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Coming up…

Friday 30 June – Whole School End of Term Assembly 9:30 am in our school hall

Friday 30 June – End of Term 2 – School Closes at 3 pm

Monday 17 July – Term 3 starts. School opens at 8:30 am

A message from our Tumuaki

This term, our kura have again demonstrated a commitment to learning through curiosity, collaboration and connection. They engaged in lively discussions, asked thoughtful questions, and worked tirelessly to understand the exciting topic of ‘Functions’, exploring how we are connected. We investigated three different areas of understanding: how things work (Years 1-2), animal adaptations (Years 3-4), and machines and mechanisms (Years 5-6). Each provided rich learning opportunities that expanded our skills and knowledge, igniting our curiosity about the world. Our students’ hard work has resulted in impressive achievements that will serve them well next term.

Te āo Māori – Te Reo and Tikanga
Our tamariki have continued to develop cultural leadership and explore talents and passions through kapa haka and te āo Māori – building our knowledge of te reo and tikanga across our programme. This included participating in the Matariki Festival at Murrays Bay Primary School and farewell performances this week. We look forward to completing our kapa haka design ready for our school-wide Matariki Dawn Service on Friday, 11 August and the Pīpīwharauroa Festival on Monday 18 September (week 10).

If you want to join us, don’t hesitate to contact our ISL Mātauranga Māori leader Briar Gimblett at [email protected].

The Arts
We have also shared our talents and passions through the arts – dance, ukulele, marimba and choir. Our students have explored new forms of expression and brought joy to those around us through creativity and artistry. This included winning the National Dance Competition, an assembly showcase and a recent senior choir entry to a global competition – performing ‘Blossom Out’. These accomplishments are a testament to our students and teachers’ hard work, resilience, kindness, respect and positive attitude.

Sports
Students have continued to show the power of teamwork and determination in sports. Whether netball, rippa rugby, football, ice skating, hockey, flippaball or basketball, our children have trained hard and pushed themselves to new limits. Our students have experienced multiple opportunities to be active, participate and compete. We now have a new hockey kit to accompany our new basketball and netball uniforms. With the funds gained from Shore-to-Shore last term, we will also purchase PE resources to help implement our programme. Thank you to Rebecca Hale and Di Kruyen, our Sports and PE co-ordinators, for another great term. If you have any questions, please adhere to the sports handbook.

Farewell and Welcome New Staff

We want to thank our departing staff:
Mrs Davey is joining Torbay Primary School, pursuing new learning opportunities.
Mr Patterson is spending more time with his whānau. We will see Mr Patterson next term as he will be relieving at our kura.
Mr Stoner is joining Verran Primary as the new Principal.
Mrs McWilliams, for all her mahi this term, in supporting Room 4 students to meet their potential. Her ongoing care and support are truly appreciated.

Despite the change to our current staff structure, we look forward to the new opportunities this will bring. New staff joining our MBS whānau next term are:
Rm 1: Year 3/4 Class Teacher – Mrs Joe Otto
Rm 4: Year 3/4 Learning Leader – Ms Amanda-Jane Leith
Rm 14: Year 5 Class Teacher – Ms Kristie Daniels-Burl
New Entrant Teacher – Claire van Rooyen (Due to roll growth)
Deputy Principal: We will announce the new Deputy Principal at the end of the school holiday – ready to start Term 4.

Community Engagement
Thank you also to our community partners – our sponsors to include:

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 – Ray White Mairangi Bay (Sports Uniforms, Hospitality)
Young – Eternelle (Hospitality, Signage)
Paul – Northern Rovers FC (Sports Coaching)
George – Tiger Turf (Surface Repairs)
Sharlene – sKids (Sports Equipment)
Jonny – Brodericks Design and Printing (Signage)
Pooja – Bunnings (Materials and Gardens)
Amanda – Newhaven Gardens (Gardens)
Emma and David – New World Milford (Hospitality)
Jane – Mairangi Bay Village Magazine (Advertising)
Nigel – Spike@school – (Website Grants)
Will – Gill and Gundry Concrete Ltd (Property)
Natasha – Yoga Sanctuary (Wellbeing)

Your ongoing support and kindness to help develop discretionary projects not funded by MoE is truly appreciated. We can not say thank you enough for your contributions to our kura (school).

Other News

Property Update – MoE Funded
This term, we have continued to complete many property projects, including installations of fencing, clearing land for planting, plastering, painting and water blasting. Our vision modification plans, funded by MoE, are almost complete. This includes upgrading our handrails and step thresholds to ensure our school site is safe and inclusive. The hall roof repair has been logged with MoE since March, and we are awaiting our internal tiles and external roof to be repaired. As expected, this is a long and complex process. Thank you for your patience.

Other property projects include the refresh of our signage to ensure our school entrance points and office areas embrace our school identity, values, vision and mission. The community working bee on 6 May helped to clear land and upgrade our kaitiaki garden space behind the site manager’s shed and on Agathis Avenue, ready for landscaping. Please note: our whānau will be invited to join us and paint the fences next term to continue our site refresh (Date TBC).

Website Refresh – Grant Funded
The website refresh team has continued to collaborate this term. We are gathering feedback from staff, BoT and whānau to ensure communication accessibility, content and navigation are streamlined before going live next term. Exciting times ahead in this space.

School Donations
We thank everyone who has made contributions and fee payments to the school. If you are unsure if your account has been paid, or you wish to set up a payment plan, please contact Julia at [email protected]. Your contribution helps us with planning, and we appreciate the support you provide in assisting us to deliver a solid and inclusive learning program. Please get in touch with the school office if you have any questions regarding the payments.

School Holiday Programmes: Mairangi Bay School
sKids – Contact: [email protected]

Term 3
As we look to the future, I encourage our ākonga (learners) to continue approaching learning with the same determination, curiosity, and enthusiasm shown this term. Our school’s vision is to be motivated, brave and sincere in everything we do. This term, students have embodied our vision through their dedication to learn, willingness to try new things and take risks. Ka pai!

Looking Ahead – Save the Dates

Monday, 17 July: School Starts
Friday, 11 August: Matariki Dawn Service
Friday, 22 September: School Ends

Please check the school website for dates and times of events during Term 3. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your class teacher.

Thank You

We would like to thank our staff for their tireless efforts, hard work and dedication to guide our tamariki (students). We are grateful for the countless hours they have put in to ensure that our students have the support they need to thrive. We would also like to thank our whānau and Board of Trustees for their ongoing feedback, guidance and encouragement too. It is appreciated.

Our mission is to learn together to create a better tomorrow. As we close out Term 2, I am proud to say that we have taken significant steps towards achieving this mission. By collaborating, sharing our knowledge and skills, and supporting one another, we have built a strong foundation for a brighter future. We are thankful for your manaakitanga (care and generosity), and whanaungatanga (home-school partnership) in helping us achieve our potential.

Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina.
Take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality.

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. As we move forward into Term 3, I encourage everyone to continue to embody these values and to live out our school’s vision and mission. Remember that every action we take and words we use can positively impact the community around us.

Please have a relaxing holiday, and we will see everyone fresh and ready to go next term.

Reminders

2024 Term Dates

The term dates for 2024 have been added to the sidebar of our newsletter to help you plan for 2024.

After School Activities

Community Notices

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand has asked that we share the following information with our school community.

This winter, between Monday 12 June and Saturday 30 September, participating community pharmacies in Auckland will provide a Minor Health Conditions Service for Māori and Pacific people, children aged under 14 years, and community service card holders.

The service allows pharmacists to have a clinical consultation and provide advice as well as medication if needed for a select set of minor health conditions no cost to the patient.

It also includes whānau members of a child with similar symptoms. For example, if the pharmacist determines your child needs treatment for scabies and they have older brothers or sisters, or you yourself also have symptoms, they may provide advice and medication for all of you.

The following health conditions are included in the Minor Health Conditions Service:

Acute diarrhoea
Dehydration
Eye inflammation and infections
Scabies
Headlice
Pain and fever
Eczema/Dermatitis
Minor skin infections

If your condition needs further support, the pharmacist can tell you the best place to go to get further help.

Let’s spread the word to our friends and whānau about this new service! It’s also important to remember that you can always speak to your local pharmacist for free health advice, even if you are not eligible for this service.

Participating pharmacies can be found by going to HealthPoint and searching “Minor Health Conditions”. You can also find a list here.

Local Information

Mairangi Bay Village Magazine – Take a look at page 8 for the article on our Working Bee.

Tots to Teens Magazine

Channel Magazine – Take a look at page 64 for the article on our Working Bee.

Northern Rovers Football Programme

Bracken and Webb Exclusive Events Ltd and Northern Rovers FC present our inaugural 9th & 10th grade football festival for 2023! This day will truly have something for all!

Fun football
Activities for all the family
Bar and kitchen open
Entries opening soon… but register your interest now to confirm your spot, as they will fill up quickly!

Email your interest to – [email protected]

The Nutty Scientists Holiday Programme

This winter holiday, Nutty Scientists invites kids to unlock the secrets of forensic science through an engaging programme. Investigate fingerprints, analyze DNA, detect food chemicals, and solve intriguing mysteries, all while nurturing your scientific curiosity. Enroll now and embark on an exciting adventure that will inspire young minds and ignite a passion for forensic science.

Don’t miss out, enroll now. www.nuttyscientists.com/auckland

Drowning Prevention Holiday Programme
Click here for information.
Arts & Crafts Workshop – Rangitoto College Art Club – July School Holidays
My name is Hedy Yang, a Year 12 student at Rangitoto College. I am writing as a representative of the Rangitoto College Art Club.
We are holding an arts and crafts workshop aimed at primary school children (Year 3-6) in the July holidays (7th and 14th July), I will be one of the three leaders in charge.
Please see the flyer below for info.