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16

MBAS Newsletter, Term 1, Week 2, 16th February 2018

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Youth sailing update

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. 

For more information about the Mercury Bay Youth Sailing please contact Tara Corley or Jonathan Kline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. follow us on Facebook – Mercury Bay Youth Sailing.

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.

Jonathan Kline

+64 27 392 7280

Many thanks to Linda Bird for the excellent photos. 

   

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FEB
15

Bike Riding and safety

School Community Officer, Catherine Sell has shared some information on bike safety. Feel free to check out these links.


http://onyabike.nz/

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FEB
09

MBAS Newsletter, Term 1, Week 1, 9th February 20018

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JAN
26

Pre-term newsletter out now!

We are kicking off 2018 with our first newsletter - check it our here!

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DEC
20

2018 Stationery lists

Stationery lists are here.  List are also held at Paper Plus Whitianga, The Warehouse Whitianga and Warehouse Stationery in Thames.

pdf 2018 New Entrant stationery pack (204 KB)

document Y1 6 & Roopu stationery 2018 (148 KB)

document Y7 & 8 Stationery 2018 (145 KB)

document Y9 Stationery 2018 (13 KB)

document Y10 Stationery 2018 (14 KB)

document Y11 Stationery 2018 (161 KB)

document Y12 Stationery 2018 (162 KB)

document Y13 Stationery 2018 (160 KB)

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DEC
20

Cheyenne's Boomerang Bag Video

Check out Cheyenne's video that she made as part of her Media course this year - promoting our boomerang bags!

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DEC
19

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 9

Have a great summer, we will see you back in 2018, here's our final newsletter for 2017.

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DEC
08

MBAS Newsletter Term 4, Week 8

Check out what we have been up to here!

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NOV
27

Scholarship Information Help

Attached are links to some helpful info about scholarships and applying for them. Will be really useful for anyone looking at scholarships next year.

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NOV
23

MBAS shine at Thames Valley Athletics

41 Athletes from Mercury Bay made up the Peninsula Central Cluster team that qualified for Thames Valley Primary Athletics day.
The following students placed in events.
8yrs
Noah Kline 2nd Shot put
Riley Rangi-Isaac 2nd 60m
9yrs
Conner Nash 2nd Long jump
10yrs
Te Kari Mataiti  1st Long jump.  1st  High jump
Drew Casey  1st 200m.  2nd  1500m.  3rd 800m.
Kiri Kauere Paora Puha 3rd Discus
Quinn McCleery 2nd Long jump
Josh Markowski 1st 1500m 2nd 800m.
11yrs
Colville Green 1st Long jump.  2nd 200m.
Jacob Corley 2nd 800m
Corey Bredesen 3rd 200m
Francie Lidgard 3rd 1500m
12yrs
Olivia McDonald 3rd 1500m
Sophie-Lee Simonsen Kemp 3rd High jump
Sally Mills 2nd Shot put.
Chloe Roberts 1st 100m. 1st 200m.  
Charlie Wisdom 3rd 200m. 3rd 800m.
Relays 8/9 girls 2nd - Savarna Brightwell, Kaya Mataiti, Ella Simpson (TeRnga), Mia Bently-Butz (When)
Relay 10yr boys 2nd - Mark Johnston, Quinn McCleery, Josh Markowski, Mataeo Wiclas.(When)
Relay 10yr girls 3rd - Chelsea Springer, Te Kari Mataiti, Kiri Kauere Paora Puha, Drew Casey.
Relay 11yr boys 3rd - Bryn Corley, Jacob Corley, Corey Bredesen, Colville Green.
Relay 12yr girls 3rd - Chloe Roberts, Sally Mills, Jemma Mills, Stella-Rose Bahr (When)
Full results will be available on Thames Valley Primary Sports Association website.
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NOV
17

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 5

Our weekly newsletter can be found here

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NOV
16

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 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.

Kind regards
MBAS Board of Trustees

pdf Community Consultation 2017 (120 KB)

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NOV
10

MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 4

Please find our weekly newsletter here

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NOV
09

Specialist Music Lessons in 2018

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.

If you would like your child to take part in these lessons, please click the hyperlinks below (for each instrument) or if you have received a hardcopy of this letter please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the links to register.  We will confirm our ability to offer lessons to your child by the end of Week 1 in 2018, and payment in advance for Term 1 will need to be made immediately on acceptance of the lessons in order to keep the space. We are also happy to accept a payment schedule on request.

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/M2yL6a3brSmHDDnq1

Saxophone - Years 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/XDIj5uq9lNRchLwQ2

Flute and Clarinet - Years 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/JAdSlBb4hxeiHdVN2

Guitar and Bass Lessons - Years 4 -13 - https://goo.gl/forms/eBU2kZUuV5wEmEYd2

Keyboard Lessons - Year 3 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/QUkWYClLfrZ5oirI2

Vocal Lessons - Year 4 - 13 - https://goo.gl/forms/F8opQHSCqdhpoN6j1

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NOV
01

Prof. Adele Diamond presentation tonight in Library

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.

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OCT
27

MBAS Newsletter Term 4, Week 2

Our week 2 newsletter can be found here.

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OCT
19

Norm Hewitt Visit

We have an amazing opportunity planned for our Year 8, 9 and 10 boys next Friday, 27th October.

Ex-All Black Norm Hewitt will be presenting the documentary "Making Good Men" that he made with NZ actor Manu Bennett, and holding discussions with the group. We think this is an amazing opportunity for our young men to take time together to think about what makes a good man.

We will be walking to and from the Monkey House Theatre (Coghill Street) for this opportunity. And although the Youth Leadership Trust has already financed this venture, we would appreciate a gold coin donation to help off-set the costs if you are able to.

There will be a further screening on Friday 27th at 6.30pm for the wider community. Admission is $5 and seats are limited so please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to book a spot.

Please click on the link below to give permission, or email your child's homeroom teacher to give permission.

https://goo.gl/forms/yZIwCRZlX6GrpAfn1
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OCT
18

MBAS Netball players identified

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.

Level 1 Program- Zoe Smith & Ella Tomkins
Level 2 Program- Holly McCleery & Maja Katavic
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OCT
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Improv Theatre coming to town

See the flyer for details.

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SEP
22

Newsletter, Term 3, Week 9, 22nd September 2017

This week's school newsletter is here

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SEP
15

Newsletter, Term 3, Week 8, 15th September 2017

Please find our latest newsletter here

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SEP
07

Education Review Office visit

Review officers will be at our school 11-20 September for our triennial review. This is a wide scoping review where all elements of our school are reviewed. One of the key elements of their focus will be around "what we are doing to support all of our "students learning", which all forms part of our differentiated learning programmes, detailed planning, appropriate assessment practices, and safe, learning journeys for all of our students.

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SEP
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Doctors Clinic - change

For the next 3 Mondays that Dr Hemmes is away we will have Ashleigh Battaerd (Nurse) in at the same time for anyone to see.

Please make appointments at the office.

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SEP
07

Thames Valley Primary Touch Trials

Register and Trial Tuesday 12th September 
School Field - down primary end.
After School.
Looking for students for Year 5/6 mix and Year 7/8 mix.

Queries see Leisa McCleery

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