MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 6

Term 3, Week 6, 28th August 2020
Everyone got into the 'Spirit' this week for Spirit week.
Here we have 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'
and 'Dr Seuss with Thing 1, 2, 3, & 4...'
Check out the latest Plane Build here
Please remember to text your child/children's absences to us on
021 025 56802


Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

Covid update - 28 August, 2020

The Secretary for Education has advised on Thursday night the following regarding the wearing of face masks.
Full information is here.

I am checking how our 12+ year olds are placed, who travel by the Ferry to/from school are placed. In my view it would be wise for students to wear masks from Monday (next week). If there is any change to this advice I will let you know.

Otherwise folks it is "learning business as usual" for us.

All the best
Senior Students Update
Kia Ora Mercury Bay,

What a week it has been. This week, the school celebrated Diversity Day, Spirit Week, and Daffodil Day all in one! During Diversity Day, students and teachers decked themselves out in support of the many identities in our diverse kura, whether that be cultural or personal. It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm from the students - a true reflection of MBAS’s uplifting, supportive school community. 

Tuesday saw the school dress up in a decade of their choice. Wednesday was Character Day, which the Primary years also participated in, and Thursday was Vice Versa Day. Last but not least, Friday was Daffodil Day. Our fantastic Hauora Leaders have gone above and beyond to organise this wonderful day of support in addition to the Shave for a Cure event. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to either shave their head or donate hair in support of cancer patients. Throughout the week, the Senior Leaders handed out prizes for Best Dressed each day. Congratulations to Shayla Taylder, Makayla Hull, Sebastian Ross, Jazz McCleery, and Chloe Adams, Will Lockhart and the “Goth Girls” on your first-place, prize winning costumes. 

Now, not to rain on anyone’s proverbial parade, but mock exams are still fast approaching. Now is the time to really knuckle down and set up a study regime. Utilise the resources you have available - we have fantastic teachers at MBAS who are ready to answer any questions you may have. Mock exams are important this year not just for derived grades as usual, but also as derived grades in case of a lockdown. We, as leaders, encourage students to take these mock exams seriously and make sure you know the material as well as you can, so by the time end of year exams come around, you know it inside and out. As always, as Senior Leaders, we are here to help the student body, so if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us through or use one of our own personal school emails.

Kia kaha,

Alice Robinson and Isabel Lunn
Communications Leaders 
Primary News
Interest in Rōpu classes for 2021

As you are aware, a great deal of planning goes into organising our classes and classrooms to provide the best learning opportunities for our children and as such we need some information from you to help us plan effectively for 2021.

Our Rōpu  classes follow the same National Curriculum that the other classes follow, alongside Te Aho Arataki Marau (Curriculum Guidelines for Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools).  Links are made to kaupapa Māori and Tikanga Maori with an emphasis on building the level of Te Reo Māori being used through teacher instruction and student learning.
Please note that expressing an interest does not guarantee a place. 

Interest in Years 5 and 6 Boys Class 2021

If you would like your son to be considered for a place in a Year 5 and 6 Boys class for 2021, please fill out the form below. (If your son is a Year 5 in the boys class in 2020, you will still need to complete this form)
Please note that expressing an interest does not guarantee a place.   

Ngā mihi,

Anne-Maree McDougall

Mercury Bay Area School
Deputy Principal (Primary Years)
Parental Feedback - Student Conferences
Parental Feedback on Student Conferences
Please submit feedback regarding the student led conferences you attended in Week 2, Term 3. It is great for us as a school to identify the different successes and the opportunities for future improvement. This is a "PMI" format, plus, minus and interesting.

Primary Years Student Conferences

Middle Years Student Led Conferences

Senior Years Student Conferences
Well-Being Whispers
A weekly parenting tip or quote provided by the Rangimarie well-being team.
This is a really important topic as resiliency is one of those catch phrases we all like to throw out, but don’t always know what it looks like. A resilient person is one who learns early that the world is generally a safe place, and when things don’t go right they have the ability to recover from these difficult situations.

A resilient child usually comes from an environment where they have felt safe and secure but also have been allowed to make mistakes and, crucially, experienced the natural consequences of those mistakes. They learn from this that they can recover and difficult times and feelings don’t last forever.

As parents we love our children, and one of the most difficult things for a parent is seeing them suffer. Our duty is to protect them and ensure they have safe passage through to adulthood, so it can feel counter- intuitive to see them struggling with something and not step in to help. And help we should, but we also really need to let them know we trust them to make mistakes, grow from the consequences and come out the other side.
Below are 8 ways to build resilience in children, reproduced from
  1. Let them experience disappointment so they learn sadness doesn’t last forever
  2. Validate their fears and help them make plans to do things even if they’re scared
  3. Let them take (reasonable) risks and experience natural consequences
  4. Encourage them to try new things, make mistakes, and learn from their mistakes
  5. Give them opportunities to make their own decisions and help them to problem solve
  6. Tell stories of people who faced hard time, persisted and grew stronger as a result 
  7. Reframe challenges as short-term problems and opportunities for learning
  8. Remind them that although we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control how we respond.
And one last reminder: A recent research project on resiliency took two groups of young children and gave them puzzles to solve. Group A, were told they were really clever when they solved the first puzzle quickly, Group B were praised for trying and effort, not the result. Consequently as the puzzles got harder the researchers noted that Group B were far more confident to give it a try and fail, whereas group A would only attempt what they knew they could achieve for fear of not being thought clever.
The take home message from this is failure is winning, we as adults and role models can encourage it and model it. We will have safer more resilient children if we do.
Notes From the Nurse
Did you know the Dentist is FREE till you turn 18 years old?

Year 9-13 students need to enrol with Lumino Dentist in Blacksmith Lane – they are the local provider in this area.

Sometimes if you have moved to the school during high school years you have missed out on enrolling with the dentist. It is really important to enrol so you don’t miss out on important FREE dental care.

Don’t wait for teeth problems – make sure you get an annual check-up.

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Have regular dental check-ups.
  • Parents - Lift the lip every mouth and check your child’s teeth and gums.
  • Choose healthy snacks.
  • Drink water or milk.


Shaz Iseli and Kate Sedon
School Nurses   Phone 027 327 3945
Foundation Class
Insects and habitats.
Over the last few weeks in the foundation class we have been learning about insects, including their life cycles and habitats. We have had many discussions, read lots of books, been on bug hunts and even created an appropriate insect habitat in the viewing tank where a longhorn beetle currently resides at the back of the classroom.
One of the many things the children have learnt is that a habitat is a place where a creature lives - where it has to have food, shelter and friends to survive. The children have expressed their understanding of this concept through art as they have created some beautiful pictures of butterfly and ladybird habitats. In these pictures you can see the butterflies and ladybirds, the places where they will find food, shelter and friends too. Ka pai tamariki!
Primary Character Day
Y1-6 had a great Character Day on Wednesday! Thank you for helping your children with their costumes, they all looked amazing!
Character Day Music Lessons
Here are a few of our student musicians having fun in their Character Day costumes: Tia Brightwell (clarinet), Aisea Loumoli (saxophone) and Ellie George (flute).
Learning Support - Circus Trip
Last weekend staff and students from Learning Support were treated to an afternoon at Zirka Circus. Paige said the experience was mind blowing, and her favourite part was the acrobats. Kieran loved the motorbikes. After the performance we headed down to Smittys for a soft drink and our fave, hot chips! 

The team in Learning Support would like to say a huge thank you to Smitty's, who very generously hosted us and donated the tickets.
Hei7 Spirit Week
Y7-8 Wearable Arts - Update
Thank you to all the parents/caregivers of year 7 and 8 students 
for helping your children with gathering materials for their 
Wearable Art garments.
They are progressing well and we look forward to 
sharing the final garments. 

Normally all parents/caregivers, extended whanau and friends would be invited to attend the Year 7 and 8 Wearable Arts Showcase 
to view the students' garments in the school hall one evening. 
Unfortunately this year, due to Covid Alert Level 2, 
this will not be taking place.
Instead we will be having a 
Year 7 and 8 Wearable Arts 

in the school hall on 
Wednesday 2nd September. 
These photos will be shared digitally.
Students may choose to come to school that day with 
their hair done and makeup 
to compliment their Wearable Art garments.
Sorry there can be no audience.

Robyn Fotheringham
On behalf of all the year 7 and 8 Learning Coaches
Legacy Group
Year 10 girls legacy group news.
By Genesis and Jessica.

We held a boil up and fry bread fundraiser on Friday the 21st of August.

This took us 2 days of prepping in the school cooking room. For $5 students and staff could get a container of boil up and a fry bread.
For a lot of people this was their first time trying boil up. In the end we ended up making $216 which is really good.

We are making a hexagonal picnic table for the Middle Years. A big thank you to Arthur and Hamish at the Whitianga butchery for donating the pork bones to us, and we also thank ZZ Topz Fencing for supplying the materials we need for our picnic table. We are excited to start building next week.
TVSS Football Tournament
On Tuesday we travelled to Katikati to play in the TVSS Football tournament.  Our boys started slowly after the windy drive through the hills.
First game the boys drew 1 all.  Second game we lost and third game we won 3 v 2.
The weather played havoc all day long as the pictures show.
MBAS First XI Football
Last Saturday the Mercury Bay Area School first XI football team played Thames highschool and won the game 6 - 3. It was a hard fought and physical game. Mercury Bay took home the Country Cup. Which is a cup for country schools that play in the Waikato football league.
Weekly Sports Wrap-up
The week in sport
Football results - Senior boys defeated Thames High 6 v 3
Senior girls did not play this week.

Rugby 1st XV had a great game and a narrow loss 24 to Paeroa 32.
U15 boys won 69 v 28 against Thames High

Senior Hockey had a nil all draw against Te Aroha

Basketball Junior girls had their first win against Whangamata 42 v 36.
Junior boys lost 25 v 38 Whangamata
Senior girls won 60 v 42 Whangamata
Y12 Business Competition
Play the full video here.
Be in for the chance to win some cool prizes! Help the Year 12 Business class sell delicious jars of honey to our community and anyone else. School students can be in for the chance to win gift cards of $100 for first place, $50 for second and $20 for third. There is also a class prize which is a day (away from school!) in Hahei watching the bees make honey and free ice cream! Teachers also have a chance to win $100 if their class wins. 

If you are buying honey you can pick up from outside the schools front office on:

Mondays 3:15pm - 3:45pm, Wednesdays 2:15pm - 2:45pm, Fridays 3:15pm - 3:45pm.

Honey (500g) is $12 each or 2 for $20

Or you can order here.
Here are the leader boards for the competition at this moment.
The competition ends in a week (4/9/2020) so hurry if you want to win!
Thank You!
A big Thank You to the following people from our Fabric and Design Department!

Jean Hancock - for the amazing bags of fabric

Sandi Goodall - for the beautifully finished pieces of carpet for under the sewing machines

Sandi Herbert & friend - for the amazing amount of fabric that they have donated
Piano Lessons - Term 3 & 4
There are 3 spaces for students to start group piano/keyboard lessons for the remainder of the year. Lessons are in groups of 3, held in the music department.

Please email if you are keen to take up this opportunity.
Specialist Music Lessons - Term 3
Places available for beginner saxophone, clarinet and flute starting now.
Please contact to sign up.
Community Notices
Whitianga Touch Club
Mercury Bay Cricket
Mercury Bay Cricket
If you are interested in the exciting future we have planned for cricket in the area, for Juniors and Seniors in Terms 4, 2020 and Term 1, 2021, then please either contact Rachel Smith on 021 753 219 or via the Mercury Bay Cricket Club website / facebook page.
We are especially looking for coaches / managers for our teams that will play at the Sports Park on Wednesday afternoons (Y4-6 age range).
All are welcome to our AGM on Tuesday 25th August 7pm at Hula Cafe in Whitianga.
Mercury Bay Boars Rugby League Muster
Mercury Bay Boars Rugby League Muster
Monday 24th August
3.30 till 4.30
@ Moewai Sports Park
All grades U6 to U15
U15 will play after 19th September in a 1 day tournament
Any queries contact Nickie 0273785998
Mercury Bay Athletics Club
Mercury Bay Athletics Club is looking for  Junior and Senior Coaches (training provided on the 19th September). 

Muster date 15th September 5.00pm at Whitianga Multi Sports Park. 

Contact Alana Baker for further information or to express interests to become a trainer we need more trainers to make our club nights possible. 
Free Holistic Fun!
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