Coming Up

Monday 9 – Friday 19 December

Dental van on site

Tuesday 10 December

Meeting for parents of 5 year olds starting Term 1 2020, 9 am in our staffroom

Wednesday 11 December

Christmas in the Park at Mairangi Bay Playground – 6 pm

Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 pm in our staffroom

Thursday 12 December

Junior Showcase Dress Rehearsals

Friday 13 December

Junior Showcase (Year 0-2) 11 am in our school hall. All welcome

Final School Assembly 1.40 pm. Farewells and awards.

Monday 16 December

Year 1-2 Show at The Pumphouse Theatre

Tuesday 17 December

Year 1-2 Show at The Pumphouse Theatre

Year 6 Leavers Ceremony in our school hall 6 pm – 7 pm.

Year 6 Leavers Celebration 7 pm – 8:30 pm.

Wednesday 18 December

Middle Team shared lunch

Farewell Assembly for Christine Wightman in our school hall at 2 pm.

Thursday 19 December

Last Day of School – School closes at 12:30 pm

Thursday 30 January-Friday 31 January

School office open 9 am -2 pm

Monday 3 February 2020

School Starts  at 8:30 am

At a glance

  • Principal’s Message
  • School notices
  • Music News – APPA Choir, Hand-chime Group, Carols in the Park
  • Sports News – Please return any sports gear by Friday
  • PTA News – Thank you!
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Tēnā koutou 

We congratulate our APPA Festival choir for an outstanding performance in the Auckland Town Hall recently. Our Marimba group did us proud as the stand out instrumental group on a programme delivered the week before.

Last week we hosted a morning tea for the many people who volunteer their services on road patrol, helping in classrooms, running a PTA project or any one of many more activities where parents and other community members give their time to help our kids and our school. If you were unable to join us, please accept my thanks on behalf of the staff. A special thank you to those of you who have served for years and now move on.

The final assembly will be an opportunity for us all to say goodbye to Kate Hooper,  Ryan McWilliams , Siobhan Cooper, and Nicolette Land.  Join us on 13 December at 1:40 pm in our school hall. Christine Wightman is farewelled on 18 December. Everyone is welcome to these special events. Fortunately, next year Ryan will still be here at Skids, Christine will teach one day a week and Siobhan will return part-time after her travels. 

This is the last of our regular newsletters for this year. I thank everyone who has worked so hard for what we do at Mairangi Bay School to create the best learning environment for our children.  We have mixed feelings at this time. We are sorry to see our Year 6 students leave, many of them have spent most of their lives with us. We are excited for them because we know they have so much to offer their new schools.

Merry Christmas to you all. I wish you the best of the festive season and a relaxing holiday.

Kind regards, Bruce

Kia hikaka, kia māia, kia pono te ngakau 

School Notices

Welcome to..

Our new student: Charles Zhou and his family.

12.30 Close on the Last day

School closes for the Christmas holidays at 12:30 pm on Thursday, 19 December. Please make sure you have made arrangements with your child so that there is certainty about whether your child is collected or walks home. No packed lunch required. 


Your child’s individual interview report will be emailed next week. We will also email a letter about class placements and school organisation for 2020. 

Year 6 Leavers Ceremony  17 December 6pm

If you are the parent or family member of a Year 6 student this is a not to be missed event. It is a celebration of each student and their learning over 6 years. Parents and family members of our Year 6 children are welcome. Year 5 students are encouraged to attend but it is not required. Parents are welcome to drop them for the hour and collect at 7pm.

Year 6 Leavers Celebration 17 December 7pm 

This is for the Year 6 students and their parents. Parents and family members of our Year 6 children are welcome. The PTA is providing refreshments. 

Junior Christmas Showcase

A reminder that this is on Friday in the hall and it involves all of our year one and two classes. Everyone welcome. 11 am. 

End of Year School Assembly 

This Friday in the hall at 1.40pm. A number of cups and trophies will be presented to senior students at this event. Staff who are leaving will be farewelled. (except Christine Wightman who has her own assembly on 18 December) 

School Office open on Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January  9 am to 2 pm.

If you plan to purchase uniform or have general enquiries, it is recommended that you make arrangements to visit the school office during these times, to avoid queuing on the first week of the term.

Mobile Dental Van

The mobile dental van will be visiting our school this term to examine children who are due to be seen.  If you wish to discuss further, please ring your local dental clinic (Forrest Hill Children’s Community Dental Clinic) on: 09 410 7361

Mairangi Bay School – Skids Holiday Programme

Skids Holiday programme


Engineering/science concept problem solving, teamwork, and time management skills came to the fore last week as Team Transformers won their EPro8 semi-final at Takapuna Normal Intermediate. Harrison Jones, Joel Jansen, Lucas Cornford and Oscar Williams (subbing in for Charli Burkett) came joint first and earned a place in the Auckland finals.

Transformers battled it out with 23 other teams at Mount Roskill Intermediate last Friday. A slow start meant they were struggling to play catch up against a very talented field.  Victoria Avenue School won the final after a tie break.  The students in Transformers were our first ever representatives in the EPro8 Final.  Well done all 5 members of this team.


ICAS results have showcased our brilliant readers, writers and scientists. Students who earn either distinction (top 10% of students) or high distinction (top 1% of students) were presented at 2 different assemblies this term.

In science, Hunter Davies, Ella Nel, Aston Ding, Daniel Feng, Elsa Lu and Hayden Chan gained distinctions.
In English, Meera Mistry and Hayden Chan scored distinctions. Ella Nel gained a high distinction.
In maths, Joel Jansen, Hayden Chan, Elsa Lu, Lucas Cornford and Oscar Jin scored distinctions.

Congratulations to all these students.

Music News

THANK YOU to all the performance groups in 2019. It has been a very musical year. Thank you to the children who performed and all the parents who have helped transport instruments. We could not do it without you!
Congratulations to the APPA Choir who sang beautifully in the Town Hall recently.
The Hand Chime group performed at the Highwic House Christmas Garden Party.
A fun afternoon exploring Highwic House.
Carols in the Park – Wednesday 11 December 6 pm at the Mairangi Bay Village Playground.
Starring the MBS Christmas Choir, UkuBays and the MBS Junior Choir.
All welcome. Bring a chair, a rug or your picnic dinner.
Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Sports News

If you have borrowed any sports gear, please return it by this Friday, 13th December.  This includes touch, basketball, netball and any other gear you may have.

Thank you all for an amazing year of sport, we could not have done it without you.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and best of luck with your sport next year.

Ryan McWilliams
Sports Manager

 PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email [email protected]

Thank you!
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make all our events such a success this year! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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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.

Bays Marimba – Monthly marimba classes for Intermediate age children and adults in 2020. Please email Clare McCormack if you are interested to know more. [email protected]

The Voice of Christmas: WIN A SMART BEDROOM!!

This Christmas morning on Newstalk ZB – it’s “The Voice of Christmas” singing competition… on the ‘Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show’… If you can sing, and you’re under 13, call 0800 THE VOICE (that’s 0800 843 864) and sing a Christmas carol or Christmas song as your audition. The grand prize? The ultimate smart bedroom bundle complete with an Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker and Alexa-enabled smart coloured light bulbs! Then tune in on Christmas morning to Newstalk ZB from 6am, to see if you’ve won!

THE VOICE of Christmas

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