Mercury Bay Area School Newsletter T1 W4 2017
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Kia Ora!

Welcome from the Senior Years 2017.

It's been a pretty full on past couple of weeks for us with both Swimming Sports and Athletics being held last week. We were extremely fortunate to have the weather on our side for both of these sports days and the house spirit from all of the students was amazing, it was great to see the involvement from students participating in events throughout these days.

Senior Student Leadership Team

As a leadership team have a lot to look forward to this upcoming year, with fantastic new ideas for students in our school. We have been meeting weekly to discuss each other's ideas for the year, and across the table we have said lunchtime sports, talent quest, mufti days and a whole lot more. As a leadership team our goal is to bring something new and exciting to the school and encourage students to give everything a go whether they enjoy it or not.

During the first week of the term 1 school holidays our Senior Student Leadership Team will attend a leadership camp in Akaroa for a week, during this week we will get the opportunity to meet new people, gain and extend our skills, and get the chance to gel as a leadership team really well. Throughout January and February we held many fundraising events, from sausage sizzles, to golf, to selling ice blocks. All of this is to help fund us towards the trip. We ere fortunate to raise over $1,500 from all of these fundraising days, so thank you to everyone who helped support us and we look forward to our trip to Akaroa!

Senior Student Leaders 2017.
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.

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Trip

As part of the Year 11 Outdoor Ed programme the students get the opportunity to become a lifeguard. The Year 11 class spent the day training at Hot Water Beach on Monday, doing tube rescues, run swim run, basic first aid, learning hand signals, using the VHF radios and having a great time. In order to pass their lifeguard award they need to complete all of these steps and more! A huge thank you to the HWB lifeguards for helping out and good luck to the year 11 students!

Wakawaewae / Walking School Bus

There has been some interest from the community to set up a 'Walking School Bus' or 'Wakawaewae' for our students.

If you would be interested in learning more about a Wakawaewae or Walking school Bus please let us know by registering here


Why set up a Walking School Bus?

By joining a Walking School Bus, students will:

  • learn how to safely negotiate the road
  • talk and socialise with friends and neighbours
  • arrive at school refreshed and ready to enjoy the school day.

Walking School Buses also help reduce traffic congestion around schools.

How does it work?

Each ‘bus’ walks along a set route with at least one adult ‘driver’ picking up children at designated ‘bus stops’ and walking them to and from school.

Bus stops can be outside children's homes or a predetermined point on the street. It all depends on the route that's arranged by you and the parents/caregivers.

The bus can be flexible to suit the needs of families using it and can go as often as parents/caregivers want to drive it. And it's free!

More information can be found here

DOC Dune Buddies
Tuesday 28th February is the first Dune Day as part of a Dune Buddies 2017 partnership between DOC and MBAS.  Y 5/6 Students will learn about the importance of our dune systems, their ecology and how they can contribute to conservation by joining the “War on Weeds”. For more information see the Primary Website
Thank you to DOC for the photos.
Wanted - Swan Plants

Ms Marra's caterpillers are hungry! Does anyone have a spare swan plant or two? If so please let us know, they have taken to wandering around the classroom looking for more food!
New sporting records!
Pete Callesen 25 Free 22.28 
Hunter Coleman 100 IM 2.09.27
Sebastian Ross 25 Free 15.46
Jemma Mills 25 Back 21.68
Aimee Burton 25 Free 16.23
Aimee Burton 50 Free 36.50
Aimee Burton 100 Free 1.19.63
Aimee Burton 100 Back 1.30.02

Isabel Lunn 100IM 1.23.94
Ella Tomkins 25 Free 14.21
Ella Tomkins 50 Free 31.09
Ella Tomkins 25 Fly 14.97
Ella Tomkins 50 Fly 34.40

Tiana Tiro Jnr 3000m 12.49.50
Tia Ngarimu Int 3000m 15.06.00
Olivia Turnock Snr 3000m 16.44.00
Emanuel Johnston Int 3000m 11.22.00
Fletcher Bale Snr 3000m 11.28.00
Holly McCleery Javelin 27.89
Maja Katavic Discus 21.68
Emanuel Johnston Int 1500m  4.58
NOTE: The Doctor will not be available on Monday March 13th

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.
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