Torbay School Learning Powers – RIC


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Pink Shirt Day

It’s Pink Shirt Day tomorrow in supporting the prevention of bullying. This mufti day is not a fundraiser but is an initiative by our Kāhui Ako and our school to highlight the damage bullying can do to others. I look forward to seeing a sea of Pink.

ANZAC Assembly

Thank you to all those parents who attended our ANZAC assembly last Friday. Unfortunately, I could not be present but all the feedback I received has been very positive. This commemoration is an important day in our calendar and a day that seems to bring our nation together and our year 5 Waiheke team, from all reports, did a fantastic job with their assembly. Thank you to the children and teachers involved and thank you to our friends from the Navy for being present and not only taking part in the ceremony but working with our children after the assembly.

Paid Union Meeting

Thank you also to our parent community for supporting us on Friday afternoon when we attended our Paid Union Meeting. The government has not moved to alleviate the problems we have in the teaching profession and we voted to strike again on the 29th of May. The Board has decided that school will be closed for instruction on that day and we appreciate your continued support in our campaign to improve our education system.

Education Review Office

Next week we will be hosting a team from the Education Review Office who will be in carrying out a review of our school. Their focus will be on equity and achievement and ensuring that are we providing opportunities for all children to meet their potential. The School and Board will be welcoming them with a Whakatau Assembly on Monday morning and after working with us for three days they will verbally report back on Thursday afternoon. This will then be followed by a written report to the Board.

School Policies

I am excited to announce that we have adopted an online platform that will hold our suite of policies and provide a review tool for all school policies. We have been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures and after a great deal of hard work the site is now live and available to our school community.

Our School works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools and regular reviewing from the school docs team.

Our Board of Trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented.

One of the exciting elements of this system is that parents can now easily be involved in some policy reviews. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at: note that there is no (“www”!)

Our username is: Torbay
Our password is: Torbay2019

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: Leon C & Emma W Rm 8, Tyler J Rm 9, Ari A & Alex M Rm 21,  Eva A, Georgia S, Elise B & Oliver W Rm 24 Awesome work!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following tamariki who received certificates from their class teachers: Sienna L & Emily J Rm 1, Leila S & Freya B Rm 2, Tiger Z & Skyla J Rm 3, Vann H & Paige L Rm 4, Cameron G, Nikita J & Abby F Rm 5, Imogen A & Nathan B Rm 6, Dante V & Mikayla I Rm 7, Ollie P & Mila C Rm 8, Viggo K & Lachlan V Rm 9, Xavier G, Zachary B, Finn M & Nikola P Rm 10, Joni R & Harley S Rm 11, Amryn R & Lucy Q Rm 13, Zahara P & Ethan S Rm 14, Ivey D & Campbell H Rm 15,  Sophia W & Lara P Rm 16, Zahra S & Darragh T Rm 17, Isla W & Nicolo C Rm 18, Hazel A & Shaun B Rm 19, Nathan G,  Benji  B & Isaac P Rm 21, Tyler P & Rowan W Rm 22, Tyler J & Dandre S Rm 23, Emily K & Dayton T Rm 24, Tatiana B & Alex H Rm 25 Well done everyone! 


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]

MEETINGS – The next B.O.T Meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th June @ 7pm in the Staffroom.  The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th June @ 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.

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR INSTRUCTION – TEACHER’S STRIKE – Wednesday 29th May 2019.  If you require care for your child/ren Fun Club will be open on this day, please contact Sandie on 021 399 626 or email [email protected] to book in.

PTA EVENTS – MOVIE NIGHT – THE HUSTLE  Wednesday 22nd May Doors open 8.10pm – Movie starts 8.30pm This will be a fun night out, so get a group of friends together and come along to support Torbay School! Tickets sales end tomorrow at 11am so please make sure you get your ticket to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased online here under the PTA Fundraising tab.   ENTERTAINMENT BOOK can be purchased online or via the school office for $70. See flyers below in the PTA section.

PARENT HELPER TRAINING – Thank you to those who attended the parent helper training last week!

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).

ICE SKATE TOUR COMING TO TORBAY SCHOOL! 10th – 16th June 2019 –  For all the information please click here

CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING –  Please send a spare change of clothes to school with your child/ren for cross country training. If your child has received a change of clothes from the health room, please return these promptly. Many thanks.

HEALTH ROOM REMINDERS – We have recently had numerous cases of vomiting/diarrhoea, high temps, strep throat and influenza reported in the school. Please, if your child is unwell with vomiting or diarrhoea keep them at home to prevent it from spreading and adhere to the 24 hour stand down period as stated below. 

Please do not send any children to school who are unwell.

  • VOMITING/DIARRHOEA: Any children who have had vomiting or diarrhoea must not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • HIGH TEMPERATURES: For more information about fevers  Click here
  • STREP THROAT: Kids who do have strep throat might get other symptoms within about 3 days, such as: Red and white patches in the throat, difficulty swallowing, headache, lower stomach pain, general discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling, loss of appetite and nausea, rash. If your child is experiencing these symptoms please consult your doctor.
  • INFLUENZA:  Influenza – or the flu – is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches, runny nose, a cough and stomach upset. If you think your child has the flu please consult your doctor.  For more info click here
  • HEAD LICE: Check your children for head lice as this is an ongoing problem. Children with eggs or lice will be sent home for treatment.  

PHOTOLIFE – When photos are ready for printing, students will bring home their own Unique Shoot Key Codes these should come home in the next 3-4 weeks to view and purchase your photos online.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP – The shop will be open to purchase second hand uniforms on the following dates: Thursday 30th May and 27th June from 8:30am-8:55am and 3pm—3.30pm just inside the hall by the office. Hats are not compulsory for terms 2 & 3, however, if you wish to purchase a new hat they are available at the school office for $14. 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.

SCHOLASTIC LUCKY BOOK ORDERS, ISSUE 3 – Orders close tomorrow, Friday 17 May. Books will be delivered in the next few weeks.  A friendly reminder, when you place your order at the school office, please remember that we only take the correct money in cash or cheque. Orders can be done online as well at Thank you for your support. Every order helps the School receive valuable resources for our Library.

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.

To register for the famine please click here  or contact Katie Hills at Torbay School [email protected]



Great to see so many happy, sweaty, but smiley faces after netball, hockey, basketball and flippaball games. The children played very well in all sporting codes and should be very proud of themselves. We look forward to seeing more excitement, commitment, team spirit and sportsmanship throughout the season.

Most of our teams are playing grading games and the draws are being updated on a weekly basis. Thank you to all the coaches and parents for getting the children to their games and trainings on time.

The first Rippa Rugby tournament for 2019 is next Thursday (23 May) at Windsor Park 9am – 2.30pm. Torbay School will be represented by a large group of 122 children. Parents are welcome to come and support them. If you can help during the day by managing a team (organising the substitution of players and looking after a small group of children) that would be much appreciated. Please let our sports co-ordinator know. Children have their trainings at school during lunch times.

The following websites are very useful to keep up to date with sports that your child/ren are involved in:
And East Coast Bays Leisure Centre Sports Leagues facebook page

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


Basketball – Torbay Breakers: Kyla M (3 May) & Harlan P (10 May)
Basketball – Torbay Giants: Ethan U (3 May) & Jed W (10 May)
Hockey – Torbay Typhoons: Bede T (13 May)
Hockey – Torbay Tigers: Isaac L (13 May)

Flipperball Torbay Orcas: Lily T (5 May) & Tiger Z (12 May)
Miniball – Torbay Nets: Eddie M (7 May) & Lydia A (14 May)
Little League – Torbay Bulls: Reeve B (2 May) Toby M (9 May)

Netball- Torbay Comets: Lola & Julia
Netball – Torbay Suns: Neve K (1 May) & Shelby T (8 May)
Netball – Torbay Sharks: POD Natalia R & Sportsmanship Award Betty S (11 May)
Netball – Torbay Stingrays: Shrae M (11 May)
Netball – Torbay Dolphins: POD Codi R & Sportsmanship Award Chloe G (11 May)
Netball – Torbay Tuis: POD Edie J & Sportsmanship Award Emily J (11 May)
Netball – Torbay Keas: Elsa L (11 May)
Netball – Torbay Grasshoppers: Zeke W (11 May)
Netball – Torbay Wetas: Mikayla I (11 May)


Our kids learn from what we say and do. Parents model and teach good sportsmanship, teamwork and respect                    
Before the Game:
Be organized and on time
Be positive and proactive
Support all of the people who are volunteering

During the Game:
At the game, clap and cheer when the players give 100 percent effort
Praise sportsmanship and fair play
Offer positive encouragement from the sideline
The game is an opportunity for players to test out their skills, take risks and make mistakes..
Always support the referee, players, the coach and the other team

After the Game:
Give positive feedback “Wow, that was fun. I love to watch you play.”
Praise their effort. “Way to go out there. You were working so hard!”
Be consistent after each game regardless of the result
Don’t question anything the coach, referee, opponents, or their teammates did




Today we hosted an interschool chess competition. We had approx 60 students participate from local schools who spent the day playing chess in the hall.  It was a fun day and was enjoyed by all. Here are a few photos of the day.



Long Bay Regional Park Planting Day – 19 May 2019

When:  Sunday 19 May 2019, 10.00am – Sunday 19 May 2019, 1.00pm
Where: Long Bay Regional Park, Beach Road, Long Bay, Auckland
Show mapOnce you get to the park, follow the signs to the meeting areaCost FREEContact Sue Hill on [email protected] or 09 426 1200

Help rangers and volunteers to plant trees – and, between us, we’ll save the planet!

We’ll meet you and then take you to the planting site.

Wear good enclosed boots or shoes and weather-appropriate clothes – planting will happen even if it rains.

Bring along your water bottles – we’ll have water, fruit and cookies available, and when planting is complete, we’ll do a sausage sizzle to reward you for your hard work.

And, yes, you’ll get muddy!

We’re off to a wonderful start to Term Two at Long Bay College and hope you are too. We are very proud to share some exciting news about one of our students who has become a WORLD CHAMPION and to let you know how we are celebrating the cultural diversity of our community at the College next week. As part of our Kāhui Ako, we invite you to read our news here:

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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