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 Term 1, Week 5 2020
March 5th, 2020
Kia Ora Koutou, 

This week we have launched a new school website. Our old website had become dated both in terms of content and design. The new website contains a collection of information from our MKK App notifications, our digital school newsletters, parent handbook and our google calendar. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with this new website.

School Policies and Procedures
Over the past 6 months we have undertaken a significant review of the policies and procedures that underpin the functionality of Maraekakaho School. The result of this work is the adoption of a new policy management system called School Docs. Once the policies are formally adopted, you will be notified and you will be able to log in from our school website to view and review policies. More information will come out about this from the Board of Trustees in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 - Coronavirus
As you will know the Ministry of Health’s Director-General announced a third confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Zealand.  

We have been taking daily advice from the Ministry Of Education regarding the situation. Some people have been asking when a school might close. The answer is that we are a very long way from that situation. At this stage, there is no reason that children should not be going to school. A decision to close a school if that became necessary would be made by the local medical Officers of Health.

In the meantime, it continues to remain that the best thing to do is to practice good preventative measures, particularly good hygiene:
  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
  • Putting used tissues in the bin
  • Keeping yourself and your children at home if they are unwell

Busy Times For All
The last two weeks have been hectic at Maraekakaho School. We have had the Year 4-8 Swimming Sports, Inter-school Swimming Sports, teams competing in the Epro8 competition, parent interviews and the Life Education mobile classroom visiting. Today we have our year 7/8 students at the Town and Country School (TACS) Triathlon event and tomorrow Rooms 1-3 will be holding their swimming displays. My thanks to all of the teaching and support staff for your efforts to run these successful events. A special congratulations to the students who have tried their very best in the student events. Further details and photos are below.

Buildings and Property
It is very disappointing to report further delays to our new classrooms being completed. The Ministry of Education along with their contractor Interlink are constantly changing rules and promises. I am working closely with the Board of Trustees to do the very best we can in a highly frustrating process.


In last weeks newsletter, I wrote a piece about behaviour management. If you didn't get a chance to read that, I encourage you to do so. This week I wanted to share some thoughts and information more specifically about bullying.

Throughout my time in education, I have had parents talk to me about bullying. Bullying is a highly complex issue that all schools address from time to time. Bullying is a deliberate, harmful behaviour that is often repeated, or continues over a period of time. It often involves a power imbalance and it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. Bullying takes place in the digital world too, through cyberbullying and texting.

All members of the school, including students themselves, have a responsibility to recognise bullying and to take action when they are aware of it happening. Bullying behaviour can be overt (directly and easily observed) or covert (indirect and hidden or less easily observed). A great deal of bullying is covert with bullying behaviour rarely occurring in front of adults. If students are being bullied, they need to feel supported and know what to do.

Traditionally, many schools have responded to bullying incidents using punishment, and by standing-down students who initiate bullying behaviours. This approach relies on students reporting bullying to adults, and adults taking action to fix the situation. It provides few opportunities for students (or teachers and parents) to learn new ways to manage social behaviours and does not take account of research findings that:

  • bullying incidents often go unreported
  • a common student perception is that schools will not address their concerns
  • reporting bullying to teachers can make the bullying worse.

Instead approaches that work well address incidents of bullying through social problem solving. Social problem solving involves students, parents and whānau working with school staff to create solutions (for example, promoting opportunities for students to be involved in decisions about the management of digital technology at the school). At Maraekakaho School our approach to bullying includes:

  • commitment to a whole-school approach
  • a focus on developing healthy social behaviours and strategies (rather than only addressing bullying behaviours).
  • the provision for planning and regular monitoring and evaluation of outcomes
  • a long-term sustainable approach through the behaviour management and discipline plans
  • professional development for all staff
  • development of ‘safe telling’ culture and systems to encourage confidential reporting (eg. through student surveys)

We encourage you to reinforce the messages from school such as the ‘Can you handle it’ tool (see below), and to speak with your child’s teacher when issues remain unresolved.

Phil Jones
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Latest News From MKK...
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The FREE guitar for 2020 went to
a student from Parkvale School.
Thanks Steve
Maraekakaho Y4 - Y8 Swimming Sports
What a great day at the pool. Achievements in abundance.
Selected students participated at St Josephs School last week at the Interschool Swimming Sports.  Some great swimming results to be shared at assembly.
EPRO8 - Engineering Problem Solving Innovation Competitions
Y5/6 Mixed teams & Y7/8 Boys & Y7/8 Girls
Representations from Mkk did extremely well at the Hastings Cluster events last week.
Both teams below won their events and will go through to the HB Champs on 18th and 19th March.  Congratulations to you and good luck for the next event.
Maraekakaho School's R6 students are close to finishing these 2 awesome Horse of the Year banners with the help of Resene and LandRover - the major sponsors of this event.  A girls banner and a boys banner. 
Look out for our banners on display at HOY.  They have been entered into a competition with the first prize of "A Year’s Worth of Resene Paints for the School."  We are helping Hawke’s Bay celebrate a Sporting Milestone of 22 years in the Bay.
Our complimentary visit to HOY for these students cannot take place because they will be away on camp, but thanks HOY.
Thanks to Mrs Armenio and Keryn Whitney for your support in making this happen.
Stunning art for individuals chosen endangered species,, to be followed by a report specific to their chosen animal. 
 Voluntary Donations -  
These remain at the same level they have been for a number of years.  Invoices will be produced in March.
$120 for 1 student, 
$200 for a 2 student family,
$270 for a 3 student family.
We value every contribution, part payments or payments in full.
10am to 3pm 

2 weeks to go

Get your SQUASH at school, 

$2 each
pay at the office please

Beautiful and fresh

Thanks to Brownrigg Ag
and Ruth Taylor
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Cowpat Bingo tickets - you have them,  money and stubbs back to the office by March 13th - thanks
  • For your contributions to the R7 (School Stalls) - thanks. Really fabulous result...
  • For your volunteer support on the day and preceding days...
  • For your many other donations...
  • For your tireless work behind the scenes
  • To the organisers...
  • Support of your kids.........
We Need More Volunteers for the Market Day on Saturday 21st March.
Spots that need to be filled include:
 - Food Stalls 10am - 12pm
 - Food Stalls 12pm - 3pm
 - Gumboot Throw 10am - 12pm
 - Parking
Please get in touch with
Jennifer Lissette on with when you can help.
Maraekakaho School Board of Trustees 
Photos are on our website
Rachel Agnew (Chairperson) 027 7640400
Dereck Ferguson 027 8074575
Shane Kyle 027 4218426
Sandy Mowat  021 552680
Leigh Smith 027 5760171

Use the link above or go to the APP STORE...look for for Mkk School and load the app.  Subscribe to as many alert groups as you like - eg: room numbers, buses, sports.....................
Hey presto! 
You get our messages :)


After-School Care here in the Mkk  community.
Enrolment packs are at the office or can be requested directly via Adelle at YMCA  -  or 027 2048909
The on-site supervisor is Jean - 027-9577120  (during OSCAR hours)

JUICIES & MOOSIES – for sale @ school on Tuesdays and Thursdays lunchtime (1pm) -$1.50................ 
SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL - when you spend! SIMPLE!!!
Mention our name “Maraekakaho School” when you shop at these businesses and your children could reap the benefits of the points/money donated.
        *  Tumu ITM -  ask @ TUMU ITM
                *  Northfuels  - contact Northfuels 0800 4843543 or the school office.    


 Drop your old phone into the box in the office........
It is estimated that each year up to three million phones become obsolete in NZ, of those only 2% are recycled.
Phones collected help our school gain valuable rewards and the environment benefits as well keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances.  

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In-home Digital Technician Services
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Contact: Ben Skilton  027 212 0420

Services include;
Smart TV configuration
New PC set up and install
Printer set up
Sonos sound system installs
Chromecast/Apple TV install & set up
Smart home technology
WiFi extension solutions
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By selecting the appropriate subscriptions, we are able to  send notifications that are relevant only to you.
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