Mercury Bay Area School Newsletter T1 W6 2017
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Kia ora whanau,

What a blessing the sun was this week! Just as we were thinking we need to gather all the popsicle sticks and play dough and make ourselves an ark, the sun arrived to save us! Here’s hoping it sticks around long enough for our Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival which will be held at the school pool on Monday 20th March from 10.00am. Please come and join us for some shenanigans.  Parents who wear house colours will earn a point for their child’s house, so get your glad rags on!
As part of our “Growing Good People, Growing Good Learners” we share a clip of the week, or a whakatauki (proverb) and discuss how these relate to us and our community. 
Kid President’s 25 Reasons To Be Thankful!
Here is last week's clip about being thankful. (You tube has a lot of these great 'Kid President' clips.)
Each class has their own unique way of sharing their discussions - please ask your child’s teacher if you are interested in their responses. Some classes record their responses straight on to their weebly.
Mr Murray

Mrs Fountain
If you find a clip, proverb, or some other thought provoking stimulus that you think our students would enjoy discussing, please free to email me with the link.

Ngā mihi nui

Anne-Maree McDougall
Deputy Principal Primary
Please click on the links below for more information on the following-
For your diary
Our Latest Plane Log is here.Check out what our students have been up to on the plane build.

2nd Tsunami Parental Forum
- to be held in the Library 7pm - March 23rd
All Welcome

Special Olympics Swimming

Last week some of our students participated in the Special Olympics Swimming event held at Te Awamutu Events Centre.  Mercury Bay came home with a fistful of certificates - 10 in total. All our participants placed in all their events! 

Indy, Madi and Ashley were in the first events of the day with the 15m walk and 15m kickboard.
The 15m freestyle was a warm up race for Ashley and Jakob. They both swam strongly and took out first place.
Jakob then competed in the 25m and the 50m freestyle. He had his head down and in great style came away with a first in the 25m and a second in the 50m.

A fine achievement for our team - well done!      

Hannah's Scholarship

Ex MBAS student Hannah Trebes (17) has received a University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi scholarship worth up to $25,000.

The former Mercury Bay Area School student was speechless when she heard the good news. “There was lots of smiling and jumping around the kitchen,” says Hannah.

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and community citizenship. Hannah’s a local volunteer and young leader in the music community. She plays four instruments and still managed to achieve top grades at school.

Hannah’s starting a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences this week and is part of the University’s Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence programme. Established in 2015, this initiative gives regional students better access to tertiary study through subsidised daily bus services, access to fees scholarships, mentoring and learning support.

Hannah will be living in Bryant Hall, one of the Halls of Residence on the Hamilton campus, and says having access to the bus service is a bonus.

Read the full Waikato University Story here.
Photo- Waikato Universtiy

MBAS student Fenella Skelton at Horse of the Year Show.

Fenella Skelton has just spent the last 10 days away in Hastings at the New Zealand Horse Of The Year Show. She competed both her ponies, Galaxy Jungle Fever & Starlight IL Divo.

This show is the biggest horse show in Australasia, so to obtain a placing here is a huge achievement. On Starlight IL Divo, Fenella placed 2nd in the 1.05m Show Jumping class up against 115 other competitors.

On Galaxy Jungle Fever, Fenella placed very well in Show Hunter. 2 x 2nd placings on the Wednesday & a 6th place in the Equitation class. On the Friday Fenella placed 6th in Show Hunter Pony Of The Year.

Congratulations Fenella - a very successful show with great results that takes a lot of time & commitment from ponies, rider & family.
Photo - Louana Skelton
Grandparents raising grandchildren -
We are a small group of grandparents/kin carers who are raising our grandchildren full time. We meet once a month for morning tea. If you or someone you know are also raising grandchildren we would love to have you join us. If interested please contact Gillian on 8662413 or 027 4540314.

Teen Ag

Some of our senior students who participate in Teen Ag events ran an afternoon of activities promoting Teen Ag to some of our younger students.

Activities included gumboot throwing, milk tasting, team work activities moving equipment and lots more. It looked like everyone had a great time.

If you would like more info about Teen Ag, see one of our students in their Teen Ag shirts or visit the Teen Ag website.
Amendment to last weeks Thames Valley Swimming results - 
Anna, Louisa, Isabella, Ava 4th 100 Free Relay.
Anna, Louisa, Isabella, Ava 2nd 100 Medley Relay
Apologies for the error.
Our contingent at the Thames Valley Primary Swimming champs on Wednesday this week.
(Results yet to come)
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