Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Wednesday 23 November

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Relating to Others

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata

Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure

In ThIs Newsletter

Diary/Cal., Photolife, PTA Treasurer, Disco, '22 Yearbook, Swimming Pool, Planetarium Trip, Hauora, Book Week, Dance team, Amazing Art, Santa Parade, Prize-givings, Celebrations of Learning, End of Year Reporting, Rocket-Man, Jr. Athletics, Y3-Y6 Athletics Skool Loop, Celebrations of Learning, Timeline for EoY Reporting, MPS Cricket Game, Hunger Hut & Repeat Messages x 7

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Greetings to our wonderful Macleans Primary School Community! This is the penultimate MPS Newsletter for 2023, with the last one being sent out on Wednesday 7 December.

Well done to our amazing PTA over 2023! The notice sent home the other day noted that the solar heating fundraiser is complete and the solar is ready! You can enjoy the pool this Friday with our first community swim from 3.15. All children must be supervised by their parents. The PTA have also made the 2022 Yearbook happen, so order yours today (see details below) and they are also running the disco on Thursday 8 December. Again, details below. Wow! rock! Why not join the PTA in 2023 and you to can help support MPS and make all the amazing things the PTA does even more amazing!

Well deserved accolades to the 6 children who received a special MPS Community Values Award at last week's assembly. Harbin Singh, Peppa Engelmann, Sophie Wiggins, Micayla Diongosn, Luke Skeen and Lucy Modricker.

Congratulations to two of our teachers - Caitlin Waite in R12 and Rachel Tse in R23 - who have completed their two years of Provisionally Registered Teachers (beginning teachers) to Fully Registered Teachers. Well done Rachel and Caitlin!

Regards & Nga Mihi

Matthew Cooke

(Remember that at the end of this newsletter in your email you may get the note that the Message is Clipped and you may need to click on View Entire Message)

Next Newsletter and Notices:

•Wednesday 7 December

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Dates For Your Diary

25 November - Rainbows End day rewarding all road patrollers (details TBA)

25 November - Gold Coin Cazh Day for xmas presents for children (student leaders managing)

Tuesday 29 November will be a parent evening for all children going into Y1,Y2 or Y3 2023.

Thursday 1 December - Interschool Athletics (not that this is the make-up day from 17 November rained out postponed event)

Thursday 1 December will be a parent evening for all children going into Y4, Y5 or Y6 2023.

**Both evenings will be approximately 60 minutes in length, beginning at 6pm**

Friday 2 December - Helpers Morning Tea. ALL parents who helped, supported and got involved in trips, sports, class help etc. are invited to a morning tea in the staffroom from 10.30

Friday 2 December - Book charachertr Drss-Up Day. Note: this is. a dress-up day in book character. Children bring with them the book that the character they are dressed-up as is in.

Monday 5 December to Friday 8 December - End of Year Prize Givings - details below

Friday 8 December - Whole School Disco (PTA) - Time TBA

Monday 12 December - Year 6 Graduation Disco - Time TBA

Monday 12 December - BoT Meeting - 6pm

Monday 12 December to Thursday 15 December - End of Year Class Activities - details TBA

Thursday 15 December- Last Day of the Year. School closes at 12 noon .

**First Day 2023 is Wednesday 1 February**

Photolife Message For Parents: Parent Keycode to order

All parents have been emailed their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos. Parent Queries – Please contact us on:

***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 27th NOVEMBER ***


  1. Easier and more efficient for Parents!
  2. Free Delivery Expiry Date is highlighted in the email!
  3. No administration needed by School Office or Teachers in handing out codes!
  4. Emails sent by a “real person” so any queries emailed back from parents are resolved quickly by PhotoLife!
  5. 100% more environmentally friendly – minimising paper; printing inks and printing process!
  6. This year a higher number of Students are Absent so this system does ensure the Key Code gets to the parents regardless!
  7. Less chance of transmission of Covid Virus on physical paper!
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PTA Treasurer Position Available

The PTA are urgently seeking a willing and enthusiastic parent (or member of the school community) to fill this volunteer role.

Tasks include:

• Liaise with Chairperson to make or authorise payments from PTA bank account

• Banking, book keeping and record keeping

• Keep track of budgets and accounts

• Provide monthly Financial/Treasurer Reports

• Compile Year End Report

• Submit Annual Charities Returns

Are you interested? We’d love to hear from you! Please email

We have some fun events planned for 2023, come join us!

Book Character Dress-Up Day: Friday 2 December

Children are invited to have some fun and transform themselves into their favourite book character. We will have a parade for all the children (and teachers!) who have dressed-up. Y1 to Y3 will be at 9.30 and Y4-Y6 at 11.45. There will be prizes for the best dressed.

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Disco Tickets (download disco Info. Sheet below)

Disco tickets can now be purchased through Kindo. Be sure to choose the correct session!

Session 1: Years 1–3 from 6–7pm

Session 2 Years 4–6 from 7.30–8.30pm

If you’d prefer to do a bank transfer – please reference your child’s name, room number and DISCO1 or DISCO2 to indicate which session your child will attend – and please email to confirm your payment

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2022 Yearbook (download yearbook info. sheet below)

Macleans Primary PTA 2022 Yearbook: A wonderful keepsake, full of Macleans' memories.

Pre-orders are open! $10 per copy. Order via Kindo or bank transfer. If ordering via bank transfer: Macleans Primary PTA 12-3089-0170770-00. Please reference child’s name, room and ‘Yearbook’ AND email to confirm your order.

Orders close Friday 2nd December. Yearbooks will be distributed at school on Tuesday 6th December.

Swimming Pool Open for Afterschool Swims: 25 November, 2 & 9 December from 3.15

The pool will be open rain or shine for swims after-school on 25 November 2 & 9 December. Children MUST be supervised by their own parent. Ice-blocks will be for sale. There will be a main supervisor from the school and possibly PTA. We do not know how popular this will be so we will manage numbers accordingly at the pool. ie. we may have to do 15 minute interval swims.

Junior School trip to the Planetarium

The Junior School had an amazing 'out of this world' experience at the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium recently. The kids gazed in awe at the universe and pondered the complexities of the infinite universe! The visi supported their inquiry focus on 'Space' and no doubt went along way to answering some iof their inquiry questions displayed on each of the Junior classroom's Wonderwalls.

Hauora/Well-Being: World Kindness Day

A couple of weeks was World Kindness Day on 13 November. We can recognise and engage in kindness daily because a 'kind and compassionate act is often i's own reward'. Kindness can be an awesome Hauora boost too! So if we need a well-being boost, why not try some kindness to refill our cups and energy Check out the great well-being website sparklers HERE to read more about kindness and World Kindness Day.

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Dunk Mr Cooke in the Dunk Tank at the Howick Christmas parade on 11 December

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Prizegiving Is Happening Week 8, Tuesday 6 December and Thursday 8 December

Waiheke & Motutapu Teams Year 1 & 2 Prizegiving: Tuesday 6 December from 11.30 - 1pm

Rakino and Rangitoto Teams Year 3 & 4 Prizegiving: Thursday 8 December from 9.30 - 11am

Kawau Team Year 5 & 6 Prizegiving: Thursday 8 December from 11.30 - 1pm

Please note that your child's teacher will contact you if your child is receiving a prize at the prizegiving.

Year 6 Graduation dinner in the school hall on Monday 12 December. Start time and details are to be announced.

Celebration of Learning (Open Classrooms) This Week and Next

Come and visit your child's classroom and view some of the learning that has been going on!

Waiheke & Motutapu Teams: Year 1 & 2 R1 to R9: Friday 25 November from 2.00 to 2.45pm

Rakino Team: Year 3 - R17 to R20: Thursday 24 November from 9:00 to 10am

Rangitoto Team: Year 4 - R21 to R23: Tuesday 22 November from 9.30 to 10.30am

Kawau Team: Year 5/6 - R10 to R15: Friday 2 December from 2.00 to 2.45pm

Timeline for End of Year Reports and Macleans Learning Pathways

Your child's End of Year Report will be sent home in hard copy addressed in an envelope to you on Monday 12 December. If you have anything you would like to discuss about your child's report please ensure you get in contact with your child's teacher on 13 and 14 December.

The Macleans Learning Pathways will; be sent home via the SEESAW app. on Thursday 8 December between 3 and 5 pm.

As we move towards the end of the year you are reminded to please get in contact with your child''s teacher should you wish t to discuss their learning or pastoral care (ie. Macleans Values).

MPS annual Family Cricket back after a two year break: Sunday 11 December 1-3pm

Keen on playing a fun, friendly cricket game? Mums and dads, boys and girls come along to the MPS cricket pitch on Sunday 4 December from 1-3pm. Bring a picnic and your number one cricket game. Any age, skill level and ability welcome :)))

Hunger Hut Open on Friday 25 November: Ice Blocks Available at Lunch and Afterschool for $2

How about an end of the week treat for the kids? A $2 donut treat, or perhaps popcorn or a small stationery items, or even some stickers? Ice blocks available at lunch and after-school as well every Friday for the rest of Term 4The 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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Foodbank Donations: 'Tins for Tokens' (House Tokens) - Beginning NOW Until the End of Term

Over the years the Macleans Primary School community has been able to provide our local foodbanks with non-perishable food items, mainly donated from families. Once again we are a 'drop-off' point for non-perishable food items. Children can bring the food item to their class and they will receive a house token in return.

Parking: Pick-up & Drop-Off on Udall Place

The school's back entrance is accessed through Udall Place. Although not as popular for a pick-up and drop-off point, Udall Place can get quite busy after-school. Please ensure we park/drop-off/pick-up in a respectful manner and avoid parking over driveways.

MPS is a Sun Safety School...All Children Must Wear a Hat

A reminder that from Tuesday 25 October until Easter 2023, children will need to wear a school hat as part of their school uniform. Macleans Primary is a 'sun safety school'. Children play in shaded areas at morning tea at lunch if they are not wearing a hat. Children are also expected to wear their school hat to and from school. Please label the hat with your child's name and room number. Hats can be purchased from John Russell Schoolwear in Howick and online HERE.

School Shoes

Please check your child's shoes and provide the appropriate school shoes if required. Children can wear running shoes/sneakers of different colours during sports & PE activities. At all other tines children need to wear the school type shoe, which is primarily black in colour. The information about school type shoe can be downloaded below and can be found on our website.

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MPS Travelwise: Safety at The School Gate: Reminders from Auckland Council Transport

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Have You Registered for Kindo?

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.


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Macleans Primary School

10 Wycherley Drive

Bucklands Beach

Auckland, 2014

New Zealand

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