Bairds Mainfreight Primary School

welcome back - Term 4 2020

Kia Ora Parents and Caregivers,

We look forward to welcoming our children back to school on Monday. We have a great term planned.

A reminder that children should be in their summer uniform, which includes a BMPS hat. Children also need their own named drink bottle and a healthy morning tea and lunch, as there is no tuck shop this term.

As NZ is now at Alert Level 1, parents and caregivers are welcome to enter BMPS. We ask that you help with contact tracing by scanning when entering school. You will find the QR code at all entrances. You can download the app by following the link below.

We ask that you drop your children/pick your children up from the junior courtyard for the kiwi/junior children and from the canopy for the middle and senior/Tui and Kahu tamariki. Please do not go into your children’s classes.

Next week we will send home dates for the diary and other important information.

Have a great weekend.

dates for the diary

Malo e lelei Parents and Caregivers

Dates for the diary:

  • Term 3 ends on Friday 25 September at 1:30pm.

  • Term 4 begins on Monday 12 October.

  • Meet the teacher Wednesday 25/Thursday 26 November.

  • BMPS will be closed for a teacher only day on Monday 30 November.

Have a great afternoon.

Fiona McAree

Deputy Principal

COVID-19 Update: 27th august 2020

August 2020

Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Malo e Lelei, Talofa Lava, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Greetings

We would like to thank you for your fantastic support during Alert Level 3. We would also like to say “well done” to our children who have been working hard with their learning packs and their online work. Our teachers have been thrilled with the amazing commitment towards learning.

Our children’s and staff’s health is a priority. Therefore, to begin with, the following guidelines will be in place at BMPS.

  • Children will be welcomed back to BMPS on the 31 August.

  • The gates will open for children at 8.30am.

  • At school the children will be in 3 bubbles (Kiwi, Tui and Kahu).

  • The 3 in-school bubbles will have staggered morning tea and lunch breaks.

  • No parents/caregivers will be allowed on-site unless they are enrolling children or they are collecting a sick/injured child from the office.

  • There will be a staggered home time: Kahu 2:40pm, Tui 2.40pm and Kiwi at 2.45pm. Kahu and Tui children will meet their siblings under the canopy.

  • Parents/Caregivers can collect their children from outside of the school gates (please ensure that your children know which gate).

  • There will not be a tuck shop.

  • Children will take home all wrappers and uneaten food items.

  • Scooters, skateboards and bikes are not allowed at school.

  • Children need to bring their own water bottle.

  • Children must stay at home if they are sick.

Parents and caregivers, please let BMPS know if your child is going to be absent and why they are absent (09 274 8271

  • Children do not need to wear a mask but will be supported if they choose to wear one.

A special reminder for all Kahu tamariki who took home a device- please bring this back on your return to school.

  • Bairds Kindergarten will be open and the Kindy staff will contact you about dropping off and picking up children.

  • Skids will be open- collecting children from SKiDS must be done at the Leslie Place alleyway gate.

We would like to acknowledge that this has been a tough year for many. There is support available for businesses and the community. We encourage you to go to for more information or please get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support that you need.

Ngā mihi nui.

Alan Lyth


Great links and ideas for your children's learning

Online Learning links

Literacy and Maths

Literacy - Read and listen Read and listen Inspiration for story writing

Maths (sign up for free) (Sign up for free)

Other learning areas - Fitness - Guided drawing - Science - Science experiments - School songs - Coding

Learning unplugged


  • Measurement - Follow a recipe and cook together.

  • Time - Use the home clocks to tell the time in a variety of ways.

  • Addition/subtraction - Make a shop using objects from your home. Price and add the cost of items. Make your own money.


  • Write a letter or make a card for a friend or family member.

  • Use your imagination and write a story. Illustrate your story.

  • Create a treasure hunt around your house. Draw a map and write instructions.

  • Find a family photograph to write about - Who, what, when, where, why?

  • Keep a daily journal of what you are doing at home. Include pictures.

  • Read a variety of materials from around your home including Duffy books, newspapers, magazines, recipes.


  • Create a household recycling system (reduce, reuse, recycle).

  • Design a dream bedroom. Draw and label your design.

  • Use recycled materials to build and create something. Present it to the family.

  • Create a paper plane. Try different designs and see how far they will fly.

The Arts

  • Create a play/puppet show/dance and perform it to your family.

  • Observational drawing. Look carefully and draw objects from around your home.

  • Use natural materials found outside e.g. leaves, sticks, flowers to create a piece of art.

  • Make your own instrument using materials from around your home and create a song to perform to your family.

  • Design a cover for your favourite book.

Physical Education

  • Create an obstacle course in your house for a family work out.

  • Scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood. Write up a list of things you could find on your walk or wish to find. As you are walking, tick whatever you come across that is on your list. You can make it into a challenge with your family members.

About us

Bairds Mainfreight Primary School is set in the heart of Otara, Auckland. Our student roll is mainly of Maori and Pasifika decent, reflecting the rich and wonderful cultures of our community.

The school's core business is children's learning. We have top quality teachers who provide teaching and learning experiences to ensure that every student has the opportunity to achieve and to become successful life-long learners.

We are proud of our school, and the wonderful relationship we have with our community. We firmly believe that this home-school partnership ensures quality education for all of our students.

Principal's Message

Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Greetings from all of us at Bairds Mainfreight Primary School (BMPS).

I am delighted to be the principal of Bairds Mainfreight and to welcome you all to our school community. Our community is unique in that it includes Mainfreight as our fantastic primary supporter. The rest of the community, parents, teachers, support staff, extended whanau, Board of Trustees and of course the children, are equally amazing.

At Bairds Mainfreight we believe that relationships are the key to successful teaching and learning. Our wonderful teachers and ancillary staff work very hard to make everyone feel welcome and to ensure that our motto, Anything is Possible, is lived out on a daily basis.

I am one of the truly lucky ones who gets out of bed in the morning and genuinely looks forward to getting to work in order to see what will unfold. Feedback from those visiting the school reinforces how fortunate I am to be working this school, where the children work hard, try hard, play hard, and have fun every day.

At BMPS we have high standards and expectations for all our children and an inclusive culture where all children are supported in order to achieve their full potential, educationally, socially, culturally and in sports.

If you are thinking about enrolling your children here please contact the office to arrange a time to come in and meet with one of my team.