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Murrays Bay Primary School Vision



To unlock the uniqueness and potential in every student through an innovative and engaging curriculum

Murrays Bay School has  partnered with snApp Mobile to create an App, which we know you will find useful in keeping up to date with all things relating to our school.
Through the App you will be able to: report an absence, check events, read the newsletters, contact teachers, obtain payment information, check the term dates, check for alerts, push notifications will be sent directly to you on your smart phone.
Go to the App Store on your Apple device or Play Store on your Android device and search Murrays Bay School to download. app
Scan to download App
Internet Banking is our preferred method of payment.
Our bank account details are:

ASB Constellation Drive Branch

Account No. 12 3042 0251645 00

Please note that we require a reference on all internet payments.

Examples of a reference would be:

“Jones Fees”, “Jones Y4 Miniball”, “Jones Readathon”


  • Term 1       03 February – 27 March               8 weeks
  • Term 2       15 April – 03 July                      12 weeks
  • Term 3       20 July – 25 September        10 weeks
  • Term 4       12 October – 15 December   10 weeks
2021 Term Dates
  • Term 1        09 February – 16 April                  10 weeks 
  • Term 2        03 May – 09 July                             10 weeks
  • Term 3        26 July – 01 October                      10 weeks 
  • Term 4        18 October – 17 December            9 weeks



2021 Public Holidays

  • 08 February – Waitangi Day
  • 02 April – Good Friday
  • 05 April – Easter Monday
  • 06 April – Easter Tuesday
  • 07 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • 25 October – Labour Day


Teacher Only Days 2021

  • 05 February
  • 04 June
  • 03 September
  • 26 October
 For further information about school dates, please visit the NZ Education website Click Here
School Times:


8:30   Bell rings.
Children may go inside to hang up bags and then go outside to play.  They are not required to be at school at this time.
8:55 – 10:50     Learning Block 1
10:50 – 11:00    Morning tea eating in class (supervised)
11:00 – 11:20    Morning tea play outside
Year 1, 2 & 3
11:20 – 1:10      Learning block 21:10 – 1:20.   Lunch eating in class (supervised)
1:20 – 2:00       Lunch play outside
2:00 – 3:00      Block 3
Year 4, 5 & 6
 11:20 – 12:30    Learning Block 2
12:30 – 1:10       Lunch play outside
1:10 – 1:20         Lunch eating in class (supervised)
1:20 – 3:00        Block 3

Students are not to be dropped off at school before 8:00am.


We also have a number who are not collected until quite late in the afternoon. For the safety of these children we will be delivering them to Carekids, our on site before and after school care facility.
When this occurs, Carekids will charge parents on a casual basis.

 The safety of your unsupervised children on school grounds outside of school times is paramount to us.
Netsafe Evening
Suggested websites:


We are regularly asked to make recommendations on devices, unfortunately we are unable to do this. All devices have their pros and cons and you will need to decide which one suits the needs of you and your students.

However, we are able to outline a list of specifications that should be considered when making this decision. We have listed this information below and placed it on our website for future reference.

● A device that has a keyboard.

● A device that is a well known brand.

● Avoid a cheaper  processor (has limited working cache memory so cannot do multiple things at once).

● 4GB Ram minimum. We use Google applications which are cloud based, but good memory means the device responds faster with other applications.

● A device that is portable and holds it’s charge (portable battery chargers are an option so that when a device runs out of battery, students can charge them. Then they just need to charge their portable battery each night.

● Preferably a device that is less than two years old.

● A device that has installed a tracking application where possible, in case the device gets lost.

Ministry of Health Wifi Safety information



1. Does MBS have a Strategic Plan for implementing the device classes ?     content/uploads/2015/05/Charter2015.pdf

2. Has the school made any enquiries with computer companies to bulk order devices at a cheaper rate than current retail?

Noel Leeming has a deal with schools that they will charge “Cost plus 10%” if you state

the school your child attends / will attend.  This does not usually apply to Apple products and we recommend that you shop around for the best deal at the time.

3. Can you please advise how the school will ensure that children will not be disadvantaged if parents are unwilling to or unable to purchase a device? Will the school be able to ensure enough devices if a significant number of children across each year are without a device?

The School will provide devices for loan in these situations.

4. I would be interested to know how much time per day the students would spend on their devices?

The teacher will let the student know when it’s okay to use their device. There will be times when it is not appropriate, or when it is not needed for that particular piece of learning.

The teacher has the final say over the use of student devices in the classroom.

5. Is the School teaching touch typing skills?

Great site

6. My child has already been in a BYOD class this year and I’d like to know how the school have quantified the BYOD as a “success”?

Engagement. Reliability of the Network is now excellent. National Standards results have continued to improve.

7. My child is not responsible enough to care for an expensive item such as this.

We ask that students and parents to:

-Charge their devices and download at home.

-Have a strong, robust cover to avoid screen breakage (especially when in storage).

-If parents, as a consequence, need to take away a device at home, could this continue to come to school please, as it would affect learning. We can hold on to it overnight if need be.

-It is very IMPORTANT that parents record the serial number of all devices they allow to be used at school. If the device is stolen at school the serial number is vital to establish a police incident report to establish parents insurance claim.

-It is also important to note that your personal insurance would cover any damage or loss of a device-not the school’s insurance.  While we go to every endeavour to locate any device that goes missing or investigate damage, it is the child’s responsibility to take care of their device.

8. Has the school discussed  with the local intermediates about what type of devices they would recommend? My concern is that we may purchase a device for a year 3 or 4 and then need another device for year 7?

Yes please see recommendations above

9. Cyber Safety

N4L Ministry managed Network is taking over filtering 03/12/2015.

Net safe to visit early 2016 for Parent and student info night.

Local Police Constable is coming to speak with parents around Cyber Safety early 2016.

Teachers run digital citizenship program at the beginning of the year.