Year 3 to 8 BYOD 2017

Maraetai Beach School has teamed up with OfficeMax to help you decide on the best choice of device for your child. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a term used to describe students bringing their own electronic devices to access technology at school. At Maraetai Beach School students from year 3 are strongly encouraged to do this.

OfficeMax has worked with our school to determine the right device for your child and their classroom environment. By choosing a device from the MySchool website you’re guaranteed to have chosen the right device for your child’s needs. In some cases the right device is dependent on your child’s year level, so please make sure you select the correct year and you will be shown the applicable devices that have been approved by your school.

All technology devices approved by your school have a minimum 12 months manufacturer’s warranty.

When you order a device through MySchool it will be sent to the address you have provided on checkout. Devices are delivered directly to your home and a signature is required. If you are not home a calling card will be left for nearby collection.

Unsure if the B.Y.O.D. device you’re interested in meets your school’s requirements?
Need help with a device you’ve already purchased? Call us on 0800 724 440 and ask to talk to our Technology Helpdesk.

Search for your school or click here – https://www.myschool.co.nz/maraetaischool.

Click ‘Start’ next to the second option called ‘View devices recommended by your school’.

The devices offered through Office Max are guaranteed to comply with the school’s unique operating environment, however devices can be purchased from other retailers as long as they comply with our school guidelines. As a school we prefer students to use Chromebooks, however students can also bring a notebook or laptop with the following features:

  • Wifi capability
  • Minimum 6 hours of battery life
  • Minimum screen size of 11 inches
  • Ability to capture photos or videos
  • Headset for privacy when engaging in work
  • Google Chrome

Click the following links for:



Production Memorabilia


Copies of DVDs and Photo books from last terms production
The Taniwha's Quest 
are available at school to order.  

Please order through the e-notice sent this week, or call in to the school office.
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.


The school will be closed for the holidays from Friday 23 September.

The office will be open on Wednesday 5 October - Friday 7 October from 9am - 12 noon.

School returns for Term 4 on Monday 10th October.

For urgent enquiries please email principal@maraetaibeach.school.nz
Maraetai Beach School is proud to the present the school production of The Taniwha's Quest. 



Tickets are now on sale in the school office for $5 per person. We hope you can come and enjoy the show!
Keep an eye out for more information coming home over the next few weeks for our production!
Maraetai Beach School will shortly be conducting their mid-year reporting, namely, Student Led Conferences (SLC). These are structured presentations led by your child, whereby they will outline in some detail their progress to date, learning goals and needs, and use their work in assorted forms to demonstrate progress.  We believe that children who take responsibility for their own learning and can talk about their progress throughout the year are more engaged in their learning.  Throughout the year learning outcomes are stated with the children being able to target learning and report on their own progress.

Each SLC is planned for 15 minutes in total.During the course of the presentations, please feel free to ask your child questions, or seek clarification of a point, without upsetting the continuity of the process.

The pupils have put in considerable work and effort so that they are quite au fait with their 2016 learning journey. As such, it is very important that on the day of the presentation they have someone to present to.  If you, or another delegated family member is unavailable, please let us know so that one of our senior leadership team members can ‘act as the parent’.  Please do not bring other siblings to the presentation, and please turn off your cellphones so as to avoid any possible distractions.

As they are evidence of learning, children’s books can be taken home the night of the SLC so that you can view them at your leisure but they will need to be returned to school the following day to enable work to continue.

At the end of the SLC, you will be provided with a copy of the Mid Year report, which has been completed by the classroom teacher.

An Art Exhibition will be on display in the hall.  Please take the time to view the exhibition either before or after your child’s SLC.  

To book an SLC, you need to book online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz. The school code you will need to enter is needj. You will need to enter your details and choose your childs classroom teacher. If internet access is a problem or you need help please contact Linda or Tristan in the office. This will need to be done before Friday 1 July.

Please note that some of the ‘newer’ Year 1 students will not have SLCs at this time (a separate letter will follow).

On Tuesday 5 July,  children will be dismissed from their class at 12:30pm. Any students not going home will go to the hall and can be picked up at 3pm as usual. On Wednesday 6 July school finishes at the normal time. If your child is staying to 3pm on the 5th please contact the school office to let them know.