May 22 1987 heralded the first game of the very first Rugby World Cup. With the score at 48-6 to New Zealand there was no chance Italy was going to come back to win. John Kirwan was passed the ball and just started running. He managed to glide his way through the entire Italian team and scored next to the posts. His place in New Zealand rugby folklore was confirmed at that moment and he went on to not only be a great All Black, but also played for the Warriors as well – what a guy!
It was in 2012 that he was knighted for his services to not only rugby but more importantly mental health. John stepped out of his comfort zone and had been an advocate for not only mental health but his own personal battle with depression. As a result of the work that he has done in this area the Sir John Kirwan Foundation developed the Mitey Programme. This programme has a focus on mental health education for our students. The Sir John Kirwan Foundation has designed Mitey with New Zealand teachers and the University of Auckland to provide an evidence-based approach to teaching mental health education to primary and intermediate aged children. It is built around the New Zealand curriculum and embedded into everyday learning, to ensure children are equipped with the age-appropriate skills and knowledge they need to recognise and respond to mental health issues in both themselves and others before they enter teenage years.
This week we stepped up our teacher training around Mental Health education.There have been two Mitey facilitators at school demonstrating lessons to teachers on how to deliver the programme and a staff meeting to reinforce what we have been learning. Teacher professional learning is at the heart of ensuring our school not only keeps up with the latest developments, but also makes sure we are ready for the fresh ideas that a partner like The Sir John Kirwan Foundation can offer us.
That Sir JK took the profile that he earnt over decades of playing and coaching rugby, wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable when discussing his own mental health, and has developed a programme to help others is testament to his personal qualities. Being able to use him as a role model (even though none of the students have heard of him) adds weight to the task we have at hand about well-being.
Now all we need him to do is sprinkle some of his magic on the 2022 Warriors team…… maybe next year.
The following link will take you to Mitey’s homepage www.mitey.org.nz if you would like any more information.
Re-gifting Tax Rebates
Support our School by re-gifting tax rebates via myKindo. If you are one of many NZ families who do not collect your donation tax rebate each year, here’s an easy way to support our school.
Next time you pay a donation on myKindo, you’ll be offered to register with TaxGift. By registering with TaxGift, Kindo enables you to automate claiming the 33% tax rebate on your behalf (Kindo supplies the receipts directly to them). Rebates are then re-gifted back to the school as a new donation, to be used for enhancing the learning environment which will benefit all of the children across the school.
How it works:
Simply amplify your donation on myKindo after your order is processed
Check the circle next to our school
That’s it, you have now registered to donate your tax rebate back to school – thank you.
Need assistance? Our Kindo help desk is open 8am to 4pm weekdays.
Long Bay Primary is honoured to be hosting a group of student teachers from AUT over the next few weeks. We firmly believe that to have a strong pool of teachers to educate our children that we should play our part in helping them develop their skills. Given the disruptions over the last couple of years it is great to have a semblance of normality back with the opportunity to host and learn from this enthusiastic group. Students in Room 7, 8, 12, 20, 23 and 15 will get the direct benefit this time around.
Glenvar Road is nearly finished
For anyone who uses Glenvar Road on a regular basis the good news is (weather permitting) it will be closed overnight on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 May for the final layer of asphalt to be completed.
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 email@example.com 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.
2022 Term Dates and What’s On
Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
24 May – Rimu visit Auckland Zoo
26 May – Class/Portrait Photos in the hall
3 June – PTA Donut Day (place orders through Kindo)
6 June – Queens Birthday Public Holiday (school closed)
14 June – PTA Meeting in the staffroom, 7pm. All welcome
15 June – Senior School Cross Country (save day 17 June)
20 June – PTA Quiz Night, Long Bay Surf Club
22 June – Junior School Cross Country (save day 23 June)
22 June – Year 6 Netball Field Day
24 June – Matariki Public Holiday (school closed)
28 June – Mānuka visit Auckland Museum
Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September
Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December
24 October – Labour Day Public Holiday (school closed)
Welcome New Students
A warm welcome to our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:
Ava, Holly, Grace, Max, Kyle, Arabella, Harley and Alexander
Donation Receipts via Kindo
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 had a wonderful day today celebrating Pink Shirt Day and what it stands for. Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! Is the reason we proudly wore pink today. The focus for us is to create a school and community where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. As you can see we really got involved! We are thrilled to have raised $503.20 to donate to the Mental Health Foundation.
Class/Portait Photos – Thursday 26 May
Join the Walking School Bus
The Walking School Bus has started up again! It is a safe and friendly way to walk to school. Please email Mrs Bloomfield at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to join the Walking School Bus or become a Bus Leader. The more the merrier!
Board of Trustees (BOT) Update
The Board of Trustees have set up a new email address so that the community can contact them easily. For all BOT communications, please email: