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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AUG
14

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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AUG
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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JUL
03

Teachers - We want you!

Teachers-wanted

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.

Please contact Kat on 07 8665916 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.

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JUL
03

About the NCEA Review

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

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MAY
08

If you were the boss of education in NZ - what would you do?

Education-conversation2

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

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MAY
01

Middle Years Goal Setting / Interview Day - 9th May

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.
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<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.

Signature ____________________________________________

pdf Parents MY Profile March 2018 (68 KB)

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APR
27

Help save our Helicopter - by Cara Bosman (Year 11)

Rescue-Helicopter-1

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.

Cara Bosman

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MAR
08

Support staff vacancies

We have three positions that we are looking to fill in our support staff team - could you be the right person?

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MAR
07

Tsunami Evac cancelled

TSUNAMI EVACUATION TRIAL is CANCELLED today due to the weather. We will advise at a later date if this will be rescheduled.

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FEB
15

Youth sailing update

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. 

For more information about the Mercury Bay Youth Sailing please contact Tara Corley or Jonathan Kline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. follow us on Facebook – Mercury Bay Youth Sailing.

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.

Jonathan Kline

+64 27 392 7280

Many thanks to Linda Bird for the excellent photos. 

   

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FEB
15

Bike Riding and safety

School Community Officer, Catherine Sell has shared some information on bike safety. Feel free to check out these links.


http://onyabike.nz/

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DEC
20

2018 Stationery lists

Stationery lists are here.  List are also held at Paper Plus Whitianga, The Warehouse Whitianga and Warehouse Stationery in Thames.

pdf 2018 New Entrant stationery pack (204 KB)

document Y1 6 & Roopu stationery 2018 (145 KB)

document Y7 & 8 Stationery 2018 (145 KB)

document Y9 Stationery 2018 (13 KB)

document Y10 Stationery 2018 (13 KB)

document Y11 Stationery 2018 (147 KB)

document Y12 Stationery 2018 (148 KB)

document Y13 Stationery 2018 (146 KB)

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DEC
20

Cheyenne's Boomerang Bag Video

Check out Cheyenne's video that she made as part of her Media course this year - promoting our boomerang bags!

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NOV
27

Scholarship Information Help

Attached are links to some helpful info about scholarships and applying for them. Will be really useful for anyone looking at scholarships next year.

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NOV
16

Community Consultation

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.

Kind regards
MBAS Board of Trustees

pdf Community Consultation 2017 (120 KB)

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NOV
09

Specialist Music Lessons in 2018

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.

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 2018, 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.

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/M2yL6a3brSmHDDnq1

Saxophone - Years 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/XDIj5uq9lNRchLwQ2

Flute and Clarinet - Years 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/JAdSlBb4hxeiHdVN2

Guitar and Bass Lessons - Years 4 -13 - https://goo.gl/forms/eBU2kZUuV5wEmEYd2

Keyboard Lessons - Year 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/QUkWYClLfrZ5oirI2

Vocal Lessons - Year 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/F8opQHSCqdhpoN6j1

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.

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OCT
19

Norm Hewitt Visit

We have an amazing opportunity planned for our Year 8, 9 and 10 boys next Friday, 27th October.

Ex-All Black Norm Hewitt will be presenting the documentary "Making Good Men" that he made with NZ actor Manu Bennett, and holding discussions with the group. We think this is an amazing opportunity for our young men to take time together to think about what makes a good man.

We will be walking to and from the Monkey House Theatre (Coghill Street) for this opportunity. And although the Youth Leadership Trust has already financed this venture, we would appreciate a gold coin donation to help off-set the costs if you are able to.

There will be a further screening on Friday 27th at 6.30pm for the wider community. Admission is $5 and seats are limited so please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to book a spot.

Please click on the link below to give permission, or email your child's homeroom teacher to give permission.

https://goo.gl/forms/yZIwCRZlX6GrpAfn1
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OCT
13

Improv Theatre coming to town

See the flyer for details.

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SEP
07

Education Review Office visit

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.

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SEP
07

Doctors Clinic - change

For the next 3 Mondays that Dr Hemmes is away we will have Ashleigh Battaerd (Nurse) in at the same time for anyone to see.

Please make appointments at the office.

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SEP
07

Carnival News Week 7

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.
 
By now I am sure you will have the 8th January 2018 in your calendar. We are always looking for ideas and assistance for the carnival so if you can help or have a suggestion please contact the Carnival Administrator, John Skelton Ph 021-795582 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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AUG
23

Overseas Scholarship Information Session

FREE LIVE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION FOR STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN 2017


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


Register now

Visit www.studentexchange.org.nz

or call 0800 440 079 for more information
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AUG
23

Fun run in Tairua

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.

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