Amesbury Notices - 1 May 2023

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday April 30, 2023

Congratulations and a big thanks to Tiffany & Zachary - why? See below ....

What's on this week?

  • Swimming Lessons begin for Harakeke & Pōhutukawa - Monday 1 May
  • Mihi Whakatau - 2.15pm Monday 1 May
  • New Families Information Session - 4.30-5.30pm Monday 1 May
  • Co-curricular Lessons (Wednesdays) Commence - Wednesday 3 May
  • Board of Trustees meeting - 5:30pm Wednesday 3 May
  • Year 6 Rā i Rāroa (Day at Rāroa) - Thursday 4 May
  • Swimming Lessons begin for Koru - Thursday 4 May

Swimming Lessons Term 2

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

  • Harakeke & Pōhutukawa start on Monday (1 May); and
  • Koru begin their lessons on Thursday (4 May)

The costs have now been finalised and, within the next few days, you will find the invoices for them in your school shop accounts. 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 no later than 8.45am or they risk being left behind. They also need to bring a packed morning tea, lunch and a water bottle, 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.

Lunchtime Hockey at School - Thursdays

This term Eilís will run a lunchtime hockey club every Thursday starting in Week 2 - this coming week. 

Why not come along and give this fast team sport a try? Hockey sticks and balls will be provided and all levels are welcome, especially beginners. This club is open for all students in Year 3 and above. 

In order to plan the sessions, can you please register your child's interest and any former experience here. The sports club will commence after lunch-eating time (1:05pm) on the lower courts and I ask all students to wear suitable footwear on this day. 

Amesbury’s Got Talent (AGT) 2023

With Amesbury's Got Talent heats to be held in Weeks 7 & 8 (6-16 June), it's time to start preparing your act - unless you already took the opportunity to do so over the holidays.

Entries close on 2 June, but don't wait until the last minute enter.

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

Colouring Competition Winners

A huge congratulations to Tiffany (1st place) and Zachary (2nd place) on their successes in the Easter Colouring Competition organised by the Johnsonville Shopping Centre. Their artwork is at the bottom of these notices.

While they didn't share the yummy chocolate with us, they have generously donated - to the school library - the beautiful book that they won. We really appreciate the book and I have already taken the opportunity to have a look through it and can confirm that it will be a real asset to the library. Thank you!

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Scholastic's Book Club

Issue 3 is now out, so have a look through and pick up something special.

To find out how ordering, payment and delivery works read through Kirat's article

Closing date is Friday the 16th June 2023.

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

Last week we started off with a bang with our ‘Kelly Clubs Got Talent’ Holiday Programme - the kids had a very eventful day with a lot of gymnastics, musical chairs, finger arts and craft and ‘just dance’! After the public holiday, the fun continued with medal making, team challenges and the week ended with an amazing race!

This coming week is themed ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ (fingers crossed the weather is good!!) and we will be doing a jungle hunt, baking ‘worm’ biscuits, doing a ‘jumping kangaroos’ speed course, making fuzzy spiders and playing ‘oma rapeti.’ 

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Book in through this link so you don’t miss out on the fun :)

Themes for Term 2:

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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 - this weekend

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

Community Notices

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Marsden School warmly invites families of girls entering Year 7 in 2024 to their Open Day on Sunday 7 May, 2-4pm. Please register at

Marsden offers a range of scholarship opportunities to motivated and talented students – Māori & Pasifika, Academic, Sporting, Performing Arts, and General Excellence. Year 7 scholarship applications for entry in 2024 close on 19 May. For more information and to apply, visit


Johnsonville and Paparangi Scouts have space for youth (male and female) between the ages of 6-14: Keas age 6-8, Cubs 8-11, Scouts 11-14 and Venturers 14-18.

Every year scouts help 13,000 young people in New Zealand enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, make new connections, and gain confidence. This includes outdoor activities and Leadership.

They are also on the lookout for new Leaders for the Group. It is a great and fun opportunity.
To make contact, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Hockey FUN Sticks

FUN Sticks is an 8-week hockey programme designed for children aged 5-6 years (school Years 1 & 2)

2023 FUN Sticks will focus on individuals’ movement and motor skill development, helping build a young person's physical literacy and preparing them for sport. Hockey skills will be taught through fun, games-based activities.

On the last week of the programme, there will be a festival day held at the National Hockey Stadium on the morning of Saturday 1st July. FUN Stick participants will be able to play games with players from different locations.

Where: FUN Sticks is run at the following locations across Wellington;

  • National Hockey Stadium (NHS), Wellington = 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Saturday starting 6th May
  • Hutt (Fraser Park) - 10:00 am – 11:00 am Saturday starting 6th May
  • Porirua (Elsdon Park) – 3:45pm – 4:45 pm – Tuesday 9th May
  • Kelburn (Kelburn Normal School) – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Tuesday 9th

The cost for the 8-week programme is $50.

Register using the following link for the Player registration system PlayHQ

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