Remember to celebrate and discuss this week’s learning experiences with your child.
Wednesday 6 July – Parent-Teacher Interviews
Thursday 7 July – Parent-Teacher Interviews
Friday 8 July – End of term whole school celebration assembly – 1:45 pm start in the hall
Friday 8 July – Last day of term 2, School closes at 3 pm
Monday 25 July – Term 3 starts, please ensure your child arrives by 8:45 am, refreshed and ready for learning.
Wednesday 3 – Wednesday 17 August – Life Education Team on-site
Kia ora koutou Mairangi Bay School whānau,
A message from the Principal
Once again, another fantastic week of rich learning opportunities. Our junior ākonga are taking every opportunity to connect and strive for excellence through our school values. They enjoyed learning about the Maori New Year, creating beautiful stars and kites to display at the Mairangi Arts Centre. We also continued calendar art, explored place value and 3D shapes during maths and life cycle during our science inquiry.
Our senior tamariki are very busy working on their science projects, preparing for our Science Fair this week. Our students made Hua Whenua Soup (vegetable soup), Paki Paki (Maori bread), and homemade herbed butter during the Garden to Table programme. Thank you for your lunch invitation. On Thursday, we continued to display our school values of atawhai and whakaute by participating in a mufti-day to raise money for this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Famine. Mairangi Bay School has been a long-time supporter and participant of this event, raising over $500. Congratulations to our student leaders who also spoke during the Matariki Dawn Service and during our whole school assembly on Friday. Identifying every opportunity to provide a platform for student agency and leadership is incredible. We are all very proud of our students’ progress and success.
During our school assembly last week, we discussed that being kind to other people is a special kind of magic — because it makes us feel good too! Just because our friend is upset does not necessarily mean we feel the same way. We could show kindness because we understand how uncomfortable it feels to be upset. Empathy is when you put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Everyone is different. Understanding how others feel by being kind and compassionate helps them feel better. When we show empathy or do something kind for someone, our brain releases a chemical that makes us feel happy too!. Empathy helps us feel closer to other people, makes us feel better about ourselves and gives us more confidence, energy and overall happiness. Waiho i te toipoto, Kaua i te toioroa, – Let us keep close together, not wide apart.
He Kaimahi Leader – The Worker
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitini, engari he toa takitini – Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many.
As the tumuaki, I lead by doing, upholding collegial practices that build capability in others in pursuit of the goals of our kura. I strive to demonstrate a strong work ethic that models commitment and dedication to engineering healthy partnerships, empowering tamariki, kaiako and whānau by leading by example. I believe the kaimahi leader is versatile and able to undertake various duties and tasks to achieve positive outcomes for our ākonga. Hence, you will see me in the playground, on road patrol, at the school gate, on the sports training field or in the classroom demonstrating a hands-on approach through kotahitanga. Thank you for embracing me into our community and co-constructing Mairangi Bay School as the heart of our community and a place for exceptional learning opportunities.
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Our PTA – Update
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to be a Parent Class Rep (PCR) this year. We now have 11 out of 20 PCR. If you are still keen to get involved, help our kura, and contribute to your class community, please contact your child’s teacher asap. If you have any questions, please contact the PTA at [email protected].
The school-community events
Thank you to everyone who supported the Year 0-4 disco and Years 5-6 movie night this term. Both events were a great success. We look forward to more opportunities to connect our whole school community during term 3.
Welcome to our new students and their families who have joined our MBS family.
Brooklyn Lin, Cora Vining, Ashley Mason, Fiona Chen, Isabella Rojas Cardenas and Willow Kitchen.
During weeks 7-9, we had six student cases and two staff. If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID or flu, please stay at home and 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.
Be a part of the School Board of Trustees
The School Board of Trustees Election is on the way! Information on the nomination and eligibility is available via the links below. They will also be emailed to you before the end of Term 2. Please contact the school office if you have changed your email address.
An election flyer is available here for your general information. Visit New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) website to find out details about becoming a Trustee, or contact Holly Fang, 021 851 660.
Click the links below to access the documents and to nominate yourself or someone you know to be a school trustee:
- Parent Election Notice
- Parent Election Cover Letter
- Nomination Form
- People who are not eligible to be school board members
Learn more about the role of school boards
NZSTA’s Community Member Guide to the Role of School Boards provides information on what school boards are, the role of members, and how to become a board member.
On Thursday, July 21st at 7 pm NZSTA will also be hosting a Kōrari Question and Answers session. This will provide an opportunity for people to ask questions directly from our regional advisors. This is a free event, anyone with an interest in the work of school boards can register online here.
Free flu jabs for tamariki aged 3 to 12
Children aged 3 to 12 years old can get a free flu vaccination from their GP, healthcare provider, or at most pharmacies from Friday 1 July.
Most tamariki aged 9 years and over need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.
If you have a child under 9 years old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.
If tamariki have recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.
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. I would love to hear your story and how we can support you and your whānau to connect with our school. Alternatively, please make an appointment with the school office.
Thank you for modelling 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.
Congratulations to Isabella Josephson and Jackson Mather, Winners of our Cross Country Cup.
Term 2 has been fantastic for sports with the start-up of our winter sports and reintroduction of our cluster days. Netball and Hockey have now been through their grading and are into competition mode. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Our Breakers Miniball teams and Splash Polo teams continued to show their skills and resilience through another hard term. I would like to extend a big thank you to every student that has stepped in and up as a fill-in. Sometimes there were students playing up to 3 games in a day!!! I would also like to acknowledge our coaches and managers. Without you these teams would not be able to participate, so a very big thank you to you all!
New player registration forms are open for Miniball semester 2 (Year 0-6) and Splash Polo (Year 2-6) term 3. Please fill in the registration forms below if you would like your child to play. Registrations close on Thursday 8 July.
Miniball registration: https://forms.gle/
Splash Polo registration: https://forms.gle/
Rippa Rugby Festival Day 1
With the training sessions done, it was time for our year 4-6 students to shine on the Rippa field at Windsor Park. It was great to see the beaming smiles, the epic try-scoring stories, and comradery amongst the teams. I was incredibly proud of all the sportsmanship that was shown throughout the day to team members and opposition teams as well. I really do appreciate the Mairangi Bay Rippa teams.
Netball North Harbour Field Day
The sun was shining bright when both of our year 6 teams were invited to play in the Netball North Harbour tournament. Our teams wore the Mairangi Bay netball dress with pride and demonstrated some great skills throughout the day.
A big congratulations to the 6/1 team for taking out the top spot for Grade B
Football Super Cluster Tournament
Last week we took two teams to represent Mairangi Bay School at the Football Super Cluster Tournament, which was held at Ashley Reserve, Long Bay. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were amazing and showed resilience in all their games and great sportsmanship. It was wonderful to see some of those students giving football a go for the first time. A big thank you to those parents who came along to support and for the MBIS students who devoted a day to coach our teams.
Senior Choir, Ukulele Club and both Marimba Groups.
Parents are welcome, but must wear a mask and use social distancing measures. Please be seated by 1:45 pm
Clare McCormack, Music Teacher
sKids Staff Update: Farewell Mike
On Friday, 1st July, sKids Mairangi Bay said goodbye to one of our finest sKids Leaders, Mike.
Mike has been a key driving force in building the unique, fun, and playful environment that sKids Mairangi Bay provides for our amazing children. He will be missed by staff, parents, and caregivers, but most importantly, will be sorely missed by our children, a fan favourite leader here. Mike has left big shoes to fill, a huge gap in our team, we will miss you Mike!
Before School Care at sKids Mairangi Bay
sKids Mairangi Bay is now open from 7 am for Before School Care. Join us to warm up by the heater on those cold mornings, have different breakfast options each day of the week, and have a good yarn with the leaders and other kids 😊
Book with us below:
See you bright and early in the morning.
Skids Holiday Programme
We have a winter-themed, jam-packed HP for your children this July school holidays. Please view the attached planner for more details. The highlight of the HP will be our day trip on Wednesday 13. We will be going ice skating and I might be more excited than the children! I have not been ice skating since about year 5/6 when I was in Primary School, so it will be great to have this experience again as an adult. As always, we will end our HP with our ‘21’ Handball Doubles Tournament. Our third and last tournament was held in the term 1 HP, our winners and defending champions are Daniel (staff) and Yu Siang (child), both first-time winners of the event.
Book with us below:
Looking forward to spending some long but fun days, with your children
Daniel Franco- North Shore Senior Programme Leader
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.
For all PTA-related enquiries please email [email protected]
Reflection and Summary
This week, Room 8 had fun weaving some Matariki stars with their buddy class, Room 17.
Sophia Oh, room 13, wrote an amazing poem about Matariki
In our last assembly, we celebrated our Mairangi Bay School Dance Group – Oh La La, winners of the Variety Section at the National Dance Challenge.
Three of our Mairangi Bay students hit the stage this past weekend in the National Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Oliver!’ They performed at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre in four shows – two for other schools and two public performances. Well done to Tyla Handisides (Year 4), Isobel Morgan (Year 5) and Maisie Merriman (Year 4). You all did an excellent job!!
What fantastic, rich learning opportunities our students have at our school. We are so lucky to have such passionate kaiako at MBS.
Getting to know our staff
This is my seventh year teaching at Mairangi Bay School. During my time here, I have been a classroom teacher, Team Leader, Acting Deputy Principal and I am currently the Year 3, Room 4 Teacher, as well as an Assistant Principal. I enjoy working at MBS because of the amazing colleagues and children we have at our school. I grew up in Minnesota, in the U.S.A. and met my Kiwi husband while working at summer camp. I followed him here and haven’t regretted a minute. We have two superb children and during my spare time, I enjoy watching them play sport, traveling, reading, photography and spending time with friends and family. Kia ora. Michelle Webster, AP and Room 4 Teacher.
I am teaching part-time at MBS this year. 30 years ago, I attended Palmerston North College of Education and Massey University as a school leaver. I have passions, experience and special interests in the Arts, Te Reo and Tikanga Maori, Gifted and Talented, Health Education, DigitalTech and ICT, Maths, English and Neurodiverse learners. Currently, I can be found teaching years 3 and 4 and am a member of the Health and Safety Team. My husband and I have lived on the North Shore for more than 20 years. Our three children attend Rangitoto College and St John’s Primary School. Tania Davey, Teacher in years 3 and 4.
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.
Check out the July Holiday programme from sKids
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
Kelly Sports Clinics – Football and Basketball
BOOK CATS TICKETS:
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JULY 2022 PROGRAMME
Sculptureum Offer for Families – School Promo
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Shrek the Musical at Kiri te Kanawa Theatre
Our FREE Foundations workshop
Massive has a FREE Foundations workshop coming up in the Auckland area in the July school holiday! If you haven’t heard of us before we’re an award-winning theatre company based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, passionate about providing access to workshops and ongoing mentoring to emerging artists and teachers/theatre practitioners across the motu (country).
When: Tue 19, Wed 20, Thu 21, Fri 22 July, 10 AM – 4 PM (Students must be able to attend all 4 days)
Where: AOTEA CENTRE, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
This is a dynamic 4-day workshop designed for 14-25-year-olds to meet new people, develop confidence, and become familiar with how Massive makes theatre. It’s also lots of fun.
Make sure your ākonga register for their free place here: https://bit.ly/JulyFound\