LBP – Newsletter Term 1, Week 3

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 3 – Friday 25 February 2022

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora

The most important part of a school is the people in it. If the last couple of years have shown us anything children can learn anywhere but it is the social aspects of being together with other people that make all the difference. The value of belonging to a community has never been as relevant and important as it is today. The PTA is an example of a group of people who have come together for a common purpose. Not only to raise money, but also to foster a sense of community. While it has been difficult over the last couple of years to achieve both of these objectives, the PTA has been unwavering in their support of the school and parent community. As they recruit for new members please take a moment to consider how you can get involved and help out.

The first PTA project of 2022 is Ice Block Day next Friday. Gratefully sponsored by Susan Kinghorn, however there was only one problem. Actually sourcing lemonade ice blocks. Who would have thought the supply shortage affecting a number of different areas would also have a significant impact on ice blocks? Thankfully with some creative problem solving and out of the box thinking (exactly the type of skills we are trying to instill in our students) we managed to contact Damien Rakich at Bidfood. Damien spent some time ringing around and bingo we are now in business.

Yesterday Unichem Browns Bay began complimentary RAT screening of our staff. They contacted all local schools with the offer, one that we willingly took up. Thanks to Christina Shin for her proactive approach, it provides us with yet another layer of protection against Covid-19 at Long Bay Primary.

The sense of community and looking out for other people is one of the biggest things I have noticed in the last three weeks. If Susan, Damien and Christina are any indication of the lengths people will go to to help our school it is a promising sign for the future. Be it to cool the kids down and give them something to look forward to, raise some funds to inject back into our programmes or keep our staff and students safe. Our school community is there with us and as a staff we are very grateful.

As we negotiate the next few weeks ahead we will continue with the measures we have taken to protect your children, keep them working hard, and most importantly look forward to coming to school. Thank you for your support, enjoy your weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, ready to have some fun and continue on their learning journey.

Ngā mihi


What’s Been Happening

Room 10 Play Based Learning

Goal Setting Conferences – Wednesday 23 March 

We value the partnership between home and school and look forward to the opportunity to share with you what your children have been doing at school. Even more valuable is to hear from you about your children, what makes them tick, and what you have discovered about how they learn over the last few months, while they worked with you at home. We will be holding our goal setting conferences on Wednesday 23 March starting from 1:10pm. 

In order to have time to see all of our families, usual instruction finishes at 12.30pm on this day, so please arrange alternative care for your children from 12.30pm. If you cannot arrange alternative care do let the office know so we can plan supervision for them.

We do encourage all students to attend their learning conference and talk to the teacher with their parents. At this stage we anticipate these interviews will be held virtually. More information to follow shortly.

2022 Term Dates and What’s On

Term One

Thursday 3 February – Wednesday 13 April

Goal Setting Conferences – Wednesday 23 March (school finishes at 12.30pm)

Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 3 March

PTA Ice Block Day – Friday 4 March (order online via Kindo)

Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 10 March

Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 17 March

Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 24 March

Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 31 March

Teacher Only Day – Thursday 14 April (school closed)

Term Two

Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July

Queens Birthday Public Holiday – 6 June (school closed)

Matariki Public Holiday – 24 June (school closed)

Term Three

Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September

Term Four

Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December

Labour Day Public Holiday – 24 October (school closed)

New Long Bay Primary School App

To download the latest mobile version of the app please go to the App/Play store and search for KiwiSchools Connect. Once downloaded select Long Bay Primary. 
Alternatively, you can scan the QR code. 
This app has been completely re-built so if you already have the app on your mobile, you may need to un-install and re-install this latest version. Thank you for your co-operation.

Welcome New Students

A warm welcome to all our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:

Rayan, Clara, and Leone

Donation Receipts

Donation receipts will be attached as a PDF copy to the order notification that you receive (Receipt/Order Confirmation). If you need to download a copy, you will be able to do so from the my orders page on your Kindo account. 
If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Kindo Helpdesk on 09 869 5200 or email

Sports Buzz – Week 3

Netball, Rippa Rugby and Hockey have been added to myKindo, so please look online to register your child/children. We urgently need more girls for Rippa Rugby in Years 3 to 6. It is a fun non-contact sport so please sign-up!

For all sports enquiries, please email the sports co-ordinator at

North Harbour Hockey Fun Sticks Programme

Have fun, play, learn, explore, and make new friends!!

  • Develop basic hockey skills and create an understanding of the game
  • Build essential motor and fundamental movement skills
  • Skill based activities and small-sided games
  • Highly engaging environment that keeps players active and involved throughout the programme
  • Sticks are available onsite for new players
  • All participants require a mouth guard, shin guards are recommended if you have some.

There is a discount code for this programme for anyone in your school. All you need to do is head across to the Funsticks registration page attached below and enter the discount code – funsticks22 at check out.

Funsticks Term 1 – 2022 – North Harbour Hockey Association

PTA News

The PTA team would like to welcome families back to school for 2022.

Our wonderful PTA are a group of parents that organise a range of fundraising events throughout the school year.  This fundraising provides extra resources for our kids and adds an extra bit of sparkle in the days during their time at Long Bay Primary.

For new families to our school, in previous years we have held events such as disco’s, light up the playground, ice block days and movies in the park to name a few.  We are in need this year of new families to join our team. If you would like to know more and/or want to meet parents within the school, we welcome you to join one of our meetings to see what we are about. 

Our next meeting is on the 15th of March online. Please feel free to email us at for any questions.

We look for to seeing and meeting you soon.

The Friendly PTA team 

We would also like to thank Susan Kinghorn from Harcourts Browns Bay for sponsoring Ice Block day, we all appreciate your continued support. 

Kelly Club

Special Thank You

Yesterday Unichem Browns Bay began complimentary RAT screening of our staff. They contacted all local schools with the offer, one that we willingly took up. Thanks to Christina Shin for her proactive approach, it provides us with yet another layer of protection against Covid-19 at Long Bay Primary.

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