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Explore - Extend - Empower

Creating holistic learners in a broad inquiring
curriculum that fosters a love of learning and

cultivates creative minds.

Principal’s Welcome

Nau mai ki Kura o Tapu Te Ranga.

Welcome to Island Bay School.

We are a primary school (Year 1-6) on the picturesque south coast of Wellington. When you arrive here at Island Bay, you will have a real sense of place, from the bay to the city. We are committed to giving all students the best education possible.

Our vision for learning to “ Explore, Extend and Empower ” is brought to life by our curriculum that recognises that there are unique realities for the learner that deserve recognition in the design of learning and schooling. We want learning that matters, that makes a difference in learners’ lives, that is creative, connected to meaningful, relevant and deep contexts.

Our Learning

Through an inquiry model, Island Bay School endeavours to integrate all of the learning areas from the New Zealand Curriculum into their teaching and learning. Our curriculum document unpacks what our learning looks like in detail.

Enrolment Information

We welcome new students to Island Bay School. To find out more click below.

What's happening at Island Bay School?

Latest Notifications

Newsletter 27 November 2022

Sun Nov 27 04:31am

Includes info on the three year strategy. Reminder that Y5&6 camps are on this week coming, and also Y4 EOTC week. 


Many thanks



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Newsletter 19 November 2022

Sat Nov 19 12:01am

Includes reminders about Y4 EOTC week, Y5 & 6 camps, library book returns, marble club hoodie orders and more


Have a great weekend



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Reminder: New Whanau Parent Information Night tomorrow (15 Nov), 7-8pm

Mon Nov 14 06:18am

Reminder: powhiri for all new families is on this morning. New families meet at the Learning Hub at 8.55am.

Sun Nov 13 06:46pm

The Fair is on TODAY! Pop up to school 11am-2pm for some great bargains, food and more!

Fri Nov 11 08:45pm

Kapa Haka opening at 10.50am!


BYO cups, containers and tote bags
Help us reduce our plastic waste so please remember to bring your own reusable bags, containers and keep cups for all your treats and purchases!


We’ll be using our indoor plan.



 

Reminder: School Fair on tomorrow rain or shine!!! Sat 12 Nov, 11am-2pm. See you there!

Fri Nov 11 06:46am

Running order


10.45 am: Kapa Haka children to meet
10.50 am: Opening Kapa Haka performance
11 am: Fair is OPEN! (no sales before 11.00)
Fun, fun, fun!
1.50 pm: Lunch date with a teacher winner drawn.
2 pm: Fair closes, Silent Auction closes*
2.10 pm: Silent Auction winners go to the school office to pay, and we’ll hand over your winnings.


Note: the fair in ON come rain or shine! Here’s the wet weather map.


* however if there is a bidding war going on we’ll give you a couple of minutes leeway (think: Trade Me’s auto-extend)


BYO cups, containers and tote bags
Help us reduce our plastic waste so please remember to bring your own reusable bags, containers and keep cups for all your treats and purchases!

Newsletter 10 November

Thu Nov 10 07:46am

Includes important information for tomorrow and Saturday about the fair. Bring your filled cake boxes and buy your tokens on KINDO tomorrow. Also any help with set up tomorrow afternoon would be much appreciated! 


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Reminder: Buy your tokens to go in the draw to win a lunch date with a teacher! And volunteers needed to help set up Fri (tomorrow) from 3pm

Thu Nov 10 01:33am

Buy tickets on Kindo and your child/ren will be automatically entered into the draw to win a lunch date with a teacher of their choice (they can bring a mate). The winning ticket will be drawn at the close of the fair. The winner needs to be present to claim their prize (it will be redrawn otherwise).


Buy your tokens here on KINDO


Any help with set up from 3pm tomorrow would be greatly appreciated! Just turn up to the school hall. Thanks so much!

Reminder: Drop off your filled cake boxes to the school hall either on Friday or before 10am on Saturday morning.

Wed Nov 09 06:31am

Your baking needs to include a wee description of the ingredients – note: vegan, gluten and egg free are top sellers.

Reminder: It’s the Fair on Saturday! Save time and buy fair tokens on Kindo before Friday.

Tue Nov 08 11:01pm

You can only pay for games with tokens, and they can also be used to buy food and drinks, and on the stalls. Tokens purchased will be given to your child/ren by Friday. If your child doesn’t receive them by Friday, collect them from the school office when the fair opens. Cash and eftpos will also be accepted – but we’d prefer you to buy tokens.



Buy tokens on KINDO here

Reminder: Bilingual Whanau hui, this Tuesday (8 Nov), 6-7pm in the Learning Hub. All welcome

Mon Nov 07 06:46am

Newsletter 5 November 2022

Sat Nov 05 02:01am

Fair reminders – more volunteers please, and remember the donation drop off tomorrow (Sunday 6 Nov), 3-5pm!


Y4/5/6 – a reminder to everyone to fill in your Y5 & Y6 child’s camp registration or Y4 EOTC forms


Have a great weekend



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Reminder: drop off your fair donations to the school hall, 3-5pm TOMORROW (Sunday 6 Nov)

Fri Nov 04 06:31am

Only a week and a half til the Fair – get your fair tokens on KINDO!

Wed Nov 02 06:31am

Games Tokens
The games area is cashless, so buy your tokens on KINDO and you’ll be all set for Hook a Duck, Minigolf and more! (Under H&S fundraising – fair tokens).



Lunch date with a teacher tokens!
Buy tokens and enter the draw to win a lunch date with a teacher of your choice! The more tokens you buy, the more chances you have to win. (Under H&S fundraising – meal with a teacher on KINDO). Note: draw will be made at the end of the fair and you must be there to win!



Buy your tokens here on KINDO

Donations needed: smash palace crockery & glass jars

Tue Nov 01 06:46am

Tired of that cracked, chipped, or tea-stained crockery cluttering up your cupboards? Then hand it over. Smash Palace is a favourite game at the fair and we need heaps more crockery to make it a smashing success.


Glass jars! We need a heap more jars for our fabulous kids’ craft stall.


All donations can be dropped off in the school hall.

Helpers still needed for the school fair! It’s super fun, sign up now!

Tue Nov 01 06:17am

We could do with around another 40-50 people to be able to run the fair and make it a super day for everyone. Thank you in advance, we appreciate everyone’s time and effort 🙂



Yes I can help!

Note: Pacific Fono is POSTPONED tonight (1 Nov). A rescheduled date will be advised. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Tue Nov 01 12:08am

Reminder: Pacific Fono on tomorrow (Tues 1 Nov), all welcome. 6-7pm in the Learning Hub

Mon Oct 31 06:31am

Helpers needed for the school fair!

Sun Oct 30 06:31am

Thank you to the 20 people who have kindly offered to help so far. We still need around another 60 people to be able to run the fair and make it a super day for everyone. Thank you in advance, we appreciate everyone’s time and effort 🙂


Sign up to help at the fair

Important note: New starter pōwhiri is now postponed. New date tbc

Sat Oct 29 10:01pm

Apologies for the inconvenience, the pōwhiri scheduled for Mon 31 Oct is postponed and we will advise the new date soon. Thanks for your understanding. 

Reminder: drop off your fair donations to the school hall, 3-5pm TODAY (Sunday 30 Oct)

Sat Oct 29 09:06pm

Newsletter 29 October 2022

Sat Oct 29 02:01am

Includes a reminder about the Fair donation drop off tomorrow (Sunday 30 Oct) 3-5pm, recap of the 2023 School Structure, a COVID update and more.


Have a great weekend



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Reminder: New starters Pōwhiri is on Monday 9.15-10.15am, 31 Oct

Fri Oct 28 04:13am

See more details here about our Pōwhiri

Last bus load leaving Newtown now. A great day had by all, thanks everyone for your support and understanding!

Fri Oct 28 02:54am

Rimu & Harakeke will be on the next bus load. Apologies for the wait and thanks for your understanding

Fri Oct 28 02:31am

Note: Korimako & rest of Patangatanga leaving Newtown now!

Fri Oct 28 02:18am

Note: Still getting everyone back from Athletics – Y6, Rimu, harakeke and half of Patangatanga are still to come. Thanks for your patience

Fri Oct 28 01:50am

Reminder: Drop off your donations for the Fair this Sunday 30 Oct, 3-5pm or anytime at school drop offs and pick ups

Thu Oct 27 06:46am

If you can spare a bit of time at drop off or pick up times to help sort donations in the hall that would be gratefully appreciated! Just turn up – or email Fiona (fiona@fnd.co.nz).


Remember: please no household items as we don’t have a White Elephant Stall this year!



 

Reminder: School Athletics Day on tomorrow (Fri 28 Oct)

Thu Oct 27 06:31am

Please make sure your child wears sports gear and appropriate shoes, and brings a big lunch, a named water bottle and sunhat. See full details and timetable here


Note: some V.P students could be late back to school tomorrow afternoon as we are short of buses and have a rotating bus system.


 

More helpers needed for Athletics day!

Wed Oct 26 07:08pm

We only have a few signed up so far, please let Alice know by clicking the button below or emailing alice@islandbay.school.nz  if you can help. Many thanks!



Yes, I can help!

Reminder: New starters Pōwhiri is now on 9.15am, 31 Oct – note date change

Wed Oct 26 06:33am

See more details here about our Pōwhiri

Reminder: School Structure Session, 8.45-9.15am tomorrow in the staffroom (Thurs 27 Oct).

Wed Oct 26 06:31am

Parents are invited to come along to a session to hear what the school structure will look like in 2023. This will cover which year groups will be in which learning spaces, and which teachers will be in those spaces. If you miss this session the information will be in the Friday newsletter.

Newsletter 21 Oct 2022

Fri Oct 21 06:46am

Includes a reminder about the public holiday on Monday (school is back on Tues 25 Oct), a fair update – we need more volunteers please! and details for School Athletics on Fri 28 Oct.


Have a great long weekend



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Reminder: Monday (24 Oct) is a public holiday for Labour Day. School is open as normal on Tuesday 25 Oct.

Tue Oct 18 07:57pm

There is no Teacher Only Day on the Tuesday

Newsletter 16 Oct 2022

Sun Oct 16 08:16am

This newsletter includes a reminder about Junior school swimming starting on Tuesday and updates about our School Fair. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow (Mon 17 Oct) at 8.55am.



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Reminder: Declutter and put things aside for the school fair – drop off at the school hall, TODAY! (Sun 16 Oct 3-5pm!)

Sat Oct 15 08:40pm

We’d love quality goods you’d be happy to purchase yourself. Please bring donations to the school hall, 3-5pm TODAY. We also desperately need people to help sort donations as they come in – if you can spare some time this afternoon during the drop off to help sort, that would be amazing….

Reminder: School starts Monday 17 Oct, 8.55am. See you all then!

Sat Oct 15 06:31am

Reminder: Declutter and put things aside for the school fair – drop off at the school hall, this Sun 16 Oct 3-5pm! 4 weeks to go…

Fri Oct 14 06:31am

We’d love quality goods you’d be happy to purchase yourself. Please bring donations to the school hall, 3-5pm on Sunday 16 October. You can also drop off donations to the school hall during the school week at drop off and pick up times.
We desperately need people to help sort donations as they come in – please email Natalie if you can spare half an hour here and there! 



Email Reply – yes I can help!



 

Reminder: Declutter and put things aside for the school fair – drop off at the school hall, Sun 16 Oct 3-5pm! 5 weeks to go…

Thu Oct 06 06:46am

We’d love quality goods you’d be happy to purchase yourself. Please bring donations to the school hall, 3-5pm on Sunday 16 October. You can also drop off donations to the school hall during the school week at drop off and pick up times.
We desperately need people to help sort donations as they come in – please email Natalie if you can spare half an hour here and there!


Email Reply – yes I can help!



 

Newsletter 29 September 2022

Thu Sep 29 07:01am

Includes a reminder about our Teacher Only Day tomorrow, Fair donation update and jobs still to fill, dates for your diaries for Term 4, and more.


Wishing you safe and relaxing holidays 



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Reminder: School Discos are on tomorrow (Thursday 29 Sep). Get tickets on KINDO

Wed Sep 28 06:46am

 


A reminder to buy your school disco tickets on Kindo (under Home and School Fundraiser).
Remember to bring a drink bottle and $2 cash for the sausage sizzle. (Year 3-6 only). 
Disco sign in will be in the foyer. Child pick-up post-disco is from Harakeke in bottom block. 
No charge for the lunch time disco for year 1-2.


 

Notice: Unfortunately we have to postpone our Pacific Fono evening tonight. We will reschedule. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Wed Sep 28 12:01am

Reminder: School Discos are on Thursday (29 Sep). Get tickets on KINDO

Tue Sep 27 06:33am

 


A reminder to buy your school disco tickets on Kindo (under Home and School Fundraiser).
Remember to bring a drink bottle and $2 cash for the sausage sizzle. (Year 3-6 only). 
Disco sign in will be in the foyer. Child pick-up post-disco is from Harakeke in bottom block. 
No charge for the lunch time disco for year 1-2.

Reminder: Friday 30 September is a Teacher Only Day. Many thanks

Tue Sep 27 06:32am

Reminder: Pacific Fono, 5-6.30pm tomorrow (Wed 28 Sep). All welcome

Tue Sep 27 06:01am

Reminder: School Discos are on Thursday (29 Sep). Get tickets on KINDO

Sat Sep 24 07:16am

 

Newsletter 23 Sep 2022

Fri Sep 23 07:46am

Includes info on school photos, a fair update, hoodies, and disco reminder.


Have a great weekend



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Notice: Island Bay School will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 26 September. Many thanks

Mon Sep 19 07:46am

Reminder: Whānau hui with Poutama Pounamu, on TODAY (Monday 19 Sep) 4-6pm. All welcome

Mon Sep 19 02:42am

Anyone who is interested in our bilingual plans is welcome to come along to discussions with Poutama Pounamu to plan Kaupapa Māori and how it will look in action. Tamariki welcome to attend.

Notice: Childcare option for Teacher Only Day – Fri 30 Sep

Mon Sep 19 01:46am

Kia ora e te whānau


Please see a message from Island Bay Kelly Club below:


Will you need our services on this day, and would like us to run a one-off Holiday programme? If so please fill out our survey below by Thursday 22 September 2022, this will then help us decide whether we need to run a one-off Holiday Programme for you all.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M5ZWYM2


If our programme goes ahead we will have a day of cook off’s, and cookery-themed games and we will also test our senses in kids vs staff challenges as part of our Masterchef day. So let us know by clicking on the link above.


Many thanks on behalf of Island Bay Kelly Club 

Reminder: Whānau hui with Poutama Pounamu, on tomorrow (Monday 19 Sep) 4-6pm. All welcome

Sun Sep 18 07:32am

Anyone who is interested in our bilingual plans is welcome to come along to discussions with Poutama Pounamu to plan Kaupapa Māori and how it will look in action. Tamariki welcome to attend.

Newsletter 16 September 2022

Fri Sep 16 10:16pm

Includes info on signing up for Term 4 sports (closing soon, please contact Alice asap), reminder about the Teacher Only Day (30 Sep), School Disco details, and great photos from this week.



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Notice: 11am today at Wellington Museum, join our kapa haka group to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Fri Sep 16 09:41pm

11AM today (Saturday) – Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with Te Kura o Tapu te Ranga Island Bay School kapa haka group at Wellington Museum. Join the tamariki at the Te Whanganui-a-Tara tukutuku panels on the second floor as they sing their favourite waiata. Mā te wā!

Reminder: Futsal Festival on 13-15 Sep. Check your child’s team.

Wed Sep 14 07:31am

See the futsal teams here. Please make sure your child brings a large lunch, drink bottle, Island Bay tshirt, shorts and sneakers.

Reminder: Futsal Festival on 13-15 Sep. Check your child’s team. Please make sure your child brings an Island Bay Tshirt

Tue Sep 13 07:16am

See the futsal teams here. Please make sure your child brings a large lunch, drink bottle, Island Bay tshirt, shorts and sneakers. They are available from the office for $20.

Reminder: All children in Art Splash need to be at school by 8.45am tomorrow to get the bus to the Michael Fowler. Many thanks

Mon Sep 12 07:17am

Reminder: Futsal Festival on 13-15 Sep. Check your child’s team.

Mon Sep 12 07:01am

See the futsal teams here. Please make sure your child brings a large lunch, drink bottle, Island Bay tshirt, shorts and sneakers.

Reminder: Planting to sell at the school fair – we need your help this week!

Sun Sep 11 08:46pm

We need parent help to do some planting this week. Please contact Natalie at Home and School (homeandschool@islandbay.school.nz) asap if you are able to help, so we can get the plants growing ready to sell.

Reminder: Pick up your Art Splash tickets from the office

Sun Sep 11 08:32pm

Artsplash is coming up fast (13 Sep) and if you would like to purchase tickets to watch your children, they are available to buy on Kindo or at the office. Those who have already bought tickets, they are ready to be collected at the office.  Thanks.

Newsletter 9 September 2022

Sat Sep 10 03:01am

Includes info on next week’s Art Splash (get your tickets on KINDO and pick up from the office), Fustal Festival (13-15 Sep) and a request for planting help.


Have a great weekend


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Reminder: “Have Your Say” meeting on TONIGHT at 7pm in the Staffroom

Thu Sep 08 05:01am

Getting our unique school community input is really important to us, and will shape what Island Bay School can offer. We’d love as many of you as possible to come along and share your views and ideas on the direction you’d like the school to take for the next 3 years. This is your opportunity to help shape the education you want for your children.


What is important to you for your child’s experience of school?


What do you want to see on offer for your child?

Reminder: “Have Your Say” Parent In-Person Session – planning for the next 3 years, 7.30pm tomorrow (Thurs) night

Wed Sep 07 07:36am

See full details here

Reminder: Whanau hui – bilingual update, 6-7.30pm in the staffroom. All welcome

Tue Sep 06 07:36am

Reminder: Get your Art Splash tickets!

Tue Sep 06 02:40am

Artsplash is coming up fast (13 Sep) and if you would like to purchase tickets to watch your children, they are available to buy on Kindo or at the office. Those who have already bought tickets, they are ready to be collected at the office.  Thanks.

Note: Fair Sign Up form. Please follow the link attached (now accessible!) to pick your slot to help with the school fair

Mon Sep 05 11:05pm

We really appreciate everyone’s time and effort! Thanks for supporting our school fair.



Sign up here for your slot!

Reminder: School Board votes are due in by 4pm on Wednesday 7 Sep. Please put them in the box in the office. Thanks

Mon Sep 05 07:20am

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