Amesbury Notices - 21 June 2021

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday June 20, 2021

There are critical actions needed of parents this week - please read these in the notices below ....

What's on?

Paid Union Meeting - Reduced Staff Supervision - Tuesday 22 June

On Tuesday 22 June the majority of staff will be at a paid union meeting.

We encourage you to pick your children up, or arrange for someone else to do so, at 12:45pm on Tuesday 22nd June, to enable teachers to attend this paid union meeting.

If you are unable to do so, please complete this short form if you need your child to stay at school until 3pm on this day.

Please read this article for more information.

Full evacuation & Pick up drill - Friday 25 June

As part of our annual programme of emergency evacuation and lockdown drills, we will be running a 'full' evacuation drill on Friday 25 June, requiring students to be picked up, where possible, by their caregivers/emergency contacts.

The “full” drill will happen on Friday 25th June at 2:15pm.

Please read this article for all of the details including the significant role parents play in the evacuation drill.

Ministry of Education Photo Shoot at Amesbury School - Monday 21 June

Urs has produced an article on a Ministry of Education Photo Shoot which will take place at school on Monday (21 June).

In the article Urs has set out the parameters of the photo shoot, including the specific consent required from parents. If, having read the article, you do not wish for your child to be involved please contact your child's whānau teacher or Urs ([email protected]), the latter of whom you can contact with any additional questions.

Term 2 Disco - Thursday 24 June

The school will be holding a disco - in two separate age groups - for all students next week on Thursday 24 June.

Entry: $2 per student via the school Kindo Shop. The close off for disco ticket sales is  Sunday 20th June.

Kalesha, as the organiser, has provided all the information in this article. After reading it, if you have any other questions please feel to contact Kalesha [email protected].

ICAS Exams 2021

Registering for ICAS through Amesbury School needs to be completed by the end of this week - Friday, June 25th. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

ICAS exams will be running running in the middle weeks of term 3 (August 2021). All exam dates and times are in the school calendar on our website and on HERO.

What has Pōhutukawa been up to?

If you have a child in Pōhutukawa, I highly recommend that you read this article written by Kalesha, the Pōhutukawa Hub Leader. I found it extremely informative and a very worthwhile read.

It covers, in detail, the content of their teaching and learning since the beginning of the year. Once you've read it you can then discuss it with your child together with their uploaded work in Hero. 

Newlands Intermediate Trip for Year 6 Students

On Thursday 24th June our Year 6 students will be heading Newlands 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 Newlands.

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. Our plan is to eat lunch upon our return to Amesbury, however, to be on the safe side please ensure that your child has a packed lunch.

If you have already decided that your child will be attending another school next year and do not want them to come to Newlands with us, please email Kalesha to let her know:  [email protected]. If we do not receive an email from you, we will assume that your child is going on the trip to Newlands Intermediate. 

Contact information

With the pick up drill on Friday it is vital that we have this information up to date.

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 authorised people (those listed on a student's record, as primary and/or emergency contacts) are permitted to collect students from school in the event of an emergency evacuation/pickup.

Precious Labels

Image by: John Murrihy

Orders for Precious Labels can be easily placed via the school kindo shop.


In Term 2 we are trialling sushi lunch orders on a Friday. See the menu. If there is enough interest we will continue in Term 3. 

Order can be placed via Lunch Online for dumplings, rice and a variety of sushi. Soy Sauce is free of charge but you will need to select it, as it is not automatically included with orders (as many children don't like it). 

Community Notices

Racketlon Holiday Programme

Once again Tawa Tennis, Tawa Squash and Wellington North Badminton are running the Racketlon holiday programme these school holidays.

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.

Monday 19 July, Wednesday 21 July, Friday 23 July, 9am - 3pm.

Cost per day: $50 or sign up for three days $135.


For more information contact Babette at [email protected] or call 2324774.

Iverlochy Art School - Holiday Programme

School Holiday Programme with Rowena Fry: Monday - Friday, 12 - 16 July, 9.30am - 1.30pm

The school holiday programme has been designed to challenge and encourage children from 6 years old to 12 years old who love art. The programme is a mixed media experience where drawing, painting, sculpture are used to teach the creative possibilities in the various art genres landscape, animals etc. Students will have made a variety of art objects by the end of the week and can take them home. All materials are supplied.

Book Rowena’s class here: childrens, holiday programme (

School Holiday Programme with Rachel Silver: Monday - Friday, 19 - 23 July, 9:30am - 1:30pm

This holiday programme will cover the basics in traditional and modern printmaking, painting, pastels, watercolour, collage, clay work and other 3 D studies. Young artists, ages 6-13, will also be looking at the work of historical and local arts as inspiration. This course expands the students creative endeavours while allowing their natural ability and enthusiasm to come through. All materials supplied.

Book Rachel’s class here: children, holiday programme (