LBP Newsletter – Term 3, Week 1

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 1 – Friday 21 July 2023

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

In 1981 All Whites needed to beat Saudi Arabia by 6 goals to secure a place at the World Cup for the first time ever. They managed 5 and then won a sudden death playoff against China to go on and compete in Spain.

Rory Fallon scored against Bahrain in Wellington then Mark Paston saved a penalty to secure New Zealand a spot in the 2010 World Cup. Winston Reid and Shane Smeltz scored goals and we went through undefeated. These were all wonderful moments, however last night was something else again.

As Hannah Wilkinson scored and we survived what seemed like a lifetime before the Football Ferns won their first game at a World Cup, it was a goal that not only set the tournament alight but helped us to feel better about a shocking day after the events that unfolded in the CBD.

One thing that stood out to me was after the game when Jitka Klimkova (the Ferns coach) was interviewed and had a small token with the word ‘Believe’ written on it. Just like Brian McClennan when he used Kaizen as a motivation for the Kiwis to win the Rugby League World Cup, Jitka has a word that helps to bring her team together and focus on a common purpose. It is working well so far, and I can’t wait for Tuesday next week against the Philippines.

Believe is a great word to use. Reflecting afterwards it is exactly the sort of thing we try to do at school with your children. We emphasise coming to school and having fun, looking for and celebrating positive aspects of learning and working together. At the gate after school I ask the question “what did you enjoy about being at school today?” or “what did you enjoy about learning at school?”. There are always answers that no matter who I ask that make me feel good as a teacher when I get the response back. We must be doing a few things right.

When your children get home or jump in the car I encourage you to ask similar types of questions – working together we can help to make your children believe in themselves and their abilities.

There seems no doubt the Ferns now know they can do anything, and as a country we are with them. Our support will be invaluable to get them there and have them believe in themselves even more. There is nothing as powerful as a positive mindset. 

Bring on next Tuesday at 5:30pm, it will be an awesome ride.

Rob Hutton


2023 Term Dates and What’s On

Term Three

Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September

23 July

Last day to order student photos from School Memories

24 July

Production tickets go on sale via Kindo

24 July

Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.30pm in the Staffroom. All welcome

25 July

PTA Meeting, 7.00pm in the Staffroom. All welcome

27 July

Room 19 to Corban Arts Centre

27 July

Northern Bays Football Tournament

29 July

Year 6 Camp Fundraiser Sausage Sizzle, Mitre 10 Albany

3 August

Rippa Rugby Tournament

Term Four

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:

Arya, Jack, Dain, Angel and Caoimhe

Mihi Whakatau and Matariki Celebrations

Today we hosted a Mihi Whakatau to welcome new families to Long Bay Primary. This was followed by an assembly to celebrate Matariki. 

A huge thank you to everyone involved in this school celebration.

Donation Receipts via Kindo

Accessing your donation receipts on Kindo

You can view all your purchases, top-ups, refunds, cancelled orders and donation receipts using the ‘my orders’ option.

From the record type, you can select donation receipts, and choose to download individual receipts or download a summary of all your donation receipts.

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More detailed instructions can also be found on the Kindo online support pages.

Click here for more detailed instructions.

New Look for Kindo and ezlunch for Term 3

Kindo and ezlunch are excited to share the arrival of a fresh new look in Term 3!

With it’s improved layout and enhanced features, the interface is now easier than ever to navigate, further simplifying school life and saving you time.

So what can you expect from the new and improved versions of Kindo and ezlunch?

  • A fresh, new look with better navigation and clear student selection
  • Clearer cart layout showing what has been purchased for each person
  • Faster and easier checkout flow for a better shopping experience
  • Better visibility of which items are available and which aren’t 
  • New item search & sort function e.g. sort lunch by dietary requirement
  • Easier process for ordering lunches for ‘multiple days’

Important School Reminders – Please Read


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 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.

Late Passes

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.

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.  

Contact Details

If your personal contact or emergency contact details need updating, please email 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

School Production in the Hall – Jukebox Drama

Camp Drear is living up to its name – old, run-down and boring!  Our young adventurers are curious to know if there is anything exciting at all at camp, and go exploring despite being told to stay in their cabins. Coming across an old, unused jukebox our curious cast start pushing buttons and get sucked into the jukebox’s world. The spirit of the jukebox is a mischievous character with a passion for quizzes and it’s in no hurry to let the curious students go. They are set a number of riddles which they must answer correctly if they are to have any hope of ever returning to their class mates at Camp Drear.

  • Junior School (Year 1 to 3)
    • Evening performances starting at 6.00pm on Tuesday 15 August and Thursday 17 August
    • Matinee starting at 1.00pm on Thursday 17 August
  • Senior School (Year 4 to 6)
    • Evening performances starting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 16 August and Friday 18 August
    • Matinee starting at 1.00pm on Friday 18 August
    • Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
    • You will need to provide confirmation of ticket purchase upon entry.
    • Please be seated 15 minutes before the performance starts.
    • Under 3’s can sit on a parents lap or purchase a ticket.
    • No prams/strollers.
    • No food or drink in the hall.
    • No video or flash photography. Recordings of both Junior and Senior productions will be made available for viewing after production week.

Volunteers Required

We Need Your Help!

This month we have five 2 metre tall pohutukawa trees being extracted from a local apartment building garden. We have said we would love to add them to our school grounds. There is a catch, we need to collect them. If there is anyone out there with a HIAB truck or similar that could give us a hand please contact John Underwood our property manager. 

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. 

If you are keen to work with us, please get in touch with Tiffany Krstev at 

Year 5 and Year 6 Camp Payment Information

Year 6 Camp at Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island on 16-20 October.
Year 5 Camp at Kiwanis Lodge and Huia Lodge in the Waitakere Ranges on 15-17 November.
Payment options are now available on Kindo for these two camps.

Room 7

Based on Gavin Bishop’s depiction of Maori gods in Atua, Room 7 have celebrated our two chosen Matariki Stars: Tupuānuki and Waiāta.

Room 7 have depicted the Maori gods who rule these domains. With a splash of dye, silver paint and inspiration from Gavin Bishop’s Atua, we’ve created Rongo-mā-Tāne, god of food grown in the ground, and Tangaroa, god of the sea.


We are still accepting registrations for Mathletics and it will cost $20.00 for the remainder of the year.

Please address all correspondence re Mathletics to Jo Patrick who is coordinating the registrations –
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.

Sports Buzz – Term 3, Week 1

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.

North Harbour Seahawks Tag Football

PTA News

Kelly Club

Bricks 4 Kidz

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