Amesbury Notices - 15 May 2023

By John Murrihy | Posted: Sunday May 14, 2023

The photo? Congratulations to Ruby on her runaway win at the Northern Zone Cross Country

What's on this week?

  • Swimming Lessons (Harakeke & Pōhutukawa) - Monday 15 May
  • Four-year-old programme - 2-2.45pm Monday 15 May
  • Co-curricular Lessons - Wednesday 17 & Friday 19 May
  • Junior Invitational Cross Country @ Amesbury - Thursday 18 May
  • Sausage Sizzle - Thursday 18 May
  • Swimming Lessons (Koru) - Thursday 18 May
  • Pink Shirt Day - Friday 19 May

Sausage Sizzle - Helpers Needed

For those in Years 1-3 who finished in the top 5 at the cross country, they will be representing Amesbury at the Junior Invitational this Thursday (18 May) against a number of other schools within the area.

As a part of the day we will be holding a fundraising sausage sizzle. The sausage sizzle is available for everyone, so please read the details and place your order by 2pm this Monday (15th May)

Eilis has had a few offers from some helpers to prepare and run the sausage sizzle, but she still needs more. If you can help please contact Eilis ([email protected]).

Library Volunteers Needed

Kirat is looking for some volunteers to help out with some jobs in the library. See Kirat's notice as to exactly when and what needs doing.

If you have some spare time in the morning on either or both of the next two Mondays please contact Kirat ([email protected]).

Pink Shirt Day - Friday 19 May

We will be using the day to show our support for anti-bullying initiatives and to celebrate diversity.

We encourage all students to come to school wearing a pink item of clothing to show their support. We will not be collecting any money for this event, we are simply showing our support by wearing as much pink as possible as a school.

We understand that not all students own pink clothing and some students may not wish to participate. If this is the case, please ensure your child wears their school uniform on this day. 

More info here.

Northern Zone Cross Country

This was held last week in Grenada North. I took the opportunity to wander along and I was so impressed with the performance of our team. It wasn't just the six who qualified in the top 10 to move onto Interzones, we has a large number in the top 20 and nobody was anywhere near the back of the field as they worked hard to represent themselves, their school and their whānau. 

At the end they were all smiles - well satisfied with their efforts - but I know that inside they were hurting from their endeavours. Congrats and well done to you all.

For the official story, please read Lisa's account of the 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.

ICAS Exams 2023

This year's ICAS exams are coming up next term, however, there are a few things to do this term if you are interested in entering your tamariki.

If you don't know what ICAS exams are and who they are for please read Jenny's article.

Dates to note:

  • Thursday 1 June 4-5pm - ICAS Exam Explanation Session
  • Friday 23 June - Last day for ICAS Registrations

Te Papa Trip

As a part of our current inquiry, a trip to Te Papa next month is planned for all ākonga.

Jemima has provided all of the relevant information here.

As with all of out trips away from school - to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our tamariki - we are looking for parent volunteers to also come along. Please check the date that your tamariki will be attending and, if you are available to help, please contact the designated Hub teacher.

Term 2 Disco - Friday 16th June

Our Term 2 Disco is on Friday 16 June and Gar Kee has provided the "all you need to know" info here.

Apart from letting everyone know when it's on and what will be there, Gar Kee is also after as many helpers as possible so that the event runs smoothly and, more importantly, the tamariki have a wonderful time. So if you can help, please contact Gar Kee ([email protected]) and let her know. She will be extremely grateful.

Netsafe Parent Information Session

The previously notified Netsafe Parent Information Session is postponed until later in Term 2 or early Term 3, due to a Netsafe staffing issue. We'll confirm the new date soon.

School Photos

Just an early notification that we will have our school photos taken in the 2nd week of Term 3.

We'll provide more detail nearer the time.

Old Magazines Wanted

Please send any old magazines you want to donate to the school office or Pōhutukawa Hub. In particular we are looking for any sports magazines e.g. football, rugby, biking, but all magazines are welcome and will be useful. Thank you.

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:

Newlands Intermediate: Important dates for 2023

Important dates and information for 2024 Year 7 students at Newlands Intermediate School

Open Evening

  • Thursday June 29th 7pm – 8pm

School in Action Morning

  • Thursday July 20th 9am -10.30am

Enrolments Close

  • August 31st 5pm

Enrol online

Kelly Club

This coming week carries on with the idea of family fun with the theme ‘Crafty Whānau Fun.’

We will be crafting our very own family trees, having a family themed movie, baking stunning tie-dye biscuits and playing games like family tag and bang! 

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

For more information feel free to check out our website or email us at [email protected].

Image by: John Murrihy

Community Notices

Steam Incorporated - Steam Train Experience

If you've never had the experience of riding a steam train, then here's your chance.

This ‘one-day-only’ event on the 8 July is a huge undertaking, offering 10 different train experiences for the individual or the whole family! From a breakfast onboard as we race through the Hutt Valley, or an afternoon sprint up the Kapiti Coast to Paekakariki traversing the Escarpment, we’ve got something for everyone. Train services depart from Wellington, Upper Hutt and Paekakariki, being hauled by our 1956-built steam locomotive heading north, and our 1955-built diesel electric locomotive heading south.

All details are here:

Image by: John Murrihy