LBP Newsletter – Term 2, Week 8

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 8 – Friday 21 June 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

I remember clearly bringing home my hand written primary school reports in an envelope. Waiting patiently for both parents to be in the same space and then the official opening process. To be fair it was usually a positive experience which I am sure helped.

With our Term 2 reports now written and ready to be shared with you next week the experience will be slightly different, however hopefully the end result will be similar. The piece of paper and handwriting are long gone, the communication about progress at school has not changed. Today however we do give you a much more comprehensive picture than my parents received. With Seesaw for a regular view into the classroom, interviews in the last week of the term to add a more personal touch and a much more comprehensive reporting system we all know what our students can or can’t do better than my parents and I did back then.

There is still however one piece of the puzzle that is missing, student voice. Seesaw does provide an opportunity for you to know exactly what your children think, feel and know, however there is nothing like a ‘live’ opportunity where you can ask questions and they can share to really keep you informed, and give them the chance to shine.

To that end we are introducing a new opportunity in 2024 at Long Bay Primary – Student Led Conferences. Mark this date in your calendar now – Wednesday 14 August. On this day you will come to school with your child. Sit with them in the classroom and listen to them talk about what they can do and where they are going next with their learning. Show you where they are at and challenge you to see what you know and can do as well. The teacher will be there, just in case, but the stars of the show will be your children. We will train them up (and you as well) over the first few weeks of Term 3 to ensure you all make the most of this opportunity.

It was only a few years ago that mum had an extensive clean up and gave my brother and I our school reports back as a Christmas present. At the time when they came home it felt like the most important days of the year. Luckily these days we give you many more opportunities to be informed about your children’s learning and SLC day will be the icing on that cake. I for one can’t wait.

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

25 June

Northern Bays Cross Country (for selected students)

26 June

North Harbour Field Day (for selected students)

27 June

Mid-year reports sent home

27 June

Matariki Celebration Assembly, 2.00pm in the hall

28 June

Matariki Public Holiday, school closed

2 July

Cajun Chicken Foodtruck onsite for lunch orders. Place orders via Kindo. Orders will close Tuesday 2 July at 9.00am

3 July

Mid-year Parent/Teacher Interviews, school closes at 12.30pm

5 June

PTA Donut Day

5 June

Last day of term 2

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:

Keishi and Clarence

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.

Mid-Year Parent/Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 3 July

On Wednesday 3 July we are holding our mid-year learning interviews. Students are encouraged to come along with their parents to speak to their teacher. 

School will finish early at 12.30pm on Wednesday 3 July.

The Okura and Torbay buses will run at the normal times that day.

Supervision in the hall is available from 12.30pm to 2.55pm, please complete this form if your child/children require supervision in the hall.

Kelly Club will be open from 3.00pm.

To make an interview booking, please visit and follow the prompts. You will need to enter in our school code: zg2jg then follow the options. Confirmation of your appointment/s will be sent immediately to your email address.

For students in Room 13, there will be an additional day, Tuesday 2 July, for bookings to be made. If you are making a Room 13 interview booking on Tuesday 2 July, please enter this school code: e8884

Appointment bookings are OPEN NOW and bookings will CLOSE on Tuesday 2 July at 5.00pm.

Due to the mid-year interviews there will be no lunch orders delivered to school on Wednesday 3 July.

Tree Planting Event – Tomorrow

If you attending the tree planting event on Saturday between 2:00pm and 3:00pm please remember to bring the following:
  • Suitable Footwear – possibly gumboots
  • Gloves – optional
  • Spade – if you have one (we have a few at school you can borrow but will need to take turns)
  • Raincoat – if necessary
  • A phone or camera to take a photo
The process:
Upon arrival the trees will be on the courts, collect your labelled tree and move to the planting area.
Dig a hole (the plot will be marked with spray paint)
Put a school supplied fertiliser tablet in the bottom
Plant the tree
Return the soil around the tree to fill in the hole
Stamp down as required
Take a photo

If you are unable to make it on the day we will keep your tree safe until there is an opportunity to plant it.
Thank you for helping us to create a legacy that will remain for years to come.

Construction Update 

The piles for the two new classrooms are almost complete and the temporary road has been constructed beside the school to enable crane and building access.

Today the team from Rhino Fencing built a temporary pathway across our courts and fenced it off. This will remain until after the trucks and crane leave next week. This fence will mean there is limited access to the school playground while it is up (there will be a gap in the middle to move to the other side of the courts). Please be aware this may create a tripping hazard, however it will be clearly marked by many cones.

After school on Monday 24 June the crane will arrive and be set up in the compound. Early Tuesday morning the two classrooms will arrive and when the sun is up they will be lifted into position. During this time there will be an exclusion zone established and no one will be allowed in the area.

Rooms 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15 will be off limits. We ask that students in these classes meet their teachers in the hall at the start of the school day. It is anticipated that the lifting will be complete by 9:00am. If this is not the case we will arrange an alternative programme for these classes until they are allowed to return to their rooms.

Access to Room 13 and 14 will be via the back of the school as these classrooms are not affected.We look forward to this phase of the process being completed and the new classrooms being operational in Term 3.

Kōwhai Story Telling Night

The Kōwhai team had a lovely story telling evening on Thursday where whānau gathered around a small campfire and shared a couple of cultural stories and sang songs. Kōwhai shared the story of Kupe and Te Wheke and we learnt about stories from Iran, Argentina, Bohemia, and Aotearoa. We had Mel Whaanga and his family join us, they are mana whenua of this area and we listened as he shared a story about the local area. A long time ago we didn’t have books and this was an opportunity for us to experience how knowledge and stories were shared in the past.

Teacher Only Day – Tuesday 29 October

We can now confirm that we will be having a Teacher Only Day on Tuesday 29 October, following on from Labour Day public holiday. This Teacher Only Day will coincide with other local schools and is mandated by the Ministry of Education as part of the roll out of the revised New Zealand Curriculum.

2025 Enrolment Information

Do you have a child turning 5 at the end of this year or in 2025?

If your child will be attending Long Bay Primary in 2025 we would like to know! This helps to plan ahead for future growth, employ teachers and form classes.
Please pre enrol now by following this link:

Kaitiaki Kakariki Selling Vegetables – Tuesday 25 June

Kaitiaki Kakariki will be selling vegetables from the Enviro garden on Tuesday 25 June after school outside the hall. Come along and bring your gold coins!

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 8

This term we successfully ran a doubles badminton tournament played out over several Wednesday lunchtimes. Hard fought games and congratulations to the winning doubles pair – Alister and Phoebe. Next term we will be entering two teams from school in the North Shore Primary Schools Competition.

Sports Available Now on Kindo
The following sports are now open in Kindo for registration:
Basketball – Years 1-6 and Flippaball – Years 3-6.
Both these sports are being offered as Semester 2 registrations – so students must be available to play during both terms 3 and 4. We will try to keep existing teams together, but there will be space for new registrations. Please register your child as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact Nikki Douglas –

Basketball Programme
We are offering a new basketball programme starting in Term 3. Please contact Sports X directly to register.

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. If you have registered your child to participate in the competition, can you please let Mrs Douglas know at

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 sales have now closed. 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

New PTA Treasurer
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Carissa to the PTA committee in the role as Treasurer.

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

Discover the exciting world of STEAM Careers in our July Holiday Programme!
Perfect for young engineers, scientists and artists alike, our programme offers a fun and engaging way to explore future pathways, creativity, learning, and fun! Bookings are now OPEN!

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