Coming up

Tuesday 13 April

New Entrant Meeting – 9 am in our staffroom

Interschool Swimming – AUT Millennium

Wednesday 14 April

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

Thursday 15 April

Hearing and Vision Testing

Friday 16 April

Whole School Assembly – 11 am in our school hall. All welcome!

Last day of term 1 – School closes until Monday 3 May

At a glance

  • School Notices – Welcome to our new families, Reminder to parents, Book Week, Hero update, Heat pump service and a Thank you from North Shore Hospital
  • Music News – APPA Choir
  • Sports News – Cluster Tennis, Miniball, Flippaball, Netball and Congratulations to our students
  • PTA News – Entertainment Book and Secondhand uniform.
  • Community notices

Principal’s Message

Term 1 2021 is rapidly coming to a conclusion. We have navigated two short lockdowns with, hopefully, smiles and resilience. I think it is a good time to take stock and reflect on how we have done as a community since the start of the year. I know I have appreciated the birthday wishes last week, the words of encouragement about my new role and the positive emails from parents when they feel the school has done something well. These moments reflect the kindness, respect and resilience that all our community display and inculcate in our tamariki.

Last Saturday saw the PTA organised Fun Obstacle Course defeat the weather gods. It was wonderful to see so many muddy, smiling faces as members of our community, of all sizes, ages and shapes, navigating the challenging and slippery course. I had some ‘interesting’ moments at the bottom of the yellow slide down the bank on the senior playground. I was only taken out once and the student involved, her first words when we bounced to a stop were, “Are you ok?” There are so many people who made this event possible and mentioning all of you would take up far too much space so I will limit specifics to Nicky Rooksby and Simon Webster – who spearheaded the organising of this successful event. Thank you for your time and efforts – we got there at the 4th time of asking.

Finally, thank you to those of you who have taken heed of the request to switch off your vehicles when waiting to collect your child at 3 pm. It is noticeably better. Have a fantastic holiday and if you can, come to our assembly on Friday at 11.00. It is Values Cups presentation time where six deserving students are recognised for their efforts this term.

Nga mihi
Peter Stoner

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families who have joined us during term 1

Esther Choo, Lydia Xing, Emma Wei, Oria Wei, Charles Xing, Theo Whitaker, Tyler Beswick, Theo Roberts, Kingston Duff, Marcus Lipshaw, Jessica Verryne, Nathan Kairuz, Isabella Hume, Olivia Chen, Caia Lusby, Gloria Gu, Hollie Pinfold, Arden Donaldson, Matthew Cheng, Martin Cheng, Ryan Loch, Rhett Bai, Paco he, Gosu lee, Kevin Nguyen, Josh Nguyen, Jin Woo, Jay Woo, Enlai Gao, Quinn Kalsi, Johan Vorster, Jane Walters, Jacob Tutty, Mia Zhang, Moka Kurihara, Parsa Khajehgerashi, Brooklyn Saunders-White, Hannah Chen, Kahoko Suzuki, Rosie Cao, Haleema Hasan, Faizan Hasan, Charles Zhao, Nathan Gray, Marcus Lau, Lucas Lau and Hayden Youngs.

Reminder to parents – No pokemon cards to be brought to school

Book Week – 17-21st May (Term 2, Week 3)

Theme: Space – Reading takes you out of this world!

The week commencing 17th May, Mairangi Bay School will be having a Book Week! This will be a fun-filled week promoting and engaging our childrens’ interest in reading.

The week will be full of exciting activities from: Author and Librarian visits, Book Wizard Competitions, Classroom Door/Window Decorating, Mystery Teacher Reading Swaps, $1 Second-hand Book Sale and the ever so popular Book Character Dress-Up Day and Parade.

Book Character Dress-up and Parade – We are starting Book Week off with the Book Character Dress-Up Day on Monday 17th May. Children will be able to come dressed as their favourite Book Character (it does not have to be space-related) and we will be having a parade in the School Hall at 9.25 am. Family and friends are welcome to watch and join in the fun!

In advance, it would be great to discuss with your child(ren) different characters from their favourite books, the dressing up possibilities are endless: Oliver Twist, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Rainbow Fish, The Cat in the Hat, Dogman, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Spiderman, Cinderella, Gruffalo, Elmer the Elephant, Three little Pigs, Harry Potter etc, so get thinking and reading!

$1 Second-hand Book Sale – for the book sale we please ask if your child(ren) could donate a children’s pre-loved/second-hand book(s) from home that they would like to donate to the school sale. All books will be $1 each, and children will be able to purchase a pre-loved book that their peers have donated. We are now collecting donated books for the sale. There will be a collection box in each classroom.

Many thanks, Mrs Hopkins (School Librarian)

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.

Heat Pump Service Give Back Scheme 

Grade A Electrical Ltd are offering a $10 donation to our school if you get your heat pump serviced by them.  All you need to do is to get your heat pump serviced and mention that you saw this message in the school newsletter.

North Shore Hospital Fundraiser




Last year our students raised money for the staff at North Shore Hospital to say thank you for all their hard work. They were very grateful and used the money to give their staff an Easter treat.

Music News

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

Here we are at the end of term1 and what a great term for sport it has been.

Cluster Tennis
On Tuesday 23rd of March, some of our year 5 and 6 students represented Mairangi Bay School at the Cluster Tennis competition. There were some great matches and some fantastic tennis on display. Congratulations to Sofia Howey, Charlie Lindsay, Jack McPhail, Johnson Ni, Michael Andropov, Charlotte Murphy and Sophie Sia for representing the school with mana.

It’s heartwarming to receive emails from other schools about what our students are up to in the community. Glenfield Primary School emailed me to thank the players from the MBS All Star team members, who stepped in to play for them on Thursday 8th April. The players, Brody Huntly, Zac Beswick and Daniel Hempseed helped with our team as we only had 3 players at the game to play. The 3 boys who played showed fantastic sportsmanship with how they played the game against their team and with our team. Well done boys on showing the Mairangi Bay Way out in the community!

All the flippaball teams have been learning about how to have fun, team building and play hard in the pool on Sundays. The players’ resilience is shown during and after the games when the players come to the pool with a smile on their face and perseverance to keep on trying. Well done teams. Flippaball continues through to term 2 and we are looking for some Year 5 players to join. No previous experience needed, as we have some great coaches that can teach you how to play. If your child would like to learn a new sport whilst having fun in a pool on Sunday afternoons, please contact me about registration.

Thank you for your patience with netball and getting the teams out. Teams and coaches will be in contact with everyone very soon as netball begins at the beginning of term 2. I am still looking for coaches and managers for teams. Please check your emails to see if your child’s team is still in need of one. A big thank you to those who have put their hands up to coach or manage. Teams can not play without a coach or a manager.

Competing on the water

During Easter, students Will Fyfe (Yr 5) and Taran Bates (Yr 6) competed in the Toyota Optimist Nationals Green Fleet event held in Maraetai Auckland. They competed in 11 races held over 5 days in tricky conditions, extreme tide and various wind and wave conditions. For both Will and Taran, this was their first National Sailing competition and they both achieved outstanding results racing against competitors up to 15 years old.

Will Fyfe finished 6th overall out of 62 boats and was 2nd 10-year-old. Taran Bates finished 12th overall.  Both boys won a race each, which meant receiving a certificate on the  podium. Will Fyfe also won the Teams Racing Event.

Congratulations, what incredible results. Keep up the great work.

Nikki Black
Sport co-ordinator

PTA News

For all PTA related enquiries please email [email protected]

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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.

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