LBP Newsletter – Term 1, Week 7

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 7 – Friday 15 March 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

My brother and I used to walk to school every day. Conveniently we lived close to all three schools we attended. Murrays Bay Primary, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Rangitoto College were all about the same distance from home. Aside from an enthusiastic wasp attack and not seeing someone on their bike riding on the road we got there and back mostly unscathed.

The opening of our new path through to Ashley Reserve will hopefully open up the opportunity for many more of our students to walk or bike to school. “Active” modes of transport are good for you, help reduce traffic around the school gate and can be fun if you travel in a group with others who live nearby.

Auckland Transport will be at the gate next Tuesday afternoon helping to promote active modes. If you are waiting in the queue of cars someone may well visit to advertise the idea of parking at Ashley Reserve and walking along the path to meet your children, or stay in the comfort of your vehicle and wait for them to arrive.

As promised through our Facebook posts over the weekend we have created a video to show the path construction process. Thanks to Nathan Hutton, a budding Media Studies student at Long Bay College for putting all of this together. You can view our video by clicking here. 

Once again we would also like to thank our family of sponsors who helped to make our path a reality. Firth Silverdale for supplying the concrete, Craig and the team at Placemakers Silverdale and finally Chris from Prep & Pour. Chris did the hard yards to prepare and pour the finished product. If you have a concreting job at home or work, no matter how big or small please give Chris a call on 021 118 1249 and when you do please mention you heard about him here.

With the path to Ashley Reserve half way there (our next step is a connection on the school field to make it a seamless concrete journey) we now turn our attention to the drop off zone and providing some cover. This is currently with Auckland Council to be allowed to use the berm.

I wonder if I should once again walk to school, I have done it once. After 122 people used our new path on Monday I feel I really should.

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

18 March

Kowhai trip to Long Bay Beach

19 March

Year 5 Huia Camp Parent Helper Meeting in the staffroom at 6.30pm

21 March

Year 6 Waterwise Session at Waiake Beach

21-27 March

Life Education Van at school

22 March

NZEI Stop Work Meeting. School closes at 12.30pm. Supervision at school is available until 2.55pm.

25 March

Board of Trustees Meeting, staffroom at 6.30pm. All welcome.

26 March

Year 5/Year6 Cultural Day

27 March

Fire Evacuation Drill at 11.00am

28 March

Teacher Only Day – school is closed. Kelly Club is open for supervision. See below for registration details.

29 March

Good Friday – school is closed for Easter Weekend.
Re-open Wednesday 3 April.

Term 2 Key Dates

This document shows you all of the key dates at Long Bay Primary during Term 2.

Welcome New Students

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

JJ, Bella, Hannah, River, Janre, Benjamin and William

School Attendance

For the first 7 weeks of the year we have had 75% of our students regularly attending school (they have been here 90% or more). Please keep your children home if they are sick, if they are not, please ensure they come to school.

Rob Hutton

Learning Assistant Job Advertisement

We are on the lookout for a new Learning Assistant to join our ESOL team. If you know someone who is interested or you are interested yourself please click here for the job advertisement.

Important School Reminders – Please Read

Adventure Playground Before and After School

A reminder that students must be actively supervised by an adult at all times when playing on the playground before and after school. We do not have the staff to supervise this space at these times.


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

The new concrete pathway between school and Ashley Reserve is complete and ready for use. 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. 

Ashley Walkway/Path Donation
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the path we have installed, you are welcome to make a donation via Kindo. Given the current climate there is absolutely no expectation on anyone, however if you can help that would be greatly appreciated.  

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 7

Players Urgently Needed
We need two or three Year 5/6 Hockey players.
We need both boys and girls for Years 3-6 Rippa Rugby teams.
We need a couple more Year 1/2 Netballers. They will play on Saturdays at Pinehurst.
Please contact if your child would like to join any of these sports.

School Swimming Sports
Last Friday students aged 8 and older attended the school swimming sports day at Northern Arena. This is a challenging but fun day for our students, and it was great observing the progress our swimmers have made over the past few weeks. It was fantastic to see students displaying courage and resilience even when they felt apprehensive. Sometimes just turning up is a major milestone!

Thank you to all those parents who assisted with timing the races and recording results, we really can’t run these days without you and appreciate the time you gave us. Support from the sidelines was excellent with many family members turning up to cheer on our swimmers. 

Cricket Ferns
Girls Smash allows girls who are new to the game, and those existing cricketers, to enjoy cricket in a low-pressure and inclusive setting. It is an environment of fun and learning through their ongoing encouragement and game management. Our team went on Tuesday 4 March and had an absolutely amazing day. They all got a chance to bowl, bat and field, and be part of a great team atmosphere. A huge thank you to our two parents who provided transport and cheerleading for the day.

Auckland Kids Marathon
Have you ever run a marathon? Would you like to give it a go? The Auckland Kids Marathon is run in conjunction with the Auckland Marathon on Sunday 3 November. Kids run the last 2.2km on the day, cross the official finish line and receive a medal.

The key information about the Kids Marathon can be found here.

We have created a Long Bay Primary School team. School runs will start on the week of August 7. There will be three 1km runs each week at lunchtimes. The planned schedule to run our 40km before the big day can be found hereThere is a cost to enter. If your child would like to participate please click here to enter. Make sure you join our team “Long Bay Primary School” as part of the registration process. 

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

PTA News 2024

Chairperson: Charlotte Kerr
Secretary: Julia Knight
Treasurer: Kiri Walsh
Teacher/Parent representative: Lisa Leggett
Chinese Community Representative: Amy Lin

We are also delighted to welcome ten new members of the PTA for 2024, without these amazing volunteers we would not be able to have the fun school events like the Discos and Carnival. If you would like to join us, the next meeting is Tuesday 7 May, 7.00pm in the staff room. 

Our goal for the 2024 year is to continue to raise the much-needed funds for the drop-off/pickup zone shelter. We are running two larger events this year: The Colourful Carnival (Friday 10 May) and The Adults Only Quiz Night (Saturday 24 August), for which we are looking for sponsors to make these events possible.

The Colourful Carnival will include “Light up the Playground” as well as stalls for fun carnival games/activities and some food and drink vendors.

If you would like to sponsor a stall for the event, please email us at

We are also looking for donations in the way of chocolate bars, soft toys, and novelty jars – filled with treats which can be dropped into the donation box in the school office. All proceeds from these events will go towards the shelter. Many thanks in advance.

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.

Bricks 4 Kidz 

We have loved kicking off the year with our Bricks 4 Kidz classes and look forward to another successful Term 2. We are hosting an exciting STEAM and Lego filled Holiday Programme and would like to invite your students to join us. To register please click here.

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