Te Whare Akoranga o Maungawhau | 8 March, 2018

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From The Principal

Tēnā koutou katoa,

It has been a week of energy and community activity, with our amazing PTA and fair helpers gearing up for the big day and also an excellent turnout for the Parent Conferences this week.

I'd like to thank all those who have been pitching in and contributing so many items to the fair, and also acknowledge my colleagues on the teaching team and support staff for their time and hard work organising the conferences with such professionalism. This is a key event in terms of building learning-focused relationships with every family, so we appreciate the support and high levels of engagement from all of our parents.

Also on the subject of student achievement, as you may be aware, we are entering a period of significant change to education policy, beginning with the repeal of National Standards. This means that we will no longer be using them for assessment and reporting to parents. We welcome this move, which is an opportunity to take a more individualised approach to each child's progress and achievement across the whole New Zealand Curriculum.

If you would like to find out more about the National Standards policy change and its implications, we have made a factsheet available on our website, which can also be viewed at the link below. The basic message is that we will continue our commitment to providing clear information on progress, achievement and next learning steps as before, but with a more nuanced and strengths-based approach than the 'At' or 'Below' model of student achievement at the heart of National Standards. These changes will be reflected in written reports next term.

Other than that, you can expect business as usual. We will continue to use a wide range of assessment tools and benchmarks to track progress. Most importantly, we will continue to strive for outstanding learning outcomes and individual success for every child.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson


Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson


Notices & Reminders

  • No assembly this week
  • Look out for the latest BOT Newsletter this week
  • Bottle Mufti-day tomorrow - bring a bottle as 'payment'
  • Special Drop-Off this Sunday, 9-11am - Drive right up to the hall
  • Fair Donations 5-16 March
  • To report an absence, please click here
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On every day during school hours


BOOKS - Room 5


SANDPIT DIG - Labelled box in the Hall



Sunday 11 MARCH, 9 - 11am

Drive right up to the hall and drop off your goods!

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The class rosters are now up on the wall outside the information centre (library). Please sign yourself up for a job on fair day. Each class has been given a different stall, you can volunteer with your class or on another stall you are interested in. Grandparents, friends and others are also welcome to schedule themselves in for an hour.

We need lots of volunteers to help sort toys and clothing in the hall. If you have 10 minutes or 40 minutes between 8.30-10.00am in the mornings we would love to have you help. We need about 10-20 people every day. Come on in - it's friendly, relaxed, a bit of fun, lots of banter and a great way to meet other parents.

Thank you to all our wonderful hall helpers - you have been amazing this week, and we really appreciate all your sorting.

Thank you we have enough rice cookers now.


Bottle Mufti-Day this Friday 9 March!

Bring a bottle as 'payment' to wear 'non-school' clothes.

One of our popular stalls at the Fair is a bottle stall where people pay to win a mystery bottle. Children bring a bottle of 'something' to school that we can use as a prize. Things like drinks, chocolate sauce, gourmet dressings, bubble bath, wine etc anything that comes in a bottle and makes a good prize can be donated.

Silent Auction

From Monday 12 March, Room 14 will be headquarters to all the wonderful offers we have available at this year's silent auction. A great chance to see what is on offer this year and make the first bid (or decide your strategy).

Check out the fabulous prizes on offer including an All Blacks Jumper signed by Sonny Bill, tickets to Imagine Dragons, front row seats at the school productions, a ride to school in a McLaren, plus so much more...

Dunk'em at the fair - sit in the wet seat if you dare!

This year the MENPS fair will have a dunking machine. We have organised some teachers for the children to dunk and politicians for the parents.

Bring a change of clothes to the fair and head to the dunking machine pay $3 to put yourself in the 'wet seat' and see if your friends can get you wet.

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The ​MENPS​ ​​Master ​​​EGGtravaganza is back!

Buy an egg and decorate it ​for show at the School Fair.

Entry: $2 per foam egg. Eggs on sale outside the hall before and after school 5th-9th March

Bring your decorated egg to ​​Room 7 before school on Friday 16 March ​for judging.

Eggs will be on display at the Fair on Sunday 18 March

​Questions to Sarah Vokes 021 450 930​

PRIZES! A 'Killa Shake' from 'Cereal Killa' for each winner and runner up from year 1-6.

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Keep up to date with the PTA on Mt Eden Normal Primary School PTA page

Supporting Our School Through Fundraising & Fun Events

Food & Fun Fair

Sunday, 18 March, 11am - 3pm

Rain or Shine!

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All the best to our MENPS Zone cricket teams

who will be representing MENPS

at the Eden / Albert Zone Tournament

at Cornwall Park on Tuesday 13th March.


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