Coming Up

Wednesday 29 May

School Closed – Industrial Strike Day

Friday 31 May

School Closed – Teacher Only Day

Monday 3 June

School Closed – Queen’s Birthday

Wednesday 5 June

Parent Information Evening – 7 pm in our school library

Thursday 6 June

Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:30 pm

Friday 7 June

Kahui Ako Performing Arts Festival 2019 – Kids performing for kids

Wednesday 12 June

Super Cross Country

At a glance

  • Book week information to be emailed in the next day or two
  • School closed  29 May, 31 May & 3 June. Please make arrangements for your child/ren
  • Mr Dean’s farewell assembly 5 July 2pm
  • Parent information evening – How to support your child to be a resilient, flourishing learner
  • Board of Trustees – Voting papers arriving soon
  • Kahui Ako Performing Arts Festival 2019..Kids performing for kids.
  • Writers Festival – By Emily Cudby
  • Student Success – Badminton and WRC
  • Music News – Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival 4-7 June and NZ Music Month
  • PTA News – Senior movie night, yummy stickers, pie day Friday, Entertainment book, Whittaker’s chocolate and second-hand uniform.
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

This Wednesday our country experiences massive disruption as many thousands of teachers from primary schools, intermediate schools, secondary schools and area schools say enough is enough. This ‘mega strike’ is designed to prompt the government to produce a new offer that addresses the serious issues that are facing education.  I am concerned that teachers are not well supported by the government and I am concerned that strike action has to be taken. Historically North Shore primary teachers are conservative and slow to take industrial action. The mood is very different now.

In media reports, there is often a focus on salary and although the money is important to attract and retain good people, teachers have also stressed the need for better support for an increasingly complex range of challenging learning and behavioural needs. There is also a plea for reducing the workload to prevent burnout and slow the stream of people leaving the profession.

I see our extraordinarily dedicated teachers going the extra mile for kids without the appropriate resources from the government. The toll is often personal. At our school, we use international funding to provide the essential ‘top up’ to ministry funding.   This is not enough and unless government funding for education improves we will no longer be able to deliver a high-quality education for the children of Mairangi Bay.

This strike is not taken lightly. It is important. Thank you to all the parents who have expressed their support. We all want the best for our kids.

Best regards, Bruce

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students: Liana Loots and Gage Loots and their family.

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. sKids information

Mr Dean is leaving

Stuart Dean has made a significant contribution to our school over the last decade always going the extra mile for his students and colleagues. He will be missed.

You are invited to a special assembly on the last day of term which will be our opportunity for children and parents to say thank you to this dedicated educator. The assembly will be on Friday 5 July at 2pm.

Adam Groen has been employed as the full-time teacher for Room 1 for the second half of the year. Adam is well known to our students and we have confidence that he will deliver a high-quality learning programme. He is looking forward to meeting parents.

Parent Information Evening

We are holding a parent information evening on Wednesday 5 June at 7 pm in the school library.
The topic is: How to support your child to be a resilient, flourishing learner.
The presenter Lynley Forde has a strong background in this area. She has worked with our teachers and provided useful resources and strategies they can use in the classroom.

Please email me if you will be attending the evening –
There is no cost to attend.

Jeanette Smail, Deputy Principal

Mairangi Bay School Board of Trustees Election

Nominations closed at noon on 24th May 2019. There are 8 candidates. Expect to see the voting forms and

statements from those standing posted by the end of the week.  Voting closes at noon on 7th June 2019.

Holly Fang, Returning Officer

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. For information see newsletter 19/07.

Writers Festival

On Tuesday the 14th May some of the seniors went to the Writers Festival which was held at the Aotea Centre.
The authors at the writers festival who we were very lucky to listen to were Craig Phillips, Bren MacDibble, Fraser Smith and Sally Gardner. Two of those authors were double geniuses which means they are both authors and illustrators. The two double geniuses were Craig Phillips and Sally Gardner. The Writers Festival was a great experience for some of our senior school to listen to amazing writers and illustrators. We learned that in comics, you should always ensure the story is told from top left to bottom right. We learned that Sally Gardner is dyslexic and didn’t learn to read until she was 14 years old and was expelled from five schools. Fraser Smith is a principal from a school near Kaitaia and has bees and olive trees at his school as well as being a published author. I think Mr Warren may need to up his game! One of the Writers Festival sponsors was very kind and donated so many books that everyone could have a free book!!!
At the festival the students sat down in a big amphitheatre and listened to the authors entertain them, talk about their books and answer questions from students. Later there was book signing so you could get to meet and get the author’s signature. The school was also very thankful to Murrays Bay Intermediate for lending us one of their vans to take some of the kids. Also a big thanks to our Tuesday parents, Ange Taylor, Rini Mann and Thursday’s parent, Andrea Fergusson who helped with transport.

Take a look at your local bookshop or online for Craig Phillips, Sally Gardner, Bren MacDibble and Fraser Smith. They were truly inspirational. Want to learn how to draw? Go to Youtube and search for Craig Phillips. He is going to run online drawing classes.

By Emily Cudby (with additional reporting from Peter Stoner)

Student Success

Our school badminton team were runners up at the Badminton North Harbour competition last Thursday. The events manager messaged us to say ‘they were a pleasure to have at the event, they played very well and showed great sportsmanship on and off the court’. Here they are with their runners up medals.

Congratulations to Zac Liao, Room 13, 3rd place (Second Runner Up) in the National WRC 2019 (World Robot Contest).

This success means that Zac will be travelling to Beijing, China from the 15th August until the 25th of August as representative of New Zealand for the WRC Championship.

Music News

Many senior students are in the final preparations for the Mid Bays Kahui Ako Festival 4-7 June at Rangitoto College.

It is very important that they attend all the final rehearsals this week.

May is NZ Music Month
The song for Hook Line and Sing Along is ‘Aotearoa No Te Katoa’
Here is the link to play and sing along

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

PTA News

Senior Movie Night
Years 5 and 6 save the date! Movie night is back and scheduled for Friday 21 June. Permission slips will be sent out closer to the date. As always we need parent help to ensure these events can go ahead. We have a sign-up genius set up so if you are able to help please sign up.

Yummy Stickers
Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut out is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers to help our school get a share of the $200,000 free DG sports gear. Yummy apples are available from New World, PAK’n’SAVE and participating Four Square stores. Sticker sheets can be picked up from the office or downloaded from and when you have filled up a sheet simply drop it into the PTA box in the office.

Pie Day Friday
Julia has sorted out the ‘glitch’ and we are back on for 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.

Entertainment Book
Heads-up if you have a 2018/19 Entertainment book – it is about to expire. Perfect timing to update to the current version. Just click on the link to order yours now for $70, of which the school receives $10.×92?fbclid=IwAR2wqd_3HOiE_UkMf3LIpFe6AfeO1vRGQylm7gV9UPTfe98YNdpyY9Em3To

Whittaker’s Chocolates
We had great success with the Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser and we can’t thank you all enough for getting behind this and participating.  Current total raised $7754 – so a huge Thank You. There are extra boxes left, so if you think you would like to try and sell a box or even half a box then that would be amazing. Please see Julia in the office to organise this and remember every little bit helps.

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

Minutes of the PTA meeting held last week have been loaded onto the PTA page on the school website.

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.

Teacher Strike

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Brain Play and Tech Week 2019 – Tech Week 2019 is here!

Brain Play is thrilled to be involved in this year’s events, delivering three free classes to the Auckland community. We’ll be running a free robotics, 3d printing, and Minecraft class for students age 5 – 105 to get involved in.

Brain Play will be taking over the Te Manawa Maker Space in the NorWest shopping complex on Thursday 23rd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday 25th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

We cant wait to see you all there!