School Information



‘Simply the Best for our Children’


  • High expectations
  • Students succeeding
  • To be a strong and flourishing school into the future
  • To be the best we can be

This information has been prepared to help you and your child become familiar with the routines and organisation of Macandrew Bay School.

The School programme has been designed to meet the needs of the children in this community. Helping children to achieve their potential academically, culturally, physically and socially is the basic aim of the school.


Macandrew Bay School is a decile ten primary school with seven classes and a growing roll of approximately 150-170 pupils. The school has been an integral part of the Macandrew Bay community since 1859. Strong parental involvement and community support are features of the school culture. We have 13 teachers and 4 teachers aides currently working in our school.

We are a semi-rural school, set in the picturesque satellite suburb of Macandrew Bay, on the Otago Harbour. Macandrew Bay is part of the distinctive Otago Peninsula with its rich diversity of historical human settlement, natural beauty and unique wildlife.


  • High expectations
  • Students succeeding
  • To be a strong and flourishing school into the future
  • To be the best we can be

What we mean by this is that we want to empower everyone at Macandrew Bay School:

  1. To have high expectations of themselves and a passion for learning that will equip them for life.
  2. To set and achieve their goals and work towards their dreams.
  3. To be active citizens who contribute to their world and the lives of others.
  4. To face challenges with self-belief and resilience.
  5. To have high expectations of teaching and learning.


Macandrew School’s ERO Report is extremely positive and ERO has recommended that the next review occur in four to five years, rather than the three years which is a typical review period. The report comments as follows:

Students, teachers and trustees have developed positive relationships with each other. They all expressed a genuine pride in, and sense of belonging to, the school. ERO observed a genuine passion for learning and a desire to move the school from good to great.

Students at this school are achieving very well in reading, writing and mathematics with many students achieving highly in comparison to their peers nationally. The trustees have prioritised funding so that those students with additional learning needs are catered for. The school provides a supportive environment for Maori students to achieve success.

The quality of teaching for students is very high. The students know what they are learning and teachers use students ideas to plan interesting programmes. The teachers make good use of assessment information to know the progress of individual students and to plan the next steps n their learning. Students are encouraged to think about their own learning and set their own learning goals.

ERO also commented that the school is well governed and managed.


Literacy/Numeracy Focus

We are committed to raising the achievement of literacy and numeracy in our school and ensure that a sound foundation is provided in Years 0,1,2,3. The Junior Years are focussed on providing quality literacy and numeracy programmes so that the children begin the Middle years well equipped to utilise knowledge using these skills. The Middle/Senior years focus on consolidation of these skills, utilising them through higher order thinking activities and challenging children to achieve at their highest level. Three of our eight teachers are trained Reading Recovery teachers.

Thinking Skills

We have developed a school-wide Thinking Skills Programme whereby children are taught many ways of thinking including DeBono’s 6 Thinking Hats PMI, Critical Thinking, Questioning, Analytical Thinking and using graphic organisers to think about issues.

Our goal is that children will develop higher-order thinking skills and become critical, divergent thinkers.

Multiple Intelligence

Our school is a Multiple Intelligence (M.I.) school whereby we believe that each child has not one, but 8 areas of intelligence. Children explore all 8 areas and strengths naturally emerge. By focusing programmes on these strengths, and developing weaker intelligences, children discover intrinsic motivation and begin to value life-long learning.

The 8 intelligence areas are: verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematics, visual/spatial, musical, bodily/kinaesthetic, naturalistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal.

Self Regulated Learning

We provide a set of tools to help children control their learning environment so that they can set goals, stay on task, and achieve. Children are very aware of what they are learning, what they are trying to achieve, and their next learning goals. They are learning how to learn and gain an understanding of themselves as learners. We work hard to develop the children’s key competencies of thinking, managing self, relating to others, participation and contributing and using language symbols and text.

Environmental Education

Our school is an Enviro-School and we work hard to raise the children’s awareness of environmental issues. We have an edible garden at school and the children enjoy growing and cooking their own vegetables at school.

We have an Enviro Team called the Macandrew Bay World Savers who lead the school in this area. We have a Vision map and a Care Code for our school which has been created by the children.

Values Programme

Our school values are very important to us and we regularly talk about them at our weekly Focus Assemblies with the children. These values came out of rigorous consultation with our students and parents. Our core values are respect, responsibility, independence, passion for learning, kindness and caring and honesty.

Te Reo and Music

We employ a specialist Te Reo/Music teacher who provides high quality programmes catering for our talented children.

Te Mua Upoko Group

We also have an optional extension opportunity for Y3-Y6 students in Te Reo Maori and Maori cultural activities over and above normal classroom activities.


All children have the opportunity to participate in after school sports such as Hockey, Miniball, Teeball, Netball, Club Rugby, Soccer and Cricket, the local Yacht Club.



The school has excellent amenities including: a large library with a teaching space off it, seven or eight classrooms, a reading recovery room, a music room, a sports shed, a covered heated swimming pool, tennis courts, adventure playground, outdoor play area and a dental clinic.


The Principal and Staff welcome informal chats with parents/caregivers.If parents have something more in depth to discuss about their child it is a good idea to make a time to meet.


9.00 a.m. – 10.30 am.

10.30am. – 10.50 am. Morning interval

10.50am. – 12.30 pm. (Lunch 12:30- 1:30pm)

1.30pm. – 3.00 p.m.

School does commence at 9.00 a.m. We all know about mornings that nothing goes to plan, but it does help your child’s teacher if all children are ready in their classrooms by 9.00 a.m. Children start the day more positively too if they are able to come to school a few minutes early, settle in and be ready to start at 9.00am with everybody else.


Yr0 children who enter school from July-December, aged 5.

Yr1 first year at school.

Yr2 second year at school.

Yr3 third year at school.

Yr4 fourth year at school.

Yr5 fifth year at school.

Yr6 sixth year at school.

Yr7 children move to their next school


Children cannot be admitted before their 5th birthday, but the enrolment papers can be filled in and dropped into school. A Birth Certificate and Immunisation Certificate is required on enrolment. For students emigrating from overseas we need to see passports for enrolment purposes too.


A close liaison is formed with the local Playcentre and children along with their parents are given an opportunity to visit the Yr1 room before the child starts school. There will be an opportunity to discuss any queries you may have with the Principal at the time your child is admitted to the school.

Parent/Teacher contact is most important so do not hesitate to arrange to discuss any problems with the teachers concerned. Various school functions enable parents to meet the teaching staff and each other.


In general children will be placed in a Yr1 class where general routines will be established to carry them through the Junior Years. The normal practice is for the children to remain at school for the full 9.00 am – 3.00 pm day.


Children who have previously attended another school should bring with them on their first day any books used at the other school. If you have their last reports or a note from the teacher please bring these too. Information which will help us place a pupil in the best group is most valuable.


Parent/Teacher interviews are arranged in March/April and July/August and written reports issued Mid year and in December, with an opportunity for an interview if required.


We aim to make each child as independent as he/she is capable of being. Remember each child is an individual so it is dangerous to compare social and intellectual development of children, even those from the same family as all children develop in different stages and ways.


School newsletters are produced weekly on Fridays and are distributed to each child who attends this school. Spares are available from the office. Copies of our newsletter can also be downloaded from our website each week or read off the website.


Due to unusual circumstances (usually snow, severe, frosty road conditions or a heating breakdown), school may be closed or the starting time delayed. This closure may be announced over Radio 4ZB, 4XO or Radio Dunedin usually from 7.00 a.m. The Otago Primary Principals Association may issue a general directive (i.e. snow conditions) and this applies to all schools in the Dunedin area including Macandrew Bay.


The school participates in the Book Club operated by Scholastic N.Z. Ltd. Order forms are given to the children with a closing date for orders approximately 2 weeks later. Orders generally take 3 weeks to arrive. Please make cheque payable to Macandrew Bay School.


It is essential for you to please telephone the school before 9.15 am if your child is absent through sickness or for any other reason. Please note that an answerphone message may be left if you wish to phone before 8.30 am. Failure to do this will lead us to believe that your child has left home but has not arrived at school. We are concerned about the safety of your child and we will try to contact you to verify absences.


Whenever there is a change of address, home or business telephone, parents hours of work, medical information or family circumstances and emergency contact, please inform the school promptly. Out of date information can mean that we are unable to contact you in an emergency. It is IMPORTANT that up to date emergency contact information is kept.


We are all aware of the delight children have in sharing special things with other children in the class situation. Every care is taken to ensure the safety of such objects, but no responsibility can be assumed by staff for these items.

We do discourage children from bringing toys to school.


Banking Day with ANZ is Monday, if there is enough interest. This gives the children an opportunity to get into a savings habit if their parents wish them to bank regularly.


Some classes, mostly senior classes use the Library Bus on Wednesdays between 2.00-2.30 p.m. They need to have a Dunedin Public Library card at school for this to happen.


The school’s bookshop stocks the various items of stationery used by the children. Whenever a child requires stationery, his/her teacher will send home a form giving the necessary details.


Lunch is eaten under supervision from 12.30-12.40pm.

Children may order and pay for their lunches at school. Monitors are on duty before school in R.1 and lunches are delivered outside R.1 at lunchtime.

A list of what can be ordered from the local store can be obtained from the Office. We only have healthy options that meet the Heart Foundation’s guidelines e.g.. fresh and toasted sandwiches, dagwoods, yoghurt and fruit.


The Dental Health Service caters for all children from the age of 2.5 years. The Dental Therapists see children on site at the Bathgate Park School periodically. When your child is due to see them they will send out an appointment card. If your child has an oral health problem in the meantime feel free to contact the clinic on 03 4559279. It’s official name is: Dunedin South Community Oral Health Clinic.


Parents will be asked for a voluntary donation towards general school activities of $25 per term or $100 per annum. Parents do not have to pay this but we certainly appreciate the difference these donations make to our ability to provide curriculum materials to our students. As a Decile 10 school our income from The Ministry of Education is about half the funding that a lower decile school would get, so we have come to rely on funds raised from school donations to provide the materials and equipment we need in the classrooms.


Our school believes it is important to enrich the students’ learning by having visiting performers coming to the school, attending inter school sports and cultural and making trips to local facilities such as the Art Gallery, Museums and other places relevant to the students’ learning. Entry charges and transport costs will be passed onto parents. Parents will be notified of upcoming events and their costs via the newsletter and other school notices that are sent home. We will make all possible efforts to keep these extra charges to a reasonable level each term. It is always appreciated if money is sent along to school in a named envelope with the appropriate tear off slip.

We usually charge one activity fee for the term that covers all extra activities.

ALL MONEY is to be handed to the school secretary. If remitting by cheque please make cheque out to Macandrew Bay School.


A key to the school Swimming Pool can be purchased for the swimming season on payment of a sum fixed by the Board of Trustees annually. A bond is charged for the key but this money is refunded at the end of the season upon return of the key. The community play a major part in running our school pool and we have a parent roster to check for iron levels etc. We have a heat pump that keeps our pool heated at a very comfortable 27-28 degrees.


Macandrew Bay Sun Hats are available at school for sale. Contact the school office. All children must have a named Sun Hat at school. It doesn’t have to be a Macandrew School one, but we do want to see all children wearing hats in Terms 1 and 4 or playing in the shade.







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