Coming Up

It is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

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

Thursday 15 September – Years 1 & 2 Market Day – Please contact your class teacher for more details

Thursday 15 September – EPro8 Competition for competing Year 5 & 6 students – Glenfield Intermediate at 1 pm

Thursday 15 September – Whanaungatanga Cafe – 5 pm – 6 pm – Staffroom. Please indicate your attendance below by linking to this LINK

Friday 16 September – Year 5 & 6 Market Day – Please contact your class teacher for more details

Monday 19 – Tuesday 20 September – Years 5 & 6 Swimming at AUT Millennium

Tuesday 20 September – New Parent Information Meeting in our staffroom at 9 am

Wednesday 21 September – Cluster Netball – Please contact Nikki Black for more details

Wednesday 21 September – Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday 22 September – Girls Futsal Festival Day – Please contact Nikki Black for more details

Friday 23 September – Netball Save Day

Friday 23 September – Whole School Assembly 2 pm in our School Hall

Saturday 24 September – PTA New & Pre-loved Market Day 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday 26 SeptemberSCHOOL CLOSED! Public Holiday – Queen Elizabeth II Memorial

Tuesday 27 September – Years 5 & 6 Swimming at AUT Millennium

Tuesday 27 September -Years 3 & 4 Showcase Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 28 September – Year 5 & Room 17 Whale Rider Show at The Pumphouse Theatre

Wednesday 28 September – Years 3 & 4 Showcase to Parents

Thursday 29 September – Friday 30 September – Years 5 & 6 Swimming at AUT Millennium

Thursday 29 September – Years 3 & 4 Whale Rider Show at The Pumphouse Theatre

Friday 30 September – Rooms 18 & 19 Whale Rider Show at The Pumphouse Theatre

Friday 30 September – Last day of Term 3 – School closes at 3 pm

Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou Mairangi Bay School whānau,

To help you navigate the newsletter this week, we have bookmarked each section. Please click on the links above to find the item relevant to you. Thank you for your patience as we streamline our communication.

A Karere from your Tumuaki

It is great to see the school buzzing with excitement this week as students prepare to celebrate their learning over the next few days.  This could be during our Kapa Haka participation in the Pīpīwharauroa Festival at Rangitoto College as part of our Mid Bays Kāhui Ako, the Kids Sing Choir performance, senior market day, middle school showcase, or on the sports field.  Wherever it may be, our school is thriving.  Our students collaborate, communicate and work hard to reach their potential – connecting along the way.  Mairangi Bay is truly a great place to learn and grow. 

We also took part in our first school-wide lockdown practice last week.  The students followed instructions well.  We will be reflecting on our practise to ensure the safety of our kura.

We value your feedback – The results from Term 2 Community Survey

Thank you to our whānau who completed the Term 2 community survey. The results were as follows.

We will continue to reflect and revise our process and practices to ensure we provide the best service for our tamariki and community. 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. Thank you for sharing your voice. A Term 3 whānau survey will be distributed at the start of next term.

Speed Limit Update
Thank you for adhering to the speed limit of 5km/h when entering the school grounds. It is much appreciated.

Pick Up and Drop Off Zone – Update
It is great to see everyone taking time and adhering to the guideline below during pick-up and drop-off on Galaxy Drive.

  • 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

Parking at the top of Agathis Avenue continues to cause congestion and potential accidents. Auckland Transport will be visiting to see how they can assist with this issue. Many thanks for your understanding.

Parent Support

Thank you to our parent volunteers for supporting the traffic flow on Galaxy Drive from this week. We now have more adult presence, supporting our community to reduce congestion and keeping our tamariki safe during the morning and afternoon. If you are still able to support your community, please complete the Google Form.

Together we can make a difference!

PTA Market Day – Saturday, 24 September Reminder

The PTA has organised a family market day to connect our community, build relationships, and support our family’s wellbeing. Your parent class rep is asking parents to bake cakes to sell during this event. Please see the attached poster for more information. It would be great to see you there, supporting your kura and community. Thank you to everyone organising this fantastic event too. Ka Pai! If you have any questions, please contact the PTA at [email protected]

School Notices

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

Aleeza Khan, Dohyeon Kim, Anna Liang, Lachie Kopetschny and Maja Kopetschny

Board of Trustees’ Election

Declaration of Results

Thank you everyone for exercising your right to vote. Please click the link here to Parent Representatives and Staff Representative Results.

Pīpīwharauroa Festival at Rangitoto College

Our Year 4-6 Kapa Haka rōpu went yesterday to the Pīpīwharauroa festival at Rangitoto College. It was an amazing experience for our tamariki to perform alongside many other local schools.

Our tamariki performed on stage with so much heart and aroha. Brody Wilson led with mana with a Whaikōrero (speech) to introduce our rōpu. They performed a range of waiata, haka, poi and mōteatea. They represented our kura with respect, they were well mannered and it was an all-round awesome day. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

Thank you to all our Whānau who came and tautoko our Year 4-6 Kapa Haka rōpu.

EPRO8 Competition
Last week, the Year 5 & 6 students had the opportunity to compete in the in-school science and engineering EPRO8 competition. One team from each year level was chosen to represent our school on Thursday, at the Interschool EPRO8 event at Glenfield Intermediate School. Well done to Amelia Yii, Audrey Ng, Oscar Fan & Kit Mikulich (Year 6) & Belle Dobbie, Eric Sun, Madeline Smith & Sisco Hou (Year 5). Good luck teams!

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

The school community calendar 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.

COVID-19 Update

Outlined below are the changes which took effect from 12 September:

  • household contacts of COVID-19 cases will no longer need to isolate but instead should undertake a RAT test every day for 5 days. This means that children and young people who are asymptomatic household contacts of confirmed cases will be able to attend school in person
  • Mask wearing is no longer strongly recommended, however it is optional for those who choose to wear one
  • Health and hygiene protocols will continue in classes to include ventilation and the use of hand sanitiser

School Shoes

Please ensure all shoes are clearly named. Many children have similar shoes and when they take them off to go into the library, they could easily get mixed up.  If they are not named, we cannot help the children decide if they are the correct shoes or not. Thank you!

Music News


We had some fun this morning recording our Marimba pieces for the online Marimba Festival.

One of our songs ‘Please Don’t Bother the Bees’
Thanks to Mrs Dundas for the Bee Keeper’s outfit.
We looked good and sounded great.

Well done Year 5 and Year 6 Marimba Groups!

Kids Sing Choir Festival

Our Senior Choir was able to perform at the Kids Sing Choir Festival on Tuesday 13 September.
This was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and organised by the NZ Choral Federation Auckland.
Auckland Primary and Intermediate Choirs come together for two days of choir performances.
The last time I was able to take a choir out to perform was at the end of 2019, so I was very excited and fortunate to be able to take this group, now that our lockdowns and restrictions are nearly over. Things are certainly opening up for music performances.
Our choir sang two songs: ‘Sisi Ni Moja’ and ‘I bought me a Cat’.
Thank you Julie Jang who does a wonderful job accompanying our choir.
We were able to share our voices with our parents at the evening Gala Concert.
Well done singers.

Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

 sKids News

sKids Term 3 Holiday Programme Announcement

sKids Mairangi Bay is preparing for our Term 3 Holiday Programme, and we are very excited to announce our plan for the holidays, below are some highlights to look forward to:

Trip day, where we will be heading to Flippin’ Fun at Massey
Two premium days in Hunger ball & Underwater Treasures.  Days spent on-site but with something extra
Our 5th ‘21’ End of Holiday Programme Tournament Day – A day dedicated to our site’s national sport

In the Term 2 Holiday Programme, we ran the 6th largest Holiday Programme across all the sKids-owned sites that were running a Holiday Programme. This served as a great reflection on the team we have here, our mix of amazing children from here and neighbouring schools, and all the behind-the-scenes planning, organisation and management that goes into running a busy, fun, and successful set of programmes for your children. These coming holidays, we are looking to be bigger and better, where my personal goal is to have more children spend part of their holidays with us and crack the top 5.

Below is the link to enrol now:

I look forward to spending some long, busy, but fun-filled days with your children

Daniel, Senior Programme Leader for North Shore.

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] 

Outside Activities

Encore Theatre Collective’s production of The Little Mermaid

Sam Rajaratnam and Sylvia Grant in their costumes for Encore Theatre Collective’s production of The Little Mermaid.

They have done 5 shows so far with 1 more to go. An awesome end to weeks of long rehearsals.
Sam is a seahorse and Sylvia is a fish.

Sam finished his Encore Theatre Collective show week on a high.  His abilities, hard work, and many hours of rehearsals were recognised with one of only 4 awards given.

Congratulations to you both!

Getting to know our staff

Kia ora. I have been teaching at Mairangi Bay School for 12 years, mostly as a Year 2 teacher. I love teaching, especially when everything comes together for the kids. Our class motto is ‘Be someone’s sunshine every day’. Mairangi Bay is an amazing school to teach at. Everyone works as a team and is so supportive. In my spare time, I love spending time with my three awesome kids and we’re often at the beach for surfing and skate parks for skateboarding. I love to watch them improve and master the tricks they have been practising. My family is very important to me. I love summer and clear, blue skies. Ataata tonu.

I completed my Graduate Diploma of Teaching at the end of 2018 from Massey University in Albany. Prior to teaching, I was a working musician performing in bands across New Zealand and Australia. I grew up in Orewa and attended Pinehurst College in Albany. I am happily married and my wife is also a primary school teacher. We welcomed our first child, Donovan, into the world in 2020 and we couldn’t be prouder parents. Sean Patterson, Room 14, Year 5 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.

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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