LBP Newsletter – Term 1, Week 11

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 11 – Friday 12 April 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

As a child I had great visions of being a digger driver or a truck driver. It was great living at the end of a road where new houses were getting built, along with the many, many, many diggers that were being used.

Therefore it was exciting at the prospect a few years later to have an eight classroom block built here at Long Bay Primary to cater for the future roll growth as the suburb and school grows. After two years of work this building was due to go through the design process early this year, and then move on to actually building it. I was hoping to have a go on a digger if the opportunity arose. 

Unfortunately we are on a list of 305 schools and 352 building projects that have been paused or cancelled by the Government. This means the planned block of classrooms will now not go ahead. There are obvious implications for us as a school going forward (my ride on a digger not being high on my list of concerns). 

The good news is while this building was going to be built we were being given two classrooms to use for 18 months while the construction took place. These classrooms are still due to arrive (to become Room 26 and 27) however, they may be here for a longer time than previously expected.

With the growth of new houses within our school zone, and more development proposed we will continue to push our case for classrooms with the Ministry of Education before our roll grows too much further.

With some luck, good planning and persistence there is a good chance I might get my digger ride after all. Watch this space.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the students, parents and especially the teachers who have been involved with the Year 5 camps this week. A lot of planning goes into an event like this. The care and attention that was shown to the students who attended was outstanding. I am confident that they got a lot out of it and will have some great stories to tell their families over the coming days.

Please have a safe and relaxing holiday break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday April 29 refreshed and ready for more fun and some learning thrown in as well.

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

12 April

Last day of Term 1. School closes at 2.55pm

29 April

Term 2 starts. Classrooms open at 8.30am

29 April – 10 May

Year 2 Swimming Lessons at Northern Arena

30 April

Northern Bays Swimming Sports (for selected students)

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.  

Sports Buzz – Term 1, Week 11

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.

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.

Long Bay College – Job Vacancies

Two roles are currently available at Long Bay College – School Nurse (Term 2 only) and a casual Medical Attendant role. Further details below:

School Nurse –
Medical Attendant –

Community Notices and Events

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