Coming Up

13 June

School Vision Parent Meeting 7pm in the Library

15 June

Years 3-4 Swimming at AUT Millennium

18 June

Mid-year reports go home

Parent Interview Bookings – Open online at 4pm

19 June

Take your child home by 1.30pm if you can.

APPA Choir Rehearsal at Marina View School

Matariki Festival at Murrays Bay School

PTA Meeting – 7:30pm – All Welcome

21 June

Play Based Learning Parent Meeting 6pm, Garden to Table Info Session 7pm.

25 June

Year 3-4 Science Roadshow

27 June

Parent Interviews 3:30 – 7pm

28 June

Parent Interviews 3:30 – 6pm

At a glance

  • Review of School Vision – 13 June – All welcome. Please inform the office if you will be attending
  • Parent info sessions on Play Based learning and Garden to Table 21 June
  • Union meeting: please take your children home early on 19 June if you can.
  • Student Achievements – Congratulations!
  • Kids Can – Student Leaders Can delivery
  • Brainplay – Coming soon to Mairangi Bay School
  • PTA News – 2nd-hand uniform shop, School Socials and Thank you!

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

The Murrays Bay Intermediate School newsletter recently named and congratulated its student leaders.  Of the top four student leaders selected for this school of about  1000 students, 3 of them are ex Mairangi Bay School. We congratulate Daisy Tucker, Ben McCardle and Kaia Buckley who are doing their parents and their primary school proud. 

I was delighted to have parents attend the first of our revisioning sessions and look forward to seeing these people back on Wednesday night. Thank you for helping shape our school’s future and that of your children.

You may be aware of the nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers. While there are many more children coming into the school system, there are not enough new teachers being trained. Some schools on the North Shore have had to split classes when relieving teachers are unavailable and this will inevitably happen at our school if we continue the way we are going. Urgent and significant changes are needed to ensure that the teaching profession can attract the people it needs and to ensure that learning does not suffer when classes are split or when class sizes have to increase.

On Tuesday 19 June,  many of the teachers from this school will be attending a NZEI Te Riu Roa paid union meeting regarding the Kua Tae Te Wā – It’s Time campaign. The campaign aims to free teachers to teach and principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. The meetings will allow our teachers to discuss how the Ministry of Education has responded to changes that the union is seeking.

Most of our teaching staff are members of NZEI and legally entitled to attend this meeting. The teachers will be leaving school on Tuesday 19 June,  to attend their union meeting which starts at 2pm.

This means we will have only half of our staff on site for the afternoon. We encourage parents to make arrangements to pick their child(ren) up from school by 1.30pm on Tuesday 19 June if possible. If this is inconvenient be assured we will make arrangements at school to provide supervision until 3pm, the end of a normal school day. The usual classroom programmes will not however, be possible.  

Do support your teachers if you can, as they strive to achieve the changes which will safeguard quality education for all children and ensure we make teaching an attractive profession for graduates.

If you plan to help by collecting your children early please leave a message on the absence line as soon as you can so we can know the numbers we have on that afternoon and can plan accordingly.

Absence line: 09 478 8424 extn 1; or click here to report online.

Bruce Warren

School Notices

The everything you want to know about play-based learning information session.

Followed by a report on our exciting garden to table trial programme.

It’s a double header

come for one session or for both

we kick off with play-based learning at 6:00 and start the garden to table presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 21 June in our school hall.

6.00pm Play Based learning (Important Year 1-2 teaching and learning approach)

This initiative is a work in progress and teachers are keen to share this learning journey and describe what it means for your child in Year 1 and Year 2. If you are curious and want to know more, please join us for this informative session. Check the questions below and if you have questions we have not listed then please email them to by Friday of this week so that we can answer all of the questions on the night.


Why have we chosen the path of PBL? What are the educational benefits of PBL?Are we covering the curriculum?Are the children having teacher guidance in  Reading, Maths and Writing? Why are teachers choosing to see fewer groups in a day?What is the Teacher’s role in PBL? Why are we developing an ‘outdoor zone’?Are our children making the same progress as before?How will parents who volunteer be guided to help ensure learning is happening? How do you know learning is actually happening? How well will our children be well prepared for year 3 and subsequent schooling? Why does it look different in some classes?Why does it appear that some rooms are doing more play-based learning than others? Why don’t parents see instructional readers each day as they used to? Will reading suffer? How can children advance at the appropriate rate if they choose their own reader?If worksheets were used to practise new learning why is that now not happening? If a child chooses to repeat the same activity for several days how is she being extended? If a child has excellent reading skills and each day chooses to read and another child who needs to learn to read chooses each day to make a are these children having their learning needs met?For parents who want to support their children at home, how does homework fit this approach? How can you help on this journey?

Register for this session by this Friday 15 June. Email office with names of those attending.

7.00pm Garden to Table (school-wide trial)

We have had great parent support establishing vegetable gardens and watering them through the summer. Are you wondering how this is going? Has your child had a garden to table session yet and been excited? Come along and hear all about it. We expect the session to be about 30 minutes.

Register for this session by this Friday 15 June. Email office with names of those attending.

Join us this Wednesday night – A review of our school vision

We invite you to join other parents to discuss what is important for as we review our vision for our school. The parents who attended last week to look at future focussed education are keen to return and if you missed the first session you are still welcome to join now. This Wednesday is when Jo Robson, our facilitator, will help us pull together our ideas about what matters most for our children at school.

20180605_191314Everyone is welcome to join us at 7 p.m. this Wednesday 13 June in our school library. Email our school to let us know you are coming so that we know the numbers.

For your information:

The presentation from the session last week 2018 Mark Osborne _ Future-focused education _ Parents.

Our current vision is explained at

Come along and help shape the future for our school and your children!

Welcome to our new students and their families

Braxton Krisnando, Clarisse Krisnando, Fabian Rea, Harry McPhail, Yelisey Ustinov and Holly Dackers.

Student AchievementsIMG_7194


Devon Conn attended the Waikato Bays Open Judo Championship in Rotorua on the 3rd June. He won all his fights and was awarded a Gold Medal.

What an achievement – Well done Devon!

Kids Can

Auckland City Mission Heroes.


IMG-0659Earlier on in the term, some student leaders and I collected over a thousand cans of food to present to the Auckland City Mission.


At the Auckland City Mission we sorted the cans into different food groups to make it easier for the workers.

They said it was the most amount of cans they had got from a school, which was a great accomplishment for Mairangi Bay.

We enjoyed helping the poor, and thank you Mrs Hollis and all the people who bought and brought cans to help this situation, for the citizens in need.  By Nyla Spencer.


Is your child interested in robotics or coding?

We are pleased to announce that Brainplay will be offering after school classes in both robotics and coding. We plan to host these classes starting in Term 3. Here’s more from the Brainplay people….

Brainplay Blurb
Brain Play is excited to announce the opening of another amazing technology centre, this time in Mairangi Bay School. If coding, robotics, or 3d printing sounds like something your child would enjoy head over to and send us an email expressing your interest in our after-school classes starting up at your school. We’ll be running an open day before the end of term two for interested parents and students to pop along too, to see us in action and ask any questions.

PTA News

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: We have more than a hundred Polar Fleeces in reasonable to good condition available for only $10. We are also well-stocked in the size 4-6 range in all uniform items, so please consider the environment and check us out before buying new. Come visit us at 3pm on Tuesdays, or make an enquiry regarding availability on 021 455 063. All profits to the MBSPTA.

SCHOOL SOCIALS: Disco or movie nights?? The PTA organises School discos for the enjoyment of the students and the juniors are big supporters of this event, however we have noticed a decline in seniors attending through one thing or another. We would still like to run fun events for all the students to enjoy. With all events, parent support is invaluable to make these things possible. We would like to organise a brainstorming / feedback session and invite parents of seniors to see if we can create a disco or perhaps a new event such as a movie night that they would like to attend. If you can get the input of your child/ren and bring them along with your thoughts to a casual catch up, we would love to hear them. Details of date/time and venue to follow – be sure to join the Mairangi Bay School PTA Facebook page for updates on these and other PTA events.

HUGE THANK YOU to all who helped size the children for their show T-Shirts. What a fab team you were !!!! Your help was greatly appreciated by the PTA, staff and students.

Next PTA Meeting – 19 June at 7:30pm in the staff room. All welcome!

For all PTA related enquiries please email


Ph 09 478 8424 extn 1
Online via website

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.

Part time role at kindo / ezlunch
A Customer Service role for 3.5 days per week (with minimal school holiday work) is being advertised by Kindo/ezlunch. Based in Mairangi Bay, you’d be working in an office with others, taking calls, handling emails and helping users and administrators use the Kindo software system for school payments, sports registrations, lunch orders etc. Immediate start. Fluent written and spoken English is essential & Chinese speaking an advantage.
Find out more at

Public consultation on the Draft Sunnynook Plan is from 8 June to 8 July 2018.

Information will be available at the Sunnynook Community Centre, Meadowood Community House, Glenfield Library and Takapuna Library, as well as online at

In addition, we will have a number of drop-in sessions in the area, as follows:

Saturday 16 June 10am-4pm Mobile library bus behind Sunnynook Community Centre

Sunday 17 June 10am-1pm Rewi Alley Reserve, Totara Vale

Thursday 21 June 3pm-7pm Sunnynook Community Centre

Saturday 30 June 10am-2pm Outside Countdown Sunnynook

We are keen to hear from everyone who lives, works and plays in the area, including teachers, staff and families of students at your school.