Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Wednesday 22 June

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Hohou rongo - forgiveness

Utua te kino i te pai - Repay bad deeds with good

In ThIs Newsletter

Dates For Your Diary, Chess Tournament, Hauora: Beat The Bugs, Travelwise, Soccer Field Days, Jump Rope For Heart, Photo Permissions, Girl Guides, Local Curriculum, MPS Values Day, Holiday Programmes: SKIDS & Dance, Parking & Drop-Off, Amazing Art, Assessment & Reporting, Matariki, School Policy, Health Consultation, Y2 Motutapu Team & Hunger Hut.

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Hope this finds everyone well and looking forward to the long weekend. The Matariki Holiday on Friday will be a well-deserved rest for all of New Zealand, giving all kiwis a chance to reflect and think back on the year whilst enjoying some family and down time. Matariki is a time about remembrance and honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki. It is also a time for celebrating the present and gathering together and giving thanks for what we have. A time as well to look to the future and the promise of the rest of the year.

I am sure we are all 'super-impressed' by the amount we have fundraised for the Heart Foundation. Almost $12,000 dollars raised is a great example of Macleans Primary School coming together for the community to support a common cause. With Heart disease and related issues being a significant cause of death in NZ, every little bit we raised for the Heart Foundation will certainly help.

Reminding everyone as well that the Macleans Learning Pathways are being shared on seesaw between 3 and 5pm tomorrow. This is the second time this year that you will have the opportunity to view the Pathways. They do like slightly different between years, but the one thing that is constant is the fact they show your child;'s progress against the New Zealand Curriculum in Maths, Reading and Writing, The Learning Pathways also detail the next learning steps for your child that you can support with at home. More detail on the Learning Pathways below.

A reminder as well that if you are viewing this newsletter through your email, all the newsletter may not show in it's entirety because it has been clipped. You could have the option of clicking on 'view entire message' at the bottom in order to see the whole newsletter.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter; have a wonderful Matariki Holiday with family and friends.

Nga Mihi.

Matthew Cooke

Next Newsletter and Notices:

•Wednesday 6 July

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Dates For Your Diary

TOMORROW Thursday 23June - Learning Pathway Reports Home on Seesaw (3-5pm)

TOMORROW Thursday 23June - Maths Kiwi Competition for Y5/Y6 students who signed up

TOMORROW Thursday 23June - Kapa Haka Performances x 2 in the hall. 1.50 - 2.15 for Y1 to Y3 and 2.20 - 2.40 for Y4 to Y6. Parents invited.

Friday 24 June- - Matariki Public Holiday (School Closed)

Thursday 7July- - Winning House for Term 2 Cazh Day (announced on Monday 4 July)

Friday 8 July- - Macleans Primary Values Day and Cazh Day

Friday 8 July- - Last Day of Term 2

Monday 25 July - First Day of Term 3

Thursday 28July - Howick Intermediate visit Y6 students.

31 August & 1 September - Parent-Child Learning Conferences (details TBA)

DISCO TERM 4 - Dates TBA Later In the Year

Our Disco Committee are seeking more volunteers – would you like to help plan a fantastic end-of-year party for the kids? If you thrive on event planning or would like to help in any way, please email

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MPS @ Chess Team Tournament

We sent two teams to the Chess Tournament on 15 June. Team A: Mark Zhang, Franklyn Zhnang, AJ Schulz and Raymond Lyn and Team B: Mufan Cui, Shuai Zhu, Hashir Khan, Nulan Kodikarage, Caleb Veloso. Both teams performed very well, finishing 8th and 19th out 42 teams. A special mention to Franklyn Zhang who was the top player of the competition for board 2 with 6 wins out of 6. Check out the great pics below!

Hauora & Well-Being: Physical Well-Being...'Beating The Winter Bugs'

Let;s all try and keep up strong levels of Taha Tinana, or physical well-being. Check out the Auckland Regional Health presentation on 'Beating the Winter Bugs'. Click on the link below to download.

Travelwise Team

On Tuesday 28 June, the Travelwise team led by Miss Middleton will be out and about giving out house tokens to children they see walking and using the pedestrian crossings.

Soccer Field Day: Thursday 16 June

Macleans Primary School sent 4 teams to the soccer fun day held at Meadowlands Reserve. Organised by our own Mrs Keryn Churches, and supported by David Harper, Amber Cambie, and Amber Dawson, the kids all had a a great day! After the disappointment of the All White's World Cup Play-Off loss the previous day, we needed a boost and boy did we get it with MPS performing very well, displaying the MPS values from kick-off until the final whistle!

Jumping June & Heart Foundation...What an INCREDIBLE EFFORT :))))

Together we raised close to $12K for The Heart Foundation. This is a great example of how we can come together as a school and community and showcase our amazing home-school partnership. Please watch out a feature on 'Macleans Primary Jumping in June' in the Howick & Pakuranga Time Newspaper.

Yearbook and Other Children's Photos

Upon enrolment at MPS we ask parents to give permission for their child (ren) to appear in the yearbook or other media areas of the school, such as the website or facebook page. As we have begun compiling photos and organisation for the end of the year yearbook/school magazine, we want to ensure our records are up to date. If you DO NOT wish for your child to appear in the yearbook or any other media and/or MPS publication, please let me know on Please only email me only if you DO NOT want your child's face appearing.

Pippins, Brownies & Girl Guides

My youngest daughter is a Brownie and she loves it! I highly recommend any girl getting involved in their local Pippins, Brownies or Girl Guides. See the picture below for information on spaces available at Bucklands Beach Pippins and Brownies.

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Curriculum: What is a Local Curriculum?

What is a local curriculum?

The New Zealand Curriculum is a clear statement of what we deem important in education. It takes as its starting point a vision of our young people as lifelong learners who are confident, creative, connected, and actively involved in the learning. A Local Curriculum includes a clear set of principles on which to base Curriculum decision making.

Our local curriculum is the way we bring the New Zealand Curriculum to life in our school.

At Macleans Primary we aim to be responsive to the needs, identities, languages, cultures, interests, strengths, and aspirations of your learners and their families have a clear focus on what supports the progress of all learners • help students understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi – its past, present, and future (you will also be planning learning that helps students live the Treaty as citizens of Aotearoa) help learners engage with the knowledge, values, and key competencies, so they can go on to be confident and connected lifelong learners.

Macleans Primary School Values Day: Friday 8 July (Last Day of Term 2)

We are celebrating the end of term at Macleans Primary School with a ' Values Day' and a Cazh Day on Friday 8 July. More details to come as to how the structure of the Values Day will look in the next newsletter.
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Correct Parking vs Incorrect Parking

Reminders Please:

1. Don't park on verges

2. Drop off children on Gills, Priestly or Bucklands Beach Road so they can walk into the school (age & confidence dependent of course)

3. Don't park in 2 minute drop-offs for too long at drop off and pick-up times

4. Consider dropping off on Marandellas and letting children walk through the park and cross at the crossing on Gills Road (age & confidence dependent of course).

5. Please do not park in the Priestly Road Shops parking (unless you are shopping there of course) as it is challenging for customers to access the parking spaces around 3pm

Amazing Art

Have you seen the new art displayed in the office area?

Assessment & Reporting at Macleans Primary: Macleans Learning Pathways Available TOMORROW, 23 June

At Macleans Primary School, assessment of students and reporting to parents is an ongoing process. Our Planning Period 1 assessments have helped shape our curriculum delivery for planning period 2 and target learning for the children. The Macleans Learning Pathways indicate where the children's learning is at against the New Zealand Curriculum and the child's next steps for learning. The MPS Learning Pathways are being made available through Seesaw on Thursday 23 June. Teams will be clicking the 'send button' on the Learning Pathways between 3 and 5 pm on Thursday 23 June, so please check seesaw communication to view the Learning Pathways around that time or over the next few days. We are asking all parents to please leave a comment to acknowledge receipt/viewing of the Learning Pathway. To support our home-school partnership that is so important to Macleans Primary, teachers will follow-up with all families to ensure the Learning Pathways has been viewed if we have not seen a comment/acknowledgement of the Learning Pathway.

Matariki Celebrations: This Week! (Public Holiday Friday 24 June)

This week all children from Y1 to Y6 have learnt about aspects of Matariki. Tomorrow, Thursday 23 June, the Kapa Haka group will be performing twice in the hall and parents are invited. Parents are reminded to please wear a mask when inside school buildings.

  • 1.50 - 2.15 for Y1 to Y3
  • 2.20 - 2.40 for Y4 to Y6.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Iwi across New Zealand understand and celebrate Matariki in different ways and at different times. You can read more about Matariki HERE.

The First Matariki Holiday in NZ: Some Information (

The Government has created a new public holiday for Aotearoa by passing the Te Ture mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o Te Kāhui o Matariki / Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act. The Bill, Te Pire mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o Te Kāhui o Matariki / Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill, was only the fifth dual language Bill to be introduced to our Parliament. The first public holiday to celebrate Matariki will be on Friday 24 June 2022. The Government has committed to ensuring mātauranga Maori is at the heart of celebrations of the Matariki public holiday, and it will be a time for:

Remembrance – Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki.

Celebrating the present – Gathering together to give thanks for what we have.

Looking to the future – Looking forward to the promise of a new year.

MPS Policy: School Docs Update

This term the Board of Trustees is reviewing Reporting & Reviewing Incidents and Behaviour Management. You can read more about these policies at the School Docs website HERE. There is an opportunity to review some policies as well and this will be in the next couple of newsletters when the review is ready to be shared.

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Health Consultation Survey: Share Your Voice

We need your voice please! The Board of Trustees have reviewed the Health Community Survey and we will be ready to publish and send home the link in the final newsletter of term 3 (Wednesday 6 July). The survey itself should only take a few minutes, so please could you complete as your voice is very important and one way in which we can meet community expectations and thoughts parents have for their children here at Macleans Primary.

Get to Know MPS...Year 2 Motutapu Team

Madelein Niewoudt (R6) - When Madelein is not teaching in R6 she is enjoying family time with her two boys. Madelein also enjoys paddle-boarding and gardening, although not at the same time as this can be very challenging! :)

Jade Wyeth (R7) - The newest member of year 2, crafts and art are what Jade enjoys in her spare time. Have a look at the great art display in R7! Jade also keeps very busy being of mum of two kids, 1 boy and 1 girl.

Ambie Govender (R8) - Ambie Is the team leader. Tai-chi, hikes in the bush and Sunday country-drives with her husband are what Ambie enjoys. Ambie loves being a mum to two daughters.

Viona Schulz (R9) - Viona is a mum to 4 children, ranging in age from University to year 4. Viona enjoys the ocean and foreshore and can often be found paddle-boarding off Eastern Beach. Weekend and evening reading is another way that Viona likes to relax.

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Hunger Hut Open on Thursday 23 June (School closed on Friday 24 June for Matariki Holiday)

How about an end of week treat for the kids? A $2 donut treat, 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.


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Macleans Primary School

10 Wycherley Drive

Bucklands Beach

Auckland, 2014

New Zealand

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