Monday 28 June
Year 6 – Fame Show at MBIS
Bookings open for parent-teacher interviews
Tuesday 29 June
PTA meeting in our staffroom – 7:30 pm – CANCELLED
Wednesday 30 June
Bark visiting our school
Thursday 1 July
Years 1-2 Watercare visiting
Years 5-6 Storylines Story Tour
Friday 2 July
Years 1-2 Watercare visiting
Years 0-4 disco in our school hall – 6 pm -7:30 pm
Whole School Assembly in our school hall at 2 pm. All welcome!
Monday 5 July
Year 5 – Visiting Kelly Tarltons
Tuesday 6 July
New Parent Information meeting in our staffroom 9 am
Years 5-6 APPA Choir Rehearsal 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday 7 July
Parent-Teacher Interviews 3:30 – 6 pm
Years 5-6 Chinese Cultural Night at Rangitoto College 3:30 – 6 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting in our staffroom at 7:30 pm
Thursday 8 July
Year 5-6 APPA Choir at 1:30 pm
Parent-Teacher Interviews 3:30 – 7 pm
Friday 9 July
Whole School Assembly for Values Cups. 11 am – All welcome!
School closes for the holidays at 3 pm
Monday 26 July
School opens at 8:30 am for term 3
At a glance
- School Notices – Welcome to our new students, School Reports, Year 6 Speech Competition, National Youth Theatre, Jammies in June, and Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Feedback
- Sports News – Cluster Football and North Harbour Netball
- PTA News – Year 0-4 Disco, Second-hand Uniform and PTA Meeting
- Community Notices
Kia Ora Koutou
I attended a fascinating professional development session last Thursday. Kathryn Burkett was the main speaker. She is an expert in neuroscience. One of her messages was the need for children to experience regular moments of tolerable stress and then to calm down. Anxiety is a form of stress and her message is that anxiety is normal – it’s our body’s evolutionary way of remaining alert to the lion that might eat us. As parents, and for us as educators, it is important that our tamariki can experience stress and learn ways to calm again. A very early form of this is when we play peek-a-boo with babies. The baby sees you disappear behind your hands, becomes briefly stressed (because you have left them), and then calms as we appear again. This type of thrilling experience builds in our children opportunities to learn how to calm themselves after a stressful situation. Anytime we are learning a new skill, like playing a new piece on a musical instrument before a concert, a new technique in netball ready for a game, a new skill like delivering a poem to class or a speech to classmates, we are experiencing anxiety. Being supported through this at the right level for the student means they can experience stress and then calm again afterwards. Easy to say. But how? Kathryn says the only organ we can control in our body is our lungs. Breathing is the way we can bring calm and control our anxiety. Sometimes we can wish away our stress and wish we weren’t feeling anxious. Her message is to embrace your anxieties and use breathing techniques to manage whatever is your particular stress. Here is a link to one of her podcasts with Pio Terei if you would like to know more.
Kathryn also can be found in a TED talk in Tauranga where she talks about device addiction. Here is a picture of device use to give you an idea of how much activity there is worldwide on the internet.
Next term our concept in Inquiry is Function. If you have any engineering skills, inventing, or design skills that you would be willing to share with your child’s class, please contact their teacher as we would love to bring community skills into the classroom.
We are now deep into the sickness season. Keeping as many people well as possible requires your help. There are two ways you can do your small but vital part in maximising everyone’s physical health. Firstly, if your child is sick, please keep them at home. Secondly, if the school rings to ask you to come and collect your child because they are displaying visible symptoms of illness, please come and collect them promptly. A reminder also that if your child has vomited (either at home or school) you need to keep them at home for 24 hours.
The school has sent out a reminder via Hero about arrangements for signing up for parent/teacher interviews in less than 2 weeks time. Keep an eye out for this as it will contain details of how you can use www.school interviews.co.nz The email will include an event code. If you haven’t got the app yet, you will still get an email from the school.
Garden Bird Survey 2021
This is a community initiative for every family in New Zealand and takes place each year. This year you can take part too, from 26 June – 4 July. The data collected helps scientists tell us about the health of our environment and how we can take action to protect our environment for future generations.
Want to know more? Visit: gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz
Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.
Welcome to our new students and their families
James Weber, Samuel Cao, River Manuell, Imogen Anderson, Lachlan Kopetschny and Maja Kopetschny
Reports coming out via Hero on Friday, 2 July.
Y1-2 a short comment with levels working at.
Y3-6 Milestones – a graph showing where your child is working at.
Year 6 Speech Competition
Congratulations to all of the Year 6 finalists in the speech competition: left to right (front row) Cade Wilson, Sienna Handisides, Taran Bates, Lilliana Chapman, (back row) Jean Gibson, Rebecca Tapson, Charlotte Murphy, Thomas Lile and Jack McPhail.
Extra kudos to the top three places: (left to right) Jack McPhail – 1st, Taran Bates – 2nd, Lilliana Chapman – 3rd
and 2 beanies to help keep our tamariki warm. Please see Jammies in June thank you letter
The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Auckland Transport are seeking feedback on a proposal for pedestrian safety improvements on Ramsgate Terrace, in Mairangi Bay. We have received concerns from the community about safety on Ramsgate Terrace and in order to improve this, we are proposing to upgrade the existing speed table to a raised pedestrian crossing.This proposal is part of the Community Safety Fund. Auckland Transport is partnered with the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board to deliver this project, as part of more than 80 safety improvement projects across the Auckland region.
Please find attached a letter and drawing showing the proposed changes. These letters have also been sent to residents and businesses directly affected by the proposed changes.
Feedback closes on Friday, 9 July 2021. We encourage as much feedback as possible on what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. The projects we deliver to all Aucklanders will only be improved as a result of your contribution. Please reply to this email or go to our website to complete the online survey.
We have had a busy few days last week with attending sporting events.
CLUSTER FOOTBALL – The sun shone brightly in the sky on Tuesday 22 June, as we took our boys and girls football teams to Ashley Reserve. This was a great opportunity to put some football skills on display from both teams.
The boys finished top of their pool and went into the semi-final. The game was 1-1 at full time, and the only way to separate the teams was through penalty shootouts. Unfortunately, MBS lost this and they were off to the playoff for 3rd/4th. With picking their heads up, the boys played with skill and precision, to be able to claim 3rd place. Congratulations boys! You played with heart and determination all day.
For most of the girls, this was a new sport and an opportunity to learn something new. Every game was played with smiles on their faces and laughter on the field. The girls’ team made it through to the semi-finals, which unfortunately they lost. The team was then playing off for 5th/6th place. The girls’ last game was the best of the day, with multiple goals being scored. Well done girls!
I would like to say a special thank you to the students from Murrays Bay Intermediate, who came to Mairangi Bay School to coach the teams for the last few weeks at lunchtimes and also to coach the teams at the cluster day.
NORTH HARBOUR NETBALL FIELD DAY – With another glorious, sunshine-filled day on Wednesday 23 June, the 6/1 netball team were all ready, set to take on a full day of netball. There were some closely fought games and some awesome game plays, with individual talent displayed throughout the day. Congratulations on a fun-filled day! Thank you to Rhea Somerville, for being the MBS umpire for the day.
A big thank you to all the parents who supported the teams and provided transport to both of these days.
For all PTA related enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Skids Mairangi Bay
July School Holiday Programme! Visit: www.sKids.co.nz/book to book now!
WAIRAU INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL, 113 Becroft Drive, Forrest Hill – www.wairau.school.nz
OPEN DAYS / EVENING
Wairau Intermediate School will be holding Open Days during school hours on Wednesday
11 August, Thursday 12 and Tuesday 17 August, and an Open Evening on Thursday 12
August from 7.00-8.30pm. Current Year 6 children and their parents/caregivers are invited
to visit the school during these times. Year 6 students who are interested in attending Wairau
Intermediate in 2022 are invited to join in on a transition day being held on Thursday 29 July.
If you would like your child to have this opportunity, please contact the School Secretary on
09 410 7805 and this can be arranged in advance and the appropriate form completed.
Prospectus packs will be available at the Open Days and Evening and can also be obtained
by phoning the Wairau Intermediate School Office on 09 410 7805. Enrolments will be open
from Monday 16 August.
Mairangi Bay Mid-Winter Swim