Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Wednesday 22 February

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Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Hope we are all well and have had a good week so far. At least it has been a full week of school :)) The children are settling well into classes. Routines and learning programmes are established and underway, and the Macleans Values are in action across all areas of the school!.

Cyclone Gabriella has certainly devastated many lives across NZ. As a country we all want to help, and at Macleans Primary we are going to support by having a cazh day this Friday 24 February. A gold coin (s) can be brought to school or paid through kindo (see info. below). Please note that this replaces the 'Loud Shirt Day' we had originally planned as a fundraiser.

Our home-school partnership is important in all aspects of school life, from your child's learning and well-being to communication. Although we offer parent conferences a couple of times a year, supported by our 'real-time' Macleans Learning Pathways, we encourage all parents to talk with the teacher in the first instance if there are any learning or well-being issues/questions you may have.

As for communication, there are may ways we do this:

•email notices school-wide

•emails from class teachers

•email newsletter

•Macleans Primary School Facebook (notices & newsletters are added to FB)

•seesaw (classes and school-wide)

•skool loop - this is a phone app.

•text message

•paper copy of notices


And of course good old fashioned 'face to face', so pop in for a chat anytime! :)))

Have a great rest of the week and please enjoy this newsletter.

Regards & Nga Mihi

Matthew Cooke

(Remember that at the end of this newsletter in your email you may get the note that the Message is Clipped and you may need to click on View Entire Message)

Next Newsletter and Notices:

•Wednesday 8 March 2023

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Macleans Value: Critical Thinking

He rangi tā matawhāiti, he rangi tā matawhānui

A person with narrow vision has a restricted horizon; a person with wide vision has plentiful opportunities

In ThIs Newsletter

MPS Policies, Hats, Y4-Y6 EOTC Week, Cyclone Victims Support Cazh, Year Group team Names, PTA Cookie Dough, Swimming Sports, Kiwi Competitions, Dates for Your Diary, Kindo, 2023 Annual Plan, T2 2023 OOZ Ballot, Lost & Found, "Can You Help?', Shoes 2023, Notices x6: SKIDS, Maths, Music, Lego, Chinese Club, Coding.

Cultural Groups at Macleans Primary School...can you help?

Miss Khiu and Miss Tse are excited to start this year's cultural dance group! We are looking out for any parents or caregivers who can come into school and help lead some cultural dance such as bollywood, folk dancing, korean dancing and chinese dance etc. If you are interested please email us and get in touch as soon as possible.

Miss Khiu:

Miss Tse:

Macleans primary Policies: School Docs

All of the Macleans Primary Policies are housed on school docs. From time to time we seek parent thoughts when reviewing policies. If you ever have any questions about our policies and procedures, please feel free to get in contact with me. Myself and The Board of Trustees is alway keen to get feedback on our policies and procedures, so please feel free to get in contact with me should you have any questions, thoughts or ideas on our policies and procedures. Log in details to view school docs are as follows:

User Name: macleansprimary

Password: macleans

Macleans primary Is a Sun Safety School: Hats

Our school policy on sun safety state that students must wear hats as part of the school uniform for Term 1 and Term 4. Hat wearing is optional in Term 2and Term 3, although many students do wear them year round. The wide-brimmed hat has been phased out, although it is still ok to be worn. The preferred option is the bucket style hat which comes in 3 sizes. These can be bought from John Russell Shcoolwear in Howick HERE. We also sell hats in the office for the same price as John Russell Schoolwear - $18.

Y4-6 EOTC week at Macleans Primary: Monday 20 March to Friday 24 March

The Macleans EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) programme is retuning fully this year after a couple of years of covid delays. The Y1-Y3 children participate in a number of different EOTC activities, most recently the Jr. Breakfast. All of the information and permission slips have been shared with parents of the Y4-Y6 children via kindo and paper copies. We look forward to a great EOTC week!

Year 4 - Day at Sonshine Ranch

Year 5 - Sleepover at MPS and a morning at the beach

Year 6 - 3 night camp at Chosen Valley Camp

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Year Group Team Names

Macleans Primary has six team names for each year group. Do you know the names? They are all named after Islands in the Hauraki Gulf:

Year 1 - Motutapu

Year 2 - Waiheke

Year 3 - Rakino

Year 4 - Rangitoto

Year 5 - Kawau

Year 6 - Great Barrier Island

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PTA Cookie Dough Fundraiser (Download info, sheet below)

More spot prizes will be drawn this Friday 24th – follow the Macleans Primary School and PTA Facebook page for updates.

Please see the letter attached or head to to sign-up for a fundraising page so you can start selling and help us fundraise. We are raising funds to support the school with ongoing resources across all departments. Once you have a page set up, simply share it with friends and family!

Class Prizes – Pizza Lunch and Cazh Day for the Top 3 classes.

Current leaders (as at 21st Feb) are Room 13, 17 and 6

Orders close Sunday 5th March

Swimming Sports @ Macleans Primary School

The Y4-Y6 competitive swimming sports was held last Friday. Thanks to all the parents who came along to support. The 'fun' swimming sports for Y1-Y3 will be held tomorrow, Thursday 23 February. The Y4-Y6 swimming sports is scheduled for Thursday 2 March from 11.30. Both the Y1-3 and Y4-6 events will bring out a lot of friendly rivalry between the four houses, so if you come along to watch bring your earplugs!:))). Raid days are to be announced.

Kiwi English Competitions for Year 5 & Year 6 Only: May 2023

Macleans Primary is offering year 5 & 6 students the opportunity to participate in the online 2023 KIWI Competitions (New Zealand). The subjects are English, Maths & Science for Years 5 & 6 only. For further information on the competitions, please consult the CAM website Test fees, dates and entrance details are all on the downloadable sheet below.

Dates For Your Diary

Thursday 23 February - Y1-Y3 Swimming Sports (see sep. details)

Friday 24 February - Cyclone Victims Fundraiser - gold coin cazh (kindo or cash)

Monday 27 February - BoT Meeting @ 6pm

Wednesday1 March- Ready, Steady, Go (1.45-3pm)

Wednesday 8 March- Ready, Steady, Go(1.45-3pm)

Friday 10 March - Emergency Lockdown Procedure Practise

Monday 20 March to Thursday 23 March - Y6 Camp (3 night camp - details TBA)

Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March - Y4 at Sonshine range (1/2 Y4 on Tues. and 1/2 Y4 on Wed. - see sep. org.)

Thursday 23 March - Y5 Overnight EOTC experience

Sunday 26 March - Howick Rotary Fun Run

Friday 30 March - Cultural Festival

Monday 3 April - Wednesday 5 April Parent - Teacher Learning Conferences -

Thursday 6 April - Last Day Term 1 (Good Friday on 7 April)

Monday 24 April - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day

Wednesday 26 April - First Day of Term 2

Kindo (Downloadable info. below)

Are you on kindo yet? Kindo is the Macleans Primary online school shop and is designed to make it easy for you to complete permission slips and view, register and pay for all of your child’s needs. This is our preferred method of payment, and we encourage you to set up your account today. For parents it means no cash, no paper, no hassle! Questions? Please contact the school office on (09) 534-5191 and speak with Sally, or contact the Kindo help desk on freephone 0508 454 636, or email First Time Users: Click HERE if you are a first time user of Kindo. You’ll need to register to set up your account. All you need is your email address which matches the one held by the school. Registered Users: Click here to use Kindo online to make full or part payments for all school activities and donations, register and pay for school sports teams, support fundraisers and complete permission slips. Payment: Choose to pay as you go, add funds to your Kindo account in advance, use internet banking, POLi or Visa/Mastercard (fees apply). For a Youtube tutorial, go HERE.

2023 Annual Plan

This is coming soon following the first BoT meeting of 2023 on 27 February. Please review the Annual Plan when it is sent home and if any questions please follow-up with me - Principal Matthew Cooke (

Term 2 Ballot

Macleans Primary School

Term 2 2023 - Enrolments

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office or on the website.

The Board has determined that there will be places available for out of zone students commencing school in Term 2, 2023.

The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

For students seeking out of zone enrolment in Term 2, 2023, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4.00pm on Tuesday 14th March.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child during Term 2 should notify the school by Friday 17th March to assist the school to plan appropriately for the next term.

Applications should be made by submitting a completed enrolment form online. Enrolment forms can be accessed from the Macleans Primary Website ( and Macleans Primary Facebook page. Enrolment packages are also available at the school office.

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If this is required, it will be held on Tuesday 21st March under supervision. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Length of enrolment period - Term 2: 14 February - 14 March

Deadline for receipt of applications: 14 March

Date of ballot: 21 March

The Board for Macleans Primary School

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is located outside the staffroom. Please come by at anytime and look for any items lost. Remember that items that are named have a greater chance of being returned.

Can You Help?

A student travelling from Papakura is seeking a lift to Macleans Primary School. If you travel from Papakura to Macleans and are able to give the student a lift, a contribution to petrol can be made, please contact Mr Hakeem 0210654720 or email:

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Macleans Primary School

10 Wycherley Drive

Bucklands Beach

Auckland, 2014

New Zealand

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