Amesbury Notices - 6 February 2023

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday February 5, 2023

Another short week as we ease into 2023 - no school on Monday (6 February)

What's on this week?

  • School Closed - Waitangi Day - Monday 6 February
  • Co-curricular Lessons Begin - Wednesday 8 & Friday 10 February
  • Kiwi Hoops Begins (Harakeke & Pōhutukawa) - Thursday 9 February

Parent Connection and Involvement 2023

We are continually looking for the most effective ways to connect with our school community and ensure that people can be involved with school life.

Please read through Urs' article which covers different opportunities for parents to be involved and feedback - including focus groups, volunteering and community gatherings.

School Donations Information 2023

As in previous years we are asking parents to make voluntary contributions to the running costs of the school. These are all tax deductible.

Please read through this article to see why donations are asked for and what they will be used for. 

Paid Union Meetings for Teachers in Term 1 2023

With teachers and principals renegotiating their Collective Agreements, there will be paid union meetings in Term 1 within school time on 27 & 28 February.

Learning will continue as usual during these times, albeit with leaders joining the Hubs for the learning programmes.

For further details please refer to this article.

Co-curricular Lessons

All students who are continuing with their co-curricular lessons in Term 1 have already secured their places by paying their invoices. Particularly with last year's Year 6s having left we have spaces available in all of our lessons, although some are limited and we have a first come - first served policy.

If you know nothing about the lessons please read the Co-curricular Lessons article and also our webpage. Please email John ([email protected]) if you have any questions or you wish to sign your child up. It really is as easy as that.

Lunch Orders

Lunch Orders are back for 2023 - check out the menus and ordering systems HERE. If you order lunch through LunchOnline for a Wednesday or Friday, please check your account is updated with your child's Hub for 2023 (as this doesn't happen automatically).

When you're logged into your LunchOnline account select "members" and select the hub name. This helps us to ensure lunch orders are delivered directly to a student's hub, and not mistakenly delivered elsewhere in school. Thanks heaps!

Scholastic's Book Club

Issue 1, 2023 of Scholastic's Book Club is now available for online ordering. The closing date is Friday the 10th March 2023.

Apart from receiving great quality books for your tamariki, there are free giveaways.

For all of the information on this issue please read this article.

NZ Dance Challange @school is back

Here is an opportunity for free dance lessons and also to enter a dance competition.

This will be happening in term 1 & 2, however, the time to sign up is limited. Please complete the consent form by 10 February.

Total Touch

Touch Rugby resumes for six weeks in Term 1 at Alex Moore Park, Johnsonville. If your child didn't play last term but is interested in playing this term, please complete this short Google form. Registrations will close on Thursday 9th February at 4:00pm. To guarantee team registrations, parent volunteers are required to help organise the players on game days. Please specify your availability on the form. Your time is much appreciated. Games are played on Monday afternoons with the earliest game starting at 3:35pm. First game is on 20 Feb and will conclude on 27 March. If you have any further questions please email [email protected]

Tough Guy Gal Challenge

Consent forms have been emailed to any whānau that expressed an interest in this event last term. For any new interested parties you can view event details by following this link. All consent forms should be completed by Thursday 9th February at 4:00pm. Click here to access the consent form. 

Cricket Club 

There will be a lunchtime cricket club starting Thursday Week 2 (9th February). All ages are welcome to come along and develop their skills in a social, fun environment. Students must have a hat to take part and be ready on the lower half of the grass pitch by 1:10pm. 

Lost and Found 

Left at school from last year's camp/sleepover/waterplay: 

  • 1 red sleeping bag
  • 3 water guns

Please see Rachel in the office if they are yours.

Super Summer Sports – Term 1 – Tuesday’s 3.05pm-4.05pm, Starts Tuesday 7 Feb 2023.

Our popular Kelly Sports multi-sport programmes is back in term 1! This weekly programme gives children skills and confidence in a fun and enjoyable environment.

It also encourages their enthusiasm for sport and the life skills that such involvement brings, giving them confidence to join sports clubs and teams in the future.

At Kelly Sports, we encourage kids to have fun, build confidence and give sport a go.

The sports we will be focussing on in term 1 are: Cricket, Dodgeball, Athletics and Ultimate Frisbee.

Go to and in the school box put “Amesbury”

Community Notices

Churton Park Community Newsletter

The latest Churton Park Community Newsletter is out and here's the link if you haven't already received a copy.

Leaping Lizards School of Dance

Leaping Lizards School of Dance runs a programme after school in the Amesbury Hall. They offer classes focused on fun and inclusivity for all children, starting from age 2 and running right through to teenagers. These include jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, tap, and pre-school classes.

If you would like to take the opportunity to involve your tamariki please go to their website (

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Karori Lions Karnival

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