LBP Newsletter – Term 2, Week 10

Long Bay Primary
School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 10 – Friday 5 July 2024

Principal’s Chat

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland spends most of his time checking his clock to make sure he gets to the Queen of Hearts on time and is not late. During Term 3 we will also be channelling our inner White Rabbit. Long Bay Primary is participating in a new initiative led by the Ministry of Education to survey late students about why they are late. This data that we collect will be passed on to provide us with a big picture about Long Bay Primary’s lateness patterns. No names will be included with this data, just the reason for being late. If your child is unable to tell us why they are late we will be in touch to clarify with you the reason. The table we will be using is included below.

The start of the school day is a vital time for staff and students. It provides an opportunity for connections, calmness and everyone to start the day out on a positive note. Arriving late causes anxiety and can be unsettling. From the start of next term if your child is regularly late we will be in touch to see what we can do to assist and work together to reduce these instances.

Thank you for the work your children have put in this term. They have worked hard and this was reflected in their reports and the conversations you had with their teachers this week. The holiday break is perfect timing to break the current rash of illness that has struck us in the past fortnight. Hopefully it will act as a circuit breaker and we will all return healthy for the start of Term 3.

The teachers have worked hard for your children and I thank them for their work. They have been encouraged to turn off their alarms and ensure they have a well earned break as well. 

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are definitely my two favourite Alice in Wonderland characters (I am sure they are always on time). They have a vast array of rather peculiar poems and songs and always seem to be enjoying themselves.

Have a safe and restful break and I look forward to seeing you at the start of Term 3.

Rob Hutton

2024 Term Dates and What’s On

22 July

Term 3 starts. Classrooms open at 8.30am

24 July

Whānau Waiata Night, 6.30pm in the staffroom

29 July

Mihi Whakatau for new families and students to LBP

29 July

Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.30pm in the staffroom

30 July

Kowhai trip to Auckland Museum

1 August

Northern Bays Football Tournament

Key Dates for Term 3 can be found here.

Welcome New Students

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

Vivan, Angela and Christine

Construction Updates

With the buildings successfully landed and onsite, the team from Portacom are working hard to ensure they are ready for us to use early in Term 3. There will be construction work and escorted vehicle movements within the school during the break.

Ralph Eagles Place – Holiday Upgrade

During the second week of the holidays the last remaining muddy area on the verge outside the school will be replaced with rubber matting. Please be aware there might be some construction work and traffic management going on during this time.

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.

Absences and Lateness

If your child/children is going to be late or absent from school, then you must let the Office and class teacher know.

Absences/lateness 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.

Photo Orders Close on 14 July

Class and student portait photo orders close on 14 July. Please visit to place your order. Completed orders will be delivered to school in Term 3.

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:

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 10

Northern Bays Cross Country
The Northern Bays Schools Cross Country was held last week in near perfect conditions. Competitors from 10 local schools turned up bristling with anticipation and nerves. Starts were fast and furious, and hard to maintain for most! Well done to our team, they gave it their best and can be very proud of their efforts.

The winning school on the day was Greenhithe who narrowly beat out the team from Coatesville. Many thanks to all those adults who came along to assist and cheer on our runners.

Year 2/3 Flippaball players needed. We urgently need a few Year 2 or 3 players for the Sprats Flippaball team. Although players are able to touch the bottom of the pool they need to be confident in and around water. Please register your child to play through Kindo if keen. 
Any questions, please email

Softball Programme
We are offering a new softball programme starting in Term 3. Please contact North Harbour Softball directly to register.

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

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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