Coming Up

Monday 2 March

Positive Puberty Parent Meeting 6:30 pm in our school library

Tuesday 3 March

Puberty programme Year 5-6

Friday 6 March

Interschool Tennis at Pinehurst School – Those children selected to meet Miss Mekhael at 8:30 am

Whole school assembly, 2:15 pm in our school hall – All welcome

Monday 9 – Friday 13 March

Year 5-6 on camp at MERC

Monday 16 March

Year 3-4 at MOTAT – Rooms 2, 16 & 17

Tuesday 17 March

Year 3-4 at MOTAT  – Rooms 1,3 & 4

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students and their families
  • Music News – Extension Music Groups and Marimba Festival
  • Sports News: Netball & Hockey, Achievements
  • PTA News – Obstacle Fun Run and Second-hand uniform shop
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

Kia ora tatou

Further to earlier communications, you can be assured that we are reviewing our practices as new information arrives about the Covid-19 virus. We have pandemic planning in place. The consistent advice from health authorities is that covering a sneeze and hand washing are so important. I share these two videos for you to show your children and discuss.

Our Board has approved the 2021 term dates to align with Murrays Bay Intermediate to assist families with children at both schools. Children start on Tuesday 9 February. All dates have been posted to the school website calendar. viz..9 Feb-16 Apr, 3 May-9 Jul, 26 Jul-1 Oct, 18 Oct-17 Dec.

This year, for the first time, we scheduled Meet the Teacher interviews on a day before school started. The online survey feedback has been resoundingly positive with comments such as “it was wonderful to meet the teacher so I could tell her about my child,”  “it meant my son was so much more confident and not at all anxious” and “loved it, thank you for making this change.” It was also popular with teachers.  The Meet the Teacher Interview for 2021 will be in the week before school starts. Put a circle around Thursday 4 February. For those who like to plan ahead you will also have noted from the last newsletter teacher only days in May and August for this year. (Two will be added to the 2021 calendar at a later date)

Thank you to everyone who is getting in behind our PTA Obstacle Course Fun Run on the afternoon of Saturday 28 March.  We are also grateful to those parents of Year 5-6 who have paid the Camp contribution promptly. Please attend to this if you are yet to pay.

Ngā mihi

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Daehyeon Kim, Doyeon Kim, Benjamin Minkin, Ting Ting Ding, Summer Xu and Oscar Wang

Road Patrol – Help needed – Is there a Year 5/6 parent out there who can help with Road Patrol on Monday afternoon between 2.55 and 3.20? Please contact if you can help. This is for Terms 1 and 2 (possibly 3 and 4).

Keep up to date with PTA events such as the Fun Run and join our Facebook page by clicking on link:  

Music News

Music has started again at MBS with Junior classes last week and Middle classes this week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Senior classes will follow next week.
Extension music groups – Year 5-6 have the opportunity to join these groups: APPA Choir, Marimba, Hand chime and Ukulele Club.
These are held on Thursdays and a message will go in the daily notices when these groups will start.
Year 3-4 have the opportunity to join the Ukulele Club starting in March which are held on Thursdays at lunchtime.
Marimba Festival Group forms are due on Wednesday 19 February. Please leave at the school office or with Mrs McCormack.

Music extension groups start this week in the music room
THURSDAYS for Marimba Festival group (thank you to those children that enrolled) 8.10am
THURSDAYS for Ukulele Club Year 3: 12.30pm Year 4-6: 12.45pm after lunch eating
THURSDAYS for Senior Choir. 1.30pm Come and give it a go for the month of March. This year we will be participating in Kids Sing in August and Kids for Kids in November.


All middle classes and senior classes will be studying the recorder.

Happy Music Making
Clare McCormack

Sports News

Netball and Hockey

For all those who wish to play netball and hockey next term, please fill out a sports registration form by Friday 13th March. You can fill out a form either at the school office or online and email to Netball trials for year 4 – 6 will be held at lunchtime on March 18th and 19th.


Henrietta Yarrell-Stevenson competed for Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Services at Eastern Regional Surf Lifesaving Championships at Ohope this past month. She competed in very tough conditions and competitors from all over the North Island, Gisborne, New Plymouth and all the clubs in the Bay of Plenty & Auckland. Henrietta showed grit and determination and came away with 3 medals – 1 silver and 2 bronze. She also came 6th overall in the surf swim. A big congratulations to Henrietta!

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email

Obstacle Fun Run
By now all your children should have brought home information about our upcoming school obstacle fun run to be held on Saturday 28 March. Please note that it is not compulsory for children to fund raise in order to take part, however we do need everyone wishing to participate to register so we can track numbers. We apologise again for the delay in setting up the link on-line, we are now live. If you are keen to be part of the organising team or have anything you think might make a great obstacle please email

Second-hand uniform shop
Hours for 2019: Mondays 3-3:30 pm. All items $5 or $10 via cash or bank transfer.

PTA Meeting and AGM Meeting
Minutes from both the AGM and first meeting of the year will shortly be loaded onto the website.


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.

Browns Bay Preschool -20th year celebration and reunion – Saturday 4 April 10 am

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