Coming Up

Remember to celebrate and discuss this week’s learning experiences with your child.

Wednesday 17 August – Friday 19 August – Life Education Van Onsite

Wednesday 17 August – Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 pm

Friday 19 August – Year 6 students visiting MBIS

Tuesday 23 August – Cluster Basketball

Wednesday 24 August – Auckland Writers Festival

Wednesday 24 August – Cluster Hockey

Friday 26 August – Non-Uniform Day in support of Daffodil Day  – Wear yellow and bring a gold coin donation

Friday 26 August – Years 5 & 6 Interschool Book Battle

Friday 26 August – Cluster Hockey Save-Day

Friday 26 August – Whole School Assembly

Tuesday 30 August – Northern Rovers Football day – Selected Team

Wednesday 31 August – Year 3’s visiting Mairangi Bay Shops

Thursday 1 September –  Years 1 and 2 visiting Mairangi Bay Shops

Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou Mairangi Bay School whānau,

A Karere from your Tumuaki

At Mairangi Bay we continue to seek every opportunity to accelerate, enhance and extend potential. This week we continue to work alongside our community with the Life Education and ASB Financial Literacy team working to assist our ākonga to plan, design and make items to sell at market later this term. Lunchtime activities have continued with Northern Rovers FC taking football sessions in Year 3. Students are enjoying the range of clubs – especially gymnastics that started on Monday. To help, our senior leaders are working hard to deliver sports activities in our junior space, embracing our school values through tuakana teina, demonstrating our kura is warm and welcoming – thriving with a range of learning and leadership opportunities. Ka pai.

He Kaiarataki- The Advocate

Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore tōm tātou waka e ū ki uta 

  • Promoting the development and implementation of strategies, plans and policies to realise learners’ potential and educational success for all

Earlier, last term, we spent time listening to our students, teachers, support staff and whānau, collecting data to understand the aspirations for our kura.   By listening to our story, identifying the meaning of our name and our tūrangawaewae, we have begun to identify key ideas for plans and strategies.  A tūrangawaewae report has now been written and the analysis provides recommendations for our strategic plan 2023-2025. The following steps are to share the report with the BoT and our community to ensure the information collected has not been misunderstood. Once feedback has been gathered, we will work together to complete the strategic plan in line with the four agreed strategic goals for 2023-2025.

Whakatipu Matauranga: Encourage academic growth so that all of our tamariki achieve their potential.

Whakawhanaungatanga: Foster productive relationships within our school and with the wider Mairangi Bay community.

Wairua: Promote the well-being of our students and staff.

Whāia te iti kahurangi: Provide excellent opportunities for our tamariki to become well-rounded individuals.

Thank you for providing your voice.  We truly appreciate your contribution. 

He waka eke noa – We are all in this together. 

We value your feedback

As a kura, we continue exploring creative strategies to gather student, teacher and whānau feedback. The purpose is to track, monitor and evaluate our service to ensure we provide timely support and value the voice of our learning community.  Therefore, to help us reflect on our service in the effort to improve and refine our practice, could you please complete this short feedback survey for Term 2? If you disagree with any of these statements, please feel free to attend our Principal Cafés or make an appointment by clicking this link:  We welcome your ideas.

The Term 3 Principal Café dates are as follows:

  • Week 5 – Wednesday 24 August – Staffroom – 1:45pm-2:45pm
  • Week 6 – Wednesday 31 August – Staffroom – 6:30 pm-7:30 pm (Evening Session)
  • Week 8 – Wednesday 14 September – Staffroom – 1:45 pm-2:45pm

Please indicate your attendance below by linking to this LINK.

Thank you for sharing your voice

Health and Safety – Speed Limit Polite Reminder
As a polite reminder, please adhere to the speed limit of 5km/h when entering the school grounds. This is to keep our tamariki and community safe. Thank you for your understanding and manaakitanga.

Pick Up Zone – Polite Reminder

As we drop off and pick up our tamariki on Galaxy Drive, please be mindful of the flow of traffic.  Please avoid parking in the pick-up zone and move along to ensure we are all working together, to keep our students safe. If you have any questions, please make an appointment with me.   

The top of Agathis Avenue is a turn-bay and therefore, please avoid parking in the zone. This can cause congestion and potential accidents to our tamariki walking to school as our whānau are unable to complete a full turn due to parked cars causing congestion.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Our PTA – Update

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to be a Parent Class Rep (PCR) this year. 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].

COVID Update

Last week, we had two student cases. 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.

Free medical masks

You can get free medical face masks by:
picking them up from testing centres and collection points alongside your free rapid antigen tests (RATs)
visiting a participating pharmacy
talking to a participating GP or alternative community healthcare provider.

To order RATs online visit the Ministry of Health website.

Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) – Ministry of Health

Alternatively, if you’re unable to order RATs online or visit a participating healthcare provider in person, call 0800 222 478 and select option 3.

For a list of testing locations with free face masks visit the Health Point website.

COVID-19 testing – Health Point

Free P2/N95 particulate respirator masks

In addition to medical masks, P2/N95 particulate respirator masks are also available from the providers mentioned.

P2/N95 masks will be prioritised for those people at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes people:
with compromised immunity
with high-risk medical conditions
who are older
who live in aged care facilities
who are pregnant
with a disability
who live with mental health conditions or addictions
of Māori and Pacific ethnicity
who smoke.

For information about people considered at higher risk, see the Ministry of Health website.

Higher risk people – Ministry of Health

Local 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. 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.

The school community calendar also provides an overview of the activities at our school.  Please remember to check this regularly, to keep up to date with the learning opportunities at our kura. 

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

Our Place, Our Home, Our Community

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

Nathan Janes

Tumuaki/ Principal Mairangi Bay School

School Notices

Welcome to our new students and their families who have joined our MBS family.

Kaitlyn Du, Oliver Malov, Mark Malov, Klevin Fonseka, Logan Loubser, Christopher Church and Sean Choi.

Board of Trustees Voting Pack

The voting pack was emailed last Wednesday. Please vote now if you haven’t done so yet.

Click here for a copy of the candidate statements if you find it difficult to locate the link in the voting pack.

As the voting pack was not sent via the school email address, it is possible that the email might have been filtered to the spam box. Please contact us if you haven’t received your voting email.

Voting closes at 4 pm on Wednesday 7th September 2022.

Music News

The Senior Choir is performing two songs at the Kids Sing Festival on 13 September.
We will be singing in the beautiful Holy Trinity Cathedral In Parnell
Extra rehearsals Year 5 Tuesdays 12.30
Year 6 Wednesdays 12.30
All Thursdays 1.30

Ukulele Club
North Shore Kiwileles Jam 10 November

Mrs. McCormack, Music Teacher

Garden to Table News

Volunteers wanted for our kitchen and garden programme.
We are particularly in need of a few more keen gardeners who would like to pass on their knowledge to our tamariki and don’t mind giving up their time once a week for about an hour during the school term.

Our school has a successful Garden to Table programme. It’s a unique and inspiring programme teaching our children how to grow and harvest produce grown in the school garden, to then be prepared and shared in the school kitchen.

For us to continue our progress, we need you! This project relies on the support of volunteers to work with children in the garden and kitchen, sharing their experience, enthusiasm, and knowledge.

You don’t have to be an expert! Our garden and kitchen specialists are always on hand to provide expert advice and oversee the sessions. You just need to be interested in helping children learn about growing food, cooking and sharing food, and enjoy working with children.

Have we talked you into it? We’d love to hear from you!

Call Ashleigh 021 121 3992 for more information or to arrange to see a session in action.

sKids News

Term 3 Before & After School Care at sKids Mairangi Bay

sKids Mairangi Bay is back for Term 3 Before & After School Care. This term we introduce a more structured set of programmes for your children for After School Care, consisting of pre-planned activities made available each afternoon, this pre-planned daily activity will complement everything else we already have to offer.

Book with us below:

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.

Daniel Franco- North Shore Senior Programme Leader

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
Keep Collecting the Yummy Stickers from the Yummy Fruit Company. Every time you eat an apple or pear with a yummy sticker, stick it on the Collection Sheet, or a blank piece of paper.
The school can earn points and are rewarded with sports equipment for our efforts. Last time we got, balls, hula hoops, flags, cricket sets, etc.
Visit the following link for more info and to print the collection sheets,, or ask at the office for a sheet. Completed sheets can be dropped in the PTA box at reception or given to your child’s teacher.

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

For all PTA-related enquiries please email [email protected]

School Activities

MARKET DAY Years 5 and 6
The Year 5 and 6 students are beginning their learning into producing and marketing a product and/or service to the school community. This culminates this term in week 8 with a market day that will be held at school. (Dates to follow)
Your child will be coming home shortly with their ideas. We will provide class time to create products. Of course, some items may be better made at home.
We are allowing the students to produce food items if they wish and will be asking them to list the ingredients involved. Please be aware that we can’t guarantee the ingredients to necessarily be correct. You may decide therefore to tell your children you don’t want them buying or consuming any food or drink. We will be asking the students to decide on what they would like to do with their profits (if any).
In the past, for example, we have used the profits to buy the doctors and nurses a coffee and muffin at North Shore Hospital, thanking them for all their hard work during the pandemic.
We are very excited to be beginning this learning. Please check HERO for further updates. The Year 5 and 6 teams.

Visit from ASB GetWise

The year 3 and 4 classes were thoroughly entertained by Marlon ‘Coach Cash’  from ASB GetWise. They learned about the difference between debit and credit cards and visible and invisible money.  He taught the students to ‘rush for the needs and wait for the wants’.


Whale Rider Show

We are very excited to announce that the Years 3-6 will be attending the Whale Rider show at the Pumphouse Theatre, in Takapuna. We will be going in week 10 of this term on different days throughout the week depending on the year group. There will be more information to follow via Hero over the next few weeks.

Northern Rovers – Give it a go

Rippa Rugby

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

In 2016 my husband and I decided to apply for immigration to New Zealand. It was a big ask as we were over 40 and have 5 children. To our surprise, we were granted a visa. We arrived in NZ in 2018 from SA. In SA I ran my own clothing business for 5 years and taught for 13. I started teaching at MBS in 2019 and love it. When I am not teaching and planning lessons, I make a lot of food and do a lot of washing. Other than that I enjoy playing a good game of social netball, dancing in the kitchen to any music while I’m cooking, watching my children play sports (coaching them when they listen), and catching up with friends and family.  Jody Kukard, Room 5 Classroom teacher.

Mairangi Bay School holds a special place in my heart. I started teaching at MBS in 1999, as a beginning teacher. I have taught all year levels and am enjoying my current role as Deputy Principal. I have two sons, both who have been through MBS and are now at Rangitoto College and Murrays Bay Intermediate. My husband was a past pupil at Mairangi Bay School and now works locally. I have a strong interest in dance, I ran a dance school for 10 years and I adjudicate dance competitions in the greater Auckland area. I have grown up in the area and feel fortunate to live close to my family who all live on the North Shore. Claire Worthington-Blair, Deputy principal.

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.

Celebrate Dads this Father’s Day!

Whether it’s a Dad, Uncle, Grandad or Poppa in your life, make them feel extra special this Father’s Day with our ezlunch giveaway. Every lunch order gets you a chance to win one of two $50 ‘Not Socks’ vouchers.

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 22 August – Friday 2 September to be in the draw to WIN!

Two vouchers, two winners!

The winners will be drawn on Friday 2 September and notified by email.
Go to to start ordering.

Biosecurity New Zealand – Ministry for Primary Industries – We Need You!!


For more details:
Check out
Email [email protected]

Northern Rovers FC – Register your child for the October Holidays at

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.

Cyber Safety Evening at Rangitoto College

Culture Day Event


Sculptureum Offer for Families – School Promo

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