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 Coming up

10 April

New Parent Meeting 9am

Mufti Day – Gold coin donation

Community Fundraising (3pm in the hall)

PTA Meeting – 7:30pm in the staffroom

12 April

Inter-school Swimming

13 April

Last day of term 1 – School closes at 3pm

Farewell Assembly for Mrs Castle 2pm

At a glance

  • Mufti Day tomorrow
  • Small Group Mandarin Classes – School holiday and after school by tomorrow!
  • Term Dates Survey – Have your say!
  • School Dental service – Message from ARDS
  • Library News – ECB ‘Up, up and away’ challenges. Mrs Castle retires.
  • Enviro News – Garden to table; Creating delicious recipes in the classroom
  • Sports News – Congratulations: USA Karate Open Championships
  • PTA News – PTA Meeting 10 April at 7:30pm

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

We are happy to support a family in need, so tomorrow is a gold coin mufti day for the Burketts. PTA leader, Karen Adams has invited everyone to come to the hall tomorrow at 3 pm to see her have her hair cut off and teachers will take a break from a staff meeting to call in to support this initiative before returning to work.

Congratulations to our camp cup winners, Phoebe Liu and Devon Conn, and champion swimmers, Emma-Kaye Schroeder and Blake Woods who were presented with cups at the last assembly.

We are saying goodbye on Friday to one of our best. Mary Castle has served our community for 21 years. The school says thanks and bids her a happy retirement on Friday at 2 pm in our hall. All welcome.  A recruitment process delivered high calibre applicants for the librarian position and Louise Hopkins has been successful. She starts in term 2.

It has been a very full and rewarding first term. Our jubilee twilight gala was a great success and we thank you again for your support of this and all school events. I wish you all a good fortnight break from school and look forward to seeing our children back refreshed and ready for more learning next term.

Kind regards

Bruce Warren, Principal

School Notices

Mufti Day on Tuesday..tomorrow!

As you know, our PTA leader Karen Adams is having her hair cut off after school tomorrow in support of our school family, the Burketts, to help fund expensive cancer treatment for Kelleigh.  We have decided to support the cause by inviting you to send your child/ren in mufti (no uniform) tomorrow with a gold coin donation.

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 3 pm 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.

Small-group Mandarin teaching  

We are excited to be able to offer the following small-group classes and ask you to email immediately if you are interested.

1. School Holiday Mandarin Simplified Characters (5 half day lessons) 
100 common characters. Showing the cultural stories behind the characters and using techniques to create more characters. The lessons are fun.
Small group teaching, 6 children maximum. The second week of the holidays 23rd April- 27th April, 9:00am-12:00pm. In our school library. Note that this is for Mandarin speakers as instruction will be in Mandarin. School subsidised Fee $150 ($30 per half day.) The lessons are designed and taught by our Mandarin Language Assistant Summer(Shan ZHOU).
2. After School Mandarin Classes (Tuesday and Thursday 45 mins lessons) 
Our in-class sessions are a taster and these classes are designed for children who wish to take the language further.
Small group teaching, 6 children maximum, 45mins twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 3.15 or 4pm. for term 2 . For the English speakers, the instruction will be in English and Mandarin for Mandarin speakers.   School subsidised Fee $180 ( 20 lessons, $9 per lesson) (small extra cost for books and test fee to be advised)
The lessons are designed and taught by our Mandarin Language Assistant Summer (Shan ZHOU
Note that spaces are limited for both classes. Register your interest by emailing by tomorrow Tuesday 3pm. Make it clear which lessons you want, 1. holiday or 2. after school. Also include the name, age and classroom number of your child. Send no money until you know if you have a child accepted. After you email, Summer will be in contact with you this week.
 Term Dates Survey

Would you like a voice in the conversation about setting school term dates next year? This very short survey, set up by Murrays Bay Intermediate School, will tell us what matters to you and hopefully, make it easier for schools in our Community of Learning to align our start and finish dates.

Message from School Dental Service

Mairangi Bay School is serviced by Forrest Hill Children’s Community Dental Clinic, 20a Bond Crescent, Forrest Hill 0620. Phone (09) 410 7361

We come to your school approximately twice a year in the Dental Van. At this time we examine the children who are eligible for treatment and who are due for treatment, we do not see every child every time we come to the school.

In the van, we can examine, take X-rays and do preventive work like placing fissure sealants and fluoride treatments. Any other work that is required, e.g. fillings would be done at Forrest Hill clinic by appointment.

Library News

East Coast Bays Library is running free fun holiday activities these holidays – “Up, Up and Away Challenges. Visit, phone 09 301 0101, or collect a flyer from our school library. It runs from April 16th until 29 April culminating in a movie on Sunday 29th April.

Our children may take out school library books for their holiday reading. We do ask that if children have any overdue titles, that they return these before taking new ones home. This enables us to share our popular titles around. The school library is open before school, at lunchtimes and after school until 3.15pm, if children happen to miss their classroom session this week.

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce I am retiring at the end of this term. I know that Louise Hopkins, who is taking over my role will continue to encourage and support our Library and reading programmes.

It has been a pleasure to be involved with the children, their families, and the professional staff.  I’d like to thank you for your support of the Library over my time at the school and wish you all, the best for the future.

Mary Castle

Enviro News

Garden to Table – Grow, harvest, prepare, share
20180404_103355This term we have turned the Enviro class into a kitchen and dining room and prepared and shared some delicious recipes, Salad and salad dressings with the Juniors and Tomato Bruschetta with the Middles and Seniors. A lot of the ingredients came from our own school gardens. All recipes have been shared with your child’s teacher and you may already have tried them at home! Rooms 13 and 18 made the Tomato Bruschetta this week and here are some of their comments:
I don’t like tomatoes but I liked them in the bruschetta – Cohen
The garlic crusher was fun. The garlic smelled strong and oozed out – Matthew
The pepper made it spicy – Ryan
The basil smelled good and tasted delicious with the tomatoes – Isabella
I liked the aprons made out of teatowels – Elodie
The flowers on the table and the plates looked nice – Cullen
I liked the way people came to serve us at the table – Flo
The tomato bruschetta tasted salty, sweet, spicy and sour – Max
It tasted crunchy and soft at the same time –
I didn’t know how to cook but now I do – Ruby
We would love to have more parent or grandparent helpers involved, either in the kitchen or the garden so if you are free on a Wednesday morning from 9-10.40am please get in touch with me at:
Many thanks to Jess Wright, our parent volunteer kitchen specialist and Tracey Sunderland, our parent volunteer garden specialist whose passionate support has made this programme possible.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

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Rhea and Alyssa competed at the USA Karate Open in Las Vegas over Easter. Rhea won a bronze medal in 8-9 yrs advanced kumite (sparring) and Alyssa won 2 bronze – in 6-7 yrs intermediate kata and kumite.
They also won two bronze medals each at the Junior International Cup the same weekend. Congratulations girls!


Ryan McWilliams

PTA News

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


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