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Newsletter – 28 February 2024

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

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Whānau


We are proud to be a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school. This allows us to develop and embrace a school-wide focus on promoting positive behaviour and creating inclusive learning environments. PB4L is built on the principles that we need to teach, reinforce and reward the behaviours we want to see, while managing inappropriate behaviour in consistent ways that help children own it, fix it and learn from it. 

Our behaviour matrix is based on our 4C’s (Caring, Collaboration, Celebration and Continuous improvement).

A restorative approach to inappropriate behaviour focuses on meeting the needs of those involved, rather than on blame and punishment. Through collaboration and problem-solving students learn to take responsibility for the outcomes of their behaviour and impact on others.

Our current focus is reinforcing the school-wide values of the 4Cs. We teach these values to ensure that children feel a sense of control (agency) over their actions, their impact on the environment around them, and their wellbeing. Teachers and students have been working together to unpack what this looks like as an individual, a class, and a school. As part of teaching the 4Cs, students discuss what this looks like, sounds like and feels like to themselves, others, and the environment. You might like to use this as a discussion point in your family as to how they can show these values at home:

Caring: e.g. feed the animals, clean your room

Collaboration: e.g.  playing a family game that involves sharing and taking turns

Celebration: e.g.  talk about their proudest moment of the day

Continuous Improvement:  e.g. set a family goal


Kind regards


Dorothy Bigwood


Book Week
All parents will receive a flyer outlining what is happening for Book Week and the Scholastic Book Fair (11th – 15th March).
Please note:
  • We have a book character parade on Friday 15th March, where all of our students come to school dressed as their favourite book character
  • The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library for the week, so please bring your child after school to look at the books (there is no obligation to purchase)
  • We have visiting authors who will come to speak to our students during the week
A contribution towards the cost for the visiting authors is $7, payable on Kindo.
We look forward to another exciting Book Week!
Kia Ora Cockle Bay whanāu and caregivers,
We want to share some exciting fundraising and activities we have coming in Term One from your PTN!
This Friday is CUPCAKE DAY – Friday 1st March – order via Kindo.  Please have your orders completed by 9am Thursday 29th to avoid disappointment!

Next up, we have the ever popular Pizza Lunch back on Friday 15th March – ordering will be available on Kindo on Monday 4th March. 

Hot Cross Buns are also back again this year – the new management team at Bakers Delight Howick will donate $3 for every pack sold and offer them to us at a discount to their usual retail price.  A 6-pack bought through us is $11 and will be available for pick up from the Dome on Friday 22nd March (the week before Easter).  3 flavours – Traditional, Apple and Cinnamon or Chocolate Chip… YUMMY!  Orders will open on Kindo on Monday 4th March.

Finally, the much awaited COLOUR RUN is back in 2024 –  Thursday, 11th April starting at 1:00pm.  The fundraising website will be launched on Monday, 4th March.  Details to follow. 

We are so grateful for the parent/grandparent/whānau assistance we receive from our community – we couldn’t do it without you!  We are reaching out again as we need some volunteers for all of these upcoming events.  If you are able to assist us with an hour or two of your time, please email with which event you are able to help with. 

Many Thanks
Anna and your PTN Committee 

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.

Health & Safety

Dates for your Diary:

1 March – Cup Cake Day

4 March – Lockdown Practice Drill

6th March-8 March – Y5 Carey Park Camp

8 March – Splish Splash Day

8 March – PTN Friday Freeze

11 March-Friday, 15 March – Book Fair

15 March – PTN Pizza Lunch

15 March – Book Character Parade

22 March – HPPA Swimming

29 March – Good Friday (school holiday)

1 April – Easter Monday (school holiday)

2 April – Easter Tuesday (school holiday)

11 April – PTN Colour Run

Quick links to our school website:

School Calendar

Term Dates (website home page)

School events

Each term we review the content and implementation of our school policies and we ask our school community to participate in this process. Please go to our website, and under “Our School”, select “Policies and Procedures”. Here you will find a Push Button that says “Go to Policies” and this will take you through to the SchoolDocs site where you will see a blue button labelled “Reviews”. Select the policy that you wish to review from the list of topics, then select the push button “Start your Review”.

This term the policies under review are:

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Board Responsibility

Parent Involvement

Communicating with Parents

Community Conduct Expectations

School Planning and Reporting

Reporting to parents on school progress and achievement

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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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