Amesbury Notices - 15 February 2021

By: John Murrihy | Posted Sunday February 14, 2021

What's on?

Parent Information Session 16th Feb

This will be held on Tuesday 16th Feb, from 4 - 5:15pm

It will be comprised of two sections:

a) 4 - 4:30 = Information session for new parents. Amaria and Koru teachers will run a session in Kowhai (yellow carpet in Koru Hub) for parents of new five year old students, to help them with information about transitioning to school. Lisa and Demelza will also run a session for new parents of students in years 2-6, to help with the transition to Amesbury School.

b) 4:30 - 5:15 = Information sessions about our new learning system, LINC-ED Hero. There will be three info sessions running, all of which will give very similar information about Hero, but may involve different questions from parents.

*One session will be for parents new Amesbury School

*One session will be for parents more familiar with Amesbury and our previous ALF system

*One session will be translated into Mandarin

As part of the Hero sessions, there will be time for parents to ask questions about how Hero works, or seek individual support from teachers if you are having trouble getting set up on Hero.

There will not be separate childcare / active supervision of children outside in these sessions, as all teachers will be involved in information sessions.

Co-curricular Lessons

Just a reminder that it isn't too late to sign up for our co-curricular lessons which teach musical instruments, Speech & Drama, and Communications Skills. 

Have a look at our co-curricular webpage and contact John ( if you are interested in signing up. Please note that our ukulele and guitar classes are full at the moment, but feel free have your child/ren's name added to the list so that they can fill spaces as they come available.

Scholastic's Book Club

The first issue of the 2021 Scholastic's Book Club is now available for online ordering.

All the necessary information on how to take up the offer is in this article.

The closing date is Friday 19th February 2021.

Lunch time activities

Throughout the year we will have a number of lunchtime activities running. This term, we will have:

  • Tuesday: Coding Club

  • Thursday: Science Club

  • The library will be open every lunchtime for students to read books, play board games and create amazing arts and crafts.

Community Notices

Tots to Teens (FREE digi-mag)

Here is the link to the latest Tots to Teens digi-magazine.

In this issue of Tots To Teens you'll find great ideas to simplify family life and help your kids see the world from a different angle – including an A-Z of 'Going Green! Starting School and even heading Back To School can be a bumpy time; we've got tips to smooth the transition, including a ton of lunchbox ideas. Also, there's handy info about reducing anxiety, dealing with nits and other skin conditions the kids might catch, and we take a look at the benefits of after-school tuition (academic, sporting etc.). Corn-lovers, we have three a-maize-ing recipes to get your fix. And if your kid is obsessed with online games then you need to read our 'Play It Safe' story – where we take a look at how it may affect lifestyle, addiction and eyesight. Our Family Fun page is filled with laugh-out-loud stories from Kiwi mums, a cool game to try at home, and a dozen events to keep you busy on the summer weekends. Don't forget to enter our epic prizes - there's something for everybody and entry is so easy!

"The Boy with Wings"

A show using Puppetry, Storytelling and Live Music for ages 5 to 95! 

The show is about the miraculous migration of Kuaka/Bar-tailed Godwits and following our hearts.
Fri 26th Feb at 6.30pm, Sat 27th and Sun 28th Feb at 11am and 2pm.

Child tickets only $12.50. Adults $16 (or $50 for 4).
50 minutes long
More info and tickets from:

Tawa Squash Junior Club

Tawa Squash Junior Club night has started for 2021 with a brilliant programme run by one of the resident coaches, Matt Green. Kids - learn to play the "Healthiest Sport in the World" (according to Forbes magazine)

5pm start for all. 5-8 year olds have 1/2 hour fun games on one court while the rest have 2 hours including coaching. Normally $5 for non members - FREE for February.

Food and refreshments available at great club prices. Tawa Squash Club, 67 Main Road, Tawa. 232 8200,, 2018 NZ Squash Club of the Year.

Johnsonville Junior Rugby Club

Registrations are now open for the 2021 Rugby Season. 

The season will start on the 7/8 May and finish on 29/28 August. If you are interested and would like more information, please call Trina Coombs 021 455121 or email

For the U6 we know that trying a new sport for the first time can be an expensive commitment, so we have removed the cost for our littlest players hoping it may help make the decision easier for parents to give it a go.

To register go to or our Facebook page ‘Johnsonville Junior Rugby Club’.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School - Year 7 entry 2022

Open Morning: Friday 5 March 2021, 8.45am-12pm. Register at

Open Day: Sunday 16 May, 2pm-4pm. Register at

Scholarships: Year 7 Academic and Māori & Pasifika Scholarships for entry in 2022 are now open, see details and apply online at Applications close 20 May (6 August for Maori & Pasifika scholarship), exam date 29 May 2021.

For questions, to organise a personal tour or day in class for your daughter please contact Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707. Marsden, Inspiring Girls.

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