Tēnā 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, Cześć, Goeie Dag, សួស្តី, Здравствуйте, hola, 안녕하세요Greetings to our school families.

We are exceedingly fortunate to live in a part of the world that is both peaceful and beautiful, and where we can head to the polls with different visions for New Zealand, change the government without violence, and still come together the next morning to watch the All Blacks do their thing. In the words of Fred Dagg, “We don’t know how lucky we are.”

We wait, along with everyone else to see the changes that are brought into education and our school system in light of the recent change of government. Once again, I reflect on the need for education to be apolitical – to operate outside of political parties, so that we can keep building momentum, rather than swinging in different directions every few years. We will see what the future holds.

On a positive note, Term 4 is building momentum, and there is much to look forward to, starting next week. Please keep an eye on the school diary below, and make sure you are keeping connected for updates via either email, SBS social media (Instagram or Facebook), or via our app – details are at the end of this newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui,

Kathryn Ramel


School Diary

Week 3: Mon 23 Oct – Fri 27 Oct

  • Mon 23.10 Labour Day Holiday
  • Tues 24.10 Year 3 Swimming (pm), Cricket with Northern Cricket
  • Weds 25.10 Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae Trip (Year 5)
  • Thurs 26.10 Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae Trip (Yr 6), Year 4  Swimming (pm)
  • Fri 27.10 Year 5 Bike Ready Cycle Skills, Year 6 Mahurangi College Orientation Day, Full School Assembly 2pm

Week 4: Mon 30 Oct – Fri 3 Nov

Scholastic Book Fair in the Library – all week

  • Mon 30.6 Year 6 Bike Ready Cycle Skills, SBS athletics Y3 & 4. From 11:30am
  • Tues 31.10 SBS athletics Y5 & 6. Whole School Sprints a.m. Year 3 Swimming (pm)
  • Thur 2.11 SBS athletics (save day0 Year 4 Swimming (pm)

Week 5: Mon 6 Nov – Fri 10 Nov

  • Tues 7.11 Inter School Athletics (Year 4, 5 & 6 – by qualification only), Year 3 Swimming (pm)
  • Thurs 9.11 Year 4 Swimming (pm)
  • Fri 10.11 Full School Assembly Class – Kauri 1. SBS PTA Disco 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

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

Theodore H

Teacher Only Day

Along with most schools in our area, we will be holding a Teacher Only Day on Monday 13 November. The school will be closed for instruction. We are just confirming with Kelly Club if they will be available, and will update you on this shortly.

SBS Christmas Carols & Craft Market – Friday 8 December

We are super excited to announce the date for our SBS Christmas Carols this year. Our Year 3 – 6 Choir will perform, supported by local superstars Loulou, Brett Cowley, Tanja Dove and live band. Our Year  3 – 6 Kapa Haka Roopu will start the evening, and there will be food and craft stalls also. If the kids have all been nice and not naughty, Santa and his Elves may even make an appearance at the end of the night!

  • Students in Year 3 – 6 wishing to join the carols choir can sign up next week, everyone welcome
  • If you would like to have a food or craft stall on the night, please contact us at admin@snellsbeach.school.nz

SBS PTA Disco – Friday 10 November 6:00pm – 7:30pm

After working closely with his agents, we are delighted to confirm that international superstar, and Mr Morley’s twin brother,  DJ Triple M, will return to deejay our upcoming PTA Disco! Party on!

  • gold coin entry
  • please, only current SBS students & pre-school siblings wll be admitted. No older siblings or friends.
  • parents & caregivers welcome (encouraged for Year 0/1)
  • students MUST be picked up from INSIDE the hall at 7:30pm

Puppet Show for Middle School

Last week the Middle School were privileged to watch The Boy With Wings, a puppet show put on by Birdlife productions. The story was about a boy who followed his dreams. As well as the amazing set changes, puppetry and music, the students learnt a lot about the kuaka/ godwits and their incredible journey to Alaska and back.
There were many questions afterwards as well as comments such as “that was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!”

Run for ADHD & Help Charlie Raise $1000

One of our students, Charlie, and his Dad, are organising a fun run to raise money for ADHD research. For further information, see contact details below:

Fun Family Activities

Karate Classes here at SBS. Tuesdays 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
My name is Paul Hart and I am the Founder and Chief Instructor of Toukon Ryu Karate New Zealand; affiliated to JKF (Gojukai Japanese Karate Federation). I have been involved with Martial Arts for over 35 years. I have studied Goju Ryu Karate for the past 26 years and I have been teaching a variety of students from the age of 5 through to students in their 80s!
I’m very excited to be bringing karate to the local community.
Karate is the ideal sport / activity for kids and adults alike. In today’s world it is vital that we equip ourselves, and especially our children, with self defence skills.Karate helps promotes self-confidence, balance, fitness, co-ordination, discipline, courtesy, health and wellness, responsibility, and will power. Children may start training in Toukon Ryu Karate as young as 5 years of age.
Please come along on Tuesday 10th October to try it out first to see if you like it.
All other information regarding joining etc will be supplied at the class or feel free to txt Sensei Paul on 021 297 2431

Occupational Therapy Sessions with Active+ Snells Beach

Click here for more information – ActivePlus OT in school pricing structure

Beginner Learn to Sail (LTS1) Optimist class

Beginner Learn to Sail (LTS1) Optimist class
Where: Algies Bay
When: Starting Sunday 15th October (2023 term 4 and 2024 term 1)
Start time: 8.30am – 12pm
Youth: 9 to 15year olds
Teaching kids to sail; instilling the passion of sailing from the grassroots that’s what we do.
At Sandspit Yacht Club we believe that lifelong sailing has huge benefits and we want as many kids as possible to have access to Yachting NZ’s Learn to Sail program Sailing is more than a sport and contribute to physical and mental development.
Participation in sailing can help build self-esteem, confidence, and build social skills.
Participation teaches children the benefits of goal-setting and practice. It breaks down barriers, helps make new friends, kids have fun, learn to be a team member and learn about fair play.
We have passionate coaches, great equipment and one of the best bays in the world to learn to sail.

Warkworth Scout Group

If going on awesome adventures, playing heaps of games, learning life skills, doing arts and crafts, making lots of friends sounds like your child, Warkworth Scout Group is offering free taster sessions for Kea and Cubs.

  • When:           Friday -during term time
  • Where:          Warkworth Scout Den Hall, Shoesmith Road, Warkworth
  • Times:            Keas (5-8 Years)from 4:45 pm to 5:45pm,  Cubs from ( 8-11 Years) 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Contact         Group Leader – Ian Grant 021 755 667


FrostFit Boot Camp – No boot camp this long weekend, restart next week

Every Saturday Morning, 8:30am in the SBS hall (undercover). All fitness levels.  $10 per class. Frost Fitness will be making a donation to SBS towards sports equipment and Education Outside the Classroom. Come along!

Speech Language Therapy Sessions Here At School

Keeping in touch

In current times more that ever, keeping in touch is important. We need to be able to contact whanau quickly and efficiently. If you have changed address or contact details, please let us know asap, either via email admin@snellsbeach.school.nz, or by calling the school office 09 425 6058. 

  • Following our school Facebook page or Instagram

“Snells Beach School”, which operate as a digital newsletters. This is a great way to get quick updates and reminders

  • Downloading our School App

Simply download the “Skool Loop” app from either App Store or Play Store & select “Snells Beach School” from the drop down box to receive instant notifications & reminders.

  • Subscribing to our school email database

Please email us admin@snellsbeach.school.nz to be added to the list. If you do not receive this newsletter via email on Friday afternoon, you are NOT in our database. All new families should have been added – please check. You can unsubscribe at any time.