From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We welcome the following students and their families to the Maungawhau School community, Edwin, Keegan, Gracen, Harrison, Jonas and Jason in room 7.

This term for our Inquiry Based Learning the following topics/big questions will be explored:

Junior Team (Whanake) –  There will be a Health focus on Food and Nutrition and Body Systems. Our Big Idea is Function – Systems have parts that need to work together in order to be effective. Classes will be designing a healthy lifestyle product.

Middle Team (Waipuna) – Imagination is a powerful tool for extending our abilities to think, create and express ourselves. We will be using our imagination and the design cycle to design and create a technological product (a wet lunch game or kids cafe.)

Senior Team (Matauranga) –  How do Technological Developments impact on the way a society functions?

My thanks to Martin Rodwell, Ben Fahey, and the many parent supporters who helped at the rugby zone competition last Thursday. All students enjoyed themselves and demonstrated strong team spirit.

MAUNGAWHAU SCHOOL AUCTION NIGHT THIS FRIDAY 31 JULY 7-10pm. – This committee has worked incredibly hard to secure sponsors for this event, in terms of auction items, goodie bags and the wine and cheese. You can support this event in many ways…

• by purchasing a ticket to attend and enjoying the evening from social perspective – which includes generous wine tastings, large selection of Kapiti cheese, and a fabulous goodie bag!

• by ordering a case of wine ($56 from each case, is profit for the school).

• by bidding on silent auction lots

• by bidding on live auction lots

Last year’s first auction event was a fantastic evening and this year I hear there are a few surprises and some great spot prizes. I look forward to seeing 200 of you there.

A reminder that this week’s whole school assembly will occur on Thursday afternoon, in order to prepare for the auction night.

Kind regards

Delanee Dale


Craft Meeting tonight at 73 Marsden Ave. From 7:30pm. All welcome.

ICAS English Testing this Wednesday 29 July (selected students only).

APPA Choir Rehearsals at ANI this Wednesday 29 July.

Gymnastics Central Zones this Thursday 30 July.

Walking School Bus Programme Meeting this Thursday 30 July (see below for more details)

Whole School Assembly this Thursday 30 July led by room 28.

STILL GOT A POOL KEY? Please return to the office ASAP please.

Class Photos

The following rooms will have their class photos re taken tomorrow morning. (rooms 13,14,15,16,19,20,21,22,24,25,26 and 27)



It was a huge success last year and what a line up of live and silent auction lots we have for you this year, there is definitely something for everyone and every budget!!! Invite your friends and neighbours or get a group together from your class. Great night out even if you are not a potential bidder and this year there are lots of spot prizes and a few surprises! Come and enjoy three free tastings of wine, a yummy selection of Kapiti cheese and a fabulous goodie bag….all for only $25!

Get your ticket via or from the office. Tickets are strictly limited.

To view the LIVE auction lots up for sale, please visit

For all the fabulous SILENT auction lots, view via this link

Maungawhau 2015 Wine & Cheese A4 Flyer

School Fair News


Crazy Friday 2

It’s time to get Crazy! Crazy Friday Dress up Friday 7 August.

Dress up in something Crazy or style that mop of hair and bring in one of the following items to support the fair!

Sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, mini chocolate bars, a bag of wrapped sweets or anything in a bottle for the bottle casino including beer, wine, sauces, toiletries, soft drinks.

All donations of Wine and Beer for the bottle casino must be dropped into the office by a parent

 Crazy Friday 1

Reading Club


Thanks to the parents who have been regular helpers at reading club this year. We are getting a lot of good feedback about the effectiveness of this programme and want to continue.

If you are able to spare half an hour one or more mornings a week to listen to students read (8:30 – 9am daily) please contact Diana Mobberley at to register your interest.

A new group of students will be starting in the next few weeks so any support would be appreciated.

Walking School Bus News

Set a good example… walk to school!

Why not walk to and from school with your child? It’s the perfect opportunity to teach your child road safety skills and its good for family fitness.

Walking is Fun, Free, and Fast!

Walking School Bus

For more information about the Walking School Bus programme, please join us for a meeting and morning tea on Thursday 30thJuly at 9.00- 10am in the school staffroom.

For Your Diaries

  • Netball Zones next Thursday 6 August at AMI Netball Centre, Mt Wellington. (Save date Tuesday 11 August)
  • Closing date for Lucky Book orders – Friday 7 August.
  • ICAS Maths Testing Wednesday 12 August (selected students only)

Numerathon Picture


Our school is holding a Numerathon as part of our annual fundraising programme. The Numerathon is also an opportunity to boost your child’s number and basic facts knowledge.

In week 4 of this term, every child will be given a pack of maths questions to begin learning. As we want to make this as personalised to your child’s learning needs as possible, each child will be given two question sheets. The first sheet will be made up of questions that are based on the knowledge required for the stage your child is working on or has gaps on. The second sheet of questions will be for the stage above for those children who want to extend their knowledge. Testing will be undertaken orally for New Entrant and Year 1 classes and in writing for Year 2 to 6 students, on Thursday 3rd September. The questions will be based on number knowledge for stages 0-1, 2-3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Students can choose to learn groups of questions or all questions.

We hope you will support us in this venture by both helping your child improve their Maths Number Knowledge and raising funds for our school.

Marilyn Schroeder

Maths Lead Teacher

Maungawhau Craft Group

Any drift wood, pumice or shells collected over the holidays can be dropped at 103 Marsden Avenue. Jo Gander:

August will be the creating times to help Jo Gander create. Materials collected can be dropped at 103 Marsden Avenue. Jo Gander:

Dates for your Diary:

  • 1st Outdoor art creation session Sunday afternoon 2pm August 2nd 102 Marsden Ave
  • 2nd outdoor art creation session Sunday afternoon 2pm August 9th 102 Marsden Ave

Next craft meeting

TONIGHT Monday 27 July at 73 Marsden Ave, from 7:30pm. All and everyone welcome!

We are on a roll, thank you for the great turn out for the last meet up.

The Maungawhau Craft Group

Term 2 BOT Meeting Dates

Meetings start at 5.30pm in the school staffroom.

Thursday 20 August

Thursday 24 September

Term 2 FOMS Meeting Dates

Meetings start at 7.30pm in the school staffroom.

Wednesday 26 August

Community Notices

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Open Mornings: Thursday 30 July or Tuesday 4 August, 9:00am – 10:30am

Parent Information Evenings: Thursday 30 July or Tuesday 4 August, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Enrolment Confirmation Afternoons: Wednesday 11 November or Thursday 12 November, 3:30pm – 6:00pm

In-Zone Enrolments: Due Friday 6 November

Out-of-Zone Enrolments: Due Wednesday 14 October

Refer to our website for more detailed information


 RAIL SAFETY WEEK: ‘Expect a Train’ 

Rail Safety Week 2015 is from 10th to 16th August. KiwiRail and TrackSAFE are asking whanau and caregivers to talk to their children about staying safe around the railway.

Children need to know: 

  • the new electric trains in Auckland are faster and quieter
  •  trains can come from both directions at any time, and in quick succession
  •  to stay alert, remove headphones, look both ways for trains and always wait for the bells and lights to stop before crossing the tracks
  •  the only safe and legal place to cross tracks is at a designated level crossing 

Check out for practical tips on how to stay safe around the railway – there’s even a free downloadable simulator – experience being a train driver!

City Rail Link





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