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DEC
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Start up dates and information for 2019

The dates for start-up for 2019 are below:
**Our school office will be open from Monday 21st January 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.**

**Appointments for New Enrolments
The Deputy and Assistant Principals along with Senior Deans will be available over the holiday period from Wednesday, 23rd January. For appointments please contact the school office. (07) 866 5916

**School Start dates
Monday, 4th February 2019
Start of School for Term One for Years 1 -6; Years 7-10 is at 8:45am sharp
*Primary students Years 1-6 to go to their new classroom. *Years 7 - 10 - new students please meet at the flagpole; all other Years 7 -10 students please go to the hall.
*Year 11-13 Students are not required at school on this date unless it is to confirm course programmes with their Dean.

Tuesday, 5th February 2019
All Years 11-13 go to the hall

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NOV
30

MBAS Newsletter, Week 7, Term 4, 30th November 2018

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Good morning, our weekly newsletter can be found here

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 6, 23 November 2018

Good morning, our weekly newsletter can be found here.

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23

Eloise on Auckland University exceptional graduates list

The University of Auckland has released its annual list of 40 exceptional graduates under the age of 40.

We are pleased to advise that one of these outstanding individuals are a former pupil of Mercury Bay Area School: Black Fern Eloise Blackwell.

Eloise is the first professional rugby player to be named one of the University of Auckland’s 40 under 40 exceptional alumni.

Now in its second year, the annual 40 under 40 list celebrates the high achievers and game changers who are making a significant contribution in their fields, all before their 40th birthday.

Eloise grew up on Great Barrier Island and went to Mercury Bay Area School for her secondary schooling, before completing a Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Auckland. As well as playing elite level sport, she also teaches PE and Health at Epsom Girls Grammar, where she is passionate about influencing the next generation of sportswomen to wear the silver fern.

“I constantly have students asking about my sporting career and what they can do to become a better athlete. I want to empower my students to achieve their goals and dreams and realise that with a bit a hard work and determination anything is possible,” Eloise says.

The annual 40 under 40 list recognises that many of the highest achievers who studied at the University of Auckland are making huge contributions be it to business, technology or a social good before the age of 40.

It is quite an achievement to be recognised on the list given the University of Auckland graduates some 10,000 students each year.

We hope that the inclusion of Eloise on the 40 Under 40 list is an inspiration to your students, and we welcome you to share this news with your school community.

The full 40 Under 40 list for 2018 is available here.

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16

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 5, 16th November 2018

Morena! Our weekly newsletter has just been sent and can be found here.

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Specialist Music Classes in 2019

Our school offers specialist music lessons in flute, clarinet,vocals, saxophone, drum, guitar, bass guitar and keyboard. These lessons are highly sought after! 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 2019, 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.

Returning students must re-enroll and complete these forms - we do not automatically re-enroll as we do not know if your child wants to continue, will be coming back to MBAS etc. etc.

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 do one instrument. Students Year 7 and above may do more than one instrument after consultation with the tutors.

Drum Lessons - Years 3-13

Flute and Clarinet Lessons - Years 4-13

Saxophone Lessons - Year 4-13

Guitar and Bass Lessons - Years 4 -13

Keyboard Lessons - Year 3 - 13

Vocal Lessons - Year 4 - 13

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.

Kind regards,

Dave Mulholland

HOD Music

Mercury Bay Area School

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NOV
09

Senior School Prizegiving

Congratulations to all our prize winners for 2019. Below is a copy of the programme a few photos.

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09

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 4

Our weekly school newsletter can be found here

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02

Senior Certificate Assembly 2018

On Thursday 1st November we celebrated the effort and achievements of our senior students with a certificate assembly. Merit and excellence certificates were awarded to students that have excelled throughout the year. Unfortunately we are unable to include these  in our Senior Prizegiving, due to the shear size and number of prizes. Below is a list of the awards and some photos.

We have also included a number of sporting achievements that deserve recognition also.

Congratulations to you all!

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 3, 2 November 2018

Kia ora whanau! Our weekly newsletter can be found here

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 2, 26th October 2018

Our latest newsletter can be found here

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 1, 19 October 2018

Please find our weekly newsletter here

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OCT
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Exciting changes for our Middle School

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Welcome to term 4. This term is traditionally very busy as we build on the learning programmes that have been established during the year - and get ready for next year. This is particularly so this year as we are looking at structuring the Middle Years slightly differently in 2019.
The majority of the classes will continue on with the curriculum work we have been doing over the last several years - refining and embedding the Middle Years profile. In addition a small group of teachers are keen to work collaboratively to explore even more deeply what a future-focused Middle Years curriculum might look like in practice. This is exciting and challenging work and we are inviting parents of students currently in years 6-8 to come to a meeting to hear more about what this "future focused pod" will involve. The idea is that whanau would apply to be part of this new model. We will be providing a number of opportunities for whanau to find out more about what will be involved. Our first meetings about this will be in the school library on Wednesday 24th October at 2.30 and again at 5pm and again on Thursday 25th at 5.30pm. We hope you will be able to make one of these times if you are interested in finding out more.
Ngā mihi
Ally Bull
Deputy Principal - Middle Years
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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 10, 28th September 2018

Our last newsletter for the term has just gone out. Find a copy here

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 9, 21st Sept 2018

Our weekly newsletter can be found here

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Y3-6 Disco a success!

Thanks to the Senior A Netball team for their awesome FUNdraiser a couple of weeks ago. The Year 3-6 students had a hula of a time! Here are some pictures from the disco event.

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 8, 14th September 2018

Our weekly newsletter can be found here

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 7, 7th December 2018

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Happy Friday! Please find our weekly newsletter here.

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 6, 31st August 2018

Our weekly school newsletter has been sent today. Please find a copy here.

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 4, 17th August 2018

Our weekly newsletter is available here.

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Middle Years - Feedback sought

As you know, this year the Middle Years are exploring new ways of reporting to parents. At mid year, we held parent/ student/ teacher learning conversations rather than sending out written reports. These conversations were based on the Middle Years' vision of the sort of skills, knowledge and dispositions we are trying to develop in our students. Before the interviews parents were invited to fill out a form that gave their perceptions of their child's development in relation to the Middle Years' vision. Students and teachers also filled out the same form. 

The majority of the feedback we received from these learning conversations was very positive. However, many parents thought the language in the form contained too much "teacher jargon" and was difficult to make sense of. As a result we have re-drafted the form (see attached document) and would welcome your feedback on it.

If you get a chance to look at it please email your thoughts to Ally Bull (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or place your feedback via this google form - https://goo.gl/forms/H8qUWxd8XIqebx7Q2. If you would prefer to meet in a group with other interested parents to provide feedback please also let me know and we will arrange a meeting time.

Kind regards
Ally Bull
Deputy Principal - Middle Years

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 3, 10th August 2018

Have a great weekend - check out our newsletter here

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06

Want to come to school in a Rally Car?

Want to arrive in style at school next week? Well Lu from Z Whitianga has organised a colouring competition, with the prize a ride to school in Hayden Paddon's car.

Entries and T's and C's here

pdf Hayden Paddon Colouring Comp Aug 2018 (1022 KB)

document Terms and Conditions - H Paddon Aug 2018 (3 KB)

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 2

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Good morning! Our newsletter has been sent and a copy can be found here.

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JUL
27

Newsletter, Term 3, Week 1 - 27th July 2018

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