Today is Pink Shirt Day, and it is great to see school lit up with bright clothes as we recognise the value of kindness and friendship – and the importance of speaking up when a situation is not right and people are being unkind. This also ties in with the learning students are gaining from the NZ Police Keeping Ourselves Safe programme.
In Term One, our focus school value was Kindness (Aroha). Whanau may have heard their children saying, ‘Manaaki te katoa – Kindness to all.’ This whakatauki (proverb) helps to collectively remind us of the value. In Term Two, we continue to reflect on the importance of kindness as well as introducing the school value of Resilience. The whakatauki for Resilience (Manawaroa) is,’Pai tu, Pai hinga, Haere tonu, kia kaha – Good to stand, good to fall, keep going, stay strong.’ through this value we are teaching children about perserverance and not being too harsh upon themselves or others, rather viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn, as well as supporting one another.
Tonight our playground will be lit up, as the the PTA have the first Glow Playground Fundraiser, working with ‘It’s My Party.’ This has been such a popular event. There are no tickets for sale this evening, so if you missed booking in please do not turn up hoping to get a spot as the tickets are now sold out. Last week I reported on the PTA Fundraising in 2020, and I made an error as I missed the Fun Run figure! – the final figure was $35,000, which was just fantastic. Thank you to the PTA and our community.
Sadly, our wonderful PTA Chairperson, Jo Clark, is standing down. Jo was the PTA secretary in 2018, then moved in to the Chairperson role from 2019 until now. She has been an organised and motivating leader, driven by the best interests of our students and community. On behalf of us all I would like to thank Jo for her amazing service to our school community. Jo is happy to support a new PTA Chairperson. If you are interested in this role please read the PTA section in this newsletter.
In the last fortnight we have had the NetSafe evening, please do take the time to read the summary written by Jo Patrick, one of our Associate Principals, as it also contains important links to support families. There was also a Wānanga held on 8 May, which was a wonderful family event for our Kapahaka. Please see the article by Di Edgoose (on behalf of the team) further on in the newsletter. A big thank you to our wonderful families and teachers for their support of the Kapahaka students.
Events coming up soon include an English Second Language parent afternoon on Tuesday 8 June at 2.00pm in the staffroom. This session is to explain the maths programme. The session will be paced to suit English Second Language parents, however all parents are welcome. We also have Book Week coming up soon – see the notice for more details. Please remember that Friday 4 June is a Teacher Only Day – Kelly Club is open. Also that Monday 7 June is a public holiday.
I wish you all a wonderful fortnight.
Linda Barton Principal
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Board of Trustee (BoT) Meeting, 6.30pm in the staffroom. All welcome
Full school assembly, 9.00am in the hall. All welcome
28 May – 3 June
Scholastic Book Fair and Book Week
Teacher Only Day, school closed. Kelly Club will be open
Queens Birthday public holiday, school closed
English Second Language Parent Information Meeting, focusing on the maths programme, 2.00pm in the staffroom.
Senior Cross Country, Long Bay Regional Park (rain save day 15 June)
Junior Cross Country, school field (rain save day 17 June)
Full school assembly, 9.00am in the hall. All welcome
Northern Bays Performing Arts Evening, senior Kapahaka students performing
PTA Quiz Night, Long Bay Surf Club
Full school assembly and Matariki celebration, 12.30pm in the hall. All welcome
Super Cluster Cross Country for selected students
2021 Term Dates
Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July
Teacher Only Day – Friday 4 June (school closed)
Queens Birthday – Monday 7 June (school closed)
Monday 26 July – Thursday 30 September
Teacher Only Day – Friday 1 October (school closed)
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:
Amelie, Peter, Aurora, Chloe and Raphael
Sports Buzz – Term 2, Week 3
Parent helpers are needed to man the finish line for the Junior school cross country on Thursday 10 June. This will be held at school between 11.45am and 1.15pm. If you are able to assist, please email Nikki Douglas, email@example.com
Just a reminder that the Yummy school sticker promotion is on again for this year. They have been busy picking apple crops so you will find a great range of Yummy apples in store now. Apples are a convenient package of fibre, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids that provide a range of valuable health benefits. Great for this time of year with the changing seasons.
Yummy sticker charts are available from the office. Happy munching!
At the recent Bays 2021 Athletics prize giving one of our Long Bay Primary students, Theresa, won the following:
1st place – Club Champion 7G
1st place – Age Grade Champion 7G
Club spirit award – Sportsmanship
Excellent achievement Theresa!
Kapahaka Thank You
‘AROHA MAI, AROHA ATU’ – Love received, love returned
On Saturday 8 May, the Long Bay Primary Kapahaka whanau had a Wānanga. The Wānanga was a special gathering to practise our mahi, come together with wider whānau, and share ideas over some kai. The tamariki spent time together to practise their waiata and become more confident in their performance. We then had a go at some different activities, such as waiata, haka, harakeke weaving and poi. At this stage, we were joined by whanau, who were amazing at being involved in the activities and learning, helping and assisting where needed.
This lead into a performance by the Kapahaka for our whanau, followed by a wonderful table of kai, made by some of our Maori families. We would like to thank:
Kirsten Prime and Michelle Vaughan, for their huge contribution and effort with the cooking of the kai. Amanda Uenuku and Gemma Hick for supporting Kirsten and Michelle with the kai. Gemma Hick for her knowledge and guidance with the powhiri and karanga.
Sef Manu and Winiata Uenuku for their never-ending Kapahaka knowledge and musical support. Our wider whanau for supporting us on the day when extra hands-on help was needed.
Thank you also to Raj and his team at Four Square Torbay, for your contribution to our Wānanga.
‘ Popoia te kakano, kia puawai ‘ – Nurture the seed so that it may blossom.
Ngā mihi nui
Book Week and Scholastic Book Fair
Book Week and Scholastic Book Fair are back this year!
This year we are lucky to have our Scholastic Book Shop at Long Bay Primary. All books bought through the flyers and at the book fair, raise funds for our school. These funds are put back into our students’ literacy learning by encouraging a love for reading by purchasing books for the library and classroom resources.
We would also like to remind parents that we have a dress up parade on the morning of Thursday 3 of June. This is a very special event as we have heaps of prizes to give aways at this event.
We also need your help to assist at this year’s Book Fair on the following days and time slots:
Dates: Friday 28 May to Thursday 3 June 2021*
Morning: 8.30am – 9.00am OR Afternoon: 3.00pm – 3.30pm (*Thursday 3 June will be the morning only)
If you are able to assist us at any of these time slots, please email Fenneke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the Office to sign-up. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
Join the Walking School Bus
Keen to make school drop off/pick up easier and stress free? Meet other local parents and get some fresh air and exercise? Have your kids arrive to school energised and ready to start their days learning?
A walking school bus is a group of children who walk together to/from school with parent supervisors along a set route. Parents take turns and shouldn’t need to walk more than one day a week. The other four days are free.
Long Bay Primary has two routes running now, if you aren’t near these routes get in touch with email@example.com so we can arrange another route for you!
Starts: From the end of Coventry Way by the walkway
Starts: From the park at the corner of Islet Road and Headland Drive
When: 8:15am Tuesdays and Wednesdays, more days possible when we get more families on board
When: 8:20am Wednesdays and Thursdays, more days possible when we get more families on board
Many thanks to John Keoghan, our school IT specialist and digital learning teacher for organising this event. Last Wednesday Andrew Cowie from NetSafe spoke to a group of over 25 people in our hall about keeping children at home safe online. He talked through the ideas in the Netsafe Parent Toolkit which is downloadable from this link. The topics were:
– Understanding Online Challenges
– Learning About Your Child’s Online Activities
– Exploring the Technology
– Agreeing on and Setting Set Expectations
– Teaching the Basics
– Role Model For Them
– Make a Plan
The booklet contains ideas and links to support, also a template for a Family Safe Online Treaty document. Of great interest, also, was to hear that parents can get free Switch On Safety device protection, supported by the Ministry of Education and NetSafe. This enables your children’s devices at home to be as safe from inappropriate content as our devices at school
PTA CHAIRPERSON WANTED
Sadly, our wonderful PTA Chairperson, Jo Clark, is standing down. Jo was the PTA secretary in 2018, then moved in to the Chairperson role from 2019 until now. A big thank you to Jo for being such an organized and motivating leader. If you are community minded and love working with a team to organise fundraising projects, please consider putting your hand up for this role. Jo is happy to support a new PTA Chairperson. If you are interested in this role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Keen to sponsor the Quiz Night? We are looking for local businesses to sponsor this event! Your business will be advertised on the night, on our Facebook page and in the school newsletter. Get in touch with us at email@example.com The business sponsorship costs will be $40 per round, or $250 for the whole night.
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 Friday 14 May).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.