Coming Up

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

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

Wednesday 31 August – Principal Café for our Korean whanau, 1:45 pm

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

Thursday 1 September – Parent Class Reps Principal Café 2 pm in the staffroom

Sunday 4 – Sunday 10 September – Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga

Friday 9 September – Whole School Assembly 1:45 pm in the school hall

Tuesday 13 September – Pipiwharauroa Festival at Rangitoto College

Tuesday 13 September – Kids Sing at Holy Trinity Cathedral

Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou Mairangi Bay School whānau,

A Karere from your Tumuaki

Week 6 proves to be another busy time for rich learning. Our students are working together to expand their knowledge, skills and understanding of financial literacy by putting ideas into practice. Thank you for providing these opportunities to connect with our local area and ensure authentic learning.

He Kaitiaki – The Guardian

As mentioned in my previous newsletters,  building and sustaining high trust relationships is at the heart of effective leadership and is a key priority at Mairangi Bay School.  High trust relationships are developed when people are respected for their deep conceptual knowledge, their actions and values.  They are invited to engage with empathy, and with humility.   By embracing this approach, we can foster openness in discussions, gather ongoing feedback and problem-solve together.  We can protect and nurture a caring environment where people and ideas are valued,  we feel safe and well-being is enhanced and relationships are strong.  Thank you for providing your voice to date.  Here is our Tūrangawaewae Report.  It captures the voices of our tamariki, kaimahi and whānau during Term 2.  We will use this to assist in the completion of the school strategic plan by the end of the year.  We truly appreciate your contribution. He waka eke noa – We are all in this together.

We value your feedback

As a polite reminder, please complete this short feedback survey for Term 2. If you disagree with any of these statements, please feel free to attend our Principal Cafes or make an appointment by clicking this link:  We welcome your ideas.  The results will be published during the week 8 newsletter.

Term 3, the Principal Café dates are as follows:

  • Week 8 – Wednesday 14 September – Staffroom – 1:45 pm-2:45pm

Please indicate your attendance below by linking to this LINK.

School Notices

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

Lawrence Lin, Leo Tallott, Tiahomai Samuels and Sherry Yang.

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 – A health and safety concern

We need your help. Over the past few weeks, I have been concerned about the drop-off and pick-up zone during the morning and afternoon.  This has prompted an increase in Auckland Transport and police presence, supporting our kura to streamline our service as you drop off and pick up our tamariki on Galaxy Drive.  To help minimise risk and to ensure a steady flow of traffic, could all parents, carers and drivers of students please

  • Drive through to the END of the drop-off zone, rather than stop and set down at the beginning of the zone
  • All students only enter and depart the car onto the path rather than roadside
  • Be patient and kind to staff 
  • No three-point turns 
  • No parking in the drop-off zone
  • No drop-off or pick-up by the emergency exit point marked in yellow Galaxy Drive

The top of Agathis Avenue is a turn-bay. Therefore, please avoid parking in this zone. It can cause congestion and potential accidents as our whānau are unable to complete a full turn.

We need your help

If you are able to assist with the drop-off and pick-up zone on Galaxy Drive and Agathis Avenue, during the following times, please complete the Google Form.  

  • Morning support times: 8:30am- 9:00am
  • Afternoon support time: 2:45pm-3:15pm

Together we can make a difference

Our PTA – Update

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to be a Parent Class Rep (PCR) this year. We now have 13 out of 20 PCR. We are looking forward to meeting you all on Thursday 1 September in the staffroom at 1:45 pm, to highlight potential roles and responsibilities for 2022. 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].

Forthcoming events – Term 3 Market Day

On Saturday 24 September, our PTA will be hosting a Market Day from 2 pm-5 pm.  Empty your garage and book a table today.  For further details, contact the PTA at [email protected]

Covid Update

Last week, we had four 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.

As a polite reminder, mask-wearing is highly recommended to reduce the risk of spreading winter illness.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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 day 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.

Music News

Many exciting things are happening in the music room at the moment.

1. Kids Sing
The senior choir is performing on Tuesday 13 September at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
We will be travelling by bus in the morning to perform, then returning with our parents in the evening for the Gala Concert.
Well done choir for working so hard on our two songs. Only two more weeks to go.

2. Marimba Groups Video
Our live ONZA Marimba Festival was not able to go ahead this year so Marimba schools from around New Zealand have been learning pieces to film for an online showcase.

Edited by One Legacy Films, our online Marimba Festival – Songs from Rongo-mā-tāne – will be shown in a variety of ways. It will be posted on school websites, the Orff New Zealand Aotearoa (ONZA) Website and YouTube.

Students will also be able to watch the video themselves at school once it has been completed in October.

We will be filming at school on Thursday the 8th of September.

My son Joshua McCormack will be filming the children.

3. North Shore Marimba Festival

I am taking the Year 6 Marimba group to this event on Saturday 29 October to be held at Milford School.

4. North Shore Ukulele Kiwileles Jam

I am taking the Ukulele Club to this event on Thursday 10 November to be held at Pinehurst School.

Please get your permission forms back to me this week, so I know how many children are coming from years 3-6.

It is not too late to join the Ukulele Club. We practice on Thursdays at 12.45 pm.

Clare McCormack, Music Teacher

Sports News

Cluster Basketball
Mairangi Bay entered boys and girls teams into the tournament at Eventfinda Stadium, Northcote. It was an action-packed day full of swish moves, plenty of hoops, and a great attitude by all involved. A big congratulations to both teams. Both teams placed 5th overall. A big thank you and shout-out goes to our Murray’s Bay Intermediate coaches for the day.

Cluster Hockey
Our top hockey team entered into the mixed grade for this tournament at the Harbour Hockey Stadium, Rosedale. Once the rain passed, our team was ready to shine. Finishing top of pool play, it was off to the semi-finals. This was a well-fought game, with Mairangi Bay pushing through for the win. The final was Mairangi Bay v’s Murrays Bay. Our team played with all their might and every last drop of sweat and tears was left on the field. It was an incredible final game to watch. Congratulations team on 2nd place. A huge thank you to coach and manager, Carmen Swanepoel and Jo Hollis.

Northern Rovers Festival Day
Some of our Year 6 football players were invited to attend the Northern Rovers Festival Day at McFetrdige Park, Glenfield. The weather was perfect for a morning of footy. 2 mixed teams attended and played a total of 7 games each. Teamwork, leadership, and comradery were the winners of the day.

It’s all about the parents
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who have supported our cluster or interschool events. This is through providing transportation and/or coming along to support the teams. Sporting events cannot go ahead without this support.
Thank you, parents and caregivers!

Afterschool Sports
Registrations are currently open for Touch Rugby, beginning in Term 4. Check out HERO for details and the registration form.
I am currently getting information about spring netball and hockey.
Keep an eye out on HERO for further details.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact: [email protected] or come and see me for a chat. No question/query is ever too big or too small.

Nga mihi
Nikki Black, Sports coordinator

 sKids News

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:

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

Auckland Writers Festival

20 lucky students travelled to the Aotea Centre on Wednesday 14 August to hear 4 authors (Tui Sutherland, Tom E Moffat, Maria Gill and TK Roxborogh) talk about their inspirations for writing, their journey to become a writer and some top tips about how to become a writer.  Our 20 students had an amazing day as evidenced by the selected quotes below.


Alisha – the authors were inspirational.
Oria – I enjoyed seeing the authors because it was cool meeting them.
Abigail – I loved their books – especially Maria Gill’s animal books.
Hayley – I loved the facts they told us about how they created their books.
Queena – It was very fun to meet them because I am very interested in books.
Jordan – I liked the passion they spoke with and it was so interesting how they make their books and it is inspiring.
Elim – It was very interesting.
A huge thank you to Belinda Mitchell, Leon Guo and Louise Hopkins who provided transport either to or from the Aotea Centre.  Thanks also to Mrs Hofstra who came as the helper and shepherder.  Lastly, a huge thank you to Murrays Bay Intermediate who kindly lent me their van so I could take 10 students.
Peter Stoner, Deputy principal
Aotearoa School Library Week and Book Character Drawing Competition
A few weeks ago our library celebrated Aotearoa School Library Week, where we acknowledged the fantastic resources our school library has to offer. We are very lucky at Mairangi Bay School to have such a large space to enjoy with each class. As part of the celebration, Mrs Hopkins ran a book character drawing competition, where children could draw or design their favourite book character. There were many amazing entries where the children displayed creativity and flair. The two winners who received signed copies of the Micky book series from the author Debbie Wastney (an ex-teacher at Mairangi Bay School) were: Millie McPhail from Rm10 and Yihanxi Yang from Rm20.

Y5/6 Inter-school Book Battle

A couple of weeks ago we had two Y5/6 teams compete in the Inter-school book battle, held at Northcross Intermediate.  It was a fun morning of book quizzing against many North Shore Schools. Our two teams studied hard and represented our school with pride.  Although we didn’t make it into the top three placings, we did come away with a few spot prizes, pizza vouchers and bookmarks, so lots of smiles from everyone.

Lunchtime Chess Club

One of our lunchtime groups at MBS is Chess Club. This runs most Fridays and is led by Mr. Fowler, a Year 5 teacher. Students of any age can go and play with other students or learn how to play. Sometimes the students even challenge the teacher! Thank you, Mr. Fowler, for instilling a love of the game in our students!

What fantastic, rich learning opportunities our students have at our school. We are so lucky to have such passionate kaiako at MBS.

Outside Activities

Congratulations to Sylvia Grant (Room 14) who recently danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre in Auckland. We are so proud of you! Here is Sylvia in her costume as a Fairy Godmother Helper, designed by Emma Kingsbury for RNZB’s Cinderella.

Sylvia would like to thank all the Staff and Students at MBS (both current and past students), who came to watch the show and support her.

Getting to know our staff

“Ko Pukekararoa tōku maunga
Ko Kaipara tōku awa
Ko Ngati Whatua tōku iwi
Ko Te Uri o Hau tōku hapu
Ko Mahuhu ki te rangi te waka
Ko Warkworth tōku turangawaewae
Ko Briar taku ingoa

This is my 4th year teaching but my first year at Mairangi Bay school. I taught in the UK for 9 months before returning home to teach on the North Shore. I am passionate about teaching self-confidence and encouraging students to challenge themselves as I believe that these are skills they can always tap into. My passions outside of school are my whānau, connecting with friends, reading and karaoke!” Briar Gimblett, year 6 classroom teacher.

I grew up in Shenzhen (the first city that China opened to the world in late 70’s), graduated from Australia and arrived here in Auckland in 2003. 17 years have passed and I am still amazed by the natural beauty of this place. We settled in the bays and raised two lovely kids who were both former MBS students and now attend local intermediate school/college. I enjoy my job as it has a lot of variety, and the people I work closely with are very kind and supportive. At home, my favourite places are the pantry and the kitchen (not that I go there to cook but to search for ice cream and snacks). Holly Fang, Executive Officer.

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.

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

Mairangi Bay Tennis Club

FREE Coaching during Term 4 and 1 included in junior membership
10% OFF Junior Membership if you join before 30th September 2022
10% OFF Term 3 Holiday Programme

Upcoming Junior Open Days – Sunday 4th September 2-4 pm – Sunday 11th September 11-4 pm

Please see the Poster-for-Schools

Culture Day Event

Sculptureum Offer for Families – School Promo

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