Bombay School - Our Best Always - Ake Runga - Years 0 to 8

Wishing all whanau who celebrate Christmas, a blessed and Merry Christmas. Happy holidays to all.

Dear parents, caregivers, students and friends of the school. Tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa,

Kotuitui Camp

We received some pictures from the Kotuitui campers, who are having a blast. We would like to thank all camp helpers, parents and teachers who have delivered yet another successful Bombay School Camp.

Year 8 Graduation

Monday 3 December heralded the culmination of eight years and in some cases nine years of education at Bombay School for many in our Year eight graduate class.  We celebrated this achievement with them, together with their whanau, past and present teachers and support staff during a dinner event held in the school hall.

We were regaled with humorous speeches throughout the night.  It was wonderful to listen to the student's experience of school life and the impact that we, as a collective, had on them.  Mrs Rolfe remarked that this was truly an exceptional group of academic, sporting and arty kids. Well done year eight and well done team Bombay.  

The Gift of a Korowhai

I doubt that there was a dry in the room when Saxon Timo-Perry stood up to deliver his speech. To give some context, when Saxon started as a 5 year old he was very shy and he hardly ever spoke. To see him up on stage delivering a bilingual speech in Maori and English, caused many of his teachers, past and present, to gulp hard on their punch and to pretend to have a running nose, so that they could dab away the tears.  Saxon delivered his pepeha and spoke about what this school meant to him.  Then came the big emotional moment when supported by his mum they sang a waiata. He removed his Korowhai and gifted it to the school!
This is a taonga. An honour beyond measure. When, I asked Melody, what the appropriate protocols were for its care and display, she immediately replied, "nah, it's meant to be worn. It must be used by the school."
With that in mind, I asked Mrs Rolfe to be the first person after Saxon, to wear the korowhai in recognition of her status as a teacher of 26 years standing at this school. She now is our very own kuia.  Thank you to the Timo-Perry Whanau
Saxon and his Mum Melody Timo-Perry

Update : Employment Contract Negotiations

Teachers and principals have overwhelmingly voted to reject the Ministry’s offer, according to press releases from the union (NZEI). The consensus feedback is that the last offer was not enough to meet the needs of schools, teachers and children.

What happens now?

NZEI will seek to restart negotiations immediately asking that a new offer is readied for members in early Term 1 2019.  That will then inform next steps.

Enrolments for 2019. Have you let us know who is coming and who is leaving?

Please let us know, if you have not already done so,  if you have any children starting at Bombay School next year. It would be really helpful to know of any New Entrants starting during 2019 or students moving to another school at the end of the year.

Please pass on this message to any other families that have children planning to join Bombay School next year.

Please email the office

End of Year Prize Givings

Prize Givings will take place in the hall on 12 December as follows :

  1. 9.15am-11am  Kotare  (Year 0-2) +  Tuhono (Year 3-4)
  2. 11.30 - 2.30pm Kotuitui (Year 5-6) + Kakahu (Year 7-8)

A link to the prize-giving programmes will be added into the newsletter once they have been finalised. Please check back here for those links.

Happy days - Santa is around the corner.

Best wishes to all,


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