Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Wednesday 8 June

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Hauora - Well-Being

Mauri tū, mauri ora: An active soul is a healthy soul

In ThIs Newsletter

Dates For Your Diary, Support Staff Week, ESOL Parent Information Session, MPS Values Day, Annual Report 2021, Jumping June Charity Fundraiser, MPS Enviro. Team, Assessment/Learning Pathways, Matariki, Policy, Hauora/Well-Being, Netball, Health Consultation, Theme Days Reflection, T3 OOZ Enrolments, MoE Survey, "Get To Know' MPS, PTA Choc Fundraiser Winners, Hunger Hut, Repeat Messages: turning 5, raincoats, entertainment books, & Kindo

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

What a fantastic long weekend we all had! I trust we all had a great time with family and friends over the weekend, and for those of you who enjoy British Monarchy and Royalty, you got great entertainment from all the Queen of Englands 70th Jubilee Celebrations. The Teacher Only Day last Friday was very productive indeed. Analysis of the student learning from the first Planning Period has indicated clear improvement and learning and along the MPS Learning Pathway from Year 1 to Year 6. Well done children for working so hard!

Planning Period Two has begun with an Inquiry focus on 'being a scientist' and 'celebrating famous NZers'. The Science focus and Scientific Method will be a the focus of learning from Y1 to Y4 and the Y5/Y6 Kawau Team will be inquiring into 'Famous NZers'.

For those of you who bought some PTA Fundraising Chocs - thanks! These were sent home today-tomorrow with the children.

On a final note, please join me in thanking caretaker's assistant Stephen Steele. Stephen's last day at MPS was today as he and his wife Pam are moving to Christchurch very soon.

Thanks everyone and I do hope you enjoy this newsletter.


Nga Mihi.

Matthew Cooke

Next Newsletter and Notices:

•Wednesday 22 June

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Dates For Your Diary

Thursday 9 June- ESOL Parent Information Session 5 to 6pm in the staffroom

Tuesday 14 June - Inter-school Soccer

Wednesday 15 June - Inter-school Chess @ Point View School

Thursday 16 June - Inter-school Soccer

Friday 17 June - Jumping June Jump Rope For Heart Day (Charity Fundraiser)

Tuesday 21 June - Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday 23June - Learning Pathway Reports Home on Seesaw (3-5pm)

Thursday 23June - Kapa Haka Performances x 2 in the hall. 1.50 - 2.15 for Y1 to Y3 and 2.20 - 2.40 for Y4 to Y6. Parents invited.

Friday 24 June- - Matariki Public Holiday (School Closed)

Friday 8 July- - Macleans Primary Values Day and Cazh Day

Friday 8 July- - Last Day of Term 2

Monday 25 July - First Day of Term 3

Support Staff Week: Teacher Aides, Office Team, Caretakers & Cleaners

It is 'Support Staff in Schools' Week this week. At Macleans Primary we are letting all of our support staff know how much they are valued and appreciated! Please join me in letting our Support Staff know how important they are in making so many things happen at Macleans Primary for the kids and community. Thanks Support Staff :)))

ESOL Parent Session: Tomorrow 9 June 5 to 6pm

A reminder that all ESOl funded students received a letter last week inviting their parents to a parent information on ESOl at MPS to be help tomorrow between 5 and 6 pm. Lead ESOL teacher Mrs Sarah Aye and the ESOL team will be on hand to answer your questions and present on all things ESOL at MPS. If you are coming we ask that you RSVP to Sarah Aye on

Macleans Primary School Values Day: Friday 8 July (Last Day of Term 2)

We are celebrating the end of term at Macleans Primary School with a ' Values Day' and a Cazh Day on Friday 8 July. More details to come as to how the Values Day will look!

2021 Annual Report

We have recently had the Auditors through, a Ministry of Education requirement for all schools in New Zealand. The 2021 Annual Report is a pubic document and can be viewed on on the Macleans Primary School Website HERE. Once on the website, go to OUR SCHOOL tab and then scroll down to the ANNUAL REPORT. Thanks to RSM Auditors for their thorough and concise audit.

Jumping June

As at yesterday, we had raised almost 40% of our school goal total, $3865! Remember that the whole school skipping day is on Friday 17 June. Thanks everyone for your support! A reminder that the fundraising is all managed through Children sign-up and can win prizes depending on how much they fundraise. In addition to supporting the Heart Foundation, students who raise just $10 will be able to choose a prize! They can start ordering from Friday 1st July until Friday 8th July. Remember, ordering online is the best way to ensure you get what you’d like, so please get online!The final organisation of the day will be sent home in hard copy on Monday 13 June, detailing the times of the class 'jumping'. Please note this day will be a free Cazh Day and that running shoes are recommended when the children jump rope. Also a reminder that the Cazh clothing will need to be of comfortable/PE type nature. Please note that we if we have to postpone due to inclement weather, new updated arrangements will be made.

Macleans PrimaryEvergreen Enviro team: Moth Plant Competition

Last Wednesday 1 June the MPS Evergreen Enviro. Team attended the Howick and Auckland Council's Enviro. Awards at Farm Cove Intermediate. Macleans Primary achieved second place out of 15 schools with over 9K moth plants collected in the moth plant collection; first place in most moth plant vines collected. The prize money will go towards our enviro. initiatives around the school. Well done to all the children and Mrs van Wijk and Mr Harper for all their hard work and organisation. See some photos from the competition below:

Assessment & Reporting at Macleans Primary: Macleans Learning Pathways Available on 23 June

At Macleans Primary School, assessment of students and reporting to parents is an ongoing process. Our Planning Period 1 assessment has helped shape our curriculum delivery for panning period 2 and target learning for the children. The Macleans Learning Pathways indicate where the children's learning is at against the New Zealand Curriculum and the child's next steps for learning. The MPS Learning Pathways are being made available through Seesaw on Thursday 23 June. Teams will be clicking the 'send button' on the Learning Pathways between 3 and 5 pm on Thursday 23 June, so please check seesaw communication to view the Learning Pathways around that time or over the next few days. We are asking all parents to please leave a comment to acknowledge receipt/viewing of the Learning Pathway. To support our home-school partnership that is so important to Macleans Primary, we will endeavour to follow-up with all families to ensure the Learning Pathway has been viewed if we have not seen a comment/acknowledgement of the Learning Pathway.

Matariki Celebrations: Week of 20 June (Public Holiday Friday 24 June)

During the week of 20 June, all children from Y1 to Y6 will be learning about aspects of Matariki. On Thursday 23 June the Kapa Haka group will be performing twice in the hall and parents are invited. Parents are remind to please wear a mask when inside school buildings.

  • 1.50 - 2.15 for Y1 to Y3
  • 2.20 - 2.40 for Y4 to Y6.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Iwi across New Zealand understand and celebrate Matariki in different ways and at different times. You can read more about Matariki HERE.

MPS Policy: School Docs Update

This term the Board of Trustees is reviewing Reporting & Reviewing Incidents and Behaviour Management. You can read more about these policies at the School Docs website HERE. There is an opportunity to reviews some policies as well and this will be in the next couple of newsletters when the review is ready to be shared.

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Hauora/Well-Being: 5 Quick Ways to Well-Being

Connect, me whakawhanaunga

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active, me kori tonu

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take Notice, me aro tonu

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep Learning, me ako tonu

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Learn te reo. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Give, tukua

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

So there you have it… The Five Ways to Wellbeing. While the 5 ways aren't a magic elixir that can wipe away our worries in an instant – but doing them frequently can, over time, lift our mood. And the best thing is that looking after ourselves can make a big difference to our whānau, friends, and community. If however, that blah feeling does stick about – do speak to an expert. A great place to start can be your GP.

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Y5/Y6 Netball Competition

Four netball teams were learning how to play and the skills of the game. It was a great training session on the courts lead by Mrs Cambie and Mrs Holt last Tuesday, 31 May. We did our best to get prepared for the big day. On the inter-school day, when we arrived at Lloyd Elsmore there were already a lot of kids so we sat down and waited. Finally we got to play and we went through a lot of fun games and won a few. We quite enjoyed it - it was awesome! Sadly we had to leave at the end of the day, but it was very entertaining. Everyone had a great time and it was terrific to play against other schools. - Hank Dai, R15.

Health Consultation Survey: Share Your Voice

The Board of Trustees (BoT) will be reviewing the MPS Community Health Survey draft at the next BoT meeting on 21 June, with a plan to send out the online survey to the MPS Community towards the end of that week. Please complete the survey as the more respondents we get will help give us a very accurate picture of how the MPS Community feels about our Health & Education Outside the School Programmes, guiding next steps for us.

Reflection on The Theme Days @ MPS

It was wonderful to see so many parents visit their child's class and teams. The Home-School partnership is very much alive as we can now have more and more parents into the school. Watch this space for the next event! The pictures below are from the Year 3 Rakino and Year 4 Rangitioto teams.

Enrolments For Term 3 2022

We have a limited number of Out Of Zone Enrolments (OOZ) available for Term 3. The deadline for submitting an OOZ is Monday 13 June. Please download the OOZ form form the Macleans Primary School Website HERE or come to the office for the information. For more detail you can contact Sharon or Sally in the office or Principal Matthew Cooke.

Ministry of Education Survey: Share Your Voice!

You may be aware that changes to schools’ planning and reporting, as legislated in the Education and Training Act 2020, come into effect on 1 January 2023. Instead of a Charter, schools and kura must publish a three-year Strategic Plan, an Annual Implementation Plan, and an Annual Report. Schools and kura must work in partnership with their communities to develop their plans so they reflect local needs and priorities. Throughout May 2022 the MoE is undertaking initial engagement with boards, principals and school communities and to hear what people think the planning and reporting process should look like. Your views will help decide what should be compulsory as regulations versus what should be guidance, so that strategic plans are flexible enough to meet local needs. Macleans Primary Parents and Community are invited to complete the survey. Link HERE for the survey.

Welcome new New Entrant Teacher Amber Dawson

Welcome Amber Dawson who will be teaching the New Entrants in R5 for the remainder of the year. Amber is local to the area and comes with a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education. We know Amber will bring a lot to Macleans Primary and will be a wonderful teacher for our New Entrants. Please pop into R5 and say 'hi' to Amber.

Get to Know MPS...Year 1 Waiheke Team

Anna Campbell (R1) - Anna Campbell is the lead teacher of the Waiheke team and relaxes doing all things outdoors, especially camping. When Anna is not at Macleans Primary she enjoys being a mum to her daughter. (photo 3rd from left)

Kate Norton (R2) - Pop into R2 and amongst all the learning you will notice two passions of Kate's: Disney and Orcas. Kate's Disney expertise and interest is a great fit as a teacher because so many of the kids enjoy Disney. Kate is also our resident marine biologist with a passion for orcas! (photo on the right)

Shone Swanoepoel (R3) - Having an almost intermediate school aged son means Shone has a great picture of what learning looks like for the junior to Y6 child.. In her free-leisure time, Shone enjoys walking and travelling. (photo on the left)

Tanya Roux (R4) - A strong interest of Tanya's is reading , and when she is not teaching you will find her nose in a book! A mum to three grown children, Tanya brings a wealth of teaching knowledge to the team. (photo second from left)

Amber Dawson (R5) - The newest member of the Waiheke Team, Amber is a mum to two children. When Amber is not running around after her own 2 kids and the New Entrant Children, Amber enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with her family. *Please See Amber's photo above*

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PTA Chocolate Fundraiser: Thanks Everyone For Support & Final Winners

Class Winner is Room 20 with 14 boxes. Room 20 wins a box of chocolates to share.

Family Winner is Bruce Underwood from Room 20 with 8 boxes. Bruce and family win an Entertainment Book multi-city membership valued at $120, plus a $25 New World gift card.

Runner-up is Natalie Zhara of Room 18 with 7 boxes. Natalie wins 2x $4 Hunger Hut vouchers

Hunger Hut Open on Friday 10 June

How about an end of week treat for the kids? A $2 donut treat, or perhaps popcorn or a small stationery items, or even some stickers? The Hunger Hut promotes an authentic shop experience for the kids, which includes the maths curriculum, as they use coins/cash only for their purchases.

Repeat Message: DO You Have A Child Turning Five?

If your child is turning 5 in the next 12 months please ensure you enrol them as soon as possible. Our roll is steadily growing and we need to plan for classes and teachers during the year. Please collect your enrolment pack from the office, or email Sharon Waller in the office on

Repeat Message: Raincoats

We don't have a MPS raincoat as part of our uniform, but please consider purchasing a plain raincoat for your child. With the rain in the winter months a raincoat can sure come in handy walking to and from school!

Repeat Message: Macleans Primary School Entertainment Books

Do you use the Entertainment Book App? I used to use the paper copy but that is gone now and the app. is the only option. I recommend it for sure...great savings and offers that my family uses often. For each 'book' sold, we receive $24. If we could do 10O that would be $2400 raised for the school for resources.

REPEAT MESSAGE: Kindo is the MPS Online Shop Kindo and is Ready For You to Register

We are very excited to introduce our online Kindo school shop. Not only can you order your student’s lunch, you can now also pay for school camps, trips, purchase event tickets, register for sports and support fundraisers such as the PTA cupcake day, Easter Raffle and Krispy Kreme Donut Day.

First time users can easily create an account HERE. If you already have an ezlunch or myKindo account, you can click HERE to login. If you have an account from another Kindo or ezlunch school, you can login and update your details on the ‘my details’ page.

Need assistance? Phone helpdesk (8am- 4pm Mon. to Fri.) email or web:

1. Freephone: 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636)

2. Email:

3. Online support:


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