Coming up

Tuesday 23 March

Inter-school Tennis Tournament – Pinehurst School

PTA Meeting – 7:30 pm in our staffroom

Friday 26 March

Whole school assembly. 2:15 pm in our school hall.  All welcome!

Friday 2 – Tuesday 6 April

Easter holidays – School closed

Wednesday 7 April

School reopens at 8:30 am

Friday 9 April

Years 0-2 Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Whole school assembly. 2:15 pm in our school hall.  All welcome!

Saturday 10 April

PTA Obstacle course. See our PTA section of this newsletter

At a glance

  • School Notices – Pickup updates, Wanted logs & tyres, The Resilience Project part 2 and Graeme Collett.
  • Music News – Hand chimes and APPA Choir.
  • Sports News – Basketball, flippaball, cricket, cluster tennis and netball.
  • PTA News – AGM & PTA Meeting, Obstacle Course, Entertainment Book and Secondhand uniform.
  • Community notices

Principal’s Message

It has been wonderful to have a sense of normality at school in the past 2 weeks. We have seen sports trials, choir tryouts and students representing our school in inter-school competitions. Our Year 6 boys cricket team have advanced to the Auckland Schools tournament (held at Eden Park) in Term 4 after qualifying with Campbells Bay from a cluster competition last week. What was so pleasing to hear was that the team conducted themselves with humour, a sporting attitude and were a credit to our school.

As we continue to implement The Resilience Project throughout the school, I would love to hear if the GEM (Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness) messages have made it to dinner table conversations or to car trips. Our Years 4-6 students will be taking a survey this week so we have some baseline data about their well being. A follow up survey will occur in Term 4 so we can measure how effective the project has been.

Have a great week.
Nga Mihi
Peter Stoner (Acting Principal)

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Pickup Updates

Many thanks to those drivers who have heeded the request to switch their engines off while waiting for students at 3 pm.  It makes the pick up zone a much healthier place.  Please take care if you are using a Galaxy Drive driveway to turn round in as there may be preschoolers or grandparents in the vicinity.

Do you have logs or tyres?

One of the things the students are enjoying at the moment in their bases are; logs and tyres.  Their play experiences would be further enhanced (so they tell me) if they could have more of these things.  So, if you have any spare round logs, or old tyres, please contact the office and they will advise you of where to drop the items.  We may of course reach the stage where we don’t need any more, so please contact the office first.

The Resilience Project Part 2: Gratitude

This week’s presentation from The Resilience Project focuses on Gratitude. 

Gratitude is being thankful and expressing appreciation for what one has – as opposed to focusing on the lack of something.

Research shows that practicing gratitude rewires our brains to overcome the negativity bias (which can lead to anxiety and depression) and see the world what we are thankful for. It is also shown to broaden thinking, and increase physical health through improved sleep and attitude to exercise.

View Part 2: Gratitude of the series here:

Graeme Collett

Recently, a member of our community alerted the principal and Board to a North Shore Times article dated December 18.  The article concerned Graeme Collett – a former principal of our school.  Graeme Collett was principal of Mairangi Bay School from 1988 until 2001. He faces five charges of committing indecent acts on girls under the age of 12 years. He denies all charges and faces trial in August. The charges do not relate to time at our school; instead they originate from another school in the 1960s. No concerns have been raised at our school in the two decades since he retired.  Name suppression in this case was lifted on December 18, two days after school ended last year, in order to allow other potential complainants to come forward.  If you have information that would assist police in this investigation please contact them.

Hero Update

This is your friendly reminder to download to an external drive or print any past reports from the past.  After the end of Term 1, which is only 4 weeks away, we switch over to a new system (Hero) and the school will no longer be able to access legacy information.

This may also be a good time to get the Hero app from either Google Play or the App Store.

Music News

Our school has been very fortunate to be gifted a set of hand chimes from Freda Plummer who passed away last year.

Freda Plummer was born in England on 29 March 1926.

She began her teaching career there in the 1940s and later emigrated to New Zealand in the

mid 1950s to take up a position at Onewhero School in Tuakau.

She later lived in Cockle Bay in Howick for many years, and it was at this time, following the

example of her sister who had introduced handbell ringing to New Plymouth, that she founded

the Auckland handbell group, still active today, called the Rainbow Ringers.

Freda had a great love of music throughout her life and when she moved into Highlands

Retirement Village, she continued to pass this on to whoever she met. She started a Chimes

Group there which included several who had never played music previously. Freda’s philosophy

was that music (and life!) should be fun and she always managed to incorporate this joy into her

groups. Each practice and performance always included much laughter.

Freda would be delighted that her Handchimes were going on to a new life with young people.

Freda was keen for her hand chime set to go to a school that would make good use of them.
We will definitely use this musical instrument in the music classroom.
Thank you Freda. We will accept this gift at assembly on the 26 March.

APPA CHOIR – Have you auditioned for Mrs McCormack?  She is taking 35 Year 5-6 children to the APPA Music Festival in November, which is a wonderful festival held in the Auckland Town Hall.

Sports News

It’s great to back to Level 1 and able to play sports again.

Basketball and Flippaball have had their first few games this year.  The school is looking for some Year 5 players for Flippaball in Term 2, if you are keen to give it a go please let me know.

Mairangi Bay School was represented at two cricket days last week. We had two boys team entered into the Sir Richard Hadlee Cricket Cup. This was a great day out!  There was some talent on display in both teams, batting bowling and fielding.
A huge congratulations to the Mairangi Bay Green Team, who came 1st equal with Campbells Bay. They will go on to play at Eden Park later this year.

Our girls’ team played last Wednesday. This was another fantastic day out. The team played with passion, heart and were very supportive of each other.

Cluster tennis will be taking place tomorrow, Tuesday. Good luck to the players involved!

We had netball trials last week. Thank you to all the players who have registered to play. If you haven’t got your registration form in, please do so as soon as possible. Teams will be announced next week.

Enjoy the sunshine and stay safe!

Nikki Black
Sport co-ordinator

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email [email protected]

Don’t forget our AGM and PTA meeting this Tuesday 23rd March.  The AGM will be prior to the meeting starting at 7 pm followed by our meeting at 7.30 pm in the staff room and we would like to invite you to join us.
Please come and enjoy some refreshments and see what the PTA does to help the school and its community.
Less than Three weeks to go for the Obstacle Course on Saturday 10th April at 12:45 pm, so put that in your diaries and get registering.
For those that have registered but can’t make the event on this new date, please email us on [email protected].
The sign up genius has been updated for helpers and an email sent, if you are no longer able to help on that day you can go in and amend this or email [email protected].
Thank you for all who have registered and signed up to help.  You can also now find these links on the school website under the PTA section.
The Entertainment book has got some wonderful deals for you to use in NZ and for every membership purchased the school receives 20%.  Check out the latest offers in this link Offers (  and you can buy the online membership by following this link.
Don’t wait as you can start using the discounts straight away.
Second Hand Uniform will be open on Tuesday 23rd from 3 pm,
Please join the school PTA Facebook group for more up to date information

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.


A Free Baseball Programme presented by North Shore Baseball Club in partnership with Harbour Sport – Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa.

Information for parents / caregivers is shown on our website, and this also provides a link to register for the programme.  Registration is necessary, as we maintain an attendance register for: emergency contact purposes, Covid-19 requirements, and programme reporting statistics.  We will provide you with a full registration copy prior to the commencement of the programme.
Website links:
The Head Coach for your programme will be Matthew Fegan who is fully Police Vetted through Baseball New Zealand, and holds a current full First Aid Certificate.  Any further coaching staff will be notified prior to the commencement of the programme (once final numbers have been determined).  All coaches hold a current Police Vetting status with North Shore Baseball and Baseball New Zealand.
We have comprehensive Covid-19 Health and Safety practices in place and these will move with the current Auckland Level status.
Summer Sound Waves in Mairangi Bay


Murrays Bay Primary School Twilight Festival – Friday 26 March from 3 – 7 pm

Rides, entertainment, food, great bargains, lots of family fun, silent auctions and more!!!


Ezlunch turns 10!