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Mairangi Bay Teachers welcomed by our sister school in Ningbo, China.

Coming Up

16 October

School opens for term 4 – School hats are mandatory this term.

23 October

Labour Day Holiday – School closed

24 October

Thinkathon Testing

Parent Meeting – Keeping ourselves safe

PTA Meeting in the staff room at 7:30 pm – All welcome

25 October

International students Day Trip to Maritime Museum

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Mairangi Bay Board of Trustees Elections: Nominations are invited
  • Student Placements 2018
  • Student Success
  • Te Reo Classes for Parents
  • Sports News: Weet-Bix TRYathlon, Touch, Miniball
  • PTA News: PTA meeting 24 October, Thank you’s and upcoming events

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

It is wonderful to be back. The Ministry of Education funded my sabbatical leave for term 3 which gave me the opportunity to further my research into voice typing. I thank the Board of Trustees for approving this leave and Jeanette Smail and Clare Curtice, our deputy principals, for taking turns at the wheel and keeping us on course.  I was overseas when the orchard was planted and missed the cross country but did get back for the Year 3-4 showcase and enjoyed seeing our children present with such confidence and obvious enjoyment. I return refreshed with even more appreciation for the people that make our school what it is and a burning ambition to work together to make further improvements to our school. In term 1 next year we celebrate our school’s jubilee and this will be a fitting time to consult with our community to build a  vision for the future.

At the end of term 2, I provided links in the newsletter to Google voice typing. I explained that it can be a useful tool for children who find writing a chore. If you have a child who is using voice typing please let me know how it’s going.. email:

I am delighted that we have 6 teachers in China at the moment. Clare Curtice, Jeanette Smail, Deb Wastney (and Room 8 mascot Roary), Caley Plinston, Jill Garton and Clare McCormack have been there in the holiday break and return on Thursday. They have taught in our sister school and travelled to Shanghai and Beijing. I was fortunate to visit China three years ago.  It was an enriching experience and I have been keen for our teachers to benefit in the same way. They will return with many stories and a new appreciation of a culture that has a growing importance in our community and country.

Thank you, parents, for making sure that your children are school ready.. at school on time and with a school hat this term. It’s back into the school term routines with earlier bedtimes and preparing school lunches.

We look set for a stimulating final term. The curriculum concept for term 4 is functions.. we will be asking learners to question how things work. I love seeing our kids return from the break, eager to see their friends and engage in learning.

Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Mia Chan, Mika Polaschek, Soyoon Jang, Alice Cudby, Emily Heath, Micah Stevenson, Jiatong Li, Lighten Zi, Hanyan Xu, Ada Li, Carmen Li and Elvis Xie.

Mairangi Bay School Board of Trustees Elections

Nominations are invited for the election of 2 Parent Representatives to the Board of Trustees.  A nomination form and a copy of this notice will be posted to all eligible voters.  Additional nomination forms can also be obtained from the School Office.  Nominations close at 12 noon on 17 November 2017 and may be accompanied by a candidate’s statement.  The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.  There will also be a list of candidates names as they come to hand for inspection at the school. The poll closes at noon on 1 December 2017.

Returning Officer
Holly Fang (09 478 8484)

Student Placements for 2018

We are about to begin the rigorous process of planning placement for each student into a 2018 class. We are keen to hear from you if you have information that you would like us to take into consideration. About 20% of parents chose to do this last year with the rest leaving it to teachers. Please, if you do want input, note that we ask you to:

  • Write to us (please don’t talk to staff about this as it is impossible for us to capture all the conversations. We need it on paper so that it can be considered once and at the right time);
  • Use bullet points (it makes it easier so we consider each point you want us to);
  • We ask you not to specify teachers;
  • Return to school in a sealed envelope delivered to the school office and marked “Student Placement 2018”;
  • Meet the deadline Friday 3 November;
  • Understand that sharing your thoughts is optional; and
  • Understand that your information is considered as one part of a bigger picture.

The process takes several weeks with class lists drafted by teams after input from the 2017 classroom teacher. For each class of children we consider:

  • Student abilities (special needs and special abilities);
  • Student leadership;
  • Gender and ethnicity;
  • Productive friendships;
  • Teacher interests/strengths;
  • Sports; and
  • Any parent information provided.

After several drafts, it is checked by all team leaders before final sign off by the senior leaders’ team. This usually takes until the end of term when we advise parents of the 2018 classes.

Student Success

Ashley CornfordCongratulations to Ashley Cornford, who won the bronze prize for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition-Junior Group 2017.  The winning essays wereVita YS selected from approximately 12,300 entries spanning the five regions of the commonwealth.

Congratulations to Vita Yarrell-Stevenson who placed first in the Year 6 Netball North Harbour goal shooting competition. Over 160 netballers had taken part. What an achievement!

FullSizeRender (1)Congratulations to Liam M, Vita and Jack who competed in the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Pool Champs over the weekend.  Liam and Jack came away with 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal and Vita came away with 1 gold and 1 silver medal.  They did their MBSLS club very proud.

Inter School Cross Country

The weather and sodden grounds provided our inter-school team with the opportunity Cross Countryto run in true cross country style and conditions!!! We trained hard, and on the day placed an admirable second place behind an impressively strong Campbells Bay Team. Special congratulations to Harrison Jones and Emma-Kaye Schroeder who came first overall in their year groups. Also to Sienna Shields who came 3rd overall. Awesome running indeed! Also, I would like to acknowledge and thank the parents who transported our team to and from the event.

Te Reo classes for parents

Mairangi Bay School has been given the opportunity to be part of a pilot programme that offers Te Reo classes for parents after school. The programme is organised by the Te Reo Tuatahi tutors who work in many schools on the North Shore. Our Te Reo Tuatahi tutor Whaea Keri will be running lessons for parents and adult whanau for 6 weeks next term. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and show our tamariki (children) that we value Te Reo Maori. Please complete the Survey Monkey attached to register interest – completing this survey does not commit you to the lessons as we just need to gather interest and information to schedule the lessons. However, we only have 25 spaces, email the school office to register. Please note it is important that you attend as many of the 6 weekly sessions as possible. Participants will be asked to do an evaluation of the programme at the end as we hope to be able to offer it again next year. Lessons will be on Tuesdays at 3.15 in Room 14 starting on 24 October. A gold coin koha (donation) to attend would be appreciated.


Sports News

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon: Hibiscus Coast – Sunday 25th March at Manly Park, Whangaparaoa

Mairangi Bay Primary is registered with Weet-Bix Tryathlon. When registering please follow the below link –

Touch: Games starting today please make sure fees are paid.
Year 3-6 games are being played at Ashley Reserve.
Year 1-2 games are being played at Mairangi Bay Park.

Miniball: Year 1 and 2 teams a reminder that fees are due of $40.

Best of luck to all sporting teams for Term 4. Play hard and play fair.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Co-ordinator

PTA News

The date of the next PTA meeting has changed to Tuesday 24th October at 7.30pm in the staffroom. ALL welcome – please come along to find out about slight changes to the focii and philosophy of PTA activities planned for 2018!

Heartfelt thanks to all our families who supported the Quiz Night, the Orchard project, the Disco and our Whittakers Chocolates fundraiser. It was an incredibly busy term and we are grateful for the support you gave to these activities and events, and to all our members who gave up their time to run these events.

Upcoming events: POTTED COLOUR and VEGE PATCH PLANTING in November. We are grateful to Bunnings for their continued support of our gardening projects – please look out for more information on these events and how you and your children can be involved in the next school newsletter and on Flexibuzz. If you are interested in becoming involved in the gardening and food education group please email us at

Are you willing to be on our hospitality team? We are keen to increase our provision of hospitality for parents and guests at important school events – please let us know by email if you would be willing to provide some baking or serve tea and coffee occasionally at events during the school year.

Your PTA team


Ph 09 478 8424 extn 1
Online via website
or flexibuzz

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.

Milford Keas and Cubs are growing fast after having a bring a friend night. Next Term starts on Wednesday 18th October. We take boys and girls from 5 ½ – 10yrs. We are still looking for more members to join us. We supply a varied programme of badges, cooking, camps, challenge activities, friendships, Team building activities. Please call Christien on:, Ph: 4181 734 Mob: 027 663 6782