Coming Up

7 November

Team Photos

9 November

Year 1 & 2 Athletics

10 November

Save Day Year 1 & 2 Athletics

24 November

Grandparents and Friends Day (afternoon)

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Teacher Aides: Who are they?
  • Grandparents and Friends Day: Friday 24 November
  • 3 November deadline: Student Placement for 2018
  • Team Photos: 7 November
  • Jubilee term 1: Seeking interest from ex-pupils
  • Walking school bus: New routes
  • Music News: Updates
  • PTA News:  Potted Colour and Vege Planting Project/Yummy Stickers/Thinkathon

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

Our learning vision is to enable effective thinkers and communicators with a strong sense of citizenship. This commitment to citizenship and helping those less fortunate is clearly evident. Congratulations to Room 4 and Mrs Kathryn Hohaia for a wonderful effort last term. This group of children has been able to donate almost $1800 to charities to reduce poverty.   We also congratulate Charles Heathcote (Room 4)  for his splendid efforts selling bracelets and his donation to Starship and our PTA.

Principals and teacher leaders are working collaboratively as a part of the community of learning initiative which brings Rangitoto College, Murrays Bay Intermediate and the local primary schools to better serve our children as they transition through their schooling. This year’s teacher only day, where each school shared effective teaching and learning practice, will be repeated next year.  We have a connection with Rangitoto College now which is exciting and several of their teachers plan to visit to observe classes in action.

We welcome Ms Wendy Norman who has started the term 4 Year 0 class in Room 12.

Our marimba group takes the Auckland Town Hall stage to perform at the APPA festival on 8 November. I know this group that works so hard with Mrs Clare McCormack will impress with its big sound and exciting rhythms.

Walking school buses are an excellent means of reducing congestion at the school gate. There are health and social benefits for children who walk with a walking bus. Thank you to all the parents who are committing to run these.

Regards, Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Jaye Ygot, Yahya Amer, Ella Roberts and Meera Mistry

Teacher aides

We have eight teacher aides working in our school in the mornings from Monday to Thursday.
  • Denise Carter, Fran Garrett and Carmen Swanepoel work with the students in the Junior Team.
  • Lin Swan works in the Middle Team.
  • Teresa Gao provides support in the Middle and Senior Teams.
  • Linda Hofstra, Amanda Ramsay, and Sarah Nicholls work in all three teams.
They do a wonderful job supporting our students in their literacy and maths learning. The employment of this number of people assisting learners in our school is only possible because we have some income from international students.
Grandparents and Friends Day – Friday 24 November

Our annual event is one our children look forward to as they can host the special adults in their lives. The format this year is similar to that of the last year:

  • 12.15pm Grandparents & Friends arrive and have a picnic lunch in the playground.  Bring your own picnic lunch, a blanket or a rug. Some chairs will be provided.  Tea and coffee will be available from 12.15 till 12.45pm.
  • 12.30pm Children will leave classrooms to join grandparents and friends.
  • 12.45pm Games will be available in the playground.  If the weather is not suitable for outside activities, visitors will go to the classrooms for lunch.
  • 1.25pm When the children return to their classes after lunch there will be some performance items in the hall for our visitors.
  • 2.00pm Visitors will then go to classrooms to see/work with the children.
  • 3.00pm Children and their grandparents/friends can go home together.

Final Reminder 3 November deadline – Student Placement for 2018

Check the last newsletter if you missed this.

Team & Staff Photos

Team photos of inter-school sports teams, other school performance groups and new classes as set out below will be taken Tuesday morning, 7 November.  It is school policy only to take photos of these senior and representative teams. Extending this to all teams would take more than the day allocated and be too disruptive to a whole day’s learning. We tried it a few years ago and also found that parents did not want to buy so many photos as their children are often in multiple teams. Children are to wear the sports uniform/netball dress.  The photos are as follows:

Field Day Year 5/6 Netball
– Team 1
– Team 2
– Team 3
Field Days Rippa Rugby Teams
– Year 5/6 Boys A
– Year 5/6 Boys B
– Year 5/6 Boys C
– Year 5/6 Girls A
– Year 5/6 Girls B
– Year 3/4 Boys
– Year 3/4 Girls
Cluster Football – Year 5/6
Cluster Basketball – Year 6
Cross Country interschool
Swimming interschool
Student Council
Rooms 10 & 20
Culture Group
Marimba Group
APPA Choir and Dance Group

Keeping Ourselves Safe

We apologise that the meeting for parents last week was cancelled due to low numbers. Flexibuzz messages were sent to all who had indicated that they were attending.  Keeping ourselves safe will not be run this term and will be rescheduled.


Calling ex-pupils! In March next year, we celebrate our school Jubilee. This is an opportunity for a reunion. If you like this idea and want to have a say in the organisation of this event please email We need to gauge interest as soon as possible.

Super Cross-Country – Twenty-four excited runners participated in the inaugural Super Cross Country Event at Rosedale Park on Tuesday 26th of September. The foreboding weather nor long grass and soggy terrain in parts of the course didn’t dampen spirits as our runners tested their pace and determination with a new mix of athletes and schools. Special standout performances on the day were Emma-Kaye Schroeder yet again placing 1st in the Year 5 girls category in a stellar performance, Sienna Shields placed a gutsy 3rd in the Year 4 girls and James Pinder strode out to place 5th in the Year 5 boys. Well done Team.

Room 4 would like to thank the Mairangi Bay School community for their wonderful support in helping us in our fundraising efforts to raise money to reduce poverty. This was a venture which morphed out of our inquiry focus on global issues. From our lemonade / hot chocolate stands, bake sale and Craft stall we raised $1763.

On this learning journey Room 4 has gained an appreciation for what we have, compared to others in our own country NZ and around the world. We have also learned a lot about the value of money, marketing,  planning, and teamwork. Room 4 is very excited to be able to donate money to the following causes; Auckland City Mission, OXFAM, World Vision, CPAG, COTAP, UNICEF, The Salvation Army and Kids Can.

Kathryn Hohaia (Room 4 teacher) 

Walking school bus update

DSC_0801We are delighted to announce that we now have four walking school bus routes (please see below). A big, big thank you to all the parents and children for their enthusiasm and commitment to making the walking school buses a success.  With the weather warming up its a great time to walk to school, so if you would like to join a walking school bus or would like to start a new walking school bus, please contact me at  We have a family interested in starting a walking school bus who live by the Windsor Park shops, so if anyone lives near there and would like to join them please get in touch with me.  Helena

Here are the routes:

The start point indicates where the walking school buses start, they then pick up other children on the route to school.

Kowhai Road walking school bus

Start point: on Kowhai Road at the junction of Channel View Road
Start time: 8.15
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Route: Up Kowhai Road, right, onto East Coast Road, right onto Matipo Road, cross Matipo Road at the school patrol crossing, right into Galaxy Drive

Newhaven Terrace walking school bus

Start point: 23 Newhaven Terrace
Start time: 8:30
Days: Monday to Friday
Route: From 23 Newhaven Terrace, down to the walkway between Newhaven and Matipo Road, through the walkway to Matipo Road, then turn right into Agathis Avenue and up to the school gate

Mairangi Bay village walking school bus

Start point: outside the wine shop in the village
Time: 8.20
Days: Monday to Friday
Route: Cross onto Ramsgate Terrace by the wine shop, walk up Ramsgate Terrace, turn left into Matipo Road, turn right into Agathis Avenue and up to the school gate

Maxwelton Drive walking school bus

Start point: Maxwelton Drive opposite Coromandel Crescent
Start time: 8.35
Days: Monday to Friday
Route: Down Maxwelton Drive, turn right into Mayfair Crescent, turn right into the walkway between Mayfair Crescent and Galaxy Drive, turn left into Galaxy Drive and arrive at school

Student Success

Sponge & Krissy StarshipCongratulations to Charles Heathcote for your enthusiasm, planning and time given in fundraising for the STARSHIP foundation. $502 was raised by selling bracelets, an awesome individual effort!
IMG_4338Thank you for supporting Charles in his endeavour.

Dora Leo, Room 17, won first place in Restricted Ballet (age 8-10 yr group) in SAPACS 2017 Festival. Congratulations Dora!

Music News

Term 4 is a busy performance term.
The Marimba group is performing first in the Auckland Town Hall on 8 November, as part of the APPA Music Festival.
APPA Choir has a combined rehearsal on Tuesday 31 October. We will be travelling by bus in the morning to Ponsonby Intermediate.  This choir will be performing in the Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday 21 November.
There will be a showcase of musical talent performing on Grandparents Day Friday 24 November. Choir, marimba, ukulele, recorder, Culture group and dance will wow and entertain the visitors.
December will see us attending the Ukulele Festival 2 December and a Christmas Concert in Mairangi Bay Village on 9 December.
Thank you, parents, for all your committed and talented children!

Did you know…?

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PTA News

POTTED COLOUR AND VEGE PLANTING PROJECT: These two great events are scheduled for this term, kicking off this week with our “Potted Colour for Kids” project. Children should bring their own NAMED plant pot/ container or tin of around 16cm x 16 cm which is large enough to plant a flower into by Wednesday 1st November. Ideas are a smallish old gumboot, a used formula tin, an old colander or a small terracotta pot. Please bring these containers to the trestle table in the hall foyer. On Wednesday we will be painting these containers in the hall. Bunnings have kindly donated 200 potted colour plants for our children to take home and on Friday 3rd December children will plant their potted colour.

Later in November, we will invite parents to be involved with planting the 3 garden beds in front of the sports field.

We are looking for families to volunteer to water both ‘The Veggie Patch’ and  ‘The Fruit Orchard’ for the holiday period. Please contact the PTA at so we can begin to put a roster together.

YUMMY STICKERS: A huge thank you to all families who participated in this campaign. We collected more than 11000 stickers, which translated into $1128.00 for our school to spend on sports equipment. New collection sheets for the next 12 months will come home next week with the PTA Newsletter. Thank you for your support!

THINKATHON: Testing took place last week in class. Thank you to all who have already returned their sponsorship money. We would be grateful if all Thinkathon money could be brought to school by the end of this week.

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