Amesbury Notices - 29 March 2021

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday March 28, 2021

With Easter coming up this weekend we have 2 shortened school weeks followed by the final full week of Term 1.

What's on?

  • Movin' March - ends Wednesday 31 March
  • School Closed -  From Good Friday (2 April) 
  • School Re-opens - Thursday 8 April

Easter School Closure Dates

Please note school will be closed:

  • Friday 31 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 5 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6 April - Easter Tuesday
  • Wednesday 7 April - Teacher Only Day

After Easter, the first day that the school will be open for teaching & learning will be Thursday 8 April.

Note: Please do not order online lunches for Wednesday 7 April

Student Conferences Term 1 2021

We will be holding our first round of student conferences in the final week of this term.

All teachers will be running conferences in the evening (3:30pm onwards) of Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th April. In addition Eilis has an additional block of conferences on Tuesday 13th April.

If you haven't already booked in please refer to the notification that you received from Urs on Friday (19 March) for all of the details.

Easter Raffle Reminder

The prizes are on display in reception if you need added motivation to buy raffle tickets. Kalesha provided you with the information last week together with a few photos of some of the prize gift baskets.  All of the money raised goes towards the South Island Camp for the Year 5 & 6 students, which are held every 2 years.

If you would like to assist by buying tickets please purchase them through our school shop. 

Art Trip - Weeks 10 & 11

As part of our focus on visual art in Terms 1 & 2, all hubs will have the opportunity to view artworks as well as engage in workshops at Te Papa, City Gallery Wellington/Te Whare Toi and The New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

We are in need of more whānau to assist with the trip - plus you get both an educational and an enjoyable day out. Without additional whānau help we cannot ensure that the trips will go ahead.

For all of the details please refer to the article on the art trip.

Friendly housekeeping reminders

  • For those with Lunch Online accounts - please update your child(ren)s 'Hub'.
  • Please let the office know when you change address or contact numbers (including disconnected landlines).

Reporting an absence

It is very important that we can verify the safe whereabouts of all our students. Parents/Caregivers are required to notify the school office by 9:00am if children are going to be late or absent from school (this can even be the night before if you know then).

You can notify us, with a reason for absence, by:

  • Hero App (preferred) - please provide reason/information if selecting 'absent but not sick' so we can record attendance accurately
  • Website absence form - please provide reason/information if selecting 'other' so we can record attendance accurately
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Text: 021 865 528
  • Call/Leave a message: 04 477 3423

Future absences are currently unable to be sent via the Hero App. Please use the absence form on the school website or email [email protected].

Entertainment Book

A reminder that the Entertainment Book now available. However, the Entertainment Book’s changed a bit. In fact, it’s no longer a book at all.

Instead, what was once the Entertainment Book is now an easy-to-use app that’s updated every few minutes – instead of once a year. That means that you receive even more possibilities to discover, more experiences to unlock, and more rewards to share.

You’ll still get a full 12 months of membership (no matter when you sign up). You’ll have the same great savings you’ve come to expect. And you’ll be able to make the same difference for the causes you care about.

To sign up, please follow this link

Not only do you get tremendous discounts on a wide range of products and services, you are supporting the school at the same time.

Kelly Club Amesbury Holiday Programme - 6 & 7 April

Kelly Club Amesbury are evaluating the interest in holding a Holiday Programme on 6 & 7 April when the school is closed, being the Tuesday after Easter plus the following day which is a teacher only day.

If you are interested in availing yourself of this programme please complete this Kelly Club survey.

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.

Kids’ Kaukau Challenge

The ever-popular Khandallah School Kids’ Kaukau Challenge is back.

This 4.6km fun run/walk up to the summit of Mt Kaukau followed by celebrations back on the school grounds is the school's major fundraiser of the year, and the kids love it. 

Register at

Karori Cemetery Tours for 5+

During the school holidays in April the Friends of Karori Cemetery are offering a tour specially created for children from the age of 5 upwards. Information about the tour as well as booking details are included below.

These tours have been run in previous holidays and the children who participated enjoyed them very much. They loved hearing about Mrs Chippy, the cat that went to the Antarctic, and why we toot in the Hataitai tunnel, as well as the other stories we share with them. At 1.5 hours duration, they are easily manageable by children aged 5 years and over.

Churton Park Garden Group

13 April 7-8.30pm - Churton Park Community Centre

Topic: The science behind propagating plants with Annemarie van de Slot-Verhoevan

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]

Portrait Session - Wellington Children's Hospital Fundraising

Laura Ridley ( is offering a portrait session to Wellington Families as a way of fundraising for Wellington Children's Hospital.

See the flyer below and visit Laura's website for more information.

Onslow Junior Football Club

The Onslow Junior Football Club are looking for some extra players for our wonderful Under 7s teams. Kids need to be born in 2014 (or girls born in 2013 can play down a grade). If this sounds like your kid, follow the registration link

We have a few spaces in existing teams or would need a group of 5 - 7 to create a new team.

Wellington Schools Sailing Regatta

The Wellington Schools Regatta (including a primary schools division) will be held at Paremata Boating Club on Wednesday 14th April 2021, (with a backup day of Thursday 15th April 2021).

The online entry form (and the sailing instructions will be posted there in due course):

Holiday Ideas

Kelly Club Amesbury Holiday Programme

Kelly Club Amesbury 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.

This programme are packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Trips to: "Frosty Spot" - Ice Skating, "Strike"! 10 Pin Bowling, Maidstone Park & Avalon Park.

Plus: Kelly club's Got Talent Day, Legendary Lego Day, Out of This World Day, Anzac Day and lots more!!

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit email call 021 133 2891

Football Morning Holiday Programme

With head coach Gaston who is a "Senior player in the Wellington United Football Team and a Kelly Sports Ref & Coach.

(Yrs. 1–8) Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Wilton (all weather indoor surface).

Children aged between 5 and 12 can come along and improve their technique, knowledge and skills. We will focus on the core skills of control, dribbling, passing, tackling and shooting but MOST importantly having as much FUN as possible!

Week 1 - Tues, Wed, Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm, Week 2 - Tues, Weds, Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm

Netball Holiday Programme

Northland Memorial Hall with Bianca Nagaiya - "currently in the National Netball League for Wellington" & "Former NZ Secondary Schools Player"

Come along and grow your child’s confidence at the Kelly Sports Netball Holiday Programme.

Years 1-4 - Learn the basic fundamentals of netball in a fun and engaging environment. Learn the key skills and understanding of the game, ball handling, co-ordination, speed and accuracy.

Year 5-8 - For those already playing 7-a-side netball and those wanting to get a head start and advance their technical and tactical knowledge of the game.

We use fun drills and games to develop and challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas for their level of development while also having fun!

Week 2 ONLY - Tues, Weds, Thurs 9am-12pm.

Kelly Sports Winter Warm Up Sports

Term 2 (Yrs 0-4) - Fridays 3.05-4.05pm

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 2 with their fun and exciting classes. Come and try Football, Basketball, Netball and Rippa Rugby! It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability.

We use games & drills to teach game sense and team play. Learn the fundamental skills for all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking, balance and many more – all while having a great time!

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


Back by popular demand! Tawa Squash, Tawa Tennis and Wellington North Badminton joint holiday programme initiative.

Players rotate around each sport spending 1.5 hours at each club. Qualified coaches will take each session. Please note, holiday programme is for age 6 years and older.

Where possible we will try to accommodate friendships. Maximum per day is 36 then we will run a waitlist.

Wednesday 28th April and Friday 30 April.

Round 1: 9 - 10.30am
Round 2: 11 - 12.30pm
Round 3: 1.30 - 3pm

Players will be supervised for morning tea and lunch, and walked between each venue.
Bring morning tea, lunch, water bottle and raincoat (just in case).

Cost per day: $50 or sign up for both days $90

Details and registration link:

If you have any questions please contact one of the clubs below.

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