Friday 5 August - Basketball

Games tonight in the gym. MBAS vs HPC...Junior girls start the ball rolling at 3.15. Some wins needed to ensure a place in the semis.......Come along and support our teams.

Netball girls are selling cupcakes and sausages to fund their trip to UNISS in Auckland and the end of August. (The upper North Island Secondary Schools netball tournament)

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Newsletter Term 3 Week 2

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Newsletter Term 3 Week 1

Kia ora, greetings to you all!

Welcome to Term 3

The wind and rain have persisted over the break and it has been a bit of a challenge to find a “nice” space. Nonetheless it is the winter break and I hope you all had a chance to recharge your batteries, and now we are ready to focus on term 3.  This is a particularly important term (and I know each and every term is important), however the learning miles that are covered in this term are particularly significant. For our senior students this term represents a really important time where they will be moving away from internally assessed qualifications toward high level learning toward and preparation for external examinations in NCEA. Term 4 for them is very short! Meanwhile learning increments for all students in Y1-10 are built upon the earlier term’s learning – it is a time of development and consolidation – it is where the “rubber meets the road” for many of our young people.  Onwards!

New Zealand Area School’s National Tournament

During the first week of the break a large number of our students who had been selected as part of the Central North Island Area School’s Team, travelled to Dunedin (and experienced rather cool temperatures!), to compete against the three other regional representative teams, in the National Competition. Out of this tournament, National Representative teams are selected and it is my pleasure to record the following students gained national selection:

Rugby: Ethyn Brear, Jayden Tegg

Netball: Grace Ngataua, Ella Tomkins, Georgia Teklenberg  (Coromandel Area School) 

Boys Basketball: Danro Kelsall

Girls Basketball: Grace Ngataua.

Boys Football: Mitchel Power, Jarren Fuller-Kaye

Girls Football: Brynn Kays.

Boys Volleyball: Danro Kelsall. 

Mr Mike Smith was honoured for his 23 years of service to Area Schools Rugby during the tournament and following a rousing haka by all the members of the Central North Island Contingent, he was presented with a taiaha. Mike's contribution has been huge and he richly deserves this recognition. Congratulations Mike and thank you on behalf of all of our young people over the year.

Primary Playground Development - fantastic

Over the break a significant development has occurred in the play area in the Primary playground. This is the result of the funding that was raised at last year’s Seaside Carnival (in that atrocious weather you may recall!) and the result is superb. Well done to Mrs MacDougall who had the vision to craft something “different” and to engage Garth Scott (of Garth's Gardens and Landscaping) to help with the design and to do all the work associated with the project. It looks fantastic – and the musical instruments add hugely to this play area. The swimming pool has been relocated onto the new concrete plinth (South side of the activities room) and will be up and running again for term 4. 

We are really grateful for the support of the Seaside Carnival team and our community as a whole, in supporting this project. Other support was received from Pub Charity and the Trinity foundation. Again we are really grateful for this support.

Dropping off and Collection of Young People

I am extremely concerned about the safety around our school at the start and close of each day – which is really heightened when we have wet conditions. Please park away from the school and walk to collect your children. It is not safe to double park anywhere outside our school – and the practice of calling students across a busy road is incredibly dangerous. Please use the pedestrian crossing and the W crossing (opposite the W car park) to cross South Highway.  We need everyone to cooperate with this request please.

Day 1 – term 3 – Professional Learning Day for all staff

All of our staff attended a Professional Learning Day on Monday – focussed around “Restorative Practices” procedures in our school. In a nutshell Restorative Practices is all about building, maintaining, and sustaining quality relationships between all of us – not just students and staff, but also students: students, staff: staff, parents: staff, and members of our wider community. It is founded on a high level of relational trust and is what we deeply believe in, in our school.

The Restorative Practices work is all about resolving any relationship “issues” positively, effectively and completely – as much as we can. It does take time and is definitely not founded on “punishment” – rather on dialogue, understanding, self-correction and maintenance of self-esteem and self-belief.

Thank you for your support in our ongoing professional learning programmes and development, and as always, there is more to do.

I mentioned in the final newsletter of last term the platform for the day’s work and repeat this below to further our communication around this important work. 

The focus of the day will be Restorative Practices work which dovetails perfectly with our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) – KAURI expectations, and sits powerfully alongside our Kia Eke Panuku work which looks at us being more culturally responsive in our teaching in particular.

All of this work has as its foundation – Quality Relationships and I have brought all this together in a couple of images to help to show the interconnections between them all.

Kind regards | Ka kite ano

John Wright


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Be sure to check out the latest works from our Senior Art studnets on our latest online gallery -


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)

The minimum expectation of the course is that participants will double their reading speed and significantly improve comprehension and retention. This means that the amount of time required for any future reading task is effectively halved.

Enrolment is limited to 18 students, so placement in the course will be on a first come, first served basis. The heavily subsidised fee for high school students is currently $195 (inc. GST) For more information check out our website

Please note, this is NOT A REMEDIAL reading course but a course designed to enhance the reading skills of senior students working towards NCEA qualifications.

If you are interested in enrolling your child to participate in this opportunity, please email interest  directly to Brite Spark Learning Development: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 8 August.

Careers Roadshow!


Lost Property - Please check at the office for any valuable Lost Property ie. jewellery. A sum of money was found at the end of Term 2. Please see Accounts if it could be yours, tell us how much you lost.

Nits - Let’s use the holidays to get rid of these pests. Doctor surgery is free for registered patients 13 and under and that some treatments are fully funded. 

Year 10 Ski Trip - Important notice for Year 10 parents. For all information on the Year 10 Ski Trip please go to the school website:


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Years 1-6 Relationships and Resilience Parent Forum

As part of our commitment to maintaining a healthy environment for our students and communicating with parents, we would like to extend an invitation to parents of primary aged students to attend a workshop on relationships and resilience.

We will be discussing friendship and its challenges, ways to build resilience among our children and outline the steps our school is taking to create and maintain a healthy learning environment for all students.

​The parental forum will be held - Thursday 9th June 6.30pm​ - in the school library


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Board of Trustees Election result

Please find below the results of the Board of Trustees Election.

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Senior Cross Country - Postponed

The senior cross country that was to be held tomorrow has been postponed until Thursday due to the predicted inclement weather.
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A Gala Evening with Irene van Dyk

Help support us by putting on your glad rags and spending the evening with Irene van Dyk. Read more for all the details.

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Office hours over the break

Our school office will be open from Wednesday 27th April 2016

From 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


Uniform can be purchased from The Warehouse

Located at Joan Gaskell Drive


New Enrolments

The Deputy Principals will be available from the 28th April.

For appointments please contact the school office on

(07) 866 5916 

School opens for Term Two on

Monday, 2 May 2016 at 8.45am

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End of Term 1 Newsletter from Primary

April 15th

Kia ora whanau!

First of all our primary school would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of you who have supported us in one way or another this term. There has been a huge number of parents volunteering for swimming, mean green houses, taking transport for sport - and a whole lot more. We really appreciate the time and the support you have given to us and your children.

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2016 Newsletter 3

Kia Ora – Welcome to the Middle Years

Thanks to all the parents and caregivers who have taken time out to meet the teachers. As always it is great to put faces to names. Those who couldn't make it are still welcome to contact the school and make a time to meet your child's I-Time teacher. The I-Time teacher is your first port of call should you have any concerns or celebrations to pass on to us. Our aim is to be a family friendly school.

Year 9 Orientation Day

Yr 9 students had a brilliant start to the year meeting new friends and participating in lots of fun team building activities. The weather was just right too.

Middle / Senior Swimming Sports

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2016 Newsletter 2

Underway – full swing!

Yes we are in full swing. Classes are well settled, learning is underway, and it seems that we have had a very settled start all round. It is fantastic that our young people are well prepared for their learning, and I appreciate parents and caregivers input into this to ensure all is well organised.

With the three learning blocks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, students in Y7-13 can be very selective (and organised ahead of time) to bring only the learning resources (and their digital device) they need for each day. Simply put, they don’t need to lug all their books for all their learning programmes around each day – they ought to have only those resources that are needed for the day. Every student has a Learning Programme print out or can access it off KAMAR, so they can be well prepared for the next day’s learning.

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2016 Newsletter 1

Welcome to 2016 – and away we go! A fantastic start to our school year

We have had a great start. I have been around and through all our classes lots over the last four days and I am incredibly impressed with the purposefulness of learning in all our classes (and it has been really hot and muggy which is difficult for us all to continue to concentrate). Our roll stands at about 925 with 27 international students with us, largely in our senior school, which is fantastic. So we are all go. If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our DPs/APs or Deans. We are here to ensure your child/children get the very best learning and nurture possible.

We know that it takes a while for us all to settle into our new learning environments – new teachers, class mates, programmes and so on, and this is quite natural. I am amazed at just how settled our classes are and look forward very much to this year ahead of us.

There is a lot of information in this newsletter about the start-up and upcoming events.

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2016 Pre-Term Newsletter

Welcome to 2016 – a brand new educational year!

I wish to extend a really warm welcome to you all to our school this year – those who have been a part of our school for some time, and all the folks who are new to our school and community this year. I believe we have a great school with superb students, quality staff, supportive parents and members of our wider community.

I would also like to extend a special welcome to the 50 families who are new to our school this year. I extend a warm invitation to you all - mums/ dads/caregivers/friends and children – to join us at the school swimming pool on Friday 26th February as an opportunity to meet with our Senior Leaders and staff and all the families who are new to our school. I will be sending you an invitation directly.

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