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.
A great start for the 1st XV with a win over Te Aroha 45-10. Tries by James Arthur, Cameron Richards, Liam Parry, Keegan Gunner, Rewi Robertson, Lucas Schurs and Austin Brear. Five conversions by Cameron Richards.
Next week 1st XV are away in Waihi and the 4th grade and U17s will begin their campaign.
Welcome back from the school holidays! The sun shone and the fish were biting – life is good huh!
1st May is the start of Road Safety Week, although every week is, especially when our children are involved. I will be visiting as many schools as possible this week to deliver road safety related items and messages to your children. Please go over some of the rules you have in your family to keep them safe – around cycling, walking, crossing roads and getting on and off school buses.
Recently I have been asked to talk to children about ‘stranger danger’. This is a term we avoid using now, mainly because sadly, most abusers are known to the child, and sometimes they need to ask a person they don’t know for help. The Keeping Ourselves Safe programme which your child would have been taught within the past 2 years, gives children skills to identify how they feel if a situation or person makes them uncomfortable and what to do about it. Regardless of how big or small the matter is, it is important that they tell an adult that they trust what has happened. If a child discloses anything to you it is important that you listen to them, tell them you believe them and if necessary seek help from other sources.
Kia Ora Whanau,
Due to the information we have gathered on Cyclone Cook from Civil Defence, TCDC, Met Service and the Ministry of Education, the Board of Trustees and I have decided that the school will be closed tomorrow (April 13th).
Please do not send your children to school.
The following Information has been received from TCDC
The Coromandel is on a full weather alert with the high possibility that Cyclone Cook will make landfall on the Coromandel in the next 24 hours.
Civil Defence is advising everybody to stock up on the supplies and medication today that will last at least 3 days.
"Everyone needs to be in a safe place and be prepared to sit it out for 24 hours or more," says Thames Valley Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler.
"Those planning to travel to or from the Coromandel from tonight through to Saturday, please delay your travel as the liklihood of slips and road closures is very high," says Mr Towler.
Residents need to be prepared for:
• Flooding - the Coromandel is saturated from previous weather events
• Multiple slips and debris flow (floods on steroids)
• The likelihood of power loss
• Road closures - both local Council roads and NZTA State Highways
Please keep safe and we will see you all in term 2.
Kia Ora Whanau,
This is just a reminder that should there be any changes with buses, trips or even a school closure tomorrow due to the weather, that we will communicate in the first instance via
- our MBAS facebook page
- Coromandel FM
The school office will be minimally staffed and taking calls.
We suggest in weather events like these that you are proactive in checking these communication channels before sending your child to school.
Wishing your a safe and happy Easter and Holidays.