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New Entrant Transition to School
A child’s first transition to school is one of the biggest milestones of their life and needs to be approached with thought and compassion. Currently across New Zealand, new entrants to our school start their first day as decided by their parents, normally shortly after their 5th birthday. This can mean that a new entrant teacher can potentially have a new child every day. While this has certainly become the cultural norm, we believe we are doing our new entrants a disservice by not having a more structured transition for them, their parents and for our new entrant teachers.
At the end of 2015, we consulted with our Early Childhood Education partners and developed a protocol for preferred entry points at Weeks 1 and 5 of each term. This has been well supported and affirmed by our Early Childhood Education colleagues and parents have respected these preferences which has allowed us to plan more effectively for our new arrivals. With the recent changes in the Education Act, we now have the ability to formalise these preferred entry points and wish to consult with our community once again.
We would like your feedback. We will be holding a meeting at school to discuss these proposed changes on:
Thursday 5th September, 6.30 in the school library.
Alternatively, you can fill in the Google form through the link below.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Mercury Bay Area School
Deputy Principal (Primary Years)
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
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:
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.
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.
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.
Mercury Bay Area School
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.
Deputy Principal - Middle Years
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.
We are on the look out for Relief Teachers, particularly Primary trained, but we need ALL levels of relief teachers.
We also have a long term relief position for term 3, specialising in PE and Health. This is part time of approximately 0.5 FTTE, but there would be the opportunity to pick up other relief work.
On 27 May the NCEA review was launched. Reviewing the NCEA ensures that it remains fit for purpose and continues to support young people to succeed on a diverse range of pathways.
Māu hei kōrero: NCEA - have your say.
Over the next few months the government want to hear from thousands of people across New Zealand from a range of backgrounds. Everyone with an interest in NCEA is invited to share their experiences and ideas. In English or Te Reo Māori, online or on paper, at workshops or hui, or through social media - you choose.
https://conversation.education.govt.nz/…/ncea-have-your-say/ to find out more about the Big Opportunities and how you can have your say on the future of NCEA. The consultation closes on 16 September 2018.
#NCEAHaveYourSay, #NCEAMakeYourMark, #EdConvo18
The government is currently inviting children, young people, parents, teachers, employers, iwi, families and whānau – to have a conversation about the sort of education system we want for the future.
The on-line survey (https://conversation.education.govt.nz/education/korero-matauranga/) consists of 4 questions and closes at the end of May.
The questions in the survey are:
If you were the boss of education in New Zealand, what would you do first?
What does a successful student of the future look like to you?
What will they need to know and be able to do?
What things need to be in place to make sure every learner is successful?
We will be holding community conversations about these questions and what you think they mean for our school on Wednesday 23rd May.
We are intending to host two conversations - one from 1pm to 2pm and another from 6pm to 7pm.
If you are able to come please let us know which session works for you by completing the form here
On Wednesday the 9th May (week 2, term 2) Middle Years teachers will be holding parent/ student/teacher goal setting conversations based on our Middle Years vision. We invite you to fill in your impressions of your child, in relation to the MY profile (https://mbas.ac.nz/document-resources/years/middle-years-7-10/648-parents-my-profile-march-2018/file) before you come to the meeting. Your Child and their learning coach/ home room teacher will also be filling in the profile from their perspectives. The point of the meeting is for all three parties (student, parent, teacher) to talk together about their different perspectives and to identify important learning goals for your child, for the rest of the year in relation to the Middle Years profile.
We would like to give significant time to these three way conversations and have decided that there will be no classes for Middle Years students on Wednesday 9th May so that the Learning Coaches are free during the day for these conversations. We are encouraging you to keep them at home on Wednesday 9th and to just bring them to school with you for your scheduled meeting.
We realise that for some families this may not be practical and we are organising a special learning programme for the day for those students who need to be at school. To enable us to plan this programme we need to know how many Y7-10 students will be at school that day. We also need to know how many parents will be taking up this opportunity for the three way goal setting conversations between the student, parent/caregiver, and the Learning Coach.
Please book your meeting time as soon as possible using the on-line booking system ( https://parentinterviews.co.nz/ booking code E6GDT7MA) Also, please return hard copy of the attached form to school as soon as possible.
<First Name> <Last Name> <Class>
---- My child will not be attending school on Wednesday 9th May
---- My child will be attending school on Wednesday 9th May
---- I have booked a meeting time.
---- I have not booked a meeting time because I am unavailable on Wednesday 9th.
---- I do not wish to meet.
The Coromandel rescue helicopter base in Whitianga is a very important part of our community. Due to a government restructure of air ambulances across New Zealand, the base is earmarked to be closed. The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (the owner of the base) is organising a public meeting at the base (at the end of Abrahamson Drive) on Saturday 5 May at 3:30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to show the community’s opposition to the closure of the base.
I would like to urge all Mercury Bay Area School staff and families (parents, caregivers, children and grandparents) and their friends to attend the meeting. For us on the Coromandel, all that will happen if we lose the base is that it will take a rescue helicopter from Hamilton or Auckland much longer to get to an emergency on the Peninsula.
Walter Russell, the chairman of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust said, “Strength is in numbers.” As many people as possible need to attend the meeting so that a very strong message can be sent to the government that the base need to stay open.
I hope to see everyone at the meeting.
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.