Thursday 6 April – School closes for the holidays at 3 pm
Looking Ahead Term 2 – Save the dates
Wednesday 26 April – Term 2. School Opens at 8:30 am
Thursday 4 May – 3:30 pm-7 pm Parent/ Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 9 May – 3:30 pm-6 pm Parent/ Teacher Interviews
End of Term Message from our Tumuaki
Kia ora Mairangi Bay Whānau,
As we approach the end of Term 1, I want to express my gratitude for your ongoing support, dedication, and commitment to our students and school. This term has been full of challenges, and I am grateful for your hard work, manaakitanga (care and generosity), and whanaungatanga (home-school partnership) in helping us achieve our potential. Your support has been critical in ensuring that our students have continued to receive the highest quality education possible. I want to thank all of our families for your ongoing support of our students and staff. Your involvement in our school community is greatly appreciated, and it has been wonderful to see so many of you actively engaged in your child’s education this year.
Thank you to Michelle and Steve for your leadership and guardianship this term. From Term 2, Michelle will return to the classroom (Rm 18) and the Year 5/6 co-leader role. Steve will continue as MB Way leader and remain at the leadership table each Monday.
I would also like to thank Zoe Macready for her mahi, kindness, and professionalism this term, helping students of Rm 18 to have a great start to the school year. We wish her all the best in her new role at Campbells Bay School. They are very lucky to be working alongside you.
We are excited to welcome back Peter Stoner, our Year 4-6 Deputy Principal. Peter has been on study leave for the past term, investigating te āo Māori and inclusion within schools. We look forward to weaving Peter’s newfound learning into our programme from Term 2.
BOT Thank You and Welcome
Thank you to Scott Walker for nine years of service as the BoT Presiding Chair. His commitment to our school in supporting past and present principals, and guiding our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, has been truly appreciated. We wish him well in the future. We would also like to welcome Nicky Rooksby, our new BoT Presiding Chair. We are excited to work alongside Nicky and our BoT to grow our vision and adhere to the goals set in our strategic plan.
Thank you, MBS staff and students
To our staff, I cannot thank you enough for your tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to the success of our students. Your hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, and I am grateful for the countless hours you have put in to ensure that our students have the support they need to thrive.
Finally, I want to acknowledge our students’ incredible resilience and perseverance this term. Their commitment to learning has been genuinely inspiring, even in the face of so many challenges. Thank you for your kindness, respect and resilience.
As we look forward to the next term, we will face more challenges. However, I am confident that with your support, we will continue to provide our students with an exceptional education and help them reach their full potential.
Thank you again for your hard work, manaakitanga (care and generosity), and whanaungatanga (home-school partnership) this term. I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to working with you again soon.
End of Term 1 Feedback
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Teaching and Learning
It has been great to see, hear and feel our students celebrating their identity, connecting with each other, and learning about our diverse community through our inquiry topic this term. We hope you enjoyed your visits to classrooms, listening and valuing your tamariki’s learning this week. Our end-of-term celebration assembly and cultural parade was a great success too, bringing our kura (school) together prior to the holidays. Congratulations to all our values cup recipients. We appreciate your kindness, respect, and resilience, making our place warm and welcoming. Next term, we look forward to developing the concept of ‘Functions’, weaving our newfound learning from Term 1. Ka pai!
Property Report – MoE Funded
This term, we have seen several upgrades to our property, including new drains, reinstalling broken concrete and posts in front of the site manager’s shed, and covering steel girders to ensure we comply with MoE health and safety regulations. Over the next six months, vision modifications, funded by MoE, will be upgrading our handrails, improving step thresholds and amphitheatre upgrades to ensure our school site is safe and inclusive. MoE will also be repairing the hall’s internal tiles and external roof. However, as expected, this is a long and complex process.
Signage – Sponsor Funded
Following Ann Milne’s White Spaces research, we have seen several signage upgrades this term, including welcome signs outside the library and school office and #iLOVEMBS next to the orchard. In the next six months, we will see a new screen in front of the site manager’s shed and upgrades of the school signs at each entrance point.
Kaitiaki Garden and Community Working Bee
Next term, a community working bee has been organsied on May 6 to clear land and upgrade our kaitiaki garden space behind the site manager’s shed. Whānau will also be invited to paint the fences and water blast surfaces to refresh our kura (school).
This term the Enviro club have been busy bees! We have been learning about different weeds and removing these from behind the Junior classroom block with the help of Julia from Restore: Hibiscus Coast. ‘The Bach Patch’ vegetable garden has been flourishing with tomatoes, capsicums, radishes, and many wonderful herbs. We were able to use our basil and parsley to make delicious pesto on Monday, to finish off the term. And of course, our school is lucky to have such dedicated rubbish monitors in the Enviro club to keep it clean and tidy! Next term we’ll be looking to plant some winter vegetables and will be on the lookout for some seedlings if anyone has any to donate.
Te āo Māori – Te Reo and Tikanga
Our tamariki have shared their talents and passions through kapa haka, te āo Māori – celebrating te reo and tikanga across our programme. We look forward to developing our unique personal haka ready for our school-wide Matariki festival at the end of Term 2, with support from Cultural Flow and the cultural committee. If you want to join us, don’t hesitate to contact our ISL Mātauranga Māori leader Briar Gimblett at [email protected].
Seeing and hearing so many students participating in the ukulele, marimba, and choir is excellent. Our ākonga have explored new forms of expression, celebrated diverse cultures, and brought joy to those around you through your creativity and artistry. We look forward to performing at several musical events and assemblies next term.
Website Refresh – Grant Funded
The website refresh team has been collaborating this term to ensure our new website platform reflects our school identity and increases accessibility. We will have a completed demo by the start of Term 2. The next step is to gather feedback from staff and whānau before going live. We also have several new social media platforms, including:
Each platform will have a specific purpose to showcase our localised curriculum, student success, and home-learning opportunities. A student privacy survey will be shared early next term.
Sports Uniforms and PE Equipment – Sponsor Funded
Thank you to Rebecca and Di for a great start to the year. Our students have experienced multiple opportunities to be active, participate and compete. We now have new basketball and netball uniforms for Year 5 and 6 teams sporting our refreshed logo and colours. Next term, our hockey teams will have a new kit too. We also have plans for new touch uniforms for Term 4. The sports shed has now been replenished. With the funds gained from Shore-to-Shore, we will be able to continue growing our PE resources to help implement our programme. If you have any questions, please adhere to the sports handbook.
PTA and PCR
Thank you, PTA! We now have 20 parent class reps (PCR), supporting each class to streamline our communication process. The Year 0-4 disco was a great success with over 90% of students attending and raising over $2000. We have planned a Year 5-6 movie night during Term 2 and a Community Quiz Night during Term 3.
Grants and Sponsorship
I want to thank all our sponsors for their support this term, including:
Nigel – Dynamic Sports NZ (Sports Uniforms and Equipment)
Jess and Todd – Neo Build (Sports Uniforms and Signage)
Michelle – The Hairdressers Mairangi Bay (Sports Uniforms)
Kris – Harcourts (Sports Uniforms, Hospitality)
Paul – Northern Rovers FC (Sports Coaching)
George – Tiger Turf (Surface Repairs)
Pip-sKids (Sports Equipment)
Jonny – Brodericks Design and Printing (Signage)
Pooja – Bunnings (Materials and Gardens)
Amanda – Newhaven Gardens (Gardens)
Young – Eternelle (Signage, Hospitality)
Emma and David – New World Milford (Hospitality)
Jane – Mairangi Bay Village Magazine (Advertising)
Nigel – Spike@school – (Website Grants)
Elizabeth – Grants for Good (Grants)
We would like to thank everyone who has made contributions and fee payments to the school. If you haven’t done so, just a quick reminder that you can view the finance details in your child’s account on HERO. Your contribution helps us with planning and we appreciate the support you provide in assisting us to deliver a solid and inclusive learning program. If you have any questions regarding the payments, please feel free to contact the school office.
School Holiday Programmes: Mairangi Bay School
sKids – Contact [email protected]
Northern Rovers FC – Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 8:45 am-12 pm
School closes for the holidays at 3 pm on Thursday 6 April
Term 2 Starts
Monday 24 April – Teacher Only Day – School Closed
Tuesday 25 April – ANZAC DAY – School Closed
Wednesday 26 April. School Opens at 8:30 am
Term 2 Week 2: Thursday, 4 May 3:30 pm-7:00 pm
Term 2 Week 3: Tuesday, 9 May 3:30 pm-6:00 pm
This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and next steps. A Hero post will be shared in the coming weeks to book a time to meet with your teacher.
Please check the school website for dates and times of events during Term 2. Alternatively, please contact your class teacher.
Mairangi Bay Primary 2023 Holiday Programme (2023)
Our April holiday programme being run at Mairangi Bay Primary School is suitable for kids with football skills of any level. Enjoy games, challenges, and tournaments that focus on developing skills and having fun. All while getting plenty of fresh air and exercise in a safe and fun environment with our Northern Rovers coaches!
Location – Mairangi Bay Primary School, Galaxy Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Session Dates and Times – Please register online before attending. The programme will be held over two days on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April. Meet at the school at 8:45 am, and the fun will begin at 9 am. The sessions will end at 12pm and a prompt pick-up is appreciated.
The Nutty Scientists are coming to Mairangi Bay School in Term 2!
Looking for an after-school program that will spark your child’s curiosity and passion for science? Join Nutty Scientists at Mairangi Bay School in Term 2 and discover the exciting world of science! From playing with density to taking a ride on our balloon hovercraft, our program offers a range of fun and hands-on experiments that will deepen your child’s understanding of the wonders of science.
Inspiring your child’s love for science can unlock a world of possibilities. Limited spaces, sign up now and watch your child’s curiosity for science come to life.
Holiday Programme – Only a few spaces left in our Sunnynook Ooey Gooey theme in the 2nd week of the school holiday, don’t miss out!”