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Newsletter – 26 January 2024

Cockle Bay School
School Newsletter
Children and their learning at the heart of all we do.

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 Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Whānau

I hope everyone has had a relaxing and fun holiday break, and enjoyed the glorious summer weather. A reminder that school recommences on Thursday, 1st February.

In this newsletter, I have included some helpful tips and information that should ensure a positive, happy and calm start to the new year for your child/ren.

Please remember that we are here to help, and let the class teacher (or senior leadership team) know if any extra support is needed or if you have any queries about the transition back to school. You are encouraged to focus your children on all the enjoyable aspects of life at school before their return. It is natural for children to feel a little anxious the night before, and parents play an important role in providing an understanding ear and an optimistic view of returning and establishing friendships. 

I’m sure that everyone at school will end the first few days hot and tired, so do try to organise some calming evening activities and early bedtimes for a few days, until routines are re-established.

Please see some reminders below.

  • All new students to the school should report to the library from 8:00am onwards to finalise their enrolment and be taken to class. 
  • School grounds are open at 8:00am, with classrooms open at 8:15am. Any students arriving before 8:15am are to wait under the dome. School starts at 8:45am.
  • Any students who arrive after 8:45am should sign in at the school office.
  • School ends at 3:00pm. Parents waiting for children are asked to do so well away from classrooms to avoid noise and distraction. Any children who have not been collected should go to the school office and parents will be called.
  • Bizzy Bodz offers before and after-school care, by prior arrangement.

On the first day of school, students should be wearing full school uniform (see uniform shop opening times below) and bring:

  • morning tea, lunch, and a water-filled drink bottle
  • a named uniform sun hat (compulsory), and sunscreen (roll on recommended – optional)
  • swimming togs/towel (as a pool time may be offered)
  • book to read (this may be helpful for older children)
  • stationery (pre-purchased from Paper Plus Howick or lists available on website)

Below is a list of class teachers and their classrooms for 2024. Current students who are unsure of their room number should check with the office on the first day.

Kind regards


Dorothy Bigwood


 2024 Classroom

Year 6 – Takahe Room 12  Miss Nina Woodhall
  Room 13  Miss Courtney Chellew
  Room 14 Mrs Amber May/Mrs Sarah Franklin-Browne
  Room 15 Mrs Rachel Doeg (Team Leader)
  Room 17 Mr Brendan Jones
Year 5 – Kakapo Room 7 Mrs Vicky Warner (Team Leader)
  Room 8 Miss Louise Parker
  Room 11 Mrs Winnie Liesenfeld
  Room 16 Mrs Vanessa Childs
Year 4 – Kotuku Room 3 Mrs Sanober Saher
  Room 5 Mrs Sandra Meyer
  Room 6 Mrs Mellini Pillay (Team Leader)/Mrs Katrina Robinson
  Room 9 Mrs Sam Van Zyl
  Room 10 Mrs Bronwynn Bull
Year 3 – Weka Room 1 Mrs Jenn Kerr-Bell (Team Leader)
  Room 2 Mrs Rebecca Barton
  Room 18 Miss Michaela Wallwork
  Room 19 Miss Madeline Henty
Year 2 – Tui Room 20 Miss Ariana Nathan
  Room 21 Mrs Emma Forbes
  Room 22 Mrs Alisha Coleman/Mrs Sue Harder
  Room 23 Miss Sian Stephens
  Room 24 Mrs Shorelle Adams
  Room 25 Mrs Catherine Dennis (Team Leader)
Year 1 – Kea   Mrs Bronwyn Harrison (Team Leader)
  Room 26 Mrs Hayley Sanileva
  Room 27 Mrs Elissa McGregor
  Room 28 Miss Ella Reardon
  Room 29 Miss Madi Kinnane
  Room 30 Mrs Tarah Holmes/Mrs Louise McLeod
Year 0 – Kiwi   Mrs Michelle Murray-Brown (Team Leader)

School Pool

Some of our school neighbours are finding the noise from the pool excessive. If you are using the school pool, we ask that you please keep the noise down and show consideration to our neighbours. Thank you.

Your Kindo Account

School donations and contributions towards excursions, camps, etc, should be made through Kindo. If you do not have an account, please log in to Kindo and create one.

Uniform Shop

The second-hand uniform shop will be open on Tuesday 30th January, from 10:00am-11:30am.

Health & Safety

If you wish to record people who are authorised to collect your child (including any older siblings) in the event of an emergency, please email the office ( with details – this is in addition to the emergency contacts you would have provided on enrolment. Please include their name, relationship to you, and mobile number in your email.

Dates for your Diary:

Tuesday, 13th Feb – Parent-Led Conferences

Thursday, 15th Feb – Parent-Led Conferences

Thursday, 22nd Feb – Board of Trustees

Wednesday, 6th Mar – Year 5 Carey Park Camp

Quick links to our school website:

School Calendar

Term Dates (At the bottom of website home page)

School events


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