As we need to be at Level One to have a live audience for our production, and as the Bruce Mason Centre was changing its layout which reduces the number of backstage rooms, we have made the decision to cancel our booking. Those who had already purchased tickets should have received an email from Ticketmaster regarding a refund. Thank everyone who did buy a ticket for your support.
However, the show will go on in some other format and venue. We are looking at other options so the children all get to perform and celebrate their talent and hard work. We will let you know as soon as things are decided, as we do need to have an idea about the pandemic response before any dates or organisation is set.
Please encourage your child/children to keep practising during the lockdown time.
Kia ora koutou Long Bay Whanāu
We have now spent three and a half weeks at Alert Level 4, and it certainly is pleasing to see that the lockdown is having an impact by reducing the number of daily community cases. We will learn more about any changes in levels at the announcement on Monday 13 September. I will be back in touch after the Government announcement has been made, so do look out for that email.
At Level 4, please be aware that the school grounds continue to be closed to all. This is a Ministry of Health directive, in order to reduce the threat of spreading the virus. As no one should be on the school site, this means no playing on the adventure playground.
I thank you all for your support for each other and the school during the Alert Level Lockdowns. Please continue to encourage your child to attend their class online meetings and to complete home learning tasks. Whilst the learning is not the same as in the classroom, it is still really valuable and meeting with their teacher and classmates helps your child to be connected. There has been some wonderful student writing achieved at home, and it is also great to hear about the range of activities our students have been engaged in with their family members during this time.
I’d like to thank all of our staff for our collective toilet roll video – we really enjoyed putting that together for you all. A big thank you as well to Mark Wallace and Di Edgoose, and our wonderful students who are producing the kupu o te wiki and our Greeting each week. I so look forward to seeing these and thought this weeks words: whakaoti rapanga – to problem solve – fitted in really well! We are certainly all developing our resilience and creativity.
We are aware that every family situation is different. A good site to visit to read parenting tips during lockdown is the Parenting Place, on https://parentingplace.nz/
Our staff are all working hard behind the scenes, as are the School Board and the Long Bay Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), both of which held their meetings online this week. Please see the message from the Board further on in this newsletter, and the PTA section.
Lastly I’d like to share the result of the recent parent survey regarding what community members thought should be the next fundraising focus project for our school. Of the suggested choices, in order of the most popular to least was: 1. to build another playground, 2. a bike track, 3. shade over the existing playground, 4. a cover over the astro turf and 5. Fitness Circuit Equipment. This new playground project will take place in 2022, however the upcoming PTA raffle fundraiser will go towards this project. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback.
I wish you all the best as the lockdown continues, and will be in touch again via email on Monday when more is known about level changes.
2021 Upcoming Events – ONCE WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON GOVERNMENT ALERT LEVELS, WE WILL UPDATE THE EVENTS TIMETABLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
Postponed – Cluster Schools Cricket Tournament
Postponed – Manuka team trip to the Botanical Gardens
TBC – Year 6 Parent Camp Information Evening
TBC – School Fun Run
Coding Club students to We Learn
Last day of Term 3
Teacher Only Day
2021 Term Dates
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)
Out-of-Zone Enrolments for 2022
Applications are open for a limited number of out-of-zone places for 2022. The deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is 29 September 2021. All applications MUST be received by 4.00pm on that day.
If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on 20 October 2021.
In-Zone Enrolments for 2022
If you have a younger sibling who is going to be turning 5 next year and you are wishing to enrol them at Long Bay Primary, can you please email the Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure that we have the child’s information and birth date to help with our planning for 2022.
Message from the Long Bay School Board
The School Board wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the entire school and wider school community during the latest lockdown. To all the staff at Long Bay School, we thank you for your efforts at keeping the children engaged and learning during this challenging time. To whanau and the wider community, thank you for your ongoing support of the school and the steps we are required to take to ensure we are all safe.
We also wanted to provide an update on the Principal appointment process. The job advert for the role closed on 6 September. We received a number of applications from excellent candidates, which is heartening. Long Bay Primary is a great school and it is nice to know that others want to join us. Over the next few weeks the Board will be working through the applications and the application process. As always, if you have any questions, or wish to contact the school board, please email us at email@example.com
Sports Buzz – Term 3, Week 7
School Fun Run – This will still go ahead
The School Fun Run is the major fundraiser for the school and PTA this year and we would love for everyone to get behind it.
Please note that the Fun Run will still go ahead as we can be more flexible around group sizes. We will confirm the date once we know more about Alert Level changes.
If all children were fundraising online it would make such a difference. All profit is going to enhancing the environment for our students, and students collecting sponsors also get the chance to earn prizes.
This is the last term for collecting Yummy stickers, so whether you are already in full swing or just starting, there is still time to earn some sports gear for our school.
Home Learning Fun
CANCELLED – Colour Burst Music Concert – 18 September
Unfortunately this music concert has been CANCELLED. Apologies to all our students and families for this inconvenience. If you have any queries please contact Nick on 021 0896 1641 or Carolyn on 021 173 9305.
We are looking to hold our annual Christmas concert in the hall, so please keep checking the newsletter for a confirmed December date.
We are looking for a regular volunteer to assist the PTA in a communications capacity. If you are interested in the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Club – October School Holidays
Kia ora! Kelly Club is back for the October school holidays!
Give your child a chance to make new friends while making creative crafts, playing new exciting games, sports and cooking with our engaging fun staff. Freeing you up to work/relax free of distraction, let us help you create some stress free time for yourself.
Our friendly staff are passionate about working with children. They are trained in delivering fun activities, first aid and behaviour management and child protection. Kelly Club Long Bay has use of the fantastic playground, large hall and a warm classroom too for those chilly days.
Book online today www.kellyclub.co.nz/longbay to make Kelly Club Long Bay your child’s home away from home these October school holidays.
East Coast Bays Cricket is one of the largest clubs on Auckland’s North Shore, providing cricket for all ages and all levels. We cater for all children’s cricket from Year 1 through to Year 8, both girls and boys.
LEARN TO SAIL at Torbay Sailing Club (Waiake Beach). Four days packed with sailing, fun and new friends during the October school holidays. Ideal for children 8 – 13 years old. (approximately 30 to 55kg)
4-7 October (JLTS 1) OR 11-14 October (JLTS 2). 9.00am to 3.00pm. Course is $300.00 per person.
If you have already signed up, that is great! You can continue to use the same link. On registration, you will be provided with an automated email that includes a Zoom link that can be used for all three sessions. If you have any problems registering or getting the information please email email@example.com
Keep an eye out as we will soon be releasing an online worksheet-based training course for our kids. It will be $10.00 for all five worksheets. We look forward to sharing this with you shortly.