Support our local Sea Scouts - information below.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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?
The senior sports leaders have organised a lunchtime dodgeball for the years 9-13 on a Friday lunch time in the big gym, so all students are welcome!! Come along and have some fitness and fun! This will be starting on the 16th of June, listen out for the daily notices. See you all there!!!
When: Sunday of Queen's Birthday June 4th
Where: Mercury Bay Bowling Club
Who: Any folk who have attended as pupils or parents .
Why: Let's celebrate and share the fun times and try to support a worthy student to go this year.
What to bring?: An item for a raffle and a something for a shared lunch.
And photos ,books and memories.
Make up a group and have a mini reunion.
There is a facebook event page so an indication of your attendance would be helpful.
We're looking for some capable volunteers to help at the Mercury Bay Music Festival at Queen's Birthday Weekend. If you give us 2 shifts, we'll give you a free weekend pass to the Mercury Bay Music Festival. One shift gets you a one day pass.
I am taking expressions of interest for those students who are passionate about Skating and would be keen to attend a skate workshop here in Whitianga either at lunch time or after School. Please register your name with Leisa at the Sports Co-ordinators office.
Dates and times and prices will be dependent on numbers that register.