Coming Up

Wednesday 12 June

Super Cross Country

Thursday 13 June

ESOL Parent Meeting – 2 pm behind our library

Friday 14 June

Super Cross Country -Save day

Whole School Assembly 1:40 pm in our school hall

Monday 17 – Friday 21 June

Book Week – Character Parade at 9:25 am on Friday 21 June

Wednesday 19 June

Wig Wednesday – Gold coin donation

Netball Field Day

Friday 21 June

Whole School Assembly 1:40 pm in our school hall

PTA Movie Night – Save the date

Monday 24 June

Parent interview bookings open

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new families
  • Book Week – 17-21 June. Book sale and book character dress-up day
  • Parent Information Evening with Lynley Forde
  • APPA Music – Music competition for Year 5-6 children
  • Illness at our school
  • Wig Wednesday 19 June
  • Student Success
  • Did You Know? Online reports, free debt reduction service, kids art workshop 29 June.
  • Sports News – North Island Ski Champs
  • PTA News – Senior movie night, Yummy Stickers, Pie Day Friday, Entertainment book, Second-hand uniform shop and Whittaker’s chocolate fundraiser
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tātou

There were fabulous performances last Friday at the Kāhui Ako Performing Arts Showcase. Our choir, ukulele players, orchestral players, dancers, MCs, musical theatre and kapa haka did us proud. The spectacle and sound of our students in a mass choir and full symphony orchestra were certainly impressive. The new format allowed the maximum number of students to be involved from all the schools and the live feed was watched by a large audience of students in the local schools and many parents and grandparents locally and all over the world. (1214 views) Unfortunately, the content was later blocked to those who wanted to view it later. I did film our school dance item  Congratulations to all of our children involved and to Clare McCormack and Claire Worthington Blair for preparing our children so well.

The Board elections are over and the counting of votes starts in a few days. I thank most sincerely the current board for its superb governance of our school. Special thanks are due to Mike Ullrich, Ken Davies, Chris Williams, Steph Chapman and Stuart Dean who finish their tenures. Scott Walker (chair) and Robert Saunders are midway through their term on the board. The new board’s first meeting is 26 June.

I am delighted to see the ongoing grounds improvements in progress. The PTA and Board have funded new shade sails for the junior outdoor play area and junior playground and Jenny Bates, parent volunteer and artist, has finished the mural on the sandpit wall. Thank you to Jenny and to the Board and PTA for making a significant difference.

Bruce Warren

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students: Monique Ni, Eva Xu, Lucas Song, Yousef Shaheen, Caiden Teh, Darius Kasperavicius and their families.

Book Week – Week 8 (17-21st June)

$1 Book Sale
Thank you to all the children who have already donated second-hand books for our $1 Book Sale. We will be collecting donated books for the remainder of this week. We will be running two $1 Book Sales, Tuesday 18th June for Juniors, and Thursday 20th June for Middles/Seniors. In advance, we do ask that if your child(ren) would like to purchase a book at the sale that they bring coins only, preferably gold coins. Many thanks for your contribution and support.

Book Character Dress-up Day – Friday 21st June
For the finale of Book Week, on Friday 21st June children will be able to come dressed as their favourite Book Character. We will be having a parade in the School Hall at 9.25 am, family and friends are welcome to watch and join in the fun. There will be prizes for the best book character costumes, which will be announced at whole school assembly at 1.40 pm. Please note if you are attending the character parade you will not be required to sign in at the office. So, get thinking and reading! We look forward to seeing your child(ren) dressed up for the special day.

Louise Hopkins (Library)

Parent Information Evening

Thank you to those parents that attended a presentation from Lynley Forde on How to support your child to be a successful, resilient learner. Lynley talked about “Shifting our focus from what’s wrong with us to what’s right with us and knowing and using our strengths helps us to thrive and flourish. For our children, it helps them to answer the key question; “who am I?”. Our strengths include the skills, abilities, aspects of our character and also the resources around us. We can use these in practical ways to help our children deal with the inevitable challenges that life brings and develop a solid sense of confidence and capability that can protect them throughout their lives. The first step for parents and family is to “tune in” to your child’s strengths and let them know you see their strengths and that they are capable of solving their own challenges”.

Parents can take a character strengths survey and find out more at this web address.

Contact Lynley Forde 2flourish (02102202091 for more information about the 2flourish process for supporting children and families.

APPA Music Competition

Any year 5-6 student who plays piano and or strings to Grade 5 or above is invited to apply. Please email for more details if interested.


Children and teachers are affected when children come to school unwell. We have a hard time finding suitable relievers when teachers are away sick. Thank you to all of you who keep your children home when they are unwell.

Wig Wednesday A student initiative from the students listed below)

Grab your wigs out because on the 19th of June we will be having a Wig Wednesday. Bring a gold coin donation to fundraise for the CHILD CANCER foundation. If you don’t have a wig don’t worry because you can have CRAZY HAIR.This is not mufti-day but go crazy with your hair!

Phoebe Grant , Sienna Shields , Antonia Yarrell- Stevenson.

Student Success

Jamie Walenkamp, room 14, went to Hawaii to compete with her cheer squad. She competed in 2 levels and the level 1 team won first place and were placed second for grand champs. Her level 2 team came fourth. There were teams from Canada, USA, Australia, China and New Zealand competing.

Congratulations Jamie!

Did you know?

We are currently preparing to have our mid-year reports available online. This will require you to access the parent portal through the new school app. We will be emailing you information about this soon.

You have access to a free and local debt reduction service. CAP. See Community Notices. Leaflets in our office reception area.

Senior art students at Rangitoto Collge are running art workshops ($5 entry) on Saturday 29 June. See the link in Community Notices.

Sports News

North Island Ski Champs are held every year for Primary Schools for Year 1-6 students. We are seeking interest from anyone wishing to participate as part of a Mairangi Bay team.

It’s held across 4 days at Whakapapa Ski Field commencing September 2nd

For more information please get in touch with Dorina –

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

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 shortly. 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 and when you have filled up a sheet simply drop it into the PTA box in the office.

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 2pm 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

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

Whittaker’s Chocolates
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.


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.

Visual Arts at Rangitoto College

Under the Sea Art Workshop

105 for Police non-emergencies

You may have seen that the Police have introduced a new number for non-emergencies – 105 (usually pronounced ‘ten five’). Whereas 111 takes you to Police, Fire and Ambulance, 105 will only connect you to Police. The key message about when to use this number is that if it’s happening now or just happened and there’s a threat to life or property, call 111; if it’s already happened and there’s no immediate danger, call 105. The Police website provides more information.