Kia ora koutou,
Supervision before and after school
We are aware of an increasing number of students who are remaining at school after 3pm for significant periods of time without someone who has responsibility for them. Given the young age of students at Amesbury School, it is important that we ensure that all children have someone who is specifically responsible for them once school finishes. That way we can ensure everyone is safe and monitored in the case of an accident or incident.
School ends at 3pm, and there is adult supervision out on the crossing on Amesbury Drive and in the car park until 3:15pm. After 3:15pm there is no active supervision in the school grounds. By this time we would expect that students are either in the care of an adult who is picking them up, at 'After School Care', or are walking home to be supervised at home. Students are most welcome to play in the school grounds after school (we love to see this happening!), but they either need to have gone home first and come back to school, in which case they are the responsibility of their parents or caregivers, or they need to stay around school grounds with someone who is supervising them.
Before school starts each morning, teachers are in the hubs and actively supervising from 8:30am. Children should only be arriving at school after 8:30am, or they should be in 'Before School Care'. If parents wish to come earlier than 8:30am, they will need to stay around the school grounds actively supervising their children until the hubs open up at 8:30am.
It is fabulous to see so many children walking or wheeling to school as part of Movin’ March. This is an initiative to try to have fewer cars on the road and in the car parks - always a good goal! Children will all have a Movin' March card that they keep at school. They can get a stamp each time they walk or wheel to or from school (up to two stamps per day). All completed cards will be sent off at the end of March to the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and students will be in to win spot prizes and one of 12 $400 Myride vouchers. Here is a link to an infographic about the benefits of an active journey to school for children.
If any parents are looking to enter the Parent Photo competition as part of the Movin' March initiative, please follow this link to the Movin' March facebook page for a tip on how to ensure your photo is picked up correctly by the Movin’ March team.
Have a fabulously active week!
Ngā mihi nui,