Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Amesbury Hall - Regular Activities Term 2, 2014

Regular activities in Amesbury School Hall

Mondays - Rhee Tae Kwon Do

Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays - Leaping Lizards School of Dance

Kids Funk, Jazz & Zumba©
Adult Pilates, Jazz & Zumba©
Check out the website for more details www.leaping-lizards.co.nz
Discounts available on adult fitness classes NOW!  (Pilates & Zumba).  Email lorna@leaping-lizards.co.nz quoting the keyword "Blog" Emoji

Wednesdays - DancePointe Academy

DancePointe Academy is a Classical Ballet School teaching children from pre-schoolers through to young adults the enjoyment of dance.   Enrollments for new Ballet classes for beginners from 4yrs – 10yrs are currently being taken to commence in Term 2 for the studio's in Johnsonville and Churton Park.
Currently there are places available in the Beginners level Tap class and Boys Jazz class for (6 – 10 year olds) at the Khandallah Studio.  
For information regarding levels/fees/uniform/enrollment – 
Contact Sharon 

mobile 021-2151222

Thursdays - Playsense

 Sundays - His Family Church

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to 20th April 2014

Hi Everyone
Hopefully this horrible weather is fixing to clear for the weekend – I’ve had quite enough of winter already! For what’s coming up at CPCC next week, please click here.
** Early Learning Playgroup ** - it’s the last Playgroup of the term and Poornima has some Easter-themed fun planned. Tuesday 10-11am, $5 per child.
** Table Tennis ** - the poor weather this week meant a lot more people inside at our weekly Open Table Tennis session. It’s been great seeing some new faces as well as some I haven’t seen for a while! Table tennis is a fun and social way to get some exercise when the weather isn’t so flash. Play for $2 every Thursday between 12-2pm.
** Presenting with Impact Successful Speaking Seminar ** - Kim Chamberlain's popular seminar is back! Reduce your fear of public speaking with this practical seminar designed just for women. The feedback after the seminar Kim ran at CPCC in February was overwhelmingly positive. Participants felt they had been given real skills to address their fear and overcome it to be able to delivery quality presentations. At just $100, this seminar is great value for money. Wednesday 7th May from 10-2pm. To register, contact Kim: kim@chrysalisforwomen.com.
** School Holidays ** - places are still available for our school holiday classes. Get in touch or see the attached programme for more information on individual classes.
** Beginners Yoga with Diane ** - enrolments are now open for Term Two. Tuesday evening classes start on Tuesday 6th May from 6.15 -7.15 (note the slightly later start time) for 8 weeks Cost $92. Register with Diane: 0274 210 775 or dianeclarkmanley@vodafone.co.nz
** Acoustic Guitar Lessons **- lessons have finished for term one, and bookings are now open for term two.  There will be 9 lessons in term 2, $12 per class payable in advance. Contact Phil to book: philhope@clear.net.co.nz or 021 0231 9783.
** Earth Day April 22nd **- Earth Day is being celebrated with events around Wellington including a number of film screenings at the City Libraries.  Earth Whispers is being played at Tawa Library - it’s is a New Zealand film about kiwis who are passionate about protecting our environment, and Gardening with Soul will be played at the Central Library - Gardening with Soul was released at the film festival last year and documents 91yr old Sister Loyola’s life in the garden and as a Nun at the Sisters of Compassion in Island Bay. Both screenings are at 6pm Thursday April 24th.
** Take Note Singers ** see the attached flyer for local singing groups run by David Dell.
Free Arthritis Clinics at NCC on Wed 16 April, 12-1pm Osteoarthritis and 2-3pm Rheumatoid Arthritis. These are group clinics to learn how to manage pain, stress, go over diet, exercise for arthritis, medications and much more.  Registrations are essential.  For further info call 0800663463 or email iuliano.tinielu@arthritis.org.nz. 
The Tawa Community Police base operates at the Tawa Community Centre in Cambridge Street from 10am-4pm weekdays.  If you would like to volunteer for a morning(10am-1pm) or an afternoon shift(1-4pm), please contact Terry Poynter on 2329910 or leave a message at the police base on 2323160.
To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChurtonParkCommunityCentre). It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Beckie Duffy 
Community Centre Advocate
Churton Park Community Centre| 
P 04 830 4802 M 021 247 8741
E beckie.duffy@wcc.govt.nz | W Wellington.govt.nz 

Friday, April 11, 2014

ERO Booklets for Parents

The Education Review Office (ERO), have written and published five booklets for parents, which focus on useful information and questions that parents & Whānau can use at school:

  • How is my child doing? Questions to ask at school
  • School trustees: Helping you ask the right questions
  • Effective teaching - What's happening in my child's class/learning space
  • From education to employment - Questions to ask at school
  • Your child's education - learning opportunities in New Zealand

All booklets are available on the ERO website or if you prefer to order a hard copy of the booklet, you can email: info@ero.govt.nz

High-Five Awards - Term 1, Week 10

Congratulations to the following students who have received High Five Awards this week;






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bikes-in Schools Pilot Application

We went all out in our application to be one of two schools in Wellington to pilot the Bikes-in-Schools programme. Follow the link below to check out the wonderful video Matt and Urs put together as our application. Thanks to all the people who were willing to go on video and support the application. 

If successful we will receive a significant package from the Wellington City Council which includes a bike track, a pump track and a skills track, a fleet of bikes, storage for the bikes and helmets for all our students. This is a wonderful opportunity and will be great for the suburb. We REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope we are successful. Our application has been acknowledged and we expect to hear from the selection committee in a fortnight.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Term 2 Inquiry: World War 1 - A Living Story

Next term we will be joining the world as it remembers World War One 100 years on. We will study the history of World War One, but we particularly want to look at the way people have communicated their experiences/stories of war through the arts - poetry, painting, theatre, posters, short stories etc.

We also would like to explore why wars happen and what alternatives there might be to solving conflict through war.

Following on from this inquiry we will be exploring and then implementing the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme in which students learn to help other students solve altercations and conflict.

If you have any resources, contacts or ideas that might help support this very exciting inquiry, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Wilfred Owen - one of the great war poets who was killed a week before the end of World War 1 almost to the hour - said, "All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful." We would like to learn the "truths" contained in both the historical facts and the representations of war in the arts. We expect that students will explore multiple perspectives and through that journey, perhaps, begin to develop their own personal response like the little girl in the excerpt below

Out of the mouths of babes.....

excerpt from The People, Yes
by Carl Sandburg
The little girl saw her first troop parade and asked,
"What are those?"
"What are soldiers?"
"They are for war. They fight and each tries to kill as many of the other side as he can."
The girl held still and studied.
"Do you know . . . I know something?"
"Yes, what is it you know?"
"Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come."

Board of Trustees By-Election - Declaration of Results

Please find below the results from the by-election held on 3rd April 2014

Board of Trustees By-Election / 03 April 2014

Declaration of Parent Election Results

Parent Representative Votes:

Gilchrist, Mark                      8
Lear, Frances                      52
Quiros Manser, Guillermo     18

Invalid Votes                        2

I hereby declare the following duly elected:
Frances Lear

Gail Greenslade
Returning Officer

Urgent! Opportunity - Junior Football Parade at Phoenix Last Game

Hi all

The Wellington Phoenix want to celebrate the start of the junior football season with a Junior Club parade at the last Phoenix game this Saturday from 4pm at Westpac Stadium.

Merrick, our Monday football teacher, will be taking part in the parade – and he would love as many Amesbury football players as possible to join in. There is no age limit, and a mix of boys and girls is ideal.

Merrick coaches for North Wellington Club and he is happy for any Amesbury students who are not affiliated with a club, who would like to participate, to join North Wellington Club for the parade.

All children who join the parade will receive free entry to the game. Adult supervisors will also receive free entry.

If your child is keen to be involved in the parade, please email merrickjkeenan04@hotmail.com no later than 8am tomorrow/Thursday morning and advise the following:

 1)      child’s name, age and contact phone number
2)      your name and contact phone number (cellphone is best) if you can help as an adult co-ordinator on the day (one adult is required per 12 children)

 Kids and adult supervisors will receive free entry to the game. 

 Extra adults will be able to purchase tickets at a reduced rate.  We can let you know the code for this once we have the kids’ names confirmed.

 Further details are attached.Junior Parade Information
 Time is of the essence, so please reply to merrickjkeenan04@hotmail,com asap if interested.   
This is usually great fun for juniors players who love getting down onto the pitch at Westpac and it will be their last chance to see the Phoenix players in action this season.  

 If you have any questions, please email Merrick.

Kelly Sports Term 2, 2014

Kelly Sports will be back in Term 2 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 2 – Fun Fundamentals (Yrs 1-2) – Fridays 3:05pm-4:05pm - Learn the basics of all sports – throwing, running, jumping, striking and many more.
Autumn Action (Yrs 2-4) – Fridays 3:05pm-4:05pm - Come and try Football, Hockey, Turbo Touch and Ultimate Frisbee. Learn new game skills all while having FUN!!
Holiday Programmes - Kelly Club will once again be operating their Holiday Programmes at Amesbury School, West Park School and the Wests Rugby Clubrooms in Wilton during the April 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 and Netball. Programmes available at Wilton and Onslow College.
More information can be found using this link to the Amesbury School website
ENROL FOR ALL PROGRAMMES ONLINE AT www.kellysports.co.nz or email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz