Newsletter Term 1, Week 10

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 10 – Friday 9 April 2021

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora everyone

Tonight is the PTA’s first movie night, and I’d like to thank all of our wonderful PTA members in advance for their considerable planning – including contingency plans for inclement weather. Thank you also to Sean and Natalie from It’s My Party, and Susan Kinghorn from Harcourts for their support. It looks to be a fun, family night out.

At Long Bay Primary we certainly value the contribution that our students make to our school, and we have a number of roles where students have the opportunity to develop their leadership. We are proud of all of the students who put themselves forward for leadership roles. I would like to congratulate Sam and Emma who have been selected as the Kapahaka kaea this year. They will also join our senior student council (which includes our Kahui Ako student leaders). The student council are meeting regularly this year with Mrs Hohaia to share ideas for improving our school environment. One of their first projects is to work with Mr Underwood to open up a new bush area for senior students to play in (dubbed Wattle Downs), and to help us make better use of the lower field by developing more soccer pitch areas. We look forward to developing these and other student ideas over the course of the year.

We have one week to go until the term one break – our last day is next Friday and we then reopen on Monday 3 May for term two. Kelly Club will be running their holiday programme during the holidays.

If you have not yet downloaded the School App, can you please do so (instructions and QR code below). We will be trialling a notification system shortly. 

Next term our school will be participating in the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme, which has been developed by the NZ Police. You can find out more about the programme on

Senior Constable Wansink will also be running a parent meeting at school about the programme at 2.00pm on Monday 10 May for those who are interested.

I hope to see many of our whanau tonight at the PTA Movie Night, and wish you all a great term break from next Friday

Linda Barton

Our 2021 Kapahaka Kaea, Sam and Emma, with Gemma, at the handover hui.

School App and Website

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When the website is live, please find us at 

2021 Upcoming Events

12 April

Manuka trip to Pumphouse Theatre

14 April

Free dance lesson for all students in the hall after lunch eating

15 April

Year 6 Waterwise Day

16 April

Full school assembly, 9.00am in the hall. All welcome

16 April

Last day of Term 1

3 May

First day of Term 2

3-7 May

Rimu Year 2’s and Manuka swimming at Northern Arena

10 May

Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Meeting with Senior Constable Wansink, 2.00pm in the staffroom. All welcome

10-14 May

Rimu Year 2’s and Manuka swimming at Northern Arena

11 May

PTA Meeting, 7.00pm in the staffroom. All welcome

14 May

Full school assembly, 9.00am in the hall. All welcome

17 May

Board of Trustee (BoT) Meeting, 6.30pm in the staffroom. All welcome

17-21 May

Nikau and Totara make-up swimming at Northern Arena

21 May

PTA Fundraiser – Glow Playground

2021 Term Dates

Term One

Thursday 4 February – Friday 16 April

Waitangi Day – Monday 8 February (school closed)

Teacher Only Day – Thursday 1 April (school closed. Kelly Club open)

Good Friday – Friday 2 April

Easter Holiday – Monday 5 April and Tuesday 6 April (school closed)

Term Two

Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July

Teacher Only Day – Friday 4 June (school closed)

Queens Birthday – Monday 7 June (school closed)

Term Three

Monday 26 July – Thursday 30 September

Teacher Only Day – Friday 1 October (school closed)

Term Four

Monday 18 October – Wednesday 15 December

Labour Day – Monday 25 October (school closed)

Teacher Only Day – Tuesday 26 October (school closed)

Welcome New Students

A warm welcome to the new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since the last newsletter:

Aiden, Alexander and Mason

Sports Buzz, Week 10

Flippaball – all players in Years 2-6 wishing to play flippaball in Term 2 need to sign up via LBP Shop/Kindo. Please make sure you register before the end of this term.

Cluster Swim Sports – good luck to all of our students who are competing at the cluster swim sports next Wednesday 14 April.

For any sports enquiries, please email Nikki Douglas at

PTA News


Glow Playground – Friday 21 May

More details to follow shortly!

ANZAC Day – 25 April

ANZAC Day falls in the term break, on 25 April (with Monday 26 April as a public holiday). ANZAC day commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War 1 in 1915. Close to 3000 New Zealand soldiers lost their lives during that campaign. On this day we also remember others who have served their country in wars and conflicts.  The following site includes the location and times of ANZAC Day services, should If you wish to attend: (the local event in Browns Bay is listed as East Coast Bays Parade).
We do have poppies for sale (gold coin donation) at the school office, and have included two of our students ANZAC poems below:

ANZAC Day by Zoe, age 10
On ANZAC day
I wake up to hear
The sound of a bugle
People commemorating the brave soldiers
Who went to war.
Sometimes people go to parades 
And watch
The red poppies fall
All is silent
Tears drop from people’s faces
Chest’s wear bright red poppies
Remembering our loved ones
25th of April by Kate, age 8
The poppies fall
All is silent
The flags are raised
Hushed voices speak
Names are read out
Reflecting our past
Despair is in the air

Important School Reminders


Our full school assemblies are now each fortnight. All family members are welcome at the full school assembly, and the dates for these are in the newsletter and on the website calendar (next full school assembly is 16 April).

As our school has grown so much, we are now handing out the children’s certificates at their team assemblies, rather than at the full school assembly. The team assemblies are at different times during the school day to fit in with each team’s timetable. Teachers are taking photos of the children receiving their certificate and will put these on to Seesaw.
If you are not yet connected to your child’s class Seesaw, do contact the class teacher.

Absence from School

If your child is going to be absent from school, please email or call 09 473 6077, option 2 and advise the Office to avoid your child being marked as truant.

If your child arrives late to school, they MUST call at the Office window for a late pass. This is so we know they are safe.

If you are collecting your child early from school, all parents/caregives need to sign them out at the Office. Children are not allowed to leave school grounds early unless they are signed out. Where possible, please do not arrange to collect a child during break times, as it is extremely difficult to locate them. Morning tea is 11.15am to 11.45am and lunch is 1.15pm and 2.00pm.

School Adventure Playground

Please remember that the playground is out of bounds for all students before school.  Children who are accompanied by their parent may play on the playground after school and on the weekends. Children cannot stay and play on the playground after school unless their parent is with them.

Before and After School Care – Kelly Club

Kelly Club is available at Long Bay Primary from 7.00am until 6.00pm in the afternoon.  Please contact Kelly Club on 027 363 3329 or at if you have any enquiries or wish to make a booking.  Kelly Club will be using the hall and Room 4 for Before and After School Care this year.

Activity Charges and School Donations 

This is a reminder that the school activities charge is due for payment. If you haven’t already done so, could you please make the $75.00 payment per child to the school bank account:

12-3080-0105403-00 (use your child’s name as the reference)

Receipts for school donations and activity charges will be sent out by email at the end of March. Thank you to those families who have already made payment.

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