2016 Newsletter 2

Underway – full swing!

Yes we are in full swing. Classes are well settled, learning is underway, and it seems that we have had a very settled start all round. It is fantastic that our young people are well prepared for their learning, and I appreciate parents and caregivers input into this to ensure all is well organised.

With the three learning blocks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, students in Y7-13 can be very selective (and organised ahead of time) to bring only the learning resources (and their digital device) they need for each day. Simply put, they don’t need to lug all their books for all their learning programmes around each day – they ought to have only those resources that are needed for the day. Every student has a Learning Programme print out or can access it off KAMAR, so they can be well prepared for the next day’s learning.

So – thank you for a great start up – and we are away now with Swimming sports, Athletics, Cross the River Swim… and more!  Of course our core business is learning, growth and development and it is great to see our young people fully engage in our kaupapa.

Opportunities for our students

During the year there will be a vast array of learning, sporting, academic, and cultural opportunities for all of our students across our school. We thoroughly encourage our young ones to be fully involved in any area of interest they may have – and this means sometimes exploring areas of interest and opportunity they just don’t know too much about. And this week it has been the Volvo Sailing Challenge for our students in our Primary Years. What an opportunity and there is an open day on Saturday too (details below). All of these opportunities for all of our young people help craft the “learner of the future” and this is powerfully important.

Kind regards
Ka kite ano

John Wright
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OPEN DAY - Come along and Have a go!

The Have a go! Sailing crew who have been working with our primary years this week have offered a free Have a go sailing this Saturday, (13th February),  at Mercury Bay Boating Club. ​-​ i​t​s an Open day, where students who didn’t get an opportunity to go sailing this week (or those who want to go again) are invited to the club to Have a go!.

Reuben and the Sailing…Have a go! trailer will be there and it should be a great day! It is a great opportunity for everyone to try sailing! Suitable for all ages, lifejackets provided. ​ There are a couple of boats etc suitable for adults as well.

Volunteers Required for MBAS / Bayleys Breakfast Club

Can you help out Monday or Tuesday on a regular weekly or fortnightly rotating basis? 8:00am – 9:00am approx. This is a very worthwhile cause, filling the tummies of local kids to set them up for a productive day at school. Any help appreciated. Please phone Jan Thompson - Bayleys Real Estate ph. 866 0098.

Beach Hop

On the lower part of page 4 in this week’s Informer, it has an “article” about the Beach Hop which states:”its a day off for Mercury Bay Area School students and from ...”
This is true as it is part of the Easter public holiday (education) observance, but not because it is the day that Beach Hop comes to town.

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.

New Families BBQ

Families that have joined our school within the last year are invited along to a meet and greet evening at the school pool. this will be held on Friday February 26th at 5.30pm. RSVP to Kat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Attendance and absences

If your child is away from school, this is a reminder to parents/caregivers of what you need to advise the school office:

  • You will need to contact the school each day your child is away by 8.45am.
  • Parents can advise absences for future dates, which will then be recorded.
  • An absence period of more than 3 days requires a formal communication (email, txt or note) from parents to explain their child’s absence.
  • If your child is late to school, please ensure that they sign in at the office so attendance can be marked before going to class.
  • If for any reason you need to pick up your child from school early, please sign them out at the office.

Parents can contact the office by:

  • Phone school office on 07 866 5916 and select option 1 to record your child’s name and reason.
  • Send a txt to the attendance cell phone on 02102556802
  • By sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Seeing a member of our office staff at the reception

Thank you - Your office team: Dallas Hunt , Angela Gabriel, Sandi Lowe.

Years 1-6

Every Friday lunchtime - at room M0 Juicies for sale - $1.50.

Junior Tennis is starting again!

  • Dates are:  Sat 20 Feb, Sat 27 Feb, Sat 5 Mar and Sat 12 Mar.
  • 6 to 9 year olds from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • 10 to 15 year olds from 10 to 11 a.m.

Then there will be a Junior Tennis tournament on Sat 19 March. 16 to 18 year olds are welcome to join club nights on Thursdays from 6:30 pm. Players must have their own racket.

Annual membership fee: Juniors $20, Adults $50, Family $80. Contact Lisl for more information on 021-148-6982 or see you there!!

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