Coming Up

Monday 23 July

Term 3 starts – School opens at 8:30 am

Wednesday 25 July

School Photographs…class and individual

Friday 27 July

Interschool basketball competition

School Assembly 1:40 pm

Monday 30 July

Interschool Football Competition

Tuesday 31 July

ICAS English Testing

Mid Bays Kahui Ako Choir Rehearsal MBIS

Wednesday 1 August

Interschool Football Save Day

Thursday 2 August

Chelsea Sugar Factory Tour – Rooms 1 & 2

Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival – Choir, Dance & Ukulele

Performing Arts Showcase at Rangitoto College 6:30 pm

Friday 3 August

Chelsea Sugar Factory Tour – Rooms 3 & 14

NZEI Community Action day

At a glance

  • Strike action: make arrangements to collect your child
  • Health curriculum feedback wanted
  • Best Foot Forward DVD orders
  • Garden to Table Trial
  • Information for when considering outside tuition or a holiday in term time
  • Learning through play article
  • Parts of junior and senior playgrounds to be repaired
  • PTA News – 2nd-hand uniform shop


 Principal’s Message

Welcome to the new term. I hope that the last fortnight has provided opportunities for family activities and that our children are recharged and ready for a stimulating ten weeks of learning. We welcome Mrs Marie Cutfield and Mrs Jo Coughlan who will be teaching our new year one class which starts this week. The teachers will be working with Jane Dundas in Room 10 this week and starting the class as a new entity in week two. Marie is well known as a reliever and Jo returns to our staff having taught here before. We also welcome Mrs Carol van der Merwe to the teacher aide team and of course, we welcome all new students and their families.

A highlight last term was the school production of Best Foot Forward. This was an opportunity for all year 5 -6 students to perform on stage. We thank all staff members involved who worked so hard to make this initiative a success and say congratulations to all our children who did so wonderfully well. Even with PTA support and our frugal approach, where we make or borrow all we can, this venture does run at a loss. Thank you for your support. The mufti-day raised $425.75. Again, we thank Barfoot and Thompson (Mairangi Bay) and Davenports Harbour Lawyers for sponsorship.  A DVD of the production will be available (see Notices).

Periodically the Board of Trustees needs to consult our community about our health curriculum. This is a legal requirement. We have some choices about what we teach and we rely on your feedback to ensure that we are meeting needs. Please take a few moments to provide this feedback via the survey in this newsletter.

Staff members have used the last fortnight to prepare for the term ahead. We are set for a rewarding term three.

Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Alvin Wong, MJ Waters-Roestenburg, Minhyo Lee, Yuetong Li and Minha Lee.

Probable Strike Action

On 15 August NZEI members will probably be on strike for the afternoon or possibly the full day. A secret ballot of members this week will decide which option is favoured. Most of our teachers and some teacher aides are NZEI members. Your Board of Trustees is considering the possibility of closing the school if there are not enough teachers on site to provide a safe environment for our children. This is advance notification. You will be kept up to date via email.

Health Consultation Survey

Have a say in what is taught at our school in the health curriculum. Please complete this short survey to inform our decision-making in this curriculum area.

Health Curriculum Survey 2018


Best Foot Forward DVD

The Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances were videoed professionally. The finished DVD will be available in six weeks. The cost is likely to be $15-$25. If you would like to order copies of Mairangi Bay School Best Foot Forward production email with the number you would like. Send no money now.

Garden to Table Trial

This program is being trialled across the school this year. All children get an opportunity to cook with produce from our school gardens. Siobhan Cooper is the teacher in charge of this programme and is working with parents Jess Wright and Tracy Sunderland. The success of the program does rely on parents who volunteer to help during the practical session times and at other times to help in the gardens. A recent presentation to parents was well received and we expect a proposal to be put to the Board of Trustees so that this programme can be further developed and established as a sustainable programme.

Information for Parents when considering outside tuition or a holiday in term time

Our teachers work hard to provide high quality needs-based learning programmes for the students in their classes. It is not practicable for teachers to prepare ‘catch up’ teaching materials when parents withdraw their children for one day schools, outside tuition or holidays when the school is open.

Application for one day school or outside tuition must be made to the principal and can only proceed with the principal’s approval. Refer to the policies section on our website for more information.

Taking holidays in term time must be recorded as an unjustified absence.  If this is a frequent occurrence learning will be detrimentally affected. Parents need to weigh the benefits against the lost school learning time. Application to the principal is not necessary. Notice to the school is essential.  When on holiday, students could keep a journal of what they see and do and present to the class when they return.

Class and Individual photographs
All children need to be in the dress/winter uniform for photographs on Wednesday. An email was sent to you before the holidays.

Did You Know?

Learning through play is designed to engage children in meaningful learning. This article in the NZ Herald provides some background information.

Playground Repairs

Safety always comes first.  A comprehensive expert assessment of the two adventure playgrounds identified a number of areas needing attention due to normal daily use. Several items of equipment have been taped off until the repairs are complete and children instructed not to use these areas. The bark has been topped up in the senior playground and we are seeking quotes to replace the matting in the junior playground.

Notice from Auckland Regional Dental Service

The mobile dental van will be visiting our school this term to examine children who are due to be seen.  For more information, please call your local dental Clinic (Forrest Hill Dental Clinic)  09 410 7361.

Netball fans stand centre court with heroes at ANZ Premiership

ANZ Future Captains Matilda Adams aged 10 and Sebastian Adams aged 8 pose for a photo with Anna Harrison of the Mystics and Wendy Frew of the Steel prior to the match. 2018 ANZ Pre

Two local Mairangi Bay netballers got the chance to get up close to the thrilling on-court action at the Wednesday, 20 June ANZ Premiership match… Read the full article here…Netball fans stand centre court with heroes at ANZ Premiership

Music News

1. Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival
Tuesday 31 July – morning rehearsal with choir at MBIS
Thursday 2 August – day rehearsal for choir, ukulele and dance at Rangitoto College
That evening- Showcase at Rangitoto College
5pm children arrive
2nd half parents watch showcase
2. Kids Sing
APPA Choir perform in the morning in the Auckland Town Hall
6.30pm Gala Performance Auckland Town Hall
3. Marimba Festival
Saturday 1 September at ASB Stadium Kohimarama
Year 5 Marimba group 10am rehearsal 11am performance
Year 6 Marimba group 3pm rehearsal 4pm performance
2018 MF poster AKL 2
Lots of performance opportunities this term
Clare McCormack

Music Teacher

Sports News

Information regarding Touch rugby played in Term 4 will be in the next newsletter.
We are looking for 1 or 2 students to join our Year 4 team playing on a Sunday. Please email if interested.
Best of luck to all our Sports teams for Term 3.
Fees: A reminder that all Sports fees are due by the end of week 2.

Ryan McWilliams

Sports Coordinator

PTA News

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP:  Come visit us at 3pm on Tuesdays in the hall foyer, or make an enquiry regarding availability on 021 455 063.  All profits to the MBSPTA.

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.

Brain Play

We are happy to inform you that Brainplay will start their after-school classes this week.  Classes are held on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays this term and run from 3.15 to 4.15 and 4.15 to 5.15.  We are excited to offer this opportunity for our community.  Brainplay offer classes in coding, robotics and 3D printing.  The classes will take place in the ICT suite.  If you are interested or would like further information, please visit

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