Macleans Primary School Newsletter

11 May 2022

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Koronga - Purpose

He manako te kōura i kore ai: Wishing for the crayfish won’t bring it

In ThIs Newsletter

Farewell Jan Sargison, Theme Week, Farewell Kristen Jones, Building Projects, Hauora, Netsafe, PTA & PTA Choc. Fundraiser, Covid-19, Term 2 Sports, Child Turning 5, Jump Rope For Heart, Road Safety x3, Strat. Plan, Hauora: Resilience Project, Y1, Y3 & Y5 Maths Problem Solving, Hunger Hut, Repeat Messages x 3: Entertainment Book, Teacher Only Days & Kindo, Dates For Your Diary

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Hello Everyone! Here we are, the second week of Term 2 and at Covid Protection Framework Orange Light. A huge welcome to our new families and children who have joined us this term.

The exciting and dynamic learning programmes that the teachers have been busy planning are in full flow. There is never a dull moment at MPS with so much happening. For me, I am excited to see the children's values on display at all times. I am always so impressed with their manners and support for one another, which is the value of 'Learning to Live Together'.

I sometimes mention to the children in the daily notices about a 'trio of learning'. What I am referring to is the home-school partnership between teacher-student-parent. Thanks everyone for your part in this trio!

A note of apology to Stella Kim in R12 as the story shared in the newsletter at the end of last term 'Chloe Running' was written by Stella Kim in R12 and not Zoe.

I do hope all the MPS mum's had a wonderful Mothers Day last Sunday.

Please enjoy the newsletter and take note of many of the great activities and events happening at MPS.

Nga Mihi.

Matthew Cooke

Next Newsletter and Notices:

•Wednesday 25 May

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Farewell Jan Sargison After 14 Years At Macleans Primary

After 14 years at Macleans Primary Jan Sargison and family will be moving to Napier. Jan has had a number of roles at Macleans Primary, most notably as a fantastic teacher aide, and most recently teaching 'Quick 60' an being a member of the office team in the afternoons. Local to Macleans Primary, Jan's daughters have both been through Macleans Primary and her husband Selwyn has supported the school in many different ways. All the best for your new life in Napier, Jan and family. We will miss you!

Theme Days @ MPS: 26 & 27 May

The classroom doors are flung wide open during two theme days, 26 & 27 May. Come and visit the school and your child's classroom and checkout the great learning that your child has been working on. Classes and teams will update you through your child's seesaw, but here are the details for now:

Y1 and Y2 Team Waiheke & Motutapu - Thursday 26 May from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Community heroes and sharing of learning

Y3 Rakino Team - Friday 27 May 11:45-1:00. Presentation of cultural interview questions, cultural dress up &shared cultural lunch

Y4 Rangitoto Team - Friday 27 May from 11.45 - 1.00pm. Presentation of 'cool country' reports & shared lunch

Y5/Y6 Kawau Team - Friday 27 May from 9-10:30. Presentation of research project, dress up & shared lunch

All The Best Kristen Jones

We say goodbye to Kristen Jones. Kristen has been at MPS for a number of years in various part-time teaching roles. Kristen will be leaving teaching to take up a new management and administrative position in her church. All the best Kristen!

Building and Project Updates: Hall, R6-R9 & Parking Lot

We have signed off on the plans for the hall and R6 to R9 which means we are now moving to the developmental stage. We have been told by MoE that the parking lot is scheduled for July holidays. Unfortunately the construction process has slowed over past two years and costs have risen. We have had to re-design things because our dollar is not going as far, but we are now committed to a plan that meets all of our present and future needs. So, hopefully we will see some building soon. Very frustrating as so much is out of our control. Managing smaller projects ourselves has been a lot more efficient than working through the MoE as we have to do with the hall and classrooms. As such we have completed the staffroom and meeting room refurbishment. We have also completed a refurbishment of a new learning space from a storage room.


Macleans Primary was one of the five winners of the Educators Guide to Well-Being. I'll be using this book to help guide us in all aspects of Hauora at MPS. Link HERE to read more about the week. Thanks to Room 8 Teacher and Motutapu Team Leader Ambie Govender for facilitating us winning the book.

NetSafe and CyberSafety

Watch this space for details of a parent session on being safe online, how we help at school and what you can do at home. In the meantime, check-out Netsafe HERE for great resources, ideas and tips for parents.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 2022

Join us! The Macleans Primary School PTA would love to welcome any parents who can spare a moment (or more!) to help the school community. You don’t have to have to commit to regular meetings, you can simply be a friend of the PTA who we can call on for an extra pair of hands. If you have any questions about what the PTA does, or would like to help, email:

PTA Chocolate Fundraiser: 16 May to 2 June

Fundraising looks a little different for everyone in recent times. The PTA wish to make things as easy as possible for you all, while still being a bit of fun! To continue raising funds for the pool’s solar heating (and other fab resources for your classrooms) we’re kicking Term 2 off with an EPIC chocolate fundraiser. But not just the Whittakers’ my friends… we have FOUR options for you to choose from. We do require the boxes to be ordered and paid for in advance (via bank transfer or Kindo). After you receive your carry boxes, the chocolate bars/lolly bags can be sold for $2 each to your family/friends/colleagues, and YOU keep that money! You choose if you would like to pre-sell to your ‘customers’ (so you know how many boxes to order) OR you could order a box or two and run your own campaign later. Tips on selling to come soon! And yup, there will be PRIZES!


BANK TRANSFERS: After doing your transfer, please email with: child’s name and room number plus details of your order. Paper order forms being sent out soon.

KINDO: Orders will open ASAP, we’ll keep you updated!


#1 Whittakers Choc Bars

Each carry box contains a 30-bar assortment of Creamy Milk, Fruit & Nut, Berry & Biscuit, Dark Ghana, and White Chocolate - $60

#2 Chocolate Delight

Each carry box contains a 30-bar assortment of Nestle Kit Kat Chunky, Pixie Caramel, Milky Bar, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - $60

#3 Mars Mix

Each carry box contains a 30-bar assortment of Mars, Snickers, M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Twix and Bounty - $60

#4 Luscious Lollies

Each carry box contains 20 bags. Each bag contains an assortment of Pascall Jet Planes, Wine Gums, Fruit Bursts, Sour Mix, Party Mix and Pineapple Lumps - $40

Covid-19 Updates: Orange

There are no new updates for us at Macleans Primary School. We have all adjusted well to orange and the children are all focussing on their learning very well.

Want to know more? Go to 'Life at orange':

Term 2 Sport at MPS

Now that we are in Orange level we are able to provide sport opportunities at Macleans Primary School. In Term 2 we will be selecting Y4 to Y6 teams to attend the following HPPA events:

  • Orienteering - week 3
  • Netball fundays - weeks 4 & 5
  • Soccer fundays - week 7
  • Hockey field day - week 9
  • Rugby - 2 day competition to be confirmed

Plus our after-school basketball team that plays on a Thursday evening at Farm Cove Intermediate.

We also have in-school sports & games at lunchtime. In term 1 we had Auckland Cricket and Auckland rugby provide skill sessions for the children and we are looking for outside providers again in Term 2 & Term 3, so watch this space.

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

Jump Rope For Heart Heart Kids Fundraiser on 17 June...Details and Information Coming Soon

Road Safety Week (9 to 15 May): Activities

It's Road Safety Week this week, coordinated by Brake and NZ Transport. At MPS we are doing a few things for Road Safety Week, recognising students who show goo road safety sense and knowledge.

Road Safety Week (9 to 15 May): Parking

Please be aware of how we park around MPS, especially during pick up and drop-off times on Ervine Place. Please do not park on yellow lines and and do not block driveways.

Road Safety Week (9 to 15 May): Crossing Wycherley and Gills Road

I do see from time to time children and parents crossing the road NOT near the pedestrian crossings. Let's set a great example for the kids and please use the pedestrian crossings.

MPS Strategic Plan and Annual Plan

The MPS Annual Plan was sent home in hard copy a few weeks ago, and a hard copy of the Strategic Plan is available from the school office.

Hauora/Well-Being: Resilience Project

The Resilience Project carry's on into Term 2 here at MPS. The children and teachers work regularly through a workbook, completing activities and assignments that support their Hauora, specifically resilience. The workbooks are designed for each year, so there is a workbook for all year levels, 1 to 6. Please discuss with your child(ren) the types of activities that they are completing.

Winter Uniform Updates

The winter uniform may be worn from Easter until Labour Day Weekend.

Boys & Girls:

  • Monogrammed gold knit long-sleeved polo shirt
  • Monogrammed royal blue polar-fleece sweatshirt
  • Black leather shoes, not sandals, are to be worn with the winter option


  • Monogrammed blue cotton trousers


  • Monogrammed navy bootleg trousers (being phased out)
  • Tartan skirt.
  • Monogrammed navy blue culottes
  • Navy blue tights or white or navy ankle socks to be worn with skirt

Hunger Hut Is Open Every Friday This Term @ 8.30-8.50am and 3.00-3.15pm

How about a Friday treat for the kids? A $2 Friday treat for a donut, 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: Teacher Only Days 2022 Updates on Date Changes

Unfortunately Covid-19 has impacted on our strategic planning for the year and we have had to change our Teacher Only Days (ToD). Regardless of what Covid-19 has in store for us, we will not be changing these days again. The first of the three ToD is in a couple of weeks on Friday 3 June. This ToD is attached to a long weekend, so a long-long weekend for families. Macleans Primary School's ToD are at school and are designed to allow teachers to review the previous planning cycle and plan for the next, whilst supporting our assessment and curriculum development and application. These days are in accordance with the Primary Teachers Collective Agreement and will be held on:

  • Friday 3 June (change from 20 May)
  • Friday 26 August (change from 12 August)
  • Friday 18 November (change from 25 November)

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:

Dates For Your Diary

Monday 9 to Friday 13 May - Road Safety Week

Friday 13 May - Eagle Helicopter Lands @ MPS - approx. 10.30am (this maybe cancelled if the helicopter is called away)

Monday 16 May - Kawau Team (Y5/6) Parent Pubertal Change Info. Session (Nest Consulting)

Monday 16 May - PTA Chocolate Fundraiser Begins

Tuesday 17 May - New Parents Information Session 1.30 - 2.30

Tuesday 17 May - Board of Trustees Meeting from 6pm

Wednesday 18 May - Fie Engine Visit Jr. Team (Inquiry Programme)

Wednesday 18 May - 'Ready, Set, Go' Getting ready for School Programme

Friday 20 May - Kawau team (Y5/6) Pubertal Change Day

Friday 20 May - Junior Team Doctors visit (Inquiry Programme)

Monday 23 May - Junior Team Community Constable Visits

Monday 23 May - Theme Week Begins (see this newsletter and class/team seesaw notices for more details)

Friday 3 June - Teacher Only Day (school open for teachers only)

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (school closed)

Friday 17 June - Jump Rope For Heart Day


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Macleans Primary School

10 Wycherley Drive

Bucklands Beach

Auckland, 2014

New Zealand

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