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Last year the PTA asked you what you would like to see us put our fundraising efforts towards and you returned two key messages; upgrading the school pool facilities as well as providing more space around the school that focused on learning and appreciating the importance of our environment.

The PTA happily agreed a focus on the school pool however as 2020 did not quite turn out as planned, any fundraising initiatives were often put on hold as we all attended to the needs of keeping one another safe from Covid 19.

This year, the PTA have decided that they will continue their efforts and put focus on two key priorities, both upgrading the facilities of our school pool and helping the school build new gardens for our Garden to Table program.

There is much work to be done to achieve these two goals, both fundraising and physical work.  Shortly we will be erecting a sign in the School Drop Off zone sharing with the community our fundraising target and where we are in reaching that goal as we progress.  The PTA will be looking to raise $45,000 this year to go towards these two initiatives and I am hopeful that you will continue to support us in reaching that target by participating in and getting behind the many fundraising activities we have planned for this year. 

Another great way that you can help is by joining the “working bee” in Term 3.  This “working bee” will meet during a few weekends over August and September to help with the physical work that will be involved in the school pool facelift and the building and planting of the gardens.  We have a fantastic plan as to how the gardens will be presented, including vegetable gardens, green houses, citrus trees, park benches and more.  For the Pool area this will involve water blasting, cleaning, replacing and painting.  The more we have to help out, the more likely we will be to have these finished in time for Term 4, ensuring our students can really enjoy both of these in time for summer.

Let’s bring the community together and get involved in these two great initiatives.  Please reach out to me or if you are likely to be able to assist in any way. We look forward to working with you, the school community, to reach our goals.

Ngā mihi nui, 

Melissa Clark

Chairperson Torbay School PTA

[email protected]


KA PAI to the following students who have shared their fantastic learning with us this week: Yulia, Luca and Zoe Rm 4, Hunter Rm 7, Avleen, Lily, & Edith Rm 8, Elijah B & Henry M Room 10, Marly & Calum Room 11, Awesome work! 

CONGRATULATIONS to the following tamariki who received certificates from their class teachers: Charlotte & Hannah Rm 1, Celine, Indiana, Baxter & George Rm 3, Toby, Bella, Sofia & Emma Rm 4, Dylan, Harley, Juliet & Hannah Rm 5, Ollie B, Milla, Mia H & Morgan Rm 6, Joni, Samantha, Jay & Megan Rm 7, Charlie, Joshua, Travis & Lily Rm 8, Matthew, Lexi, Michaela & Lottie Rm 9, Lara, Martin, Mia & Tom Rm 10, Charneli, Connor A, Poppy & Alex Rm 11, Rubi, Luke, Sophia & Chris Rm 12, Jack H, Naomi, Levi & Aven Rm 13, Madison, Coby, Mihai & Ella Rm 14, Jamie, Anora, Reuben & Peyton Rm 15, Jake, Alfie, Amelie & Louritz Rm 16, Ronan & Sarah Rm 17, Bree, Ben, Ceci & Tristan Rm 18, Brayden, Skyla, Casey & Zephyr Rm 19, Tristan, Sophia, Eddie & Spencer Rm 21, Enoch, Connor & Jared B Rm 22, Finn, Johanna, Salesi & Sophie V Rm 23, Zeke & Gwynnie Rm 24 Well done!!

Yummy Sticker Collection Sheet Certificates: Jayin Rm 8, Rooms 15 & 16, Bianca & Xulia Rm 23, Oliver Rm 24 Ka Pai guys! 

A SPECIAL THANKS – to Michelle & Chris Petry for donating a new Nespresso machine for our staffroom (it has been well used already!) and thanks to Nespresso for supplying a selection of coffee capsules too!


MEETINGS – The next New Parent Meeting will be held on Monday 14th June at 9.30am in the Staffroom. The next B.O.T Meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th June @ 7pm in the Staffroom.

ANZAC ASSEMBLY -Thanks to all that came along to our ANZAC assembly on Friday, it was lovely to see so many parents, caregivers and whānau here. 

TEACHER ONLY DAYS – The school will be closed for learners on Friday 4th June & Friday 25th June.  Fun club will be open on these days.

WHOLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY –  Will be held on Monday 14th June 9am – 12pm. We will require parent help to marshal the children, therefore if you can help on this day please contact Renee Heasley [email protected]

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

PHOTOLIFE – Shoot key codes to view and purchase your photos online will come home with your child in due course.

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 second hand shop will be open on the following dates for Term 2 outside the office foyer: Thursday 1st July, Hours are 08:30-08:55 & 15:00-15:30. We have plenty jumpers here for sale, as the colder weather sets in.

PTA EVENT – SCHOOL DISCO  – Friday 28th May. HEROES and VILLIANS theme please see flyer below in the PTA section Tickets are on sale now via our online shop (Kindo) Juniors 6pm – 7pm Seniors 7.15pm – 8.30pm

GARDEN TO TABLE – Can you donate? Here is a wish list for our garden: very large pots, garden scissors, garden trowels, children’s gloves, corks for the Olla pots, a Green house, child sized rain jackets & gumboots to fit 10 & 11 year old’s. All can be second hand but needs to be in good condition.  If you can donate any of the above items please bring to the school office.

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

If your child is sick please stay home and follow the guidelines for the illness and stay home for the recommended time frame set by the Ministry of Health.

  • VOMITING/DIARRHOEA: Any children who have had vomiting or diarrhoea must not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • SORE THROATS:  If your child has a sore throat, please keep them at home.  For more information click here 
  • COUGHS & COLDS: If your child has a cough and or a cold please keep your child at home. For more information click on the links coughs and colds .


YEAR 4 CAMP – Whānau Motuihe went to Peter Snell Youth Village recently and the children (and adults) had an amazing time. We were very proud of the way the children represented our school and used their C.A.R.E values and Learner powers. A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped before, during and after camp. Without your support we would not be able to offer these unforgettable experiences. Check out some photos below:
PINK SHIRT DAY – Thanks to all that supported pink shirt day here at Torbay School one day early last Thursday. It was great to see so much pink as we  Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!


On Friday the 7th of May 2021 Rakino year 6 went to MOTAT to look at Technology for our Inquiry “Earth’s Forces”. We compared old Technology with new Technology to see how much things have changed in the last 100 years. It was a lot of fun.

We went to Motat on the bus. Room’s 18, 19 and 20 went on the double decker bus and room 17 went on the single layer. We went on the Motorway and room 17 went a different way. Chug, Thump, Chug went the bus. When we got to MOTAT we clambered out of the bus and went to find our groups for the day. We were welcomed inside the entrance building and a MOTAT volunteer talked to us about all the rules, the boundaries and where the bathrooms were.

Once the talk was over we had some morning tea and started to walk around. Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter went our feet on the path. We went into the old fashioned school and sat down at a desk. Ceci was the teacher. She started reading out what children were expected to do 100 years ago. Me and Jaime didn’t get a chance to stick our heads in the stock so when we were further ahead of the group we went back to the stock and I put my head in. Then Jaime locked me in! I was trapped like a fly in a spider web. But soon everyone else came and let me go.

In my opinion MOTAT is fun because it has cool science and history and we get to compare old technology and new technology.

By Bree Room 18 


I remember walking into the MOTAT classroom full of excitement. All the objects looked very interesting.

We all sat on the floor and Melissa, the educator sat on a chair. She talked about some of the objects so we knew what they were and what they were used for. “ And this is a drill,” she said as she held up a wooden object with string at the end, “ The Māori used them to make houses and other things they needed.”

Melissa then gave us fifteen minutes to look around and use some of the things. The first thing I did was write ‘My name is Sammy’ on one of the typewriters. After that I wandered over to where the Maori drills were and drilled a round, shallow hole in one of the pieces of wood provided.

After the fifteen minutes were up Melissa told us to come sit down, and asked if we had any questions about the objects and what they did.

After the questions were answered we all stood up to leave the room. I was a bit sad to leave because I didn’t get to see everything, but was happy because it was lunch time and time to eat my delicious jam croissant.


By Sammy Room 18 

The trip to Motat

As we walked into the classroom, I was amazed to see all of the very old objects displayed out around on the tables. We sat down and looked around ourselves. 

The educator that was teaching us was called Melissa. She told all of us about lots of the objects and what we are going to look at and play with. Some of the objects were old beyblades and typewriters, communication devices, radios, and many other tools. Melissa talked to us about some of the tasks that we could do and also the history of some of the inventions.

There were so many unique looking things that I didn’t know where to start looking. I went over to the typewriter and pressed a key. Nothing happened until a teacher came over and told me that you needed to press the keys quite hard for it to print and put the ink on the paper.

 I wrote my name with a quill and then pressed a sponge that soaked up most of the ink onto the paper and pulled it off. I started looking at all of the old telephones and radios. I tried a headset that had a laser attached to it and then pointed the laser at a letter on a computer. 

After our session was over we said thank you to Melissa and left the room to have lunch.

By Hannah Room 18



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