Kia ora Amesbury whānau
Spring is here, so let's hope that is reflected in drier and warmer weather as we recover from our wettest winter on record.
Coming up at the end of this month (Saturday 24 September) is the St Brigid's Kapa Haka Festival which, this year, is being run by Amesbury and will be held at Onslow College due to the large numbers anticipated to attend - over 1000 people! Amongst the participants will be our very own Kapa Haka group who have been working hard on their performance.
Leading the organisation will be Amaria and while she and her team have done all the mahi so far, they need more volunteers to help out on the day. At the latest count, 34 time slots still need to be filled. Please see what type of help is required and when and please sign up to give a few hours of your time. This will take the pressure off the organisers and also ensure the smooth running of the day. Thank you.
Also coming up before the end of this term is our latest round of student conferences which will be held online. This is an opportunity for whānau teachers to report on learning and progress as well as for ākonga (students) to discuss their learning and goals with their parents/caregivers and whānau teacher.
Jenny has already sent you all a link to sign up as well as providing you all the information about the conferences. Please take the opportunity to book a time using the link provided.
We were thrilled to finally host the delayed Junior Invitational Cross Country at Amesbury. With 12 schools and 300 runners we were fortunate that the weather did its part. Thanks to all of those parents and teachers who ensured that the day ran smoothly. We were especially proud of our senior students who led the initial track walk around, did the warm ups and led the races so that everyone knew where to go. Our own Year 1-3 racers gave their all and we give special congratulations to Bailey & Luca C who both finished in the top three in their events. Ka pai.
They weren't the only ones representing the school recently. We also had a group of Year 4-6 swimmers at the Northern Zone Swimming. Special mention for Scarlett & Jiya who stepped up on the day to do extra events in support of the team. While all of the team participated strongly both in the pool and in supporting their team mates, it was Jiya & Yiqi who put themselves to the fore in qualifying for the Inter Zone competition later this month. Jiya's performance was particularly notable as he won all of his individual events. Well done team. We are proud of how you represented Amesbury.
Don't forget to sign your tamariki up for the Disco to be held on Friday 16 September. It's always an event that is looked forward to, and participated in with much excitement and energy.
Finally, a mention of the 'Onesie Day' that we are holding this coming Friday (9 September). While the 'onesie' part is self evident, the more significant aspect is that the gold coin donation will go towards the awesome work that the Wellington Free Ambulance does in and for our community.
Have a wonderful week.
The Amesbury Team