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26 June, 2015      
From the Principal

The Multicultural Show held last Friday night was a delight. I can't help but admire our students when they proudly demonstrate aspects of their culture. Despite nerves, we were treated to music and dance from around the world. We are privileged to have such a rich international presence in our student body.
The cyber-attack has been challenging, and we are not out of the woods yet. To correct an aspect of the New Zealand Herald article, at no time did the attacker get past our firewall. We have invested heavily in our IT platform, and that investment has proven its worth in our ability to protect our servers and infrastructure. No servers or internal information was compromised.

I hope that you can understand that I don't wish to say too much due to the public nature of this medium, however things are working pretty much normally now and our website should be back up soon. Please be very aware of the dangers of young teenagers online, particularly if they are involved in online gaming or similar activities. Safety takes precedence over privacy for young teenagers. Monitor what they are doing and randomly check photo albums on phones.
NCEA places a lot of continuous pressure on students and staff due to the ongoing nature of assessment. Because Long Bay College offers robust courses (i.e. standards that actually mean something and require genuine learning and application), we know that most of our students are working hard - something we can see clearly in our ongoing monitoring. While we do our best to spread assessments out there can be times when "too many" arrive at once. If this happens we encourage students to see their Director of Learning and discuss the possibility of alternate due dates. We want our students to be successful - not swamped!
Russell Brooke
Directors of Learning:
Micky Smith       Year 9 -

Melissa Ibbett     Years 10 and 11 -

Dawn Ross          Years 12 and 13 -

Open Evening

School photo
Prospective students and their families are invited to attend the Long Bay College Open Evening on Wednesday 29 July 2015. Classrooms will be open from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. There will be two information presentations at 5.30pm and 6.30pm by the Principal and Student Leaders about why Long Bay College is considered to be such an exceptional and modern school.
There will also be tours of the College held on Monday 3 August, Wednesday 5 August and Friday 7 August from 9am to 10am.  Please phone (477-9009) or email to book your place.


Students Give Back

Every year Long Bay College holds four mufti days. The student council organises two of these, collectively deciding on a theme and what will be done with the money. Today's (Friday) mufti day theme is "Winter Woollies" and is in support of KidsCan who help the less fortunate children in New Zealand. 

Last year the Student Council decided to donate the money raised to the St. John Youth programme and Type 1 Diabetes Youth. The mufti days were highly successful, collecting a total of $4000, a reflection on the incredible generosity of the students.

 Year 11 student Tessa James recently presented a $2000 cheque to Type 1 Diabetes Youth. “Having been a Type 1 Diabetic since the age of 6, I was truly honoured and humbled to be able to give something to the organisation which has given me so much over the past 9 years,” says Tessa.

Type 1 Diabetes Youth relies solely on fundraising and the money Long Bay College raised will significantly subsidise camps run by the organisation to help teach those with type 1 diabetes how to live a balanced life.

Deputy Head Boy Marc Atkinson presented a $2000 cheque to St. John Ambulance. St. John Ambulance is a highly respected service in most New Zealand communities providing emergency medical care for those who dial 111 in their time of need. St John also has a youth programme, focusing on developing leadership and life skills in young people under the age of 18. The money Long Bay College raised will be put towards new training equipment, running camps and allowing the programme to focus on giving youth the best starting platform they could imagine.

School Ball

Dust off your royal coaches and polish those glass slippers for the annual Long Bay College School Ball on Sunday 5th July at the Pullman Hotel. With the theme "Cinderella", the ball is held for students in Year 12 and 13. Every year it is a unique and enjoyable occasion and each successful ball ensures the continuation of this wonderful tradition.

This year, Frank Casey in Takapuna has kindly played the role of Fairy Godmother and donated vouchers to help students in their preparations for the ball. Nud Nukatram (Year 12) and Dian Jacob (Year 13) were selected from a group of students who have outstanding attendance and pastoral records this year. Nud was awarded a $200 beauty voucher and Dian a voucher for up to $200 towards the cost of hiring a suit.

Student Absence

When a student is absent, the school requires a phone call by 8.30am to the school absence line 477-9009 ext 896 or an email to

When students need to sign out for appointments, especially pre-arranged appointments, it is best to put a note in their diary, stating time/reason and parent signature.


A reminder to parents that NZQA fees must be paid by 27 August. These fees are for both Internal and External standards assessed.
The fee is $76.70 plus $30 per Scholarship for domestic students and $383.30 plus $102.20 per Scholarship for international students
Payments can be made by cash, credit card or online banking (call Cashier on 09 477-9009 ext 849 for the account number. Reference NZQA and student name.)


Netball Competition

Tall Poppy Real Estate is running a competition throughout New Zealand for a netball team to win a coaching session with former Silver Fern Irene van Dyke.

Please vote for our premier netball team by clicking here and scrolling down to find Long Bay College to cast your vote, or visit
 our Facebook page.

Voting closes on 30 June 2015.

Spirit of Adventure

Setting sail on the Spirit of Adventure
For more than 40 years, over 50,000 youths have had the privilege of experiencing the Spirit of New Zealand. This year, ten Long Bay College students had the honour of adding their name to that list. They spent five days on Voyage 691B sailing around the Hauraki Gulf learning valuable skills like leadership, independence, time management and community spirit. They also made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
After a quick but very cold swim in the ocean each morning, the students sailed the vessel and learnt how the ship works. They also had to clean and prepare meals, as well as compete in challenges against Marlborough Boys College, Wellington Girls College and St Andrews College of Christchurch. Long Bay College finished just 2 points behind the trophy winner.
The experience gained and lessons learnt on this adventure will stay with these students long after their time on the ship is over.

Smokefree Rockquest

Congratulations to Callum Yule (Year 10) and the rest of the Altered Blondes who won best band at the North Shore heats of Smokefree Rockquest this month. An entertaining performance saw Bo No's Lachie Smith (Year 13) and Jack Henderson (Year 13) win 2nd place.

Two other bands were also finalists for the North Shore Regional finals:
  • Jazz - Michael Beggs (Year 10), Jack Mullane (Year 10), Heath Beggs (Year 9)
  • Whispers of the Burning - John Cartaya Delgado (Year 11), Jaden Grobbelaar (Year 11), April Driscoll-Ngaamo (Year 11), Holley Hamill (bella08Year 11)
Well done also to Tara Ravi (Year 12) who was awarded an APRA Lyric Award.

Girls 1st XI Football

Girls 1st XI Football photo
The Girls 1st XI Football team are currently undefeated in the Girls Premier second division and are top of the table.
Being able to say we're undefeated after eight games feels extremely good. Before every game there's that added bit of excitement and adrenaline among the girls because we know the stakes are high and we don't want this game to be our first loss of the season.  It just pushes us to work harder and to keep earning those points.
Thanks to Sarah Bell, our coach, we've not only improved our performance but also our team morale.  We want to be there and play hard so we can protect our lead at the top of the table. Hopefully we will carry on playing well over the next few weeks and go on to win the League, and then we can focus on doing well at tournament.
Beth Hodge, Year 13


Geography Workshop

Year 13 Scholarship Geography students Kirsty Ainsworth, Connor James, Natasha Williams, Samantha Knowles and Katie Fairgray attended a University of Auckland Scholarship Workshop this month.

Almost 300 Geography students from a number of Auckland schools attended the workshop on our scholarship topic this year, Agriculture. It was held by Auckland Geography Teachers’ Association and the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. This was the first of three evening workshops the students will attend this year.

Shakespeare Success

Amy Willemse and Katie Smith won a number of awards for their excerpt from Hamlet at the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Wellington.

The two Year 13 students competed against almost 50 other schools to win the award for Most Imaginative and Innovative Production, as well as the Outstanding Student Directed Music/Song Award.

48hr Film Festival

Congratulations to this year’s amazing Super Users who were nominated for Best Auckland School Team in the recent 48 Hour Film Competition. Year 13 students Jack Henderson, Bella Rollinson, Shivaun Dockery, Colm Stephenson, Natasha Gaffin, Kara Shanahan, and Neala Cullen did a great job and big thanks go to former students Tate Dooner for his kit and guidance, and Odin Van Daal for his acting and guidance.

To see the entry click here.

Long Bay College were also 1 of 3 teams nominated for Best Make Up in the Auckland Finals - well done especially to Neala Cullen.

The 48 hours is a national film competition which is held over one weekend. Long Bay College had two teams enter the schools division. They receive a genre, line of dialogue, prop, film technique and character and they have to write shoot edit and complete a film in 48 hours.

The Big Sing

Our choir group Voxette, directed by Brian Lee, performed at the Big Sing this month. This is a dynamic group-singing competition for secondary school students involving nearly 9000 singers from over 153 schools.

Voxette were invited to sing at the Gala Concert in the Aotea Centre and performed “The Willow Song” by David Hamilton, “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Stephen Paulus and the gospel tune “City Called Heaven’. This is the highest level a Long Bay College choir has ever achieved. Well done!

Music Concert

Long Bay College music students showcased their many talents at a Vocal and Chamber Music Concert this month.

After months of practicing their pieces, the students performed a wide range of pieces including the wind quintet, Ventatonics, playing "Five Easy Dances" by Denes Agay and the mass choir singing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

BMX World Champs

Congratulations to Aiden (Year 12), James (Year 10) and Kaylagh Tucker (Year 13) who will be representing New Zealand at the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium next month.

We wish you all the very best of luck.

Anais Wallace

Anais Wallace photo

Anais Wallace (Year 10) recently won gold in the Junior Female U63kg Grade 3-5 Division at the NZUTA National competition.  This is a fantastic achievement.

Hayden Druce

Hayden Druce (Year 10) has been selected to play for New Zealand Storm U15s Basketball team travelling to America to compete in the Las Vegas Classic in July.  All the best Hayden and well done.

Brandon Matthews

Water Polo and Swimming
Brandon Matthews (Year 11), a member of our Long Bay College Senior Boys’ Water Polo team, has been selected for the New Zealand U15s Water Polo team who will compete in Sydney (born 2000 Squad) in July. Brandon also recently received a trophy and medal for achieving and being recognised as the top 15+ years at Coast Swim club for the swimming year 2014-2015. Well done Brandon.

Daniel Monckton

Daniel Monckton (Year 11) has been selected into the New Zealand Secondary School Orienteering team to compete against Australia at the Southern Cross Challenge in September. This is a fantastic achievement Daniel.


At the Australian Gym Sports Championships in Melbourne in June, Madeleine Houston (Year 10) won a gold medal in the U15 Women’s Synchronised Trampoline and a silver in the Individual U15 Women’s event.

Bonnie Davis (Year 13) won a silver in the 17+ Individual Women’s event and came 4th in the 17+ Synchronised Event.  The New Zealand team overall did extremely well with 21 Golds, 13 Silver and 6 Bronze.

Lucia Smith (Year 10) and Madeleine Houston (Year 10) recently competed in the Auckland Secondary School Gymnastics Championships.  Madeleine placed 1st in the Junior Elite and Lucia placed 2nd in the Junior Elite.  Well done to both girls.

Year 9 Thoughts

From left to right: Gianna Lehnert, Heath Beggs, Zahra Kirk, Toby Hayward, Bella McMahon, Hayden Fisher

These are the thoughts of some of our Year 9 students on their first days at Long Bay College.

Gianna Lehnert 9F
Nerves and excitement was all I could feel on my first day at Long Bay College. A new school, new teachers, new environment. Everything was going to change. I distinctively remember the nerves kicking in as I entered the hallways of Long Bay College. 

Even though I am new to this school I feel as if every subject has opened up new pathways for me. Long Bay College has really made me feel motivated and helped me enjoy my studies. I enjoy having six different teachers rather than having one for all of my subjects; it really helps you learn different ways and see different learning styles.  

My first year of college has been incredible so far and I feel privileged to be a Long Bay College student. I have learnt various amounts of things from writing an essay to understanding the impacts of isolation and global warming in small islands. I have created new friendships with people and still have my old friends with me on this journey. Long Bay College is a school where I feel proud to be a student, the opportunities that come along the way are fantastic and endless. I am looking forward to increasing my education and expanding my horizon.

Heath Beggs 9C
When I came to Long Bay I was almost so nervous that I didn’t want to come that first day. But after two weeks I had made it into a great school rock band and we had already performed in front of the Year 12 and 13 assembly and the Year 10 and 11 assembly.

After three to four weeks into Term 1, sport sign ups started coming up. I had never played rugby before and knew almost nothing about it but I wanted to give it a go so I signed up. I went to all the fitness trainings and all the skill training, and in Term 2 we were split into teams. I got into a team with mostly Year 10s and a few Year 9s. It wasn’t the coach who taught me everything I know, but it was also my team who were very helpful and helped me to not be scared of getting involved.

Overall I think Long Bay College is the best school I’ve been to because it has had lots of kind people and lots of thing to do.

Zahra Kirk 9I
ollege. Something I knew I wasn’t ready for, well at least that’s what I thought. I expected college to be a bundle of unfamiliar faces and extreme amounts of work. Let me tell you, I was completely wrong. Yes, I did have the occasional nerves strike every now and then on that first day, but that was just my mind saying not to grow up.  

The opportunities are endless. I didn’t feel like a helpless squirrel getting lost in crowds of people, and I have the best classmates and teachers I could ever imagine. Two terms later, I’m here, typing this up, feeling like a proper college student. I’m in the 1st Girl’s Hockey team, stage challenge, after school dance, athletics and more. I’ve made so many new friends within two terms, and always see friendly faces in the hall. I’m so proud to say that I go to Long Bay College. The next few years ahead are going to be unpredictable, but excitable.

Toby Hayward 9A
At first I was a bit nervous and found the idea of high school a bit daunting. This was probably due to films and articles I have seen of bullying and students stressed over tests. But once I had settled in, it was very different to how I had expected it.  

At the start of the year I took drama. I had enjoyed it at Northcross and thought I should give it a go at Long Bay College. All the way until the start of the school year I had been regretting my decision because of these thoughts of not being good enough and being judged. But throughout the lessons I felt more comfortable acting and will be choosing it again for next year.

This year I had also taken part in the school football team. An unfortunate season so far but it has been a blast and lots of fun anyway. Long Bay College has created a very welcoming environment for me and has been fun – both sporting and academic.  

Bella McMahon 9H
One of the things I have most enjoyed at Long Bay College is being challenged to do my best and improve. I feel that challenging yourself at school is an important way to get the most from your time here and to prepare yourself for life after school. For me, challenge has been doing the next level of Maths questions, lifting the flyer in cheerleading even when my arms are ready to collapse, or confronting my nerves in the school dance show.

Something I have learnt this year in learning to learn is that there are closed mind-sets and open mind-sets. To challenge yourself you need to have an open mind-set so your brain can absorb new information and you find learning interesting and exciting. I have worked really hard this year to have an open mid-set and feel that this has helped me to improve. Where can you challenge yourself this week?

Hayden Fisher 9A
Somehow, I had no idea what to expect when I walked through the gates of Long Bay College for the first time. I was unsure about my decision to go to this school, as many options had been available to me. I was nervous.

Within the first few weeks, I had made new friends (something I hadn’t been able to accomplish so quickly in any other year). The teachers seem less like people doing their job and more like people doing what they enjoy. I am currently enjoying almost every minute of school life, and can safely recommend Long Bay College to any Year 8 who is unsure of what secondary school to go to.


Perfect Language

Long Bay College success at Language Perfect World Championships

This year our French and Spanish students achieved unprecedented results in the annual Language Perfect World Championships. Language Perfect is part of Education Perfect, used by over 300,000 students from 1,000 schools in New Zealand and overseas. It is a powerful online learning tool for students’ daily learning, revision, and assessment.
Accessible from PC as well as tablet devices with internet access, all the content is especially built to follow the New Zealand curriculum. We have customised it further in French and Spanish to match our courses at Long Bay College and to cater for particular needs of our students in each level and their respective NCEA assessments. Each student has their own account and progress is tracked easily and effectively by the teacher and the learner alike.
This year we have gained a total of 34 awards in the World Championships. This is 26 more than last year!

6 Gold Awards:

  • Gold Award Year 11 Spanish – Daniel Monckton – 4,727 points
  • Gold Award Year 10 Spanish – Marissa Ford – 4,689 points
  • Gold Award Year 12 Spanish – Carlotta Tegtmeyer – 3,495 points
  • Gold Award Year 11 Spanish – Dasha Tkachenko – 3,430 points
  • Gold Award Year 12 French – Owen Caithness – 3,071 points
  • Gold Award Year 12 Spanish and French – Tara Ravi – 3,011 points

5 Silver Awards:

  • Silver Award Year 11 Spanish - Shontelle Castledine - 2,250 points
  • Silver Award Year 10 Spanish - Nicola Lee - 2,067 points
  • Silver Award Year 10 French - Abbie Henneker - 2,036 points
  • Silver Award Year 12 Spanish - Millie Fairley - 2,001 points
  • Silver Award Year 11 Spanish - Alex Monckton - 2,000 points

8 Bronze Awards: 

  • Bronze Award Year 10 French - Kaoru Shimura - 1,984 points
  • Bronze Award Year 10 Spanish - Jayde Simpson - 1,342 points
  • Bronze Award Year 10 Spanish - Brook Marshall - 1,269 points
  • Bronze Award Year 13 Spanish - Katie Fairgray - 1,175 points
  • Bronze Award Year 10 French - Lucie Lamont - 1,032 points
  • Bronze Award Year 10 French - Samantha Mills - 1,026 points
  • Bronze Award Year 13 French – Francisca Alegria Fuenzalida - 1,025 points
  • Bronze Award Year 10 French - Stella Zhang - 1,001points

15 Credit Awards:

  • Credit Award Year 10 French - Kirsten Meyer – 923 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 French - Phillipa Henderson – 865 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 French - April Driscoll-Ngaamo – 838 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 Spanish - Emma Hooton - 770 points
  • Credit Award Year 11 French - Frankie Myers – 686 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 Spanish - Madeleine Houston – 633 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 French - Mary Shin – 581 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 French - Joselyn Beekman – 580 points
  • Credit Award Year 11 Spanish - Harry Pearce – 560 points
  • Credit Award Year 9 Spanish - Caitlin Scott – 550 points
  • Credit Award Year 13 French - Sascha Dare – 525 points
  • Credit Award Year 10 Spanish - Lilly Adkins-Nyberg – 522 points
  • Credit Award Year 11 Spanish - Krista Barnaby – 518 points
  • Credit Award Year 13 French - Simone De Jager – 506 points
  • Credit Award Year 11 Spanish - Sophie De Jong – 500 points

Overall our students answered almost 200,000 questions in only 10 days. They spent a total of about 800 hours competing and learning at the same time and had the chance to win some of the prizes from the $100 000 prize pool.
This is a fantastic effort Long Bay College Language students. You should be proud of your outstanding effort and achievement!

CYF Foster CareRs

Our school community was identified by Child, Youth and Family as being the one community who genuinely responded to an earlier advert run in a previous newsletter. This reflects the value our community places on family.

Could you welcome a child or young person into your family?

Takapuna Child, Youth and Family is looking for more foster carers on the North Shore, to help us keep North Shore children in care within local communities and schools.
All young people need a safe and loving home where they feel they belong, and our foster carers come from all walks of life.  If you think you may be able to open up your home, talk to us.  You may be surprised that you’re just the right person. Alternatively, you may know of someone who might not receive this newsletter but who could be interested.
For more information please call us at Child, Youth and Family Takapuna on 09 917 5318, and ask to speak to Denise East-Lip, Senior Practitioner. 


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