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
We hope this newsletter finds you well. Firstly, we would like to wish our school whānau a very Happy Father’s Day on Sunday.
In the upcoming months, we are excited to be developing community consultation strategies to help review our strategic goals for 2023. At Mairangi Bay School, our commitment to providing the best education for our tamariki is at the centre of everything we say and do. We believe in fostering an environment where all our students can thrive and achieve their potential.
Currently, our Strategic Goals for 2023 are:
- Encouraging Academic Growth So That All Our Tamariki Achieve Their Potential
- Fostering Productive Relationships Within Our School and the Wider Mairangi Bay Community
- Promoting the Well-being of Our Students and Staff
- Providing Excellent Opportunities for Our Tamariki to Become Well-Rounded Individuals
We are currently engaging with our students and staff to reflect on our progress as part of our commitment to these goals to seek ongoing improvement. Their input and insights are invaluable as we shape the future of Mairangi Bay School.
Initiatives to Support Student Well-being:
We are continuously working to improve how we provide support and initiatives within the school to enhance the well-being of our students. One key aspect of this improvement is receiving feedback from students and staff about how confident they feel in the various available avenues of support.
NZCER Well-being Survey
To achieve this, we are pleased to announce that Mairangi Bay School will again participate in the NZCER Well-being Survey. This national survey is conducted in schools across New Zealand and provides essential insights into various aspects of school life, including:
- School-wide culture and practice
- Teaching and learning
- Student culture and strategies
- Community partnerships
- Years 1-3: Students in these year levels will complete the survey face-to-face as a group on paper
- Years 4-6: These year-level students will complete the survey online.
Student and Staff Voice and Agency Matters
By participating in the NZCER Well-being Survey, our students and staff will contribute to our collective efforts to enhance the learning experience and overall well-being of our tamariki. The feedback gathered will be instrumental in guiding our strategic initiatives moving forward.
If you have any questions or concerns about the NZCER Well-being Survey, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to provide you with any information you may need.
Empowering Together: Embracing Community Consultation
We are thrilled to share our commitment to community consultation and the strategies we intend to develop over the next few months. This will ensure that your voices shape the future of our school. As we embark on this exciting journey, we want to ensure that every member of our diverse community feels heard, valued, and empowered.
Creating Inclusive Engagement
Over the next few months, we will provide the following opportunities to gather your perspective to review and share our school Strategic Plan for 2024. The strategies include:
1. Suitable and Adequate Time: We understand that everyone has busy schedules. To ensure maximum participation, we intend to plan events at various times, including evenings and weekends. Your input is valuable, and we want to ensure your commitments are not a barrier.
2. Comfortable Locations Beyond the School Gate: We are moving beyond the traditional confines of our school for our events. Hosting gatherings in community centres, local halls, and other accessible venues could make it convenient for you to engage without any geographical limitations.
3. Asking Better Questions: Our questions will be clear, concise, and designed to spark meaningful conversations. We aim to make our queries accessible, ensuring everyone can share their insights without confusion.
4. Providing Language Support: We value our cultural diversity. Language support will be available for those who need it, ensuring that everyone can express themselves in the language they are most comfortable with.
5. Alternative Opportunities to Connect: In-person engagement might only suit some. In addition to physical events, we will provide virtual options like webinars and online discussions, allowing everyone to participate.
6. Face-to-Face Conversations: We believe in building trust through direct interactions. Face-to-face conversations, whether in workshops or focus groups, will help us deepen our connections and better understand each other’s perspectives. This will help to continue building community relationships.
7. Respecting Our School History: Our school’s history is a cornerstone of our community. We will incorporate discussions about our history into our events, paying homage to our story and learning from the experiences that have shaped us as a school. Through storytelling sessions, we will hear from those who have witnessed our school’s evolution. These narratives will inspire us as we set goals for the future.
8. Reflective Workshops – Principal Cafes: Our workshops will invite you to explore our school’s learning journey, acknowledging achievements, challenges, and lessons learned. Together, we will use this reflection to chart a course informed by your collective aspirations to reshape our strategic plan for 2024.
We are excited about the rich discussions, meaningful connections, and shared visions that lie ahead. Your participation is crucial, and we are committed to creating an environment where your insights are valued. Stay tuned for more updates, and remember, your voice matters. Thank you for being an essential part of the Mairangi Bay School community. Your support and collaboration are deeply appreciated as we work together to create the best environment for our tamariki to thrive.
Mairangi Bay School Quiz Night
The MBSPTA quiz night on Saturday, 26 August was a huge success and raised in the region of $10,000 towards the upgrade of our playgrounds. As ever these events would not be possible without your generosity and the support of our community. We would like to give a huge thanks and shout out to the companies and individuals who donated all of our live and silent auction items as well as all the prizes for the night. Congratulations to the overall winning team of the night “The Geeks”. Great team effort!
MBSPTA would like to thank the following businesses for their support:
- Ray White and Kris Cunningham
- TMT Productions
- Continental Cars
- Matakana Sculptureum
- Facetime Skin Clinic
- Hair Intentions
- Bar Africa
- New World, Milford
- AUT Millennium
- Pupuke Golf Course
- Barkers Clothing
- Vegeland Mairangi Bay
- El Greco
- Under Armour
- Artists Russ and June McLean
- Eternelle Jewellery
- Wen & Yen Bakery
- Global Art
- Newhaven Gardens
- Brooke Fine Foods
- Max Clothing
- Yoga Sanctuary
- Astley Construction
- NZ Breakers
- Timothy Wayne-Wright
- Anna Smith and Family
- The Blues Franchise
- Event Cinemas Albany
- Jump Trampoline Park
- Optimum Wellness
- Wellness Revolution
- Central Thread Bedlinen
- Olly Wilson and Constellation Wines
Thank you once again for all your amazing support as we are “Learning together to create a better tomorrow”.
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 www.mykindo.co.nz to start ordering.
After School Activities
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.
Big Buddy matches boys without dads in their lives with volunteers. Good guys with big hearts who help them grow into good men. For more information, please click here.
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:
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.
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 vote.nz 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.
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.