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

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October

Bike Ready – Year 5’s

Thursday 27 October

Website Refresh Parent Group

Friday 28 October

Whanaungatanga Breakfast – Strategic Plan Focus Parent Group

Saturday 29 October

North Shore Marimba Festival – Years 5-6 Marimba Group at Milford School.

Tuesday 1 November

Interschool Swimming – Years 4-6 at AUT Millennium

Barefoot Trailer – Years 0-2 

Thursday 3 November

Photolife: Sports Teams – Schedule to follow

Friday 4 November

Whole School Assembly – 1:50 pm in our school hall

Monday 7 November

Cluster Touch – Year 6 at Ashley Reserve

Sports Cafe in our Staffroom – 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Principal’s Message

A Karere from your Tumuaki


Seeing our tamariki excitedly buzzing and connecting with friends and teachers was great as we started a new term last week. A new term brings a new inquiry – sustainability. This is an excellent opportunity to develop kaitiaki through our learning keys – mentioned in our assembly on Friday. Our tamariki also started their athletics programme, enjoyed a Bike Ready programme and participated in school swim sports ready for our inter-school event later this term. Our kapa haka group, enviro club, lunchtime clubs and music programmes also restarted, providing rich learning opportunities and equity for all. Therefore, as we weave our graduate profile, vision and school values in everything we say and do – with your help, we are taking strides to achieve our mission of learning together to create a better tomorrow. We are excited to see how we develop our learning key – the MBS graduate profile – over the next term, promoting guardianship of the three core sustainability concepts – economic, environmental, and social. By engaging in a sustainable process, with your partnership, we can play our part to ensure our tangata whenua thrive in our wonderful community today and for years to come.

School Notices

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

Maximilian Oosterdijk, Eddie Lipshaw, Emma West, Cindy Yu, Kye Eales, Zamira Molina, Yamamoto Masayuki, Andy Liu, Avi Grieve, Shirley Cui, Win Flag Techasaratool, Frank Techasaratool, Wynter Golaboski, Athena Liu, Enya Yu, Sofia Obradovic, Zoey Wang, Kimbi Li, Phoebe Liang, Eason Tang, Minjun Kim, Alina He, CJ Clifford, Dejin Zou, Gemma Zhang and Marcus Liu.

Promoting Healthy Eating and Drinking

As we move into Term 4 and the summer months, it is timely to remind our tamariki about the importance of healthy eating and drinking. Healthy eating is essential for good health. Unhealthy diets are one of the biggest risk factors contributing to preventable chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Research shows that increasing access to healthy food supports our tamariki to make healthy food and drink choices. Promoting healthy eating can support a healthy, productive community. To help pack a healthy lunch please consider:

1. Offering a variety of healthy foods
2. Food should be prepared with the minimum amount of salt, sugar, and saturated fats.
3. Tap water is the main cold drink option.

A more holistic view extends the concept of health to include a strong connection with the environment. From the perspective of te ao Māori, human health is connected to and interrelated with the health of the environment, and people have a responsibility as kaitiaki or guardians of the land. ‘Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua.’ ‘Care for the land, care for the people, go forward.’

More importantly, good nutrition affects students’ behaviour, learning, concentration and energy, as well as their physical health. When students eat a nutritious diet, they find it easier to learn. This term, our teachers and sports co-ordinator will be promoting the importance of healthy eating and drinking at lunchtimes, during training, at cluster and game days.  If you have any questions, please contact your class teacher, or  Nikki Black, our sports co-ordinator.

We value your feedback

As we value your feedback, please complete the Term 3 whānau survey by clicking on this link.  The results will be published in our week 4 newsletter.

We have also organised several Term 4 Principal Cafes to connect with our community and gather perspective. The dates are as follows:

  • Week 2 – Thursday, 27 October – Website Parent Focus Group – Staffroom – 1:45 pm – 2:45pm
  • Week 4 – Monday, 7 November – Sports Cafe – Staffroom – 1:45 pm – 2:45pm
  • Week 5 – Monday, 14 November – Strategic Planning Breakfast – Staffroom – 8:15 am – 9:30 am

Please click on this link and sign up if you are keen to attend.

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 guidelines 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.

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

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. 

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.

Parent Support and PTA

Thank you to all our parent volunteers for supporting the traffic flow on Galaxy Drive from this week.  We will continue to 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 or email the principal at  [email protected].

PTA – Our New PE Shed

Thank you to our PTA, we now have a new PE Shed.  Over the next few weeks, we will be relocating all current and new equipment ready for launch at the end-of-term celebration.  We are very excited about this progress, as it means our students can now have a range of sports resources at lunchtime too – a real game changer.

Together we can make a difference

Sports News

Swimming Sports Competition
Last Thursday, 20th October, we held our swimming sports competition at the National Aquatic Centre. We had nearly 50 students (Years 4, 5 & 6) competing for a spot in a swimming team that is going to be representing Mairangi Bay School on the 1st of November in the Interschool Swimming Event. All students were amazing and it was wonderful to hear them all cheering each other on. Congratulations to those students who have made it through to the Interschool Event.
Year 6 Bike Ready
Last week the Year 6’s had Bike Ready come into the school to teach about Road Safety. Students were taught about helmet safety and how to properly fit a helmet, as well as how to ensure their bike is safe and comfortable to ride. Road signals and road safety were a focus and all students had big smiles on their faces. It was great to see the resilience shown by students and the learning that was done. The Year 5’s will have their experience with Bike Ready this week.

Mel Mason, Teacher in charge of sports.

Music News

A few exciting performance opportunities for the musicians:
1. North Shore Marimba Festival – Some of the year 5/6 Marimba Group are participating in this event on Saturday 29 October @ Milford School.
2. Marimba Groups – The year 5/6 Marimba Groups will perform at the school Assembly on Friday 4 November.
3. North Shore Kiwileles Jam – the Year 3/4/5/6 children in the Ukulele Club are participating in this event on Thursday 10 November.
We will be leaving school by bus at 10 am and returning at lunchtime.
4. 60s Up Takapuna Club – Ukulele performance with the Year 5/6 Ukulele Club on Thursday 17 November
We will be leaving school by car at 10.20 am and returning after 12 noon.
5. Grandparents Day – Music performances on Friday 2 December 12 noon.
Clare McCormack
Music Teacher

Student Achievements

Phoebe Suo Liu participated in the Artistic Swimming New Zealand National Championships 2022.

Phoebe has achieved an outstanding result and won:

2nd place in Under 12’s Duet category (in a pair with her sister) and
2nd place in Under  12’s Team category

Auckland Mermaids Synchronised Swimming Club is very proud of Phoebe’s achievements, as are we at Mairangi Bay School.  Congratulations Phoebe!

News from our PTA

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] 

Skids News

Skids Term 4 Out of School Care is now available to book, visit to BOOK TODAY!

Getting to know our staff

I have been teaching at MBS for almost 8 years. I first joined the junior team, then the middle team and now I have returned to the junior team at the beginning of 2020. I came to teaching later in my life. Before that, I travelled extensively in Europe and Australia, before returning to New Zealand. My husband and I owned 2 small businesses and have 3 children (all adults now). I have lived in Torbay for 37 years, having originally come from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking, op-shopping and catching up with friends over a coffee. Jill Garton, Room 20 classroom teacher.

Before working as a teacher at Mairangi Bay Primary, I worked at sKids as a Programme Assistant Manager. I feel very lucky to now be working alongside such a supportive and helpful group of people whilst I learn and grow as a kaiako. In 2021 I completed my Bachelor of Education Degree at Auckland University of Technology. Whilst studying, I was fortunate enough to teach in a variety of schools across Auckland and taught children ranging from 5 to 13 years of age. Outside of school, I enjoy going for walks and catching up with family and friends. Growing up, I was never scared to give things a go. This led me to take part in things like motocross, trampolining, and owning a purple violin. Chrissy Jones, Room 16 classroom 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.

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.

Coatesville School Ag day – Saturday 29 October

Ag Day 2022 Poster 

Kidical Mass Bike Ride – Saturday 29 October

The Spooky Sheds Tour – 29 – 31 October

Christmas Lights in Browns Bay – Friday 18 November

Celebrations in Phoenix Plaza, Browns Bay for the arrival of the festive season with loads of fun for the kids around the giant Christmas tree.

Browns Bay Christmas Parade – 3 December

Sculptureum Offer for Families – School Promo

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