FEB
15

Year 7-10 Meet the Teacher Evening

A big welcome to all our returning students and new students who have started this year.

On Wednesday February 22nd starting at 2.20pm you have an opportunity to meet your child’s Learning Coach (Homeroom Teacher). This is specifically designed to share information and get to know each other, it is not a reporting time.

Families of Year 8’s returning to the same class are not expected to attend, however may do so if they wish.

To book a time with your child’s Learning Coach please visit - http://parentinterviews.co.nz/ and enter the code QCABP.  Bookings will be open online from 2.00pm Friday, February 10th through to 1.00pm, Wednesday 22nd.

If you do not have access to a computer and are unable to make a booking online, please see Kat at the office or phone her on 07 8665916 ext 846.

Chris Johnston                                       Julie Bougen

Deputy Principal Middle Years                   Deputy Principal Middle Years

 

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FEB
15

School Jackets Y7-13

Jackets are now available to pre-order at a cost of $150 each.  (Same cost as last year)
If you are wanting to purchase a school jacket can you please see the office to pre-order your size and make payment by Thursday  23 February.
The first jacket order will be placed on Friday, 24th and should be available for distribution after 10 March.
If you have any queries, can you please see the office.
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FEB
15

Student Art work online

Throughout the year our student art work is loaded online and you are able to take a look around the virtual gallery. A link to last years work is here. http://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/285204441/marble-gallery-7425/  This will be updated with 2017 work through out the year.

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FEB
15

A message from Murphy Buses

To whom it may concern,

Although caregivers are responsible for getting students to and from school each day, Murphy Buses is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide bus transport to enable students to attend school.  Murphy Buses is required to transport eligible students to their nearest appropriate school.  On occasions and depending on loading, this may require eligible students to stand on their way to and from school.  However, as part of Murphy Buses contract, we can only transport ineligible students if the following conditions are met:

  • There is excess seating capacity after all eligible students have been taken into account
  • The ineligible students pay an appropriate fee
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not delay the service
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not result in bus deviating from designated route
  • Permission is obtained by any school affected by the operation of the school run

In addition, the ineligible students must:

  • Behave in a socially acceptable way
  • NOT harass or bully students

A student is eligible if:

  • They live too far away from the nearest appropriate school they can enrol (more than 3.2kms for years 1-8 and more than 4.8km for years 9 and above)
  • There is no suitable public transport available.

In recent times we have had concerns that the inclusion of ineligible students on the bus may cause us to breach the above conditions (typically the seating capacity) and as a result we have made a decision that Murphy Buses will no longer accept “new” ineligible students on our services for 2017 onwards.  Murphy Buses will continue to offer existing ineligible fare paying students (ie those who travelled in 2016) the opportunity to travel so they can finish their schooling at their existing school (providing the above terms are met).

We appreciate that this may cause a concern for some parents and schools affected by this decision and we apologise for this.

Note the above change does not affect eligible students (including those who transfer their eligibility under the MoE rules), it is only those students that live too close to their nearest appropriate school that want to catch a ride to another school.

Kind regards,

Matt Juby
General Manager
P: 07 868 6265   F:07 868 6745
P O Box 251, Thames 
W: www.murphybuses.co.nz

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FEB
15

Peninsula Swim Carnival - open to all

Please see information in the flyer below. This event is open to non-swim club members also. Non-swim club members will need an 'official time'. Those that compete in the MBAS swimming sports are able to see Leisa McCleery after the swimming sports to get their times.

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FEB
09

New Swimming Pool Hours

        The pool is now open for public swimming:

 

                  Friday afternoons 3.30 – 6pm

             Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 5pm.

 

      Also open for early morning lane swimming

          Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6-8am

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FEB
07

Mercury Bay Football Club - AGM

Details below.

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FEB
07

Host Families wanted

Evakona Education is looking for more kind and caring host families to host young Japanese students for short stays (one or two weeks) in March/April.

We are also placing several students that are here for longer stays.  Payment for students U18 is $240 per week, and students should have their own room and should receive three meals a day.

Please call Lisl on 867 1178 or pop in to Evakona to pick up a Homestay Handbook and application form.

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FEB
07

Help with School Uniforms and Stationery

The Ministry of Social Development’s clients can now use MyMSD to apply online quickly and easily for assistance with school uniform and stationery costs, so they don’t need to visit their Work and Income office.

Applicants can upload verification of the cost, usually a quote from the supplier. If the payment is approved, they will receive notification by text or by email. The approved amount will be loaded to their payment card or paid direct to registered suppliers who can’t receive the payment card. Many of the applications that MSD approves for help with school uniforms and stationery are paid to schools. General information for suppliers is available here on the MSD website -

https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/children/school-uniforms-and-stationery.html

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DEC
09

Potential Tsunami Threat

8.57am Update from Civil Defence - The potential threat for marine and beach areas has been CANCELLED following the 7.7m earthquake in the Solomons Islands at 6.38am NZ Time. We advise the public who intend to carry out activities in or on the water today, especially along the west coast of both the North and South Islands, that there could be strong and unusual currents for the rest of the day. Therefore, MCDEM advise people to stay out of the water.

8.33am Good Morning - School is open today. We will be monitoring the potential tsunami threat via Civil Defence. We will update this post through out the day should the situation change. It is your choice as parents if you do not wish to send your child to school today. Please note that the Hei 2 Heritage Hunt has been cancelled.

We recommend that families download the Red Cross Hazard App to keep up to date also
https://www.redcross.org.nz/…/disaster-manageme…/hazard-app/

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DEC
08

Updated Tsunami Modelling for Whitianga

Updated Tsunami Modelling for Whitianga

I have attended a number of meetings recently on the updated modelling work around “worst case” Tsunami situations for Mercury Bay – Whitianga in particular.  Two images have been shared along with some information which I have replicated below.  The major “take home point” for me is that we will need to review our response to a tsunami alert. I will commence this review early in the new year and will hold some parental forums to gather parent voice for our revised protocol, which we will develop during term 1.

The following information has been shared with me – and now hence with you. I have not edited it at all. It is important to note that there are two significant scenarios – a “near” source event (we would have 1 hours’ notice as a community) – the Tonga-Kermadec Trench earthquake at a magnitude 9 scale; and a “distant” source event – 12 hours’ notice or so – from South America/Japan etc.

“New modelling of tsunami hazards has been completed for Mercury Bay as a part of the Eastern Coromandel Tsunami Strategy, a joint project between Thames Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council

The modelling shows that:

·         For the Tonga-Kermadec Trench (just above East Cape): there is significant inundation of Whitianga from a tsunami generated by a large (magnitude 9) earthquake. Despite this, there is limited threat of inundation to the school, due mainly to its distance from the foreshore. An event of this size from the Tonga-Kermadec Trench would be accompanied by significant shaking, and tsunami waves will take around one hour to arrive in Whitianga

·         For distant tsunami events (particularly from South America): there is limited inundation around the Whitianga foreshore (Albert Street/Monk Street, Taputapuatea Stream and Brophy's Beach Stream areas). The modelling shows that there is no threat of inundation to the school from distant tsunami events

·         A tsunami open day will be held on Saturday 28 January 2017 from 9.30am - 3.30pm at the Whitianga Town Hall. The tsunami project team will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the tsunami hazards and risks to Whitianga, including to the school.

Clearly we will need to consider what our plans will be for an alert. I intend being at the public forum on Saturday 28th and would be happy to meet any parents/caregivers/grandparents at that time too.

John Wright

Principal

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NOV
02

VIP night at the Warehouse

A date for your diary - 

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NOV
01

Board of Trustees 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 11th November 2016.  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.

A survey link can be found here - https://goo.gl/forms/ULYcJDcg9QpXp7V23

Alternatively a PDF of the survey is attached. Community Consultation 2016

Or you may pick up a survey from the school office.

Thank you for taking the time to help us improve our school.

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SEP
02

Early Closure of School - Sept 13th

Early closing of our school – Tuesday 13 September, 2016 – 1:15 pm

We have been advised by the NZEI and PPTA unions that a Paid Union Meeting (PUM) will be held at school here, at 1:30 on 13 September.  The purpose of this meeting is for union members to become well informed about and to discuss the proposed review of the funding mechanism for school, and early childhood services.

The original request was for a 9:00am meeting on the same day in Thames and would have posed extreme difficultly, not only for the members of the two unions to attend, but also for us to run our school. After some significant lobbying from members in our district, the organisers resolved to hold the meeting at our school, for all schools in our district, including Early Childhood Teachers. Members of both unions are entitled to attend these PUMs under the Education Relations Act, 2000.

Whilst theoretically it could be possible to keep our school open during the meeting, it will be really difficult to do so and I am concerned about the “meaningfulness” of learning programmes that would run from 1:30-3:00.  I have organised for the buses to come at 1:15pm on 13 September and our school will officially close at that time.  We are always mindful of the impact on families when our school closes.

There will be a skeleton staff here and we would be able to provide some supervision during the time (1:30-3:00) for children of families who are unable to pick up or arrange for supervision of their children. If you would like us to do this please complete this online form here - https://goo.gl/forms/7P6nFBoCwCgCo97B2

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AUG
30

Sports and Cultural photos timetable for Wednesday 31 August

photos-sport-and-cultural-2016-fina_20160830-024340_1.pdf

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AUG
29

Youth Survey Invite

We are working with Te Korowai and are looking to gather some base line data (Y7-13 upwards) on the "real" issues. In the latest Mercury Bay Ward analysis of youth voice - drugs and alcohol use/abuse/etc was the highest rated concern of our rangatahi. 
We invite, staff, parents and students to complete the attached surveys.
Youth - Y7 upwards-
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ClientsYouthINtactHauraki

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AUG
17

Year 3-8 Cross Country - Permission slips needed!

Another beautiful day! Tomorrow is the year 3-8 cross country event. At this stage we are still missing quite a number of permission slips. We have around 400 children to organise and need to plan staff and activities depending on numbers. PLEASE fill out your permission slip online here -https://goo.gl/forms/lOAWzVSvf2cUBbht1 OR email your class teacher.
These need to be completed TODAY - there will be no late consents tomorrow. Students not running the cross country will stay at school and attend classes. Thank you in advance.

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AUG
16

Sickness

Good morning! At the moment we seem to have a vomiting and diarrhea bug rampaging through the Primary school. Please - just a reminder that if your child is sick, that they should not return to school for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. We would really like to stop this in it's tracks. Thank you in advance.

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AUG
10

Careers Roadshow - CANCELLED

Our exhibitors are travelling through after 12 pm today which means they also may get stopped on the road due to predicted flooding with high tide at 12.00pm. They would probably get through after the tide falls, however if the predicted rain comes we also feel that we would not get the students and parents attending this evening. 
We hope you understand our situation. The Roadshow is cancelled for this year but we will organise another event in 2017. 
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AUG
08

Learning Styles Forum - Thursday evening - postponed

Learning Styles Parental Forum - This has been advertised as Thursday evening this week - unfortunately this will need to be postponed. Our apologies, we will let you know when this has been re scheduled.

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JUL
28

Careers Roadshow Wednesday 10 August, all welcome.

Careers Roadshow Wednesday 10 August, all welcome.

Come along to the school hall on Wednesday 10 August to explore your options for the future. Loads of great ideas and inspiration from a great selection of tertiary educators.

Universities, Businesses, Techs and Private educators.

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JUL
26

Advanced Reading Course available for Y11-13 students

Do you want your child/ren to read faster while increasing their comprehension and retention? Reading is a core skill for success in the senior years across a range of subjects. Being able to read and process information quickly is a tool that supports successful learning.

Brite Spark Learning and Development are offering a 12 hour Advanced Reading Course for year 11-13 students at Mercury Bay Area School on the following dates;

Wed 17 Aug (1pm - 4pm)

Thur 18 Aug (3.15 - 6.15pm)

Wed 24 Aug (1-4pm)

Thur 25 Aug (3.15 - 6.15pm)

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JUL
26

Checkout our latest exhibition!

EXHIBBIT ONLINE GALLERY ;
Be sure to check out the latest works from our Senior Art studnets on our latest online gallery
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JUN
08

Violet's National Young Leaders Day

On May 26th, a group of our primary and middle school leaders went to Auckland and took part int he National Young Leaders Day. Here is a lovely piece of writing from one of our year 6 students - Violet Robinson. 

Hi, I’m Violet. I’m one of the over 2,000 lucky people in NZ to have been going to NYLD ( National Young Leaders Day ), and I’ll be explaining my inspirational experience of going to this amazing occasion. ( Don’t forget that this happens every year, so you can’t miss out! )

Before we start, this event made me think deeper about being a leader, and showing people what is right. Not just telling them to do this or that. But to example it yourself. It was an amazing and fun time, and I think that you ( reader ) should really give it a go at being a leader when you have the chance. Remember this, you don’t need a badge, prize, label etc. to be a good leader…

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MAY
26

Calling all parents - Carnival committee AGM

The Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival committee’s next meeting is Tuesday June 14 and we are looking for new blood, new ideas and eventually new leadership.

We need a succession plan for our existing committee members as our children will not be MBAS students forever!

Please take some time to seriously consider becoming involved with our school’s one major fundraising event. It is fun, rewarding and worthwhile for our young people’s quality of education.

New to town? Then here is an excellent way to get to know some of the movers and shakers in our community.

Remember!! June 14, 2 pm at the school meeting room in the admin block

If this time doesn’t suit you but you want to be involved please phone Sharyn on 027 610 5933

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