Coming Up

27 February

PTA Meeting 7 pm – All Welcome, Staffroom

28 February

Meet the teacher interviews

1 March

Meet the teacher interviews

2 March

PTA Crazy Hat Friday..send raffle items

7 March

Hearing and Vision testing

9 March

Dress for the Decade Day

Twilight Gala

12-16 March

Year 5/6 at MERC Camp

Walking School Bus week – details to follow

At a glance

  • Meet the teacher interviews book now (deadline tomorrow)
  • School donations and fees
  • Mai Place (after school care) closed pm 9 March for the Gala
  • School Policies are online
  • Mobile Dental Van Visit
  • Music Programme and performance groups started
  • Garden to Table programme and cooking utensils sought.

Principal’s Message

 Hello everyone

We are so fortunate to have high levels of community engagement at Mairangi Bay School. It is a strength of our school. Tonya Osborne and Robyn Walker are leading a team of volunteers to organise our Jubilee Twilight Gala for 9 March. This is a challenging exercise and not for the faint-hearted. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help in some way. Although we don’t have past pupils organising a reunion as such, we do have this event and expect to see our community here in force enjoying the occasion.

The Garden to Table initiative that parent Jess Wright brought to our attention is now adopted by Siobhan Cooper and run in the Enviro programme with ongoing help from parents. It relies on the vegetable gardens that were planted last year and watered over the summer break by our families. Read more about Garden to Table in EnviroNews and view the photos which show the excitement on children’s faces.

We are off to an excellent start this year.

Kind regards

Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Dallas Couper, Jayden Cao, Queena Yu, Alisa Meng.

 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.

As advised earlier, bookings opened on 16 February.  You will have until tomorrow 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.

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.

Mai Place:  The Jubilee Twilight Gala will be taking place on Friday 9th of March, Mai Place will not be open for after-school care. Please make arrangements for your children to be collected at 3pm. Mai Place will still be open in the morning.

Policies: Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at (note that there’s no “www”!). Our username is mairangibay and password Galaxy

Mobile Dental Van:  The mobile dental van will be visiting our school this term to examine children who are due to be seen.  If you wish to discuss further, please call Forrest Hill Children’s Community Dental Clinic on 09 410 7361

Music News

Music has started for 2018 with class programmes.
The Juniors have enjoyed singing, chanting, playing percussion, moving and listening. Middle team have started on their recorders and enjoyed singing, body percussion and marimba.

The Year 6 Marimba group has made a start. The children are all keen to perform at the Jubilee Gala.
Ukulele Club Year 4-6 is also underway for the year and looking forward to the Gala also.

Year 3 Ukulele players – we will start mid March.
Year 5 Marimba and Senior Choir will start after camp.

Happy singing and playing
Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Our Enviroschool Theme for 2018 : Healthy Food, Healthy People.
This year we are following the Garden to Table Programme which helps children understand how to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food. It builds skills for life through practical sessions teaching gardening and cooking skills.
The students are learning to identify and use edible plants in our school gardens to make nutritious recipes. This term we are making a salad, a salad dressing and tomato fritters. These recipes will be shared so you can make them at home. Please inform your child’s teacher of any food allergies. This term, all recipes are Vegan.
Each class will get a practical hands-on cooking lesson at least once each term on a Wednesday morning between 9.00 and 11.00.
We would love more parent helpers to join us. If you are able to help us for a session please contact Jess Wright at who is co-ordinating the programme with me.
If you would like to donate some kitchen items we are setting up our basic stock and would be grateful for extra cutlery, small plates, bowls, and electric frying pans.
We would also love any volunteers to help in our school gardens, especially weeding and keeping it tidy. If you are able to help at all please contact me at
The children are loving these new lessons! Check out the link to our photos below.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Netball – Year 4,5 & 6 netball trials to take place on the 20th and 21st ( if needed ) of March 2017 by Netball North Harbour. If your child is trialling please fill out a registration form and send it in.

Year 1,2 & 3 Netball players please fill out registration form and drop it into the office or send to
Please find all Netball information on the school website.

Hockey – Year 3-6
Please get your registration forms in if you would like your child to play Hockey in Terms 2 and 3. Games played on a Monday at Harbour Hockey. Please see school website for more information.

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


Roll up, roll up to everyone’s favourite event, the MBSPTA’s AGM 7pm prompt on Tuesday 27th Feb in the School Staffroom

We have Committee positions up for grabs, various colours of wine in attendance, along with ample food to tickle the taste buds of the best connoisseurs. Come and experience the spectacular that is the PTA AGM (and then stay for the bog-standard meeting afterwards at 7.30pm).

Everyone welcome for an experience like no other 😉

You can view the Agenda and all the info you need including descriptions for all the jobs you could help us with here!

The Agenda for the ordinary meeting to follow can be viewed here:

Your fabulicious Chairperson,

Karen Adams

CRAZY HAT FRIDAY: Children are invited to wear a Crazy Hat to school THIS FRIDAY 2ND MARCH (with their normal school uniform).
Instead of the normal ‘Gold Coin Donation’ we ask that families bring just two things to help us:

2. A HAMPER ITEM (gift voucher, luxury biscuits, chocolates, confectionary, relishes/olives etc, nuts, hand soap, bath bombs, skin care/hair care items, wine, specialty tea/coffee etc.

Thank you for your support of this fantastic event for our school community.

We would like to create a bumper cake stall for the Gala. On Wednesday 1st March you will receive a cake box (1 per family). Please return it with your child on the morning of the Gala which is Friday 9 March filled with baking.
We would love whole cakes, muffins, cookies or whole slices. The children can decorate the box and please let us know what is inside.
Together we will create a fantastic stall with plentiful baked goodies.
Thank you for your ongoing support.

As you may know, the PTA is determined this year to become centred on creating community-building events and opportunities for our families, with fund-raising as a secondary objective. It is important to us that we have as many of our families emails as possible so that we can update you on upcoming events, but respect that you may not wish to receive these emails. If you do not wish to be included on the MBSPTA emailing list, please complete the OPT OUT form when it comes home this week and return it to school with your child.


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.

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

Parenting Helpline







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!

East Coast Bays Library Luna New Year: Our Luna New Year celebration events include:
Friday 16 February 10am – 10.30am
Friday 16 February 4pm – 5pm
Friday 23 February 10.30am – 12pm
Saturday 24 February 10.30am to 12pm
Songs and traditional Chinese story. Kids will receive a gift in a red envelope. Make golden nuggets and Chinese lanterns. Solve the riddles and get your prize. Come and enjoy a concert presented by the Browns Bay Chinese Association. NZ Art Academy perform dances. Children receive their name written in calligraphy.

The Kea Club is for 5-8 yr old children. We meet at 24 Craig Road, Milford. Next to the Cruise Club and Milford Reserve. The children engage in games, small group activities, building boats, kites and much more. They learn camping skills, cooking, safety on the road, bush and beach. Most of all we have FUN. Please call Christien on: Ph: 4181 734 Mob: 027 663 6782