Newsletter 2020: Term 1, Week 1 (03/02/2020)


Newsletter 20: Term 1, Week 1 (03/02/2020)

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to the first week of the school year. A special welcome to the new 5 year olds who have started their first day at our school, and to new in-zone families who have also experienced their first day today at Maungawhau. We also welcome four new teachers to our school  - a new team leader of Year 4 Sangah Park, Grace Tye-Wood in Year 4, Cameron Mackintosh in Year 3, and Georgina Scouller in Year 2. We have just heard that Karina Bell (last year’s Year 1 room 2 teacher) had a baby son on Saturday 1 February. Congratulations to Karina and her husband Jamie. We are delighted to have such talented staff join Maungawhau School and trust that you enjoy your time with us. We are a committed, caring staff, who do our very best to ensure that we work collaboratively with our great community. On that note, thank you so much for sending your child to school today well prepared, it was awesome to see the huge turn out of hats for example. Let’s work hard to keep the hat worn outdoors occurring every day..

I am grateful that through your fundraising efforts we have been able to install air conditioning throughout the classrooms, for all those rooms that have not previously had this. During this intense heat this will make a huge difference for all of our students and staff. 

Here is our staff organisation link for 2020
Teachers can be emailed at their respective email address (first name followed by their surname initial e.g.

We have a few important beginning of the year dates I would like to draw your attention to. The first is the Powhiri this Friday at 9am in our school hall for all new students to Maungawhau and their families. We do this at the beginning of the first term, and it is a great way to be formally welcomed to our school. A morning tea for new parents and whanau always follows in the staffroom. 
Secondly next Wednesday 12 February we have our beginning of the year Meet your child’s 2020 Teacher where we encourage you to attend. This is a great opportunity to not only meet your child’s 2020 teacher, but to also hear about their classroom organisation and other important information.  Organisation is as follows: 
Junior Team Whanake classes (years 0-2) - 5-5:30pm
Middle Team Waipuna classes (years 3-4) - 5:30-6pm
Senior Team Matauranga classes (years 5-6) 6-6:30pm 

And a new FOMS initiative…..
A Whole School Shared Class Gathering, Friday 21 February 5-7pm, Maungawhau School field
We're excited this year to coordinate a whole school gathering to meet other families in your children's classes. We hope this connects and engages more people in our community in a fun social way and lightens the load for class liaisons.We are trialling this for the first time, to cut down on the usual multiple term 1 class picnics.  
Please join us on the school field on Friday 21 February from 5-7pm. You're welcome to bring your own picnic or organise among your class. FOMS will also be planning a Brazilian BBQ (purchase food tickets in advance if there is enough interest to support this initiative). More details on the BBQ will be shared in the following weeks. If you're interested to get involved, please email  
See below for more FOMS news and how you can get involved.
Our overarching theme for our Launch Inquiry Based Learning projects for 2020 is Sustainability. This theme naturally lends itself to some great discussion and learning in terms of science, technology, social studies and art. 

Last week staff attended some further professional learning around the new Digital Technologies Curriculum which is being implemented in New Zealand from 2020. Last year in term 4 two of our teachers lead some staff meetings in preparation for this.The goal is to have students experience a rich curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking, and inclusive – and as a part of that they know how to use and create digital technologies.
 In its simplest form the change provides a greater focus on students building their skills so they can move beyond being users and consumers of digital technologies

Finally my sincere thanks for your support over the Coronavirus. I appreciate that keeping students home who have travelled to countries where infection has been detected since 15 January 2020, for 2 weeks is inconvenient, but a necessary precaution.

Enjoy Waitangi Day this Thursday when our school will be closed for the public holiday.
Kind regards,
Delanee Dale
2020 School Fees
We are still in the process of loading these into the system. You will receive them shortly by email along with payment options and links to 'mykindo' and other options for making payment.

Pool Pin Codes
We still have a limited number of pin codes available. Please come to the office if you would like to purchase one for the reaminder of the term.

Missing School Sports/Netball Uniforms and Junior Kapa Haka T-shirts Amnesty
Please return any of the above school property back to the office ASAP, no questions asked! Thank you.

Medication/Inhalers Kept in Sick Bay
We ask that all medication held in the school office is replenished, checked and updated ASAP please.
Your child will start bringing home readers this week.  It is possible the books your child brings home may not be at the same level as he or she was on last year.  This may be because when teachers are establishing their reading groups they are comprised of several levels, and the need for children to rebuild fluency and confidence after a break in reading over the holidays.

Over the next few weeks we will be testing our children’s reading levels and reorganising our reading groups. Please be assured that daily reading will be taking place and once testing is completed, your child will be receiving instruction at his or her appropriate level.

Marilyn Schroeder
Junior Team Leader
FOMS is our school’s community group which serves to support our school and its families. Getting involved is a great way to learn about what’s happening in your child’s school, to develop friendships and to contribute your ideas, skills and energy to making the school a great hub. FOMS is an open community. Anyone who is interested is welcome and encouraged to participate. All parents and staff are considered part of this community. 
Milena Cooper is taking the lead role of FOMS this year. Sheree Jaggard has kindly volunteered as Secretary which will help us to keep you better informed. 
Our first FOMS meeting is Tuesday 25 February (7pm start). You’ll hear from the school leadership about what is happening in the school and have an opportunity to share your ideas. From these meetings, committees may be formed to plan and carry out specific events, like the annual School Fair. Participation is entirely voluntary. You can choose to get more actively involved by helping in a variety of ways.  
Each classroom requires a parent to act as Class Liaison. This volunteer role helps to connect and support engagement between your students’ families with each other and your teachers. The time commitment is minimal - a few hours a term. If you're interested in finding out more or filling this role, please get in touch with your classroom teacher or FOMS directly. 
Due to previous parents moving on to other schools, we have a couple of positions available we need to fill within our parent community please...

We are looking for a new Facebook admin to update and post information on our school Facebook page to keep our community up to date with things going on within the school and around our community.  This takes a couple of hours a week so suitable for anyone who is an active and current Facebook user.  You will be given the school admin login to post under the school alias.  If you are interested in this role, please email
From time to time we need help with a few small graphic design jobs eg. logos, posters, photos etc. If you are interested in this role, please email
Our school relies on our parent community to volunteer their time wherever possible so if you can help out with these or any other jobs we would be very grateful.  Thank you in advance for your support.  
If you have ideas and want to get more involved, please get in touch with Milena Cooper
Adult Helpers for Road Patrol Needed
Can you help with Road Patrol? We need adult volunteers on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to help our Year 6 Road Patrollers keep our children safe while crossing at the designated crossings. This involves arriving at the crossing before the 3 o'clock bell. The crossing remains open for around 15 minutes. If you are able to help, please contact Georgina Jackson - 
Flippa Ball is junior water polo and with the exception of the Yr 6A grade. It is played in a pool that is shallow enough for the players to touch the bottom.  Maungawhau School enters teams in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.  Each team has 7 players in the pool at any one time, but we can have substitutes, and the teams are mixed boys and girls.

Games are 20 mins long and are played on a Sunday at either EGGS, Diocesan School or St Cuthberts. 

Team training will be on Tuesday afternoons (between 4:30-6pm) in our school pool and will be led by parent coaches. I will advise times for these training’s closer to the time although younger groups are likely to start around 4:30pm.
Depending on numbers received (if too many for one team) we may have to look at holding a trial for the older teams before the season starts.

For those children that have not played before but are interested, please note the following:

Your child should be able to swim.  Even though they will mostly be able to touch the bottom of the pool, they still need to swim.
Your child must also be comfortable with water being splashed in their face.  It is a very fun, very splashy sport and the children do not wear goggles.

Please Note: The likely fee per player will be around $90. This covers the cost of team entry and equipment costs. We will aim to keep this down as much as possible.

If you are interested in playing please complete the google form via this link below. Last date for entries is this Wednesday 5 February with the first game this Sunday 9 February.

If you have any questions, or cannot access the above google form, please email me at
Please click here for the menu link.
2020 Term Dates
2020 term dates can be found here 

For Your Diaries
  • Monday 3 February - School starts for all year levels
  • Thursday 6 February - Waitangi Day, school is closed
  • Friday 7 February - Powhiri Welcome for all new staff, students and their families
  • Wednesday 12 February - Meet the 2020 Teacher evening. Format and details will be sent home closer to the time
  • Friday 21 February - Whole School Social gathering as mentioned in 'From the Principal's Desk' newsletter week 9 of term 4
  • Tuesday 25 February - FOMS Meeting
  • Saturday 17 October - School Fair
2020 TODs (Teacher Only Days)
  • Term 2 Friday 29 May (Friday prior to Queens Birthday)
  • Term 3 Friday 21 August
  • Term 4 Friday 23 October (Friday prior to Labour Day)
2020 BOT Meeting Dates
Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 26 February
  • Thursday 26 March
  • Thursday 28 May
  • Thursday 25 June
  • Thursday 27 August
  • Thursday 24 September
  • Thursday 12 November
  • Thursday 10 December
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Playing chess develops self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving skills.
We are really pleased to start a Chess Coaching Programme at our school and look forward to bringing the excitement, competition and educational benefits of chess to our 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

This is 10 weeks chess coaching program running on Wednesdays from 5 February 2020 till 8 April 2020 from 3:05 pm – 4:05 pm. The fee will be $150/student for the term. The sessions will be held in Room 29.
If the program is successful a new full 10-week program will be made available for Term 2.

If your child would like to be part of this please visit our website. Both registration and payment can be done online.

2020 music lessons at school start the week of Monday 10 February!

We offer group or individual tuition on piano, keyboard, guitar, ukulele and more.
If you would like your child to learn music at school next year, please enrol online at by 20 December 2019.
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