Coming Up

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 (Please note change of date)

Friday 22 February

School Assembly 1:40 pm in the hall

Tuesday 26 February

PTA meeting – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wednesday 27 February

Meet the Teacher Interviews: 3:30 – 7 pm

Inter-school Cricket

Thursday 28 February

Meet the Teacher Interviews: 3:30 – 6 pm

Friday 1 March

Years 1 & 2 Teddy Bears Picnic

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Vision, Mission and Values
  • Back to school costs
  • Meet the teacher interviews
  • Social media
  • Building independence and resilience
  • Digital curriculum
  • Music News
  • Enviro News
  • Sports News
  • PTA News

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

You might like to ask your child about our new school vision. The children have been showing me at assemblies how they know the vision in English and Maori and the actions that go with it.

We welcome Mereana Marsters Tohu our new teacher of te Reo. Classes are rostered for Maori language sessions with Mereana, and again you might like to ask your child to practise te Reo at home.

Last year a parent, Jenny Bates completed the magnificent mural around the sandpit and last week she finished the mural on the resource room wall. We are grateful to Jenny who volunteers her time. Our next outdoor artistic endeavour is to create a mural on the hall wall by the new flagpole garden. We invite you to contribute whakatauki (Maori proverbs) and inspirational quotes. Please email your ideas to preferably with a reference so we can check the authenticity and accuracy. Preference is likely to be given to the words of New Zealanders.
Eg ‘If it’s not hard, it’s not worth doing’. Sir Peter Blake (NZ Sailor and Explorer). We would be delighted if you and your family participate.

Thank you to the PTA and staff members that made the community picnic a success. It was pleasing to see a number of our new families. We value the sense of community and encourage all parents to get involved in school activities.

Nga mihi

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Jennifer Li, Pehar Sharma, Samantha Sharp, Nen Sharma, Judy Zhang and Kayla Brunton.

Vision, Mission and Values

Thanks again to everyone who contributed their thinking. Here it is again for your reference:


Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.


Learning together to create a better tomorrow


Effort: By setting high standards, having a ‘better than before’ attitude and practising perseverance to achieve personal excellence and build resilience
Community: By being respectful, inclusive, and compassionate and being active participants and leaders in the communities to which we belong
Innovation: By being curious and courageous and using what is learned to make a difference
Hauora: By having a strong sense of identity and caring for our physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being

Our next step is to develop further graphics with the children this year for the values.

Back to school costs

Work and Income has made a number of key changes to simplify the process for parents paying for their children’s back to school costs. In many cases, these transactions can be approved via their contact centre service, which saves people having to come into their local office.

The contact numbers are: 0800 559 009 or 0800 552 002 for people getting NZ Superannuation.

Visit the Work and Income website for more information on back to school costs:

Meet the Teacher Interviews

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 today at 4.00pm. You will have until Tuesday, 26 February at 3.00pm to make a booking.

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.

Did you know?

Social media: Some schools have had issues with parents using social media to criticise staff. This can be hugely unhelpful particularly at a time when schools struggle to retain teachers. Schools teach digital citizenship to children and expect their parents to model the same respectful behaviour.

Building independence and resilience: Sometimes parents do things for children when the children themselves would be better served by a more hands off approach. This article makes for interesting reading. The author writes about what he class lawn mower parents.

Digital Curriculum: 

Teachers took steps towards learning more about the Digital Curriculum on our Teacher Only Day on January 30. They explored how spheros work. Our Year 6 Tech Ninjas have been learning how they work in the last week and are now spreading the sphero gospel around the school.

Music News

2019 is promising to be a music-filled year.
Mairangi Bay School offers the Senior students:

1. Kahui Ako Mid Bays (more information to come soon about what is on offer for our performance in June at Rangitoto College).
2. APPA Choir where we perform in the Town Hall in November.
3. Marimba Groups Year 5 and Year 6 – applications close tomorrow.
4. Hand Chime Group

Also for Year 3-6 students, the Ukulele Club

Please keep on eye on the daily notices when these groups will be starting.

Classroom Music has started with Junior classes last week. Each week on Tuesday and Wednesday I have a different class level so that all classes are covered over three weeks.

Thanks for all the support for Music at Mairangi Bay.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Enviro News

Garden to Table employment opportunity at Mairangi Bay School

Garden to Table lessons begin for our Year 5/6 students in Term 2. We are looking for a Kitchen Specialist and Garden Specialist to help run the programme.  This would be on one day each week (Thursday) for 5 hours.  3 hours contact time with the children and 2 hours planning time.

The Garden Specialist would need to be passionate about and experienced in organic gardening, sustainability and local food, enjoy working with children and keen to share a passion for gardening with others.

The Kitchen Specialist would need to be passionate about and experienced in cooking with fresh produce, sustainability and local food, enjoy working with children and keen to share a passion for cooking with others.

If you think either of these positions might suit you or if you know of someone who could be interested please email Siobhan Cooper (Garden to Table Co-ordinator) at for more information and a detailed job description.

Siobhan Cooper
Enviro Teacher

Sports News

The Shore to Shore fun race is coming up, please see below link for all the information

Hibiscus Coast Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is coming up. Details below, Register and join up with our school

DATE – Morning of Sunday, 24 March 2019

LOCATION – Manly Park, Whangaparaoa

ENTRY AGE – Entry is open to all 7 to 15 year olds. (Based on age on event day)

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Coordinator

PTA News


The AGM and first meeting for 2019 of the MBSPTA will be held on Tuesday 26th February at 7pm in the school staffroom.
All parents, caregivers, grandparents and friends are warmly invited to attend.

What is the PTA? The MBSPTA is a group of parents and staff representatives who meet to have time out, have fun together, make new friendships, and build a sense of community by organising events for our school families. Through these activities the PTA is able to make regular financial donations to the school for PTA approved purposes, such as improvements or repairs to the playground, the provision of shade, and other items which are not provided for or covered by government funding. We also aim to create some cool, fun memories for our MBS school children and families. If you want to be part of the conversation about how we achieve these things and how our fundraising is spent, coming along to PTA meetings is the best way to have your say!
When: The PTA meets twice a term on a Tuesday evening in the school staffroom at 7.30pm. Meeting times are advertised in the school newsletter and will be made available in a PTA newsletter scheduled to come home next week.
What is involved: This year the PTA is planning a variety of events including a proposed Fun Run, Discos, a Bingo night, Grandparents Day, Thinkathon, Yummy Sticker collection (for sports equipment) and Calendar Art, as well as providing hospitality for school functions and running the second-hand uniform shop. We are completely dependent on voluntary labour for all of these events. Volunteering to help with just one event that interests you is all that is really required, no matter how small (although you are still absolutely welcome to attend our meetings even if you are unable to commit to an event).
Executive Committee Positions: We need to be filled: President, Secretary, Vice- Secretary, Vice-Treasurer. All of these positions can be shared, and we will give you all the training/support/advice that you require. If you would like a copy of the job description please email and note the position you would like further information on.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you there!

Second-Hand Uniform Shop: Open every Tuesday at 3pm from the Hall Foyer.
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.

Notice from Citizen’s Advice Bureau

We would like to invite you to a free information session about “Renting in NZ the Kiwi Way”.

A Chinese translation will be provided.

Tuesday 26 February @10:30 am – East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay

Contact:  Sara Russell 479 2222 or email: