MAR
09

New Programmes at Valley Education

Always wanted to study agriculture or horticulture? Now you can. Valley Education and Training Enterprises is launching level 2 Introduction to Agriculture, level 3 Horticulture – Get Growing and Level 4 Horticulture (Fruit Production) courses in the Thames/Hauraki Region.

To secure your place or for more information on these courses, please call 07-868-7892, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.valleyeducation.co.nz

 

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MAR
07

TVSS Athletics - POSTPONED

The decision has been made to postpone tomorrows event due to the weather forecast.  Back-up day is Friday.  The call will be made on Thursday as to whether this day will be suitable depending on weather and track condition (water).

Other options if this eventuates is next Tuesday or Thursday.  

 

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MAR
06

Y7&8 Triathlon - POSTPONED

The Y7& 8 Triathlon has been postponed tomorrow - we will advise a new date once this has been decided. Apologies for any in convenience.

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MAR
03

Mercury Bay Football Club Registration 2017

Please find information on registering for 2017 below.

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MAR
03

Hearing and Vision Testing

The Waikato DHB will here at school on March 29th for Hearing and vision testing. Below are the information sheets.

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MAR
03

Newsletter Term 1 Week 4 - 3 March 2017

Please find this weeks newsletter here

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MAR
01

How do we use our internet at school?

How do we use our internet here at school? Have a look at us in this video that N4L released late last year after the completion of a government initiative. There are more details below.

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MAR
01

Head Lice

There have been a few reported cases of headlice through out the school including the senior school. Please check your children's heads.

Attached is a link to information and treatment of headlice. Headlice

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MAR
01

Mercury Bay Gymastics Club

This year we have decided to start Gymnastics in term 2 as we know everyone is busy and outside enjoying this beautiful weather.

However, if your child would like to participate this year we need more COACHES AND ADMIN HELP so that we can at least maintain our current numbers and hopefully even accept more gymnasts from our HUGE waiting list.  

We are holding our AGM/COACHES/ADMIN Meeting in the MBAS Hall next Monday, March 6th from 5pm.  

If you are able to help our club this year in any way please come to this meeting to discuss this with us or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there to help kick off and plan another successful gymnastics season. 

Cheers Amy Hodge

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FEB
28

Photo Day next week

Class, individual and sibling photos will be taken at school next Thursday/Friday. If you require 'sibling' photos these need to be booked by completing the form available from the school office. The 'sibling' photo form needs to be returned by Wednesday 4pm at the latest. Thank you.

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FEB
27

Mercury Bay Junior Rugby Club Muster

Tuesday 14th March 5.30pm.  Clubrooms Lyon Park Albert Street

Please come and register your interest in playing this season, all welcome.

Fees can be paid on the night, or online prior to muster – all players print off below form and bring with you.

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FEB
22

Swimming Sports Picture Gallery 2017

A selection of pictures taken at this year's swimming sports.

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FEB
22

University Visits to MBAS

Please make a note of the following dates for University visits to the school.
Otago University 9.00am Wednesday 1st March - Career Rm
Waikato University 9.45am Friday 25th March - venue TBA
Massey University 8.45am Wednesday 5th April -Career Rm
Auckland University 8.45am Wednesday 12th April-Career Rm
AUT Currently confirming TBA
Victoria University 8.45am Tuesday 13th June-venue TBA
Lincoln & Canterbury Universities still to confirm dates.
The school usually supports students to these open days by providing a minivan, if you have an interest to attend these days please see me in the Careers room.
Wintec Open Day Hamilton Friday 12th May
Waikato University Open Day Friday 19th May
Toiohomai Open Day ( formley BOP Polytech) Friday 26th May
For further information please see Mrs Relph in the Careers room.

 

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FEB
21

Primary School Meet the Teacher - 1st March

We would like to invite you all to a “Meet the Teacher” opportunity on Wednesday, March 1st. We need to be clear that this is not a time to talk about your individual child’s achievement or needs, but rather an opportunity to get to know how the class works, get to know the teacher a little better and also meet some of the other parents of students’ in your child’s class.

You can make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any time to talk about their progress. Monday or Thursday afternoons are usually the best as we have meetings on other days. Please click http://mbasprimary.weebly.com/links-to-class-websites.html for the email contact addresses should you need them.

1.30 - 2.00pm In the library. Ms Surtees and I will be hosting a session about the “big picture” of our primary school, the vision and how we are working towards achieving it. This session is suitable for any parent regardless of the level of the primary school that their child in.

From 2.15 onwards we will also be there with activities, resources etc in relation to helping your child at home.

2.15 - 2.45  the Year 1 and 2 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

2.45- 3.15 - the Year 3 and 4 teachers  and Whaea Jean will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

3.15 - 3.45 - the Year 5 and 6 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

It would be really helpful for us to know how many people to expect, so we would appreciate you filling in the appropriate form below to RSVP to this event.

Meet the Teacher - Library Session 1.30pm - 2.00pm https://goo.gl/forms/VopVPhslCYoDiCvF2

Years 1 and 2 Meet the Teacher 2.15pm -2.45pm  https://goo.gl/forms/yUGmSO0fbItZ8iFl1

Years 3 and 4 Meet the Teacher 2.45pm -3.15pm https://goo.gl/forms/foUCk3oOXsAF4U572

Years 4-6 Roopu Meet the Teacher 2.45pm - 3.15pm https://goo.gl/forms/9LsV5dZM9cpPcw9H3

Years 5 and 6 Meet the Teacher 3.15pm - 3.45 https://goo.gl/forms/qJgm0Xl166T0ayiN2

Thank you for your help - we look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Anne-Maree McDougall
Deputy Principal

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21

Y9-13 Swimming Sports Video

Fabulous job by Nick Hristov, Kal Rabarts-Small, Hannah Murphy and Ms Mahon for this year's swimming sports video.

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FEB
17

Art Classes after school

Please see below for more information regarding art classes after school

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FEB
17

A note to you from Constable Catherine Sell, School Community Officer, New Zealand Police.

I would like to include a brief message in your school newsletter each month.  I will include useful links to information that I come across in my work role, and keep you up to date with issues that I see within our school community.

By now your gorgeous children will have settled into their new school year and routine is returning to your homes.

Road safety is hugely important all year round, and throughout February I am getting School Traffic Safety Teams and Bus Monitors trained.  The voluntary work that these students do to get pedestrians across crossings safely before and after school is appreciated, especially when it’s hot, raining and windy – and that’s often at the same time in our lovely climate! If your school doesn’t have monitored crossings, please go over the basic safety rules with your children, particularly the young ones. Some examples are:

·         When crossing a road, Stop, Look, Listen and Link.

·         When travelling in a car, everyone must wear a seatbelt. Make it Click.

·         If travelling by school bus, stay seated, keep the aisles clear, quiet talking is OK, and when you get off the bus wait until the bus has moved away before crossing the road.

Parents collecting your children off the bus, or from school, please try to park on the side of the road that your child will be leaving school or the bus.  Alternatively, walk to where your child will be so they can cross the road with you.

Drivers, please remember the speed limit passing a stationary school bus is 20kph.

Road Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

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17

Mercury Bay Day Camp

MERCURY BAY DAY CAMP

19 – 21 April 2017

Registrations open Monday 27 Feb 17

Registration forms available from local school offices or at daycamp.co.nz

Teen Leaders and Volunteers needed

Contact  daycamp.mercurybay@gmail .com

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FEB
17

Newsletter Term 1 Week 2 - 17th February 2017

Please find our weekly newsletter here

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16

YEAR 9-13 SWIMMING SPORTS - POSTPONED

YEAR 9-13 SWIMMING SPORTS - POSTPONED 
After looking at forecasts for tomorrow we have made decision to postpone the swimming sports until Monday where the weather looks much better.

So school as normal tomorrow - and we will see you in your house colours on Monday!

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FEB
15

Year 7-10 Meet the Teacher Evening

A big welcome to all our returning students and new students who have started this year.

On Wednesday February 22nd starting at 2.20pm you have an opportunity to meet your child’s Learning Coach (Homeroom Teacher). This is specifically designed to share information and get to know each other, it is not a reporting time.

Families of Year 8’s returning to the same class are not expected to attend, however may do so if they wish.

To book a time with your child’s Learning Coach please visit - http://parentinterviews.co.nz/ and enter the code QCABP.  Bookings will be open online from 2.00pm Friday, February 10th through to 1.00pm, Wednesday 22nd.

If you do not have access to a computer and are unable to make a booking online, please see Kat at the office or phone her on 07 8665916 ext 846.

Chris Johnston                                       Julie Bougen

Deputy Principal Middle Years                   Deputy Principal Middle Years

 

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15

School Jackets Y7-13

Jackets are now available to pre-order at a cost of $150 each.  (Same cost as last year)
If you are wanting to purchase a school jacket can you please see the office to pre-order your size and make payment by Thursday  23 February.
The first jacket order will be placed on Friday, 24th and should be available for distribution after 10 March.
If you have any queries, can you please see the office.
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15

Student Art work online

Throughout the year our student art work is loaded online and you are able to take a look around the virtual gallery. A link to last years work is here. http://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/285204441/marble-gallery-7425/  This will be updated with 2017 work through out the year.

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15

A message from Murphy Buses

To whom it may concern,

 

Although caregivers are responsible for getting students to and from school each day, Murphy Buses is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide bus transport to enable students to attend school.  Murphy Buses is required to transport eligible students to their nearest appropriate school.  On occasions and depending on loading, this may require eligible students to stand on their way to and from school.  However, as part of Murphy Buses contract, we can only transport ineligible students if the following conditions are met:

  • There is excess seating capacity after all eligible students have been taken into account
  • The ineligible students pay an appropriate fee
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not delay the service
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not result in bus deviating from designated route
  • Permission is obtained by any school affected by the operation of the school run

 

In addition, the ineligible students must:

    • Behave in a socially acceptable way
    • NOT harass or bully students

 

A student is eligible if:

  • They live too far away from the nearest appropriate school they can enrol (more than 3.2kms for years 1-8 and more than 4.8km for years 9 and above)
  • There is no suitable public transport available.

 

In recent times we have had concerns that the inclusion of ineligible students on the bus may cause us to breach the above conditions (typically the seating capacity) and as a result we have made a decision that Murphy Buses will no longer accept “new” ineligible students on our services for 2017 onwards.  Murphy Buses will continue to offer existing ineligible fare paying students (ie those who travelled in 2016) the opportunity to travel so they can finish their schooling at their existing school (providing the above terms are met).

 

We appreciate that this may cause a concern for some parents and schools affected by this decision and we apologise for this.

 

Note the above change does not affect eligible students (including those who transfer their eligibility under the MoE rules), it is only those students that live too close to their nearest appropriate school that want to catch a ride to another school.

 

Kind regards

 

Matt Juby

General Manager

 

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P: 07 868 6265   F:07 868 6745

P O Box 251, Thames 
W: www.murphybuses.co.nz

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15

Peninsula Swim Carnival - open to all

Please see information in the flyer below. This event is open to non-swim club members also. Non-swim club members will need an 'official time'. Those that compete in the MBAS swimming sports are able to see Leisa McCleery after the swimming sports to get their times.

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