A to Z Information


  • Please contact our school office by 9am if your child is away from school: 
    • Hero App (preferred) - please provide information if selecting 'absent but not sick' so we can record attendance accurately
    • Email: office@amesbury.school.nz
    • Text: 021 865 528
  • The attendance roll is taken at 9am and after the lunch break every day, so unless parents have advised otherwise, students are expected to be at school between 9am and 3pm.
  • It is very important that you let us know when your child is going to be away from school so we can ensure that they are safe and where they should be.
  • If you need to take your child out of school for any reason during the day, please visit the school office and sign your child out.  If your child returns to school that same day please sign them back in again. This allows us to keep track of all students on-site and off-site in case of an emergency.
  • If you know in advance that your child will be away from school please let the school office and/or your child's whānau teacher know.
  • For extended time out of school during term time please advise/submit a request to the Principal by email - urs@amesbury.school.nz
  • Regular attendance at school is a strong indicator of learning success. We monitor attendance carefully and we will contact you if we become concerned with your child's attendance levels.

Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards

  • Children may bike to school with the supervision or permission of their parents.
  • Helmets are to be worn at all times while riding any bikes, scooters or skateboards.
  • Disembark from bike and enter the school by the driveway or the playground gate via the path.
  • Bikes and all wheels to be walked into school along the pathways, rather than on the driveway.
  • Bikes and all wheels can be stored the designated bike and scooter stands.
  • The tennis court is the nominated area for using scooters and skateboards during break times, and is the only place they may be ridden in the school grounds.
  • Bikes can be used during break times on the bike and pumps tracks. 
  • Owners bring bikes, scooters and skateboards to school at their own risk. However, all care will be taken for safety and safe keeping of wheels.

Carpark Safety

For the safety of all students, staff and parents, Amesbury operates a drop off/pick up zone for parents dropping off and collecting students. This is a no stopping zone, and is indicated by yellow lines. At drop off and pick up times (8:30-9:10am and 2:30-3:15pm), car parks are only to be used by parents/caregivers of students in Koru Hub, or parents/caregivers with a disabled parking pass (that needs to be clearly displayed) who need to access the disabled car parks. Parking for others is available in the surrounding streets if your child is not waiting to be collected at the drop off zone, or if you need to come in to school. Please do not park on yellow lines or in mobility carparks (if you are not entitled to) and be considerate of your fellow drivers by keeping the traffic flowing around the parking loop. Koru students must be collected at the netball courts, however, other students can be collected later, as there is less congestion after 3.10pm. From time to time, staff will patrol the carpark to ensure safe practices, so please make yourself familiar with our Carpark Safety Procedure.


  • Electronic Communication: All communication from school to home will be sent electronically.
  • Amesbury Digest: These are produced weekly and notified to all caregivers through the Link-Ed Hero platform. The Digest contains an editorial, usually penned by the Principal, plus the current school notices and other recent communications.
  • School Notices: These are sent out each week and can be found here
  • Learning Blogs: All learning hubs also have their own blog to share and celebrate learning. This includes information about what is on each day and is a great resource for both you and your child.  You can check it out here.
  • Staying in Touch: To ensure you receive communications from the school, please ensure that our school office has up to date contact information for you, including email, home/mobile phones.
  • Amesbury School strives to maintain open lines of communication with all families. If you have any concerns or would like to chat about your child's learning, please email your child's whānau teacher and make a time to meet. If you would prefer to meet with either the principal or associate principal, please email them and they will be happy to meet with you.

Encore School of Music

We are proud to work alongside a couple of great Wellington based music schools: Apollo Music and Encore School of Music.
Encore and Apollo are partner schools, essentially operating as the one school although still with 2 separate websites/faces at this point.

Leaving school during school hours

  • If you need to take your child out of school for any reason, please call in to the school office and sign your child out. If your child returns to school that same day please sign them back in again. This allows us to keep track of all students on-site and off-site in case of an emergency.
  • Students are not to leave school premises at any point during the school day without teacher permission.


  • The library will be open for part of the lunch break, and it will also be available for use before and after school for a short period.
  • The library uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). Children can check out their books independently.

Lost Property

  • We encourage students to name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.
  • There is a lost property box at the office - only un-named items are held as named items are returned to the student or the hub they are based in.

Lunch Orders

Please see more information on our lunch orders page. If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to email the school office - telephone 04 477 3423 or Contact us.

Medical Issues

  • Our treatment room is managed by our Receptionist, Rachel, who is a trained first aider.
  • In the case of an accident, basic first aid will be administered. In the case of more serious issues parents will be contacted. In the case of emergencies, the student will be taken to the doctor or hospital.
  • All medication to be administered at school is to be handed in to Rachel, our Receptionist. A medication administration permission form must be completed to ensure we have clear instructions for administering the medication.

Out of School Care

Kelly Club provide quality on-site care before school (7.15-8.30am during school term), after school care (3-6pm during school term) and provide a holiday programme out of term time. 

For further details, see our Out of School Care page. Or you may wish to contact Kelly Club directly, phone 021 133 2891 or email: amesbury@kellyclub.co.nz

Road Patrol

  • Children and staff will supervise the road crossing before school from 8:40-9am, and after school from 2:55-3:15pm.
  • An adult will always be at the crossing supervising road patrol.
  • Year 6 children will all be trained at the beginning of the year to become road patrollers.

School Hours

School Day: 9am-3pm (Children may arrive at school after 8:30am)

  • First morning session: 9:00-11:00am (Morning Break: 11:00-11:30am)
  • Second morning session: 11:30am-12:50pm (Lunch break: 12:50-1:40pm)
  • Afternoon Session: 1:40-3:00pm

Office Hours: 8.30am - 3.30pm (school term only)


Students are required to wear sunhats when outside during Terms 1 and 4. This includes during all breaks and while outside playing sport. Children without sunhats have designated shaded areas to sit in during breaks. Sunhats are $15.00 and can be purchased via the online shop.