Torbay School Learning Powers – RIC


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The cold flu season has certainly arrived as we have seen our absentee rate climb this week both with students and staff. It is clear that parents are keeping children home when they are showing any symptoms at all and I applaud and thank you for taking this action, we will all benefit from it and hopefully stay healthy.

Our staff celebrated yesterday afternoon and held a baby shower for Kylie Wilson (Room 13) who will be taking maternity leave from the beginning of week 3 next term. We wish Kylie and her husband all the very best for the arrival of their second child.

Kylie will be replaced by Vicki Crossman who is currently working alongside Susan Ye in Room 11. Vicki will work with Melissa Craig and she will teach room 13 for the remainder of the year. Paulette Noone who has also been working with our year 1 team will move into Room 12 and take responsibility for that class for term 3 and 4.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of two new teachers. John Blackburn will join our staff in week 3 and will work in our new entrant rooms as we build another class during term 3. Graham Eales will join us in week 5 and will take over Paulette Noone’s role providing release for teachers throughout the school.

I know you will all join me in welcoming Graham and John to our staff.

This morning I had reports of road rage displayed by some of our school community at the drop off zone.  This is unfortunate to hear, please remember to be good role models for your children.

As we move towards the end of the term I want to thank you all for your support through challenging times. It has been a long period of sustained effort for children, parents and staff, requiring flexibility, adaptability and resilience.

I would like to make a special shout out to our staff who have adapted quickly and skillfully to meet a range of challenges and I know they are all looking forward to a well-earned break in July.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on any matter. My email address is [email protected] 

Ngā mihi nui
Gary O’Brien


KA PAI to the following students who have shared their fantastic learning with us this week: Jordan R Rm 1, Ari Rm 9 Awesome work!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following tamariki who received certificates from their class teachers: Alyssa, Eres & Kay Rm 1, Georgia & Ben H Rm 2, Owen, & Mia Rm 3, Samantha & Yoyo Rm 4,  Erin & Nate Rm 5, Sophie & Madison Rm 6, Hollie & Memphis Rm 7, Quinn & Cruze Rm 8, Ari & Toby Rm 9, Puma & Benji Rm 10, Ella, Allie, Luca & Lea Rm 11, Lucia-Grace & Dylan Rm 13, Jared & Odelia Rm 14, Elise & Ashton E Rm 15, Lyla, Jasmine, Harley & Mason Rm 16, Julia & Carter Rm 17, Nikita & Erin Rm 18, Caitlin & Max PS Rm 19, Max, Ella, Emme & Jessica Rm 20, Daniel H & Lawrence Rm 21, Barry & Hazel Rm 22, Joel & Amelie Rm 23, Zephyr, Riley, Kaylene & Casey Rm 24, Tom, Levi & Tillie Rm 25 Well done!!!!!

RICC REWARDS, for displaying our C.A.R.E Values –  Hannah Rm 10, Ashton E Rm 15, Taylor & Josh Rm 16, Tayla Rm 18, Xavier Rm 21, Ian Rm 22 and Sienna Rm 23. Ka pai!


MEETINGS – The next B.O.T Meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th August @ 7pm in the Staffroom. The next New Parent Meeting will be held on Monday 24th August @ 9.30am in the staffroom.

PARENT HELPER TRAINING – A reminder that Parent Helper training will be on Monday 3rd August at 9.15am 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. Please note that any parents who are at school between 8:50am and 2:50pm will need to sign in at the office.

END OF TERM MUFTI & FUN MORNING TEA, GOLD COIN DONATION – On Friday 3rd July the student leaders will be holding a fun morning tea with games galore! All food and activities will cost 50c.  The funds raised from this morning tea will purchase wet weather games for the school.  A flyer with more information will come home tomorrow.

WSB INVITE – Walking School Bus afternoon tea for all walkers and volunteers, after school Thursday 2nd July. Come and have some afternoon tea in recognition of a big and crazy term of walking to school!  Also if you’re not part of a walking school bus but are interested, feel free to come along.  Meet outside the Tuck shop at 3pm. Any questions email Keryn at [email protected]

JULY ROLL RETURN –  On Wednesday 1st July 2020 we are required by the Ministry of Education to complete a roll count of all students. This is to confirm the numbers enrolled at every school in New Zealand. If your child is going to be or is absent on this day, please ensure you complete an absentee form via our website, or you can send a note or email to the school office with an explanation for their absence– [email protected]. Thank you!

WDHB VISION AND HEARING – will be visiting on Thursday 23rd July 2020. Any children that are due to be seen will be seen on this day.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP – The shop will be open to purchase second hand uniforms on the following Thursday’s, 16 July, 13 August and 17th September from 8:30am-8:55am and 3pm—3.30pm just inside the hall by the office. If you have any good condition uniforms you wish to donate, please bring them to the school office.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS  Issue 4 orders have arrived and have been sent home with your child today.

  SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – We have our annual Scholastic Book fair coming on Thursday 30th July (Term 3) and it will run for one week. This will be held in the School foyer.  More information to come closer to the time.

YUMMY STICKERS – Don’t forget to keep collecting your yummy stickers.  If you require a new sheet you can collect one from the school office.

FUNCLUB – Before and After School Fun Club have spaces for before school care 7am-8.45 and after school 3pm – 5.45.  Working for Families will assist with a subsidy paid directly to the centre for Before School Care, and/or After School Care and/or Holiday programmes.  We are taking bookings now for our Winter holiday programme. Pricing and details are on the After School Fun Club at Torbay School website.

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:

PLEASE NOTE – SKOOLBAG is NO LONGER an option to report an absence.  Please use one of the above options instead.  

MATARIKI – Matariki is a cluster of stars that can usually be seen in June or July heralding the start of a new year. Matariki comes from the phrase ‘Ngā Mata o Te Ariki Tāwhirimātea’, the eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea (God of Winds). According to the pūrakau (story), when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their son Tānemāhuta, Tāwhirimātea, was the only child that disagreed. He fought with his brother Tūmatauenga, the God of War and Humanity and the only sibling willing to fight him. Tāwhirimātea was defeated by Tūmatauenga and became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

There are nine stars in the Matariki cluster. Each star holds a certain significance over our wellbeing and environment, as seen from the Māori view of the world. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who have passed 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.

This year the best time to view Matariki and to celebrate it is from the 13th to the 16th of July.

To see what is on during the Matariki Festival please visit


   SCHOOL CALLING – Sometimes we need to contact parents about an injured or sick child.  We understand many parents/caregivers are working during the day, therefore, to help us get in touch quickly our suggestion is to save our Torbay School phone number 09 473 8603 in your cellphone so when

we call you know it is the School calling rather than unknown caller.

KINDO – ONLINE SHOP CHANGES – myKindo changes to POLi payments (instant bank transfers)
We have been advised that a service fee of 1% (capped at $3) will apply for myKindo topups using POLi (instant bank transfers) from 6 July 2020Internet banking continues to be FREE.

You will see these top-up options:
Internet Banking (POLi) – will incur a 1% service fee (capped at $3). Funds are instantly transferred.
Credit/Debit Card – will incur 2.5% and 50c service fee. Funds are instantly transferred. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, China Union Pay.
Internet Banking (at your bank) – FREE. Allow two days for processing of funds (normally next day). Orders can be automatically placed when the funds have cleared. Kindo is a Registered Bill Payee with all major banks (search ‘Kindo’ to avoid entering their bank account number when using internet banking).
You can set up an Auto Payment or top up additional funds to your myKindo balance to avoid topping up each time, which will streamline your next purchase if you’d like to do so. Questions? [email protected]
myKindo phone app is now available.
No more passwords! Log in with a touch, Face ID or PIN number – making it easier and faster to order and pay at our school. Search for “myKindo” in the app stores.

iPhone App Store link:

Google Play link:


With winter bugs in full force we ask that you please do not send any children to school who are unwell.  This helps prevent the spread of germs in our school community.  If you child is sick/unwell you will be asked to come and collect them. 

  • SORE THROATS:  If your child has a sore throat, please keep them at home.  For more information click here 
  • 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
  • COUGHS & COLDS: If you child has a cough and or a cold please keep your child at home. For more information click on the links coughs and colds .


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Long Bay College Open Evening, Wednesday, July 22, 4pm-7.30pm

Long Bay College warmly invites parents/caregivers and students of all ages to visit our Open Evening. Discover how Long Bay College can offer your child a quality, secondary school education through our extraordinary culture of care. Open Evening provides a great opportunity to meet our students and staff and take a tour of our school. There will be an information presentation at 5.30pm in the auditorium which will be repeated at 7pm. We look forward to meeting you.


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