Kia ora everyone,

School is open and teachers are looking forward to seeing your tamariki (children).

There are a few things to remember. Hopefully, you have all read an email from Bernadette outlining our school procedures during this time. Click here to download the Mac Bay Health and Safety Guidance Plan

Drop offs and pick ups

  • 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 or staff carpark. Children are to use hand sanitiser on entry into the buildings. Late-comers head straight to the office.
  • Some children may be anxious or reluctant to leave parents at the gate. If this is the case, parents may bring their child to the classroom door, do the hand-over, and then leave the school promptly after scanning in as a visitor on the school site and also signing in on the visitor register and noting their time in and out of the school. Parents don’t need to write their phone or addressa s we have those details. Parents may want to wear a mask if they do come inside the school. This is encouraged but not mandated.
  • Parents of younger children or children needing more support may need to collect their child from the classroom, scanning in and signing the visitor contact tracing sheet each time they are on the school property. Older or more independent children may be able to meet their parents at an arranged spot, outside the school grounds and this would be really helpful while we are in Level 2 to avoid congestion and congregation within the school. 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.


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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