A message from the Principal

Kia ora koutou whānau,

A message from the Principal

As leader of your school, I embrace a number of leadership roles to enhance the teaching and learning at Mairangi Bay. Through our school values of atawhai, whataute and manawanui – kindness, respect and resilience, we can identify the needs and aspirations of our ākonga, kaiako and hapori. Connections help to build healthy partnerships. How do we know where we are going, if we do not know who we are? Therefore, as a leader, I am a guardian, manager, visionary, teacher and learner, worker, networker and advocate. Roles and responsibilities that are interconnected and I aspire to adhere to everyday as a way of being.

He kaitiaki – Guardian
Ka maru koe i tōku pūeke, he kahu pitongatonga

As the guardian of your school, my role is to protect and nurture a caring environment where people and ideas are valued, health, safety and well-being are enhanced and relationships are strong. Therefore, as we grow a home-school partnership, please take every opportunity to provide feedback so your voice is heard. Embracing – from the rākau to the ngākau -we can learn together to create a better future for all, placing the learner at the heart of everything we do.

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families

Alfie Myburgh and Thomas Eng and returning student, Gabriel Yin.

School Events

Remember to celebrate and discuss with your child this week their learning experiences. To include:

Wednesday 18 May Years 3 & 4 Swimming at AUT Millennium
Thursday 19 May – Dance Team Practice for The National Dance Challenge to be held in June
Friday 20 May Years 3 & 4 Swimming at AUT Millennium
Friday 20 May – Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day 2022

Mairangi Bay School is joining the movement on Pink Shirt Day (Friday 20 May 2022), and encouraging our staff and students to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Bullying in Aotearoa is a real problem. We have the third-highest rate of school bullying out of 36 OECD countries and one in 10 workers feels discriminated against or bullied at work. Those bullied are far more likely to experience mental health issues.

Pink Shirt Day works to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity in all its forms and supporting schools, workplaces and communities to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive for everyone. To celebrate this important kaupapa we’ll be participating in different activities in our classrooms. We’ll also be fundraising to support Pink Shirt Day on Friday 20th May by having a non-uniform day and encouraging our tamariki to wear pink and bring a gold coin to donate!

You can learn more about Pink Shirt Day here: www.pinkshirtday.org.nz

Week 2 Reflection and Summary

This week has been full of rich learning opportunities across our school. We embraced New Zealand Sign Language Week school wide, Year 3-6 enjoyed a presentation from Science in a Van, learning about physical and chemical change and our junior students have been connecting through their first junior assembly. In addition, our sports teams have continued to train before school and at lunchtimes to include, rippa, netball, hockey and dance. Good luck to everyone playing this weekend. As you are performing, remember to display our school values of atawhai, whakaute and manawanui – kindness, respect and resilience – The Mairangi Bay Way. This week we also look forward to Pink Shirt Day and Garden to Table in Year 6.

What amazing, rich learning opportunities our students have at our school. Tino pai!

Class Activities

The Year 1’s had a Ko Te Wai session this week, learning about the water cycle and where fresh water comes from.

This is the first of 4 sessions they will have this term. Later next month they will be visiting a local stream to support their learning of the need to look after our local freshwater habitats.


The junior rooms also had some fun playing outside.



The Juniors have been looking at changes in the seasons, including what happens to the weather and nature in each season. Room 11 looked at these changes to see what happens to the trees during each season and then completed this art using paint and dye.

The students in Room 19 have been playing Rippa Rugby and making bath bombs in their science lessons.


Success Story

Congratulations Will Fyfe Year 6 – NZIODA Boys Development Team

Over Easter Will competed in the Optimist Nationals in Napier and did very well for his age. He sailed in a 4 day event against other sailors up to 15 years old. He finished 38th overall and 3rd 11-year-old in NZ. As a result, he has been selected for the NZ sailing (12yr and under) squad to go to New Caledonia to compete in October this year. Will is currently in camp as part of training for this prestigious event. Go Will! We are all very proud. We wish you all the success for the competition.





National Dance Challenge Group

Congratulations to our students who are taking part in the National Dance Challenge in June. Please see this link for all the information.

Thank you PTA

Thank you to our PTA volunteers for their recent effort and commitment. We would like to acknowledge your passion and energy in the desire to fundraise for our ākonga to improve the lives of others across our kura.

We are excited to announce that due to your efforts, we now have new iPads in Years 1-2 and Years 3-4 have outdoor games to play with at lunchtime, and Years 5-6 have EPro8 kits to help problem-solve, collaborate and connect through technology. Whakamiharo!

This week our PTA will re-establish their purpose through co-constructing a kaupapa. This will help to guide our focus to connect and support our community and establish a calendar of events and ideas for fundraising for 2022. The

PTA team are as follows:

Nicky Rooksby – Chairperson
Karen McLean – Secretary
Keshala De Silva – Treasurer
Julia Whitfield – Office Rep
Claire Garnett – Teacher Rep

Our PTA team is a valuable addition to our kura. If you see our PTA team in the playground, please feel free to connect and provide feedback. As they represent you, they are happy to listen to your ideas and gather perspective too. We look forward to future events as we plan and design our next steps together.

COVID Update

Currently, we have 11 cases across all year groups. If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID, please inform the school by clicking on the following link.

Ministry guidelines highly encourage mask-wearing. This is not mandatory and therefore, some parents may wish for their child to be exempted. If mask-wearing is a concern for you, please inform your child’s teacher by email. Students not wearing masks will be sat in a well-ventilated area. Face masks are one of the key health measures to help slow the spread of COVID and other winter illnesses in indoor settings.

Please encourage your child to continue with our hygiene requirements of hand-sanitising regularly to help slow the spread of infection.

Cultural Events

To help build community relationships and embrace diversity, remember to check the calendar of community events to connect and enjoy with friends and whānau across our beautiful city. Nathan would love to hear your story and how we can support you and your whānau to connect with our school. If you would like to meet with Nathan, please make an appointment with the school office.

Thank you for modeling our school values of kindness, respect and resilience. Please remember – Anei au, tō pou whirinaki – I am here, I can support you

Our Place, Our Home, Our Community

Nga mihi arohanui

He nui atu tatou i te kura – We are more than just a school.

Garden to Table is back for years 5 & 6!


The programme for our Year 6’s starts on 26 May.


PTA News

Uniform Shop – If you need any items from our second-hand uniform store, please email [email protected] with your requirements and if the items are available, the office will send them to your child’s classroom. There will be a note with the cost, and payment can be made directly to the PTA account, 12-3042-0025103-00 with your child’s name and uniform as the reference. If you wish to return the items, please ask your child to return them to the school office the following day.

Yummy Stickers – Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers so we can get more sporting equipment for the school.

If you have any feedback or suggestions please email us at [email protected], we would love to hear from you.
Please join our Facebook Page for all up-to-date notices https://www.facebook.com/groups/222059558272130

For all PTA related enquiries please email [email protected]

Getting to know our staff

After travelling and living overseas for a few years, I returned a few years ago having learnt so much about leadership, cultures and communities around the world. I have settled down in Hobsonville with my partner and dog Squid. Having fallen in love with the little community, I don’t need to venture far, except for my drives to and from school. Every morning you’ll find me out and about either running or walking Squid, getting my daily dose of endorphins. There’s no better way to start my day before the flood of energy from 5-year-olds enters my classroom. I am all about eating nutritious food and enjoy getting together with my friends for a typical NZ BBQ. In the holidays, I am eager to get outdoors for hikes and explore NZ and the world!

Amanda Drabble, Year 1 Teacher and Team Leader.

I have been involved in education since the early 90’s and over that time I have been very lucky to teach in all the sectors, from Universities to Primary School. I love working with young people and enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that they bring to the classroom. Outside of work I am a father of two boys and have a lovely wife from the Shore. As a family we enjoy keeping active and having fun together, most weekends you would find us out either mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, or skateboarding.

Steve James, Year 6 Teacher.

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.

Lunchtime Guitar Lessons at Mairangi Bay School 2022.

If your child is interested in group guitar lessons we hold beginner and experienced lessons at our school.
(Please note these lessons are in school time and only available to Mairangi Bay School students)

Contact Heath Watson 021 256 1308/ [email protected] for questions or for more info and sign-up details.  https://www.heathwatsonguitar.com/mairangi-bay-school.html

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