Coming Up

Monday 4 February

School opens at 8:30 am

Wednesday 6 February

Waitangi Day Holiday – School Closed!

Friday 8 February

School Assembly in the hall – 1:40 pm

Friday 15 February

PTA Back to School Family Picnic 5 pm

Monday 18 February

Booking online for the Meet the Teacher interviews open at 4 pm

Thursday 21 February

Meeting for parents of ESOL children at 2 pm

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Meet the teacher interviews
  • Visiting our school – What you need to know
  • sKids Mairangi Bay Before and After school care
  • Sports Teams
  • School Attendance
  • Home/School email protocols
  • Homework expectations
  • School donations and fees
  • Composite Organisation in the Senior & Middle Teams
  • Choose safety over convenience
  • School lunches
  • Lost property
  • School organisation 2019
  • Parking on school grounds
  • Collecting children

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone,

It is great to be back and see so many smiling faces! There is a real buzz on the playground as the children return from holidays and are so excited to meet up with friends again. Children are settling quickly into school routines. Your children are benefiting from teachers’ preparation in the last few weeks. The tone is very positive.

Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to Mr Sean Patterson (Room 14 teacher), Mrs Jody Kukard (Room 20 teacher), Mrs Diane Kruyen (Room 7 teacher), Mrs Diana Benli (Room 12), Mrs Clare Curtice (part time ESOL teacher) and Natalie Jones (teacher aide)

Welcome to all the new students and their families who have joined the Mairangi Bay School whanau. New students will be welcomed at our school assembly.

There has been activity aplenty in January. To continue our grounds improvement programme and in time for the start of term, the new garden between the hall and administration building has been completed by our property manager, Paul Loader. The flagpole and mural (to be added) support this term’s curriculum focus on identity.

The upgrade of Room 14 and 15 is complete. This has included a new roof, wall linings, storage systems, and an access-way between the rooms to facilitate easier collaboration.

Thank you for ensuring that your children have what they need to get straight into school life and learning, by starting with the correct uniform, a school hat and the required stationery. It makes such a difference. It was pleasing to see on day one that almost all children had remembered that hats are compulsory in Term 1.

It can take some time for children to get back into the school routines after holidays with long light evenings and later bedtimes. Please ensure that your child gets to bed early so that she/he arrives on time at school (8.30-8.45) rested, fed and ready for a day’s learning!

We are set for an exciting and rewarding year ahead.

Kind regards,
Bruce Warren

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Ryan Yang, Taj Chapple, Joonhoo Kim, Evie Dobbie, Jayme Rieger, Matthew McDowall, Kreeli Panchal, Grace James, Keira Webster, Alisha Webster, Sheena Li, Luna Huang, Charlie Lin, Eric Liu, Ella Lee, Kyros Zhang, Alistair Van Schalkwyk, Carah Dowland, Ebay Bai, Enzo Yin, Damon Jin, Jordan Cho, Hanbi Lee, Danbi Lee, Flora Fu, Simon Yao, Yoon Dokko, Hyun Dokko, Devin Meaker, Jack Wang and Rayde Goh.

Meet the Teacher Interviews

Meet the Teacher interviews are February 27 and 28
Book online at from Monday 18 February at 4.00pm
Bookings close on Tuesday 26 February at 3.00pm
Meetings are ten mins
February 27 bookings are from 3.20pm until 6.50pm
February 28 bookings are from 3.20pm until 5.50pm
Purpose of meetings is to share information and get to know your child’s teacher
Meet the Teacher interviews are being held on Wednesday, 27 February and Thursday, 28 February. The purpose of the interviews is to get to know your child’s teacher and to share any information with them that may be of help this year. Teachers will not be sharing any assessment information as they are still in the process of getting to know your child. This is essentially a chance to chat for ten minutes about your child’s interests, strengths, friendships, successes, hopes and areas to develop in 2019.

You can book a time to see your child’s teacher by going to Once there, you enter our school’s code ndcck and select your child’s teacher and then select a time slot. You will receive an email confirming your time.

Bookings open on Friday, 15 February at 4.00pm. You will have until Tuesday, 26 February at 3.00pm to make a booking. You have a variety of times to select. February 27 interviews begin at 3.20pm with the final interview starting at 6.50pm. February 28 interviews begin at 3.20pm with the last interview at 5.50pm.

This is a good chance to start to build the important home/school partnership that is so crucial for your child’s well being and success. More information about Meet the Teacher will be communicated via the school newsletter, and through notices emailed to your inbox.

Visiting our School – what you need to know

We welcome you to our school at anytime. During school hours you are asked to report to our friendly office staff to sign in. For safety all visitors in school time must be authorised.
Parents who come to collect children at the end of the day are asked to enter the school grounds from 2.55pm. You are welcome to stay and supervise your children on the fields and playgrounds until 3.30pm to ensure the safety of all children on the grounds. Please leave at this time to respect the need for our teachers to have optimal conditions for preparation and meetings. You are always welcome to return weekends and summer evenings!
A bell will go at 3.15pm to indicate that children should: (1) have left the grounds; (2) be at after-school care; or (3) be in the supervision of a parent.
We ask parents to supervise children away from buildings. This means the junior and senior playgrounds, the field and all weather blue court. Please do not use the Junior outdoor area – families/children have been removing the sandpit cover after school and weekends, leaving the sand exposed for animals to leave their offerings. Also, families/children have been using the mud kitchen after school and weekends. It was a mess. We would like the children to respect this area to just be used during school time. Also, items from the NZ Flower and Garden display, which are also in this area, have been moved and emptied to play with. It is taking teachers a lot of time to clean it up.

sKids Mairangi Bay

sKids will be operating Before and After School care at Mairangi Bay from the start of Term 1, and Holiday Programmes from April.
To enrol your children please use our AIMY Plus system – you register with AIMY, enrol your children and book attendances using AIMY.
Please feel free to call in and speak with us onsite in the school hall, email, or ph 09 576 6602 with any queries.

Sports Teams

Information describing the various sports teams at our school will be sent home on hard copy and posted to our website. You can read it here.

School Attendance

Please ensure you inform the school office of any absences or expected late arrivals as soon as possible. Either e-mail or telephone the office on 09 478 8424 (24/7).

Home – School Email Protocols

You can email anyone on the staff by typing the first name, the first letter of the surname and adding eg
Teachers are not sitting at a screen because, for the school day, they are teaching. They are also often engaged in meetings before school, at lunchtimes and after-school. Teachers will do their best to respond within 24 hours, but depending on what is happening it may be a little longer. For this reason, it is essential that any urgent communication should be directed to the school office and not to the teacher’s email address, for example
an email on a rainy day to ask if a school trip is still on should be directed to the school office, not the teacher. (Better still, we ask that you first check your inbox and school bags for notices.)
Another example is if you are caught up at work and will be late collecting your child, an email should not be sent to the teacher. If there is an emergency and you can’t get to school to collect your child, phone the office so our office staff know there is a problem and can get a message to your child.
Teachers value the relationship they have with parents and they also know how important it is that teaching time is uninterrupted. For this reason, teachers will respond to email when they are not teaching and parents can expect a short reply, and if there is a concern or issue, an invitation to come to school. Teachers will not usually be writing long emails. They will not be reporting on student progress and achievement via email.
We do see that effective use of email will likely further improve the communication between home and school.

Homework Expectations

Each teacher will make it clear in writing about what he or she expects. Do ask if at any time you are unsure.

School Donations and Fees

Thank you to everyone who has responded quickly to the letter posted in January and made payments promptly. Discounts apply until 28 February.

Composite Organisation in the Senior & Middle Teams

Student leadership is a strength of our school and this has been grown over a number of years. The composite structure of classes contributes to this development. Teachers are enthusiastic about the extra opportunities that Year 6 students have for leadership within their classrooms. Teachers work hard to meet individual needs and are passionate about stretching children’s learning. This is challenging but not considered any more difficult in a two-year composite classroom. Test data indicates that they are very successful and we have some of the highest achieving children in the country. The composite structure also provides maximum flexibility for the team teaching approach, which is an excellent stepping stone for later schooling and flexibility for the accommodation of extra in zone students who enrol during the year. This organisation is reviewed regularly. We are confident that this structure will deliver the best learning outcomes for our children for both Year 5-6 and Year 3-4.

Choose Safety Over Convenience

During term time, you may see parking officers on the streets around our school. These officers are here to increase the safety of our children by ensuring people are cooperating with the parking rules as set out in the New Zealand Road Code.
The approach is ‘zero tolerance’, which means you will get a ticket if you are double parked, parked on yellow lines, or over someone’s driveway – as well as a number of other offences. Please park appropriately to keep our children safe and to avoid being ticketed.
Fewer cars = less chaos
Where possible, we would like to encourage families to walk, carpool, or catch a walking school bus. If you are driving a car, please park a short distance from the school and walk the rest of the way. Never leave your car unattended in the Galaxy Drive pick up drop off zone at the crucial times before school and 2.45-3.15pm.
Thank you all for helping keep our students safe.

School Lunches

Children are expected to bring lunch to school. This is eaten under supervision either outside or indoors.
We request that children take home their lunchbox waste, including packaging and uneaten food. Fruit and vegetable scraps can be placed in our school compost bins.
EZlunches are available every day, and a Sausage Sizzle every Thursday.
As an Enviroschool, we encourage children to bring an “Eco-Friendly” lunch. This benefits the environment (less litter on the playground), families (saves money) and the children (healthy food choices).

Top tips for Eco-Friendly lunchboxes:

Lunch boxes with lots of compartments or small re-usable containers save on the need to buy plastic wrap. (Make sure these are named with your child’s room number.)
Wrap sandwiches in a cloth napkin or use paper lunch wrap.
Buy in bulk then divide into smaller portions instead of buying multi-packs.
Homemade biscuits are fun to make and a waste-free alternative to pre-wrapped muesli bars.
Use fresh, raw fruit, vegetables and nuts as tasty snacks that don’t need wrapping.
Pre-cutting apples and oranges encourages children to eat them and avoids half eaten apples being thrown away.
Fill reusable bottles with water or juice rather than buying juice cartons. Consider BPA free bottles as an alternative to plastic bottles. No juice – just water please.

Lost Property

Please make sure that all property is clearly labelled. Any unnamed items will be put in the lost property box in the hall foyer and held until the end of each term. Any unclaimed property will be disposed of/recycled at the end of each term. All unclaimed uniform will be given to the PTA second-hand shop.

School Organisation 2019

Junior Team
Room 9 Year 1 Mrs Claire Worthington Blair (Junior Team leader)
Room 10 Reception Mrs Jane Dundas (Mon-Wed ) and Miss Maree Cutfield (Thu-Fri)
Room 11 Year 1 Miss Rebecca Seales
Room 12 Year 1 Mrs Diana Benli
Room 8 Year 1 Mrs Anna Smith and Mrs Kate Hooper (start date to be confirmed )
Room 5 Year 2 Mrs Caley Plinston (assistant Junior Team leader)
Room 6 Year 2 Mrs Jan Westerkamp (and Mrs Ellie Dunn Fridays)
Room 7 Year 2 Mrs Diane Kruyen
Room 20 Year 2 Mrs Jody Lee Kukard

Middle Team
Room 13 Year 3-4 Mrs Michelle Webster (and Ms Gwen Taylor Fridays)
Room 16 Year 3-4 Mrs Jill Garton
Room 17 Year 3-4 Ms Claire Garnett and Mrs Nicolette Land
Room 18 Year 3-4 Mrs Janine Rollerson (Team co-leader)
Room 19 Year 3-4 Ms Christine Wightman (Team co-leader)

Senior Team
Room 1 Year 5-6 Mr Stuart Dean (Senior Team co-leader)
Room 2 Year 5-6 Ms Nikki Black
Room 3 Year 5-6 Ms Mel Mason (Senior Team co-leader, Community of Learning Leader)
Room 14 Year 5-6 Mr Sean Patterson
Room 15 Year 5-6 Mr John Fowler (Community of Learning Leader)

Extra Curricular teachers (part time)

Education for Sustainability Mrs Siobhan Cooper
Classroom Music and Performance Groups Mrs Clare McCormack
Te Reo Maori Mrs Keri Cullen
Reading Recovery Teacher Mrs Tania Jenner
Support Programmes & ESOL Mrs Clare Curtice
Support Programmes & ESOL Mrs Catherine Maloney

Support Staff

ESOL Director Mrs Jeanette Smail
CWSA teacher Mr Peter Stoner
Executive Officer & BOT Minute Secretary Mrs Holly Fang (Admin Team Leader)
Office Administrator Mrs Anita Nicholls
Student Services Administrator Mrs Julia Whitfield
Sports Manager Mr Ryan McWilliams
International Services Manager Mr Frank Jia
Library Administration & Resources Mrs Louise Hopkins
Uniform Sales Mrs Julia Whitfield
Property Manager Mr Paul Loader
Cleaners Clean as a Whistle (Kimmy and David)
Targeted Teacher Aides Mrs Lin Swan, Mrs Denise Carter, Mrs Fran
Garratt, Ms Linda Hofstra, Mrs Sarah Nicholls, Mrs Teresa Gao, Mrs Carmen Swanepoel, Mrs Amanda Ramsey, Mrs Anna Osborne, Mrs Carol van der Merwe

Skids (Before and After School Care) Manager Mr Ryan McWilliams

Senior Leaders Team
Deputy Principal (acting) Mr Peter Stoner
Deputy Principal Mrs Jeanette Smail
Principal Mr Bruce Warren

Parking on school grounds
Parking on school grounds is not permitted, unless you are collecting your child for medical reasons between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm.
The parking area outside the school office is for designated cars, visitors, emergency vehicles, pick-up for medical reasons, couriers, bin collections and trucks that need to unload. Please keep this area clear at all times.

Collecting children
For health and safety reasons, caregivers need to ensure their children are picked up promptly at 3pm unless they are booked into skids (before/after school care centre). If you have an emergency and don’t think you will be at school by 3pm, please ensure you call the school office on 09 478 8424 to inform us at your earliest convenience. Students are not allowed to be on the school playground after school hours, unless supervised by a responsible adult.

Sports News

Welcome back to another exciting year of sport here at Mairangi Bay Primary. Dates for your diaries: Please see school website for more information regarding Interschool and Extra curricular sports events.


Monday: Yr 1-2 Semester 1 – 18th Feb – 1st July. ( Please note that Year 1/2 Basketball is now Semesters not each term )
Tuesday: Yr 5-6 Semester 1 – 19th Feb – 2nd July
Wednesday Yr 3-4 Semester 1 20th Feb – 3rd July
Thursday: Yr 5-6 Semester 1 21st Feb – 4th July

Please complete registration form and send it into the office or email to before the 11th of Feb

Trial dates for Year 5 and 6 are Monday the 11th of February at lunchtime in the hall 12:30 by Chanel from the Breakers.
Please have your registration form in before this date if you intend to trial for team placement.

Flippaball ( Yr 3-6 only )
If you would like to play Flippaball in term 1 please get your registration forms in before Wednesday the 13th of February
For any other sports enquiries please refer to school website or email

Information regarding Netball and Hockey for Term 2 will be out later in this term!

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

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