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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 9, 20 September 2019

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Tuia 250 Communication

What is Tuia 250?

Tuia 250 is a national commemoration marking the arrival of the Endeavour and the first encounters between Pakeha and Maori. It aims to encourage discussions and reflections around New Zealand's dual heritage and shared future and also recognises the voyaging feats of both Pacific and European explorers. For Te Whanganui o Hei | Mercury Bay, this meant the first amicable meeting including Pōwhiri that the crew from HM Bark Endeavour experienced, courtesy of the local iwi Ngāti Hei.

What is going on?

There are multiple events encompassed under the Tuia 250 flag which began in March this year and run through till the start of 2020. The main events in Te Whanganui o Hei Mercury Bay are the Powhiri at Wharekaho on Friday 18th October, the Tuia Stage at Whakau Reserve/Taylor's Mistake) on Saturday 19th October and a Community Engagement program being held on the Northern Reclamation area next to the marina on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October.

There will be a flotilla of waka and sailing ships entering the bay area on Friday the 18th and remaining until Sunday 20th. It consists of two waka hourua (double hulled canoes), a va'a from Tahiti, the  replica HMB Endeavour, R Tucker Thompson heritage ship and the Spirit of New Zealand.

Te Pōwhiri – Fri 18th Oct – Wharekaho

A hugely significant event and the key ceremony for Te Pōwhiri  - the Pōwhiri - will take place at Wharekaho. Te Pōwhiri is to acknowledge and commemorate the first friendly encounter between Ngāti Hei and Endeavour crew 250 years ago.

This will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free zone for all members of the public to come along to and view the proceedings FREE of charge. (**see below for details on transport to Wharekaho).

A Ngāti Hei representative will provide narration explaining the proceedings of the Pōwhiri along with snippets of historical information. At 11:30am the manuhiri (voyagers, community members, dignitaries, visitors to the area), will gather at the north end and begin the 1.2km hīkoi along the foreshore onto Ngāti Hei land at the south end of Wharekaho Beach, where manuhiri (visitors) will take part in the traditional Māori ceremony of welcome, Pōwhiri. The pōwhiri will be lead by a senior kapa haka group, with support from students of local schools inCoromandel, local community and Ngāti hei descendants. Members of the general public are welcome to join the hīkoi, however, access to the Ngāti Hei land and participation in the Pōwhiri is restricted to guests who have registered prior to the event due to limited numbers. (Registration for this event will be opening soon. Please follow our Facebook page for updates or subscribe to our newsletter through our website www.mercury250.org.).

10am – Tuia 250 Flotilla arrive in Wharekaho and the crew begin to disembark

11am – All guests gather on beach

11:30am – Hīkoi from North end of beach to Marae grounds begins

1pm – Pōwhiri begins

2pm – Hāngi served

3-5pm – Entertainment

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are attending the pōwhiri or taking part in the hīkoi please wear appropriate footwear for the beach and the land. Also please dress appropriately to the weather on the day and refrain from bringing umbrellas. This event will be going ahead rain or shine and cover will not always be available.

There will be an exclusion zone in place in Wharekaho Bay for all other vessels and no beaching of the vessels except the waka will be allowed (Friday 18th October only).

 **Free parking will be available at Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga. There will be NO PARKING available anywhere in Wharekaho and the side roads will be closed to the public on this day.

Free shuttle buses will be running all day from Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga to Wharekaho.

9am to 12pm - Buffalo Beach Reserve to Simpson's Campground (Northern end of beach)

12pm to 6pm - Buffalo Beach Reserve to Joseph Road (approx halfway along Wharekaho Beach)

 

Tuia Stage – Sat 19th Oct – Whakau Reserve (Taylor’s Mistake) 

10am - 10pm

Creative Mercury Bay presents The Tuia Stage is an epic 12 hour free cultural showcase featuring the very best that the Coromandel has to offer in local talent - musicians, poets, composers and performers. Artists have been invited to choose existing compositions of music, poetry or stories - or to create new ones - which reflect their expressions (their lived experiences) of the kaupapa of Tuia – Encounters 250.

Raranga Taura here Community Arts Project ‘Star Waka’ - 19th & 20th October - Whakau Reserve (Taylor’s Mistake)

Ngā Turu o te Tara - Weaving Collective present Raranga Taura Here Star Waka, a contemporary raranga exhibition, demonstration and wānanga. An event that will target children and families. The community will be invited to take part by making stars from bracken, harakeke, ice cream sticks and wool. These will be suspended in the marquee, the community will also have the opportunity to attach bundles of feathers to the frame of the waka. Following the poetry reading, the community will be invited to come and receive stars. The notion being you give away the first thing you make and receives someone else as a gift to take home.

Community Engagement – Sat 19th & Sun 20th Oct – Marine Reserve, Whitianga

The community engagement will happen between 10am-4pm on the 19th and 20th October.

  • Ministry of Education Roadshow truck
  • Star Dome which supplied SMART Trust
  • Engagement with the Waka Hourua
  • Presentations from the Spirit of NZ
  • Exhibition Boards from R. Tucker Thompson

 

Cooks Beach Events

Cooks Beach “Beach Call” Fri 18th Oct - 8am - 930am - Central Reserve, Cooks

         

Beach

Pop down to the beach at  Central Reserve to watch the heritage ships, endeavour and waka sail pass.


Conversations Fri 18 Oct - 7:30pm - Cooks Beach Hall, 882 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach.

A Community evening social event,  with “Conversations” by guest speakers, acclaimed author Graeme Lay and spokesperson of Ngāti Hei Joe Davis, talking in detail with John Steele about Cooks 12 Days in Mercury Bay. Limited tickets available from Richardsons Real Estate, Cooks Beach.

Celebrating Heritage Sat 19 Oct - 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, Cooks Beach Hall, 882 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach.

Public screening of the “12 Days” DVD. Screening runs for 35 mins, with a representative form Mercury Bay Museum to answer questions.

Purangi Heritage project Sun 20 Oct - Pūrangi Heritage Project


Rededication and opening ceremony for the Purangi Heritage Project.
Transit of Mercury cairn reinstatement with bronze sextant sculpture. Endeavour buoy placed. Heritage signage for the Pūrangi – area installed and observation platform, walkways and signage by Perpetual Guardian Trust at Stella Evered Reserve.
 

 

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 8, 13th September

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10th September 2019 - SCHOOL CLOSED

6.56am - Due to flooding, we are unable to staff school today. School will be closed. An update for students going on the Totora Springs camp will be given later in the day. - John Wright - Principal

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 7, 6 September 2019

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Evacuation Procedures Sept 2019

We have been reviewing our schoolwide evacuation plan which has followed on from a parent forum we held early last term. We have crafted an evacuation protocol that is away from the single assembly point (as in the past) to a “dispersed”, multiple assembly point protocol based around six major areas of our school. If an evacuation alarm was to sound then students in each of the six areas would go to the appropriate (and coloured) assembly point. The detail of the evacuation protocol, with the map is attached.

We will be putting this protocol into effect commencing this week and during the balance of the year will be working with our students to ensure they know where to go. The major difference is that there will be potentially 6 assembly points – they will go to the appropriate point depending on their class or if during a break time, the appropriate assembly point. Each classroom will have a coloured map which will highlight the assembly area. If you have any feedback you would like to share please do so.

Evacuation Procedures Sept 2019

Evacuation Procedures Sept 2019 - School Map

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 6, 30 August 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 5, 23 August 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 4, 16th August 2019

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MBAS Newsletter Term 3, Week 4, 16 August 2019

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Measles Update from Waikids

Below is a letter we have received in regards to the latest Measles outbreak.

Dear, Parents, Guardians and Staff,
This is a reminder to everyone to check that they and their children are fully immunised against measles.
What is measles?

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can be serious.
It is spread from person to person through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can lead to infection if you are not immune.
The first symptoms of measles are a fever, and one or more of a runny nose, cough and sore red eyes. After a few days a red blotchy rash comes on and lasts up to one week. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can be very serious.


Who are at most at risk?
People most at risk of contracting the disease are those who have not had the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine, or who have just had one dose of the vaccine.


People who are regarded as not immune to measles are:
People born after 01 January 1969 who have not had two doses of the measles mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or have not had a laboratory confirmed positive measles result
Children over four years old who have not received their second dose of MMR
Infants under the age of 15 months who have not received their first routine dose of MMR vaccine. They are susceptible and rely on everyone else to be immune so that measles does not spread to them


What should you do?

  • Immunisation is the best way to prevent measles.
  • Ensure you are up to date with your immunisations. The vaccines are free for children and adults who have not previously received two doses of MMR.

If you are not immune it is important to be aware of the symptoms of measles. The early symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, sore red eyes and cough.

If you develop symptoms of measles:
If you do become unwell please phone your GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice or seek medical attention depending on severity of illness. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room.
Stay at home and away from public places (such as sports events, gatherings, parties, school, work, child care, shopping centres, public transport and so on).
See your doctor as soon as possible so a diagnosis can be confirmed. However, phone the surgery ahead to alert them of your symptoms and to allow them to make arrangements to assess you safely and without infecting other people.
Unimmunised people who have had contact with a person with measles will normally be advised to stay at home and away from all public places, school or work for 14 days after their contact


Further information:
Here are two links to get further Measles information:

https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and illnesses/measles 

https://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/measles 

You can also contact WDHB Population Health on (07) 838 2569 or myself on (021) 2417800 Nga mihi nui, 

Tracey Hilt 

Tracey Hilt | Public Health Nurse Waikato District Health Board

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 3, 9 August 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 2, 2 August 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 1, 26 July 2019

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Scholarship information for Seniors

Check out our new link to MoneyHub, which has alot of useful information for senior students wishing to apply for scholarships.

Information and a link can be found on our Seniors Years page.

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 10, 5th July 2019

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Have a great winter break.

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 9, 28 June 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 8, 21 June 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 7, 14th June 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 6, 7th June 2019

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MBAS Newsletter Term 2, Week 5, 31 May 2019

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Urgent message from Mr Wright

Morena tatou
 
The media are reporting a "rostering home of students - commencing with Year 9 on Tuesday 4 June".
 
From my understanding (and I have had no official information at the time of writing) this action relates to the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement actions - led by PPTA affecting Secondary Schools elsewhere in the country.
 
Primary schools across NZ are covered under the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement and I have heard no detail of any action that may be taken by these teachers elsewhere in the country.
 
Mercury Bay Area School teachers are covered under the NZ Area Schools' Teachers' Collective Agreement and the proposed rostering home action has not been communicated to me by PPTA/NZ School Trustees Association nor MoE; so it will be schooling and learning as usual for our school next week.
 
I have had no detail at all about the proposed regional rolling strikes across our country - I will let you know as soon as I have any detail.
 
I would expect all students and teacher at school on Tuesday ready for learning and teaching.
 
If there are developments that occur over the weekend I will be in touch.
 
Once again if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me
 
Kind regards
John
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Area Schools Teachers Strike 29th May

Greetings Parents and Caregivers,

Attached is the formal notice that our school will be closed next Wednesday for instruction and supervision.

We appreciate this decision has a significant impact on you all, and I appreciate the feedback that has been given to me on this matter.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

John Wright

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MBAs Newsletter, Term 2, Week 4, 24th May 2019

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MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 3, 17th May 2019

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