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9 September, 2015      
From the Principal
Your family will have its "protocols" around being safe in public places and your children staying in communication with you while they are out and about. Take the time to explain to your children when and why you want them to text or call you about their movements.
Remind them not to get caught alone, especially in parks, and what to do if approached by strangers or if they are feeling threatened. Encourage them to be with friends while in public places and not to be out alone late at night.
Please let us know if you feel your son or daughter is struggling with Quinn's death. We are watching and supporting students, and want to make sure we are meeting everyone's needs.

We have received so many emails of support for the school and Quinn's family that I haven't been able to acknowledge those personally. They are very much appreciated and have been passed on to the family. Thank you for wrapping your arms around us.
Last week eight teams from Long Bay College competed at sporting tournaments around the North Island with some excellent results. I have particularly enjoyed hearing how well our students have represented the school and our families. Here is how we fared:
1st XI Football Girls – WINNERS
1st XI Football Boys – 7th
1st XI Hockey Girls – 2nd
1st XI Hockey Boys – 8th
Premier Netball – 19th
Senior Boys Basketball – 6th
Senior Girls Basketball – 12th
Junior Boys Basketball – 9th
Congratulations to everyone involved, these are incredible results and you should all be very proud of yourselves.
Turning our attention to the Arts - our musicians also enjoyed success at the KBB Festival last month. Our Chamber Orchestra gained a Commended award and the Big Band were awarded Silver. Our Concert Band also gained a Silver award and their marks were in the top 15% of all bands entered.

At the Auckland Secondary Schools Jazz Competition in early August, the Year 13 Jazz Combo gained a Gold award. Please take the opportunity to see some of our talented musicians in the Best of the Best Concert later this month, the details are below in this newsletter.
Russell Brooke

Student Trustee

Aarron Todd  (Year 11) has been voted the next Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees for a one year term.
Aarron says “This role will give me the opportunity to be able to help others, and to be honest, that’s all I really want, to have the opportunity to better the day to day life of fellow students and make their lives here at Long Bay College more enjoyable.  I know what people want, and I know how to give them what they want whilst cooperating with the teachers, so they get to see students flourish in their learning, because all teachers really want is for their students to succeed in school and see them do well so they can pursue their ambitions.  Well, I want that too.  I want to see my friends do well in life and to see my little sister be able to leave school knowing she can do whatever she wants to do.”

Premier Spring Series

Long Bay College has been welcoming the warmer weather with a Spring Series of Concerts throughout September.

There have been a number of concerts beginning with an evening of original music by students at the New Music at Long Bay College Concert on 3 September. Kent and Shauno Isomura then performed on 4 September and the Long Bay Baptist Church Concert on 6 September included choral, chamber orchestra, concert band and big band performances.

“The Best of the Best” Concert on 24 September at Long Bay College Auditorium will showcase the incredible talent of Long Bay College’s top performance groups and soloists.

Tickets for "The Best of the Best" are $10 and can be purchased from Reception. Door sales will also be available.

The Vegas Crowd

Senior School Production: Magnificent and so very cool
Once again the Senior School Production explored the creativity and vision of one of its own to a resounding success. This year’s production ‘The Vegas Crowd’ was written and directed by Year 13 student Nathanael Tan where he created a visual extravaganza. He took elements of theatre, film, dance and graphic novels and celebrated the actors, lighting designers, dancers and artists at Long Bay College. The artwork was just extraordinary that supported the storyline being played out below the frames.
An ambitious project that saw us follow Skylar Van Daal’s exceptionally performed con artist ‘Thomas Callahan’ as he evades the law. As he set up his next con he was plunged into the shady underworld of The Verde Casino, all the while learning what it takes to love and be loved in return.
It was received by audiences totally aghast that a student had written such a sophisticated play. The acting of our leads was incredible with Michnea Enache’s final scene bringing the audience to tears.  Neala Cullen’s stunning choreography of a stylised fight scene, reminiscent of a Tarentino film, issued gasps from the room.
Stars:  Skylar Van Daal, Katie Smith, Mihnea Enache, Amy Willemse and a cast of about 30+.

Level 2 Drama Production

At 7pm on Wednesday 8 September and Thursday 9 September, Level 2 drama students will be performing their productions "The History Boys" and "Girls Like That"  in the Long Bay College Auditorium. Come along and support our students in the final drama performances of 2015. 

Tickets will be $3 at the door.

Thin Ice

Long Bay College is proud to be showing Thin Ice - The Inside Story of Climate Change. Come along to watch this incredible film where Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming by filming scientists at work in the Arctic, the Antarctic and around the world.

The result is a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.

To view the trailer, please visit and click play on the video box.
When: Monday 21 September (Week 10)
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Where: Long Bay College Auditorium
How much? Gold coin donation
How do I register? Please email Ms Hing ( and let her know how many seats you’d like or come and register in the Careers Room.

Matangi Whenua

On Thursday 6 August two teams of Geography students competed in the North Shore Matangi Whenua, a quiz for Year 11 Geography Students.  The quiz had eight rounds testing geographic skills, knowledge and critical thinking. 

Chris Modrich, Daniel Nowell and Joshua Wilmhurst (pictured above) came second overall which was a very commendable result, and a reflection of their skill and resilience in the face of some fierce competition. Our second team of Kaitlyn Nicol, Vida Bojovic and Connor Kendall-Jones were not placed, but performed admirably.

Year 9 Camp

This year Long Bay College is again providing the very popular opportunity for Year 9 students to go on a three day and two night experience to the wild Waitakere coast in November.
This will involve a variety of unforgettable activities including tramping part of the Hillary Trail, cooking meals, sleeping in tents and not getting ruffled if it rains.

The cost for the camp will be $95 and includes transport, fees, most meals and all activity costs. Application forms must be handed in by Friday 11 September and can be downloaded here.

Year 12 and 13

Things are very busy at school right now for all of our students.  We may only be entering spring but the key focus is being well prepared for next year. For our students in Years 9 to 12, deciding on their subject choice for 2016 is a major priority. There has been a constant flow of Year 8 students and their families visiting the College over the last few weeks. They have enjoyed a tour around our facilities before completing their enrolment forms for secondary schooling. Our Year 13 students are busy deciding what their future will bring, whether it is enrolling into a tertiary education course or moving into the world of employment. As I told the senior students recently in assembly, it is exciting to think of all the new prospects 2016 will bring, however there is a small matter that needs to be addressed before that can happen - “Exams”.

All of our NCEA students need to be focusing on the upcoming mock exams which take place from 11 to 18 August. Now is the time to get prepared and put a bit more effort into their studies to ensure a successful outcome. Consolidating school notes, attending subject specific lunchtime and after-school workshops, making use of our senior tutors and our Homework Express Club will all result in making the examinations very achievable.  Some students are putting the thought of study into the too hard basket.  With a bit of self-belief and some good exam preparation, they can be successful. The effort they put in now is also a great foundation for the external examinations that they will sit in November.

Simple things like being in class on time, having a good attendance record and catching up on any missed notes, will also play a huge part in being successful. If a student has an attendance record of 70% that actually means they have missed almost one-third of their classes. Even though these absences are often justified, it does have a massive impact on their learning.

This year the students have more support than in previous years. As well as their subject teachers, they now have Faculty Deans for each of their subjects and a Director of Learning. All of these people are focused and work together to help each student reach their potential. I never wish my students “good luck” before an exam, because we know it is not luck that ensures a good result. Preparation is the key to success and now is the time for that preparation to gain momentum. With all of the support available from school, friends and whanau and by putting in the required effort, I am confident they can be successful and achieve their goal.
Mrs Dawn Ross, Director of Learning, Year 12 and 13

Walk the Line

Congratulations to Niamh Clarkson who won the Beatnik Recyclable section of the Walk the Line Young Designers Fashion Show last weekend.

Niamh's entry, modelled by Leah Reynolds, was a pinafore dress made out of coffee bean sacks, with a crop top under it.

Georgia Hale

Congratulations to Georgia Hale who is a former student and current teacher aide at Long Bay College who was named Auckland Rugby League Women's Player of the Year 2015.

Georgia made her New Zealand debut for the Kiwi Ferns at the Auckland Nines this year. She has represented New Zealand in touch and tag, and played netball and rugby at national level before embracing the 13-a-side code last year.

Well done Georgia on this incredible achievement.

Alison Mooney

Are you driven nuts by someone who can't make up their mind? Perhaps you have in your life a "Show Pony" who keeps horsing around, even before they talk?

Torbay School is holding a fundraising event on Friday 11 September at 7.30pm with celebrity speaker Allison Mooney. From this session you could gain a greater understanding how to speed read people to find out what they really want and enrich your partnerships with family, friends and workmates.

Come along for a fun and entertaining evening with New Zealand's most acclaimed professional award winning speaker and author. Contact Torbay School for more information on (09) 473 8603.



This year Long Bay College celebrates its 40 year anniversary. The school opened in on 4 February 1975 for its 258 pupils and 15 staff.

Initially the entire school was housed in temporary ‘relocatables’. During the first year, permanent buildings became available for class use and by 1976 the gym, arts block and administration block came into operation.

The roll at Long Bay College has now grown to over 1700 students from Years 9 to 13. A wide curriculum of robust and diverse courses are offered and the school has a tradition of excellence in academic achievement, sporting success, cultural activities and the performing arts.

Term 4 will see a number of Old Boys and Girls sporting events providing a great opportunity to catch up with some school friends from the past. If you would like to find out more, please email

Girls 1st XI Football

Congratulations to the Long Bay College 1st XI Girls Football team for winning the Auckland Premier 2 league, remaining unbeaten throughout the season.

The team played St Cuthbert's College in the final of the APC 2 Cup. Every single player wore their Long Bay College shirt with great pride but unfortunately lost 2-1.

The girls then travelled down to New Plymouth last week to compete in the Grant Jarvis Tournament. The girls played schools from all across the North Island and came out group winners, winning 5 out of 5.

Well done on your incredible season.


The Long Bay College Girls Squash team competed in the NZSS Squash Tournament in Palmerston North last month.

Lauren Crowhurst, Sophie de Jong, Lana Handley, Rebecca Le Maitre and Kylie Lin did incredibly well coming 10th, which is a great achievement considering it is the first time we have competed in this tournament.

To cap off a great weekend, Lauren Crowhurst was named as the No. 1 seed in the NZSS National Senior Girls Team to take on Australia in Sydney.

Well done to everyone involved.


Congratulations to the Long Bay College Equestrian team who competed in the NZ Secondary Schools Equestrian Cup recently.

Year 9 student Charlotte Wear came 1st and 3rd in her events and Colleen Crous came 2nd and 3rd in her events.

The team, including Bridget Holme (Year 9) and Gemma Hampson (Year 13), ended up 4th overall, well done!

Jacques Venter

Congratulations to Jacques Venter who was appointed referee in the North Harbour Rugby U21 Championship final this month. The game was played at QBE Stadium. This is an incredible achievement for such a young referee and a great reward for a lot of hard work by Jacques during the season.

The final score was Northcote Gold 29, Takapuna 24.

Girls Rugby

Year 11 students Katelyn Hilton and Kayla Wareham have been selected to play for North Harbour U18 Girls 2015 Rugby team.

Indoor Volleyball

Jordan Laumatia-Drabble (Year 12) and Rachael McHugh (Year 11) will be travelling to Canberra in September with the New Zealand U17 North Island Youth Development team to compete in the Australia State Champsionships.

Girls Volleyball

Brittany Allison-Carnie (Year 10), Georgia Loader (Year 12) and Rosie Dawson (Year 11) have all been selected for the North Harbour U17B Girls Volleyball team.

Boys Volleyball

Scott Burfoot (Year 12) has been selected for the North Harbour U17B Boys Volleyball team and Liam Quinn (Year 12) has been selected to play for the North Harbour U17C Boys Volleyball team.


Emma Walling (Year 12) and Claude Griffith (Year 11) competed in the Pukekohe Secondary Schools Motocross Championships 2015 last weekend at Mercer with incredible success.  Emma won Gold in the 15-18yrs Women’s Championship and Claude won Bronze in the Mixed 15-18yrs 250F Class.

Rugby World Cup

Congratulations to Year 11 student Kota Shimizu who has been chosen to be a flag bearer for the Japanese team at the Rugby World Cup in England.

What an incredible experience for you, enjoy!

Anyone For Tennis?

The Orewa Tennis Club is having its Junior Interclub Tryout Day at 1pm on 13 September 2015. Come and tryout for the interclub teams (ages U12, U15, U18 boys and girls). The season starts the first weekend of Term 4. Please contact Donelle on 021684335 or visit for more information.

Gateway Placements

Gateway is a work experience programme for our senior students. It involves up to ten days' work experience in an area of interest to the student. The placement is a mix of practical and theory work, in order that the student gets an overall picture of their chosen industry.  Below are some case studies of placements this year which have included fashion, building, health, hospitality, veterinary, product design, pilot, excavating, fitness instructors, aeronautical engineering and early childhood teaching. Applications for Gateway 2016 will close on 4 September 2015. 

The Warehouse – Rodney Goosen
For my Gateway placement I went to The Warehouse in Albany with other students from Long Bay College. During this programme we learnt customer service skills, how to talk and approach customers along with learning how The Warehouse operates

After the ten week course I spent a further day on work experience looking at marketing with Geoff from Selling Solutions and Logistics. He took me out to stores such as New World and Bunnings Warehouse and I did some merchandising for some of their products. 
Service Engineering – Raymond Goosen
My Gateway placement was with a company called Service Engineers over a period of two weeks. I was fortunate to go on a service of a gangway (the passenger ramps for cruise ships) at the Auckland waterfront. This included checking for any visual or structural defects, greasing all the motors and mechanical parts.

I learnt how to operate most of the machines which included overhead cranes, rollers, cropper machine and many more. This was a very hands on and physically demanding job which is exactly what I want to do in the future. 

RPM Engineering – Jarrod Grobbelaar
My Gateway placement was at RPM Engineering for one day a week over ten weeks. I learnt how to use the machines properly and safely. 

Some of the jobs I was involved in included cleaning tools for a customer, working on the machines to make new jaws for vices out of aluminium and making a part for a trundle.

Babcock NZ – Jamie Falconer
After recently completing a ten week Marine Engineering Gateway placement at Babcock, I feel like I have a much better idea on the career pathway for myself. Gateway has given me the opportunity to gain further understanding into the Marine Engineering industry and I have left with a great deal of practical and theoretical knowledge.

During my placement I moved around multiple departments, seeing many different aspects of this environment and meeting a lot of experienced and talented people in the industry.

I was also given the opportunity to attend a day at The Royal NZ Air Force looking at career pathways within the Air Force.

What's Coming Up?

Thursday, 10 September  -  Learning Support Trip to Basketball, North Shore Events Centre
Friday, 11 September  -  Late Start Staff Professional Development Day
Friday-Friday, 11-18 September  -  Level 1B, 2 and 3 Exams
Friday, 11 September  -  Last day for NZQA Fee payment
Sunday, 13 September  -  International Students trip to Hobbiton
Friday, 18 September  -  Level 1A Geography Trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island
Week of 21 September  -  Level 2 Physical Education Camps, Shakespear Lodge, Whangaparaoa
Thursday, 24 September  -  Best of Best Concert, Auditorium, evening
Friday 25 September – Sunday 11 October  -  Year 12 and 13 Classics Trip to Greece and Italy
Saturday 26 September - Thursday 8 October  -  Year 10-13 Dance Trip to USA
Friday, 25 September  -  Last day of Term 3
Monday, 12 October  -  Term 4 starts
Thursday, 15 October  -  Service Awards Assembly
Thursday, 15 October  -  NZ Shake Out 2015 – drop cover hold
Wednesday, 21 October  -  Arts Awards Evening
Thursday, 22 October  -  Sports Awards Evening
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