Coming Up

Wednesday 20 March

Year 1 Explore the Bay walk to Mairangi Bay village (morning)

Netball Trials

Thursday 21 March

Year 2 Explore the Bay walk to Mairangi Bay village (morning)

Year 5-6 Swimming

Friday 22 March

“You are Us” Mufti Day

School Assembly 1:30 pm in the school hall

Monday 25 March

Explore the Bay save day

Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 March

Year 5-6 Camp at Carey Park

Friday 29 March

Year 1-2 Kelly Sports – Traditional Maori games

Wednesday 3 April

Possible Strike Day /School would be closed ..more info to follow.

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Volunteers wanted for our kitchen and garden programme
  • Board of Trustees election – General information website
  • Walking School bus – Meeting Wednesday 20 March
  • Student Success
  • Music News – Mid Bays Kahui Ako Performing Arts Festival in June, senior choir and ukulele club
  • PTA News – Second-hand uniform shop

Principal’s Message

Tēnā koutou

This morning I sent an email to all of our parents about the Christchurch massacre. It contained advice from the Ministry of Health for parents when talking to your children. I also explained how teachers are responding to any questions asked by children in classrooms. People in our community want to show their concern and support of those who have been impacted by this event. Friday will be a “you are us” mufti day. You are invited to send a gold coin donation.

The teachers’ union, the NZEI, has rightly postponed this week’s union meetings because it believes that the well-being of our children needs to take priority. The possibility of strike action on 3 April is perhaps less likely. I will update you as soon as I hear anything more. If a strike is called, sKids our before and after school care service, will offer a childcare programme on site for the school day.

Thank you to all of you who have offered to help at our Year 5-6 camp next week and for the upcoming Year 1-2 Explore the Bay walk to Mairangi Bay village.

We are pleased that we can now offer an onsite holiday programme at our school. The information for these programmes run by sKids is included in this newsletter.


Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students

Zhisheng He, Ava Buckley and Matthew Wang.

Volunteers wanted for our kitchen and garden programme.

Our school is introducing the Garden to Table programme for our Yr 5/6 children in Term 2. It’s a unique and inspiring programme teaching our children how to grow and harvest produce grown in the school garden, to then be prepared and shared in the school kitchen. The lessons will take place on a Thursday between 9.00am and 12.30pm.

For this to be successful, we need you! This project relies on the support of volunteers to work with children in the garden and kitchen, sharing their
experience, enthusiasm and knowledge.
You don’t have to be an expert! Our Garden and Kitchen Specialists are always on hand to provide expert advice and oversee the sessions. You just need to be interested in helping children learn about growing food, cooking and sharing food, and enjoy working with children.

Have we talked you into it? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Siobhan Cooper, Volunteer Co-ordinator at for more information.

Board of Trustees election

Board of Trustees triennial election on the way – details to come in May. Visit New Zealand School Trustees Association for general information:
Or contact the principal Bruce Warren; board chairperson Scott Walker You would be welcome to sit in on the next meeting.

Walking School Bus

Music News

1. Mid Bays Kāhui Ako Performing Arts Festival in June.
Senior students have the option of dance, choir, musical theatre, orchestra, Kapa Haka OR ukulele.
Also Mrs WB will be working with a large group of keen dancers to put together a Mairangi Bay dance item.
The forms are due in this Thursday. Please collect a form from the music room or email

2. Senior Choir – we meet in the music room at 1.30pm each Thursday. Please join in.
Some of us will be singing at the Mid Bays Kāhui Ako Festival in June and some of us at APPA Festival in November.

3. Ukulele Club – this has started on Thursdays.
Year 3 children come at 12.30pm
Year 4, 5, 6 children come at 12.45pm
We will be learning songs for the Mid Bays Kāhui Ako Festival and the Ukulele Festival.

Clare McCormack
Music Department

PTA News

Second-hand uniform shop

Hours for 2019: Mondays 3 pm. Cash or bank transfer – all items $5 or $10 depending on condition.

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.

SKIDS Holiday programme at Mairangi Bay School

For Ages 5-7 – Skids HP April 19 Age 5-7

For Ages 8-13 – Skids HP April 19 Age 8-13

Murrays Bay Twilight Festival – 5 April

For more info, click here