A couple of weeks ago the PTA hosted a quiz night in the school hall. It was well attended and one of the items up for auction was the opportunity to be Principal for the day. At one stage I contemplated bidding for it myself – then giving myself the day off. However in the end it went to very worthy (and capable recipients).
Ollie, Jacob and Theo were given the challenge – could they handle being Principal for the day? We put this theory to the test on Monday with a day of hard work, fun and rewarding experiences.
Of course I planned out the day in detail, starting at the school gate in the morning, moving on to class visits, making our Principal badges and a comprehensive proposal to the school Board about something important at the school they would like to change. There was a full day planned including contributing to this newsletter. As it seems with this job what we plan and reality are somewhat different.
I did manage to ask the boys what they enjoyed the most about the day, and what they thought the job involved.
What did you enjoy?
Theo – reading to classes of children because I like reading and they listened well
Jacob – handing out certificates because the people getting certificates were happy
Ollie – I got to walk outside, not do school work and hand out certificates to people
What does the job involve?
Ollie – paying the bills and handing out late passes (which was great fun)
Jacob – writing reports
Theo – writing certificates
It turns out they liked the bits I also enjoy – dealing with people and especially the students, it is the reason why planning too far ahead can be a challenge, you never know what is coming up next. The boys rose to the challenge and went beyond, especially when reading to Kōwhai and presenting certificates to students across the school for being awesome.
At the end of the day they left to go and play touch – I have no idea where they got the energy from. I left to sit in front of the TV and recover.
Next time I am definitely going to open my wallet and secure that day off.
Rob Hutton Tumuaki/Principal
2023 Term Dates and What’s On
Teacher Only Day – school closed
Year 5 Camp at Huia
Year 6 Waterwise
Book Week – daily activites in the Library
Kowhai Camp Day
Road Patrol Training for 2024 – selected students
Year 6 Waterwise
Book Dress Up Day
Junior School Athletics
Monday 9 October – Thursday 14 December
Teacher Only Day – Monday 13 November (Kelly Club will be open, further information below in the Kelly Club section)
Welcome New Students
A warm welcome to our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:
Ming and JunKai
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 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.
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.
Enrolment Information for 2024
We are planning for 2024 and what things will look like at Long Bay Primary. As part of our planning the number of students that will be here is the most important piece of information we have.
If you have a child turning 5 during 2024, or know of anyone else who has a child and wants them to come to Long Bay Primary next year, please email the Enrolments Officer at email@example.com All in zone children are guaranteed a place. All enrolments will need to be received by Friday 8 December in order to process a Term 1 2024 start.
Anyone who knows their child is leaving Long Bay Primary at the end of the year (and they are not in Year 6) we would value hearing about this as well. It helps with understanding how to balance our classes for next year.
Out of Zone Enrolments for 2024
We are not taking any out of zone enrolments for 2024 due to roll growth within our zone. If you move out of zone during the year and have a sibling due to start school in 2024 they are not automatically guaranteed a place at Long Bay Primary due to zoning regulations.
Access via Ashley Reserve Walkway
For any students who would like easy access to the Ashley Reserve carpark please meet the duty teacher at the playground sandpit when the 2.55pm bell goes and be escorted through the track. We hope this will assist to alleviate the traffic issues in Ralph Eagles Place so please encourage your children to use this walkway as an alternative to the drop-off/pick up zone. The gate is also open in the morning for students to arrive to school this way.
Swimming Programme in 2024
After an extensive consultation period we can confirm that we will continue to deliver a swimming programme at Northern Arena in 2024. This is a requirement as part of the New Zealand Curriculum and also vitality important for our children, especially as we are so close to the beach. We have contracted a new bus company that will take all of our students to the door of the centre. With Glenvar Road open again this will reduce the amount of travelling time that will be required. We have also secured an extra week of time at the pool enabling all lessons to start later in the day. With these enhancements to our programme we look forward to a successful experience in 2024.
School Grounds Information – Monday 13 November
On Monday during the Teacher Only Day we are taking the opportunity to do some Astro Turf, Lawn and Playground maintenance. Please keep this in mind if you intend to come to school as these will be closed.
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 www.ards.co.nz
Book Week – 20-24 November
Book Week is coming up with fun activities in the library and a Book Character Dress Up Parade on Friday 24 November. Come dressed as your favourite book character and show off your creativity! Awesome book prizes for the winners!
Year 4 Sleepover and Beach Day
Our Year 4’s enjoyed their sleepover and day at the beach! Thank you to all the hard-working staff and parents who assisted to make this a success!
This week, in Room 18, we’ve been diving into the world of rockets. Our young scientists embarked on an experiment which involved observing and creating our own twinkling stars.
Room 19 have being looking and learning about homophones. When a word can sound like another, but is spelt differently and has a different meaning, things can get confusing. Hopefully our jesters will help us!!
Gumboot Friday –Update
Last Friday the school raised $464.30 to support the I Am Hope Foundation – Gumboot Friday. Great effort and many thanks to students and staff for supporting this organisation.
Sports Buzz – Term 4, Week 5
Senior School Athletics Day A great day had by all, many thanks to the Long Bay College students and parents who assisted on the day. Lovely to see the weather being kind to us.
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!
Join us for our last PTA Disco of the year!
Keeping to the Book Day theme at school on the same day, we are having a Book Day Disco. Children can come in their costumes if they would like to. We will be selling a variety of snacks, drinks and disco novelties for $1-$2 each that can be purchased at the disco with a concession card: cooldrinks, box juices, water, pizza slices, chips, choccy fish, lollies, ice blocks, face painting and glow sticks. CONCESSION CARDS WITH REMAINING CREDIT CAN BE USED AT THE NEXT DISCO.
Thanks again to more of the fabulous sponsors at our recent Quiz Night.
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 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.
Kelly Club – Teacher Only Day on 13 November
The school will be having a Teacher Only Day on Monday 13 November – school will be closed for instruction that day.