School Cross Country


And they are off…Mac Bay children enjoying a run in the sun on Friday 6th December. A beautiful summer day, lots of smiles and high fives, personal goals achieved were just some of the standout points of our cross country. Set in the sheep paddocks up behind school is a great location for this event to take place.

Show, tell and pet at Macandrew Bay School

It’s not every day you get to take your pet to school but for pupils at Macandrew Bay that’s exactly what they were allowed to do today.

A menagerie of very tame animals, kept in all manner of cages and on leads occupied the school grounds.

The children took their chance to show off their furry, and not so furry friends, not just to each other, but also to the pet show judge.

Click here to view the action from the day

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Book Fair

Rachel Aluesi and a fantastic team of parents have run a successful book fair at our school this week. We would like to thank them for all the hard work involved in this event. On Friday the children came to school dressed up in fantastic costumes as all sorts of characters from books and well known stories. We had an assembly where we got to meet all of the characters as soon as we got to school, while we all still looked at our best. The children looked amazing. Thank you parents for all your help with the costumes!

Walk and Wheel Week

We have all been doing our best to walk or wheel to school instead of hopping in the car and getting driven to school all the time .

We had a great time on Wednesday the 29th of February when Mayor Dave Cull, Andy Adams and the Sport Otago team and local policemen accompanied most of the school community as we walked to school from both ends of our fantastic walkway. We even had a very special giraffe join us to see we got safely across the roads!

We really value this fantastic asset and look forward to the day when the walkway will extend from Taiaroa Heads all the way to town and beyond!


Exciting Art Projects

We have been very lucky to have started the year with two very exciting art projects

Martin Poppelwell and Simon Kaan collaborated on a beautiful mural on a wall in our school playground in February.

The mural is entitled ‘Study for a Southern Rata’ and was inspired by a special rata down at the Macandrew Bay Beach area. Martin and Simon were our artists in residence for a week and we loved talking to them and watching them at work. Our students had an opportunity to add their ideas to the mural and each night Simon and Martin would look through their drawings and gather up images. it was exciting to see some of the children’s ideas and motifs appearing in the mural and adding to the fantastic artwork created by our resident artists. At the end of the week we had a ‘Handing Over’ Ceremony where we thanked Martin and Simon. We are going to enjoy this mural for years to come!

We would like to thank Resene and the DCC ‘Keep Dunedin Beautiful’ group for their practical help with this project.

Mac Bay Wall Art 2012   – Click here to see the video made by the Room 7 children.


“Spot the Bay” Painting project

Local artists and Art Educators , Kerry Mackay and Pamela Brown, have just completed another exciting art project with our students. They spent two mornings with each class working on a fantastic painting project. Each child had their own spot to paint where they could paint colours, patterns, shapes and motifs that they see in the world around them living in Macandrew Bay.

We also learned lots about the work of the famous artist Yayoi Kusama and the way spots appear in her work. We are going to polurethene these artworks and will then make into installations where we hang them in colourful groups inside our school environment. Some may hang from trees, appear in areas of our playground or be seen in our internal as well as external spaces.

Kerry and Pamela were lots of fun to work with and we had a great time working on our paintings with them.

Roll Growth Classroom

The start of 2012 has seen rapid progress being made on our new classroom and we are all really excited to see it getting closer and closer to being completed. We hope that our Year 5 students and Mr Mitchell will be all set up in the new classroom early in March. In the meantime they are turning the Library into their classroom space for the first few weeks of the year.