Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to Term Three. It is wonderful to walk around the school and see everyone, staff included refreshed and ready for another busy term of learning. A special welcome to the 12 students who started in Room 12 today with their new teacher Ms Tanya Paterson. Welcome also to Amanda Monteith who started in Room 19 today in the Senior Habitat and Mrs Isabel Evans who started in Room 9 today. We trust that you will all settle in well.

A huge congratulations to Mila Hrstic, Eden Tinholt, students from our school and our two staff who run our Garden to Table programme for our Year 3 & 4 students. There was an excellent write up in the July 14 Canvas magazine mentioning our school and the success of this great programme. You may recall that Mila and Eden came second in a National Cooking competition at the end of last term. Certainly, our Garden to Table programme is a highlight for our Year 3 & 4 students – looking after the school garden, growing and harvesting plants, cooking the produce and then eating together, certainly gives a bit of perspective to our supermarket shopping. If your children have or are participating in this programme, please encourage them to replicate some of the recipes at home.

Congratulations also to Anita Hewett, Jo Simpson and Caroline McCartney for being selected as part of the final 11 schools from the 80 applicants for the ‘Treemendous Competition’   This competition entered at the beginning of term 2, outlined ideas for planting and landscaping at school.  This group has now done further work on their entry which includes turning the area at the back of the field (with the old compost heap) into a rongoa garden and also a space with plants to attract back our tui, fantail and kereru.  All the very best for the next stage of this competition. We are very fortunate to have such a hard working, talented staff who are always willing to put in extra effort for our students’ sake.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale


Photo orders from Photolife arrived today – these will be sent home via your child’s bag tomorrow, Tuesday 24 July 
ICAS English Test Day next Tuesday 31 July
Whanake Junior School Assembly next Friday 3 August led by rooms 2 and 5
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Just a reminder that if you intend to stay the night at Year 6 camp you need to get your police vetting forms in by this Friday 27 July as this process takes around 4 weeks to complete. If you need another form or would like to photocopy your ID then please come into the office to do that.
All camp permission slips to also be returned to the class teacher asap, please.
Thank you.

Help the Action Group support the SPCA
On Monday 6th August the Maungawhau school action group will be having a cupcake day to fundraise for the SPCA  (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) A volunteer from the SPCA came to visit our school to speak to the action group representatives about the work that the SPCA do to help look after animals that are abandoned or mistreated.  We found out that the SPCA receive 1% of their funding from the government, therefore 99% of their funding comes from fundraising. This means that the SPCA need our support in order to continue to do the amazing work that they do. It would be great if you could show your support for the SPCA by providing some cupcakes for us to sell at our stall on Cupcake Day- Monday 6th August. Please also bring along a $2 coin to purchase your favourite cupcake. All proceeds will be going to a worthy cause.

If you are looking to obtain a family pet visit the SPCA website to see the range of animals they have ready for adoption. Go to and click on “Adopt” on the home page for more information.

The SPCA has also launched a children’s storybook series to help educate people and stop the cycle of animal cruelty.  The series will help educate young readers about the care and wellbeing of animals, aiming for a change in attitude and behaviour from the next generation of animal owners.  If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these books please visit the SPCA store using the following link:

Thank you for your support!
Stella Sidoruk (Action Group Chairperson)


Term 3 menu available here


I am doing a collection of shoes to donate to a local Kids Can school to help keep their feet warm in winter. If you are keen to donate any old pairs of shoes to kids who really need them, please drop them off at the office OR at 76 Balmoral Rd, Mt Eden (just leave them at the gate up the long driveway).
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Below is a picture of some pupils from room 28, with Amanda Newton from Bunnings  Mount Roskill, collecting the very generous donation for the garden stall that their class is running this year at the school fair.  A huge thank you to Bunnings for their support.



Term 2, Week 10 plus holidays

Top Students:

1st – Annabel Zhang from room 6 with 30,255 points
2nd – Ryan Laskey from room 8 with 20,381 points
3rd – Henry Meehan from room 9 with 12,340 points

Top Classes:

1st – Room 28 with 37,912 points
2nd – Room 8 with 34,374 points
3rd – Room 6 with 33,590 points




Term 3  (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details on upcoming activities and events)

A detailed list will be uploaded here shortly. In the meantime please click on the link above for website calendar of upcoming events.

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

Term 3 Sports Zones Dates (please note this is for teams of selected students only)

  • Netball Zones – Thursday 9 August (Save Day – TBC)
  • Gymnastics Zones – Thursday 16 August
  • Rugby Zones – Tuesday 28 August (Save Day – Tuesday 4 September)
  • Champ of Champs Gymnastics Competition – Thursday 13 September


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

  • Thursday 30 August
  • Thursday 27 September


  • next meeting date TBC



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Women in New Zealand Politics

Monday 30 July, 6pm-9pm | Raye Freedman Arts Centre

Epsom Girls Grammar School is hosting an inspiring discussion on Monday 30 July on “Women in New Zealand Politics”. Come along and hear guest speakers Jeanette Fitzsimons, former co-leader of the Green Party; Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Spokesperson for Education & Youth; and Tessa Berger, Auckland Council Elected Member – all EGGS alumnae – talk openly about defining moments in their political careers, their influencers, the future of women in NZ politics and much more. Rawdon Christie, TV presenter and EGGS parent, will facilitate the thought provoking panel discussion. 


Finger food will be provided at the event, there’ll be entertainment, a mix and mingle reception and some great raffle prizes to be won. Join us for a wonderful evening.
 All funds raised from this event will go towards transforming L Block into an innovative learning space.



 CHESS LESSONS AT MAUNGAWHAU (Open to Waipuna/Middle School and Matauranga/Senior School Students Only)

Playing chess develops self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving skills.
We are pleased to continue the Chess Coaching Programme at our school and look forward to bringing the excitement, competition and educational benefits of chess to your children.
Why Chess?
* Improve concentration and focus
* Develop important life skills – fair play and decision making
* Tactical & Strategic thinking
* Prepare for Chess Tournaments against other schools
* Develop a love of chess, of learning and of thinking
What happens in a Chess Power Coaching Programme?
Each session starts with a formal lesson; all players will learn a new strategy, idea or skill each week. Then they put those skills into practice with activities and games. All games are monitored and supervised by the coach who provides individual feedback along the way.
Throughout the programme, we reward kids that do well and encourage and support kids that are struggling. At completion of the programme we recognise each child with a certificate based on their performance.
Q Where can I learn more?
A Visit our website, and click Parents Centre
Sessions will be held on Wednesdays after school from 3:15pm to 4:15pm starting Wednesday 25 July 2018. The last session will be held on Wed 26 September 2018. There are a total of 10 sessions.
Class Fee: $120 for the term/student.
If your child would like to be part of this for Term 3 please visit our website:
It is easy to register. Just choose your school and fill out the online form. A payment link will be available to you on the form. Choose the 10 sessions option. Payment can be made online by bank transfer or credit card via PayPal.
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 Helen O'Grady Advert small.jpgHelen O’Grady Children’s Drama Academy has classes for students aged 5 to 17 years, in your area.

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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