Newsletter Term 1 Week 4 - 3 March 2017

Please find this weeks newsletter here

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Head Lice

There have been a few reported cases of headlice through out the school including the senior school. Please check your children's heads.

Attached is a link to information and treatment of headlice. Headlice

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Mercury Bay Gymastics Club

This year we have decided to start Gymnastics in term 2 as we know everyone is busy and outside enjoying this beautiful weather.

However, if your child would like to participate this year we need more COACHES AND ADMIN HELP so that we can at least maintain our current numbers and hopefully even accept more gymnasts from our HUGE waiting list.  

We are holding our AGM/COACHES/ADMIN Meeting in the MBAS Hall next Monday, March 6th from 5pm.  

If you are able to help our club this year in any way please come to this meeting to discuss this with us or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there to help kick off and plan another successful gymnastics season. 

Cheers Amy Hodge

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Art Classes after school

Please see below for more information regarding art classes after school

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A note to you from Constable Catherine Sell, School Community Officer, New Zealand Police.

I would like to include a brief message in your school newsletter each month.  I will include useful links to information that I come across in my work role, and keep you up to date with issues that I see within our school community.

By now your gorgeous children will have settled into their new school year and routine is returning to your homes.

Road safety is hugely important all year round, and throughout February I am getting School Traffic Safety Teams and Bus Monitors trained.  The voluntary work that these students do to get pedestrians across crossings safely before and after school is appreciated, especially when it’s hot, raining and windy – and that’s often at the same time in our lovely climate! If your school doesn’t have monitored crossings, please go over the basic safety rules with your children, particularly the young ones. Some examples are:

·         When crossing a road, Stop, Look, Listen and Link.

·         When travelling in a car, everyone must wear a seatbelt. Make it Click.

·         If travelling by school bus, stay seated, keep the aisles clear, quiet talking is OK, and when you get off the bus wait until the bus has moved away before crossing the road.

Parents collecting your children off the bus, or from school, please try to park on the side of the road that your child will be leaving school or the bus.  Alternatively, walk to where your child will be so they can cross the road with you.

Drivers, please remember the speed limit passing a stationary school bus is 20kph.

Road Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

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Mercury Bay Day Camp


19 – 21 April 2017

Registrations open Monday 27 Feb 17

Registration forms available from local school offices or at

Teen Leaders and Volunteers needed

Contact  daycamp.mercurybay@gmail .com

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Newsletter Term 1 Week 2 - 17th February 2017

Please find our weekly newsletter here

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Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 - 10 February 2017

Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 - 10 February 2017

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Junior Tennis

Junior Tennis is starting again on Saturday 11 February. The club membership fee is $20 per child and players need their own racket.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – 6 to 9 years old

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – 10 to 15 years old

Sessions run on Sat 11 Feb, Sat 18 Feb, Sat 25 Feb, Sat 4 March, and Sat 11 March

Junior Tournament and Prize-giving on Sat 18 March

Call Lisl for more information on 021-148-6982 or just turn up

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Pre-Term Newsletter - 2 February 2017

MBAS Pre term Newsletter -2 Feb 2017

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Thames Valley Primary Athletics Day 2016

A large contingent of keen athletes hit the road early for the Thames Valley Primary Athletics day in Te Aroha.    Peninsula Central Cluster made up of students from Mercury Bay, Whenuakite & Coroglen didn't let the warm conditions affect their performance and we came away with some great results for 2016.  

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Junior Boys winners of Thames Valley Volleyball Champs 2016

Thames Valley Secondary School Volleyball Championships.
Mercury Bay Junior Boys are Thames Valley Volley Ball Champs 2016
Two teams of Students travelled away to Katikati yesterday Wednesday 16 November for the TVSS Volleyball Champs.    The students have been training with Mr Davy on lunch breaks and their hard work and commitment certainly paid off.  Mercury Bay stood out not only in their smart uniforms but their on court play and team work proved a touch above the other teams and our Boys took out the competition.  Well done to Mr Davy, Leisa McCleery & Juliet Clague for your support.
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Year 7-10 families 2017 - Info evening

We would like to invite you and your child to an information meeting about our learning organisation, teaching structure and programmes in the Middle Years for 2017. All year 7-10 families are welcome to attend. This evening will be of particular interest to students going into years 7 and 9 in 2017. 

When:             Thursday 10th November at 5.30pm

Where:            School Library 


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2017 Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Managers - WANTED

Mercury Bay Secondary School Rugby Club are looking for expressions of interest for Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Mangers and helpers for the Secondary School rugby season 2017.
Please send your letters or email to
The Chairperson
Mercury Bay Area School Rugby Club
Stacey Bale
16 Hawk Hill Crescent, Cooks Beach, RD1
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North Island Secondary School Showjumping Championships

Kalani Nicol, Baylee Wooldridge, Renee Hazelton and Amelia Lockhart attended this event in Cambridge.

The girls all rode beautifully and represented the School and themselves and we hope they  are all very proud.  

The team ended up in the top 20 (out of approx. 40 teams). Amelia Lockhart and her pony Miss Bubbles were placed 7th in their first class.

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Netball Senior A's Week 3 Term 3

Netball MBAS Senior A Preparing for UNISS -  The upper North Island Secondary Schools tournament

Senior A played at the WBoP secondary school netball tournie in Rororua August 6. A VERY cold tournie  in Rotorua for WBoP UNISS teams. MBAS won 1 of 6 games. The team we won against is in the same grade as us at UNISS. A very positive tournie  for us, as we could  see where we stand against teams in higher grades. Bring on UNISS!!! Grace Ngataua identified at the WBoP Secondary School Tournmament


Thank you to our local sponsors....Cooper Tyres Whitianga, Coastal Refrigeration, Hot Water Beach Top 10,New World Whitianga and NZCT. You have helped us get to UNISS.

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Newsletter 3 Term Week 3

The Ball has come and gone for another year. It was certainly one to remember a really lovely evening filled with plenty of laughter, dancing and of course good music.

While everyone shone and truly looked fantastic this year’s King was Liam Parry, Queen Eliza Shelvey, Prince Fletcher Bale, Princess Tayla Martin-free,
Cutest couple Treena Bellamy and Jordan Martin-free,  best
Hikapuhi Clayton and finally best dressed Chelsea Macfarlane.
We would like to formally
thank the Flight Club ballroom for once again being such accommodating hosts and the amazing ball committee  team whom without  their effort our
Red Carpet premiere Ball would not have been possible.

Spirit Week is taking a slightly different form this week and will now be in week 2 of term 4. The senior student leaders are busy hatching plans for our ‘School Spirit Day’ which will be on October 21st. More information will be fed out over the coming weeks of term 3. It’s all about us as a school being proud and showing just how much ‘spirit’ have! :)

Daffodil day is another event fast approaching on this day 26th August it is a school wide mufti day and it is, as usual, a gold coin donation in support of finding a cure for cancer. However on this day please wear some items of yellow and green clothing to really fully support ‘Daffodil day’.

A little team of dedicated students is hoping to run another Shave for a cure this year, following Chelsea MacFarlane and other students amazing efforts last year. We have Joshua Spurdle shaving for cancer and Jonika Edgecombe alongside Ruby Meek and Billie McDonnell doing the 30 cm chop. There are still chances for any other students who wish to participate, and either shave or chop. If you wish to do so please come and have a chat with either Eliza Shelvey, Jonika Edgecombe or Amelia Tomkins. No dates as of yet have been finalised.

Mock exams are in a couple of weeks, so it is time to start putting aside 30 minutes to an hour each night for some quick revision, even the tiniest bit can help in the long run. Remember should anything happen to you or your family near the time of the real exams run in November and December your mock exam grades shall stand as your final grades! So although they are mocks they are important!

Best of luck and stay warm during this blast of winter :)

Your Senior Student Leadership team

Primary School working for Foster Hope

Our collection has started. Our Primary children have made donations to Foster Hope- our charity chosen to mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Donations of new toothbrushes, toothpaste and facecloths along with new or good condition second hand books can be dropped off with your classroom teacher or at the front office.

NZQA Fees Payment

Please be reminded that these fees are due to the school by September 2nd. They are then forwarded onto NZQA.
Domestic students - NCEA entry  of $76.70
International Fee paying students- $383.30

If you are eligible for financial assistance then you must collect a form from the school or download from: These forms must be filled in and returned to school with the $20 entry fee.

A message from the local police - Road Safety

Please remember that yellow lines mean no stopping  -  as per the road code - there is a $150 fine for stopping or parking on yellow lines. Please use the bus bay for dropping off in the mornings - please also be aware of buses arriving.

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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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