Macleans Primary News - 16/03/22

Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Ka whāia te wāhie mo takurua ka mahia te kai mō te tau

If you look for firewood in the winter, you will have plenty of food all year round

In ThIs Newsletter

Old Windows Needed, Covid-19 Updates x 2, Scholastic Book Club, Hauora: Sparklers, PTA Wants You!, Kindo is Ready, Hunger Hut Opening, MPS Enviro Group, PTA: Flower Bulb Fundraiser, Amazing Art from R6 and R17, SKIDS Holiday Programme, Play Rugby League & Dates for Your Diary

Hi Everyone

Welcome to this 'mid-term' newsletter. Hard to believe that we are halfway through the term, and what a busy first half of term we have had, with the highlight being the online parent-teacher conferences. I have received very positive feedback from parents about how they enjoyed the informative conferences, with a strong focus on the Macleans Primary Learning Pathways. The Macleans Primary School Learning Pathway (MPS LP) are designed to support all aspects of the child's learning and the home-school partnership. We look forward to continuing to update the MPS LP throughout the year. Covid-19 and Omicron continues to affect much of what we do at Macleans Primary, as I am sure it does at home for you. What is important, however, is that we continue to follow Ministry of Health rules and advice and work together to ensure best outcomes for the children. We are certainly doing this and working hard to continue to deliver meaningful learning to those learners who are distant learning, whilst supporting the well-being of all akonga. Of course, being at school is optimum and we encourage all children to be at school unless, of course, they have to self-isolate because of a household contact or they are sick themselves from covid-19. Please see the Covid-19 reminders below. In the meantime, here is to a great second half of term at Macleans Primary School. Enjoy the newsletter and kia kaha.

Nga Mihi.

Matthew Cooke

Covid-19 Updates: Reminders

If we have a Confirmed case of COVID-19 @ MPS in the classroom, we will let the class know of the case. The health and wellbeing of our children, staff and community is a top priority so we are closely following the Ministry of Health guidance for schools. At Phase 3 of the Omicron response, only cases and household contacts are legally required to isolate. For everyone else, school is open. Please continue to notify the office if your child tests positive for COVID.

What You Need to do to About covid-19:

● You and your whānau should be very vigilant about monitoring for symptoms.

● If any symptoms develop, get tested immediately.

● Wear a face mask when out and about.

● Wash hands often with soap for 20 seconds and dry your hands completely.

● Wash your hands if you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing

or sneezing.

● Avoid touching your face, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth with


● If you and your whānau haven’t been vaccinated or boosted, please do so as soon as

possible. You can book on-line at or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

● A new or worsening cough.

● Sneezing and runny nose.

● A fever.

● Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.

● Sore throat.

● Shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting,

malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability. For more information, go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website HERE

What we’re doing:

● We are staying open.

● We are using public health measures to reduce the risk in our settings, including masks,

physical distancing and ventilation.

● We have appropriate cleaning procedures in place.

COVID-19 Updates: Mask Wearing

Thanks everyone for wearing masks during school drop-off and pick-up; we know mask wearing can reduce the chance of virus transmission, so this ongoing effort by all of the Macleans Primary School Community is terrific. Parents/Caregivers are requested to please continue to wear a mask at drop-off and pick-up. Thanks everyone! :))))

Scholastic Book Club

From time to time your child will bring a Scholastic Book Club Newsletter home. Please continue to order through Macleans Primary School. Credit card/online payment is preferred over cash. Please email Mrs Donna King on with any questions about the Scholastic Book Club. Note also that you can order books and access the newsletter/book order form on the scholastic website HERE.

Hauora/Well-Being: Sparklers at School and Home

I've shared Sparklers in the past, and here I am sharing again. It's terrific and I encourage everyone to have a look. Sparklers is backed by both science, NZ research and wellbeing specialists. Most importantly, it's super easy for anyone to pick up and try - that's part of the reason adults love it. Of course, Sparklers is all about helping kids to:

  • learn to understand and manage their emotions
  • build their self-esteem
  • make (and be!) good friends
  • understand all about their wellbeing

Using Sparklers at home is really simple. Start with an activity that appeals to you, or one your teacher has recommended. End the activity on a high note (sometimes literally)! Be prepared to be 'in this together' with your child – sometimes it's uncomfortable to try new things, but hey, you're a great role-model because here you are! Come join us on Facebook or Instagram to find out more. Or check out some of our Sparklers at Home vids with your crew!

Macleans Primary PTA

The next PTA meeting is online on Tuesday 22 March at 6pm. The Macleans Primary PTA is an active, fun, interested and supportive group that is always looking for more people who are keen to support the school. So, any mums or dads who can get involved, or keen to know more about the MPS PTA, please contact PTA Chair Keryn Modericker HERE or PTA School Rep. Viona Schulz HERE.

Kindo is Ready at MPS!

The Macleans Primary online school shop is designed to make it easy for you to complete permission slips and view, register and pay for all of your child’s needs. This is our preferred method of payment, and we encourage you to set up your account today. For parents it means no cash, no paper, no hassle! Questions? Please contact the school office on (09) 534-5191 and speak with Sally, or contact the Kindo help desk on freephone 0508 454 636, or email First Time Users: Click HERE if you are a first time user of Kindo. You’ll need to register to set up your account. All you need is your email address which matches the one held by the school. Registered Users: Click here to use Kindo online to make full or part payments for all school activities and donations, register and pay for school sports teams, support fundraisers and complete permission slips. Payment: Choose to pay as you go, add funds to your Kindo account in advance, use internet banking, POLi or Visa/Mastercard (fees apply). For a Youtube tutorial, go HERE.

MPS School Canteen The Hunger Hut Re-Opens for 2022 on Friday 18 March

Macleans Primary's Shop The Hunger Hut is open again for business this Friday and most Fridays for the rest of the year. From time to time the PTA will be using the Hunger Hut for their fundraisers, but most Fridays the Hunger Hut will be selling small snacks such as popcorn and donuts. Stationery items will also be for sale. Most stationery items range between .50 cents and $2.00. Donuts are $2.00 and popcorn is $1.00. So, give your kids a Friday treat of a few coins and send them to the Hunger Hut! Coins only, no eftpos or Kindo. With so many purchases being online these days, using coins and cash by the children supports maths and the New Zealand Key Competencies within the NZ Curriculum. Link HERE to read more about the NZ Key Competencies in NZ schools. The Hunger Hut is open before school between 8.15 and 8.45, at lunch and again after-school for a short time. Please note that physical distancing will be in place during sales.

MPS Evergreen Enviro Group

A big THANK YOU to Bunnings Botany who has generously supported the Enviro team by giving us $300 worth of vouchers. We will use these to help buy resources to meet the student goals that we set for term 1. See below for our goals for 2022:

Goal 1: We will tidy up the veggie gardens (near the shed and near Motutapu classrooms) and plant some veggies for the next season.

Goal 2: We will promote waste minimisation by creating eye-catching posters to encourage students to bring “nude food” to school.

Goal 3: We will complete a rubbish audit and compare results to the audit that we did last year and set goals from the information we collect. .

We have had a great start to the term. Over the holidays our vegetable gardens had overgrown! So we started clearing out the garden beds and found a number of cherry tomatoes. We also harvested some silverbeet and rhubarb. A number of teachers were excited to be given some stalks of rhubarb to take home and cook. We are looking forward to growing some more vegetables for next term.

PTA Flower Bulb Fundraiser

Our dedicated PTA are kicking off 2022 with a GardenPost Bulb Fundraiser. We’re hard at work behind the scenes planning the solar heating for our school pool – but we need your help so talk to your friends and whānau now! THERE WILL BE SOME GREAT SPOT PRIZES! ORDERS CLOSE FRIDAY 25TH MARCH AND DISTRIBUTED 1–2 WEEKS LATER. After emailing your order form, please make payment to:

Macleans Primary School PTA, 12-3089-0170770-00. Please include your child’s name and room number as reference. See the order form below.

Amazing Art from Year 2 Room 6: 'Teddy Bears''

Room 6 drew teddy bears during the Junior School Teddy Bear Week. Well done R6 they look amazing. I could not write about bears and not include some bear facts, so please 'bear' with me as I share a fact about bears! Facts about bears: there are eight different species of bears on Earth? Or what about the fact that they’re some of the most intelligent animals, with navigation skills and memories that match or even exceed that of humans.

Amazing Art from Year 2 Room 17: 'David Hockney''

Aaahhh California palm tress, beaches, Hollywood and Disneyland. When I see a David Hockney I think of California and all things SoCal, (Southern California) as did R17 recently with their David Hockney inspired art. Super art R17! Want to know more about David Hockney's most famous piece 'A Bigger Splash'? It is in the Tate Modern in London, England, and you can read more about David Hockney HERE.

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Dates For Your Diary

Wednesday 16 March - Rugby Programme for Y3-Y6 Continues

Friday 18 March - Hunger Hut Opens for 2022

Monday 21 March- Rangitoto (Y4) Team 'Whale Tales'

Tuesday 22 March - Board of Trustees Meeting 6pm

Tuesday 22 March - PTA Meeting 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 March - Ready, Set, Go (MPS Getting Ready for School Programme)

Friday 25 March - School-Wide Health & Safety Lockdown Practise

Wednesday 30 March - Ready, Set, Go (MPS Getting Ready for School Programme)

Friday 1 April - School Photos (photolife)

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

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

Thursday 14 April - Krispy Kreme Donut Day School Fundraiser

Friday 15 April - Good Friday Public Holiday

Monday 2 May - First Day of Term 2 2022


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