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!
 
Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
41 Hits
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.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
54 Hits
AUG
15

Senior Exam Timetable for T3, Wk 10

Here it is - time to study!

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
51 Hits
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.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
82 Hits
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/

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
74 Hits
AUG
09

Sea Scouts fundraiser

Support our local Sea Scouts - information below.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
80 Hits
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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
63 Hits
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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
47 Hits
JUL
27

Parent Teacher Calendar App

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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
52 Hits
JUL
27

100% Electric Friends and Family offer

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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
113 Hits
JUL
27

Logo design competition

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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
60 Hits
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.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
86 Hits
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!

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
76 Hits
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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
107 Hits
JUN
21

Building Kiwi Boys into Kiwi Icons

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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
155 Hits
JUN
21

Acting opportunity

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

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
130 Hits
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.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
155 Hits
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.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
115 Hits
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!

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
107 Hits
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?

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
90 Hits
JUN
01

Lunchtime Dodgeball

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!!!

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
133 Hits
MAY
24

Mount Ruapehu trip 40th reunion get together

When: Sunday of Queen's Birthday June 4th
Where: Mercury Bay Bowling Club
Time: 11.00am
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.
or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
142 Hits
MAY
17

Want to enjoy a funky music scene for free?

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. 

If you can help please contact Stella Pennell - ph. 027 2380105 or email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
122 Hits
MAY
17

Skate School workshop

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.

Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
175 Hits
MAY
10

After School Art Classes

After School Art Classes
After school Art classes starting again 
3.05 -4.45pm Thursdays Room 13 $10 lesson.
Continue reading
Rate this blog entry:
186 Hits

Subscribe to MBAS News Blogs

Facebook

Follow us on Facebook!

Contact Info

  • 20 South Highway
  • Whitianga
  • Phone +64 7 866 5916
  • Fax +64 7 866 4002
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Staff & Student Links

Mercury Bay Area School — Raising Achievement Through Unity and Positivity

We have 61 guests and no members online

Website proudly designed in Whitianga by Creative Fuel | Official Website Business Partner
For comprehensive information about Whitianga please visit allaboutwhitianga.co.nz
Copyright ©2016 Mercury Bay Area School, Whitianga, New Zealand.

Admin Login