MBAS Newsletter, Term 3, Week 10

Term 3, Week 10, 25th September 2020
What an amazing Kapa Haka event last week!
We were even able to livestream this to view from home.
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Kia Ora – Greetings to you all

This, we know, is the final week of term 3 - the only “usual” term we have had in 9 months - if we can call it that. 

I would like to start by expressing my sincere appreciation to all our whanau, and our community for “hanging in there” - when it seemed that things were indeed, going to be continually changing and shifting all around us. 

You will know just how well your children coped with all that was going on - we know we have some young people (like all of us) who find all that is happening around them to be really challenging, and we recognise this with compassion and understanding - it is the support from parents/caregivers/whanau who help them and us all, get through.

And then it is our crew on site here too - our teaching and support staff - who day in and day out have come to school clear on what their and each of our roles are during these challenging times - and that is - that from the foundation of quality relationships between our students and staff, our students and students, and staff and staff, we aim to create the safest space possible for everyone so that their learning can be their very best. 

I want to acknowledge all of our staff this term in the job they have done, along with parents/caregivers and our tamariki/rangatahi - to you all... a fantastic job and now we are up for a nice break - a time to Relax, Rest and Recuperate.

None of us know what is around the corner, but what I know is that we have the systems in place to take us safely forward - no matter what situation may come to us from Covid-19.  

There has been so much to celebrate this term - the Charity Concert and Kapa Haka performances last week for instance; the extraordinary sport that has continued under AL2 and the outcomes of our young people engaging in their code of interest - with a fair amount of “silverware” to show for it too. All this requires dedicated kaiako, teachers, coaches, managers and parental support to allow our “kaakano” to germinate, sprout, blossom and fruit. Some of these events are in the balance of this newsletter.

But it is the learning and teaching that must take Centre stage... this has continued on - which of course is our big job - but to have continued in this space in these tricky times talks volumes to me about our students, our staff, our leadership team and our parents/caregivers/community.

I wish to acknowledge today too the retirement of Mr Ian Nicolson - Counsellor at our school for 18 years. Ian has been superb, and we know deeply that he has made a huge difference to so many people’s lives over this time. We wish him all the best. 

We are also farewelling Ms Jillian Robertson and Mr Eric Pampalone who are leaving us too, and thank them for their contribution - wishing them well too. Congratulations to two of our primary teachers - Mrs Rebecca Berry and Mrs Miriam Mikkelsen - on attaining their full registration as a teacher/kaiako in our kura - we are really proud of them.

There is always much more to say but it is time now for us to close this term... and wish you all a really wonderful break with your whanau and friends. Stay safe over this time and we look forward to seeing you all again Monday 12 October, 8:40. 

Till then
Kia kaha
Kia manawanui

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Kapa Haka
I te Rāpare, te 17 o ngā rā o Mahuru Māori, ka tū te kōnohete o ngā rōpū kapa haka e rua o Te Kura- ā-Rohe o Te Whanganui-ā-Hei, i Te Whare Karakia o Te Huarahi Rīpeka, i Whitianga. Ko te kapa tuatahi i tū ai he akonga nō ngā tau tuarima ki te tuaono. Ko te kapa tuarua he akonga nō ngā tau tuawhitu ki te tekau mā toru. Ko tētahi kaupapa o te kōnohete ko te whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. He kaupapa anō, ko te whakaatu i ngā hōtaka i whakaritea ai mō Te Ahurei Ahurea o Te Kauwae o Te Ika, he ahurei i whakakorengia nā runga i te rāhui mate korōna. Kei Te Kura-ā-Rohe o Whangamatā te mauri o te ahurei. Nā rātou anō te whakatau kia taihoatia te hui nui nei ki te tau 2021 kē. Nā te kaha mahi ngātahi o te hapori whānui, i tū kē ko tēnei ahiahi pō, hei whakanui i ā tātou tamariki, mokopuna me Te Whare Tapere Māori o Hei. Ka whiwhi i ētahi o ngā akonga he whiwhinga NCEA e 20 i ngā kōeke 2 – 3. Ka nui ngā mihi ki te katoa i whakawhirinaki mai, i ngā taitamariki, atu ki ngā whānau o te kura, o te hāhi, tae rawa ki ngā kaiako, ngā kaiāwhina me ngā kaitautoko katoa. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. He toa takitini, he toa takimano. Pai mārie ki a koutou katoa.

On Thursday 17th of September our community whānau were treated to a concert by two of Mercury Bay Area School’s kapa haka groups. The first group consisted of students from Years 5 and 6. The second was made up of akonga from Years 7 to 13. One of the purposes of the concert was to celebrate Mahuru Māori (Māori September) and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Another purpose of the gathering was show case the performing arts programmes our rangatahi had prepared for the ‘Tara o Te Ika’ cultural festival, originally scheduled for the final Thursday of the school term. Due to the second national Covid lockdown, the 2020 festival hosts, Whangamatā Area School, postponed the 10-school gathering until 2021. Thanks to a monumental effort on the part of all our Whānau members, this contingency event was organised at The Crossroads Church auditorium, to delight and entertain four generations of whānau, hapū, iwi, mataawaka and tauiwi peoples in a salute to our common Kiwi heritage. In the process, some of our senior students were able to work towards 20 NCEA credits in Māori Performing Arts at Levels 2 and 3. Ka nui ngā mihi ki te katoa i tautoko, mai ngā taitamariki, atu ki ngā whānau o te kura, o te hāhi, tae rawa ki ngā kaiako me ngā kaiāwhina katoa. ‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi. He toa takitini, he toa takimano.’ (Mine are not the accomplishments of an individual. They are the accomplishments of the many who supported an individual). Pai mārie ki a koutou katoa.

Click on the link below to see the highlights:
Room 19 - Foundation Class
Last week in the Foundation Class we learnt about fractions. We learnt about wholes, halves and quarters. We were able to demonstrate our understandings as we told Whaea Rahira whether to cut up our fruit in halves or quarters. We could even tell Whaea Rahira how many halves and how many quarters made one whole. We also expressed our understandings through art and created a beautiful collaborative picture
Room 21 - Foundation Class
Last week to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we made a mini Mihimihi booklet during our tuhituhi/writing time.
On each page we wrote a different te reo Māori phrase and then we sounded out the English translation ourselves. We wrote:
Ko......tōku ingoa/My name is.....
Ko......tōku kura/My school is......
Ko......tōku hoa/My friend is......
We then put a photo of ourselves on the front and decorated it. Next term, we will be practicing presenting our mini Mihimihi booklets to our friends.
Room 24 - Reading
Room 24 finished reading a book “The Adventures of Woofin and Mac” and invited the author of this book, Luke McGrath, Year 8 student at MBAS, to answer a few questions. The students have had a great opportunity to talk to a real writer and learn a lot about writing books. You can find this book in our school library! Thank you Luke!
M1 - This Weeks Fun!
We have had a fun week so far in M1. The students decided that instead of doing our everyday learning of maths, reading and writing they wanted a whole day of each topic. 
They decided that 
  • Monday would be writing - We did our Dinosaur dig in the snow for our writing (focusing on senses)
  • Tuesday would be reading - We did a lot of fun reading activities and of course reading
  • Wednesday would be art - Wednesday was art day where we tie dyed some white T-shirts
  • Thursday would be sport 
  • Friday will be math
M4 - Roopu Class
Tamariki sharing in things they are grateful for... time to bathe in compliments.
He whānau kotahi tatou.
M7 - Experiments
M7 have spent the term looking at Change through science experiments. We have grown Crystals, made rock candy, blown up balloons, looked at acids and alkaline’s and even visited Mr Lidgard - who showed us amazing things including elephant toothpaste! This was definitely the highlight. We have made predictions on what we think may happen based on the list of ingredients our teacher gives us and then do the experiment, then discuss what chemical change occurred. It has been heaps of fun! 
M8 - Science
M8 took a trip to the senior science labs to learn all about sound.
We used tuning forks to demonstrate how vibration produces sound.
We looked at how a speaker works and hearing the different frequencies.
We also investigated sound pulses.
M10 - Pizza
We cooked pizza from scratch in M10, watching the yeast activate and grow for the dough. We even used some spinach we grew in our garden!
Wero Maths Challenge
Another successful maths challenge has come and gone. Thank you all so much for entrusting these amazing ambassadors for your school to me. You would be so proud of them if you were to take a peek on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 10 am and 12 noon. Most of your students are "heads down and tails up" grappling with a maths challenge. They are focused on the problem and giving it their best. Everyone of them has been friendly, polite and hard working. I have seen many of them gain in confidence and improve their problem solving skills. I have so enjoyed my time getting to know them and working with them. I shall miss my Tuesday and Wednesday morning "fix".
Here are the winners of each Pool:

Year 10 (Tuesday )
Pool A:   Waihi College
Pool B:  Whakatane High School
Pool C:  Mercury Bay Area School - Jack Fiddler, Connor Hall, Anna Mikkelsen, Elise Reader, Marquai Spooner

Year 9 (Wednesday)
Pool A:  Waihi College
Pool B:  Quinn Smith of Mercury Bay Area School
Pool C:  Tamatea High School

Congratulations to all.

Jean Meier
Wero Maths Challenge
Specialist Music
Pictured are the intermediate-level clarinets rehearsing for term 4's Specialist Music Concert:
Lucas McDonald, Courtney Hall, Toby Whiting and Gia Swindlehurst.
Y10 Hospitality
On Wednesday, 10HOS (HUS) completed a mystery bag challenge.  They had 5 compulsory ingredients to use, and they had to add a high flavour ingredient from a choice on the ingredients trolley.  There were a number of other ingredients that they could also use.  They had 45 mins to prepare and cook, and then they had to plate and present their dish. Here are the superb results.
Y13 Business Class - Outdoor and Drive In Movie!

Door sales available on the night for walk-ups only, bring a chair. Cars have to be prebooked.

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. (Cash preferred)

There will also be popcorn, warm homemade cookies, hot chocolate and coke floats 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
Cricket Development
This week all age groups enjoyed a visit by Cricket delvelopment officers from Thames Valley & Northern districts.   The development officers  spent 3 days with students years 1-8  promoting the game of cricket & offering half an hour skill sessions. 
Senior Hockey Team Champs
It was a 3-0 finals victory over Thames. MBAS is undefeated in the competition winning all but one game that was a draw.

Another winning team from Mercury Bay Area School!
MBAS U15 Rugby
Mercury Bay Area School U15 team had an incredible season going through undefeated.  They faced Waihi in the finals last weekend and the game finished on a draw at 26 all. The last time this cup was won by Mercury Bay was 21 years ago. 

Mercury Bay were the top of the table team so on points this qualified them to go through to Champion of Champion days on Sunday in Taupo where they will face the champions of King Country rugby. Good Luck!

Back - Donna Markowski (Manager)  Craig Swindlehurst (Ass Coach), Jakub Markowski, Tayejhan George-Waterhouse, Caden Swindlehurst, Jacob Corley, Covek Urlich, Taylor Wohlburg, Brodi Spinger, Dave McGehan, Daniel Wilson, Tyrese Melde, Mike Campbell (Coach), Dylan Green, Finn Rosewarne, Kevin Zhu, Danyl Thomas-Hudig, Josh Markowski, Quinn Gibson, Patrick Hargreaves, Kenzo Griffiths, Kelly Austin (Manager).
Front - Caio Fordham, Mark Johnston, Bill Lipa, Riley Jackman, Colville Green, Pete Callesen, Jack Williams,Marcel Campbell, Bryn Corley, Jamie Stevenson.
Senior Netball
MBAS Senior A girls enjoyed a full day of netball after attending the Boulton Cup in Thames Valley the girls travelled back to pay College & Ladies Comp finals night.
Coromandel's Fusion met the Senior A in the finals with the Senior Girls keeping the lead to the end with the final score 40 v 34.
Miss Emily Wilson has coached the Senior Girls to victory this year.  The girls have won the Senior comp finals for 5 consecutive years.

Pictured - MBAS Senior A
Back - Anna Stevenson, Tiana Tiro, Jasmine McCleery, Trinity Holmes, Zoe Smith (Capt), Emily Wilson (Coach), Scarlett Dowling.
Front - Darnika Urlich, Olivia Outterside, Aimee Burton, Kelly Evanson.
MB Secondary School Rugby Prizegiving


Jasmine McCleery
Congratulations to Jasmine McCleery who was selected for Netball Waibop U18 performance squad.  Jasmine will attend performance and development camps.
Tane Skelton finished 6th overall at Mercer for the North Island Champs Round 1. Team mate Cody Scott finished 8th overall.  Well done boys.

Pictured - Tane Skelton
Senior Girls Football
The Seniors Girls Football took out the Country School Challenge Cup.
Senior girls won it in the first game and have held it all season.
The team had a great game on Saturday against Matamata – 10-3 win to Mercury Bay.
Senior Rugby
Congratualtions to Trinity McQueen Yr 13 leaver from 2019 who was awarded Mercury Bay Rugby Club Senior Player of the Year for 2020.
Well done Trinity also for being chosen in the U23 Thames Valley team.
Photo courtesy of The Mercury Bay Informer
Health and Wellbeing
Well-Being Whispers
A weekly parenting tip or quote provided by the Rangimarie well-being team.
Top Tip for the School Holidays
Manage Your Expectations!!
Notes from the Nurse

Asthma – What is it?
When you have Asthma the tubes, or airways, in your lungs can easily become irritated, making them red and swollen.
This then makes it hard to breathe causing coughing, wheezing and chest tightness.
Different things may trigger Asthma such as a flu or cold, exercise, dust, animal hair or pollen.

Important things to do –
  • Avoid triggers that make your asthma worse.
  • Use your reliever inhaler (blue inhaler) when you need help to open the airways.
  • It is important to use your inhaler correctly and use a spacer with your inhaler.
  • If you use your reliever more than once a day you should also be taking a preventer inhaler. A preventer inhaler is used every day whether you feel well or not. It reduces the swelling in your airways and makes you less sensitive to things that may trigger your asthma.

Enjoy the school holidays.
Specialist Music Lessons - Term 4
Places available for beginner saxophone, clarinet and flute starting next Term 4.
Please contact to sign up.
Community Notices
Tutoring Available
For all subjects (not including maths)
Please phone Sandy
027 289 2792
Sign Language Week
Kiwi Fun Run & Walk
Kids Yoga
Whitianga Touch Club
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