Dear Parents and Caregivers

My thanks for your support with our Teacher only Day last Friday. We were joined by a few teachers from Auckland Normal Intermediate, Cornwall Park, and Kohia Terrace School (schools in our Community of Learning)  for some shared professional learning around improving outcomes for our students in writing in the afternoon.

My thanks to our Senior School parents supporting our EOTC year 5 day trips this week and Year 6 camp at Hunua from Wednesday 29 August – Friday 31 August. What a great group of senior students we have. I was encouraged to observe our year 6s at break one today, supporting and encouraging each other on the new senior playground. The level of co-operation and positive collaboration was superb.

My thanks also to Rooms 19 & 20 for running a fabulous whole school assembly last Thursday. We had thoughtful presentations from the Student Action group around Daffodil Day this Friday, a Litterless lunch promotion this Thursday, and a great item from Rooms 19 & 20. Well done everyone.

Today we welcome our four students who started their schooling life today in our final year 0 class for the year. This class is in Room 18 and is being taught by Judy Raymond (Mondays-Wednesdays) and our Junior Team Leader Marilyn Schroeder Thursdays and Fridays. Welcome to Maungawhau School Lucy, Akshay, Jed, and Freddie.

Next Thursday 6 September, we have from 3:15-8pm our Year 4-6 Student Led Conferences. Please remember to book your appointment on line (details below). This is a great opportunity to hear your child talk about their achievements, and their next learning goals. We have scheduled an Art exhibition for the same day and night in the hall, since we will have so many parents in our school on this evening. You can view the artworks from 8:30am-7:45pm.

The following day after school (Friday 7 September) is our Netball prizegiving. This is always a well organised, happy occasion celebrating the end of the Netball season. My sincere thanks to all of the parents who have committed to the season, coaching and or managing a team. This has been very much appreciated. Some of our other recent sporting successes by Maungawhau Students are below in more detail.

There is a link to our term three FOMS meeting seeking agenda items from you further down this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you at this event on Thursday 13 September.

We are in need of help in the Junior Reading Room. We would love a couple of parents who could donate a few hours a week to lend us a hand, accessioning new readers, returning and re-boxing readers, and repairing damaged readers. Please see Liz Lapish, teacher in Room 4 if you could help.

A bike was taken last Friday afternoon during the teacher only day while a student was in OSCAR. It is a grey with a purple line, Torpedo 7 bike. One handle grip is missing and the other is ripped. If anyone knows anything about the bike, could you please contact our school office.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale



  Term 3 Week 6
Year 5 EOTC Week today Monday 27 August to Friday 31 August
Rugby Zones tomorrow Tuesday 28 August
Year 6 Camp this Wednesday 29 August to Friday 31 August
 Whanake Junior School Assembly this Friday 31 August, led by rooms 1 and 3
Term 3 Week 7
Year 4-6 Conferences – Thursday 6 September
(bookings open, see below for more details)
Students Art Exhibition – Thursday 6 September 
Fair Dress Up Day (Crazy Hair) – Friday 7 September
Netball Prizegiving – Friday 7 September, from 3:15pm


Year 3 Girls
Lucy Newell – 5th Place
Year 4 Girls
Mikaela Fong – 1st
Mia Vinall – 4th=
Team 3rd overall
(Mia Vinall, Mikaela Fong, Ruby Leibman-McGrath, Gemma Roberts)
Year 5 Girls
Cindy Soe – 2nd
Year 6 Girls
Sofia Bray & Madeline Vinall – 3rd=
Team 1st= overall
(Sofia Bray, Madeline Vinall, Abby Welsh, Shianne Thomas)
Year 5/6 Boys
Luke Langdon – 5th
Team 3rd overall
(Luke Langdon, Harry Walker, Oscar Johnston)
These students will now represent the school at the Champions of Champions on Thursday 13 September. Huge achievement from the students. Well Done!
2018 Gymnastics Zones 1
2018 Gymnastics Zones 2



Congratulations to year 5 student Nemanja Markovic for his very impressive results at a recent swim competition where he represented his Roskill swim club. Nemanja competed in 11 races achieving 9 personal best results and 1 record!

Results: 1 third place, 3 second places and 7 first places. What a great achievement.

Nemanya Markovic

Congratulations to Noa Davidson and Margot Wilson who competed for Maungawhau at the Schools Rhythmic Gymnastics Festival on Wednesday 22 August.  Noa won her grade, Stage 2, and Margot won Level 2.  This is the third consecutive win for Noa and the second for Margot. Well done girls!
Rythmic Gymnastics



Say No to Single Use Plastic: Support our Litterless Lunches
This Thursday 30 August Maungawhau School is starting litterless lunch days.  Initially every Thursday children will be awarded house points for bringing litterless lunches, working toward a week of litterless lunches as part of Conservation Week in week 9. Please make an effort to support our goal to reduce the amount of single use plastic in our lunch boxes.

It isn’t that hard, most of the single use plastic children are bringing to school are small chip packets, small biscuit packets and glad wrap!!!  Nothing beats the smell of homebaking, make a batch of muffins and freeze some so they last all week. Some of our classes are researching the best way to make beeswax wrap which will be sold at the school fair, but in the meantime use paper towels rather than glad-wrap, at least they are compostable.  Better still, the children have also been looking at different lunch box and container options which reduce the need to use single use plastic.


Scattle, scattle, went the rat looking around the trash can.
Rubbish was flying around like a tornado struck.
“Yuck” the yucky wet trash was dripping through my clothes.
Filthy trash is flying around.
The mucked up sea is polluted , so are the sea animals.
Unhappy animals are slowly dying.
Harmful trash is deadly to planet Earth.
Miserable animals are dying.
By Elijah Furness


Daffodil Day Friday 31 August
The Maungawhau student action group this year are proud to be supporting cancer research by selling daffodils in exchange for a gold coin donation on Daffodil Day Friday 31 August.
A gold coin donation will provide free support and information, fund lifesaving cancer research and implement health promotion initiatives to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Please give generously to support this worthy cause.
Kind regards
Ms Plaisier


On Thursday 6 September we will have our Student-Led Conferences for our year 4 – 6 students.
This will follow the same format as last year, we will be hosting 4 families at a time, in half hour slots. The purpose of this format is to give children an opportunity to share their work, reflect on what they have been learning and give families the opportunity to have more time in the classroom to celebrate their children’s learning.
Each student will be carefully stationed around the classroom, to allow for conversations to take place around their work and time for teachers to participate in these conversations. Children have worked hard during the year to produce some fantastic work. These conferences are an opportunity for them to share what they have achieved and what they are working towards.
If you wish to have a private conversation about your child’s learning please email their teacher directly to set up an appointment.

Bookings are now open.
To make your booking please go to
Event code: bq2db


Term 3, Week 5

Top Student:  Aditi Ravikumar from room 24 with 21,586 points
Top Class: Room 5 with 34,872 points


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

  • Year 5 EOTC Week – Monday 27 August to Friday 31 August
  • Year 6 Camp – Wednesday 29 August to Friday 31 August
  • Daffodil Day – Friday 31 August
  • Year 4-6 Conferences – Thursday 6 September
  • Students Art Exhibition – Thursday 6 September (8:30am-7:45pm in the school hall)
  • Fair Dress Up Day (Crazy Hair) – Friday 7 September
  • Netball Prizegiving – Friday 7 September, from 3:15pm
  • Lucky Book Orders Issue #6 Close – Monday 10 September
  • Middle School MOTAT Visit – Tuesday 11 September (rooms 13,14,23 and 17)
  • Middle School MOTAT Visit -Wednesday 12 September (rooms 15,16 and 22)
  • 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)

  • 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 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

Term 3 menu available here


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

  • Thursday 30 August
  • Thursday 27 September


Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 7:30pm.

  • Thursday 13 September

RSVP link here:
Agenda to follow.




2019 Enrolments are now open at Auckland Normal Intermediate (Poronui Street, Mt Eden) – the enrolment form is available on our website.  Upcoming dates for Open Mornings and Information Evenings for parents of Year 6 students are listed on our website.  RSVP for these here.

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RSVP or Register here.

Balmoral School

Balmoral Intermediate School 2019 In-Zone and Out-of-Zone Enrolment

Balmoral Intermediate School is accepting enrolments for Year 7 in 2019.
Application packs for In-Zone students can be downloaded here

Out of Zone students need to collect an enrolment pack from the school office.
The 2019 Out-of-Zone Ballot will close on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 4pm.

The school would appreciate all applications for enrolment from both In-Zone and Out of Zone by Wednesday 5 September 2018.



Buy your tickets to The Green Room and be entertained by the very talented cast and band from Mount Albert Grammar School.

                An original musical theatre production devised by MAGS students , this show is family-friendly, funny and features lots of favourite songs from well-known musicals.  There are a number of past Maungawhau students in the cast.  Come along to support them.

                Thursday 30th and Friday 31st August 7.00pm

                Saturday 1st September 2.00pm and 7.00pm

                Centennial Theatre, Auckland Grammar School, Mountain Road, Epsom

                Tickets from iTicket

The Green Room Poster

Fathers’ Day gifts from Ezlunch
It’s time to celebrate dads – and how better than to get them something a little different, and not socks!


Place an order with ezlunch for delivery 27th August – 31st August and be in the draw to WIN ONE OF TWO $50 Gift Vouchers to gift to Dad on Fathers’ Day.  The winners will be notified by email and/or phone on Friday 31st August.  Good luck!

Education Conversation - Wesley

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Creative Matters art classes after school at Maungawhau School 
Tuesdays 3pm – 5pm, right here at school beginning in term 4                       
Our popular, well respected after school art workshops are run at schools all around Auckland by passionate, experienced artists/teachers. All of our tutors are practising artists or designers who are involved in the arts community in different ways, and they all share a passion for encouraging creativity in children. Our classes fully develop the creative process, from exploring and experimenting through to creating and reflecting. We provide opportunities and experiences to help children get excited about the visual arts, encourage creative and critical thinking and develop skills and techniques in a wide range of areas – all in a calm, positive, happy, nurturing environment. The best possible after school activity for your children!


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