Te Whare Akoranga o Maungawhau, March 17, 2022
From The Principal
Kia ora koutou,
So far, our planning and ongoing focus on prevention and mitigation has helped us to stay one step ahead of the outbreak.
If there's one lesson we've learned during COVID, it's to avoid making rash predictions, but - so far - we have been fortunate enough to experience low case numbers relative to other Auckland schools. This has allowed for continuity of learning and high attendance rates, which we are committed to maintaining.
One thing that has been particularly helpful in this regard has been parents testing their children when a case is notified.
Over the next couple of weeks (with community cases expected to remain high), this will continue to be invaluable in limiting forward transmission, so please test as a precaution if you receive a notification.
You may have heard the government announcement of RAT tests being supplied to schools, which is a very welcome step, although we are still awaiting clarification to confirm if these will be distributed widely to all schools or initially prioritised for those most in need.
Fortunately, our contingency plans for Term 1 included sourcing our own supply of tests, so these have already been made available to staff and parents who may need them. If you do require a test for your child at any stage, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Road Safety Reminders
Seeing parents return to school grounds has given a definite sense of a silver lining on the horizon.
The only down side is the return of a few unwelcome parking issues, so please be reminded that cars must not be parked in our drop-off zones (you must remain in your vehicle - no exceptions).
Similarly, parking on the yellow lines (even when in a hurry or 'just for a minute') is not only a traffic offence, but creates serious hazards for vehicles and children at busy times. We will be taking number plates and reporting these for tickets to be issued, so please find a space further away if one is not available and walk part of the way, or arrange an alternative meeting spot.
Please also note that we are reminding the children that they may only cross roads using the designated crossings, so it is important to model this behaviour when dropping off or picking up - if you take them across the road with you, they are more likely to do this themselves when you are not there, which is extremely dangerous.
See below for a related consultation from Auckland Transport, seeking feedback on new speed restrictions around school. The Board strongly supports this initiative, so adding your voice to the process would be appreciated.
Finally, next Friday (25th) is a non-uniform day, with a gold coin donation for families and children in Ukraine, so please help us support this important cause.
Auckland Transport | Have your say about proposed Speed Changes!
Auckland Transport is proposing to set new permanent speed limits on 801 roads around Auckland. Have your say about your thoughts on these proposed changes by completing this survey. Your feedback is important to us!
Team 4 were Marine Biologists for the day!
We have been diving into the undersea world of the Hauraki Gulf and the Waitematā Harbour.
As part of our 'Marine Ecosystem' topic, we have been looking at the biodiversity of all living things and how each one of these living things plays an integral role in maintaining balance within this ecosystem. We know this as the marine food web.
Each of our classes has been fortunate to explore this beautiful reserve over the past 2 weeks onboard a catamaran. John Charteris - a Natural Science advisor has been facilitating these trips and it sounds like many of our Year 4 learners are keen to become marine biologists!
Second hand uniform shop
Great news! With parents allowed onsite again, the Secondhand Uniform Shop will be open when the new term 2 cohort visits MENPS.
Where: Top courts near the School Hall
When: Wednesday 6th April, 8.15 - 9.15am
- Wear a mask
- QR Code sign in and social distancing apply
- Cash is appreciated, but bank transfers are possible too.
Uniforms can be dropped off at the school office by individuals during school hours - adults must wear a mask, scan in and only remain onsite for the drop off to the office.
April PTA meeting - AGM
Save the date for the next PTA meeting - Tuesday April 5th, 7pm.
At the PTA’s AGM Meeting accounts are approved, a report on PTA 2021 is summarised, and fundraising goals are confirmed for 2022.
We will also officially vote in our new committee members.
If you would like to attend but can't come in person please RSVP for a Google Meets link.
Yummy Apple stickers
Every year during Terms 2 and 3 the Yummy Fruit Company run a sticker promotion for North Island primary and intermediate schools. Schools collect stickers and cut out labels from Yummy apples and at the end of the promotion these are redeemed for a share of the $200,000 of DG Sports sports equipment.
2022 was our best year yet (even with lockdown), we were able to swap 16,426 Yummy stickers for $2218 worth of sports gear. This equipment arrived in February and Mr McMahon has put it in the PE shed and given each Junior year group a set of equipment to use for fitness and PE sessions.
We are asking MENPS families that purchase Yummy apples from supermarkets and fruit shops to collect the stickers and labels year round. A copy of the collection sheets was sent home with students last week. More details about this campaign can be found here http://menpspta.co.nz/yummy-apples/
Clothing stall coordinator needed
Flexible hours (mostly Term 4), with all equipment and lots of people power provided!
We receive amazing donations from our generous community and need someone to help us to pull them all together with style - and bring a buzz to this ‘Pop Up Shop’.
Please email us at email@example.com if you can help!
Online Auctions Coordinator needed
Huge thanks to the many parents and caregivers that have taken on new roles within the PTA team.
Fair Donation Drop Off Day success
PTA - Supporting our school through fundraising & fun events
Chairperson Aimee Chikunda
Deputy Chairperson Pam Clifford
Secretary Jane Cunningham
Treasurer Linda Waddington-Miller / Diem Vo
Class Coordinator Leader Chantal Brunner
PTA Advisor Scott Optican
Email firstname.lastname@example.org | PTA websiteFollow us on Facebook and keep up to date with the PTA on Mount Eden Normal Primary School PTA page.
We Thank Our Amazing Sponsors
Are you thinking about buying or selling?
As part of their sponsorship of MENPS, Team Mike Robson donates $1000 back to the school for any property sold within the school zone for MENPS families. Feel free to call Mike (021484288) any time you’ve got a real estate query - he’s always happy to have a chat and answer your questions.
Find out more about Team Mike Robson and why they love living and working in Mt Eden.