Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Sadly our Principal Delanee Dale’s mother passed away on Sunday night. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this time.

In 2017 our very dedicated Joanna Simpson and her team of EnviroWarriors entered a competition to raise awareness for recycling in our community. They successfully setup an Oral Care Waste drop-off bin at the school and were one of the lucky schools who won a Recycled Garden Bed. Today, acknowledgment of their excellent efforts were made by Liz Keen and Anais Le Marc from TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand who have gifted our school a Garden Bed which sits nicely in our junior courtyard and compliments our Garden to Table programme. The Oral Care Waste programme continues to run at the school and you can recycle any of your oral care waste products in the bin by the office.



A special thank you to Rita Johnson (teacher in Room 6) who last Friday 9 March organised our highly successful school fundraiser to support Tonga following the widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Gita. Many thanks to the parents, children and staff who donated to this cause with an outstanding final result of over one thousand dollars raised! Proceeds will be going to Mordi Tonga who encourage local people to become more sustainable in their work so they do not need to be so reliant on aid from other countries. Through this, Mordi are working with people who are subsistence farmers and many locals who are living in poverty. Mordi has a website which has more information about them and the work that they do,

A reminder that children and teachers have been busy preparing for our annual Goal Setting Evening which is scheduled for this Tuesday 13 March and Thursday 14 March. It is not too late to book, you can do this by clicking on the link provided below.

Congratulations to all the children who were selected to represent our school at the Eden Albert Cricket Zone tournament this Tuesday 13  March. Thank you also to Martin Rodwell who has been coaching these teams, we wish you and the children all the very best for a successful tournament.

Please also be aware that while Mitch is away on sick leave we are lucky to have two caretakers who have worked at Maungawhau in the past to help out in the meantime. We welcome back Ross Hopewell and Grant Shattock.

Have a great week,
Ben Fahey




Students Goal Setting Conferences (year 4 – 6 students only) this Tuesday 13 March and Thursday 15 March
see information for making a booking below

Class/Individual/Sibling Photo Day this Wednesday 14 March (Sibling photo request forms can be collected from the school office and must be handed back in before photo day please)

Whanake Junior School Assembly this Friday 16 March – led by rooms 7 and 9



MESSAGE FROM THE BOT (Board of Trustees)

The board are keen to gather feedback from the Maungawhau community (parents and staff) on whether there is support for a school uniform. An online survey will be sent out tomorrow. Please take the time to complete this by 9pm Wednesday 14 March.



Goal Setting Conferences are scheduled for the following times for students in years 4 – 6 only.
Tuesday 13 March 7:30am – 8:30am
Tuesday 13 March 3:15pm – 8pm
Thursday 15 March 7:30am – 8:30am
Thursday 15 March 3:15pm – 6pm

Bookings can be made on the following website  (now open for bookings) 
unique school code: hnjyn (all lower case)

Not all teachers are available for the morning sessions.
Children in years 1 – 3 have their Conferences at the time of either their ‘Anniversary’ or ‘Mid Anniversary’ report. A letter will come home at this time so you can liaise directly with the classroom teacher to book an interview time that suits.
Year 1 – 3 teachers are not open for anniversary report bookings on this website.
If you have any queries please contact Karen in the school office on 6388829 ext 704 or


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to be their class action group representative for 2018:
Room 13: Benny Snow
Room 14: Sadra Rafienezhad
Room 15: Benny Long
Room 16: Terance Ho
Room 17: Rory O’Grady
Room 18: Ted Paynter
Room 29: Chloe Petrie
Rom 11: Hamish Clark
Room 12: Sienna Martin Lowe
Room 25: Stella Sidoruk
Room 26: Charlotte Collins
Room 27: Sophia Obery
Room 28: Ceanna Toogood

The action group will be meeting fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon to discuss and take action on issues to help improve school culture, the school environment and also to explore how we can make positive changes at Maungawhau to engage students more in their learning.
Ms Plaisier
Associate Principal


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

Term 1  (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details on upcoming activities and events)

  • Students Goal Setting Conferences (year 4 – 6 students only) – Tuesday 13 March and Thursday 15 March
  • Class/Individual/Sibling Photo Day – Wednesday 14 March (Sibling photo request forms can be collected from the school office and must be handed back in before photo day please)
  • School Closed – Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April and Easter Tuesday 3 April

Term 1 Sports Zones Dates (please note this is for teams of selected students only)

  • Cricket – Tuesday 13 March. Save Day – Tuesday 20 March (please note change of save day date)
  • Touch – Thursday 5 April

Term 1 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies if they are held in the school hall)

  • Friday 16 March – Whanake Junior School led by rooms 7 and 9
  • Friday 23 March – Waipuna Middle School led by rooms 13 and 14
  • Thursday March 29 – Matauranga Senior School led by senior habitat (rooms 11 and 12)
  • Friday 6 April – NO assembly
  • Friday 13 April – Maungawhau Whole School – led by room 27


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

  • Tuesday 27 March – please note change of date


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

  • Tuesday 20 March


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Extra Literacy Support for ESOL Students
Ann, our English Language Assistant who takes ESOL groups at the school, is now available for tutoring one to one ESOL lessons after school.
The sessions will be 45 minutes long and cost $30 per session.  Sessions will be designed to meet your child’s specific learning level and requirements.
Available TuesdayWednesday and Thursday:  3pm – 3.45pm / 3.45 – 4.30
If you are interested, please email Ann at or leave your name and contact number at the office and Ann will ring you.

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