We have three positions that we are looking to fill in our support staff team - could you be the right person?
An update from Jonathan Kline of Mercury Bay Boating Club
Our Term 1 Mercury Bay Mentors kicked off their first session yesterday. The Mercury Bay Mentor program is designed for junior sailors aged 7 to 11 and teaches kids the fun and thrill of sailing, while they gain confidence and shipshape habits. Children will learn the basic concepts of seamanship and the sport of sailing. In addition, they will be taught to become ambassadors for the sport and coastal stewards of our unique environment. The primary objective is to introduce sailing as a fun, safe activity and prepare these young sailors to progress to the Mercury Bay Boating Club’s Level One learn to sail program.
The day opened with low cloud, drizzle, and a perfect 10 knot north-easterly breeze. These junior sailors did not let the grey day dampen their enthusiasm and needed little prompting when the order was given to suit up and get ready to sail. Our volunteer parents and coaches were also invigorated by the warm showers, steel-grey sea, and enchanting views of our offshore islands, emerging and disappearing from behind frequent curtains of rain.
We began our session at the Boating Club with lessons on proper dress, safety, and club rules. We then moved outside to orient the kids with the points of the compass and how they relate to the main geographical features of the bay.
Mercury Bay Youth Sailing promotes sailing, seamanship, ocean and coastal stewardship, and marine awareness among our town's youth and adults so that they become ambassadors for the sport and champions of our unique and precious environment.
+64 27 392 7280
Many thanks to Linda Bird for the excellent photos.
Stationery lists are here. List are also held at Paper Plus Whitianga, The Warehouse Whitianga and Warehouse Stationery in Thames.
Attached are links to some helpful info about scholarships and applying for them. Will be really useful for anyone looking at scholarships next year.
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.
MBAS Board of Trustees
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.
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/
Saxophone - Years 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Flute and Clarinet - Years 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Guitar and Bass Lessons - Years 4 -13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Keyboard Lessons - Year 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Vocal Lessons - Year 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
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.
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.
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
or call 0800 440 079 for more information
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.
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
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.
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/.
Wednesday 16th August
5.30 – 6.30pm in the School Library
All parents and caregivers are invited to hear about the vision and use of a ‘Student Profile’ for the Middle Years (Year 7-10). This profile is being developed as an innovative learning and assessment tool to promote and encourage the engagements of students in the Middle Years.
Deputy Principal – Middle Years
As part of the Year 9 and 10 Health Education curriculum the students will learn about the following;
- Mental health and resilience
- Safe decision making around alcohol
- Sexuality education including, assertiveness and decision making around contraception, consent and healthy relationships
- Functional anatomy
- Mental Health and resilience
- Drugs and alcohol safety
- Sexuality education including, assertiveness and decision making around contraception, consent, knowledge and understanding of sexually transmitted infections
On Thursday the 10th of August at 6pm in the library there will be a community consultation for parents / guardians who would like more discussion around this.