LBP Newsletter – Term 2, Week 6

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 4 – Friday 7 June 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

Yesterday we enjoyed a spectacular day of athletic endeavour, AKA the Cross Country. I know that there are two cross country camps – a bit like beetroot. You either love it or loathe it, there is almost never a middle ground. Bringing together the whole school on the same day back at ‘home’ meant we could use our local environment to the fullest. Adding the space between us and Long Bay College into the mix just added to the adventure.

Along with the cheering, red faces, exhaustion and feelings of satisfaction there was also the opportunity to contribute to your house points tally, no matter your age or time getting around the course meant you contributed to the goal of winning the house cup. We look forward to sending our team off to the Northern Bays Cluster Cross Country in a few weeks ready to do us proud. Thanks to everyone who took part, Long Bay College for donating marshalls, the students and teachers who helped out and of course Mrs Nikki Douglas for organising a seamless event.

Speaking of beetroot I am not sure about you, however the most common time I eat beetroot is definitely in a hamburger. It turns out that beetroot was first introduced to hamburgers in Australia in the 1940’s. Of course what happens in Australia happens here and we are one of the other countries in the world with beetroot on our burgers. Subway used to be the place my son consumed his beetroot. However post Cyclone Gabrielle damage in Hawkes Bay has resulted in a lack of beetroot on the shelves in Australia and New Zealand. Fingers crossed full production is up and running again soon to add another vegetable to his diet.

For the record I am in the love it camp when it comes to beetroot. 

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

10 June

Pohutukawa trip to the Stardome Observatory

10 June

Board Meeting, 6.30pm in the staffroom. All welcome 

13 June

Peter Millett, Author Visit to Y3-Y6 students

14 June

Pasifika Cultural Day

14 June

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

17 June

Rooms 13 and 15 trip to Auckland Art Gallery

18 June

Rooms 12 and 14 trip to Auckland Art Gallery

19 June

Junior Mathex Competition at Northcross Intermediate

19 June

Rimu visiting Science in a Van Show

20 June

Room 24 trip to Auckland Art Gallery

20 June

Cohort School Entry Visit 1

21 June

Rooms 23 and 25 trip to Auckland Art Gallery

21 June

PTA School Disco

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:

Kuba, Huxley, Jeremy, Emily and Haiyu

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 every term.

Starting Our Legacy Ngahere

On Tuesday we started our new tradition, legacy tree planting for each 5 year old student who arrives at Long Bay Primary. Jeremy, Emily, Huxley and Haiyu started us off in style on Tuesday afternoon. We will aim to take the same photo in December 2029 and see how much the students (and trees) have grown while they were with us. A great memento for our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Tree Planting Event – Saturday 22 June

On Saturday 22 June at 2.00pm we are providing the opportunity for our community to come together and start our project to support our new students planting trees as they start at Long Bay Primary. If you would like to purchase a tree or trees please go to the Long Bay Primary Kindo Shop and indicate what you would like to buy. We will have the plant waiting for you here on the day along with some fertiliser and a spot to plant it. You will need to bring along something to dig a hole with and your phone to take a photo of your work afterwards. Further details will be shared closer to the event.

Tree Orders close on Friday 14 June

Pasifika Cultural Week – 10-14 June

Next week we will be celebrating Pasifika Cultural Week at Long Bay Primary. We have some fantastic events happening during the week for our students:

– Representatives from each class will be making Lolly Lei and sharing the fruit burst necklaces with their classmates.
– We will have Pacific artefacts on display in Room 1.
– Our Pasifika parents and students will be making delicious Sapasui (Chop Suey) for their school friends to eat on Friday 14 June. We will end the week with a performance from our Pasifika Cultural Group at the school assembly. If you would like your child to try Sapasui (Chop Suey) on Friday 14 June.
Please complete the permission form below by Tuesday 11 June: Permission Form
Only children who have permission will be allowed to eat the Sapasui.

If you do not wish your child to be given two fruit bursts, please let their class teacher know before Monday 10 June. If you have any questions, please email

Long Bay College Carpark

Please do not use the main Long Bay College Carpark to drop off and pick up your children at the start or end of the day. We recommend using the Ashley Reserve carpark and path through the back of the school instead.

Sports Buzz – Term 2, Week 6

Rippa Rugby
Our Rippa teams attended their first tournament on Tuesday 4 June. The weather gods were kind and our students had a fabulous day. Some wins, some losses and lots of learning happened. Thank you to all the adults who were able to assist us! 

Cross Country
The school cross country was run on Thursday 6 June in perfect conditions. Year 6 students were the first off and also the first to trial our new cross country course. It was great to be able to keep the run so local and allowed for many viewing (and cheering) spots. Our students had all set goals before race day and spot prize certificates will be handed out to those who teachers noticed were displaying resilience, or achieving their goals.

Students who placed in the top 3 will also be receiving certificates, and the top 6 placegetters in Years 4-6 will be attending the Northern Bays schools cross country at Long Bay Regional Park on Tuesday 25 June.
Many thanks to the team of student volunteers from Long Bay College who assisted us on the day. Also to those parents who were able to assist on the finish line, or support our students around the course. 

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Competition
We will be participating on Tuesday 6 August at Kumeu. We are attending as a school group which means the school will organise the race number. Please write Long Bay Primary School.

To enter your child(ren) online please use the Online Entry Process

Please follow these steps to enter:

  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. Long Bay Primary School not LBP)
  5. Here is the Online Registration Link:

If you have followed the steps above we will be able to link all the entrants together and have everything ready to be collected from the event registration on 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

School Disco – Friday 21 June
Tickets are available to purchase now via Kindo while stocks last. The PTA are unable to take any extra late sales once the sessions are sold out. Please email the PTA at if you have any questions.

Parents/ caregivers if you can help with the running of the Disco please sign up here:
Parent Sign-up

PTA Treasurer
Our amazing Treasurer has stepped down so we NEED another amazing person to help our PTA so that our fundraising can continue. If you would like to know more please email us at

Save the Date!
Adults Quiz Night, Saturday 24 August, 7.30pm in the hall. If you know of any businesses who might be interested in being a main SPONSOR or sponsoring a product/service or voucher for our Live Auction, please email

Kelly Club Notices

Please email Kelly Club at to register and/or make a booking.

Community Notices and Events

City Mission Cookoff Fundraiser – Monday 10 June
Marcus and Ally at New World Long Bay help out Long Bay Primary and the local community in many different ways, often without the recognition they deserve. Marcus has started on his next venture to raise money to support the Auckland City Mission at the City Mission Cook Off event on Monday 10 June. He is raising funds to help provide nutritious food for people who would otherwise go without this winter. If you would like to find out more about this event or sponsor him please click here.

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