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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AUG
18

Cancer Shave - a message from our Senior Student Leaders

Many students at our school have been affected by cancer in some way, we're inspired by the work of the Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division and wanted to support them by raising money. Please help us to help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button on the link below. We are organising another shave day this year on Friday the 25th of August, so if you are keen get in touch with either Lily or Chelsea to show your support. You can also donate 30cm of your hair to be made into wigs. The more people that know about The Cancer Society, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
 
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AUG
16

New Entrant Parent Information Evening

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

Please email Anne-Maree McDougall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions regarding this evening.

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AUG
15

Senior Exam Timetable for T3, Wk 10

Here it is - time to study!

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AUG
09

Managing our bus bay in the mornings

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.

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AUG
09

NCEA Fees information

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/

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AUG
09

Sea Scouts fundraiser

Support our local Sea Scouts - information below.

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AUG
09

Middle Years Open Forum on 'Student Profile'

Open Forum

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.

Kind regards

Julie Bougen

Deputy Principal – Middle Years

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AUG
04

Y9-10 Health Education

As part of the Year 9 and 10 Health Education curriculum the students will learn about the following;

Year 9:
- Mental health and resilience
- Safe decision making around alcohol
- Sexuality education including, assertiveness and decision making around contraception, consent and healthy relationships

Year 10:
- 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.

Kind regards

Peter Davy

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JUL
27

Parent Teacher Calendar App

Just another way to keep in touch with what is happening at school - 

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JUL
27

100% Electric Friends and Family offer

Thank you 100% electric for these great deals for our families.

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JUL
27

Logo design competition

Win $200 by designing a logo for the Whitianga community Waka Ama group

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JUL
27

School Bus - Drivers needed

Bus Drivers needed…

Multiple Permanent Part Time and Casual vacancies around the Hauraki / Coromandel region

We have a number of depots located throughout the Hauraki / Coromandel Region, each responsible for delivering quality service. Depots are based in Whitianga, Kerepehi, Waihi, Paeroa and Kopu, as well as a number of satellite depots.

The role of a Bus Driver is both rewarding and fulfilling so If you:
• Are recently retired and just looking for something to help fill some of your day or
• Your children have reached the age that you can spend mornings and afternoons driving and want to have school holidays off or
• Need to earn a bit of cash and
• Thrive on providing excellent customer service and
• Have a preference to work in a 'sole charge' role and also
• Really enjoy driving
To succeed in this role it is essential you have:
• A clean driving record
• The right to live and work in New Zealand
• Great interpersonal and communication skills
• A valid full Class 1 New Zealand Drivers Licence for at least 2 years
Murphy Buses will give full training to gain your Class 2 Driver Licence and P Endorsement (if required) and the skills to complete your duties in this position.

Opportunities may also exist for you to do charters and other such driving duties
If you are ready, willing and able don’t hesitate – call us today on 868 6265 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest or call in to 7 Kopu Road, Kopu and pick up an application.

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JUL
27

Yr 3, Tazye Gill featuring in The Block NZ - art challenge

Our very own Tayze has made it into the top two for the team yellow art work competition for The Block Nz, please click here to vote for Tayze and MBAS could win $500 of Art supplies!

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JUN
21

Carnival Planning - bring your ideas

The Carnival team has held it's AGM and has filled it's committee and are ready to start the process of planning this year's event. It's not too late to lend a hand and be involved in this great event that is our school's major fundraiser.  Come along to the first planning meeting of 2017 with your ideas - Tuesday 9am July 4th in the Library.
Thank you to this year's Carnival Committee for taking on the following roles - 
Chair - Kay McDonald
Treasurer - Suzanne Fisher
Secretary - Kat Neilson-Jones
Committee - John Wright, John Skelton, Denise Eggers, Jo Trebes, Stephan Bosman & Sharyn Morcom

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JUN
21

Building Kiwi Boys into Kiwi Icons

ICONZ: an Adventure, Activity and Values based Ministry for boys - 

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JUN
21

Acting opportunity

The Offbeat Theatre Company are calling for auditions - see the below information

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JUN
15

Photolife Shoot Keys

Photolife

Photolife shoot keys have arrived and been sent home with students. There is free delivery on orders placed online before 2nd July. If you are missing a shoot key please contact the office as we have a list of all the shoot keys.

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JUN
09

Seaside Carnival AGM

The Carnival committee will be holding it's AGM in the Administration Block Meeting room, 9am, Wednesday 21 June 2017. All welcome to attend.

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JUN
08

Stage Challenge fundraising

The students are selling raffle tickets to raise money for Stage Challenge...the prize is great!!!

1ST PRIZE $1500 NEW WORLD VOUCHER
2ND PRIZE $350 NEW WORLD VOUCHER
3RD PRIZE $150 NEW WORLD VOUCHER

Tickets are $5 for 3 chances .......

They will be in the school office so please go and see the lovely ladies there to purchase yours now....

Thank you New World!

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JUN
07

Online Safety For Parents - a message from Constable Catherine Sell

This month I would like to discuss Cyber Safety. In my role of School Community Officer I look after 35 schools, and over the last 3 years I have been contacted by almost every school for assistance with cyber safety related issues. The issues range from relatively minor concerns around unwanted texts, to young people obtaining sexually explicit images of their friends and posting them on line. The age of some children involved is alarmingly young, and in many serious cases there are strong indicators that the child has had access to pornography, which may be considered psychological abuse when viewed by a person under the age of 18.

The problem is not going to go away and criminals are in our area. The rule of optimism means we think the baddies are in Nigeria and we doubt our children would be at risk, however, they are.

Make family and friends aware of what you will and won’t allow when posting photos online – and leave the personal information out. You wouldn’t ask your child to go to the supermarket and give a stranger a photo of them sitting on their bed, so why would it happen online? And it is – a lot!  This draws the wrong type of person to you, and just like adults, if the friendship/relationship breaks down, your image could be used to destroy your reputation, and future. Predators troll the internet for images with clues to a potential victim’s location and identity. A photo posted of a child in school uniform, or a sport’s team uniform may be enough to start a connection.  Declaring vulnerability to strangers is motivation for the offender, for example if a child has had a fight with dad, the predator will become the confidant and listen and agree with the child.  They will find common ground and this is the process of grooming.

Online requires the same parental oversite as the physical world. We may be tempted to tell children to get in the real world when they are on their devices, but our children have grown up with the internet and it is ‘The Real World’ to them.  It is all they have known. Make sure your child can talk to you about anything, and consider your response because if you have the wrong response your child will not talk to you about problems. It is up to parenting relationships and values to protect the child, regardless of whether it is the Internet of physical world.

Netsafe is an excellent source of information for all internet users. Check out these 10 things to think about at   https://www.netsafe.org.nz/online-safety-for-parents/

1.Set expectations 2.Understand what they do online 3.If you don’t understand it, try it 4.Set a good example  5.Teach them the basics 6.Setting up social media 7. Give them the tools they need 8. Online bullying 9. What about ‘sexting’ 10. What if something does happen?

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