Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Wednesday 10 August

Big picture

Manaakitanga - Kindness

He aroha whakatō, he aroha ka puta mai

If kindness is sown, then kindness is what you shall receive.

In ThIs Newsletter

Dates For Your Diary, PTA Updates, Kids Artwork Orders, Winter Wellness, Digital Safety, R3/R9 Art, Swimming, MPS Has Talent, Fundraisers x 2, Golf for Girls, Basketball, T4 Out of Zone Enrolments, National Library Week, Health Consultation, Hauora, Peace Week, Teacher Only Day 26 August, Get to Know MPS, Cross Country, Farewell Carolyn Norris, Repeat Messages x 5

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Three weeks into the term now and we have continued with such a positive start to Term 3. Thank you to our awesome community. The attendance at MPS is high and the response to the strongly suggested advice by the MoE and MPS Board of Trustees to wear masks until a further update by the 19 August is very much appreciated.

We did not have a large number of positive COVID cases in Term 2 and we are hoping for this to continue in Term 3. An email will continue to be sent to the class that has a positive COVID case IF that child may have been infectious whilst at school.

A reminder to all of us who pick up our children in the car afterschool to be patient and courteous. For the most part, the drop and pick up bays work well and keep the traffic moving. We are fortunate to have the drop off and pick spaces as many schools do not have these and the traffic can be challenging. After a few minutes Wycherley Drive is clear, but leading up to that please keep the Macleans Values in the fore-front of your mind! :)))

I am looking forward to a great day on Friday with the School Cross Country. Thanks to all the parents who are helping out and/or coming along to cheer on the children!

A reminder to always use the 'Message Clipped/View entire message' feature if it appears at the bottom of this email/newsletter as there is lots of information in this newsletter to share, so please have a good read and enjoy!

Regards & Nga Mihi.

Matthew Cooke

Next Newsletter and Notices:

•Wednesday 24 August

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Dates For Your Diary

7-13 August Cool Schools Peace Week - Activities in Class & Buddy Classes on Thurs. 12 Aug.

7-13 August Library Week - Activities in Class & Buddy Classes on Thurs. 12 Aug.

11 August (Tomorrow)- Swimming begins for Y4 to Y6 - see classroom information.

12 August - Cross Country. - Y1 to Y3 @ 9.15 and Y4 to Y6 @ 11.45

16 August PTA Meeting- PTA Meeting int he Staffroom @ 7.30

17 August - Parent Seminar on Digital safety at Home at Macleans Primary. 6.30 to 7.30 in the staffroom

22 & 23 August - Dance Festival - Dance Festival for the MPS Dance teams @ Somerville Int.

26 August Teacher Only Day. School closed for children; Teachers curriculum and Planning Period 2 review and assessment and prep. for Planning Period 3

26 August - Last Day for Orders for the PTA Fundraiser (Baking paper, tinfoil, cling-wrap)

31 August - Last Day for Calendar Art Orders

31 August & 1 September - Parent-Child Learning Conferences. Bookings will go live from 9 am on Wed 24 August. The link will be sent home on 23 August

Wednesday's in Term 3 , begin 3 August and Last Session on Wednesday 14 September Ready, Set, Go (getting ready for school programme) 1.45 - 2.45

Friday 2 September - School Spell-a-Thon Fundraiser begins. Info. Sent home Electronically

Friday 2 September - PTA Pyjama Day (gold coin donation for pool heating fundraiser)

From Your Fantastic PTA: Four Updates For Macleans Primary School!

1. Tuesday 16th August: PTA Meeting, 7.30pm in the school staffroom, all welcome!

2. Friday 26th August: orders close for the PTA Kitchen Fundraiser

3. Wednesday 31st August: orders close for the Kids Artwork Calendars (Diaries, Greeting Cards, Mouse Mats, Sketch Pads and Smencils too!)

4. Friday 2nd September: PTA Pyjama Day (please bring a gold coin donation to support our Solar Heating fundraiser!)

Kid’s Artwork Calendars, Diaries and More are Available NOW!

Late last term, your child did a piece of stunning artwork which can be made into a Calendar, Diary, Greeting Cards (pack of 8 with envelopes), Mouse Mat or a Sketch Pad. There are also some cool smencils that you can add to your order! Great for gifts, and Christmas will creep up faster than we can sing Jingle Bells!


A notice was sent home yesterday (please check your child’s bag) which has a unique code to enter on the website. Simply order and pay via credit card or bank deposit.


Macleans Primary & The Ministry of Education Supporting Winter Wellness

The Ministry of Health has put a range of information together to support schools manage the impacts of winter illnesses and COVID-19.

This information has been compiled into one document: Winter Wellness Guide HERE

Here are useful online resources from the Ministry of Health on staying healthy:

  • Tips to help keep our tamariki well this winter – YouTube
  • Ministry of Health: Monitoring illness in children – Facebook
  • Ministry of Health: Tips on when to keep your child at home – Facebook

Home-School Partnership: Digital Safety Seminar for Parents 17 August 6.30 - 7.30

On Wednesday 17 August in the school staffroom from 6.30 to 7.30 there will be a parents digital/cyber-safety presentation from a digital technologies expert. We encourage parents to come along and hear about how parents can help make their child more cyber-safe and offer tricks and tips to support device usage and correct device usage at home.

Year 3 to Year 6 Swimming at Lloyd Elsomre Pools

Year 3 to Year 6 Swimming at Lloyd Elsomre Pools begins tomorrow. This is an important part of Heath & PE Curriculum. The lessons are weekly and run until the end of term.

R17 to R23 begin their lessons tomorrow, 11 August

R10 to R15 & R22 begin their lessons next week, 19 August

Remember to pack all the necessary gear. Refer to classroom information sent home for more detail.

Macleans Primary Has Talent

This happening in the last week of this term. Auditions are underway. More details announced soon.

Fundraisers: PTA Kitchen Wrap & School Spell-a-Thon

PTA Kitchen Wrap: See form below or you can pay through kindo or bank transfer. For the Kindo Link go HERE

MPS Annual Fundraiser - 2022 Spell-a-Thon: The dates for the Spell-a-Thon are from Friday 5 September to Wednesday 28 September. Prizes and website for gathering sponsors announced soon.

Friday 2 September: Information on how the Spell-a-Thon works sent home (e-notice, Facebook & Seesaw)

Monday 5 September: Information sent home on paper with each child

Wednesday 28 September: School-wide Spell-a-Thon testing

**Between 6 September and 28 September, children learn their words, gather sponsors and regular spot prizes. Between 29 September and 21 October, children complete sponsorship gathering**

**Top prizes announced on Friday 28 September**

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Term 4 Out of Zone Enrolments

The Board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their child at Macleans Primary School starting in Term 4 (17 October - 15 December). Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office. Out of zone enrolment forms are available online and from the school office. Link HERE for enrolments.

The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4pm, Tuesday 30 August.

Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for Term 3.

The Board has determined that there are likely to be several places available for out of zone students for Term 3. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by a ballot. If this is required it will be held on Tuesday 6 September, and parents will be notified of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Macleans Primary School Board of Trustees

National Schools Library Week: Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August

It is National School library week this week! There is an activity booklet for the students to complete and when they've completed them they will receive a special sticker and be put in the draw for a prize (one for each syndicate). The booklets were available from Monday this week and they have until Friday this week to to complete them. Winners of the prizes will be announced Monday 15th August.

Health Consultation Survey Updates

The survey is now closed. We thank everyone who completed the survey as we have enough results from respondents to help guide our Health Programmes for next year and beyond. The next steps from the survey will be shared in the next newsletter in two weeks time.

Big picture

Cool Schools Youth Peace Week: 7 to 13 August

We are in the middle of the Cool Schools Peace Week. Children have been completing different literacy, numeracy and Social Studies Peace Week activities in classrooms. Children will also be working with their buddy classes tomorrow on Peace Week activities. For more information check out the link to the Peace Foundations Peace Week HERE

Teacher Only Day: Friday 26 August

In accordance with the NZEI, The Primary Teachers Union, Macleans Primary will be closed for students on Friday 26 August. Teachers will be at school working through the following:

  • Refreshing and deepening their knowledge and practice around the local curriculum
  • Strengthening their understanding of the use of assessment tools for learning and teaching
  • Planning for the 3rd Planning Period of 2022
  • Reviewing Planning Period #2

Get to Know MPS...Learning Assistants

Steph Collard - Steph is a busy mum who enjoys walking her dogs, knitting and cake decorating

Colleen Beuth - A mum to grown-up children, Colleen enjoys socialising and spending time in the kitchen baking

Amber Cambie - When Amber is not at school she enjoys spending time with her family. Amber is a 'Whovian', a fan of all things Dr Who!

Sue McKay - Sue is a busy grandma who enjoys the beach and swimming year round. A talented artist, you can often find Sue behind a canvas painting.

Big picture

Cross Country THIS FRIDAY 12 August

The Macleans Primary Annual School-Wide Cross Country Event will be taking place on Friday 12 August. This is a 'House' event meaning students are encouraged to wear House Cazh Colours on the day (no hair dye, hair ribbons ok). If the weather is inclement we will be holding the event on Friday 19 August. Students can come to school in and go home in their Cazh. For health & safety, Students MUST wear shoes when running. Socks are recommended to wear with the shoes. Thanks in advance to all the parents who are helping on the day.

Farewell Carolyn Norris

All the best to Learning Assistant/Teacher Aide Carolyn Norris who is moving to a library support position at Baverstock Oaks in a couple of weeks, a school much closer to her home. We will certainly miss Carolyn's warmth and rapport she has with the children and teachers. We will also miss the wonderful creativity and artistic talent she has provided us all, most recently the crocheting ad knitting for staff!

Hunger Hut Open on Friday 12 August

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? 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.

Big picture

Yummy Apple Stickers: 1 Sticker = 1 House Counter

Send these in with your child and for each Yummy Apple Sticker they will receive a House Counter. You can also sticker sheets and any other information you need at Thanks!!!
Big picture

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

Big picture
Big picture

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.

Big picture


Copyright © 2022 Macleans Primary School, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Macleans Primary School

10 Wycherley Drive

Bucklands Beach

Auckland, 2014

New Zealand

Big picture