Coming Up

22 & 23 August

Year 1 & 2 – Visit to Ambury Farm

23 & 24 August

Year 3 & 4 – Visit to Tip Top Factory

25 August

Year 5 & 6 – Book Performance

26 August

PTA Photography Fundraiser

1 September

PTA Planting Day (am)

Cross Country (pm)

4 September

Cross Country Save Day

20 September

Year 3 & 4 Showcase

 At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Student Success: Congratulations to Da Yeon Lee and Charles Heathcote
  • Music News: APPA Choir, Marimba Festival, Mid Bays Festival, Christmas Choir & Ukulele Club
  • Enviro News: Paper 4 Trees – Native Tree Planting
  • Sports News: Extra players for Touch and Basketball
  • PTA News: Chocolate Fundraiser, Planting Day & Cool Rides

Principal’s Message

Kia ora
We are now nearly half way through the term. The Year 2 – 6 classes have been participating in Basketball sessions over the past few weeks. They have been organised by Ryan McWilliams and Chanel Pompallier from the Breakers. The children are now in training for the School Cross Country which will be held on Friday 1 September. If the weather is bad the races will be held on Monday 4 September.
It was Maths Week last week. The children had the opportunity to participate in activities that involved making estimates and solving problems involving staff members as part of this.

20170818_100131Last Friday the Student Council organised a “Favourite Friday” mufti day. Children could come to school dressed in their favourite clothes or as their favourite sports person or book character. $415.60 was raised for Kids Can which supports disadvantaged Kiwi kids, and to save the Maui Dolphins from extinction. Thank you to our children for their support of these two worthy causes.
This will be a very busy week for two of our teams. The Junior Team will be visiting Ambury Park and the Middles are off to the Tip Top factory. Hopefully, the weather will be fine for their trips.
Let’s hope that the weather will stay sunny for the rest of the week!

Kind regards
Jeanette Smail

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Elaina Sheng, Elissa Zou, Ayza Khan, Kit Mikulich, Barbara Mikulich and Phenyqs Kocks.

School Policies

The school is required to invite parents/caregivers to view and give feedback on certain school policies.
The Students with Special Needs/ Learning Support policy is under review this term. Please follow the instructions below to access this policy in School Docs.
Visit the website
Enter the username (mairangibay) and password (Galaxy).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Student Success

overallCongratulations to Da Yeon Lee who came first overall in the recent North Shore International Rhythmic gymnastics competition. Well done Da Yeon!

ASA relays 2017_GoldCongratulations to Charles Heathcote. Charles swam in the Auckland Swimming Relay Championships on Saturday and came away with two gold medals.

His team beat their nearest rival by over 12 seconds in the medley relay and by 8 seconds in the freestyle relay. Well done Charles!

Music News

1. APPA Choir – combined rehearsal Wednesday 23 August 9 am. We will be travelling by bus to Ponsonby Int. and will return by lunchtime.
We are enjoying learning the songs for the APPA Music Festival in the Auckland Town Hall in November. Tickets can be ordered at the school office.

2. Marimba Festival – last couple of weeks till the wonderful Marimba Festival on Saturday 2 September. Year 5/Year 6 Marimba groups and hand chime group will be participating.
We are looking forward to sharing our ‘Songs of the Forest’ themed festival.

3. Rangitoto Mid Bays Performing Arts Festival Monday 11 September and Tuesday 12 September. We are feeling privileged to participate in this festival for the first time this year.
Many dancers and singers in the senior school have put their name forward. Please make sure Mrs McCormack has your permission slip this week.

4. Christmas Choir and Ukulele – Mairangi Bay Village for your diaries: Saturday 9 December 11 am

5. Ukulele Club Thursdays lunchtime. (Year 3-6)

Mrs McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

unnamedPaper 4 Trees – Native Tree Planting

We have again received at least 20 native plants from the Paper 4 Trees Carbon Reduction Programme for our paper recycling efforts. Many thanks to the nursery, Te Whangai Trust, and sponsors The Lion Foundation and Bin Inn for providing these. The Enviro-group was busy planting them in our Native Tree garden at the entrance to our school last Wednesday.

Mrs Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Touch: Extra players needed for Year 3/4, Year 5/6 teams (Monday) and Year 1/2 team (Tuesday). Please email interest to asap

Basketball: Year 5/6 players needed for Basketball team playing on Friday night at the YMCA in Northcote, if interested please contact Ryan (

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Coordinator

 PTA News

Whitaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser: Thank you to all families who are participating in the Whitaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser. We have a few boxes left in the office if you require another box. Please make sure you return your money in a named bag or envelope to your child’s teacher. Please aim to have all money in by Thursday 31st August.
It is only through fundraising activities such as this that we are able to raise money for our Amphitheatre for the School. We wish you the best of success with the selling and thank you for your support.

Planting Day: We are making an orchard for our school!  First planting day is Friday 1 September (first day of Spring)! Please come and join in!
Email: for details/updates, or just join the PTA Facebook group.

Cool Rides: Countdown is now on to our Cool Rides to School event on Friday 29th September. More details to follow in the next newsletter. We have nearly finalised our list of cool cars and vehicles – this is your absolute last chance to let us know of anyone you know with a really cool ride! This could include a lamborgini, a vintage care, a truck – something for all ages and stages. Email
This event is centred on providing a fun and memorable morning for the kids rather than fund-raising  – your support will be greatly appreciated!


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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.


Pform is teaching Performing Arts classes at Pinehurst School!
Come along to build your confidence, have an enormous amount of fun brushing up on your performance skills and be involved in our Showcase experience!

Pinehurst School Sports Arena – Monday 5:30 – 6:30 pm – PFORM DRAMA 10-13 Years.

To book a free trial, phone 09 476 4045 email:

Rangitoto Kindy Fair:  2 September

flyer (1)The Rangitoto Kindy Fair is on Saturday 2nd September and features many great stalls and activities for children and families, including auctions, raffles and tenders, a bouncy castle, food and drink stalls, lucky dips, balloons, face painting, a fire engine, pony rides etc. Come along and enjoy the fun!

Rangitoto Kindergarten 2 A Hythe Terrace, Mairangi Bay. Ph 09 478 3355