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

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

Monday, 17 October – Term 4 begins! Please ensure your child arrives between 8:30 and 8:45 am, rested, refreshed, and ready for a new term of learning.

Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou Mairangi Bay School whānau,

A karere from your Tumuaki

Term 3 has been packed with many rich learning opportunities for all our ākonga from years 1-6. It began with the Life Education mobile classroom. Financial Capability was the inquiry theme for this term too. Our Year 0-3 visited the Mairangi Bay shops and engaged in activities relating to money and our community. This authentic experience helped our junior students plan and design their market day on September 15. The tremendous results filled our junior space with excitement, creativity, and success. 

It was great to read the results of our Senior Market Day too. A total profit of $1,669.00 is an outstanding achievement. Thank you for all the hard work – making a difference and supporting the Starship Children’s Hospital. Combined with our PTA Market Day on Saturday, September 24, our students have truly experienced an authentic programme this term. Both the student and community market day events have provided the platform for our tamariki to understand the importance of financial literacy, know the process of identifying a product, and how to work together and bring an idea to life for a worthy cause. 

Other learning opportunities continue to extend our students, connect with passions and interests and provide equity and excellence within a sporting, cultural, arts, academic and leadership context. Opportunities this term also included: 


  • Australian Maths Challenge
  • ICAS assessment
  • Tech Ninjas – this group of students investigated the learning opportunities of using digital equipment like spheros, Lego WeDo, Scratch coding etc. Eventually, they will be able to help classes use this equipment and also present at WeLearn in Term 4 
  • Year 5s took part in a MathsEX competition
  • EPro8 Competition. 2 teams entered the science and engineering competition at Glenfield Intermediate on Sep 15. Our Year 5 team came fourth (out of 8), and our Year 6 team came 2nd 
  • All classes enjoyed working with Dani from Digital Circus to extend their knowledge of the digital curriculum


  • Netball, Hockey, Futsal, Football, Flippaball, Basketball
  • Lunchtime clubs (Football/ Gymnastics/ Volleyball/ Touch) , Student Coaching, Chess


  • Kapa Haka
  • Te Āo Māori Time
  • Enviro Club


  • Kids Sing Choir
  • Marimba Club
  • Ukulele Club


  • Lunchtime sports leaders
  • Peer Mediators

The term was completed with a visit from Alicia Hoskin, an Olympic Kayaker and Olympic Ambassador during our end-of-term values assembly. She spoke about the Olympic values of Excellence, Respect, and Friendship, aligning with our school values.  The event was also genuinely appropriate as we all inspire our ākonga to be the best versions of themselves.

It is great to see so many rich learning opportunities at our kura. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness and support.

School Notices

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

Angela Liu, Kaia Duff, Olivia Lusby, and Elsa Liang.

Student Led Conferences Week 2, Term 4

We look forward to sharing our learning at the Student Led Conferences on Tuesday 25 October from 3:30 pm-7 pm (Week 2, Term 4).  If you have any questions about this day, please contact your teacher.  Bookings will be open from Monday 17 October.

Years 3 & 4 Showcase

After weeks of practising, the Years 3 and 4 put on an amazing showcase performance. There was a variety of items from drumming to dances, singing and a play!

The students showed great mana as well as the school values. Thanks to all who helped with the performance.

The Whale Rider Show

The years 3 and 4’s have had an amazing time at the Pumphouse Theatre today. It was a fabulous show told through puppets retelling the story of The Whale Rider. A great end to the term and treat after their own Showcase performance.






Enviro Club Kaupapa

Mairangi Bay Primary School is part of a nationwide programme called Enviroschools. Our vision is to equip our tamariki with the knowledge and competencies they need to be leaders in environmentally friendly practices that benefit our school and their wider community. Sustainability is a global imperative, and many people are rising to the challenge and taking action. As our programme develops, we aim to inspire our tamariki to connect with and explore the environment, then plan, design, and take action using the knowledge and understanding they have gained to critically reflect on their lifestyle choices, attitudes, and values, which will hopefully result in long-term behaviour change. Therefore, fostering a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make our programme a success, whether it be giving your time to help with our school gardens, accompanying us on a beach clean-up day, planting trees or educating tamariki if you have expertise in this area. This will also reinforce the value of participatory decision-making and collaborative action.

Parent Support

Thank you to all our parent volunteers for supporting the traffic flow on Galaxy Drive from this week.  We now have a 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

We value your feedback – End of Term 3 Community Survey

We value your feedback. Have your voice and complete the Term 3 End of Term Community Survey

The results will be published in Term 4. 

We value your perspective – MBS Parent Website Focus Group

As we continue to reflect and revise our process and practices to ensure we provide the best service for our tamariki and community,  we are working through a process of refreshing our website.  Therefore, we feel it is important to capture our parent community website experience and perspective.  If you would like to be part of our MBS Parent Website Focus Group, please complete the Term 3 End of Term Community Survey, and add your name to the list in the final statement.  We intend to meet in Week 2, Term 4. Watch this space.

If you have any questions, Please make an appointment by clicking this link: 

Speed Limit Update

Thank you for continuing to adhere to the speed limit of 5km/h when entering the school grounds. It is much appreciated.

Pick Up and Drop-Off  Zone – Update

As a polite reminder, please adhere 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 visited last week and reassured us that they will be addressing the issue during the holidays.  Many thanks for your continuous understanding.

Together we can make a difference

PTA Market Day – Congratulations

Our school was a buzz of community excitement last Saturday as whānau came together to enjoy the long weekend in the sunshine.  Every stall offered a range of exciting treasures.  from toys, books, apparel, gems, plants, candy, cakes, popcorn, sausage sizzle and drinks.  A community day to remember.  We would like to thank our PTA, PCR, whānau and staff for organising and supporting our first of many market days, linking student learning through financial capabilities to an authentic and rich learning experience.  To gather a full perspective of the day, please click on the LINK.

We look forward to our Term 4 community event.  If you would like to be part of this amazing experience and help your school community, please contact our PTA at [email protected].

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

 Sports News

It has been a busy couple of weeks for our young athletes.

Cluster Netball
Wednesday, 21 September saw our school’s top Year 5 and 6 netballers participating in Cluster Netball at Pinehurst School. There were some high flying, bouncing, popping skills on display through the round robin. The Year 5 team put up a great battle against the top team, to finish second in their pool. Whilst the Year 6 team fought hard for a third-place pool finish. The final games were a great delight to watch with some great Silver Fern gameplay from both teams. Congratulations to Year 5 for finishing 4th and Year 6 for finishing 5th overall.

Girls Futsal Festival day
To promote football and the upcoming World Cup, Mairangi Bay was invited to attend a Futsal Festival Day, at Barfoot and Thompson Netball Centre, Northcote. We entered 7 teams, made up of 49 girls. It was great to see students putting themselves out of their comfort zone and learning new skills.

What’s coming up: Key Dates for Term 4

Touch Rugby – Games will be on at Sunnynook Park on Mondays or Thursdays.

Cluster events:

Swimming: Tuesday, 1 November

Touch: Wednesday, 7 November

Athletics: Friday, 25 November

Gymnastics: Thursday, 10 November

Tennis: Monday, 28 November

Have a safe school holiday and see you for another action-packed term on 17 October

Nikki Black, Sports Coordinator

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

Getting to know our staff

I was born in NZ and grew up on the North Shore. I have travelled the world like all keen kiwis and lived in London and Melbourne for several years. After many years of office-type work, I decided on my return to NZ to gain a degree in Education. I have enjoyed every minute of teaching and in particular being part of the Senior cohort, of which I am the Y5 learning leader. I am married with two lovely children, Sophie and Jamie, who are at University and in Y13 respectively. Outside of school, I enjoy catching up with friends, all things sci-fi, movies, and astronomy. John Fowler, Year 5 Leader.

As a father of two, I enjoy participating in school activities and providing support to families, especially those who are very new to the country and everything else around. I am also involved in another local school as a board member. In my spare time, I like to go fishing with my kids.

Frank Jia, International Manager.


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

Global Art Holiday Workshop

Browns Bay Christmas Parade – 3 December

Sculptureum Offer for Families – School Promo

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