Amesbury Notices - 17 May 2021

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday May 16, 2021

Week 3 already ....

What's on?

  • Electives begin - Monday 17 May
  • 4 year old programme begins - 2-2.45pm Monday 17 May
  • Year 6s Day at Raroa - Tuesday 17 May
  • Koru Hub swimming - Thursday 20 May
  • Pink Shirt Day - Friday 20 May

Pink Shirt Day - Anti Bullying

On Friday (21st May) Amesbury School will be taking part in the national Pink Shirt Day to show our support for anti-bullying initiatives and to celebrate diversity. 

We encourage all students to come to school wearing a pink item of clothing to show their support. We will not be collecting any money for this event, we are simply showing our support by wearing as much pink as possible as a school.

We understand that not all students own pink clothing and some students may not wish to participate. If this is the case, please ensure your child wears their school uniform on this day. 

Co-curricular Drums Lessons - now available

We have finally engaged a replacement drums teacher.

His name is Jackson and he is an extremely likeable young man who is currently playing in two bands, taking a commercial music degree at Massey, and has experience teaching drums both on his own account and also for the Goodtime Music Academy.

If you would like to sign your child/ren up for drums - or any other co-curricular lessons - please contact John [email protected].

A Day at Rāroa

On Tuesday (18th May) our Year 6 students will be heading Rāroa Intermediate for a visit. This will allow the students to take a look around the school and make some connections with the teachers and students at Rāroa. 

While at Rāroa, our students will engage with the following subjects:

  • Hospitality
  • Digital Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

We will be leaving school at 8:45am so we ask that students are seated in the library by 8:30am with their bags and shoes. We will be eating lunch at Rāroa prior to returning to Amesbury, so please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch. We will be returning to Amesbury at roughly 1:30pm.

Workworking Materials

We have set up our woodwork tables and we have a range of tools.

However, we are very short on lids (both plastic and metal) and anything else that you think may be useful for 'wood creations'.

We would really appreciate it if you had any of the above and were able drop them off at the office. Thanks.

Contact information

Please email Rachel at [email protected] if you move address, change contact numbers or would like to update the emergency contacts that you have listed for your child/ren. Remember that only listed emergency contacts are permitted to collect students from school in the event of an emergency evacuation/pickup. 


If selecting the option that your child 'will be late today', please include additional information such as dental appointment and approximate time of expected arrival at school.


Some students seem to be wearing fleeces that have someone else's name in them when they can't find theirs. Please check and refresh the names on fleeces. Any that have mistakenly been worn home can be returned to the office to be reunited with their owner.

Lost and Found

There is a large collection of un-named long sleeve black tops, Amesbury beanies, socks (paired and single), containers, and water bottles in the office lost property. 

Named items are returned to the student, not kept in the office. 

At the bottom of these notices is a photo of sz6 fleece in lost property - does this fleece belong to you?

Wet weather clothing backup

With winter on the way, so are the puddles and mud. Please pack a spare set of shorts/track pants/leggings, and underpants in the school bag (for all ages) with a plastic bag to put the wet clothes in, and let your child know that they are there for them. 

 For some children it can be quite upsetting when they unexpectedly become wet or dirty (particularly if there isn't anything for them to change into) or they don't like what is available. We have limited space to hold a small selection of spares but are not always able to cater for all sizes and requests.

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.

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 Sports Winter Warm Up Sports - Y0-4 – 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!

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

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau offers a vast array of information and advice on a wide range of matters that affect us all. Their services are free and confidential.

Their latest newsletter is attached below and covers employment.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact them.

Wellington City Active Travel Research Project

My name is Zara Molijn and I am a Masters student in Public Policy at the Victoria University of Wellington. The Wellington City Council want to better understand what is holding years 0 through 8 children back from walking, biking, scootering and/or skating to and from school.  

To be able to gain insight into this we will be surveying the parents of children who are in years 0 through 8. In turn, I am asking if you would please forward/copy and paste the black text below along to your families and whānau on your mailing list who have children in years 0 through 8. 

The survey will be kept open until Wednesday the 19th of May.

As a thank you for engaging in the survey, participating schools could be in to win 1 of the 3 sports equipment prize packages. The more parents/guardians from your school that complete the survey, the more chances your school will have to win.  

The survey that we are conducting is anonymous, and we will not be reporting individual school results. All findings will be aggregated. In the attached document you can find a word version of the survey that the parents will be completing through the survey platform Qualtrics.  The survey has been approved by Victoria University’s Human Ethics Committee and has been assessed as being low risk to participants. 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]  

Community Badminton Sessions

Wellington North Badminton are super excited to be partnering Aotea College and Bishop Viard College to provide fun, social badminton sessions in the Porirua area for Terms 2 & 3 2021.

Open to all ages, stages and abilities, gold coin donation.

Come along, bring the whole family and have a go!!!

Wednesdays 4-5.30pm Bishop Viard College Gym

Mondays 4-5.30pm Aotea College Gym

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