Coming Up

Tuesday 23 July  Interschool Rippa Tournament

Wednesday 24 July Class Photos

Friday  25 July EduCafe Chat with Bruce 9am

Wednesday 31 July Interschool Basketball

Monday 5 August  Year 5-6 Mindlab and MOTAT Trip

Tuesday 6 August Year 3-4 Zoo Trip

Thursday  8 August  Year 2 Swimming

Friday 9 August Y1-2 Zebong Visit in the Library

Saturday 10 August  PTA Bingo Night

Link to School calendar 

At a glance

  • Staff and programme changes
  • Welcome to our new families
  • Rippa Rugby tournament tomorrow
  • Class Photos Wednesday..winter uniform
  • Matipo Road walkway warning
  • Opportunity for instrumentalists
  • Information for parents when considering outside tuition or a holiday in term time
  • PTA News – Second-hand uniform shop opening hours and Jesters Pie Day Friday
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tātou

What fabulous news overnight about the netball. We are world champions in this sport even if we missed out on the the cricket title by the application of a little known rule. I hope you found time to enjoy your children over the two week break and are now ready for them to return to us! 

Welcome to Term 3. We have a lot planned and it promises to be a rewarding ten weeks of learning. We welcome all new students and their families. Welcome to Adam Groen who joins the Y5-6 team to teach Room 1 for the rest of the year and Siobhan Cooper  who will teach the new Year 0-1 class in Room 4. The Tuesday and Wednesday school wide specialist teaching programme will change for the second semester. Enviro will be replaced with Drama (Jo Coughlan) and Digital Curriculum (Nicolette Land) while Music (Clare McCormack) continues as planned. Jo Booth will teach Room 13 this week until  Michelle Webster returns from the USA.

Curriculum update: The school wide concept for this term is “Functions.”The key understanding for children is  “I can understand how things work.”  The children will be finding out about how things work and use their learning to create or modify a product/ animal. The Year 1-2 Team will investigating “Small Machines” Weeks 1 – 5 and “Farming” Weeks 6 – 10. The Year 3-4 Team will be investigating “Animal Adaptations.” The Year 5-6 Team will be investigating “Energy” and “Small Machines.” More information about the topics will be included in the teams’ newsletters.

It was good to see so many parents attending the mid year interviews. Some people had some issues downloading the mid year reports especially on phones. We do recommend you use a PC. The third part of the reporting format comes in a few weeks when we invite you to the classroom to hear your child talk to you about his/her learning, the student led conferences.

We continue to add outdoor art this year with the latest mural depicting our school values. Thank you Mel Mason and Room 3. You will notice that court markings have been repainted and Room 1-8 window frames painted on the southern side. Thank you, Paul Loader. The replacement of the joinery on the northern side is overdue and scheduled for the September holidays.

Outdoor chess boards were repainted in the holidays and in use before school today.

If you would like to chat with me about anything to do with our school you have the opportunity this Friday at 9am. Specifics about your child’s learning or welfare are best addressed with the classroom teacher but if you have something else to talk about,  pop in at our office ..all welcome. EduCafe sessions are scheduled regularly.

Yours sincerely, Bruce

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices


We welcome the following students and their families:

Dylan Van Staden, Fynn Mclean, Amy Ren, Hudson DeMeyer, Syah Faramand, August Zou, Zizhu Zhao, Zilin Zhao, Maya Shamir, Yael Shamir, Abigail Kwok, Boyu Liu, Jiayi Tang and Brodie Huntley
Students’ Success

Year 6 cups were presented at a recent assembly to Harrison Jones and Sienna Shields for Cross County and to our speech winners Aston Ding and Ben Chapman (joint winners ) and Rhea Somerville  (no picture, Rhea was away on the day).

Congratulations to the  girls who organised Wig Wednesday. It raised $340 for the Child Cancer Founcation.

Class Photos Wednesday

Please ensure that your child is in the winter uniform (no summer/sports uniform) and that there are no undergarments showing. Hair tied back. Shoes cleaned.

Walkway to Newhaven Tce

A parent has advised of dangerous driving on the shared drive and walkway from Matipo Road to Newhaven Tce. The police were advised and vehicle registration provided for follow up. The school has asked Auckland Transport to improve the safety for pedestrians on this walkway. In the meantime, parents of children who use this walkway are asked to talk with their children and stress the need to watch out for cars and to stay well within the marked walkway strip. 

APPA Music Festival 3 Day Instrument Course

For accomplished instrument players in Years 4 – 8 who wish to develop their musicianship skills in orchestral and band performance, and perform at the Auckland Town Hall as part of the wider APPA festival in November. The students need parental commitment so they can attend the 3 Day Course at the venues below, in the last week of term 3; plus there will also be a few Saturday or Sunday rehearsals, lots of practice at home and one rehearsal in the Town Hall which they also need to get their child to.  The venues for the practices: FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Cornwall Park School; CONCERT BAND Avondale Intermediate School; and JAZZ BAND Parnell School. Registrations close on Friday, 30 August 2019. Contact our office for more information if interested.


Periodically we remind you that all school policies are available online. This includes the complaints process. 

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  4.       Enter the community username and password  mairangibay / Galaxy


Children and teachers are affected when children come to school unwell. We have a hard time finding suitable relievers when teachers are away sick. We have no cases of measles but ask parents to be vigilant.  Thank you to all of you who keep your children home when they are unwell. This is really appreciated.  

Did you know?

This is information for parents when considering outside tuition or a holiday in term time

Our teachers work hard to provide high quality needs based learning programmes for the students in their classes. It is not practicable for teachers to prepare catch up teaching materials when parents withdraw their children for one day schools, outside tuition or holidays during when the school is open.

Application for one day school or outside tuition must be made to the principal and can only proceed with the principal’s approval. Refer to the policies section on our website for more information.

Taking holidays in term time has to be recorded as an unjustified absence.  If this is a frequent occurrence learning will be detrimentally affected. Parents need to weigh the benefits against the lost school learning time. Application to the principal is not necessary. Notice to the school is essential.  When on holiday, students could keep a journal of what they see and do and present to the class when they return.

Sports News

Welcome back to Term 3 Sport
Basketball – We are looking for Year 5/6 players interested in playing Basketball on Tuesday nights at the Breakers venue, please email
Sports fees are due by the end of this week

Sports Success: Mairangi Bay Shooters Flippa Ball Team

The Shooters had a very exciting final against Campbells Bay on Sunday.  The score at half time was 3-2 to Campbells Bay, who then took the win at the final whistle 6-2.  The team came second overall in A grade.  They all played so well as a team and flew the Mairangi Bay school flag high! We are looking forward to the next 2 terms, congratulation Shooters – you guys are awesome!  ~ George Yarell Stevenson

Team:  Cole Saunders, Antonia Yarrell-Stevenson, Rhea Somerville, Ben Chapman, Emily Cudby, Phoebe Grant, Grace Stratton, Jade Hopkins, Oscar Williams.

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

Keep an eye out for our PTA Term 3 Newsletter which will summarise all the events happening this term, a copy will be posted on the Noticeboards too.

Bingo Night
Hopefully you have your babysitter sorted for this years PTA fundraiser: BINGO NIGHT 10th August.  It will be a fun filled night with Bingo, Games, Prizes and Raffles.  Held at Bar Africa in William Pickering Drive, doors will open at 6pm and Burgers will be served till 7pm.  Cost will be $25.00 which includes your Bingo game cards and a dabber.  Each BINGO full house gets a prize so you’ve got to be in to win.  Hot Bar Snacks will be available at the bar,  BYO Nibbles only.  More details to follow.

Yummy Stickers
Keep collecting those Yummy stickers. They need to come back this term for us to redeem sports equipment for the school, so “eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away“. Sticker sheets are attached to the PTA Newsletter and you can leave them in the PTA box in the office. Don’t worry if they are not all filled out.

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

Pie Day Fridays
Reminder – Friday is ‘Jesters pie day’, for every pie ordered the school will receive $2 back. Simply order through your Kindo account, you will see a new tab for Jesters Pies. You can order anytime this week up until 9am Friday. The hot pies will be delivered to your child’s classroom Friday lunchtime. All proceeds will go to the PTA.


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.