Kawau are a force to be reckoned with. We are one of 4 mini-schools here at MBIS and are made up of 5 Yr 7 classes and 4 Yr 8. Our teachers are enthusiastic, inspirational and understand how to extract gold from the students in their classes. With our strong connections between students and staff, the impossible becomes possible - watch this space!
Tiri Tiri Minischool
Our mascot is the tiger.
Tu Mana matou, haria mai matou te KAHA, tutuki I nga wero katoa
We are proud (mana), we are strong (kaha) and we bring everything to any challenge (wero).
The Arts Team
The Arts team subjects are Art, Digital Art, Music, Dance and Drama .
Students rotate round all subjects experiencing 8 blocks of each activity.
In Art and Digital Art students have the opportunity to get creative using Mac computers (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator) paint, pastel and mixed media. In Music they are composing their own music in groups as well as learning basic chords on guitars, pianos and percussion instruments.
Dance and Drama encompasses the elements of performance. Students are physical, working together as a group learning various elements, then performing the skills that †hey have learnt.
We are located in the purpose built art room, music room and dance studio.
The Administration, Management, Property and Library
Many of the staff in this team work hard behind the scenes to ensure our school is running like a fine tuned machine. They organise everything from communication with parents, our sickbay, stocking the coffee machine, resourcing, library, rubbish, accounts and school grounds.
Shannon, Sandra and Sue as well as our Board of Trustees are the key decision makers. They frequently bounce ideas off the staff to ensure our school is up to date with educational ideas and technology as well as ensure the safety and well being of our students and staff.
The Rangitoto Mini School is made up of four Year 8 classes and 5 Year 7 classes.
We are known as the Rangitoto Rattlers who work together to create a golden mini school.
Rangitoto Year 8 learn in an Innovative Learning Environment with 124 students. This environment focuses on collaborative learning in a modern environment. The Year 7s are located in the two storey building, overlooking the field and often work collaboratively in the core subjects.
Our Minischool has a new quad (Innovative Learning Environment) this year incorporating 4 year 8 classes. We work closely with another single cell year 8 class and 4 year 7 classes. Our teachers are sporty and passionate people.
The Technology Team
The aim of technology teaching and learning is for students to develop technological literacy. Students will develop a broad understanding of how and why things work and also understand how products and systems are developed. They will learn to critically evaluate technological developments and trends in addition to evaluating their own products created in class.
All students will attend Technology in their Specialist timetable during the year.
Year 7 students will have experience in Foods, Soft Materials, Mechatronics, Control Technology and Product Design Technology rooms. Students plan their investigation and design practical solutions to address a need or opportunity to address the brief they choose.
Year 8 students: In this year level students will attend the same areas and continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject while they build their skills from Year 7.
Extra extension classes are offered on Day Talent to allow many more opportunities in these rooms for all students to have ‘hands on’ learning with a wide range of technologies.
The International Team
The International team work out of the International house located next to our school. The house is a comforting environment for our international students to participate in additional English classes (ELIP), have personalised help with school related things, as well as first language communication with Jung Hee Kwon who speaks Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.
Our enrolment and administration team as well as trained teachers work here.
The International house is also the location of our after-school care programme
MBI Sports department
Our sports department is well resourced.
We have a purpose built gymnasium including a weight and cardio room, 2 large grass fields as well as 3 new artificial grass basketball/netball courts. (2017)
We manage and coach many teams from a wide range of sports as well as organise AIMs camp, sports camp, athletics, cross country, triathlons and the many zone days we are involved in. Our staff and parent community are key to the success of our highly achieving sports department.
Support Staff Team
Our Learning Support Teacher Aides provide both in class and withdrawal support to students who we feel would benefit from additional support with their learning.
Our Teacher Aides are very skilled at assisting students to become more confident and independent with their learning.
We offer a range of learning programmes targeting Literacy and Numeracy. In addition, a well resourced teaching space allows for selected students to enjoy small group social skills and collaborative reading and writing activities.
The Teacher Aides are trained to act as a student's Reader / Writer for class testing, as well as providing support and safety at Specialist Classes.
Ongoing staff Professional Development ensures we are continually enhancing the learning programmes and opportunities for all students in the busy and exciting school environment.
Please contact our Learning Support Coordinator if you would like further information about Learning Support at MBIS.