LBP Newsletter – Term 3, Week 9

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 9 – Friday 15 September 2023

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

As I sloshed through the water yesterday trying to keep what was left of my dignity intact a small voice next to me said “This is the funnest fun run of my life”. Despite the fact this was also the first fun run of his life it only reinforced to me why we were out there. The truth is it was fun, not something that many other urban schools will have the opportunity to experience. That it has rained since November certainly helped – the muddiest event on record by all accounts.

I would like to acknowledge our sponsors who helped us out – Kristin School provided the sausages, New World Long Bay the milk, Nestle New Zealand the hot chocolate, Harbour Sport the cargo net (sorry it is a bit dirtier on the way back than it was on the way here) and Susan Kinghorn from Harcourts Cooper and Co with the coffee truck. They all added to the carnival atmosphere and we are very grateful for their assistance.

Then there are the people who donated their time. The PTA and Friends of the PTA who helped with many, many, many litres of Milo and alongside our very own grill master Keogan cooked and distributed 600 sausages. All of you who came along to support, cheer, clean, dry and dress your children. Then there were the staff. Some covered from head to toe in mud, others in colour or water. There were also the dedicated few who joined in to support the children in their class or put on their gumboots and encouraged their children to keep going. No teacher’s job description that I have ever seen has these things in them, however out there they were.

I think the day was best summed up by another conversation I had. “This day is amazing. It has a carnival atmosphere and the vibe is amazing”. It really was true, we ran, dodged and waded then washed down, drank and ate. Not a ‘normal’ school day, but the type of event that joins us together as a community.

It would be remiss of me to conclude without mentioning the staggering amount of money we were able to raise along the way. As a community you gave us money to help with some key pieces of infrastructure that we desperately need, and we gave back an experience for your children that they will remember long after the day ends. We are very grateful for your generosity. We all got something out of it, memories that last and sadly a video blooper that seems to have leaked.

As we wrap up Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this whakataukī sums it up best:

Ehara täku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini 

My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective

Rob Hutton

Strategic Plan Survey 2024-2025

Strategic Plan Survey

Long Bay Primary is in the process of setting the strategic direction for the next two years. To ensure ALL voices are gathered, we invite you to take a moment to complete this survey and answer the following questions. Your responses will contribute to the future of our school. Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration.

2023 Term Dates and What’s On

Term Three

Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September

21 September

Mufti Day for St Mary by the Sea Church Food Bank Drive

21 September

Lockdown Drill

22 September

Rooms 17, 18 and 19 to Auckland Botanic Gardens

22 September

Rimu team to Twits Production at the Pumphouse

22 September

Assembly – Chinese Language Week and Mud Colour Fun Run Teacher Dunking. All welcome

22 September

Last day of Term 4. School closes at 2.55pm

9-27 October

Dental Van onsite

11 October

Year 6 NX Roadshow in the hall

13 October

Bricks 4 Kidz Lunchtime Demo outside the Staffroom

23 October

Labour Day Public Holiday – school closed

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:

Harley, Haoyu, Cohen and Gracie

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.

Lockdown Drill – Thursday 21 September

On Thursday 21 September we will be running our annual lockdown drill at 11:50am. Our emergency management providers Harrison and Tew will be assisting us on the day to ensure the school procedures are up to date and keep everyone safe in the event of an incident occurring in the future. As part of this drill we will speak to all of the students before it occurs to remind them of their responsibilities and what will happen. You will receive regular messaging throughout to keep you informed of our progress. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Important School Reminders – Please Read


If your child/children are going to be absent from school, then you must let the Office and class teacher know.

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.

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

Road Safety

Senior Constable Tania Wansink came to visit all of our classes over the past week. She reinforced sensible ways to cross the road, the hidden dangers of vehicles coming out of driveways, and safe bike and scooter use. Any help you can provide at home to reinforce these messages is always welcome.

Thank you for your help to keep our children safe.

Auckland Regional Dental Service Information

The Auckland Regional Dental Service provides free dental examinations, oral health education, x-rays and treatment to all eligible children from birth up until they are 18.
It is your responsibility to enrol your child/children in their service. If you have not done so already please enrol using this form.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s teeth, or wish to update your contact details please call 09 839 0565 or visit

Mufti Day/Food Bank Drive – 21 September

On Thursday 21 September we are holding a Mufti Day to support St Mary by the Sea Church and their Foodbank. Each year they provide us with vouchers to assist students who come to school without lunch, and this is our opportunity to give back. Instead of a coin donation anyone who would like to wear clothing of their choice on Thursday 21 September is asked to bring a can, long life packet and/or non perishable food to school to donate to this worthy cause.

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.

Mathex Competition

Last Thursday we had Mathex competitions in the hall. Each class had one or two teams of four, solving mathematics problems and competing against each other to answer their 10 questions.  Classes supported their teams and a great time was had by all. Thanks to the Year 5 and 6 mathematics extension students who helped organise and run the day and judge.

Here are the winning teams from the Mathex competition:

Kowhai – R6
Rimu R8
Pohutukawa Y3 R18 team 1
Pohutukawa Y4 R20 team 1
Totara/Kauri Y5 – Room 24
Totara/Kauri Y6 – Room 15

Tōtara Visit from Erica Stanford

Today Tōtara had a special visitor to support their elections unit.

Erica spoke to our tamariki about her job and her roles in Education and Immigration. Students asked interesting questions from the progress on Glenvar Road to climate change.

Thank you Erica for coming to speak to us!

Room 6

In Room 6 we have been learning about New Zealand native trees. We discovered some interesting facts about the Rimu tree. Did you know, Rimu means ‘seaweed’ because it has fine leaves that droop like seaweed? Also, the Rimu tree can live for more than 1,000 years and the wood was used by Maori for weapons, tools and building waka (canoes). Three of our students visited each classroom to share and present what we had learned about the Rimu tree. 

Sports Buzz – Term 3, Week 9

Badminton Y5/Y6 Doubles Tournament
This term the school held a Badminton doubles tournament which was well attended by keen players. After hard fought games, the eventual winners were Hailey and Elena! Congratulations to them both! Thank you to all the students who participated in the tournament.

Flippball in Term 4 Registration
Registration is open on Kindo! We need more players at all levels, but especially in the Year 2/3 level. For any Flippaball enquires, please contact

Yummy School Stickers
Earn FREE sports gear for the school by collecting Yummy Stickers – sheets are available from the Office. Collect your stickers, add them to the sheet and happy munching!


Mud Colour Fun Run

PTA News

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.

If you would like to join the PTA Committee, please email us at 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.

Kelly Club

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