Junior Tennis is starting again on Saturday 11 February. The club membership fee is $20 per child and players need their own racket.
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – 6 to 9 years old
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – 10 to 15 years old
Sessions run on Sat 11 Feb, Sat 18 Feb, Sat 25 Feb, Sat 4 March, and Sat 11 March
Junior Tournament and Prize-giving on Sat 18 March
Call Lisl for more information on 021-148-6982 or just turn up
Evakona Education is looking for more kind and caring host families to host young Japanese students for short stays (one or two weeks) in March/April.
We are also placing several students that are here for longer stays. Payment for students U18 is $240 per week, and students should have their own room and should receive three meals a day.
Please call Lisl on 867 1178 or pop in to Evakona to pick up a Homestay Handbook and application form.
The Ministry of Social Development’s clients can now use MyMSD to apply online quickly and easily for assistance with school uniform and stationery costs, so they don’t need to visit their Work and Income office.
Applicants can upload verification of the cost, usually a quote from the supplier. If the payment is approved, they will receive notification by text or by email. The approved amount will be loaded to their payment card or paid direct to registered suppliers who can’t receive the payment card. Many of the applications that MSD approves for help with school uniforms and stationery are paid to schools. General information for suppliers is available here on the MSD website -
A large contingent of keen athletes hit the road early for the Thames Valley Primary Athletics day in Te Aroha. Peninsula Central Cluster made up of students from Mercury Bay, Whenuakite & Coroglen didn't let the warm conditions affect their performance and we came away with some great results for 2016.
8.57am Update from Civil Defence - The potential threat for marine and beach areas has been CANCELLED following the 7.7m earthquake in the Solomons Islands at 6.38am NZ Time. We advise the public who intend to carry out activities in or on the water today, especially along the west coast of both the North and South Islands, that there could be strong and unusual currents for the rest of the day. Therefore, MCDEM advise people to stay out of the water.
8.33am Good Morning - School is open today. We will be monitoring the potential tsunami threat via Civil Defence. We will update this post through out the day should the situation change. It is your choice as parents if you do not wish to send your child to school today. Please note that the Hei 2 Heritage Hunt has been cancelled.
We recommend that families download the Red Cross Hazard App to keep up to date also
Updated Tsunami Modelling for Whitianga
I have attended a number of meetings recently on the updated modelling work around “worst case” Tsunami situations for Mercury Bay – Whitianga in particular. Two images have been shared along with some information which I have replicated below. The major “take home point” for me is that we will need to review our response to a tsunami alert. I will commence this review early in the new year and will hold some parental forums to gather parent voice for our revised protocol, which we will develop during term 1.
The following information has been shared with me – and now hence with you. I have not edited it at all. It is important to note that there are two significant scenarios – a “near” source event (we would have 1 hours’ notice as a community) – the Tonga-Kermadec Trench earthquake at a magnitude 9 scale; and a “distant” source event – 12 hours’ notice or so – from South America/Japan etc.
“New modelling of tsunami hazards has been completed for Mercury Bay as a part of the Eastern Coromandel Tsunami Strategy, a joint project between Thames Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council
The modelling shows that:
· For the Tonga-Kermadec Trench (just above East Cape): there is significant inundation of Whitianga from a tsunami generated by a large (magnitude 9) earthquake. Despite this, there is limited threat of inundation to the school, due mainly to its distance from the foreshore. An event of this size from the Tonga-Kermadec Trench would be accompanied by significant shaking, and tsunami waves will take around one hour to arrive in Whitianga
· For distant tsunami events (particularly from South America): there is limited inundation around the Whitianga foreshore (Albert Street/Monk Street, Taputapuatea Stream and Brophy's Beach Stream areas). The modelling shows that there is no threat of inundation to the school from distant tsunami events
· A tsunami open day will be held on Saturday 28 January 2017 from 9.30am - 3.30pm at the Whitianga Town Hall. The tsunami project team will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the tsunami hazards and risks to Whitianga, including to the school.
Clearly we will need to consider what our plans will be for an alert. I intend being at the public forum on Saturday 28th and would be happy to meet any parents/caregivers/grandparents at that time too.
We would like to invite you and your child to an information meeting about our learning organisation, teaching structure and programmes in the Middle Years for 2017. All year 7-10 families are welcome to attend. This evening will be of particular interest to students going into years 7 and 9 in 2017.
When: Thursday 10th November at 5.30pm
Where: School Library
Mercury Bay Secondary School Rugby Club are looking for expressions of interest for Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Mangers and helpers for the Secondary School rugby season 2017.
Please send your letters or email to
Mercury Bay Area School Rugby Club
16 Hawk Hill Crescent, Cooks Beach, RD1
Mercury Bay Area School Board of Trustees wishes to consult with our local community to help to guide our growth and development into the future.
We invite you to complete this survey by Friday 11th November 2016. There are no right or wrong answers, and you do not have to register your name. However, if you do wish to be contacted, please ensure that you complete the contact box at the end of the survey.
A survey link can be found here - https://goo.gl/forms/ULYcJDcg9QpXp7V23
Alternatively a PDF of the survey is attached. Community Consultation 2016
Or you may pick up a survey from the school office.
Thank you for taking the time to help us improve our school.
Kalani Nicol, Baylee Wooldridge, Renee Hazelton and Amelia Lockhart attended this event in Cambridge.
The girls all rode beautifully and represented the School and themselves and we hope they are all very proud.
The team ended up in the top 20 (out of approx. 40 teams). Amelia Lockhart and her pony Miss Bubbles were placed 7th in their first class.
Milly Lamason and Aimee Burton attended the Hillcrest Festival Meet in Hamilton on Sunday 16 October 2016.
Milly swam five races and Aimee swam six races and they got personal best times (PBs) in each of their races. Top ten finishes in their age groups included:
Milly Lamason 5th in Girls 11 years & under 50m butterfly
Aimee Burton 7th in Girls 12-13 years 100m breastroke
Milly Lamason went onto Central North Island Champs in Rotorua 21st - 23rd October competing against Hawkes Bay, BOP, Waikato, Taranaki & Manuwatu and qualified for 6 races with 3 PB's.
Early closing of our school – Tuesday 13 September, 2016 – 1:15 pm
We have been advised by the NZEI and PPTA unions that a Paid Union Meeting (PUM) will be held at school here, at 1:30 on 13 September. The purpose of this meeting is for union members to become well informed about and to discuss the proposed review of the funding mechanism for school, and early childhood services.
The original request was for a 9:00am meeting on the same day in Thames and would have posed extreme difficultly, not only for the members of the two unions to attend, but also for us to run our school. After some significant lobbying from members in our district, the organisers resolved to hold the meeting at our school, for all schools in our district, including Early Childhood Teachers. Members of both unions are entitled to attend these PUMs under the Education Relations Act, 2000.
Whilst theoretically it could be possible to keep our school open during the meeting, it will be really difficult to do so and I am concerned about the “meaningfulness” of learning programmes that would run from 1:30-3:00. I have organised for the buses to come at 1:15pm on 13 September and our school will officially close at that time. We are always mindful of the impact on families when our school closes.
There will be a skeleton staff here and we would be able to provide some supervision during the time (1:30-3:00) for children of families who are unable to pick up or arrange for supervision of their children. If you would like us to do this please complete this online form here - https://goo.gl/forms/7P6nFBoCwCgCo97B2
We are working with Te Korowai and are looking to gather some base line data (Y7-13 upwards) on the "real" issues. In the latest Mercury Bay Ward analysis of youth voice - drugs and alcohol use/abuse/etc was the highest rated concern of our rangatahi.
We invite, staff, parents and students to complete the attached surveys.
Youth - Y7 upwards-
Parents/Caregivers / Staff-
Another beautiful day! Tomorrow is the year 3-8 cross country event. At this stage we are still missing quite a number of permission slips. We have around 400 children to organise and need to plan staff and activities depending on numbers. PLEASE fill out your permission slip online here -https://goo.gl/forms/lOAWzVSvf2cUBbht1 OR email your class teacher.
These need to be completed TODAY - there will be no late consents tomorrow. Students not running the cross country will stay at school and attend classes. Thank you in advance.
Good morning! At the moment we seem to have a vomiting and diarrhea bug rampaging through the Primary school. Please - just a reminder that if your child is sick, that they should not return to school for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. We would really like to stop this in it's tracks. Thank you in advance.
Six MBAS students attended the National Secondary School Surf Comp in Raglan where over 20 Schools from over New Zealand competed. Our students competing were Julian Evereth, Tangaroa Lewis, Atawhai Charteris, Harry Evans, Ben Smith and James Scott.
Mercury Bay Area School came out 6th overall on points.
Individuals Overall Results - Ben Smith 5th equal in U14 Boys & James Scott 6th equal in U16 Boys
Congratulations guys - we need a woman in the team for next year...
Netball MBAS Senior A Preparing for UNISS - The upper North Island Secondary Schools tournament
Senior A played at the WBoP secondary school netball tournie in Rororua August 6. A VERY cold tournie in Rotorua for WBoP UNISS teams. MBAS won 1 of 6 games. The team we won against is in the same grade as us at UNISS. A very positive tournie for us, as we could see where we stand against teams in higher grades. Bring on UNISS!!! Grace Ngataua identified at the WBoP Secondary School Tournmament
Thank you to our local sponsors....Cooper Tyres Whitianga, Coastal Refrigeration, Hot Water Beach Top 10,New World Whitianga and NZCT. You have helped us get to UNISS.
Semi Final results for our Devo and 4th grade boys - August 6
4th grade played a massive game against HPC with a big home crowd, held up on the try line twice it was so close but the end result was a 5-0 loss
Development played in Waihi with a loss of 28-3. Penalty kick to Joe Reynolds and Players of the Day - Fletcher Bale and Daniel MacFarlane.
Photo by Stacey Bale - Development Daniel MacFarlane charging forward in Waihi
Photo: 4th grade Emanual Johnston preparing to kick to touch
Photo by Stacey Bale: Development Daniel MacFarlane charging forward in Waihi