Coming Up

 26 June

Mid Year Reports go home

28 & 29 June

Parent Interviews

28 June

Rippa Qualifying Tournament

29 June

Netball Field Day

30 June

Basketball Cluster

30 June

Year 5 Speech Finals

3 July

Year 6 Speech Finals

4 July

New Parent Information Meeting 9am

5 & 6 July

Mid Bays Music Festival at The Bruce Mason Centre

6 July

Year 1/2 Pumphouse Theatre

7 July

Last day at school.  End of Term 2

24 July

School opens – First day of Term 3

 At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Parent Interviews: How to book
  • New Parent Information Meeting: For New Entrants
  • North Shore Police: Suspicious approaches to children
  • End of Term 2 School closes at 3 pm Friday 7 July
  • Visit from Korean Principals
  • Music News: Mid Bays Music Festival
  • Enviro News: Fruit Juice making
  • Sports News: Flippaball and Miniball
  • PTA News: Dates for your diary.

Principal’s Message

music assembly

Hello everyone

The recent music performance assembly was a real treat. The marimba groups, ukulele group, culture group, festival choir and hand chime performers group all performed to  an appreciative audience.

Today the national standards reports were sent home in preparation for the mid year interviews this week. We look forward to talking to you about how well your children are doing at school and working with you to optimise opportunities. The interviews will provide a fuller picture of student attitude and achievement.

The highlight of the cultural calendar is the Mid Bays Festival which is at the Bruce Mason Centre next Wednesday and Thursday nights. I know that Claire McCormack and Claire Worthington Blair have prepared our young performers very well and I look forward to seeing our children really enjoy this occasion.

We are fortunate to have found an excellent teacher to replace Katie Fowles who takes parental leave shortly. Katie will continue teaching for the first 2-3 weeks of Term 3 and Claire Garnett has been appointed to take over this teaching role when Katie departs. Claire comes highly recommended with years of experience teaching at this level. She will teach 3 days  a week and we are about to appoint a worthy job share partner for her. Claire will be working with Katie to ensure a smooth transition for Room 17 children. We wish Katie, and her husband Daryl, happy times ahead as they prepare for their first born’s arrival.

This is the last newsletter for the term. I have been fortunate to have won a Ministry of Education sabbatical  award which means I will be on leave next term.  It will allow me to study overseas. Jeanette Smail will be acting principal for the first half of the term and Clare Curtice will be acting principal for the second part of the term. The award provides funding so that there is no cost to the school and I am confident that the ship is in good hands! I wish you all a very rewarding final fortnight for Term 2, a wonderful holiday and satisfying term ahead.

Go Emirates Team New Zealand! The Cup should be won tomorrow!

Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families 

Sophia Oh, Cole DeMeyer, Amanda Wei, Mufei Lei, Lucia Liu and Jessie Li

Parent Interviews

Parent Interviews will be held this Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June.  To book an appointment with your child’s teacher, go to School Interviews and enter code cttac and follow the instructions. Be quick, most people have already booked!

New Parent Information Meeting

This meeting on  4 July at 9 am in the staffroom  is for parents whose 5 year old children will shortly be entering our school. Invitations were sent out earlier in June.  Please RSVP to office@mairangibay.school.nz if you haven’t done so already. We hope that you are able to attend this meeting, especially to hear about the organisation that will benefit your child. Please come to the staffroom to meet Bruce Warren, the transition class teacher and the leader of the junior team. You will hear about the school, and the teacher will explain her classroom programme. This will include a tour of the school.

Notice from North Shore Police

North Shore Police have become aware of a number social media posts on local Facebook pages that have contained inaccurate information regarding recent suspicious approaches to children.
We would like to remind parents and family members of school children when posting information concerning these approaches, to ensure the content is accurate to avoid causing undue anxiety within our community.
Police acknowledge these posts are well-intentioned and their purpose is to inform other parents and ultimately protect children. However, inaccurate information can create unnecessary confusion and concern within our community. The posts also have the potential to result in misinformation being reported in the media and this is not helpful for anyone.
Police would like to reassure the public that any matter concerning a suspicious approach to a child should be reported immediately. All matters are thoroughly investigated and Police conduct sensitive interviewing techniques and work diligently to establish if there is any evidence of criminal intent. It can often be found that there is no sinister intent to the reports after thorough investigation.

Police encourage parents and teachers to have conversations with children about what to do if they feel unsafe and report it to police immediately, but please be mindful if you follow up with social media postings to ensure that the information you are posting contains accurate details.

The following Police advice is for parents and caregivers of students:

Teach your child how to get safely to and from school and other places they go – whether they walk, bike or go by bus.
Make clear rules about getting home.
Go to school with your child so that you can show them the safest route. Try to use main arterial routes with more people around and avoid walkways and isolated areas.
Teach them to deal with hazards like narrow footpaths or busy roads.
If they walk, make sure they always use pedestrian crossings.
Who does your child walk home with? Meet the parents of children in your area and keep in touch.
Teach the children to walk home together in twos or small groups, not alone.
Make other arrangements if someone is away.
Anyone who has an immediate concern for their safety should not hesitate to call 111.
We actively encourage students to report anything that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. This can be to a trusted adult, a teacher or the Police.
Police take the safety of our community seriously and in particular children’s safety, as they are among the most vulnerable members of our society.

Inspector Sunny Patel – Area Commander North Shore

End of Term 2 – School Holidays

School will be closing at 3 pm on Friday 7 July for the holidays.  We will re-open on Monday 24 July at 8:30 am. Wishing you all a safe holiday!

Visit from Korean Principals

20170616_110656 Korean Hall20170616_122404 Korean Room 11Last week we hosted a delegation of 25 Korean principals who visited Mairangi Bay School to see an effective New Zealand primary school in action. We were the only school they visited in New Zealand. They experienced a powhiri as the culture group welcomed them into our school and performed waiata. After the mihi and refreshments the Korean educators were told about our curriculum, learning vision and school organisation. Senior Korean students helped host our visitors on a tour of the school before was time for them head to the airport.

Music News

Mid Bays Festival in the Bruce Mason Theatre Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July.  The Festival tickets are selling fast – BOOK NOW!  Tickets are available online for the two performances at the Bruce Mason Centre, from 7.00 pm on Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July 2017.  Go to: Mid Bays Schools Music

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.

Children who are performing do not need tickets!

The Music Assembly on 16 June was a success – Congratulations to all the performers and thank you to the parents that came to show your support.

Mrs McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Fruit Juice Making

On Tuesday 27 June and Thursday 29 June next week there will be Fruit Juice making in the school hall at lunchtime. Students are invited to come in and try making their own juice out of lemons, oranges and mandarins. This fruit has been donated and sourced from our own community.

If you have any to spare, or are willing to lend we need the following items:

Lemon juicers (plastic or glass)
Small chopping boards
Glass bottles or jars with a metal lid
Labels or stickers

Please drop off these  at the school office. If you have any queries please contact me by email at siobhanc@mairangibay.school.nz

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Miniball

Expressions of interest for Year 6 players interested in playing Miniball next term. A trial may be required.

Extra players required for a Year 2 Miniball team, plays on a Monday at the Breakers facility.

Please email sports@mairangibay.school.nz if interested in any of the above.

U13 Basketball Tournament

Basketball Photos

Basketball Photos 2Four of our students were involved in the U13 Basketball Tournament at the weekend. Congratulations to Liam McCabe, Logan Somerville, Denham Turley and Emma-Kaye Schroeder.

 

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Coordinator

 PTA News

Facebook

Our newly rejuvenated closed Facebook group is up and running, so please remember to ask to become a member. Look for Mairangi Bay School PTA. We are now using Facebook as an important means of communicating with you about our upcoming community events, PTA News and for sharing photographs, so get connected to your school community on Facebook now!

Quiz Night

5th August 2017. COUNTDOWN IS NOW ON! Only 5 weeks to go. Tickets are on sale soon – look out for the flyer in your child’s bag this week. This year you can also book a bus ticket if you wish to join us for the after-quiz party. Prizes and Raffles Galore PLUS great food and wine PLUS something special for arty folks, hilarious games, booby prizes and just an all-round great night out for all. Start collecting those $2 coins to be in to win!

Cool Rides to School

We are still looking for a few extra vehicles for the coolest event of the school year. Do you know someone with a Ferrari, vintage car or other ‘Cool Ride’ who would be available on the 29th September between 7.30 and 9 am? Contact Steph at coolrides@mairangibay.school.nz ASAP.

Foster Hope Pyjama Drive

A HUGE THANK YOU from all of us at the PTA to all our school families who donated 44 new pairs of pyjamas to this worthy cause. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by these special kids.

PTA Gardening and Food Education Group

Do you have a fruit tree (or other edible plants) in your garden? Please consider donating some excess to this project for Mairangi Bay School PTA / Mairangi Arts Centre. Fill in the form here

Interested in Trees and Edible Plants at MBS?

Please email chrisberthelsen@gmail.com for more information and to get involved!

Absences

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, reliability of providers, events, camps and courses.Spacific JpegCubs and Keas are all about having FUN.  Cubs/Keas are all about kids being kids in a safe environment.  Cubs learn how to tie knots, cook simple meals, make trails and follow trails. Cubs learn how to be helpful to Mum and Dad, and do simple jobs at home. Cubs learn about the community, recycling, our heritage, traditions, and legends. Cubs earn badges and wear a uniform. Cubs go away on camps and learn about the environment. Cubs also love to go exploring, and sometimes we visit the glow worms at night when we go away to camp. Cubs are girls or boys from 5 1/2 yrs or Y1 to Y6. We would like you and your family to come and visit Cubs. Ring Akela first. We meet Wednesday 6pm – 7.30pm, Craig Road, Milford. Ring (Akela) Christien Griffith, 418 1734 (h) or 027 663 6782 (w)

Fantastic Drawing Classes for Children (age 5 – 12) Realistic Drawing Skills for Kids. Enrolling Now !!! for Term 3 After school and on Weekends. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Venue: Windsor Park Baptist Church. www.artacademy.co.nz  Contact Elena 021 0236 0215

Animates FREE School Holiday Activities

Animates

Meet Wetapunga at the Zoo Thursday 13 July at 10 am.  This is a Behind the Scenes encounter at Auckland Zoos native breeding programme led by a specialist keeper, Ben Goodwin. Take this great opportunity to get up close to the world’s heaviest insect, our own wetapunga and other creatures in the Ectotherms section. We will also explore other exhibits in the New Zealand section and talk about the Zoos conservation initiatives. This is a school holiday activity and we have negotiated 50% discount on zoo entrance! Book now as numbers may be limited with: Marilyn at cmgulliver@clear.net.nz or 094785562

Auckland Live Events

Aotea Square Ice Rink 16 June – 23 July Aotea Square. Pull out your winter woollies and hunt down those mittens, because the Aotea Square Ice Rink is back this winter! Throw a scarf around your neck, and skate in the heart of the city at a winter wonderland for young and old alike.
aucklandlive.co.nz/event/aotea-square-ice-rink

The Road That Wasn’t There 11 – 15 July Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre. A story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world. With puppetry and live music, both children and adults will enjoy this curious tale.
The road that Wasn’t there

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Stories 18 – 22 July Bruce Mason Centre One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page alongside three other classic Eric Carle stories. Hungry Caterpillar

Auckland Live Pick & Mix 24 June – 10 Sept Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Centre, Bruce Mason Centre, and Māngere Arts Centre Free weekend performances and workshops with the funniest, coolest and most artistically excellent performers this side of the Tasman. pick-and-mix