Sitting in Bay 28 during a Warriors game at Mount Smart Stadium (when it was still a thing people did) gave me a true indication of what it meant to be passionate. The Warriors crowd are singularly determined to support their team, no matter what.
All of us are passionate about something, it might not be the Warriors or the Black Caps, but there will be something out there for all of us that lights the fire and drives us to want to succeed.
It is the passion for learning that we want to light in your children. To get there, the first job for the teachers is to find out what your children are passionate about. To connect with them, help to nurture that passion, and then use the relationship they have formed to help when working together. Passion is essential for learning and teaching at school. It helps to motivate, create a desire and enthusiasm and for children to ask the best type of questions – looking for the why in something.
If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” – Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein knew all about asking the right type of question. Just as our teachers are able to work with an individual or group, listen to what they are saying, lead a discussion or just sit back and listen. Then skillfully drop a why or a how in the midst, sit back and see what happens as a result.
When a teacher knows their class, what lights the fire underneath each student, and what they are passionate about, then the best learning is able to happen.
While I wait for Shaun, Kodi, Bunty and Jazz to return to this side of the Tasman, please take the opportunity to check in with your children. Ask them what they were passionate about at school today, not just what they did, but what got them excited about being there, and what are they looking forward to when they come back on Monday.
Important School Notices
If your child is going to be absent from school, you need to inform the child’s teacher and the Office. Please call 09 473 6077, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to report an absence. If your child is late to school, they must call into the Office to collect a late pass.
If your child has tested positive for Covid 19, you need to inform the school as soon as you are able to. Please click here to complete the google form.
Please send your child to school with a filled water bottle, ready for them to start the day. This is to avoid children becoming dehydrated.
Nut Free and Wrapper Free
Long Bay Primary is a nut free and wrapper free school, please remember to remove wrappers prior to filling the lunch box. We do have a number of children that have a severe allergy to nuts and we ask parents not to include any nut products in their children’s lunches.
We continue to experience very low numbers of positive cases in the staff and students at Long Bay Primary and look forward to this continuing.
At this stage we are running as usual with all classes operating on site each with a teacher. Our main focus is to ensure that we remain fully open for as long as possible. In the event we are unable to staff a class we will advise you as soon as possible. This could include merging smaller classes together or reverting to learning from home for that class until such time as we have sufficient teachers to resume learning at school. Please be reassured this is an absolute last resort.
If someone tests positive for Covid-19 in a class we will email parents of that class. This does not necessarily mean the person was positive while they were at school, however our preference is to keep you all informed and aware of the status of the class your children are in. We will not be providing specific details to maintain the privacy of the person concerned. We are working hard to ensure staff and students keep healthy while they are at school.
From midnight tonight isolation requirements have changed. This means the amount of time that positive cases and household contacts need to remain isolated is 7 days instead of 10. Anyone currently in isolation will not have to complete their days 8, 9 and 10 of isolation.
Online 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 online Goal Setting Conferences on Wednesday 23 March starting from 1:00pm.
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 online conference and talk to the teacher with their parents. Book your online Goal Setting Conference at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Enter the school code: uder4
Bookings will close on Tuesday 22 March at 3.00pm.
2022 Term Dates and What’s On
Thursday 3 February – Wednesday 13 April
Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 17 March
Goal Setting Conferences – Wednesday 23 March (school finishes at 12.30pm)
Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 24 March
Year 6 Waterwise – Thursday 31 March
Last day of Term 1 – Wednesday 13 April
Teacher Only Day – Thursday 14 April (school closed)
Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
Queens Birthday Public Holiday – 6 June (school closed)
Matariki Public Holiday – 24 June (school closed)
Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September
Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December
Labour Day Public Holiday – 24 October (school closed)
New School App – March Release
Thank you for your patience over the last couple of months, waiting for the update to the KS Connect app. As you may be aware, every app is very much at the mercy of Apple and Google when it comes to the delivery of push notifications to people’s devices. However, we are now confident that any message which misses a user’s phone will still show as a notification in the App itself.
Please go to the App/Play store and update the app to get the most out of the latest functionality. An update should be all that is required, but if people are still facing any issues then they should uninstall and reinstall the app.
Here is a QR code for families that are yet to install the app on their mobile phones.
Welcome New Students
A warm welcome to all our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:
Aneurin, Erin, Stephen and Denis
Donation Receipts via myKindo
Accessing your donation receipts on Kindo
You can view all your purchases, top-ups, refunds, cancelled orders and donation receipts using the ‘my orders’ option.
From the record type, you can select donation receipts, and choose to download individual receipts or download a summary of all your donation receipts.
More detailed instructions can also be found on the Kindo online support pages.
We have received a limited number of tickets to a Women’s Cricket World Cup game on Sunday 20 March at Eden Park. To allow us to allocate these FREE tickets, we need to know numbers of both adults and children interested in attending. Please click here to complete the google form by midnight tonight!
Sports Buzz – Week 5
Players are needed in the following sports:
HockeyYear 5/6 – we need 2 more players urgently. No prior experience necessary.
HockeyYear 3/4 – we need 5 more players. Please consider this sport, it is great for speed, agility, fitness and hand/eye coordination.
Rippa Rugby Year 3/4 – we need more boys and girls players from Years 3 and 4.
The Long Bay Primary Whale Tail has arrived at the Browns Bay Library and will be available for viewing with the rest of its pod from Monday 14 March. Many thanks to our sponsors ‘Stuff’- without their support we would never have been able to participate, Mrs Douglas for initiating the ‘Whale Tail’ project and Mrs Dowson for her creative input.
Our Whale Tail was designed and painted by Year 5 and 6 students, and overseen by Mrs Butler. Great job!
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.