Amesbury Notices - 26 April 2023

By John Murrihy | Posted: Tuesday April 25, 2023

Kia ora and a warm welcome back to Term 2 ....

What's on this week?

  • Teacher Only Day (School Closed) - Monday 24 April
  • ANZAC Day (School Closed) - Tuesday 25 April
  • First day for Term 2 - 9am Wednesday 26 April
  • Jemima's Student Conferences Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 April
  • School Cross Country - Thursday 27 April
  • Co-curricular lessons begin - Friday 28 April

Term 2 Whānau Information

You will all have received a copy of the whānau information for Term 2 from your tamariki's whānau teacher. A copy can be found in this link. Additionally it will be attached to the bottom of each of this term's Amesbury Digests so that it will always easy to find.

Strike Action for Primary Principals

A reminder that Primary Principals are taking strike action this term in support of their Collective Agreement negotiations. 

These actions do not follow the usual form and, as such, will not impact the smooth running of the school nor the learning and wellbeing of your tamariki. However, these actions will significantly impact our work and connection with the Ministry of Education, particularly the progress of the work happening currently on updating our New Zealand Curriculum.

Jemima's Student Conferences

As Jemima was away during the last week of last term due to illness, she was unable to hold her student conferences. These will now be held this week.

If your child is in Jemima's whānau group, please ensure you have booked a conference with her for this week. 

Student Attendance Term 1 2023

The data for Term 1 attendance is in, so take a few moments to read through the information and, if it is relevant to your tamariki, please consider the impact that it has on your child's learning and take the suggested actions.

Amesbury Cross Country - Thursday 27 April

Our annual school Cross Country event will take place on Thursday this week.

Tamariki will be lacing up their shoes and toeing the line on Thursday 27th April. The distances are as follows:

  • Y1-2 = 1 lap approx. 500m,
  • Y3-4 = 2 laps approx. 1000m, and
  • Y5-6 = 3 laps approx. 1500m

The first race will commence at 11:10am.

There will be an early morning tea on this day to allow for the tamariki to eat and change their clothes. We ask for all tamariki to have suitable footwear and a change of clothes for this day in case they get wet and muddy.

The Cross Country event will still go ahead even if it's wet. If the health and safety of our tamariki is in doubt due to extreme weather conditions the postponement date of Tuesday 2nd May will be used instead.

We welcome supporters and whānau to come on site and support our budding athletes.

For further info please have a look through the School Cross Country notification.

If you would be help and be a marshal on the track please let me know via email at [email protected].

Swimming Lessons Term 2

As part of our PE curriculum we have swimming lessons this term - beginning next week.

While the cost has not yet been finalised, all of the other details are in Eilis's Swimming article.

Rāroa Intermediate Visit for Year 6

Year 6s have a Rāroa visit (Rā iRāroa/Day at Rāroa) next Thursday (4 May). 

We leave at promptly at 9am so Year 6 ākonga need to be at school early or they risk being left behind. They also need to bring a packed morning tea and lunch as we come back to school part way through lunchtime. 

This is for all Year 6's, even if they are not planning to enrol at Rāroa.

Amesbury’s Got Talent (AGT) 2023

Natalie has put together an early notice for Amesbury's Got Talent which will be held in Term 2. This gives everyone an opportunity to start preparing their act during the holidays.

For further details please read through Natalie's AGT info.

Entertainment eBooks

Play, dine and save using the Entertainment eBook. While you save, Amesbury School also earns 20% of the purchase price of every book. Plus you also get a free ebook on household savings.

Here is a link to the website to purchase one:

Kelly Club

School holidays are over and we cannot wait to continue the fun. After an extremely successful holiday program we are so excited to share our term planner and keep the good times rolling. 

 Don't forget to book into before and after school care through this link: and for more information feel free to check out our website or email us at [email protected].

Kelly Sports is back for Term 2 - Active Autumn Sports

Sessions start on Tuesday 2 May 2023 for 8 weeks from 3.05pm-4.05pm.

The Kelly Sports sessions are a great way to improve your child’s motor skills and coordination within a FUN environment. We aim to develop and enhance balls skills, catching, kicking, and throwing, while improving strength, flexibility, hand/eye coordination and spatial awareness. We teach new skills and improve ability by using games, drills and exercises. It’s a great way to try new sports and maintain fitness – all while having fun!!

In Term 2 we will be focusing on the following sports:
Basketball, Netball, Football and Rippa Rugby

To enrol go to and put "Amesbury" in the school box.

SH58 Weekend Road Closure

SH58 will close for the entire weekend from 8pm on Friday 28 April night to 4am on Monday 1 May. The closure may be postponed if wet weather is forecast.

The closure is to enable the SH58 Safety Improvements project to complete road reconstruction work.

Traffic will detour via Ngauranga Interchange, meaning higher than normal traffic across SH1 and SH2. People travelling anywhere around the state highway network may experience delays at busy times as a result. See map below.

We are asking all road users to allow extra time for their journeys, and those travelling between the Hutt Valley and Porirua to plan ahead for the detour.

More information is available at

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