NOV
01

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
Whitianga
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NOV
01

Board of Trustees Community Consultation

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.

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OCT
31

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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OCT
28

Talented Young Swimmers

Milly Lamason and Aimee Burton attended the Hillcrest Festival Meet in Hamilton on Sunday 16 October 2016.

 

Milly swam five races and Aimee swam six races and they got personal best times (PBs) in each of their races. Top ten finishes in their age groups included:

 

Milly Lamason 5th in Girls 11 years & under 50m butterfly

Aimee Burton 7th in Girls 12-13 years 100m breastroke

Milly Lamason went onto Central North Island Champs in Rotorua 21st - 23rd October competing against Hawkes Bay, BOP, Waikato, Taranaki & Manuwatu and qualified for 6 races with 3 PB's.

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SEP
02

Early Closure of School - Sept 13th

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

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AUG
30

Sports and Cultural photos timetable for Wednesday 31 August

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AUG
29

Youth Survey Invite

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-
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ClientsYouthINtactHauraki

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AUG
17

Year 3-8 Cross Country - Permission slips needed!

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.

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AUG
16

Sickness

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.

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AUG
12

National Secondary School Surf Comp in Raglan 8-10 August.

Six MBAS students attended the National Secondary School Surf Comp in Raglan where over 20 Schools from over New Zealand competed. Our students competing were Julian Evereth, Tangaroa Lewis, Atawhai Charteris, Harry Evans, Ben Smith and James Scott.

Mercury Bay Area School came out 6th overall on points.

Individuals Overall Results - Ben Smith 5th equal in U14 Boys & James Scott 6th equal in U16 Boys

Congratulations guys - we need a woman in the team for next year...

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AUG
12

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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AUG
12

Rugby Term 3 Week 3

Semi Final results for our Devo and 4th grade boys - August 6

4th grade played a massive game against HPC with a big home crowd, held up on the try line twice it was so close but the end result was a 5-0 loss

Development played in Waihi with a loss of 28-3. Penalty kick to Joe Reynolds and Players of the Day - Fletcher Bale and Daniel MacFarlane.

Photo by Stacey Bale - Development Daniel MacFarlane charging forward  in Waihi

Photo: 4th grade Emanual Johnston preparing to kick to touch

Photo by Stacey Bale:  Development Daniel MacFarlane charging forward  in Waihi

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AUG
12

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
dancer 
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: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/qualifications-and-standards/qualifications/ncea/Application-For-Financial-Assistance.pdf 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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AUG
11

MBAS Senior A's beat Paeroa 34-23

Every Tuesday night Senior A's are travelling to play teams in Paeroa and Thames in preparation for their UNISS debut. They have just returned from WBoP Tournie in Rotorua where they could measure their skill against future UNISS Teams. Congrtas to Grace Ngataua - identified at the WBoP Secondary School Tournie.

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AUG
10

Careers Roadshow - CANCELLED

Our exhibitors are travelling through after 12 pm today which means they also may get stopped on the road due to predicted flooding with high tide at 12.00pm. They would probably get through after the tide falls, however if the predicted rain comes we also feel that we would not get the students and parents attending this evening. 
We hope you understand our situation. The Roadshow is cancelled for this year but we will organise another event in 2017. 
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AUG
08

Learning Styles Forum - Thursday evening - postponed

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.

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AUG
05

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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AUG
05

Basketball Finals Friday 26 August

Basketball finals will be held at MBAS Gym on the 26 August. Times will beconfirmed.

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AUG
05

MBAS Rugby

1st XV loss to HPC 50-0

Devo win over HPC 43-17

Tries for Antonio Anderson, Jamie Tohaia, Marcus Marsters, Blake Dowd, Tangaroa Lewis, Jack Stevenson, 4x conversions by Joe Reynolds

4th Grade win over HPC 19-17

Tries for Aaron Johansen, Khan Simpson, Casey King, 2x conversions by Luke Caddy

Congratulations to Devo and 4th grade who are now both through to semi finals!

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AUG
04

Newsletter Term 3 Week 2

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AUG
03

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

Principal

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EXHIBBIT ONLINE GALLERY

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

http://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/19755001/atrium-gallery-8988/

 

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 www.britespark.co.nz

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!

Notices

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: http://mbasyear10skitrip.weebly.com/

 

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JUL
28

Careers Roadshow Wednesday 10 August, all welcome.

Careers Roadshow Wednesday 10 August, all welcome.

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.

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JUL
26

Advanced Reading Course available for Y11-13 students

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)

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JUL
26

Checkout our latest exhibition!

EXHIBBIT ONLINE GALLERY ;
Be sure to check out the latest works from our Senior Art studnets on our latest online gallery
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JUN
08

Violet's National Young Leaders Day

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…

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