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8 December, 2015      
From the Principal

Term 4 has been a lovely term of celebration, hard work, examinations and farewells. As the curtain falls on the 2015 school year I would like to take this last opportunity to thank everyone for their support of Long Bay College. We enjoy a wonderful community - something that I believe is becoming increasingly rare and valuable in today's society.

As we farewell our leavers we wish them all the very best. At times the future and all the technology that is engulfing us looks scary. Yet as I watch our Year 13 students, listen to their speeches, and enjoy their conversation, I have immense faith in their ability to navigate whatever comes. Yes, the random nature of life will play its part on our children. However, I think the young adults leaving our school this year are some of the best equipped and most "sorted" people I have known. We are all aware of the wise old saying "It takes a village to raise a child" - our community is raising wonderful children.

Have a happy Christmas, and may the break allow you all the luxury of family time.

Russell Brooke

Academic Prizegiving

Congratulations to all of our winners at the Long Bay College Academic Prizegiving last night. A full list of prize winners can be found on our website. The following students received Distinction Awards for Contribution to College Life and Academic Honours.

2016 Term Dates

The School Office will be open from Monday 18 January 2016. Year 9 students, and all new students in other Year levels, start at 8.30am on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

All other Year levels start at 8.40am on Wednesday 3 February 2016.

The School Office will remain open this year until Friday 18 December 2015.

For further information on Uniform, Stationery and School buses, please visit

Homestay Families

Wanted!! ……   Homestay Families

Do you think you would be a good host for an international student? Long Bay College appreciates the support it receives from our current homestay families. We are now seeking families for 2016.

If you have a spare room and would like the opportunity to learn about other cultures, please contact Irene for further details or an informal chat on 09-477 9009 ext 831 or by email


Microsoft Graduation

Long Bay College recently held its first Microsoft Academy Graduation. A Microsoft certification helps to stand out from the crowd and also enhances education and career prospects.

Over 40 students achieved their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word. One of those students, Euan Pike (Year 9) also received his Microsoft Excel certification. He is now well on his way to becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist Master. Other certifications include PowerPoint and Access.

Guest speakers included Raewyn McLeod and Jonathan Jansen from XCERIO and Evan Blackman, Microsoft New Zealand’s Education Sector Director. All the guest speakers highlighted the need for future focused teaching and discussed the many opportunities in the IT industry.

Next year all Long Bay College students will have the opportunity to join the Microsoft Academy. We will also be introducing the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications which includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, InDesign and Illustrator.

International Leavers

This year we have had over 130 International students at Long Bay College from over 20 countries including Brazil, Chile, China and Germany.

Last month, those leaving Long Bay College received an end of year certificate from Deputy Principal Mr Rajeev Sharma, Director of International Education (China) Ms Mandy Foord and International Dean Mr Steve Dymock.

International Day Trips

The International Students Department organised an End of Year Programme for the International Students who were not sitting NCEA Exams. Some of the trips organised were to Waiwera, Muriwai Surf School, Sheep World as well as BBQs at Long Bay beach.

Junior Dance Show

The Junior Dance Show was a fabulous way to celebrate the learning students had achieved this year. We were treated to a variety of genres such as Bollywood, Ceroc, KPop and Hip Hop. It was great to see so many original pieces created by the students themselves being performed in small groups and even solos.

We were privileged also to have two senior students return to perform in the show. A real highlight was Neala Cullen creating and performing two improvisation pieces over the two nights.

The Junior Dance Show was a great success and we are looking to growing these next year into full Performing Arts Showcases. A big thank you to the wonderful seniors and teachers who supported the show, especially Neala Cullen, Lily Olney, Dannielle Hemmingsen, Austen Thomas, Caitlin Dalton, Mr Gary Dustow, Mr Brendan Perkins, Ms Laura Curwood and Mrs Heidi Horne.

Year 9 - Junior Prizegiving

Where did 2015 go? It seems like only yesterday Long Bay College welcomed its Year 9 students at the Powhiri. There were a lot of nervous smiles, perfect uniforms and backpacks nearly as big as them! It has been privilege working with these students and watching their development. This term has been very busy with junior exams, camps and numerous sporting and cultural events, and the students certainly deserve a well-earned rest.

Over the last few weeks it has been great seeing so many of our students' efforts and achievements acknowledged at the Arts, Sports and Academic Prizegivings, and at the Year 9 Junior Prizegiving. Congratulations to all of our winners.

To all of the Year 9 students, keep working hard next year: persevere, be the best that you can be and continue to make connections within your learning. Make good choices! As we prepare for our 2016 intake of new students, I am sure that our current Year 9 students will make excellent role models, make them feel welcome and be great ambassadors for our school.

Micky Smith, Director of Learning, Year 9

Year 9 Camp

This year Long Bay College once again held its incredible and very popular Year 9 Survival Challenge Camp.  After five years running, this has become a much loved school tradition.  

A total of 124 Year 9 boys and girls made their own personal outdoor history by braving the elements journeying on foot all the way from Huia to Karekare before spending two nights camping in tents at Whatipu Lodge campground. 

Guided by the teachers, the students climbed the rugged Waitakere mountain tops, descended the lush kiwi bush valleys and criss-crossed rivers to finally emerge on the wild West coast. After a day of exploring beaches, cooking for themselves, building bridges in teams, being led blindfolded into the bush and spelunking through the caves, our students finished the journey by walking the last several kilometres up the isolated coastline to be bused home from Karekare Beach.

Isaac Alexander

Congratulations to Year 12 student Isaac Alexander who has been accepted for Nano-camp in January.

Nanocamp is a week long residential science camp held by the MacDiarmid Institute delving into nanoscience and nanotechnology. Only 15 places were available for students to spend the week working with the Institute’s top scientists completing hands-on investigations into topics ranging from electron microscopy, laser physics and nanoelectronics.

Well done Isaac and we hope you enjoy the experience.

Principal for a Day

Northcross Intermediate School recently held a Careers Day for its Year 8 students. We were lucky enough to have Gemma Jones come and be the Principal of Long Bay College for the day and she did a great job!

Sports Coaching

The Sports Office caught up with Year 13 students Emma Watson and Beth Hodge to reflect on their 2015 Sports Coaching experience at Long Bay College.

Q: Why did you get involved in coaching?
Emma: I got involved in coaching because of my passion for sport, and netball in particular. I thought that by coaching I could get a whole new perspective of the game and a better understanding of how it works. I love to teach and help the younger girls learn how to play netball and become as passionate about the sport as I am.

Q: What did you learn from coaching this year?
Beth: I learnt about having the confidence to speak up about something I was passionate about and using communication in the right way while coaching. I also realised I had to adapt to new people and situations throughout the year.

Q: What's the most rewarding thing about coaching?
Beth: The most rewarding thing about coaching is watching the developments the players are making as a result of your coaching and seeing them take your advice and comments on board. It is also rewarding to watch them improve themselves as a result.

Q: Any advice to students wanting to get involved in coaching?
Emma: There is nothing to lose from volunteering as a student coach, it's a reward on its own and something that you will value for the rest of your life. There are many challenges to face as a student coach, but there are endless rewards that come with the job. As a student coach for three years, I encourage students get involved and become a coach. It is something they will never regret doing. I have loved every moment of being a student coach and can't wait to come back to coach next year.

Long Bay College is looking for expressions of interest from students who want to coach in 2016.
We are looking for motivational, inspirational students who have energy, persistence and can show consistency, positive attitude, commitment to games and training, and brilliant communication skills. Coaches will be fully supported by the Sports Department who are part of the Coach Support Initiative.

We are also looking for coaches who want to help out in the community and coach in Primary and Intermediate schools. Please email Sarah Bell (Director of Sport) to express your interest. 


Congratulations to the Long Bay College Trampolining team who won Best Team Overall at the North Harbour Secondary School Championships. The team has been undefeated all year and consists of Bonnie Davis, Madeleine Houston and Lucia Smith. Results from the competition included:
Level 7
Bonnie Davis (Year 13) – 2nd
Madeleine Houston (Year 10) – 3rd
Lucia Smith (Year 10) – 4th
Brendan Bekker (Year 10) – 7th
Level 6
Shannon King (Year 13) – 1st

Junior Touch

The 2015 Junior Touch season is now over, with Long Bay College Junior Boys winning the North Harbour Grade B final convincingly against Northcote College. Long Bay College only had 7 players available on the day, and the boys all linked up well to put in a solid performance to come away winners.

The Junior Girls team also played well and finished the season in 5th place in Pool A.

Indoor Volleyball

Long Bay College Junior Indoor Volleyball boys and girls teams recently returned from Wellington where they competed in the North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Volleyball Tournament.

There were 3 divisions with 16 schools in each division. Long Bay College Boys Team 1 finished in 11th place in Division 2. The Girls finished a commendable 11th place in Division 1.

A big thank you to coaches Alex Sale and Calvin Buttimore for their hard work all season. Thanks also to staff, parents and senior students for helping on the trip.

This volleyball tournament follows on from the Auckland Championships earlier in the term, where both the boys and girls teams made it into the top division in Auckland (top 16). The boys finished 14th and the girls finished in 6th place, knocking Westlake Girls High School out of the top 8 on their way. Congratulations to all.


The New Zealand Secondary School Athletic Championships were held in Timaru from 4-6 December and Long Bay College had 3 students competing – Tyler Williams (200m Sprints), Maria Hodge (400m) and Connor Bell (Junior Discuss).

Connor Bell (Year 9) had a wonderful competition and won GOLD in the Junior Boys Discuss with a new personal best throw of 48.75m.  Connor has only been throwing the discuss for a little over a year so to win the title is very impressive. A fantastic achievement Connor, congratulations.

Tyler Williams (Year 13) just missed out on the finals for the Senior Boys 200m by 100th of a second so ended in 9th. Maria Hodge (Year 13) finished an impressive 4th in the Senior Girls 400m final. Great results for our three competitors and congratulations to you all.

Condor Rugby 7's

Long Bay College U19 and U15 Rugby Girls competed at the New Zealand National Condor Rugby 7’s Tournament on 
4 December in Auckland. Both teams had to qualify to be part of this tournament and were up against some tough competition. 

The girls played extremely well with the U15 Girls finishing 10th in the country. Half of this team then went on to play in our U19 Girls team (who were all actually U17) and they finished 16th overall.

A great experience for these girls – well done to you all.

What's Coming Up?

Monday, 18 January  -  School Office opens
Thursday, 28 January  -  Staff Professional Development day
Friday, 29 January  -  Kapa Haka group – practice at 11am in the Maori Room to prepare for the welcome for new students on 2 February
Monday, 1 February  -  Auckland Anniversary Day holiday
Tuesday 2 February  -  School starts at 8.30am for all Year 9 students and all new students in other Year levels – the Powhiri (welcome) starts at 8.45am at the Long Bay College Gymnasium. Students must be wearing correct uniform. Timetables will be handed out on the first day. The canteen will be open at morning interval and lunchtime, and school buses will be running at normal school times. The day will finish at the usual time of 3.15pm. Bring paper and pens for the various activities scheduled for the day. School Leaders and Prefects will spend the morning with new students and help them find their way around the campus. IT orientation will take place during the day, so please bring devices. Please also bring the login and password which students will receive by email in the New Year.
Wednesday, 3 February  -  School starts at 8.40am for all Year levels and normal timetable will run.  Students must be wearing correct school uniform.  Timetables will be mailed to students before school starts with further instructions.  The canteen will be open usual times and school buses will be running at normal school times.
Tuesday, 2 February  -  Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm, Staff Room
Wednesday, 3 February  -  ID Photos in the Auditorium
Monday, 8 February  -  Waitangi Day holiday
Wednesday, 10 February  –  Individual photos for identification purposes will be taken in the Auditorium
Friday, 19 February  -  Athletics Day
Uniform and Stationery information is on our website, go to ‘Enrolment’.  Second hand uniform can be purchased or sold through Facebook – Search ECB Uniforms
Term dates and times are on our website under ‘Our School’ then ‘Term Dates and Bell Times’.
School bus information is on our website under ‘Our School’ then ‘Buses’.
Comprehensive information will be mailed to homes.
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