Coming Up

27 November

Inter-school Athletics, Sovereign Stadium

27-29 November

Years 1-2 Swimming Lessons

30 November

Culture Group visit to Windy Ridge School

4-6 November

Years 1-2 Swimming Lessons

6 December

Parent Helper Morning Tea

8 December 

Years 5-6 at Peter Pan show

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Board of Trustee Election Results
  • Head-lice: Please read
  • Term dates for your diaries
  • Student success:  ICAS
  • Library News: Returning library books. Dare to Explore
  • Music News: APPA Choir and Grandparents Day
  • Enviro News: Travelwise and Paddington Bear
  • Sports News: Hockey and Weetbix TRYathlon
  • PTA News: Santa Parade, Thinkathon, Yummy Stickers, Upcoming Events and Grandparents Day

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone/ Kia ora tatou

The weather was welcoming and they came in their hundreds. Our children were excited on Friday to host some special people in their lives. On grandparents and friends day the PTA provided tea and coffee before children shared a picnic in the grounds over lunchtime. The culture group, recorder group, ukulele club, choir and dance group, hand chime group and marimba groups performed to an appreciative audience. It was standing room only. We are hugely appreciative of the support we get from our community and some of our visitors show wonderful dedication, for example, one couple has attended 16 grandparents and friends days. Others have returned many times and make a point of saying how much they enjoy their annual visit.

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Under Clare McCormack’s dedication and expertise, our music performance opportunities continue to grow and this was certainly not only in evidence at grandparents and friends day. Our senior choir performed at the Auckland Primary Principals Association Festival at the Auckland  Town Hall last Tuesday evening and Claire Worthington Blair’s dance group was featured on stage. Congratulations to all involved.

Our thanks to Claire Garnett (Room 17 teacher) and Nicky Rooksby and other PTA members for organising our school’s participation in the annual Santa Parade in Mairangi Bay on Saturday. The children certainly enjoyed themselves and the trophy for best-decorated float was awarded to our school. A great effort!

The volunteer garden army initiative is really taking off. Thank you to all the parents who have given time to establish a new vegetable garden area. This promises to deliver worthwhile learning for students and looks to be a good example of our parent community providing hands-on support. Siobhan Cooper, our Enviro teacher is helping ensure communication is timely and accurate and Paul Loader, our caretaker, has provided a water supply (rain barrel and hose) so that the roster of parents ensures that the new plants are watered.

We continue to build new relationships with other schools and have regular contact through our Kahui Ako, Community of Learning. Three English teachers from Rangitoto College visited last week to teach a session and learn more about effective teaching the primary school level. Today teachers, parent helpers and students are participating in the interschool athletics at Sovereign Stadium. On Friday our culture group is hosted by Windy Ridge School on this first of hopefully many occasions for sharing waiata and haka.

This is a very busy time for teachers running classroom programmes with ‘function’ as the central inquiry and completing individual assessments of all students. Teachers then need to find 30+ hours to write end of year reports which are usually written on evenings and weekends.

Congratulations to the children listed in this newsletter who have excelled at the ICAS exams this year. We celebrate the academic excellence.

Kind regards


School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Isobel Morgan and Andy Hu.

Board of Trustees Election

Declaration of Parent Election Results

At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Walker, Scott

Saunders, Robert


We still have recurring cases of Head Lice in the Middle School.  Please ensure you are checking your child’s hair daily. If you do notice any active lice or eggs please treat immediately and keep your child at home until you are sure all the lice and eggs have been removed.

If you are unsure please go to for advice.

Dates for your diaries

Further to the message sent out via Flexibuzz a couple of weeks ago, we would like to confirm that the last day of school for 2017 will be Monday 18 December and we will start back on Wednesday 7 February 2018.  It seems this date suited the parents more, with Tuesday being Waitangi day.  We thought we would share this message with you, as it’s always good to receive positive feedback from parents – ‘Thank you so much for allowing us to have extra holiday time with our children, at a better time of year with the weather, such wonderful news!! It is so appreciated’!  It is noted, however, that the dates do not align with MBIS and an effort will be made to do so for 2019.

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.

Student Success

Logan AIMES photoCongratulations to Logan Somerville, who received a 2017 AIMES Junior Excellence Award this month for his achievements in karate. The award is for recognition of 10-13-year-olds in the North Harbour region who have had excellent achievements in their field (arts, innovation, music, education, sports or service to the community).  Logan is, in his age group, the current NZ National Champion, NZ Open Champion, Australian Open Champion, Australasian School Age Champion and Oceania Champion.  The award money will get him to the US Karate Open in Las Vegas in March!  Well done Logan!

ICAS:  These fabulous children were awarded either Distinction or High Distinction in this year’s ICAS exams. They had their certificates presented to them at a special assembly last week. Well done!


Year 5

Ciara Quann – Distinction (she also receives the Principal’s award having gained the highest overall English mark)

Year 6

Nicholas Blakey – Distinction
Luke Nel – Distinction
Connor Nguyen – Distinction


Year 5

Kevin Guo – Distinction
Jennifer Holland – Distinction
Tony Leo – High Distinction (he also receives the Principal’s Award for having the highest overall Maths mark)
Lucy Martin – Distinction
Max Mitchell – Distinction
Leo Wang – Distinction

Year 6

Dylan Bhadresa – High Distinction
Nicholas Blakey – Distinction
Ashley Cornford – Distinction
Nicole Dean – High Distinction
Desiree Lin – Distinction
Luke Nel – High Distinction
Connor Nguyen – High Distinction

Library News

Library Books

With the end of the year nearly upon us, I would ask if parents and children could check their bedrooms/house, etc., for any of our library books and resource books. They will have a Mairangi Bay School stamp on the inside.
Please return all library books to the Library before 1st December so we can do a stocktake in the last 2 weeks of term. Children who have outstanding books will be given a note to take home of the title(s), so you will know what you are looking for.

If there are any parents who may be free for a couple of hours in the last 2 weeks of term and would be able to help with the stocktaking, please make contact with me at Any help would be much appreciated.

Other Library News

The Auckland Libraries are again running their holiday reading and activity programme “Dare to Explore”. If you would like more information, please collect a leaflet from the School Library or check out the Auckland Library website for registration and details of this holiday activity. It is a great way to keep up the reading mileage for our children over the summer break.

Finally thank you to all the parents who have encouraged their children to take out library books every week, especially those in the junior school. Sending your child with their Library Book bag every week is a great way to instil regular reading habits and enjoyment of books. Best wishes for the festive season and have a safe holiday.

Mary Castle

Music News

Town Hall APPA Nov 2017Congratulations to the wonderful APPA Choir and dancers who performed in the Town Hall last week. What a credit you were to MBS. A fantastic evening of Primary/Intermediate school music performances. Well done all.

Congratulations to the Marimba Groups and Hand Chime groups who have worked so hard in 2017. We have now finished our music sessions.

Congratulations to all the Performers at the Grandparents and Friends Day Concert last Friday. Choir, Ukulele club, Room 17 recorder, Marimba Groups, Culture Groups and Hand Chime group all charmed our visitors with their performances.

Ukulele Festival Saturday 2 December Mt Roskill.
12noon – 3pm
Please see Mrs McCormack for a programme.

Christmas Choir
I am taking a Christmas Choir and Ukulele group to Mairangi Bay Village to perform for an hour on Saturday 9 December 11am. Special guests MBS Junior Choir and UkuBays. If you would like to sing in this choir please come to the Choir room: Thursday 30 November 1.30pm and Thursday 7 December 1.30pm
This choir is open to any middle school and senior school student who enjoys singing.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

As a Travelwise School we work closely with Auckland Transport, who have asked us to help promote their event.  On Sunday 3rd December Newmarket Station will be turning into ‘Paddington Station’ and giving children the chance to meet Paddington in person (or bear).  TrackSAFE NZ will be at the event to promote safety around railway tracks.  The event runs from 11 am until 4.30 pm.  There will be spot prizes, face painting and the chance for photographs with Paddington.  For further information call Ryan Barry on 09 448 7544 or email

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Hockey – On Tuesday the 21st of November, our Year 5/6 Hockey team attended the small sticks festival held at North Harbour Hockey. The team had a mix of results with a few wins, draws and losses, we made the top 8 and had a big matchup playing the number 1 team, unfortunately, going down 3-1. The girls and boys went on to play for 5th to 8th spot, having won there next game we had a chance to finish in 5th spot. A goalless draw against our rivals Campbells Bay resulted in the team finishing 6th. In all the team played 13 games of hockey and represented Mairangi Bay School with great attitude and heart. Huge thanks to the parents that came to support and to Jo Hollis for coaching the team.

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 this link

PTA News

Santa Parade: IMG_3049 (1)Congratulations! Thanks to the hard work and extraordinary paper mache skills of Nicky Rooksby and Claire Garnett, we won the cup for the best float in the Mairangi Bay Christmas parade! We personally think PTA President Karen Adams also deserved a special award for Best IMG_3076 (2)Dressed! Thank you to all the children and families who participated in our fabulous ‘Elf on the Shelf’ float on Saturday. You all looked fabulous and certainly did Mairangi Bay School proud! Our thanks also to Nicky Rooksby IMG_3079and Claire Garnett for all your hard work and dedication in organising the float for our school. We would like to thank JK Truck Hire & Property Maintenance owner Jason Kinghorn who has kindly donated his time and truck to us for the Mairangi Bay School Santa Parade.  Call him on 021 0333 214 or email for any requirements ranging from Garden/Home Maintenance to building Kids Playhouses, sandpits, fences etc. that you may have.  Supporting those who support our school is a fantastic way to say thank you.

Thinkathon: Thank you to all the children who worked so hard to learn questions and seek sponsorship for the annual school Thinkathon. Together we raised more than $7800.00. Congratulations to Room 2 and Room 10 who won the pizza lunches, and to all the individual prize winners. Our gratitude to Anna Rajaratnam for her awesome leadership, and to the many sponsors of this event: Barfoot and Thompson, Subway, Pita Pit, Xtreme Entertainment, Clip n Climb, Hoyts and Jump.

Yummy Stickers: The Sports Gear has arrived! Thanks once again for your ongoing support with collecting stickers from Yummy brand fruit. With your help, each teaching team (Junior, Middle and Senior) was able to choose more than $300 worth of Yummy sports gear to support the PE programmes for our kids.

Green Volunteer Army: The Vegetable Garden is planted and growing! Thank you for the overwhelming support we have received throughout our school community – it is a very exciting time for this team! We are now working hard to create a team of parents to help maintain the gardens and to develop a programme to allow children to learn and participate in the growing, harvesting and eating of our delicious produce. Special thanks to Amy Johnson-Buckley, Tracey Sunderland, Chris Berthelsen, Jess Wright, Paul Loader, Natalie Minkin, Joe, John Bower, and all the many parents and team members who turned up to pitch in on the day.

Upcoming Events: Saturday 9th  December: Chris and Tracey are hosting a “Nasturtium flowers morning”, 9.30 am, Mairangi Art Centre. Bring a basket or bag to collect flowers. We will make flower chains and wreaths from anything we find to take home for fresh decorations. Bring a little snack. Parents and kids welcome. Free

Tuesday 19th  December: Chris and Tracey are hosting a “ Block Printing Christmas Wrapping”, 9.30 am opposite the Mairangi Bay Beach in the green area by the trees. Please bring any kinds of fruit & veg along plus large potatoes to cut into printing blocks. Paint, paper fabric provided. Kids and Parents welcome. Free.

Grandparents and Friends Day: A massive thanks to all who helped out with baking or serving at Grandparents Day – you guys are fabby awesome!

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.

Mid-Bays Music school 2018 enrolments open on 1st of December!

Music tuition for $150 – $250 for the whole year. (Includes the music)
When: After school or Saturday mornings.
Where: Murrays Bay Intermediate School.
When: classes start 10th Feb.

Open to 6-12 year olds. The cost is $150 – $250 for the year.  Instruments offered: Drums, Guitar, Ukelele, Cello, Violin, Saxophone – Clarinet, Keyboard/Piano, Trumpet, Recorder, Flute, Violin, viola, cello, saxophone, trombone, French Horn, Guitar, Bass Guitar, drums, ukulele

Enrolments are open online at for 2017. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

The highly qualified tutors make learning relevant and enjoyable. Any enquiries email Eunice Park

Research – Did you take part in an international study tour (1-4 weeks in length) when you were at high school? (5-25 years ago; between 1992-2012) My name is Donna O’Donnell and I am a PhD student at AUT University. I am researching the effects on ex-students who participated in such tours. I would love to chat to you about your experiences and have you share your reflections on the tour’s effects on your life since. This research will involve you agreeing to meet with me and be involved in two semi-structured interviews of around an hour each. (Note: Your identity will remain anonymous and you will not be required to share anything you do not wish to) Please contact me, Donna O’Donnell, via email:


Facilitator: Julie Walker
Date: Every Monday 4th December to 11th December (2 sessions)
Time: 6.30pm to 9pm
Venue: Hearts and Minds Hub, 65 Pearn Crescent, Northcote
Cost: $50 Individuals $70 Couples

Enrolments: or 441 8989

Sunnynook Primary School is celebrating its 50th Golden Jubilee next year, and will be holding an event on 16 March. We would love to reach as many past pupils and staff as possible, and would greatly appreciate your help.