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Coming up…

Friday 25 August: Y0-2 Team Assembly 1.30 pm-2.15 pm, Y5-6 Team Assembly 2.15 pm-3 pm
Saturday 26 August: PTA QUIZ Night

Monday 28 August: Cluster Football
Tuesday 29 August: Seniors Zoo Trip for Rooms 15, 18 & 19
Tuesday 29 August: Seniors Trip to Kelly Tarltons for Rooms 14, 16 & 17
Wednesday 30 August: ICAS Maths
Wednesday 30 August: Girls on Fire Y5-6 Lunchtime Programme
Wednesday 30 August: Northern Rovers FC Lunchtime Training
Saturday 2 September: Marimba Festival

Wednesday 6 September: Y5-6 Epro8 Competition
Thursday 7 September: Y5-6 EPro8 Event, Y3-4 Team Assembly
Friday 8 September: Y5-6 EPro8 Extra Comp, Y0-2 Team Assembly, Y5-6 Team Assembly

Tuesday 12 September: New Parent Meeting 9 am, Year 2 Stardome Trip, Kids Sing Choir Festival
Wednesday 13 September: Year 1 Stardome Trip, Football Cluster Save Day, Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday 15 September: Music Assembly 2 pm in our School Hall

Monday 18 September: Pīpīwharauroa Festival
Friday 22 September: Awards Assembly, Last day of T3. School closes at 3 pm

A message from our Tumuaki

Grants and Sponsorship

I am pleased to announce we currently have 25 community sponsors, supporting our school to develop discretionary projects, not funded by MoE. This includes

  • New sports uniforms and equipment
  • Kaitiaki Garden Upgrade
  • Signage
  • Lunchtime and After School Programmes
  • Hospitality
  • Website Upgrade

As you may be aware, from my previous posts and newsletters, we have also been working hard applying for grants for discretionary projects, so as not to affect our school operations funding, and allow us to strategically invest in more staffing, learning resources, and property upgrades. Over the past few years, grants and sponsorship have not been a priority until last year – so we are grateful for our community support to date.

As part of our Strategic Plan 2023-2025 and 2022 Tūrangawaewae Report and school identity, we are currently completing Steps 1 and 2 of the: Ann Milne’s White Spaces Audit in response to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This includes our front entrance points and signage to reflect a school in Aotearoa New Zealand and our diverse community. We have recently received a $17K tagged grant as part of a larger application, for team turf (environmentally friendly surface). Originally, the grant was to turf across our basketball courts under the canopy, however, the full application was unsuccessful – hence the request for PTA support. With any grants, if we do not use the tagged funding, we have to return it. As this fee only covers a small area, we are unable to use it for other larger spaces, like the junior playground (in particular the mud kitchen and sandpit areas) as it will only cover a small space and will require further ground maintenance, drainage, etc., prior to laying the turf, exceeding the grant allocation. Our PTA however, is fundraising for the upgrades of playgrounds, in response to staff, students, and whānau feedback, which includes these areas – so our junior students will not miss out.

What will the grant be used for?

The $17K grant has been allocated to the outdoor space by Room 15 to create another learning environment, and in front of the office area. This will complete two projects and will not require any further funding from our school’s working capital or operations funding. The turf will be laid straight onto concrete with minimal preparation and no drainage maintenance required. The purpose of the turf, and all upgraded signage in the past six months (something that has not occurred for over 25 years), serves to connect, encourage, and nurture our school values and diverse community in line with our Strategic Goal 3 – Wairua: Promote the wellbeing of our students and staff. This especially focuses on the development of two sub-goals:

  • Ensure clarity and ownership around the school vision and values

  • Encourage a sense of belonging

Our installment will occur during the September holiday.  Alternatively, we could return the grant and not continue our plans to develop our school wairua (spirit), embrace our school values or sense of belonging, and rethink our approach to meet strategic goals for 2023-2025.
Thank you for your ongoing support to develop a learning environment that reflects our school and diverse community.
If you have any questions about grant application and spending, please feel free to email [email protected]

Lifting achievement in maths and literacy

On Monday 21 August, Minister of Education Hon Jan Tinetti announced changes that provide clarity about how the updated curriculum areas in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga ō Aōtearoa, along with the common practice model and Ako (Teaching and Learning) framework, will be used to lift achievement for all. To find out more please read the Minister’s press release below

Compulsory teaching requirements for maths, reading and writing –

As announced last week in my pānui, we have a Teacher Only Day on Monday, 13 November. During this time, our staff will be reviewing the Curriculum Refresh next steps to include unpacking the English and Communication, the Mathematics and Statistics Common Practice Model, and the resources available to support teaching and learning. To find out more, please click on the links below

Common Practice Model Resources – Ministry of Education
Refreshing The New Zealand Curriculum – Te Poutāhū Curriculum Centre

We are aware there are a lot of changes being mandated by MoE to improve our education system. At Mairangi Bay School we are invested in high-quality teaching and learning, collaborating and working together to ensure we meet the needs of all students. If you have any questions regarding our approach to these changes, please feel free to make an appointment to see the Principal by emailing [email protected].

School Events

This week, Years 5 and 6 have had the opportunity to try out engineering at our EPRO8 class competitions. They have worked in teams to construct structures such as a well, a certificate feeder, and a dunk tank. The feedback from the children has been very positive – they have commented that they really enjoyed the science and building, as well as bonding as a team!
Some of our children will compete in our interschool competition in a couple of weeks’ time because of their fantastic efforts this week – we wish them the best of luck. ~Nic Faulkner


Basketball and Hockey Cluster Days

Both days went exceptionally well, and I’m proud to say that despite being one of the smallest schools in attendance, our performance was outstanding. The kids were filled with excitement to be a part of the event and their resilience was truly impressive. A special shoutout goes to the phenomenal coaches from Murrays Bay Intermediate whose motivation kept our spirits high. A big thanks to our awesome staff and parent helpers too – these events wouldn’t have happened without them. What a team effort! ~Di Kruyen


Please join us at the ONZA MARIMBA FESTIVAL on Saturday 2 September.
Year 5 Marimba group 12 noon concert
Year 6 Marimba group 4 pm concert


2024 Term Dates

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

Celebrate the Father figure in your life!

Order Ezlunch to go in the draw to win

Whether it’s a Dad, Uncle, Grandad or Poppa in your life, make them feel extra special this Father’s Day with our ezlunch giveaway. Every lunch order gets you a chance to win one of THREE $50 ‘Bunnings’ vouchers.

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 21 August – Friday 1 September 2023 to be in the draw to WIN!

Three vouchers, three winners!

The winners will be drawn on Friday 1 September and notified by email/phone.
Go to to start ordering.

After School Activities


Community Notices

Bunnings Free Father’s Day Family Event

Date: Thursday 31st August 2023

Time: 5 pm-7 pm

Location: Bunnings Constellation (15 Home Place, Constellation Drive)

We have many activities planned for the whole family including petting zoo, face painting, Kids DIY and a lot more.

There will be a lot of different prizes to be won.

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 at 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.

General Elections

Āwhinatia tō hapori kia whakaputaina ngā whakairo
Help your community have their say

The 2023 General Election will be held in October and we want every eligible New Zealander to enrol and vote.

Voting starts on Monday 2 October and finishes at 7 pm on election day, Saturday 14 October.

We’d like your help to get as many New Zealanders as possible to have their say. Let’s work together to make that happen.

You can help by sharing information with your community about enrolling and voting in this year’s General Election.

On our website you’ll find information and links to resources you can download or order to share in a variety of ways – on social media, on your website, in newsletters or direct communications, or as display materials at your workplace, marae, library, or community centre to help spread the word to your friends, whānau and community.

Resources are available in different languages, te reo Māori dialects, and alternate formats. We’ll continue adding new resources to share as the election approaches.

We value your support in helping us make information about enrolling and voting available to your community and encouraging their participation in the 2023 General Election.

Enrol. Vote. Be Heard.

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