Dear Parents and Caregivers

My thanks to Violet van Muller, our other Kapahaka leaders, teachers and students for organising and leading last Friday’s powhiri. Jasper Hunter did an awesome job speaking on behalf of our students. It was great to see so many of our new families join us for this important event.

My thanks also to our parents who attended the Waipuna (Middle School) trip up Maungawhau over the last two weeks. I hear that it was a very informative session and that although there was much new learning our students’ knowledge was impressive. Thanks again parents for your support.

All the best to our Matauranga Senior School students selected to represent our school at tomorrow’s swimming zones competition.

Prior to the school year starting, our staff attended three Teacher only Days. Some of this time was spent with external facilitators upskilling our staff in new areas, one of these areas which may be of interest to you is from the Mindfulness Education Group, a school programme entitled Pause, Breathe, Smile. This programme is focused on ‘providing children with useful strategies for regulating emotions, improving focus and attention, developing curiosity and practising kindness towards self and others’.We all found this course to be of benefit and the school is keen to introduce the strategies we practised. The company does have an offer for our parent community if you think that this could be of benefit to your family.


A huge thank you from Wesley Primary for the generous stationery donation from our school community which was delivered to their school. Their students and families are very appreciative of our school community’s generosity.

As mentioned at the Junior Assembly last Friday our first FOMS meeting for the year is this Thursday starting at 7pm in the Senior Habitat (rooms 19-21). Classroom Liaisons will find out more about their role, and Ben Fahey and Tania Plaisier will lead a consultation around our school reports. All are very welcome.

At our first Board of Trustees meeting for the year last week, our Board Chair for the last three years Stephanie Sidoruk, stood down as Chair and Ed Timmins was voted in as Chairperson. My sincere thanks to Stephanie for her outstanding service as board chair to our school. Our Board members are currently Ed Timmins, Stephanie Sidoruk, Emma McDonald, Helen Ha, Andrew Hannan, Ray Millar and Robyn Bull as staff trustee.

Finally, we have a message from one of our parents, who is coordinating our 2019 fundraising calendar with willing leaders and helpers.

In the last 2 newsletters, we have called out for volunteers to help organise some events we would like to host this year. If we don’t get enough parent volunteers, these events can simply not go ahead.  If you are not sure what we require but would like to help out in some way then please come to our FOMS meeting this Thursday at 7pm or email
You do not need specific skills to help out, you just need to be willing to offer your time, which can easily fit around your work/home life schedule.  It is also a great way to meet new people and learn more about our school community.

Have a great week,
Delanee Dale

Adult Volunteers are needed for the reserve list to be available to help keep our children stay safe on the crossings. 
Supervision times for both the Wairiki and Ellerton Road crossings as follows:
Morning – 8:25 – 8:50am
Afternoon – 2:50 – 3:15pm
We are also looking for an adult volunteer to share the Friday afternoon shift with an existing adult volunteer who can only commit to every second week.
 If anyone is keen or able to help please contact Rebecca Somerville ASAP



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

  • Ice Block Sale – Thursday 28 February. 3pm outside the library and the junior courtyard. $2ea.
  • 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)

Save the Date: Kids Disco – Friday 29 March, more information to follow. – NOTE DATE CHANGE

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

  •  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


Looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday afternoons? St Andrew’s Epsom (100 St Andrew’s Rd) is the place for you! Grow is our brand new group for 9-12 year olds starting 10th March from 4-5:30pm. For more information, please contact Sacha or Maddy at 

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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