Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Community of Learning update – At the end of last week I attended a Leadership Forum for Community of Schools in Wellington. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with other Community of Schools Leaders, and hear from the Minister of Education, Ministry of Education, and some experienced researchers as to what the research is telling us, and where to next in terms of direction and planning for our Community of Schools.
Within our own Community of Schools, we have myself as an Assistant Leader. We have three in-school teachers: Tania Plaisier, Ben Fahey and Liz Lapish. They have been working this year, on our shared achievement challenge around improving the number of students achieving at or above National Standard in writing. Patrick Boyle has been recently appointed, as an additional in-school teacher to work with some early childhood centres in our area, improving our transition for pre-schoolers. As well as our ‘in-school’ stream of work, our teachers are meeting with other teachers from Community of Schools regularly sharing their successes and learning from each other. I have included a link from a recent New Zealand Education Gazette article which is looking at our Auckland Central Community of Schools as a case study, one year down the track.

Staff News – Just as we have been hearing in the media about the teacher shortage, and houses prices in Auckland for teachers. The following teachers have resigned, effective at the end of this year, in the majority of cases, to enable them to work closer to their homes.
Neetu Ismail Year 6 Room 24, has been appointed to Mission Heights School, where she has this year, relocated. Neetu and her family will be missed from our community. Neetu has a reputation of being a fair, kind, hard working senior school teacher.
Dympna Walsh has recently become engaged, and is relocating with her fiance to Queenstown. Her finance has gained promotion to Queenstown, and Dympna has been appointed to the Remarkables School in Queenstown. I suggested to her this morning that her lucky streak, must have played a role in the All Blacks surprising defeat against Ireland on the weekend! Dympna will be very much missed in our community.
Nicola Russell, who has been teaching Room 2, since Karina Bell left on maternity leave, earlier this year, has been appointed to Tirimoana School. Nicola has done a great job working in our school.
Claire Moore, who is teaching in Room 5, and has been appointed to Taupaki School, in West Auckland which is much closer to her home. We are happy for her that, her days of commuting are coming to an end. Claire has taught in our junior school most recently, and prior to her maternity leave taught in the senior school.
Anthony Curry who has been in our Middle School for the last three years, has been appointed to Dominion Rd School. Thank you Anthony for leading our PE and Health in our school for this year.
Kathryn Bellerby will be on maternity leave for 2017.

All staff will be missed by us. On behalf of your colleagues, and our community, our sincere thanks for your hard work, and input into the lives of our precious students. From this list, you can imagine that I have been busy ensuring that we are fully 20161104_140635staffed for 2017, with excellent staff. The new external staff appointments will be announced in due course.

Auckland Brick Show Competition – We won this robotic LEGO Mindstorm that has programming elements, because our school supported this company by advertising their event on our community website, facebook page and in our newsletter.  It is worth $600 and over 50 schools entered. This was presented at last Friday’s fantastic senior school assembly led by Neetu Ismail and Room 24

Thermometer Total – Now that our fair total has been added to our thermometer, we have a total of $122k for 2016 so far.  This is a fabulous achievement, thank you very much everyone, for the part you have played in our fundraising endeavours this year.

Delanee Dale

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School house shirts available to  purchase on sale from The Warehouse, Royal Oak
APPA Choir Evening Performance at the Town Hall tomorrow Tuesday 8 November
School Athletics Day (field events) for 8 – 11 year olds (age as at 24 November) this Wednesday 9 November
School Athletics Day (track events) for 8 – 11 year olds (age as at 24 November) this Thursday 10 November
Cupcake & Cookie Fundraiser this Friday 11 November
(see below for more details)
No Assembly this Friday 11 November
  • 2015 Cups and Trophies
    Can all 2015 recipients of cups and trophies please return these to the school office asap please.
  • Building and painting skills needed 
    We are seeking volunteer builders and painters for a small job in the junior resource room. If you can spare some time please contact Ruth on 6388829 or email
  • School Sports Tops
    All yellow school sports tops/netball uniforms need to be returned to the school office asap please.
  • Flippa Ball Fees
    We request that any outstanding flippa ball fees are settled asap please.


Futsal talent is strong at Maungawhau!  Maungawhau did very well with their games last Thursday against the visiting Australian Representative Futsal team. A number of games only 1 goal apart.
Then on Saturday the first ever NZ v Australia 10 year old tournament was held, with George Walker and Ryan Shen selected to represent New Zealand.

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Futsal 2



The Junior Action Group is collecting cans for the Wattie’s Can Drive to support our local Salvation Army.  Please bring a can of food to Room 8 by Friday 11 November.
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CUPCAKE & COOKIE FUNDRAISER – please help to keep little hearts beating!

A huge thankyou to all of the parents and students who supported the action group’s last cupcake and cookie fundraiser in Term 2 this year. The fundraiser was a huge success and together we raised an incredible $1208.60.
To date we have fundraised $3183.70, which is enough to build 1 lifepod and save the lives of 500 premature babies.  We are well on the way to building our second lifepod!
In order to fundraise the remaining $816.30 we need to build the second lifepod incubator, the action group have decided to organise another cupcake and cookie fundraiser on Friday 11th November during Break 2.
Please support us by bringing to school some cupcakes or cookies which we can sell at our stalls on the day of the fundraiser.  We will also require some parent helpers on the day to support the action group students with running the stalls. Please email if you are able to offer your support with setting up and running a cupcake stall during Break 2 on Friday 11th November.
Thankyou for your support!
Ms Plaisier & the Maungawhau School Action Group


FOR YOUR DIARIES (updated events in red)

Term 4

  • Junior Athletics Day for 5 – 7 year olds (age as at 24 November) – Wednesday 16 November. Schedule and times TBC
  • Iceblocks, Crafts and Garden Goodies for sale – Friday 18 November from 3pm.
    Iceblock sale – proceeds to Yr 6 disco
    Wonderful Craft and Garden goodies for sale – just in time for Christmas!  – proceeds to Raise the Roof.
    We are looking for volunteers to help set-up and sell the Craft and Garden goodies – please contact the Office if you can help.
  • Athletics Zones – Thursday 24 November
  • Thank You Morning Tea – Friday 25 November.  Maungawhau Staff invite you to a ‘thank you’ morning tea at 11am in the school hall
  • Year 6 Graduation/Prizegiving – Tuesday 6 December
  • Junior School Beach Ed Trips – (rooms 9, 10 and 11 – Tuesday 6 December, rooms 3, 5 and 8 – Wednesday 7 December, rooms 1, 2 and 12 – Thursday 8 December, rooms 4, 6 and 7 – Friday 9 December)
  • Year 6 Disco – Friday 9 December
  • Variety Show – Tuesday 13 December. 3 – 5:30pm in the school hall. More info to follow
  • Whanake Team (Junior School) Picnic – Tuesday 13 December. More info to follow
  • Matauranga Team (Senior School) Picnic – Wednesday 14 December. More info to follow
  • Waipuna Team (Middle School) Picnic – Thursday 15 December. More info to follow
  • Last Day of The School Year – Friday 16 December (12 noon finish)


Please be seated by 2pm if you are attending a syndicate assembly and note that space is at a premium for whole school assemblies due to the number of students. Assemblies will start at 2pm this year.

  • Friday 11 November –  NO Assembly
  • Friday 18 November – Whole School Assembly, led by room 28
  • Friday 25 November – Senior School Assembly, led by room 23
  • Friday 2 December – NO Assembly
  • Friday 9 December – No Assembly
  • Thursday 15 December – Whole School Assembly, led by room 25


Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm.

  • Thursday 24 November


Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 7:30pm.

  • Monday 21 November

Come and celebrate the final FOMS meeting for 2016 with a glass of wine and catch up with what has been going on!

  • Raise the Roof
    Hear an update from our Board about progress on our new covered outdoor learning area. Find out about how you can help and be involved in the next steps for this exciting project. Expertise now required from our Maungawhau school community for the interior layout (sourcing seating, mobile staging, sound and lighting) and landscaping.
  • New FOMS committee required
    As you will be aware, the current FOMS committee is stepping down at the end of the year. We encourage you to take part anyway you can. We also need people to step up and co-ordinate events in 2017 so come and hear what’s happening and how you can help out.

Attached is a RSVP link form for our last FOMS meeting.




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Balmoral Intermediate School Orientation Day

On Wednesday 23 November we will be holding our Orientation Day for Year 6 students who are going to attend Balmoral Intermediate School in 2017. Students are invited to meet in the school hall at 9.15am and will be ready to leave by 12.20pm. They will need to bring their morning tea with them. Unless students did not attend Open Evening or Day with their parents earlier in the year, parents are not required to remain for the morning.  We very much look forward to seeing your child at our Orientation Day and to meeting and working with you in the future.

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