Macleans Primary School Newsletter

30 March 2022

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Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana

A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society

In ThIs Newsletter

Pam Steele Retirement, Photolife Postponed, Covid-19 Updates, Pakuranga United Netball, School Docs, Y5/Y6 Kiwi Exams, Easter Chocolate Raffles, STEAM @ MPS, Dilworth School, Moth Pod Competition, MPS Basketball, Date Changes, PTA, Kindo, Hunger Hut & Cupcakes, How-Pak Baseball & Krispy Kreme, Staff vs Students Softball Game, NVL Dance Notice, Lego Holiday Programme, SKIDS Holiday programme & Dates for Your Diary

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Welcome to the penultimate newsletter of the term, with the last newsletter of the term to be published and shared on the last day of term, THURSDAY 14 April. Last week on Monday 21 March certainly was a wet and stormy day. Thank you to all our drivers who obeyed the road rules and did not park on yellow lines or over driveways so that our tamariki remained safe when coming to school. We were unable to operate the Gills road crossing due to Health & Safety measures. The Wycherley Drive crossing was in operation. Thanks to everyone who was outside of the school supporting the children and families.

We are very pleased to see the increase in the number of students returning to school since the isolation period has been moved to 7 days. There are still a number of household contacts, however, so please continue to let us know of your situation. It is Important we maintain the home/distant learning so if you have any problems accessing the learning online, or need a learning pack, please get in contact with your child's teacher, me or the office. Of course, school is the best place for children to learn and socialise so if you are unsure about your child returning to school give me a call and we can have a chat as our goal is always 100% of our children here 100% of the time.

A reminder to please check your eldest or only child's bag TOMORROW as there is an envelope addressed to you that contains paper copies of the MPS Annual Plan, Shoes @ MPS Updates & Information about the MPS new online payment system Kindo.

Enjoy the newsletter everyone!

Nga Mihi.

Matthew Cooke

Next Newsletter: Thursday 14 April

Happy Retirement Pam Steele

After 40 years of teaching, with the last five being at Macleans Primary School as our ESOL Lead Teacher and year 3 teacher this year, Pam Steele is retiring at the end of term 1. Pam has taught and held a number of different roles from Junior Teacher to Principal. She will be moving back to her home city of Christchurch where she began her teaching at Phillipstown School. Pam and her husband Stephen will be enjoying retirement, spending time with six grandchildren in their new home that is soon to be completed. We wish you all the best for your retirement Pam and Stephen! Teaching in Room 19 from day 1 of Term 2 will Rebeccas Skeen who is returning from parental Leave. Welcome back Rebecca.

Photolife Photos Postponed Until Term 4

Schools have been affected by higher than normal student and teacher absence rates. Because of the rates of absences at MPS we have decide to postpone the school photos until Term 4. The new term 4 dates will be announced towards the end of Term 3.

Covid-19 Updates

There have been a few changes to the Covid Protection Framework (CPF). Some of the changes have to do with vaccine passes, vaccine mandates and physical distancing. Vaccine mandates will have no impact on Macleans Primary. Moving forward, the Ministry of Education will advise on how the CPF changes will affect schools, so watch this space for updates on the CPF @ MPS. In the meantime, the key changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework impacting schools from the MoE are listed below:

  • removal of My Vaccine Pass from the framework effective from 11.59pm Monday 4 April and from 11.59pm last Friday 25 March
  • removal of any outdoor capacity limits at all colours of the framework
  • increased capacity limits when indoors at Red, moving from 100 to 200 (but still allowing for one-metre spacing) and no capacity limits indoors at Orange and Green
  • no requirement to display QR codes at any setting (but be ready to use them again)
  • no need to have check-in systems for COVID-19 beyond usual visitor register processes
  • no mask requirements when outdoors (but masks remain a requirement indoors for staff and children/students in Years 4-13 when at Red)
  • masks are strongly encouraged to be worn at Orange.

The information on the MoE website has been updated to reflect the changes to the framework for Red, Orange and Green. This is also summarised in one document for ease of reference HERE

Pakuranga United Netball Club: A Message for Y5/Y6 Girls

My name is Jess, I am the netball administrator for Pakuranga United Netball Club. We are aware that due to current circumstances, some schools have decided to not go ahead with sports this year, so we would like to invite any year 5 & 6 players who are interested in playing netball this year to join us for the 2022 season. Whether they have played before or are brand new to the game we have plenty of space available. I have attached the registration link below for anyone who is interested or if they have any questions get them to get in contact with me on my email HERE . Thanks - Jess.

School Docs

Macleans Primary School uses the SchoolDocs site for all our policies and procedures. Please use the link and passwords below to go to the Parents and Whānau section on our SchoolDocs site – it has a brief description of SchoolDocs, and important information about parent involvement, communication and reporting, community conduct expectations, and social media guidelines. There is also a Quick Links for Parents and Whānau topic with links to the most relevant policies and procedures.


Username: macleansprimary

Password: macleans

Kiwi Exams for Year 5 & Year 6 Students Only: Science, Maths and English

The Kiwi Exams are for Year 5 and Year 6 students only. They will be held in the last 3 weeks of Term 2 and first week of Term 3. After individual payment has been made for each student to Macleans Primary, we will manage the final payment and organisation of the exams. Payment can be made through the MPS online shop Kindo (see below). For more information go HERE. The final day for payment will be Friday 6 May. Please note that there is a separate hard copy of a letter about the Kiwi Exams being sent out tomorrow to Y5 and Y6 students only.

Easter Chocolate Raffles 2022

Do you like chocolate? Do you know someone who does? Silly question because who does not like chocolate?!!! Question: what is better than chocolate? Answer: chocolate you win in a raffle. The Student leaders are running a chocolate raffle for EACH Year group, Y1 to Y6. There will be 6 Easter baskets in total. Tickets cost $2 each and are on sale NOW through kindo (see above). If you are paying cash, children can bring their money to their classroom teacher. We will not be issuing raffle tickets, but rather keeping track of names and then organising all names to be put into a 'hat' and drawn on Thursday 14 April. Please note that the picture of the Easter Basket is not exactly like the baskets :)

STEAM: Science & Technology @ MPS

We have had so much fun on our STEAM days this term! The year 1 and 2 students have been using the Engineering process to create a Community Super-hero vehicle. They looked into the science about wheels and axles and also had fun testing out their vehicles by sending them down a ramp. Year 3 & 4 students are learning about algorithms and how they need to use simple clear instructions just like a computer programme does, they are learning to debug their programme if they find a bug. Also the Year 3 & 4 students have created some pixel art and have learned about Binary Coding. In Year 5 & 6 the students visited “Ozobot World” and learnt about coding and programming. They explored Kinetic and Potential energy as they sent their ozobot on a road trip. They then had the chance to use their ozobot as a bowling ball and programme it so that it would get a STRIKE! STEAM is thriving at Maclean’s Primary School. (STEAM stands for Science, technology, Engineering, Art and Maths).

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Moth Pod Competition

The Macleans Evergreen Enviro Team has entered the Moth Pod competition. We are on the hunt for moth pods or little moth pod plants that have been pulled out by the roots. If you have some on your property or know where some are growing could you please either collect them and send them into school (to Room 16/Science Room or Mr Harper), or let the environment teacher Mrs van Wijk know by emailing, so that she can share the information with our keen enviro students who will try to come around with their family to collect these noxious weeds. Thank you. See the pdf form below for more information on the safe and effective moth plant removal.

Basketball @ MPS

We are looking forward to the after-school Basketball Competition starting soon. Macleans Primary has had teams in the competition for a number of years now. We are looking for parent helpers please who can coach and/or supervise the teams. If you are able to help in anyway please contact Mrs Keryn Churches on

Teacher Only Day 2022 Updates: 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 next term 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)

PTA Updates: Join the Disco Committee & Cupcakes on 8 April

Cupcakes will be sold for $2 on Friday 8 April. Payment preferred through kindo (see below). The PTA is looking for people to be on the disco committee. If you are keen please email Kery Modricker HERE.
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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-4 pm Mon. to Fri.) email or web:

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

2. Email:

3. Online support:

Hunger Hut & PTA Cupcake Fundraiser

The Hunger Hut will be open for 1 more Friday this term - this Friday 1 April. On Friday 8 April the PTA will be selling cupcakes for $2. Please note that Friday 15 April is Good Friday, the first day of the April holidays and food sales that week will be the Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser on Thursday 14 April (see notice below). The cupcakes can be ordered through kindo and cash accepted through the office. Kindo is preferred as the method of payment.

Howick-Pakuranga Baseball Club & Krispy Kreme Donut Day: Thursday 14 April

Thanks to the Howick-Pakuranga Baseball Club for supporting local schools and arranging this fundraiser, sponsored by Krispy Kreme Donuts. Krispy Kreme donuts will be sold for $2.. The donuts can be ordered through kindo soon and cash accepted through the office. Kindo is the preferred method of payment.

Staff vs Student Softball Game: Thursday 14 April

Thursday 14 April @ lunchtime! Who will win? Will the students have the edge over the teachers with their youthful energy and speed? Or will the teachers experience prove the difference?

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Dates For Your Diary

Friday 1 April - Hunger Hut open: donuts, popcorn & stationery in the morning and ice-blocks after-school.

Monday 4 April - Cricket Skills with Auckland Cricket for Y1-Y4 begins

Friday 8 April - PTA Cupcake Fundraiser

Wednesday 13 April - Cazh day for winning house for the term (winning house announced Monday 11 April)

Thursday 14 April - Easter Rafflle Draws

Thursday 14 April - Krispy Kreme Donut Day School Fundraiser

Thursday 14 April - Last Day of Term 1 (school closes @ 3pm)

Friday 15 April - Good Friday Public Holiday

Monday 2 May - First Day of Term 2 2022

Monday 23 May - Jr. School Community Constable Visits

Friday 3 June - Teacher Only Day

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


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New Zealand