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School Notices - 26 August 2019

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Keep up-to-date with what's happening at Amesbury this week ....

What's on?

  • Speech Competition - Entries close - Tuesday 27 August
  • Board of Trustees meeting - Wednesday 28 August
  • School emergency lockdown drill - no parent involvement - Thursday 29 August
  • PSW Northern Zone Swimming (Y4-6) - Friday 30 August

School photo orders now open

The recently taken school photos are now available for viewing and purchase. Please see the article and refer to the email you received on 23 August for the access code.

Amesbury Speech Competition

A reminder that entries close for the Amesbury Speech Competition on Tuesday 27 August.

Entertainment Books

Just in case you've forgotten a reminder that the 2019/20 Entertainment Book is now available. See the link to find out how to obtain your copy.

Not only do you get tremendous discounts on a wide range of products and services, you are supporting the school at the same time.

Uniform - Sale 

  • $25 for the very last lemon polo top - new, size 14
  • $10 ea - new, girls bootleg pants, sizes 6, 12 and 14
  • $8 ea - new, black long sleeve top, size 12 and 14
  • $35 second hand fleece, size 4
  • $10 ea - second hand shorts in size 4, 6, 8

Interested in any of these items? Please see Rachel in the office.

Lost and Found  

We have a few named fleeces missing. Please check that the fleece you have at home, in the car or the backpack belongs to your child.

Also as a reminder: Please put a name on everything that your child brings to school - uniform or otherwise. It's amazing the number of distinct non uniform items that are never claimed. The recipients, when these items are donated, appreciate it though.

Community Notices

Nature Day @ ZEALANDIA

Date: 15 September

Time: 11:00 - 3:30pm

Kids go Free!

As part of Conservation Week 2019, visit Zealandia and join the Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) and ZEALANDIA crew for a day of fun-filled nature activities. Make your own fish wind sock to take away, discover everything you will ever need to know about freshwater fish, chat to a ZEALANDIA Conservation Ranger, play the poo revolution game,  and more.

Entrance to ZEALANDIA is free for everyone 17 and under during the weekend of 14 – 15 September 2019.

Normal admission charges will apply for accompanying adults 18 and over. However, there is a deal on GrabOne at the moment for 50% off tickets: https://new.grabone.co.nz/activities-events-outdoors/other-adventure-outdoors/p/zealandia-44

Junior Softball - Ages: 5 - 14

Registration with Johnsonville Junior Softball Club is open via https://www.sporty.co.nz/jvillesc/.

Subs are $70 per player with full uniform provided. Further details are available on their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/jvillescjuniors/ or contact johnsonvillejuniorsoftball@gmail.com or phone Sue 027 2760644.

Bus Network Review

A message from the Bus Review Team:

Just over a year ago we made some big changes to the Metlink bus network. We are now checking in with our customers to find out what is working well, and what still needs to be fine-tuned. We realise that there are still some issues in some parts of the network, but the more detailed feedback we get from customers, the better we can address those problems.

Our engagement is being organised by city area. We have just completed the engagement for the Eastern suburbs of Wellington city and now have a set of local neighbourhood drop-in workshops for Southern, Western and Northern suburbs. In addition there are two city centre drop-in workshops that cover all city areas, these are also for Eastern suburbs customers to have another chance to come and have their say.

If you can’t make a local session, then you can give feedback through an online survey, just go to Metlink.org.nz/busreview from Friday 23 August onwards.


Friday 6 September: Johnsonville Community Centre – Trust Room (3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville): 11am to 6.30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/869581243441874/

Saturday 14 September: Khandallah Presbyterian Church (33 Ganges Road, Khandallah): 11am to 5pm https://www.facebook.com/events/396421974411460/


Sunday 8 September: Thistle Hall Community Centre (cnr Cuba & Arthur Street, Te Aro): 11am to 6pm https://www.facebook.com/events/430418847560104/

Wednesday 11 September: Victoria University of Wellington School of Business- Mezzanine Floor, (Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea): 11am to 6.30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/405322393424309/

To get more information and to sign up for project updates go to: Metlink.org.nz/busreview

International Diving Event

Diving New Zealand (DNZ) is very excited to be hosting over 60 young divers, aged 12-18yrs, from around the Pacific region at the inaugural Pacific Junior Diving Championships at Kilbirnie pool (WRAC) over the coming weekend 23-25 August. 

 The event is open to the public throughout the three days. 

Skills for Life for Young Women

Jaskiran Kaur Rahi is a year 8 student at Queen Margaret College and she has set up a social enterprise called 'Spirit & Soul'. 

The Mission Statement is: 'Spirit & Soul aims to empower young women to do anything and be the best that they can be so that they can place their mark in society'.

They are hosting their third event on the 14th of September from 10am to 2pm and it will be centred around teaching young women life skills that they are not usually taught, such as how to change a tyre, simple self-defence, how to use hand and power tools, financial literacy and more! This event is being supported by some fantastic organisations including: Banqer, BCITO, Wellington Free Ambulance, the AA, Xero, Bunnings and many more!

Young women aged 10-14 from Amesbury School are invited to attend. Tickets can be booked at www.spiritsoul.org.nz/events.

You can find out more about Spirit & Soul here: www.spiritsoul.org.nz.

Summer Netball & Football

Registrations are now open so get your friends together and enter a team in the popular 5-a-side Football or Netball Summer Series Leagues which is run on Fridays in Term 4 (2019) and Term 1 (2020).

Played on Friday afternoons at Ian Galloway Park (Football) and Netball at Samuel Marsden (Karori) & Karori Normal School beginning 25 October 2019.

There is a break over Christmas then we start up again in Term 1 2020.

It’s a great way to maintain and improve your skills over the summer months.

For full details and to enrol your team visit www.getyourgameon.co.nz/kellysports email summerseries@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201. 

Picky Eating Workshop

Judith Yeabsley, author of Creating Confident Eaters, will be running a one-off live event next Thurday night (29 August) at the Churton Park Community Centre.

See the flyer for details. Booking link: https://www.theconfidenteater.com/workshop-churton-park.html.

Junior Chess Tournament

Whether you were in the recent Amesbury chess team or not here's an opportunity to enter an open chess tournament to be held in the hall.

It is open to all skill levels and players in Primary through to College to take part. There will be multiple age divisions and cash prizes for winners. 

The tournament is not for profit! The goal is to encourage more children to play chess! 

See the flyer below for more information.

Junior Floorball Tawa Tournament

With the popularity of floorball on the rise a tournament has been set up for Saturday 21 September from 11.30am-4pm at the Tawa Recreation Centre.

Games will be played on mini rinks and will be 3v3 plus goalies. Exact times, number of games and game length is TBC depending on how many team registrations are received.

There will be 2 age grades:

  • Junior: for children born in 2011-2014 (minimum age 5).
  • Senior: for children born 2006-2010.

There are 2 options for registrations:

  • Register as an individual player and they will sort you into teams.
  • Register a team of players (ideally 7 players so you have 2 lines and 1 goalie).

This tournament is a great opportunity to get some of your school mates playing floorball - no experience is necessary and all gear is provided.

$10 per individual player, or$50 per team registration. Registrations and fees are due by: Sunday 8th September. Please pay your player/team fee to: 38-9017-0795867-00, and use your child’s/team’s name and "Tawa game day” as a reference.