A to Z Information

Absences

  • Please contact our school office by 9am if your child is away from school (ph: 04 477 3423, email: [email protected] or use the absence form)
  • 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.
  • 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 skateboard.
  • 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 at the south end of Koru Hub, at the bike 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 route around school. 
  • 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. Plenty of parking is available in the school grounds or 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. Te Rito students must be collected at the Hub, 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.

Communication

  • Electronic Communication All communication from school to home will be sent electronically.
  • School Notices Our school blog serves as our school newsletter. We encourage all parents to follow the blog by email to ensure they are notified when new posts are added. You can sign up here. Digests containing an overview of all recent communications are regularly emailed out to all families.
  • School App Our school app is a good one-stop spot for notices, alerts, important links on the go. Search "Amesbury" in your app store. It is free to download.
  • Learning Blogs Both 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, olease ensure that our school office has up to date contact information for you, including email, home/mobile phones.
  • Amesbury 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 of the associate principals or our school principal, please email them and they will be happy to meet with you.

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 in our sign out book. 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.

Library

  • The library will be open for part of the lunch break.
  • It will also be available for use after school.
  • The library uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). Children can check out their books independently.
  • Our library software programme "Access It" is web based and will be accessible from home. Children can search, renew, reserve, write book reviews and more from any computer.

Lost Property

  • We encourage students to name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.
  • There is a lost property box in both hubs. Students regularly move about both hubs, so we advise looking in both lost property boxes for missing items. 

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

For further details, you may wish to contact Kelly Club directly, phone 021 133 2891 or email: [email protected]

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 5 & 6 children will all be trained at the beginning of the year to become road patrollers.

School App

Our school app is available for your phone and is a good one-stop spot for notices, alerts, important links and more. Search "Amesbury" in your app store: Apple App Store or Google Play. It is free to download. 

School Hours

School Day: 9am-3pm
Children may arrive at school from 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

Break times differ slightly on Wednesdays to allow for our rotation programme:

Morning Break: 10:30-11am
Lunch break: 12:30-1:20pm

OFFICE HOURS: 8.30am - 3.30pm (school term only)

Stationery Fees

  • Each student is charged an annual stationery fee. This amount will be charged to student accounts at the beginning of the year.
  • In 2016 this fee is $40.
  • There is also a $20 fee for electives and cooking.
  • Students joining school part way through the year will be charged a proportional amount for the remainder of the year.
  • This cost covers all stationery for the year and also part payment for the student's annual subscrition to Mathletics. The school also pays part of this subscription.
  • All stationery is then provided by the school.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own personal stationery and keep it in their tote trays for personal use.

Sunhats

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 ordered at the office.