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
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.
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 -
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
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.
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.
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
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-
Parents/Caregivers / Staff-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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…
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
Parental Forums - Mr Wright will be holding the following parent forums in term 2. All interested parents and community are invited to come along and meet in the Library - 6.30pm-
2 June - Learning Styles
9 June - Self harm / resilience
23 June - Community pathways
Primary School - Star Wars Day - May the 4th Be With You
Just a reminder about our mufti day to be a force for good….You do not have to dress in theme- but those of us who are proudly Star Wars geeks certainly will be!
Bring a gold coin, leave your uniform behind and we will choose a charity to receive the money.