Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Amesbury School Noho Marae

Kia ora Koutou!

On Friday 24th May, Amesbury School will host its first Noho Marae!

The Noho Marae is a great opportunity for school whanau to come together and take part in a new experience (such as an overnight stay following Māori tikanga, kapahaka activities and Māori games) while celebrating Te Ao Māori. The tamariki have been working hard in their pōwhiri process and what a better way to share this learning than through an authentic, fun and engaging event!

If families that attend the Noho could offer a Koha (monetary gift) to help with catering, that would be ka mau te wehi (awesome)! Also a plate for supper/ morning tea would be muchly appreciated.

Draft Schedule:

4.45  Gather together in Manuhiri and Tangata Whenua groups (TBA)
5.00  Pōwhiri
5.45  Free time/ set up of kai and eating area by Tangata Whenua
6.15  Hāngi dinner
6.50  Clean up by all
7.15  Make up beds
7.30  Kapahaka
8.15  Supper
8.30  Kēmu/ Pukapuka
9.00  E moe (sleep) for tamariki


7.00  E oho (wake) for all
7.15  Pack up bedding and get dressed
7.45  Breakfast (prepared by all)
9.00  Kapahaka
9.30  Morning Tea
10.00 Poroporoaki

All interested whanau are invited to join us in this fun, fantastic and low-key experience!

Please follow this link to indicate your attendance: 
https://docs.google.com/a/amesbury.school.nz/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFc5NTdnRXZTZUhsR3A3SkJUZ0tVN2c6MQ#gid=0 (NOTE: This is the link to the new form)


Monday, April 29, 2013

Year 6 Open Days and Parent Information Evening at Raroa Intermediate School

Raroa Intermediate will be holding a series of information evenings and visits for all Year 6 students and their families in June and July.
  • ·      June 21st - Year 6 students visit Raroa Intermediate for the 'Hands On' visit
  • ·      July 2nd and 3rd - parent open days at Raroa Intermediate
  • ·      July 3rd 6:30pm - Parent Information at Raroa Intermediate 

If you would like any further information regarding these events please contact Urs Cunningham.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Four Year Old Programme

Ace and his grandparents who are visiting from Japan.  They have come along to the four year old programme this week.  Next term the Four Year Old programme will be on the same day at the same time.  Wednesdays at 11:30am-12:30.  See you there!

Band Auditions

for the school band will take place on Friday 19th April, in Karaka between 11:30am and 1:00pm.  
Instruments will be supplied at the audition.
Harakeke students wishing to audition should click here to book a time.  The band will start in Term 2.  

Please see Naomi if you have any questions 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Churton Park Festival THIS Saturday (20/04)

This Saturday marks the opening of Churton Park's Westchester Road. As part of the celebration, there will be a festival at the Shopping Centre where Amesbury students have been invited to perform!

If your tamariki are around this Saturday and have particular sessions with Naomi (see below) OR would like to perform a short Kapahaka routine, please encourage them to come along to the library on Thursday at morning tea time.

Our performances and times will be:

12.30-12.45:     Ukulele and whole school singing

1.30-1.45:          Kapahaka and waiata

2.15-2.30:         Guitar, singing, drumming, speech and drama

It would be great to see as many students and whanau that can make it, as possible. See you there, wet or fine!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Community Notices - April 2013

Looking for something creative to do this school holidays?
Metlink are running an art competition that we’d love students from your school to be part of it.  It's all about encouraging Wellingtonians to use our region's bus, train and harbour ferry services.  Entry is simple - create a piece of art that you think brings to life the theme of "Its Your Transport" simply by using our online toolkit  www.metlink.org.nz/itsyourtransport . Entries close Friday 3 May 2013.
Entries will be short-listed by Metlink and will then go to a public vote on Facebook (so get your friends and family ready!) with the winning entries being printed on some of  Metlink's buses, trains and a harbour ferry (imagine seeing your artwork drive by!) as well as being printed as posters which you will see around Wellington.
So get started - head to  www.metlink.org.nz/itsyourtransporto find out more

We'd just like to remind students and their families that they can take a walk along the new section of Westchester Drive this Saturday (20 April) before it opens to traffic on Sunday.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will officially open the new 800-metre link road at 11am on Saturday on the new bridge at the western end (below the Brethren Church) and you are welcome to come along and watch. Between 10am and 3pm, the road will be open so people can walk through and take a good look. It will open to vehicles at 7am this Sunday (21 April).
Local businesses and community organisations are planning a range of things on Saturday. Glenside Progressive Association and the Onslow Historical Society will run a guided tour about the history of the area leaving from the western bridge at 1pm. There will also be lots going on at Churton Park Village between 12 noon and 3pm, including a competition for the best decorated pram, bike or scooter; ukulele, dance and drumming performances; a best-dressed pet competition; car seat checks and a free zumba class.
Lyn Murphy 
Acting Team Leader Communications 
Communications and Marketing 
Wellington City Council 
801 4003 
021 227 8119 
fax: 801 3010
Wellington Rocks!  Earthquake Building Safety Expo
Free expo and seminars: Friday 26 April 12 noon - 7pm, Saturday 27 April 9am - 4pm
Homeowners - find out how to quake proof your home! Find the experts you need for advice on strengthening your home at this expo. Over 40 businesses and organisations will be showcasing a wide range of products and services for strengthening buildings, including low cost and innovative solutions. It will be of interest to homeowners (or anyone thinking about building a new house), commercial building owners or managers, body corporates, private landlords, as well as engineers, builders, architects, valuers and other professionals.
Free seminars will run all day on Saturday.

Would you like to try fun sword fighting classes for your kids in term 2?
Tuesdays: 4pm - 5.30pm & Wednesdays: 4pm - 5.30pm
Knox Church, 574 High St, Lower Hutt (age 7 years old and up)
Tuesdays: 6 - 7.30pm; 7.30 - 9pm & Wednesdays: 6 - 7.30pm; 7.30pm- 9pm
Wilford School, William St, Petone (age over 11 years old)
From international qualified coach Ping Yuan who was NZ Commonwealth Gold Medalist.
More info and to book a place contact Ping Yuan on rainbowfencing@hotmail.com Or 021 059 2558
Wellington Hockey are running Introduction to Hockey, ‘Have a go’ Sessions  at Raroa Intermediate, Johnsonville during Terms 2 & 3. The 12 week program starts on 12 May and costs $50 . If you register through The Northern United Junior Hockey Club they will lend you a stick, a ball and a playing shirt  as well as give you a FREE mouthguard.  
The sessions are: 1pm til 2pm for Year 1 & 2, 2pm til 3pm for Years  3 to Year 8 . It’s a great way to try Hockey before committing to a season with a team. Sessions will consist of Skills training and a small game. To enrol or for more information email  gn@paradise.net.nz or PH 0274 496-210

Looking for things to do with the kids over the April School Holidays? See www.citywrigglers.co.nz for everything for Wellington parents, and all one place. Try a new playground, a school holiday programme or class, take the kids to some fantastic children's theatre or see the great free events on for Wellington children and parents. And see our Facebook page for regular updates.
The Churton Park Festival is coming! Join us at the Churton Park Village on Saturday 20th April from 12pm – 3pm for a family day out at the heart of Churton Park. Walk the new Westchester Drive extension with the family and return to the Village for fun activities, including stall holders, music and dancing.
Decorate your bike, pram or scooter and be in to win a great prize! There will be prizes for fancy dress pets and spin the wheel!
For a full run down on events and times, check out www.churtonparkinfo.co.nz.”