Coming Up

Tuesday 11 December

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

Wednesday 12 December

Carols in the Park at Mairangi Bay Playground 6 pm

Board Meeting 7:30 pm

Thursday 13 December

Year 6 Graduation – 7 pm in the hall

Friday 14 December

Junior Christmas Showcase – in the hall 11 am, followed by a shared lunch

School Assembly in the hall 1:30 pm

Reports sent home

Tuesday 18 December

Years 3 & 4 shared lunch

Wednesday 19 December

Farewell Assembly 1:30 pm

Thursday 20 December

Last day of school – School closes at 12:30 pm

Monday 4 February 2019

School opens at 8:30 am

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • 12.30 Finish on the last day 20 December
  • Teacher Aide Vacancy for 2019
  • Skids Mairangi Bay..information session for parents
  • Reports home Friday
  • Year 6 Prize-giving tomorrow 1.30pm, Graduation Thursday  7pm
  • Junior Christmas Showcase Friday 11am..all welcome
  • Mai Place..Closed for after-school care 20 December
  • School Office..Open for uniform purchases 31 Jan and 1 Feb 2019
  • Student Achievements..ICAS success, EPro8 semi-finals and NZ Tag Nationals
  • Music News..Behind Bars Marimba, Ukulele Festival, APPA Choir, Grandparents Day and Bays Marimba
  • Sports News..Forrest Hill Milford Football Club..School teams wanted

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

Last week we hosted a morning tea for the many people who volunteer their services on road patrol, helping in classrooms, running a PTA project or any one of many more activities where parents and other community members give their time to help our kids and our school. If you were unable to join us, please accept my thanks on behalf of the staff. A special thank you to those of you who have served for years and now move on.

The final assembly will be an opportunity for us all to say goodbye to Annette Haywood,  Kathryn Hohaia, Deb Wastney, Lucy Buttimore (Gavin) and our Mandarin teacher Summer. Everyone is welcome. Join us on Wednesday 19 December at 1:30 pm our school hall.


Congratulations to all of the children and adults who won the gold award at the New Zealand Flower and Garden show. This is a stunning achievement.  Well done to our children who performed in Shrek the Musical. It was exciting for their classmates to see them up on the big stage when the middle and senior teams travelled into the city for a performance last week.

Next year our school curriculum inquiry is identity. The area between the administration building and the hall is being  prepared by Paul Loader for development in keeping with this theme.

This is the last of our regular newsletters for this year. I thank everyone who has worked so hard for what we do at Mairangi Bay School to create the best learning environment for our children.  We have mixed feelings at this time. We are sorry to see our Year 6 students leave, many of them have spent six years with us. We are excited for them because we know they have so much to offer their new schools.

Merry Christmas to you all. I wish you the best of the festive season and a relaxing holiday.

Kind regards, Bruce

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Keila DeOcampo, Joel Kim and Umi Shao

12.30 Close on the Last day

School closes for the Christmas holidays at 12:30 pm on Thursday, 20 December. Please make sure you have made arrangements with your child so that there is certainty about whether your child is collected or walks home.

Teacher Aide Vacancy

A teacher aide is required from the beginning of Term 1 2019 for 16 hours per week to support a Year 5 student.
Please email Jeanette Smail – if you are interested.

Skids Mairangi Bay

Further to the letter sent last week advising parents of the changes for 2019, another letter has been sent inviting parents to an information session and also advising that there is little change to the fee structure under the new management.


Your child’s individual interview report will be sent home with your child on Friday. The envelope will also contain a letter about class placements and school organisation 2019.

Year 6 Prize-giving tomorrow

The prize-giving 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. This is tomorrow, Tuesday 11 December 1.30pm

Year 6 Graduation

If you are the parent or family member of a Year 6 student this is a not to be missed event. It is a celebration of each student and their learning over 6 years.

Junior Christmas Showcase

A reminder that this is on Friday in the hall and it involves all of our year one and two classes. Everyone welcome.

Mai Place after-school care will be closed on Thursday 20 December for the afternoon (last day of school). We will still be operating in the morning from 7:30 am

School Office open on Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February 9am to 2pm. If you plan to purchase uniform or have general enquiries, it is recommended that you make arrangements to visit the school office during these times, to avoid queuing on the first week of the term.

Student Achievements

ICAS: In our last newsletter we celebrated the ICAS distinctions and high distinctions from 2018. Max Mitchell earned distinction in both Science and Maths – not just Science as per our last newsletter. Apologies Max – got it right this time.

EPro8 Semi-finals: On the 3rd of December Ciara, Maria, Theo and Oliver took part in the EPro8 science and engineering competition semi-final. They tried to complete a series of tasks in under 3 hours but Team 3 was unsuccessful with 30 seconds to go. They could not complete the final task which was worth fifty points and would have brought home the victory with 320 points. However, we did not finish our last task and placed 5th with 270 points. It was very stressful but they had a wonderful time, with lots of screams and giggles but in the end they were proud of what they accomplished.

Congrats to Team 3. We hope you keep doing EPro8 in Intermediate and we hope that maybe next year we can bring home the victory.

By: Ciara, Maria, Theo and Oliver!

Cade & BrodyNZ Tag Nationals

Congratulations to Brody and Cade Wilson who represented North Harbour at New Zealand tag Nationals.

This incredible team finished 7 out of 19

Music News

Music in November – November is our Festival and Performance month.

unnamed-43The Behind Bars Marimba group did a wonderful performance in the Auckland Town Hall with all the parents helping.  We performed three pieces including an original song by Louise, Poppy and Matilda.
Awesome performance everyone in a wonderful venue.

Ukulele Festival
IMG_7561Members of the Ukulele Club attended this yearly event at the Trust Stadium, Waitakere.
This year was the biggest group ever attending from MBS.
We performed with the thousand of other ‘Kiwileles’.
Well done all the Year 3-6 children involved.

DSC_9750APPA Choir
The APPA choir has been working over the year for our Auckland Town Hall performance with conductor Marian Burns.
A wonderful evening of song and music was enjoyed by all.
Well done all choir and soloists.
Thank you Julie Jang our choir accompanist.

Grandparents Day
Thank you to all the performers on this special day:
Ukulele Club, Marimba groups, Choir, Room 13 and 19 Recorder, Culture Group and Hand chime group.

Thank you to all the wonderful musicians in 2018.
You have been a great, enthusiastic group of children and I have enjoyed working with you all.

Bays Marimba
Did you know that I run a regular community marimba group leading up to the Marimba Festival?
This group is open to Intermediate age children and adults.
If you have enjoyed marimba ensemble work and want to keep it going in 2019
please contact me: Mrs McCormack

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News

Forrest Hill Milford Football Club will be running a Primary School Football League in Term 1 2019.
The League will run over 8 weeks starting Friday 15th February and run through to 5th April 2019 from 4pm. Prize Giving will take place in the Forrest Hill Milford Football clubrooms on the 5th April after the last games.
The format will be a 5 a side competition with 12 minutes halves with a 3-minute halftime break. Each team will play two games per week (one after the other) (max 8 players per team)
Teams to wear their school sports uniform at games.
The cost is $250 per team.

All Teams will receive a bag of balls for their school, player of the day certificates and a set of FHM drink bottles for players.

All Referees will be supplied.

The games will be played at Becroft Park.

Leagues will be as follows:

· Year 1 & 2 combined (1/6th pitch, mini goals) 4 – 4.45pm

· Year 3 & 4 Combined (1/8th pitch, mini goals) 4 – 4.45pm

· Year 5 & 6 Combined (1/4 pitch, 3/4 goals) 5 – 5.45pm

All grades will be mixed leagues unless sufficient interest for a girls only competition for years 5&6 (please contact us if this is of interest)

Please email if you have a team you would like to enter. Please note we are not taking individual entries.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Co-ordinator

PTA News

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.

Kids On Board Website: Do you need some ideas of things to do with the kids over the holidays? Perhaps you’re going away and looking for a good playground, walk or cafe that’s family friendly? Everything listed on has been tried, tested and LOVED by other families. Can’t find any info on the area you’re looking for? Ask other families for their ideas on the Facebook page

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

Drowning Prevention Auckland’s FREE SPLASH Break-Away holiday programme is back for the 2019 January holidays. Splash Break-Away is a free holiday programme that is funded by “Oranga Tamariki Ministry of Children”. It is an aquatic based holiday programme strictly aimed towards children who are 11-17 year olds.

The programme includes a variety of activities including: water safety, snorkelling, by stander rescues, swimming skills, safe boating programme, waterpolo and many more aquatic games. No swimming experience is required!.

For more information regarding locations please click onto our website:

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