Looking for a school holiday programme?
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
July School Holiday Activities in the Mercury Bay Library are to focus on Fun with Lego.
We will be establishing a Lego Club at the Library and wish to start off with Activities during the holidays to see who would like to come along and participate in some fun games. Watch this space for times and dates of these events.
Mercury Bay Holiday Fun Football
Where: Mercury Bay Area School, Whitianga
Date: Thursday 13 July
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Price: $25 per player
All age groups
MBAS is on a roll with some fantastic rugby again this weekend.
1st XV played another nail biter of a game against Paeroa who have just returned to the Thames Valley competition after playing in the Chiefs Bowl for the first round and we knew it would be a hard one to win. It ended with a draw of 12 all and leaves us undefeated in the competition so far. Tries by Callum Walker and Christian Fletcher, conversion by Cameron Richards
U17s had a bye
4th Grade played Thames and had a magnificent win of 83-0. Tries by Bradley Ray x3, Anaru Aupouri-Te Huia x5, Kybah Aupouri-Te Huia, Ethan Giles x2, Billy Clarke, Jonathan Handy, Noah Bowen.
Player of the day - forward - Austin Morcom
Back - Anaru Apouri-Te Huia
William Hau - Mirko was awarded player of the day from Thames
Next weeks games
1st XV play away in Ngatea against Hauraki Plains College at 11am
U17s play at Whitianga against Hauraki Plains College 10am
4th Grade play Paeroa in Paeroa 10am
Photo by Annabel Wharton of 4th grade after their amazing win, looking flash in their new jerseys thanks to pub charities
This is a community driven initiative to reduce the number of plastic bags in our community,simply by making reusable bags from recycled materials.
Everyone is welcome to come along every Tuesday afternoon to Mercury Bay Area School to make reusable bags in the sewing room. Its a great opportunity to come along and meet new people, do some sewing, ironing, pining, screen printing or just enjoy a cup of tea.
Help us reduce the amount of plastic bags in our community so we can save our beautiful environment.
Fantastic rugby this weekend!
1st XV win over Thames 25-17 gave us the Graham Watton trophy for winning the first round and also we now hold the Thames challenge shield. It was a great game for the spectators, very evenly matched and some really good rugby.
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!
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?
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!!!
Mercury Bay Area School is now collecting 'Yummy Stickers' so that we can get our share of $200,000 of sports gear.
Pick up a sticker sheet from Leisa McCleery or bring your stickers and stick on your class sheet in your classroom. If you would like your own sheet - print one here.
Thank you to Stacey Rolton and Trevor from New World for getting us started by donating 2 boxes of apples to eat and collect the stickers from!
What we are hoping will be the final Tsunami forum will be held on Wednesday, May 31st in the school library at 7pm.
All parents, caregivers and community are welcome. Attached here is an updated document from the scientific team around possible inundation of the school.
If you would like to come along to the forum, the scientific team will be here to help answer questions.
On Sunday morning, 9th April 2017, twelve students and three staff members (Sandi Lowe, Joanna Mannington and Judy Evans) boarded our Air New Zealand flight to Tokyo, ready to embark on a two week language and cultural journey. This trip, which had been a year and a half in the planning, was intended to give our MBAS language learners the opportunity to connect their classroom learning of the language and culture of Japan to the reality of a lived experience. The itinerary had been compiled to include a mix of modern and pop culture, traditional culture and visits to sites of historical significance.
When: Sunday of Queen's Birthday June 4th
Where: Mercury Bay Bowling Club
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.
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.
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.