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Feb 6, 2024

A Breakers night to remember

Big thanks to Leisa McCleery who entered her Club into the  #courtofdreams competition. With the road closures and all the extra travel the teams had to undertake in the last year, Leisa felt the players deserved to be entered into this competition. “Our usual basketball season had to be modified to only a few home games and all other games were to be played in Thames or Te Aroha which meant up to five or six hours of travel to play games,” says Leisa. “Some teams did not want to travel to play us at home. This did not deter any of our players and they just took it in their stride with no…

Feb 1, 2024

Graduation for Evakona Education

The graduation was joyful and well organised Whitianga is very proud of its English Language school and the programme it offers is an Evakona Education located on 18 South Highway, next to the Mercury Bay Area School, prepares teens to live and study in a New Zealand high school the following year. As well as studying English, the preparation includes, general confidence building, camping, self-defence classes, presentations, visiting schools, mathematics 9understanding the English terms and methods). The homestay experience is definitely a central facet to the experience of each student…

Jan 26, 2024

Evakona Education in Whitianga NZ has its graduation today

Evakona Education in Whitianga NZ has its graduation today -a beautiful song they bring. Many will go to other New Zealand colleges from here. 50 new students will arrive soon and we hope the community will respond by being homestays.

Jan 9, 2024

Greetings from the MBAS Principal – Ross Dunn

It was a whirlwind of a year. It was my first year – I was warmly welcomed by both the school and wider community. I have met with a great deal of our community solidifying our connections. I have taken time to sit and talk with each of the staffing team to establish what they hold precious in the school.  First and foremost, I want to extend my deepest congratulations to our exceptional students. Their hard work, perseverance, and dedication has brought them to outstanding achievements, and we are immensely proud of their accomplishments. Whether it’s academic excellence, or their c…

Jan 3, 2024

School Bell brings back fond memories for the Simpson family

The bell started its life at Dunsdale Farm, situated on the Kuaotunu road near Simpsons Beach (Wharekaho).  The farm was owned by two Simpson brothers, Arthur and Henry who moved there when they came back from the First World War. Both had large families, Henry having six children and Arthur, eight. As the children grew they had no school to go to – Kuaotunu School being too far for them to travel. When the oldest children were seven and eight, the brothers applied to the Education Board for permission to start a school on the property for all the Simpson children.  Permission was granted, …

Dec 19, 2023

Ceremonial but fun prizegiving

The Boys Brigade is not a big organisation in New Zealand. However, in Mercury Bay, it is strong and active and operates at a high level of care, achievement and safety, due particularly to the leadership of Robyn Balfour who is responsible for the Whitianga Boys Brigade.   Last Tuesday night was annual prize-giving for the members of the Whitianga Boys Brigade at Kuaotunu Hall, where the Term Four largely outdoor programme had run. The evening was quite ceremonial and sometimes formal. That’s a compliment. One could sense the air of expectation and anticipation.  Leaders had …

Dec 19, 2023

A significant first

On Wednesday afternoon,13 December, a large contingent of students from the roopu Hei 5 class and whanau assembled outside the Mercury Bay Area School Library for a Board of Trustees meeting at the School. Historically, for a lot of māori students, appearing before a Board of Trustees meeting has not been a positive experience. However, in this case, this hui was to mark the first handing over of a Kakahu (evening cape) to celebrate the academic and cultural success of Hei 5 student, Kistarla Rawinia Foster. It was a very special Graduation for this young woman. Ngati Hei Kaum…

Dec 12, 2023

Exhibition features scholarship winners

Mercury Bay Art Escape is a wonderful confluence of art of all kinds for the Coromandel Peninsula and in March 2024, as many as 40 artists in all genres will open up their studios to exhibit and demonstrate their art. As part of the Art Escape’s reaching out to up-and-coming artists and encouraging all forms of art from the younger generation, the Art Escape Trust sponsors an Art Escape Scholarship each year to a Year 13 student at Mercury Bay Area School. That young scholarship winner is assisted in their study at a university level course of their choice. The winner also chooses ar…