Torbay School Learning Powers – RIC


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Thank you to those parents and caregivers that have made changes to their routines so that children are not dropped off at school prior to 8.30am in the morning. It is much appreciated and even more important as the weather gets colder and the mornings get darker. Please note that children are not expected at school until 8.30am. If you require care for you children in the mornings prior to 8.30am a before school care service is available through Fun Club. On the unexpected one off occasions where children have to be dropped off a little earlier than 8.30am they must sit outside room 1 and 2 and wait quietly, not play. Only Fun Club children should be playing on the front court.

I would like to emphasise that if your children are arriving prior to 8.30am on a regular basis then they should be enrolled in before school care.

We have opened up our playgrounds before school from 8.30am. We have provided a supervisor to ensure the children’s safety. Please do not allow you pre-schoolers to play on the playgrounds during this time. We cannot be responsible for them and they do not understand the rules.

Our School is a very busy place and I am really enjoying the buzz around all the activities going on inside and outside the classrooms. If you then overlay all that activity with the fact that reports are being written for your children, to be ready for the end of term, you may get a sense of how busy our teachers are. I would just like to give them a big shout out for the way in which they carry this load at this time of year. We have a fabulous staff, they are both talented and work very hard. So if they look a little tired right now there is good reason to give them a smile and a thumbs up.

Last week we held our Whānau Kai evening to consult with our Māori parents. This was a wonderful evening and I thank all those parents and tamariki that attended. Your input will be invaluable to us as we move forward and develop our curriculum and programmes for the future. I would also like to acknowledge Vanessa Mitschack for her work in organising the evening and to our team of teachers who supported the evening in many ways.

Last week  we also saw our senior cross country event run in what some would term ideal conditions, others would not agree. Thank you to Renee Heasley and Monika Benkovic for organising and running the event, however the biggest shout out goes to the students who took on the conditions and did a fantastic job at completing the course. Congratulations to those that came at the front of the field but equally a great big congratulation to all the children who completed the course. WELL DONE!

I was privileged to be at the Northern Bays Cluster Arts festival on Wednesday evening. This event held at the Bruce Mason Centre brings together the schools of our area to celebrate the arts. Our School was beautifully represented by our Fan Dance group who performed wonderfully. A great big thank you to Susan Ye for her work in preparing the children and supporting everyone in so many ways to make this event such a success for us. The children were the youngest on the stage and did a fabulous job.

This week saw the launch of our Garden to Table programme in our year 6 classrooms. This is a wonderful truly integrated programme that will ring many benefits for our children. It was just fantastic to see our kitchen operating with children staff and parents working alongside each other to support this very authentic learning opportunity. Thank you to those parents who have put themselves forward to help and participate in this programme the success and sustainability of the programme relies heavily on your support.

A great big thank you to the Rakino Team: Linda, Vanessa, Paulette and Allanah for their work in establishing this programme and to Katie Hills for her support of the team and her drive to have this programme up and running at Torbay School.

Tyson Eades has also been involved. Tyson is so much more than a caretaker to our school, he makes things possible for our teachers and children. Tyson has built our new gardens for the Garden to Table programme and supports us to achieve our goals on a daily basis. Amongst the many contributions he has made to our school he also created the images of RIC that we use to represent our learning powers. He is a man of many and varied talents. We are very lucky to have him here at Torbay.

Marilyn Boyd is also one of our unsung heroes, she has worked for 13 years as our School Bursar ensuring that our accounts are well managed and the money is looked after. She has done a wonderful job in that capacity and this is evidenced in so many ways, but Marilyn is so much more than an accountant to our school. She cares very deeply about everyone at Torbay and plays such an important role every day in a huge number of areas that fall outside her job description. From my personal perspective Marilyn has been a wonderful support as I have taken over the leadership of Torbay School.

Unfortunately for Torbay School Marilyn has tendered her resignation. She has been offered a position with another firm that she currently works with and unfortunately for us, this commitment will not allow her to continue in her capacity at Torbay. Marilyn will be leaving us at the end of this term. We will miss her a great deal!

This of course means we need to find a replacement. If you feel that you might be the person that could fill this role, then please contact me. We are taking the opportunity to look at the role itself and so the actual detail of the job description may change. We have not finalised that detail yet, however, if you think you may fit the bill please give me a call or drop me an email. The skills you bring may have some influence on the job itself.
I thank you all for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss absolutely anything.

My email address is [email protected]

Ngā mihi nui
Gary O’Brien


To our Torbay School Community,

Thank you to everyone who recently voted in Parent Trustees and Staff Trustee elections.

Congratulations to Louise Brown and Chris Lorigan who are new to joining, and Liisa Stuart who is rejoining the board as parent trustees.  Congratulations to Allanah Johnston who also joins the board as the staff trustee.  I warmly welcome them to the board, to work alongside myself, Joel Gibbs and Gary O’Brien.

I would like to thank Kay Martin, Steve McLeod and Nikki MacBeth for all their hard work, commitment and energy on the board.  Their support of the school has been incredible. During their time on the board they have achieved a lot, in many different areas, for our students and school. On behalf of the school community, thank you.

I would also like to recognise the hard work and long hours Rachel Mayne has put into her role as the Returning Officer for this election. Her professionalism has meant we have had a problem free election.

The new board takes effect from today, with the next board meeting on Wednesday 26th July 7pm.

Kind regards,
Rachel McKenlay
Board Chair


KAI PAI to the following students who have shared their fantastic learning with us this week: Tiger Z Rm 3, Keerat K Rm 4, Dar N Rm 9, Leon C Rm 10, Harley L Rm 11 Awesome work!   

CONGRATULATIONS to the following tamariki who received certificates from their class teachers: Annabel G & Brooklyn M Rm 1, Brooke D, Chloe F, Sarah M & Paora P Rm 2, Desiree T & Tessa C Rm 4, Kayla W & Henry W Rm 5, Jessica E & William D Rm 6, Jackson P, Tyler B, Evie R & Jayden K Rm 7, Sophie T, Caleb M & Edie J Rm 8, Connor G & Danny P Rm 10, Riley M & Leo P Rm 11, Henry M, Ruby B, Olivia P & Jacob M Rm 13, Annaliese M & Ethan D Rm 14, Toby G & Martin Z Rm 15, Pyper S & Mahera S Rm 16, Tynisha K, Kate W & Carla A Rm 17, Emily B, Noe B & Mia K Rm 18, Tessa L & Alfie M Rm 19, Xavier P, Toby L, Matteo C & Indie M Rm 21, Hannah T & William M Rm 22, Isabella Z & Theo E Rm 23, Eloise P & Kay Z Rm 24, Mason M-G & Amy M Rm 25 Well done everyone! 


MATARIKI – Matariki is a cluster of stars that can be viewed in June,  heralding the start of a new year. Matariki means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who have past away. Matariki was also a time for singing, dancing and feasting as crops had been harvested and seafood and birds had been collected and there was plenty of food in the storehouses.

A special feature of Matariki celebrations is the flying of kites – according to ancient custom they flutter close to the stars. This month we have been hosting Matariki celebrations throughout the school. The Tiritiri team hosted a Matariki Breakfast last Wednesday, it was a good turn out and the everyone had a great feed.

MEETINGS – The next B.O.T Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th June ( NOTE DATE CHANGE) @ 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.

KAPA HAKA – Our Kapa Haka blog has had a revamp and is now being updated regularly. It is going to be added as a link on the school website but in the meantime it can be viewed at It’s a great way for whānau to see what our tamariki are doing at Kapa Haka and for students to find resources to help with their practice.

GARDEN TO TABLE – WORM FARM TALK – On Wednesday 3rd July, Torbay School is hosting two introduction to worm farming talks run by Pip from Compost Collective. These will be happening from 9:30-10:30 and 11- 12 and are open to adults in our community. Confirmed participants will receive a $40.00 discount toward the purchase of a composting system that can be redeemed online. This course is proudly supported by Auckland Council and delivered by the Compost Collective. Click on the links below to register for one of these workshops.

Opportunity to donate for “Garden to Table equipment”

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn’t work) to go to the signup sheet:

To sign up to donate, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for donating or volunteering!

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).

TORBAY SCHOOL SPORTS HOODIE ORDER – If your child plays sports for the school and you would like to purchase one they are available on the online shop under the sports tab.  Orders CLOSE TODAY at 3pm.  THIS WILL BE THE LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE THIS YEAR. THE NEXT ORDER WILL BE IN 2020! These hoodies can be worn at any Torbay School sports event but not as a replacement for our school uniform. 


ICE SKATE TOUR IS HERE AT TORBAY SCHOOL! 10th – 16th June 2019 –   Ann Emerson from Harcourts Browns Bay will be here on Saturday 15th June 10am – 1pm with the Icecream and Coffee van so head on down!

We also require some parent help on Sunday at 4pm to help pack up the rink.  If you are available we would love to see you there, you can just turn up or contact Katie Hills at [email protected].

SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY – On Friday we had perfect weather for a winter cross country. The year 4-6 students all got ready to race, some in the pouring rain and howling wind. Although the weather was frantic, the students showed so much resiliency in participating in this event. The smiles on their faces were infectious!  Well done to all of those students who pushed themselves and truly showed our CARE values. Also a massive thanks to all of the parents and community that came to support the running of the event, especially those who volunteered to help in the cold wet weather.  

1st: Agnes K 1st: William B 1st: Renee P 1st: Carter N 1st: Taylor R 1st: Bede T
2nd: Edie J 2nd: Joshua B 2nd: Tayla A 2nd: Noah G 2nd: Kate W 2nd: Noe B
3rd: Ceci R 3rd: Kay Z 3rd: Kyla M 3rd: Harper G 3rd: Olivia D- G 3rd: Albert J


Orders close Friday, 21st June at 3pm. Books will be delivered before the end of term. Thank you for your support.  For every order the School receive valuable resources for our Library.

HEALTH ROOM REMINDERS – We are continuing to have 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.  Also with the current outbreak of Measles in Auckland here is some information from Auckland Regional Public Health Service

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.  

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP – The shop will be open on 27th June from 8:30am-8:55am and 3pm—3.30pm just inside the hall by the office.



As we are approaching the end of week 7 we need to register our basketball, miniball and little league teams for next semester and flippa ball teams for Term 3. If you have already registered your children, thank you. If you did not get a chance to do it, could you please do so as soon as possible as this makes planning easier. Register and pay via – click the link next to the appropriate sporting code to fill in a registration form and then click SHOP to pay.

Our year 6 netball teams will be attending a Field Day on Wednesday the 19th June at Netball North Harbour. The teams will play at least 3 games each and they are looking forward to a fun day of netball.

Our 2nd rippa rugby tournament is in week 10, Thursday the 4th of July in Windsor Park. We will have 14 teams representing Torbay School and again, we need as many parents/grandparents/whānau as possible to help on the day. The draw will not be available until the morning of the tournament, but if you can help even for a part of the day, please contact Monika.

In the meantime, our hockey and netball teams are finishing their grading rounds and doing really well. The draws for the rest of the season will be out once all the grading games are finished. Great effort everyone!

Our senior cross country run was held on Friday 7th of June for year 4, 5, and 6 students in rather challenging conditions. However, all the students, their parents and whānau supporters were very resilient and all deserve a pat on the back for overcoming the cold and rainy conditions.

Our juniors in years 1, 2 and 3 will have their cross country run on Friday 14th of June. We look forward to welcoming whānau back to support our little runners.

You have probably noticed and heard from the children about the ice skating rink visiting our school at present. Children are enjoying their session and making huge progress with their balancing and skating skills. Please support the ice skating rink and spend an hour in the afternoon, letting your amazing children show you what they have learnt.

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: Toby B (31 May) Reeve K (7 Jun)
Basketball – Torbay Lakers: Basil M (24 May) Charlie E (31 May)

Miniball – Torbay Nets: Finn M (4 Jun), Jackson P (11 Jun)
Little League – Torbay Bulls: Jagger C (30 May), Reeve B (6 June)

Netball- Torbay Comets: Carla A (29 May), Elizabeth C (5 June)
Netball – Torbay Sharks: Player of the Day: Tayla A, Sportmanship: Natalia R (7 June) 
Netball – Torbay Dolphins: Player of the Day: Maya Z, Sportmanship: Chloe G (8 June)
Netball – Torbay Tuis: Player of the day: Kaylene L, Sportsmanship: Ceci R (7 June)
Netball – Torbay Keas: Player of the Day: Ceci R Sportmanship: Annabel G (8 June) 
Netball – Torbay Pukekos: Player of the Day: Georgia S Sportmanship: Emily (8 June)




 I saw fake ice. I can nearly skate on ice it was so fun. I fell down a lot. The ice-skating shoes were really sharp. Then it was home time. Archer, Rm 22.

On Tuesday me and my class went ice-skating. I was the fastest, it was the best. Marlon, Rm 22.

I went ice-skating in the hall, it was fun. The whole class went and I had a pink helmet and boots. I fell over but I got back up. It was fake ice and it was the best. Brooke, Rm 22.

On Tuesday we went to the hall to do some ice-skating. It was fun. I saw lots of people fall down. It hurt a lot. I want to do it again. Michelle, Rm 22.

I only fell down once on my knees and it hurt! I had fun! Kayleb, Rm 22.



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