Welcome back to Term 4. It was lovely to be warmly greeted by so many happy students and parents this morning. A special welcome to the new students who experienced their first day at school in Room 18 today. I hear that you had a great day, with following a snail trail in your classroom.

We welcome the following new staff – Jennie Frost is relieving for our Garden specialist on Mondays and Tuesdays for the first five weeks of this term. Merrilyn Drummond is the new teacher in Room 17, and Kelbe Bishop is the new teacher in Room 10 for the remainder of this term. We also welcome for the term, a new trainee in Room 2 Julia Adair from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee and Samuel Dale who will work with small groups of ESOL students. We trust you all enjoy your time at Maungawhau School.

Hats for term 4 – A reminder that it is compulsory for our students to wear hats during break times. School hats are available from our school office. Please support our school in enforcing hats during break time for sun protection.

My thanks to the parents who helped move furniture at the end of last term, and reinstate furniture last Thursday with Ben Fahey. It is lovely to see the last of our tired classrooms looking refreshed with new carpet/vinyl.

Enjoy the long weekend, before the BIG DAY for our school on Saturday 27 October. Please re-read the holiday email regarding Fair drop offs, as some people appear to have missed this. Finally, we are looking for a Minute Secretary for our Board meetings which occur twice a term on a Thursday from 5.30pm. If you are interested in this position, could you please contact myself or our Board Chair Stephanie Sidoruk –

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale





It’s less than 2 weeks to go until the amazing school fair, Sat 27th October 11am-3pm.  We have some amazing treats in store for all the family so tell everyone to pop along.
If you missed our holiday update email please click here

It’s wonderful to see so many classes becoming engaged with their fair activities, thanks for all you’re doing!
A few reminders:

1) ROSTERS – please get on these so we are sharing the load. This is especially important for classes on 2nd hand sorting stalls. Remember we are only sorting for 4 days this year (previously it was 2 whole weeks) so we have to pull together to make this short and sweet!

2) JOLLY JARS – Everyone should have taken home their McDonald’s Jolly Jar containers at the end of last term. Hopefully, you’ve filled these with interesting stuff and decorated them wonderfully over the holidays.
If you want to do more Jolly Jars, there are some spare McDonald’s containers in the school office (in a box to the right of the main desk). Please help yourself or make your own creations.

REMEMBER: get your Jolly Jars back to your classroom by THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER to get them counted to find the class with the most Jolly Jars (McDonald’s lunch for the winning classroom) and judged to see who wins the Best Jolly Jar (5 chances to win).

And don’t forget, ALL the Jolly Jars will be on sale at the School Fair.

3) CAKE BOXES – these will be coming home with your child this week, the expectation is that each family provides at least one round of baking, please. If you are a keen baker and would like to bake more there are spare cake boxes that can be collected from the school office.

4) BOXES and BAGS – we need your large boxes and re-usable bags ASAP.  Please drop them into the office

5) DONATION TIMES – new time added (in red)

Mon 22/10    strictly 3-5pm only 
Tue 23/10     9-10am and 7-8pm
Wed 24/10    9-10am and 7-8pm
Thu 25/10     9-10am and 7-8pm
Fri 26/10       9-10am only

6) GARDEN STALL – Wild Wheat on Mount Eden Road have very generously offered a free loaf of bread for every red “Bruschetta to Grow” bucket that we sell at the fair! Come see the garden stall located in the junior courtyard.




Outlined below are brief details and also inserted a link to a google form where you can register your child. Please register ASAP!

Brief details:
– Games are played on Sundays at EGGS, Diocesan College and St Cuthburts. Times vary.
– Training will take place at EGGS Monday afternoons, between 4 – 5.30pm.
– Approx cost for term 4 is $100. This included pool hire and entry fee to the league.
– Games run from 4 November to 16 December (7 games I believe).
– Teams will be put together by myself with assistance from Miss Burt and previous coaches.

Please register your child’s interest at the link below:

Any questions, feel free to email me at



Congratulations go to the following students who have achieved extremely well in the ICAS English assessment this year. High Distinction and Distinction certificates will be given out at a whole school assembly on Friday 2 November.
Tania Plaisier
(Associate Principal)

High Distinction
Olive Turley, Jayden Chen
Sam Evans, Rory O’Grady, Benjamin Hoult, Cheng-Yu Li, Ruxin Chen, Nico Meyer, Liam O’Grady, Joshua Radcliffe, Caitlyn Sivaganesan, Edward Yuan, Cheng-Hao Li, Nicholas Lum
Terance Ho, Abigail Smith, Elliot Smith, Kionasina Bradbeer, Carys Douglas-Jones, Lulu Stanley, Jimmy Zhang, Annalise Cherrie, Noa Davidson, Sophie Pearce, Hayley Schaut, Katie Somerville, Nikolai Consedine, Max Heather, Leo Ross, Henry Spencer, Naveen Ter Wal, Wilson Zhang
Harry Keene, Scarlett Mitchell, Ila Mulholland, Kelsey Hyde, Arya Naidu



BeachEd Trip
This term the junior school is booked to participate in the Beach Ed programme at Mairangi Bay to learn about sun and water safety.  This is a valuable programme run by Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and has as its goal to provide a safe, fun educational day at the beach.  In previous years when we have participated in this programme, we have found it to be efficiently run by highly organised and qualified instructors. I can assure you that the students will thoroughly enjoy their day in this supportive, non-threatening environment, even if they are not confident in the water.  

BeachEd consists of three components:

  1. Theory in the Clubhouse.  
  2. Beach Activities
  3. Water Activities

Parents are encouraged to participate in all activities but it is most vital that we have parents assist us on this trip who are prepared to go into the water and form a barrier around our children to prevent them getting into the deeper water.  Our school policy states that we require a ratio of one adult to two children while students are participating in water activities.

We would like you to put the date of your child’s trip into your diaries now so you can be free to support us on this day.
Monday 3 December: Rooms 4, 6 and 10
Tuesday 4 December: Rooms 1, 2 and 7
Wednesday 5 December: Rooms 11, 12 and 18
Thursday 6 December: Rooms 8 and 9
Monday 10 December: Rooms 3 and 5

Thank you.
Marilyn Schroeder
Junior School Team Leader


Kia ora Maungawhau whanau.
How do you feel about the reading programme at Maungawhau School?  We are currently reviewing our reading programme and would like to hear from parents about their views on what is working and what could be improved.  It would be appreciated if you could take 5 minutes to complete the reading survey to give us the information we need. To access the survey please click on the link below.

Thank you.
Jo Simpson, Jennie Adlam, Liz Lapish
Literacy Leaders


Term 3, Week 10 + holidays
Top Student:  Annabel Zhang from room 6 with 27,230 points
Top Class: Room 28 with 56,419 points



A quick reminder from ANI (Auckland Normal Intermediate) to make sure you have enrolled as this will aid us in organising our entrance testing as well as classroom placements – an enrolment form can be fouind on our website
Barnard upright piano in the music room is looking for a family in the community to take it home. A small donation to the Music department will be greatly appreciated. Please contact the music teacher Claire Pearce if you are interested.
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Diocesan School for Girls, in conjunction with its Parents & Friends Association, is delighted to hold its third House tour on 9 November 2018 for the extended school community in Auckland.  Join us on Friday, November 9, from 10am-4pm and visit 10 stunning Auckland homes. From iconic villas through to modern and minimalist, we have a unique collection of homes, some of which are opening their doors to the public for the first time.   This is a fun day that also will help raise money and awareness for charities such as Auckland City Mission, Juvenile Arthritis, Women’s Refuge, Garden to Table, There’s a Better Way, Anglican Trust for Women & Children – to name a few of the worthwhile charities participating. To buy a ticket please visit –

Dio House Tickets On Sale 2018

HFNZ Flyer-Updated 04.07.2017


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