Coming Up

Tuesday 26 November

APPA Choir dress rehearsal at Auckland Town Hall

Wednesday 27 November

Super Athletics

APPA Choir performance – 7 pm, Auckland Town Hall

Thursday 28 November

EPro8 Semi-finals – 1 pm, Takapuna Normal Intermediate School

Friday 29 November

Year 5-6 – Wizard of Oz Show – Aotea Centre

School assembly in our hall at 1:30 pm – All welcome!

Wednesday 4 December

Parent helper morning tea in our school hall at 10:30 am

Year 2 Parents info session 7 pm

Thursday 5 December

Year 0-2 Water-play day

Monday 9 – Friday 13 December

Dental van on site

Tuesday 10 December

New Entrants parent meeting, 9 am in our staffroom

At a glance

  • Principal’s Message: an invitation to the parent helpers’ morning tea
  • Welcome to our new families
  • Road Patrol – Please use our Kea crossing
  • University Research Y5-6
  • Music News – Ukulele club, Marimba group, grandparents day, APPA choir and Carols in the park
  • Sports News – End of year awards
  • PTA News – Christmas parade, Grandparents day, Senior leaving assembly, Second-hand uniform and Pie day Friday
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Hello everyone

We have tremendous support from parents at our school and each year we acknowledge this significant contribution at a morning tea. Next Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. we invite all of the parents who have helped this year to join us for refreshments in our school hall. 

An excellent example of parent help is the hospitality provided to our visitors on Grandparents and Friends day. Hundreds were offered tea, coffee and home baking. Our PTA parents hosted these big numbers efficiently and with a smile. This effort was very much appreciated by the grandparents and by our staff.

We also thank Clare McCormack and her musicians for the entertainment and our children for hosting our visitors so well.

I look forward to Wednesday night’s performance at the Auckland Town Hall when our festival choir performs with several other schools in this splendid auditorium. Congratulations to our Behind Bars Marimba group who performed as the featured instrumentalists at the APPA Festival performance last week in the same venue.

Edmond Jia (Year 6)  has been selected as a member of the national table tennis squad (under 12-year-olds). This achievement is commendable and due to his commitment to practice. A great effort, congratulations Edmond.

Thank you to all of you who have completed the area of service survey. Responses can still be added until the end of this week.

We are grateful to a parent, John Jansen, who has provided a number of stunning aerial photos of our school.

Nāku noa, nā

Bruce Warren

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau 

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new student: Rayden Kocks and his family.

Road Patrol

Our dedicated road patrol wardens do their utmost to ensure you and your children can safely cross the road. They are out in all weathers every day of the school year. We would like you to use the road patrol crossing even if you are running late and it is more convenient to cross with your child further up Matipo Road. It’s a small thing but sets an excellent example for others.

University Research

Some children in Year 5-6 will come home tomorrow with an invitation to participate in research run by the University of Auckland.

Music News

Congratulations to the Ukulele Club children that performed at the Ukulele Festival on the 16 November. A great day of parades and music for all.

Congratulations to the Behind Bars Marimba Group who performed in the Town Hall on Wednesday 20 November. What wonderful musicians you are. Thank you for being committed to this group for 2019.

Congratulations to the Grandparents and Friends Day performers on Friday 22 November.
Thank you for showing your talents on marimba, hand chimes, recorder, ukulele, culture group, choir. Thank you for working so hard on music this year.

This week our APPA Choir performs on Wednesday 27 November to a sold out Town Hall audience. Your parents and family are so looking forward to this event.

Mairangi Bay is holding another Carols in the Park on Wednesday 11 December 6 pm in the Mairangi Bay Village playground.
My Christmas Choir (Year 3-6) and the Junior Choir will be singing.
If you would like to be in my Christmas Choir, there are two practices – Thursday 28 November and Thursday 5 December 1.30 pm.
Year 3-6 please come and join in if you are interested.
Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News

Year 6 Parents – It is that time of year again when we are gathering information for our End of Year awards. If your child is a rep level sportsperson, either regional or national, that would help us in our evaluation of best overall sports boy and sports girl, please email Ryan McWilliams by Monday 25th November.

Ryan McWilliams

 PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

Christmas Parade

The Mairangi Bay Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday 30th November. The school enters a float in the parade and this year the theme is Toy Story, so dress up and come along to see if we can take out best float again. For those wishing to participate in the parade with the school please meet at the Mairangi Bay park from 11 am on the morning of the parade for an 11:30 briefing.

Grandparents Day 

Thank you to all those who helped make Grandparents day a success – we really appreciate it!

Senior Leaving Ceremony 17th December

As you may have read in the PTA newsletter we would like to start a new tradition to thank those parents who have supported the PTA’s events during their child’s journey at Mairangi Bay School.  By saying thank you to them for their support by providing some canapes and refreshments, we need the support from year 0-5 families, so when it’s your turn you can relax and enjoy the event too.  There will be details to follow shortly in the ways in which you can support this event, so please keep an eye 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 9 am 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.

Mid-Bays Music school 2020 enrolments open on 1st of December!
Our highly qualified tutors make learning music relevant and enjoyable.  Any enquiries, please email Sang Ah Park

Music tuition for $150 – $250 for the whole year. (This does NOT include the instrument hire)
When: Weekdays after school or Saturday mornings
Where: Murrays Bay Intermediate School
Start date: Classes start Saturday 16th February (Week 2)

Group lessons open to 6-12 year olds but there are age requirements for some instruments. Please check our website for more information.
Instruments offered: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Saxophone, Clarinet, Keyboard, Trumpet, Trombone, Recorder, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Saxophone

Enrolments will be through Kindo so make sure you have an account. Any troubleshooting solutions will be online at Spaces are limited and some of our instruments have sold out within the first 48 hours! So get in quick!

North Shore Youth Music is a community organisation which runs a variety of orchestras and choirs for young people. Applications are now being accepted for 2020, and auditions will be held on Wednesday 4th December. See for an application form.
Orchestras – Stringalongs (5 – 8yrs), Junior Orchestra (9 – 13yrs), Youth Orchestra (14+yrs)
Choirs – Songsters (5 – 8yrs), Children’s Choir (9 – 13yrs), Con Brio Choir (10 – 16yrs), Resound (14+yrs)

Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash