Coming up

Monday 14 June

Year 5 Speech finals

Tuesday 15 June

Year 6 Speech Finals

Wednesday 16 June

Class and Individual photos

Friday 18 June

Jammies in June Mufti Day – Details below

STEM Science Show for Years 5-6

Whole School Assembly – 2 pm in our school hall

Tuesday 22 June

Super Cluster Football at Long Bay

Wednesday 23 June

Primary Netball North Harbour

Thursday 24 June

Matariki Festival at Murrays Bay

Rooms 3 & 5 Stardome Trip

Friday 25 June

Rooms 1,2,4 & 16 Stardome Trip

Interschool Football Save Day

Monday 28 June

Year 6 – Fame Show at MBIS

At a glance

  • School Notices – Welcome to our new students, MBS Dance Group, Jammies in June, School Docs Review and Walking School Bus
  • Sports News – Cluster Cross Country
  • PTA News – Years 0-4 Disco, Fundraising efforts, PTA Survey, Second-hand Uniform and Next PTA Meeting.
  • Community notices

Principal’s Message

As we continue deeper into winter with days getting shorter and nights getting longer, I wonder how you are spending your evenings. Our recent Resilience Project survey asked our Year 4-6s how often they got at least 8 hours sleep per night. 76%-89% of girls reported getting at least 8 hours sleep. 60%-86% of boys reported getting at least 8 hours sleep each night. Research tells us how important getting enough sleep is to a developing brain. Something to ponder and reflect on if we turn those percentages around the other way. 11%-24% of our girls not getting 8 hours sleep, and 14%-40% of our boys not getting 8 hours sleep.

Last Thursday was Support Staff Appreciation Day. This was an opportunity to say a big thank you to our support staff who do such wonderful work. Morning tea was enhanced with sausage rolls, samosas and thank you cards from students.
Speaking of wonderful people….our teachers made the most of their artistic abilities on Teacher Only Day.

Mr Loader crafted a variety of shapes out of hardboard (flowers, koru, musical notes etc) and the teachers showcased their blending skills and painting techniques. These pieces will be sealed and fixed to the outside of classrooms in due course.

Learning about the Privacy Act and Digital Curriculum as well as team meetings filled the majority of the day. Our Kahui Ako In-school leaders ran their first professional learning groups in Week 5 with teachers and they run them again in Week 8. These three groups, focusing on reading, writing and maths will run five times through the course of the year. These sessions are a great opportunity for teachers to share their latent knowledge and acquire new professional learning.
Finally in this newsletter message from me, a word about paediatric assessments. Sometimes it may be necessary for the school to ask you to go to your GP and get a full paediatric assessment. This request may arise out of a teacher’s concerns about either the behaviour and/or learning of your child. A paediatric assessment with a GP is a way of ruling out anything physical (hearing, vision etc) and possibly identifying any underlying causes of behaviour/learning. Ask your child’s teacher or Senco (either Claire Worthington-Blair or Michelle Webster) for a letter detailing what has been observed at school in order to help inform your GP. Having this information from school can speed the process of getting help for your child. Absolutely finally from me, please endeavour to ensure your child gets to school on time (ideally before 8.45 am) so they can get organised and ready for their day. Mornings can be very busy times, and there are always days when things do not go as planned, but if arriving late is routine, please take a look at how you could get ahead of the organisation curve.

Nga mihi
Peter Stoner

Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.


School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Neelanshi Sharma, Ethan McRae, Cole Dobbie, Jessica Li and Emma Guo

Congratulations to the Mairangi Bay School Dance Group who competed in the National Dance Challenge on Friday 11 June.

The performance group wowed the audience and the adjudicator not only by winning their dance section, but also by winning the overall top award for all primary schools and being chosen for the most entertaining item award. A great result for such a hard-working team.

Jammies in June Collection

Every year, thousands of children go to sleep each night without warm pyjamas to combat the cold and preventable illnesses. Together we can change that. This year the Middlemore Foundations’ “Jammies in June” target is to distribute 25,000 pairs of pyjamas to keep children warm during the winter.
One of our teachers, Mrs Booth, is the contact point for “Jammies in June” on the North Shore and this year Mairangi Bay School will be supporting this wonderful cause with a “Pyjama Mufti Day”.
Our children are encouraged to wear their warm pyjamas to school on Friday 18 June and to bring along a set of pyjamas to donate to the Middlemore Foundation. Retailers who sell pyjamas include, but are not limited to, the likes of Farmers, The Warehouse, Postie Plus, Kmart, etc. If you would prefer, you are more than welcome to make a donation in lieu of pyjamas. As it is getting colder the pyjamas are needed now, if you choose to you can purchase them and drop them into the school office at any time between now and the 18 June.

Schooldocs review

We have an ongoing review schedule of school policies. Sometimes we ask our community to provide feedback on school policy. One of our current reviews concerns Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement. Please follow the instructions below if you would like to contribute feedback.
Visit the website https://mairangibay.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
Enter the username (mairangibay) and password (Galaxy).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Walking School Bus

Keen to make school drop off/pick up easier and stress-free? Meet other local parents and get some fresh air and exercise? Have your kids arrive to school energised and ready to start their days learning?

A walking school bus is a group of children who walk together to/from school with parent supervisors along a set route. Parents take turns and shouldn’t need to walk more than one day a week. The other 4 days are free.

Come to our Parent Interest Meeting in the school staffroom on Wednesday 23rd June at 9 am to find out more about it.

Sports News

Cluster cross country 2021  After a false start, due to the weather, we finally competed at the Cluster Cross Country at Sunnynook Park. We were a team of 47 ranging from year 4-6, girls and boys. This was an amazing day with everyone trying their best in their events. Mairangi Bay came in 4th overall.

A big congratulations to the following students for some outstanding individual achievements:

Year 6 Boys – Jaden Spencer – 5th place

Year 6 Girls – Alyssa Somerville – 3rd place

Year 5 Boys – Jackson Mathers – 4th place

Year 4 Girls – 1st Clarisse Krisnandoe, 2nd Esther Choo, 3rd Anna Lu

Congratulations to all runners, you represented the school with mana.

PTA News

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

Years 0-4 Disco
This year’s disco will be held Friday 2nd July. The theme is Masquerade. These events can only be run with the help of volunteers from our school community. Here is the link for the sign-up genius to help. Masquerade Disco.

Fundraising Efforts
The Senior Team has found value in the science and engineering school Epro8 challenge and believe that these tool kits will add huge value for our senior students in all manners of creative learning and exploration. The PTA has kindly donated 5 Kits, bringing the total to 6 for the school. We will hopefully get some photos on the FB page soon of these being used. https://epro8challenge.co.nz/
PTA Survey
A huge thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the survey.  A summary of the findings will be shared shortly.  There is still time to provide feedback, the links are on the school website, FB page, and on WeChat.
Second-hand uniform shop
The second-hand uniform shop will be open Monday 14th & 28th June and 5th July from 3-3:15 pm. Next term we are considering opening the uniform shop twice a term. Watch this space for more updates.

The next PTA meeting is on 29th June at 7.30 pm in the Staffroom. We would love to see you there. The minutes from previous meetings can be found on the school website under the PTA section.

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.

Mairangi Bay Village Mid-Winter Swim Details

Parenting Teens

Parenting teens can be thrilling, frightening, frustrating, and confusing (but certainly not boring!).

How do their brains work?

What’s more important – connection, or boundaries?

What parenting strategies work better than others?

How do our teens learn to take responsibility for their choices?

What if things aren’t turning out the way I’d hoped they would?

How can I get the support I need as a parent?

Come along to listen, learn, and discuss….

This is a FREE talk—you are warmly invited to come along and be encouraged, gain immense wisdom and have a consolatory cuppa tea!

For more information – Call Gaynor 09 424 7218 or Doug (Hibiscus Coast Parent Support Group) 027 291 3862

No Booking Required

Venue: Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa