Amesbury Notices - 1 October 2021

By: John Murrihy | Posted Thursday September 30, 2021

School Charter Consultation

How we are doing as a school, and how we can continue to improve? These are some of the areas that we are seeking feedback on in the initial consultation process around our School Charter.

You will find an article and survey attached to the HERO notification sent to you on 1 October. Please make sure that your thoughts are included in the process as we seek together to map together the future direction of our school.

Co-curricular Lessons - Term 4

We are looking for additional students who are interested in taking Amesbury's co-curricular lessons in Term 4. If you want to know a little more please read this article and have a look at our Co-curricular webpage.

Term 4 lessons commence in the first week back at school so please contact John ( with any inquiries or to sign up.

For those already involved in the programme, you need do nothing at this stage as you will be receiving an email directly and your places will be guaranteed.

Please note that our drum lessons will be up and running again, however, they will be held afterschool on Fridays, due to the new build making the previous drum room unavailable.

Year 3-6 Amesbury School Athletics Day

Our Year 3-6 Amesbury School Athletics day will be held in the first week of Term 4 (Thursday 21 October) at Newtown Park.

Please note that this will still go ahead at Alert Level 2, however, in this scenario, parents will be unable to attend.

For all of the details please see Eilis's article which includes all of the organisational details.

Years 3 & 4 Camp info #2

Natalie has produced an update for this year's Years 3 & 4 camp at Palm Grove - Camp Info #2.

Please note the following key dates:

  • Sunday 3rd October: Fill out permission form for ALL children. While this date is still a few days away, so far very few permission slips have been sent in.

  • Sunday 21st November: Pay the invoice on Kindo

  • Thursday 2 & Friday 3 December: Camp

Amesbury Speech Competition

For those interested in preparing and presenting a short speech on any topic they like, please read the info in Natalie's article.

Relevant dates:

  • Week 1 of Term 4 - sign up
  • Speech Heats - 4 & 5 November
  • Speech Finals - Friday 19 November

If you haven't started preparing already, take some time over the holidays to do so.

Junior Athletics Carnival

All Year 0-2 students, including those in Harakeke, will have their Amesbury Athletics Carnival in Week 3 of Term 4 (Tuesday, 2 November) starting at 9.30am and finishing at 12.30pm. (Our postponement day will be Thursday 4 November).

For all the details please read Esther's Junior Athletics Carnival article.

Please note that if we are at Alert Level 1, we warmly welcome whānau and friends to come and support their children. Unfortunately, however, whānau and friends will not be able to attend if we are in Alert Level 2.

Swimming Sports for Years 0-3

The swimming sports for all Year 0-3 students - whether in Harakeke or Koru Hubs - will be held in Week 5 next term (Thursday 18 November) at the Keith Spry Pool in Johnsonville.

All of the information is set out in the Swimming Sports article.

Please complete this form by the Friday 1st of October 2021.

Touch Rugby for Amesbury

If your child is interested in playing touch rugby for Amesbury next term, please fill in this form by Friday 8th October.

Eilis would like to remind all parents, whose children are interested in playing touch rugby for Amesbury, that the deadline to sign up is Friday the 8th of October. Please see this article for all the details and the registration form. 

As always, parent helpers are compulsory for the touch rugby to go ahead so please so consider offering to help out with your son or daughter's team. 

If you have any questions please send them through to

2021 Kapa Haka Festival

The annual St Brigid's Kapa Haka Festival will now take place on Sunday 28th November at Rāroa Normal Intermediate Hall, Haumia Street, Johnsonville. This festival is for those ngā ākonga (students) who have signed up to be part of the Kapa Haka performance group.

This is not a competition but a way in which our children can share, in a supportive environment what they have been working on at school.

Please complete this google form by Friday the 22nd October as we need to know if your child/ren can attend (please fill in a separate form for each child in your family). The organisers have asked for approximate numbers on the day, as seating is limited. There is no charge for entry.

While we are very fortunate to have Belinda Beazer, a parent at Amesbury School, busy organising the uniforms required for the festival. We are desperate for your help as we need to make/sew a lot more this year. You do not need to be an expert on the sewing machine and all material, instructions or support is provided throughout. If you are able to help iron or sew or know someone who could help, please get in touch with Belinda on: This would be greatly appreciated.

Second Hand Uniforms for Sale

If you are looking for second hand uniform items at a very reasonable price, whether as a replacement for an outgrown uniform or simply as a backup that is kept at the bottom of your child's school bag, please check out the range available and how to purchase it

Community Notices 

School Holidays at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

Image by: John Murrihy

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Maranui SLSC Open Day

Sunday 31 October, 10am - 12pm

Summer is approaching, so now is the time to register with Maranui Surf Life Saving Club. Junior Surf is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment. 

Come along to our Registration and Club Open Day on Sunday 31 October, 10am - 12pm. See what’s happening at the club this season, meet coaches, lifeguards and athletes, have a look around the surf clubhouse and ask questions. Information on junior surf, lifeguard sport and becoming a lifeguard will be available. You'll be so impressed you can even register on the day. We look forward to seeing you all. 

Or join Maranui SLSC today at and check us out on Facebook - Maranui Junior Surf season starts on Sunday 7 November 2021.

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