Coming Up

15 November

Board of Trustees meeting 7.30pm

16 November

Year 3-6 Athletics Day

17 November

Deadline for Board of Trustees nominations

21 November

APPA Choir Festival Auckland Town Hall 7.30pm

22 November

Year 3-4 Trip to Mindlab

24 November

Grandparents and Friends Day (afternoon)

27 November

Y1-2 Swimming Lessons start

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Mai Place: End of term
  • Kea Crossing: Safety over convenience
  • Student Success
  • Grandparents and Friends Day: Friday 24 November
  • Music News: APPA Music Festival and dates for your diary
  • Enviro News: Travelwise
  • PTA News: Xmas Raffle, Xmas Parade and Garden Committee

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

This email is from a parent after Clare McCormack’s recent Marimba Group performance:  “I  just wanted say how proud I felt of the Marimba group last night.  They clearly enjoyed playing and got a thrill out of a Town Hall performance.  The sound was just amazing and the standard of playing was incredibly high.  It takes an enormous amount of work and a special teacher to get a group that big to play at such a level.  It would have been very easy to forget that they are a group of Primary School children.  What a fortunate group of children and parents we all are.”  Video of the performance is courtesy of Keith Colson. Our APPA choir is looking forward to its concert next Wednesday night in the Town Hall.

The senior children who helped run the junior team athletics did a great job last week and with so many parents on site, and the weather co-operating, it was a very successful and enjoyable event. Good to see the competition evident in the adult races too!

There is plenty happening in these middle weeks of Term 4 as learning programmes are in full swing, planning for Term 1 2018 is underway and teachers are working late writing end of year reports.

It is fantastic to see the parent involvement in new vegetable gardens and the commitment from people to come in and help. Paul Loader, our caretaker,  has constructed raised gardens and we should soon have children involved in the planting and caring for the vegetable plants provided by Bunnings.

Kind regards


School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Marx Zhang, Logan Austin and Qiqing He.

Mai Place will be open on Monday 18th December for the morning session only from 7.30am to 8.30am. There will be NO afternoon session.

Kea Crossing: Our Road Patrol children are at the Kea Crossing on Matipo Road before and after school each day.  Please teach your children to use this crossing, even when they are with an adult.  Choose safety over convenience – please do not cross at the end of Galaxy Drive with your children. Thank you!

Student Success:

IMG_5339The Harbour Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition was held recently and Mairangi Bay School had 26 girls participating supported by teacher  Mel Mason and IMG_5199parents Janiene Newman and Hayley Sligo.  In the competitive division our team of Poppy Glasgow, Sophie Glasgow and Sienna Shields came first overall and Lily Newman was awarded first individual overall in IMG_5162the non-competitive division, impressive results! In addition, several girls received awards for placing on individual apparatus and our School team of 26 was placed third overall for the two days of competition. Well done girls!

20171112_205554_resizedCongratulations to Ben Chapman, who received the MVP award for his team, North Harbour Basketball Under 11 Bullets, at the NH prize-giving on Friday.  Ben was one of the youngest players at Harbour this year. At the start of the season, he was fairly overwhelmed by the whole thing and spent much of the time on the bench. But throughout the season his positive attitude, energy, try-hard attitude and smile brought him a place in the starting five for the final game. Harbour Basketball is open to any child who turns 9 yrs during the calendar year and caters both for top level and development players.

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 until 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.

Music News

IMG_4050MARIMBA – On Wednesday 8 November, the Marimba group of 40 children, performed in the Auckland Town Hall, as part of the APPA Music Festival. Wonderful 20171108_210719performance children.
IMG_7605Kanon 19, The Clearing and Two 2 Tango pieces filled the Town Hall with an appreciative audience. A big thank you must go to the parents who transported children and instruments and helped get all the marimbas onto the stage. Great team effort! Thank you for your amazing children.

Monday 20 November – Dress Rehearsal APPA Choir, morning
Tuesday 21 November – APPA Choir Performance, Auckland Town Hall 7.30pm
Friday 24 November – Grandparents and Friends Day – Performance groups: Culture Group, Marimba Groups, Recorder, APPA Choir, Hand Chime group, Ukulele Club and Dance Group
Saturday 2 December – Ukulele ‘Homecoming’ Festival 12noon – 3pm
Saturday 9 December – Mairangi Bay Village Christmas Performance 11am

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

20171101_084354Travelwise:  The Walking School Bus groups met up for a hot chocolate outside the hall last Wednesday morning. It is wonderful to see new parents joining up to start more WSB routes to school. As a Travelwise school we promote walking to school as a healthy, sustainable and fun way to travel to school. If you are interested in your child joining a WSB route or can volunteer to be WSB “driver” we would love to hear from you.

Please contact for more details.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

PTA News

XMAS RAFFLE: Thank you to everyone who has donated items already for the Xmas raffle. Please continue to bring in donated items and place them in the collection buckets in your child’s classroom this week. Raffle tickets will go home with your child today. Be in to win!

XMAS PARADE: We have a super awesome TOP SECRET theme for this years’ Mairangi Bay XMAS parade float. Let’s try and win the cup for the best float this year and have as many of our wonderful kids involved as possible. Save the Date – Saturday 25th November! More details to follow soon.

GARDEN COMMITTEE Fantastic news! Our new school vegetable garden is ready to plant. Bunnings have kindly donated 100s of dollars worth of awesome vegetable and herb plants which we will plant with the kids on WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER. Thank you to Paul Loader who has constructed these awesome garden beds for us. Please come along at any time between 9am and 2pm to help out – coffee and morning tea will be provided between 9am and 10am. Grandparents and green-fingered friends all welcome! (This is something that older pre-schoolers can also be involved in under your close supervision). We will greatly appreciate any support you can give 😉 Preparatory work will also be done by volunteers on Tuesday, both during school hours and from 6pm. Bring a wheelbarrow, spade, gloves – or just yourself at anytime during these hours on Tuesday or Wednesday! Remember to sign in on arrival.

Your PTA team


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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.

Meet the Robins at Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa 10:30am Sunday 19th November. Meet at the Waterfall Gully car park. (Turn right near the end of Whangaparaoa Road opposite the Army Bay boat ramp.) Richard Chambers from SOSSI will guide us on a walk through Waterfall Gully to meet the robins, and then on up to the lookout and back. The entire loop takes approximately 2 hours but some people may wish to just do part of it. There are also tracks through the nearby wetland. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear. Bring a picnic lunch to have at the beach nearby. Book with Sharon McGaffin at or call 09 483 9762.

New Migrant information session on Thursday 16th November at 10:30am to 12 midday in Takapuna Library.
Parking: There are meters around Takapuna beach area to park with pay and display. You can also park in the shopping Mall for 3 hours free and make the short walk over to Takapuna library.