About our School

A message from our Principal

Delanee Dale

It is a privilege to be Principal of Maungawhau Primary School.  I am proud of our reputation for being community-focused and of our rich, long history since we were established in 1912.

As a school leader my passion and key focus is to deliver a 21st Century learning platform which is consistently delivered by our team of skilled teachers. We now know so much more in terms of how students best learn and what comprises effective teaching in today’s world to equip our children for tomorrow’s world.

At Maungawhau School we pride ourselves on doing the very best that we can for all of our students, all of the time.

We guide them to become the best versions of themselves. by ensuring our programmes are engaging, motivating and suitable for all learners, no matter their abilities. We are committed to continual professional development for our staff so that we bring the very latest techniques and insights into each of our classrooms. Most of all we recognise that children learn best when they feel at ease and are happy, we build strong relationships with our students to ensure we provide a nurturing environment.

Our school has a lively and active parent community, focussed on making connections and allowing us to improve further on our school through their great fundraising work. This benefits the children of our school ensuring they have the best playgrounds, outdoor learning spaces, electronic learning resources and more. I encourage you to read the parent links on this website, and to become involved in our school community, it’s a great way to make life-long family friends.

An Overview of our School

Maungawhau School is a decile 10 primary school (Years 0-6) in the heart of Mt Eden. Each year we have around 650 students, and is carefully managed by a school zone. Our school is well resourced with insulated and heated classrooms, outstanding playgrounds, recently re-decorated classrooms, a unique outdoor turfed and covered learning areas, a summer swimming pool, a well-stocked library and plenty of green spaces to allow kids to re-connect to nature.

Our school garden is one of our treasures which plays a key part in our Garden to Table programme. This allows each child who attends Maungawhau to connect with nature, learn about food sources, experience hands-on food production and even learn to cook in our dedicated kitchen.

Our school is well supported by a strong parent community, who are committed to our school mission of ‘Shaping the Future’. We have a stable staff of hard working teachers and learning support workers. We place great emphasis on developing the Whole Child and recognise the importance of Music and Sports in this. Each child who attends will benefit from our specialist music teachers (one hour a week from Year 2 to Year 6 plus optional lunchtime music groups) and a sports co-ordinator who helps develop children’s potential in a wide range of sports.

Our Mission & Vision

After consultation with our community of parents, teachers and particularly in this case, students, we have adopted the following as our Mission and Vision for our School.

Our Vision, Values and Mission
When we crafted our Vision and Values we knew it had to be authentic to guide our every deveision and run through every fibre of our offering. We couldn’t do that without the input of our students, our teachers and our parents. Together we developed and have now adopted a direction for Maungawhau which underpins all activities, be they learning or social.

Our Vision – Shaping the Future

Our Values

  • We care
  • We work together
  • We keep trying
  • We challenge ourselves

Mission Statement
By working together, students, teachers and families will create a community that ensures we educate and inspire our children to be confident, connected learners committed to achieving their unique potential and unafraid to lead in challenging and shaping the future.

Our Strategic Plan & School Charter

Please find below documents we prepare for the for the Ministry of Education. We welcome discussion on the plan should you have comments or questions please email the Principal at delaneed@maungawhau.school.nz.

Governance, Policies & Procedures

We hold these documents on an external School Docs site, so please click the link below and enter the following information.

Username – maungawhau
Password – ellerton

Our History

1910 Householders requested another school in the district.
1911 Site purchased from Joughin farm and Mandeville estate.
1912 Main building erected in brick by Craig Brothers. Maungawhau District School established with Mr. F.J Ohlson as Principal.

1913 Maungawhau District School opened for instruction with 153 students. Numbers rose to 454 by the end of the year.
1914 Infant building of three rooms opened.
1915-1918 Roll rose to 772. Three more classrooms constructed.
1922 Swimming pool and buildings constructed
1928 Children turned away from school due to overcrowding. School bell purchased and hung from balcony.
1929 Home and School Association formed.
1930 School logo designed. Design displays the Horn of Plenty, the Book of Learning, the intertwined initials MDS and the Latin version of the motto “Tonus Facit Musican” (It is Tone that Makes Music).

ERO Report

In late 2018 the Education Review Office (ERO) visited our school. ERO is the New Zealand Government department who evaluate and report on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.

The purpose of ERO’s external evaluations is to give parents, whānau and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education children and young people receive.


We welcomed them with a wonderful powhiri along with our newest students to the school and they then spent the rest of the week interviewing and observing life at Maungawhau School.


As a Board, we were grateful for this opportunity to review ourselves and our school and reflect on how we are delivering on our strategic plan. Our Vision of ‘Shaping the Future’ really resonated with the reviewers and captured what we are striving to achieve. We have received a draft review which is extremely positive. Some of the strengths they identified are:

  • leadership that is highly effective in promoting teaching and learning environments that support student learning and well-being
  • a well-developed culture of evaluation and professional inquiry that is centred on improving learning outcomes for all students
  • personalised learning programmes that deliberately build the capabilities of self-regulated learners
  • responsive and respectful school and community partnerships where there is joint responsibility for student achievement and wellbeing