The Leabank Primary School Board of Trustees is in the process of implementing an enrolment scheme as directed by the Ministry of Education under section 11H(1) of the Education Act 1989.

The proposed zone is available for viewing below:

All students who live within the home zone shall be entitled to enrol at the school.  Further guidelines and instructions on how the scheme operates are available below, as well as frequently asked questions.



Portrait and sibling photos will be taken on Wednesday 5th August at 9:00 am.  PhotoLife envelopes can be collected from the office.  Your child’s photo will only be taken if you return a prepaid envelope to school before the photo date.  Please make sure you put the CORRECT amount of change in your child’s envelope.  If you would like a sibling photo you can collect the sibling envelopes from the school office.  Please note that the photographer will be taking the sibling photos first before taking the individual photos, so be here early.


Thank you to the parents who attended our Term 2 Parent Teacher Interviews.  We really appreciate you taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher.  We hope that you gained some valuable insight into your child’s progress so far in school and how they have settled into school after Lockdown.  We look forward to your continued support throughout the remainder of the school year.


Term 3 starts on Monday 20th July at 8:55am.



We have Parent-Teacher Interviews coming up next week Wednesday 1st July.  School will be finishing at the early time of 1:30pm to allow interviews to commence at 2:00pm.  A notice advising you of your appointment time will be sent home with children next Tuesday.  Appointment sheets were sent home with children last week.  If you have not sent this back to school and would like to make an appointment, please call the school office to arrange an interview time.  Please check your child’s school bag for this notice.

A purple slip will be sent home on Monday confirming your appointment time.



Launched this week, the Talanoa Ako app provides Pacific parents with ongoing access to education and learning information. The content is in plain English and 10 Pacific languages. Each language is also available in audio with visually impaired functionality. The app provides core information for Pacific parents and families to build their knowledge and confidence about education in their own time and in their first language.

Free to download from on both Android and iOS devices, the app is part of the Talanoa Ako programme that will be delivered in Ako Centres later in the year.

You might like to share details for the Talanoa Ako App with your Pacific parent community.



Kia Ora Leabank School Community

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Term 2 Leabank Primary School 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau,

We look forward to Alert Level 2 when we can open fully as a school. As the Prime Minister stated yesterday when schools do open in Alert Level 2, schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff.

If you do not intend to send your child to school under Alert Level 2 on the 18th May you will need to advise the school as soon as possible. Distance Learning tasks will still be available for those children who do not return, however not online as our teachers focus will once again be on teaching in the classroom.

When school opens, all Digital Learning materials must be returned to school. Our playgrounds will be open, students will be able to use and share equipment and all classes will be cleaned daily. All students will be expected to sanitise regularly throughout the day. Any child who is unwell will be sent home.

There will be changes in how the start and end of the day will be organised. These will begin as soon as you return to school on Monday 18th May.


Start of Day From 8.15 am – 8.55 am
All students will be met at the school gate. If parents need to go to the office please make an appointment so that we are able to contact trace as requested by the Ministry of Health. A reminder that students cannot be at school prior to 8.15 am unless they are in Skids. A teacher will be at the gate to welcome them. Classes start at 8.55 am which means students should be at school by 8.50 am at the latest so that they are ready for the 8.55 am start. The gates will be locked and unattended from 9.00 am


End of the Day
Students who walk home from school will be released at the earlier time of 2:45pm. The road patrol will be in place for this. Teachers will deliver students to the school gates at 2:55pm for parents picking children up by car. Students waiting for older siblings will be supervised in the playground and brought to the front gate at 3:05pm for pick up. It is important that caregivers wait at the gate and are on time for these pickups. We must limit adults on the school site to those on official business and can be contact traced if necessary.


Term 2 Curriculum Delivery
For Term 2 we will have a deliberately focused curriculum response to the teaching, learning and well being of our students as they re-enter school from the international pandemic. We will be balancing the core curriculum with fitness and play. It is essential our students are engaged in routine. Core curriculum learning in Reading, Mathematics and Writing which is then specifically balanced with physical fitness and key competency activities in Purposeful Play. 

It is essential our students are able to reconnect with their peers, reestablish relationships where fun, negotiation, active listening and questioning, self-management, connections, collaboration and humour are practised. This wellbeing approach will be carefully monitored and led by each class teacher throughout Term 2. 


NO Assemblies
There will be no team or school assemblies in Term 2.


Assessment and Reporting
We will begin assessment later in the term. Leabank Primary School will not be able to provide written reports as usual in Term 2. We will be scheduling parent interviews for later in Term 2 to update parents on children’s progress.


Skids are hoping to open when we, as a school open. More information about before and after school care with sKids will be sent out as soon as it is available. 


Please join me in thanking our incredible staff for their excellent work in connecting, teaching and dedication to our students during this time. I’m sure there will be many questions you have when we open fully at Alert 2. I ask that you give us a few weeks to establish routines and structure as we merge into a post-Lockdown New Zealand.


Rex Maddren

Alert Level 2


Kia ora koutou

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work you are doing.

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the website:

There will be changes to timetables for classes, how we will be organising the end of day for drop off and pick up as well break times. I will be emailing these and posting these early next week. Please note that Friday 15th will be the last day of online learning for all students as teachers will be preparing the school, planning and cleaning.

Again, thank you all for your continued support, faith and trust in us as a school. We are certainly missing our students and families and cannot wait to have them all back.

Keep safe

Rex Maddren

Alert Level 3

21st April 2020 

Leabank School Partial Re-opening: Alert Level 3 

Dear Parents and Whanau of our Leabank School Community, 

Yesterday the government announced that we are re-entering Alert Level 3 at 11.59 pm on Monday 27th April. We will look at partially reopening Leabank School for the children of essential workers only. In order to make an informed decision, we need to know the number of students we would need to partially re-open for. 

We need to consider the availability of staff who are able to work on-site and not compromise their health or the health of those in their bubble. We also need to take into account that all our teachers will continue running Distance Learning programmes and the other additional duties they have at this time. This includes the welfare and health of their own children. 

As parents and whanau you need to clearly understand that we cannot enforce physical distancing rules. With the reduction of available staff, and leading Distance Learning, we will not be organising a usual school day and we will not be ‘teaching’ a usual school programme. The size of the bubble will depend on the availability of staff and spaces. Supervising staff will include teacher aides and relievers. Students who are at school will do the Distance Learning programme or what they can manage. The priority of the teaching staff will be Distance Learning. 

If students were to be in school, they would be in classes of mixed ages within a ‘School Bubble’. Siblings will stay together. Bubbles will need to stay in the rooms they are delegated. They will not be allowed in the playgrounds or to use play or sports equipment. When they have an online class they will have to join it from within their bubble environment. There will be some crossover of bubbles when using toilet facilities. 

The school will be fully cleaned down prior to the open date. Distance Learning will continue with a move to some formalised lessons for students in years 4-6. Another pack of learning materials will be sent home to families which are more differentiated for students. 

Parents who need to have their children at school because they are an essential worker will need to drop off and pick up children at the school gate at the times allocated. No parents or whanau will be able to enter the school site. Mr Maddren or other senior staff will be at the gate to manage this. The number of students at school will determine the hours we will be open. 

Our builders will be on site resuming work on building projects. At Alert Level 3 we would prefer all students to be at home and to be safe. We understand that there are parents who identify as essential workers, and we ask where possible to make other arrangements to restrict overlapping so many bubbles. If you are unable to, then we are here for you as much as we can be. 

We acknowledge how difficult this time is for many homes and that your children may be getting bored and just want to see their friends. This is not the reason for you to send children to school. It is only if you are an essential worker with no other option. 

If parents are needing to send students to school because they are an essential worker with no other child care options, can you please email us directly by Wednesday 22nd April 5pm ( ). If we do not hear from you then we will assume your child is learning from home or you have made other arrangements. The names of students needing to attend will be on our Alert Level 3 register. Students not on this register will not be able to attend. This will be maintained so we can inform the Ministry who is on-site, staffing and for contact tracing purposes. Students will not be able to attend if they are unwell at all. 

Once we have organised our Alert Level 3 register and school bubbles, those families who have replied will be contacted on Thursday 23rd April with the times and date school will be partially reopened to assist them. 

Remember as our Prime Minister has announced: “If you can keep your children at home, then please do so.” We are all doing so well, I am so proud of the way we have come together as a community during this international pandemic, and we do not underestimate how difficult things can be or will be at times. 

Please be safe.


Rex Maddren