LBP Newsletter – Term 1, Week 5

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 5 – Friday 1 March 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

Sixth Form Certificate seemed to mean you stopped working at school in October and were left without much to do. I spent some of that time helping out Torbay School and their Waterwise programme. My Mum worked there and I am sure she was keen to keep me occupied. I roughly worked out how to sail during lunch breaks and think I only hit one moored object.

Zooming ahead a couple of years this week the Long Bay Primary staff took the opportunity to have our staff meeting down at Waiake Beach. We made use of the Waterwise equipment and were absolutely out of our comfort zones, be it sailing, kayaking or RIB driving there was an experience available for everyone. 

Trying something new or different, providing a challenge, having fun and pushing boundaries is something we endeavour to do at school with your children. Having the same experience as teachers helps us to know just how it feels. A little bit apprehensive at first, then you get into the groove and you really desperately don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of others with a final sense of satisfaction at a job well done.

Walking in the shoes of our students helps us understand how they feel in a range of different ways. This opportunity did – even down to cleaning up afterwards as a group and waiting for the last item to be put away before we leave.

I am pleased to report that all moored objects were avoided this time.

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

4 March

Kowhai trip to Long Bay Beach

4-7 March

Y4/Y5 Swimming Lessons at Northern Arena

5 March

Y5/Y6 Girls Cricket Festival for selected students

5 March

Y5 Camp Huia Parent Online Information Session, 6.30pm 

7 March

Y6 Waterwise Session at Waiake Beach

8 March

Y4-Y6 School Swimming Sports at Northern Arena (No Assembly)

12 March

Netball Trials

14 March

Y6 Waterwise Session at Waiake Beach

15 March

Wheels Day

Welcome New Students

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

Zachary, Amea, Bolin and Alivia

School Attendance

For the first 5 weeks of the year we have had 75% of our students regularly attending school (they have been here 90% or more). This is a dip of 10% (or 50 children) in the last 2 weeks. The main reason for this decrease is families going on holiday. Please keep your children home if they are sick, if they are not, please ensure they come to school.

Rob Hutton

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.

Wrapper Free School

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. 

Donations for the Sewing Club

The school sewing club would love to receive any sewing items (cushion filling, material, cotton etc) to help them with their projects. All gratefully accepted! Please drop off to the Office. Many thanks in advance.

Sports Buzz – Term 1, Week 5

All netball information for the school can be found by clicking on this link Netball is open on Kindo for registrations. 

We also have a parent-led Netball session on Saturday 9 March – see flyer below for more details.

Football Lunchtime Sessions

Please contact East Coast Bays Football Club to register for the lunchtime football sessions held at school. We need more students to sign-up for the sessions to go ahead.

Rippa Rugby
Rippa Rugby is still available on Kindo for any students in Years 3-6. Would be great to see more girls registering – girls have their own league and don’t play against the boys if we get enough numbers.

Hockey is now available for registrations on Kindo for Years 1-6.

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! Sticker sheets need to be submitted before 22 October.


PTA News

If you would still like to join our PTA family email or come to our AGM on Tuesday 13 February 2024  at 7:00pm in the staffroom.

Kelly Club – Term 1

Easter Egg Colouring Competition
Grab a paper copy from the Office or Room 1A to enter the colouring competition. All entries received by 22 March receive an Easter treat.

Please email Kelly Club at to register and/or make a booking for before and after school care.

Community Notices and Events

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