Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the end of the year fast approaches, with lots of positive end of year events planned it is timely that I take a moment to acknowledge the phenomenal community support this school receives. This list is huge and by no means exhaustive

Parent helpers at swimming lessons in school time, supporting our junior students during their PMP programme, and in their classrooms helping classroom teachers by sorting and returning junior readers, parents attending a class trip, supporting our middle school Garden to Table programme, outdoor education activities and school camp. Parents coaching and managing sports teams. Parents on road patrol supporting our students every day of the school year. Parents organising school discos, ice block sales and numerous major fundraisers like the school fair, and the fashion night initiated this year. A parent who voluntarily runs our school website (which is currently being updated) and school facebook page, many thanks to Lara Hrstic. Parents in every classroom acting as classroom liaisons, for the teacher, organising social events and class fair stalls. Parents helping us move furniture this year when re-carpeting classrooms, and moving mulch around our school. Your support is valued and appreciated by us all. This enables us to get on with our core business teaching your children.

Last week we have been fortunate to have Swimsafe in working with our students on life saving aquatic skills and Hockey NZ providing game and skill sessions with our middle school students. We are fortunate to have our middle school children having 4 sessions with the coaches. Last week also saw the end of our 4 week cricket skills programme with the senior school run by Auckland cricket. The highlight had to be the children getting to face the bowling machine. We are grateful to have these specialists sharing their skills with our students and staff.

Moving forward – next Tuesday 11 December. The class lists for 2019 will be read and all students will move to their 2019 classroom to spend an hour with their 2019 teacher. I believe that this is a fantastic transition session, which assists anxiety levels over the summer break as our students finish the 2018 school year knowing where and with whom they will be for the following year. Students will start the school year in 2019 on Monday 4 February. I appreciate that this is a later start than some of our neighbouring schools, however because of the age of our young children it will also mean that we finish later (Wednesday 18 December), which should assist with childcare at the end of the school year.

Following the last day of school Friday 14 December, this year, we have two major contracts occurring over the summer break. On Monday 17 December, scaffolding arrives as the exterior of our school is repainted to match the Room 19-24 colour scheme, and some of the interiors such as the hall and the upstairs corridor of rooms 22-24 will be repainted. As well we are having our fire alarm system upgraded, both of these projects are well overdue, as we have been waiting for good weather and a long break without students. May I suggest that if your child is playing at school over the break, that they are supervised by an adult, as there will be lots of contractors working in our school grounds.

This week we have our junior school beach education trips occurring. We also look forward to farewelling our year 6 leavers in style, with our formal prizegiving tomorrow night, followed by the year 6 disco this Friday. My thanks to Ben Fahey for organising prizegiving and the parents, who have stepped up to organise the disco.

A note from Marilyn Schroeder – Information About Years 0-3 Reports
This Friday 7 December, end of year reports will be sent home to all students who started in years 0-3 at Maungawhau School before the 30th of October. For students who have their anniversary or mid-anniversary in November or December, their anniversary report will also be included in with the end of year report.  This year students in year 3 who had their 120 week anniversary in terms one or two, will receive a data sheet with their current levels.
Please note: There will be no comments on the anniversary reports due to students receiving a written end of year report.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale



Cones Out for Buses (Ellerton Road entrance) – Please do NOT park your car in between the cones placed along the front of the school this Tuesday-Thursday and next Monday 10 December or attempt to do a drop off causing extra chaos and danger. The cones are in place so the buses (2-3 at a time) can pick up and drop off our Junior school students attending Beach Ed safely. We apologise for this minor inconvenience at either end of the school day. Please consider using either the Wairiki Road or Thames Street entrances to the school or simply park further away and walk your child to the school gate.

Photolife Shoot Keys – Shoot keys for the new entrant classes (rooms 11, 12 and 18) plus the sports and cultural groups will be coming home tomorrow.

2019 School Term Dates – Please click here for the 2019 school term dates, remembering to scroll down the page.

Year 0-5 End of Year Leavers – Please contact the office ASAP if your child/ren are leaving at the end of this year and you have not informed the school as yet. Thank you.


The year 6 disco’s theme this year is Winter Wonderland, so we are looking for any blue, silver, white decorations to go with the theme. If you can loan/donate any of the following we would be very grateful. Please drop to the school office asap. Thank you!
-fairy lights
-snow flakes
-smoke/bubble machine
-white Christmas trees
-or anything that would go with the theme/colours


The last training session is this Wednesday 5 December. A reminder to please bring a gold coin donation as a thank you for Craig.

OSCAR OPEN 12-6pm Friday 14 December

Maungawhau School’s OSCAR programme will be run from 12pm – 6pm on Friday 14 December 2018. This is due to school closing at the earlier time of 12pm.
Please email to make a booking for your child that day. If your child is already booked in on Friday 14 December for after school care and you require care for the half day, you will need to email to book in for the half day of care available. Please book ASAP as there is a limited amount of children we can take on the day.

The fee will be $30 for 12pm – 6pm (flat rate).


Unfortunately one of our students has had two scooters go missing from school within school hours (Friday 23 November and then again today). Please check your child has not taken the wrong one home or if you know anything about where they might be please contact the office asap. Thank you.

  • yellow conqueror scooter (unnamed)
  • black micro scooter (named and room number)

Poppy Williams in Room 25 has organised a Year 6 Graduation T-Shirt for the Year 6 students to purchase. All funds raised will go to Poppy’s fundraiser for The Hunger Project NZ, a registered charity. Poppy is their youngest ambassador in New Zealand. The Hunger Project is committed to ending hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

We know it’s possible for hunger to end, and that our generation has the power to end it once and for all. In our experience, people who live in hunger are not the problem – they are the solution. We don’t see a billion mouths to feed, we see a billion human beings who are enterprising and resilient. The work, therefore, is to unlock their capacity, creativity and leadership so they can end their own hunger. That’s what we do. Unlike other charities, we do not give out aid. Instead, we empower people to change their own lives through training and leadership development. You can out more about The Hunger Project here
If you do not wish to purchase a T-Shirt but you would like to support Poppy’s fundraising you can do so here:—Graduation

Year 6 Graduation T Shirt Order Form

Order by Friday 14 December 2018 (order forms also available from the school office)

Poppy Williams Hunger Project T Shirt


Payment Method: T-Shirts are $30.00 each.

  1. Electronic
    1. Payment by bank transfer to: P Williams 12-3654-0000767-00
    2. Please use Child’s Name as Ref & Room Number in Particulars
    3. Email form to
  2. Manual
    1. Cash to Poppy Williams Room 25 in a sealed envelope with your order form (leave at the school office for Poppy to collect)

T-Shirts will be available for collection from 42 Ellerton Road, Mount Eden.

Please note that the office cannot take payment or orders. All enquiries to


Great News! Brooke Harris & Alexa Harris both students of Maungawhau School were awarded as top finalists for a major Art Awards this past Saturday 24th November at Realisticus Art  Academy Student Art Show & Competition 2018. More than 300 students from  Central Auckland Areas were competing for the Most Realistic and Most Creative artworks in “Under the Sea” Art Show /Competition 2018.
Brooke Harris is one of the Top Finalists for Realisticus Art Award for the most Realistic Artwork in the age category 7-8. (left picture)
Alexa Harris is one of the Top Finalists for Realisticus Art Award for the most Realistic Artwork in the age category 9-10. (right picture)
The judges mentioned that both artworks have a very special quality, style and elegant composition. Well done!
Awarded by Realisticus Art Academy.
Brooke and Alexa Harris Art Finalist Award



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

  • 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 Graduation and Prizegiving – Tuesday 4 December 6:30-8:30pm
  • Year 6 Disco – Friday 7 December 6:30-8:30pm
  • 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 – Thursday 6 December led by Staff


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

  • Thursday 13 December


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New Leaf V3 Dec18
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1 Dec Holiday
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