Monday, 06 July 2020


Getting ready for school

In just a few weeks’ time, students in the central and northern parts of the Coromandel Peninsula - including students from Mercury Bay Area School, Te Rerenga School, Whenuakite School, Coroglen School, Coromandel Area School and Tairua School - will be heading to the classroom for another year of learning.

At the same time dance classes at En Pointe Dance Studio and specialist maths and English tuition sessions at Kip McGrath Education Centre will kick off in Whitianga

For many students, the new school year will bring a range of new experiences and milestones. The youngest students at Mercury Bay Area School and Coromandel Area School will be donning a school uniform for the first time, students who were last year in Year 8 at Te Rerenga School, Whenuakite School, Coroglen School and Tairua School will also wear school uniforms for the first time when they continue their school careers in Year 9 at new schools and Year 11 students at Mercury Bay Area School and Coromandel Area School will attempt their first NCEA exams at the end of the year.

It’s also the year during which all the Year 13 students will have to carefully consider what they are going to do after they have come to the end of their school careers. Some may start apprenticeships during the course of the year. Others will start to look at what the various universities, polytechnics and other training organisations in New Zealand (and even overseas) have to offer. The inevitable issues of course fees and student loans will also have to be considered.

Now is the time to start thinking about the stationery and BYODs (bring your own devices) students will need during the year. Whitianga retailers 100% Appliances, Paper Plus and The Glass House Emporium are all ready to assist parents, caregivers and students with whatever their requirements may be.

This is the first year Mercury Bay Area School is implementing primary and high school zones. The school roll reached 1,000 students earlier last year and according to principal, John Wright, approximately 200 new students (from Year 1 to Year 13) are expected to enrol when the school year starts on Monday 4 February for Year 1 to Year 10 students and on Tuesday 5 February for Year 11 to Year 13 students.

A highlight MBAS is expecting towards the middle of this year is the maiden flight of the fourth VAN’s RV12 aeroplane a group of senior school students started building the beginning of last year.

This year will also be a big year for Coroglen School with a concerted drive to increase the school roll. The school’s motto, “From the land our strength,” reflects the school’s history within a truly rural community and school principal, Jean Saunders, and her staff’s belief in the importance of sustainability.


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