Coming Up

Monday 29 October – Thursday 1 November

Dental Van on site

Friday 2 November

Years 1 and 2 Athletics morning

Assembly 1:40 pm in the hall

Tuesday 6 November

Team Photos

Wednesday 7 November

Years 3-6 International Students Day Out

Years 3 and 4 Athletics Day

North Shore Gym Competition

Epro8 Challenge at Upper Harbour

Board Meeting 7:30 pm

Thursday 8 November

Save Day for Years 3 and 4 Athletics

North Shore Gym Competition

Friday 9 November

Assembly 1:40 pm in the Hall

Years 5 and 6 International Students Day Out

Monday 12 November

Likely teacher strike day: more information to follow

Friday 9 – Friday 16 November

Years 1 and 2 Swimming

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Likely strike day: Monday 12 November
  • Student Placements for 2019
  • Room 14-15 Classroom Environment Safety
  • Girls Club – New lunchtime club
  • Year 6 Graduation Party – Save the date!
  • Mobile Dental Van visiting this week
  • Year 6’s starting at MBIS in 2019 – Music Programme
  • Music News – Marimba, Ukulele, APPA choir, Grandparents Day and Carols in the park
  • Enviro News – Kings Plant Barn is our new sponsor for Garden to Table
  • Sports News – Overall Sports Award 2018 and Hockey team awards evening
  • PTA News – Summer Soccer, Xmas Hamper Raffle, Second-hand uniform shop and next PTA meeting

Principal’s Message

Sandpit ArtworkKia ora tatou

Jenny Bates, a parent, has volunteered many hours to create a wonderful coastline mural for our sandpit.  Our children (including Room 9 in the photo above) have thoroughly enjoyed watching the progress over the last few weeks.  Jenny plans to do a bush scene on the other side of the wall and we can’t wait to see that take shape. Thank you Jenny for making a difference.

The NZEI has indicated that its members have not accepted the government’s latest offer and that rolling strikes are now planned across the country. Please note that our school may be closed on Monday 12 November. We are expecting further information and will update you as soon as we can.

I have spoken to a number of students over the last fortnight who have found the Life Education Classroom sessions really enjoyable and worthwhile. I hope you have had time at home to talk about this learning.

Nga mihi, Bruce

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Jayden Wang, Rebecca Tapson, Matthew Tapson and Paige Elmer-English.

Student Placements for 2019

We are about to begin the rigorous process of planning placement for each student into a 2019 class. We are keen to hear from you if you have information that you would like us to take into consideration. About 20% of parents chose to do this last year with the rest leaving it to teachers. Please, if you do want input, note that we ask you to:

  • Write to us (please don’t talk to staff about this as it is impossible for us to capture all the conversations. We need it on paper so that it can be considered once and at the right time);
  • Use bullet points (it makes it easier so we consider each point you want us to);
  • Return to school in a sealed envelope delivered to the school office and marked “Student Placement 2019”;
  • Meet the deadline Friday 9 November;
  • Understand that sharing your thoughts is optional; and
  • Understand that your information is considered as one part of a bigger picture
  • Understand that we are unable to accept requests for specific teachers.

The process takes several weeks with class lists drafted by teams after input from the 2018 classroom teacher. For each class of children we consider:

  • Student abilities (special needs and special abilities);
  • Student leadership;
  • Gender and ethnicity;
  • Productive friendships;
  • Teacher interests/strengths;
  • Sports; and
  • Any parent information provided.

After several drafts, it is checked by all team leaders before final sign off by the senior leaders’ team. This usually takes until the end of term when we advise parents of the 2019 classes.

Room 14 -15 Classrooms Safety Testing

The Room 14 and 15 classrooms are scheduled for a roof replacement in the summer holidays which is a part of our long term maintenance plan . A damp musty smell has prompted us to engage a specialist company to conduct an air quality test and the results indicate that the spore count in Room 14 is higher than it should be. For some people this may cause headaches and flu-like symptoms. For this reason, Stuart Dean and the children in his care moved out immediately, just to be careful. 

The investigation into the problem may take several weeks.Room 14 is locked until it has been repaired and achieved a follow up test that indicates it is safe to use again.

The results for Room 15 indicate that there are no concerns about the air quality in this room.Girls Club

We want our girls to be encouraged, prepared, confident and resilient.

Girls club will be a safe place for your daughter to learn about ways she can prepare herself for the roller coaster which is friendships and self-confidence. I want young women to be empowered to take on any challenge, discrimination and choose any occupation they want to. I will be running a three-week girls club this term. It will run over three lunchtimes on a Wednesday in weeks 6, 7 and 8.
Over these three weeks, we will be covering self-confidence, what a healthy friendship looks like, and healthy conflict.

If you think this would benefit your daughter, please encourage them to attend the club starting at lunchtime, Wednesday, 21st November in the school library.

Thanks, Caley Plinston Year 2 Teacher

Year 6 Graduation Party – 7 December 2018

Year 6 Graduation Party- 6-9pm – Mairangi Bay Surf Club – 7 December 2018! – This year’s Year 6 only event is a fun end of year event for the kids to celebrate their end of Primary School. Games, pizza dinner, dancing and fun!  Look out for the invite coming home in the kids school bag next week. First ticket sales Friday 2nd – $25 a ticket – Galaxy Drive Gate from 8.30-9am. Please note that this is not a school event. It is an extra event for Year 6 only and it is organised by parents.

Mobile Dental Van

The Mobile Dental Van will be visiting our school this week 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.

Year 6 students attending Murrays Bay Intermediate in 2019

It is not too late to sign up to the Beginner Band Programme on Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet or Trombone. Please go to our school website for more information:
Sarah Holmes (Director of Band Programme)

Music News

Welcome to the busy, festival term of performances.

Thursdays are our music groups rehearsal day with
Ukulele Club at 12.45pm
APPA Choir at 1.30pm
Behind Bars Marimba group 2.15pm

Behind Bars Marimba Group
Our performance night is Wednesday 14 November. Arrive at 8pm Auckland Town Hall.

Ukelele Festival Saturday 17 November 12noon – 3pm Trust Stadium, Waitakere.

APPA Choir
Our dress rehearsal is on Tuesday 20 November (morning).
Our performance night is Wednesday 21 November 7pm. Auckland Town Hall.
Tickets ordered last term should be arriving in the next few weeks.

Grandparents Day
Friday 23 November
Music groups will be performing at this concert.

Carols in the Park
Mairangi Bay Business Association will be hosting this event on Wednesday 12 December 6pm.
Come and join in the fun with the:
MBS Christmas Choir – for Middle and Senior children will be on Thursday 29 November and 6 December 1.30pm.
MBS Junior Choir
UkuBays ukulele group and more.

Thanks for your commitment to the Music at MBS.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Kings Plant Barn is the official NEW sponsor of our Garden to table program at school. Earning points with them means savings at checkout. From now until October 31st you can earn double points! Click the link below or go into any store today!

Happy gardening

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Webster Hockey editedGrade A Hockey Team Award

Meera, Emma and Harrison recently accepted an award on behalf of the Mairangi Bay Y5/6 Development Hockey team.  The award was presented for 2nd equal, Grade A, at the North Harbour Hockey awards evening.

Congratulations Team!

Year 6 Overall Sports Cup Recipient

Year 6 Parents – It is that time of year again when we are gathering information for our End of Year awards. If your child is a rep level sportsperson, either regional or national, that would help us in our evaluation of best overall sports boy and sports girl, please email Kathryn Hohaia by Friday 9 November.

PTA News

PTA SUMMER SOCCER: HUGE thank you to everyone for making our first ever Summer Soccer event on Friday night such a success. Summer soccer will continue this Friday 2nd November, followed by a week’s break. There are NO GAMES scheduled for the 9th November.
A reminder that you are invited to either bring your own food or partake in our barbecue offerings, BYO drink and a picnic blanket to combine soccer and family dinner in one easy evening! This week we will be providing both ordinary sausage and bread plus a gourmet sausage option in Ciabatta with salad, and also burgers. More information to follow by email.

Our soccer teams are now full, but EVERYONE WELCOME to come along for the atmosphere and family picnic side of things, and to play casually once all the scheduled games are finished.

XMAS HAMPER RAFFLE: With Christmas just around the corner we are once again celebrating with out annual “Christmas Hamper Raffles”. In order to put the hampers together we rely on each family to contribute suitable hamper items, starting Thursday 1st November. Simply send your item to school and place it in the collection bucket in your child’s classroom.

Remember we are looking for quality not quantity. Suitable items are:
Xmas themed items – decorations and other fun items
Personal items – hand soap, bath bombs, skincare/hair gifts
Jars and Bottles – wine, specialty teas, relishes, olives, nuts
Sweat Treats – Biscuits, chocolates, confectionery.

Raffle books of 10 tickets will come home on Friday 2nd November for each family to sell. Tickets are $2 each.


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.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 30 October 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.

St John’s School Gala – St John’s School PTFA extend a warm welcome to all local families to their annual gala on 9th November, from 4pm to 7pm on the school grounds in Mairangi Bay. A fun night out for all the family, the gala offers a wide variety of stalls, activities and kids’ entertainment, live and silent auctions, books, toys and white elephant as well as preserves and garden stalls. With a food court and an enormous cake stall, your dinner is also covered. Hope to see you there!

Parent Help is a non profit organisation supporting parents to build resilient and positive families/whānau. We run a free confidential parenting Helpline for parents and caregivers. The Helpline is available from 9am – 9pm, 7 days a week providing advice, support and practical strategies on any parenting challenge.

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Free – Drowning Prevention Auckland’s Water Safety Weekend is around the corner!  

Water safety

The Great New Zealand Santa Run: –