When I look back on my time as a student at school there is no doubt that Mrs Matkin, my Standard 4 teacher at Murrays Bay Primary, is the one who stands out the most in my mind. She helped me with my handwriting, sent me things to do when I was in hospital that year, and I got brownie points for being able to thread a needle when we were making string pictures. If you ask me there is no doubt Mrs Matkin was my favourite teacher. I don’t remember having a bad one, it is just you click with one particular person and everything comes much easier than it seemed to before.
Primary school is the place where these connections are felt most strongly. Your child’s teacher probably spends more time during the week with them than you do as a parent. The older you get, the more teachers you have and the further your loyalty is divided.
We are blessed with an amazing group of teachers. They work hard, put your children first, and at this stage of the year deserve the mental and physical break they are about to enjoy. At the Year 6 leavers evening on Monday it became apparent that I am not the only one who shares this viewpoint. Each class had a speaker who spoke from their point of view about their time at Long Bay Primary. What struck me was the number of times teacher’s names were mentioned. While Year 6 teachers featured prominently, so did lots of teachers throughout the school. It really does take a village to raise a child and our village is full of people who enjoy helping.
Behind the scenes keeping the village working, caring for your children and making sure everyone is safe, healthy and ready for the day are the staff members that really run the school. The next time you see our Learning Assistants Lisa, Christiane, Sabine, Ruth, Katie or Susannah they are the ones who quietly ensure the children are working to the best of their ability with a smile on their faces. Without Lorna, Ennva, Sandy and John there would be no Long Bay Primary. They make everyone else in the school look good, keep us organised and most importantly on task. Should you see them over the last couple of days of this year please say thanks, I do daily, and it never seems quite enough for the job they do.
While we farewell our Year 6 students we also say goodbye to Steve Anderson. After 7 years at Long Bay Primary Steve is off to live and work at Mount Maunganui. His love of surfing and sport will be well looked after at the Mount. His football boys miss him already and we wish Steve, Jana and Cooper all the best for their new adventure.
Also leaving us is Kaylee McDonald, one of our valued Learning Assistants. Kaylee has been at Long Bay Primary for 3 years and is returning to Canada to be closer to her family and make use of the PhD she recently completed. We look forward to Kaylee coming to visit us when she returns to New Zealand for a holiday and wish her and Troy well for their upcoming wedding and move.
It has been quite a year. We started by asking all of our parents to wait outside the gate to collect their children and ended it with assemblies, water sliding and a return to ‘normal life’. I have thoroughly enjoyed 2022 and can’t wait to see what we can achieve as a community in 2023.
For many of your children they have already met their Mrs Matkin, some are yet to do so but they will know when they do. I am sure that in 50 years time when they reflect back on their time at school there will be a name that instantly comes to mind just like Mrs Matkin does for me. Even more importantly I am sure that name will be one of the teachers here at Long Bay Primary.
Rob Hutton Tumuaki/Principal
2022 Term Dates and What’s On
Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December
16 December – Term 4 ends (school closes at 12.30pm). Kelly Club will be open from 12.30pm. Bookings essential
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 student who has started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:
Message from the School Board
As we come to the end of the 2022 school year, the Board would like to acknowledge our incredible staff. The hard work, commitment and tireless contributions the Long Bay teachers, learning assistants, administration and property staff have made to the school is clearly reflected in the progress and success of our students this year.
Rob and the Senior Leadership team have confidently steered us through what has turned out to be another unusual year, facing unique problems with an optimistic attitude and always with the determination to do the best by our children.
With some exciting developments happening across the school in 2023, we look forward to another year of achievements during which we know everyone will continue to work together to help our pupils reach their potential.
We wish everyone a very happy summer break.
Autumn and the Long Bay School Board
Final 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.
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. Named too please for easy access.
Families Leaving the School
Year 6 Farewell
We have been celebrating the end of year with a holiday singing assembly and Carolyn and Nick’s annual Christmas Concert. We’ll done to all those children who performed. You were delightful!
Sports Buzz – Term 4, Week 9
It’s been fantastic getting in a full year of sport this year and seeing the improvement in student skills. To all those parents / friends who coached or managed a team a huge thank you! We can’t run our sports programmes without your support and input. We are looking forward to another year full of sporting adventures and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
Remember to keep an eye on all communications early in 2023 as most sports will be registering in Term 1.
Ngā manaakitanga | Kind Regards
Office Max Stationery for 2023
Online Maths Tools for 2023
In 2023 we will not be purchasing online maths learning tools as part of the activity fee for Year 2 – 6 classes. Apps and tools that do not involve a cost will be utilised.
However, if you would like to purchase Mathletics for your child to use at home for 2023 we may be able to get it for you at a special price of $40 if we get enough interest (it would cost you around $100 to buy this privately) Please indicate in the link below if you are serious about having Mathletics for your child for 2023 and if we get more than 60 positive responses it will be possible. We will let you know either way early in Term 1.
This year’s paid online maths tools can be used over the holidays until the end of February 2023.
Friday 16 December – Term 4 Last Day (Early Finish) Kelly Club – Bookings must be made if you wish to secure after care for your child/children from 12.30pm on the last day of term. Please click here to make a booking.
Bricks4Kidz will return next year! These sessions will be held in Room 4 after school on Mondays commencing from Monday 13 February 2023. For further information and to register your child, please visit www.bricks4kidz.co.nz