My primary school didn’t go on school camp, luckily however Murrays Bay Intermediate did. We went to Snells Beach and Matamata for a week each year. Both were awesome experiences. Away from home, hanging out with your friends, doing some great activities and creating lasting memories. In fact I just have to look at my left index finger to remember the Snells Beach camp. When I was back home I was recreating the Kawau Island copper mine chimney out of circular pieces of wood and sliced my finger really really really well with a Stanley knife. The scar still reminds me of that trip today.
School camps provide an opportunity to disconnect from the online world, work on your social skills and deepen friendships, learn new things you might not experience at home or school, further develop your independence and get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors.
While visiting Tōtara and Kauri this week it was apparent just how much fun our students were having. The second they had finished eating, sharing adventures and achievements of the day, or hear what was coming next they were off. There was bouncing, sliding down the bank, sitting and talking, playing a variety of sports, hanging out – the sort of experiences you only get when away from home.
Our Kōwhai teachers and students enjoyed their own camp today. Setting their tents up in the hall, cooking on an open fire, enjoying the bush, having shared experiences with their friends. No matter your age it is the sort of experience that builds resilience, lets you explore creativity, work with others and enjoy the environment (very much like our school values).
To be fair school camps tend to be enjoyed by the parents just as much (usually more) than the children. We can’t do it without them. A special note of thanks to all of the parents who have helped us out this week. Thanks also to the teachers who gave up time at home with their own families to spend time with your children.
Finally, I am excited to announce that we are making some changes to our camp structure starting in 2023. We have been very lucky to secure a week in Term 4 at Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island. Going forward our Year 6 students will enjoy a week on the island each year sailing, fishing, kayaking, swimming and living with the local wekas. There is plenty to keep everyone occupied. We will share more details with our current Year 5 families before the end of this year.
Rob Hutton Tumuaki/Principal
2022 Term Dates and What’s On
Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December
6 December – Farewell Assembly for leaving staff, 9.00am
6 December – Parent Helper Morning Tea in the hall, 11.15am
7 December – Junior Athletics Day
8 December – Manuka Beach Day, Long Bay Park
8 December – Year 6 Waterwise
9 December – Holiday Dress-Up Day
9 December – Rimu Beach Day, Long Bay Park
12 December – Rimu to Pumphouse Theatre
12 December – Year 6 Farewell in the Hall
12 December – End of Year Reports go home
13 December – Carolyn and Nick’s Music Concert
13 December – Totara End of Year Lunch and water fight
13-14 December – Water Slide Days
14 December – Monitors Day
14 December – Last day for lunch orders
16 December – Term 4 ends (school closes at 12.30pm). Kelly Club will be open from 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:
Angelo, Shai, Kristoff, Lincoln and Alaina
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:
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
Any enrolment applications that are submitted after Wednesday 14 December 2022 are unable to be guaranteed a Tuesday 31 January 2023 start date.
The Enrolments Officer will be in touch with you regarding your enrolment application as soon as possible after this date.
Important School Notices – Please Read
Bus Services on Last Day of Term
On the last day of school, Friday 16 December, the Okura school bus will depart at the earlier time of 12.30pm to coincide with the end of the school day. The Torbay bus will run at the usual afternoon time.
The last day for ordering lunch to be delivered to school is Wednesday 14 December. There will be no lunch orders delivered to school after this date. Lunch orders will re-open on Wednesday 8 February 2023.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 473 6077, option 2. Absences need to be recorded correctly in order to avoid your child being marked as truant.
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.
Hat Safety in Summer
The damage done to children’s skin by UV rays contributes to skin cancer later on in life. Even when there are clouds in summer the UV index can remain high – see the diagram below from Tuesday this week. We want to protect all of our students from this as best we can. We have a policy in place for students to wear hats in Terms 1 and 4 to minimise this. You may have received an email this week if your child did not have a hat at school, to help them remember to pack a hat in their bags for school every day. Named too please for easy access.
Holiday Dress-Up Day – 9 December
Music Concert – 13 December
Tuesday 13 December
School Hall, 12.00pm
Selected students of Mr Morgan and Mrs Thompson will be performing in a ‘What Happens at Christmas’ themed concert. Everyone welcome to attend.
November Numeracy Challenge
Congratulations to Room 19 for competing in the November Numeracy Challenge on Mathletics and placing 12th out of 828 classes worldwide. They placed 3rd in New Zealand. A proud Mrs Edgoose in the photo with her class.
Room 11 has been exploring contrasting colours and how they can create eye-catching art pieces. We used the medium of dye to create pop art based around the idea of a Kiwiana summer.
Thanks to all those who attended our end of year disco we had a fantastic turnout. It was awesome to see our school community come back together.
Big thank you to our DJ’s Natalie and Sean from ‘Its My Party‘. They are a local family business who have an awesome range of party options for adults & children.
The solar car racers from the Fun Run prizes are still on backorder, we are following these up and hope to have them soon.
Our final PTA Meeting and Christmas dinner is at the Long Bay Surf Club on Wednesday 7 December at 7.00pm. Please let us know by email if you are intending to come along: email@example.com
Friday 16 December – Term 4 Last day (early finish) Kelly Club – Aftercare will be provided starting from 12.30pm until 3.00pm. Normal aftercare bookings must be made if a child will be staying after 3.00pm.
Bricks4Kidz will return next year! These sessions will be held in Room 7 afterschool on Mondays commencing from Monday 13 February 2023. For further information and to register your child, please visit www.bricks4kidz.co.nz
Community Events and Notices
Good as New Pre-Loved Kids Market
Orewa Community Centre
Saturday 03 Dec
9am – 12 noon
45+ stalls selling pre-loved kids; clothes, toys, books, nursery furniture, buggies, Accessories for Bubs and lots more