On 30th November, Macleans Primary took part in its first ever Santa Parade! We had a fantastic Float, which was organised by the PTA. They put in such a lot of work to make the day go off without a hitch! The theme of the Float was 'Macleans Turns 40!' Earlier this term, we had our 40th birthday celebrations, including the lighting some candles on the marvelous birthday cake, which was centred in the middle of the truck. There were approximately 75 children taking part in the parade. The early birds were lucky enough to get to go on the truck! The rest of the school walked along the main street of Howick, waving their pom poms and blowing their party hooters.
Thank you so much to the PTA for organising the truck and getting everyone involved in School Spirit!
Macleans Primary School celebrated being open for 40 years this year.
Over the morning announcements, Mr Bayly announced that we would add some items into a time capsule for future students and teachers to look at. We would hide the time capsule somewhere in the school. Each student wrote down a little bit about us, and we wrote down what we liked about our school. Our teachers then collected all our papers, and gathered them into a pile. Everyone went into the hall, and we all put our pieces of paper into the time capsule. Mr Bayly told us that we would wait 10 or 20 years before we would open it, and we would see if the students and teachers could find it!
On the week of our 40th anniversary, Macleans Primary made some delicious cupcakes to eat. They were filled with food colouring, icing, chocolate and lollies. When we finished, they all looked fabulous! We were very excited to eat them. We also went into the hall to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and to look at the big blue cake. Afterwards, we all ate our scrumptious looking cupcakes.
We then went for the special assembly in the hall for the ‘Happy Birthday’ picture for the newspaper. Two students were chosen to be in the photo next to the cake and got to blow out the candles.
We really had an absolutely great time!
The 40th Celebration Party games
On a bright Tuesday afternoon all classes went to their buddy reading classes and made decorations. They also played some neat party games like Pass the Parcel, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Musical chairs, Musical Statues and much, much more! We won some cool prizes.
Happy Birthday Macleans Primary!
By Lok Sze
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 21:52
The day Miss Churches got Kidnapped!
Written by Rachel Angell
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:45
Friday 22 August started off as a normal day. Room 8 went to Jump Jam with Room 11 and the rest of the school. We did 3 songs as usual, then the whole Senior School gathered in Room 11 to talk about the state of the classrooms.
Mrs Deutschmann asked us if we knew where Miss Churches was. Her face was as red as a tomato when she found out Miss Churches wasn't there! Everyone said that they had seen her in the morning. We got very worried and scared, because we didn't know where she was!
We sent some kids around the classrooms to gather some clues about where Miss Churches could be. The rest of the school got concerned too, we all wanted to know where she was! The kids came back with some envelopes with different clues in them. The clues helped us to figure out possible places for where she could be. We also talked about who could have done it! All the teachers were suspects, because we had heard them fighting in class time.
Then Miss Angell got a text from Miss Churches. It said: 'I have no idea where I am! I'm in a room I've never been in before! I can hear some cars and that's about it. I'm handcuffed and I have a gag. HELP!!!!!!' We thought it was about time to call the police so Miss Angell called Constable White.
That confirmed our ideas about where she was, so Brodie, Thinamsan, Dylan and Mrs Harper went to have a look for her. They heard Miss Churches yelling "help, help, help!" Mrs Harper went into Mr Cox's shed and found the key for the room she was locked in and managed to free Miss Churches.
Miss Churches arrived back in Room 11, pale and shaking. She said she needed some time to rest and calm down before morning tea. After Morning tea, Constable White came and asked questions about what happened.
She lined all the Senior School teachers along the front of the room and questioned where they were at the time of the disappearance. Most of the teachers had strong alibis, except for Mrs Harper. After Constable White grilled her, she finally confessed. “It was me!” Constable White came up with some solutions on how Mrs Harper could make it up to Miss Churches.
Constable White had worked her magic and found the Kidnapper. She left, and then the teachers had another confession for us! They admitted it was all a set up, and that they had been planning it for weeks! They were now very pleased to be able to be nice to Miss Churches again and have no more arguments!
What a fantastic end to our Mysteries and Clues theme week!
By Dinithi and Raihaan
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:54
Written by Rachel Angell
Sunday, 31 August 2014 20:46
On Monday 18th of August, the Senior Syndicate had a famous author named Stu Duval that came to our school and talked about his life and being an author/illustrator. He told us how he drew drawings when he was little. One of the ways he told us how to draw something was: add a ’s,’ two dots, a prickle and a line.
After that, he asked for random letters and he drew pictures out of them. Then he did the same thing, but with numbers; they were amazing!
Stu then drew a picture of a story that he was going to tell us. It was amazing to see how he drew it! It was a picture of a Pirate Ship with a pirate from the story at the front of the picture. He then told us us a story. It was called Rat Island. It was about a peasant boy on a dock called Portsmith. He was asked to join a cargo ship, but it was really a pirate ship named the TERRIFYING JANE. The story was fantastic and kept us entertained for the whole time we were there. There is a book about it in our School Library that we can read if we want to.
The picture that he drew was won by Room 11 by answering some questions about the story. Room 11 JUST beat Room 9 and 10, who had 1 point each. The picture is being displayed in the library by the I.C.T Suite with many others drawn by Stu Duval. we were so lucky to have a visit from him!
Here is a link to his website which shows you how to do some cartooning: Stu Duval
By Thomas and Bradley
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 August 2014 21:46
Written by Rachel Angell
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:21
Last week was Peace Week! Mrs Ely and the Peer Mediators organized a huge range of activities for us to do. On Monday, we got to make friendship bracelets with Loom bands in the library or take part in a Chalk Art competition.
On Tuesday, we got to decorate a yummy cookie with some icing and yummy skittles.
On Wednesday, we were lucky that we had some parents coming to eat lunch with us as well as playing some board games in the library too. The teachers even had a game of netball against the Peer Mediators!
On Thursday, we had a Peer Mediator coming to the class to read a story to us.
On Friday, we had a balloon ceremony. Each class had some balloons to let go with a special peace message inside. Room 8 were the winners with 11 balloons!
We also had a special assembly to share what Peace meant to each class. We all had some really interesting ideas! We had some creative posters, pinwheels, iMovies, a dance and even a rap!
We all had a fantastic week. A big thanks to Mrs Ely and the Peer Mediators for all the work in preparing the activities!