NZ Curriculum

classMellons Bay School, like all other state primary schools, follows the New Zealand Curriculum which involves the implementation of national standards in English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Sciences, the Arts and Health and Physical Well Being. The school is fortunate in attracting and maintaining staff with a collectively strong balance of strengths and interests. Staff stability and teamwork continue to be a characteristic of the school. In line with the NZ Curriculum requirements, the school has developed its own inquiry model. The students' learning is linked to the six stages of this model. Each year at least one of them is a focus for the whole school.  Each year the management team develops a curriculum map as part of our planning process view the plan here

As a context for study the students have an opportunity to learn about the history of Howick and Mellons Bay, thus helping them to identify with the area and its values.
All students learn at different rates and bring to school a range of learning experiences. The individual needs of each student are met through a differentiated learning environment. Their learning is carefully monitored and support or enrichment programmes are provided as needed.

For further information on the NZ Curriculum visit the Ministry of Education website  Please also view the Educational Review Office website for parent information on asking the right questions at school

Classroom Teaching Environment

The school's vision is foremost in our minds when teaching the students "Explore, Challenge, Learn! Be the best we can."  We also follow a set of values, the 5Cs -Communicative, Creative, Confident, Connected and Caring.

That teachers work to develop in their students. Whilst there are Ministry of Education and school guidelines, each teacher will have different processes and initiatives in order to manage the classroom and school life. Teaching staff have regular meetings to discuss the curriculum and share ideas but they will have different ways of handling certain things, including homework, behaviour, parent interviews, daily timetable of learning. At Mellons Bay School we are lucky to attract a high standard of qualified teachers and we fully support their professional judgement in the classroom. If you have any concerns or would like further insight into teaching processes, please feel to discuss with your child's teacher or the Principal.

Arts and Cultural Opportunities

choirA specialist music teacher is employed to support the class teacher in delivering the Arts curriculum document. During the school year all students attend classes in the music and drama room.

Mellons Bay School also participates with other local schools in the kapa haka, choir, dance, and music festivals. Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to join these groups.

Sporting Opportunities

MBS Athletics day 2012 133Students are encouraged to participate in sporting activities with their class during PE time as well as being involved in school sports days, school sports team and inter-school fun days. The following codes, they can participate in school teams and fun days are: swimming, athletics, touch rugby, hockey, cricket and netball.

School Trips

The process of learning and understanding is enriched by direct experience. It is likely that your child will participate in educational trips during school hours. Often parent help is required on the trip, so there are opportunities for you to share learning experiences with your child. School camps are also organised for our senior students in years 5 and 6.

Visiting Educational Providers

As part of the curriculum planning, teachers may also organise educators to visit the school to enhance student learning in certain areas. Such educators could be musicians, poets or authors. The school engages Life Education to deliver their programme every 2 years. The police programmes Kia Kaha and Keeping Ourselves Safe are also delivered on a two year cycle.

Speech Contest

Each year, as part of the curriculum, students from Years 5 & 6 compete to represent the school at a prepared speech competition held throughout the Auckland region.

Other Activities

Tree-plantingThe school provides a range of extra activities that change from year to year depending on staff and community support. These activities include chess, Trees for Survival, gardening and bush support (Eco Warriors).


Assessment for learning is best described as a process by which assessment information is used by teachers to adjust their teaching strategies, and by students to adjust their learning strategies.

Assessment, teaching and learning are inextricably linked, as each informs the others.

Assessment is a powerful process that can either optimize or inhibit learning, depending on how its applied.

For teachers, assessment for learning helps teachers gather information to:

  • plan and modify teaching and learning programmes for individual students, groups of students, and the class as a whole.
  • pinpoint students’ strengths so that both teachers and students can build on them.
  • identify students’ learning needs in a clear and constructive way so they can be addressed.
  • involve parents, families and whānau in their children’s learning.

For students, assessment for learning provides students with information and guidance so they can plan and manage the next steps in their learning.

Assessment for learning uses information to lead from what has been learned to what needs to be learned next.

Assessment for learning uses a range of approaches. These may include:

  • day to day activities (such as learning conversations).
  • a simple mental note taken by the teacher during observation.
  • student self and peer assessments.
  • a detailed analysis of a student’s work.
  • assessment tools (which may be written items, structured interview questions or items teachers make up themselves).

What matters most is not so much the form of assessment, but how the information gathered is used to improve teaching and learning. At Mellons Bay, we use the following assessment tools, found in the links below:

An informative guide for parents can be found on the Education Review Office website asking the right questions at school



Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent interviews are held twice a year.

Term One
Meet the Teacher – presentation from senior management and the classroom teacher.
Parent Teacher Sharing – data sharing with parent.

Term Three

Conferences – the child, parent and teacher share the learning.

Term Four
Year end summative report

Celebrating Success

The school celebrates individual successes by acknowledging personal achievements in class, at assemblies and at the end of year presentations.

Each week at the whole school assembly there is a special presentation of the three merit cups.

These are awarded to a student in the junior, middle and senior school.

Students are chosen not only for working well in class, but for their behaviour and attitude in and out of the classroom.

View gallery photos


STEAM Robotics and Coding After School Programme

MarkerStudio NZ, is a local company focused on the STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) runs an after school programme at Mellons Bay School.

Term 3 2019 - Tuesday 3.15 - 4.15pm

For more inforamtion please visit their website or email them direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Music Lessons

Due to build happeing in 2019 we are unable to offer music lessons during school hours.

They will certainly be available again once the building has finished.






After School & Term Holiday Care

A private after school care programme is operated by SKIDS (Safe Kids in Daily Supervision) from 3.00pm till 6.00pm.  Please email Carlo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to use this service or phone Carlo on 021 975 636.  SKIDS also run school holiday programmes.  For information on activites, school holiday programmes and enrolment view their website You can also follow them on Facebook  or download the enrolment form here

View the current school holiday flyer here 

For details on OSCAR funding view the information sheet here





BYOD - Year 2 Parent Presentations - Programme 2018/2019

To view the programme please click here

BYOD Policy

To make full use of the safety filters, BYOD users will need to download an SSL Certificate. This allows secure websites to be scanned for objectionable material. An example of why the certificate is required is the Google seach engine. Without this level of filtering unsuitable material can be accessed through Google’s secure sites.  You can find out more about the certificate and filtering here.

All users can download the SSL Inspection Certificate  by clicking herebutton 8

Please let the class teacher know if you would like to use a lighter security option and not install the Minstry of Educations' N4L certificate solution.

For any support or queries please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Ministry of Education - Digital Technology NZ Curriculum 2018 - click here to view

Download the Mellons Bay Internet User Agreement 


BYOD (bring your own devices)

BYOD will be available to all Year 3 to 6 classes in 2018. 

Learning needs students at other year levels requiring assistive technology may complete a BYOD agreement/policy.

Device requirements for BYOD include:

  • Light and mobile
  • A good battery life to last the school day [6  hours]
  • Able to connect to the internet via wireless technology, no 3G or 4G
  • Have a built in camera and video function [preferred]

Other information you may find useful:

95% of the school owned tablets are ipad minis or Airs and are currently our favourite school owned device.

BYOD User Agreement

Recommended List of Apps

Below are a list of apps that we have found useful for supporting teaching and learning within the classroom.  Although they are not compulsory, we recommend that these be installed on your child's device.

Khan Academy Free Apple/Android/Windows

Book Creator Free/ $5.79 Apple/Android

Puffin Academy

AR Coder Reader by scan

Toontstic 3D

Doodle Buddy

Over Drive - for Auckland Library Access


Popplet Free Apple/Online any device

Simple Minds Free Apple/Android

Show Me Free Apple

Google Drive Free Apple/Android/Windows

Pages (or another word processing app) Free Apple

Calculator Free Apple/Android/Windows

Drawing tool Free Apple/Android/Windows

I-photo Free Apple

I-movie Free Apple

It would be beneficial for students to have an email account set up on their device.  They currently have shared access to a class email account.  It is also recommended that the devices have a passcode for added security.  During the year, as the students become more confident in using their devices, we might find other useful apps which will support your child's learning.

Please be aware that it is very important that all devices are clearly named.  In some classes, there is a large number of students using devices and many have the same cover making them difficult to identify.


WiFi - Wireless Technology in Schools

Information for parents flyer, please click here to view.


Internet Security

The school strongly recommends to parents that 'Restriction' settings are used.

To find out how to do this,  watch this You Tube video

Maori and Pasifika

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

Ko Ohuiarangi te maunga
Ko Owairoa te awa
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Mellons Bay te Kura

Tēnā Koutou

Mellons Bay School is proud of our committment to Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori. We provide extensive enrichment opportunities as well as assimilate it into our everyday classroom routine.

Our goal is to provide our students with the knowledge to be able to converse in basic Te Reo Māori and we hope to instill an interest in the culture.

Our enrichment programmes for our Māori and Pasifika students enable our tamariki to participate as Māori and Pacifica. It also maintains a high level of hauora (well-being).
Our intended outcomes for these programmes are that we want our Māori and Pasifika students to feel empowered to be leaders in our school.  We want our Māori and Pasifika students to appreciate their heritage and appreciate the uniqueness of their cultures.

Mellons Bay School Pepeha

Pepeha is used in a Māori context and has a formal basis, but the idea is universal. Everyone has a pepeha which links them to their ancestors. It's like a story that connects you to your waka, your hapū and iwi.  It identifies important places like your maunga, awa and marae.


Please click here to view our Pepeha



Our School Mural

 MBS Maori and Pasifica Mural

The Story of Our Mural

Our school pepeha is represented in the mural.

Ko Ohuirangi te maunga- Pigeon mountain is the mountain
Ko Owairoa te moana- Owairoa is the sea
Ko Tainui te waka- Tainui is the canoe
Ko Mellons Bay te kura- Mellons Bay is the school

Following the waka are the Kaitiaki (guardians) who protect the local waters. In this area from Beachlands/Maraetai is the shark (mangō) and the blue whale (wēra) to the Tamaki river where they have the eagle ray (whai repo). In Mellons bay we have the seahorse (kiore moana)as our kaitiaki. The Tainui waka had two dolphins (aihe) which followed it everywhere.

Our school ngahere (bush) is represented by the strength of the great kauri surrounded by native plants and trees particularly the pohutukawa and harakeke (flax bush)
In the ngahere (bush) is our manu (birds) represented by the tūī, ruru (owl), piwaiwaka (fantail),huia.

Our kura (school) is represented by the whare (house). Kupe is the koruru (chief) at the top. Our schools 4Cs are represented as kowhaiwhai patterns on the maihi (arms) and amo (upright supports). Creative (Auaha), Confident (Māia), Communicative (Kōrero) and Connected (Tūhono). On the roro (porch) sits the three baskets of knowledge- These represent our school motto- Explore (Toroa), Challenge (Pātaihia), Learn (Ākona). On the inside wall is a korowai (cloak). It's tartan colour represents our schools uniqueness.

Te Rā is dominant in the sky. He is supported by marama (moon) and the Matariki constellaton.

Finally in the ocean the green represents the strong pounamu (Greenstone) colour of our school.

Brainstorming - Creating the Vision for the Mural

A vision statement was prepared with the help of the staff to represent our bi-culturalism, history, school values and local environment (bush, sea, land, mountains).

(Māori influence within our school)

Students selected to develop ideas for the mural were:

Jaden Chandler                                                Sophia Ehrhart
Liam Ellison                                                     Sophie Hazel
Noah Halligan                                                  Sanaeya Mehra
Holly Mellor                                                     Rebecca Montofre-Sandoval
Annabelle Olsen                                               Ben Oxford
Ruby Purvis                                                     Brya Sandford
Abby Snooks                                                   Hannah Upfold
Kyla van Schaik                                               Leni Webster
Gemma Williams                                              Yoyo Zheng

  •  Wednesday 16 November 2016 students spent the day planning and being inspired
  • Pam Speight and Donna Webster took all students to the Whare o Matariki on Uxbridge Road.  Whaea Taini and Karen spent time discussing with the students the history of the Howick/Mellons Bay area. The story of the Tainui waka. They looked at different aspect of Whare, talked about panels, kowhaiwhai panels, the cloaks and what they represent, the significant of the colours (their's is yellow, rā the sun, ours will be green), discussed Matariki stars, New Zealand. Looked in the Ngahere, discussed different trees and birds.
  • Opportunity to take photos, touch, and ask questions.
  • Once back at school Pam Speight, Donna Webster and Ingrid Holland took the students for a brainstorming session and photos from the trip were printed out.
  • Using the group brainstorms, we collated into one with the main ideas we wanted included in our mural.
  • Donna Webster started sketching out a mural design which we used as an example for the students
  • Ingrid Holland and Donna Webster worked with the students that afternoon to draw up a variety of different designs that could be included in the mural.
  • All ideas and the group brainstorm were given to Paul Walsh and he came up with an overall design
  • Tuesday 29 November 2016– Paul worked with the students, discussed his overall design and gave them some artistic advice – how to draw is perspective, draw 3D etc
  • Students then watched Paul sketch out the design using spray paint on the wall.
  • Paul discussed with the students what he was doing and why.
  • Students are able to go and watch the mural progress when Paul is in.