FEB
15

Year 7-10 Meet the Teacher Evening

A big welcome to all our returning students and new students who have started this year.

On Wednesday February 22nd starting at 2.20pm you have an opportunity to meet your child’s Learning Coach (Homeroom Teacher). This is specifically designed to share information and get to know each other, it is not a reporting time.

Families of Year 8’s returning to the same class are not expected to attend, however may do so if they wish.

To book a time with your child’s Learning Coach please visit - http://parentinterviews.co.nz/ and enter the code QCABP.  Bookings will be open online from 2.00pm Friday, February 10th through to 1.00pm, Wednesday 22nd.

If you do not have access to a computer and are unable to make a booking online, please see Kat at the office or phone her on 07 8665916 ext 846.

Chris Johnston                                       Julie Bougen

Deputy Principal Middle Years                   Deputy Principal Middle Years

 

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15

School Jackets Y7-13

Jackets are now available to pre-order at a cost of $150 each.  (Same cost as last year)
If you are wanting to purchase a school jacket can you please see the office to pre-order your size and make payment by Thursday  23 February.
The first jacket order will be placed on Friday, 24th and should be available for distribution after 10 March.
If you have any queries, can you please see the office.
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FEB
15

Student Art work online

Throughout the year our student art work is loaded online and you are able to take a look around the virtual gallery. A link to last years work is here. http://publish.exhibbit.com/gallery/285204441/marble-gallery-7425/  This will be updated with 2017 work through out the year.

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FEB
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A message from Murphy Buses

To whom it may concern,

Although caregivers are responsible for getting students to and from school each day, Murphy Buses is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide bus transport to enable students to attend school.  Murphy Buses is required to transport eligible students to their nearest appropriate school.  On occasions and depending on loading, this may require eligible students to stand on their way to and from school.  However, as part of Murphy Buses contract, we can only transport ineligible students if the following conditions are met:

  • There is excess seating capacity after all eligible students have been taken into account
  • The ineligible students pay an appropriate fee
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not delay the service
  • Transportation of ineligible students does not result in bus deviating from designated route
  • Permission is obtained by any school affected by the operation of the school run

In addition, the ineligible students must:

  • Behave in a socially acceptable way
  • NOT harass or bully students

A student is eligible if:

  • They live too far away from the nearest appropriate school they can enrol (more than 3.2kms for years 1-8 and more than 4.8km for years 9 and above)
  • There is no suitable public transport available.

In recent times we have had concerns that the inclusion of ineligible students on the bus may cause us to breach the above conditions (typically the seating capacity) and as a result we have made a decision that Murphy Buses will no longer accept “new” ineligible students on our services for 2017 onwards.  Murphy Buses will continue to offer existing ineligible fare paying students (ie those who travelled in 2016) the opportunity to travel so they can finish their schooling at their existing school (providing the above terms are met).

We appreciate that this may cause a concern for some parents and schools affected by this decision and we apologise for this.

Note the above change does not affect eligible students (including those who transfer their eligibility under the MoE rules), it is only those students that live too close to their nearest appropriate school that want to catch a ride to another school.

Kind regards,

Matt Juby
General Manager
P: 07 868 6265   F:07 868 6745
P O Box 251, Thames 
W: www.murphybuses.co.nz

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FEB
15

Peninsula Swim Carnival - open to all

Please see information in the flyer below. This event is open to non-swim club members also. Non-swim club members will need an 'official time'. Those that compete in the MBAS swimming sports are able to see Leisa McCleery after the swimming sports to get their times.

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FEB
10

Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 - 10 February 2017

Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 - 10 February 2017

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FEB
09

New Swimming Pool Hours

        The pool is now open for public swimming:

 

                  Friday afternoons 3.30 – 6pm

             Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 5pm.

 

      Also open for early morning lane swimming

          Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6-8am

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FEB
07

Mercury Bay Football Club - AGM

Details below.

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FEB
07

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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FEB
07

Host Families wanted

Evakona Education is looking for more kind and caring host families to host young Japanese students for short stays (one or two weeks) in March/April.

We are also placing several students that are here for longer stays.  Payment for students U18 is $240 per week, and students should have their own room and should receive three meals a day.

Please call Lisl on 867 1178 or pop in to Evakona to pick up a Homestay Handbook and application form.

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FEB
07

Help with School Uniforms and Stationery

The Ministry of Social Development’s clients can now use MyMSD to apply online quickly and easily for assistance with school uniform and stationery costs, so they don’t need to visit their Work and Income office.

Applicants can upload verification of the cost, usually a quote from the supplier. If the payment is approved, they will receive notification by text or by email. The approved amount will be loaded to their payment card or paid direct to registered suppliers who can’t receive the payment card. Many of the applications that MSD approves for help with school uniforms and stationery are paid to schools. General information for suppliers is available here on the MSD website -

https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/children/school-uniforms-and-stationery.html

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FEB
02

Pre-Term Newsletter - 2 February 2017

MBAS Pre term Newsletter -2 Feb 2017

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DEC
09

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.  

Results:
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DEC
09

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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DEC
09

Potential Tsunami Threat

8.57am Update from Civil Defence - The potential threat for marine and beach areas has been CANCELLED following the 7.7m earthquake in the Solomons Islands at 6.38am NZ Time. We advise the public who intend to carry out activities in or on the water today, especially along the west coast of both the North and South Islands, that there could be strong and unusual currents for the rest of the day. Therefore, MCDEM advise people to stay out of the water.

8.33am Good Morning - School is open today. We will be monitoring the potential tsunami threat via Civil Defence. We will update this post through out the day should the situation change. It is your choice as parents if you do not wish to send your child to school today. Please note that the Hei 2 Heritage Hunt has been cancelled.

We recommend that families download the Red Cross Hazard App to keep up to date also
https://www.redcross.org.nz/…/disaster-manageme…/hazard-app/

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DEC
08

Updated Tsunami Modelling for Whitianga

Updated Tsunami Modelling for Whitianga

I have attended a number of meetings recently on the updated modelling work around “worst case” Tsunami situations for Mercury Bay – Whitianga in particular.  Two images have been shared along with some information which I have replicated below.  The major “take home point” for me is that we will need to review our response to a tsunami alert. I will commence this review early in the new year and will hold some parental forums to gather parent voice for our revised protocol, which we will develop during term 1.

The following information has been shared with me – and now hence with you. I have not edited it at all. It is important to note that there are two significant scenarios – a “near” source event (we would have 1 hours’ notice as a community) – the Tonga-Kermadec Trench earthquake at a magnitude 9 scale; and a “distant” source event – 12 hours’ notice or so – from South America/Japan etc.

“New modelling of tsunami hazards has been completed for Mercury Bay as a part of the Eastern Coromandel Tsunami Strategy, a joint project between Thames Coromandel District Council and Waikato Regional Council

The modelling shows that:

·         For the Tonga-Kermadec Trench (just above East Cape): there is significant inundation of Whitianga from a tsunami generated by a large (magnitude 9) earthquake. Despite this, there is limited threat of inundation to the school, due mainly to its distance from the foreshore. An event of this size from the Tonga-Kermadec Trench would be accompanied by significant shaking, and tsunami waves will take around one hour to arrive in Whitianga

·         For distant tsunami events (particularly from South America): there is limited inundation around the Whitianga foreshore (Albert Street/Monk Street, Taputapuatea Stream and Brophy's Beach Stream areas). The modelling shows that there is no threat of inundation to the school from distant tsunami events

·         A tsunami open day will be held on Saturday 28 January 2017 from 9.30am - 3.30pm at the Whitianga Town Hall. The tsunami project team will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the tsunami hazards and risks to Whitianga, including to the school.

Clearly we will need to consider what our plans will be for an alert. I intend being at the public forum on Saturday 28th and would be happy to meet any parents/caregivers/grandparents at that time too.

John Wright

Principal

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NOV
02

VIP night at the Warehouse

A date for your diary - 

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NOV
01

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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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

photos-sport-and-cultural-2016-fina_20160830-024340_1.pdf

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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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