by John Murrihy

Amesbury Notices - 25 July 2022

Welcome back for Term 3 ....

What's on this week?

  • School Starts for Term 3 - Monday 25 July @ 9am
  • Newlands Intermediate "School in Action" Morning (for Year 6 parents) - Tuesday 26 July
  • Co-curricular Lessons begin for Term 3 - Wednesday 27 & Friday 29 July
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - Wednesday 27 July

Mask and Covid-19 Update for Term 3 - 22 July (revised)

The Ministry of Education has asked all schools to require mask wearing indoors from all year 4-6 students and all staff. We will follow this recommendation, and we require mask wearing indoors for all year 4-6 ākonga and all staff for the first four weeks of Term 3. We also require all visitors to wear a mask indoors. We will supply surgical masks for staff, students and visitors where needed - they will be made readily available each day in all hubs and in our reception area. 

For more detail on the update please take the time to read through Urs's Mask and Covid-19 Update for Term 3 article.

2022 School Board Election Notice

Gail has sent this out to all parents, but just in case you haven't seen it:

Nominations are open for the election of five parent representatives to the school board. All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form. If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.
Nominations close at noon on Wednesday, 3rd August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.
The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours - if you wish to check if your name is on the electoral roll, please contact the school office (04-477 3423).
As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.
Voting closes at 4pm on Wednesday 7th September, 2022.
Gail Greenslade, Returning Officer 

School Photos now available to order

The school photos taken by Inspire Photography are now available for viewing and ordering.

The HERO notice with this week's Amesbury Digest has a link with all of the information necessary to purchase photos of your tamariki.

Please note that while photos are available for the next 12 months, the school only receives a commission for photos ordered before midnight on Sunday 7 August 2022.

School Swimming Sports

The school swimming sports are taking place early in Term 3.

Year 4-6 students have completed their entry forms for the swimming sports to be held on Thursday 4 August.

Parents should already have completed this form for all Year 0-3 ākonga, however, a number have still not been filled in and returned - particularly the Year 2 & 3 students in Harakeke. Their carnival will be held on Thursday 18 August.

For all the details associated with the events please read Eilís' Swimming Sports article.

Co-curricular Lessons for Term 3

We offer a wide range of co-curricular lessons which we encourage you to have a look at and consider involving your tamariki.

If you know nothing about our co-curricular, please have a look at our co-curricular webpage. Then, if you have any queries or want to sign your tamariki up, please email John (

Hindi lessons for Term 3 at Amesbury School

Hindi classes for Term 3 will now be resuming. 

The classes run once a week on Thursdays, from 3:15 - 4:15pm. Lessons are held in in the Karaka suite (orange carpet) of Koru Hub.

If your children have not attended classes and you are interested in registering or finding out more about these classes, please email

More detailed information can be found here.

Change to Kindo Account Holder Terms

Kindo have written to all parents with the following information but it is reproduced in case you have not seen it:

Kindo and ezlunch was built to support families so it is important to us to give you advance notice of a change that could affect how you use myKindo.

The Growth Collective Limited (known as Kindo, myKindo and ezlunch) has recently been classified as a Financial Service Provider. This means that there are additional responsibilities we must undertake, including compliance with the strict regulations imposed under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML).

We have negotiated exemptions, which are awaiting approval, however one issue was around the cash withdrawal of account balances. We expect to publish updated Account Holder Terms on or around 31 July 2022 to cover the new arrangements. In summary:

  • If you have received a refund from your school or registered charity, e.g. in relation to a cancelled event, you can withdraw that value to your bank account using the myKindo facility at any time within 12 months of the refund.
  • Otherwise, cash withdrawals will no longer be available, including when you are closing your account.
  • Credit balances may be spent, or you have the option of donating to your school or a registered charity, without undergoing AML due diligence checks.
  • When topping up your myKindo account, please take care to top up only the amount you will be able to use during the time you have a myKindo account.

There will be a transition period as we change the withdrawal facility to respect these new arrangements. You can expect access to the current withdrawal facility until the new Terms are published.

Thank you for your understanding as we take on these new responsibilities. If you need any assistance, please get in touch with

Term 3 Warm Up Winter Sports Programme – ***NEW DAY*** TUESDAY’S 3.05pm-4.05pm, Years 0-4
Our Kelly Sports after-school multi-sports programmes is back and running in Term 3. 

Get your kids active and learning great new skills in a fun, exciting and enjoyable environment with Kelly Sports. Encouraging a lifelong love of sports, our popular multi-sports programmes teach kids foundational skills and build confidence all by having fun.

This term we are focusing on the following sports:
Hockey, Basketball, Football and Tag Games (2 weeks of each).
Starts Tuesday’s 3 August for 8 weeks.

Go to, and in the school box put "Amesbury".