Torbay School Learning Powers – RIC


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A huge welcome to Term 2 at Torbay School. I would especially like to welcome the new families who are joining us this term. We have a large number of children joining our New Entrant class. This is an exciting time for both parents and children as they set off on their journey through school. I know that Susan and her team will provide your children with a wonderful environment that they will make the transition a positive experience for everyone.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions and get involved in the school, in particular if you are worried about any aspect of your children’s transition or not sure about any aspect of the school’s systems and processes or your child’s wellbeing.

We have one or two staff changes this term with Keri Lesorgen moving into our new entrant class to teach alongside Susan Ye. Keri has been in the school for much of last term fulfilling our classroom release time role. This role will now be filled by Laura Patey who joins our staff for the remainder of the year. Laura has been recently teaching at Albany Primary and St Joseph’s School in Dargaville. She has moved back into the area and we are really pleased to have her as part of our team. Rachel Watts has also joined our staff as a Classroom Assistant. Rachel is an active member of our PTA and community and we welcome her onto the staff.

On Friday the 17th of May our school will be participating in Pink Shirt day. Pink Shirt Day focuses on bullying and highlights three key messages, Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying. Our School is committed to reducing bullying. We recognise that New Zealand has the second highest rate of school bullying in the OECD and that bullying can heavily impact people’s lives for years to come. We feel that this cause fits with our drive to develop students wellbeing.

This year we have appointed Renee Heasley to lead a team of teachers in developing practices to support Student Wellbeing. Renee has been working for the last year gathering information and looking at best practice and will now work with her team to build our programme.

Our Kāhui Ako has also decided that all the schools in our area will participate in Pink Shirt Day. Linda Urwin our Kāhui Ako Within School Lead and our two Kāhui Ako Student Leaders Wilco C and Paige S have developed a range of activities for the school to participate in. This programme will be communicated in the coming days.

Pink Shirt Day will not be a fundraising day for us but we will be holding a PINK mufti day. This mufti day does not require a gold coin donation and there will be class prizes for the most creative dress up. Part of our programme will include running programmes and/or activities in our classrooms both leading up to and on Pink Shirt day. This along with other activities organised by the children and teachers will focus on the three key messages and raising peoples awareness of not only what bullying is, but what the outcomes can be.

If you wish to donate to the cause you can purchase Pink Shirts from Cotton On either online or from the Cotton On store. Proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to the trust to help put a stop to bullying. You can purchase shirts by following this link.  We thank you for your support in getting these very important messages through to our children and community.

I was thrilled to watch our Netballers get underway last night at the North Harbour Netball Centre. It was terrific to see two teams perform so well and above all totally enjoying themselves. A huge thank you to Monika Benkovic in her new role as Sports Coordinator. Our numbers are up in all sports areas and she is just doing a fabulous job. Thank you to all those parents who are supporting her while she is bedding in new systems and grappling with all the issues that confront her. Your support of Monika in her role is critical in this first year.

I am really looking forward to term 2. Our teachers have some wonderful activities planned for the children. Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue.

My email address is [email protected]

Ngā mihi nui
Gary O’Brien


KAI PAI to the following students who have shared their fantastic learning with us this week: Jack O, Hannah T & Michelle H Rm 22  Awesome work!


REMINDER:  Paid Union Meeting 10th May 1.30pm.

Our staff will be attending a Paid Union Meeting at 1.30pm on the 10th of May. As the vast majority of our staff will be attending this meeting we will only have a skeleton staff here at school to supervise your children.

We seek your support by making alternative arrangement for your children’s care on that afternoon by collecting or arranging for the collection of your children at 12.30pm. Please inform your classroom teacher if you are unable to make other arrangements and your child will be attending school that afternoon. We will need to know these children’s names by the end of the first week of term 2 so that we can organise our very limited staffing.

We thank you for your continued support in our endeavour to secure a successful conclusion to this campaign. We as a profession need to regain our status and improve our terms and condition so that we attract the best people we can to teaching.

Ngā Mihi Nui

Gary O’Brien


Nomination forms have now been mailed with additional ones available at the school office if required.  These must be received by noon on Friday 24th May 2019 to be valid.

The draft electoral roll (also at the school office) is now available for inspection between the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm.<

If an election is required, voting papers will be issued with the poll closing at noon on 7th June 2019.  For any queries please contact the Returning Officer, Rachel Mayne at school phone 473 8603 or email [email protected]

SCHOOL FEES – A reminder that if you are paying off your annual activity fees and donations – instalment 2 was due on the first day of term.

Activity Fees $23 per instalment
Donation (1 child) $45 per instalment
Donation (2 children) $80 per instalment
Donation (3 or more children) $107.50 per instalment.

Electronic statements will be sent out early next week showing any unpaid amount on your account (the system automatically sends these with the email subject line of Request for Payment). This is a chance to check that our records agree with yours. Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.

MEETINGS – The next B.O.T Meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th May @ 7pm in the Staffroom.  The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 20th May @ 7.30pm – new members welcome.  Please contact Megan Sadler at [email protected] for venue details.  New Parent Meeting will be held on Monday 10th June at 9.30am in the Staffroom.

PARENT HELPER TRAINING – A reminder that Parent Helper Training will be on Monday 6th May at 11am in the staffroom.  Under the new Health & Safety legislation all parent helpers will need to complete an initial parent helper training session and sign a Health & Safety Procedure each year. Thanks for your support in this area. Reminder -all parents who come to school during the school day 8.55-3.00 must sign in at the office.

ENROLMENTS 2019/20 – If your child, (or someone you know has a child who lives in the Torbay School zone) and is turning 5 within the next 12 months, please urgently complete an enrolment application (available from our website or at the school office).

CHANGE OF DETAILS  – If you have moved house or have new contact details, or if your child has a new medical condition or older issues which have changed or are no longer a problem, please advise us so we can update our records.

TERM 2 ASSEMBLIES – ANZAC DAY Assembly will be on FRIDAY 10th May at 11.30am (please note time change). Going forward whole school assemblies will be on a Friday.

PHOTOLIFE PORTRAITS/CLASS PHOTOS/SIBLING PHOTOS – Friday 3rd May: PhotoLife will be here tomorrow.  Every child will be photographed individually and in their class group. When photos are ready for printing, students will bring home their own unique shoot key. Simply follow the steps to view and purchase your photos.

Sibling photo request forms can be collected from the office. Please complete ONE form for EACH family and return to school before photo day.

CHESS:  Students are invited to play chess for fun at lunchtimes at Torbay School.  If you would like your child to participate, please encourage your child to listen to the notices or contact Katie Hills   [email protected] 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP – We are always in need of good condition uniforms for the second hand shop, therefore, if you have some that you wish to donate, please drop them off at the office.  The shop will be open on the following dates inside the hall:

Term 2
Week 2: Thursday 9th May
Week 5: Thursday 30th May
Week 9: Thursday 27th June
Term 3
Week 2: Thursday 1st August
Week 5: Thursday 22nd August
Week 9: Thursday 19th September
Term 4
Week 1: Thursday 17th October
Week 5: Thursday 14th November
Week 9:  Thursday 12th December

Hours are 08:30-08:55 & 15:00-15:30

SCHOOL ABSENCES –  Please remember to contact the school office if your child is going to be absent from school.
You can do this by one of the following:
 Phone: 473 8603 Ext 1
 Email: [email protected]
 Skoolbag App:  Download here 
 Website: Report an Absence form.  Click here

PLEASE NOTE: Text option is no longer available, please use one of the other methods above.

GENERAL REMINDERS – As winter approaches and the wet weather sets in, we know plans can change for collecting your child(ren) from school. If your child walks home or meets you at another location but this changes if it rains we would appreciate you talking to your child(ren) about having a wet weather alternative.  This provides less interruptions for their classroom if your plan has changed due to the weather. However, if you have sudden or unforeseen changes to pick ups or an urgent message please contact the school office.

SCHOOL POOL KEYS – Reminder that all pool keys were due back on 12th April 2019. Please return these to the school office ASAP to ensure you receive your $20 bond refund.

PTA EVENTS – SCHOOL DISCO Friday 10th May, Juniors (Y0-3) 6pm to 7pm and Seniors (Y4-6) 7.15pm – 8.30pm,  MOVIE NIGHT – THE HUSTLE  Wednesday 22nd May Doors open 8.10pm – Movie starts 8.30pm.  See flyers below in the PTA section.

SCHOLASTIC LUCKY BOOK ORDERS – ISSUE 3 – Lucky Book Club Order Forms have gone home. Closing date for orders is Friday 17th May 2019 at 3pm.  Every order helps the School get valuable resources for our Library.

SCHOOL LUNCHROOM – The School Lunchroom is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.     

YUMMY STICKERS – If you enjoy eating yummy fruit then please collect your yummy stickers on a collection sheet (from office), once you have filled up your sheet, please return it to the office.  Every sheet provides awesome sports gear for our tamariki to enjoy at school!

DENTAL VAN – Unfortunately the Dental van is unable to visit our school this term.  This is for children that are due to be seen. If you have concerns regarding your child(ren)’s teeth please contact the Northcross Dental Clinic on 09 479 4236 to make an appointment.

WATERWISE TERM 1 – Thank you to all the parent helpers that volunteered their time and especially to the instructors that gave up their Friday’s to help support our Waterwise programme last term, we really can’t do it without you!!  It was a successful term and we look forward to Term 4!  Here are a few pics.

HEALTH ROOM REMINDERS: Please do not send any children to school who are unwell.

  •  Head Lice: Check your children’s head for head lice as this is an ongoing problem. Children with eggs or lice will be sent home for treatment.
  • VOMITING/DIARRHOEA: Any children who have had vomiting or diarrhoea must not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode.



It’s been a very busy start to Term 2. The netball teams have started training and are putting our brand new netball court to good use. Our Year 6 netball teams played their first games yesterday at the Netball North Harbour Centre. Year 2-5 Kidzplay netball teams games begin on the 11th of May at Pinehurst School.

Basketball, Miniball and Little League teams also continue with their training and games right from week 1.

Our wonderful Flippaball teams gained some new players and splash right back into their training and games as well. The draw has now been finalised.

Hockey games were delayed by a week due to an international tournament hosted by Harbour Hockey, however our three hockey teams started their training on Wednesday morning.

Just a reminder that is the very last chance to register for primary schools Rippa Rugby Tournament which is open to children in Years 3-6.  This event is spread over three Thursday’s in Term’s 2 and 3, during school hours. The dates for 2019 are: 23 May, 4 July and 29 August. Rippa Rugby registration form is available on our website – or click here to register.

The following websites are very useful to keep up to date with sports that your child/ren are involved in:

We appreciate the support we receive from our community with coaching, managing, umpiring and ensuring the children attend their practices and games.

If you need any help regarding sports at Torbay School please contact Monika Benkovic, [email protected], Sports Co-ordinator or visit our website

Inflatable Football is back at Torbay School in Term 2 , every Thursday after school from 16 May.  If you would like to join our programme you can register online at  If you have any other questions please send us an email or call 021 332 256.


Basketball – Torbay Breakers: Bede T 
Miniball – Torbay Nets: Jared B (30 Apr)

Little League – Torbay Bulls: Rhys G (4 Apr) and Louis R (11 Apr)



During book week, the Motuihe team held a whānau book sharing breakfast. This was a lovely opportunity to share books with their grandparents, parents and caregivers. While reading, coffee, tea and hot chocolate was served and music played in the background.  It was a lovely morning and we hope to do it again really soon!

Here are a few photos of the day.

 2019 Anzac Service

On the morning of Thursday the 25th of April a group of Torbay School students walked in the Browns Bay Civic Service ANZAC Parade.  Four of the student leaders placed a wreath on behalf of all Torbay School students, staff and whānau below the cenotaph monument. Our wreath was made with rosemary as this herb is used to symbolise remembrance.  Many wreaths were laid at the cenotaph, one by a war veteran who just celebrated his 100th birthday. Students from Long Bay and Rangitoto Colleges read poems, told stories and sang songs about peace and remembrance.  We all sung the Australian and New Zealand anthems and to finish the last post played on the bugle. It was a lovely morning and we felt proud to be a part of this event. We would like to say thank you to all those who attended.

Neve and Naava




BROWNS BAY BEACH CLEAN UP -The Sustainable Coastlines and in-conjunction with Arena Living, would like to invite teachers, students, families and friends of Torbay School down to Browns Bay beach for a beach clean-up from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday the 4th of May.

Join us by dropping into our clean-up station, located on the grass opposite Kiwi Bank on Beachfront Lane. Here you’ll receive important health and safety information and pick up sacks, gloves and other important equipment, as well as be assigned a clean-up location in the surrounding area.

More info about what to bring on the day can be found on our website or on FacebookNga mihi, Dan Downing Programmes Manager, Auckland.

THE SINGING COWBOY will be at the Torbay Village market morning from 9am – 1pm.

Step Out for IDFNZ/ Kids Foundation: We invite schools and youth groups to participate in this fun event which supports less fortunate, medically fragile children in the community. All registered Participants / Schools will receive a certificate of participation. Come join the fun!   A Fun Run/ Walk event to support IDFNZ KIDS Foundation. All proceeds go towards this amazing charity supporting PID & Liver transplant patients. This inaugural event will take place in beautiful Cornwall Park Auckland on Sunday 26th May 2019, starting near the Observatory and will comprise a loop of the inner grounds along Olive Grove and Twin Oaks Drive, and a climb up to the summit of One Tree Hill (5.25km participants), returning back down to the domain area near the Observatory.


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