Coming Up

Tuesday 13 – Friday 16 November

Years 1 and 2 Swimming

Thursday 15 November

Senior Athletics Day

Friday 16 November

School Assembly 1:40 pm – All welcome

Thursday 22 November

Year 1 and 2 Swimming

Friday 23 November

Grandparents and Friends Day

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Being late affects learning
  • Year 6 Prizegiving – preparing your child and the date
  • Kapa Haka – Visit from Windy Ridge School
  • Jesters Pie Day..this Friday.
  • NZ Flower and Garden Show – Please support our ‘Christmas at the Bach’ entry
  • EPro8 Challenge – Congratulations to our competing students
  • Girls Club – Reminder
  • Music News – Behind Bars Marimba, Ukulele Festival, APPA Choir, Grandparents Day, Marimbas
  • Enviro News – Kings Plant Barn is the official NEW sponsor of our Garden to table program and NZ Flower and Garden Show
  • Sports News – North Harbour Gymnastics competition and Senior School Athletics
  • PTA News – Thank you for your support, Sign up genius links for 2019, Grandparents Day, Yummy Stickers, Summer Soccer, PTA Xmas dinner, Executive position available and second hand uniform sales

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

We are aware that strike action is disruptive and often there is a cost for parents who need to find childcare. We are assured by the NZEI that there is no further strike action in the current year and we hope that an agreement is reached between the union and the government so that no further disruption is necessary next year.

Last week our culture group hosted Windy Ridge School. After the powhiri, there was time for waiata and having lunch together. This served to strengthen the relationship started when our culture group visited their school.

We have enjoyed having so many parents come to school for the recent athletics events. Grandparents and Friends Day next Friday is when we host hundreds of visitors for an afternoon which includes  lunch in the playground, a concert in the hall and time in classrooms. Remember that for those who do not have grandparents who can join us, we welcome uncles, aunts, neighbours.. any adults who have a relationship with your child.

The school entry in the NZ Flower Show is coming together well and we thank all the parents who are assisting Anna Smith and the kids to get this ambitious project across the line. See School Notices for more info.

Our marimba musicians will represent our school tomorrow night at the APPA Festival in the Auckland Town Hall. They will do us all proud!

Nga mihi


School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Paige Hopkins, Xion Jin and Jayden Brown

Do you know what happens if your child is late?

When a child is late to school he is at an immediate disadvantage. She misses the important messages for the day which are always first thing and he has not had time to get ready for learning. Being late puts a child in catch up mode and if this happens regularly it can have a serious impact on progress.

We are noticing that too many children are arriving at school late. Please make a special effort to ensure your child is here between 8.30am and every day.

Year 6 Prizegiving

As we head towards the end of the year, some of our senior students are aware of the prize giving at which cups are presented to the top performers in a number of categories. This ceremony has a long tradition and is a cause of celebration for those who receive recognition. It can also be disappointing for those that do not. We have created a page on our website which provides the information about each award and how we determine the recipient  There is also information which might be helpful for parents to prepare children for disappointment especially for those who were hopeful and miss out. We recommend that parents of Year 6 students prepare their children for this event. For your calendar…Tuesday 11 December 1.30pm

Kapa Haka Group

Kapa HakaWindy Ridge School’s Kapa Haka Group visited our school last Wednesday 7 November. This was a chance for our Culture Group to perform and to host a group from another school.
The group was welcomed in a powhiri by our school Culture Group, Each group performed their haka and waiata and then performed some waiata together.
After the performances the children mingled and ate lunch together and spent some time together in the playground.
The visit was a great success and I am very proud of our children’s performance and behaviour.

Thank you to Louise, Molly and Nyla for leading the powhiri. and Manaaki for his mihi. Thank you also to Keri Cullen, our kaiako for her organisation during the visit and her brother Riqi Harawira who came along to support our group.

Friday Pie Day

This Friday is “Jesters pie day”, for every pie ordered the school will receive $2 back.  Simply order through your Kindo account, you will see a new tab for Jesters Pies. You can order anytime this week up until midnight Thursday. The hot pies will be delivered to your child’s classroom Friday lunchtime.  All proceeds will go to the PTA.

The NZ Flower & Garden Show

Wednesday 28th November – Sunday 2nd December 10am – 6pm daily.
Anna NZ GardenAnna 2Mairangi Bay has an entry into the Garden to Table, school gardens section at the NZ Flower and Garden Show this month. There are 8 school gardens at the show this year and Mairangi Bay is the only school from the North Shore with an entry in the competition. Our theme ‘Christmas at the Bach’ is about sharing the positive feeling and excitement of spring and the summer season. Living by the sea, swimming in the waves, playing games in the backyard, building sandcastles and picking flowers are the things that we all love to do! The bach style was inspired by our maunga Rangitoto and the old style ‘kiwi’ baches found on the island. Many school children and wonderful parents have been working very hard growing herbs, flowers, vegetables, painting gumboots, creating Christmas decorations and painting surfboards for our wonderful display. So, come along to Trusts Arena, Henderson to see our amazing school entry – ‘Christmas at the Bach’.
Tickets are available from
Many thanks to all our sponsors: Zealandia, Gellerts, Resene, Mitre 10, Tui, Central Landscape Supplies, and Hire Plants and Garden to Table.
Anna Smith

EPro8 Challenge

EPro 8 3 (3)On Wednesday 7th November 16 brave students in teams of four: Nerdy Narwhals, The Jeff’s, Team 3 and Stick Pro 8 embarked EPro 8 2on the ultimate science and engineering challenge. The EPro8 challenge!

We had 2 hrs & 30 mins to complete a series of tasks to gain pEPro 8oints. We had EPro 8 4Team 3 place second and the other teams not far behind which means Team 3 will go onto the semi-finals in early December! Congrats to all of the participants and good luck Team 3!

By: Ciara

Reminder about 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 too. I will be running a three week girls club this term. It will run over three lunch times 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.

Music News

Musical November!

Behind Bars Marimba Group perform in Town Hall on Wednesday 14 November.
Bring your instruments and wear your T shirts. Meet in Green Room at 8pm.

Ukulele Festival Saturday 17 November
12noon – 3pm
Trust Stadium, Waitakere
Meet you there for the parade at 12.30pm
Bring your music and ukulele. Wear bright coloured clothes and sun hat.
We are performing in the Red section in the Grandstand.

APPA Choir perform in the Town hall on Wednesday 21 November
Tickets will be arriving soon.
Children will meet in the Supper Room at 6.30pm (they will know where this is after our dress rehearsal.)
Concert starts at 7pm.

Dress Rehearsal is Tuesday 20 November in the morning.

Grandparents Day
23 November
Music performances

IMG_3495Calling some artists! Last year we painted a couple of the school marimbas, with the help of some parents.
Would anyone like to paint a marimba over the holidays?
This could be a fun family project.
Call in and have a look at what we have done.
Please contact me if you are keen

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!

kings1Lots of children have been working in our school gardens this term, getting ready for the NZ Flower and Garden Show which enviro1begins on Wednesday 28 November, planting woolly pockets for our Great Seedling Sale on 23 November and of course planting vegetables in our own school gardens!

We would especially like to thank Kings Plant Barn for supporting our school, and we were delighted with the vegetable plants they donated to our school last week.
enviro2And last but not least, our wonderful parent garden volunteers we could not do this without you!
We would love some more help in our school gardens as this is such a busy planting time. Please contact if you have an hour or two to spare at a time to suit you. We will find a job for you!

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

North Harbour Gymnastics competition

Image-1Image-2Poppy and Sophie Glasgow, Molly Gladding and Sienna Shields did a great job competing at the North Harbour Gymnastics competition this week. They placed first overall as a team while showing great Imagesportsmanship and cheering for fellow athletes.

Sophie placed first overall in floor exercise, with her sister Poppy following in third place. Sophie also placed first with her performance on balance beam. Poppy Glasgow placed third in the bars exercise. Sophie placed fourth in the all around competition and Poppy finished second in the all around. We are very proud of our Mairangi Bay gym girls!

Senior School Athletics

We are holding our Senior School Athletics competition next Thursday 15th November from 9am -1pm (approx) Our Save Day is Friday 16th November. The placings on this day will help us in putting together our 2018 Athletics Inter-School Team. It will also determine our overall School Athletics Cup Winner (Boys / Girls).  All parents are most welcome to come watch and support their children.

Below is an approximate outline of venues, events and times.

Mairangi Bay School Field

9 -10:30am Year 5 Boys and Girls – (Long Jump, High Jump, Shot put and Discus)

11am – 12:20pm Year 6 Boys and Girls – (Long Jump, High Jump, Shot put and Discus)

Mairangi Bay Park

12:30 – 1pm Year 5/6 Boys and Girls – (Sprints)

PTA News

A HUGE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN 2018. As our year draws to a close, we have raised more than $20,000.00 as a community. The PTA has recently agreed to continue our focus on improvements to the playground, including replacement of matting in the junior playground and repairs to the senior playground. We hope to continue to support the provision of more shade areas in 2019.
SIGN UP GENIUS LINKS FOR 2019: Interested in helping at school community events but not in joining the PTA? No problem at all. Simply become a friend of the PTA by signing up for an event or activity – a Sign Up Genius link to PTA events will soon arrive in your email inbox.
GRANDPARENTS DAY: 23rd November. Help is needed from our friends to serve tea and coffee between 11am and 1pm on Grandparents Day, or to provide some home baking. This is a great community day and we always have lots of fun!  To sign up to help us on the day, simply follow this link and choose a task and time that suits:!/showSignUp/60b0f4eaeae29abf94-grandparents/63811461
YUMMY STICKERS: Huge thank you to our school community for saving more than 8000 stickers from yummy fruit this year, which has now been converted into more than $800 worth of new sports equipment for classes. Watch out for new sticker sheets, which will be coming home shortly.
SUMMER SOCCER: The next rounds will be held on the 16th November, with two games for each team. Following games will be held on the 30th November and the 14th December. Expressions of interest are now sought for a further Summer Soccer league (years 0-4) and a possible turf FUTSUL league (years 5 and 6) in Term One 2019 – register your interest now at This will again be held on Friday afternoons/early evenings
PTA XMAS DINNER: All welcome to our end of year PTA dinner at Paper Moon restaurant at 7pm on the 4th December. Please RSVP Steph at asap.
PTA EXECUTIVE: If you could be interested in taking over the position of PTA Chairperson or Secretary in 2019 please contact us asap for more information.
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.

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.

Three jobs available 2019 at Westlake Boys High School


Staffroom attendant required Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours 9.00-2.00 term time only. The position entails looking after our staffroom, making tea and coffee. Ordering of supplies and overseeing the Pavilion kitchen.
Food Technician assistant required Tuesday and Wednesdays 8.30-11.30 term time only. You will be required to set up food trolleys for practical’s and order supplies when required.
Assistant to the school nurse This position is Monday to Friday term time only. Hours 10.30-2.00. You will need to have a current First Aid Certificate and general medical knowledge
Please email or call Pam Mills, Human Resources Manager,, 09 410 8667 ext 5753