Coming Up

Tuesday 17 September

ICAS English Testing

Thursday 19 September

Years 5-6 Swimming at AUT Millennium

ICAS Maths Testing

Friday 20 September

Years 5-6 Swimming at AUT Millennium

School Assembly in our school hall 1:40 pm

PTA Disco for Years 0-4 in our school hall 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Sunday 22 September – Saturday 28 September

New Zealand Chinese Language Week

Monday 23 September – Thursday 26 September

Years 5-6 Swimming at AUT Millennium

Tuesday 24 September

New Entrant Parent Meeting 9 am in our staffroom

Wednesday 25 September

Years 3-4 Showcase in our school hall – 1:30 pm

Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 pm

Friday 27 September

Last Day of Term 3 – School Closes at 3 pm

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new families
  • Year 3-4 Showcase
  • Maths info evening for Chinese parents
  • Chess – We had a visit from Chess Power – Chess Club running at lunchtimes
  • Music News – Marimba and Ukulele
  • Sports News – Skiing at Whakapapa
  • PTA News – Think-a-thon, Junior and Middle Disco, Yummy Stickers, Summer Soccer, Second-hand Uniform shop, Pie Day Friday
  • Community Notices including a Maths Information Evening for Chinese parents
  • Skids Holiday programme

Principal’s Message

Tēnā koutou

Thank you to all who ensure that children are well-rested and kept at home if they are sick. The last two weeks of the second winter term, with the winter ills and chills, can be very tiring for our young ones.  Roll on spring and summer!

In this edition, you will read about the growing interest in chess. The game is played indoors and outdoors. It is one of a number of extra opt-in activities for our children. To ensure you are well informed we will trial a new  ‘Welcome to the new term’ letter which will provide the details of these activities. Look out for it in your inbox.

Our marimba groups performed to the assembly recently. Do keep an eye out for school assemblies in the school newsletter and online calendar. Parents are very welcome at these events.

EduCafe sessions are opportunities for you to have a chat with me about some aspect of our school operations. Coffee.  The next session is this Friday at 9am. All welcome.

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students and their families: Martin Kabzamalov, Harrison Plinston, Tayla Mather, Matthew Daronn, Isabel Krishna, Issac Yang and Cecilia Huang.

Year 3-4 Showcase

Parents of our Year 3 and 4 children will be aware of this event next Wednesday at 1.30pm in our hall. Do join us if you can.

Maths Info Evening for the parents of Chinese parents 

Our Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning/local school) has organised an information session on 25 September for Chinese parents who wish to learn more about mathematics teaching. Check the link for details and to register.

Flyer Mandarin Maths Evening

Chess Power

Paul from Chess Power visited our school on Friday, Week 7. The senior students learned some history of chess, the moves each piece can make and some strategies for playing.  The Year 5 and 6s were then let loose to game their way to victory over a buddy.  We have had a recent surge in popularity for chess.  A chess club runs for Juniors on Tuesdays at 12.45 in the ICT suite and for middles and seniors on Thursdays – same place and same location.  All players are welcome from absolute beginners to experts.

Music News

Marimba News
Congratulations to the wonderful marimba players at the Marimba Festival.
Some of the ‘Behind Bars’ Marimba children will be performing at the National Beginning Principals Hui in the holidays.
‘Behind Bars’ Marimba will be performing at the APPA Music Festival in the Auckland Town Hall in November.
APPA Choir is rehearsing well. We will be performing in the Auckland Town Hall in November.
Ukulele News
Ukulele Club meets each Thursday at lunchtime.

The Ukulele Festival is Saturday 16 November.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News

During the first week of September, the slopes of Whakapapa were buzzing with hundreds of excited primary school children keen to race in the Valley. Amongst those were Sophia Kabzamalova (year 6), Jerry Hao (year 5) and Elvis Xie (year 4). The spring-like conditions on Monday helped them tackle the Giant Slalom, each having a better time in their second run and placing well for their starting times on day 2 for the Dual Slalom. Icy conditions on Tuesday brought with them a few mammoth crashes on all courses, but the Mairangi Bay Flames gave it their all and finished their races with big smiles having represented the school to the best of their ability. What an adventure was had by all on and off the slopes. We would highly recommend more kids give it a go in 2020! – Dorina Kazamalova

 PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

Thank you to everyone who has returned donations/sponsorship money so far. Remember you have until Monday, 23rd September to return money and be in the running for the spot prizes, prizes for most money raised and a pizza lunch for the class that raises the most money.

Junior and Middle Disco
This Friday 20 September – dress up in your brightest clothes to stand out at the FLURO disco! $5 door entry and there will be drinks, snacks and glow merchandise to purchase ($0.50 – $5). Please note that this is a cash only event. Doors open at 6 pm and the disco finishes at 7:30 pm.

Yummy Stickers
This is the last term for collecting Yummy stickers so keep them coming! 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.

Summer Soccer
This is a fun based, give-it-a-go league for children in Years 0-5. It will be run at the school on Friday afternoons from 1 November to 13 December (times TBC but most likely 4pm-6pm). $30 per child, with all profits going to the PTA.
There is very limited places in Year 0-2, and space for 10 players in the Year 3-5(especially some girls) to complete teams. Register at Please include your child’s birth date, school year and gender.

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 2 pm Thursday. The hot pies will be delivered to your child’s classroom Friday lunchtime. All proceeds will go to the PTA.

Minutes to the latest PTA meeting will be posted on the website once they have been finalised.


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.

sKids Holiday Club

Yes, that’s right, it’s only 2 weeks before the end of term and the dreaded “We’re Bored” conversation. We hear your pain and are delighted to release our upcoming holiday flyer, which we’ve attached below for you to take a quick look at.

We have an absolute chock full two weeks of fun activities and amazing trips planned this time around, with some old favourites and new experiences. In week one we are off to everyone’s favourite destination, the Auckland Zoo for a day exploring everything from the wilds of Africa, to outback Australia. Then on Friday we are off to TAPAC for the live-action play Alice in Wonderland. We’ll head over early that day so the kids can play and have lunch in Western Springs park before the show starts.

In week two, due to popular demand, we are back to Extreme Entertainment and then on Thursday, we will be taking  kids to the Spring Carnival at ASB showgrounds. This is a fun indoor carnival full of bouncy castles and rides that’ll keep them entertained all day. If that isn’t enough, there will be lots of arts and crafts, sports, Wacky Wednesday, Fame day and even a trip down to the beach for a day of sandcastles (no swimming this time around sorry, it’s still too cold. Brrr!!!!!). Finishing everything off will be a chill-out day on the last Friday.

As always there are plenty of booking options available, including full-day 7.30-6 pm, short day 8.30-3 pm, as well as half-day options. If you’re booking for the full week, we have an extra special discount and we have OSCAR subsidies available to help out as well. Bookings can be made by visiting and then clicking on the Parent Logon button, which will take you to our online booking system (Aimy).

Due to venue restrictions on the Alice in Wonderland and Carnival trips, bookings are strictly limited, so jump online quickly to secure your places and to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop into the hall to talk to our friendly team, otherwise, we’ll see you all on the 30th.

Kind regards, The sKids Mairangi Bay team

Coatesville School AG DAY 2019 – SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER

Judging starts at 9 am and stalls open 10.30 am – Farm Animals, Food Stalls, Silent Auction, Games and Rides, Recycle Boutique, Baked Goods, Fresh Produce and more!
Coatesville School ,24 Mahoenui Valley Road, Auckland