Coming Up

Monday 14 October

School re-opens – Term 4 begins

Wednesday 16 October

Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Meeting – In our school library at 6:30 pm

Monday 21 October

Year 1-2 Museum Trip Rm 5, 12, 7, 9

Tuesday 22 October

Year 1-2 Museum Trip Rm 4, 20, 10

PTA Meeting 7.30pm Staffroom

Thursday 24 October

Year 1-2 Museum Trip Rm 11, 8, 6

Friday 25 October

Year 5-6 EPro 8 Challenge

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new families and staff
  • Farewell Ms Wightman
  • Hats are compulsory
  • Policy Review
  • Class Placements for 2020
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme and parent information session Wednesday.
  • Music News -marimba, APPA choir, ukulele and hand chimes.
  • Sports News – Silver for our Flippaball team and Gold for Netball!!
  • PTA News -meeting 22 October.
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Tēnā koutou

Welcome back  everyone to Term 4

Great to see this morning children enthusiastically catching up with friends after the holidays.  Staff members have worked to prepare for the term ahead. Teachers have planned learning programmes. The theme this term is Celebrations. The holiday cleaning and maintenance schedule has been completed.

Congratulations to Diana Benli (R12 teacher terms 1-3) and her husband. The family with two boys now has a healthy baby girl.

We welcome Michelle Waller who will teach Room 12 this term and our new cleaners Yoon and Yeun, a husband and wife team.

We also welcome our new students and their families.

Christine Wightman has made the big decision. She will retire at the end of the year. An assembly at that time will be your opportunity to thank Christine for her excellent service to our community over the last 23 years. We hope to have her return next year in a part-time capacity.

In the holidays we had members of our marimba group wow the principals at the national principals’ conference. Clare McCormack conducted several items which were very well received. Thank you marimba musicians for doing us proud and to all the parents who helped. Here is one of the items

In the final week of school, we enjoyed a varied and entertaining Showcase from the Year 3-4 classes. A large audience was entertained and our children certainly lived up to our vision of Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau (be motivated, be brave, be sincere).



Congratulations to the first winners of the school values cups which were presented at the end of term. They are Sophie Glasgow, Lily Ma, Phoebe Grant, Emily Cudby, Jessy Westerkamp and Matthew Peel. Sincere congratulations to these fine young people. Well done to Dania Al-Hakeem for bravely delivering her excellent speech on empathy which aligns with our ‘ be sincere’ vision.
Good to see a number of parents joining us for this assembly.

The government recently made an announcement that teaching New Zealand history will be made compulsory in New Zealand schools. We welcome this announcement as we also recognise that it is important for our students to learn about our history.  Our inquiry topics incorporate aspects of New Zealand history. The Community and Identity topic includes local history, the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand traditions. Our Exploration topic investigates Maori and European migration and the history of important places.

We are looking forward to a stimulating and rewarding term of learning.

I will continue to run EduCafe sessions when you are invited to come and chat with me over coffee about anything to do with our school. The next session is on Friday 8 November at 9 am. I am also at the gate each day at 3 pm. Do say hello!

Nāku noa, nā

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau 

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students and their families: Ruby Talia, Jay Chen, Sadie Kitchen, Stephen Wood, Luke Hudson, Benji Wilson, Makoto Jac, Ayaka Jac and Diya Gouru. Welcome back Leo and Freddie Wilson.


Sun protection: School uniform hats are compulsory this term and available from the school office. Please make sure your child’s hat is clearly named. 

Policy Review

We have two policies that we invite you to review.  Sun protection and Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC).

It is simple. Instructions:

  1.       Go to
  1.       Click Search for your school.
  2.       Start typing our school’s name and then select it from the dropdown list.
  3.       Enter the community username /password.  Viz.. mairangibay/Galaxy
  4.       Click on Current Review and follow Instructions for Reviewers.

Student Placements for 2020

We are about to begin the rigorous process of planning placement for each student into a 2020 class. We are keen to hear from you if you have information that you would like us to take into consideration. About 20% of parents chose to do this last year with the rest leaving it to teachers. Please, if you do want input, note that we ask you to:

  • Write to us (please DON’T TALK TO STAFF ABOUT THIS as it is impossible for us to capture all the conversations. We need it on paper so that it can be considered once and at the right time);
  • Use bullet points (it makes it easier so we consider each point you want us to);
  • Return to school in a sealed envelope delivered to the school office and marked “Student Placement 2020”;
  • Meet the deadline Friday 8 November;
  • Understand that sharing your thoughts is optional; 
  • Understand that your information is considered as one part of a bigger picture; and 
  • Understand that we are unable to accept requests for specific teachers.

The process takes several weeks with class lists drafted by teams after input from the 2019 classroom teacher. For each class of children we consider:

  • Student abilities (special needs and special abilities);
  • Student leadership;
  • Gender and ethnicity;
  • Productive friendships;
  • Teacher interests/strengths; and
  • Any parent information provided.

After several drafts, it is checked by all team leaders before final sign off by the senior leaders’ team. This usually takes until the end of term when we advise parents of the 2020 classes and children meet with their new classmates.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme for Schools

This programme is again scheduled as a part of our curriculum delivery and it will run this term.  It consists of a comprehensive range of child protection resources to help students learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Information for parents is here.

A meeting is scheduled this week for parents who wish to learn more. Wednesday at 6.30pm in the library.  Note this is for parents, not children.

The following is advice from police for parents, caregivers and kids.

Advice for kids:

  • Trust your ‘gut instinct’. • If you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation.  • Tell someone if you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or scared. • If the first person doesn’t help, keep trying until someone does. • Call 111 if you have an immediate concern about your safety.

Advice for parents and caregivers:

  • Teach your child how to get safely to and from school and other places they go – whether they walk, bike or go by bus.  • Make clear rules about getting home. • Go to school with your child so you can show them the safest route. Try to use main arterial routes with more people around and avoid walkways and isolated areas. • Teach them to deal with hazards like narrow footpaths or busy roads. • Teach your child to use pedestrian crossings. • Teach children to walk home together in twos or small groups, not alone. • Make other arrangements if someone is away.

Music News

Term 4 is one of rehearsals, performances and festivals.
1. Marimba – congratulations to the children that performed in the holidays at the Principal Hui. You did MBS proud impressing the 250
   Principals from around NZ.
   We will continue to practice on Thursday morning at 8.20am.
   Our performance this term is the APPA evening on Wednesday 20 November in the Auckland Town Hall.
   No tickets are needed for this performance. Parents help us get on stage, we perform, then pack up and head home.
2. APPA Choir 
    We rehearse each Thursday at 1.30pm.
    Our next combined rehearsal is on Tuesday 29 October where we will travel by bus to Pt Chevalier School
    Important Dates: Tuesday 26 November Dress Rehearsal in the Auckland Town Hall
    Wednesday 27 November Evening Performance Auckland Town Hall.
    I have a couple of extra tickets, please email me if you need more.
    As soon as the tickets arrive at school in November, I will get them to you.
3. Ukulele Club
    We rehearse each Thursday at 12.45pm
    Ukulele Festival is Saturday 16 November 12noon – 3pm Trust Stadium, Waitakere
    Please email me if you child is participating this year.
4. Hand Chime Group
    We rehearse each Wednesday 8.30am
Happy music making
Mrs McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News


Year 6 Shooters Flippa team – Silver!
Another A grade final for our Mairangi Bay Shooters last term against Campbells Bay. It was a close final and our best score against them so far, 4 -2. I was very proud of them, they played out of their skins. Bring on this term!!
Team: Cole Saunders, Antonia Yarrell-Stevenson, Rhea Somerville, Ben Chapman, Oscar Williams, Phoebe Grant, Grace Stratton, Jade Hopkins, Emily Cudby
Coach: George Yarrell-Stevenson


Mairangi Bay Year 4 Netball – Gold!
Mairangi Bay Thunder took out first place in B grade at Kidzplay, Pinehurst this season (over 50 teams competing). It was an exciting final against Campbells Bay Primary. The team played outstandingly and fought back in the second half to win 10 – 8.
What a fabulous achievement for the girls.
Team: Liliana Chapman, Henrietta Yarrell-Stevenson, Alyssa Somerville, Charlotte Murphy, Sarah Reshef, Sophie Sia, Sofiya Vasileva, Rebecca Tapson, Rory Tinniswood,
Coach/Manager: Fiona Somerville & George Yarrell-Stevenson
(Absent from photo – Charlotte and Sofiya)

Year 6 Fire Crackers Netball team – Gold!
Five Mairangi Bay pupils played for the Fire Crackers netball team this season. The team qualified for Year 6A Grade Junior Netties at Netball North Harbour and took out Gold.
What a huge achievement for these fantastic Mairangi Bay Netballers! Congratulations Sienna Shields, Antonia Yarrell-Stevenson, Jade Hopkins, Grace Stratton, Phoebe Grant.

All the very best for your netball at Intermediate next year.
(Absent from prize giving – Jade, Phoebe, Grace)

On the weekend Rhea Somerville and Antonia Yarrell-Stevenson competed at the New Zealand Pool Surf Lifesaving Championships at the National Aquatic Centre. Rhea represented Orewa SLSC and Antonia represented Mt Maunganui and these clubs finished 1st and 2nd overall. Rhea won a gold medal in the U12 patient tow and 3 silver medals in the brick relay, medley relay and obstacle relay. Congratulations girls.
Touch Rugby
Any Year 3/4 girls interested in playing Touch on Monday afternoons please contact Ryan at
Good Luck to all our touch, flippaball and basketball teams for their up and coming term of sport.
A reminder all fees need to be paid before the sport starts.
Ryan McWilliams

 PTA News

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 22 October in the staffroom. Everyone welcome.



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.

Tots to Teens

Your school community’s link to the September – November ISSUE digital magazine is available here

Free After School Badminton

We will be bringing our After School programme back in Term 4 starting from October 15th. We will be organising some match play for the students, please see below:

This programme is being held at three different locations – Harcourts Cooper & Co North Harbour Badminton Centre, Apollo Badminton Centre & Orewa Badminton Centre.

Harcourts Cooper & Co North Harbour Badminton Centre,

  • 47 Bond Crescent, Forrest Hill
  • 3.30-5pm on every Tuesdays
  • 3.30-5pm on every Thursdays

From Oct 15th – Dec 12th 2019.

Apollo Badminton Centre,

46 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay

  • 3.30-5pm on every Tuesdays

From Oct 15th – Dec 10th 2019

Orewa Badminton Centre,

  • 4-5.30pm on every Wednesdays

From Oct 16th – Dec 11th 2019.

Who: 7-17 years old

Cost: FREE

What to Bring: Just bring yourself (we will be providing racquets and shuttles)

Also, students will need to fill out an online form, see below:

Any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Abhinav Mani Manota


  • P: (09) 410-6941
  • M: (021) 0268-3162
  • DDI: (09) 410-1772

Harcourts side by side