Coming Up

 Tuesday 18 September

PTA Meeting 7:30 pm in the staff room

 Thursday 20 September

Years 5 & 6 Swimming

Junior Market Afternoon

Friday 21 September

Years 5 & 6 Swimming

Assembly 1:40 pm in the hall

Years 1-4 School Disco

Saturday 22 September

Working Bee – Junior Play Area 10am

Monday 24 September

Years 5 & 6 Swimming

Junior Pirate Fun Day

Tuesday 25 September

New Entrant Meeting in the staff room 9am

Years 5 & 6 Swimming

Super Cross Country

Wednesday 26 September

Years 5 & 6 Swimming

Super Cross Country Save Day

Thursday 27 September

Years 5 & 6 Swimming

Friday 28 September

Assembly 1:40pm in the hall

Last Day of Term 3 – School Closes at 3pm

Monday 15 October

First Day of Term 4 – School Opens at 8:30am

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • ASB – ‘Supporting success in your school’ programme
  • Save the Date – Year 6 Graduation Party
  • Junior Market Afternoon
  • Your Trash is our Treasure… Items needed please
  • Life Education Mobile Classroom visit
  • Sports News – Ski Champs update and Flippaball success
  • PTA News – Second-hand uniform, Summer Soccer, Junior Disco, Thinkathon, Calendar Art, Yummy Stickers and Next PTA Meeting

 Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

There is plenty happening in this last fortnight before the school holidays. We look forward to: Market Days which conclude the school-wide inquiry this term (Financial capability); the Year 3-4 Showcase; a garden working bee; The Year 0-4 Disco;  Year 5-6 swimming; and our top runners representing our school at the interschool cross country event. After the two week break, we return to school for a summer term when school hat wearing is compulsory. Our school-wide inquiry will be Exploration.

A recent safety audit identified the need for our school to make some changes to better ensure our children are safe from outside threats. This means that we will be locking some school gates (in Galaxy Drive) during school hours and insisting that visitors come to the office. We will also be asking people to clear the grounds after school so we can do a head count to ensure that all children have been collected or are accounted for.  A notice explaining this in more detail will be sent home on Wednesday. Please look out for it.

Nga mihi nui

Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Leo Duncumb

ASB – ‘Supporting success in your school’ programme

Thank you to the parents who recently nominated our school via the ASB ‘Supporting success in your school’ programme. Simple mention our school name if you apply for a home loan from ASB. Further details are available here:

Save the Date: Year 6 Graduation Party – 7 December 2018 Time – 6pm Theme – TBC

Junior Market Afternoon

As part of our ‘Financial Capability’ Inquiry unit this term, we are having our very own mini market afternoon.
Each class will be selling ‘goods’ or ‘services’

WHEN: Thursday 20th September 2pm-2:55pm
WHAT: Children to bring 50c coins to spend. NO NOTES PLEASE!

See the Junior notice to find out what your child’s class will be selling.
Each class will be deciding what to do with their earnings.
They will be choosing an organisation to SHARE some of their profits with.
SPEND: to pay for costs for materials needed for their products.
SAVE: How much will they choose to save as a treat for their class in Term 4.

A real life context to practice concepts we have taught during our unit.

Your Trash is our Treasure

IMG_1325The Juniors love to use odds and ends to make their creations. Our resources are running a bit low.

Wood off-cuts from building or renovations – small pieces are particularly welcome,
Ice Cream containers,
Yoghurt pottles,
Egg cartons,
Material off cuts,
Milk bottle tops.

unnamedThe outside play space is a wonderful area of learning and creativity. As the warmer weather comes, it will become busier. We would also welcome the following :

Large material pieces such as sheets etc for making tents and bivouacs,
Lengths of drainpipe or guttering,
Decking or fence palings that are safe and usable.

If you have any of the following, please drop off clean, dry and safe items from the list to Jane Dundas in Room 10 – any time!

Thank you from the Junior Team

The North Shore Life Education mobile classroom is visiting our school from Monday 15 October to Thursday 25 October.

The Life Education Trust is a health-based education resource that aims to help children develop respect, understanding and appreciation of the human body and its complexities and help them learn about what is needed for a healthy lifestyle.

Life Education provides opportunities for children to realise their uniqueness, develop self-esteem and respect for others.

The programmes are non-political, non-judgemental, non-gender based and do not represent any religious beliefs.

The areas to be covered are:
Juniors – Relationships and Communities – Being a good friend/ Awareness of others
Middles – Relationships and Communities – – Identity, respect, interpersonal skills, resilience
Seniors – Identity and Resilience – adapting to situations, responsibilities, relationships

You are invited to visit the Life Education mobile classroom to meet the educator Corinne Kirkham, and to find out more about this resource and the programmes your children are involved in. The educator is holding a parent information session in the Life Education caravan on Thursday 18 October at 8.30 am. Please email the office if you wish to attend.

The Life Education Trust is a charity. The activity fees cover the majority of the costs, the trust sells small souvenirs to raise the extra funds they require.
You can purchase the following items at the office, please bring the correct cash.

Pens with pull out banners – $2
Badges – $2
Notebooks – $3
Joke books – $5
Harold keyrings/bag tags – $8
Small Harold toys – $20
Harold toys – $20

Sports News

Ski Champs

Ski ChampsThe School entered its first ever team in the North Island Primary School Ski Champs held at a beautifully sunny Whakapapa on 27th – 29th August.

We had a Year 1-4 Team of Zaria Ruby & Max Casey + a Year 5-6 Girls team of Sophia Kabzamalova, Emma McCardle and Eliza Coventry. All escaped in one piece but one parent wasn’t so lucky!

Emma, Eliza, Zaria & Sophia

Amid some tough competition, the team gave it everything. Some challenging conditions and gate positions on Day 1 (Timed Giant Slalom) resulted in a couple of tumbles but they picked themselves up and nailed the next runs showing plenty of heart. Day 2 brought on a Slalom race against another competitor with plenty of wins across the board for the team. All-in-all, a great effort on behalf of the school. Congrats to them all for giving it a go!   By Steve Ruby (Parent). 


Flippaball Sep 18The Otters Flippaball team played in the A grade final which was a huge effort – they came second (score was a tightly fought 2-0) but they rocked.

This team are just awesome, they have been together for 2 years and are coached by an ex Mairangi bay pupil Imogen Moore. Their spirit and sportsmanship is incredible. By Sue Davenport (Parent).

Alex Davenport, James Pinder, Oliver Lowe, Lucy Martin, Kihong Kim, Tony Leo, Matilda Adams & Cole Fraser-Cornish.  

Expressions of interest for Year 3 children to play Flippaball in term 4. Must be water confident, playing on a Sunday. Please email if interested.


We need 2 more Year 5/6 Boys to play touch on Thursday afternoons, venue yet to be confirmed. Please email ASAP if interested.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Coordinator

PTA News

Second-Hand Uniform Shop: Open every Tuesday at 3pm from the Hall Foyer, or call into the school office at any time during the school day.

Summer Soccer: A HUGE Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for our Term Four ‘TGIF’ Fun Summer Soccer. We will send out more information on teams, game times and payment details soon. We still have room for players so PLEASE email us by Friday 28th September to secure a place. In case you missed it, the competition details are as follows:
Starts Friday 19th October for six weeks, Fridays between 5pm and 6.30pm
Grades: 5th/6th Grade (Years 1 and 2, ages 5-6) and 7th/8th Grade (Years 3 and 4, ages 7-8)
Cost: $30 per player
No football experience necessary. All welcome!
Sausage Sizzle, BYO Drink and Family Picnic.
Children from other schools welcome to make up teams. Contact us at to register your interest as either a team or as an individual NOW.

Junior Disco: SUPERHERO theme, this Friday 23rd September in the school hall. Years 0-4, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. $5 entry at the door plus snacks and drinks available to purchase.

Thinkathon: Thank you so much for your support for this great fundraiser. Please return any outstanding sponsorship money ASAP! Prizes will soon be handed out for winning students and classes.

Calendar Art: Your children have been producing amazing artwork to be used in calendars, diaries, greeting cards, mouse pads and sketch pads. This artwork is available to view in your child’s classroom. These products make great gifts and will be delivered in time to send off for Christmas. Orders can be made via EZLUNCH, cheque (payable to ‘Mairangi Bay PTA Inc’) or cash. All orders must be in by 17th September. Any orders received after this date will be delivered with our second print run in December.

Yummy Stickers: LAST FEW WEEKS! Thank you so much to everyone who has been busy collecting yummy stickers for sports equipment. We already have more than 6000 stickers collected. Please return all completed or semi-completed sheets to the PTA box in the school foyer this week.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm in the School Staffroom. 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.

Education Conversations for Ethnic Communities – 25th September 6- 8pm

There is a revised date and time for Ethnic Community Education Conversations. The meeting will now be held on Tuesday 25th Sept 6 – 8pm at Glenfield Primary School 101 Chivalry Rd, Glenfield (NOT Monday 17th Sept at Massey University Albany Campus, as previously advertised). Hon. Jenny Salesa, Minister of Ethnic Communities and Associate Minister for Education, Health and Housing and Urban Development invites ethnic communities to contribute ideas and opinions about how we can build a better education system in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You’re invited to a kōrero about the future of Māori education

The Ministry of Education is inviting all whānau, hapu, iwi, tamariki, mātua and kaumātua – to help build the future of Māori education in Aotearoa.
The government wants our education system to focus on success for all students, including all Māori. As part of this, we would like you to share your views about education with us and each other.
You can be involved in early learning or kōhanga reo. You can be a student or a teacher in a school or in a kura, a wānanga or another tertiary institution. You can be a parent, a grandparent or an employer. What matters is we want to hear from you.
We want to know what’s important to Māori in education; what we value about what we have; what we want to change and how we would change it to ensure even greater success for all Māori in education, life and employment.
How to take part:
We are holding three regional wānanga which are open events. These wānanga are to capture our whānau voice, nau mai, haere mai.

Kai will be available.
• Saturday 22 September, Alexandra Park 11am – 2pm
• Monday 24 September, Vodafone Events Centre 6:00pm – 8:30pm
• Tuesday 25 September, North Shore Stadium 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Please come along and give us your views – we’d love to hear from you. For further information, please contact:

Important Message from Auckland Transport

On 30 September 2018 bus services on the North Shore will change. Make sure you don’t miss your bus! Find out how the changes affect you at

Westlake Boys High School – Nigel Latta

Nigel Latta is hosting one of his entertaining and amazing parenting talks, Adventures in Parentland, on Wednesday 17th October at Westlake Boys High School, all in support of local children’s cancer charity which he is ambassador for, Kenzie’s Gift –

Nigel latta Westlake

The talk covers all ages of parenting, from toddlers through to teens.

“Adventures in Parentland”

Happy, healthy, confident children is something all parents want… but getting there is sometimes a bit challenging. While we might be the same humans we’ve always been for the last hundred thousand years or so, the world itself has changed incredibly, and those changes are only going to speed up over the coming years. So how do we prepare our kids for living a good life in the modern age? In this entertaining, challenging, and thought provoking presentation Nigel will share insights gained over a career that spans over twenty years and has taken him all over the world in search of answers to all kinds of questions. He’ll cover everything from the parenting basics, to helping your kids plan for the future, and dealing with big issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. This is an evening full of real world solutions, for real world problems.

Tickets to the event are $25 each.

NZ Sculpture Onshore

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