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Kia ora!   Welcome to Cockle Bay School.     ** Y6 Takahē – Te Whare Wananga O Wairoa Marae Visit Wednesday 26th June & Wednesday  3rd July**  ** Matariki Observance Friday 28th June – School Closed to Students **           

Newsletter – 12 June 2024

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

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Whānau

Thank you for responding so well to my earlier request that students arrive at school on time. There is a noticeable improvement. Arriving at school at 8:30 am gives your children a good start to the day, and it is easier to get children to bed early on these dark evenings. A good night’s sleep helps children to stay well, get up willingly in the morning, and enjoy their day at school.

PTN Executive

Congratulations to Anna Coates (Chair), Holly Yu (Vice Chair), Jack Chng (Treasurer), and Jo Catty (Secretary). I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jay Chen for his considerable contribution to the PTN. Jay, we very much appreciate all that you have done for the school.

After School Use of Toilets

It has come to our attention that parents are entering student toilets with their children after school. For child safety reasons, it is school policy that adults do not enter student toilets at any time, even when accompanying a child.

Please note that our bathroom facilities are not available for after-hours use.


A reminder to parents whose children are using our playgrounds before and after school that these can be slippery when wet and should not be used when it has been raining


Dorothy Bigwood

Digital Citizenship
At Cockle Bay School we are a digitally savvy school. We provided a chrome book to every student in Year 4, 5 and 6 to use at school and junior classes have access to iPads. We have good routines in place to keep our students safe online. 
Please can you take 5 minutes to carefully read through the student digital agreement with your child/ children so they are aware of their responsibilities online. Please complete the parent permission Google form confirming that you agree to the terms of the agreement. The agreement is for Term 3 2024 – Term 2 2025.
Please complete both the agreement and permission form.

Jammie Army

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent pyjama collection. A total of 330 pairs were donated from the school. A letter from the Middlemore Foundation is attached below.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Throughout Term 2, the overall focus of the PB4L team was a shared approach. Every second week, teams and classes focus on issues and behaviours that need reteaching.  

During alternate weeks, the focus will include caring for our school environment, moving around our school in a considerate manner, respecting all property, and continuous improvement on our ‘Wheel of Choice’ responses.  Please take the opportunity to ask your child to explain the Wheel of Choice and how this impacts our school community. 

Our Mahi Pai competition is heating up and our learners are working hard to earn these rewards for their year groups. Please encourage your child to bring any tokens they may have taken home back to school, and place them in the containers before lunchtime on Fridays. 


Cockle Bay Learner Profile

Our Cockle Bay School values are our 4Cs.  These are: Continuous Improvement, Collaboration, Caring and Celebration.

We also have a Learner Profile which summarises the curriculum.

You may have seen visuals for these in the office and in classrooms around the school.

Our Learner Profile includes the capabilities that we hope our students demonstrate across all areas of their learning. 

The four capabilities are for learners to be:

  • Culturally and Socially Connected
  • Awareness of Self and Others
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creative and Critical Thinker

Students’ mid term reports include a Learner Profile Comment.  

To help our parents, whānau and wider community become more familiar with our Learner Profile, each letter will outline one of the capabilities, with examples of how students can demonstrate them.

This week we are focusing on:

Culturally and Socially Connected

Examples of what students may be doing from Year 0-3

  • recognise and talk about the different cultures represented in their class
  • talk about things that make them who they are
  • talk kindly to others.
  • treat their environment respectfully and explain why it is important

Examples of what students may be doing from Year 4-6

  • be confident to talk about and share their culture with other people
  • be proud of their culture
  • want other people to know more about their culture 
  • show empathy and respect for other cultures

Kapa Haka Celebration – Waipaparoa Kahui Ako

This will be held on 26 June 2024 at Point View Primary.

Unfortunately, due to organisational constraints, only a small number of performers can be taken, but they would love to see lots of supporters attending!  Please see flyer below for more details.

Uniform Shop

Next opening date Monday, 24 June 2024 – 8:15am-9:00am and 2:30pm-3:15pm.

2025 Term Dates:

Term One

Monday 3 February – Friday 11 April

Term Two

Monday 28 April – Friday 27 June

Term Three

Monday 14 July – Friday 19 September

Term Four

Monday 6 October – Thursday 18 December

Teacher Only Days:

Friday 30 May

Friday 24 October




2024 Dates for your Diary:

Thursday 20 June – Photolife Photos

Thursday 20 June – Board meeting

Thursday 21/Friday 22 June – Photolife

Friday 28 June – Matariki (school closed)

Monday 1 July – Senior Cross Country

Friday 5 July – Term 2 ends

Monday 22 July – Term 3 commences

Tuesday 30 July – Year 6 Somerville visit

Friday 27 September – Term 3 ends

Monday 14 October – Term 4 commences

Tuesday 17 December – Final day

Quick links to our school website:

School Calendar

2024 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”. Username: cocklebay. Password: sandspit.

This term the policies under review are:

Equal Employment Opportunities

Relief Teacher Cover

Police Vetting

Classroom Release Time


After School Soccer

To register click here

Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for your school’s share of the $200,000 free Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, PAK’nSAVE and participating Four Square stores. The more you collect, the more sports gear you get, so get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now!

Sticker Collection Sheet

KiwiSchools is our main means of communication. You can register an absence and locate all up-to-date information, as well as access current/previous newsletters. The 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.


Botany Taekwondo has been training the ITF style of Taekwondo at Cockle Bay School for over 15 years.

Come and have some fun with us get fit and learn a new skill with qualifications that are recognised around the world.

We operate a 2 week free trial. Want to know more? Visit our website at or just turn up at 6:00pm on Wednesday nights and say “hi”. All ages and abilities are welcome.

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