Coming Up

Tuesday 14 May

Year 5-6 Writers Festival

Wednesday 15 May

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

International Support Staff Day

Thursday 16 May

Year 5-6 Writers Festival

Friday 17 May

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

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

Monday 20 May

Year 3-4 Trip to Auckland Botanic Gardens – Rooms 13 & 18

Tuesday 21 May

Year 3-4 Trip to Auckland Botanic Gardens – Rooms 16, 17 & 19

PTA meeting in our staffroom, 7:30 pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 22 May

School Cross Country

Thursday 23 May

Rippa Rugby Tournament

Friday 24 May

EduCafe 9am / Have a chat with Bruce.

Deadline for Board nominations (noon)

School Cross Country Save Day

Tuesday 28 May

Rippa Rugby Save Day

Wednesday 29 May

School Closed – Industrial Strike Day

Friday 31 May

School Closed – Teacher Only Day

Monday 3 June

School Closed – Queen’s Birthday

At a glance

  • School closed for 3 days 29 May, 31 May & 3 June. Make arrangements for your child/ren.
  • Welcome to our new people
  • Measles – Information from the Ministry of Education
  • Mairangi Bay School Board of Trustees Election – Parent Election Notice. Nominations close on 24 May. Voting closes on 7 June.
  • Year 3-4 Trip – Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa
  • Chinese classes after school on Thursday.
  • Kahui Ako Performing Arts Festival 2019..Kids performing for kids. New format.
  • Garden to Table – First 2 sessions
  • PTA News – Chocolate fundraiser, Pie Day Friday and Second-hand uniform shop
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

Important Information: Mairangi Bay School will be closed on Wednesday 29 May, Friday 31 May and Monday 3 June.  Parents will need to make arrangements for their children. Children cannot be sent to school.

As previously advised, local schools will be closed on Friday 31 May for the annual Community of Learning professional development day (teacher only day) which includes teachers and teacher aides from all our local schools. This timing was chosen to align with a long weekend (Queen’s Birthday) so any families that could manage it, could enjoy a four day weekend.

The 29 May school closure is for what has been dubbed the Mega Strike. Meetings of teachers across the country have informed the NZEI executive’s decision to call a strike. It will be on 29 May and combined with the secondary teachers’ union, the PPTA. About 50,000 teachers will be involved and schools will be closed all over the country.

You cannot send your child to school on any of these three days. The only exception is if you sign your child in for sKids, (before and after school care provider) which plans to run a full day programme on 29 and 31 May.

Last Thursday sKids provided an activity called Hunger Ball. All classes had a short time on it practising soccer skills just for fun. Your child may well have told you about it.

Best regards

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

Did You Know ?

The next Educade session is at 9 am on Friday 24 May. It is for you to drop in for a coffee and a chat with Bruce. 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.

We now have a room available to restart small group language classes for children after school. We hope to offer a number of languages. We will offer Chinese Reading and Writing for this term. See School Notices.

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students: Tom Smith, Aria Kopylov-Dziuban, Irina Miao, Eden Rogers, Aiden Kim and Zion Molina.

Measles – Information from the Ministry of Education
There are currently measles outbreaks happening across the world, including here in New Zealand (Canterbury). We have had eighteen cases this year in Auckland.
Measles is a serious disease and symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, followed by a rash starting behind the ears and spreading to the body a few days later. One in 10 people with measles need hospital treatment and the most serious cases can result in deafness or swelling of the brain.
If you are concerned that your child may be showing signs of this serious illness, please keep them home from school and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116. It’s important to call first because measles is highly infectious and could infect others in the waiting room.
Students showing signs of illness should also be kept home from activities involving large groups of people such as school camps, sports events and performance festivals. For more information about measles, what to look for and how to protect your child and/or yourself, please visit:

Mairangi Bay School Board of Trustees Election

Parent Election Notice

You should, by now, have received the nomination pack. Additional nomination forms can be
obtained from the school office.
You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself.
Both parts of the form must be signed.
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
There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the
Voting closes at noon on 7th June 2019.

Holly Fang
Returning Officer

Year 3-4 Trip

As part of our Term 2 topic on Systems and the Biosphere, we will be studying  the life cycles of plants, particularly how many parts work together to make a whole and how systems affect us (and Planet Earth). We will visit the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa.

Rooms 13 and 18 will be going on Monday, 20th May and
Rooms 16, 17 and 19 will be going on Tuesday, 21st May

All children need to take food and drink for the whole day, and be dressed appropriately in school uniform (shoes, polar fleece and a raincoat).

We will be travelling by bus. All costs for this trip, including the Botanic Garden Education Programme are covered by the activity fee you paid at the beginning of the year.

This is a full day trip leaving at 9:00 am and returning at 2:45 pm.
Each class will require four adult helpers (at no cost). If you are able to help, please email your child’s teacher.

Thank You

Claire Garnett, Janine Rollerson, Christine Wightman, Jill Garton and Michelle Webster

Learn Chinese

We now have a room available to run a small class ( maximum six students). The course is carefully interspersed with custom, historical stories and other knowledge to lead the children and make them understand the culture behind language. It features a native speaker with many years teaching experience. Course book is “Chinese” which was written by Jinan University which was commissioned by the overseas Chinese affairs office of the State Council of the PR China. It is based on the national Chinese language proficiency standard, the Chinese proficiency vocabulary and Chinese characters outline. The textbook strives to meet the requirements of overseas Chinese education.
Thursday at 3. 15 – 4.15 pm in B3 (children report to reception) The cost is $10 per session which is a subsidised by the school. We are hoping to offer other languages soon.
Please indicate your interest by emailing as soon as possible.

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.

Garden to Table

We had two very successful first sessions of Garden to Table last Thursday with Rooms 1 and 2. Many thanks to our new kitchen specialist, Anna Rainey and garden specialist, Lily Anderson who did a great job. We are very grateful to our wonderful parent volunteers. Look out for our delicious recipes which will soon be available on our blog on the Mairangi Bay School website. If you would like to join our team as a volunteer please get in touch.

Siobhan Cooper

PTA News

Chocolate Fundraiser
A large thank you to all who participated with our chocolate fundraiser. At assembly last Friday the following children received spot prizes for the most sold: Cooper and Ava Buckley, Carah Dowland, Charlie Wilson, Jessica Timmermans, Kayla Brunton and Harper Coburn. In addition, Room 6 won a pizza lunch for the room with the most sold. We do have a few more chocolates to sell so if you have a craving and wish to buy a bar ($2) or a box ($72) you can purchase from the school office or we will be selling them in the Village on Saturday morning.

Pie Day Friday
This term, every Friday is Pie Day Friday. Simply order through your Kindo account, you will see a new tab for Jesters Pies. You can order anytime during the week up to 2 pm Thursday. The hot pies will be delivered to your child’s classroom Friday lunchtime. The PTA receive $2 for every pie ordered.

Second-hand uniform shop
Hours for 2019: Mondays at 3 pm. All items $5 or $10 via cash or bank transfer.

Our next PTA meeting is in the staffroom, 7:30 pm Tuesday 21 May. All are welcome.

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.

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Calling all Dance and Drama Queens (& Kings!)

We run the BEST performing arts classes on the planet right up the
road from you!
We are working on building confidence, technique & performance
skills this term ready for our big live shows at the Bruce Mason
Theatre and Vodafone Events Centre at the end of the year!
We’d love to work with you and see you shine onstage! Feel free to
pop in for a trial – you will be warmly welcomed.
At the beach end of Anzac Road underneath the Bays Club.
Tuesday 4.00-5.00pm MUSICAL THEATRE 7-9 years
Tuesday 5.00-6.00pm MUSICAL THEATRE 10-14 years
Thursday 3.45-4.35pm DANCE | SING | ACT 4-6 years
Thursday 4.45-5.45pm DANCE | SING | ACT 7-12 years
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