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Newsletter 3 Term Week 3

The Ball has come and gone for another year. It was certainly one to remember a really lovely evening filled with plenty of laughter, dancing and of course good music.

While everyone shone and truly looked fantastic this year’s King was Liam Parry, Queen Eliza Shelvey, Prince Fletcher Bale, Princess Tayla Martin-free,
Cutest couple Treena Bellamy and Jordan Martin-free,  best
dancer 
Hikapuhi Clayton and finally best dressed Chelsea Macfarlane.
We would like to formally
thank the Flight Club ballroom for once again being such accommodating hosts and the amazing ball committee  team whom without  their effort our
Red Carpet premiere Ball would not have been possible.

Spirit Week is taking a slightly different form this week and will now be in week 2 of term 4. The senior student leaders are busy hatching plans for our ‘School Spirit Day’ which will be on October 21st. More information will be fed out over the coming weeks of term 3. It’s all about us as a school being proud and showing just how much ‘spirit’ have! :)

Daffodil day is another event fast approaching on this day 26th August it is a school wide mufti day and it is, as usual, a gold coin donation in support of finding a cure for cancer. However on this day please wear some items of yellow and green clothing to really fully support ‘Daffodil day’.

A little team of dedicated students is hoping to run another Shave for a cure this year, following Chelsea MacFarlane and other students amazing efforts last year. We have Joshua Spurdle shaving for cancer and Jonika Edgecombe alongside Ruby Meek and Billie McDonnell doing the 30 cm chop. There are still chances for any other students who wish to participate, and either shave or chop. If you wish to do so please come and have a chat with either Eliza Shelvey, Jonika Edgecombe or Amelia Tomkins. No dates as of yet have been finalised.

Mock exams are in a couple of weeks, so it is time to start putting aside 30 minutes to an hour each night for some quick revision, even the tiniest bit can help in the long run. Remember should anything happen to you or your family near the time of the real exams run in November and December your mock exam grades shall stand as your final grades! So although they are mocks they are important!

Best of luck and stay warm during this blast of winter :)

Your Senior Student Leadership team


Primary School working for Foster Hope

Our collection has started. Our Primary children have made donations to Foster Hope- our charity chosen to mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Donations of new toothbrushes, toothpaste and facecloths along with new or good condition second hand books can be dropped off with your classroom teacher or at the front office.


NZQA Fees Payment

Please be reminded that these fees are due to the school by September 2nd. They are then forwarded onto NZQA.
Domestic students - NCEA entry  of $76.70
International Fee paying students- $383.30

If you are eligible for financial assistance then you must collect a form from the school or download from: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/qualifications-and-standards/qualifications/ncea/Application-For-Financial-Assistance.pdf These forms must be filled in and returned to school with the $20 entry fee.


A message from the local police - Road Safety

Please remember that yellow lines mean no stopping  -  as per the road code - there is a $150 fine for stopping or parking on yellow lines. Please use the bus bay for dropping off in the mornings - please also be aware of buses arriving.


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MBAS Senior A's beat Paeroa 34-23

Every Tuesday night Senior A's are travelling to play teams in Paeroa and Thames in preparation for their UNISS debut. They have just returned from WBoP Tournie in Rotorua where they could measure their skill against future UNISS Teams. Congrtas to Grace Ngataua - identified at the WBoP Secondary School Tournie.

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10

Careers Roadshow - CANCELLED

Our exhibitors are travelling through after 12 pm today which means they also may get stopped on the road due to predicted flooding with high tide at 12.00pm. They would probably get through after the tide falls, however if the predicted rain comes we also feel that we would not get the students and parents attending this evening. 
We hope you understand our situation. The Roadshow is cancelled for this year but we will organise another event in 2017. 
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AUG
08

Learning Styles Forum - Thursday evening - postponed

Learning Styles Parental Forum - This has been advertised as Thursday evening this week - unfortunately this will need to be postponed. Our apologies, we will let you know when this has been re scheduled.

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05

Friday 5 August - Basketball

Games tonight in the gym. MBAS vs HPC...Junior girls start the ball rolling at 3.15. Some wins needed to ensure a place in the semis.......Come along and support our teams.

Netball girls are selling cupcakes and sausages to fund their trip to UNISS in Auckland and the end of August. (The upper North Island Secondary Schools netball tournament)

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05

Basketball Finals Friday 26 August

Basketball finals will be held at MBAS Gym on the 26 August. Times will beconfirmed.

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05

MBAS Rugby

1st XV loss to HPC 50-0

Devo win over HPC 43-17

Tries for Antonio Anderson, Jamie Tohaia, Marcus Marsters, Blake Dowd, Tangaroa Lewis, Jack Stevenson, 4x conversions by Joe Reynolds

4th Grade win over HPC 19-17

Tries for Aaron Johansen, Khan Simpson, Casey King, 2x conversions by Luke Caddy

Congratulations to Devo and 4th grade who are now both through to semi finals!

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AUG
04

Newsletter Term 3 Week 2

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03

Newsletter Term 3 Week 1

Kia ora, greetings to you all!

Welcome to Term 3

The wind and rain have persisted over the break and it has been a bit of a challenge to find a “nice” space. Nonetheless it is the winter break and I hope you all had a chance to recharge your batteries, and now we are ready to focus on term 3.  This is a particularly important term (and I know each and every term is important), however the learning miles that are covered in this term are particularly significant. For our senior students this term represents a really important time where they will be moving away from internally assessed qualifications toward high level learning toward and preparation for external examinations in NCEA. Term 4 for them is very short! Meanwhile learning increments for all students in Y1-10 are built upon the earlier term’s learning – it is a time of development and consolidation – it is where the “rubber meets the road” for many of our young people.  Onwards!

New Zealand Area School’s National Tournament

During the first week of the break a large number of our students who had been selected as part of the Central North Island Area School’s Team, travelled to Dunedin (and experienced rather cool temperatures!), to compete against the three other regional representative teams, in the National Competition. Out of this tournament, National Representative teams are selected and it is my pleasure to record the following students gained national selection:

Rugby: Ethyn Brear, Jayden Tegg

Netball: Grace Ngataua, Ella Tomkins, Georgia Teklenberg  (Coromandel Area School) 

Boys Basketball: Danro Kelsall

Girls Basketball: Grace Ngataua.

Boys Football: Mitchel Power, Jarren Fuller-Kaye

Girls Football: Brynn Kays.

Boys Volleyball: Danro Kelsall. 

Mr Mike Smith was honoured for his 23 years of service to Area Schools Rugby during the tournament and following a rousing haka by all the members of the Central North Island Contingent, he was presented with a taiaha. Mike's contribution has been huge and he richly deserves this recognition. Congratulations Mike and thank you on behalf of all of our young people over the year.

Primary Playground Development - fantastic

Over the break a significant development has occurred in the play area in the Primary playground. This is the result of the funding that was raised at last year’s Seaside Carnival (in that atrocious weather you may recall!) and the result is superb. Well done to Mrs MacDougall who had the vision to craft something “different” and to engage Garth Scott (of Garth's Gardens and Landscaping) to help with the design and to do all the work associated with the project. It looks fantastic – and the musical instruments add hugely to this play area. The swimming pool has been relocated onto the new concrete plinth (South side of the activities room) and will be up and running again for term 4. 

We are really grateful for the support of the Seaside Carnival team and our community as a whole, in supporting this project. Other support was received from Pub Charity and the Trinity foundation. Again we are really grateful for this support.

Dropping off and Collection of Young People

I am extremely concerned about the safety around our school at the start and close of each day – which is really heightened when we have wet conditions. Please park away from the school and walk to collect your children. It is not safe to double park anywhere outside our school – and the practice of calling students across a busy road is incredibly dangerous. Please use the pedestrian crossing and the W crossing (opposite the W car park) to cross South Highway.  We need everyone to cooperate with this request please.

Day 1 – term 3 – Professional Learning Day for all staff

All of our staff attended a Professional Learning Day on Monday – focussed around “Restorative Practices” procedures in our school. In a nutshell Restorative Practices is all about building, maintaining, and sustaining quality relationships between all of us – not just students and staff, but also students: students, staff: staff, parents: staff, and members of our wider community. It is founded on a high level of relational trust and is what we deeply believe in, in our school.

The Restorative Practices work is all about resolving any relationship “issues” positively, effectively and completely – as much as we can. It does take time and is definitely not founded on “punishment” – rather on dialogue, understanding, self-correction and maintenance of self-esteem and self-belief.

Thank you for your support in our ongoing professional learning programmes and development, and as always, there is more to do.

I mentioned in the final newsletter of last term the platform for the day’s work and repeat this below to further our communication around this important work. 

The focus of the day will be Restorative Practices work which dovetails perfectly with our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) – KAURI expectations, and sits powerfully alongside our Kia Eke Panuku work which looks at us being more culturally responsive in our teaching in particular.

All of this work has as its foundation – Quality Relationships and I have brought all this together in a couple of images to help to show the interconnections between them all.

Kind regards | Ka kite ano

John Wright

Principal

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EXHIBBIT ONLINE GALLERY

Be sure to check out the latest works from our Senior Art studnets on our latest online gallery - 

http://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/19755001/atrium-gallery-8988/

 

Do you want your child/ren to read faster while increasing their comprehension and retention?

Reading is a core skill for success in the senior years across a range of subjects. Being able to read and process information quickly is a tool that supports successful learning.

Brite Spark Learning and Development are offering a 12 hour Advanced Reading Course for year 11- 13 students at Mercury Bay Area School on the following dates;

Wed 17 Aug (1pm - 4pm)

Thur 18 Aug (3.15 - 6.15pm)

Wed 24 Aug (1-4pm)

Thur 25 Aug (3.15 - 6.15pm)

The minimum expectation of the course is that participants will double their reading speed and significantly improve comprehension and retention. This means that the amount of time required for any future reading task is effectively halved.

Enrolment is limited to 18 students, so placement in the course will be on a first come, first served basis. The heavily subsidised fee for high school students is currently $195 (inc. GST) For more information check out our website www.britespark.co.nz

Please note, this is NOT A REMEDIAL reading course but a course designed to enhance the reading skills of senior students working towards NCEA qualifications.

If you are interested in enrolling your child to participate in this opportunity, please email interest  directly to Brite Spark Learning Development: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8 August.

Careers Roadshow!

Notices

Lost Property - Please check at the office for any valuable Lost Property ie. jewellery. A sum of money was found at the end of Term 2. Please see Accounts if it could be yours, tell us how much you lost.

Nits - Let’s use the holidays to get rid of these pests. Doctor surgery is free for registered patients 13 and under and that some treatments are fully funded. 

Year 10 Ski Trip - Important notice for Year 10 parents. For all information on the Year 10 Ski Trip please go to the school website: http://mbasyear10skitrip.weebly.com/

 

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Careers Roadshow Wednesday 10 August, all welcome.

Careers Roadshow Wednesday 10 August, all welcome.

Come along to the school hall on Wednesday 10 August to explore your options for the future. Loads of great ideas and inspiration from a great selection of tertiary educators.

Universities, Businesses, Techs and Private educators.

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JUL
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Advanced Reading Course available for Y11-13 students

Do you want your child/ren to read faster while increasing their comprehension and retention? Reading is a core skill for success in the senior years across a range of subjects. Being able to read and process information quickly is a tool that supports successful learning.

Brite Spark Learning and Development are offering a 12 hour Advanced Reading Course for year 11-13 students at Mercury Bay Area School on the following dates;

Wed 17 Aug (1pm - 4pm)

Thur 18 Aug (3.15 - 6.15pm)

Wed 24 Aug (1-4pm)

Thur 25 Aug (3.15 - 6.15pm)

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Checkout our latest exhibition!

EXHIBBIT ONLINE GALLERY ;
Be sure to check out the latest works from our Senior Art studnets on our latest online gallery
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JUN
08

Violet's National Young Leaders Day

On May 26th, a group of our primary and middle school leaders went to Auckland and took part int he National Young Leaders Day. Here is a lovely piece of writing from one of our year 6 students - Violet Robinson. 

Hi, I’m Violet. I’m one of the over 2,000 lucky people in NZ to have been going to NYLD ( National Young Leaders Day ), and I’ll be explaining my inspirational experience of going to this amazing occasion. ( Don’t forget that this happens every year, so you can’t miss out! )

Before we start, this event made me think deeper about being a leader, and showing people what is right. Not just telling them to do this or that. But to example it yourself. It was an amazing and fun time, and I think that you ( reader ) should really give it a go at being a leader when you have the chance. Remember this, you don’t need a badge, prize, label etc. to be a good leader…

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MAY
27

Years 1-6 Relationships and Resilience Parent Forum

As part of our commitment to maintaining a healthy environment for our students and communicating with parents, we would like to extend an invitation to parents of primary aged students to attend a workshop on relationships and resilience.

We will be discussing friendship and its challenges, ways to build resilience among our children and outline the steps our school is taking to create and maintain a healthy learning environment for all students.

​The parental forum will be held - Thursday 9th June 6.30pm​ - in the school library

 

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MAY
26

Calling all parents - Carnival committee AGM

The Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival committee’s next meeting is Tuesday June 14 and we are looking for new blood, new ideas and eventually new leadership.

We need a succession plan for our existing committee members as our children will not be MBAS students forever!

Please take some time to seriously consider becoming involved with our school’s one major fundraising event. It is fun, rewarding and worthwhile for our young people’s quality of education.

New to town? Then here is an excellent way to get to know some of the movers and shakers in our community.

Remember!! June 14, 2 pm at the school meeting room in the admin block

If this time doesn’t suit you but you want to be involved please phone Sharyn on 027 610 5933

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MAY
18

Board of Trustees Election result

Please find below the results of the Board of Trustees Election.

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MAY
17

Senior Cross Country - Postponed

SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY - POSTPONED
The senior cross country that was to be held tomorrow has been postponed until Thursday due to the predicted inclement weather.
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MAY
09

Parent Forums - with Mr Wright - Term 2 2016

Parental Forums - Mr Wright will be holding the following parent forums in term 2. All interested parents and community are invited to come along and meet in the Library - 6.30pm-
2 June - Learning Styles
9 June - Self harm / resilience
23 June - Community pathways

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MAY
09

Keyboard Lessons available

Keyboard Lessons - we now have some spaces in our keyboard lesson timetable. If you are interested please contact Mr Mulholland on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MAY
06

A Gala Evening with Irene van Dyk

Help support us by putting on your glad rags and spending the evening with Irene van Dyk. Read more for all the details.

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MAY
05

Seaweed Product Market Day

Put the 25th of May in your diary - Our Year 9 students will be selling their wares all created from seaweed!

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MAY
03

Mufti / Star Wars Day for Primary School tomorrow

Primary School - Star Wars Day - May the 4th Be With You
Just a reminder about our mufti day to be a force for good….You do not have to dress in theme- but those of us who are proudly Star Wars geeks certainly will be!
Bring a gold coin, leave your uniform behind and we will choose a charity to receive the money.

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29

Uniform Sale

We have a limited range of uniform on sale at ridiculous prices! See the flyer attached here.

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School Trustees Election - reminder nominations close Friday

Do you have what it takes to be a trustee? Don't forget that nominations close On Friday 29th April at 12 noon. The school office is open and nomination forms can be collected and returned between 9am and 3pm.

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Office hours over the break

Our school office will be open from Wednesday 27th April 2016

From 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

 

Uniform can be purchased from The Warehouse

Located at Joan Gaskell Drive

 

New Enrolments

The Deputy Principals will be available from the 28th April.

For appointments please contact the school office on

(07) 866 5916 

School opens for Term Two on

Monday, 2 May 2016 at 8.45am

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