Coming Up

Tuesday 5 March

Puberty Parent Information Evening – 6:30 pm in the school hall. Note this is for parents only..not children.

Wednesday 6 March

Rooms 13 & 18 Museum trip

Thursday 7 March

Rooms 16, 17 & 19 Museum trip

Puberty Talks Year 5-6

Friday 8 March

Mufti Day – Gold coin donation

Interschool Tennis

Assembly in the school hall at 1:40, all welcome

Friday 15 March

Tennis save day

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Museum Trip – Years 3 & 4
  • Policy review – Feedback
  • Upcoming roadworks on Matipo Road
  • Tomorrow’s School Review – Now in a consultation phase
  • Sphero News – Update
  • Music News – Marimba and Choir
  • Enviro News – Garden to Table employment opportunity
  • Sports News – Swimming, hockey, netball, Shore to Shore and Weetbix Tryathlon
  • PTA News – New appointments, sign up genius and second hand uniform sales

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

We have been so fortunate to have so many wonderful people volunteer on our PTA. They are busy people who make time to get involved. I agree with Steph Chapman’s words (see PTA News) describing Karen Adam’s contribution. Her unique personality and vocabulary have added colour and complemented her effective leadership style. She will be missed. I also thank Steph Chapman who moves on after many years of commitment to our school and community. The countless hours that Steph has given us, are staggering. So much has been achieved due to Steph’s initiative, planning and execution! We thank all outgoing PTA Exec members and welcome in the new. We look forward to working with you to continue to provide the best education we can for our children.

The next few weeks may cause some frustration before and after school with road works in Matipo Road. Thank you for choosing safety over convenience. We need everyone to show patience and ensure that we don’t put our children at risk.

We are providing you with the opportunity to give feedback for policies that impact on parents. You will see more each term. Do make time if you can.

Nga mihi, Bruce

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Abraham Huo, Grace Lough, Maisie Merriman, Joel Choi, Everlynn Hean, Tyla Handisides and Remi Ellis.

Museum trip

The Middle Team classes are going on a trip to the Auckland Museum this Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March. The bus leaves school by 9.10 am and will leave the museum at 1.10 pm (we should be back at school well before 2 pm).

Children need to wear school uniform (including footwear) and bring food and drink. We will not be at school for EZlunch or sausages on Thursday (Rooms 16, 17 and 19).

Rooms 13 and 18 on Wednesday March 6 (please be at school by 9 am)

Rooms 16, 17 and 19 on Thursday March 7 (please be at school by 9 am)

Policy Review

Board staff and parents are invited to provide feedback for the following policy …

Alcohol/Drugs and Other Harmful Substances

Visit the website

Enter the username (mairangibay) and password (Galaxy).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Upcoming roadworks

Raising the pedestrian crossing on Matipo Road. The traffic management plan has now been approved and Downer Group are planning to start this work on Wednesday 06 March. The nature of the work consists of upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing by installing new concrete speed table, new traffic islands, footpath works, associated line markings and signage work. While they are constructing the speed table they will need to reduce the traffic to a single lane and implement a one way temporary traffic lights system. Some street parking will be restricted.  Please park off street or away from the work area until all traffic management is lifted.

Tomorrow’s Schools Review – now in a consultation phase.
Public consultation meetings: the Taskforce is now holding public consultation meetings around the country until Wednesday, 27 March. We really encourage everyone to come along to these events and discuss the future of our schooling system. The full schedule is now available on our website (venues will be added for events as they are confirmed):
An online survey: this canvasses opinions on each of the 32 recommendations.
Now available here: and will remain open until 31 March 2019. It will be available in Te Reo and other languages within the next week.
  • A free 0800 number for oral submissions: call 0800 FOR TSR (0800 367 877) to leave your thoughts on the future of our schooling system.
  • Postcards: for students, families and anyone who just wants to briefly ‘have their say’ on a recommendation or the full report. Freepost postcards will be available at the public meetings.
  • Formal written submissions: these can be sent to:

Music News

Marimba: The Year 5 and Year 6 Marimba Group have made a start, as we prepare for the Marimba Festival on the 31 August.

Choir: The Senior Choir has had a few ‘open sessions’. We rehearse on Thursdays at 1.30pm.
We will be performing at the Kahui Ako Mid Bays Festival in June and the APPA Music Festival in November.

Notices will be going home soon about the Kahui Ako Mid Bays Festival at Rangitoto College in June.
Step up all the singers, ukulele players, dancers, actors. We will be needing you!

Music Department
Clare McCormack

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

Swimming – Any Year 4’s that club swim that might be interested in going to our interschool sports swimming day on the 2nd of April. Please send through your swim times to

Hockey – Please get sports registration forms in if you would like to play winter hockey, this is played in term 2 and 3. On Monday nights at Harbour Hockey. ( Year 3-6 only )

Netball – Year 4, 5 & 6 netball trials to take place on the 20th of March 2019 by Netball North Harbour. If your child is trialing please fill out a registration form and send it in.

Year 1,2 & 3 Netball players please fill out registration form and drop it into the office or send to
Please find all Netball information on the school website.

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


Thank you to all who made it along to the AGM and first meeting of the Mairangi Bay School Parent Teacher Association (MBSPTA) on Tuesday 26th February. It was great to see new faces and a new executive formed, with lots of exciting events planned for the school community this year.

At this meeting we said goodbye to outgoing Chairperson Karen Adams. We thanked Karen for her outstanding service to our school community. Under Karen’s leadership, building community and connections at our school was made the priority for the PTA, whilst still successfully raising more than $40,000 towards the recent improvements and repairs to our school playground, supporting the start of the Garden to Table programme, and continuing to support the music programme at our school. Karen has been an outstanding leader for our band of brothers and sisters, bringing her infectious smile and laughter, wit, intelligence, compassion for others, and strict time management to every meeting and event. Thank you Karen from the bottom of our hearts!

This will also be the last thing I write for the PTA as I ride off into the sunset pursuing new adventures! Thank you to every person who has supported me in this role over the years, from the former executive of Tonya Osborne and Lisa Edwards to the other PTA members to fellow secretary Simone Glassom-Pick, office staff, teaching staff and parents who have helped, cooked, made tea and coffee, cleaned, bought things or sponsored things, or simply turned up on the night. Together we really can make a difference!

At the meeting it was agreed that providing new shade areas would be a focus for MBSPTA fundraising in 2019. With grateful thanks for stepping up, the newly elected executive is:

Chairperson: Nicky Rooksby
Vice-Chairperson: Julia Whitfield
Secretary: Karen Mclean
Vice Secretaries: Nancy Wang and Jin Haiyan
Co-Treasurers: Andrew Plinston and Lisa Peel
Vice-Treasurer: Helen Dou

The PTA have confirmed more than 16 events for 2019 – from supporting the community with tea and coffee at Grandparents Day, the Uniform shop and summer soccer to Discos, a ‘Thinkathon’ and the Christmas Parade. We rely on volunteers to run all of these events, and have a philosophy of allowing each person to only be involved in one event to share the load. We require around 100 volunteers to make this happen. Please consider choosing one event that you are passionate about and volunteer in a role and at a time that works for you. For most of these things you do not have to come along to meetings – it will simply mean communication by email and turning up on the day. Please go to to sign up today.

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you to everyone who has donated or used our second-hand uniform shop in 2018. Together we raised more than $3000, 100% of these profits going to the MBSPTA,.
Hours for 2019: Mondays 3.00pm, or pop into the school office at any time to ask for the key. Cash or bank transfer – all items $5 or $10 depending on condition.

Steph Chapman

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.

Parent education presentation on pornography taking place at Westlake Boys on Wednesday 13 March, 7.00-8.30pm in our Auditorium. Please see link – Pornography Talk

Tots to Teens:  Digital magazine is available here