General School Information

Maungawhau School is a decile 10 Primary School

Our roll sits between 600-700 students (years 0-6) and is carefully managed by a school zone in the heart of Mt Eden. The school is well resourced with a large school swimming pool, attractive modern library and spacious grounds.

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 also employ a specialist music teacher (who teaches students for one hour per week from year 2 onwards) and a sports co-ordinator.

At Maungawhau School we pride ourselves on doing the very best that we can for all of our students, all of the time. Our staff have a strong commitment to their own professional learning and ensuring our programmes, are engaging, motivating and challenging for all learners.

Vision Statement (moemoeā) – SHAPING THE FUTURE

Our Values (matapopore) – We care – We work together  – We keep trying  – We challenge ourselves.

Mission Statement (mīhana) – The Maungawhau community will work together to educate and inspire our children, creating confident and connected learners, achieving their unique potential and ready to shape the future.

School Structure and Organisation
Delanee Dale is the Principal and Ben Fahey is our Deputy Principal, together they are responsible for the day to day running of the school. Tania Plaisier, our Assistant Principal, is responsible for our Curriculum and Pedagogy as well as taking responsibility for the gifted & talented programme.

Faye Philp is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and she has responsibility for providing learning programmes to help our diverse learners. Faye oversees and works with our Learning Support staff and liaises with families on a case by case basis.

At Maungawhau we function as a whole school but to allow us to bring out the best in each age and stage we operate in three teams:

Year 0 – 2 “Whanake” Junior School
Junior School Team Leader – Marilyn Schroeder
Transition to School Leader – Elizabeth Love

Year 3 – 4 “Waipuna” Middle School
Year 3 Team Leader – Abby Banks
Year 4 Team Leader – Sangah Park

Year 5 – 6 “Matauranga” Senior School
Senior School Team Leader – Ajita Goh

For contact details for these staff members, please click here.

Maungawhau School operates its own OSCAR programme before and after school in our school hall. For further information please contact our Oscar Director Joseph Tyrell.

School Office – The school office opening hours are Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm during term time, except where otherwise advertised. The office team are happy to assist with requests for general information; however, the classroom teacher should be your first point of contact for information specific to your child. The office has an open door policy, so please feel free to pop in during opening hours for assistance.

Stationery – Stationery packs can be purchased online through OfficeMax at www.myschool.co.nz and will be delivered to your home. You can also purchase packs at the OfficeMax store at 32 Normanby Road, Mt Eden (phone 0800 724 440).  Please note that OfficeMax provides our school with a commission on all orders placed with Officemax, so don’t forget to mention you are from Maungawhau School at the counter.  A full list of stationery requirements for each year is available in store at the Mount Eden branch.

Attendance – Regular and punctual attendance is expected to ensure your children continue to progress with their academic achievement. If your child is absent, please notify the school by phone on (09) 638 8829 and leave a message on the student absence line or fill out the Absentee Form by using the button below.

Office staff will then enter the child’s name on the electronic register which then informs the teacher of their absence. It is important that any child arriving at school after 8.50am must first report to the school office before going to class. The office is open from 8am to 4pm.

  • If you arrive late to school and have missed the roll call in class, you must sign in at the office before you head to class.
  • Children leaving school early to attend medical appointments should leave via the office so they can sign out.
  • If your child is unaccounted for, office staff will try to contact you to check your child’s whereabouts. Therefore, it is essential that contact details are kept up to date.
  • When your child returns to school, please send a note to the class teacher explaining the absence.
  • Notification requesting leave for planned absences such as family holidays should be provided in writing to the Principal either via letter or email.
  • If you need to report an absence, please click here.

Uniform – Although there is no compulsory uniform, a range of Maungawhau School merchandise including tops in House and School colours can be purchased from the school office.  We also sell black hooded jumpers featuring the school logo throughout the year, the back of these is customisable to feature your child’s name. Please ask the office for updates on when you can purchase these, we will also advertise their availability through our newsletters.

Sunhats – It is compulsory for hats to be worn outside in Terms 1 and 4, if your child is not wearing a hat they will not be permitted to play outside.  The Board of Trustees introduced a Cancer Society bucket hat featuring the Maungawhau School logo which are available from our school office for $10 each.

Lost Property – We strongly recommend you name each item of your child’s clothing.  Each day our caretakers place found items into a Lost Property Box located in the walkway of the junior school courtyard by Room 12. We make best endeavours to return named clothing to the owner but please also feel free to check the box yourself for your child’s lost items.  Lost property is displayed on the Junior School courtyard benches on the last two days of each term, after which unclaimed items are donated to charity. Valuable items such as watches are held at the office.

Personal Property – Please support your child in taking responsibility for the care and organisation of personal property.  Please make every effort to name all your child’s clothing and belongings.  The wearing of jewellery is not encouraged at this school.  Cultural wishes will be respected, but jewellery is worn at the owner’s risk.  Children are not to bring toys or sweets/lollies to school unless requested as part of the school programme or granted permission by their classroom teacher.

Mobile phones – We strongly discourage children having mobile phones at school.  However, if the use of a mobile phone is a necessary part of your family safety expectations, please ensure the phone is given to the class teacher at the beginning of every day.

TravelWise – TravelWise is an ongoing project with a set of practical actions that aim to improve road safety and promote sustainable school travel journeys. It is a partnership between Auckland Regional Transport Authority, Auckland City Council, and our school. Our school is committed to safe, active and sustainable travel to and from school. The benefits include:

  • Reduced traffic congestion at the school gates, this in turn improves safety for all children.
  • Reduction of polluting car emissions in the environment.
  • Helping children learn road safety skills and become familiar with their community.
  • Improved engineering infrastructure to promote walking/cycling within the school zone.
  • Encouraging walking/cycling to improve children’s fitness and health.
  • Encouraging walking/cycling to ensure that children arrive alert and ready to learn.

Our school grounds – To find your way around our school grounds, check out our school map.