Coming up…

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, Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday 14 September: Whakatau for Kelly Shea 10 am – 12:30 pm, Y3/4 Showcase 2 pm in our school
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

Click here to see our Video Newsletter Term 3 Week 8.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, or Māori Language Week, is just around the corner, offering a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and show respect for the language and culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Starting next week, this vibrant celebration encourages our school and community to engage with Te Reo Māori, whether through language classes, cultural events, or simply incorporating Māori words and phrases into their daily conversations. It’s a time to embrace the rich tapestry of Māori heritage and strengthen the bonds of understanding and unity within our diverse communities. Join us in celebrating the beauty and significance of Te Reo Māori during this special week.

Kaitiakitanga – Guardians of Our Community: Walking School Bus

Thank you to Mrs Garton and our whānau for leading the walking school bus. Currently, we have 6 children who have completed 50 Walks on the East Coast Road Walking School Bus. They have all received a 50 Walks Key Tag and received certificates at the Junior Assembly. Congratulations to

Annika Crivelli
Bella Yu
Ethan Wang
Gabriel Crivelli
Moka Kurihara
Zara Upston-Smith

We now have 18 children signed up on our route and it’s going really well. The children and parents have all been really enjoying it. Thank you once again for all your support. We really appreciate it.

Community Working Bee

Please look out for notices on Hero for our next Community Working Bee. Coming soon.

Rich learning Opportunities at MBS

Marimba Festival – Saturday, 2 September

Thank you to Mrs McCormack, students and marimba families. The event at Barfoot and Thompson Stadium last Saturday, 2 September was a wonderful day to share our music.  The students sounded amazing. Thank you for transporting all the instruments.

EPro8 Challenge

Over the past few weeks Years 5 and 6 students have participated in an internal EPro8 Challenge, an inter-school science and engineering competition. Every year over 25,000 students from throughout New Zealand take part. Students participate in a series of events: firstly within their school and then inter-school and Mairangi Bay has the honour this year to host 12 schools across Auckland on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September. These events are designed to promote science, engineering, and problem-solving. The EPro8 Challenge is organised by a small team passionate about science and engineering. Having run over 1000 EPro8 Challenge events throughout New Zealand, the EPro8 Challenge continues to grow and improve. We invest heavily in new equipment and challenges so that every year is something different. To find out more, click on this link.

Girls on Fire – Lunchtime Programme

It is great to partner with Naz Spencer and the team at Girls on Fire to support our inactive/underactive girls. The programme is designed by the participants and the programme founder to improve the girls’ confidence and gain skills to take part in sports and other activities. It is awesome to see our girls improve their fitness and have more energy, build their leadership skills and have fun in a safe and non-competitive environment while keeping active with their friends. The program is being delivered by Naz Spencer, a Fitness, Health, and well-being Educator/Coach/Program Founder in collaboration with Mairangi Bay School and other identified sports and recreational organisations.

If you wish your daughter to build on her leadership skills, self-confidence and improve her physical literacy the details are below:

Starting – Every Term Week 2 – Week 9
Days – Wednesday Lunchtimes 12.30-1.25 pm
Who – Year 5 & 6 Girls
Location – Mairangi Bay School Hall
Cost – $55 per term

To enroll your child in this fantastic opportunity, please CLICK on the link and sign up

Naz would like to invite you to our end-of-term celebration session next week on Wednesday from 12.30-1.25 pm.
We will be:
-showing a photo/video display of all the activities the girls have done this term
-having shared lunch (more info to come regarding this early next week) 
-handing out some program values/leadership awards and prizes
-some girls have indicated they would like to do a talent show(if time allows)
It will be great if you can make it.
Secondly, a crucial part of the GOF program design is to seek continuous feedback from the participants to keep improving the experience for the girls.
Please could the girls fill out this end-of-term survey? All girls who complete the survey go in the draw to win a prize next Wednesday at our end-of-term celebration session. They should have plenty of time to get it done between now and then.
 As usual, your support is greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact Naz if you have any questions.
Empowering Together: Embracing Community Consultation
Following on from my last week’s message, we are thrilled to share our commitment to community consultation and the strategies we intend to develop from next term. This will ensure that community voices shape the future of our school in conjunction with staff feedback, student wellbeing responses, ERO, and iwi guidance.  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

We will provide the following opportunities to gather your perspective to review and share our Strategic Plan for 2024, refining our current approach. The strategies include:

  • Providing suitable and adequate time
  • Comfortable locations beyond the school gate
  • Asking better and more inclusive questions
  • Providing language support
  • Face-to-Face conversations
  • Respecting our school history
  • Reflective workshops and small targeted focus groups
  • Principal Cafes
  • Alternative opportunities to connect – please feel free to make suggestions

We are excited about the rich discussions, meaningful connections, and shared visions that lie ahead. Our community participation is crucial, embracing whanaungatanga, and we are committed to creating an environment where everyone’s insights and aspirations are valued in order to make school-wide decisions to improve student outcomes.

School Events


Sporting events beyond Mairangi Bay School gates

It is great to witness our students participating in multiple sporting events across the North Shore. to include: basketball, tennis, badminton, swimming, surf life-saving, hockey, netball, rugby, and soccer.  It is also pleasing to see so many Mairangi Bay Students joining our Northern Rover FC partners, during our lunchtime programme.  Last weekend, multiple teams, with our Mairangi Bay students, played together, had fun and connected.  Keep up the great work everyone. Thank you once again to all our coaches and managers, and the guidance from Paul Goff, the director of football at NRFC for supporting and providing these great learning opportunities.


Marimba Festival 2023 – Saturday 2 September

What a wonderful day of music and ensemble playing, shared with many other Auckland schools.
Year 5 Marimba Group was in the first concert at 12 noon.
Year 6 Marimba Group was in the second concert at 4 pm.
Both concerts were outstanding and all the children and parents loved the performance.
Some of our favourite pieces included Cyclone, Pentatonic Blues, Astronomia and Fu Xiao.
Both groups are looking forward to performing again at the Music Assembly on Friday 15 September 2 pm, along with the Senior Choir and Ukulele Club.


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

Go the distance for kids in need – Auckland Marathon

Did you know that kids can take part in the Auckland Marathon?
This iconic event isn’t just for elite athletes, the whole family can join in with distances ranging from the kids 2.2km event, 5km, and 11km to the more traditional half and full marathons.
The idea behind the Kids Marathon is that they complete a training programme beforehand clocking up 40kms and then run the 2.2km course starting on Fanshawe Street and crossing the same finish line as everyone else in the heart of Victoria Park in front of thousands of cheering fans, friends and family where they will receive their medal.
The charity KidsCan would love to have your kids and family on board taking part as fundraisers to help them fulfil their vision of a better New Zealand for all Kiwi kids.
This provides an opportunity to promote exercise for well-being at the same time as giving back and helping other children less fortunate than them.
$360 is what it takes for KidsCan to support a child living in poverty with food, clothing, and health items for a year… and as a thank you to our younger fundraisers, once they hit that mark, they will earn themselves a free KidsCan running shirt and an awesome LEGO pack.
Read more about KidsCan here –
If kids from Mairangi Bay School raised a collective $10,000 they would be supporting a whole class of kids in need.
How amazing would that be!

Please note: Mr Janes will be starting the lunchtime running club on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please meet Mr Janes at the amphitheatre wearing suitable running footwear at 12:30.

Kids Auckland Marathon Event details:
 Sunday 29 October
 Kids Marathon starts at 10.30 am
 $40 per child
 Age 5-12 years
 10-12 years are required to run on their own
 5-9 years may be accompanied by 1 adult on course
 Accompanying adults are free of charge but must register
Getting involved is a 2-step process:
1. To register for the event as part of Mairangi Bay School go to, click on ENTER NOW, choose event distance, fill in the questions. Under ‘Team Information’, select Join a Team and enter Mairangi Bay School, click ‘Continue’, sign the waivers, proceed to checkout and you are done.
2. To join the Mairangi Bay School fundraising team click and “Join Team” to set up your own individual fundraising page.

Bike Hub Forrest Hill Free Community Fun Day

In partnership with Auckland TransportEcoMatters Environment Trust is pleased to be opening a Bike Hub in Forrest Hill.

We’re all about getting more people cycling and our Bike Hubs are friendly places where we welcome anyone who is interested in riding a bike.

As you are close by, we would like to let you know this new Bike Hub is opening and to invite your network along to a free community fun day to celebrate this new community service.

It would be so great if you could share this information and this event link with your community prior to breaking for the school holidays.

A Wheelie Fun Day Out

Date: Friday 29 September

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Location: Bike Hub Forrest Hill, Greville Reserve, 261 Forest Hill Rd, corner East Coast Rd

What’s happening on the day:

  • Learn To Ride (4 -7 year olds)

  • Try a heritage novelty bike (12-year-olds and up)

  • Bike-related spot prizes and giveaways

  • Free sausage sizzle

Getting there

There won’t be any road closures. We are expecting around 100 people over the lunchtime period. We’d love you to walk or cycle but if you’re coming by car the best place to park is at the top of East Coast Rd next to the Greville Reserve football turf and walk across to the Bike Hub.

If you require any further information please email me, or call me on 021 394 447, or for general information about EcoMatters’ Bike Hubs please visit

Northern Rovers Holiday programme

Big Buddy

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.

Free Give-it-a-go days at Bays Athletics

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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