Coming Up

 29 – 31 May

Dental van on site

31 May

Year 5-6 at The Science Road Show – Torbay School

Board Meeting 7.30pm

2 June

Teacher Only Day – School Closed

5 June

Queen’s Birthday – School Closed

6 June

Year 5 Speech Contest

6 June

PTA Meeting – All welcome

7 June

Interschool Football – Save Day 9 June

7 June

Year 1-2 Gym Fun at NSEC

8 June

Year 5-6 Visit to Aotea Centre

9 June

Year 3-4 Swimming lessons at AUT Millennium

 At a glance

  • Welcome to new students
  • Teacher Only Day Friday 2 June. School closed
  • Music News – Music Assembly and APPA Choir
  • PTA News – Next PTA meeting Tuesday 6 June. Everyone welcome

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

Please forgive us if you feel that you have been told 10 times that school is closed on Friday!  It’s just that we need to be 100% sure that the message is understood and that we do not have children turning up on Friday to an empty school.

We are excited about the professional learning that will be happening as all of our teachers from local schools come together to share effective practice. Our best teachers, will be running workshops that share key learning that is the outcome of their teaching as inquiry, or focus areas for improvement. This is the first time our schools have combined for this purpose and we expect teachers to return, after the long weekend, keen to experiment with new strategies  for accelerating student progress.

Two of our teachers are working with performance groups to have them ready for the Mid-Bays Festival at the Bruce Mason Centre. This is the highlight of the cultural calendar with our school being represented by our festival choir, trained by Clare McCormack and our dance group, trained by Claire Worthington Blair. We are told that tickets come on sale today and recommend that you get in early to secure as many seats as you need. A bonus for festival-goers is the artwork on display. We have some of our very best art work exhibited in the Bruce Mason for this event.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Best regards
Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Anna Lu, Madeline Smith and Christine Huang

Mid-Bays Schools Music: Tickets are now available for sale, on line, for the two performances at the Bruce Mason Centre to be held from 7.00 pm on Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July 2017.  Go to: Mid Bays Schools Music

Seating is allocated and it is strongly recommended you book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 for children (pre-school, primary and intermediate age) plus ticketing costs.

Please note the school has nothing to do with the ticketing process. Any questions should be directed to Ticketmaster.

As tickets are strictly limited and as we have record numbers of students participating from our Mid Bays schools we recommend you book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Reminder: School closed Friday

You should have received a Flexibuzz/tiqbiz message and a hard copy notice today. You are asked to return the notice to your child’s teacher tomorrow. Note that each child in the school is expected to return this notice. We need to know that every child is accounted for on Friday when the school is closed. No one will be at school on Friday. 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)

Care walking to and from school 

We have had notification from St John’s School that there was an approach made to a child  this morning, by a man and a woman in a car in Hastings Road. This then is a good time to reiterate to your children that whenever possible they should walk with someone else and what they should do if approached. The school has not been notified by the police about this incident. Just a heads up.

Music News

May is NZ Music Month.  For more info follow This Link

Music Assembly is Friday 16 June 1.30 pm. Parents are welcome. This will feature Marimba, Ukulele Club, Choir, Hand chime and Culture Groups.

1. Year 5 Marimba Group: Synthesis – Lion Sleeps Tonight

2. Culture Group: Rona (Choir to sing with them)

3. Choirs (Mid Bays and APPA): Tell me a Story (hand bell accompaniment) – Green Eggs and Ham

4. Hand Chime Group: I hear the Bells – Pachelbell Canon

5. Ukulele Club: Carnaval – Cape Reinga – NZ Music month song

6. Year 6 Marimba Group: The Totara Tree – Kanon 19

7. Why does Love Do this to Me? – featuring choir and staff – school can join in on the chorus.

A lovely musical afternoon for everyone!

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.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

PTA News

Landscaping Group: Interested in trees and edible plants at MBS? Please email for more information and to get involved!

Dates for your diary:

Quiz Night – 5 August

Cool Rides to school – 29 September

PTA Meetings – All Welcome …. Tuesday 6 June & 4 July


Ph 09 478 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.

SKYCITY Mystics vs Central Pulse – for the special rate of $10 per ticket.  Mystics




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.

Rangitoto College Fundraiser “Pressing The Right Buttons” Allison Moody – Saturday 17th June 7 pm in the College Auditorium $15 tickets available from student finance or reservations by emailing with name, contact and ticket numbers.

Allie is a fun, entertaining speaker but most important she has a message that is informative and life changing, you will agree with her clients…… “vibrant, insightful, funny, engaging and relevant.” You like to sit and think – but your partner likes to talk, non-stop. Your daughter must have everything neat’n’tidy – but her brother couldn’t care less. You’re a born ‘get-up-and-goer’ but you’ve married to someone who has never got up and gone anywhere without being pushed. Why? You declare in frustration that you’re opposites, that you’re like chalk and cheese and that you just can’t figure it out! Come along and hear Allison speak about personality differences, how people are wired and what makes people tick. Learn how to effectively press all the right buttons to create unity and harmony in your relationships with family, friends, workmates and neighbours.

Parenting Anxious Teens & Tweens course, starts Sunday 25th June (2 weeks) from 3.30-6.30 pm at Raeburn House in Northcote. Cost $50 pp or $70 for couples. Learn more about the causes, patterns and affects of anxiety in your tween or teen. Develop skills that you can use in the home to support their journey to overcome anxiety. Meet other parents who share some of your concerns and feel supported by the group and facilitator.
Confidence, Wellbeing & Employment Guidance, starts 13th June from 1 pm to 2.30 pm in Northcote (6 weeks) FREE to attend. Improve your personal well-being and confidence, while increasing your employment prospects. Learn to identify your strengths, discover what support is available in your community and receive coaching on job seeking skills.
To register, please call 09 441-8989, email, or

Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland – Chinese immigrant parents’ views on parenting programmes

We want to know about your views of parenting programmes and what kinds of parenting support you wish to obtain from a parenting programme. If you are a Chinese immigrant parent with at least one child between the aged of 5-12 years, we want to hear what you have to say. This 40-minute survey asks about your parenting beliefs and what you think should be included in parenting programmes. This valuable information will be used to help tailor parenting programmes to meet Chinese immigrant parents’ needs. To find out more about the survey and to participate, click on the following hyperlink:  If you prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey contact Yun Wei at the Auckland University’s Parenting Research Group: 022 380 5687 or 09 623 8899 Ext. 83042 or via email:
得的支持。如果您是一个中国移民父母,并且至少有一个孩子年龄在 5 到 12 岁之间,
我们想要听听您想要对我们说什么。这是一个 40 分钟的问卷调查。问卷的内容是关于您
如果您想要更多地了解或是参与我们的调查,请点击这个链接:  如果您更希望完成
纸质的问卷,请和奥克兰大学亲子教养研究小组的魏鋆联系:022 380 5687 或是 09 623 8899 转分机号 83042,或是通过电子邮件:
Approved by the University Of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 27/06/2016 for three years. Reference Number 16858.