MAY
04

From Constable Catherine Sell – School Community Officer

Welcome back from the school holidays! The sun shone and the fish were biting – life is good huh!

1st May is the start of Road Safety Week, although every week is, especially when our children are involved. I will be visiting as many schools as possible this week to deliver road safety related items and messages to your children.  Please go over some of the rules you have in your family to keep them safe – around cycling, walking, crossing roads and getting on and off school buses.

Recently I have been asked to talk to children about ‘stranger danger’.  This is a term we avoid using now, mainly because sadly, most abusers are known to the child, and sometimes they need to ask a person they don’t know for help. The Keeping Ourselves Safe programme which your child would have been taught within the past 2 years, gives children skills to identify how they feel if a situation or person makes them uncomfortable and what to do about it. Regardless of how big or small the matter is, it is important that they tell an adult that they trust what has happened. If a child discloses anything to you it is important that you listen to them, tell them you believe them and if necessary seek help from other sources. 

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12

Severe Weather - Information

Kia Ora Whanau,
This is just a reminder that should there be any changes with buses, trips or even a school closure tomorrow due to the weather, that we will communicate in the first instance via
- our MBAS facebook page
- Coromandel FM
- email

The school office will be minimally staffed and taking calls.

We suggest in weather events like these that you are proactive in checking these communication channels before sending your child to school.

Wishing your a safe and happy Easter and Holidays.

Anne-Maree McDougall
Acting Principal

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05

Senior Parent Teacher Interviews

These have been cancelled today due to the weather. If you have any immediate concerns in regard to you child's report , please contact the subject teacher or dean directly. Email addresses can be found in our staff directory on our website - http://mbas.ac.nz/our-school/staff-directory

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04

Y11-13 Parent Interviews - Map of Teachers

Here is a map of where teachers will be situated on Wednesday afternoon.

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03

13 OE Examine 'Crankworx Festival'

As part of the year 13 outdoor education Level 3 NCEA standards, students are required to 'Examine a current physical activity event, trend or issue and it's impact on NZ society' Our students were lucky enough to head to Rotorua last week and get a look at the Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival, not only did they get to talk to a organiser about the event and it's impact on Rotorua, they got to put on their helmets and go for a ride. Who says school isn't fun?!

 

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MAR
28

Music Students at Luke's Kitchen

Come along on Friday evening enjoy some food, a drink and listen to our talented music students perform. There were rave reviews of their last outing at Mercury Bay Estate last year - so this is an opportunity not to be missed!

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MAR
27

Rocket Launch!

Mr Everth and his students have been making rockets. Here is a picture and a video of a flight last week.

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MAR
23

Holiday programme

Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp, Thames - School Holiday Programme
26th-30th April: Wednesday 10.00 am to Sunday 12.00 noon
8-12 year olds (including all Year 8 Students)
Camp cost - $155 (no hidden extras)
Our Holiday Programmes are OSCAR approved, so you may be eligible for full or partial payment through OSCAR for our camp.
If your child is interested in attending our camp, please don't hesitate to contact us, either phone us on 07 868 8348.
For more registration form, OSCAR form or more details, please see our website:  http://www.kvcc.org.nz/page/Holiday_Camps/
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MAR
20

Job opportunity

Job opportunity.
We have been contacted by Gateway Glass & Aluminium to advertise a job opportunity for a school leaver. 
This would be an immediate start and possibly lead to apprenticeship in the glazing industry. If you are interested please phone Wazza 07 868 3344. Wazza will be in Whitianga Tuesday 21st March, so if you are interested best call him today. 
They are looking for someone who is willing to learn, have good work ethic and time keeping.

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MAR
17

DRAFT revised Tsunami Protocol - feedback sought

Attached here is a DRAFT revised Tsunami Protocol for our school. This has been developed after a forum held a fortnight ago and feedback from staff and community. Please take time to read the DRAFT protocol and we would like to invite you along to a second forum on Thursday 23rd March in the Library at 7pm. 

  pdf DRAFT Tsunami Protocol (410 KB)

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MAR
15

Teen Leaders still needed for Day Camp

Calling all 14 -18 year olds - We need you for a load of fun at Day Camp - its free! 

Come along and enjoy a whole day of activities and treats for leaders only.

Please register online, or see the office for a form or call Tracey on 0274773350

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MAR
14

Hannah Trebes wins top scholorship

Whitianga’s Hannah Trebes (17) has received a University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi scholarship worth up to $25,000.

The former Mercury Bay Area School student was speechless when she heard the good news. “There was lots of smiling and jumping around the kitchen,” says Hannah.

Read the full article here

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MAR
09

Magical Park?

Check out what TCDC have done with Geo Air Games in Buffalo Beach Reserve -

 

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MAR
06

Y7&8 Triathlon - POSTPONED

The Y7& 8 Triathlon has been postponed tomorrow - we will advise a new date once this has been decided. Apologies for any in convenience.

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MAR
03

Hearing and Vision Testing

The Waikato DHB will here at school on March 29th for Hearing and vision testing. Below are the information sheets.

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MAR
01

How do we use our internet at school?

How do we use our internet here at school? Have a look at us in this video that N4L released late last year after the completion of a government initiative. There are more details below.

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FEB
28

Photo Day next week

Class, individual and sibling photos will be taken at school next Thursday/Friday. If you require 'sibling' photos these need to be booked by completing the form available from the school office. The 'sibling' photo form needs to be returned by Wednesday 4pm at the latest. Thank you.

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FEB
22

Swimming Sports Picture Gallery 2017

A selection of pictures taken at this year's swimming sports.


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FEB
22

University Visits to MBAS

Please make a note of the following dates for University visits to the school.
Otago University 9.00am Wednesday 1st March - Career Rm
Waikato University 9.45am Friday 25th March - venue TBA
Massey University 8.45am Wednesday 5th April -Career Rm
Auckland University 8.45am Wednesday 12th April-Career Rm
AUT Currently confirming TBA
Victoria University 8.45am Tuesday 13th June-venue TBA
Lincoln & Canterbury Universities still to confirm dates.
The school usually supports students to these open days by providing a minivan, if you have an interest to attend these days please see me in the Careers room.
Wintec Open Day Hamilton Friday 12th May
Waikato University Open Day Friday 19th May
Toiohomai Open Day ( formley BOP Polytech) Friday 26th May
For further information please see Mrs Relph in the Careers room.

 

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21

Primary School Meet the Teacher - 1st March

We would like to invite you all to a “Meet the Teacher” opportunity on Wednesday, March 1st. We need to be clear that this is not a time to talk about your individual child’s achievement or needs, but rather an opportunity to get to know how the class works, get to know the teacher a little better and also meet some of the other parents of students’ in your child’s class.

You can make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any time to talk about their progress. Monday or Thursday afternoons are usually the best as we have meetings on other days. Please click http://mbasprimary.weebly.com/links-to-class-websites.html for the email contact addresses should you need them.

1.30 - 2.00pm In the library. Ms Surtees and I will be hosting a session about the “big picture” of our primary school, the vision and how we are working towards achieving it. This session is suitable for any parent regardless of the level of the primary school that their child in.

From 2.15 onwards we will also be there with activities, resources etc in relation to helping your child at home.

2.15 - 2.45  the Year 1 and 2 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

2.45- 3.15 - the Year 3 and 4 teachers  and Whaea Jean will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

3.15 - 3.45 - the Year 5 and 6 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

It would be really helpful for us to know how many people to expect, so we would appreciate you filling in the appropriate form below to RSVP to this event.

Meet the Teacher - Library Session 1.30pm - 2.00pm https://goo.gl/forms/VopVPhslCYoDiCvF2

Years 1 and 2 Meet the Teacher 2.15pm -2.45pm  https://goo.gl/forms/yUGmSO0fbItZ8iFl1

Years 3 and 4 Meet the Teacher 2.45pm -3.15pm https://goo.gl/forms/foUCk3oOXsAF4U572

Years 4-6 Roopu Meet the Teacher 2.45pm - 3.15pm https://goo.gl/forms/9LsV5dZM9cpPcw9H3

Years 5 and 6 Meet the Teacher 3.15pm - 3.45 https://goo.gl/forms/qJgm0Xl166T0ayiN2

Thank you for your help - we look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Anne-Maree McDougall
Deputy Principal

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FEB
16

YEAR 9-13 SWIMMING SPORTS - POSTPONED

YEAR 9-13 SWIMMING SPORTS - POSTPONED 
After looking at forecasts for tomorrow we have made decision to postpone the swimming sports until Monday where the weather looks much better.

So school as normal tomorrow - and we will see you in your house colours on Monday!

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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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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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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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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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