Peter Leitch “The Mad Butcher” is the number 1 Warriors fan. He is also a sausage fan. I am sure he must have donated tens of thousands of sausages over the years he ran the Mad Butcher group to worthy causes and raised a lot of money for community groups while doing so.
Last Saturday we held our own sausage sizzle at Mitre 10 Albany. The purpose was to raise money towards our school camps coming up at the end of the year. While the Mad Butcher is retired and living the dream at Go Media Mount Smart Stadium and Waiheke Island we are very grateful to have our own benefactors to help us. Marcus and Allie at Long Bay New World donated all we needed to provide a tasty snack to those entering or leaving the store. The smell must have been very enticing as we ran out before noon. Thankfully our generous parent community rallied around with more supplies and we raised over $800 as a result.
While we are not going to be able to fund the entire camp from the proceeds it will certainly make a significant difference, however it turned out money was not the only driver. One of the parents mentioned to me in passing how the community felt about the event was in fact the part he enjoyed the most. Getting together with other parents and children and doing something together was the best part. To be fair it warmed my heart to hear this. The more we can do to develop the feel of a community at our school the better, not just with the students but the adults as well. To be fair I was not expecting this to happen at a sausage sizzle, however you can be surprised by the most unusual things.
The butcher will no doubt be cheering on the boys tonight as they take on the Titans. While he does I would like to thank our community for the effort they have put in to make our school a place that feels special where we care about each other. This could be our year in more ways than one.
Rob Hutton Tumuaki/Principal
2023 Term Dates and What’s On
Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September
Northern Bays Winter Sports Day
Dress and technical rehearsal for Production
Junior School Production Evening Performance at 6.00pm
Senior School Production Evening Performance at 6.00pm
Junior School Matinee Production Performance at 1.00pm
Junior School Evening Production Performance at 6.00pm
Senior School Matinee Production Performance at 1.00pm
Senior School Evening Production Performance at 6.00pm
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
If your personal contact or emergency contact details need updating, please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.
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.
Rooms 20 and 22
Room 20 have been working hard to choreograph their dance for the upcoming production. We have learnt about how to transition between different formations and levels making sure we use our whole bodies. We’ve worked collaboratively to create a dynamic dance that will entertain our audience.
Room 22 have been learning about different adaptations that animals have and the advantages these bring. This week we did a fun science experiment to demonstrate how the physical adaptation of blubber on a whale gives it the advantage of keeping warm in its cold ocean habitat. The children covered one finger in blubber (shortening) and put this finger and a bare finger into iced water. They all noticed that the finger covered in ‘blubber’ could stay in the icy cold water comfortably for alot longer than the other finger. They all agreed that the adaptation of blubber on a whale helps it to keep warm in the ocean.
Northcross Intermediate 2024 Enrolment Information
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 – 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.
Sports Buzz – Term 3, Week 3
Northern Bays Football Festival Last Friday we took 42 students to represent Long Bay Primary at the Northern Bays Football Festival at Rosedale Park. Mr Hutton and Mrs Leggett are very proud of how well our students played as a team, supported each other and showed great sportsmanship towards our competitors. It is the first time we have taken five teams to the Festival, which shows how popular football is becoming at our school. We extend a huge thank you to the parents who refereed games and managed the teams on the day.
Rippa Rugby Tournament Yesterday Rippa teams from school competed at the Rippa Rugby tournament at Windsor Park. All the teams played well, had a lot of fun and most were very successful. Thank you to all the parent support.
Tough Guy/Tough Girl Challenge On Tuesday a group of students competed at the Tough Guy/Tough Girl Challenge in Kumeu. A great fun day out for the students!
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.
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 email us at longbayprimaryPTA@gmail.com. The commitment is 2 x one hour meetings per term to plan for fundraising, as well as helping out at events where possible. The committee is a great group of parents, who are very welcoming and committed to supporting our school. We are especially looking for a secretary to join our team, assisting with minutes and agendas for meetings.