Coming Up

Monday 11 November

Year 0-1 Swimming at Hilton Brown

Tuesday 12 November

Year 0-1 Swimming at Hilton Brown

Wednesday 13 November

Year 5-6 Athletics at Mairangi Bay Park

Thursday 14 November

Year 0-1 Swimming at Hilton Brown

Year 3-4 Athletics at school 9 am – 12:30 pm

Friday 15 November

Year 0-1 Swimming at Hilton Brown

Road Patrol Training 9 am

Year 5-6 Athletics Trials

School Assembly, 1:40 pm in our school hall – All welcome!

Monday 18 November

Year 3-4 visiting Ranui School

Wednesday 20 November

APPA Marimba Performance at Auckland Town Hall 6 pm

Thursday 21 November

Year 3-4 Athletics Save Day

Friday 22 November

Grandparents and Friends Day 12-3 pm

At a glance

  • Have you contributed to the school survey/s?
  • Welcome to our new families
  • Grandparents and Friends Day Friday 22 November
  • Education Trip to China
  • Message from Auckland Regional Public Health Service – Measles
  • EPro8 Competition Year 5-6
  • WeLearn Technology Workshops
  • Culture Group visit to Windy Ridge School
  • Einstein Olympiad at Rangitoto College
  • Student Success – Table Tennis New Zealand
  • Music News – Ukulele Group, Marimba Group, Grandparents and Friends Day and APPA Choir
  • Sports News – Super Touch rugby and North Harbour Gymnastics
  • PTA News – Grandparents Day, Christmas Parade, Weave+Co Bags, Yummy Stickers, Second-hand Uniform Shop and Pie Day Fridays
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Kia ora

Have you contributed yet? 

Thank you to everyone who is providing feedback to inform our planning. Each survey is short and painless!

Please give us feedback. Last chance.

And these surveys were sent to target groups.

If the link does not work please search your inbox. They have been sent in the last fortnight.

There is so much happening at this time of the year: teachers are spending evenings and weekends writing reports; school leaders and our board are collecting information to inform our planning for next year; team leaders are starting the long process of drafting 2020 class lists, and all this is when the learning programmes are in full swing.

We are still awaiting Ministry approval to replace the old joinery on the northern side of Rooms 1-4 and 5-8. Fortunately, we have been able to complete the new concrete pathway to the lower court. This provides safe all-weather access.

After a long process of consultation and interviews, Sarah Nicholls has been appointed to our new office role. This new liaison role encompasses working with students, teachers and parents to improve communications and especially support for new immigrants. She comes with the necessary experience and has some great ideas on how we can improve in this area. The job also includes sports management. Sarah starts this job next year.

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help at our Year 5-6 athletics on Wednesday. The Year 3-4 team is looking forward to the visit to Ranui School on 18 November. This trip serves to build a stronger understanding of Maori and Pasifika cultures. It is important as we further strengthen our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Nāku noa, nā

Bruce Warren


Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau 

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new students and their families: Amelia Cumberlege, Leah Qiu, Sylvia Grant, Mila Mitchell and Ethan Liu.

Grandparents and Friends Day 

This annual event is very popular with our children and our community. If your children have grandparents (or uncle/aunty,  family friend or neighbour) that would like to join us at school on Friday 22 November, please make sure that this date is marked on relevant calendars.  Our PTA will assist with hospitality on the day. More information to follow. 

Education Trip to Sister School in China

Seven of our staff were able to take up an offer made by our sister school in Ningbo to build on the relationship we have had for a number of years. This is the second education trip and it also proved to be a great success. The Ministry of Education’s national priority for professional development is developing cultural capabilities and this, of course, is important for us with our changing demographic as well as the cultural and economic influence of China. The trip was endorsed by our Board of Trustees. The costs were covered by the individuals themselves with a small subsidy from the Board (and international student income) as an incentive and to make it affordable for more staff. Although our people went in their holiday time, it was school time over there and our people gave presentations about our school, community and country and got to see how their schools operate, even joining in some of the activities.  We are grateful to our hosts in Ningbo for their generosity and hospitality.

Message from Auckland Regional Public Health Service


Science, engineering and teamwork came to the fore recently as 12 of our Year 5-6 students competed in the EPro8 competition. Oscar Williams, Emily Cudby, West Hopkins, Rhea Somerville, Hayden Chan, Isobel Stoner, Prasun Saraf, Theo Rea, Harrison Jones, Charli Burkett, Joel Jansen, and Lucas Cornford represented us wonderfully on the Friday before the long weekend at Murrays Bay Intermediate. Harrison, Charli, Joel and Lucas came third and advanced to the semi-finals later this month. EPro8 is a New Zealand wide competition for primary and intermediate students. We wish them luck in their semi-final.


12 students attended WeLearn 2019 at Campbells Bay School on Tuesday 29 October.  Out students explored a wide variety of technology workshops run by both external companies like PB Tech and Code Avengers as well as workshops run by students for students.

4 of our Year 6 students, Jacob Birch, Oscar Williams, Katie Shi and Cole Saunders presented workshops – this was a first for our school.  They did an amazing job of showing their knowledge and skills to other Year 5 and 6 students.  Our Year 5 attendees were Joel Jansen, Isobel Stoner, Rafa Morton, Matthew Blair, Ziluan He, West Hopkins, Flo Tucker, and Zaria Ruby.
The consensus amongst the students was that they would definitely go again and could we get a laser cutter?  We would like to thank John Jansen, Leica Williams and Claire Worthington-Blair for their help with transport.
Culture Group
On Friday the Culture Group were invited to visit Windy Ridge School and perform with their Kapa Haka group. The group was welcomed with a powhiri. Lily Ma and Gaia Micarelli replied very well to the Windy Ridge karanga and led the group into the hall. Cade Wilson spoke confidently on our behalf. Both groups performed very well and then joined for a song and a performance by our te reo kaiako Matua Maru and two friends.
The visit ended with the groups eating lunch and then playing together. Many thanks to our parents that provided the transport. I was very pleased with the behaviour of our children and the way they mixed with the Windy Ridge children. They were excellent representatives of Mairangi Bay School.
Einstein Olympiad
The inaugural Einstein Olympiad hosted by Rangitoto college, was attended by Edward, Ella, Ryan, Lucas, Sam and Jessy. Combining with intermediate schools in the bays and year 9, 10 students from Rangi. Teams competed in a variety of formats. One of our teams came second in the room break competition. A fantastic day had by all.
Student Success
Congratulations to Edmond Jia for being selected to TTNZ (Table Tennis New Zealand) Northern Region Squads 2020. He is the only member from North Shore who made it to the national team ‘boys under 12’ category.

Edmond demonstrates the school values, particularly in the value of ‘Efforts’, by setting high standards and being self-motivated to achieve the goals.  Well done!

Music News

November is performance and festival month.
Saturday 16 November: Many of our Ukulele Club children will be attending the Ukulele Festival. Trust Stadium, Waitakere. This is open to the public. Gold coin entry. 12-3 pm. Families welcome.
Wednesday 20 November: Behind Bars Marimba group performs in the Auckland Town Hall 6-8 pm.
Friday 22 November: Grandparents and Friends Day. Many music groups will perform on this day. Choir, Culture group, Hand chime, Marimba, Recorder and Ukulele.
Wednesday 27 November: APPA Choir sings in the Auckland Town Hall 7.30 pm
Thank you for having such talented, enthusiastic children!
Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News

Super Touch Rugby
On Tuesday the 5th of November Mairangi Bay School entered 2 teams into the first ever touch Super Cluster touch tournament down at Ashley Reserve. We took a girls and boys Year 5/6 teams to this competition. The boys team won their first 2 matches before losing there 3rd game of the day putting us through to the semi finals, unfortunately the boys came up against a strong Campbells Bay team who came out winners, these boys finished 4th overall.
The Year 5/6 girls team won all 3 pool matches only conceding 2 tries, we then came up against a strong Murrays Bay team and the girls were winning 1-0 at halftime. Unfortunately Murrays Bay came out firing in the 2nd half and won the game. The girls then went on to finish 3rd overall.
The weather on Tuesday was exceptionally hot, the conditions were extremely hard to stand and coach in let alone run around and play touch.
I am very proud of these two teams and the effort they put in on such a hot day!!

Girls – Phoebe Grant, Jamie Walenkamp, Zaria Ruby, Jade Hopkins, Sienna Shields, Sarah Rainey, Grace Stratton and Keira Webster
Boys – Ethan Swanepoel, Oscar Williams, Tyler Loch, Ben Chapman, Eli Taylor, Harrison Jones and Austin Cory.

North Harbour Gymnastics Competition
On Thursday the 7th of November Mairangi Bay School entered the annual Gymnastics competition, The school attended this competition with 15 girls. They all did an amazing job in representing the school. Special mention to Lily Newman who came 1st in bar, 3rd in beam and 1st overall, Antonia Yarrell-Stevenson who came 2nd in Vault and Rubi Fergusson, Jamie Walenkamp, Dania Al Hakeem and Lily Newman who’s team finished 3rd overall at the North Harbour Gym competition.

A special mention to Sophie Glasgow who came 1st in the overall competitive competition on Wednesday the 6th of November.
In the school holidays Sophie attended the NZ Gymnastic Championships and placed 2nd for her age group – What a great achievement well done Sophie!

Well done team!!

Team – Sophie Glasgow, Keira Webster, Jamie Walenkamp, Lily Ma, Zaria Ruby, Antonia Yarrell-Stevenson, Lily Newman, Isla Mason, Annabel Lile, Jade Hopkins, Grace Stratton, Phoebe Grant, Gaia Micarelli, Dania Al Hakeem and Rubi Fergusson.

Ryan McWilliams

 PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

Grandparents Day – Bakers Needed
On Friday 22nd November the children of the school will be hosting their grandparents, aunts & uncles, family friends etc. The PTA will providing refreshments. As always, we need help making sure this event is a success – this time it is in the form of baking. Any baking will be gratefully received and can be left at the hall kitchen on the morning of the event. If you are free and are able to help with serving refreshments between 12 and 3pm. Please follow the link above to sign up genius or email us direct, thank you.

Christmas Parade
Join us on Saturday 30th November for the annual Mairangi Bay Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Toy Story. So get creative and come dressed as your favourite character, see noticeboard by junior playground for more details. Meeting at Mairangi Bay park 11.30am.

Weave+Co Bags
Wendy Chapple from Weave+Co has created Bags and Clutches that are reusable, water resistant and washable, a very practical choice and kinder on the environment.
Multitask alert: Get some Christmas shopping sorted and help raise funds for the PTA!
Simply head online at use code Mairangipta at check out when you purchase a TOTE BAG before 30 November 19 and $9.95 per tote will be donated on your behalf. Tip: Collate you’re orders and pay one delivery fee

Yummy Stickers
An update on the great effort made by collecting yummy stickers, we have received a Hockey Set, Cricket set, 2 x Touch Balls 1 x Netball and a ball bag. Well done all, keep collecting those yummy stickers and put them in the PTA box in the office. Forms can be printed from

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.


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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 Magazine:

Junky Monkeys – Loose Parts Play – A FREE pop-up adventure playground made entirely of junk materials!

Sunday, 24th November 2019 / From 10am to 2pm
Browns Bay Beach, Manly Esplanade, Browns Bay, Auckland

Bring the family and join us for an unique and creative play experience!
Utilising a wide range of ‘large loose parts’ otherwise destined for landfill,
we will design and construct our own play spaces, limited only by our imaginations!

Brought to you through the generous support of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board,
with help from our friends at the Devonport Community Recycling Centre.
For full information and updates, visit our FB event page:

“Logic will get you from A to Z, imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

Best suited to children aged 3 – 12, number of participants limited, first come first served.
Adult supervision required/no drop-offs. For more info visit:
See you out there!

Free water Safety day at St Marys Bay – Water Safety Day