Bairds Mainfreight Primary School

'Lunches in school' starts 17th may

Newsletter #4 2021

Please click here for the first newsletter for Term 2 2021.

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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.

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.