MBAS Newsletter, Term 2, Week 9

Term 2, Week 9, 12th June 2020
Y13 Day Tramp - Getting back into the Outdoors
Check out the latest Plane build here

Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

It was a marathon; it wasn’t a sprint;
we travelled well
and now we have crossed the finished line!

Gold medals all round
Yes – we have school “as usual” at Alert Level 1. It is incredible how our nation has operated collectively, collaborative and courageously over the last 8+ weeks. Covid-19 has certainly touched us all – and now as educators, our key focus is back on learning, and for our country, re-engaging in our economy, so that we can all pull through this incredible challenge successfully.
You will have noticed the information on our school sign:
All students to be at school by 8:40 please

This is so that everyone can be in class by 8:45, ready for learning. We are managing our bus bay with the “kiss and drop” process and it is flowing really well. Always move to the furthest end possible of the bus bay and we will help guide you through. When it is wet, this will be very important and we want all of our young people here by 8:40 to help with this process. A note explaining this is here.

Schooling under Alert Level 1:
In short – it looks like “schooling as usual”. I expect that all students will now be at school. A note has been sent (Covid-19 #14) to parents and is linked here and I have replicated a summary of our protocol here so we are all on the same page.

The criteria for AL1 are here: (from the Secretary)

  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.

  • There are no specific public health requirements.

  • There are no restrictions on personal movement so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and all students must attend school.

  • You are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).

  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

There are key public health measures - Golden rules - for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this means:

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).

  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.

  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.

  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

  • Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.


Other information from the Ministry

  • The Nationwide Teacher Only Day planned for August 12, 2020 has been carried forward to 2022
  • Nationwide, the school-year will be reduced by two days, due to Covid-19 interruptions; I am calculating the final days for 2020 directly 
  • Further changes to NCEA and University Entrance address COVID-19 impact
  • To support students, further changes to NCEA and University Entrance requirements will be made for this school year. The following changes were agreed by the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to help ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the disruption of COVID-19, whilst maintaining the integrity and credibility of NCEA:
  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. For every 5 credits a student attains towards their NCEA, either through internal or external assessment, they can be awarded 1 additional credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits, while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 credits to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.

Finally – now that we are at Alert Level 1, life will now return to how it was in February, in many ways. We know full attendance is critical for quality learning and achievement for us all; and that there will be anxieties that remain for us all – so we now need to continue to look after each other with Kindness, Patience and Tolerance.

Kia kaha
Kia manawanui

John Wright

Cashless at MBAS Office

MBAS going 'Cashless' at Reception

Practically everything is paid for electronically these days, whether it be via your debit card or smartphone or online banking.

MBAS has over the years introduced systems that allow parents and caregivers to pay online or via EFTPOS, eliminating the need to come to the School Reception with cash and cheques. As such, we will be going cashless at Reception going forward. The Canteen is still accepting cash if necessary, but we would encourage you to try using our new Kindo App for purchasing food items from the Canteen.

Canteen and Lunch
MBAS Online Canteen!

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

Ordering online for Primary Years is open now. Set up your account here

(Ordering online for Middle and Senior Years commences 22nd June 2020)
Middle Years Leaders
The Middle Years Student Leaders have created a videoclip about Covid 19 and Alert Level 1.  You can watch it here
M3 Learning
M3 have been studying shape and symmetry for maths, so last Friday afternoon we made some art using symmetrical patterns to see how the concept works. The results were great! We created some beautiful and symmetrical art pieces.
Room 22
Room 22 have been doing lots of research.  They are in small groups and each group are researching the life cycle of a different insect/bug.
Room 23
Room 23 have been writing Bubble Poems using repetition to create impact.
M8 Tessellations
Tessellations: shapes that tessellate have no gaps or overlaps, they can completely come together to cover a wall or floor or some other plane. This means the vertices must fit together.
M8 Matariki
The first stage of M8's manu tukutuku- kites for Matariki. The frames are made from the stalks of pampas (as we couldn't find any native toi toi)  and tied together with strips of flax. Keep an eye out for stage two...
Y13 Day Tramp
The Y13 Outdoor Education class took their first trip back to the Outdoors on Monday.  They went on a day tramp into the Whauwhau-Maungatawhiri, lead by teacher Flynn Battaerd.  They had a great time being back on the tracks and enjoyed the day in preparation for longer/harder events coming up.
13 SVA & M9
The students in 13SVA are "Writing Buddies" with M9. Every week they write to each other, asking questions about their interests and families, telling each other if they have done something special. Both classes seem to really enjoy this connection.
Specialist Music
Specialist music lessons. Featured students: Alban Ribet, Elwin Clark, Luke Dornfeld, Tia Brightwell, Liz Laurent, Ellie George, Dannii Cullen, Shiloh Renner.
Senior Volleyball - Y12 vs Y13
Our yr 13's organised a volleyball competition between years 11-13. The first game was the yr 12 vs yr 13 teams. The yr 12's won the first 2 sets securing them the win. The yr 13's will now take on the yr 11's next week and then hopefully the teachers will be brave enough to take on the top team.
Umpiring - Netball
If  you want to be an umpire this year please email Linda Kendall -

Last year we had seventeen year 7, 8 and 9's complete the Introduction to Umpiring course and become members of the MBNC Umpiring Squad. 

We are running the course again this year. The theory will be run over zoom meetings and the practical component will be completed during term 3. We offer a lot of support to new umpires and the year 7 and 8 umpires will umpire year 5 and 6 players. 
Community Notices
Return to Netball
Bubble Bites - Episode 8
Check out the Mercury Bay 'Bubble Bites" Episode 8 this week, as a bonus performance featuring our very own Taiju Watanabe a Y11 MBAS student and Emerging Pianist!
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