LBP Newsletter – Term 4, Week 7

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 7 – Friday 24 November 2023

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

As my son grew up and The Wiggles vanished in the rear view mirror it became apparent that Arthur the Aardvark had taken over. Arthur’s friends and family can help him solve most life issues that crop up.

Somehow of course it seemed that I was always reading Arthur’s Teacher Trouble or Arthur goes to Camp. Even now just typing the names of those books brings back flashbacks of Mr Ratburn (Arthur’s teacher) and the perils of spelling tests.

At the end of the day, no matter how many times I read the same books, I really didn’t mind. The value of not only sharing time but also the love of reading with your children is something that is invaluable. Now my son Nathan is 15, and given the range of entertainment that is available via screens, I can only think of a couple of series of books that I have recently purchased that he has been interested in. It was amazing how exciting it was when the thought of him wanting to read a book made me feel.

As we have enjoyed Book Week, culminating today with our parade in the Hall I can only look back on those opportunities to read to my own child with fondness. Please keep it going as long as you can. From experience as they get older interests change, however the time spent reading early on and often is worth it for both of you.

It turned out that Mr Ratburn had the best interests of his class in mind, and without giving too much away, Arthur finally realised that too. Please take that well read book off the shelf at home and read it together tonight as Book Week comes to an end. You won’t regret it. In fact I will take my own advice, I am looking forward to it more than I would have expected.

Rob Hutton

Emergency Procedures

In light of the events of the last couple of days with threats made against schools we take safety very seriously. Should there be a threat made against the school we will follow the procedures we have in place which includes contacting the Police. We hold regular drills to ensure should this type of event occur all staff and students know what to do. We will keep you fully informed through our normal channels should the need arise.

2023 Term Dates and What’s On

28 November

Northern Bays Athletics (for selected students)

29 November

Junior School Athletics

30 November

Year 6 Waterwise Session

1 December

Totara Beach Day at Long Bay Beach

5 December

Helper Morning Tea, 11.15am in the Hall

5 December

PTA Meeting, 7.00pm in the Staffroom

7 December

Year 6 Waterwise Session

7 December

Year 6 Graduation Evening

8 December

Monitors Day (for selected students)

8 December

Rimu Team Beach Day at Long Bay Beach

Term Four

Monday 9 October – Thursday 14 December
(School closes at 12.30pm)

Welcome New Students

A warm welcome to our new students who have started at Long Bay Primary since our last Newsletter:

Norman and Emma

Learning Assistant (Teacher Aide) Position

We are seeking a kind and caring learning assistant (teacher aide) to work with us supporting diverse learners with a range of learning and behaviour needs.  If you know someone who would be interested in this role please ask them to visit this link and complete an application.

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.

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
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 make your way along the walkway we have created. 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. 

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

Kindo – Last Date for Lunch Order Deliveries

The last day for order lunch orders via Kindo to be delivered to school is Wednesday 13 December.
Lunch order service will resume in Term 1 next year on Wednesday 31 January 2024.

Year 5 Camp

Year 5 camp was held at Huia last week. Somehow we dodged the weather between Tuesday and Saturday and came back dry, dirty and tired. A fabulous time had by all and a huge thank you to all our parent helpers!

Kowhai Day Camp

The Kowhai team enjoyed their own Day Camp at school on Tuesday. Fun activites including tent time, sandcastle making, roasting marshmallows, playground experience, sports games on the field, and whittling sticks/making huts in the bush.  Thank you to all the parent helpers on the day, much appreciated.

Book Week and Book Character Parade

This week the school celebrated Book Week with a range of fun daily activities and a Book Character Parade today. Great to see so many amazing costumes worn by students and staff. A huge thank you to Fenneke Gingell for her fantastic efforts in making Book Week a success.

Helper Morning Tea – 5 December

We are hosting a morning tea to celebrate all of our parent and community helpers on Tuesday 5 December in the Hall at 11:15am. We will be sending out invitations closer to the time. In an endeavour not to miss anyone out we would also like your help. Please complete this form if you have helped us out in any way at Long Bay Primary during 2023. This will help us to plan for the event and ensure that between us we are able to recognise your contributions to the year.

Sports Buzz – Term 4, Week 7

Caro Cup – Swim Results
Ollie and Dylan from Coast swim club, and Blake from North Shore swim club recently competed in the Caro Cup in Hamilton. This event ran over the course of a weekend and the boys had been selected to represent Auckland in swimming. The boys raced in two or three medleys each as well as a single event, and helped the Auckland team to win the Cup. Congratulations!


Junior Athletics Day
Junior Athletics Day will be held on Wednesday 29 November at school. Events will start at 9.00am. Parent supporters welcome!

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!


PTA News

Book Day Disco
Join us tonight for our last PTA Disco of the year! Come dressed up in your book day costumes. 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.


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.

Keep the PTA Going in 2024!
In order to keep the school events such as tonight’s disco running we are searching for parents to join the PTA.  Unfortunately due to not enough helpers, we had to cancel ice block day this term. We are down to only a few permanent members so without more support we won’t be able to keep up events such as family picnic evenings, donut days, quiz nights, movie nights, discos etc. If you can help please email or come to our last PTA planning session for the year on 5 December, 7.00pm at the staffroom. Hope to see some new faces there – all welcome!

NZ Uniforms

Kelly Club – Term 4

Kelly Club will be open on the last day of school (Thursday 14 December) from 12.30pm onwards. The Kelly Club holiday programmes will commence on Friday 15 December.

Community Notices and Events

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