Tena Koutou, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Namaste, Ni sa bula, Noaia’e mauri, Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, An Nyung Ha Sai Yo, Nay Ho, Hej, Hallo, Sawat Dee. Greetings to our school families.


Welcome back everyone! Term 4 has certainly started with a hiss and a roar. I loved hearing the laughing coming from our students in the hall watching the Royal Jelly Show this week, interspersed with long periods of silence while they “soaked it all in”. The Year 3 & 4 students started their swimming programme, and Athletics equipment was dusted off for the season. This week was a snapshot of Term 4 as a whole – testing for end of year analysis, kids outdoors blowing off steam, and fun events that are just a little outside our ordinary.

Today we have 285 students at our school – each week is becoming a new “record”. Welcome to our new students, and their families, as they become a part of our SBS family.

Nga mihi,

Kathryn Ramel


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Weekly Diary

Mon 22.10      Labour Day

  • Thurs 25.10    Year 3 & 4 Swimming at Mahurangi College

Week 3: 20 Oct – 2 Nov

  • Tues 30.10 Trap n Technology display in the hall (3 – 6pm)
  • Wed 31.10 Trap n Technology – for whole school viewing (in hall)
  • Thurs 1.11       Year 3 & 4 Swimming at Mahurangi College
  • Fri 2.11 Full School Assembly 2:10pm. Wet Day Monitors Certificates. 

Week 4: 5 Nov – 9 Nov

  • Weds 7.11       School Athletics Day
  • Thurs 8.11       Year 3 & 4 Swimming at Mahurangi College
  • Fri 9.11            School Athletics Save Day/Travelwise Monitors Celebration  9:45am- 2:00pm 


Week 5: 12 Nov – 16 Nov

  • Tues 13.11      Mahurangi College Orientation Day
  • Weds 14.11    Athletics Zone Day
  • Thurs 15.11 – 22.11 Book Fair here at school 
  • Sat 17.11         Working Bee here at School

Week 9: 10 Dec – 14 Dec

  • Thurs 13.12    School Picnic at Scandretts (12:30pm high tide)
  • Fri 14.12          Carols in the Courtyard (here at SBS)

Week 10: 17 Dec – 21 Dec

  • Tues 18.12      Prize Giving & Reports Home
  • Weds 19.12    Year 6 Graduation (evening)
  • Thurs 20.12    Last Day Term 4! 


Welcome to our new students – we hope you enjoy your time at our school!

  • Amelia Cowley
  • Georgia Cowley
  • Isla Levet
  • Summah Avery
  • Joshua Blackie
  • Amelie Collen
  • Kiki Elton
  • Max Olliver
  • Samuel Robottom
  • Layla Smith

Working Bee – Saturday 17 November

Please put aside Saturday 17 November, even for an hour or two! Instead of a Gala this year, we have decided, in conjunction with our PTA, to host a “Working Bee” here at school. There will be lots of “fun” activities for parents to get involved in: mainly weeding, planting and bark spreading. We could really use your help to get on top of our huge garden areas. There will be activities to keep children entertained, including the Book Fair, and refreshments available. Every little bit helps!

PTA Kowhai Festival Bake Sale

CupcakesOn Saturday October 27th the PTA will be running a School Bake Sale at the Kowhai Festival and they need your help!

Other than your amazing home-baking (watch for the paper plate/cake box to come home with your kids) they would love your help on the stall!

Please comment on their Facebook Page (Snells Beach School PTA) with your preferred 1/2 hour time-slot between 10am and 2pm, or email Marissa in the office mbale@snellsbeach.school.nz

Thank YOU!!

ICAS – Academic Excellence in Maths

ICAS is a international competition in a range of academic areas, sat by students in schools across New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. Students compete against others in their same age group.This year a large number of our students sat the challenging test in English and Maths – we have only received the English results to date. Outstanding results were achieved by:

Year 4: Selena C, Distinction (top 4% of participants), Callum W, Credit  (top 18% of participants)

Year 5: Isabella B, Credit  (top 16% of participants)

Year 6: Aria W, Credit  (top 21% of participants), Austin N, Credit  (top 21% of participants), Carlos C-L, Credit  (top 26% of participants), Jacob W, Credit  (top 26% of participants), Zoe T Credit  (top 32% of participants), Macy R-S, Credit  (top 32% of participants), Annika B, Merit  (top 38% of participants), Zak B, Merit  (top 38% of participants), Acacia T, Merit  (top 38% of participants), Ciara I, Merit  (top 44% of participants), Amy McM, Merit  (top 44% of participants), Gemma P, Merit  (top 44% of participants)

Royal Jelly Show

Royal Jelly ShowStudents from across Years 0 – 3 thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Jelly Show performance this week! There was lots of information on the humble bee, and how hugely important they are to our planet. This was presented  with humour and fun, and was targetted really well at the interest level of our younger students. It is always a great match, when outside performances support in-class learning.

Weet-Bix Kids Tryathalon

weetbix tryRegistration is now open for the 2019 Weetbix Tryathalon taking place on the Hibiscus Coast on Sunday 24th March and this year we are entering a school team. Earlybird registration is now open to anyone 7 years and up and costs $40 (which is a 30% discount). To register visit https://tryathlon.co.nz, signing up as an Individual Participant and then selecting Yes-Join my school group and selecting Snells Beach School.

This is an amazing, feel-good event which includes a swim,cycle and run around an age appropriate course. For more info see Marissa Bale in the office or email on mbale@snellsbeach.school.nz

Year 3 & 4 Swimming

Students from Year 3 & 4 in our Middle School headed off for their first swimming lesson with Aquakidz, in the Mahurangi College Poll yesterday. They are grouped according to their confidence and ability levels, and have a series of 6 lessons. It was great to see lots of smiles and fun!

3 4 Swim 13 4 swim 2

Friday Night Cricket Competition

Cricket FlyerAre any parents interested in co-ordinating a cricket team for the Friday Night Competition at Kaipara Flats?

‘Summer is here so get outside kids and play sport’
Cricket on Friday evening for All Kids at Kaipara Flats.
Form a team at school ‘8 aside’ with your friends and register on Rodney cric facebook page or just turn up and we will put you in a team. Great family evening with BBQ, refreshments and sport for the kids. If the kids dont have cricket gear, no probs, we provide it.
Contacts: Liam Jones 021 08334455 or Brendon Bracewell 021 0422026



Local Pilates Classes

Mat classes. Adults and students. Snells Beach Baptist Church, Wednesdays at 6pm. $11 cash per class. Bring a mat Ph Sue 027 697 5921


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