Coming Up

Tuesday 7 August


PTA Meeting 7:30 in the staff room – All welcome

Wednesday 8 August

Room 16 & 17 – trip to buy own lunch in Mairangi Bay Village

Thursday 9 August

Seniors visit to Chelsea Sugar Factory – Room 15 (+ some children from Rooms 2 and 3)

Room 18 & 19 – trip to buy own lunch in Mairangi Bay Village

Friday 10 August

School Assembly in the hall at 1:40pm

Tuesday 14 August

ICAS Maths

Room 13 – trip to buy own lunch in Mairangi Bay Village

Kids Sing Gala Concert – Auckland Town Hall

Wednesday 15 August


Thursday 16 August

Rippa Tournament

Friday 17 August

Year 6’s to visit MBIS

Tuesday 21 August

Rippa Tournament Save Day

At a glance

  • Message from the Board: Teacher Strike Action – School Closed!
  • Response from Parent/Child Survey about New Mid Year Reports
  • Travelwise Group: Safer driving around schools
  • Auckland Regional Dental Service – Local clinic at Forrest Hill
  • Music News – Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival photos and Kids Sing choir rehearsals
  • Enviro News – Garden to Table cooking lessons underway, Enviroschool: Black Trakka Tunnels, Paper for Trees and Coffee, Used coffee beans wanted.
  • Sports News – Netball: Team 6/1 reached the semi-finals.  Basketball: More players needed for Breakers
  • PTA News – Next PTA Meeting, Second-hand uniform, Vacancies and School disco

Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The NZEI has advised the Mairangi Bay School  Board of Trustees that the principal and teachers at our school will be taking strike action on Wednesday 15th August.

The Board has carefully considered the availability of teaching staff, and unfortunately, decided that we can’t provide the normal teaching services during the strike. As a result, the school will need to close during this strike.

It’s important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child(ren) on the day of the strike. If this is difficult we are able to supervise a small number of students if required. Please contact our principal Bruce Warren if you are unable to make arrangements for your child.

The board knows that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike, but please be assured that student safety is our main concern.

Thank you for your understanding.

Yours sincerely,
Scott Walker
Board of Trustees Chair

NZEI (新西兰教师工会)已经告知Mairangi Bay School 校董会,Mairangi Bay School 的校长和教师将于8月15日星期三参加罢工行动。
校董会认真考虑过本学校教师当日安排,很遗憾,校董会认为在罢工期间本校无法提供正常的教学服务。因此,Mairangi Bay School将在罢工当日关闭。
请您在罢工当日自行为您的孩子做出妥善的照顾和安排。如果当日确实有困难无法照顾孩子,Mairangi Bay School可以帮助照看个别学生。如果您罢工当日无法为您的孩子作出妥善的安排,请直接邮件联系校长Bruce Warren(。
校董会理解罢工对家长和学生带来的不便,但孩子的安全仍是我们首要的关注。 谢谢您的理解。
Scott Walker

 Principal’s Message


Hello everyone

At the Kahui Ako Performing Arts showcase last Thursday,  I talked with teachers who said how much they enjoyed working with colleagues from other schools. I talked to primary teachers who found some excellent professional learning working with specialists at the college and secondary colleagues who said they really enjoyed the learning, working alongside primary colleagues. I saw children who were well prepared and totally engaged in the performance. How good is it for transition when our kids already have a sense of belonging when they visit MBIS and Rangitoto College because they have participated in activities like this? It has to reduce anxiety for those children nervous about moving up to a bigger school. I was reminded of the calibre of our teachers who work with our children in the performing arts space. We have some amazingly talented, passionate and effective educators. Thank you, Clare McCormack, for your ongoing commitment to providing our children with performance opportunities in music.

Thank you to all of the parents who provide feedback to inform our reviews.  You have contributed to the re-visioning process at meetings and through the online survey; provided feedback about our health curriculum; and told us what you thought about mid-year reporting. The information you provide helps shape what we do. The feedback about mid-year reporting and interviews is included in this newsletter. We will come back to you with the results of the other reviews.

Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Ben Alizade, Danny Alizade, Zac Alizade, Alexander Tyka, AJ Booysen, Nikki He and George Zhang.

Parent/Child Survey about New Mid Year Reports

The decision by the government to eliminate National Standards gave Mairangi Bay School an opportunity to move away from focusing only on Reading, Writing and Maths in our reporting.

Our guiding principles were:

  • Much more emphasis given to the Mairangi Bay School Learning Keys
  • Giving parents and students an information snapshot which would be explained by the teacher in the parent/teacher interview
  • Freeing up teachers so they spend more time teaching and less time writing reports
  • Changing the language of reporting to “towards expected curriculum level’, ‘at expected curriculum level’ and ‘beyond expected curriculum level’

Over 100 parents and whanau responded to the online survey about our new Mid Year Reports combined with a 10 minute parent teacher/interview.

  • 85% of parents used the new feature in our online booking system.  Teachers were able to ensure they could spend more of the precious 10 minutes meeting time concentrating on what parents asked for.

So what did you want to know?

  • 36% of respondents wanted feedback on their child’s academic achievement
  • 18% wanted feedback on their child’s effort at school
  • 17% wanted feedback on other areas
  • 12% wanted feedback on their child’s relationships with others
  • 16% wanted feedback on everything

Parents were asked how informed they felt after the report and the meeting.

  • 87% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I feel I am well informed about my child’s learning’.  

Parents were asked how informed they felt about Reading, Writing and Maths when combined with the parent/teacher meeting, on a continuum from 1-10 where 10 was the highest.

  • 70% of parents chose 7 or above

Parents were asked how informed they felt about their child’s Learning Keys when combined with the parent/teacher interview, on a continuum from 1-10 with 10 being the highest,

  • 78% of parents chose 7 or above

Students were asked how clear they thought their academic achievement was on the report when combined with the parent/teacher interview.

  • 65% of students felt that their report gave them a clear indication of their academic achievement at mid-year

Students were asked if their Learning Keys were a fair representation of their learning behaviour and people skills on a continuum of 1-10 with 10 being the highest.

  •  85% of students rated 7 or above for how fairly or accurately teachers rated them for their learning dispositions

Thank you to those parents and whanau who took the time to respond to our online survey.  This feedback will prove valuable in ensuring we meet the expectations of our community when reporting student progress and achievement in the future.  We have already begun the task of re-working our end of year reports so they align closely to the changed format and language of our mid year reports.


20180731_083658The Travelwise group was busy on Tuesday morning promoting ‘back to school’ – safer driving around school. Nearly 50 20180731_083217acknowledgements from parents / community drivers in the space of 30 minutes was awesome to see. Remember parents and caregivers, do your part and keep your speed down!

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

2018 China National Acrobatics Troupe NZ Tour (Auckland) Promotion for Mairangi Bay School

China-National-Acrobatics-Troupe-NZ.docx  The organisers of this international event offer you a discount and rebate to our school.  Information in the link.

Music News

Last week, we took part in the Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival.
Our dancers, singers and ukulele players wowed the audience at Rangitoto College.
UkuleleA positive experience for all. A collaborative effort from the Music and Arts Dept of Rangitoto College, Murrays DanceBay Intermediate and the local Primary schools.
This week the focus is on Kids Sing for the choir. We will be rehearsing each day – please see daily notices. We will be performing at assembly on Friday 1.40pm.
Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Garden to Table – Our cooking lessons are underway with two new recipes this term – one a kiwi favourite and the other one from India, both using Enviro Augfresh garden produce and interesting spices!
Thank you to all parent volunteers and to those of you who have donated money, kitchen items and ingredients. We are very grateful.
A big thank you to “Incredible Edibles” for their donation of 10 blueberry bushes and for others obtained at a wholesale price, these were planted in our orchard at the end of last term by the Envirogroup with parent volunteers. We look forward to eating the delicious blueberries!
Enviroschool –  Black Trakka Tunnels, Paper for Trees and Coffee
Are there pests roaming in our school grounds such as rats and mice? Do we also have wildlife that we consider our friends such as weta, skinks and geckos? Well, there is a great way to find out. We have set four black tracking stations at secret places in the school grounds which have a white card inside and ink in the middle with peanut butter. Any animal that is attracted to the peanut butter will walk through the ink and leave its footprints on the white card. No animal is harmed in any way. We will let you know the results in the next newsletter!
We had a delivery of native plants from Paper for Trees for our Native garden at the entrance of the school. The Envirogroup was busy planting these last week. These plants are provided free to our school because we are so good at recycling our paper. We will soon be making signs for these plants so that you can identify them. Native trees are special because they provide food and shelter for our precious native birds.
Wanted: Your used coffee grounds for our worm bins please. Our worms love them! If you can access a supply of coffee grounds from a cafe please drop them off at the office.
Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Netball – On Wednesday the 4th of July, our two Year 6 Netball teams attended the annual Netball tournament held at Netball North Harbour. The Year 6/2 team had two wins and two losses, the Year 6/1 team won all of their 4 games to progress to the Semi-finals. They came across a very strong Point Chevalier team. The team came away with a narrow loss. Both teams showed exceptional skills and sportsmanship throughout the day. A big thank you to all the parents that came to support and to Karen Adams, Lisa Edwards and Andrea Fergusson for coaching on the day.
NetballPhoto: 6/1 team that made the Semi-final 
Basketball – We need 1/2 more players for our Year 1/2 Basketball team playing at the Breakers facility on Mondays. Please email if interested.
Ryan McWilliams
Sports Coordinator

PTA News

NEXT MEETING: Change of date: Tuesday 7th August 7.30pm in the school staffroom. All welcome!!!

SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP: now operates from the hall foyer. We are still open Tuesdays at 3pm, but you are now able to view and purchase items at any time during the school day by asking at the office. All items only $5-10 depending on condition.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: At the end of this year a number of vacancies are arising in your PTA exec committee which need filling by you – yes, you….

Now is the time to come along and see what happens at our twice termly wine and nibbles night (known by the Codename “PTA Meeting”).

If you feel you have the attributes the PTA needs (mainly a sense of humour and a wish to get out of kids bedtime on a Tuesday night), use the secret knock at the staff room door on Tuesday 7th August at 7.30pm. You will see the high tech (we sometimes use a computer), super intelligent (some people might have done a degree way back when…) work of the “PTA” (wine and nibbles consumers) in action. Then maybe, just maybe, over the next few meetings you may feel you might want to take on the role of Chairperson (Chief Mischief Maker) or Secretary (Chief Fast Typist) to lead this band of Merry parents into 2019! We look forward to seeing you there!!!”

DiscoSCHOOL JUNIOR/MIDDLE DISCO:  Save the Date – Juniors and Middles – Superhero’s Disco to be held 21st September in the Hall. Get your inner super hero ready to have some fun & dance the night away.

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.

Rangitoto Kindy Fair –  Saturday 1 September.  For more info, follow:  Rangi Kindy Fair 2018

Westlake Boys High School are hosting a speaker on 22 August.  2018 Dr Tony FernandoAnyone in the local community is invited to attend.

FREE CAB North Shore New Migrant Information Sessions – We are holding 2 more information sessions for New Migrants on Thursday August 30th and on Wednesday September 5th. The first one is on Tenancy rights and renting in NZ and the 2nd one is on Consumer rights and buying a car in NZ.  Both will be held in the Takapuna Hub, Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna, 0622 at 10:30am to 12:30pm, with morning tea included.  Parking is free for an hour under Takapuna Library, there is metered parking around the waterfront and free parking on Gibbons road for up to 120 minutes. You can also park in the Takapuna shopping mall where the Farmers store is, for up to 3 hours free and it’s a short walk from there.


Tots to Teens – Read the magazine online at Tots to Teens online

KEAS – 5yrs to 8yrs, Milford Sea Scout Kea Club.

Keas are all about participation, having FUN, learning about OUR community, OUR World, Self Discovery, Life Skills and much more. We meet on Wednesday at 4.45pm to 5.45pm, 24 Craig Road, Milford. Next to Milford Cruising Club. Please contact: Christien Ph/txt: 027 663 6782 or

CUBS – Cubs is about participation, helping each other, learning about the outdoors, knotting, cooking simple meals, and do simple jobs at home. Cubs learn about the community, recycling, our heritage, traditions, and legends, and a whole lot more. We meet on Wednesday at 6pm – 7.30pm, 24 Craig Road, Milford.  Please contact: Christien Ph/txt: 027 663 6782 or