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Term 2 Week 9

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ngā mihi nui, kia koutou katoa 
- Warm greetings to you all.

Ma te huruhuru, ka rere te manu 
Adorn the bird with feathers so that it can fly!

Our Strategic Goals we work towards which focus on achieving our vision and allowing our children to develop their 'bird' qualities are:
  •  Goal 1: teaching and learning. 
  •  Goal 2: being culturally responsive. 
  •  Goal 3: collaboration. 
  •  Goal 4: property and infrastructure. 
Goal 3: collaboration update
Professional Learning Tour
During week 7 I was part of a group of thirty-two principals, from the Western Bay of Plenty area,  who travelled to Dunedin for a professional learning tour.

The Professional Learning Tour focused on:
  • Developing our capabilities and professional knowledge as school leaders to ensure that our practice is evidenced based and current.
  • Strengthen our connections and support network as a WBOP tumuaki rohe.  
We visited a variety of schools to look at their practice and reflect on our own in our contexts and we also had lectures from the University of Dunedin. One of those lectures was on the Dunedin Study and it focused on unpacking the findings regarding Self Control.   

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, widely known as the Dunedin Study, is a longitudinal study tracking the lives of just more than 1,000 people born in Dunedin between 1972 and 1973.  It has revealed many fascinating things about the things we do in early childhood that can have impacts on our adult lives.  One of these findings was around self-regulation. The researchers found that young children’s self-control skills – such as conscientiousness, self-discipline and perseverance – predict their health, wealth and criminal history in later life, regardless of IQ or social background.

The researchers assessed the self-control of the participants at three years of age, and then examined their health outcomes, wealth outcomes and criminal conviction history at age 32.  Their findings suggested that even small improvements in self-control for children and adolescents could yield important reductions in costs of healthcare, welfare dependency, and crime to a nation.   Even after accounting for study members’ differences in social status and IQ, children who scored lower on measures of self-control were more likely than children with higher self-control to have physical health problems, substance dependence, difficulty with financial planning and a criminal conviction record in adulthood.  Interestingly, children whose self-control increased with age tended to have better adult outcomes than initially predicted, showing that self-control can change and with desirable results.

Professor Elaine Reece  also  shared her work around the value of oral language in early years education as well as the work of her colleague Associate Professor Dione Healey  on a programme developing self-control skills in preschool children.  (Enhancing Neurobehavioural Gains with the Aid of Games and Exercise – ENGAGE)

So what does all this mean for Welcome Bay School?
We are working with your tamariki all the time to help them develop their self control and self regulation. What we learnt is this work is absolutely vital for your child's success in life.

One strategy we have introduced this year is The Zones of Regulation. This is an approach we use to teach how to regulate our feelings, energy and sensory needs in order to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially. 

We will also be looking into the ENGAGE programme I learnt about in Dunedin to see if this could be beneficial for our kura too.

Board of Trustees 
Every state and state-integrated school or kura in New Zealand has a board. The board's core role is to govern its school. Below are the names of the people on our Board of Trustees, a school board is a mixture of parents, a staff trustee and the Principal. 

  • Danielle Fong: Chairperson / Presiding Member
  • Jamie De La Haye: Principal
  • Katreena Daniels: Staff trustee
  • Marcus Dean: Trustee
  • Beth Kyd: Trustee
  • Kieran Rutherford: Trustee
  • Jeff Morgan: Trustee
Our Board is currently looking at the Strategic direction of the school and how we are set up for success to achieve our vision. In addition they have been attending professional learning this year around: Effective Financial Governance, Te Tiriti o Waitangi: School Board Responsibilities, Effective governance on student achievement and Governance Essentials.

He aha te kai ō te rangatira? He Kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.
What is the food of the leader.  It is knowledge. It is communication.


We have our Teacher Only Day coming up this Friday, (2nd July). Staff will be working offsite during this time  - School is Closed
A very warm W.B.S welcome to Guransh Singh, who started this week at our school.  Glad to have you and your family as part of our W.B.S TEAM.

Ngā mihi nui
Jamie De La Haye


Mufti day next Wednesday 7th July.
Gold coin donation with funds raised going to the children’s ward at Tauranga Hospital (this initiative has come from 2 students).
Rhuematic Fever Testing
It has been brought to our attention that there might be some families unaware of the Rheumatic Fever testing that has started in our school.

A letter was sent home to all families last week from the Bay of Plenty District Health Board explaining the reasons, process and also giving families an option to opt their child out if they wish to.

We have received some opt out forms from some families, so this form of communication worked for some but we are now sending this out through all our communication channels to ensure all our school community are aware.

I apologise if this is the first time you are hearing about this and if you have any feedback on our communication please email me on or pop in for a chat.

If you have any questions regarding the programme itself please contact the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Team on: 0800 935 544.

I know some families have contacted the school today to have their child tested this week, the team for your information are only in school on a Tuesday and Friday, with this Friday being a Teacher Only Day the next check will be on Tuesday 6 July.

Please read on to find out more...

For 2021 our school has decided to go with Cohort Entry for our five year olds starting school. What this means is the following:

  • All new entrants who turn 5 before the start of the term can start at the beginning of the next term, or at the later mid term date or the start of any term date before their 6th birthday
  • If their birthday falls after the start of term but before the mid term date, they can enrol on the mid term date, or at a later start of term or mid term date before their 6th birthday.
  • If their birthday falls on or after the mid term date then they can start school at the beginning of the following term or at the start of any following term until their 6th birthday.
  • Children must have turned 5 before they can start in school.
  • Students won't be starting school on their birthday. This will mean that we will only have eight dates during the year where new entrants start in the classroom. Cohort Entry dates for 2021 are:






















New School Website
New school website - have you had a look yet?
Please click the link below to have a look.


Our Kickstart programme is for both new parents and children starting at Welcome Bay School. It is designed to set each child and their family up with the knowledge they need to ensure a smooth transition into school. Kickstart sessions now align with the weeks leading up to our Cohort Entry start dates. All Kickstart sessions start at 2pm.

Term 3
Cohort Entry 5 Start date: T3 Wk 1 Monday 26 July

   -  Monday 02 August: Session 1 
   -  Monday 09 August: Session 2 
   -  Monday 16 August: Session 3 
   -  Monday 23 August: Session 4  
Term 3
Cohort Entry 6 Start date: T3 Wk 6 Monday 30 August

  -   Monday 06 September: Session 1 
  -   Monday 13 September: Session 2 
  -   Monday 20 September: Session 3 
  -   Monday 27 September: Session 4

Cohort Entry 7 Start date: T4 Wk 1 Monday 18 October
If you are interested in attending please email the school office: or call the office on 544 1113 and let us know you will be along so we can plan for numbers.  Also, if you know someone who intends on enrolling at Welcome Bay School but does not get the newsletter, please let them know too.  We look forward to seeing you!

Term / Important Dates

Term 2 Week 9
 Fri 2 July: 
Teacher Only Day
              - School Closed

Term 2 Week 10
Matariki Week
 - Tues 6 July: Funky Fun Yr 5/6
 - Thurs 8 July: Matariki Tuakana Teina Day
 - Friday 9 July: Celebration Assembly @9:15am
                          - End of term.

Term 3 Starts Monday 26 July at 8.55am
Term 3 Week 1
  - Mon 26th July: Cohort Entry # 5
  - Fri 30th July: Assembly
Term 3 Week 2
  - Mon 2nd August: Kickstart
  - Tues 3rd August: Rheumatic Fever Testing
                      - Funky Fun Day Year 3 / 4
  - Fri 6th August: Assembly
                      - Rheumatic Fever Testing


We are looking to increase our advertisers in our Welcome Bay School newsletters.    Each school week a newsletter or sports newsletter is distributed to all school families (Our roll starts around 300 increasing to 350).  This means that every week the families of our learners receive a newsletter with your business featured in the newsletter in a business card type format. Our newsletter is also posted on Facebook which increases the target audience.

  • To secure your spot for 12 months, it is an investment of $250 (+GST)
  • To secure your spot for 6 months (till the end of the school year) it is an investment of $125 (+GST),

Please email to enquire further.

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