Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to week 2 of the term. Today we welcome three new students in Room 12 and a new student in Room 23.
In two weeks we have three ERO reviewers on site at Maungawhau, reviewing our school as part of the usual ERO cycle. This is our first review in four years, so as you can imagine there will be much to review! We will begin the review by welcoming the ERO reviewers with a whole school Maungawhau Powhiri on Monday 13 August. Classes have been involved in learning about a Powhiri and learning some waiata to sing in support of our speakers.
During the same week 13 – 17 August, you may have read that there is most likely to be a Primary teachers strike (affecting year’s 1-8 students) on the Wednesday 15 August either in the afternoon or the whole day. The strike is not just around teachers’ salaries but is also about teachers’ workload and our current teacher shortage. As a profession, we need to attract and retain high quality teachers. In order to do this work conditions and salary need to be improved. We will know more about the planned teachers strike following the national teachers’ vote later this week. I will be sending home some more information as it comes to hand.

The rest of this newsletter includes some information about our new Enviro school initiative around our school waste, written by our lead teacher Jo Simpson, and a report our parent fundraising this year, written by our deputy principal Ben Fahey.

Environment Group
Successfully establishing a sustainable recycling programme at Maungawhau School has been the focus of our Enviro Group this year. It started with the classrooms separating their waste into paper and cardboard, compost and rubbish.  Now each class has student monitors who are responsible for ensuring their waste is being sorted appropriately.  To celebrate our success we are looking forward to receiving new labeled recycling and rubbish bins for each class.   We have even managed to get the teachers on board and they are now successfully recycling in the staffroom.

REDUCING waste is our next step and this term we are working toward litterless lunches.  The children will be learning about the effects of single use plastic on the environment and wildlife. In preparation for Conservation Week in Week 9 (15 to 23 September) some junior and middle school classes are planning to make beeswax wrap and we will also be organising a whole school litterless lunch day.
So….please get on board and start talking with your children about what changes you can make at home to become more environmentally friendly. Make sure you are following the Maungawhau School facebook page where we will start sharing information about education and community activities that you can get involved in to ensure a more sustainable future for our tamariki.

Maungawhau School Fair Saturday 27 October
Firstly, thank you for the continued support you show our School and children, from volunteering time and skills, to your proactive support of School fundraising events.
I wanted to share with you some information about our annual Maungawhau School Fair and how this aligns with our new School mission. Although the School Fair is not until term 4 preparations are already well underway.
The School Fair is our largest annual fundraising initiative and helps us to invest in our children’s learning environment, as well as creating an event for our community to connect and come together in support of our School.
At the beginning of this year we introduced our new mission statement:

The Maungawhau community will work together to educate and inspire our children, creating confident and connected learners, achieving their unique potential and ready to shape the future.”

Aligning with our mission statement, the School Fair sees our parents, staff and wider community join together to raise essential funds to invest in our children’s learning environment.
Funds raised this year are going towards:

  • A new sunshade for the pool seating area
  • A new sunshade for the garden area used for our Garden to Table curriculum
  • Replacing the junior school tablets and some classroom TVs that are owned by the school to ensure learning through technology is accessible to all students
  • Updating the outdoor seating around the school
  • Improving pool equipment storage
  • Some classroom renovation to occur to update learning environments
  • Stage 2 of Tuanui, addressing the water on the flooring issue

Later this week you will receive a communication from our fair committee which will provide you with more specific detail about what our 2018 school fair will look like.
Once again, thank you for the many different ways you support and contribute towards our children at Maungawhau School. I look forward to working with everyone in our community on another highly successful School Fair in October

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale



 Term 3 Week 2
 ICAS English Test Day tomorrow Tuesday 31 July
Whanake Junior School Assembly this Friday 3 August led by rooms 2 and 5
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Lucky Book Orders due  Monday 6 August
Action Group SPCA Cup Cake Day next Monday 6 August
New Parents to the School Information Session next Friday 10 August 9am in the school staffroom
Get ready for liftoff parents. This year’s quiz night promises to be out of this world. Ticket go on sale Tuesday 31 July. Available from the office. Tickets are $30 each or $300 per table. We only have 160 tickets available so get in quick. Maximum 10 people per table. No exceptions. And new for 2018, we’re excited to let you know that we’ll have a fabulous team photo booth thanks to our sponsor Emma Newton Real Estate.
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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)

Any parent with a child participating in futsal that is interested in a weekly practice here in the Tuanui courts please contact Jenn Bowman.  Practice will be a gold coin donation weekly., also if you are able to help coach please drop me a line!

Term 3 menu available here


 Can you help with any of the following items for a school garden project please:

  • Old pots for painting  – large preferably
  • Any succulents that you have and do want
  • Any punga plants – small or medium-sized

Please leave any contributions outside room 25. Thank you!

OSCAR will be open for the day for students of the school.
There are two options for the day:
Short day (8:30am – 3:30pm) – $35
Long day (8am – 6pm) – $41 
Bookings and inquiries can be made to Natalie: Spaces are limited so be sure to book early!


Term 3, Week 1

Top Student: Aditi Ravikumar from room 24 with 23,351 points
Top Class: Room 27 with 29,208 points

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

  • ICAS English Test Day – Tuesday 31 July
  • Lucky Book Orders due – Monday 6 August
  • Action Group SPCA Cup Cake Day – Monday 6 August
  • Year 6 Camp Parents Meeting – Wednesday 8 August 5pm in the school staffroom
  • New Parents to the School Information Session – Friday 10 August 9am in the school staffroom
  • Quiz Night – Friday 17 August
  • ICAS Maths Test Day – Tuesday 14 August
  • Teacher Only Day (School Closed) – Friday 24 August
  • Year 5 EOTC Week – Monday 27 August to Friday 31 August
  • Year 6 Camp – Wednesday 29 August to Friday 31 August
  • Year 4-6 Conferences – Thursday 6 September (more details to follow)
  • Students Art Exhibition – Thursday 6 September (more details to follow)
  • APPA Choir Rehearsal – Friday 14 September
  • Sausage Sizzle Day – Friday 21 September

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

Term 3 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies)

  • Friday 3 August – Whanake Junior School – led by rooms 2 and 5
  • Friday 10 August – Waipuna Middle School – led by room 22
  • Thursday 16 August – Matauranga Senior School – led by room 27
  • Thursday 23 August – Maungawhau Whole School – led by the Senior Habitat
  • Friday 31 August – Whanake Junior School – led by rooms 1 and 3
  • Friday 7 September – Waipuna Middle School – led by rooms 15 and 16
  • Friday 14 September – Matauranga Senior School – led by the Senior Habitat
  • Friday 28 September – Maungawhau Whole School – led by room 28



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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 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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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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