LBP Newsletter – Term 1, Week 9

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 9 – Wednesday 27 March 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

Tomorrow over 300 teachers from six of the schools in our Kāhui Ako will gather together at Long  Bay College for a conference. The theme is He Waka eke noa – We’re all in this together and it will be a great opportunity for us to all come together, hear from some inspirational speakers, share, and meet staff members from local schools.

If COVID-19 and the time we spent working online taught me anything, it was nothing beats face to face interactions. Schools and education hold an important place in our community and it is really important for us as educators to learn new things as well. Without the opportunities that days like tomorrow provide we will remain static in our thinking, actions and abilities.

Dr Melinda Webber will be our keynote speaker. She will address The Mana Model: Reconceptualising student success, thriving and wellbeing at school. Dr Webber is the author of the Mana Model that we use at Long Bay Primary as part of the Mitey Programme supporting student mental health. It will be great to hear directly from the architect of this key facet of the Mitey Programme what it is all about, and ask some questions as well.

We have staff members at all of the breakout sessions that follow finding out more about:

  • Poverty and Privilege
  • Te Oneroa Hikoi – Local places of Significance
  • Use of vocabulary in supporting English Language Learners 
  • Supporting students with complex needs through structured literacy
  • Changing the lens on behaviour
  • Student Anxiety
  • Digital Practice and Artificial Intelligence and Large Language Models and their implications for classroom practice
  • Neurodiversity and Inclusivity
  • Hikoi Ki Te Taha (to walk alongside) Programme

I will personally attend sessions on changing the lens on behaviour and the use of vocabulary in supporting English Language Learners, two themes that are particularly relevant in education at the moment.

We look forward to taking the opportunity to put this new learning into practice in our classrooms during the rest of this year.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a safe holiday break and look forward to coming back to school refreshed on Wednesday 4 April.

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

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.

2 April

Easter Tuesday – school is closed

3-12 April

Life Education Van onsite

4 April

Year 6 Waterwise Session

5 April

Whole school assembly, 2.00pm in the hall. All welcome

5 April

PTA Iceblock Fundraiser

8-10 April

Year 5 Kauri to Camp Huia

10-12 April

Year 5 Totara to Camp Huia

11 April

Year 6 Waterwise Session

12 April

Last day of Term 1. School closes at 2.55pm

29 April

Term 2 starts

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 student who has started at Long Bay Primary since our last newsletter:


School Attendance

For the first 9 weeks of the year we have had 72% 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

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

Lost Property
Please check the Lost Property box, located at the hall entrance, for any missing items. The box will be emptied at the end of term.

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.  

Life Education Van – Open Session

Our Life Education mobile classroom teacher Charlie will be running an open door session on Thursday 4 April from 2.30pm-3.15pm. Come along to see what it is like inside, or bring your child along after pick-up so they can show you. 

Sports Buzz – Term 1, Week 9

Rippa Rugby
Rippa Rugby is still available for girls and boys in Years 3-6. They play two tournaments – one in Term 2 and one in Term 3. These are played on school days. It is a non-contact sport and lots of fun. Registrations on Kindo close next week.

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Competition
We will be doing Tuesday 6th August at Kumeu. We are attending as a school group so the teacher will pick up the race number. Please write Long Bay Primary School.

If you are getting your Parents/Caregivers to enter their children via the Online Entry Process, here is the entry information for your school group:

  1. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the parents select the CORRECT ENTRY, DATE & VENUE for their child
  2. If their kids are not attending as a School Group, they must select “I THE PARENT will pick up the race number”.
  3. If their kids are attending as a School Group, they must select THE TEACHER WILL PICK UP THE RACE NUMBER when they come to the Bib Collection question
  4. Please write the School Name in FULL (i.e. South Welllington Intermediate School not SWIS)
  5. Here is the Online Registration Link:
  6. As long as all of these things are done, I will be able to link all the entrants together and have everything ready for you (or the teacher on the day) to pick up from event registration.

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

If you would like to join us, the next meeting is Tuesday 7 May, 7.00pm in the staff room. All welcome.

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 Light up Playground 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.

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

Kelly Club Notices

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.

Community Notices and Events

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