SCHOOL IS OPEN AT: Red of the Covid Protection Framework

Kia ora everyone,

School will remain open at all the traffic light settings for all students to attend, subject to health and safety standards. At Red, this means schools and kura are open for on site learning for all students.

The teachers are looking forward to seeing your tamariki.

There are a few things to remember.Hopefully, you have all read an email from Nic outlining our school procedures during this time. Click here to download

Drop offs and pick ups

To minimise congestion and for health safety reasons, we ask that parents and caregivers do drop offs and pick-ups from outside the school grounds.Parents are encouraged to drop their children at one of the two main gates if your child is comfortable with that ,Tennis court entrance or the entrance near the Chemist Shop. Children are to use hand sanitiser on entry into the buildings. Children from Toroa, Korimako, Karerarea classes need to use the doors closest to the field to enter and exit their classrooms. The Junior classes working in the library space need to enter using the door closest to the playground. However we understand that a small number of parents will still need to come onsite, for example to settle in a new entrant into the classroom. We ask you to wear a face mask in these instances and we encourage you to remain 2 metres physically distant from others, especially when indoors. Please also scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app and sign the parents onsite list.

For the end of the day children could meet parents at an arranged spot, outside the school grounds if possible, at one of the two main gates or the tennis courts. The school car park is problematic as a meeting point and we prefer for health and safety reasons this area is avoided as children often run across the car park area which is a dangerous habit to get into. We are happy to walk children down to Ralph Ham Park after school if you let us know that you would like this. The children meet us at the school bell tower at 3.05pm and we walk them down from there. The parking down there is much easier too.

Parents who need to speak to the office staff or teachers should preferably do so via a phone call or an email if that is possible over the next while. If an adult needs to drop something off, such as medication or a forgotten lunch, they should walk directly to the school office wearing a mask, sanitise their hands on entry to school, scan in or sign in and depart after business is completed. Irene will continue to sell stationery packs.She has a table set up just in the entrance way of the school office. If you are unable to come into school please email Irene admin@macandrewbay.school.nz for the price of your child’s stationery pack. You will need to pay into our school bank account stating the name of your child and stationery as the code. Please notify Irene when you have done this and she will deliver the stationery pack to your child’s class.

After school Magic Kids staff will develop a safe departure process which reflects the practices outlined in this document. Usually parents are asked to phone the Magic Kids cellphone and the Magic Kids staff bring children out to meet parents in the carpark.


The Mac Bay team

updated 7:50pm -Wednesday 8th September 2021

Welcome to Macandrew Bay School

Our school has been an important part of the Macandrew Bay community since it was established in 1859. We are a semi rural school, set in the pretty satellite suburb of Macandrew Bay on the Otago Harbour. We value our location on the Otago Peninsula with its rich diversity of historical human settlement, links to Otakou Marae, natural beauty and unique wildlife. We are a keen Enviroschool and we encourage our students to be active citizens who contribute to their world and the lives of others. We run Inquiry learning programmes based on themes that the children have expressed enthusiasm for learning about. We have strong Arts, Cultural and Sports programmes and a number of Sports teams. All students in the school learn Maori and children who wish to can join our extension group, Te Mua Upoko.

We have seven classrooms and teach children in Years 1 to 6. Our roll is healthy and we usually start the year with150+ children and end the year with approximately 170 students. We have had to build a new classroom to help accommodate our growing numbers. We have a school pool that the children love to learn to swim in and swimming is an important part of our Term 1 programme. Our playground has been upgraded thanks to the hard work of our Home and School members and many of the parents at the school. In 2015 we completed a big upgrade of our Main classroom block and added a new Learning Hub that houses our Library and is also a multi-purpose space where the school gathers, learns together and has Dance classes etc.

Our mission statement is ‘Simply the best for our children’. We believe that our children deserve an excellent, well rounded education. We aim to be the best we can be and we have high expectations that students attending our school will be successful, happy, confident learners who will be able to make a great contribution to the world and the community they live in.

Strong parental involvement and community support are an important feature of our school culture. We have a strong Home and School Committee, a great Board of Trustees, Parent Reading Tutors and a large group of parents who help with pool testing, school trips, sports teams, School Camp and many of the other activities that take place as part of our school’s rich and broad curriculum. The school is a friendly and welcoming place where people meet, chat and catch up with each other. It is one of the central hubs for the Macandrew Bay community.

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