I am sure that last week our Kapa Haka group did more work than me. They were heavily involved in our school and local community Matariki celebrations. The hard work and effort they put in to practise each week is now starting to pay dividends as they can see why they arrive at school so early each Tuesday morning.
As we discussed Matariki as a school, and the arrival of Matariki as a public holiday in New Zealand a number of student questions came up:
Why can’t we see it in the sky?
Why is the new year in the middle of the year?
Why is this holiday on a Friday?
Will it be the same day next year?
Naturally one had to come up with some answers….
You can see it if you get up very early. The instructions are sometimes hard to follow to see the stars. I used an app on my phone called SkyView Lite. It doesn’t have an answer when you search for Matariki, but did you know this group of stars is known by different names all around the world? Try searching for Pleiades and you will find it.
Not every culture works from the same calendar. We celebrate Matariki in part because it ends one planting season and starts the next. The brighter the stars the better the crop will be. This is a good time to think about growing some vegetables that you can eat in the year ahead. Ask your parents what you can plant and where, it could be a fun family project.
It turns out this holiday is on a Friday because the other holidays are on a Monday and it was decided this one would be different – it really is as simple as that!
Matariki moves around just like Easter because it is linked to the lunar cycle, what the moon is doing changes when it occurs. Matariki next year will be on Friday 14 July, this year it was June 24.
With the big questions answered there was time left to reflect on the week that passed. On Monday we held our first school assembly of the year. Outside on the courts each team presented to the rest of the school what they had learnt about the star they had been assigned as part of the Matariki group of stars. Each have their own meaning. Please ask your children which star they inquired about and what they found out.
The Kapa Haka group was front and centre at Long Bay College on Thursday where the Oneroa Kāhui Ako schools gathered together to celebrate Matariki. Having been planned for the past 3 years, in 2022 it finally happened. It has to be said that Long Bay Primary stole the show. Not because of our dynamic moves, our harmonisation or brilliant costumes (all of which were great). It was because our group was inclusive of the whole school. When you have Year 1 students literally leading at the front it is impossible to beat.
To wrap their week the Kapa Haka group were at it again on Friday morning, this time out in the community. MERC approached us asking if we would help them to open their Matariki weekend. To be included in welcoming the group who were staying for the weekend, sharing kai with them and being involved in such an authentic way was a real thrill for everyone involved.
Matariki at Long Bay Primary in 2022 can best be summed up by this whakataukī. It speaks about the gathering of people at Matariki time, and gather we did in many different forms, with different parts of the local community, over several days. The spirit of Matariki at Long Bay Primary can only get stronger from here over the next few years.
Matariki hunga nui
Matariki of many people
Rob Tumuaki / Principal
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The 2022 Term 2 report will be coming home today with your child. Please take the time to look through it with them and celebrate their acheivements. This report looks different to previous versions. We are sharing with you where your child fits in Reading, Writing and Mathematics against the New Zealand Curriculum. There are some next steps, indicating where to next in each of these subjects, and a summary comment that tells you about them and how they work at school. In combination with regular updates via Seesaw and the upcoming parent/teacher interviews next week this will give you a good picture of not only where they are now, but where to next. As always if you have any questions, or need further information please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher or the school.
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.
We like to instill a sense of pride in our school’s uniform. Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct uniform when they come to school—so please NO bright or striped tights/leggings or different jumpers. There is a selection of second hand uniform for sale in the office or you can buy directly from NZ Uniforms at 19 Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany.
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
6 July – Mid Year Parent/Teacher Interviews. School closes at 12.30pm – see further information below
8 July – PTA Jesters Pie Day Fundraiser
8 July – Manuka visit the Cinema
8 July – Last day of Term 2
Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September
Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December
24 October – Labour Day Public Holiday (school closed)
2023 Term Dates
To help you plan ahead for next year here are the school dates for 2023:
Term 1 2023: Tuesday 31 January – Thursday 6 April
Term 2 2023: Wednesday 26 April – Friday 30 June
Term 3 2023: Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September
Term 4 2023: Monday 9 October – Friday 15 December
There will be a Teacher Only Day on Monday 24 April and Friday 2 June.
Public Holidays 2023
Auckland Anniversary Day – Monday 30 January
Waitangi Day – Monday 6 February
Good Friday – Friday 7 April
ANZAC Day – Tuesday 25 April
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 5 June
Matariki – Friday 14 July
Labour Day – Monday 23 October
Welcome New Students
A warm welcome to our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:
Luca, George, Anna, Sonny, Sofiia, Luke, Kataraina, Ihaka and Evelyn
Donation Receipts via Kindo
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Mid Year Parent/Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 6 July
On Wednesday 6 July we are holding our mid year learning interviews. Students are encouraged to come along with their parents to speak to their teacher.
School will finish early at 12.30pm on Wednesday 6 July.
The Okura and Torbay buses will run at the normal times that day.
Supervision in the Library is available from 12.30pm to 2.55pm, please notify your child/children’s class teacher if your child/children require supervision in the Library and they will add them to the list. Please do not contact the Office to do this.
You will need to enter in our school code: 6gzs4 then follow the options. Confirmation of your appointment/s will be sent immediately to your email address.
Appointment bookings are OPEN NOW and bookings will CLOSE on Tuesday 5 July at 12.00pm.
Due to the mid year interviews there will be no lunch orders delivered to school on Wednesday 6 July.
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 while meeting new friends? A walking school bus is a group of children who walk together to/from school with parent supervisors along a set route. Long Bay Primary School have 2 routes we want to get up and running, come and give it a try!
Ridge Park Route
Where: Outside Ridge Park on Headland Drive
When: We need you! If you are keen to join this route please get in touch and we can schedule for a day that suits.
Northcross Intermediate 2023 Enrolment Information
Sports Buzz – Term 2, Week 9
Netball Field Day
Our Year 6 netball team competed at the field day last Wednesday. They played hard, worked well as a team and achieved a fantastic result. Congratulations to the team, and to their coach Kirsten.
Long Bay 1 vs Takapuna won 5 -0
Long Bay 1 vs Bayview won 8-1
Long Bay 1 vs Greenhithe 2 won 8-2
Long Bay 1 vs Silverdale 2 won 14-0
SEMI Long Bay 1 vs Stanley Bay won 5 -0
FINAL Long Bay 1 vs Mairangi Bay lost 11 to 8
Junior Cross Country
Last week our junior students ran their Cross Country races and were fully supported by a large parent/caregiver presence. Well done to all the students for a fun race!
Northern Bays Schools Cross Country
Was held on Wednesday 29 June at Long Bay Regional Park. Congratulations to the Long Bay Primary School team who competed in the Northern Bays Schools Cross Country event on Wednesday. Our runners displayed great determination and resilience, plus excellent sportsmanship and should be extremely proud of their efforts. The school placed 3rd out of the 11 schools who were present on the day. Well done to all!
8 year old boys – Dylan, room 20 (2nd=)
9 year old boys – Oliver, room 22 (3rd)
10+ year old boys – Xander, room 25 (2nd), Lewis, room 25 (3rd) and Michael, room 15 (4th)
Futsal Open Day
Keep collecting all your Yummy Stickers! The more stickers collected, the more sports equipment we receive. Yummy Sticker sheets are available from the Office.
We are a charity with fundraising going directly to our school, we try to avoid as much cost so we can keep it this way.
We are seeking someone with a financial background, who is willing to volunteer their time, to do an annual review of our accounts, as a checks and balance process. If this is something you would be able to assist with, please get in touch longbayprimaryPTA@gmail.com
If you would like to know more about the PTA please feel free to get in touch we welcome your ideas, suggestions and feedback. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 2 August, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re attending. New members always welcome!