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.

I trust you all had a wonderful and relaxing Easter Break full of chocolate, fishing, gardening, holidaying and excellent weather. It is a great reminder of what an awesome place the Mahurangi East peninsula is to raise children and enjoy life. Senior school kids returned from Easter buzzing with excitement as they prepared for the Mini Gala. As you read this the Mini Gala would have finished. Hopefully your child has not returned home after purchasing the very same toy you tried to secretly donate.

The mini gala is an important part of our Term 1. Not only do the Senior School students learn the important skills of Economics, Mathematics, advertising and sign making but the important life long value of Cooperation. Successful Mini Gala stalls are the ones where our students cooperate, plan, compromise, take turns and work together as a team.  Alongside this it is a massive fundraiser for our Year 6 campers, helping make the life changing Year 6 camp affordable for our families. So thank you for all the support for today.

As we come into the colder weather more children are now wearing sweatshirts. They are the most expensive part of our uniform ($51.30). If they are clearly named they definitely make it back to your child when lost.

Kia pai tō rā.

Have a great weekend.

Trent Morley

Associate Principal/ SENCo

School Diary

  • Week 11: 8 Apr – 12 Apr
  • Tues 9:  Year 5 Girls Rugby Session  9.00am – 10.00am
  • Year 6 Girls Rugby Session 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Conservation Group Trip to Scandrett Regional Park (1.00pm-2.30pm)
  • Friday 12 : Full School Assembly
  • Year 5 Camp fundraising bake sale outside Harcourts Warkworth, 21 Queen Street, Warkworth
  • Last day of school for Term 1

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

Wolf B, Ethan B, Ruvé B, Finn C and Isla H

Food waste show by Pūriri 2

While the Middle School sat in the hall, Georgy and Mel performed a waste show. The show was around 9:25- 10:00. It was exactly 29 minutes (technically 28 minutes 59 seconds). These are the characters: Phil (Georgy), Sammy the Sandwich (Mel), Grandma bin (Mel) and Baby Bin (Georgy). The show was very funny! While Georgy and Mel performed, we laughed. My favourite part was when Phil chased Freddie the Fairy with chase music, and when Phil turned Freddie the fairy into a Barbie! I think the play was really good. I liked it so much! By Charlie A

The Food Waste Show.

On Wednesday 3rd April 2024 Georgy and Mel did a Food Waste show. It felt like a 30 minute movie. They were best friends. It was funny and cool, and they could change out of their clothes very fast. That was the best play I have seen in my life. Food waste can save the environment. By Daniel M

On Wednesday 3rd April 2024 there was a food waste show at 9:25am. It was really cool and it went for half an hour. The people were called Georgy and Mel. They were showing the Middle School that we put food scraps in the food scrap bin so it can help the environment. It can also save people from getting sick incase the environment gets polluted. By Jordan P

On the 3rd of April all of the Middle School went into the hall to watch a food waste show. In some parts we had to point at something so Mel could find it. Georgy was the evil person. His name was Phil. Mel was a recycling fairy and a sandwich. They both used recycling bin puppets. By Violet O

Easter Egg hunt

Here at SBS we LOVE a good Easter egg hunt! The school council take their job of hiding the eggs very seriously (we may be finding eggs for months to come!), and then love supporting the younger students to find their share of eggs. Check out those smiles!

Pūriri 1 Fence Making

Hot on the heels of their experience in handling a medieval sword and armour, the students of Pūriri 1 have been looking at how peasants and nobles lived and what sort of homes they inhabited. Peasant homes were made from wattle and daub: sticks woven between stakes and plastered with a mixture of clay, mud, and small stones. The students gathered sticks, removed the branches, and wove them between three stakes set out by Mr Chapman, before plastering it with mud and clay. What a fun (and messy!) way to experience history!

Mahurangi East KIDS Fishing Competition Fundraiser – Run by the SBS PTA

The Great Mahurangi East KIDS Fishing Competition takes place this Saturday 6th April!  There are a range of different prize categories (including funniest looking fish!) so get your kids registered today.  The 8 prize categories are:
Smallest Fish – get your little hooks out, ready to catch your first sprat and be in to win.
Cutest Fish – Fish are cute and maybe extra cute with a bowtie or hat? Get creative for this win.
Funniest looking fish – If you laugh…you know you could be in to win.
Mr Morley Fish Twin – We know and admire Deputy Principal Mr. Morley so obviously there would be a category just for him.  If your fish is strong looking like Morley this must be a winner.
For the ‘serious’ fishing kids we have something for you:
– Heaviest Kahawai
– Heaviest Snapper 
– Heaviest Kingfish
We are looking forward to prize giving, where you can share all your big fish tales with your friends – even the one that got away.
Main Prize:
Average weight snapper – bring home dinner OR the main prize!
Remember:  You can only enter 4 fish into the competition.  1 Fish per category.  Fish must be caught on line and hook and are subject to MPI regulations (Know our fish, love our fish, look after our fish).
Follow the ‘Mahurangi East KIDS Fishing Competition’ events facebook page for all details.
BIG THANKS to our amazing sponsors: Masons Contractors, Leigh Fish, Burt Plumbing, Dorian Electrical, Salty Dog Inn, Mahu City Express, Lisa Webster – Harcourts, Appletastic, Riviera, Tristram European, Little and Local, Sculptureum and ECM Signs.
Performing Arts Club – Weds Lunchtimes

Are you interested in the performing arts? Do you need a space in which to practise your singing solo, dance routine or magic act? Then come and join the PA Club, held in the Hall every Wednesday at lunchtime for Years 4-6 students. Come with an idea of what you would like to practise and we’ll give you the space and the time. Sign up sheet is outside of Rata 1. For further information, or questions, please contact Mrs Jess Supernault in Rātā 1.

Uniform Reminders

Our uniform guidelines are quite simple to make sure that they are easy for parents and students to follow. A reminder: 

  • no mufti sweatshirts – we have a multitude of second hand ones at the office if you need one.
  • black or white socks only. Black, white or navy leggings/tights if you wish in winter.
  • if you wish you child to wear an “under top’, these should either be not visible, or black, white or navy. We see little point in these – our fleeces are super warm (our kids wear them in sub zero conditions in Tongariro), and provide all the warmth kids need in winter.
  • all long hair (regardless of gender) should be tied back. Primary kids have no sense of “personal space”, and this simply prevents the spread of nits and other nasties that no-one wants.
  • shoes can be any sandals with a strap (ie: no jandals however crocs with the back strap on are fine) or sport shoes. Please no gumboots, ballet flats  etc – kids just can’t run or do PE in those.

We will ask students to remove non uniform clothing, unless it is for a day or two, with a note, while uniform is replaced or located.

School Sharing Garden

Dear Snells Beach Whānau

The vegetables in our school garden have grown well over the summer break and we would like to share them with our community. At the moment we have pumpkins, spring onions and baby tomatoes outside the school office in the sharing pantry. Pātaka Kai, which means storehouse or pantry in te reo Māori, is a place where people can leave food for other people to take for free.

The idea surrounding this sharing pantry is “take what you need, leave what you can”. So if you have excess fruit on your trees like lemons, apples, figs etc or crops in your garden, consider placing them in our sharing pantry for others to enjoy.

Bottle Caps Please!

Did you know that you can’t put bottle tops (off milk etc) into the recycling any more? It’s ok – we would like them please! Any colours or sizes, but plastic please. Drop them into the office or Rātā 2. 


Keeping in touch – communication is key

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. We post reminders and notices on Facebook – Instagram is more quick updates and snapshots of school life

  • 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. This is an effective way to get immediate notices – they will pop up direct to your phone. Mahurangi College use the same app which is useful – just use the drop down box to change schools.

  • 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.

  • School Newsletters

We do not usually print newsletters– just the first one each term while people update their contact details if needed. They are emailed out or linked to our school Facebook page. School newsletters come out once a fortnight – teachers may send home additional class or team messages at other times.

  • Staff Emails

All SBS staff emails are available via our website. Our main email is admin@snellsbeach.school.nz

After School Activities

Toukon Ryu Karate

Classes at SNELLS BEACH SCHOOL on TUESDAYS, 6.30 – 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.
I hope to see all the students again from last year, but also all Beginners are welcome to come along and have a go. Uniforms are called a ” Gi ” pronounced ” Gee ” – parents will need to purchase one which they can do through Paul if they wish.
All other information regarding joining etc will be supplied at the class or feel free to txt Sensei Paul on 021 297 2431
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I look forward to seeing you
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School Holiday activities

Stencil, Screenprint,  Stitch .                                                                                                                     

Fun, creative School Holiday Workshop, inspired by nature. Sessions are 2.5 hours long, offered twice daily.

Learn from skilled tutors how to:

-Design  stencils to create your own silk screen printed  t-shirt and / or  bag.

-Stencil and stitch  beautiful decorative patches

Age  : 7-14years.

Cost: $49pp (-family discounts available)

Venue: Charlies Gelato, (Gallery Space), Sharps Road, Matakana

Choose your – Date 15th -26th April

                            – Day -any weekday except ANZAC day

                             –Time: 10am-12.30pm OR 1.30pm-4pm

Online bookings and more info www.iatextiledesign.co.nz/post/school-holiday-programmes

mob 0212636064



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