MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 9

Term 3, Week 9, 18th September 2020
The MBAS Annual Charity Concert was a great success, we have some very talented musicians in our midst. Well done everyone!
Pictured - Final Act for the evening 'Point Blank'
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Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

Senior Student Update
Kia ora Mercury Bay,

These last few weeks have certainly been jam-packed with action, especially for Senior Students. We’ve had everything from terrific drama performances to sports finals. Both the Level Two and Level Three drama students have been working in conjunction with the Senior Performing Arts Technology class to bring the community fantastic performances - the plays Queen Bee and Foreskin’s Lament respectively. Our music department has also been working hard to put on our annual Charity Concert, which is an amazing opportunity for our Senior musicians to showcase their talent and put the money towards a great cause. The event was livestreamed on FaceBook, and is still available online if you wish to support our students. 

We have also recently been involved in an exciting sports event, where our senior students played very well in a Volleyball tournament. The Senior Girls team travelled to Katikati for the day, while the Boys team stayed onsite. Both teams played incredibly well, and it's great to see students getting so involved with these fantastic events. 

In our final week before the term 3 holidays, we encourage that all senior students work hard to achieve well in their mock exams. This can be a very stressful time for many, yet we hope that everyone knows they are supported and have the resources to reach their goals. For the first-time Year 11’s going into mock exams, we wish you luck and we look forward to seeing what you thought of your mock exam experience. These exams are to see your benchmark scores and are used as derived grades, so try your hardest and don’t give up!

Also a quick reminder to our Year 12 students that leadership applications for next year open soon, so try your best, and you never know what may come of it - it could be you writing these newsletters next year! It’s a fantastic experience, so we definitely encourage you to give it a go. 

As always, the senior leaders are available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have, whether it be for exam support or general questions, you can email the whole team at, or use one of our personal email addresses. 

Alice Robinson and Isabel Lunn 
Kapa Haka
Watch this space next week for our Kapa Haka post and photos, another successful event.
Annual Charity Concert
The Charity Concert is a celebration of musical talent raising awareness for a cause; this year, our students chose to support the Cancer Society. The show was of a high standard. All the performing bands showed commitment, passion and dedication on their numbers. The PAT students did a fantastic job with the lights and sound, which allowed our musicians to focus on giving their best on stage.

Shout out to Mr Mulholland, Mr Roberts, Mr Wilkinson, Leo and all the PAT students involved in this event!
Y1-2 Tough Kids Run
Room 21 - Foundation Class
A couple of children said this week that when they “grew up,” they want to be a baker/chef . So we made yummy donuts!!! 
We even extended our math skills when we made these. It was heaps of fun and the best part was...of course eating them!
Room 15
Room 15 and M10 jointly won the Primary Competition for the tidiest cloak bay. What a wonderful class effort. And the awesome chips for lunch!
Room 23
This term we have been investigating insects and the features that classify them. Here we are creating giant insects. Lots of collaboration and problem solving here!
M9 Writing Buddies
What an awesome day,  we had a visit from our writing buddies! They even brought us morning tea. So lucky to have such lovely buddies!
These Y13 students have been writing to this class of Y5-6 students and they have been writing back, what a great way to communicate through the written word.
Y10 Algebra
Outdoor algebra this week, involved the students creating a see-saw to simulate algebraic equations (one side equalling the other)  The challenge was to get the whole class onto the see-saw and keep it even for 60 seconds. Cool!
Y9-10 Learning Challenges
In some Yr 9 and 10 classes students have been engaged in some exciting learning challenges where they walk a while in someone else's shoes. After viewing the film Avatar, students have been asked to speak to their peers in the role of a character from the film and share the character's reasoning and feelings for some of the actions and events from one or two scenes. We see many students who have a flair for the dramatic and who can empathise with others and some who grow their confidence in speaking to an audience.This is a valuable way for students to learn and think from another person's perspective or to feel what they feel, a skill which is valuable in real life. 
Learning Support - Work Experience
Jakob Topp - Work Experience - Learning Support.

Jakob Topp from Learning Support is keeping busy working on various projects around the school. With the assistance of his teacher aide, Jakob has recently made two backboards for the Primary School basketball courts and a large saw bench for the technical department.

The basketball backboards were made from floor pieces used in the temporary workshop (old gym). They were cut and painted to the exact specs of the previous weathered boards. After a primer coat and the two outer coats, the black lines were measured, taped and painted. The completed boards were the drilled and bolted to the existing pole structure. The primary students were very happy and appreciative when completed and didn’t take long to start playing basketball.

Commissioned by Mr Sedcole, Jakob and his teacher aide designed and constructed a large saw bench to fit in the Engineering section of the Technical Block. Again, recycled materials were used in the construction of the project. Metal frames rescued from the burnt workshop were secured to the wall and a damaged manufactured board was used for the top. School pine was used for the edging. The Learning Support team are very proud of Jakob and enjoy celebrating his success.
Y13 Business Class - Drive In Movie!

On Saturday the 26th of September, MBAS Business and Enterprise is hosting a Outdoor and Drive in Movie night.

"Pirates of the Caribbean- dead men tell no tales".

Tickets are only $5 per person. 

There will also be popcorn, warm homemade cookies, hot chocolate and drinks available to purchase.

There will be seating provided (Couches, hay bales), so bring a blanket or bring your car if you wish.

Tickets are available at the school office now!  If you want to watch the movie from your car, you will need to pre book your tickets as there are limited spaces available.

Sports News
Mercury Bay Boars Senior Girls won their final on Friday night against Whangamata in a close on the edge of your seat game.  The girls took the lead in the last 90 seconds of the game and won 60 v 55.  The team were undefeated for the season & now hold the Thames Valley Senior girls trophy for the 3rd year in a row.
MVP for the final was Jasmine McCleery.

Our Senior boys also had a nail biter game with Hauraki Plains College stealing the victory in the last minutes of the game with the score at 66 v 62 after losing key players to foul trouble & an ankle injury.
Mercury Bay hosted the TVSS Boys Volleyball tournament on Tuesday with teams travelling from Paeroa, Te Aroha, Waihi & Hauraki Plains to attend.  A great day of Volleyball was had with some amazing rally's & some very aerial play.   Due to covid number restrictions our girls team travelled to Katikati for the Girls Tournament and they finished 4th at their tournament.

1st place - Mercury Bay A
2nd place - Paeroa College
3rd place - Mercury Bay B
4th place - Te Aroha College

Pictured -   Both Mercury Bay teams
Back - Jake Teacy, Silas Pryce, Thomas Astwood, Kodi Bale, Austin Morcom, Floyd Ross, Ashton Tegg.
Front - John Canlas, Ren Tsumura, JJ Twemlow, Lucas Lipa, Jerome Melde
Weekly Sports Wrap-up
Sports results:
Football- Senior boys 7 v 0 over Rototuna .
Senior girls - 3 v 0 over Morrinsville. 

1st XV 17 to Paeroa 24
U15 111 v 0 against Thames

Senior team Won 6 v 0 over Hauraki Plains 2nd XV.

Basketball finals
Senior girls 60 v Whangamata 55
Senior boys 62 v Hauraki Plains 66

The trophy cabinet is pretty full after the last few weeks with rugby finals this weekend.
Games will be live streamed on the school Facebook page but will also be live-streamed at Smitty’s sports bar. 10:45 is the 1st XV then U15 will be 12:15. 
Health and Wellbeing
Well-Being Whispers
A weekly parenting tip or quote provided by the Rangimarie well-being team.
Parenting Styles

Your parenting style can affect everything from how much your child weighs to how they feel about themselves. It is important to ensure your parenting style is supporting healthy growth and development because the way you interact with your children and how you discipline them will influence them for the rest of their lives. Researchers have identified four types of parenting styles:
  • Authoritarian
  • Authoritative
  • Permissive
  • Uninvolved

Authoritarian Parenting
Do any of these statements sound like you?
  • You believe kids should be seen and not heard
  • When it comes to rules, you believe it's "my way or the highway"
  • You don't take your child's feelings into consideration
If any of those ring true, you might be an authoritarian parent. Authoritarian parents believe kids should follow the rules without exception.

Authoritarian parents are famous for saying, "Because I said so" when a child questions the reasons behind a rule.  They are not interested in negotiating and their focus is on obedience.

They also don't allow kids to get involved in problem-solving challenges or obstacles. Instead, they make the rules and enforce the consequences with little regard for a child's opinion. 

Authoritarian parents may use punishments instead of discipline. So rather than teach a child how to make better choices, they're invested in making kids feel sorry for their mistakes.

Children who grow up with strict authoritarian parents tend to follow rules much of the time. But, their obedience comes at a price.

Children of authoritarian parents are at a higher risk of developing self-esteem problems because their opinions aren't valued.

They may also become hostile or aggressive. Rather than think about how to do things better in the future, they often focus on the anger they feel toward their parents. Since authoritarian parents are often strict, their children may grow to become good liars in an effort to avoid punishment.
Authoritative Parenting
Do any of these statements sound like you?
  • You put a lot of effort into creating and maintaining a positive relationship with your child.
  • You explain the reasons behind your rules.
  • You enforce rules and give consequences, but take your child's feelings into consideration.
If those statements sound familiar, you may be an authoritative parent. Authoritative parents have rules and they use consequences, but they also take their children's opinions into account. They validate their children's feelings, while also making it clear that the adults are ultimately in charge. 

Authoritative parents invest time and energy into preventing behavior problems before they start. They also use positive discipline strategies to reinforce good behavior, like praise and reward systems.

Researchers have found kids who have authoritative parents are most likely to become responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

Children raised with authoritative discipline tend to be happy and successful. They're also more likely to be good at making decisions and evaluating safety risks on their own.
Permissive Parenting
Do any of these statements sound like you?
  • You set rules but rarely enforce them.
  • You don't give out consequences very often.
  • You think your child will learn best with little interference from you.
If those statements sound familiar, you might be a permissive parent. Permissive parents are lenient. They often only step in when there's a serious problem. 

They're quite forgiving and they adopt an attitude of "kids will be kids". When they do use consequences, they may not make those consequences stick. They might give privileges back if a child begs or they may allow a child to get out of time-out early if he promises to be good. 

Permissive parents usually take on more of a friend role than a parent role. They often encourage their children to talk with them about their problems, but they usually don't put much effort into discouraging poor choices or bad behavior. 

Kids who grow up with permissive parents are more likely to struggle academically.

They may exhibit more behavioral problems as they don't appreciate authority and rules. They often have low self-esteem and may report a lot of sadness.

They're also at a higher risk for health problems, like obesity, because permissive parents struggle to limit junk food intake. They are even more likely to have dental cavities because permissive parents often don't enforce good habits, like ensuring a child brushes his teeth.
Uninvolved Parenting
Do any of these statements sound familiar?
  • You don't ask your child about school or homework.
  • You rarely know where your child is or who she is with.
  • You don't spend much time with your child.
If those statements sound familiar, you might be an uninvolved parent. Uninvolved parents tend to have little knowledge of what their children are doing. There tend to be few rules. Children may not receive much guidance, nurturing, and parental attention.

Uninvolved parents expect children to raise themselves. They don't devote much time or energy into meeting children's basic needs. Uninvolved parents may be neglectful but it's not always intentional. A parent with mental health issues or substance abuse problems, for example, may not be able to care for a child's physical or emotional needs on a consistent basis. 

At other times, uninvolved parents lack knowledge about child development. And sometimes, they're simply overwhelmed with other problems, like work, paying bills, and managing a household.

Children with uninvolved parents are likely to struggle with self-esteem issues.

They tend to perform poorly in school. They also exhibit frequent behavior problems and rank low in happiness.
A Word From Verywell
Sometimes parents don’t fit into just one category, so don't despair if there are times or areas where you tend to be permissive and other times when you're more authoritative.

The studies are clear, however, that authoritative parenting is the best parenting style. But even if you tend to identify with other parenting styles more, there are steps you can take to become a more authoritative parent. 

With dedication and commitment to being the best parent you can be, you can maintain a positive relationship with your child while still establishing your authority in a healthy manner. And over time, your child will reap the benefits of your authoritative style.

Reference: Very Well Family; retrieved 16/09/2020, 1095045
Specialist Music Lessons - Term 4
Places available for beginner saxophone, clarinet and flute starting next Term 4.
Please contact to sign up.
Community Notices
Sign Language Week
Kiwi Fun Run & Walk
Kids Yoga
Thames Swimming Club
Whitianga Touch Club
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. 
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