Amesbury Notices - 13 May 2024

By: John Murrihy | Posted Sunday May 12, 2024

Actions Needed:

  1. RSVP to the Year 4 parent focus meeting on Tuesday (14 May), if you haven't already
  2. Order your sausage/s from the Junior Invitational Cross Country on Kindo by 2pm on 21 May
  3. Attend ICAS parent meeting 4pm on Thursday 23 May
  4. Sign up for Amesbury's Got Talent by 24 May
  5. Fill in Camp Consent Form by Friday 31 May
  6. Scholastic's Book Club online orders close on Friday 14 June
  7. Register interest in ICAS on the google form by Friday 21 June
  8. Search round home for the items needed for our Term 2 Inquiry - see below for details

What's on this week?

  • Four-year-old Programme - 2-2.45pm Monday 13 May
  • Northern Zone Cross Country - Tuesday 14 May
  • Year 4 Focus Group meeting - in Pōhutukawa Hub 5-6pm Tuesday 14 May
  • Co-curricular lessons Open Days - Wednesday 15 & Friday 17 May
  • Koru Swimming - Thursday 16 May
  • Northern Zone Cross Country (Years 4-6 Postponement Date) - Thursday 16 May
  • Pink Shirt Day - Friday 17 May

Lunchtime Chess Club - Starts Monday

Interested in chess? Rupert has set up a lunchtime session on Mondays.

Starting Monday (13 May), the Club will run each Monday starting at 1.10pm in the library.

Amesbury Cross Country

An awesome job by all of the tamariki who participated in the School Cross Country earlier this week and a special congratulations to those who finished in the first five places and move on to represent Amesbury at the next level:

  • Year 4-6 will be attending the Northern Zone Cross Country at Grenada North Park on Tuesday (14 May); and
  • Year 1-3 will participate in the Junior Invitational Cross Country to be held at Amesbury School on Thursday 23 May.

Read Rupert's report on the event, together with some action photos.

Amesbury School partnership with Churton Park New World

With no additional cost to our Amesbury whānau, our new partnership with Churton Park New World, will provide a source of fundraising for the school.

All we need from you is to link your New World Card to Churton Park New World - using this form, and school will receive 1% of your total spend which you continue to enjoy the full benefits of the card and all the discounts available.

Our plan is to let you know what we will use the funds raised for. The first item on our wish list is a Kī-o-Rahi kit. 

For more details on the on the partnership, how it exactly works etc. please read Urs's article.

Pink Shirt Day - Friday 17 May

We encourage all ākonga to wear pink on Friday 17th May, to promote kindness and inclusion. Events will be run at lunchtime to promote Pink Shirt Day, which ākonga may attend if they wish.

We won't be asking for money at school, but if you want to donate, you can visit the official website to learn more. Let's make May 17th a day filled with pink and kindness!

Share & Celebrate Week 2 Term 2

Our first Share & Celebrate for Term 2 was held on Friday, covering a wide range of actions the recognised ākonga were involved in.

To see who and what they did to deserve celebrating please read this article.

Sausage Sizzle - 23 May

We will hold a sausage sizzle at morning tea time on Thursday 23rd May alongside our annual Junior Invitational Cross Country at Amesbury.

Order sausages for your tāmāriki through our school Kindo shop. Orders close at 2pm on 21 May.

We also need some parent help on 23 May from 9am-noon to run the BBQ. While anyone can volunteer, we would particularly appreciate assistance from Year 5&6 parents as all of the money raised will go towards our senior camp at the end of the year. This sausage sizzle is one of the fundraising opportunities used to reduce the amount Year 5&6 parents have to pay for the camp.

Amesbury's Got Talent 2024

It's back for 2024!

Get preparing your item now to meet the following timetable:

  • Sign ups - close Friday 24 May
  • Heats - Weeks 6 & 7 (5-14 June)
  • Finals - 2pm on Friday 21 June

Scholastic's Book Club

The latest Scholastic's Book Club issue is now available to view and for placing orders.

Please read the details of the latest issue and follow the easy link to place your order.

Online orders close on Friday 14 June.  

NEW - Amesbury Hoodie!

For anyone who wants a hoodie as part of their school uniform, wait no longer. Plus there is an introductory price which is available until the end of Term 2.

Interested? Read more here.

Clothing backup: ** ALL STUDENTS **

Please pack a spare set of shorts/track pants/leggings, and underpants in the school bag for your child/children with a plastic bag to put any soiled/wet clothes in, and let your child know that they are there for them to get changed into if they have an accident, or now that it's winter, get wet/muddy at school. For some children it can be quite embarrassing or upsetting when they unexpectedly become wet or dirty (particularly if there isn't anything for them to change into) or they don't like what is available.

We do not hold many spares, so are not able to cater for 'requests' and all sizes. If there isn't anything for students to change into, we will need to call and ask for clothes to be brought to school.

Used Uniform Sale

Now's a good time to get some spare clothing from our second hand range sale table ...

  • Size 4 and 6 polo tops, size 5 track pants and black long sleeve tops in many sizes: 
  • $5 each or two for $8, or four for $10.

Advising of contagious illnesses

When informing the school office of an absence due to a student being unwell, please include additional information regarding conditions that are highly contagious. This helps to track any trends, advise our school community to be on the lookout, and ensures immediate notification to the parents of students who have lowered immune systems due to the treatment of serious medical conditions. In particular, Chicken Pox and Measles can have serious implications, so the sooner families are informed of infectious exposure, the sooner any appropriate treatment can be given to prevent potentially serious complications.

Items for Term 2 Learning Inquiry Needed

Please collect the following items for our Term 2 inquiry learning:

  • Glass jars with lids (cleaned, and labels removed, please)
  • Egg cartons
  • Plastic milk bottles, rinsed out thoroughly
  • Kings seeds catalogues
  • Newspaper

Can you please bring them to the school office - we'll have containers out to collect them. Thanks so much.

This term we will be learning about the natural world, including exploring ecosystems and creating our own mini ecosystems. These items will help heaps!

Kelly Club

Come join us for a Week on Mount Olympus, where we will learn and celebrate the ancient Greek lifestyle. We will play the Olympic Games, learn about Greek mythology, make volcanoes and so much more!

We can't wait to see you at Kelly Club.

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START CARE Children's Asthma Research

The Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ)are currently running a groundbreaking asthma trial for tamariki. 

The START CARE Asthma Study compares two different inhalers to find out which one is better at preventing asthma attacks in children. This potentially world-changing research, by Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading independent medical research institute, aims to help kids everywhere, particularly tamariki here in Aotearoa, which has some of the worst asthma rates in the world.

Watch this little video to find out more, or head straight to the START CARE STUDY summary to get all the details.

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