What Now was compulsive viewing when I grew up. It has been on television in New Zealand for 42 years and is still going strong. Frank Flash was always a highlight, however it is Constable Keith and Sniff the dog who I have been thinking about over the past week. Regulars on the show, they sang songs to promote road safety. Their single Buckle It Up didn’t make the Top 10 (or 100) however the message behind it is just as valuable today as when it was first performed.
Our local Community Constable Simon Fox has been checking cars for seatbelts for the last year. Last Friday was the first day in all this time that every person in every car he checked was wearing a seat belt. I was shocked that it took a near miss in our own community for this to occur.
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome everyone back to school after the holiday break. This term promises to be filled with exciting activities, events, and learning opportunities. Our teachers have been hard at work preparing engaging learning experiences and activities to help our students reach their full potential. We encourage them to take an active role in their learning, participate in class discussions, and ask questions to enhance their understanding.
If you made it this far, before you go, please remember one thing – Make it click.
Rob Hutton Tumuaki/Principal
2023 Term Dates and What’s On
Wednesday 26 April – Friday 30 June
Teacher Only Day – Friday 2 June
Mihi Whakatau for new families on the courts
Last Y6 Waterwise Session at Waiake Beach
Book Fair in the Library – see below for opening times
Pink Shirt Day
PTA Light up the Playground, 5.30pm – rearranged from 5 May
Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September
Monday 9 October – Thursday 14 December
Teacher Only Day – Monday 13 November
Welcome New Students
A warm welcome to our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:
We are seeing an increasing amount of unexplained absences lately. If your child/children are going to be absent from school, then you must let the Office and class teacher know. This is to avoid your child/children being marked as truant.
Absences can be reported by calling the school on 09 473 6077, select option 1. Emailing the class teacher and email@example.com or through the school website ‘Report an Absence’.
All absences from school must have a reason so your child/children can be coded accordingly on their student record. Thank you for your co-operation.
Curriculum Refresh – Teacher Only Day, Monday 13 November
The Ministry of Education has directed us to hold two teacher only days in 2023 and a further two in 2024 as part of our professional development to enable the teachers to implement the new changes to the New Zealand Curriculum. We spent some time doing this on 24 April, with the second day in 2023 scheduled for Monday 13 November. As soon as the 2024 dates are released we will inform you when they will occur. As a result of these days Term 4 will now finish one day earlier on Thursday 14 December.
We give out late passes at the school date each day to students who arrive at school after the bell has rung. This is because by the time these students get to class it is likely the teacher will have already marked the roll for the day. The late pass indicates to the teacher that we know your child is at school and it means we do not call you because they have been marked as absent on the roll.
We are making a move towards asking your permission for events and activities online rather than on a piece of paper. This means no more looking in the bottom of school bags for permission slips. You will receive an email with a link to click and follow to give us the information we are after.
Arrival at School
Our doors at school open at 8.30am. The time until then is invaluable for our staff to prepare for the day. While we appreciate the closure of Glenvar Road has increased travel times and traffic in general at the moment is rather appalling, the closer to 8.30am that students can arrive at school makes it easier for us to deliver the best we can for your children. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
If your personal contact or emergency contact details need updating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org It is very important that we have correct details on our student records.
If you have a child turning 5 in the near future, please can you complete an online enrolment application form as soon as possible. This is to assist us with classroom planning. For all enrolments enquiries, please email email@example.com
Thank You Unichem Browns Bay
Thank you to Christina and the team at Unichem Browns Bay for coming to school this week and vaccinating staff members against COVID-19 and the flu.
Mihi Whakatau for New Familes to School
Next Tuesday 9 May 2023, we will be holding a mihi whakatau (welcome) to officially welcome you and your tamariki to our school community.
The welcome will be held on the netball courts and is expected to be finished by 9.30am.
Please meet by the sails outside the hall from 9.00am ready for a 9.15am start. New students will be in attendance. In the event of rain, we will postpone to an alternative date. We hope you can join us.
Book Fair – 12 to 17 May
Opening times: Friday 12 May 3.10pm to 4.00pm Monday 15 May 3.10pm to 4.00pm Tuesday 16 May 3.10pm to 5.00pm Wednesday 17 May 3.10pm to 4.00pm
We will need some awesome volunteers to help with setting up the Book Fair after school on Thursday 11 May and then again on the last day of the Book Fair. If you are able to help, please register your interest by clicking on this link.
The school is running a Bookworm Programme again this year. Bookworm is a reading mileage programme that offers additional reading support and practice for some of our students.
To enable us to run this programme we need parent helpers who are able to commit their time for one block each week. You will be reading with each selected child individually. If you would like to help out, please email Anne Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rimu team has been attending swimming lessons at Northern Arena. Our students were resilient and overcame any nerves they had! They quickly gained confidence in the water whilst practicing blowing bubbles, floating, arm strokes and kicking. We were so impressed with the progress they made over the eight sessions.
We are still accepting registrations for Mathletics and will continue to do so throughout the year. So far we have had 56 students pay the $40 for a year of Mathletics registration. We really need at least 60 to make this financially viable for our school.
Please address all correspondence re Mathletics to Jo Patrick who is coordinating the registrations – email@example.com
Once you let Jo know you’d like Mathletics she’ll arrange for a payment to be set up on Kindo. Once paid, Jo will organise a registration for your child. This may take a few days.
Oneroa Kāhui Ako Cultural Festival
In Term 3, we look forward to celebrating the different cultures represented in our schools.
The Oneroa Kāhui Ako Cultural Celebration is on Thursday 31 August at Sherwood School.
Each school is allocated 15 minutes for their performance(s) which can include two or three items. We are reaching out to our Long Bay Primary community to see if we have any parents/contacts who would be interested in taking a group of students to learn an item for the performance. For example: Chinese fan dance, Bollywood dance etc. We already have a Pasifika group going.
As part of our regular three year review cycle Long Bay Primary School is currently working alongside the Education Review Office (ERO). The focus that we have decided on is our school value of creativity.
The main focus question that we are asking is:
At Long Bay Primary School how well do we consistently provide creative learning opportunities that results in all our ākonga (children) thinking creatively to produce original work? The school is surveying our children, families and staff to help understand what we are currently doing and how we can improve the creative school experience of our children.
We recently held a Matariki Art Competition. Thewinners were Oscar R24 and Vivienne R15. Theresa R23 and Harper R23 were also commended by the judges for their entries.
Sports Buzz – Term 2, Week 2
North Shore Primary Schools Swimming Sports
On Tuesday we took a team of talented swimmers to compete at the North Shore Primary Schools swimming championships.
There were 24 North Shore schools represented and the competition was fierce. Our swimmers showed great resilience, determination and skill over the course of the day. They can all be very proud of the results they achieved. Long Bay Primary placed 8th out of 24 schools.
Cross country training is well underway school-wide. The Year 4-6 students will be competing on a course at Long Bay regional park on Friday 26th May, and the Year 1-3 students will run a course at school on Friday 9th June. We need parent helpers to assist at both of these events. If you are able to help out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yummy School Stickers
Promotion has started again this year. Earn free sports gear for the school by collecting Yummy Stickers – sheets are available from the Office.
The Yummy Sticker company will be switching over to compostable stickers in the next few months.
Mothers Day Kindo Promotion
The Light Up Playground event has been postponed due to rain predicted, it has been moved to Friday 26 May, we hope to see you all then!
Join the Friends of the PTA Whatsapp group to get involved, where you are able, in making our school even more amazing. We will post info and opportunities on the group for parents to assist the PTA with any fundraising or events. Join the group by scanning the QR code or use this link https://chat.whatsapp.com/HuXxlLCz3W8J6Gq7uW1B4n
If you would like to join the PTA Committee, please get in touch, the commitment is 2x one hour meetings per term as well as helping out at events where possible. The committee is a great group of parents, who are very welcoming and enthusiastic about supporting our school. We are specifically looking for a secretary to join our team, assisting with minutes and agendas for meetings. Please email longbayprimaryPTA@gmail.com for more details.