Coming Up

16 February

Booking for online Meet the Teacher interviews open at 4 pm

23 February

Camp Mufti Day. Gold coin donation

Assembly 1:40 pm

School Disco from 6 pm

27 February

PTA Meeting – AGM 7 pm followed by an ordinary meeting

28 February

Meet the teacher interviews

1 March

Meet the teacher interviews

At a glance

  • Principal’s Message and welcome
  • Jubilee Twilight Gala 9 March ..mark it on your calendar and help out if you can
  • Performers wanted for the Gala
  • New reports ..we’re on to it
  • Meet the Teacher Interviews 28 Feb 1 March from 16 Feb
  • Visiting school ..what you need to know
  • Attendance
  • Home school communications and Flexibuzz
  • Homework expectations
  • Donations and Fees
  • Composite year levels explained
  • Road safety messages
  • School Lunches
  • Online shop
  • Lost property
  • School Organisation 2018 (republished for your convenience)
  • Music, Sports and PTA news including the Jubilee Gala

Principal’s Message

 Hello everyone

It is great to be back and see so many smiling faces! There is a real buzz on the playground as the children return from holidays and are so excited to meet up with friends again. Children are settling quickly to school routines. Your children are benefiting from teachers’ preparation in the last few weeks. The tone is very positive.

Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to Lucy Gavin (Room 7 teacher), Rebecca Seales  (Room 11 teacher), Nicolette Land (Room 17 Jobshare teacher), and Anna Osbourne (teacher aide)

Welcome to all the new students and their families who have joined the Mairangi Bay School whanau. New students were welcomed at last week’s  school assemblies.


There has been activity aplenty in January. In time for the start of term, the new shaded seating and performance area was completed. This new asset will provide an attractive multipurpose area in the middle of the school. Year 3-6 children eat their lunch there for the summer terms. We are grateful to the Board of Trustees and to our PTA for funding this project. Another seating area has been built by Paul Loader, our property manager, behind Room 14.

Heat pumps are now installed in all classrooms. Teachers can control the temperature to provide a much healthier learning environment. New umbrellas are also providing shade for the seats between the library building and Rooms 5-8.

Thank you for ensuring that your children have what they need to get straight into school life and learning. Starting with the correct uniform, a school hat and the required stationery…it makes such a difference.  It was pleasing to see on Day 1 that almost all children had remembered that hats are compulsory in Term 1.

It can take some time for children to get back into the school routines after holidays with long light evenings and later bedtimes. Please ensure that your child gets to bed early so that she/he arrives on time at school (8.30-8.45) rested, fed and ready for a day’s learning!

We are looking forward to our Jubilee Gala on 9 March which will be a chance for our school community and ex-students and staff to come to school for food and entertainment and mark the first 50 years of our school’s history.

We are set for an exciting and rewarding year ahead.

Kind regards
Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Travis Hudson, Elim Hong, Caspar Whitaker, Harriet Collins, Joseph Collins, Cassady Harris, Harry Mitchell, Junkai Jia, Enya Yu, Weiky Huang, Zoe sun, Eric sun, Frida Sung, Anna Zhao, Raymond Lin, Abigail Plinston, Via Kim, Benjamin Davies, Hunter Davies, Shawn Natanael, Tin Tin Yu, Yulong Zhao, Yulin Zhao, Zul Wallace, Zoey Wallace, Sofia Dobbie, Jahziel Joseph-Matapo, Ananiah Joseph-Matapo, Elle Rogers, Bobby Hadji-Rahimkhan, Prasun Saraf, Max Gray, Ruize Zhu, Charlotte Fan, Evan Li, Phoebe Coughlan, Zion Jun, Clark Xu, Samuel Gibson, Jenny Fan, Annabel Cooper and Ryan Van Der Merwe.

Jubilee Gala

The inquiry topic this term is “Community.”  Teachers are linking this topic to the school’s 50th Jubilee through a study of the decades the school has been open. Each class is studying an aspect of a decade either the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, or  2000s. A display for each decade will be set up in the hall for visitors to view during the day and the at the gala on 9 March. The children will be invited to wear clothes to school from the decade their class is studying on that day.

Gala performances

The school Culture Group and Marimba Group will be performing at the gala. We are also looking for other people to perform – present and past students, even parents. Please email Jeanette Smail  with a description of the item and duration, if you would like to participate.


We are borrowing 6 display screens for the Jubilee which need to be collected on or about 2 March from Target Road School (3km away). If you have a trailer or truck and could help please let us know.

Reporting to Parents

The government’s decision to no longer require schools to report to National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths means a new reporting system for Mairangi Bay School in 2018.  As always, the purpose of our assessment is, first and foremost, to improve learning outcomes for our students.  We intend to design a reporting system that is both accurate and informative for students and parents in 2018. Our outstanding teachers will meet to start this process in Week 2.  The school will communicate in greater detail about this important area in due course.

He aha te mea nui o te ao

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Maori proverb

Meet The Teacher Interviews

  • Meet the teacher interviews are February 28 and March 1
  • Book online at from Friday 16 February @ 4.00pm
  • Bookings close on Tuesday 27 February @ 3.00pm
  • Meetings are 10 mins
  • February 28 bookings are from 3.20pm until 6.50pm
  • March 1 bookings are from 3.20pm until 5.50pm
  • Purpose of meetings is to share information and get to know your child’s teacher

Meet the teacher interviews are being held on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday March 1.  The purpose of the interviews is to get to know your child’s teacher and to share any information with them that may be of help this year.  Teachers will not be sharing any assessment information as they are still in the process of getting to know your child. This is essentially a chance to chat for 10 minutes about your child’s interests, strengths, friendships, successes, hopes and areas to develop in 2018.

You can book a time to see your child’s teacher by going to there you enter our school’s code csx6w and select your child’s teacher, then select a time slot.  You will receive an email confirming your time.

Bookings open on Friday 16 February @ 4.00pm.  You will have until Tuesday 27 February @ 3.00pm to make a booking.  You have a variety of times to select.  February 28 interviews begin at 3.20pm with the final interview starting at 6.50pm.  March 1 interviews begin at 3.20pm with the last interview at 5.50pm.

This is a good chance to start to build the important home/school partnership that is so crucial for your child’s well being and success.  More information about Meet the Teacher will be communicated via the school newsletter, Flexibuzz and through notices sent home with your child.

Staff Absence

Unfortunately Deb Wastney was involved in a mountain bike accident resulting in 3 cracked ribs. She has been advised by the doctor to not return to school until Monday 19th February. She is very sorry to be missing out on the first week of school and getting to know your children, but will return rested and ready to go.

Your children are in very good hands this week with 2 very experienced teachers looking after them whilst Deb is away:

Monday – Thursday Mrs Ellie Dunn

Friday Mrs Maureen Hockey

Sports Teams

Information describing the various sports teams at our school will be sent home on hard copy and posted to our website. You can read it here.

Visiting School..some ‘do’s and don’ts’! 

We love having parents at school and many of you volunteer to help in classrooms. If you are keen to do this on a regular basis please see the teacher of your child to arrange times which are mutually suitable.

Parents who help in classrooms are required to sign in at the office and sign out when leaving. In an emergency, we need to know who we have on site at any given time.

You are welcome to visit between the 8.30am and 8.55am bells and unless you are rostered to help, please leave by 8.55 to allow teachers to begin the daily learning programme.  If you come into the school early before 3pm to collect your child please take a seat in the covered shade area outside Room 5 and or on the seats in the waiting area by the pedestrian gate on Galaxy Drive. Please do not come in before 2.45 and please do not stand at classroom windows because children find this very distracting and it makes a teacher’s job even more challenging!

School Attendance

Please ensure you inform the school office of any absences or expected late arrivals as soon as possible. Either e-mail or telephone the office on 09 478 8424 (24/7) or use the Flexibuzz app.

Home – School Email Protocols

You can email anyone on the staff by typing the first name, the first letter of the surname and adding . eg

Teachers are not sitting at a screen because, for the school day, they are teaching. They are also often engaged in meetings before school, at lunchtimes and after-school. Teachers will do their best to respond within 24 hours but depending on what is happening it may be a little longer. For this reason, it is essential that any urgent communication should be directed to the school office and not to the teacher’s email address.
eg. an email on a rainy day to ask if a school trip is still on should be directed to the school office, not the teacher. (Better still, we ask that you first check school bags for notices, Flexibuzz or your inbox for e-newsletters)
eg. an email to explain that you are caught up at work and will be late collecting your child should not be sent to the teacher. If there is an emergency and you can’t get to school to collect your child, phone the office so our office staff know there is a problem and can get a message to your child.

Teachers value the relationship they have with parents and they also know how important it is that teaching time is uninterrupted. For this reason, teachers will respond to email when they are not teaching and parents can expect a short reply, and if there is a concern or issue, an invitation to come to school. Teachers will not usually be writing long emails. They will not be reporting on student progress and achievement via email.

We do see that effective use of email will likely further improve the communication between home and school.

Homework Expectations

Each teacher will make it clear in writing about what he or she expects. Do ask if at any time you are unsure.

School Donations and Fees

Thank you to everyone who has responded quickly to the letter posted in January and made payments promptly. Discounts apply until 28 February.

Composite Organisation in the Senior & Middle Teams

Student leadership is a strength of our school and this has been grown over a number of years. The composite structure of classes contributes to this development.  Teachers are enthusiastic about the extra opportunities that Year 6 students have for leadership within their classrooms.  Teachers work hard to meet individual needs and are passionate about stretching children’s learning.  This is challenging but not considered any more difficult in a two-year composite classroom.  Test data indicates that they are very successful and we have some of the highest achieving children in the country.  The composite structure also provides maximum flexibility for the team teaching approach which is an excellent stepping stone for later schooling and flexibility for the accommodation of extra in zone students who enrol during the year.  This organisation is reviewed regularly.  We are confident that this structure will deliver the best learning outcomes for our children for both Year 5-6 and Year 3-4.
 Choose Safety Over Convenience

During term time, you may see parking officers on the streets around our school. These officers are here to increase the safety of our children by ensuring people are cooperating with the parking rules as set out in the New Zealand Road Code.

The approach is ‘zero tolerance’, which means you will get a ticket if you are double parked, parked on yellow lines, or over someone’s driveway – as well as a number of other offences. Please park appropriately to keep our children safe and to avoid being ticketed.

Fewer cars = less chaos
Where possible, we would like to encourage families to walk, carpool, or catch a walking school bus.  If you are driving a car please park a short distance from the school and walk the rest of the way. Never leave your car unattended in the Galaxy Drive pick up drop off zone at the crucial times before school and 2.45-3.15pm.

Thank you all for helping keep our students safe.

School Lunches

Children are expected to bring lunch to school.  This is eaten under supervision either outside or indoors.

We request that children take home their lunchbox waste, including packaging and uneaten food. Fruit and vegetable scraps can be placed in our school compost bins.

There are alternatives to providing a cut lunch: EZlunches are available every day, and a Sausage Sizzle on a Thursday.

As an Enviroschool, we encourage children to bring an “Eco-Friendly” lunch. This benefits the environment (less litter on the playground); families (saves money); and the children (healthy food choices).
Top tips for Eco-Friendly lunchboxes:

  • Lunch boxes with lots of compartments or small re-usable containers save on the need to buy plastic wrap. (Make sure these are named with your child’s room number)
  • Wrap sandwiches in a cloth napkin or use paper lunch wrap.
  • Buy in bulk then divide into smaller portions instead of buying multi-packs.
  • Home-made biscuits are fun to make and a waste-free alternative to pre-wrapped muesli bars.
  • Use fresh, raw fruit, vegetables and nuts as tasty snacks that don’t need wrapping.
  • Pre-cutting apples and oranges encourages children to eat them and avoids half eaten apples being thrown away.
  • Fill reusable bottles with water or juice rather than buying juice cartons.  Consider BPA free bottles as an alternative to plastic bottles.

Lost Property

Please make sure that all property is clearly labelled, any unnamed items will be put in the lost property box in the hall foyer and held until the end of each term. Any unclaimed property will be disposed of/recycled at the end of each term. All unclaimed uniform will be given to the PTA second-hand shop.

School Organisation 2018

Junior Team
Room 10 Reception Mrs Jane Dundas (and Mrs Sue Edginton Fridays)
Room 9 Year 1 Mrs Claire Worthington Blair (Year 1 leader)
Room 12 Year 0-1 Teacher and start date to be confirmed later in the year
Room 20 Year 0 Teacher and start date to be confirmed later in the year
Room 11 Year 1 Miss Rebecca Seales (start date early Term 1)
Room 8 Year 1 Mrs Anna Smith and Mrs Kate Hooper
Room 7 Year 1 Miss Lucy Gavin
Room 5 Year 2 Mrs Caley Plinston
Room 6 Year 2 Mrs Jan Westerkamp (and Mrs Ellie Dunn Fridays)
Room 4 Year 2 Ms Deb Wastney (Junior Team leader)

Middle Team
Room 13 Year 3-4 Mrs Michelle Webster (and Ms Gwen Taylor Fridays)
Room 16 Year 3-4 Mrs Jill Garton
Room 17 Year 3-4 Ms Claire Garnett and Mrs Nicolette Land
Room 18 Year 3-4 Mrs Janine Rollerson (Team co-leader)
Room 19 Year 3-4 Ms Christine Wightman (Team co-leader)

Senior Team
Room 1 Year 5-6 Mrs Kathryn Hohaia (Team co-leader, Sports Leader, Co-CoL Leader)
Room 2 Year 5-6 Ms Nikki Black (and Mrs Jo Coughlan Fridays)
Room 3 Year 5-6 Ms Mel Mason (Co-Community of Learning Leader)
Room 14 Year 5-6 Mr Stuart Dean (Senior Team co-leader)
Room 15 Year 5-6 Mr John Fowler (Community of Learning Leader)

Part time teachers

Education for Sustainability Mrs Siobhan Cooper
Classroom Music and Performance Groups Mrs Clare McCormack
Te Reo Maori Ms Keri Hadfield
Mandarin Miss Zhou Shan (Summer)
Reading Recovery Teacher Mrs Tania Jenner
Support Programmes & ESOL Mrs Annette Haywood
Support Programmes & ESOL Mrs Catherine Maloney

Support Staff

ESOL Director Mrs Jeanette Smail
CWSA teacher Mr Peter Stoner
Executive Officer & BOT Minute Secretary Mrs Holly Fang (Admin Team Leader)
Office Administrator Mrs Anita Nicholls
Student Services Administrator Mrs Julia Whitfield
Sports Co-ordinator Mr Ryan McWilliams
International Services Manager Mr Frank Jia
Library Administration & Resources Mrs Mary Castle
Uniform Sales Mrs Julia Whitfield
Property Manager Mr Paul Loader
Cleaners Clean as a Whistle
Targeted Teacher Aides Mrs Lin Swan, Mrs Denise Carter,
Mrs Fran Garratt, Ms Linda Hofstra,
Mrs Sarah Nicholls, Mrs Teresa Gao,
Mrs Carmen Swanepoel, Mrs Amanda
Ramsey, Mrs Anna Osbourne
Mai Place (Before and After School Care) Manager Mr Ryan McWilliams

Senior Leaders Team

Deputy Principal (acting) Mr Peter Stoner
Deputy Principal Mrs Jeanette Smail
Principal Mr Bruce Warren

Loose Parts Request 

The Junior School is excited by the opportunity to develop our outside areas to enable more creativity in our ‘Play based learning’ initiative.

We are putting a call out for any recyclable parts that could be donated to enhance our outdoor area. Dig deep into your garages, wipe off the cobwebs and see what you can find.
Perhaps you may have a contact of someone that could help.

We are looking for Items such as…..
An old dinghy that could be bedded into the ground
Old sandpit trays
Old ropes
Old garden tools such as trowels
Old sheets that could be used to create huts
Off cuts of wood from building activity

If you can offer any of these goods DO NOT bring in to school.

Please contact Jane Dundas 027 479 3038 to make arrangements.

Music News

Music 22018 Music in classes will start this week.



Music Groups – Marimba, Hand Chime, APPA Choir, Ukulele Club – please look for the daily notices for information about these groups.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News

Welcome back to another exciting year of sport here at Mairangi Bay Primary.  Please see link to sports information for Inter-school and Extracurricular sports events.

Dates for your diaries:


Monday Yr 1-2 info: Yr 1-2 Term 1 – 19th Feb – 9th April (7 weeks)
Wednesday Yr 3-4 info: Yr 3-4 Semester 28th Feb – 13th June (14 weeks)
Friday Yr 3-4 info: Yr 3-4 Semester 1 – 2nd March – 22rd June (14 weeks)
NSEC Competition commences Tuesday 21st of March.
YMCA Competition commences Thursday 8th March for Year 5 and Year 6 Teams.

Please complete registration form and send it into the office or email to before the 14th of Feb
Trial dates for Year 5 and 6 are Wednesday the 21st of February at lunchtime in the hall 12:30 with Chanel from the Breakers.
Please have your registration form in before this date if you intend to trial for team placement.

Flippaball: If you would like to play Flippaball in Term 1 please get your registration forms in before Wednesday the 14th of February. Games played on Sunday and practices are on Saturday.

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.

For any other sports enquiries please refer to school website or email

PTA News

PTA – Christmas Raffle: Congratulations to all of our Xmas hamper raffle winners. Thank you to all the families that kindly contributed to the hampers by donating items and for also supporting the fundraiser by selling the raffle tickets. Your support is greatly appreciated by the PTA. This fundraiser is also supported by the team at My Goodness Gift Baskets who each year beautifully wrap our main luxury hamper. My Goodness is located at 20 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay. Please, can we show our support to them? Should you need anything gift basket related in return for the wonderful support they give us each year. Thank you also to Louise Watkins and Sharon Woodhead who worked alongside Tonya Osborne in running this PTA fundraiser.

Our hamper winners are:

Luxury Hamper – Sam Jeon

Remaining hampers; Louise, Peter Hope, Ellie Dunn, Jason, Jo Blakey and Jane Lusby.

GALA:  ONLY FOUR WEEKS TO GO! Planning for the MBS Gala – our big 2018 event – to celebrate 50 years of Mairangi Bay School, is well underway.

This is a community event with fun for all, including great food, music, performances, stalls and heaps of activities for the kids!

You may have received an email asking you to sign up to help. WE NEED YOU NOW!

We are asking volunteers to help run stalls and help at the event on the day, usually for just one hour slots or less.

Signing up is easy peasy on our Sign Up Genius page. Please go to!/showSignUp/60b0f4eaeae29abf94-mbs50th/46803373 and fill the available slots as soon as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and for helping to make this event a success!

Second-hand Uniform: The second-hand uniform shop will be open Monday to Wednesday 12th-14th February next week between 3.05pm and 3.30pm. ALL POLAR FLEECES $5 during this week, available in all sizes and in great condition. If you are unable to come to school at this time please contact 021-455-063 to ask if we have stock in the sizes you require.

School Disco: Save the date for the “Back to School Hawaiian Themed Disco”

Disco Hawaiian logoCome and join us on Friday 23rd February in the school hall.

Juniors 6-7pm and Seniors 7.15-8.30pm. Check out the poster on the noticeboards for more details and watch out for the flier in your school bags.

As always, we need parent helpers to make these events run smoothly. If you are able to assist with set up during the day, on the night or making decorations to make this a great event please go to and select a time and task of your choice. Come and meet some new parents and have some fun – we appreciate your help and support.

School Community PTA Facebook Group

Sign up to become a member of our closed Facebook Group to receive information and updates about opportunities and events in our school community, all run for kids and families by your PTA. Search for ‘Mairangi Bay School PTA’ and ask to become a member now!

PTA Meeting Schedule 2018

Please make a note of these dates in your diary now. All welcome, regardless of whether you want to participate in events, partake in supper, or just join in the conversations and friendship! A great way to meet new people and learn about our school, with plenty of fun and laughter guaranteed! Meetings will be held on the following Tuesday evenings:

27th February AGM 7.00pm AGM followed by an ordinary meeting.

3rd April 7.30pm

22nd May 7.30pm

19th June 7.30pm

14th August 7.30pm

18th September 7.30pm

30th October 7.30pm

4th December XMAS DINNER – venue to be confirmed


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.

Uniform for sale: Skort size 12 $20 as new, 2 polo shirts size 8 short sleeve $10 each, bucket hat $5, fleece size 8/10 $10, sports shirt short sleeve size 8 $5  Contact Helen 0210557510

The Westlake Girls Premier Squad are holding two 3 hour coaching sessions on Sunday 4th of March to fundraise for their upcoming tour to Melbourne in April. These sessions will be run by their coach, former Silver Fern, April Ieremia, with the help of the premier squad. The clinic is ideally suited for players Year 5 to 8, however, younger players can be accommodated. The sessions have been organised to coincide with preparing the players for upcoming school trials. Payments and registrations can be made via the ONLINE PAYMENTS tab at

Rudd School of Rock: One-to-one music tuition in Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Piano/Keyboard, Singing and Band Programmes.  Teaching and coaching for all ages & stages from beginner to advanced. Contact: 09 479-1081

KEAS – 5yrs to 8yrs, Milford Sea Scout Kea Club.

Keas are all about participation, having FUN, learning about OUR community, OUR World, Self Discovery, Life Skills and much more. We meet on Wednesday at 4.45pm to 5.45pm, 24 Craig Road, Milford. Next to Milford Cruising Club. Please contact: Christien Ph/txt: 027 663 6782 or


Cubs is about participation, helping each other, learning about the outdoors, knotting, cooking simple meals, and do simple jobs at home. Cubs learn about the community, recycling, our heritage, traditions, and legends, and a whole lot more. We meet on Wednesday at 6 pm – 7.30pm, 24 Craig Road, Milford.

Please contact: Christien Ph/txt: 027 663 6782 or

Free Employment Course: Do you know someone who may benefit from attending a FREE and professionally run daytime course for employment preparation and readiness?
Hearts and Minds are running a group starting 19/2 to 26/3 every Monday from 10-noon. Work preparation skills such as cv and cover letters, the interview and much more, as well as learning skills to lift self-esteem and confidence.
Facilitated by a registered psychologist and HR expert. Phone 441 8989 or email to enrol now!

Oxfam Fitness Fundraiser:

Ladybugs Oxfam

Drawing classes for children: (age 5 – 12) Realistic Drawing Skills for Kids. Enrolling Now for Term 1. After school and on Weekends. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Venue: Windsor Park Baptist Church. contact Elena 021 0236 0215

The Beach Series is back for 2018! Get family and friends together and get down to Takapuna Beach on Tuesday Evenings. Sign the kids up for the Primary School’s Competition by going to We look forward to seeing you all there!”