Dear Parents and Caregivers

Well done Matauranga (years 5-6) on your fantastic swimming sports last Friday at school. Great school spirit evident, and thankfully the teachers won the staff/student relay convincingly at the end.

My thanks to the families who attended last Wednesday night’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ session. It was great to see a strong turnout. I trust that you now know more about how your child’s class will run for 2019.

Thank you to all parents who have paid their child’s activity fees and school donation. Payment of the school donation is essential to provide a high quality of education that we expect for our children. I am grateful to the community’s continued support in this way. Payment of the school donation before the 31 March is at the lower amount of $395 per child and 33% may be able to be claimed as a credit from the IRD for the tax year ended 31 March 2019. Payment can be made via Kindo, direct to the school bank account 12 3067 0197120 00 or at the school office. The option to pay in instalments is also available.

This Friday starting at 9am in our school hall we will be welcoming all new staff, students and their families with a powhiri. This will be followed by our new parent session in our staffroom.

FOMS Information Meeting – Our first Friends of Maungawhau School (FOMS) meeting is scheduled for next Thursday 28 February, starting at 7pm in the Senior Habitat (rooms 19-21). It’s a new year, new ideas, new teams and of course everyone is welcome to attend. We encourage all new parents to come along as it is a great way to find out more about our school.

We would appreciate all of the classroom liaisons attending this first meeting. As some information will be tailored especially to you.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale

Below is a message from Mr Fahey who will be at the first FOMS meeting.

This year we are currently reviewing the way we report to parents in writing twice a year. As a part of this process, we are consulting with teachers, parents and students to gather feedback. On Monday 11 February we ran a brainstorming session with teachers where we gathered information on topics such as:

  • What do we believe is most important to include on a school report?
  • Looking at our current school reports what would you keep, remove or adapt?
  • Are you aware of a reporting system which you believe is particularly effective? Describe this or share an example.
  • Any thoughts or ideas you have around reports at Maungawhau

Our next step is to run a similar brainstorming session at the first FOMs meeting of the year on Thursday 28 February.  We value your thoughts and ideas and invite you to attend this meeting and take the opportunity to share these.
Ben Fahey and Tania Plaisier


The children of Maungawhau should be very proud of themselves for the positive attitude they have had towards being sun smart at the commencement of the 2019 school year.

At the beginning of this term children were told that one day at random, in the first two weeks of school, a spot check would happen. Any class where 100% of the children had their hats would receive ice-blocks as a reward. On Wednesday 13 February this occurred and the results were excellent and a marked improvement from previous years. 10 classrooms achieved the goal of 100% of children with hats. And of the remaining 14 classrooms, there was not one room which had more than two children missing hats.

While the ice-block incentive was a fun competition for the children it was great to talk with each class about why we really ran the competition. We spoke about protecting our skin through wearing hats, applying sunscreen and spending time in the shade. We spoke about supporting each other when we forget and reminding each other.

Thank you for supporting us as well and please continue to remind your child/ren about the importance of being sun smart.
Ben Fahey

We are still looking for Class Liaison for Rooms 15, 20, 23 & 26.  If you are interested in taking on this role or finding out a little more, please get in touch via email –
For those of you who have already signed up, thank you and we look forward to meeting with you at our first FOMS meeting next week on Thurs 28th.
We would like to run a few events this year but we can not host any of them without our parent community volunteering their time – big or small!  There is always a job right for each volunteer and most tasks can easily fit around your work/home life schedule so we encourage everyone to volunteer wherever possible.
We are really interested in running another Auction Night this year, but we need a full new team to do this.  If you are keen to help out in any way, please get in touch with or fill out this form –
None of the events listed below can go ahead without our parent volunteers…
  • 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
These events are crucial to our school to help raise funds for projects that the Ministry of Education will not fund and also bring our families together, which is all part of creating community spirit.  So chat with other parents in your class and let’s work together to run some fun events for our whole community.

Student Absence – To report your child’s absence please notify the school on the morning of the absence.  This can be done in the following ways and please ensure you state the reason for the absence.
By school website: please click on the ‘report an absence’ tab
By telephone: 09 6388829
By email: and please cc the teacher (all emails can be found on the school website) or vice versa
By note: to the School Office

Late to School – If a student is going to be late to school, the school should be notified by any of the ways listed above. All students arriving late, after the 8:50am bell, must sign in at the school office, please.

Student Leave Requests – Requests for non-school related leave during the school year need to be addressed to the Principal, Mrs Delanee Dale, at least two weeks before the start of the proposed leave by email please to
Please give the dates of proposed absence from school and the purpose of the leave.

After School Pick Ups – If there are any changes to the end of the day pick up routine for your child/ren we ask that you make every effort to inform the office asap so we can get a note/call to the classroom teacher. Please let your child/ren know that if they are at all confused to come to the office so we can help them.

Out of School Care Cancellations/Late Changes –  A reminder with the new booking system for our Out of School Care programme that any cancellations or late changes to the usual routine still need to be communicated to Natalie Hoo on 021 950489 or email:
Please also cc the office into any email communication to

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.

Notice for School Pool Key Holders – We ask that you do not open the door to any children who are not with a key holder or have an adult that has responsibility for them.

UPDATE re Wednesday After School Futsal – on the Tuanui courts for students (boys and girls) in years 1-3 is now CANCELLED.




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



Congratulations to Nemanja from year 6 who had great success over the weekend at the 2019 NZ Junior (Swimming) Nationals!
Over three days he had 10 races, he swam all ten in personal best times and won 4 first, 5 second and 1 fourth place in the 10 year old boys category. All of that achieved with an injured hand with splint and strapping.
What an awesome achievement.



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
  • Year 6 Camp Information Evening – Wednesday 20 February, 5pm in the Senior Habitat (rooms 19-21)
  • 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 FOMS Meeting Dates

  • Thursday 28 March – please see ‘From the Principal’s Desk’ for more information.
  • Further dates TBC

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



Share the Dream is UpsideDown’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Our last Share the Dream, in November 2017, raised enough to provide funding for 50 kids with Down syndrome for the whole of 2018.

This year, the event will be a little bit more laid back, more of cocktail function. It will run from 6pm, with formalities ending at 8pm and the bar remaining open until 9pm.

The event will take place the Flagship Education Centre. This has the benefit of being right in the centre of the Wynyard Quarter right beside a car park, which should make it easier to get to and from, and maybe to enjoy a meal out afterwards!


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