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Newsletter – Friday 22 September 2023

Cockle Bay School
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Principal’s Message: 22 September 2023


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

We have just completed a fantastic run of shows this week and Madagascar Jr was a huge success. Every student in Year 5 and 6 had a part in the production, the singing was amazing, and our lead actors were incredible at remembering all of their lines. A huge thank you to the parents and staff who helped with props, costumes, stage management, sound and lighting and making sure students were organized and on stage in time. A special thank you to our Director, Mrs Lynnette Leggett – we are so lucky to have such a talented music teacher on staff.

We are seeing our values of Caring, Collaboration, Continuous Improvement and Celebration in action, as students have been working with their buddy classes over the past few days. We have seen students working together and learning together, which has created a lovely positive and calm feeling across the school. The Board and PTN have provided an ice block for every student as they leave their classrooms today at 3.00pm as a special treat.

During the school holidays, we welcome families to come and enjoy our school grounds. Parents please ensure your children are supervised at all times as we have a number of projects happening during this time, including tree removal behind Room 25, maintenance on the field, and continuing with toilet upgrades in room 18-21 and room 25.

Over the school holidays we will also have 2 relocatable classrooms with toilets being moved on site. These will have power, internet, heat pumps, ramp access, and will hopefully be ready to use very early in term 4.  We would like to thank the Ministry of Education for their swift response and excellent support during this time, as this will ensure minimal disruption to learning for Room 7 and 8 staff and students.

We would like to thank our parents, school community and local East Auckland schools, for reaching out to us during this difficult time. We have received so many emails and messages of support, been provided with home baking and flowers, and a morning tea was provided for staff today on behalf of our PTN. 

We have lots of exciting events planned for Term 4 including our Art Exhibition, athletics day, sport competitions, class trips, Year 4 camp, Celebration Night and much more. Mrs Dorothy Bigwood has been on sabbatical this term and we would like to welcome her back from the start of Term 4. 

We hope you have a well deserved rest over the holidays and look forward to seeing everyone back in Term 4.


Best regards, 

Phebe Rossiter (Acting Principal)


A reminder that the PTN will be meeting in the staffroom on Tuesday, 10 October, at 7:30pm. 

Uniform Shop

The next opening of the uniform shop will be Monday 9th October – 8:30 am-9:15 am and 2:30 pm-3:15 pm.

Dates for your Diary:

Term 4

10 October: Positive puberty parent meeting

10 October: PTN Meeting

11 October: Out of Zone enrolments close

16-19 October: Art expo

20 October: Teacher Only Day

2 November: Athletics Day Year 3-6

13 November: Teacher Only Day

30 November: 1 December – Year 4 camp

18 December: Report to go home

20 December: Last day of school

Quick links to our school website:

School Calendar

Term Dates (At the bottom of home page)

School events

We are pleased to finally go ‘live’ with our refreshed and renewed school website. The URL has not changed, so you will still find all the information on www. You will notice, however, the refreshed look of the website and the ease of being able to locate what you need. We welcome feedback and hope to hear that this is a great connection/communication tool for new families to the school. 

The new app replaces Audiri (formerly SkoolBag) as our main means of communication. Forms that were previously on Audiri can be located on the website, which is linked directly through the app. You can still register an absence and locate all up to date information, as well as current/previous newsletters. The new app is located in your phone’s app store and is called KiwiSchools Connect – use the QR code to the left to download this.

Once you have downloaded the app, search for Cockle Bay School and then save this as your school of choice. You will then be able to keep up to date with regular communication and notifications. Please ask at the office if you have any problems accessing the app.

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