Dear Parents and Caregivers

As we head into the last week of the first half of this year, I wish all students a happy, and restful well deserved break from school. As per usual in term 2 we have had a lot of student and staff sickness. I look forward to seeing you all back for term three on Monday 23 July.

Next term we look forward to opening our next Year 0 class on the first day of term 3, in Room 12 with the lovely Ms Tanya Paterson. Later in the term, our year 6 classes go on camp, and our year 5 classes participate in an EOTC week. We have a quiz night for parents on Friday of Week 4 (17 August), Zone competitions in Netball and Rugby. We are also looking at a sporting ‘athon’ early in the term. A reminder about our scheduled Teacher only Day on Friday 24 August.

I have been very fortunate to have lots of Whanake students be sent to my office, to share their work and receive a special gold principal’s award. Here is an example of fabulous writing from a year 2 student:




Our students are learning the correct kawa for a school Powhiri. This is a special Maori welcome which we extend to special guests. During Week 4 of next term 13-17 August, we will be hosting a team from ERO for our school review. The review will start with a whole school Powhiri. Violet van Muller, one of our part-time music specialists has been working a day per week in our year 3-6 classes, teaching 30 minute Te Reo lessons, to our students.

Sporting Success – Congratulations to our students this term who have represented our school in Eden Albert Cross Country 1st place overall, Greater Auckland Chess Competition 2nd place, and several students taking part in the Auckland Schools Gymnastics Competition.

At the start of this term, Whanake Junior School visited Motat. This term we have also celebrated Matariki, with a whole school whanau event, with various groups performing. Our Waipuna and Matauranga teams visited Stardome as part of their Inquiry Based Learning projects. We enjoyed a student disco in May with a ‘Black and White’ theme. Our ESOL consultation and sharing. Followed by our Maori/Pasifika hui with a shared dinner. Recently we celebrated Book Fair Week with our Enchanted Forest theme.

Our Inaugural Fashion Night Event- My sincere thanks to the very able Fashion Team: Amanda Muffitt, Lara Hrstic, Brenda Dargaville, Kate Hunter, Louise Tulloch, Rebecca Richmond, Nicole Keddie, Ange Meehan, Zoe Douglas-Jones, Sophie Tripp, Alanna Haysmith, Rachel Shuttleworth as well as Sophie Petrie, Emily Drake who really pitched in for the last couple of weeks. This team has worked for months, to make last Saturday night’s event such a huge success. My thanks also to the many staff who worked during the event. The team is in the process of working out the final profit. This will be published on our school Facebook page and will be emailed out later this week.

Chaos at the School Gate – Can I please draw your attention to the parent parking at Maungawhau, particularly at the end of school day. I have been sent numerous photos of illegal parking over driveways, on the grass, and on yellow lines. Please be a good role model for our students. Staff and parents are genuinely embarrassed when having to confront parents about their parking behaviour. This has been an issue especially this term and needs to improve. I have previously suggested ideas to help – e.g. arriving at school earlier, and meeting older students later at an organised meeting place a few minutes after 3pm.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale


Pop Up Shop – Second Chance Tuesday, tomorrow!
see below for more details

End of Term 2 this Friday 6 July, 3pm finish

OSCAR Holiday Programme out now
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POP UP SHOP – Second Chance Tuesday

Tomorrow is your lucky day people!!! We have fantastic stock still available from the Pre-Loved shop from Saturday’s Fashion Fundraiser so we are giving you all a final chance to purchase. There are loads of great gems in there plus extra items.
As well, we will also be selling Stella + Gemma Jewellery, with some gorgeous pieces available – a treat for yourself or perfect for gifting!!!
The sale is tomorrow Tuesday 3 July, 3-4pm in room 26. Bring cash + eftpos available.


Garden Mulch
Our school vegetable garden has a large amount of garden mulch available. Please help yourself using your own byo bags/buckets/trailers for a donation which can be made at the school office. If using a trailer we ask that you please come between 3:15 – 4pm.
Thank you



The Road patrol students are in need of more Adult supervisors for term 3.
Times, where help is urgently needed, are as follows.

Monday afternoons (every second week)
Thursday mornings and afternoons
Friday mornings
If you can help please email Georgina Jackson at
Thank you.



Root to Tip Competition

Maungawhau Middle School students Mila Hrstic and Eden Tinholt were selected to represent our School at a cooking competition called Root to Tip.
Root to Tip is a competition where kids are encouraged to get in the kitchen and create a menu of two recipes that incorporate seasonal fruit and vegetables and that also produce minimal waste.
The two recipes that Mila and Eden came up with were Vegetable Dumplings with a Carrot Top and Coriander Dipping Sauce and a Pumpkin Pie with candied Pumpkin Skin.
They practiced their recipes over and over during the week and then had to cook them at the big, professional kitchens at AUT for a team of judges. They had two hours to get their dishes cooked and served and they did it!
There were only four points that separated the top three teams with our team from Maungawhau coming in second – they were only one point behind the winning team.
Both Mila and Eden will be back for 2019 and have their sights set on gold!
Thank you for all your support with our Garden to Table Programme.


The Fashion Night Fundraising Committee wanted to say a massive thank you to all the people that made our Fashion Night so amazing.  It took a lot of support to pull off such a professional event.  From sourcing designers, sewing curtains, making decorations, sourcing equipment, ironing, making labels, finding hangers…the list goes on and on.
To Jo at Exile Hair Design and her team for hair and make-up and all the businesses that came on board from designers to raffle donations and wine and food donations. THANK YOU!
To our amazing stylists and models – we appreciate that it’s not always easy to get up on stage but you all totally rocked it!
We are truly grateful to be surrounded by such fantastic support.
Finally, to everyone that came along and enjoyed the evening, thank you!
The Fashion Fundraising Committee


Last Monday, 25th June, Maungawhau hosted the Auckland Regional Chess tournament in our school hall.   It was the largest Regional tournament we have had to date, reflecting the growing interest in chess amongst primary school children. The competition saw a total of 174 players from 22 schools across the Auckland region competing.  Our school team consisted of the following players: Cheng Hao Li, Ze Kai Shi, Michael Ma, Leo Ross, Cheng Yu Li, Joshua Radcliffe, Josh Coutinho, Max Hong, Jamie Snow, Nikhil Jagwani
The Maungawhau team did exceptionally well, placing 2nd overall and earning themselves a spot at the National competition later this year.  The top 5 scoring players from Maungawhau will represent our school at the Nationals – Cheng Hao Li, Ze Kai Shi, Michael Ma, Leo Ross and Cheng Yu Li.

Special mention must go to our senior school teacher, Mrs Raju, who continues to work hard to make chess a learning opportunity for our students. Mrs Raju had a big job on her hands to set up tables and chairs for 174 children in our school hall before 8.30am! Once again, we ran a small café to raise money for the chess club, a big thanks to Fran Shao Ying, Kirsty Radcliffe, Kate Trewheellar and Nicky Chen for their help throughout the day.
Chess is recognised as a game that develops critical thinking, cognitive function and decision making. It helps to improve concentration and fosters the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions. For those of you interested in learning more about chess, we have two options available at the school. Mrs Raju runs the chess club, from Room 28, each Thursday break 1; and we also have specialised external teachers from Chess Power who come in and run weekly afterschool lessons. In term 3 the lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon 3:15 – 4:15pm in Room 26, catering for students Year 3 and above.

Thanks to all the students who took part and represented Maungawhau school with pride.
By Hannah Saulbrey Ross

Chess Regionals


Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP)
A huge thanks to all the parents who helped in term two.  We have appreciated that so many parents arrived a few minutes early to familiarise themselves with the activities and that we had some volunteers who helped with setup.
Next term PMP continues with all students in the Junior School participating in the programme for one equipment session per week.  Times are as follows.

9-9.30amRoom 1Room 7Room 9
9.30-10amRoom 2Room 6Room 8
10am-10.30amRoom 10Room 11Room 3
10.30-11amRoom 4Room 12Room 5

Teachers will require 4 parents per session to supervise stations for these sessions. If you or another family member can help twice a term that would be most appreciated.  Class teachers will share their roster with you. Please note: The presence of preschoolers is a distraction so we would appreciate you arranging alternative care for them during this time.
Please ensure your child wears suitable clothing on these days, that allows them to climb through cubes, lie down, roll and ride on the scooters etc.

Inquiry Resources
Thanks to the parents who have sent resources that could be used for our Simple Machines Inquiry unit.  The children have developed their understanding of how simple machines work through a range of activities including building skateboard ramps, and making and testing pulleys.
We have sufficient resources now and no longer require any more materials.

Thank you
Marilyn Schroeder
Junior Team Leader


Term 2, Week 9

Top Student:  Deepti Ravikumar from room  27 with 28,047  points
Top Class: Room  9 with 39,409 points

Term 2 Top Students and Classes
Congratulations to our top scoring classes and students!

Top Students:
1st – Aditi Ravikumar with 158,700 points
2nd – Annabel Zhang with 103,583 points
3rd –  Deepti Ravikumar with 97,860 points

Top Classes:
1st – Room 24 with 293,473 points
2nd – Room 9 with 267,539 points
3rd – Room 14 with 243,033 points


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

Term 2  (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details on upcoming activities and events)

  • End of Term 2 – Friday 6 July, 3pm finish

Term 3: TOD (Teacher Only Day) School Closed – Friday 24 August


“Let the countdown begin. Save Friday 17 August in your diaries. This year’s quiz night promises to be out of this world. Further details will follow beginning of Term 3, but we know how much you love to dress up, so get the teams sorted and let the planning begin. ”

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

  • Thursday 30 August
  • Thursday 27 September


  • next meeting date TBC



End of term 2


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InMotion Matariki Parade – fun for all the family! Saturday 21 July from 5.30pm, Silo Park

Decorate your wheels and/or yourself and head to Silo Park for the annual illuminated Matariki parade. Haka Fusion, exciting floats, Vector Lights and cool performances, entertain you as you travel to The Cloud for the spectacular aerial finale! Learn the dance moves to Wairua by Maimoa, for the grand mass dance-off in The Cloud. Touch Compass has ensured it’s free and fully accessible for all, including an audio-described tour. Part of Auckland Council’s Matariki Festival. See you there!


Check out all the activities on offer with Auckland Live


  • Big Bad Wolf (second week of school holidays)
    You may remember him as the scary wolf from the fairytales we all know and love, The Three Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. But, the Big Bad Wolf, or Wolfy as he’s better known, has never meant to scare anyone!

Wolfy loooves poetry and he’s a “vege-matarian” – which means he eats broccoli, not rabbits! All the little wolfling ever wanted was a friend. See him live at the Bruce Mason Centre these school holidays!

  • Pick & Mix – FREE weekend performances and workshops during winter! The season features performances by the Royal NZ Ballet, NZ Opera, the National Youth Theatre Company and so many more incredible company’s! Running from the 30 June – 2 September at Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, Bruce Mason Centre and Māngere Arts Centre. AND it’s all for FREE! We hope to see you there

Plus some other school holiday activities:

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We are aimed at developing ongoing confidence, self-esteem and skills in verbal communication.

*  Our programme is exciting, motivational and great fun.

*  All our teachers have specialist training in the Helen O’Grady Drama System.

*  Enrolling now for Term 3; phone Debbie Napier, on 836 0233 for further details.

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