Amesbury Notices - 10 May 2021

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday May 9, 2021

On Thursday (13 May) we have our first Learning Celebration for the year ....

What's on?

Mihi Whakatau

On Monday (10 May), commencing at 2.30pm, we are holding our Term 2 Mihi Whakatau to welcome new students and teachers and their families into the Amesbury School community.

If you are able, we would love for as many of the Amesbury whānau as possible to join together in this ceremony. 

New Parent Information Session

Following shortly after the mihi whakatau, and commencing at 3.30pm will be information sessions for new parents. 

  • Amaria and Koru teachers will run a session in Kowhai (yellow carpet in Koru Hub) for parents of new five year old students and any other children new to Koru Hub (Years 0-2), to help them with information about transitioning to school. 
  • Lisa and Demelza will also run a session for new parents of students in  Harakeke and Pōhutukawa Hubs (Years 2-6), to help with the transition to Amesbury School. This will be held in Mawhero (pink carpet in Harakeke Hub).

Swimming Lessons

Just a reminder that Koru swimming lessons are underway on Thursdays.

Students need to bring togs, a towel and a swim cap, all in a named swimming bag. Goggles are also very useful, but not compulsory.

ICAS Exams 2021

If you are interested in participating in the 2021 ICAS Exams please read Urs's article for all the details.

The dates to remember are:

  • Meeting about ICAS (if you haven't participated previously) - 4pm Friday 28 May
  • Registrations close - Friday 25 June

Year 5 & 6 End of Year Activites Week - Please fill in the Form by Friday 14 May

I know it seems early, but one of the options for this year's end of year camp for Y5 & 6 will take place in the South Island, so planning and fundraising are well underway.

All parents of Y5 & 6 students should have already been sent the initial information article. This includes general information plus a payment timeline and a request for parent help.

Please click on the link to fill in the camp permission form by Friday 14th May (end of Week 2, Term 2). We ask that all parents fill out the camp permission form, even if your child is not planning to attend the camp. This will help us with organising the Year 5 & 6 Activities Week.

Additional Friday Lunch Option - Sushi

Very exciting news ... we are trialling sushi lunch orders from Chia Sushi on Fridays this term. (We will still be offering Pita Pit).

Sushi orders are through Lunch Online (not Kindo).

See our webpage for all of our lunch options.

Kelly Sports Winter Warm Up Sports - Yrs. 0-4 – Friday’s 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!

Sessions start Friday 14 May 2021 - Cost is $96 for 8 weeks

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

Community Notices

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School - Year 7 entry 2022

Open Day: Sunday 16 May 2021, 2pm-4pm.

Year 7 Information Webinar: 24 May, 7pm – 8pm.

Experience Year 7: 16 June, 8.25am – 3.25pm.

Please register for Open day, information webinar and day in class at

Scholarships: Year 7 Academic Scholarship applications close 20 May, exam date 29 May. Māori & Pasifika Scholarship applications close 6 August. Please apply online at

Enrolments 2022: full enrolment due 9 July 2021, apply online at

For questions or to organise a personal tour please contact Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707.

Aikido for Juniors

Aikido is a martial art with a difference. Its focus being on defence rather than attack: a non-violent, defensive art. Aikido is renowned for its benefits for self-control, co-ordination and posture, and like all martial arts promotes confidence and provides fun, fitness and friendship. 

We are seeking more juniors students: being very Covid cautious we stopped training during last year’s restrictions, and are seeking to build up our lively classes again. We are a not-for-profit organisation teaching the art of aikido, based in Kaiwharawhara, in our 27th year. 

Classes: Monday (Kids, around 6+ to 12 years) and Wednesday (Teens) 5:30pm during school terms, $80 per term. City Dojo, 132 Hutt Rd, Kaiwharawhara, Wellington, directly above Animates pet shop. 

Turn up and give it a try - first 3 lessons are free. And parents, we have beginner classes at 6:30pm for you too :-). Contact Conrad at [email protected] or 021 843 467, or visit

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