MBAS Newsletter, Term 4, Week 3

Term 4, Week 3, 30th October 2020
2020 'Lifers'
We had 19 Lifers this year. Lifers are students who started at MBAS at 5 years old and have completed their whole 13 year schooling journey with us.
Photo courtesy of The Mercury Bay Informer
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Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

Senior Students Update
These last few weeks have been eventful to say the least. As everything wraps up for the senior school, many of us will be frantic with exam preparation and any last minute internals.  As a Leadership team, we encourage senior students to really utilise these last few weeks at school. Your teachers and Senior Leaders are here to help guide you through these stressful times, so don’t be afraid to get in contact and ask questions - every bit helps for end of year exams. 

Amongst all the pre-exams commotions, this week we had the Lifers ceremony, which was done in conjunction with the Leaders handover. Both of us Communications Leaders are lifers, so this was a particularly emotional ceremony - to bid adieu to a school we’ve been at for thirteen years is a scary thing for both of us. The certificates were presented by Sue Ting and Tenneille Collins, whom most of the Lifers had as teachers in their first year. To have attended one school from years one to thirteen is not something a lot of students can boast, but this year there were a significant number of us who have made that journey through our kura - 19 lifers in total. The Lifers ceremony is a really fantastic way to bring that journey back to where it started, to remind us of where we began. Congratulations to Shayla Taylder, Dana Ohlson, Olivia Brown Douglas, Kenjia Campbell, Jemma Brown, Julia Williscroft, Zoe Smith, Levi Driver, Summer Power, Jake Teacy, Woody Teacy, Floyd Ross, Corbin Duerre, Rory Trebes, Vincent Dowling, Eli Manukau and Chantelle Power for being with us for those 13 long years. 

Another congratulations is in order for the 2021 Leadership Team. At the same assembly, we welcomed Austin Morcom and Louisa Murie as our Head Students, Ibuki Nishida as both Deputy Head Boy and Hauora Leader, Ava Lamason as joint Deputy Head Girl and Learning Leader, Jasmine McCleery as joint Deputy Head Girl and Sports Leader. We also welcomed Tiana Tiro as Sports Leader, JJ Twemlow as Hauora Leader, Alban Ribet as Learning Leader, Izzabella Park and Paige McPherson as Arts Leaders and Finley Archibald as the Board of Trustees Representative. We would also like to offer a special congratulations to Keegan Wright and Georgia Land, who will be taking over from us as Communications and Media Leaders next year - watch this space! Best of luck to you all for 2021. 

Finally, a reminder to parents, students and caregivers that Senior Prizegiving will be held on the 11th of November at 10am, so make sure to clear your calendars!

Alice Robinson and Isabel Lunn
"Lifers" and Leaders Assembly
Our MBAS Lifers and Leaders assembly was held on Thursday this week. What an incredible assembly - our whole school gathered in our gym - about 1000 students and 80 staff. We commenced with our karakia (Whakataka te hau...) followed by our National Anthem and then our presentations. Our 19 Lifers started Mercury Bay Area School as 5 year olds in 2007 and have had no other school throughout their learning journey - all 13 years have been at Mercury Bay Area School. What an accomplishment!  Nineteen of our newest 5 year olds presented the "Lifers" with their certificates - these young ones will leave us in 2023!

We wish all our Year 13's the best for their future endeavours and look forward to hearing of their achievements in life. Well done folks - we are so proud of you. 
Shayla Taylder
Dana Ohlson
Olivia Brown Douglas
Kenjia Campbell
Jemma Brown
Julia Williscroft
Zoe Smith
Levi Driver
Summer Power
Isabel Lunn
Jake Teacy
Woody Teacy
Floyd Ross
Corbin Duerre
Rory Trebes
Vincent Dowling 
Eli Manukau
Chantelle Power
Alice Robinson
Seaside Carnival 2021
Seaside Carnival - 7th January 2021 - Buffalo Beach Reserve 

Well it is that time once again folks that we look to connect with our community, students and staff around the upcoming Seaside Carnival - Buffalo Beach Reserve - 7th January.  The Seaside Carnival Committee took a decision mid last term that we would continue with our planning for this summer's carnival - acknowledging that none of us know at this time how our nation will be placed with the Covid-19 pandemic. But - we decided to roll on - and the response has been amazing. Our stall holders are rolling in - well over 80 at the time of writing; a vast array of stalls, and entertainment, and we know we are one of the few communities continuing with the planned events.

So welcome along - here we go again!

Once again we have had remarkable support by all of our sponsors (Dive Zone, The Mercury Bay Informer and Lions Whitianga)
These people want this to happen and we are so grateful. The key (and outstanding sponsor) is Dive zone who have once again donated a double kayak; and wait - there is more - a second kayak as the major prizes in our Dive Zone raffle for this year - Thank you so much Linda and Darrell Bird - you are remarkable!  Shortly raffle books are coming home for young people to sell off (yes it is a challenge I know) but this helps us enormously. 

We use these funds to help support projects within our kura that are not funded by MoE - eg the climbing wall in our gym, the passive/quiet garden in the senior years; the playground developments in the Primary and Middle Years and more. All these funds are turned toward improvements in the learning and recreational environments for our young people.

Beside helping with the sale of raffle tickets (and the Lions are helping us here too; and look out for the advertisement and details inside the Informer too); we are keen to have parent help on the day. A two hour stint in supporting us with marque erection, manning the eftpos point, traffic control, collecting gold-coin donations at the entry points etc would be wonderful - please contact Karin at school at to put your name forward... WE NEED HELP PLEASE.

Local Stall holders are most welcome - again please contact Karin as above.

There will be regular updates now as we get closer to the Carnival - if you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact Karin or me.

It will be fantastic to see you all there... and remember the funds raised all come back to our kura.

I'm up once again for the Quick Fire raffles - great fun (and we are after donated goods here too folks)

Till next time
John Wright
FIRST PRIZE is an Ultimate Fishing Kayak, including Fishing PFD & Paddle. The Catch 420 Expedition Package retails for $2349.00 kindly donated by Dive Zone Whitianga
SECOND PRIZE is The Catch 290 Package, an awesome entry level fishing kayak/recreational kayak including Fishing PFD & Paddle valued at $1249 kindly donated by Dive Zone Whitianga
Senior Prize-Giving (Y11-13)
We warmly invite parents, caregivers and whanau to attend our Senior School Prize-Giving on Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 10:00am. The annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing successes our young people have achieved throughout the year, across academic, sporting and cultural pursuits. 

We would love to see you there!

Mercury Bay Area School Senior Prize-Giving

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2020
Time: Doors open: 9:30am for a 10:00am start 
Location: School Gymnasium, Mercury Bay Area School

Primary and Middle Years Prize-Givings are held later in the year.  
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.
Y7/8 Immunisations
School Based Immunisation Programme Year 7 and 8 students: Guardasil (HPV)
The following date has been allocated for Mercury Bay Area School to complete it's immunisation programme:


The Public Health Nurse Service will be at Mercury Bay Area School on Tuesday 3rd November to complete the second round of HPV immunisation.

We wish to thank you in advance for your support in maintaining the health and wellbeing of our students.
2021 Y6 Leaders Announced
We are delighted to announce our Year 6 leaders for 2021. We have expanded our leadership group as these students have great ideas for putting things together for our primary school and we want that! More is more when it comes to supporting students who want to be of service to others. Congratulations to the following students:
Ward Coleman
Theo Costello
Wilf Asquith
Alexi Moses (Ngāti Kurī)
Sophie McGrath 
Marlie Candelaria
Lucas McDonald
Rohan Percival
Charlotte Allen
Riley Flynn
Kayden te Manu (Ngāti Maniapoto)
Kistarla Foster (Ngāti Whakaue)
Sasha Lim 
Addison Murray
Summer Church
Annabelle Kline
Elenoa Joshua (Cook Island)
Te Atakohu Rhodes (Tainui)
Tia Samuel (Cook Island)
Paiggon Kereopa (Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
Skye Condon
Primary News - Market Day 2020
Final Day for Primary Market Day Orders is now 13th November 2020.
Market Day has been a feature of Term 4 for our Primary students for the last few years. With the possibility of Covid levels changing, we did not want to run the risk of our students doing a whole lot of awesome mahi and not being able to get their goods out to their loyal this year we've gone online!

Have a look at the amazing products our students have designed and applied their market research skills to. Place your order by 13th November and pay through your Kindo account and your products will be available for delivery on Friday December 4th.  

Make sure you check out their business plans on their pages as well...there is a LOT of great thinking that has gone into this!
Room 19 - Foundation Class
"Sunshine, water and soil " thats what plants need to grow. Look at our sunflowers just popping out.

Some of our sunflower posters. Market Day Sunflowers $2
Room 21 - Foundation Class
Last week and this week we have completed a mini focus on IDENTITY.
This was an opportunity for the tamariki in room 21 to think about their own identity and share something that they love about themselves.
We then wrote about this in our tuhituhi (writing) time and have displayed it on our wall to share with everyone
Room 22 - Market Day
Construction has started for our small pinch pots - a bit harder to do than the students thought - make sure you make your purchase on our market day website.
Room 24 - Market Day
Room 24 made their first DIY mixed crayons and they look awesome!
If you would like to buy them please go to the Market Day website!
M10 - Gardens
M10 had a lovely time harvesting their garden.  Look how big the plants are, these have all been planted and grown from seed. Well done team!
Y7/8 Otago Problem Solving Challenge
Through terms 2 and 3, year 7 and 8 students have had opportunities to learn and practise problem-solving strategies in mathematics. Many students competed in the Otago problem-solving challenge which involved persevering to individually solve varied and challenging mathematics problems. Congratulations to all students who participated in these challenges, and a special congratulations to the following students who achieved merit or excellence recognition. Well done from all of us!

Tom Lamason - Excellence
Lachlan Robertson - Merit
Isaiah Johnston - Merit
Sienna Reader - Merit
Zac Litherland - Merit
Asher Gilliver - Merit
Students left to right: Sienna Reader, Zac Litherland, Hektor Soanes, Tom Lamason, Luke McGrath, Asher Gilliver, Lachlan Robertson, Isaiah Johnston
Annual Specialist Music Concert
The bad weather did not affect the enthusiasm and great energy that our music students put into their performances for the Specialist Music Concert last Wednesday. Our drum students started the night with a solid African drumming number conducted by Leo Magri. The Junior Band followed with the song Aura Lee and left the crowd impressed. The woodwind instrument students, conducted by Yvette Audain showed all their dedication to playing complex pieces like Summertime (intermediate flutes and saxes); There Will Never Be Another You (senior saxes); Marche Romaine (intermediate clarinets) in front of a highly engaged audience. The Vocal students did a great job with their singing skills and also showcased their fun Tik Tok moves; songs like Glitter by 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award winner Benee and Trampoline by SHAED were some of the highlights. Our piano teacher, Fabian Roberts, kept the high standards of our show with beautiful pieces, including an original composition. After 90 minutes of great entertainment, Stewart Pedley and his dedicated Guitar and Bass students compelled the audience to sing along and clap while performing the song What I Got by Sublime. Congratulations to all our Specialist Music students, tutors and all the supportive families at home!

All students and staff gave it their absolute all and it was a joy to particularly see the 'U' - unity - in KAURI put into action.
Tough Guy and Gal - Rotorua
8 Y13 students travelled to the Rotorua Tough Guy and Gal event on Tuesday where they had to complete a 6km obstacle course mostly in the mud and water. The students had a lot of fun and some managed to get awesome times.
Sports News
Mercury Bay Football Club
This week was the Mercury Bay Football Club's prize giving for the MBAS First XI boys, MBAS First XI girls and the Red Devils.

Both school teams had a fantastic season. The girls held the Country Cup at the end of the season and came second in their division. The boys held the Country Cup at the end of the season and came first in their division. Thank you to all the supporters of football this year.
Hoop Nation Basketball
A huge contingent of ex students and present students travelled to Tauranga to play at Hoop Nation 2020. 1600 players, 163 teams what a tournament!

We had teams entered in U12 boys , women social and U20 boys. 
Women social team BB’s finished 3rd in their comp.
U12 boys enjoyed their first big tournament experience and the boys got better and better with each game. 
U20 boys made up of past and present senior boys had some tough games, some going into overtime due to an exciting buzzer beater. 
Great support from a huge amount of families who supported every game.
Ivan Adams - Golf Update
Ivan Adams came 2nd at the World Stars NZ Open held at Windross Golf Course in Auckland. He was in 5th yesterday after a 77, then shot an awesome 73 today to jump to 2nd. 

Congratulations Ivan you're a remarkable young golfer.  
MB Secondary School Rugby Prizegiving
Please note, change of date!


Health and Wellbeing
Well-Being Whispers
A weekly parenting tip or quote provided by the Rangimarie well-being team.
How Diet and Nutrition Impact a child’s ability to learn

Food can help or hinder our ability to focus and learn. A diet high in sugar and low in nutrients can cause children to feel tired, jittery, and unable to sit still and pay attention. Diet has also been linked to mental health and a child who does not receive adequate nutrition is more likely to experience mental health or behavioural issues.

The brain needs a variety of nutrients to function well. To focus, remember and regulate our emotions we need protein, unsaturated fats and complex carbohydrates (grains and fruit)

Protein is essential because growing bodies need protein more than any other nutrient, besides water. Proteins contain essential chemicals for thinking and memory.

There are hundreds of studies that show low nutrient foods negatively affect learning.

An ADHD expert writes extensively about the positive effects of good protein on calming impulsivity and distractibility for students with ADD (Louwman et al, 2000).

In addition, poor nutrition increases stress on our physical and psychological systems and contributes to poor behaviour.

Behaviour can be transformed by a diet high in nutrients and fresh water.

This week, let’s look at what we put in our children’s lunch boxes. Is their lunch box contributing to their learning?
Notes from the Nurse
Just a reminder that we are a smoke free school which also includes Vaping. Vaping is an option short term if people are trying to give up smoking. At the school clinic we have NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy ) - patches and gum. If anyone would like help with giving up smoking please book in to see the nurse – text 0273273945. This is a confidential service. Thanks Shaz and Kate/School nurses.

The Vaping Facts website provides New Zealand-specific information on vaping.
  • key facts about vaping (such as what is vaping, nicotine and vaping, the risks of vaping, vaping and the law, and vaping and pregnancy)
  • information on vaping versus smoking (such as costs and relative harm)
  • vaping to quit smoking (essential tips for success, support for quitting smoking, and vaping safety, including links to the local stop smoking services).

The site is for:
  •  people who are looking to quit smoking and those who support them
  •  anyone interested in vaping as a way to quit smoking
  •  people looking for New Zealand-specific information about vaping.
Ngā mihi, with kind regards 
Shaz Iseli | School Nurse
Mercury Bay Area School
Mobile 027 327 3945 
711 Victoria Street, PO Box 983, Hamilton 3240 New Zealand
Community Notices
Waikato Touch Trials
Mercury Bay Boars Basketball Prizegiving
Mercury Bay Cricket Club
Hey kids if you liked the cricket taster at school, don’t forget to register online!  Look on the Mercury Bay Cricket Club facebook page for registration link and more info!
Whitianga Touch Club
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