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Amesbury Digest - 1st August 2022

Kia ora tātou,

It has been a busy week back at school and a positive start to Term 3. It has been wonderful to see ākonga back with us again, and we also welcome our new families who have joined us this term.

I would like to give a brief update on that ever present topic these days - Covid in our community. We have had a spate of cases amongst our staff over the past couple of weeks, although this does not appear to be through spread of the virus at school. We currently have four staff members away with Covid, with two staff members having recovered and returned to school through the week. All staff members are doing well, all things considered, and are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. It has been a bit of a juggle to keep everything running smoothly with the recent uptick in staff absences, so huge thanks goes out to all staff members for your mahi and support in ensuring the school is clean and safe, and that the learning and wellbeing needs of all ākonga are being met.

We do not currently have the same rate of Covid amongst our ākonga, thankfully. We currently have no active cases of Covid in Koru Hub; we have two current cases of Covid in Harakeke Hub, and three cases in Pōhutukawa. As there are some current cases in our school community, we ask that families remain vigilant for signs of sickness, and keep tamariki away from school and test them if they are unwell. Please let us know if your child or any household contacts test positive for Covid, as this helps us to monitor the rate of cases and potential spread at school. Mask wearing amongst staff and year 4-6 ākonga is high, and we are very pleased with the response to our request for mask wearing indoors. Thank you all for your ongoing support with this.

Learning update

As part of this digest we have included a summary of our mid year ākonga achievement data. It is a high level summary of achievement, as we do not wish to publish more detailed data where individuals or groups of tamariki could be easily identified. Our data is looking pleasing, with an overall decrease in the proportion of students working below standard. We are also showing an increase in the proportion of students working above standard in some areas, and we will continue to work on increasing this across other areas of learning.

As a school, we have a Design of Learning (DoL) team that works together to plan high level learning programmes that integrate learning with each inquiry. Demelza is our DoL lead teacher, and there are kaiako (teachers) from each hub in the team who lead this mahi (Jemima, Sonali, Onaitta, and Angela). This helps to ensure our learning programmes are rich, purposeful, and integrated, meaning they link together as much as possible. Teams then use the high level plan from the DoL team to personalise it for their particular ākonga and the needs they have identified from the data. This all leads to learning programmes that are very well thought through and purposeful, and have the needs of the students at the very centre.

Teams spend time on our teacher planning days during each holiday delving deeply into the achievement data to identify group and individual needs for students, and to plan learning programmes to meet these needs. This term each hub has a particular team focus around writing where they are exploring the most effective and impactful ways for learning to happen in this area. All kaiako are very focused on ensuring the very best outcomes for all ākonga, and we will report on our student achievement data again at the end of the year.

Please check out the student achievement article in this digest for information on our mid year data.

Kia haumaru te noho - stay safe and well.

Ngā mihi nui,

Urs Cunningham


Amesbury Notices - 1 August 2022

by John Murrihy

It's great to have everyone back at school this week bringing everything back to life ....

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Issue 5, 2022 of Scholastic's Book Club is now available for online ordering.

by Kirat Singh

Closing date is Friday the 12th of August 2022.

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It's game on for our futsal superstars at Amesbury!

by Eilis Cassidy

There was huge interest in this year's futsal tournament from our Amesbury ākonga (students) with over 60 sign ups.

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ASB Sports Sessions for Amesbury School

by Eilis Cassidy

We are delighted to be offering our ākonga (students) the opportunity to take part in 6 weeks worth of indoor sports coaching sessions at the ASB Arena.

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Senior Swimming Sports 2022

by Eilis Cassidy

Year 4-6 Swimming Sports will be held at the Keith Spry Pool next week - Thursday 4 August (Week 2, Term 3).

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Mid-Year Student Achievement Data 2022

by Urs Cunningham

As a school, we collect student achievement data every term, and track and monitor all students in terms of their achievement in all key learning areas every term.

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Made-to-order products with your child's artwork on them

by Amesbury Office

Opportunity to purchase unique cards, diaries, mouse mats, blank page books for sketching/journaling, and 2023 calendars ...

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Mask and Covid-19 update for Term 3

by Urs Cunningham

This article is an update on the cases of Covid in our school currently, and our approach to Covid precautions heading into Term 3.

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2022 School Board Election Notice

by Gail Greenslade

Elections for the school's Board take place every three years - the next one is this September. School board members play an important role in shaping the education experience and achievements of students.

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Swimming Sports 2022

by John Murrihy

Our Swimming Sports will be held early next term but entry forms are needed in the meantime.

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