Important Dates for Term 3
Wednesday 20th September Character Day
Wednesday 20th September Year 4-6 Spelling Bee Final
Friday 29th September Last day of Term 3
News from M8
M8 have been making simple machines as part of their inquiry around "Forces".
A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or size of a force. They have been used by humans for thousands of years to enable us to easily move loads by amplifying force, changing its direction, reducing friction or creating a mechanical advantage. There are 6 simple machines: Inclined Plane (ramp), Wedge, Wheel and Axle, Lever, Pulley and Screw.
M8 had a go at making some of these machines using empty boxes, old CDs, string, piping, bottles and bottle tops, empty plastic containers, rubber bands and more. During the construction process they found weak points and had to modify their designs or change the materials they were using to ensure their machines were strong enough and worked correctly. Some children even invented their own machines with multiple components.
Next week we will conduct some 'fair testing' of the machines and discuss which ones worked the best and reflect on why.
If you want to learn more about simple machines you can watch this short video on you tube that M8 watched.
Our speech finalists Marlon Ross and Maria Davenhill came 1st AND 2nd in the Thames Valley Speech competition for the Year 5 and 6 category! Incredible! This along with the win from Sebastian Ross in the Year 7 and 8 section, and a solid effort from Sophie Penwarden, has meant that our students have once again brought home the schools' trophy! We are so proud of all of you. What a mighty, mighty effort.
Did you know that we have a Primary ski team that is currently competing down at Ruapehu? You might remember their fundraising efforts at the end of last term when they organised and ran a very successful disco. They have been having an awesome time and only one broken bone...which is what you get sometimes when you give it your all. We're proud of you guys!
Hot off the press from Paulette Hoyland- Wednesday night
Mckenzie Boyd and Meg Hoyland both won their two dual slalom races, Anaru Scobie won his second dual race, Eden Boyd got points for the team. Angel Scobie rested up after a fall in day one. Fantastic results for Mercury Bay from 90 teams and 360 racers.
What a great response to Daffodil Day! I just love this day because the seeing all our students in their bright colours makes my heart sing! Check them out below.
I got this beautiful email from M8 this week.
Hi Mrs Mc Dougall,
In response to this week's weekly clip, we would like you to check out our weebly page under 'Literacy'.
We are all trying our best to really get into our chapter books at the moment.
We are sharing our thoughts about our books on a shared document so everybody gets to learn about what everyone else is reading.
So, this week's clip was a perfect way to help keep us motivated!
News from the Foundation Classes - Thursday 27th July
This week we welcomed Miss Reilly and some new children to Room 19. Everyone has settled in very well.
Our friends at Kauri Learners had some snow delivered on Wednesday as part of the inquiry they have been doing. They very kindly invited us down to have a play as well. It was FUN!
News from M10 - M10 Art Auction Mania
This term, M10 have been doing so much learning about painting and the painting process. We have learned about colour mixing, layering and are starting to explore shadow and tone using paint.
We have all been working together to create a large scale painting of Buffalo Beach on a crispy dawn morning. We are using juxtaposition by contrasting our light background, with a darker foreground. Here is our progress so far….maybe a couple more layers to go!....and guess what? We only used the warm and cool primary colours to create this masterpiece – Red, Blue, and Yellow!
News from room 17 - Year 4-6 Roopu
Term 3 has been very busy for us in the Rōpū. Here are some photos to show what we have been up to:
Phoebe - Juxtaposition
Juxtaposition means two opposites compared with each other or that contrast each other. When I mean opposites I mean warm and cold colours and different shades, or like war and love. We have been exploring juxtaposition in art.
Mistry - Brad Novak inspired art:
This term we started a Brad Novak inspired piece of art. The art that Brad Novak has done that is shown in the Bread and Butter gallery has inspired us to do our own juxtaposition art. We had to think of a character that matched us and had to juxtapose it with another image.
Mark - Zentangling
This term we are learning about zentangling to help us with our Ranginui and Papatūānuku art piece. Zentangling is when you draw a pattern and repeat it over and over again. We like zentangling because it relaxes our minds and takes us to a happy place. You can see juxtaposition in zentangling because there is contrast between the black and white.
Joshua - Cross Country Training:
Last week in Room 17 we started cross country training
which for us is running 6 laps around the rugby field.
We have been practising fitness and to keep going when times get tough. We like it because we are learning to
pace ourselves and we are getting faster.
Manaia - Geometry:
This term in Room 17 we started doing geometry.
Awesome Mrs Edwards found this thing called Pasifika patterns. It is awesome because it helps us with our
reflection, translation and rotation. I think we have definitely improved.
Friday 16th June
Kia ora whanau!
It's been another awesome week. Our pop-up mini skate park has been a huge success so will become a regular feature at lunchtimes. We have ordered some cool wee jumps to make it a bit more exciting, and we will add to this over time. We are buying moveable jumps and obstacles as we still want to be able to use the court for other things as well. We will also be looking at buying some scooters and skateboards children to borrow, so if you have some old ones in your shed that you'd like to be rid of, please think of us.
NEWS from M7
Yesterday M7 and M8 went to Rings Beach track to plant pohutakawa trees, and learn about juxtaposition. We traveled there with our friends in some parents’ cars.
When we got there we had a play with everyone else. Before our hike, there was an epic game of tag. M7 practised their sound off to make sure everyone was there. Ian McDonald talked to us about the area and pest control in the bush.
There were a lot of different kind of traps in the bush – possum, rat, mustelid, mouse, and cat traps. We walked for ages, about three and a half hours, and it was very slippery! There were creeks, slippery tracks and dodgy bridges.
Around midday, we stopped for lunch and Alastair and Ian found some good spots to plant our trees. Alastair showed us how a possum trap works.
We saw a whole heap of native trees including some tall kauri trees towering out of the canopy. A bunch of us saw a really big centipede crawling into a fallen log. There were a ton of cut down pine trees; they’re not native trees and they were blocking the sunlight for little trees.
It was the bestest day ever and our legs were wobbly. Tyron wanted to do five more tracks, but most of us were ready for bed. There were some good examples of juxtaposition, or contrast, on our trip: town and country, rainy and sunny, wet and dry, slippery and rough, dirty and clean.
Tuesday 5th June
Kia ora whanau! We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend - we were incredibly lucky with how the weather turned out.
We had a very productive professional learning day last Friday and we look forward to being able to share some of this work with you at a later date.
Last Thursday we hosted a forum on "Building Resilience" and you can see the presentation HERE if you were unable to make it.
This term the focus is My Country with students doing a range of activities to learn about the important people and events from New Zealand's past. Students will also look at our money and the upcoming election. Their final task is to create a cartoon icon that represents New Zealand.
If you are concerned about unkindness or bullying, it is imperative that you share your concerns with us.
Pictures of our Year 4-6 Speech Finals
Here's a picture of our victorious Mercury Bay Under 11s rugby team. They were the only Bay team to win their finals this year - an amazing achievement! Well done to you all. And I think the smiles say it all about how they are feeling!
NEWS from M9
Our big focus this term has been on Juxtaposition and how things can be very similar but yet very different at the same time. We have loved looking at colours and how they can compliment each other but then also contrast against each other at the same time.
We decided to look at how we could incorporate shapes and colours to juxtapose and the outcome was fantastic; especially when we added an interesting picture of ourselves into the mix.
News from M8
On Tuesday of week seven, M7 and M8 visited the Rings Beach walking track and wetlands.
Upon arrival at Rings Beach we were welcomed by Alastair Brickel, who talked to us about the project to restore the bush from scrub and wild pines back to an abundant native forest. The ‘juxtapositon’ was clearly evident as when we reached the top of the hill, we looked down upon an area that had recently had hundreds of wild pines felled. It looked stark and barren in contrast to the surrounding regenerating bush.
Along the way were shown several types of traps which have been placed at regular intervals to catch possums, stoats, rats and feral cats. We heard how vitally important it is that the pests are eradicated as they eat native birds and their eggs, and possums destroy native trees.
The children were full of energy and enthusiasm and their excited voices could be heard all along the track. It was a bit muddy in places, and we had to carefully navigate where we put our feet. There was the odd slip and slide in the mud, which added to the adventure.
Further along the track towards the wetland we met up with Ian MacDonald, who spearheaded the track project. He talked to us about the vital role of wetlands and how unique this particular wetland was. It is surrounded by bush which means it gets plenty of nutrients and is the ideal habitat for wetland birds. Recently there had been several sightings of pairs of rare native fern birds.
We stopped for lunch at the top of the wetlands, while Ian and David (Katie’s Dad) found a suitable place for us to plant our six pohutakawa trees. Hopefully the children will remember where they have been planted and return to see how they have grown one day.
After that we headed back out, crossing over a boardwalk through the bullrushes. Ian pointed out some kiwi poo which was the highlight for some children.
So despite the dubious weather, we had a fantastic day. Hopefully the children have developed an appreciation for our native bush and a desire to care and protect it into the future.
I loved looking at the kauri trees on the hill and looking at the native trees like the cabbage tree. But then we had to go on a big wooden plank across the wetlands. I like looking at the beautiful green and brown bullrushes. I saw kiwi poo with white spots in it.
I liked the awesome views of the water and slipping down the mountain and seeing white beak, a fantail, traps, and a rainbow. It was fun planting pohutukawas and when I was in the mud it was making noises like squish squash. It sounded yuck!
Yesterday we went to the bush by Mrs Lidgard’s house. It was Rings Beach. We climbed up a mountain. I slipped and slided. I saw lots of fantails, four tuis and some kiwi poop. We went over planks and water with iron in it. It was orange. I saw a big rainbow.
On Tuesday M8 and M7 went to the wetlands and also Rings Beach. My favourite part was when we were slipping and sliding down the mud and when we saw kiwi poo and planted the pohutukawas. My least favourite part was when my lunch box kept on falling out of my bag.
On Tuesday we went on a walk all through the wetlands. Each person kept sliding. Some people got good luck and did not slip over. My favourite bit was counting the traps. It was so nice of the experts to miss the whole day for this trip. I appreciate it. The funniest bit was Mr Murray and Mrs Lidgard talking on their walkie talkies. It was hilarious. I hope we do another walk like this again.
On Tuesday, me and my awesome class went on a bush (hike) walk at Rings Beach wetland. My most favourite part was when I saw the beautiful view of the mountains, birds and the sky. It was like I was in paradise.
News from M6
During this term M6 has been having lots of fun exploring Juxtaposition.
Jake - Juxtaposition means the opposite of something.
Isabela - Juxtaposition is the opposite, so ice is opposite to coffee.
Taj - When we did the bunny art we made it Juxtaposition. We did this by using shapes in the bunny that were opposite. We also coloured it in black and white which are opposite. We decided to colour in the glasses a colour to make it opposite as well. We used colour for the eggs as well to make that Juxtapositon. I really like my bunny picture.
Ruby - We went to the Gallery to look at Brad Novak's art. He uses lots of Juxtapositon in his art. He uses it in some pictures that he chooses to use and he uses it in the colours that he uses. He also has a Mandolin in most of his pictures.
Chanel - We created some of our own art work like Brad Novaks. We got two pictures that were different and used one for the background and one for the main picture. We added some colour so this looked like another opposite in our picture. We also had to cut up and make a mandolin for our pictures as well. It was lots of fun.
Thanks Macy for getting our mini skate park up and going! We had our first day today with the Year 5 and 6s and it went so well that we are ordering some little jumps to make it more exciting.
Mondays - Years 1 and 2
Wednesdays - Years 3 and 4
Fridays - Years 5 and 6
Don't forget your helmet - no lid, no play. And knee pads are advised.
News from M4 - Week 4
On Friday M4 made their own bread. We had been reading a book together about bread and how it is made in a factory and decided that we wanted to make our own. Have a look at our weebly to see some pictures. Also we have been busy doing some Taniwha art and science experiments and these are all up on our weebly.
News from Rooms 18 and 19
This week we have been settling into our new environment. We had a big group of newcomers - a big welcome to Sora, Weston, Levi, Brax,Thomas, Neela and Eloise who joined us on Monday.
The children enjoyed sharing their experiences about their holidays through news, art and writing. There have been lots of creations around Star Wars day, We have been making books and a big group of children have enjoyed using the lego and new piping to create ships and shields, Our new room needed some new art. We spent time creating our names with collage and some children enjoyed making patterns.
Room 19 has been having lots of adventures in creating and building, The boys have loved the woodwork table and Weston has created a fantastic bird feeder. On Thursday it was make a Light Saber day here in 19 with some great role play coming from that.
News from M1
To start of Term 2 M1 read the book "Have you filled a bucket today?" We are learning how to fill other people's buckets- how to make people feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Everyone has a bucket and although it is usually invisible, we created our own buckets for people to be able to see. When we do nice things for each other in M1 we get warm fuzzies to put into our buckets so we feel good too.
Did you know saying a simple hello or giving a simple smile could make someone's day?
Kia ora whanau!
Haven't we been blessed with the weather these holidays? After the cyclone that wasn't the weather has been fantastic - I have spotted quite a few MBASers and their parents still enjoying the beach.
The link up above for the Term 2 homework book is now live and the focus is My Community with students doing a range of activities to learn about the important people and events in their community. Their final task is to research an issue in their community and provide ideas for a solution.
Kia ora whanau!
What a way to end the term! Thankfully it didn't come to much for us, but let's spare a thought for those in the Bay of Plenty for whom it was a lot worse. Being prepared and then being disappointed is a lot better than being without power for days or having to wade through silt to recover your belongings.
We hope you all have safe and happy times with your family and we'll see you all next term.
Don't forget to check the lost property before the end of the week as after that, it won't be there!
An interesting "snippet" on the Breakfast show this morning on transitional classrooms and a bit about play based learning.
Those people with children in our Foundation class or Years 1 and 2 will be a little more familiar with this philosophy, but you may not have realised that the underpinning rationale behind learning through play pedagogies is something we are investigating and implementing in various ways right across our primary school. You can read more about this HERE. Many of our primary staff are giving up time during their holiday break to work with the consultants from Longworth Education, whom we are hosting on the 26th and 27th April.
We had an AWESOME morning at our Years 3-6 Swim Carnival today...lots of colour, lots of fun, lots of house spirit.
Tainui won the "Best Dressed House"
Mercury won the "Best Chant".
And the points at the end of the day.....
A big thank you to all of those parents who dressed up as well - it was wonderful to see you in your colours too!
Friday 17th March
Over the last few months there has been a great deal of discussion around our Tsunami evacuation policy. An open day was held in town in January and a further forum in our library a couple of weeks ago. As a result of the information received from the latest scientific modelling that has been completed, we would no longer be evacuating to the Moewai Sports grounds - we would remain at school. There are a lot of variables to take into account with all the possible scenarios, and it is really important that people get their heads around the science and the implications of our (draft) policy. Next Thursday 23rd May there will be another forum held in the library from 7.00pm and I urge you all to attend so you can ask the questions of the experts and help us to finalise our policy.
Please email Katherine at email@example.com if you are planning to attend. We would love to see you there.
Year 3-6 Swim Carnival - 10am Monday 20th at the school pool. Lots of shenanigans, lots of colour, lots of fun. Come join us. We expect to be finished by 12.30pm.
Parents of Year 4 girls, please check with your daughters that they have received the notice about the Self Defence classes that will be happening from March 27th. These free sessions are provided through the Women's Self Defence network and are offered to all Year 4 and Year 8 girls. If you do NOT want your daughter to participate, please email me or your child's classroom teacher.
Friday 3rd March
M1 and M3 had a fantastic time at Otama working with DoC as part of our "Dune Buddies" initiative. It was an amazing experience. Click HERE to see more information about this initiative and some gorgeous photos.
There have still been some issues with our lunch orders - please make sure you are using the correct form and that orders are placed in a ziplock bag rather than an envelope, as it helps our monitors check them more easily.
Lunch order form
We have a new page for notices that may be of interest to our school community. If you are part of a club or have a notice that may be of interest or benefit to our primary school community, please email me and I can add you to the page.
Check out M4's bio poems and their Whatu Pokeka HERE
Friday 24th February
The picture below is from M8, Mrs Lidgard's Year 3 and class. They created this display as part of their inquiry into whanaungatanga. The students brought in the feathers from home (thank you chickens!) and the orange and blue were created with paper that have the the students' ideas written on them. Mrs Lidgard and her students are very proud of what they have created, as they should be.
All of our classes have been talking together about the concept of whanaungatanga and what that means for us as individuals and as a school community. When you come to visit next Wednesday, you will see this expressed in many different ways.
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 HERE 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
Kia ora whanau!
It has been wonderful to see how quickly all of our students have settled back into school.
Already this year our Year 5 and 6s have been involved in sailing and trials for Thames Valley Swimming, and that was within the first 5 days! It can make it hard to keep up with all the goings on, so having an up to date email address is vital, as this is our first mode of communication. If you have received this newsletter, you’re ok! If you’re talking to friends who say they never hear from us, please tell them to check what email address we are holding.
The TV Swimming trials went “swimmingly” on Monday, finished by 11.00. This event is only for swimmers who can swim a length or more and who wish to trial to compete at the Thames Valley Swim Championships in March. Those students who are eligible will be notified in due course. Please save the date of Monday 20th March for our Year 3-6 Swim Carnival - this is where you will see all of us showing off our skills and competing for house points. It will be crazy, but fun so dust off your house colours because there will be prizes or house points for the best dressed parents.
We had some new records and some records broken.
Josh Markowski 100m Back 2.04.10 & 100m Breast 2.47.46.
Chelsea Springer 25m Breast 34.31
Josh Markowski -
Record broken from 2014 held by Liam Bloma 1.09.12 NR 50m Breast 1.08.82
Mark Johnston records broken - NR 50m Free 42.35 was held by Jakub Markowski.
NR 50m Backstroke 58.49 was held by Jack Williams 1.01.25
Leon Melde records broken NR 50m Freestyle 49.93 Held by Roimata Hale 52.56.
50m Backstroke NR 55.41 held by Mark Johnston 1.03.06
We are continuing to learn about and craft an environment that promotes curiosity, wonder and a sense of playness. Please click on the link below to see some of our thinking (and creating!) so far.http://mbasprimary.weebly.com/creating-our-playful-environment.html
We have a “Meet the Teacher” evening planned for Wednesday March 1st, but as always, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself at any stage to discuss their progress or any questions you may have.
It's been a fantastic start to the year, with all the students quietly settled into their classes and working by 9.15am on the first day. Thank you to all of you for helping them get to their new classes on time, with their stationery - it really does make a positive difference to their first day of school.
By now you should have received a letter from your teacher introducing themselves and letting you know about the important "stuff" for your child's class, like swimming and library times and things they need to bring to school.You can communicate directly with your child's teacher via email, and if you have lost it already you can find them, along with the class weebly addresses HERE .
The pictures below are of our first group of sailors who went out with the crew from Volvo for the "Have a Go" days. The 24 students who participated had an amazing time. Look out next week for some writing from them about the experience.
Some of our students have been writing "bio poems" this week.
click HERE to read some of them.
Kia ora whanau!
One last long weekend and then it's back to school!
Our team has been hard at work over the last couple of days working together to plan an amazing year for our students. I feel very privileged to work with such an incredible bunch of people who are so committed to creating a safe, responsive and motivating environment for our students.
Our overarching theme for Term 1 is "Whanaungatanga".
The dictionary describes whanaungatanga as:
1. (noun) relationship, kinship, sense of family connection - a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging. It develops as a result of kinship rights and obligations, which also serve to strengthen each member of the kin group. It also extends to others to whom one develops a close familial, friendship or reciprocal relationship.
So in a nutshell, we will be exploring the connections our students have and developing and strengthening our connections with our students and their whanau. Good strong relationships provide the foundations needed to "Grow good people" and "Grow good learners", which is what we are here for.
Digital communication is the easiest and most efficient way for us to communicate with you. From the beginning of this year you will notice that there will be less and less written notices coming home. You will receive a newsletter each week, along with an email from me. Your children's teachers will also be sending information home via email so it is vitally important that we have your correct email address. Teachers will also update you with the latest from their classes on their class websites which can be found HERE.
This Saturday we will be putting up the "little pool" ready for the Year 1s and 2. We had excellent feedback from our "Learn to Swim" tutors about the improvement in our students' skills. If you have time on Saturday to give us a hand for an hour or so, we'd greatly appreciate it. We will be by the activity room, starting at 9.00am.
Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
Deputy Principal (Primary)
Kia ora whanau!
I hope you and your family have enjoyed these summer holidays together. My family and I certainly enjoyed the opportunity to kick back and take things at a slightly slower pace. I measured my holiday by the number of books I was able to read - final score...20! Our children loved the holiday programme at the library, swimming (once casts were off) painting and finding rocks (Thanks Jo Martin for getting this started) and getting to see what a Seaside Carnival looks like without the rain!
There are still two weeks to go, so plenty of time to get any uniform or stationery sorted. The Warehouse and Paper Plus have got all your stationery needs and if you've forgotten exactly what you need, they even have the lists! You can also find the lists HERE. This week The Warehouse is also holding a VIP evening/session from 3pm where there is 30% of our school uniforms. It is important to help our children start the year with the correct uniform and stationery from day one - it sets the tone for the rest of the year. If you're having trouble achieving this, please contact me email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can do to help.
Enjoy these last couple of weeks with your family. We look forward to seeing you on the 7th!
Our sand kitchen was finished by Mr McDougall in the holidays and as you can see our children are loving it! If you have old pots and pans or appliances (we cut off the cords) we'd love some more to help fuel our student's imaginative play.