Coming Up

12 – 16 March

Year 5-6 at MERC Day Camp

Walking School Bus Week

21 & 22 March

Year 1-2 – Howick Historical Village

26 – 28 March

Year 3-4 – Long Bay Beach trip  (further information to come)

29 March

Year 5-6 – Swimming Competition

Year 1-2 – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

30 March – 3 April

School closed for Easter ( note:  school is closed on Tuesday 3 April)

4 April

School re-opens

At a glance

  • Gala Success and thank you!
  • School closed: Easter Holidays
  • Parking on school grounds
  • Collecting Children
  • Collaborative Learning
  • School-Gen Competition – Vote for our school
  • Walking School Bus Week
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Sports News
  • PTA News
  • Community Notices

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Message from the Chair

On behalf of your Board of Trustees, I offer a sincere thank you to all of you who supported our Twilight Jubilee Gala on Friday.  So many people contibuted to the success of this event. Special mention for Tonya Osborne who had the ambition to organise the gala and for her assistant Robyn Walker. Both are ex-parents who wanted to continue to give back to our school. We are fortunate to have such motivated and capable people in our midst. Countless other people helped, too many to name. We thank all of you for your efforts in preparation and on the day.

Kind regards

Scott Walker, Board Chair

Principal’s Message

Friday’s twilight Gala was a wonderful celebration for our school community. The contributions from so many people including Tonya Osborne, Robyn Walker, the PTA, staff members, our Chinese and Korean families, parents, performers and local businesses came together to make this event a success. I was delighted to see so many of our children prepared to perform in public. Our families turned up in force to support the gala and even the weather cooperated…until pack up time anyway!

Teachers had worked with children to present a visual display of changes each decade since the school started. This display in the hall was of interest to our current school community as well as to our ex-students and ex-staff that returned.


This week sees our Year 5-6 students responding to the challenges of Camp at MERC, Long Bay. I visited today. Early indications are that they are well equipped to handle the rain forecast for the first day or two.

The teacher and support staff union, the NZEI, will hold several paid union meetings in school time in the next few weeks. We are organised to cover any teachers who attend, so there will be no disruption to learning.

Kind regards

Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Vicki Zhang, Winnie Tang, Miranda Mu, Mike Jia, Aran Cho, Jimmy Zhou and Henry Huang.

School Closed: Easter Holidays

School will be closed for 3 days over Easter – Friday 30 April, Monday 2 May and Tuesday 3 May.  We will re-open on Wednesday 4 May at 8:30am

Parking on school grounds

Parking on school grounds is not permitted unless you are collecting your child for medical reasons between the hours of 9.30am to 2.30pm.
The parking area outside the school office is for designated cars, visitors, emergency vehicles, pick-up for medical reasons, couriers, bin collections and trucks that need to unload. Please keep this area clear at all times.

Collecting children

For health and safety reasons, caregivers need to ensure their children are picked up promptly at 3pm unless they are booked into Mai Place.  If you have an emergency and don’t think you will be at school by 3pm, please ensure you call the school office on 09 478 8424 to inform us at your earliest convenience.  Children regularly left after 3pm should be booked into Mai Place, which will incur a childcare charge. Students are not allowed to be on the school playground after school hours unless supervised by a responsible adult.

Did you know?

Collaborative learning (where students work in groups with each other) leads to better outcomes for the whole cohort than individualistic or competitive learning. When we compete against each other, we don’t share as freely, which means we don’t teach or learn from each other as much. Students who engage in cooperative learning are more successful across a wide range of problem-solving categories.
Link: Qin, Johnson & Johnson (1995) Cooperative versus competitive efforts and problem-solving

Energising Young Minds!

Mairangi Bay School has entered the Genesis School-Gen Energising Young Minds Competition. We could win up to $25,000 to boost our STEM teaching and learning.
Vote for our school online here One vote per person per day, so remember to keep voting.
Need more information? Click below

Walking School Bus


This week is Auckland walking school bus week with fun themes for each day, so if you have been thinking about joining a walking school bus, this is a fun week to try one out. Please contact me on for more information about your nearest walking school bus.

On Monday look out for the walking school bus mascot at the school crossing and by the school hall.

Here are the themes, please note that normal school uniform must be worn during the day at school.

Monday 12 March – AMI Be Bright Be Seen
Wear your loudest or brightest clothes so your whole bus is seen in the AMI Be Bright Be Seen day.

Tuesday 13 March – Funky Feet
Step out in a crazy pair of shoes for Funky Feet day.

Wednesday 14 March – Whacky Wednesday
Get your whackiest hair, shoes, and clothes on for Whacky Wednesday.

Thursday 15 March – Super Walker
Dress up as a Super Walker. Perhaps your favourite superhero or your own creation.

Public Health Nurse

Last week, Sandy Stewart, the Public Health Nurse from Waitemata DHB, visited the staff for our annual Epipen training.  Sandy said if parents have any questions regarding Epipens, they are welcome to contact her on  021 841 837.

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.

Flippaball – Expressions of interest for Year 3-4 children that would be interested in starting a new Flippaball team. Please email

Cricket – On the 1st of March Mairangi Bay School entered a Year 5-6 cricket team to compete in the Takapuna Cricket Primary Schools Super 8’s tournament. The boys started very strongly with Cricket 2018 (1)3 straight wins which put the team into the final against Campbells Bay. Both teams were unbeaten on the day. Batting first Mairangi Bay scored 65 off just 8 overs. The team came out to bowl and managed to hold Campbells Bay to only 45. A huge thank you to all the parents that came to support and to Douglas Mitchell for umpiring the boys on the day. Congratulations to Max Mitchell, James Pinder, Devon Conn, Ethan Swanepoel, Ben Chapman, Oliver Lowe, Samuel Gibson, Isaiah Taylor and Eli Taylor.

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

The PTA and Gala team wish to thank and acknowledge the support of the following businesses:

Jump, Event Cinemas, Xtreme, Clip N Climb, Subway, The Warehouse, New World Fresh Collective, Rudd School of Rock, Rhythm Cafe, Mangiamo,  PaknSave Albany, Hell Pizza Northcross, Farro Constellation Drive, Petite Provence (Green Gables). Special mention for Barfoot and Thompson , Mairangi Bay for ongoing support, including running the quickfire raffles.

Garden to table: Come into the office from today and purchase delicious homemade jarred goods and sustainable products. Proceeds benefit the garden to table program. Items include: Beeswax Lunch wraps $8 each (2 for $15), homemade soap $3, fig chutney ($4.50-$6), marinated mushrooms $6, bread & butter pickles $5 and zucchini pickles $5. Get yours today and support the gardening program at MBS.


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.

Looking for a long-term rental: We are a family of four looking for a rental in the Mairangi Bay area (or close to) in May 2018. Ideally, we require 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms (or 3 plus a second lounge or study). We also have a well-behaved cat. We have recently sold our house but currently renting so will have good references. Jo Coughlan 021438020.

Mairangi Bay Playcentre: On Saturday, 17th March from 10am – 1pm we will be hosting our Annual Fair at Mairangi Bay Playcentre (112 Kowhai Road, Mairangi Bay). Money raised this year will go towards upgrading the playground and other equipment at the Playcentre.  Our Fair will have many food stalls, plenty of entertainment, and in particular our two main attractions which are products and services up for sale via a silent auction process and for particular items we are holding live auctions which are being run by an auctioneer from Harcourts.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Fair and we would love to have the community support behind us.  We have also created a Page on  Facebook – we would appreciate if you could Like, Follow and Share.

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Girls Brigade Come along for fun, friendship and fantastic activities.  We meet every Tuesday night 6.30 at Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church.  Please contact Amy on 02102382367 all girls welcome.

Migrants Renting Homes in NZ – We are holding another New Migrant information Session on ‘Renting a home in New Zealand’.  It will be on Thursday 22nd March 2018, 10am to 12:30pm in the Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna. There is meter (paying) parking nearby or you can park at Takapuna Mall free for 3 hours and short walk to venue, around the corner from Takapuna Library.  We will have a free morning tea and time to ask questions and talk to other new migrants.  For more info contact Esther on 09 489 3873 email:

Westlake Boys PTA invites you to a presentation by psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and best-selling author Dr. Shimi Kang. Drawing on irrefutable science and unforgettable stories, Dr. Kang will illuminate the latest research-based methods for helping young people develop future-ready skills for success.
Dr. Shimi Kang is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist. She is author of the 2016 U.S. News International Book Award Winner and internationally acclaimed book The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids and The Self-Motivated Kid: how to raise a healthy, happy child who knows what they want and goes after it…without being told.
Make the most of this rare opportunity to listen to Dr Shimi Kang on her short visit to New Zealand. Spread the word as this event is not limited to Westlake families, but is open to the wider community.  DATE: Wednesday 21 March 2018  TIME: 7.00 – 8.30pm  VENUE: Westlake Boys High School Auditorium, 30 Forrest Hill Road  TICKETS: $10 from Eventbrite –