Mercury Bay Area School Newsletter T1 W3 2017
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Kia Ora!

Welcome to the Middle Years 2017.

We have had a busy start to the year with new learning programmes, swimming sports and it is great to see the enthusiasm of all our students in engaging with their new learning and extra-curricular activities.

Thanks to all the caregivers who took the opportunity to come and meet their children's Learning Coaches for 2017. These teachers are very important in your child's life at MBAS and should be your first point of call for any pastoral matters. Please feel free to email or contact the main off if you would like to talk with then any time.

Our vision for the Middle Years

"To develop students who can think for themselves through thinking with others. Students will be self aware, take responsibility for their own well being, be respectful, display empathy, and be engaged in their learning. They will be curious, confident, creative and critical thinkers and become increasingly resilient learners who take risks in their learning."
We see your child's learning journey at MBAS as a team effort between, students, staff and whanau.
Looking forward to a fantastic year
Julie Bougen & Chris Johnston
Deputy Principals - Middle Years
Y7-8 Swimming Sports
House points - 

Matahaorua 423
Mercury 342
Tainui 269
Buffalo 233
A successful day in the pool for the year 7 & 8's on Tuesday.
For your diary
Please click on the links below for more information on the following-
Our Latest Plane Log is here.Check out what our students have been up to on the plane build.

Further records broken at Y5-6 Swimming Sports

100m Individual Medley - Meg Hoyland - 1.49.88
previously held by Milly Lamason 1.51.19.
25m Butterfly - Meg Hoyland - 21.93

previously held by Milly Lamason 22.19.
Y 9-13 Swimming Sports 
Held on Monday this week - we will have a report from the Senior Student leaders in next week's newsletter along with the Athletics results.

Records broken at Swimming were - (old record in brackets)
25m Freestyle - Eleanor Tomkins - 14.21 (Marie Everth 14.49)
50m Freestyle - Eleanor Tomkins - 31.09 (Katrina McCallaugh 32.64)
25m Butterfly - Eleanor Tomkins - 14.97 (Katrina McCallaugh 15.58)
50m Butterfly - Eleanor Tomkins - 34.46 (Katrina McCallaugh 35.44)
Ind Medlay - Isabel Lunn - 1.23.94 & Louisa Murie - 1.31.50 (Emily Adam 1.34.40)
Swimming Sports Gallery
Click here for more
A big thank you to Diane and Richard Vetter and Penisula Scaffolding for the seating at the swimming sports this week.
Primary School Meet the Teacher
We would like to invite you all to a “Meet the Teacher” opportunity on Wednesday, March 1st. We need to be clear that this is not a time to talk about your individual child’s achievement or needs, but rather an opportunity to get to know how the class works, get to know the teacher a little better and also meet some of the other parents of students’ in your child’s class.

You can make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any time to talk about their progress. Monday or Thursday afternoons are usually the best as we have meetings on other days. Please click for the email contact addresses should you need them.

1.30 - 2.00pm In the library. Ms Surtees and I will be hosting a session about the “big picture” of our primary school, the vision and how we are working towards achieving it. This session is suitable for any parent regardless of the level of the primary school that their child in.

From 2.15 onwards we will also be there with activities, resources etc in relation to helping your child at home.

2.15 - 2.45  the Year 1 and 2 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

2.45- 3.15 - the Year 3 and 4 teachers  and Whaea Jean will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

3.15 - 3.45 - the Year 5 and 6 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.

It would be really helpful for us to know how many people to expect, so we would appreciate you filling in the appropriate form below to RSVP to this event.

Meet the Teacher - Library Session 1.30pm - 2.00pm

Years 1 and 2 Meet the Teacher 2.15pm -2.45pm

Years 3 and 4 Meet the Teacher 2.45pm -3.15pm

Years 4-6 Roopu Meet the Teacher 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Years 5 and 6 Meet the Teacher 3.15pm - 3.45

Thank you for your help - we look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Anne-Maree McDougall
Deputy Principal
Tsunami – parental/caregiver information forum
Thursday 2 March; 7:00 Library
We are planning a general parental information forum about our Tsunami evacuation protocol following on from the latest information that was circulated by TCDC and others late last year, and the public information open day on 28 January in the town hall. I would like to invite you to join us in this conversation. We have invited experts to join us along with the Whitianga Emergency Response group. If you would like to attend please complete the form here (click link), so we can plan for the appropriate venue and information packs.
Doctors Clinic
The doctors clinic will resume for middle and senior students from Monday 20th February.  If you are wishing to see Dr Jeannie Hemmes, she will be available from 9.00am for an hour at the Councillor/Health (Rangimarie) rooms .
School Banking
Primary school banking will resume every Wednesday.  If banking envelopes can be dropped off to the school office by Wednesday lunchtime, these will be returned to students the following day. If your child is not registered for banking but would like to join, please collect a banking form from the office. 

Do you have teens struggling with the start of a new school year?

Starting a new school or heading back to school can be a stressful time for young people and overwhelming for some.

SPARX can help!

SPARX is an online game designed to help teenagers feel better. SPARX is clinically tested therapy in the format of a game designed to help teens with mild to moderate depression and is also effective with anxiety.  Alt Ed students said it also helped with feelings of stress, anger and problems getting on with others. Clinically tested with 12-19 year olds however younger youth (10/11) can use it too.
SPARX is fully funded by the Ministry of Health so it is FREE for anyone to use in NZ.

SPARX 2017 News

  • The much awaited App will be released in the near future…. watch this space
  • We are giving SPARX a makeover. We will be adding in a character to nurture and grow throughout the 7 levels, adding in collectables, improving the graphics and more!
  • We are also giving our website a makeover go to the SPARX Facebook page ( and vote for which look you think your youth will like the most.
  • We have a new lessons learned reference guide to support you working with your youth by outlining skills and exercises learnt on each level so you can reinforce them during your sessions.
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