Coming Up

17 May

Student Council Mufti PJ and Wacky Hair Day to support KidsCan and Foster Hope Pyjama Drive.

19 May

Year 3-4 Swimming lessons at AUT Millennium

19 May

School Disco in the school hall – See PTA Notices below

26 May

Year 3-4 Swimming lessons at AUT Millennium

 At a glance

  • Welcome to new students
  • Mufti Day 17 May. PJ and wacky hair
  • Staff Car Parks. Warning on unauthorised parking
  • Teacher Only Day Friday 2 June. School closed
  • Music News – May is NZ Music Month
  • Enviro News – Travelwise. Road Safety Week
  • Sports News – Netball and Hockey Season has started
  • PTA News – Next PTA meeting Tuesday 6 June. Everyone welcome

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

Teachers and support staff turned out in numbers on Saturday to Doug Rollerson’s funeral.  Doug was the husband of Janine Rollerson (Y3-4 Co leader) and father of Kate Hooper (on parental leave). Doug bravely battled cancer for many years. An ex All Black and long time resident of Mairangi Bay, Doug was a real personality and he will be missed. The service was a celebration of a life well lived. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Gwen Taylor is teaching Room 18 until Janine returns.

I thank Siobhan Cooper and her student teams that have been making us aware of the need for all of us to choose safety over convenience. Last week was Road Safety Week and they have been doing what they can to make this a safer place. Last week the Matipo Road kea crossing was promoted. It is pleasing to see more parents dropping and collecting their children at the top of Matipo Road. The parents and students who run the kea crossing make it possible for these children to cross the road safely and they also reduce the congestion at the school gate. (A “kea crossing” operates only just before and just after school and is not a designated pedestrian crossing at other times).

Please support the student council fundraiser on Wednesday. They are keen to raise money for children less fortunate than themselves.

Best regards
Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Welcome to our new students that have arrived in term 2

Sophie Wang, Tyler Shazell, Mason Singleton, Luca Philipp, Laura Liang, Vanessa Zheng, Jordan Zhang, Daisy Xu, Lexi Underwood, Chaebeen Yoon, Tintin Bai, YeEun Ryu, HaEun Ryu, Matthew Gee, Sofiya Vasilyeva, Henry Xu, Ruby Soo, Francois Marais, Indiana Taylor, Ruby McColl, Michael Andropov, Love Lee, Devon Conn, Isabelle Dobbie and Cecelia Waters-Roestenburg.

Fundraiser this Wednesday 

On 17 May the Student Council is holding a Pyjama and Wacky Hair Mufti Day to support KidsCan and the Foster Hope Pyjama Drive. Gold coin donation.

Parking in Staff Car Parks

There have been an increasing number of parents using the staff only car parks. We are sorry that there is no parking available for parents’ cars in school grounds, but these car parks are barely sufficient for staff vehicles and therefore are not to be used for parent parking, or as a pick up and drop off area for children, including before and after school sports practices. The pool car park will be closed to cars so it can be used for sports practice, and for the safety of our students that need to access school from Agathis Avenue, until further notice.  Thank you to the 99% who read the signage in the staff car park and park somewhere else. If you risk parking in the staff car park you may be locked in overnight or towed.

Reminder: Teacher Only Day

Please note for your calendar that a teacher only day is scheduled for Friday 2 June, the day before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Please make arrangements for you child/ren on this day. The school is closed. No one will be on site. All of our teachers will engage in professional development with teachers from other schools in our Community of Learning. The school is open for an extra day in December and the school year ends on 18 December. No change to advertised dates.

Our before and after school care service, Mai Place will be open all day but bookings need to be made at least a week beforehand.

Mob: 021 624 752 (021 MAI PLA)
Email: maip@mairangibay.school.nz

Future Innovators Technology Grant

Thank you to those who voted for Mairangi Bay School for the Future Innovators in Technology Grant. Unfortunately we did not win the $10,000 prize. Potentia Recruitment were very pleased with our proposal and are excited to work with us in the future should the opportunity arise.

Caley Plinston (Room 5 Teacher)

Music News

May is NZ Music Month

Music Month May 17All classes are learning the 2017 Hook Line and Sing a long song ‘Cape Reinga’
Here is the link if you wish to practice at home. http://hooklineandsingalong.com/736-2/

Ukulele Club has started
Thursdays at lunchtime. If you have your own ukulele, please bring it. If you don’t have your own, you can use a school one.
12.30 pm Year 3 children
12.45 pm (straight after lunch eating) Year 4, 5, 6

Mid Bays Choir and Dance group
Our big performances are at the end of this term
5th and 6th of July in the Bruce Mason Theatre.
Choir’s next combined practice is Monday 22 May.
Choir weekly practices are Thursdays at 1.30 pm.
Dance group practices on Thursdays at 2.15 pm.

http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz/what-is-nz-music-month/

APPA Choir
I have the songs now and we will be having weekly practices on Thursdays at 2 pm.
Our first combined rehearsal is Tuesday 30 May.

Marimba Groups are working hard each Thursday for the Marimba Festival on Saturday 2 September.
I have been asked to bring a marimba group to perform at the APPA music festival in the Town Hall in November.

Hand Chime group has made a start this week. These 10 children are very keen and capable.
Please see Mrs McCormack if you have a suggestion for a name for this group eg: Mairangi Ringers.

Music Assembly – Friday 16 June 1.30 pm
Lots of music groups will be performing.

Enjoy the music making!

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Travelwise01Travelwise – Last week, 8 – 14 May 2017, was Road Safety Week. You may have noticed some of our Travelwise students recording the speed of cars passing by our school in the morning traffic along Galaxy Drive and Matipo Road. The speed limit for cars driving past schools is 40 kph. The data collected will be shared at our next school assembly and newsletter. Also, children have been holding placards outside the school reminding drivers to slow down.
Travelwise02As a Travelwise School, our aim is to improve road safety and reduce the number of vehicles driving to and from school at peak times. We encourage children who live near the school to walk to school whenever they can. For those children who live further away and come by car, we encourage parents to drop them off a short distance away so those children also benefit from a walk to school.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Good Luck to all our Netball and Hockey teams, who have started their seasons.

Netball teams are playing on a Wednesday night and a Saturday.

Hockey team games are at Harbour Hockey in Rosedale.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Coordinator

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events:

FACEBOOK: To better protect the privacy of our school families we have set up a new closed group Facebook page. Look for Mairangi Bay School PTA and ask to be a member. We will be using Facebook as an important means of communicating with you about events, capturing and sharing photographs, and providing news about our community and fundraising initiatives, so please join our Facebook group!
SPORTS STAR DISCO: Remember our School Disco is this Friday 19th May, Juniors (NE to Year 3) 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm, Seniors (Year 4 – Year 6) 7.15 pm – 8.30 pm. Tickets $5 at the door. Please drop off and pick your child up from the hall. Snacks, drinks and glow items will be available to purchase. CASH ONLY.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS: Please pay for your book or return any outstanding books asap to the office foyer.
QUIZ NIGHT: 5th August 2017: Get your thinking hats on for your tables’ theme and start looking for those fancy dress costumes!!! Prizes galore for best and worst dressed.
LANDSCAPING GROUP: Interested in trees and edible plants at MBS? Please email chrisberthelsen@gmail.com for more information and to get involved!
COOL RIDES TO SCHOOL: Do you own an interesting, vintage or out-of-the-ordinary vehicle, or know someone who does? We are currently collecting vehicles to be used for our Cool Rides fundraiser to be held on the 29th September, 7.30 am to 9.00 am. Please contact Steph at coolrides@mairangibay.school.nz asap if you are interested.
PTA MEETINGS: All WELCOME: Tuesday  6th June and 4th July.

Absences

Ph 478 8424 extn 1
Online via website
or tiqbiz

Community Notices

Notices are put in this section as a service to our community. The school does not necessarily endorse these community advertisements and you are advised to check for yourself, the reliability of providers, events, camps and courses.

Foster Hope Pyjama Drive

Foster Hope believes that every child in care deserves to know that their community cares about them. Foster Hope runs an annual new pyjama drive leading up to winter. One of the reasons that they specifically ask for new summer or winter pyjamas (aged 0-17 years) is that many of these children have never had a brand new pair of their very own and knowing that someone has shopped especially for them is a huge boost to their self-esteem. Foster Hope wants this to be a positive experience as some foster children tend to feel like a bit like second-hand kids themselves. Anything they can do to help them feel loved and valued is a huge part of what they do. Foster Hope’s goal this year is to collect 4,000 pairs of new pyjamas. A basket will be placed in the School for those who wish to donate. For more information on Foster Hope please visit their website www.fosterhope.org.nz.  Thank you to those people that have donated pyjamas already.

Long Bay College Music Academy

One-to-One lessons, Qualified teachers. Mon-Fri after hours. Lessons in: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Recorder, Ukulele. Sibling discount available. Lessons from $22! Need an instrument? We can help. Book a trial lesson today! Ages 4+ welcome. For more info visit www.longbaymusic.nz or txt/phone 022 694 8905.

Electronic waste drop-off day: Massey University, 20 May. For info, please follow this link

Uniform For Sale: Excellent Condition. Size 8: Long Sleeve Polo Shirt (2) $15 each. Size 8: Fleece Jumper $20. Size 14: Long Sleeve Polo Shirt $15. PH/TXT: 0210626514

Mairangi Bay Mid-Winter Swim. Sunday 18 June, 10:30 am, Mairangi bay Beach. Prizes for best dressed and for Beach Dig. Weather delay date: Sunday 25 June.