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Mercury Bay Area School

The school has built up a number of resources to give our students the chance for activities such as kayaking, camping and tramping. There are also opportunities for extended trips to major cities, Mount Ruapehu and Slipper Island at the various class levels. Also sports and cultural exchanges that sport team students will have opportunities to travel overseas for competition.

The New Zealand Area School Association supports a regional coaching clinic which allows senior students the opportunity to be selected for the elite Central North Island Area Schools team and progress to the ultimate goal of representing in at New Zealand Area Schools level. Mercury Bay Area school maintains a reputation for athletes representing in many of the Central North Island Area School codes and we expect this trend to continue in the future

MBAS may also enter into the New Zealand Secondary School competitions. If students show the potential to compete at a national level then these opportunities are made available to the suitable candidates. In 2014 this has included NZ Secondary Schools Bowls, NZ Secondary Schools Surfing and NZ Secondary Schools Cycling.

MBAS receive the supporting from the local sport clubs particularly to offer a wider range of sporting codes to students. This collaborative and successful relationship is unique to Mercury Bay and is a model envied in the current New Zealand education and sport arena. The range of sporting activities offered in 2014 either directly in school/during school time or to school age children through local clubs and coaches include:

Across the River Swim, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, 3x3 Basketball, Lawn Bowls, Cross Country, Cycling, Duathlon, Equestrian, Football, Futsal, Golf, Gym Sport, Hockey, In-line hockey, Moto X, Netball, Rippa Rugby, Rugby, Rugby League, Surfing, Surf lifesaving, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball, Equestrian, Spearfishing, Karate and indoor rock climbing.

Cultural activities are an important part of MBAS's extra-curricular culture as well.

These activities include:

  • Kapa Haka
  • Stage Challenge
  • Senior/Middle and Primary school productions
  • MBAS student jazz and rock bands
  • Music tuition: Includes saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, recorder, bass guitar and drums
  • Recording engineering in purpose built recording studio
  • Workshops run by various visiting dance and drama production groups such as Ugly Shakespeare, Ensemble Impact as well as performances by visiting musicians and professional theatre groups


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