Kia Ora Whanau & Fono

We are now at Alert Level 3. At this stage, it is for seven days. We’ve had a little practice this year already about what to expect in Distance Home Learning and some students may already be able to discuss with you how they can access their at-home online learning if you have a device already for them.

Home Learning Packs will be available for pick up on Monday 9.00am to 12.00pm.  Packs can be collected from the school office but we ask that you please scan or sign in and remember social distancing.

The teachers will be online tomorrow if you are wanting to make contact with them about your child’s home learning and how you can support them. Teacher email addresses can be found on the school website page. As a staff tomorrow we will be discussing the best way that we can get digital devices to those needing them and will update you after tomorrow’s meeting.

Remember we are all in this together. We are here to support you and your tamariki as much as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help. Keep it simple, family and health first.


Stay safe

Rex Maddren



The Manurewa Road Safety Improvements Community Drop-In Session will be held here at Leabank School Hall on Wednesday 17th February, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The school community and families are welcome to come and speak with Auckland Transport engineers and provide feedback on these proposals.  Be aware that these designs are open to revision, and Auckland Transport is ready to meet and discuss any ideas or issues they have with the attached designs.  There will also be a second consultation opportunity at the Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre, Sykes Road, Manurewa on Saturday 27th February 11:00am – 2:00pm.  If people wish to respond but are unable to attend these sessions they can share their feedback on our website at www.

Please find attached

  • The brochure that should be hitting letterboxes soon
  • The feedback form
  • Drawings of the specific changes to Dr Pickering Drive

J005806 Manurewa Road Safety Improvements Area 02 FEEDBACK FORM print J005806 Manurewa Road Safety Improvements Area 02 DL print

Healthy School Lunches Programme

Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches Programme

Suggested message to whānau, parents and families for your school newsletter

We are really excited to join the Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches programme and provide lunches for students at Leabank Primary School from Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

Providing a regular nutritious lunch can make a big difference to students’ learning and participation at school and will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and tamariki.

Lunches will cater for the diet, health and cultural needs of all students, and we will work closely with your school and the Ministry of Education to make sure they are healthy and nutritious.

Like all suppliers, we are required to meet New Zealand food safety standards and make sure food is handled safely and hygienically.

Our menu
Ka Ora, Ka Ako is a new programme for us, students, schools and kura. We know that it can be challenging to provide healthy food that children want to eat and that getting children to enjoy new foods can take time. A standard menu is offered across all the schools and kura we provide lunches for.

We have undertaken to provide lunches that meet the basic standards of nutrition set out in the Ka Ora, Ka Ako nutrition guidelines and in the coming weeks will continue to work with your school to gradually introduce new menu items and make lunches even healthier.

Our delivery
BiteLAB is the official supplier in the Manurewa North and South area, for the Ministry of Education ‘Ka Ora, Ka Ako’ programme. Beginning Term 1 2021, our team will supply students with free, yummy and nutritious kai, every school day.

The experienced team will arrive on-site daily and deliver individual meals to schools, which will then distributed to the students. As meals are finished, the team will return to remove all waste from the school.

BiteLAB is a NZ owned and operations business with significant experience in the Education food sector. Our team is hugely excited to be a part of this programme and really looking forward to a partnership that brings the benefits of nutrition to the wellbeing of our tamariki.

You can find out more about Ka Ora, Ka Ako at


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 on the links provided 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.

Members of the community are invited to send their comments regarding the proposed enrolment scheme in writing to:

The Board of Trustees
Leabank Primary School
7 Doctor Pickering Avenue
Manurewa, 2102



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