Amesbury Notices - 4 July 2022

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday July 3, 2022

This week is the last wek of school for Term 2 ....

What's on this week?

  • 4-year-old Programme finishes for term - Monday 4 July
  • Regional Cross Country - Tuesday 5 July
  • Reports go live - Wednesday 6 July
  • Time for Tech Education Performance - Thursday 7 July
  • Fire Drill - Thursday 7 July
  • Newlands Intermediate Open Evening - 7-8.30pm Thursday 7 July
  • Co-curricular Lessons end for term - Friday 8 July
  • Last School Day for Term - 3pm Friday 8 July
  • First Day Term 3 -  9am Monday 25 July

Reports go live - Wednesday 6 July

Reports will go out on Hero this Wednesday (6 July).

An article about how to access reports will be sent out to all parents & caregivers on the day.

School Swimming Sports

After spending Term 2 doing swimming lessons, early in Term 3 is the time to put it into practice.

Year 4-6 students are completing their entry forms for the swimming sports to be held on Thursday 4 August but we encourage you to discuss the options and encourage your tamariki to participate in the races where possible. 

Can parents please complete the this form for all Year 0-3 ākonga. Their carnival will be held on Thursday 18 August.

For all the details associated with the events please read Eilís' Swimming Sports article.

Covid-19 Update

For an update on the cases of Covid in our school currently, and our approach to Covid precautions heading into Term 3 please take the time to read through Urs's Covid-19 Update article.

Celebrating our ākonga

Take the opportunity to read through some of the activities our ākonga have participated in and achieved so well in, when they aren't at school.

At any time your Amesbury ākonga achieve something outside of school please forward the information and photos to Natalie ([email protected]).

Harakeke Hub Term 2 2022

Do you want to know what Harakeke Hub have been up to this term? Please read here.

Co-curricular Lessons for Term 3

Those who wish to continue will no changes to their co-curricular lessons for Term 3, you need not do anything. You will receive an invoice in your school shop account at the beginning of the school holidays.

For those who wish to change, add or subtract lessons please email this info to John ([email protected]), preferably before the invoices go out.

If you know nothing about our co-curricular, please have a look at our co-curricular webpage. Then, if you have any queries or want to sign your tamariki up, please email John ([email protected]).

Newlands Intermediate School

  • Open Evening - Thursday 7 July 7pm - 8.30 in Newlands School hall
  • School in Action morning - Tuesday 26 July 9 - 10.30am. This is an opportunity to see our school working as it does each day
  • All enrolments close 31 August

Clothing backup - for all Students

Just a reminder - if you hadn't noticed - that with winter here we have plenty rain, puddles and mud.

Please pack a spare set of shorts/track pants/leggings, and underpants in your child's 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 to get changed into.

For some children it can be quite embarrassing or 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 selection of spares so are not always able to cater for all 'requests' and sizes (particularly size 8 plus).

Pizza orders

If your child is going to be away and/or you want to cancel a pizza order, you can do this on your Kindo account in the My Orders section up until 9am on the day of the order. Orders can also still be submitted up until 9am.

Students collected during school time

We appreciate that it's not always possible to have appointments or plans outside of school hours, but if it's at all workable it reduces your child's time away from learning.

If you do have a commitment during school time, to help make it faster and easier to locate them and be ready to go on time, please let the office know in advance and, if possible, pick them up at the beginning or end of a break/session time. They can return any time.

Here's a reminder of our timetable:

First morning session: 9:00-11:00am
Morning Break: 11:00-11:30am
Second morning session: 11:30am-12:50pm
Lunch break: 12:50-1:40pm
Afternoon Session: 1:40-3:00pm

Covid absence

If a student is going to be away because they or a person in their household has tested positive for Covid, please also advise the Day 0 so we can confirm the students timeline for their return to school (this is either the day the symptoms started or the day of the positive test result (if there are/were no symptoms).


The gold polo tops in sizes 2 - 8 are currently sold out. The new stock is in production is due to arrive mid August.

Lost and Found

We are looking for the owner of the size 2 fleece in the photo below - please contact Rachel @ the office.

Holiday Programmes

It's time to start thinking about holiday activities with only 2 weeks of school left for the term

Kelly Club

Kelly Club 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.

The July programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned:

"Manic Monday", Kelly Club Speed Races Day", "Pyjama Party Day", "Bricktastic Day", "A Magical Madness day with Zappo the Magician who is coming to Kelly Club with his brand new Magical Workshop"
Plus trips to: The movie "Lightyear", Laserforce, Ten Pin Bowling!

To see the activity plan go to: Amesbury Activity Plan

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

Kelly Sports

Football Morning Holiday Programme

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

WEEK 1 - Tues 12 July, Weds 13 July, Thurs 14 July - 9.30am-12.30pm
WEEK 2 - Tues 19 July, Weds 20 July, Thurs 21 July - 9.30am-12.30pm
Perfect for beginners and those just wanting to have some Football Fun! Come along and improve Technique, Knowledge and learn more about the Basic Skills of "The Beautiful Game" (Football).
We will focus on the core skills of Control, Dribbling, Passing, Tackling, Shooting but most importantly having as much fun as possible!

Netball Holiday Programme

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

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

Years 1-4 - For Beginners, these sessions will work on improving basic netball skills and help start to develop technical and tactical knowledge in accordance with the Future Ferns Programme. Children will work towards the following skills Passing, Shooting, Spatial Awareness and Defensive Skills.

Year 5-8 - These sessions will work on sharpening the basic skills (from the above session) Passing and Shooting and we will start to develop a better understanding of the 7-aside game and the different positional roles.
We will use fun drills and games to develop and challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas for their level of development while also have fun.

Drama Remedy School Holiday Programmes

The following holiday programmes are provided by Maneesha who is one of our Speech & Drama teachers. 

                                                            Week 1

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                                                                  Week 2

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Beyond the Page - Wellington Libraries

“Beyond the Page is back. During the July school holidays, from 9-24 July, libraries across the Wellington region are hosting over a hundred awesome and totally FREE events for tamariki and their whānau. From bilingual puppetry performances and workshops, poetry events, nature walks and sculpture masterclasses through to VR experiences, LEGO® sessions, stop motion workshops and more, we’re inviting you to explore the adventurous side of your library, beyond the page.

All events are free, but some require registration as space may be limited. Find out more, and view the entire calendar of events, at”

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Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

The school holidays are almost upon us and we have some wonderful children's activities...

Children's Art & Nature Day with Harriet Bright

Golden Kiwi Egg Hunt

  • July 9th - 24th, 10am to 5pm

Online Junior Chef Skills Course

Enrol today for our Online Junior Chef Skills Course.
Your child will receive a FREE virtual:
"Bake and decorate a Swiss Roll" class with Chef Ben.
Date and Time: Thursday 14th July 10am - 12pm (NZT).

The perfect school holiday activity!
All our lessons are easy to follow and will guide you on each dish with a variety of teaching methods including videos and a recipe book- minimal guardian or parent help.
Have fun whilst learning to cook, learning life skills and of course how to keep the kitchen clean and hygienic!
Something fun to do which the whole family can enjoy.
Your children will love creating and eating a wide range of delicious healthy foods and treats.

For more information

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Birdlife Productions Theatre Company

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APP Development Holiday Programme

Whitby Collegiate will be hosting a 3 day App Development holiday programme in July. Our IT expert will teach students to create games for Android and iPhone using Python and the Kivy Library. The games will be optimised for desktop and mobile and packaged so that they can be shared with friends and family.

Programme details:

  • Dates: Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 July 2022
  • Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Cost: $250

The class is open to students from Year 6 and up. No previous experience necessary but always helpful. Students must bring a Windows laptop with admin rights on the first day so that relevant software can be loaded by the instructor. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and water. Lunch options are available for $10 per day.

To book and pay, please register on the Whitby Collegiate website's holiday programme page or via the following link:

Robotics Holiday Programme

Whitby Collegiate will be hosting a 3 day robotics holiday programme in July. Our robotics expert will teach students how to build and programme a drivable robot, which will operate autonomously, collecting and using sensor data. On the final day students will collaborate in teams and watch their robots come to life playing a football match. Students keep their robots after the programme. Limited spaces available.
Programme details:

  • Dates: Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 July 2022
  • Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Cost: $350

The programme is open to students from Year 6 and up. No previous experience necessary, other than an enthusiasm and interest in robotics. Students must bring a Windows or Apple laptop. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and water. Lunch options are available for $10 per day.

To book and pay, please register on the Whitby Collegiate website's holiday programme page or via the following link:

Chess Lovers ONLINE Holiday Programme

  • Week 1: 11 - 15 July
  • Week 2: 18 - 22 July

When:9:00am - 12:15pm


Why Join:

  • Develop thinking and problem solving
  • Learn great new skills

  • Interactive hands-on lessons

  • Experienced professional coaches

  • Make friends with like-minded kids

Note: This programme is suitable for kids who have some experience with chess.

Read more & Register

Community Notices

Children's Asthma Study

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Wellington Ice Rink is Open

The Wellington Ice Rink opened on Saturday 2 July and runs until 31 July at Queen’s Wharf, Wellington CBD.

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