Dear Parents/Caregivers

A huge thank to the Fair Committee – Zoe Hoult, Louise May, Carmel McKeown, Cecile Harre, Sandy Wang, Frances Pavlovich, Daniela Hardwick, Lara Hrstic, Olwen Blain, and especially Zoe Hoult and Louise May for stepping up to Lead/Convene this group in term two. My thanks also to the many, many parents who have been working on the time consuming Delis and Preserves, and Crafts all year, the parents who stepped up to run stalls, co-ordinate rosters, and contributed to food and kids’ entertainment stalls. The parents who have given hours of their time more recently at school sorting the Enormous White Elephant (seems very aptly named this year in particular), the second-hand clothes, books, toys, and garden stall, and the all important set-up and pack down (Logistics team). I especially enjoyed seeing so many new parents faces helping out this year. As a staff, we really felt that there was a strong community presence and positive spirit evident. We are extremely grateful to the Maungawhau community for your commitment, hours of work and support of our school. This successful fundraiser netted a profit of $70 650. This is an outstanding achievement, for a four hour Fair. The funds will be used for the next stage of our Tuanui development.

Fair Day 2017

Fair Day 2017 2


All the best to our year 6 students and teachers as they prepare to go on camp next week to Camp Adair at Hunua. You have been very patient, considering that this camp was scheduled for term one, and had to be re-scheduled due to the flooding that occurred earlier in the year. We like to schedule the year 6 camp for the beginning of the year, to get to know our year 6 students better. A term four camp will have a different feel when students and teachers understand and know expectations. We have a fabulous year 6 cohort, therefore this camp will be a great term four celebration of a great year’s work.

Have a great week.
Delanee Dale


Lucky Books – orders need to be dropped to the library or done online by tomorrow, Tuesday 31 October please

Sports/Cultural/New Entrant Classes/Siblings Photo Day this Thursday 2 November
please email the school office asap if you wish your children to have a siblings photo 

New Parents to the School Q&A Information  Session this Friday 3 November, 9am in the school staffroom

 Maungawhau Whole School Assembly this Friday 3 November – led by rooms 23 and 24


Child’s Hearing Aid lost (photo below) on Friday 27 October in or around the junior playground. If found, please call Kate Hunter on 027 693 6111 or drop to the school office. Thank you.



We have had another case reported of ‘slapped cheek’ (also known as fifth disease). Please click on the following link for more information on this disease.


This year selected students were given the opportunity to participate in the 2017 International Competition & Assessment for Schools (ICAS).
Congratulations to the following students who have achieved extremely well in the ICAS English and Maths assessments this year.   High Distinction and Distinction certificates will be given out to students at the next whole school assembly this Friday 3 November.
Tania Plaisier
(Associate Principal)

ICAS English Results 2017
High Distinction: Noa Davidson, Liam O’Grady, Caitlyn Sivaganesan
Distinction: Jayden Chen, Margot Wilson, Ruxin Chen, Joshua Radcliffe, Liam Sheehy, Nikolai Consedine, Chenghao Li, Lily Cameron, Samantha Chase, Luca Davidson, Herbert Hu, Aurora Liebman-McGrath, Zara Marsh, Felix McElwee, Isabelle Olesen
Credit: Benny Snow, Annalise Cherrie, William Jiang, Nico Meyer, Edward Yuan, Max Heather, Caitlin Hoult, Nicholas Lum, Ivan Marx, Naveen Ter Wal, Harry Bentley, Robert Cao, Gabrielle Copley, Pranz Cortez, Owen Frear, Matthew Greenwood, Scarlett Gyde, George Mulholland, Henry Mulholland, Aanya Naidu, Caitlin Roberts, Johnny Sawers, Joshua Schaut, Adam Thorpe
Merit: Benjamin Hoult, Harry Keene, Cheng Yu Li, Kelsey Hyde, Patrick Bauld, Flynn Bell, Alexandra Hogg, Daniel Hyde, Ryan Shen

ICAS Maths Results 2017
High Distinction: Jayden Chen, Benjamin Hoult, Ruxin Chen, Noa Davidson, Nicholas Lum, Herbert Hu, Felix McElwee
Distinction: Cheng Yu Li,  Liam O’Grady, Joshua Radcliffe, Caitlyn Sivaganesan, Edward Yuan, Chenghao Li, Naveen Ter Wal, Robert Cao, Luca Davidson, Owen Frear,  Ryan Lu, George Mulholland, Finlay Ross, Jonathan Sawers, Ryan Shen, Adam Thorpe
Credit: Vincent Lu, Karina Patel, Liam Sheehy, Hiyori Yoshizawa, Ivan Marx, Leo Ross, Pranz Cortez, Matthew Greenwood, Henry Mulholland, Ryan O’Connor
Merit: Jimmy Zhang, Otis Haysmith, Nikolai Consedine, ZeKai Shi, Gabrielle Copley

MAUNGAWHAU CHESS TEAM – 4th place at Primary School Nationals
After a busy day at the Fair on Saturday, a group of Maungawhau boys put down their jolly jars and headed off to Hamilton to participate in the Primary School National Chess competition held on Sunday at Hillcrest School.
Cheng Hao Li, ZeKai Shi, Matthew Ma, Leo Ross and Finlay Ross represented Maungawhau at the tournament which hosted 240 students from across NZ. It was a tough day with 9 grueling rounds of chess. After each round, the players would either move up or down the table depending on whether they won or lost. This structure resulted in competitive games at every level, as they were effectively matched with players of a similar ability in each round. Maungawhau started strongly and climbed onto the leaderboard early, never dropping below 3rd place throughout the day. Cheng Hao Li provided a great deal of excitement in Round 6 when his game against the other top player went down to the last second on the clock. High tension for the spectators!

The final team result came down to a dramatic finish in the very last round and a closely fought game between two players from another school. Maungawhau narrowly missed 3rd to take a well earned 4th place finish.  A fantastic effort from the boys who played with great perseverance and tenacity.

Special mention to Cheng Hao Li and ZeKai Shi who were placed 3rd and 7th respectively in the individual standings – exceptional results at a national level.
During the prize giving presentation our chess club teacher, Mrs Paddy Raju was recognised by the organiser as one of a handful of teachers who have had a positive impact on primary school chess this year. Paddy’s continued efforts with the chess club have ensured our students have had the opportunity to play and represent the school at regional and national level.  To place 4th in our first nationals is a remarkable start.

For those interested in joining and learning more about chess, please come along to chess club on Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 20.
And in case you think it’s a game just for boys, the top National Junior and High School individuals were both girls!
A special thank you to a parent Hannah Ross for supporting our students at this tournament, and for writing this report.

Maungawhau Chess Team 2017



The Maungawhau school action group are promoting the 30-day Switch to Water Challenge which is sponsored by the NZ Dental Association.  The aim of the challenge is to educate children about the benefits of switching sugary drinks to water.  Students are invited to sign up for the challenge which will begin on Friday 3rd November.  

The schools which receive the most students participating in the challenge, relative to the school roll will go into the draw to win a visit from Olympian Eliza McCartney and $500 for the school to go towards a new water fountain or sporting equipment.

Please support your child at home if they have chosen to be a part of this challenge.
Thank you
Ms Plaisier & the Maungawhau School Action Group

Switch to Water Campaign



Maungakiekie House (Red) Owairaka House (Green) Te Tatua House (Yellow) Maungawhau House (Blue)

House shirts are available for purchase for the special price of $10. On sale from the hall kitchen this Thursday 2 November and Friday 3 November from 2:30 – 3:30pm.

House Shirts



The lucky winner of the craft stall raffle was Gillian Doyle.

FOR YOUR DIARIES (Please check regularly as dates and times can change. Any updates in red will be highlighted)

Term 4 (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details on upcoming activities and events)

  • Sports/Cultural/New Entrant Classes/Siblings Photo Day – Thursday 2 November
  • New Parents to the School Q&A Information  Session – Friday 3 November, 9am in the school staffroom
  • Year 6 Camp – Monday 6 November to Wednesday 8 November at Camp Adair
  • Middle School Tiritiri Matangi Island Visits – Wednesday 8 November (rooms 13 and 14), Thursday 9 November (rooms 15 and 16) Friday 10 November (rooms 19 and 21)
  • Calendar Art Orders Open – Wednesday 8 November (all orders will be placed online this year, similar to the photolife ordering system)
  • Athletics Track Day – Tuesday 14 November (for 8+ year olds as at 23 November)
  • Athletics Field Day – Wednesday 15 November (for 8+ year olds as at 23 November)
  • Parents/Caregivers/Friends Movie Night – Thursday 16 November
  • Calendar Art Orders Close – Friday 17 November
  • Junior Sports Day – Monday 20 November (for 5 – 7 year olds as at 23 November)
  • Year 6 Prizegiving – Tuesday 5 December
  • Volunteers Thank You Morning Tea – Wednesday 6 December
  • Year 5 Peter Pan NYTC Production – Thursday 7 December
  • Year 6 Disco – Friday 8 December
  • Whanake Junior School Team Picnic – Tuesday 12 December
  • Matauranga Senior School Team Picnic – Wednesday 13 December
  • Waipuna Middle School Team Picnic – Thursday 14 December
  • Last Day of School – Friday 15 December, 12-noon finish

Term 4 Zones Competitions

  • Athletics Zones – Thursday 23 November (Save Day – Thursday 30 November)

Term 4 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies)

  • Friday 3 November – Maungawhau Whole School – led by rooms 23 and 24
  • Friday 10 November – Whanake Junior School – led by rooms 3, 7 and 10
  • Friday 24 November – Waipuna Middle School – led by rooms 13 and 14
  • Friday 1 December – Matauranga Senior School – led by room 25
  • Thursday 7 December – Maungawhau Whole School – led by Teachers


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

  • Thursday 9 November
  • Thursday 14 December



THOMPSON DENTAL Maungawhau School ADVERT OCT 2017 2
 2017 OnRamp enrolment.docx

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Please find attached information on our new Maunga Manu Annual Pass, we have a special offer for our school newsletter readers where you get 10% off the annual pass for purchases made online between 26/10/17 – 9/11/17 promo code SNLMMAP.  Please refer to our website for more information.

‘Hoki atu ki toumaunga, heipurea ai I ngahau e wha o Tawhirimatea – Return to your maunga To be cleansed by the four winds of Tawhirimatea’

SM Maunga Manu Annual Pass ad (1)
Aerial View of mountain Oct 08
FOR SALE – St Kentigern Boys School Uniform Details are as follows: I have an almost complete St Kentigern Boys School Uniform (Remuera Campus, this is not the correct uniform for the Pakuranga Campus).
I believe the only pieces missing are school tie, tracksuit pants and blazer.
The set includes:
School bag
Formal Shirt size 14
Formal Shirt size 12
PE Shorts size B14
PE Shirt size 12
School Belt
2 x Winter shirt size 12
Winter shirt size 14
4 x Summer shirt size 12
Swimming speedos size 10
3 x Shorts size 10
PE Shoes size 7
Winter Jersey
PE Tracksuit jacket
Hamilton House shirt
This was my sons uniform for years 7 and 8 at the boys’ school.  All garments are in good to great condition, they have been grown out of as opposed to worn out.  I would like to sell all as a package for $300.00 but happy to negotiate on individual pieces if you prefer.
Please call me on 0272812474 if you are interested in buying/viewing.
WB ArmisticeDay Poster 2017 (1)


Sitterzen Flyer p1 OctSitterzen Flyer p2 Oct


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