Friday, August 29, 2014

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to 7th September

Hi Everyone

The SPCA are in tomorrow from 12 – 3pm. Last week seven fur babies found their forever homes at the Tawa Adopt-a-thon – I wonder if we can beat that! For what’s coming up next week, please click here.

·         ** Art of Interiors ** - There are still spots left for the upcoming Art of Interiors seminar, next Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at Churton Park Community Centre. To register, email Christina: See attached for further details.

·         ** Churton Park Community Association Meeting ** - the monthly meeting of our local community association is Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Small Meeting Room.

·         ** Tai Chi with Janet ** - are you looking for a peaceful and relaxed form of fitness, focusing on mindfulness? Why not try Tai Chi with Janet on Thursday mornings between 10.30 – 12pm. Just $2 to participate, and all are welcome.

·         ** No Vinyasa Flow Yoga ** -  please note that Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Romina on Thursday evenings is cancelled for the next month while Romina takes a well-deserved holiday. Classes resume in October.

·         ** Free Legal Seminar: Relationship Property ** - Debbie Dunbar from Rainey Collins will be running a seminar to discuss relationship property issues. Monday September 8th at 7.15pm. Please register with See attached for further details.

·         ** Free CPR Classes ** - Wellington Free Ambulance will be running two free CPR sessions in October to get you up to speed with assisting someone in cardiac arrest, including the use of a defibrillator. This is especially timely as our Community Centre Defibrillator was used just a few weeks ago. Sessions are on Wednesday 22nd October from 11.30 – 1pm or 7.00 – 8.30pm. Register with me – 830 4802 or

·         ** October School Holidays ** - classes are just being finalised now for School Holidays and will be put up on Facebook as they are confirmed. Classes that have been confirmed so far are:
o   ** Khandallah Kids Taekwon-do ** - learn basic self-defence techniques and have fun. For kids aged 5 – 7 years. $9 per child. Sessions run on Tuesday September 30th starting at 11.05am, 12.05pm or 1.05pm. Register through CPCC.
o   ** Fondant Characters ** - learn to make fondant cakes toppers just like an expert cake maker! Make a fairy garden or dinosaur jungle with a range of techniques and take home your creation to display or devour! For children 6+, $30 per child (includes lunch). Monday October 6th 11.30 – 2.30pm. Run by local cake maker, Rachel Williams. Register through the Centre.
o   ** Brain Bunny Creative Writing Class ** - Brain Bunny Creative Writing Holiday Programmes are about tapping into children’s imaginations and helping them craft a story. During the programme, we'll use a range of guided creative writing exercises to stimulate new ideas for characters, stories and poems, and to help develop ideas children may already have. Suitable both for students who are passionate about creative writing, looking for extension and for students who are struggling with writing in a classroom setting, looking to gain confidence. For children aged 8 – 12years. $35 per child. Register with Brain Bunny:

  • ** Social English Sessions ** - Do you have a parent, friend or neighbour who would benefit from learning English via conversation in a relaxed, social and non-pressured environment? We will be starting Social English sessions at CPCC on Friday mornings from mid-October. We would love to get the word out there to people who have English as a second language, are home during the day and who would really benefit this type of session. If this is you, or someone you know please watch this space – more information will be coming closer to the time.
  • ** Ohariu Candidate Meetings: The following is a list of candidate meetings for the Ohariu Electorate in the lead up to the General Election:
§  Monday 1 September Johnsonville Uniting Church, 7:00 pm
§  Tuesday 2 September Ngaio/Crofton Downs Residents, Ngaio Town Hall, 8:00 pm
§  Thursday 4 September, Khandallah, Khandallah Town Hall, 1:00 pm
§  Monday 8 September Wadestown Residents, St Lukes Hall, 7:30 pm
§  Wednesday 10 September Tawa Residents, Tawa Union Church, 7:00 pm
§  Thursday 11 September Ngaio Union Church, 7:30 pm
§  Tuesday 16 September Khandallah Presbyterian Church, 7:30 pm

§  ** Celebrating 10 years of Montessori @ Tawa School ** - Sunday 31 August. Open Day 1 – 2pm, Room 13, Tawa School. Meet the teacher, ask questions, and see the Montessori class environment for 6-12 year olds. 10th Anniversary Celebration 2 – 3:30pm, Tawa School Library. For more information, please visit or phone 232 3787 a/h.

  • ** Northern Suburbs Stroke Club ** - The Northern Suburbs Stroke Club provides a supportive environment for stroke sufferers and their families. The Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at the Uniting Church on Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville at 12.15pm. In addition to providing a venue for stroke sufferers to socialise, we have an interesting variety of guest speakers drawn from the community and welfare organisations. The Club is open to stroke survivors and their families together with those who have suffered head injuries. In addition, the Club is looking for volunteers who are willing to serve on the Committee and contribute to the running of the Club. Anyone interested in joining the Club can ring John Brooking on 478 9706. 
There will be advanced voting at theTawa Community Centre in the 2 weeks leading up to the NZ elections.  The times are:
Wed 3 Sep - Fri 5 Sep 10am - 4pm
Sat 6 Sep 10am - 3pm
Mon 8 Sep - Wed 10 Sep 10am - 4pm
Thu 11 Sep 10am - 8pm
Fri 12 Sep 10am - 4pm
Sat 13 Sep 10am - 3pm
Mon 15 Sep - Fri 19 Sep 10am - 6pm
Thu 18 Sep (Late night) 6pm - 8pm

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 Duffy Community Centre Advocate
Churton Park Community Centre| 
P 04 830 4802 M 021 247 8741
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Headlice Alert - March 2015

We have received reports of cases of head lice from some of our students. To help prevent the spread in school, it is important to carefully check the whole family. If signs of headlice are found on any family member, the whole family should be treated.

What you need to know about head lice
  • Head lice are animals that live on the scalp.
  • Nits are the eggs of head lice.
  • Lice can’t jump or fly from person to person. They can only crawl from head to head, or spread when children share combs, brushes, hats, and scarves.
  • Head lice are easily treated at home.
  • Head lice spread quickly, so report head lice to your child’s school or child care centre.
To prevent other members of your family from getting head lice, you’ll need to wash the infected child’s bedding and clothing in hot water. Make sure to wash her combs and brushes too and keep her hair tied back firmly to prevent cross-contamination.
Whichever method you choose to remove head lice and nits, be sure to use the treatment 7-10 days after the initial treatment to catch the next generation of head lice as they hatch.  

Further information on detection and treatment of head lice and eggs (nits) can be found on this link


Because live eggs hatch in 7-10 days, the key to success in getting rid of them is to repeat whatever treatment you settle on every three-four days for a couple of weeks. You can only break the cycle if you stop the newly hatched lice from laying eggs. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ERO's Parent Booklets - A survey

What do you think of ERO’s parent booklets?
The Education Review Office (ERO) publishes a series of five booklets for parents and caregivers.
We want to find out how useful the information is to parents, how the booklets can be improved, and if parents would prefer to receive the information in a different way.
We’re starting with a survey of How is my child doing? To take part in the survey go to – Featured Publications. The survey runs until the end of September and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Meanwhile if you would like a copy of one of the booklets email
Dee Warring
Communications Adviser
Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa
The Child - the Heart of the Matter

Women's Movie Night - Wednesday 10th September at 7:00pm

An invitation to our Women's Movie Night for term 3 (men are welcome, though none have been game enough yet!)

Mary-Jane Robiony-Rogers and I are organising a Women's Movie Night - film to be advised shortly. 

When: 7pm, Wednesday, 10 September, 2014
Where: Amesbury School, meet at reception for refreshments
What: Cake, coffee and a movie.
Who: Women - feel free to invite your neighbours. Men are welcome, but the evenings will unashamedly feature 'chick flicks'.

Please give an indication of whether you will be attending by emailing Lesley ( or Mary Jane (

See you there.

Kind regards
Lesley and Mary Jane

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Amesbury School Hockey Team Wins Tournament

We are very excited! Yesterday, a group of Harakeke boys took part in the Northern Zone Hockey Tournament played on the artificial turf at Wakefield Park, Island Bay. We received texts all day: the team is doing well; they are in the semi-finals; we will be back late because they are in the final against Ngaio School; they have won the final!

A HUGE congratulations to the boys for their outstanding performances all day long. Thanks to Lisa for managing the team and to Merrick who has taught hockey skills to all our children as part of Thursday rotations.

Farewell to Crisanna

It was sad to say goodbye to Crisanna on Monday. She, husband and her young family are off to the South Island this week to be closer to whanau, which will be great for the boys. However, she will be sorely missed here. Crisanna is one of our foundation teachers. We initally employed her for a couple of days per week to teach Te Reo me Tikanga Maori. She then became a full time teacher in Harakeke Hub for a short while. She went on maternity leave and returned and picked up Te Reo Maori again for a day or two a week. Now she has left for good! Crisanna is an amazing teacher - very talented, full of life and fun and the children love her. Her passion for Te Reo Maori has rubbed off on our children and enriched our school.

We wish Crisanna and family all the very best in Christchurch. Arohanui ki a koe, Crisanna.

A Peek at Teachers: Morning Tea Time on Fridays

Just thought you would like to see what teachers get up to on Fridays at morning tea time. As you can see (below), it is laidback and relaxed. Gail and Fiona, sometimes with contributions from parents and other staff members, spoil us with a delicious morning tea. Note the amazing chocolate caramel cupcakes made by Gail. I cannot believe that she thinks of us at home on Thursday nights after a very busy working week. But she does. We are the luckiest staff in the world!

Oh and Mary-Jane's old fashioned ginger gems always remind me of my mother and her heavy ginger gem trays.

Thanks to all the people who make our lives so much richer.

Marcus Akuhata-Brown: What will your contribution be?

Maintaining connections to people and place and having a seven generational focus and perspective were Marcus's central messages. Marcus himself was able to take us back 21 generations through his whakapapa (geneology). He skilfully wove important messages with stories of his ancestors and his life. He swapped seamlessly between Marcus the thinker and academic and Marcus the Maori boy from Te Araroa and kept us mesmerised for 90 minutes.

We all came away feeling refreshed and inspired to think about what we are contributing and how long our contribution will stand for. Marcus encouraged us to ask ourselves, what of our contribution will still be standing in seven generations? I found this to be a very challenging but welcome message. It is easy to get caught up in the petty grievances and offences and lose sight of the important work that we are all  doing here - building a community for the future and exploring the future of education. Important work, indeed!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gymnastics at Amesbury School

Amesbury gymnasts and coaches were very excited to see our new gymnastics equipment arrive yesterday.  Check out how much fun they are having!
If any other students would like to join the gymnastics sessions on Monday after school, please email to be added to the list.


Welcome to our new student: Felicity Gould

Welcome to Felicity, who joined Amesbury School in Koru hub on 21st August.
Felicity Gould

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Amesbury School Board of Trustees Agenda 27 August 5.30pm

Amesbury School Board of Trustees
Meeting: Wednesday 27 August, 2014 at 5.30 pm in Meeting Room, Te Rito, Amesbury School
1.       Attendance
1.1.          Present
1.2.          Apologies
1.3.          Conflict of Interest

2.       Minutes of previous meeting: 30 July 2014
2.1.          Confirmation of minutes
2.2.          Matters Arising
2.3.          Action Table

3.       Education/Curriculum/Student Achievement focus
3.1.         Student achievement reports July 2014
-          Literacy
-          Maths

4.       Property:
4.1.          Presentation by Mark Newdick re: grounds development
4.2.          Property meeting – Ian Rattray and Sharon (Regional Ministry)
4.3.          Heating system update

5.       Self-review
5.1.          Check- Annual Self – Review Programme 2014 (standing agenda item)
5.2.          Policies to be reviewed:
·         Behaviour Management
·         Te Tiriti O Waitangi
·         Health and Safety
·         Financial Reserves
·         Legislation
·         Curriculum Delivery

6.       Health and Safety     

7.       Legislation
7.1.          Starting day of school 2015 – Monday, 2 February, 2015 - approval sought
7.2.          Recapitation
7.3.          Investing in Educational Success

8.       Personnel
8.1       NZSTA Conference – report
8.2       Teacher Registration Check Report

9.       Charter Development

10.   ICT
10.1      ALF – possible commercialisation initial discussion

11.   Finance
11.1.       Finance Report
11.2.       Financial Reports for July 2014
11.3.       Expenditure approval

12.   Community Engagement
12.1      Community activities
12.2      Website

13.   Next meeting:
13.1.       Wednesday, 24 September, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On to August 31

Hi Everyone

Let’s hope this cold blast this is the last that winter has to fire at us with only one more week until spring!
A request from a local who left her wallet in the public toilet outside the Community Centre early on Tuesday morning: if you happened to pick it up, could you please return it to the Community Centre where I can reunite it with its concerned owner – thank you.
For what’s coming up next week, please click here

  • ** Churton Park Mahjong Group ** - we have a very active mahjong group who meet and play every Monday afternoon from 1 – 4.30pm. If you think you’d like to join them, give Marie O’Conner a call to discuss on 478 3779.
  • ** Justice of the Peace Service Centre ** - the JPs will be in the Centre on Tuesday evening from 7 – 8pm.
  • ** Pilates with Churton Park Physiotherapy ** - Jill and Ethan from Churton Park Physio run three Pilates classes at CPCC each week – Monday and Thursday mornings at 9.30am and Wednesday at 6pm. If you’re new to Pilates, why not book in for a free 15 minute assessment before you start? Book your assessment directly with Churton Park Physiotherapy on 478 7010 and ask them about their concession cards as well.
  • ** Evening Walking Group ** - the evenings are just starting to stretch out and as the weather (hopefully!) starts to improve, you may wish to join our evening walking group. They depart from CPCC at 7pm every Thursday. Contact Vicky for more

  • ** SPCA Adopt-a-thon ** - the SPCA runs a monthly Adopt-a-thon at CPCC on the last Saturday of every month, where cats and kittens come to CPCC to see if they can find their forever homes. The next event is on Saturday 30th August, so if you are in the market for a new fur-friend, mark your calendar!
  • ** Art of Interiors ** - Ever wondered how interior designers do it? Grab your friends and come along to the Art of Interiors – a fun-filled evening at CPCC where you’ll learn tips and hints to make your house a haven and create spaces that you and your friends will love! With advice and help on hand from an interior designer, an artist and a professional organiser, how can you go wrong? Wednesday 3rd September 7.30 – 9.30pm. Just $10 to attend. Book via See attached for more details.
§         ** Relationship Property Legal Seminar ** - Have you recently separated? Should you protect your property if you are in a relationship? Do you have questions about relationship property issues?  For answers to these questions and more, join the team from Rainey Collins for a free seminar on Monday 8th September from 7.15pm. to book your spot.

  • ** Social English Sessions ** - Do you have a parent, friend or neighbour who would benefit from learning English via conversation in a relaxed, social and non-pressured environment? We will be starting Social English sessions at CPCC on Friday mornings from late September. We would love to get the word out there to people who have English as a second language, are home during the day and who would really benefit this type of session. If this is you, or someone you know please watch this space – more information will be coming closer to the time.

  • ** Books go ARTY at Johnsonville Library **  During term 2 classes of primary and intermediate school students from across Wellington City were tasked with creating a sculpture based on one of the Kyle Mewburn books. These sculptures are now touring around the libraries and 5 sculptures will be arriving at Johnsonville Library on Friday 22nd August, including a couple by the talented students from Churton Park School. There are 3 age related activities children can do when they see the exhibition so make sure you come along as the sculptures are truly amazing.
  • ** Ohariu Valley Golf Club **- thinking of playing golf once the weather improves? See attached for specials on early bird Summer membership at Ohariu Valley Golf Course.
  • ** Trilogy Masterclass at Churton Park Pharmacy ** -Love Trilogy? Then get along to the Trilogy Masterclass at Churton Park Pharmacy on August 26th! See attached for details.
  • ** Barnardos Childcare and Educators ** Are you looking for childcare for your little one, or are you looking to work from home? Barnardos might be able to help with both! See attached.
** Meet the Candidates ** - The 2014 Election is just over a month away. Having trouble deciding who you might wish to vote for? There is a Meet the Candidates session on Monday September 1st, 7.15pm at the Terrace Centre, 18 Dr TaylorTerrace, Johnsonville.

There is less than one week to go until the Tawa Community Theatre's new show More Murder Please. Vote for laughs...Vote for...MMP. Another Dubious reason to head back to the polling booth.  28th-30th Aug & 4th-6th Sept at theLinden Social Centre.  Tickets $39, includes a 3 course meal.  Bookings Essential ph 232 3711.

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 Duffy Community Centre Advocate
Churton Park Community Centre
P 04 830 4802 M 021 247 8741

Martial Arts

Nǐ hǎo!
Today we started electives for Term 3. One of the choices is martial arts, or 'wushu'. Yaru, from the Confucius Institute, and Xiao, a Wellington martial arts master, ran our first session. Xiao is showing us some movements and the children learnt a whole movement routine.  We were also treated to a dao (sword) performance, snake performance and monkey performance.  He had us mesmerised!  I wonder what the master will show and teach us next week!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Samuel Marsden Collegiate Information Session at Amesbury School

If you would like to find out more about what Samuel Marsden can offer your child for year 7, your family is cordially invited to attend an information session to be held at Amesbury School on Tuesday 2 September at 5:30pm.

If you are interested but unable to attend on that day, please email Fiona Hannaway at or call her on 476 8707 extn 831.  Fiona will be happy to arrange a tour for you and/or a meeting with myself.

Phone +64 4 476 8707 
Fax +64 4 939 8934 
Marsden Avenue, Karori