Dear Parents/Caregivers

We would like to thank all those that put their name forward for board selection. Congratulations to Simone Beesley who has been selected as a parent representative  to the vacant casual vacancy role on the Board of Trustees  beginning first Board meeting of 2021.

The board has also made the decision to co-opt Brook White as parent representative beginning first Board meeting of 2021 until the next election cycle (June 2022).  The reason for co-option is to gain the required identified expertise and aid adequate succession.

Kind Regards

MBS BOT

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Our school’s back to school stationery lists are all loaded and ready to go on www.myschool.co.nz 

We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go for the start of Term 1. Don’t wait until mid-January when the ‘team of 5 million’ get home from holiday - order now and avoid the back to school rush.

This year OfficeMax have introduced Laybuy*, which enables you to pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments - and still get your order right away.

It’s easy to shop online at myschool.co.nz. Just search for our school, select your child's class and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the easy-to-use website.

If you prefer you can call the OfficeMax MySchool team on 0800 724 440 Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm.

OfficeMax makes it easy to get back to school ready with these great benefits

  • Free delivery on orders over $46*
  • Pay now or in easy instalments - internet banking, credit cards, debit cards or pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments with Laybuy*
  • School Rewards - when you shop on myschool.co.nz we earn rewards* that can be used to purchase extra resources for school
  • Price match promise - shop with confidence, if you find a lower price OfficeMax will match it*

* Terms & Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.

We look forward to your child having a successful start to the new school year!

Kind regards


Please note that BYOD is no longer available through Office Max.  However, chrome books are available from the cyclone portal on our website under BYOD.
 

Maraetai Beach School Kapa Haka group performed Kua Mai at our first-ever Inaugural Hunua Principals, Cultural Festival hosted by Karaka School. We were lost for words, our students knocked it out of the park! Our Kapa Haka students always do our school, our whanau, and our selves, so proud! Once again you were incredible! Thank you very much to, Whaea Maylene and our Whanau helpers, we couldn't have attended this beautiful day without you.

Click here to watch the video - https://fb.watch/1WZT_OY9Aj/

 

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Maraetai Beach School
Board of Trustees
Casual Vacancy for elected trustee
 
A Casual Vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for one elected parent representative. The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to:
 
Chairperson
Board of Trustees
Maraetai Beach School
154 Maraetai Drive
By: Wednesday 9 December
 
 
Make A Difference In Your Community
 
If you are interested in being involved in shaping the future of the school for the benefit of the whole community, we’d be very keen to hear from you.  Made up of five elected community members, a staff elected representative and the school Principal, the Board of Trustees provides strategic leadership. It is accountable for the performance of the school with the primary focus being the improvement of student progress and achievement.  We are currently seeking a show of interest from members of our community to take up two vacant roles.
 
After service of more than seven years our Chairperson Craig Rooks is taking the opportunity to focus on challenges outside of the Board. The school would like to say a huge thank you to Craig for his hard work and dedication. He has effectively led the Board and has always strived to ensure MBS was the best place it could be.  The regular Trustee elections are run on a triennial basis, with the election having been held last year.  Using a selection process provides a way to find a member of the community with the specific skills currently needed and also provides a way for community members to get involved with the Board without the need for a lengthy election process.  The initial term of the role would be until the next election.
 
Over the next two years we will be focussing on further developing and executing on the school strategic plan. You can read more about our strategic plan on our website.
 
If you have a strong interest in developing an approach to education that considers the whole child, have an understanding of agile planning and continuous improvement, then please consider this opportunity to become involved.
 
We are fortunate to have a growing community that is beginning to reflect the rich cultural diversity of the Auckland area.  
 
If you can contribute in one or more of these areas and have an interest in being a part of the Maraetai Beach School Board of Trustees then we’d love to hear from you.  We are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday 24 November at 9am in the staffroom or alternatively contact Principal, Mark Keenan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Candidates will need to provide a one-page CV and fill out a declaration form.
 
Maraetai Beach School
Board of Trustees

 

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Dear Parents/Caregivers

I am very pleased to announce our new Deputy Principal is Steve Harper-Travers. Steve will begin his role here at MBS in the new school year.

Steve is highly experienced and is currently the Year 8 Whanau Leader at Sommerville Intermediate School. Steve is a passionate educator with high expectations and will be a great addition to the team here at MBS.

Attached is a short blurb from Steve and I know we will all look forward to welcoming him into MBS.

Steve Harper-Travers

Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

I am pleased to share the details below for this year’s Maraetai Beach School’s Athletics Day.         
                         

Year 3-8 MBS Athletics Details:

Venue: Te Puru Park

Time: 9.00am - 2.40pm

Date: Wednesday 28th October (Save Day Thursday 29th October)

The students will require the following for the event:

  • Students will need to be wearing their full sports uniform and their hats.
  • They need to bring adequate protection from sun, rain and cold. 
  • It is compulsory that students wear sand shoes/track shoes with spikes removed. 
  • They will also need a full lunch and a drink bottle.


Trials & Finals

Y5 - Y8: 300m and 400m trials for MBS Athletics Day Finals will take place week beginning 19/10/20 at the school. The ‘Top 8’ selected from each year group/gender.

Y5 - Y8: 800m heats and finals will take place at school week beginning 26/10/20.


Relays:

There will be House competition relays for Y3 - Y8 run at school week beginning 26/10/20.

It should be a fantastic day and we hope to see you there to support your child. 

For this event to go ahead we need parents to support teachers at the field events. Please e-mail by Friday 23rd October to let me know if you can assist on the day.

 

Click here for the day's timetable

 

Best regards

Phil Greene

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MBS PE/Sport

 

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us this means there is an extremely low public health risk from the virus at Alert level 1.

As a school we will continue to maintain our good hygiene measures such as regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and washing of hands. It is no longer necessary for children to sanitise their hands on entry and exit to rooms however this will still be available. It is very important that if your child/ren are unwell they stay at home.

At level 1 there are no restrictions on personal movement and contact tracing registers are not required. Early pick up times for our junior school children will no longer continue and school will finish for all children at 3pm. Parents are welcome to come into school however we are encouraging parents to continue to drop off and pick up from the school gate. Parents have noted increased independence and confidence in their children and for many parents a much quicker and easier school drop off and pick up. From a school perspective we have noticed a positive impact on the start and end of the school day for students, teachers and parents. We have also noticed the improvement with parking around the school. Senior Leaders will continue to welcome children at the gate in the morning and wish them farewell in the afternoon. 

We do note though that often the experience of drop off and pick up time is a way to meet other families in the school community and during term 4 we will have a number opportunities for parents to come into school. Also, at any time you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please come in to do so or alternatively contact them to arrange a meeting.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. As always during school hours please ensure you go to the school office and not directly to your child’s class. 

We will no longer have staggered break times. We have a number of events planned in term 4 and school assemblies will resume. Parents are encouraged to attend. All events are on our school calendar.

Finally, thank you for your support and we look forward to a highly successful term 4. 

He waka eke noa
(We’re all in this together)
  

Mark Keenan
Principal