people as there is an hour of pre-concert entertainment on the day. 

The brief for pupils:

We want to see your best Christmas drawing! This can be ANYTHING - presents under the tree, Santa in his sleigh, or you scoffing some delicious Christmas food! The FINALISTS will have their work displayed in the Renouf Foyer for everyone to see during our pre-concert entertainment for our Christmas Singalong. The WINNER will receive a VIP Family Pass to our Christmas Singalong concert. You can use pen, pencil, paint or anything you like. Just get creative!

Entries close at midday on 30 November.

You can either scan & email your entry to [email protected]

Or post it to us at: PO Box 11-977, Manners Street, Wellington, 6142

Link to Christmas Singalong tickets:

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