Coming up…

Friday 15 September: Music Assembly 2 pm in our School Hall

Monday 18 September: Pīpīwharauroa Festival at Rangitoto College

Thursday 21 September: Kiwileles Jam at Pinehurst School

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 9.

Welcome to our new Deputy Principal

Mihi Whakatau – Mrs. Kelly Shea
It was great to finally welcome our new Deputy Principal – Mrs. Kelly Shea to Mairangi Bay School. The Mihi Whakatau was a great way to connect and celebrate new beginnings. Kelly will be starting next term leading our local curriculum refresh and assessment for learning strategies to ensure we develop coherence school-wide through our collaborative planning and inclusive practices. I am sure you will join me in wishing Kelly the very best.

Rich Learning Experiences

Kids Sing Choir Festival
It was a pleasure to be invited to the Kids Sing Choir at the Auckland Cathedral on Wednesday evening. The senior choir participated alongside 14 other choirs from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm.

Our senior students sang so beautifully. Congratulations on achieving a special award from the adjudicator for our Cooling Rain Song. Thank you to Mrs Clare McCormack for leading the choir programme, our piano accompanist Julie Jang, Jason Jin and Oria Wei, and to our whānau (parents) who came with us to the Cathedral to support us in the evening. It was an amazing night, a lasting memory for all those involved. Our choir will be performing at the Performing Arts Assembly alongside our Ukulele and Marimba this Friday, 15 September at 2 pm. All welcome to attend. We also look forward to the North Shore Kiwileles Jam on Thursday 21 September, at Pinehurst School; another opportunity to showcase our musical talents.

Year 3-4 Showcase Term 3
It was great to witness our Year 3-4 students showcase their learning this afternoon through the lens of the Solar System and the arts. They sang, danced, played the ukulele and recorder, expressing their passions and learning through the arts. Thank you to everyone involved in ensuring our students have the opportunity to express their ideas in multiple ways.

Te wiki o Te Reo Māori Language week
It has been great this week to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori/ Māori Language Week, offering a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and show respect for the language and culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our students engaged with Te Reo Māori, whether through language classes, Kapa Haka, or simply incorporating Māori words and phrases into their daily conversations. We continue to embrace the rich tapestry of Māori heritage and strengthen the bonds of understanding and unity within our diverse communities through our school values of atawhai, whakaute and manawanui – kindness, respect and resilience. Thank you once again to our Cultural Committee for developing resources and supporting our kaiako (teachers) to implement a successful, inclusive programme.

Auckland Mission and Awesome Acts of Kindness
A special thank you to Belle, Evie and Cole Dobbie for leading and organising a food drop-off centre at the Auckland Mission Centre. The effort is to support whānau in need through deliberate acts of kindness. We asked our community to drop off dry goods and non-perishable foods so we can pack and distribute them. We had a non-uniform day today to acknowledge this worthy cause as we work together to support our community. Thank you to everyone involved. We are truly grateful for your support.

Cutting for Charity – Belle’s Story (Year 6 – Rm 16)

I decided to cut my hair so I could send it to an organisation called Freedom Wigs. Freedom Wigs makes wigs for people with cancer and other conditions that make people lose their own hair. I thought it would be a nice thing to do because some people don’t have a choice if they lose their hair. I also cut my hair because I wanted to help people with cancer, my Grandma died of cancer. She was really special to me and I would like to help people like her. Here is a before and after photo:

Keep Safe Walking to School and Mobile Usage
Please could you support our school values of kindness, respect and resilience by reminding our children to keep safe when walking to school?  Recently, a student from Mairangi Bay School was actively using a mobile phone and was almost hurt crossing the road.  Thank you for your support.
As a polite reminder, school starts at 8:55 am. Although we appreciate lateness can not be helped, it can be disruptive to teaching and learning. If you are able to arrive on time, as highlighted in our latest Hero post, it is truly appreciated.

School Events

Year 3-4 Showcase

Today our year 3-4 students performed their Showcase. They were celebrating our inquiry learning journey about the Solar System through dance, song, music and the visual arts. All the students did an amazing job! Here are some photos to share with you. ~ Claire Garnett

Girls on Fire Lunchtime Programme Celebration
On Wednesday, 26 girls completed the 8-week Girls on Fire programme with the support and guidance of Naz Spencer – Fitness, Health & Well-being Educator/Coach/Program Founder, in collaboration with Mairangi Bay School and other identified sports and recreational organisations. The programme targets inactive/underactive girls. It 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. Improve their fitness to have more energy, build their leadership skills and have fun in a safe and non-competitive environment while keeping active with their friends. The values of the programme align with our school. We would like to congratulate Rosa, Tyla, Nico, Jamie, Mandy, Kaia and Jennifer for receiving special awards, acknowledging their hard work, kindness and respect through the Term 3 programme.

If you are keen to sign up next term, please see the details 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
Signup –
Embracing Our School Values.

MHAW – Mental Health Awareness Week 10
We will be supporting Mental Health Awareness next week.  The theme is “5 ways, 5 days” with each day having a different focus on a proven strategy for wellbeing. Mental health is a state of mind.  Everyone has mental health, just as we all have physical health. It’s an important part of our overall health and wellbeing. We have good mental health when we: have positive relationships, can cope with everyday stress, can work or study and are developing our own potential. Learning ways to look after your mental health creates what we call “Mental Wealth”. This makes you more resilient and increases your overall wellbeing. It also means you are more equipped to support your friends and whānau.

This definition connects with all three of our school values. Below are some suggestions of activities for each day along with some resources that could be useful.  Our teachers will be implementing these during school time. If you would like, feel free to continue this at home.


Kids Sing Festival with the Senior Choir
On Tuesday 12 September, Mrs McCormack took the Kids Sing Choir to sing at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
We sang three songs :
  • On the Road of Life
  • Like the Beat of the Drum
  • Cooling Rain
We got a special award from the adjudicator for our Cooling Rain song.
Thank you to our piano accompanist Julie Jang and also Jason Jin and Oria Wei.

Congratulations Choir.


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.

Mairangi Bay Village Strategic Planning Workshop

Treasure Hunters FREE Holiday Programme at ECB Library

A3 poster ECB Library Treasure Hunters holiday programme

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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