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Message from the Principal

11 May 2016

Dear Parents

1. 2016 Extra-Curricular Activity Fees and rebates on these fees for parents who have paid the annual school donation of $550.00.

The Macleans College Board of Trustees believe that in the interest of fairness and equity for those parents who have paid the annual school donation, a rebate should be available on the fees charged by the school for extra-curricular activities listed below. This is in recognition of their valued support of both curricular and extra-curricular activities at Macleans College.

The school donation for 2016 is $550.


Fee charged ($NZ) for each extra-curricular activity

Rebated fee charge ($NZ) for parents who have paid the annual school donation

School Ball - Year 12-13 students only - OPTIONAL

155.00 (indicative price)

105.00 (indicative price)

Magazine - Years 9-13 - OPTIONAL


No charge

Graduation Dinner - Year 13 only - OPTIONAL

130.00 (indicative price)

70.00 (indicative price)


60.00 per activity*

No charge

Stage Band
Senior Concert Band
Macleans Symphony Orchestra
Training Band
Senior Orchestra (MSO)
Chamber Orchestra Ensemble
Macleans College Choir
Barbershop (inc. quartets)

60.00 one ensemble eg Choir *

No charge

Stage Challenge


No charge

* Travel, meals, accommodation
Sport / Music / Dance

* Other charges eg selection in a premier sports team, hockey turf fees, transport and accommodation for participation at some local, and all national and overseas tournaments, festivals and competitions are extra to the above.

Tournaments / Festivals

  • National
  • Overseas

  • Cost at time
  • Cost at time

  • Cost at time + 20% rebate
  • Cost at time + 20% rebate

Year 9 and Year 12 Camp Leaders

$300.00 – Year 9 / $175 – Year 12 (indicative cost)

$250.00 - Year 9 / $125.00 - Year 12 (indicative cost)

When the school donation (which is tax deductible) is paid in full at any time within the current calendar year all extra-curricular fees that have been paid during the year will be rebated to match the fees charged to parents who pay the school donation.

Please note that if the school donation has not been paid and no arrangement has been made to pay it during this year by instalments, students taking part in most activities in our extra-curricular programme will be charged the activity fees (some indicative at this stage) as illustrated.

If the activity fee has not been paid by Tuesday 7 June 2016 students will be unable to participate in their chosen activity until they are paid and please note these fees can also be paid by instalment, during this year, by arrangement with our accounts department.

The school will also consider any request for assistance paying these fees due to financial hardship.

2. Health and Safety

Please see below a policy of Macleans College regarding Vehicle Use and Safety and recent additions that have been made to the policy and approved by the Board of Trustees at the April 2016 meeting.



The Macleans College Board of Trustees recognises its obligation to provide safe control of vehicles used to move college staff and students to sports and other events. The Board of Trustees also wishes to put in place rules governing the range of uses that school vehicles can be put to, and general conditions of use. The Board of Trustees also addresses the transport of students by parents, community members and other students.

a) Use of school vehicles:


There is always some risk in moving people on the roads. This policy, however, aims at minimising the risks involved on school trips:

Management must ensure that adequate checks are carried out on a daily or otherwise scheduled basis to ensure approved purposes vehicles fitness for use. The vehicle must be checked daily to assess any damage. Vehicles must be driven by an adult staff member, with a suitable license, or another authorised adult. Vehicles must always be driven with prudence and the recognition that several lives are entrusted to the drivers’ responsibility. Vehicles may not be driven when loaded with more passengers than seats properly provide for.


Macleans College vehicles are to be used only on college business or for the transportation of students/staff for officially approved expedition. This use will generally be restricted to the area in greater Auckland which corresponds with normal sports and co-curricular activities. Trips to destinations outside this area require separate authorisation from senior management and will normally require the travel costs to be raised from participating passengers.

Vehicle use is closely linked with budgetary and Occupational Safety and Health policies, and any consideration of use must be viewed in the context of these policies.

b) Transport of students by Parents, Community members

It is the expectation of the Board of Trustees that parents and community members will transport students safely, will hold a valid licence, only drive a vehicle that is both registered and warranted and will abide by all of the requirements of NZ Road User Rules and Laws.

c) Transport of Students by Students

The Board of Trustees have no expectation that students will need to or have to transport other students involved in school curricular or extra-curricular activities.


The Board of Trustees takes these considerations seriously and believes that college management is required to ensure that vehicle use is both safe and applied economically to meet college objectives.

3. School Ball

Last Saturday 900 Year 12 and 13 students and over 50 staff attended the annual School ball held at the Sky Convention Centre in the city.

Once again the students behaviour, dress and manners did them, you their parents and the school proud.

4. The Craft of Teaching

A lot of time and resource is utilised at Macleans on attempting to ensure that our teaching is adhering to the well-researched and analysed best practice classroom interactions and episodes and techniques that have been proven over decades to be the most effective for students learning successfully.

For a number of years we have built up the functions of a Teaching and Learning Team at Macleans and a number of ongoing professional development initiatives are always being worked on ranging from teacher preparation of units-of-work and lesson plans and individual student performance data inquiries to professional learning group sessions, peer mentoring and peer teaching observation.

Our teaching craft at Macleans is based on teacher-led instruction and guided practice and the clear realisation that “21st Century higher order thinking” is entirely dependent on the clearly established fact that knowledge comes before skills.

The diagram and accompanying explanations below illustrate what we constantly strive to do.

It must be stressed that all or most of the episodes shown, eg “I do it”, “we do it”, “you do it together”, “You do it alone” must be practiced in most lessons and are parts of a sum that are integral to students learning effectively.


A The Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework

- Purposefully shifts the cognitive load from teacher-as-model to joint responsibility of teacher and learner, to independent practice and application by the learner.

B What Teaching and Learning features must be present in the above framework?

i) A coherent content-rich curriculum that is actually taught … and allows teachers to teach in sufficient intellectual depth, with adequate time for deep reading, writing and talking.

ii) Well planned lessons that encompass the episodes of the Instructional Framework and with particular emphasis by the teacher on formative assessment and checking for understanding.

iii) Purposeful and usually argumentative, reading, writing and talking.

iv) Opportunity for independent learning and inquiry.

… “These elements if even reasonably well executed would have more impact than all other initiatives combined …

… they would wholly redefine what schools can accomplish with children of every socioeconomic stratum. Because of this, their satisfactory implementation should be our most urgent jealously guarded priority – the on-going focus of every team meeting, every professional development session, every faculty … every monitoring and reporting effort. Until these elements are reasonably well implemented, it makes little sense to adopt or learn new programmes, technology, or any other innovations. To be fair any innovation is fair game once these elements are implemented if – but only if – that innovation does not in any way dilute or distract us from these always vulnerable priorities.”1 (1 Mike Schmoker ‘Focus’ (2001), page 11)

Thank you for your ongoing support of Macleans College

Byron Bentley

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