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Thursday 3 August          ECB Rippa Rugby Festival
Tuesday 8 August             Y5 Speech Finals
Wednesday 9 August      Y6 Speech Finals, Y3-4 Team Assembly
Friday 11 August               Matariki Dawn Service, Y5 and Y6 Inter-school Book Battle, Y0-2 Team Assembly, Y5-6 Team Assembly

A message from our Tumuaki

We hope this newsletter finds you brimming with excitement as we look back on the amazing Book Week we had this week at Mairangi Bay School. Our hallways were abuzz with literary magic and enchantment, all thanks to the incredible efforts of our librarian, Mrs. Louise Hopkins. Let’s relive the memorable moments from Book Week 2023!

Book Quizzes and Book Wizards: The week kicked off with a series of challenging book quizzes that put our students’ knowledge to the test. It was heartening to witness their passion for reading and their enthusiasm for participating in these quizzes. The “Book Wizards” hosted the quizzes, highlighting the true bookworms among us, as they showcased their in-depth understanding of the captivating worlds, through these quizzes created by their favourite authors.

Authors & ECB Librarian Visits:

We were honoured to host two distinguished authors during Book Week. Karen McMillan, with her gripping adventure stories, and Sally Sutton, renowned for her delightful picture books, left a lasting impression on our students. Their interactions with our young readers were inspiring, and motivated many to explore their creative writing aspirations. We also had two librarians from our local East Coast Bays Library create an interactive book extravaganza, as well as educating the children on what local libraries have to offer.

Book Door Decoration Competition: The classrooms came alive with creativity during the Book Door Decoration Competition. Each class transformed their doors into imaginative and captivating book-themed displays. The effort and enthusiasm displayed by our students and teachers were truly commendable. Choosing a winner will be a tough task, as every door showcased the love for reading and the creative spirit that makes our school so special. Winners are to be announced tomorrow.

Stop, Drop, and Read Sessions: The surprise “Stop, Drop, and Read” moments were a highlight of the week, creating magical reading experiences for all. When the announcement was made, the entire school community paused to immerse themselves in the joy of reading. These sessions not only promoted a reading culture but also fostered a sense of community and shared appreciation for literature.

Character Parade:

The much-anticipated Character Parade is planned for tomorrow morning in our school hall – 9:20 am start. Everyone is welcome to join us in this enchanting spectacle! Our school will be transformed into a canvas of colours, as students, teachers, and even some parents will don the costumes of their favourite book characters. From classic literary figures to contemporary heroes, the creativity on display will be awe-inspiring. It will be heartwarming to witness the joy and excitement that emanated from everyone participating as we “learn together to create a better tomorrow”. The Book Week Award Assembly will commence at 2 pm in the hall.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Louise Hopkins, our dedicated librarian, for her commitment and passion in organising this fantastic week. Her love for books and her efforts to instill the same in our tamariki (students) have truly made Book Week an unforgettable experience.

As we bid farewell to Book Week 2023, we carry with us the magic of the written word and the joy of reading. We hope that the inspiration gained from this week will continue to fuel the love for reading in all our students, transforming them into lifelong learners and avid readers.

Thank you for your continued support in fostering a love for literature and learning at Mairangi Bay School.

Matariki Evening Service

Matariki is a time for our tamariki (students), kaimahi (staff), and whānau (families) to come together to acknowledge the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead. It is a time to honour the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. On Friday, 11 August, Mairangi Bay School will be celebrating Matariki with an evening service from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.

We would love all our community to join us on the basketball courts, under the stars, celebrating the Māori New Year, enjoying a free sausage sizzle and coffee after the ceremony.

To find out more, please click on the following links:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Principal: [email protected]

Other News

Property Updates
As we continue to work alongside MoE to upgrade our property in line with Ministry expectations, 5YA and cyclical maintenance, this term, our site manager is working extremely hard to complete the following:
  • Boys Toilets Rooms 7/8 painting  – Completed
  • Girls Toilets Rooms 7/8 painting week 4 Term 3
  • Cloak Bays Room 7/8 – Holiday Term 3 (Grey wooden trims)
  • Boys Toilets roof Room 3/4 – Xmas holiday (Once the roof is repaired)
  • Cloak Bay – Xmas holiday (Grey wooden trims) 
School Hall Repair
As mentioned in previous posts, this is now in the hands of the MoE.  This is a huge project.  We are awaiting project confirmation to outline a timeline – led by the MoE and GETS.
Junior Classroom Refurbishment 
This job is soon to be placed on GETS, and again is a large project. We will be able to confirm which property company has been contracted with the job, ready to outline a timeline, soon. This is a Ministry responsibility and therefore, we need to wait for direction.  
Cyclical Maintenance
The office area is almost complete. The next step will be to paint the resource room once the skylights have been covered. This is a requirement of the MoE, not a choice, as our kura is a Ministry asset. These areas are currently being refreshed and are well overdue for the 10PP.
Heat Pumps Installation
As part of the 5YA plan, and in line with the MoE, heat pumps are being installed in the ESOL room, resource room, and office areas.  This is a health and safety requirement and non-negotiable.
Security and Fire System
These upgrades are now on GETS. Once contractors have been confirmed, we will be streamlining two fire systems into one and our security system will be upgraded in line with MoE regulations – to include 10 security cameras.
Vision Modification Upgraded
All handrails and high step thresholds, including the amphitheatre will be modified to meet the MoE Health and Safety regulations.  The upgrade will start in September.  This is a requirement of the MoE and non-negotiable.
If you have any questions regarding signage, property upgrades, painting, or repairs, please come and see me.  I am happy to explain our timelines, restraints, funding allocation and next steps.
Congratulations to our Values Cup winners for term 2.

Abigail Kwok, Keya Nair, Nico Ni, Cole Hansen, and Joshua Osborn.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Trip

After needing to cancel our original plan, the Middle team finally got to go to The Cloud, for the FIFA fan experience, to celebrate the Women’s World Cup. The students were so excited! Whilst they were there, they were able to compete in different activities such as testing their reaction times, saving goals using coloured lights, ‘having a go’ at scoring goals, trying out their soccer skills on a pitch as well as watching part of a live game on the big screen.
A great experience to remember. Thanks to all the parents who gave up their time to make our trip a success.  Claire Garnett


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
Eye inflammation and infections
Pain and fever
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

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