Kia ora koutou,
What a cold and blustery week it was last week! It has certainly taken quite a quick turn into winter - time to dust off the scarf and gloves.
With over two weeks of no new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, it is now looking increasingly likely that we will be moving to alert level 1 sooner rather than later. Our Prime Minister will make an announcement about the timing of the move on Monday. Once we have had this timing confirmed and we know the official advice for schools in level 1, we will confirm details about what level 1 will look like for Amesbury School. Life is certainly moving towards ‘normal’ at school, except with much cleaner hands!
Despite the poor weather, we have noticed some improvement in behaviour on the roads around school. Thank you to those taking note of the message last week about unsafe driving and parking, we see and appreciate this. It has been good to note more care and consideration being taken, as this helps to keep our tamariki safe. We are still noticing two key behaviours that are affecting safety for students:
*Stopping and dropping off / picking up on yellow lines and across private driveways around school. This is both illegal and very unsafe, as it reduces visibility for everyone at those key areas directly outside school.
*Crossing the road on Amesbury Drive where it is very busy and visibility is low, rather than using the safe patrolled crossing.
We do need to keep working on this, as it is not fair for any of our students to be put in unsafe conditions. We are now looking to work with Johnsonville Police to help us with ways to ensure safe and legal road behaviour. We are aware that some people picking up and dropping off our students are not parents of students, but are other caregivers and whānau who may not read these digests. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that you pass all of this information on to any people who are picking up your tamariki. If we need to contact people who are showing unsafe behaviours on the road, it will be parents who we contact, even if you may not be the people doing the driving; some of you have already recently had communications from us about this.
With our increasing shift towards ‘normal’ school life, here are a few events or details to be aware of:
We are now in the process of confirming dates and times for a module of swimming lessons next term, and more details will be sent out about this shortly.
School photos will be in the first week next term - book your haircut now!
School cross country will be held on Tuesday 30th June (last week of term 2) at school. It looks very likely that this event will be open to all whānau who would like to come and support, but we will confirm that a bit closer to the time
Co-curricular lessons will be running until, and including, the final week of term
Amesbury Awesomeness awards / singing / farewelling Kieron: Thursday 2nd July (last week of Term 2) at 2:15pm in the hall
Have a great week. The weather looks more settled this week, although still cold. Please ensure your children are coming to school in school fleeces, as it is remaining cold throughout the day now that we are heading into winter.
Ngā mihi nui,
Urs Cunningham (Acting Principal) and John Bunting (BoT Chairperson)