NOV
17

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 5

Our weekly newsletter can be found here

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NOV
16

Community Consultation

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 1st December 2017. 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.

Please find a link to the survey here - https://goo.gl/forms/TLCF0MKUmSZKQ92Y2
Alternatively attached is a pdf of the survey, which can be printed, completed and returned to the school office. If you are unable to use either of these options, you are welcome to complete a survey at the school office where they are holding hardcopies.

We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback to continue improving our school.

Kind regards
MBAS Board of Trustees

pdf Community Consultation 2017 (120 KB)

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NOV
10

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 4

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NOV
09

Specialist Music Lessons in 2018

Our school offers specialist music lessons in flute, clarinet,vocals, saxophone, drum, guitar, bass guitar and keyboard. Lessons are often over-subscribed and places fill very quickly.

If you would like your child to take part in these lessons, please click the hyperlinks below (for each instrument) or if you have received a hardcopy of this letter please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the links to register.  We will confirm our ability to offer lessons to your child by the end of Week 1 in 2018, and payment in advance for Term 1 will need to be made immediately on acceptance of the lessons in order to keep the space. We are also happy to accept a payment schedule on request.

As the lessons are so highly sought after, it is essential that your child’s fees are paid termly in advance, or that you arrange regular payments in order to pay it off by the end of the year. Additionally, if a student misses too many lessons without explanation, their place will be offered to another student. It is the student’s responsibility to get themselves to their lessons on time. Our teachers do their best to remind students, but ultimately it is their responsibility.

Please note, students in Years 3-6 are only allowed to take one specialist music lesson. Students Year 7 and above may do more than one instrument after consultation with the tutors.

Drum Lessons - Years 3-13 - https://goo.gl/forms/M2yL6a3brSmHDDnq1

Saxophone - Years 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/XDIj5uq9lNRchLwQ2

Flute and Clarinet - Years 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/JAdSlBb4hxeiHdVN2

Guitar and Bass Lessons - Years 4 -13 - https://goo.gl/forms/eBU2kZUuV5wEmEYd2

Keyboard Lessons - Year 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/QUkWYClLfrZ5oirI2

Vocal Lessons - Year 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/F8opQHSCqdhpoN6j1

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NOV
01

Prof. Adele Diamond presentation tonight in Library

If You Want Your Child to Succeed in Life …Come & Learn How

 

Prof. Adele Diamond and Paul Blackman

 

If you were lucky enough to catch Adele Diamond’s presentation in May this year you won’t

want to miss the follow up she has sent to the people of Mercury Bay.

She won’t be with us in person but has entrusted Paul Blackman to deliver this on her behalf.

 

Free presentation at MBAS Library 7pm-8.30pm Wednesday Nov 1 2017

 

All Parents, Children, Educators, Medical Practitioners, Mental Health practitioners & anyone with an interest in their child’s future are welcome.

 

Adele’s discoveries have impacted education around the world and she  is recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists in the world. She has discovered the key to a successful life, be it in health, wealth, education, relationships & life in general is about self-control. The now world famous “Dunedin Study” in New Zealand has come to the same conclusions. Paul has worked with her material for the past five years explaining how to  put neuroscience theory into practice by delivering workshops, speaking at conferences and working with teachers, parents and professionals nationally.

 

With 40 years experience, Paul is a qualified Guidance Counsellor , RTLB and teacher.

 

Discover the secrets of how to think ‘outside of the box’, learn self-control, expand creativity & problem solving and how to use your working memory. Learn how making the right decisions & choices and how following your passions improves executive functions, academic outcomes and mental & physical health.

 

Adele’s research clearly shows how executive functions ( the parts of the brain responsible for self-control) can be improved especially with  very young children. She offers a different perspective that addresses children’s emotional, social & physical needs. We need to nurture our whole child to grow into an amazing human being. Come & listen to Paul as he explains the practical applications of her research and how it links to your child’s success.

 

If your child presents with learning differences this talk will also be beneficial for you & your child. All welcome

 

Contact Paul Blackman 027 2379086 for more details or turn up on Wed Nov 1 at the MBAS library.

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OCT
27

MBAS Newsletter Term 4, Week 2

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OCT
19

Norm Hewitt Visit

We have an amazing opportunity planned for our Year 8, 9 and 10 boys next Friday, 27th October.

Ex-All Black Norm Hewitt will be presenting the documentary "Making Good Men" that he made with NZ actor Manu Bennett, and holding discussions with the group. We think this is an amazing opportunity for our young men to take time together to think about what makes a good man.

We will be walking to and from the Monkey House Theatre (Coghill Street) for this opportunity. And although the Youth Leadership Trust has already financed this venture, we would appreciate a gold coin donation to help off-set the costs if you are able to.

There will be a further screening on Friday 27th at 6.30pm for the wider community. Admission is $5 and seats are limited so please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to book a spot.

Please click on the link below to give permission, or email your child's homeroom teacher to give permission.

https://goo.gl/forms/yZIwCRZlX6GrpAfn1
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OCT
18

MBAS Netball players identified

Congratulations to the following students who have been identified by Magic zone selectors at Secondary School Netball competitions for 2017 to attend player development training squads for Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty for 2017/18.

Level 1 Program- Zoe Smith & Ella Tomkins
Level 2 Program- Holly McCleery & Maja Katavic
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OCT
13

Improv Theatre coming to town

See the flyer for details.

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SEP
22

Newsletter, Term 3, Week 9, 22nd September 2017

This week's school newsletter is here

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SEP
15

Newsletter, Term 3, Week 8, 15th September 2017

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SEP
07

Education Review Office visit

Review officers will be at our school 11-20 September for our triennial review. This is a wide scoping review where all elements of our school are reviewed. One of the key elements of their focus will be around "what we are doing to support all of our "students learning", which all forms part of our differentiated learning programmes, detailed planning, appropriate assessment practices, and safe, learning journeys for all of our students.

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SEP
07

Doctors Clinic - change

For the next 3 Mondays that Dr Hemmes is away we will have Ashleigh Battaerd (Nurse) in at the same time for anyone to see.

Please make appointments at the office.

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SEP
07

Thames Valley Primary Touch Trials

Register and Trial Tuesday 12th September 
School Field - down primary end.
After School.
Looking for students for Year 5/6 mix and Year 7/8 mix.

Queries see Leisa McCleery

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SEP
07

Carnival News Week 7

It is now only four months (122 days) to the Carnival and organisation is well underway in progressing well. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and give it a “LIKE” to stay up to date. There are now lots of photos from last year so see if you are there.
 
Closer to the Carnival we will be looking for senior students to help out on the day with face painting and also we will be looking for donations of toys for the toy stall so have a think as to whether you are able to help with either of these.
 
By now I am sure you will have the 8th January 2018 in your calendar. We are always looking for ideas and assistance for the carnival so if you can help or have a suggestion please contact the Carnival Administrator, John Skelton Ph 021-795582 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SEP
01

Newsletter, Term 3, Week 6, 1st September 2017

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AUG
23

Overseas Scholarship Information Session

FREE LIVE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION FOR STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN 2017


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 

We would like to invite your students and families to our FREE Live Online Sessions in March. Students are welcome to register for Thursday, 31st August at 9.30pm NZT.


The LIVE Online session gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available in 2017. 

Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2017. 
Please note that the deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discount applications is 31st October 2017. 

We now offer 14 partial scholarships for semester and year applicants including our 2 x NEW New Zealand Ambassador Scholarships. 

"You come back a different person, with so much more confidence & you feel that you can conquer the world"  Jessica, Semester Program to Italy

We would appreciate if you could please mention our upcoming information session in your newsletter.  You can copy the below text . If you would prefer to receive the attachment in a different version, please respond to this email with your request.

FREE LIVE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION 
Hear from our very experienced, National Director, find out more about discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.


Thursday, 31st August at 9.30pm NZT


Register now

Visit www.studentexchange.org.nz

or call 0800 440 079 for more information
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AUG
23

Fun run in Tairua

This Saturday on the 26th of August Tairua School is hosting a fun run around the shore of Tairua Harbour.


Both the 2.5km fun run/walk and the 5km fun run will start and finish at Tairua school. The start time is 9am, so runners will need to register and pay their $5 entry fee at least 15 minutes before this.


There will be awards for the top places in the different age categories. All money raised will go to Room 6’s Totara Springs Camp.

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AUG
18

Cancer Shave - a message from our Senior Student Leaders

Many students at our school have been affected by cancer in some way, we're inspired by the work of the Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division and wanted to support them by raising money. Please help us to help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button on the link below. We are organising another shave day this year on Friday the 25th of August, so if you are keen get in touch with either Lily or Chelsea to show your support. You can also donate 30cm of your hair to be made into wigs. The more people that know about The Cancer Society, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
 
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MBAS Newsletter Term 3, Week 4

Our weekly newsletter is here.

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New Entrant Parent Information Evening

New Entrant Parent Information Evening
Wednesday 6th September
6.30 - 7.30pm
Mercury Bay Area School staffroom

Representatives from Kauri Learners, Peanutz, Mercury Bay Preschool, Mercury Bay Kindergarten, Riverlee and Mercury Bay Area School will be there to talk about some common questions people have about transitioning to school.

We will be discussing:
School readiness (What does that mean?)
Our transition process
The importance of play

Please email Anne-Maree McDougall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions regarding this evening.

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AUG
15

Senior Exam Timetable for T3, Wk 10

Here it is - time to study!

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AUG
11

Newsletter Term 3, Week 3

Our latest newsletter can be viewed here

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AUG
09

Managing our bus bay in the mornings

Over the last 12 months and more, we have noticed our bus bay in the morning has become increasingly busy and whilst there is generally a good flow of parents/caregivers through the bus bay in the mornings, there is significant congestion.

Murphys are very concerned about the safety of students and bus, and their bus drivers when we have significant congestion. We, as a school, are aiming to manage this every morning so that we can continue to have a safe, steady flow of traffic – both bus and parental cars – through the bus bay.

Generally speaking things are going really well –which is fantastic. I know too that when it is wet, the traffic flow increases and hence the reasons for us all to be fully aware of how we can operate in this space with 100% safety.

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AUG
09

NCEA Fees information

NCEA fees need to be paid to the school by the 1st of September 2017, the school will then pass your fee on to NZQA once all students have paid. Once your fees are paid it will enable your results to be recorded on your Record of Achievement and for any qualifications to be awarded. $76.70 per candidate.

Can I get help to pay?
If you are a domestic student you can apply for financial assistance to pay your fees. To get this help your parents or caregivers must meet one of the following conditions: 
Be receiving a Work and Income or StudyLink benefit or have a Community Services Card.
Have a joint family income that qualifies for a Community Services Card.
Have two or more children entered as candidates with fees more than $200. 
To get financial assistance you have to fill in a Financial Assistance form and give it to your school. You can get this form from your school or the NZQA website at: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/entry-into-ncea/fees-for-ncea/financial-assistance/

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