Coming Up

26 – 28 March

Year 3-4 Outdoor Education trip Long Bay

29 March

Year 5-6 Swim Sports

Year 1-2 Teddy Bear Picnic

30 March

Good Friday – School Closed

2 April

Easter Monday – School Closed

3 April

Easter Tuesday – School Closed

4 – 13 April

Dental Van On Site

10 April

New Parent Meeting 9am

Community Fundraising ( 3pm in the hall).

PTA Meeting – 7:30pm in the staffroom

At a glance

  • Senior Team Camp Survey
  • Auckland Transport – Important Notices, Please Read!
  • Mobile Dental Van
  • Free Counselling for Kids
  • Did you know? Dirt is Good, Recruiting and Retaining Teachers (NZEI message)
  • Music News
  • Enviro News
  • Sports News
  • PTA News

Principal’s Message

 Hello everyone

Last week we hosted principals and other leaders from our Mid Bays Community of Learning.  Students provided them with a tour of our school which included Learning through Play (Year 2), the Garden to Table programme, multilevel maths teaching (Year 5-6) and reading (Year 3-4). The visitors were particularly complimentary about how articulate the student hosts were, the friendliness of our place and the design of the new shaded seating area/amphitheatre.

This week again sees teachers taking children on trips outside the school. This is only possible because we have tremendous parent support. This was especially evident at camp when so many of you gave time to assist. We thank all parents who make time for school events.

I wish you all an enjoyable Easter holiday.

Kind regards

Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and families

Hayley Chan.

Year 5-6 Day Camp

The senior team camp is behind us now. It has been satisfying to hear children talking about their experiences in such positive terms. From the teachers point of view this was a very successful camp despite the weather on the first day. We were delighted with the ways children took up the challenges of the 15 camp activities and supported and encouraged others.

We have created a short online survey for all parents/caregivers of the Year 5 and 6 children. Thank you to those who have already completed this. We would like as many responses as possible completed by the end of the week, to help with the Camp report for the Board of Trustees.

Please go to the camp web page, accessed from the Mairangi Bay School website, and click on the online survey or go straight to the link online survey 

Message from Auckland Transport

Before and after school is a busy time for everyone. Parking rules help protect our children and keep them safe. Drivers who park illegally put our kids at risk. Parking officers will be on patrol outside your school to issue tickets to those who are illegally parked. These parking offences are detailed in the New Zealand Road Code.

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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

No problem is too big or small. Free counselling for kids

0800What’sUp (0800 942 87 87) is a confidential free nationwide telephone and online helpline for New Zealand children between the ages of 5-18 years old.

What’s Up has been there for New Zealand children for over 16 years, and during that time we have talked with thousands of children about what it is that concerns them. We have listened to their stories, their worries, and even their jokes. Children do not have to give us their names, or any other details they choose not to disclose.

The average age of our callers is 13 years old, and young people may ring and talk to us about anything they like. No problem is too large or too small for our trained Counsellors and Supervisors, who come from a variety of backgrounds and experience. All of our counsellors are paid professionals who practice Child Centered Practice and Empowerment. We do not tell our callers/online chatters what to do, but instead provide support, allowing them to explore what is best for them and the possible consequences of their choices.

0800What’sUp is open until 11:00pm every day, including public holidays. Our hours are Monday to Friday 12 noon – 11pm, and 3pm – 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We also offer online chat, which is available from 5-10pm each day.

Weet-Bix TRYathlon


Congratulations to all those children that took part in the TRYathlon on Sunday.



Did you know?

Dirt is Good Sir Ken Robinson is involved in a project called ‘Dirt is good’, all about children getting outside and playing.

Play is a highly beneficial and deeply natural way in which kids learn…Play has deeply important roles in the development of intellectual skills, in social skills, in developing empathy, in stretching our imaginations and exploring our creativity.

The website,  Dirt is Good, has lots of interesting articles to read about outdoor play (if you are interested in this aspect) and the benefits of learning through play from a number of researchers, including Peter Gray who wrote Free to Learn.

Recruiting and retaining teachers ( a message from the teachers’ union,  the NZEI ) 

Did you know that we could see class sizes growing rapidly over the next few years?

You may be aware of the nationwide NZEI Te Riu Roa union meetings that are being held for primary and area school principals and teachers.

Staff from our school attended these meeting to discuss solutions vital to addressing the growing crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers. There has been a 40% drop in the number of people going into teacher training in just the past six years.

With teachers and principals throughout the country, NZEI members at our school will be discussing a number of initiatives to ensure quality teaching for every child and how to make teaching attractive and sustainable as a career. These include:

 Reduced class sizes in year 4-8 (From 1 teacher to 29 students down 1 to 25)

 Funding for a special needs coordinator in every school, to meet the needs of every child and free up classroom teachers to teach

 A significant pay jolt to encourage new people to enter the profession and stay in it. Along with reduced numbers entering teacher training, a large number of teachers leave the profession within five years of graduating.

Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give each child the attention they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching. Children are missing out on some opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional learning needs.

Our children deserve the best education in the world.

Music News

Now that the Gala and camp are over, we can now start Senior Choir and Year 5 Marimba.image_6483441

Thursdays is our music group day:
8.10am Marimba Year 6 group
12.30pm Year 3 Ukulele – see the children in the photo who turned up for their first lesson the other week!
12.45pm Year 4-6 Ukulele Club
1.30pm Senior Choir – this is open this term for any senior children that wish to try out the choir. At the end of the term I will select 35 children to be in the APPA Choir.
2.10pm Marimba Year 5 group

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Enviroschool News – Pumpkin Competition

20180221_104027 (1)The Enviro-group have a competition for you to do in the library. It is called “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin”. This pumpkin grew over the summer at our school and is very big. There are weights in the library to help you guess, but you must not touch or pick up the pumpkin. Write your estimate on a piece of paper with your name and room number. Post it in the box. Win a “Garden to Table” produce prize if you guess correctly. Entries close Tuesday 10 April 2018. Winner or winners will be announced on Wednesday 11 April 2018.

Here is a photo of our new entrant class with the pumpkin when it was growing on the bank.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

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 Monday’s at Harbour Hockey. Please see school website for more information. Trial will be dependent on numbers.

Netball –  Year 1/2 players needed for a Netball team playing on Saturday mornings. Please email asap if interested.
Trials have been completed for Year 5 and 6 Netball. Thank you to Netball North Harbour for running the trials.

Ryan McWilliams

PTA News

FUNDRAISING SUPPORT: Message from Karen Adams, our PTA Chairperson – My friend Kelleigh has Stage 4 incurable breast cancer. Kelleigh needs the drug Ibrance to have more time with her 3 beautiful daughters, Paige(13), Charlie (9), and Holly (10), who is a superstar in the Mairangi Bay School netball team I have coached for the last 3 years. Our awesome netball team is a family, and in my eyes the girls should have the right to have their Mum’s watching them play and seeing all the fun we have. Ibrance costs Kelleigh $5865 per month; $5865 for the absolute privilege of being here, and being a Mum to her daughters, and a wife to Craig.  I am shaving my hair off on 10th April 2018 in the Mairangi Bay School Hall at 3pm to raise as much money as I possibly can to give Kelleigh time. Come and join us to test out your hairdressing skills for a small fundraising fee!!! PLEASE GIVE EVERY CENT, PENNY, RUBLE, DRACHMA YOU POSSIBLY CAN, because the netball season hasn’t even started yet…..
For the full story and TO MAKE A DONATION go to Kelleigh’s give a little page. Bring cash on the 10th April as there will be raffles and auctions.

NEXT PTA MEETING: 10th April at 7.30pm in the school staffroom. All welcome!

BARFOOT & THOMPSON HOUSE REFERRAL SCHEME: A reminder that if you or anyone you know is planning to sell their house, simply ask them to mention Mairangi Bay School at the time of listing and Barfoots will donate $1000.00 to our school PTA after sale!

YUMMY STICKERS: Don’t forget to keep collecting the stickers from Yummy Brand Fruit! Extra sheets can be downloaded from the Yummy Fruit website.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM: Open Tuesdays at 3pm, or by appointment. Ph 02145506. All donations of uniform greatly received – 100% of profits go towards MBSPTA funds.

GALA: A huge thank you to our school community for the tremendous support we received for the Gala. Whether you helped run a stall, delivered some chocolate, hamper items or beautiful baking in gorgeous boxes, or simply turned up on the day, we are so grateful for the contribution you made towards this event. It was everything we hoped for. Special thanks to Tonya Osborne and Robyn Walker. Also to all the classes and children who have written thank you cards – together with some very interesting and insightful suggestions for the next Gala!!!

SPECIAL THANKS go to the following individuals and businesses for their donations and sponsorship of this event: New World Fresh Collective, Rudd School of Rock, Rhythm Cafe, Mangiamo, Vegeland Mairangi Bay, PaknSave Albany, Hell Pizza Northcross, Farro Constellation Drive, Petite Provence (Green Gables), JUMP North Shore.
Clip N Climb Albany, Xtreme Entertainment Wairau Park, Event Cinemas Albany, Constellation Brands, Olly Wilson, The Warehouse – Toy Buyers, No. 8 Retail Group – Nic Paterson – Subway vouchers. Special mention to Barfoot and Thompson, Mairangi Bay for ongoing support.


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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.

Recycled car Seats – Did you know you can now recycle your expired or damaged child car seat? Around 90% of seat materials are recyclable which is great news for the environment, and keeping expired car seats out of circulation is good for child safety. SeatSmart accepts any brand of capsule, booster or reversible car seat (no polystyrene boosters) for a small fee of $10 (RRP). For collection site details visit You can also like us on Facebook (SeatSmartNZ).

Parenting Anxious Teens and Tweens – 16th April and 23rd April 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Hearts and Minds Hub, Northcote $50 single, $75 double. See our website for more details or ph 09 441 8989

This is the 5th workshop of this topic and feedback has been excellent. A toolbox for parents of evidence-based approaches will be discussed.

Free Migrant Workshop – We are holding another FREE New Migrant session in the Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna on Thursday 19th April at 10:30am.

This is the first time that we are presenting this topic and it should be quite informative.

Forrest Hill Milford United Football Club

Forrest Hill Milford United Football Club is still taking registrations for the coming football season. We cater for both girls and boys aged from 5 upwards. You can register now at For all queries please email