MBAS Newsletter, Term 1, Week 2

Term 1, Week 2, 14th February 2020
Our visiting students from Hamyang County in South Korea
Check out the latest Plane build here

Diary Dates 

Don't forget that our New Families BBQ is on Friday 14th, 5.30pm
at the swimming pool.

Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

Senior Leaders Note
Kia ora, MBAS students, parents and staff. 

We have had a fantastic start to 2020. We kicked off the year celebrating the achievements of our senior students in their NCEA exams, recognising the academic successes of MBAS. This exceptional standard could not have been achieved without support from our amazing staff. In addition to current students’ academic successes, we have also acknowledged the previous Year 13’s who have ventured into the next stages of their lives and we wish them luck.

In the next couple of weeks (unsure of specific dates), we look forward to many sporting events that are a fantastic opportunity for students to immerse themselves in school spirit and to encourage their peers. One such event is the annual swimming sports day for which we are all preparing ourselves. House leaders are involved in teaching chants, encouraging participation, and making sure we crush the other teams! 

Alice Robinson Y13
Luscha McMiken
Toitoi is a national journal of writing and art by young New Zealanders aged 5 - 13. Toitoi celebrates ideas, imagination and creative spirit of our young people. Luscha has written a piece called Moonlit Mystery  that reflects the cultures and experiences of life in New Zealand. We are very proud of Luscha and congratulate her on having her work published. Toi toi have kindly donated two books for our school library for everyone to enjoy. 

The next deadline for Student work to be published is on April the 9th, 2020. You can visit the website for more details:
Pictured is Mrs Pieta Begley Head of English in the middle years - handing Luscha her copy of ToiToi
Korean Study Group
We welcomed our first group of students from Hamyang County in South Korea. The 17 students are here for 2 weeks and have been included across our Year 7-8 classes. They have enjoyed the friendliness of their Kiwi classmates and homestays and will be leaving us next Tuesday.
Middle Years Lunch Programme
MBAS Secondary School Rugby
Mercury Bay Area School Rugby AGM Notice

Notice is hereby given that the AGM will be held:

MBAS Library
Date - 27th February - 6pm

New Committee members are invited for the 2020 Season.
We are seeking expressions of interest for Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Managers for our Under 15 & First XV Boys & First XV Girls teams. 

We are also in need of Committee members for the 2020 Secondary School rugby so please come along on Thursday 27th February to the AGM.
Application letters for all coaching positions to be received by 27th February 2020.

Please send your letters or email to:

Att:  The Secretary
Mercury Bay Area Secondary School Rugby
Y9-13 Girls First XV Rugby
Girls First XV Rugby muster & training Tuesday 18th February 3.30pm at the School Field.
Bring Boots & Mouthguard.
Years 9-13 welcome
Senior Girls Football
Self motivated student athletes are in for an amazing year, playing for the Mercury Bay Senior Girls Football team competing in TVSSSA, Waikato and NZ Secondary School events.

Anyone thinking she has what it takes to be part of an exciting school sports team, boots on for a 3.30 pm training start for the 2020 season Tuesday March 3rd on the school field.
Y9-13 Cricket Muster
We are looking for a few more players to make up an MBAS team.  If you are interested in playing hardball cricket this term please come to the muster outside Leisa McCleery’s office at 1:15pm Tuesday 11th February.  
T20 games will be played on either Wednesday or Thursday afternoon/ evenings.
Contact Rachel Smith 021 753 219 for more information or see you Tuesday.  
Mobile Dental Clinic
The mobile dental clinic is back  at Mercury Bay Area School this term.

If you would like to be present when your child has their dental examination, please phone to make an appointment. We would love to see you! Otherwise we will see the children during class time for an examination and send home consent forms if any treatment is required.
Once again please phone if you would like to attend for your child’s dental work.

You may receive a text to say your child has an appointment as we enter them on to our appointment book. This is done automatically and does not mean you need to attend; once again you’re more than welcome to do so.

Thank You
Christine Duff – Dental Therapist
Fiona Watts  – Dental Assistant
Phone 021 356 292
Community Notices
Mercury Bay Athletics Club
The first season of Mercury Bay Athletics Club has been a great success having registered 147 junior athletes aged between 3 - 9 years old, we could not have done this without all of our amazing volunteers. We are excited to announce we are going to be growing to 18 years next season so for this we need your help! If you are interested in volunteering for ages 10 - 18 years please come along to our first senior volunteer meeting Monday 17 Feb 5.15pm at Mercury Bay Rugby Club. We are on the look out for a First aid/Health and Safety officer, Admin Support, Coaches (minimum 8 required), and Treasurer (this role is a shared role). 
Please RSVP to Alana Baker 0210517455 or
Swim Carnival
This is open to all swimmers, you do not have to be a club swimmer. Lots of great spot prizes for everyone and entries close midnight Sunday 16th Feb 2020. 
Any questions contact Gilly on 0211170473.
Pauanui Half Marathon
The organisers of the upcoming Pauanui Half Marathon (21st March) are keen to run a Secondary Schools Challenge for both Students and Teachers as part of the 10km event.  

For the Pauanui Half Marathon 10km - Student - High School Challenge trophy students category:

Each school can enter a team of 3(minimum) – 10 (no maximum - can enter as many of they want) students in the 10km distance.  The top 3 finishers from their team will have their times added together and the Secondary School with the fastest combined time across the first 3 finishers will win the Pauanui Half Marathon 10km - Student - High School Challenge trophy + $250 for their school.

Pauanui Half Marathon 10km - Teaching Staff - High School Challenge trophy

The can also offer the exact same set up as above for teachers, staff, school coaches and perhaps even parents of the school. Dubbed the Pauanui Half Marathon 10km - Teaching Staff - High School Challenge trophy.

The cost to enter is normally $45.00 but any schools wishing to be involved – the entry fee can be brought down to $30.00 per entrant. 

Anyone wishing to enter please contact Leisa for further entry information.
Netball Club AGM
The 2020 Mercury Bay Netball AGM Wednesday 19th February at 6pm in the Mercury Bay Area School library.
Positions open on the committee for Secretary and Treasurer and Fundraising/ Sponsorship.
Please contact Stephanie if you have any queries or with expressions of interest. or Ph. 0272841178
Pre Season Netball Training
Smash Cricket Teams
Any students interested please register your name with Leisa  -email
Basketball Skills Clinics
MRT Study Day
Student Exchange opportunities
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