2016 Newsletter 1

Welcome to 2016 – and away we go! A fantastic start to our school year

We have had a great start. I have been around and through all our classes lots over the last four days and I am incredibly impressed with the purposefulness of learning in all our classes (and it has been really hot and muggy which is difficult for us all to continue to concentrate). Our roll stands at about 925 with 27 international students with us, largely in our senior school, which is fantastic. So we are all go. If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our DPs/APs or Deans. We are here to ensure your child/children get the very best learning and nurture possible.

We know that it takes a while for us all to settle into our new learning environments – new teachers, class mates, programmes and so on, and this is quite natural. I am amazed at just how settled our classes are and look forward very much to this year ahead of us.

There is a lot of information in this newsletter about the start-up and upcoming events.

I also circulated a newsletter last week too in the lead up to this week – check out our website if you did not receive the ecopy (please ensure we have your correct email address). Website: www.mbas.ac.nz

If you have any questions about the start-up please contact our office (866 5916) or any of our DPs – Mrs McDougall (Primary); Mr Johnston (Middle); and Mr Smith (Senior); or our deans in Y8-13.

Learning Organisation 2016

Last week I introduced the changes in our Learning Organisation, largely for Y7-13 and I think it worthwhile repeating this significant development below:

We have a major shift in our learning organisation this year, particularly for students and staff in Years 7-13. Essentially there are three 95 minute learning blocks on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays, and four 60 minute learning blocks on Wednesdays. We have been working through how we can improve our learning time across our school – spending more time going deeper into the learning, having fewer transitions between periods, spending the time in developing quality learning relationships between our students and their peers and our staff. Many of our students have the KAMAR app (free to download) on their phones and they refer to these about what’s coming up for them in their learning programme.

I know it will take a bit of time for the new Learning Organisation to settle in for us all, and I am really excited about the flexibility we now have within our programmes to enhance the learning and focus in our classrooms. Additionally there is significant quality time dedicated to building relationships through our I-time class, and we have set aside 20 minutes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for this express purpose. This is an enhancement on the developments in I-time that we have been working through over the last three or four years. Additionally for students in Y11-13, there is a block of time on Wednesdays (block 4 – the final block of the day), which is dedicated to students as an “Independent Learning Time” (called “Student Independent Learning Time” – SILT). We see this as being a fabulous opportunity for senior students to engage in their passions and further learning and we are working through what this would look like during term 1.

As always if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
Ka kite ano

John Wright
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Dates for your diary

  • 4 February Dental caravan back at MBAS
  • 12 February Swimming Sports Year 9-13
  • 16 February Y7/8 Immunisation Information Day, Y7-10 Meet the Teacher, Year 5-6 Swimming
  • 17 February Y 7-10 Meet the Teacher
  • 18 February Year 7-8 Swimming, Y7-10 Meet the Teacher
  • 19 February Swimming Sports, Year 9-13 PP
  • 22 February PP Year 5-6 Swimming
  • 23 February PP Year 7- 8 Swimming, Primary Parent Info evening
  • 24 February Primary Parent Info evening
  • 25 February Hei 2 Beach Cleanup, Y 9 -13 Athletics, Primary Parent Info evening
  • 26 February Y 9 -13 Athletics PP, New families BBQ, Massey Uni visit
  • 29 February PP Year 5-6 Swimming

Note from the Primary School

Kia ora whanau,

Our team have been refreshed and revived by their break and are raring to go in what is already shaping up to be an amazing year. Our Primary school continues to grow and grow and we are starting our year with close to 400 students. This is very exciting but also means our traditional groupings of Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 are having to change to Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. To find out who is teaching where and to visit their website, please Click here.

We have a lot to tell you about all the things that we have planned for this year, so make sure you keep checking our website once a week: mbasprimary.weebly.com

This week, our big news is that we will be selling ice blocks (Juicies) on a Friday from M0 after lunch eating time. This is a fundraising venture to help fund the awesome initiatives our Citizenship groups will be coming up with. The cost is $1.50 and students have the choice of apple, tropical, lemonade or wild berry. We will be starting from this Friday, 5th February. This initiative will be running right through Term 1.

We have a special favour to ask from parents of students in Years 1-6. Rather than congregating around the classroom doors at the end of the day, can you please arrange to meet your child at a designated spot. Perhaps under one of the shade sails, or by the various playgrounds. There are two main reasons for this, the first being that it is very distracting for the students and the teacher when parents arrive before the bell has rung. For our very young students, it’s actually really upsetting for them. They can be fooled into thinking that their parent has forgotten them, although it is just that other parents were very early!

The second reason is because part of growing up and being at school is learning how to manage ourselves. That means packing up our own bag, putting our belongings away and taking what we need to with us. If parents keep doing this FOR children, they do not learn to do it themselves. If you want to catch up with the teacher, you can still do so, but make it after you have met your child. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Anne-Maree Mc Dougall

Y7-10 Meet the Teacher

Teacher(s) Class / Room Code

  • Sue Barakat / Dean Spyve Hei1 /Rm 9 G9HQ7
  • Sonjia Campbell / Teresa Shepherd Hei2 / Rm 11 BRM74
  • Richard Pincham 10PIR / Rm E8 P7M66
  • Jaimy Bloom 9BLJ / Rm 13 Z44R6
  • Peter Davy 10DAP / G1 Z9MC9
  • Robyn Fotheringham / Michael Ewing Hei3 / Rm 16 HB3Q5
  • Pieta Begley 9BEP / Rm 12 5XKU5
  • Mark Collins 10COM / Rm 5 LEBNS
  • Maddie Stonehouse 9STM / Rm 15 HTK3Z
  • Jamie Hutt 9HUJ / Rm 18 MQR67

Food Technician Wanted

We are looking for a Foods Technician - 3 hours per week.Usually Friday afternoon about 3.30pm. Please see Kat at the office for more details.

For new enrolments for Primary School students in Years 1-6

Inquiries can be made through the school office to book an appointment to meet with the Deputy or Assistant Principal for Primary

Appointments days and times will be made for:

  • Monday - 1.20 and 2.30 for student to start on the following Thursday after enrollment
  • Thursday - 1.20 and 2.30 for student to start on the following Monday after enrollment

This is to allow sufficient time for uniform, books and staff to choose the correct placement and ensure the teacher has everything they need to transition your child into school as smoothly as possible.

Welcome to MBAS Secondary Schools Rugby 2016 season - MUSTER

All year 9 to year 13 students, boys and girls wanting to play Secondary Schools rugby this year, are required to attend a pre season muster. This will beheld on Thursday the 11th in the Health room between the gyms at lunch time 12.40 to 1.30 We also invite any parents or other interested parties who would be able to help with coaching, managing, being on the secondary schools rugby committee or who are able to help in any other way to please make contact with: Stacey Bale, Secondary Schools Rugby Secretary/Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fiona Hare, TVSS Rugby Administer in Schools on 078663950/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your help and support makes a world of difference as to how much enjoyment our children can get out of their rugby season.

Pre Season Skills

Hayden Rowe, coach for the Thames Valley Swamp Foxes will be at school on Friday the 12th 3.30 -5pm running a programme of pre season skills for all rugby players yr9-13 boys and girls. Hayden is an experienced coach with lots to offer our players, please take advantage of this programme to help you get he best out of your season. Any further enquires please contact Stacey or Fiona as above.


Welcome back to school everyone!! I know its hard to believe that we are back into and starting after school activities again but the Mercury Bay Gymnastics Club needs you this year. 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 gymnasts on our waiting list. We are holding our AGM in the Mercury Bay Area School hall after school this Tuesday, February 9th at 3:30. 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 on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers - Amy Hodge

2016 MBAS Cheerleading

I Heart Cheerleading!

  • Cheerleading info session
  • Tuesday 9th February
  • MBAS Library 5:30 PM
  • Parents and students welcome
  • Boys and Girls welcome
  • Years 1-13

For more information:Email Heather Enchmarch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mercury Bay Community Choir

Mercury Bay Community Choir reconvenes Monday 8th Feb (and every Monday thereafter) in the Mercury Bay Area School (MBAS) Music Room from 6-8pm. Guest Director this term is John Mullon from the Te Aroha Community Choir. John will present a real up-beat repertoire. The Mercury Bay Community Choir welcome new members anytime, including MBAS pupils and staff. There are no auditions. Just a lot of fun! Enquiries: Kate Nielsen: ph 866 2573 / 027 2709 058.

pdf 2016 MBAS newsletter week 1 (2.65 MB)

2016 Newsletter 2
2016 Pre-Term Newsletter

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