Coming Up

Wednesday 28 November – Sunday 2 December

NZ Flower and Garden Show

Thursday 29 November

Interschool Athletics 9.45 am -2.15pm  Sovereign Stadium

Friday 30 November

Years 3-6 Shrek Performance

Assembly 1:40 pm in the hall – All welcome!

Monday 3 December

EPro8 Semi-final – Glenfield Intermediate

Tuesday 4 December

Senior Service Awards – In the hall 11 am

Wednesday 5 December

Years 5 & 6 – Fun Athletics Day

Thursday 6 December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea 10:30 am in the school hall

Friday 7 December

Years 5 & 6 – Fun Athletics Save Day

Year 6 Graduation party (parent organised event)

Tuesday 11 December

Prize giving (Year 5–6) in the hall 1:30 pm

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • NZ Flower & Garden Show – Mairangi Bay School is entering in the Garden to Table school gardens.  For more details on tickets go to
  • School library book returns – Deadline Friday 30 November
  • Student Achievements – ICAS success
  • Shrek performance – Featuring some MBS students
  • Music News – Carols by candlelight
  • Enviro News – Strawberry patch with Palmers Garden Centre
  • Sports News – End of year games and Equipment returns
  • PTA News – Second-hand uniform shop

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

Our children were proud to host hundreds of grandparents and friends on Friday: our student leaders met our important guests at the school gates; our fabulous PTA team provided refreshments; our children enjoyed having lunch with these important people in their lives; our performance groups entertained; our garden to table plant stall did excellent business; and the real highlight for our children was the time that they could spend with their grandparents and friends in classrooms. We thank everyone involved for a most successful day.

We congratulate our APPA Festival choir for an outstanding performance in the Auckland Town Hall last Wednesday evening. Our Marimba group did us proud as the stand out instrumental group on a programme delivered the week before.

Mairangi Bay School is the only school on the North Shore that has an entry accepted in the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show. The team that has put this together with our children has done a magnificent job. It opens this week and we do recommend that you get along to see the fruits of their labour.

Congratulations to all our ICAS students who achieved distinction and particularly  Tony Seo for his high distinction award.

On Friday Year 3 to 6 students will venture into the city to attend Shrek.  This is particularly exciting because we have a number of our students and some ex- students who are involved in this production.

As advised earlier, from the start of next year, Skids will be running our before and after school service. The transition is underway and Skids will be providing information to parents.

We thank everyone who has been involved in the creation of a new vision for our school. This has now been signed off by the Board of Trustees and information will be sent to you soon.

Next year our school curriculum inquiry is identity. The area between the administration building and the hall has been prepared for development in keeping with this theme. Watch this space.

Congratulations to Room 7 teacher, Lucy Gavin, who got married at the weekend and is now Mrs Buttimore. We wish her and Calvin all the best for their future together.

At the end of term, we say goodbye to Annette  Haywood. Annette has a long association with the school and has contributed in a number of ways including as a Board of Trustees and PTA member when her children attended here and, after that,  a teacher aide and ESOL teacher. She is looking forward to some leisure time to be creative and to travel. The final assembly will be an opportunity for us all to say goodbye to Annette and to Kathryn Hohaia, Deb Wastney and our Mandarin teacher Summer.

Diane Kruyen and Jody Kukard are well known to us and we are excited to have them join our teaching team in a full-time capacity next year. Claire Curtice will return in a part-time capacity to teach ESOL.

Regards, Bruce Warren

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Angelika Liu

School Library Book Returns

The students have had a wonderful year exploring the library and taking books home to read. As we near the end of the school year, it is now time to collect and return all the school library books ready for stock-take.
The deadline for returning Library books is this coming Friday – 30th November!
Students who have outstanding library books will be issued out a recall notice this week and after 30th November if these books have not been returned a replacement cost letter will be sent home. These outstanding books will need to be paid to the office before the end of term.
Many thanks
Mrs Hopkins – Library Administration & Resources

Student Achievements

We would like to acknowledge the achievements of the following students who have performed brilliantly in their ICAS exams this year. Over 1 million students sit ICAS tests each year across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Students that earn Distinctions are in the top 10% while students who earn High Distinction are in the top 1% of those tested.
In science, distinctions were earned by: Hamish McLean, Max Mitchell, Leo Wang, Edmond Jia and Hunter Davies. In Maths, distinctions were earned by:Gabriel Lin, Lucy Martin, Hamish McLean, Cael Sia, Emily Wang, Davin Yuan, Eric Zhu and Hunter Davies. In English, distinctions were earned by: Poppy Glasgow, Lucy Martin, Ciara Quann, Leo Wang, Davin Yuan and Hunter Davies.
High Distinctions were earned in Science and Maths by Tony Leo. Congratulations to all these students.

Shrek Performance

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” Thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty Princess who resists her rescue. Throw in the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Featuring 12 current MBS students as Fairytale Creatures and Rats in the ensemble with supporting lead roles featuring Year 6 students: Matilda Adams (Young Fiona) and Nora Wright (the Bishop).

Shows are November 30th-December 2nd and tickets can be purchased online only, here:

Current Student Roles:
Nora Wright, year 6- The Bishop, Tinker Bell, Rat
Henry Wright, year 4 – #3 of Clubs Playing Card
Matilda Adams, year 6 – Young Fiona, Fairytale Creature, Rat
Sebastian Adams, year 4 – Wizard
Jake Holland, year 4 – #3 of Hearts Playing Card
Jennifer Holland, year 6 – Blue Fairy, Rat
Lachie Merriman, year 6 – Striped Fairytale Creature, Rat
Rosie Gladding, year 1 – Moana
Helena Ferraro, year 6 – Maroon Fairy, Rat
Libby Cleaver, year 6 – Blue FairyTale Creature, Rat
Sienna Handisides, year 4 – unicorn
Matthew Blair, year 4 – wizard

Alumni Students
Holly Saunders: Little Red Riding Hood, Rat
Toby Gladding: Knight

Music News

Mairangi Bay Business Association is having a community event on Wednesday 12 December 6pm
Venue: Mairangi Bay community playground
School and community groups performing and group Carol singing.
Bring your picnic dinner and rugs and join us.

Carols by Candlelight school notice 2018

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

PalmersYear 4 Envirogroup Strawberry Patch

A huge thank you to Micah and Shelly from Palmers Garden Centre who helped us plant a strawberry patch next to the insect garden on the bank last week. Palmers supplied us with the strawberries, straw and strawberry food too. Let’s hope we can get to taste some of the delicious strawberries soon!

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

Best of luck to our touch and basketball teams that finish up their season in the next few weeks.

Please could I have all the sports gear that has been loaned out during the year brought back to the school office when your season has finished? Touch, Netball, Basketball gear that you may have.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Co-ordinator

PTA News

Second-Hand Uniform Shop: Open every Tuesday at 3 pm 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.

Community Music Classes
Ukulele in the Bays – UkuBays – classes for teens and adults – Tuesday
Bays Marimba – once a month – marimba lessons for Intermediate age and older
Suzuki Piano

Mid-Bays Music school 2019 enrolments open on 1st of December!
The highly qualified tutors make learning relevant and enjoyable.
Any enquiries email Eunice Park

Music tuition for $150 – $250 for the whole year. (This does NOT include the instrument hire)
When: After school or Saturday mornings.
Where: Murrays Bay Intermediate School.
Start date: classes start Saturday 9th Feb 2019

Group lessons open to 6-12-year-olds – there are age requirements for some instruments. The cost is $150 – $250 for the year.
Instruments offered: Drums, Guitar, Ukelele, Saxophone, Clarinet, Keyboard, Trumpet, Recorder, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Saxophone, Trombone, Bass Guitar

Enrolments are open online at for 2019 and you must have a Kindo account. Spaces are limited and some of our instruments have sold out within the first 48 hours! So get in quick!

10th Japanese Kids’ Festival 2019 – Saturday 19 January 2019, 11AM -4PM – Milford Primary School – Food, Japanese drum performance, shamisen performance, work shop, games etc