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- A karere from your Tumuaki
- School Notices
- Sports News
- Music News
- Student Achievements
- PTA News
- Skids News
- Community Notices
Remember to celebrate and discuss this week’s learning experiences with your child.
Wednesday 9 November
Board of Trustees meeting 7:30 pm
Thursday 10 November
Cluster Gymnastics: Year 5-6: North Harbour Gymnastics (Contact Ms Mason)
Year 0-2 Athletics Day (Contact class teacher)
North Shore Ukulele Kiwileles Jam: Pinehurst School, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (Contact Mrs McCormack – Music Teacher)
Friday 11 November
Year 0-2 Athletics Save Day
Monday 14 November
Principal Breakfast Invitation: Strategic Plan Focus Parent Group (Contact the school office)
Year 3-6 (2023 students) Linewize Parent Information Evening via Zoom (Contact Mr Stoner and Mrs Webster)
Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 November
Year 0-2 Swimming at Hilton Brown (Contact class teacher)
Year 3-4 Athletics Day (Contact class teacher)
Wednesday 16 November
Year 5-6 Athletics Day (Contact class teacher)
Thursday 17 November
Year 3-4 Athletics Save Day
Friday, 18 November
Year 5-6 Athletics Save Day
Whole School Assembly in our school hall at 2 pm
Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 November
Year 0-2 Swimming at Hilton Brown (Contact class teacher)
Wednesday 23 November
Year 5 Wearable Arts Show, details to follow
Thursday 24 November
Year 6 Wearable Arts Show, details to follow
Friday 25 November
Cluster Athletics (Contact Ms Mason)
Monday 28 November
Cluster Tennis (Contact Ms Black)
Tuesday 29 November
Year 3-6 Hungerball (Contact Ms Garnett)
Wednesday 30 November
Cluster Athletics Save Day
Friday 2 December
Grandparents Day, 12 – 3 pm – Details to follow
Whole School Assembly in our school hall
A Karere from your Tumuaki
Celebrating our small achievements is part of the learning journey and can help us to engage and be motivated to do more great work. This positive concept is linked to our school vision – developing our tamariki to be motivated, brave, and sincere.
We can celebrate a birthday milestone, achieve our times tables, write a persuasive text to ensure we are being kaitiaki, read our first book or make a new friend. Staying engaged and promoting positive well-being can help us to learn together to create a better tomorrow through our connections and successes.
Sustainability and Conservation – Kaitakitanga
Our junior students are continuing to develop their key understanding of sustainability and conservation. What we do to our planet today affects our planet tomorrow, protecting our environment by embracing the concept of kaitiakitanga. This includes our farms, schools, cities, jungles, and oceans. Our senior students are building on this concept and investigating how we can help to protect the environment too through the concepts of recycle, reuse and repurpose. We will be working towards creating a product from recycled materials for our Wearable Arts Show later this term.
To support our understanding of sustainability, we are weaving our knowledge and skills across our literacy programme. We are identifying essential vocabulary to develop a deeper meaning of kaitiaki during our reading and writing programmes. We are also focusing on persuasive writing, creating adverts, letters and posters. The senior school is building an anthology of poetry using different literary devices to expand their understanding of how to be an advocate for a sustainable future.
Our mathematics programme is thriving this term. It has been designed to guide our juniors to focus on revising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies, proportions and ratios. They are also learning about mapping, coordinates and movement through digital technology. Our seniors continue to problem-solve collaboratively. Children are working together to apply multiplication/division strategies to enhance their understanding of mathematical processes and ideas.
With such learning success occurring at our kura, last week, we celebrated with a More FM Radio interview.
This was an opportunity to showcase our Term 3 success and learning progress for Term 4.
To listen to the radio interview, here is the link to the shareable podcast.
Welcome to our new students and their families who have joined our MBS family:
Nicholas Nguyen, Jamie Zhu, Connor Watt, Luah Saini and Samuel Laiju.
We value your feedback
Our final Term 4 Principal Cafe to connect with our community and gather perspective for 2022 will take place on Monday 14 November.
- 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.
Term 3 Parent Feedback Results
25 families responded to the survey. Although we are disappointed with the number of responses we received, we are pleased the outcome was consistent with the feedback in Term 2. We will continue to reflect and revise our process and practices to ensure we provide the best service for our tamariki and community via a range of evaluation tools and strategies. If whānau disagree with any of these statements, we invite them to attend our Principal Cafes or make an appointment by clicking this link. We welcome ideas. A Term 4 whānau survey will be distributed at the end of the term.
End-of-term report summary
Increase sports news/celebrations on website and in newsletters
Investigate neurodiversity and programme to support dyslexia
Implement structures literacy approach
Provide lessons after school – music etc
Streamline Hero communication – can we filter or highlight the important information?
Happy with progress – the school has stepped up
Promoting Healthy Eating and Drinking
It is great to see that the Garden to Table (GTT) programme continues to support and promote healthy eating at our school. As our ākonga grow fresh veggies and fruit, we will continue to provide a service at the school gate. Therefore, our students are working hard to connect and develop life-long learning skills through a holistic approach and support from the GTT team.
Speed Limit Update
Thank you for continuing to adhere to the speed limit of 30km on Matipo Road and 5 km/h when entering the school grounds. It is much appreciated.
Pick Up and Drop Off Zone – Reminder
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.
Thank you to all our parent volunteers for supporting the traffic flow on Galaxy Drive. 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].
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.
Our Place, Our Home, Our Community
He nui atu tatou i te kura – We are more than just a school.
Together we can make a difference
Our students have had a busy couple of weeks representing our school. The one special thing I have noticed through the events we attend is the sportsmanship and sportswomenship. This comes in the form of comfort and picking up players when they are down, high-fiving each other and the opposition team for a job well done. It is always a pleasure to see our kindness school value’s being modeled in our community.
Interschool Swimming Competition
On Tuesday 1 November, we took a team of 21 students to the North Shore swimming competition. This was a busy day with many of our students competing in up to 5 events. The team put their best foot forward and gave it their all, both individually and in the relay events. Special mention to:
Abigail Kwok – 3rd 50m Breaststroke
Emma Xia – 2nd 25m Backstroke
Esther Choo – 3rd 50m Backstroke and 2nd 25m Breaststroke
Taj Chapple – 3rd 25m Breaststroke
Mairangi Bay School finished 5th overall. Congratulations team.
Cluster Touch Rugby Boys and Girls
Monday 7th November, two touch teams went out to represent our school in the Cluster Touch tournament at Ashley Reserve, Long Bay.
Our girl’s touch team, coached by Sienna and Luca from Murray’s Bay Intermediate, was full of passion, heart, and learning. With each game, they improved, smiled a little more, and had some very interesting tactics for each game. Congratulations girls on finishing 6th overall.
The Mairangi Bay boys team, coached by Manu, had their game face-on from the beginning. Losing their first game, making them more determined to play stronger, faster, and better. They were defeated in the semi-finals 2-1 and saw them playing off for 3rd and 4th.
The final playoff game was an intense fixture with full-time being a draw. This meant playing “drop-off, golden try”. Congratulations boys on finishing 3rd overall.
Congratulations to Clare McCormack and our marimba group, who performed at the Marimba Festival at Milford School last Saturday. We are very excited to share the Marimba Festival video 2022 The video will be shared on our official ONZA Facebook page and our website. Thank you so much for all the mahi that has gone into seeing this project through to completion.
Congratulations to the Ukulele group for ten years of service too. Last week, our school was presented with a trophy from the NZ Ukulele Trust in recognition of our commitment to this fantastic
Congratulations to Will Fyfe, who represented New Zealand in the Nouvelle Caledonie Optimist National 2022.
After qualifying in NZ Nationals, it was 5 months of training and sailing camps leading up to the regatta. The event proved to be an unforgettable experience for the team. Consistent strong breezes meant great sailing in the 17 race regatta. Will finished in 28th place out of 69 competitors, racing in an open age event up to 15 years old. After sailing each day the coach had the team doing Haka practice in the car park, their performance went down a delight at the opening ceremony. Along with making great friendships, the team were taken to an English class at a French school and enjoyed a day out snorkelling with turtles and sea snakes.
News from our PTA
Our PTA is working together to support a number of community events this term. Please add to your calendar
Friday 2 December – Grandparents Day – 12 pm – 3 pm
Friday, 9 December – PTA End of Term Celebration picnic – 5 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, 10 December – Mairangi Bay Village Christmas Festival
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, www.yummyfruit.co.nz/schools, 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.
For all PTA-related enquiries please email [email protected]
Skids Term 4 Out of School Care is now available to book, visit www.sKids.co.nz/
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. https://www.heathwatsonguitar.com/mairangi-bay-school.html
Sculptureum Offer for Families – School Promo
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