Coming Up

16 May

Years 1/2 Gym Fun

18 May

Years 3/4 Swimming at AUT Millennium

School assembly 140pm

21-25 May

Dental Van on site

22 May

PTA Meeting 7:30 pm in the Staff Room

23 May

Years 1/2 Gym Fun

25 May

Years 3/4 Swimming at AUT Millennium

1 June

Teacher Only Day – School Closed

4 June

Queen’s Birthday – School Closed

At a glance

  • Do not send your child to school on 1 June ..there will be no one here!
  • Pink Shirt Mufti Day Friday 18 May – Gold coin donation please
  • Reporting Process – An improved mid-year report
  • Play Based Learning – Our Junior Team need materials/Thank you!
  • Message from ARDS – Visiting Dental Van
  • Education Conservation Survey – Your views on education
  • Kiwi Competition – English and Maths competitions
  • Music News – Hand-Chimes, APPA, Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival and May is Music month!
  • Sports News – Inter-school swimming and North Island Ski Champs in August
  • Enviro News – Garden to Table Feijoa Ice-cream Smoothies. Our Envirogroup have been busy
  • PTA News – Next PTA Meeting Tuesday 22 May 2018

Principal’s Message


Kia ora tatou

Some of our student leaders organised and presented an ANZAC assembly recently and it was good to see a number of parents joining us. You are always welcome to come to school assemblies. They are every second Friday and notified through this newsletter. The assembly was a fitting reminder of what ANZAC means to New Zealanders.

Last week student leaders collected cans to be donated to the Auckland City Mission and well over a thousand cans were sent by our school families. Thank you. Our school vision talks of building in each student, a strong sense of citizenship, so these activities are important. This Friday our mufti-day is in support of the Mental Health Foundation.

There is growing excitement as Paul Loader, our caretaker, works on the mud kitchen project which will be an essential outdoor learning area for our 5 and 6 year olds. This is taking shape behind the music room and supports our play based learning pedagogy. More information about the changes we are making to curriculum delivery will be shared soon.

Note that you have access to our school policies and procedures on our website under “School Information/Policies and Procedures.”

Have a fabulous week.

Best regards

Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Jemma Gilfoyle, Ayla Alexander and Meguru Kurihara

School Closed Friday 1 June 

This is an important notice. We remind you to make arrangements for your children on this day. This is the Friday before the long weekend. Our staff will be attending a professional learning day with other teachers in our neighbouring schools. There will not be staff on site. Do not send children to school.

Pink Shirt Mufti day for Mental Health Foundation

We will be holding a Mufti Day on Friday 18 May. Children/teachers are to wear a pink shirt, (or anything pink if they don’t have a shirt) and to bring a gold coin as a donation for the Mental Health Foundation! Official pink shirt day stickers for each of the children participating.
Speak up – Stand together – Stop bullying!

Reporting Process

Earlier in the year we promised to keep our community informed about ‘Where to next?’ with our reporting process. An improved Mid Year Report has been developed. In line with current educational thinking, we are placing greater emphasis on your child’s learning dispositions/behaviours. You will continue to be kept well informed about academic achievement. To get the fullest possible picture of your child’s progress, it is important that you meet with your child’s teacher at the Parent Teacher Meetings on June 27 and June 28.

Play Based Learning / Kitea – Thank You!

The Junior team would like to thank all the kind donors of tyres, wood pieces, material to help develop our outside loose parts play space.
We would also like to acknowledge Bunnings who have assisted with painting the old block wall and donating paints for murals there.
Mr Loader has been creating a mud kitchen, bark garden and decking behind our PBL container storage.

While you are having your pre-winter tidy up and throwing out what you no longer need we would love to receive any of the following:
– metal kitchen pots, colanders and utensils
– old shower curtain or duvet – no holes please
– lengths of rope or cord
– off cuts of building wood
– wooden pallets ( not the single use standard)

Please email to coordinate delivery or collection.

With grateful thanks
The Junior Team

Parent Community

We are looking to develop our community links. So we can access experts in our community, we need to know what our parent community is good at. It could be your job, it could be your hobby, it could be a passion. We would love to know. If we know what you are great at, we can use your expertise in the classroom. Please take a moment to fill in this short survey to help us access your skills.

Message from ARDS

To All Parents –The Mobile Dental Van will be visiting your School this term to examine children who are due to be seen. If you wish to discuss further, please ring your local Dental Clinic (Forrest Hill Dental Clinic ) on: 09 410 7361

Education Conservation | Kōrero Mātauranga

The Education Conservation Kōrero Mātauranga is an important moment in the history of education.  Everyone involved in education is working to develop a shared vision for the future of learning.

More than 6,700 New Zealanders have already completed the online survey on the future of education.  The survey is a quick and easy way to contribute your views and ideas to the Kōrero.  We would be grateful if you could spread the word about it throughout your school – with students, teachers, parents and whānau as well as taking part yourself!  We particularly want to encourage more students to take part.

You can find out more about Kōrero Mātauranga and the online survey, at

Kiwi Competition

Once again, this year the University of Canterbury is delighted to offer the great Kiwi English and Mathematics competitions for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. The Kiwi competitions are written by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students and are based on the New Zealand curriculum. The online competitions will be run in the last 3 weeks of Term 2. All participating students will be awarded a certificate and prizes will be awarded to top students in each year group. The cost for a student to participate is $8.50 per competition entered. Please call into the school office to make payment and complete the form if you would like your child to participate.

Music News

1. HAND CHIME GROUP – We meet each Wednesday morning.

Here are some of our keen musicians

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2. APPA CHOIR – we practice every Thursday afternoon

This choir will be performing in the Auckland Town Hall as part of the APPA Music Festival in November.
Our first rehearsal will be in June.

This is a collaborative Performing Arts Festival with Rangitoto College, Murrays Bay Int and surrounding Mid Bays Schools.
I will be taking dancers (seniors), choir children (seniors) and ukulele club children(year 4-6).
We will perform for family and friends at a showcase on Thursday 2 August.
Please see me in the music room for a notice.

May is NZ Music Month


The Hook Line and sing along song for May 2018 is ‘The Smell of Sunscreen’
Here is the link to song, ukulele chords and NZ sign language
Have a sing along at home

Sports News

Inter School Swimming

At the end of term 1, 24 students represented Mairangi Bay School in the Inter-school Swimming competition alongside 21 other North Shore schools at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre. It was an exciting day poolside and we especially enjoyed seeing every swimmers name beamed up on the huge electronic results board, it gave everyone a taste of what it may be like swimming at a Commonwealth games!

IMG_2220Mairangi Bay finished a very credible 4th place overall, with outstanding individual performances by Rhea Sommerville and Blake Woods. Rhea was 1st 9 year old girl in 25m Back, Free and 50m Backstroke. Blake came 1st in 25m free, 2nd in 25m Fly and 3rd in 50m Free in the 9 year old boys division.

We would also like to say a special thank you to Kim Heathcote for her support in helping us run our Senior Swim Sports day.

North Island Ski Champs are held every year for Primary Schools for Year 1-6 students. We are seeking interest from anyone wishing to participate as part of a Mairangi Bay team.

It’s held across 4 days at Whakapapa Ski Field on August 27th – 30th.

Please see the following website for more information.

Costs are for the entry (see below) plus your own accommodation/food/etc… If there is a team of people we would seek to stay all in one area/hotel/motel.

Team of 5 Members $440

Team of 4 Members $400

Team of 3 Members $320

Team of 2 Members $240

Team of 1 Members $160

Please register interest with Steve – – ideally by 22nd May.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Co-ordinator

Enviro News

Garden to Table

A big thank you to all the people who donated the Feijoas! We were busy making Feijoa Ice-cream Smoothies this week. We have frozen the surplus fruit and will use it in our Garden to Table lessons during the rest of the year. We are happy to have more donations of any surplus fruit and will put it to good use.
If you would like to volunteer as a helper when it is your child’s class turn, please let their teacher know, and I will contact you before the date. Wednesday mornings between 9.00-10.00am is our Garden to Table session. Next Wednesday 16 May 2018 it is Room 18’s turn.
GTT rm4 2018Here is a picture of Room 4 in action this week.


Envirogroup May 2018The Envirogroup have been busy in the garden in this fine weather, mulching the fruit trees in the orchard, weeding and tidying the vegetable gardens and the insect garden. We now have our own wheelbarrow. We lost our garden shed in the recent storm but soon hope to have a new one in place closer to our vegetable gardens.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviroschool Teacher

PTA News

IMPORTANT PTA MEETING next Tuesday 22nd May in the school staff-room – note the time change to the earlier time of 7.00pm
Next meeting Bruce Warren has invited members of the PTA to provide feedback on the “Our Vision” learning review which is currently taking place. This forum will meet half an hour prior to the general meeting which is scheduled to start at 7.30pm. All welcome for wine, nibbles, and to have your say on this review.

Second Hand Uniform Shop open Tuesdays 3-3.30pm and now also Monday 8.15am-9am. All items $5 -$10. (Cash only) For enquiries or to make an appointment outside of these hours please text 021445063.

For all PTA related enquiries please email


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.

How to successfully survive parenting Tweens and Teens…An evening with Yvonne Godfrey at Rangitoto College. Monday 21 May 2018 7:30pm-9pm. For details, follow this link  PTA Rangitoto College

SKYCITY Mystics vs Mainland Tactix

Mystics May 2018The 2018 ANZ Premiership begins this Sunday with a super Sunday in Palmerston North – and the SKYCITY Mystics are hosting our first home game on Wednesday 9th May vs Mainland Tactix at the Trusts Arena, Henderson – with centre pass at 7.40pm.  To celebrate the beginning of the 2018 season and our first home game, we would like to offer your school and students the opportunity to purchase tickets for this game at a special discounted price. Details are:

SKYCITY Mystics vs Mainland Tactix – Wednesday 9th May – 7.40pm – The Trusts Arena, Henderson – Adults: $15 Child: $10 – Tickets available at: – CODE: MYSTANA18