Coming Up

Monday 29 April

School starts for term 2 at 8:55 am.

Wednesday 1 May

Year 3-4 swimming at Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre, AUT Millennium

Vision and Hearing testing 9 am

Friday 3 May

Year 3-4 swimming at Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre, AUT Millennium

Assembly 1:40 pm in our school hall – All welcome

Wednesday 8 May

Year 3-4 swimming at Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre, AUT Millennium

Friday 10 May

Year 3-4 swimming at Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre, AUT Millennium

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new people
  • Did you know? Concerns and complaints process
  • Mairangi Bay School Board of Trustees Election – Parent election notice
  • Measles outbreak – Information for parents
  • Kahui Ako Performing Arts Festival 2019 – June dates
  • Autism Awareness Month – Helpful video
  • Library news – Hell reading challenge
  • Enviro news – Food allergies for Garden to Table
  • Sports news – Hockey, Netball, Netball coach and Student success

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

We hope that you have all had an enjoyable fortnight.

Welcome to all our new families and welcome back everyone else, especially Anna Smith and Kate Hooper who start up a new Year 1 classroom in Room 8 today.

The Easter break provided an opportunity for a number of improvements to our grounds. Posts were installed for the new shade systems. The sails are in production and will be installed soon. The lower concrete area which used to be used as a car park is now dedicated in school time as another court area. The fencing and court markings are in place and netball hoops on order. Extra staff parking has been provided off the main driveway and the driveway resealed. The peeling paint on the Room 1-4/16-19 columns has been repaired.

We look forward to starting our Garden to Table programme this week and thank Siobhan Cooper for volunteering so much time to make this happen. Congratulations to the teacher aide specialists appointed,  Lily Anderson (Garden specialist) and  Anna Rainey (Kitchen specialist). The programme starts this Thursday. Each Year 5-6 class takes turns on Thursday mornings and parents are essential for the programme, so please volunteer when you receive notice of your child’s class being involved.

Congratulations to our 2019 champion swimmers Cole Saunders and Rhea Somerville.

Thank you to all of our staff who have been working to be ready for the term ahead. We are set for another stimulating term of learning.

I enjoy talking with parents. You can see me at the Galaxy Drive gate each day at 3 pm and I want to make myself more available. I will make times for you to drop in for a coffee and a chat. This Friday at 9 am you are welcome to pop into reception. We can talk about anything to do with our school, perhaps about standing for the board, or anything of interest to you. EduCafe sessions will be advertised in the newsletter and on the school online calendar. I will also try to be in the school playground from 8.30-9am whenever I can.

Best regards, Bruce

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students: Aaron Ji, Flynn Josephson, Angus Zhang, Lucas Suo, April Meng, Chloe Ng, Sam Casey, Jett Davies, Zayd Matto, Lucas Li and Rosie Buhagiar. Returning teachers: Anna Smith and Kate Hooper, in room 8 and new teacher aides for Garden to Table: Anna Rainey and Lily Anderson.

Did You Know?      

If you have a concern we want to know about it and there is an easy to understand process to follow? Just follow this link All of our policies are here. Search for our school. (top right )  Password : Galaxy. Search for concerns and complaints process.

We rely on you at pick up time to always choose safety over convenience. Even when it is raining or you are in a hurry. Thank you!

Mairangi Bay School Board of Trustees Election – Parent Election Notice

Nominations are invited for the election of three parent representatives to the board of trustees.
A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters.
You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed.
Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.
Nominations close at noon on 24th May 2019 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph.
The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.
There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Voting closes at noon on 7th June 2019.

Holly Fang
Returning Officer

Measles outbreak – We have no cases reported at our school but we do ask you to be vigilant. Information for parents from Ministry of Health

Kahui Ako Performing Arts Festival 2019..Kids performing for kids.

Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 June

For 2019 your organising team has made some exciting changes. We have put the kids centre-stage as both performers and as audience members.

This year the Festival performance will again be in the Rangitoto College Auditorium. We wish to maximise the number of children involved in this exciting event and we would love parents to see what is happening. We will set up live streaming so family members can enjoy the performance as it happens from wherever they happen to be. This will provide the necessary space in the auditorium for the hundreds of students from our schools. For those who cannot see this in real time, a video link will be made available.

The performance will be a celebration of the learning from workshops and from practices at schools over the weeks before the Festival. It will be combined school items and individual school items and scheduled for the afternoon of the last day of the Festival.

We are excited that this event will involve so many of our kids and provide opportunities for them to perform and to be an appreciative audience.

Autism Awareness Month

Being Autism Awareness month: this video succinctly highlights facts about Autism that parents may find helpful.

Library News

From Term 2, the school Library is taking part again in the well-established Reading Challenge programme, which is designed to get kids reading and enjoying the pleasures of stories – with the bonus of free pizza rewards. In conjunction with the 2019 NZ Book Awards and sponsored by Hell Pizza, the Hell Pizza Reading Challenge has proven to hook many reluctant readers into books with the aim to get even more young readers to discover the thrill of a great book.

Like last year, The HELL Pizza Reading Challenge is an opt-in challenge, it is free, and it is so easy! Children receive a stamp on their pizza wheel for each book they read and once seven books have been read the wheel gets clicked off and signed by their teacher or the school librarian, Mrs Hopkins. Once officially stamped they can redeem their pizza wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza at a Hell pizza store. There is no limit as to how many pizza wheels a child wants to complete during the year.

Reading Challenge rules include:
– Each pizza wheel is good for one 333 Kids’ Pizza from any Hell Pizza store nationwide
– The wheel must be signed by a teacher/librarian and stamped with the official school stamp.
– One pizza per visit per child
– Wheels are non-transferable for money
– Children must redeem their free pizza in person and before Tuesday 3 December 2019

If you have any queries about the Hell Pizza Reading Challenge, please contact your classroom teacher or school librarian Mrs Hopkins.

Enviro News

Year 5-6: Your child will take part in the Garden to Table programme this term where he/she will learn new skills in gardening and cooking. All children will be involved in the harvesting and preparation of a food item that will be eaten as a snack. All our recipes are vegetarian. If your child has a food allergy or intolerance noted on their school records we will make substitutions where possible so that all children can be included.

Please could you ensure that the school office is notified of any food allergies or intolerances as we rely on this information when planning recipes for each class.

Siobhan Cooper
Garden to Table Coordinator

Sports News


Best of luck to our 3 Hockey teams starting their competitions on the 13th of May. Please make sure Hockey fees are paid before commencement of games.


Best of luck to all our Netball teams starting on the 8th of May (Netball North Harbour) and 11th of May (Pinehurst).

Expression of interest – we need a coach for our Year 1 Netball team if you know of a high school student or a older sister/brother that would be interested please email

Student Sport Success

In the school holidays, Rhea and Alyssa Somerville travelled to Sydney and Christchurch and competed in karate at the Australian Open, Australasian Schools Championships and NZ Open. They both competed in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).

Rhea won the trifecta of gold medals for kumite at the Australian Open, Australasian Schools Champs and NZ Open as well as silver in kata at the NZ Open

Alyssa was competing in Australia for the first time and won a bronze medal in the U10 kumite division at the Australasian Schools Champs, plus gold in team kata and silver in individual kata at the NZ Open.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports coordinator

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.

What Now Live Screening

Just a reminder that your families are invited to register online to be part of the live screening of What Now on Sunday 19th May in Abany, Auckland.

This is a FREE family fun event in your community!

Families can register online to be part of the audience

See you there!

The What Now Team!

Tots to Teens Magazine:

Mother’s Helpers Charity: We want to let families know about our big all-day event happening on the 4th May including:
PND Awareness Walk @ Cornwall Park
May Fair Kids Market & Entertainment @ Jack Dickey Hall, Epsom
Kid’s “Glow Disco” @ Jack Dickey Hall, Epsom
All events fund raise for our charity “Mothers Helpers” which helps women to recover from Pre-natal and Post-natal Depression/Anxiety.

For more info, please email:

Takapuna Kids Market – Takapuna Kids Market Poster