MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 6

Term 4, Week 6, 20th November 2020
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Kia Ora tatou – Greetings to you all

Primary News
Thursday  and Friday our Year 2-6 students were involved in our KAURI days, which is an opportunity for our students to work with all the teachers who will be in their year groups for 2021 and get to know them a little before next year.

Our Year 6's spent the day with the Year 7's and the Y8's with the Y9's participating in a similar programme.

These days do help alleviate some of the anxiety our children have about "next year". However, it can also create some anxiety about the changes that are coming. We need to coach our children in this space and remind them that change is part of life and that it provides new opportunities for us to grow.  

Ngā mihi,

Anne-Maree McDougall

Mercury Bay Area School
Deputy Principal (Primary Years)
Professional Learning Day
Upcoming Professional Learning (Teacher Only Day)
Wednesday November 25

During the negotiation of the Collective Agreement for Area School Teachers, an Accord was developed between the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Educational Institute and the Post-Primary Teachers Associations (the unions) that provided for a number of Professional Learning (Teacher Only Days), so that our staff could engage in the significant changes and developments in two major areas – The “Local Curriculum” development and the pending developments/changes of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). These have been noted as considerable pieces of work and development by the Ministry and hence the dedicated time for staff to work in these areas.

Across the Waikato on 25 November for Area and Secondary Schools (and some primary schools), a Professional Learning Day (ToD) for all our staff will be held; 8:30-4:00 on site.

This means the school will be “closed” on that day – there will be no classes running and students will not be at school: buses will be running for Y11-13 MBAS students so that they can sit their examinations. All Y9 students will be on camp on that week. There will be no child-care options at school – all staff, including Teachers’ Aides will be engaged in Professional Learning.

I know this is a significant matter, right in the middle of the working week for you all. This day has been mandated by the Ministry – we have tried to negotiate an alternative, without success. School will start again as usual on Thursday 26 November.

During 2021 there will be several of these PL days too and I will alert you all to these as we get closer to them. As an aside some were due to be held earlier this year, however Covid- 19 got in the way!

Kia kaha
Kia manawanui

John Wright

BoT Elections
Voting Forms for the Board of Trustees Election have been mailed out to all parents of students at our school. You will receive a letter explaining the process, a voting form with a photograph and statement from each candidate.

We have three candidates: Dan Asquith, Teresa Kereopa and Alan Hopping. 
Candidate Statements

Please return all voting forms in the envelope provided to the front office before 12 noon on the 27th November. Thank You.
Seaside Carnival - Update
The Seaside Carnival committee is on the hunt for amazing volunteers to help out at the Carnival and sell raffle tickets in the lead up to the event! If you can volunteer your time please fill out the Google Form to let us know your day/time you can volunteer. 

Or, if you can donate any prizes to our quick fire raffles, please drop them off to Karin/SJ in the front office as soon as possible. 

Remember, all funds that are raised go straight back to our kura :)
Our school site is a Vapefree, Smokefree, Alcohol free, drug free educational institution. This is the universal platform for all schools – there is, and has been no deviation from this stance in our kura.
Full Resolutions on Vaping can be read here
Community Cybersafety Forum
Each year we like to hold a Cybersafety evening for parents/caregivers to share the latest information we have around cybersafety - not only at school, but at home and in our community too. These forums are run by Netsafe Ltd or Network for Learning (N4L) - the leaders in NZ Cybersafety information and forums.

The purpose of this survey is to invite you to an information (questions/answers) forum and additionally to find out from you what areas of interest you may have, so that we can be highly purposeful in the forum - please note these in the form below. It may well be we will run several break out areas to try to cater for the matters folks want to have covered.  You can complete the survey here.

If you are interested in attending this forum please complete this form by 4:00pm Monday 23rd November, 2020.
Date: Tuesday 24 November, 2020
Venue: School Library
Time: 7pm

If you have any queries please ensure you note these in the survey too.

We have included the link to Netsafe here ( so you can check out the website and the topics they are able to share with us. Especially interesting is the "Toolkit" Netsafe provides for parents - have a look at this link

John Wright
2021 Class Planning
Please let us know if your children will not be attending MBAS next year.  This helps us plan our 2021 classes.
Thank You.
Primary Service Day
roKia ora all, whaea Cindy gave me 5 of her boys for the service to school day who helped me move timber from the Legacy room to the wood room stacked and ready to be worked on for the next projects.

Kyson, Kiwa, Sonny, Lucah and Ozeya were an awesome little team and enjoyed getting outside and generally interested in what's happening in the Legacy space.

Ozeya and Lucah in particular were engaged in the freestyle whanaugatanga exercise we did before getting into our mahi. Fabian joined us for the freestyle session, which was a good icebreaker for the boys.

Tipene Harmer
Legacy Programme
Room 19 - Foundation Class
The children in Room 19 were talking about our recent storm so much that we decided to create some storm art, giving them the opportunity to express their experiences. This is stage one of a two stage project. Look at these amazing stormy skies.
Room 18 - Discovery
With some beautiful sunny days, the outside discovery time has been enjoyed by Room 18.
M3 - Dot Art
On Monday M3 read a book called 'The dot'.
This week we experimented with painting using dots or dot art. We looked at aboriginal dot art for inspiration and the students made their own designs and had a great time. Some of the outcomes were amazing
Kauri Day with Mrs Mikkelsen
Designing and creating a maze out of playdough before using a ping pong ball to blow through it...
Middle Years - Kauri day
A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the Middle Years KAURI day. It was great to see our contributing school students here enjoying the day with us as well as all the year 6’s who will join us next year. 
PAT - Kauri Day
Here we have Leon Melde, Quinn McCleery, Manaia Boyd and Reuben Davis working together adjusting the lumineers for an action scene.
Y10 - English
Year 10 English 10 HOJ and 10 FLG have been focussing on how advertisers use verbal and visual features to persuade their audience to buy a product.The students had to create a new product that they could sell to consumers. 
Y10 Masterchef - Final!
Ange from Harbour House came and judged the Year 10 master chef final. 

Food and organisation was high quality .... more work needed to be done on improving cleaning up as they worked however! 

Overall results across mystery box, entrée,  main and dessert.

1st -  Nikyla Holmes and Josie Fairweather
2nd - Anna Mikkelsen, Luscha McMiken and Georgia Litherland
3rd - Chloe Somerville  and Meadow Morton
Photo from Heat 2 - Flynt Leigh and Dave McGehan
Plane Build Maiden Flight
The Mercury Bay Student Aviation Trust is proud to announce that we are ready to have our latest VAN’s RV-12 on the runway,  ready for take off at 14:30 this Saturday.

We would like to invite you to this celebration, that is an end of a challenging project and a sign of the determination, resilience and drive of our students and mentors.

It would be great to see you there…

Your Planebuild-Team
Thames Valley Touch
Last week Mercury Bay hosted the Thames Valley Primary Touch tournament at the sports park.

Teams from Coromandel, Waihi, Coroglen, Tauranga & Whangamata attended. Winners in the 5/6 division were Mercury Bay & Waihi took out the 7/8 comp with Mercury Bay runner up.

Huge thanks to Matt , Aimee & Carla from Whitianga Touch Club for their expertise & all our student refs Manaia, Te Kari, Jaeda, Adam, Jakub, Jazmin & Jasmine.

Year 5/6 winning team members:
Back- coach Jaeda, Annabelle Kline, Taj Lorimer, Zinny Mataiti, Mack Boyd, Molly Casey, Shaun Joshua.
Front- Kyson Mansell, Lyric Jackman-King & Eleanoa Joshua.

7/8 winning team Waihi pictured
Health and Wellbeing
Well-being Whispers
A weekly parenting tip or quote provided by the Rangimarie well-being team.

If you check out the MBAS website you may notice a few changes on the front page!  In a New Zealand first, Mercury Bay Area School is partnering with Barnardos (NZ) in piloting access to their 0800 What’s Up child helpline service directly through the school website.  0800 What’s Up is a free, nationally-available counselling helpline and webchat service for children and teenagers.  Their counsellors help callers/chatters to find solutions to their problems, and equip them with the tools they need to deal with tricky situations. Offering a webchat service is in addition to the face to face counselling support that is offered at school through our Kura Wellbeing Team, and does not replace this; however it is an important aspect of providing support via a channel that many young people do like to use.  The service is manned by trained professional counsellors who provided help to young New Zealanders through over 19,000 calls and chats last year alone. 

Mercury Bay Area School already has a very well established help-seeking culture.  Our kids are not ashamed to stick their hand up and ask for help, and this is shown in the number of students who self refer to our counselling and nursing team.  The changes to our website also allow quick access to connecting with a member of our Kura Wellbeing team.  It is vital however, that we promote and provide easy access to alternative mediums through which they can get to support easily.  Embedding the link to 0800 What’s Up within the front page of the school website will support access to help being one step closer, particularly outside of school hours and through the extended holiday periods where school based services are not available.

0800 What’s Up is a confidential service, and the school will not be able to access any information on which students access the service, nor what they access it for.  

School website designers, and local business ‘Creative Fuel’, have worked on the graphics and link to ensure a smooth launch of the initiative which will be rolled out in a promotion initially to all year 6 to 10 students over the coming weeks.  Mercury Bay Area School is committed to be responsive in the wellbeing space, and pursuing initiatives such as this one to ensure as much accessibility as possible is provided to all students who may require support navigating challenges and issues affecting their wellbeing.     
MBAS Canteen Vacancy

Mercury Bay Area School
Support Staff Vacancy

Canteen worker 

We are looking for a person with food handling experience to assist in our school canteen 1.5 days a week. The position will also cover relief and holidays for our other staff.  Further information and application forms can be requested from Linda at the school office or email Applications should be received no later than 4pm Monday 23rd November 2020 and can be emailed to or handed to the school office.

The successful applicants will be employed under the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement, available on the Ministry of Education website.
Community Notices
Beach Hop 2020 To Visit Whitianga
 We are once again lucky enough to host the Repco Beach Hop 2020 on Thursday 29 November.

There will be road closures in place from the boat ramp on the Esplanade through to Black Smith Lane.  Albert Street will also be closed from the intersection of Lee Street through to the intersection of Hannan Road. Traffic management will be in place from approximately 8am through to 2pm.

There will be bands in place around the town, a show and shine car show and other entertainment throughout the day, a fantastic day to encourage visitors to do their Christmas shopping or partake in a ‘special of the day’ at  cafés or restaurants.
Chasing Mercury Bay Art Workshops
Whitianga Touch Club
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