by John Murrihy

Amesbury Notices - 1 August 2022

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

What's on this week?

  • Koru ASB Sports Sessions Begin - Monday 1 August
  • Mihi Whakatau (only for staff and students) - Monday 1 August
  • New families information session - 4.30-5.30pm Monday 1 August
  • Senior Swimming Sports Y4-6 - Thursday 4 August
  • Amesbury Awesomeness Awards (only for staff and students) - Friday 5 August

Mask and Covid-19 Update for Term 3 - Reminder

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 - Nominations close this Wednesday

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 - Order before next Sunday

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 senior school swimming sports are taking place this Thursday - 4 August.

Eilis has written an article which provides the details of the event. If you have any questions please email Eilís ( or contact your child's whānau teacher.

Hannah has sent out a HERO notification plea to parents in Koru to complete this form for all Year 0-3 ākonga if you haven't already done so. Their carnival will be held on Thursday 18 August.

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

Students have been very busy creating their own artwork that can be printed onto calendars, cards, diaries, mouse mats and sketch pads (spiral bound A5 notebook with blank pages) that are available for you to buy.

Your tamariki will have brought home a named order code form that will have a unique code that is linked to their art. Please use this to order online via the KidsArtWorks website. (Orders cannot be made via the school by cash or on the school account).

Final orders close at midday Monday 15th August and, sorry, no late orders can be accepted.

Purchased items will be delivered to school and given to students to bring home as soon as they are available.

For all of the detailed information please read Rachel's article. If you have any questions please email Rachel (

Mid-Year Student Achievement Data 2022

For a summary of the 2002 Mid Year Student Data please read Urs' article which also provides a link to the data.

It demonstrates trends of student achievement at a level that deliberately does not identify individuals or groups.

ASB Sports Sessions

ASB Sports sessions begin for the Koru tamariki this week - Monday 1 August.

Sessions for Harakeke & Pōhutukawa begin next week - Tuesday 9 August.

A total of 6 sessions will be held over the term with the ākonga being taken by bus to the ASB Sports Centre where the sessions will be held.

To see what is sought to be achieved in these sessions together with the organisational details please read Eilis's article.

Scholastic's Book Club

Issue 5, 2022 of the Scholastic's Book Club is now available by downloading the Scholastic "LOOP" app so you can order and pay for books online.

Kirat's Scholastic's Book Club article will provide you with all of the information you require.

Please note that closing date for orders is Friday the 12th of August 2022.

Futsal Festival

With the huge interest shown by our ākonga we will have a total of 8 teams competing the Futsal Festival in September.

Eilis has provided preliminary information about the festival and arrangements. She will provide more detailed information as we get nearer to the event.


The gold polo top in sizes 2 - 8 is currently sold out. 

The new stock that is in production is due to arrive mid August.

Clothing backup - for all Students

Just a reminder - if you hadn't noticed - that with winter here we have plenty rain, puddles and mud.

Please pack a spare set of shorts/track pants/leggings, and underpants in your child's school bag (for all ages) with a plastic bag to put the wet clothes in, and let your child know that they are there for them to get changed into.

For some children it can be quite embarrassing or upsetting when they unexpectedly become wet or dirty (particularly if there isn't anything for them to change into) or they don't like what is available. We have limited space to hold a selection of spares so are not always able to cater for all 'requests' and sizes (particularly size 8 plus).

Term 3 Warm Up Winter Sports Programme – Kelly Sports - now Tuesdays

Our Kelly Sports after-school multi-sports programmes is back and running in Term 3 - starting this Tuesday (2 August).

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 this coming Tuesday (2 August) and runs for 8 weeks.

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

Community Notices

Karori Community Book Fair

Image by: John Murrihy

Tawa Squash Club - Term 3 Junior Programme

Monday night coaching begins Monday 1st August - 2 sessions, 

  • 4:20 - 5pm 
  • 5pm - 5:40pm 
  • Cost $100 per term, 8 sessions. Run by a qualified club coach.

Junior Club nights begin Friday August 5th. 

  • 5pm - 7pm
  • $5 for non members (first night free), free for members. Run by a qualified club coach Parents most welcome to stay and observe or relax, food and refreshments available.

Mums N Bubs Thursday mornings 

  • 9:30am - 11am. 
  • Drop the older kids at school and come and have fun while learning how to play the "Healthiest Sport in the World" (bringing bubs is optional). Safe area for littlies. 

In all cases rackets, balls and eyewear are available at the club for loan. Non marking shoes are required.

For more details contact Peter 027 677 8274 or 67 Main Road, Tawa (next to St Francis Xavier School).