Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to Week 2 of the school year. Again thank you for sending your children so well prepared for school. We are having a hat drive which is going well. This is being reinforced by Mr Fahey offering a whole class reward for any class with all students wearing their hats, and we are following through with any student with no hat being sent to the hall during break times. I am hopeful that we can establish this important habit early in the school year.

A reminder that classrooms are open and teachers are in their rooms from 8:30am each school morning. This is to enable students time to enter their rooms and complete before class tasks, settle and share any important information with their teachers. A number of students arrived late to school last week, so please support us in establishing a routine which enables all students to be ready for learning when we officially start class at 8:50am.

This Wednesday is an opportunity to meet your child’s classroom teacher and to hear about this year’s programme. As per last week’s newsletter, the organisation is as follows: 

5:30pm the Whanake Junior session starts (years 1 & 2, rooms 1-10)
6:00pm the Waipuna Middle session starts (years 3 & 4, rooms 13-17 and rooms 22-23)
6:30pm the Matauranga Senior session starts (years 5 & 6, rooms 19/20 and rooms 24-28)
7:0pm end

A reminder that this is a chance to find out where your child’s class is, meet your child’s teacher and hear about the programme for 2019. This is not an opportunity for individual parent/teacher meetings. If you require one of these, please make an appointment directly with the classroom teacher, by email. I look forward to seeing you at this event.

WAYS OF GETTING INVOLVED WITH OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY – There are many ways our parents can get involved at school and we encourage everyone to volunteer wherever possible.  It is certainly a great way to get to know the school more and other parents within our community.
Firstly, each classroom requires 1-2 parent Class Liaison(s).  Being a Class Liaison is really easy and a great way to get to know all the parents and children in your class!
This role involves…
  • Co-ordinating a couple of social gatherings for the class to get to know each other
  • Encouraging parents to support our school fundraisers and attending social events
  • Attending the occasional FOMS meetings (only 1 per term) and communicating agenda items to/from class parents
If you are interested in being a Class Liaison, please fill out this FORM. Otherwise, there will be a signup form in each class on Wednesday at Meet the Teacher evening.
Secondly, at the start of every year the school leadership team, parent volunteers and staff sit down to plan events for our children and parent community.  These events go a long way in bringing everyone together and also help raise funds for projects around the school that the Ministry of Education will not fund.
How can you help?
It is as simple as putting up your hand and offering to help.  Our events can only go ahead if we have willing and able helpers and helping out can be as easy as stuffing envelopes, making decorations to taking a lead role like event organiser.  There is always a job right for every person wanting to help out.  A few hours makes a big difference and tasks can easily fit around your work/home life schedule.
Some of the events we like to host each year are…
  • Iceblock sales in summer months
  • Sausage sizzles in the winter months
  • School Discos
  • Parent Quiz Night
  • Parent Movie Night
  • Annual School Fair in late October
  • Parent fundraiser night – previously we have hosted Auction Nights and a Ladies Fashion Night
New ideas???
We are always looking for new ideas for fundraisers or community events. This could be something you have seen at another school or social event? We would love to hear your ideas, so please click here and get in touch.
A lot can be accomplished in only an hour or two a week and every little bit helps!  So, click this link and let us know if you would like to help.  YES, I WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED
If you are unable to donate your time, but you are able to donate any goods or services, then we would love to hear from you. We are always on the hunt for anything when it comes to food & beverage, vouchers, hampers, prizes of any sort… the success of all the events depends on how our community can support us.  CLICK HERE
Have a great week,
Delanee Dale

Visitors to the School/Classroom – All visitors to the school must sign in at the school office please, whether it is for classroom help and or to drop off your child’s lunch, clothing etc. If you are here to sign your child out you also must come through the office first please.

2019 School Fees – Invoices will be emailed this next week.

Notice for School Pool Key Holders – A reminder as per the terms and conditions of use that the pool will be closed and not available on Tuesday afternoons between 3pm – 6pm and Thursday afternoons between 3pm and 4:30pm (term time only). Please also note that all key holders must follow the child supervision guidelines and rules. Under no circumstances, is the door to be opened for unaccompanied children.

Limited Pool Keys Still Available – We have a few keys still available for purchase. Please see the office staff if you wish to find out more.

After School Activities – Please keep an eye/ear out for any after school activities on offer. These are communicated in the weekly school newsletter, on the school website or information sent directly home with your child. Advertising material is also kept in the school office. Please feel free to contact us in the office to help promote your club or an after school activity.

Break Time Activities – There are also a number of opportunities that are on offer throughout the year during break times for students if they wish to get involved. These are communicated as and when they are up and running directly with the students over our internal message system.

Watch this Space – After school Futsal on the Tuanui courts for students (boys and girls) in years 1-3 will resume from next Wednesday 20 February. Gold coin donation and parent help greatly appreciated!


Library Website
Do you get frustrated when you can’t find your children’s library books and you have no idea what you are actually looking for? Or maybe your child wants to reserve a book by their favourite author or write a review of the book they just couldn’t put down?  All of this can be done from home using our online library.
All students have their own Library borrower ID number which they use to log in. Teachers have been given a copy of these so please ask your child’s teacher for it or see Lisa in the library. You do not need a password or PIN. Click here for full instructions and video tutorials on how to use our Web Opac library from home.

If you have any questions please pop into the library to see Lisa.

Overdue Books
There are still a number of books overdue from last year. Can you please make sure these come back to the Library as soon as possible as your child will not be able to get any new books out until these are returned. Email reminders are automatically sent to you once a book is overdue for more than two weeks.

Lucky Books
The first issue of Scholastic Lucky Books is now available to order. Orders close on Tuesday 19 February.
Our school gets commission from all orders you make which we use to buy resources for the library and teachers so your orders are much appreciated.
Orders can be done online through . Online orders will be linked to the school’s order and items will be sent to classes at the same time as paper orders. If you order online you don’t need to return anything to school. You can also order presents by choosing the GIFT option or you can add your child’s name to the Library ‘class’ so they will come to the library instead of being sent to your child’s class.
If you still want to order the traditional way, please return your completed order form and payment to the box in the Library. If paying by cash, please include the exact amount. Cheques should be made out to Scholastic New Zealand. Please note Scholastic no longer takes manual credit card orders so all credit card orders need to be done online.

All orders will arrive approximately two weeks after the due date and will be delivered directly to your child’s class



Term 1 Activities/Events (please check notices coming home and weekly newsletter for more details/updates on upcoming activities and events)

  • Meet the Classroom Teacher Evening – Wednesday 13 February
  • School Swimming Sports – Friday 15 February (year 5 and 6 students only)
  • Waipuna Middle School Mt Eden Trip – room 17: Monday 18 February, room 13: Tuesday 19 February, room 22: Wednesday 20 February, room 14: Thursday 21 February, room 23: Friday 22 February, room 15: Monday 25 February, room 16: Tuesday 26 February
  • Powhiri for New Staff, Students and their Families – Friday 22 February, 9-9:45am
  • New Families Welcome Morning Tea – Friday 22 February, 9:45-10:30am
  • Year 5 EOTC Trips – Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March.
  • Year 6 Camp – Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 March
  • Transition to School Visit – Friday 5 April (for students on our pre enrol register only)


Term 1 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents, friends and family at whole school assemblies)

  •  Whanake Junior School Assembly – Friday 22 February led by rooms 10 and room 7
  •  Waipuna Middle School Assembly – Friday 1 March led by room 17
  •  Matauranga Senior School Assembly –  Friday 8 March led by room 24
  •  Whanake Junior School Assembly – Friday 15 March led by rooms 9 and room 6
  •  Maungawhau Whole School Assembly – Friday 22 March led by room 25
  •  Waipuna Middle School Assembly – Friday 29 March led by rooms 15 and 16
  •  Matauranga Senior School Assembly – Friday 5 April led by the Senior Habitat (rooms 19 and 20)
  •  Maungawhau Whole School Assembly – Friday 12 April led by room 28

Term 1 Sports Events (Teams of selected students only will represent the school at the following school zones competitions)

  • Swimming Zones – Tuesday 26 February
  • Rippa Rugby – Tuesday 12 March (Save day: Thursday 14 March)
  • Cricket – Tuesday 19 March (Save day: TBC)
  • Touch – Tuesday 9 April (Save day: Thursday 11 April)

TERM 1 BOT Meeting Dates

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

  • Thursday 20 February – please note change of date
  • Thursday 28 March




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 – 4:15pm starting Wednesday 6 February 2019. The last session will be held on Wed 10 April 2019. There are a total of 10 sessions.
Class Fee: $125 for the term/student.

If your child would like to be part of this for Term 1 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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