Coming Up

Monday 31 August

Adult Te Reo Classes resume

Friday 4 September

Whole School Assembly cancelled

Tuesday 8 September

Food items collection for Salvation Army..this week.

Wednesday 9 September

Wig Wednesday: Coin donation for Child Cancer

Monday 14 September

School Reports will be sent home to inform interviews 16-17 September

At a glance

  • Welcome to our new students and their families
  • Mid Year Reports and Interviews
  • Distance Learning
  • ICAS update
  • Other Events
  • Year 6 End of Year School Events
  • Year 6 Graduation party
  • Wig Wednesday
  • COVID-19 Parent website
  • Photo orders
  • Music News
  • Sports News
  • PTA News
  • Community Notices

Principal’s Message

The smiling faces! It is wonderful to have our kids back at school.

You have received my COVID-19 Updates which have included our Reopening for Level 2 plan. The newsletter tab on our website has all communications for you to refer to should you want to. We are confident we are making the school a safe place. We cannot be complacent! Do ask if you have any questions.

The recent move to Level 3 and 2 (2.5) has meant that a number of school events have had to be reassessed. See the Notice section below.

The teaching team here is concerned about how the disruptions this year have meant so many school days lost and that this has impacted on our kids’ learning. Academically, despite our best efforts at home and school, children are not where they would be expected to be at this time of the year. Even classroom routines, which are usually secure in the first few weeks of the year, are needing to be retaught. My hope is that our kids have gained in other areas. I hope that they are now more resilient and more aware of the need for them to be active in their learning. Let’s continue to work together to support them through this challenging year.

Bruce Warren, Principal

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Harvey Myburgh, Logan Pretorius and Laura Yang

Mid Year Reports and Interviews

We will send you the mid-year report on Monday 14 September and invite you to come to school for parent-teacher interviews on Wednesday 16 September and Thursday 17 September. We have delayed this process in the hope that we may be at Level 1 by then or at least in a position where everyone can be confident about-face to face interviews, (which we see as a much better option than attempting this in Zoom sessions)

The online bookings for parent/teacher interviews will open next Monday 7 September at 4 pm. Details of how to book will be emailed later this week

The Mid Year Report is succinct. It provides the basic information for you to fuel the conversations you will have with the classroom teacher.  We suggest you email any questions you have so that the teacher can speak to them directly in the interview.

Again, we need to be realistic about academic progress this year. Our focus on return to school is well-being because we know that the ongoing uncertainty of these times breeds anxiety. We need kids to feel safe and happy so that they can then benefit from academic learning programmes.

Distance Learning

We have 83% attendance today. We have a number of parents who are choosing to wait a while longer until they have their children return to school.  We respect this decision. We will continue to do all we can to make school as safe as possible as per our Level 2 plan.

We will send home shortly the review of distance learning (the first time) that many of you contributed to.

We will provide a version of distance learning to support children who are still at home. This is available online from today or tomorrow. Providing both distance learning and at school teaching is not sustainable but we do see the need to support all of our children at school and at home. This extension for distance learning will be reassessed on a week by week basis.

ICAS Update

ICAS has offered schools a second period of time to sit this year’s tests. Consequently, anyone who has paid to sit an ICAS test will be able to sit the exams in November. We have allocated an entire week that we think will work well to enable students to have exam conditions. So all ICAS tests will be conducted in the week beginning 2 November.

Other Events

Several events cannot be held until Alert Level 1. Cross Country and our International day are on hold.

Year 6 End of Year School Events 

Our principal sent a video message to the parents of Year 6 students last week. He explained our thinking. We now have dates for your calendar. The awards ceremony is Wednesday 9 December 1.30pm . The leaving ceremony is the not to be missed event scheduled for Friday 11 December 6pm. It will include a fun time for our Year 6 kids and an opportunity for the parents to share in this event.

Attention all Year 6’s – Graduation Party

Save the Date for the annual ‘Parent Run – Year 6 Graduation Party’ at Mairangi Bay Surf Club on Thursday 3 December.

If any parent wishes to be involved in the organisation of this or to help on the night – please email MBSgraduation20@gmail.com. We would love to have you on board! (Jo Martin- parent)

Wig Wednesday

Students in Room 13 are organising Wig Wednesday. This will take place on Wednesday 9 September. Please wear a wig and bring a gold coin donation to help raise funds for Child Cancer.

COVID-19  website

The government’s parent website has information about COVID-19 alert levels for parents and whānau. It will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. It is recommended to check out this website on a regular basis.

Photo Orders

Today your child will bring home their individual Photo Access Key, this gives a unique code for you to view and order your child’s photos online. If your child is not at school today the teacher will keep the shoot key and issue when they return. Please note the free delivery period expires at Midnight on Sunday 27th September.

Music News

Looking forward to seeing the Marimba group and Ukulele Club again ‘live’ this week.
Well done if you were able to zoom in over the last few weeks.

Sports News

All cluster events that were coming up have been postponed. We will be in touch when we have more information.

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email mbspta@gmail.com

Year 5-6 Movie Night
Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Year 5-6 movie night at this time.

Yummy Stickers
A reminder, please keep collecting those yummy stickers.

Calendar Art
Dates for viewing your child’s calendar art will be advised once all the art has been collected.

Second-hand uniform shop
The second-hand uniform shop is unable to open during level 2. If you have any urgent uniform needs please drop us an email and we will see what we can arrange. Please note this is run by volunteers, if you are able to volunteer some time please email us at mbspta@gmail.com.

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.

Kindo Promotion – It’s time to celebrate Dads – and how better than to get them something a little different!

Place an order with ezlunch for delivery from Monday 31 August – Friday 4 September and be in the draw to WIN!  Winner will be drawn on Friday 4 September and notified by email. Go to www.mykindo.co.nz to start ordering.

Mairangi Bay Junior Surf Registration 2020/2021 – New registrations open 21 September 2020