Dear Parents and Caregivers

How great to see our school mission/ambition in action during our school fair- The Maungawhau community will work together to educate and inspire our children, create confident and connected learners, achieving their unique potential and ready to shape the future.  How wonderful to see this ‘Ambition’ demonstrated so very clearly with our school fair.

Thank you thank you thank you, everyone, for your huge effort, organisation, hard work and amazing contribution to our school fair. For new staff, it is always an eye opener as to what a talented, well-organised, generous community Maungawhau School is. From the individuals making deli preserves and starting potting plants in February – months and months prior, to the parents who put their hand up to be part of the organising fair committee, class liaisons, stall organisers, set-up crew, clothing, books, toys and white elephant pricers, bakers and more, this is a phenomenal effort.

Because of your fundraising efforts, this term we are able to fast forward replacing the old tablets for i-pads for our year 1 students. As has been mentioned many times, our operational funding is less than many other schools because our school is in a decile 10 community. Therefore, we are reliant on continued community fundraising efforts, to enable us to purchase things like new playgrounds, replacing damaged sun shelter in our swimming pool area, ICT devices, which can not be funded from any of our Ministry of Education government grants.

Whilst we are on the subject of community fundraising, here is a quick update regarding Tuanui.
Some of you who use this regularly will be aware that we have had some issues with how slippery the surface is when wet. Our Board of Trustees has investigated a few solutions. The company which installed the flooring (Action Flooring, based in the Bay of Plenty), did some minor repairs and a clean recently, and have offered over the summer break at their cost, to resurface the flooring, so that it will be grittier. We are hopeful that this will improve the situation.

My thanks also to our students who contributed to our fair in making their Jolly Jars, helping set-up for the Fair on Friday and the students who ably supported and monitored the rubbish sorting on the day.

As the Fair committee communicated previously, there was an intentional move to reduce our waste, source compostable plates, knives, forks, food containers and serviettes, and to upcycle unsold clothes, and white elephant goods to Clendon Park School in Manurewa (Decile 1) which we delivered in two trucks and two trailers to their school yesterday and was very much appreciated. The Fair committee warned me that because of these changes the profit would be lower than normal, however we did exceptionally well exceeding last year’s profit by $2 000 to make a grand total of $73,395 which was $13,395 over the target – the board will consider how to spend the extra amount raised and notify the community shortly.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale


Fair Day 2018



This Thursday 1 November is photo day for our sports, cultural and new entrant classes (rooms 11, 12 and 18).

Netball – please bring your netball dress and boys are to bring a pair of black shorts.
Gymnastics – gym uniform.
Cook Island Drumming Group – black t-shirts. Remainder provided by the school.
All other Sports Teams – black shorts/leggings. Remainder provided by the school.


Eco Store Pre Orders – You will receive a notification when your order is ready to collect.

Fair Pre Sales – We ask that payment for any unpaid fair pre-sales be paid at the school office asap, please. Thank you.

Year 0-5 2018 Leavers – If your child/ren are not returning to Maungawhau in 2019, please inform the school office asap as this helps with planning for 2019 which is well underway. Thank you.

Tuanui Court Keys – Netball Team Managers: This is a final reminder to please return your team’s key to the office by the end of his week, Friday 2 November.

Lateness – A reminder that any student arriving after the 8:50am bell has gone that they need to sign in at the school office. If you know in advance that your child will be running late for school due to a medical appointment or similar please let the office and the classroom teacher know. Please then make sure when they arrive at school they sign in at the office, then go to class.


Term 4, Week 2
Top Student:  Aditi Ravikumar from room 24 with 18,050 points
Top Class: Room  28 with 22,219 points


Term 4  (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details/updates on upcoming activities and events

  • Sports/Cultural/New Entrant Classes (rooms 11,12 & 18) – Thursday 1 November
  • New Parents to the School Information Meeting – Friday 2 November, 9am in the staffroom
  • APPA Choir Dress Rehearsal at Auckland Town Hall – Monday 5 November
  • APPA Choir Evening Performance at Auckland Town Hall – Tuesday 6 November
  • Transition to School Open Morning – Friday 9 November
  • Year 3-6 Athletics Track Day – Tuesday 13 November (timetable to follow)
  • Year 3-6 Athletics Field Day – Wednesday 14 November (timetable to follow)
  • Year 0-2 Junior Sports Day – Friday 16 November (timetable to follow)
  • Volunteers Thank You Morning Tea – Wednesday 28 November, 11am in the hall
  • Whanake Junior School Beach Ed Trip Days – Monday 3 December (rooms 4, 6 & 10), Tuesday 4 December (rooms 1, 2 & 7), Wednesday 5 December (rooms 11, 12 & 18), Thursday 6 December (rooms 8 & 9), Monday 10 December (rooms 3 & 5)
  • Year 6 Prizegiving – Tuesday 4 December
  • Year 6 Disco – Friday 7 December
  • Transition to School Open Morning – Friday 7 December
  • Matauranga Senior School Picnic – Wednesday 12 December
  • Whanake Junior School Picnic – Thursday 13 December
  • Waipuna Middle School Picnic – Thursday 13 December
  • Term 4 ends – Friday 14 December 12 noon finish

Term 4 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies)

  • Maungawhau Whole School Assembly – Friday 2 November led by room 25
  • Whanake Junior School Assembly – Friday 9 November led by rooms 11 & 12
  • Waipuna Middle School Assembly – Friday 23 November led by rooms 13 & 14
  • Matauranga Senior School Assembly – Friday 30 November led by Mr Fahey
  • Maungawhau Whole School Assembly – Thursday 6 December led by Staff
Term 4 Zones Dates Teams of selected students only will represent the school at the following events:
  • Softball Zones – Thursday 8 November
  • Athletics Zones – Thursday 22 November (Save day – Thursday 29 November)


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

  • Thursday 29 November
  • Thursday 13 December


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