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Senior Swimming Sports photo gallery

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13

Across the River Swim consents - Y7-13

Please make sure that consent is given for the iconic across the river swim. If we don't have consent, then students can not swim.

A link to consent form is here - 

https://goo.gl/forms/HIBOjNPhBHfhznPh2

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08

MBAS Newsletter - Term 1, Week 1, 8th Feb 2019

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07

Achievement Assembly Pictures - Feb 2019

Congratulations to all our achieving students!

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05

2018 Academic Achievements - NCEA

Academic Achievement – NCEA 2018
It is my honour to announce the top achievers in our Senior Years for 2018. The 2018 Dux is Ms Eleanor Tomkins, and Joint Proxime Accessit is Ms Jessica Alexander and Ms Michaela Duerre. These fine students have been exceptional in 2018 and richly deserve these awards. 

We held a whole school “Welcome” Assembly on Thursday where we were able to acknowledge our other top achievers for 2018.  

Other high achieving students in NCEA in 2018 are:

Level 3

Alexander, Jessica NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Excellence
Duerre, Michaela NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Excellence
Power, Mitchell NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Excellence
Royal, Isabella NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Excellence
Tomkins, Eleanor NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Excellence
Donovan, Katey NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Merit
Harvey, Rebeka NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Merit
McMurtrie, Nicolle NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Merit
Murphy, Charlotte NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Merit
Neilson, Todd NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Merit
Pfister, Ashlynne NCEA Level 3 - Endorsed with Merit

Level 2

Asquith, Gabriel NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Beck, Natalija NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Coleman-Smith, Hannah NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Evans, Harry NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Fisher, Petra NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Hendrikse-Strydom, Georgia NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Hogarth, Caleb NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Laker, Jemma NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
McCleery, Holly NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Morcom, Tom NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Robbins, Gracey NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Russell, Nikita NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence
Selak, Kaitlyn NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Excellence

Adams-Ingram, Olivia NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Booker, Maria NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Caddy, Luke NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Clague, Olivia NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Colman, Esther NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Dowling, Francesca NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Elder, Isabella NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Farrell, Kaya NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Greig, Jed NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Hoebergen, Carlos NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Johansen, Aaron NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Johnston, Emanuel NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Louden, Gemma NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Morcom, Sarah NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Sanders, Georgia NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Singh, Jovial NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Tinkler, Caitlyn NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit
Yiannoutsos, Ari NCEA Level 2 - Endorsed with Merit

 Level 1 

Bosman, Cara NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Campbell, Kenjia NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Cunningham, Anna NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Lidgard, Juliette NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Lockhart, Amelia NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Lunn, Isabel NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
McDonald, Samuel NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Murphy, Hannah NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Robinson, Alice NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Smith, Zoe NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence
Trebes, Rory NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Excellence

 

Bahr, Ethan NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Beck, Shana NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Boerdyk, Briana NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Brown Douglas, Olivia NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Canlas, John NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
De Klerk, Shannon NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Duerre, Corbin NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Ear, Patrick NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Evanson, Kelly NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Harsant-Sowter, Bianca NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Humphris, Hannah NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Hunt, Molly NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Jones, Maggie NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Ohlson, Dana NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Power, Summer NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Pryce, Silas NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Rabarts-Small, Kal NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Rees, Lily NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Ross, Floyd NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Stevenson, Anna NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Teacy, Jake NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Tsumura, Ren NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Williscroft, Julia NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
Teacy, Woody NCEA Level 1 - Endorsed with Merit
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JAN
31

MBAS Newsletter - Welcome back to 2019

Our pre term newsletter has been sent today. Find it here

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JAN
23

Information for Year 9 & 10 students"Getting to know us" Day - 4th Feb 2019

All Year 9 and 10 students start at Mercury Bay Area School on Monday 4th February 2019.

The procedure for the day is as follows:

Students new to our school will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the flagpole outside the front of the school where they will be taken to the hall. Students who attended Mercury Bay Area School in Year 8 and 9 are to meet in the school hall at 8:45 a.m. Parents/Guardians are welcome.


A whakatau welcome to all will occur and then year 9 and 10 students go to the Hei block courtyard.

Introduction and explanation of day’s activities and then the students will be divided into Learning Groups.


Students will go with their Learning Coach to their new homeroom. This is an opportunity for the students to be introduced to their class and teacher and to know which rooms their classes will take place in.


We will re-assemble at the Hei block courtyard again at approximately 9.45am to begin the walk to Hilton Park. Morning tea will then be at 10:00am. The activities will be based at the park all day where toilet facilities / changing rooms are available.


Over the day tasks will be undertaken in Learning Groups to help them get to know each other. The tasks will involve a range of challenges which are designed to get the students working together to develop their co-operative and team skills. The activities will be wide ranging from thinking skills to activities which are more physical. All activities will link back to the New Zealand Curriculum and the Key Competencies i.e. Thinking, Managing Self, Relating to Others and Participating and Contributing, as well as our Middle Years philosophy of thinking for ourselves through thinking with others.


We will return to school before 3:00 to enable bus students to catch the buses home.

Remember: No school uniform is required on Monday, but will be necessary from the following day - February 5th. Students should bring hats, sunblock, togs, towel and lunch, water bottle, pen, medications as needed. Rolls will be taken during the day for health and safety reasons.


Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the year 9/10 deans through school or at the following email addresses:

Y9 Dean Jaimy Goble - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Y10 Dean, Pete Davy- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DEC
20

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

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NOV
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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NOV
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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NOV
15

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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NOV
09

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 4

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NOV
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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02

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

Kia ora whanau! Our weekly newsletter can be found here

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OCT
26

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

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

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OCT
15

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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SEP
28

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

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14

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

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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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