Monday 3 May
Term 2 starts – School opens at 8:30 am
Tuesday 4 May
Middles Team Building trip to Long Bay – Rooms 4 & 16
Wednesday 5 May
Middles Team Building trip to Long Bay – Rooms 2 & 5
Thursday 6 May
Middles Team Building trip to Long Bay – Rooms 1 & 3
Year 5 Trip to Stardome
Monday 10 – Friday 14 May
Sign language Week
Tuesday 11 May
Year 6 Zoo Trip
Wednesday 12 May
Years 3-4 Swimming at AUT Millennium
Years 5-6 Writer’s Festival
Friday 14 May
Years 3-4 Swimming at AUT Millennium
Monday 17 – Friday 21 May
Book Week at School – Details below
At a glance
- School Notices – Welcome to our new families, Book Week and ANZAC Parade
- Music News – Rhythm Interactive Show
- Sports News – Netball Tournament and Swimming Cups
- PTA News – Join our Facebook Page
- Community notices
Welcome back to school. I hope you had time to spend with your child/ren over the break and your family are feeling refreshed and ready for the challenges of Term 2. Wrapping up Term 1, I would like to congratulate our Year 6 Values Cup recipients. Simon Tagg, Rebecca Tapson, Shyann Bradley, Taran Bates, Charlotte Murphy and Sophie Sia are a credit to our school and were fully deserving recipients of our Values Cups.
Credit also goes to Henrietta Yarrell-Stevenson and Yousef Abu Eideh who were winners of the Swimming Cups for their respective genders.
Term 2 sees our students embark on a new unit of inquiry. Systems is one of my favourites of the 8 concepts we learn about through our 2-year cycle. Students will be learning about how areas like the biosphere, cryosphere and hydrosphere work and interact. Cross Country training for all students will commence or re-commence during Week 1 in preparation for the big day on May 28. I am always amazed at the effort that students put into this. As a regular runner, I can vouch for the positive physical and mental benefits that such exercise brings. It’s also great to see how our older students help the younger ones navigate the racecourse. Trips are planned for Auckland Zoo, The Stardome and Long Bay Regional Park. Year 5 and 6 speech finals, inter-school football, Year 3 and 4 swimming, and Book Week are all included in a busy term.
Reminders Time…there are a few so they are bullet-pointed for your convenience.
- A reminder that we are closed for a Teacher Only Day on June 4. This is an important opportunity for teachers to have the time to take on professional learning. There are two further teacher only days later in the year.
- Another date for your diary is Parent-Teacher Interviews which are scheduled for the last week of term (July 7 and 8) where you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s learning so far in 2021.
- Hero, our new student management system, has taken over from eTAP. Hopefully, you have managed to download the app onto your phone – this will be the way the school communicates with you from now on. If you are still having issues, our friendly office staff will assist you. Michelle Webster – wearing a Hero cap, t-shirt and cape together with Bonnie Tyler’s Hero playing on her phone is intercepting parents before and after school checking if the Hero app has been successfully added to phones.
- It’s winter uniform time so please ensure your child wears the regular winter uniform – hats are no longer compulsory but footwear is. We expect students to wear appropriate footwear to and from school. This is for safety reasons, you never know what might be out there.
- And one final reminder, we appreciate parents coming in to connect with teachers but please remember to wait with your children in the designated areas before 8.30 am. These areas are outside the front entrance, in the drop off bay by the library and at the bottom gate by Room 12. Before 8.30 am is an important preparation time for teachers and we greatly appreciate your patience.
Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.
Welcome to our new students and their families
Grayson Pearce, Charlie Weber, Ethan Xu, Jaxon Yang, Lola Gonzalez and Jessica Lin
Book Week – 17-21st May (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. Thank you to all those who have already donated books.
Mrs Hopkins (School Librarian)
ANZAC Day Thank you…
A big thank you to Cade Wilson and Charlotte Murphy for representing our school at the ANZAC Day Service in Browns Bay.
They walked in the parade and laid a wreath during the service to honour the memory of our fallen soldiers. Well done, Cade and Charlotte – you did an excellent job! (Also, a big thank you to their parents for getting them there!)
Staff and children alike enjoyed the ‘Rhythm Interactive Show’ with Johnny in early April.
The 6/1 netball girls played in the Netball North Harbour Junior Pre-season tournament last weekend and finished 2nd overall amongst the Year 6 teams. They won all their pool games, beating Campbells Bay 8-3, Sunnynook 12-1 and Stanley Bay 14-0, before winning an exciting semi-final against Willow Park 5-4. Our only defeat was against a visitors club team in the final 4-8.
Henrietta Yarrell-Stevenson and Yousef Abu Eideh received swimming cup awards for 2021 due to their excellent results at our school swimming sports day. Well done and congratulations!
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