MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 12

Term 2, Week 12, 3rd July 2020
Y9-13 had a beautiful day for a Beach Dash
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Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

It has been a long time coming
and now it is here!
A break

My part in this newsletter is relatively brief. I simply want to communicate to and congratulate you all – our students, parents/caregivers, staff and members of our wider community – about how we, as a collective, have managed the last 5 months. It has been an extra-ordinary challenge. You richly deserve a fantastic break!

I know that it has been a challenge for us – I have noticed the rising tensions too in the last two weeks as we come to the close of a mammoth term and half year. We are all well and ready for the break.

Covid-19 update:
This note is simply to let you know that I believe we have all the necessary protocols in place should things shift within our nation (or region) over the break (and afterwards). I believe we, as a kura, will be able to competently respond to any developments which may arise – and thus, whanau, I believe you can relax, assured that we have our bases covered. You can enjoy the break that is richly deserved by all.

Term 3
Commences 20 July and the theme for me for us for term 3 will be about “Resetting” our kura – not a restart – but rather that we are resetting ourselves now for the balance of the year. Quality attendance, quality learning programmes, quality learning, engagement and achievement – for us all; across our school. I would appreciate parents/caregivers working with us for this “reset” – students at school by 8:40, in uniform, ready to learn! Term 3 is crucial for all of us in terms of learning, achievement, qualification (senior students) and teaching.

All that remains now is for me to wish you all the very best – re-engage, re-energise, relax, and enjoy your time, whilst we all look forward to a re-setting and recommencement of our kura for term 3.

Kia kaha
Kia manawanui

John Wright
Student Conferences - Bookings Open 5pm Today
The whole school will be having conferences on Thursday the 30th July and Friday 31st July.  Primary SCs will occur on Thursday 30 July only; while Middle SLCs and Senior Years SCs will need to be spread over both Thursday 30 July and Friday 31 July to enable all students and parents are able to attend the conferences.  

Primary Years (1-6) - Book a conference with your child's class teacher

Middle Years (7-10) - Book a conference with your child's Learning Coach Only (not all your child's teachers)

Senior Years (11-13) - Book a conference with all your child's subject teachers and learning coach

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Changes to Bus Routes Term 3, 2020
The Ministry of Education has completed their review of our bus services. As a result of this review the Ministry of Education has advised us and Murphies of route changes that will commence in term 3.

The bus routes affected are as follows (If you click on the bus route you will be able to see a map and approximate times for each route)

Route 2388 (Millcreek + Ferry)
This means the Mill Creek run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; the bus will be 10 minutes later in the afternoon. Wednesday will remain the same. This will not affect the Ferry Bus times.
This route will continue to travel to #430 Millcreek Rd.
This route will still connect with route 2387 at the top of Millcreek Rd.
This route will now service students who come across on the ferry.
No further changes.

Route 2685 (Pumpkin Hill + Kaimarama Rd)
Only change is an extension down Kaimarama Rd for the eligible students attending MBAS.

Route 2652 (Kuaotunu + Matarangi)
This route will be extended to travel into Matarangi to connect with route 2411, rather than the connection occurring at the Kuaotunu Reserve.  
This bus will collect students who live up Bluff Road from the corner of Bluff Road and Kuaotunu Wharekaho Road (Hwy 25). No buses will travel up Bluff Rd to Cuvier Cres.
This connection will now be at the fire station in Matarangi.

Route 2411 (Te Rerenga)
This route and 2652 from MBAS will be moving to the Fire Station in Matarangi, rather than at the Kuaotunu Reserve.
This route will no longer be travelling via Bluff Rd to Cuvier Cres.
This route will continue to travel to the fire station in Matarangi.
MBAS Hoodies and Jackets
MBAS Hoodies should be back in stock at The Warehouse Whitianga either over the holidays or early Term 3.  The new MBAS jackets are available now for purchase.
On Line Canteen Ordering
MBAS Online Canteen!

Working together with Kindo, Mercury Bay Area School can now bring you a fantastic way to order canteen lunches online for all year levels!

Term 2 - Whole School Online ordering commences Monday 20th July here
Room 15 - Storm Poems
Room 18
Room 18 built boats using water resistant materials, masts and sails.
Room 22 - Soup
Soup making in Room 22, so many delicious vegetables!
Room 23
Room 23 created some catapults to conduct some fair testing. Lots of alterations were made to see which group could catapult the object the furthest!
M2 - Science
This week is science week. M2 made catapults and looked at fire power. Some of the questions the students were asked were, what energy is being released? Where is the energy coming from? Can we change how much energy is released? What does the word ‘kinetic’ mean? What is kinetic energy?
Students were paired up with someone they don’t usually work with and they worked really well together. Ka Pai M2! 
M8 - Matariki
Our manutukutuku are finished!
They look fantastic.
Specialist Music
These clarinet and flute players performed to the year 2s and the atmosphere was electric as the kids sang along to Jingle Bells and other favourites.

Pictured are Lucy Thackray, Sharna Proctor, Lucas McDonald and Pheonix Newson with relief teacher Gretchen Beazley.
Year 9 Health
Year 9 Parents/Guardians/Caregivers and Students.

Mercury Bay Area School has an agreement with Pinnacle Midlands Health Network and the Waikato District Health Board to provide free nursing services on site.
The health and wellbeing of students at the school is important to us.  The main aim of the clinic is to improve the health of our students, so they come to school well and able to learn.  So, as part of this, over the next 6 months RN Shaz Iseli and RN Kate Sedon, your school nurses will complete a comprehensive health review for all consenting Year 9 students.

This will provide an opportunity for our students to discuss their:
  • health/social concerns
  • medical history
  • emotional strengths and whanau community supports
  • vision and hearing testing
  • height and weight
  • nutrition and physical activity
The review is likely to take 30-60 minutes and a referral to other support services will be available where needed.  It will take place during the school day and there is no cost for the service.  You are welcome to attend the review with the student if you wish.

Please advise the school office or nurse if you would like to attend the health assessment or would like to book an appointment to see the nurse at any time at

If you have any questions, or if you DO NOT CONSENT to your child having this health review, please contact the school nurse or the school office.
Level 2 & 3 Dance
Awareness of your body and what it is doing is extremely important in Dance, so for five weeks our senior dance class (Levels 2-3) have Stephanie from Yoga Whitianga coming in to teach us in our dance studio. Our first lesson was last Thursday and the girls could hardly walk when they left, but had great fun!    
Y10/11 Hospitality
The Lions have kindly lent the school their Food Shack for learning around the making and selling of food. We have also been utilizing it for business classes.
Yesterday they sold PHAT Beef Burgers made by the Year 10 Food students.
Today the Year 11 Hospitality students sold sushi and mussel chowder.
All food is pre ordered via a google form and they did sales on the day in addition to the preorders.
Y13 Outdoor Education Tramp
The Year 13 Outdoor Education students went on a 4-day tramp to the Whirinaki Forest outside of Rotorua.
Early morning on Tuesday the 23rd, each student and teacher piled into the MBAS School vans to travel to the Whirinaki Forest Park.
During the tramp, students got to make their own decisions in how the tramp would run.  Individuals could lead or tail the group with walkie-talkies, also students could decide on where they wanted to go. Therefore, teachers and students would plan the day tramp prior to the next day. Having the option to split groups and customize the adventure offered great team building and leadership learning for the whole class.
During the wet, mud-caked tramp the class came across some native whio (blue duck) and many native trees like rimu and matai.  One night a kiwi was found where students got to get up close and take photos. A very memorable experience for the whole class!
During the second day of the tramp all students participated in a three-hour solo where they couldn't leave a spot in the bush over a 10-foot distance and couldn't come in contact with any classmates which for the majority of the students deepened the love and gratefulness for NZ bush with this experience. A gift had to be shared in which students made drawings, spears, and experiences they felt from the solo, these were left at the Central Whirinaki Hut.
On the third day as a decision from the students, the class split into two groups with the supervision of teachers where one group tramped to the Mangamate hut via the cave or the “Rave Cave” as students named it while the other group went directly to the Mangamate Hut. “The cave was massive on entry and at the other end of the cave you would end up crawling on your stomach, which was a fun experience”.
On Friday, everyone's boots got wet due to the constant river crossings and many slips of classmates on the slippery rocks. The rush of getting back to the vans motivated everyone to keep pushing on.
This experience opened up the student’s eyes to the amazing forestry we have in New Zealand and how lucky we are to have a place as untouched as the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park in our country.

Daniel Cunningham Y13
Photo’s by Thomas Astwood Y13
Y9-13 Cross Country
Buffalo Beach Dash
In the ever changing times & all the growth in Whitianga trying to find a Cross Country course was proving to be a challenge so we decided why not make use of the coastline that surrounds us.  Having run a virtual Cross Country with our Senior students in lockdown we weren’t prepared for any more sports cancellations. 
So on a spectacular winters day we ran the Buffalo Beach Dash, which our students loved, particularly the timing of the waves rolling in.  Pleased to say we’ve found our new course. 
Regional Scholastics Surf Comp
MBAS students finished with some great results at the first of two events to be held of the Regional Scholastics Surfing competition.  The conditions were clean, with a good 2-3 ft offshore swell. 

Event 2 will be in Waihi next term and from there a Coromandel Team will be selected to attend Nationals in Kaikoura later in the year.

Results from finals at the Regional Scholastics Surf Competition held in Whangamata.  

Girls U16
1st Bianca Anderson

Boys U14
2nd Will Lockhart
3rd Albey Forsyth
5th Rico Simpson

Boys U16
3rd Jac Forsyth

Boys U18
2nd Ben Wharton

Pictures - Bianca Anderson taking a moment as she preps for her heats.
Rico Simpson, Will Lockhart & Albey Forsyth all placed in finals.
Community Pantry
Our fantastic Community Pantry is looking a little bare.

This is just a reminder that the pantry is available to every member of the community should you wish to take, donate or swap items. 

We are also looking for any volunteers that may be able to help maintain the pantry by checking on it regularly and removing old items.

If you can help, please email or ask for Nicole at the front desk.
Specialist Music Lessons - Term 3
Places available for vocals, saxophone, clarinet and flute starting term 3
Please contact to sign up.
Community Notices
Holiday Activities
Mid Winter Treasure Hunt and Swim
See here for more upcoming events and activities
Take a Kid Hunting
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