by John Murrihy

School Notices - 19 October 2020

What's happening at Amesbury this week ....

What's on?

  • Walk or Wheels Week - Monday 19 - Friday 23 October
  • Mihi Whakatau - 2:30pm, Monday 19 October
  • New Entrant Parent Information Session - 3.15pm, Monday 19 October
  • 4-year-old programme begins - 2-2.45pm, Thursday 22 October
  • School closed - teacher only day - Friday 23 October
  • School closed  - public holiday (Labour Day) - Monday 26 October

Mihi Whakatau

Our Mihi Whakatau, to formally welcome all of our new teachers, students and their whānau will be held on Monday 19 October at 2.30pm. All Amesbury whānau are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This will be followed, at 3.15pm, by the information session for New Entrant Parents.

Amesbury Speech Competition

Entries are now open for the Amesbury Speech Competition. Sign up using the Registration Form attached to the article. Entries close on Friday 30th October 2020.

Heats will take place in Week 5 Term 4 (9th - 13th November) and the finals will take place in our school hall from 1:30pm on Thursday 19th November.

Co-curricular Lessons 

Amesbury's Co-curricular classes have started for Term 4 but if you are keen to learn more or sign up, you still can, however, our guitar & ukulele classes are full and there is only one group space left in drums. A reminder, too, that gymnastics is not being held this term.

If you require further information or you want to sign up please contact John

Magazines & Newspapers

Koru  Hub are in need of magazines and newspapers, so if you have any spares at your place please drop them into the Hub. Much appreciated. 

Teacher Only Day - School Closed - Friday 23 October

The teacher only day is on next week, Friday 23 October, and the school will be closed for the day.

To assist with something for the kids to do Kelly Club is running a one day Holiday Programme at Amesbury for the Teacher Only Day and they would love to invite you all to join them!

Their theme for the day is 'a book character'. Kelly Club will have activities based around all of the best childhood books and kids can come dressed as their favourite characters!

Book in now on If you intend to enrol, can you please do so urgently as they do not currently have enough enrolments to make running a programme viable on that day. Enrollment numbers will be assessed and a final call made on Tuesday morning (20 October).

Lost Property

Rachel would love for you to claim any of the following from the office:

  • Pink towel and pink togs with dinosaurs on them
  • Blue school uniform polo top
  • School uniform skort
  • 6 x School beanies
  • Kathmandu trackpants
  • Bike helmet (Limar) (black & silver)
  • Starwars top
  • CDK Stone Beanie (black)
  • Puma running jacket (black)
  • Nike FCB hoodie
  • 3 x large Sistema lunchboxes and 3 x pottles
  • Star Wars lunchbag
  • Lots of water bottles and socks!

Community Notices

Kelly Sports - Term 4

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 4 with their fun and exciting classes. Kelly Sports encourages children to have fun, build confidence and to give sport a go. We believe that sport and physical activity has so much to offer young people; it improves fitness, develops communication skills, team work and gives them a place to channel their energy.

Back to School Sports! (Yrs 0-4) – Friday’s 3.05-4.05pm - Come and try the following sports: Football, Cricket, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee and Fun Games.

It’s a great way to try new sports, learn new skills and improve ability. We use games & drills to teach game sense and team play. Your child will learn the fundamental skills for all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking, balance and many more – all while having a great time!

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit email or call 04 972 7201.

Johnsonville Scouts

Johnsonville Scouts are currently inviting new youth members to join.  We will welcome children aged 6 -10 that want to join Keas (6-8) and Cubs (8-10) sections. The scout hall is located at 30 Ironside Road.

If you are interested, please contact the Group Leader Johann Weich via email or register your interest on the scouts website

Keas (ages 6-8) meet on Thursdays; while Cubs (ages 8-10 1/2 ) meet Mondays/Tuesdays. Please Note: The scout section (ages 10.5 -14) is currently oversubscribed, but we can add potential youth members to a waiting list for when vacancies occur. 

We have a free trial period of up to three weeks and would love to have new members come along and give it a try.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School education for your daughter in Year 7, 2021

Open Morning (tour the school, ask questions and find out about Marsden’s Visible Wellbeing approach and programmes).Friday 23 October, 8.45am-12pm. Principal Narelle Umbers will be speaking briefly at 9am. Please register here.

2021 enrolments are now due.

Please contact Marsden Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 if you have any questions