MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 5

Term 3, Week 5, 21st August 2020
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Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

Sporting excursions: considerations
Covid-19 – Alert Level 2
Update #2
Where to next?
21 August 2020

Greetings everyone

The first full week for us under AL2 has gone well. Students, staff and whanau have responded really well to where we are at … Basically “business as usual” for us all. It is incredibly important that all students come to school every day – the only exception being when they are unwell. Then they need to stay home until they are 100% fit.

During the week I spent some time (with our Senior Leaders) considering the impact of AL2 on our various sporting excursions. So many of our young people are engaged in sport; and there are inherent risks involved, as identified under AL2, that make this a “risky” undertaking. No-one knows where Covid-19 virus is “next”; and this is something we have weighed deeply, particularly as Auckland is in AL3. Some schools under the Waikato Secondary Schools Sports Association (some of our codes play under this association) resolved not to continue in sports at this point in time: others to continue. Likewise the Thames Valley Secondary Sports Association (and codes) also considered whether to continue sporting excursions or not. My earlier view, around limiting risk for us all, and considering the distances we all travel, is that it is much safer for our students, whanau and community if we didn’t continue, at this time with sporting excursions – reviewing this as the Alert levels shift.

However we reviewed our decision on Wednesday morning as a team and reversed the decision – that sporting excursions involving MBAS students, playing as MBAS students could continue under the strict rules that exist for sport. We know sport is really important for all of our young people, family and community: and equally we need to be clear how important it is for us to limit our contacts to bubbles/whanau during AL2.

I am trusting that the managers, coaches, “drivers” and key adults will adhere to the conditions for sporting excursions. This will help to keep us safe. We will review this decision next Wednesday 26 August or earlier, depending on how the excursions/games/etc are conducted and the conditions adhered to.

As always if you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kia kaha
Kia manawanui

John Wright
Ministry of Education Covid Update
There is advice for parents on looking after their wellbeing, and the wellbeing of others, on the learning from home website. There are also three COVID-19 Wellbeing Guides available providing further advice to parents and teachers.
TCDC Covid Response
As a result of the latest COVID-19 community outbreak, TCDC has set up the EOC and we are on standby should the situation escalate. We do anticipate that the situation could change rapidly therefore our advice is to prepare yourself and your communities to go to Level 3 and possibly level 4 once again.

Please see poster here that explains each level and its restrictions along with advice. 

Once again this will be a nationally lead response and I will endeavor to keep you as up to date as often as possible, on our local response.

CBACS and COVID Testing
Location of CBACs and mobile swabbing clinics is available
From the Nurse
Just a reminder.

Anyone who has any respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms: new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold e.g., runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, loss of sense of smell” is to have a COVID swab.

We got this!!

You can call Mercury Bay Medical Centre on 07 8665911 to arrange this. Swabbing is performed on weekdays at designated times and in the weekends by arrangement only. The test is also free of charge.

Ngā mihi, with kind regards 


Shaz Iseli | School Nurse
Mercury Bay Area School
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.
Following on from our first WellBeing Whispers where we discussed the turbulent teenage years, this week we are sharing some tips to help communicate with your teen. Written by Rachel Ehmke for the Child Mind Institute, we have reproduced them here for your edification.

Below are 9 tips to help you build or maintain a strong, respectful relationship with your teenager. Remember this is a time when they are beginning to assert their independence, this can make for complicated parenting and having healthy, trusting relationships is more important than ever.

1. Listen. If you are curious about what’s going on in your teen’s life, asking direct questions might not be as effective as simply sitting back and listening. Kids are more likely to be open with their parents if they don’t feel pressured to share information. Remember even an offhand comment about something that happened during the day is their way of reaching out, and you’re likely to hear more if you stay open and interested — but not prying. Small ‘moments of connection’ are very normal during this stage.

2. Validate their feelings. It is often our tendency to try to solve problems for our kids, or downplay their disappointments. But saying something like “She wasn’t right for you anyway” after a romantic disappointment can feel dismissive. Instead, show kids that you understand and empathize by reflecting the comment back: “Wow, that does sound difficult.”

3. Show trust. Teens want to be taken seriously, especially by their parents. Look for ways to show that you trust your teen. Asking him for a favour, or even for advice, shows that you rely on them and value their opinion. Volunteering a privilege shows that you think they can handle it. Letting your kid know you have faith in them will boost their confidence and make them more likely to rise to the occasion.

4. Don’t be a dictator. You still get to set the rules, but be ready to explain them. While pushing the boundaries is natural for teenagers, hearing your thoughtful explanation about why parties on school nights aren’t allowed will make the rule seem more reasonable.

5. Give praise. Parents tend to praise children more when they are younger, but adolescents need the self-esteem boost just as much. Teenagers might act like they’re too cool to care about what their parents think, but the truth is they still want your approval. Also looking for opportunities to be positive and encouraging is good for the relationship, especially when it is feeling strained.

6. Control your emotions. It’s easy for your temper to flare when your teen is being rude, but don’t respond in kind. Remember that you’re the adult and they are less able to control their emotions or think logically when they are upset. Count to ten or take some deep breaths before responding. If you’re both too upset to talk, hit pause until you’ve had a chance to calm down.

7. Do things together. Talking isn’t the only way to communicate, and during these years it’s great if you can spend time doing things you both enjoy, whether it’s cooking or hiking or going to the movies, without talking about anything personal. It’s important for kids to know that they can be in proximity to you, and share positive experiences, without having to worry that you will pop intrusive questions or call them on the carpet for something.

8. Share regular meals. Sitting down to eat a meal together as a family is another great way to stay close. Dinner conversations give every member of the family a chance to check in and talk casually about sports or television or politics. Kids who feel comfortable talking to parents about everyday things are likely to be more open when harder things come up, too. One rule: no phones allowed.

9. Be observant. It’s normal for kids to go through some changes as they mature, but pay attention if you notice changes to her mood, behavior, energy level, or appetite. Likewise, take note if they stop wanting to do things that used to make them happy, or if you notice them isolating themselves. If you see a change in your teen’s daily ability to function, ask them about it and be supportive (without being judgmental). They may need your help and it could be a sign they need additional support.

Refrenced : Ehmke R : the Child Mind Insitute sourced 17/08/2020

If you have any concerns about your child or adolescent please contact one of our counsellors at the
Rangimarie Wellbeing Team

Carolyn Gibbs  -
Ian Nicolson  -
Nicky Pretorius  -
Foundation Class
A huge welcome to Mila, Marli, Kip and Jasper. Our newest members of the Rm 19 whanau.
Room 17 & M2
M2 and RM 17 hard at work with buddy reading, what a great way to spend a rainy day and lovely to see our 'little kids' learning from our 'big kids'.
Room 17 - Spring Planting & Maths
Spring is just around the corner for Room 17.

The children planted bulbs just before the holiday and suddenly there are lots of sprouting freesias and daffodils!  Also lots of weeds. So many that we decided to count them…………. This took a very long time. Some people grouped the weeds into 10’s and others counted in 10’s. Altogether 894 weeds! There are a few left but that’s for another day………..
We have also been growing microgreens, onions, kumara and choko in our classroom together with hyacinth bulbs.
Room 22
Last week Room 22 looked at another experiment about gas - what reaction occurs when you mix pop rocks and fizzy drink.
M3 - Science
We had a great time after running the cross country making and exploring with oobleck.
The greatest thing was doing an oobleck egg drop from the playground.
It protected the egg so amazingly that we could not get it to break.
M8 - Sport
After a successful Cross country, M8 are pictured here strategising for Capture the Flag.
M10 did an amazing job on Friday - dressing up, cheering each other on, clapping when students returned from races and RUNNING THEIR HEARTS OUT!  We are very proud of the effort that was put in, ka rawe!
Y3-8 Cross Country
Y7-8 Wearable Arts
Year 7 and 8 students have begun their Technology and Visual arts unit called Wearable Arts.
Thank you to all the parents/caregivers who assisted the students with gathering their materials.
The students are using the Technological process to design and produce a garment over the next three weeks.
These will be revealed to the school community 
on Wednesday 2nd September in the school hall at 6pm.
  We understand this event may be postponed or cancelled 
due to changes to Alert Levels, however the creating 
and planning for the event is underway
By Robyn Fotheringham 
on behalf of all staff and students involved in this mahi
11OED 3 Day Tramp
Last week 52 Yr 11’s went on a 3 day tramping trip to Waitawheta Hut. As well as walking to the hut the students had to take part in a series of challenges in groups to show their interpersonal skills like knot tying, shelter and fire building and a night time Burma trail. On day two they woke up to a chilly morning with thick frost on their tents. We walked up to Pukekohatu for some awesome views and some challenging uphill, and finished off the trip with a speedy walk back out. 
Next Week - Spirit Week!
Y12 Business Competition
Hi guys, we are a  Y12 business class and we are running a competition for the Y4-13s.
To win the top prizes you will need to sell as many honey jars to your friends, family and neighbours to win. You will be given forms from your learning group teachers which you can fill out with the customers info and then email to us to place your order. The Y12's will then be giving the jars of honey as well as collecting the money. We will be coming around to each of your classes and sending out videos to give more information. Good luck!

You can order here.
Brave The Shave!

Our school would like to raise money and make a difference by participating in Brave the Shave. We are running a school event on the 29th August 2020 where students and community members can brave the shave. Please help us by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Brave the Shave, the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to our students!

Piano Lessons - Term 3 & 4
There are spaces for 7 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.
Public Health Nurse
Kia Ora,
My name is Devyn Donoghue and I am the Public Health Nurse (PHN) for Mercury Bay Area School. The main aspect of my role as a PHN is to support, advise and provide health education for schools. I will be visiting MBAS fortnightly and look forward to working with the education/health team within the school, as well as the extended MBAS whanau.

Nga Mihi,

Devyn Donoghue
Public Health Nurse – Thames/Coromandel
Ph: 021 759 832
Community Notices
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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