LBP Newsletter – Term 4, Week 5

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 5 – Friday 18 November 2022

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

When I was at school there was always great excitement when ‘Blue Light Disco’ appeared on the school calendar. (Just in case you are not sure a Blue Light Disco was one run by the local police). They provided the opportunity to drink more soft drinks that you really should, fill up on sugar and usually (in my case anyway) stand around and talk. The amount of actual dancing was minimal (given my ability, probably a good thing) however it was a great night despite that.

The best thing about our disco next week will not be the sugar rush, nor the music (unless we have some Bon Jovi), nor even the dancing. It will be the normality of the whole event. Finally we will be back to doing what schools are designed for – a place where a community can come together, have some fun, and make sure our children are at the centre. 

When asked “What are you looking forward to the most about the Disco?” the most popular responses were:

  • The food
  • Playing with my friends
  • The year group dance off
  • Going with my friends

You are more than welcome to strut your stuff on the dance floor as well. Have fun with your children and let them see that no matter what your age you can be ‘cool’ as well, even if they don’t appreciate it. 

I was banned at my son’s discos from even the remotest toe tapping, probably for the best…..

Rob Hutton

2022 Term Dates and What’s On

Term Four

Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December

23 November – Junior Athletics Day

24 November – Waterwise Surf Day

25 November – PTA School Disco

28 November to – 2 December – Kauri and Tōtara on camp at Peter Snell Youth Village

29 November – Northern Bays Athletics Day

1 December – Nikau to Aotea Centre for Peter Pan Production

6 December – Parent Helper Morning Tea in the hall, 11.15am

7 December – Monitors Day

8 December – Manuka Beach Day, Long Bay Park

9 December – Rimu Beach Day, Long Bay Park

12 December – Rimu to Pumphouse Theatre

12 December – Year 6 Farewell in the Hall

13 December – Carolyn and Nick’s Music Concert

13 December – Totara End of Year Lunch and water fight

13-14 December – Water Slide Days

16 December – Term 4 ends (school closes at 12.30pm)

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

King’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:

Cooper and Micah

Seesaw App Update

There have been a number of improvements to the Seesaw app recently. If you have not updated your version recently please double check using the links below:

IOS App Store (Apple iPhone)

Google Play Store (Android Phones)

School Policies and Procedures

Our school Policies and Procedures have gone online.

We would like you all to be involved with our School Policies and Procedures. Each term there are a selected that you can check and review. We would like to hear your voice as part of this process. Information on how to access the site is listed below. 

Search our school – it is called Long Bay School on the website. Then use these login details:

Community username:  longbayprimary

Community password: beach

Once logged in, click on the top tab – current review. Each topic under review is in blue font. In each topic there is a green speech bubble, this is where you can send a message to the school with any feedback you have.

2023 Enrolment Applications

We are planning for 2023 and what things will look like at Long Bay Primary. As part of our planning the number of students that will be here is the most important piece of information we have.

If you have a child turning 5 during 2023, or know of anyone else who has a child and wants them to come to Long Bay Primary next year, please let the Office know as soon as possible. All in zone children are guaranteed a place. Please email 

Anyone who knows their child is leaving Long Bay Primary at the end of the year (and they are not in Year 6) we would value hearing about this as well. It helps with understanding how to balance our classes for next year.

Out of Zone Enrolments for 2023

We are not taking any out of zone enrolments for 2023 due to roll growth within our zone. If you move out of zone during the year and have a sibling due to start school in 2023 they are not automatically guaranteed a place at Long Bay Primary due to zoning regulations.

Important School Notices

Fun Run Prizes

Fun Run prizes will be distributed to go home next Tuesday 22 November. A big thanks to the PTA for the work they have done to ensure the correct prize will arrive at home with the correct child.

Hats and Water Bottles

A reminder that all students will need a hat for outside play for term 4 and a water bottle at school in these warmer months. Please name both items.

Absence/Late to School

If your child is going to be absent from school, please submit an absence form either via the website or app to let us know. Alternatively, you can email or call 09 473 6077, option 2.

If your child is going to be late to school, they must call at the office window to collect a Late Pass before going to their classroom. This is to let us know that have safely arrived to school after the roll has been taken in the classroom.

Leaving School Early

If you need to collect your child prior to the school day ending, please sign them out at the office before collecting them from their classroom.


Today we held a VERY successful hāngī. The purpose was to share the tikanga and process with our students and to bring our community together. Our 100 hāngī sold out in a few hours and it is great to know there is demand for the future. Thank you for understanding that we could not cater to everyone this time around. This day would not have been possible without the support of our incredible community. 
A massive nga mihi nui to… 
Mark Tati, Tyla and whanau for the 3am start and use of knowledge and equipment. This hāngī would not have happened without you 
Marcus at Long Bay New World 
Farmer Joe’s Northcross 
Michelle Vaughan, Kirsten Prime, Michelle Lloyd, Sef Manu and Darren Ellis
Kerry from Manuka Wood Supply Co
Ethan and Danielle Rodger for digging our hole 
Our incredible team of parent helpers who prepped, served kai  and supported with the hāngī early in the morning. 
All the awesome tamariki who helped prepare kai on Thursday 
Mr Underwood, Mrs Leggett, Ms Ritsma, Mrs Hohaia, Mrs McKay and Mr Keoghan 


Last Tuesday the ‘Travelwise’ students were invited to celebrate their efforts in keeping Long Bay Primary school students safe. The celebration was organised by Auckland Transport and was  held in the Cloud event centre. The whole day was packed with activities, rewards and sweet treats. Long Bay Primary achieved a gold medal! Well done!

Room 18

In Room 18 we have been scientists, looking at changes that happen in the Living World. Here are two of our Insect Poems.

Sports Buzz – Term 4, Week 5

Senior Athletics Day

On Tuesday this week it was a hive of activity on the Long Bay fields. We had the senior school athletics day which involved much running, jumping and throwing. Our students had trained for this event over the past few weeks and showed some impressive skills. Congratulations to ALL our students for showing resilience, kindness, and occasionally, creativity over the course of the day. Our top place getters aged 9, 10 and 11 will now go on to compete at the Northern Bays Schools Athletics day at Kristin School on Tuesday 29 November. 

PTA News

PTA Disco – Sparkle and Shine

After a long wait we are so excited to be bringing back the school disco and we are doing things slightly differently.
The disco’s are going to be a cashless event with parents able to purchase disco tickets and confectionary cards via kindo. These cards can be used to purchase snacks and disco accessories on the night.
We ask if parents can keep this an alcohol free event, however you are able to drop your child off if you wish, and collect them at the end of the night. Please drop off and collect your child up from the hall. Children will not be able to meet you at the drop off zone.
For entry on the night:  Once you have purchased your child’s ticket and confectionary card via Kindo. Your child’s name and confectionary card will be at the door on the night.
Parents, if you are staying to watch your child, you do not need to purchase a ticket
The PTA needs parent help to help make our disco a success:
Friday 25 November:
3.00pm – 4.00pm Set up
5.30pm – 6.30pm Junior school session
6.45pm – 8.00pm Senior school session
Please email if you’re able to assist at any of these times.

Kelly Club

Community Events and Notices

Dog ownership in New Zealand continues to rise and Torbay is the 12th highest dog-owning suburb in Auckland, with 1423 dogs. As dog ownership increases, dog bite statistics rise, with children under 10 being the most at risk.
The shelters and rescues in New Zealand are at maximum capacity and many are surrendered because of a poor interaction with a child.

This free information evening is only available to parents and caregivers of students at Long Bay Primary.  Registration is required so we can accommodate numbers and email supporting information after the event.  Register by following this link: Kids & Dogs Talk, scan the QR code on the flyer or email:

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