Friday, November 29, 2013

Churton Park Community Centre - What's on next week

Hi Everyone

It sure has been four seasons in one week this week! Cold, hot, windy rainy…just make up your mind!! 

** Tai Chi with Mercedes **
Tai Chi with Mercedes is cancelled tomorrow. That was Mercedes’ last class of the year. Classes resume on Saturday 1stFebruary, 2014.
 **Playsense Baby Playgroup **
Our last Playsense Baby Playgroup for 2014 is on Tuesday 3rd December. Bring along your under 18 month old baby for fun, play and singing. $5.
 ** Revolve Fitness Seminar **
The girls from Revolve Fitness and Nutrition X will be back at CPCC on Wednesday 4th December. This time they will be presenting on something dear to all our hearts: How to survive the celebration season! They will be supplying FREE fitness and nutrition tips to get you through! RSVP to See the attached flyer for more information.
 ** CPAC Creative Expressions **
Daphne and Anne from the Creative Expressions Craft Group will be holding their last session for the year on Thursday. More information about the exciting classes they have planned for 2014 will be coming soon!
 ** BodEvolve Circuit Class Thursday: Cancelled **
The Churton Park Little School are having their Christmas Party at CPCC on Thursday, so there will be no BodEvolve Circuit Class. I understand the BodEvolve Crew are going to Simmer for some Christmas cheer instead – nice one!
 ** Just the Locals Craft Market **
Just the Locals-Relax and Shop, Friday 6 December 2013 6.00pm-8.00pm.  Relax with tea/coffee and cake while shopping for last minute Christmas gifts.  Showcasing local talent including jewellery, paper crafts, clothing, soap and felted goodies.  Some stock will be reduced. See attached flyer.
 ** SPCA Adopt-a-thon **
The SPCA has had more than 200 kittens arrive with them this week alone. Now is the time to adopt (and to make sure your pet is de-sexed!). Cute and cuddly kittens and cats up for adoption here at CPCC from 12 – 3 next Saturday.

** Presenting with Impact: Workshop for Women **
Nervous about giving presentations? Want to improve your public speaking skills? Join us on this half day workshop, for women who would like to speak more confidently to groups in work, business and social settings.
You will learn 4 ways to reduce nerves and build confidence, how to structure your presentation, and how to deliver it with impact. Your tutor is Kim Chamberlain, an international speaker, trainer and author who has been running courses for women for many years. She creates a warm, friendly, relaxed environment with fun and laughter to help you learn easily. Wednesday 12th February 2014, 10am to 2pm. Details on
 ** Toddlers in Tutus – Musical Magic for ‘Lil Tots **
 These exclusive classes embody all of the pre-school ballet/dance fundamentals, early childhood motor-skills of movement, in combination with musical interpretation and musical play. Most of all they are fun for the littlies and help instil self-confidence. Classes are starting Term 1 2014 with a special offer: First class free, Term pass is $99. Classes are Saturday mornings 10.15am - commencing Saturday 8th February (first week of school term). There are limited spaces so enrol your ‘lil tot now. Text or call 027 890 0164.
 ** January School Holiday Class - Kids Photography **
Joanne Honey Thomas is an amazing photographer who will be running a one-off kids holiday photography class on Tuesday 28th January. She has a fun, creative and completely hands-on session designed to teach kids how to develop a story through photography. There will be plenty of interactivity, team work and imagination required for this one! Children 8 years and up. The class is $25 and kids need to bring a digital camera. See attached flyer for more information, including how to book.
 ** January School Holiday Class – Build your own Bug Hotel! **
Join us at CPCC to build your own bug hotel! Go on a field trip around the Community Centre to collect your materials, and build a bug hotel! This class is something different to keep the kids happy these holidays! Thursday 29th January from 2 – 4pm; $20. Book through Therese Dennison: See the attached flyer for more information.

** Edible Gardeners Group **
We’re thinking of starting an Edible Gardeners Group, tentatively planned for the first Tuesday of every month from 7.30 – 9.30pm. The group will be hosted by Therese, a qualified horticulturalist. The tentative outline for 2014 is:
  1. Planning your garden – know your garden
  2. Soil testing and suitable plants
  3. Pests and diseases – how to treat naturally
  4. Composting and worm farms
  5. Propagation and seed collecting
  6. Indoor growing
  7. Herb growing
  8. What’s in season
  9. Courtyard and small space gardening
  10. Gardening with kids
  11. Easy gardening for the less agile
  12. Easy gardening for those with little time
Contact me if you would like to be included in further information on this group.
 ** Photography Group **
The Churton Park Photography Club will share images, have open discussions about getting the best out of your photos and facilitate your development as a photographer. Hosted by an experienced commercial photographer, you will gain a strong awareness of your own taste and therefore fine tune your eye. Themed assignments each session will provide you with a fun new way to think about taking photos. Tentatively planned for the third Tuesday of every month 7.30 – 9.30pm. If you are interested in being involved, please let me know.
** Road Works on Westchester **
See the attached flyer for information on road works on Westchester Drive next week.
 ** Churton Park Tennis Club Open Day **
The club will be open on Sunday 8th December (wet day 15th December) from 12 -4 pm. Come along and try it out! Balls and racquets will be provided, and coaches will be on hand to provide tips and hints to improve your technique.
 ** Carols at the Park **
See attached for all the detail on our own Carols in the Park, Friday 13th December at 7pm.

Come along to Newlands CC for Literacy Aotearoa's  language development skills and playgroup. Fridays 11.30-12.30. Learn English while a volunteer helps look after your children.  Gold coin koha. For more info call Raph or Fei on 4773724.

Tawa Intermediate School is having a celebration evening on Tuesday December 3 at 6pm.  Held at Tawa College, there will be performances and presentations including Kapa Haka, drama, dances, ESOL, photography & the Citizenship/Principal's awards.

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook ( It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair was held last week.
Lots of families bought books and kept the book fair busy for the majority of its opening hours.  The library elective group did a fantastic job of organising and running it.  Some children were particularly good at adding up amounts, money and giving change, putting purchases into bags, making customers feel welcome and keeping the displays tidy. 

Luke Woodcock read a book to a small group of children and their parents. He was a very willing helper and chose a great book to read!
Students dressing up for the book fair
Also during last week children from the elective group read to groups of children throughout the whole hub. They were awesome.
More book characters

The students who helped were:
Kate Ishaan            Alex
Sam         Siyala           Mischa
Olivia Siddaarth Deven
Kimberly Ryan H Avin
Priya Hannah S Grace
We are still finalising the total of sales and the amount of money/book commissions we have made but it is looking like a healthy increase on last years sales.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Our Learning Celebration and Concert


Thanks parents, students and teachers for coming out to support our cultural show on Monday night!
Despite a few technical hitches, the children danced, sang and acted so well, and proved the mantra "the show must go on". The SHOW ELECTIVE performed the main parts of this show, supported by
the whole school on several items.
They did incredibly well to learn it all in just 6 short weeks!

A few highlights from the night…
  • REMAIN CALM, just in case you didn't get it….great work Aimee.
  • Chopsticks dance - these 7 beautiful Chinese dancers in their gorgeous costumes really stole the show.
  • Macarena - very cool rendition of this song by our very own Amesbury school band.
  • Superb acting, line memorizing and voice projection from 6 very talented Air Hostesses.
  • Brilliant Bollywood dancing from the show elective complete with bells.
  • Samoan Sasa - presented enthusiastically and with rhythm.
  • Nga Iwi E, Mo Li Hua, Qing ba, We are the world - the songs sung by the whole school.
  • Haka - delivered with pride and power by the boys of Amesbury School.
  • Awesome acting from 2 pilots, 2 VIP passengers & 2 boarding pass girls.
  • Samuel H & Matt N -  total legends who did sound and video loops, and fast thinking on the spot when things weren't working!
  • Amazing cultural artwork & lanterns hung around the hall - well done to Jeanelle & the Art elective.

Big thanks to:
  • The 3 wonderful parents who helped children change their costumes backstage
  • Hong & Julia - my partners in crime who helped write and direct this thing, you are both so dedicated
  • The Amesbury teachers for helping move gear, here there and everywhere
  • The show elective kids for all your hard work and fantastic performing - you should be so proud of yourselves

Ka kite,


Churton Park Craft Fair

On Friday 15 November, 25 Amesbury School students performed at the Churton Park Craft Fair.  It was a blustery evening outside the community centre.  We had amazing singing, keyboards, guitars, drumming and Ace on the violin.  A big crowd of parents and friends gathered to watch & cheer in the carpark.  All in all  it was a fun night and a great opportunity for the Amesbury kids to perform and show their musical talent!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pack the bus - "Thank you for your Donations"

The bus arrived today to pick up all the Christmas goods that had been donated by the Amesbury School community.

The Wellington City Mission and The Breeze thank you for supporting those families who are less fortunate.

The back of the bus was already stacked and came with a choir singing carols. 

Thanks to the students from both Harakeke and Koru who carried the goods out to the waiting Santa. He certainly appreciated not getting his beard wet

Our High Fivers for Week 6

Well done to the following students:

Welcome Matilda

Amesbury School welcomes Matilda Natali.
Matilda is in Koru Hub.

Christmas Parade Update - Sat 30th

Please meet Amaria in Dr Taylor Tce, Johnsonville at 10.30am on Sat Nov 30.
Look for the Amesbury School banner on the front of a large red truck. Float number 20.

All students to be in cultural dress

Koru children will be on the truck with the school band and Harakeke riding on scooters, unicycles, bikes, skateboards, skates or roller blades etc. behind the truck.

See you there.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On Next Week

Hi Everyone

There is plenty on at CPCC next week, and tomorrow hopefully I‘ll see you down at the Churton Park Community Association Christmas Party. From 1-3pm at Churton Park School, the big guy in red arrives at 1pm! For what’s coming up next week, please click here.

KCA Christmas Giving Tree 
The Kiwi Community Assistance Giving Tree will be up here at the centre from next Monday 25 November.   Simply choose an ornament off the tree, buy a new present for the child on the ornament (age/sex) and bring it back to CPCC.  All presents will be distributed by Kiwi Community Assistance to those most in need.  What a great way to share the Christmas spirit this year!  The Centre is open weekdays from 10am-2pm, but please contact me if you are unable to get to the centre during these opening hours.  I am more than happy to make alternative arrangements.  See the attached flyer.

Neighbours Cards
Pop in to the Centre and pick up a Neighbours Card. It is wallet sized and you can write your contact details for neighbours and family members that you might need to contact in an emergency. Why not pick up a few for your neighbours while you are here. If you don't know your neighbours - this is a great opportunity to introduce yourself!  
** 7 Steps Seminar for Women**
This seminar is an amazing opportunity to access expert advice from a personal wardrobe consultant and a careers coach, all for a $2 entry! Monday 25th November from 7.30pm here at CPCC. Register with Andie Dunne: and see the attached flyer for more detail.

** These Girls Mean Business Seminar **
The girls are back for their final seminar of 2013, on Tuesday 26th at 10.30. This month, Jane Comben, graphic designer will advise you on “dressing your business for success” by giving you tips on developing an effective logo, identifying your market, what to consider if you are re-branding or re-naming your business and demystifying the print process. Lots of practical information! Entry is $5 – RSVP to Angela ( or Melanie ( .

** Tai Chi with Janet **
The last Tai Chi with Janet class is next Thursday. Janet will be back after a well deserved break on Thursday 20th February to re-start classes. Janet is one of the wonderful people who volunteers her time at CPCC each week for the benefit of the whole community.  Thank you Janet - have a great holiday break and 新年快乐!

** Thursday Evening Walking Group **
Our Thursday evening walking group continues to meet every Thursday evening at CPCC and they are looking for new members! 7pm-sharp departure!

** Grandma’s Place Pop-up Toy Shop **
Don’t forget on Friday 29th, Grandma’s Place will be “popping up” in our small meeting room with heaps of toys and gifts for Christmas. Get some of those items ticked off your Christmas list, right here! From 10 – 2pm – check out the full catalogue at

** “Finally Friday” Card Making Class **
Rachael and Fiona are back with the next class in their Finally Friday series (and their last class for 2013!) Those of you who were at the first class will remember how much fun it was! You will make the two cards pictured below. Friday 29th, 7.30pm, $10, and please can you bring a sweet treat to share with the class. Register with me at CPCC.

** Pottery Classes **
Adult pottery classes will be starting at CPCC in term one. These will initially be daytime classes, but could also be run in the evening, depending on demand. Discover clay and explore the huge world of pottery by hand-building many ceramic pieces including jewellery, buttons, stamps, ornaments, vases, bowls, mugs, coffee mugs coasters, platters, tiles and much more! I am taking expressions of interest now if you’d like to know more about this class.
** Darts Group **
I have a person interested in starting a darts group next year – please let me know if you’d like to be involved. Day/time tbc. 

** Playsense Volunteers **
Our local play group, Playsense is looking for volunteers. Please see the attached flyer. 
** Katrina Shanks Mobile Office **
Katrina’s Mobile Office date is 29th November. She will be at theChurton Park Village between  1 – 2pm
** Heart Foundation Collection – Volunteers Wanted **
Please see the attached flyer and consider whether you can help out with the Heart Foundation’s 2014 collection.
** Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Re-opening **
The library at Tawa has been closed for building strengthening and will is re-open on Thursday the 28th.

Fencing training is coming to Newlands Community Centre!! A school holiday programme on Jan 23 and 24 9am-3pm Cost $130/2 days/per person. Let the kids try it out and then book them in for the term. During the school term Wed 3.30-4.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm. Contact Ping Yuan on 0210592558 or nz_wfc@outlook.comPing is a NZ Commonwealth Gold Medalist and National Champion, and Silver Medallist at the World Champs!!

SPCA will be at Tawa CC on Saturday the 30th November from 12-3pm.  Kitten season is upon us, so come and see what little balls of fluff they have, plus also those beautiful, more house-trained cats.

Closure Dates
Please be advised that the Community Centre will be closed for four weeks over Christmas from Friday 20th December – Tuesday 21stJanuary. Bookings, private or regular, will not be available during that time. I apologise for any inconvenience that might cause.

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook ( It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Have a great weekend!Beckie

Kelly Sports - Term 1, 2014

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 1 next year 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 children a place to channel their energy.

Kelly Sports Term 1 – Sports Beginnings (Yrs 1-2) – Fridays 3:05pm-4:05pm - Learn the basics of all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking and many more.
Summer Sports (Yrs 2-4) – Fridays 3:05pm-4:05pm - Come and try Football, Athletics, Basketball and Cricket. Learn new game skills all while having FUN!!

Holiday Programmes - Kelly Club will once again be operating their award winning Holiday Programme at Amesbury School during the Summer school holidays. Kelly Club Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 12 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. They are packed with variety to entertain, inspire and challenge children.

Holiday Sports Workshops - Kelly Sports is also offering their popular Holiday Sports Workshops in Football & Basketball as well as a Mixed Sport Workshop. Programmes available at Wilton and Onslow College.


KIDSMOVIECLUB Reviews of the Week

Rabbit Proof Fence

Congratulations to Kimberly, Ryan H, Madi, Anaiya and Michael for being chosen as Reviewers of the Week for their reviews of the film Rabbit Proof Fence.

They will be presented with movie vouchers from Civic Video Johnsonville AND they will choose this week's movie.

Review by Kimberly

Rabbit Proof Fence is full of suspense, and three adventurous girls.

This film is about three girls who get taken away because they are half-castes (that means if they marry a white person their babies will be white). The oldest is Molly Craig. The youngest is Gracie Fields(their Cousin) and the middle one is Daisy Craig.

Soon they run away from the people who were keeping them hostage. They kept surviving by asking people for food, and they were very clever with their hunting and hiding skills - especially Molly. They managed even to escape the tracker using a piece of clothing sending the tracker the wrong way.

When I was watching the film it sort of made me want to opt out because I don’t usually watch these kinds of movies with not really happy ending but in the end it was actually a really good movie making you predict what happens next – even when they’re older. This movie is great I definitely recommend this to people who don’t mind a different kind of movie ending. It has a lot of suspense and quite a bit of action, I would give it a star rating  because I’m not used to these movies but it still worked out. 

Review by Madi
2,400 kilometers is a long way home...

Especially for three young girls, Molly ,(the oldest ) Gracie and Daisy (the youngest ), when the three half caste girl are taken from their mother and the aboriginal people of Jangalo.

Molly, Gracie and Daisy are sent on a long trip to Moore River Native Reserve. In attempt to escape, they run away back to Jangalo.  

To find the way home they follow the rabbit proof fence, meeting lots of people on the way who give them food and coats.

On the way, Gracie is taken back to the reserve by the Aboriginal tracker and American police man.

Will Molly and Daisy survive the harsh Australian outback and make it home to Jangalo?

I think this is a movie is full of courage, hope and detertermation. This movie will tug at your heart for sure, and is really enjoyable.    
I’d give this heart warming movie a 4 out of 5

Review by Ryan H

This movie is about three girls in Australia who are taken away from their family and to a strange settlement where the government tries to teach half-castes (dark-skinned people who can eventually turn into white people over 3 generations) to be like white skinned people.

The eldest girl, Molly, tells the other two they are going to walk back home along the rabbit proof fence because she hates that place.  Then they go on a journey - and walk 1500 miles!!!! That’s an incredibly long way to walk, the same as walking to Auckland and back - twice!

I think Molly really hates that place and she must be super anxious to get home. Meanwhile, the white people and an aborigine tracker who used to be a hunter are trying to find the girls on their way home.

I thought Rabbit Proof Fence was boring – it had no funny bits, no action or excitement. This type of drama is strange and sad and not the sort of movie I like.

Review by Anaiya

Rabbit Proof Fence is a heartwarming movie full of compassion, determination and passion.

Do you think that you could walk 2,400 kilometers? Well thats exactly what Molly Daisy and Gracie did. These 3 half-caste girls were taken to Moore-River Reserve to learn “proper” manners like the white people, but oldest- Molly- would not put up with that. She stood up for herself and her sisters. She taught the Sisters who worked at the Reserve that they couldn't boss her around. She snuck out of the reserve with her sisters and walked 2,400 kilometers.

They followed the Rabbit Proof fence, meeting lots of people along the way - some kind some not.

Will they make it back to their home, Jungalo?

This movie shows that if you believe in yourself, you can do anything.

                                           I would rate this a..... 4.5 out of 5

Review by Michael 

This movie is full of suspense and has a lot of adventure scenes.

This story is about three aboriginal girls who get taken away to a half cast camp due to the law. At that time all half cast kids had to be put into a training camp so they could be taught how white people live.

I felt sad that people were getting treated this way in time gone by. I can't imagine living in that time as an aboriginal person.

The movie was sad and taught me how good it is to live today, though I did find it a little drawn out. So overall I would rate this 2/5 stars.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

THE FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD - Monday 25th November, 6:00-7:30pm

We would like to warmly invite you all to come along to our show celebrating cultural diversity at Amesbury School.  You will be taken on a fun flight around the world and be able to see dancing and singing from a variety of different countries!

All of the Amesbury School kids are part of this show, including the show elective and "7 Days Ahead" (the school band).

If your children would like to come along in cultural dress or black & white (for Kiwi), that would be fantastic!  Otherwise mufti is fine. 

Kind regards,
Naomi, Julia & Hong