Macleans Primary School Newsletter

Wednesday 7 September

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Motuhenga - Authenticity

Tohaina ō painga ki te ao

Share your gifts with the world

In ThIs Newsletter

Dates For Your Diary, Spellathon '22, How-Pak Cricket, Dance Teams, Hauroa: Sparklers, Gymnastics Competition, PTA Fundraising, Kids Artwork, Amazing Art, MPS Has Talent, MPS Walk To School, Girls Soccer Team, School Shoes '22, Steam '22, Health Consultation, Get To Know MPS: 3/7 of Kawau Team, Celebration of Learning, Enviro. Group Updates, Pestival 27/9, Hunger Hut, HCYT School Holiday Programme, Repeat Messages x 5

Macleans Primary School Community

Hi Everyone

Let's start off by acknowledging everyone who celebrated Fathers Day the other day...hope you all had a great day! The next acknowledgement goes to all the mums, dads and children who celebrated the great learning achievements as indicated by the learning pathways and conferences the other day. There has been good achievement in numeracy and literacy and progress across the board and this should be celebrated. The learning progress and achievement was shared with the Board of Trustees the other day and it goes without saying that the BoT were very pleased indeed. Well done children!

Our annual school fundraiser this year began the other day - Spellathon '22. Please get behind this as much as you can; the words for children to learn will be coming home tomorrow, Thursday 8 September. More details below and in the hard copies of notices and electronic notices sent home.

On a final note, we have begun making plans for Camp and EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) for 2023. We won't be running any camps this year, but next year we are looking at the Y6's, Y5's and Y4's all going on a camp/EOTC day experience. Once plans are finalised we will share with you, likely at the parent information evenings for 2023 in Term 4 (see dates below).

Please enjoy this newsletter and have a great week everyone.

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 28 September (note 3 weeks between newsletter - 28 Sept. is the last newsletter of the term)

•MPS Notices and update at anytime

Dates For Your Diary

Wednesdays in Term 3 : Last Session on Wednesday 14 September Ready, Set, Go (getting ready for school programme) 1.45 - 2.45

8 September (Tomorrow) - Spellathon words sent home

9 September - Interschool Netball

23 September - Y4-Y6 Cantonese & Mandarin Speech Competition (Pigeon Mtn. School)

27 September - Y5/Y6 Mathex Competition (Sunnyhills School)

28 September - School Spell-a-Thon Fundraising (Morning)

29 September - Cazh Day for T3 Winning House

30 September - School-wide Values Day inc. school Cazh Day

30 September - Last Day of Term 3 (School closes at regular time of 3pm)

17 October - First Day of Term 4


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

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**

**Details closer to the time**

Spellathon 2022

Thanks everyone for getting behind this Annual School Fundraising Event. On Monday this week hard copies of the information were sent home. The words for the 'spellathon' will be sent home TOMORROW, Thursday 8 September. In the meantime, spot prizes will begin very soon, likely tomorrow-early next week. As for sponsorship and fundraising, there are many options. Fifty cents a word? ! Dollar a word? A total amount upon completion?

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Hauora/Well-Being: Sparklers and Spring Time

Check out the Sparklers Website HERE. Sparklers is looking for signs of Ahikaea, our first month of Spring! According to Maramataka we can spend time in our māra (garden) and to be creative.

Gymnastics Competition: Friday 2 September

Congratulations to Divan, Jacob, Jaydene, Kayne, Thenuka and Kimberly for placing in the top 8 for the individual sessions. Well done to all of those who took part in gymnastics this term. You can be proud of your hard work and dedication. Please see the pics below of some of the team members.

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Kid’s Artwork Calendars, Diaries and More are REOPENED FOR SALE Available NOW - EXTENDED ORDER DATE

Due to many requests, we have reopened the orders for the Calendars (and other products too!)


1. Go to (HERE)

2. Use the Entrance Code KZ938

3. Enter your child’s room & name when prompted

Orders are open from today and MUST close 9am Friday 30th September

ORDERS MUST, MUST, MUST CLOSE at the end of term, Friday 30 September

Amazing Art @ MPS

See the pics below of the latest art displays in the hall.

Macleans Primary Has Talent

This happening in the last week of this term. Auditions are underway. More details of the finals to be announced soon.
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Girls Soccer Team

Congratulations girls on your great football playing at two tournaments recently. You performed displaying the MPS Values from the first to the final whistle. A few wins and a few draws meant the team finished 4th and 5th out of 10 and 12 respectively in the tournaments. Thanks to all the parents who helped out and supported, providing snacks and water and massive amounts of cheering!

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.

STEAM 2022: Newton's Laws of Motion - Inertia

The STEAM programme is in 'full steam' ahead mode. Most recently the children have been investigating Newton's Laws of Motion; The Egg Drop, which you can see in the picture above, is a classic science demonstration that illustrates Newton's Laws of Motion, namely inertia.

Health Consultation: Please contact Matthew if needed

A number of survey respondents added their contact details to the survey. I am not sure if this section was clear in stating it was for me to contact them for further discussion or simply 'add your name and details. Anyway, I will not contact people who added their details. Please contact me HERE if you would like to discuss the survey further.

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 survey indicates the following, and the next steps are below.

1.Well-Being & Hauora is highly valued as a feature of MPS Next steps....Continue developing programmes and ways to increase Hauora and support well-being for all students, teachers and Macleans Primary School Community)

2. Y5 and Y6 Pubertal Change Programme is needed. Next Steps...Ensure that different content is differentiated between year 5 and year 6 students.

3. Peer Mediation Programme is considered extremely important. Next Steps...Continue this and find ways to make it even more effective

4. A few different Health & PE Topics for possible coverage were listed, including growth mindset, resilience and social media. Next Steps...continue coverage of resilience and positive mindset ensuring that navigation of social media is included

5. The feedback we received on sports was that overall we covered a number of sports and gave children good opportunities at competitive and 'fun' sports events. Next Steps...continue to find ways to develop the 'fun sports events' and look for ways to grow the sport programme at MPS (ie. a dedicated sport coordinator)

6. Anything else you would like to comment on/see at MPS question gave us a number of different ides and food for thought. I am pleased to say, however, that we are in tune with a number of the responses! Next Steps...fencing (happening soon/early next year), Enviro. programme (ideas developing), music (ideas developing, outside private group at MPS). support programmes (developing ideas), certificates (currently at assemblies), interest activities (ideas developing).

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Get to Know MPS...3/7 of the Kawau Team (4/7 next newsletter)

Melanie Harper - R15 & Kawau Team Leader. When Melanie is not being a busy mum to 3 daughters, she can be found spending time boating on the Hauraki Gulf boat. Dog walking and reading are also enjoyed by Melanie.

Caitlin Waite - R12 Teacher. Caitlin enjoys all sports, especially tennis and netball. Travelling and photography are two of her hobbies, and combing the two into 'travel photography'

are a real hit for Caitlin.

Diana Ready - R10 Teacher. Diana enjoys sewing and reading, which certainly help get Diana into relaxation mode after being a busy mum. Local to the Howick area, Diana enjoys the local Howick life and all that the beaches have to offer.

Upcoming Event: Celebration of Learning in Week 9: Monday 19 September - Friday 23 September

Classrooms open for celebrations of learning are coming later in September, from the 19th to the 23rd Class times and details announced closer to the time.. Visit your child's classroom and see some of the great learning your child has been working on. Everyone invited from mums to dads, grandparents to friends and uncles to aunties!

Enviro. Group Visits Pigeon Mountain

As part of the Pestfree Cadetship Enviro Programme, the Enviro team recently visited Pigeon Mountain and learned and studied about native trees, pests and how do a bird count. Please see the photos below.

Upcoming Enviro. Event: Pestival at Macleans Primary School 0n 27 September

Are you keen to hear more about how to deal with pests? What about how to trap and catch pests? If so, join the Macleans primary School Enviro team for this event. Details below and in the downloadable form.

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Hunger Hut Open on Friday 9 September

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.

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Year 3 to Year 6 Swimming at Lloyd Elsomre Pools

A reminder that the swimming continues until the end of term. Please check notices and communication from your child's class for more details, Year 3 to Year 6 only.
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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 get sticker sheets and any other information you need at Thanks!!!

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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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10 Wycherley Drive

Bucklands Beach

Auckland, 2014

New Zealand

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