by Urs Cunningham

Amesbury Notices - 20 June 2022

Matariki Public Holiday on Friday - a time to celebrate and look forward

What's on this week?

  • Harakeke and Pōhutukawa Swimming - Monday 20 June
  • Earthquake Drill and Evacuation - Monday 20 June
  • Nanogirl: Science Superhero Assembly - Wednesday 22 June
  • Koru Swimming - Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Discos - Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday - School Closed - Friday 24 June
  • Teacher Only Day - School Closed - Monday 27 June

School Closed - Friday 24 & Monday 27 June

School is closed for teaching & learning on Friday (24 June) and the following Monday (27 June) due to the Matariki Public Holiday and a Teacher Only Day respectively.

Kelly Club are planning to provide a Holiday Programme for the Teacher Only Day. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity, please complete this survey:

Earthquake Drill and Evacuation

On Monday we will be holding another drill as we continually practise what we need to do should an emergency situation arise at school. 

No parent involvement is needed.

On this occasion it will be an Earthquake Drill and Evacuation where we start with ‘drop, cover, hold’. When it is "safe" we will evacuate to the school evacuation points and ensure that everyone is accounted for.

Please note that if you have already scheduled to pick up your child between 12.20-1pm for a doctor's or dentist's appointment etc. please do so prior to 12.20pm. Equally if you are returning your child to school, please do so outside of these times unless you wish to be caught up in the evacuation process.

Nanogirl: Science Superhero Assembly - Wednesday 22 June

We are super excited to have 'Tornado Tammy' visiting us on Wednesday (22 June) with the Nanogirl: Science Superhero Assembly.

The Nanogirl Science in Schools assembly show is an educational, interactive and entertaining performance.

                                       Expect smoke!

Image by: John Murrihy

Amesbury's Got Talent 2022

Amesbury's Got Talent heats will be held at lunchtimes this week. 

All ākonga/whānau have been notified including the date & time their tamariki will be performing in their heat

  • Heats will be held in weeks 8 (20-23 June)
  • The final will be on the afternoon of Friday 1 July

For more detail on this event please read Natalie's article.

Term 2 Matariki Disco - Parent help needed!

The Matariki Disco on Thursday 23 June is all organised and everyone is looking forward to it. Kalesha's article provides all of the info. 

Last week Kalesha asked for parents to offer to help to ensure an enjoyable time for all of our tamariki. Unfortunately, offers of assistance have been slow in coming so please, please, please if you can help, contact Kalesha ( 

Tickets for the disco are available on Kindo and the cut off is Tuesday 21 June. You can also pre-order pizza through Kindo.

ICAS Exams 2022 - Entries close on Thursday

Registering for ICAS through Amesbury School needs to be completed this week - Thursday, June 23rd. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

ICAS exams will be running running in the middle weeks of Term 3 (August 2022). All exam dates and times are in the school calendar on our website.

Electives - small boxes needed desperately

Electives are underway and Amaria is desperately in need of some small boxes - smaller than a shoebox to be more precise.

Have a search around home and if you can help out please drop these off to Amaria in Koru Hub.

Hindi lessons for Term 3

Hindi lessons have been running after school on Thursdays, led by Sunita Narayan, Principal of the Wellington Hindi School. The lessons are run on a not-for-profit basis, with the goal of fostering understanding and appreciation of the Hindi language and culture.

  • These lessons are unlikely to be able to continue, due to low and inconsistent numbers.
  • If you would like to register your child for Hindi lessons in Term 3, please let Sunita know by 24 June:
  • If we have fewer than 10 students enrolled for term, unfortunately, the lessons will be unable to run. 

Community Notices

Matariki Fireworks and Activities

Āhea | When: Friday 24 June, 7.15pm. Postponement dates 25 or 26 June– visit Facebook page for updates.
Ki hea | Where: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington Harbour
Te utu | Cost: Free

We are lighting up the sky with a fabulous fireworks display to celebrate the Māori New Year. Food trucks will be on site on the Matariki Fireworks night only.

For other activities happening over the coming weekend consult this Wellington City Council link.

Year 1 & 2 Netball

Northern Suburbs Netball are running a Future Ferns Programme for Years 1 & 2 students who are interested in learning the game.

The focus of the programme is on teaching children the fundamental movement and basic netball skills through fun games and activities. The 4v4 game format allows all players to pass, catch and shoot from the first session.

If you have any questions please contact Jack Mayer (

Image by: John Murrihy

Donut Showdown Competition

Can you make the best donut in town? If so, here's your chance to prove it by entering the "Donut Showdown".

Follow this link for more info on the event:

Image by: John Murrihy