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Last Thursday we had the 9-13 athletics day. Once again the student leaders showed up to help Mrs McCleery and Miss Oram set up marquees- which were much needed as the rain came through! Students dressed up in their house colours and didn’t let the rain stop them from trying their hardest. The day started with 1500m- 4 and ¾ laps, which really set the fun and competitive tone for the day.
Although there were a few rain showers throughout the day, it did not dampen the mood! Students still ran their races and participated fully, which was wonderful to see. Unfortunately, because of the rain, we could not have the high-jump running for safety reasons, but students will still be able to do that event throughout the coming week.
The annual house versus teachers relay was definitely entertaining! While the teachers crossed the line first, they, unfortunately, did not win as one of their members, Mr Mulholland, dropped the baton mid-way through the race. Better luck next time! (The teachers would like to point out that they were the first across the line..!)
During lunchtime, we had the 3000m, which is 7 ½ laps! It was great to see students enjoying themselves and putting in the effort for their houses! Other fun events included the 1 lap walk, where everyone in the houses participate, gaining a lot more house points.
Matahaorua was winning the house competition because of swimming sports, but Tainui has now taken over in points and is now in the lead! Go Tainui!
Our weekly school newsletter for week 3 is ready and can be viewed here.
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An update from Jonathan Kline of Mercury Bay Boating Club
Our Term 1 Mercury Bay Mentors kicked off their first session yesterday. The Mercury Bay Mentor program is designed for junior sailors aged 7 to 11 and teaches kids the fun and thrill of sailing, while they gain confidence and shipshape habits. Children will learn the basic concepts of seamanship and the sport of sailing. In addition, they will be taught to become ambassadors for the sport and coastal stewards of our unique environment. The primary objective is to introduce sailing as a fun, safe activity and prepare these young sailors to progress to the Mercury Bay Boating Club’s Level One learn to sail program.
The day opened with low cloud, drizzle, and a perfect 10 knot north-easterly breeze. These junior sailors did not let the grey day dampen their enthusiasm and needed little prompting when the order was given to suit up and get ready to sail. Our volunteer parents and coaches were also invigorated by the warm showers, steel-grey sea, and enchanting views of our offshore islands, emerging and disappearing from behind frequent curtains of rain.
We began our session at the Boating Club with lessons on proper dress, safety, and club rules. We then moved outside to orient the kids with the points of the compass and how they relate to the main geographical features of the bay.
Mercury Bay Youth Sailing promotes sailing, seamanship, ocean and coastal stewardship, and marine awareness among our town's youth and adults so that they become ambassadors for the sport and champions of our unique and precious environment.
+64 27 392 7280
Many thanks to Linda Bird for the excellent photos.
Our weekly newsletter has been emailed this morning - check it our here!
Stationery lists are here. List are also held at Paper Plus Whitianga, The Warehouse Whitianga and Warehouse Stationery in Thames.
Attached are links to some helpful info about scholarships and applying for them. Will be really useful for anyone looking at scholarships next year.
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 1st December 2017. 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.
Please find a link to the survey here - https://goo.gl/forms/TLCF0MKUmSZKQ92Y2
Alternatively attached is a pdf of the survey, which can be printed, completed and returned to the school office. If you are unable to use either of these options, you are welcome to complete a survey at the school office where they are holding hardcopies.
We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback to continue improving our school.
MBAS Board of Trustees
Our school offers specialist music lessons in flute, clarinet,vocals, saxophone, drum, guitar, bass guitar and keyboard. Lessons are often over-subscribed and places fill very quickly.
As the lessons are so highly sought after, it is essential that your child’s fees are paid termly in advance, or that you arrange regular payments in order to pay it off by the end of the year. Additionally, if a student misses too many lessons without explanation, their place will be offered to another student. It is the student’s responsibility to get themselves to their lessons on time. Our teachers do their best to remind students, but ultimately it is their responsibility.
Please note, students in Years 3-6 are only allowed to take one specialist music lesson. Students Year 7 and above may do more than one instrument after consultation with the tutors.
Drum Lessons - Years 3-13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Saxophone - Years 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Flute and Clarinet - Years 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Guitar and Bass Lessons - Years 4 -13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Keyboard Lessons - Year 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
Vocal Lessons - Year 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/
If You Want Your Child to Succeed in Life …Come & Learn How
Prof. Adele Diamond and Paul Blackman
If you were lucky enough to catch Adele Diamond’s presentation in May this year you won’t
want to miss the follow up she has sent to the people of Mercury Bay.
She won’t be with us in person but has entrusted Paul Blackman to deliver this on her behalf.
Free presentation at MBAS Library 7pm-8.30pm Wednesday Nov 1 2017
All Parents, Children, Educators, Medical Practitioners, Mental Health practitioners & anyone with an interest in their child’s future are welcome.
Adele’s discoveries have impacted education around the world and she is recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists in the world. She has discovered the key to a successful life, be it in health, wealth, education, relationships & life in general is about self-control. The now world famous “Dunedin Study” in New Zealand has come to the same conclusions. Paul has worked with her material for the past five years explaining how to put neuroscience theory into practice by delivering workshops, speaking at conferences and working with teachers, parents and professionals nationally.
With 40 years experience, Paul is a qualified Guidance Counsellor , RTLB and teacher.
Discover the secrets of how to think ‘outside of the box’, learn self-control, expand creativity & problem solving and how to use your working memory. Learn how making the right decisions & choices and how following your passions improves executive functions, academic outcomes and mental & physical health.
Adele’s research clearly shows how executive functions ( the parts of the brain responsible for self-control) can be improved especially with very young children. She offers a different perspective that addresses children’s emotional, social & physical needs. We need to nurture our whole child to grow into an amazing human being. Come & listen to Paul as he explains the practical applications of her research and how it links to your child’s success.
If your child presents with learning differences this talk will also be beneficial for you & your child. All welcome
Contact Paul Blackman 027 2379086 for more details or turn up on Wed Nov 1 at the MBAS library.
Congratulations to the following students who have been identified by Magic zone selectors at Secondary School Netball competitions for 2017 to attend player development training squads for Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty for 2017/18.