- Swimming Pool
- Tuanui Courts
- School Hall Hire
- Library & Discovery Centre
- Out of School Care (OSCAR)
- Extra-Curricular & After School Activities
- Garden to Table
- Music Studio
Facilities at our School
School grounds after hours
We consider our beautiful school grounds to be an asset to all of our families and the wider community and all are welcome to use them after school hours and on the weekend. Please be considerate of others, litter free and observe safe play practices. If you observe any vandalism or suspicious behaviour, please inform the police outside of school hours.
Tuanui outdoor learning area
Tuanui, meaning “Big Roof” are outdoor turfed courts we use for both learning break-out groups, sports and large group activities. Our Tuanui courts are available for hire and we can provide soccer nets and netball hoops should clubs or groups wish to practise, see left side tab for more details. Tuanui is only open during school hours with the exception of hirage.
Bikes and Scooters
Only Year 5 and 6 students who have participated in the school’s bike safety programme are permitted to ride bikes or scooters unassisted to school. Year 5 students need to request permission from the Principal in writing to be able to ride their bike to school.
Bikes or scooters may not be used in or through the school grounds before or after school (from 3:30pm) for the safety of others. Bikes and scooters may be stored in the racks provided outside Rm 25. Please note these racks are for senior school children only.
No dogs are allowed in school grounds during school hours. We provide allocated dog zones at our Ellerton and Wairiki entrances where dogs can be tied up safely.
Please tell your children that dogs are often unattended and are not to be approached without the owner’s permission.
Our music studio, located in front of Tuanui is made available to private tutors throughout the day and after school for Maungawhau school children only.Contact details for the Lewis Eady music school are available from our school office, or simply see the left hand menu for more details under Music Studio.
Cultural and Sporting Opportunities
We pride ourselves in giving our children a chance to branch out and experience a wide range of cultural and sporting opportunities including Athletics, Choir, Kapa Haka, Instrumental group, Kiwi Rugby, Touch Rugby, Oz Kick, Netball, Swimming, Flippa Ball, Orchestra, Recorder, Soccer, Cricket, Softball, Gymnastics, Cross Country and Ukulele.
In addition we host a number of community groups at our school, please visit our school office to find out more.
The Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre, which includes our Library, is open from 8:30-3:00pm and is staffed by our librarian. Please see left side tab for more detail.
Each class visits the library once a week to borrow books. Books need to be returned to the returns box in the library before school and students are encouraged to take on this responsibility themselves. Please see left side tab for more detail.
We provide a 21-metre solar-heated uncovered swimming pool. Classes will have scheduled swimming sessions during Term 1 and towards the end of Term 4, dependent on the weather and water temperature.
Instructional swimming is a regular part of the physical education programme. All children are expected to participate unless a note is sent to the class teacher. Parents are required to assist occasionally on a roster system for Junior Classes so that we can ensure the correct adult to child balance so swimming can proceed safely.
Families of enrolled students can rent a swimming pool key in the summer season (including the Summer holidays) for $190 (per family), we will advertise the availability of these through our newsletters, or ask at the office for when these are offered. Please click on the left tab ‘swimming pool’ for more information.
All classes are equipped with computers with intranet and Internet capability. Computers are an essential tool in children’s learning and in teaching and learning programmes. From an early age children are taught about cyber safety and we encourage that families reiterate and build on responsible practice at home.
Our school grounds
To find your way around our school grounds, check out our school map.
Our school is fortunate to have a beautiful school pool which is used by students from year 2 and above for class teaching during terms 1 and 4. Over the summer, our school community may hire pool keys from the school office
Over the summer, our school community may hire pool keys from the school office. We have limited numbers of access codes available so please see the school office if you are interested.
School Swimming Pool Pin Holders Terms & Conditions
Pin cost – $200 per family
Use of the pool is for pin code holders and immediate families only
Opening hours – 8am to 7pm (excluding school hours). Terms 1 & 4 only. Times pool is open for the season will be published in the newsletter.
In order to ensure safe and enjoyable conditions for all pin code holders, the following information applies:
- Due to new Health and Safety regulations please do not share your pool pin code with anyone. This is a breach of pool use conditions and your pool privileges may be cancelled.
- The pool will be closed and not available on Tuesday afternoons between 3.00pm and 6.00pm and Thursday afternoons between 3.00pm and 4.30pm (term time only). FYI: During the school holidays from 2-3pm Oscar will be using the pool; however, it can still be used by pin holders.
- Do not allow unsupervised children or people without a pin into the pool area at any time
- As the pin code is unique to yourself, there will be no need to sign in and out like previous years. Please note that the use of your pin will be monitored by the system.
- Please ensure the door is closed behind you when entering and leaving the pool facility
- The Principal reserves the right to recall and/or cancel any arrangement with any individual pin holder and close the pool to pin holders without notice.
- The Board of Trustees accepts no responsibility for accidents or injuries within the swimming pool complex.
- If you forget your pin, please come to the office and they can let you know the pin number
- If any damage is noticed, or there is an issue with cleanliness, advise the school office during school term time or, out of school hours, phone the Caretaker – Ben Hopewell 022 602 10751 or Grant Shattock on 0274 807 444
- In the case of inappropriate behaviour, if you feel comfortable dealing with the incident yourself please do so, noting the pin holders name if you can. This can then be reported to the office for further action. Alternatively phone the Caretaker – Ben Hopewell 021 246 6481 or Grant Shattock on 0274 807 444 or the local police.
- A telephone is available in the entry foyer for emergency use. Dial 1 for an outside line.
- In case of a security issue, please call ADT Security 580 9700
- All children 10 years and younger must be actively supervised by a caregiver 17 years or over at all times.
- Children 5 years and under must be accompanied in the pool and within arm’s reach of a caregiver aged 17 years or over at all times.
- Expected adult to child ratios:
- One adult to two under 5 year olds
- One adult to four 5-10 year olds
- One adult to one under 5 year old and three 5-10 year olds
- Appropriate swimwear is to be worn at all times. This includes togs, shorts (above knee) and rash tops – singlets, t-shirts, boxer shorts, bras or camisoles, and denim shorts are not permitted.
- Running, jumping, bombing, diving, play fighting and pushing are prohibited in and around pool areas unless explicitly stated otherwise.
- No food or drink shall be consumed in the pools. Chewing gum is prohibited anywhere in the facility.
- Patrons are asked to please consider their own personal hygiene and shower before entering any pool.
- Any person with open sores, wounds or skin infections may be refused entry to, or asked to leave the pools for public hygiene reasons.
- All children who are 3 and under or anyone who has not been toilet trained must wear swimming nappies.
- Soap, hair products and cleansers must only be used in the designated shower areas.
- Any substances that may result in the pool becoming discoloured, rendered unpleasant, turbid or unfit for proper use are prohibited.
- Please ensure you remove all rubbish and personal items on departure.
In the pool area please:
No glass containers of any kind. No food. No smoking. No alcohol. No intoxicated persons.No animals.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Enjoy your time in our beautiful school pool!
Outdoor covered courts
Once again thank you for your excellent efforts in fundraising for our beautiful new Tuanui. Already the school has been benefitting from this. Recently we had the St John Ambulance Educators using this space to teach our children basic first aid skills at different year levels.
Tuanui provided a large sheltered space for children to participate in some practical hands on learning experiences. It has also provided a comfortable space for the children to attend whole school assemblies during the hot summer months. Tuanui gives teachers more options when planning Physical Education lessons and also a more reliable space for coaching our school sports teams as they prepare for zone tournaments. With the lighting and sound system available Tuanui provides our school with more opportunities to share music festivals, art exhibitions and dance performances.
Some of our fundraising efforts for this year will be for the second stage of this project: sound, portable goals for netball and futsal and portable seating as well as new fencing. If you are interested in sponsorship to support this project or you would like to be involved or can help in any way please contact our FOMS committee.
Just like our school hall and school pool Tuanui is available for hire and use by our School Community and below is some more detailed information regarding this:
- No fee for coaching a Maungawhau sports team that is representing the school.
- A subsidised fee of $25.00 per hour plus a $200 refundable key bond if it is an external group which includes Maungawhau students.
- Full cost of $40.00 per hour for external groups with no Maungawhau students unless there is a regular booking then this group also qualify for the subsidised fee.
- Cost of hire goes towards the maintenance, key cutting, cleaning etc… of the facility.
- When you hire you prepay and collect and return a key from the office.
- Hire will be dependent on availability which can be checked at the school office.
- List of items which cannot be used in Tuanui e.g. bikes or anything else with wheels which may damage or mark the surface.
- There is access to a toilet included in the hire.
- Whilst Tuanui is a covered outdoor space it is obviously not completely enclosed so is exposed to the rain. Be aware that when hiring the facility if it has been raining the surface might be wet.
- Please avoid balls being kicked too high as we are being mindful of lights.
- Tuanui is available each school day for children, assemblies and school events.
- Tuanui is locked at the end of each school day so that it is not damaged from inappropriate use given the significant investment which has been made. There are many other open areas in the school that can be used and enjoyed by the school community outside of school hours, including the playgrounds and sandpit, the fields, the courts and other paved surfaces. We appreciate the respect and care shown in preserving these facilities for all to use.
- Any questions or feedback regarding hire please contact our school office on (09) 6388829.
School Hall Hire
The school hall is available for hire after school and weekends.
Schedule of hire fees:
Hourly rate casual: $40 per hour
Hourly ate recurring: $25per hour
Caretaker’s callout fee: $42 per callout
Lost key fee: $30
Hall Security – The contact person/key holder is responsible for ensuring the hall is fully secure after hall use. All windows and doors must be locked and electrical equipment turned off.
Alarms – The contact person/key holder is responsible for ensuring the alarm is correctly used and reset. Any expenses incurred by the school as a result of the hirer’s actions will be met by the hirer, including for example fees for alarm control call-outs (approximately $80) or attendance by the Fire Brigade (approximately $1500.)
Car Parking – Parking is permitted only on sealed areas.
Decorations – Nails, drawing pins, staples, sticky tape, blu-tak and other fastening methods that may damage any surface must not be used.
Noise – Consideration must be shown for the neighbours. Excessive noise and/or loud music will not be tolerated. Complaints from two or more residents shall deem the noise to be excessive.
Cleaning – The hall, kitchen, toilets and adjacent grounds must be cleaned after use to return these areas to their original clean state. Brooms, mops and buckets are provided in the hall for this purpose.
Rubbish – The hirer must provide their own rubbish bags and all rubbish must be removed from the school grounds.
Furniture – All furniture and fittings must be left clean and returned to their pre-hire positions. Seats, tables and equipment must not be dragged across the floors, but be lifted to prevent marking the floor.
Lighting – Only standard lighting and power point capacity is provided. The hirer must not overload, or otherwise use, the lighting or power supply for any purpose other than that for which it is designed.
Piano – The hall piano must not be used unless authorised.
Alcohol and Smoking – No alcohol shall be consumed within the precincts of Maungawhau School. Smoking within the buildings and within the school grounds is strictly prohibited.
Food – Cooking is only to be carried out in the designated kitchen area. The lighting of any fire within the school hall or school grounds is strictly prohibited.
Insurance – The school strongly recommends the hirer arrange a public liability insurance cover for the period of hire. Insurance cover of equipment belonging to the hirer is not covered by the school’s hall insurances.
Times of use – All functions must cease and cleaning be completed early enough to allow the buildings to be vacated no later than the time hired. The grounds must be vacated within half an hour after hireage time has lapsed.
Once you are in possession of the keys it is not permissible to gain access to the hall at any day or time other than previously arranged with the school.
Damage – The hirer shall be responsible to the school Board of Trustees for any loss or damage to the grounds, buildings, fittings or equipment and the full cost of rectification thereof. The hirer shall report any loss or damage noted to the custodian as soon as possible prior to vacating the premises.
Bond Tenure – The hirer acknowledges that the premises shall be inspected prior to occupancy and again after vacating. Final inspection will be made prior to further hireage, or within 24 hours of vacating and at the discretion of the custodian or school appointee.
Dispute/Queries – Any disputes or queries initiated by the hirer shall be addressed to the Board of Trustees whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties.
Directives – The hirer shall acknowledge and comply with any or all requests or directives given by the custodian or his/her deputies.
Cancellations – The school Board of Trustees may cancel or terminate a hire for any reason and shall not be liable for any expenses or loss of revenue incurred by the hirer, but will refund to the hirer any money paid in advance on account of the hireage. The hirer must provide a minimum of 7 days notice if cancellation is required. A penalty of $40.00 will be payable for failure to notify cancellation within the 7 days.
Legitimate Use – The hirer shall ensure that the precinct of Maungawhau School will only be used for the purpose hired and that no illegal activity shall take place, or if such activity is detected, shall indemnify the school Board, its staff and officers from implication or prosecution. The hirer shall ensure that use is restricted to bona-fide members.
Please use the form below or contact the office if you would like to hire our hall.
Library & Discovery Centre
The Library is open from 8:30am-3:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am-1pm on Fridays.
Classes visit the Library once a week to browse and borrow books, supported by our Library Manager, Lisa Smith.
All books need to be returned to the returns box in the library before 8:50 am on your child’s library day. Children are encouraged to take on this role themselves. Students in the Middle and Senior school can renew their books if they are still reading them after one week.
Please make sure library books are kept either in a book bag or a plastic bag to keep books safe. If you notice a book your child has taken home needs repairing, please return it to the library to be repaired properly, please don’t put tape on it at home. Lost or damaged books may incur a replacement fee.
Children can use the online library on the school website (see Library Link) to easily search for books, see what they have out and check if their books are overdue. They can also write book reviews. Children will need their borrower number which is available from their teacher or the Library. Children should write it in their reading log or homework notebooks so they have a record of it to use at home. They do not need a password. There is a short video on the app to show you how to use the app but if you have any questions, please pop in to see Lisa in the Library.
Scholastic Book Club
Our school supports the Scholastic Book Club and catalogues go home at least once per term for you to order books if you wish. Order can be done online through Scholastic Book Club or by returning your completed order form and the correct cash payment to the Library by the due date. Please make cheques payable to Scholastic New Zealand. Credit card order can only be done online. All orders will arrive approximately two weeks after the due date and will be delivered directly to your child’s class.
As well as encouraging children to extend their reading, your purchases enable us to buy more books for our library where all children can share and enjoy them as well as extra teaching resources for the Discovery Centre where all teaching material is kept.
Maungawhau School also holds a Scholastic Book Fair every year. This includes a themed Dress Up Day and daily quizzes for children.
For more information about the Library please contact Lisa – email@example.com
Out of School Care (OSCAR)
Maungawhau School is home to our very own Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programme. We provide before & after school care as well as holiday programmes to cater for working families.
We aim to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment, with a range of appropriate play and relaxation opportunities. Our school operates its own OSCAR programme before and after school in our school hall.
When and where
Monday to Friday:
Before School Care:7:30am to 8:30am
After School Care: 3pm to 6pm
Holiday Programme: 8am – 6pm
Maungawhau School – School Hall (43 Ellerton Road, Mt Eden)
What we do
We provide a range of supervised activities to engage and entertain the children under our care, including but not limited to:
- Arts and Crafts
- Outdoor play
- Swimming (weather dependent)
The after-school programme provides, in addition to the above, a nutritious afternoon snack, and an environment conducive to the completion of homework (chromebooks are available for this purpose).
We also offer care during school holidays.
A brochure outlining our planned daily activities, pricing for each day and the dates that correspond to them are produced for every holiday period.
Our holiday programmes are made up of: days with activities done around the school, trip days, where we take the children to fun and interesting places within Auckland, and visitor days where we have someone visit the school to entertain the children.
(Regular weekly attendance)
|7:30am – 8:30am||3pm – 4pm|
(early pick up)
|3pm – 6pm|
|Before school care||$11|
|After school care||$11||$18|
|Full Week (5 After School Sessions per week)||$50||$80|
(One off or irregular bookings)
|7:30am – 8:30am||3pm – 4pm|
(early pick up)
|3pm – 6pm|
|Before school care||$11|
|After school care||$14||$20|
Enrolment & Bookings
Parents/caregivers are required to enrol and book their children on aimy Plus:
Casual bookings must be made before 1pm on the day care is required. You will be advised if our programme is unable to take your booking.
Parents/caregivers will need to contact the OSCAR team (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1pm if their children are unable to attend our programme. If we are not notified by 1pm the fee for the booked session will still be applied.
Invoices are sent out the week after attendance and all information regarding online payments will be included with the invoice.
Alternatively, cash and eftpos payments can be made at the Maungawhau School Office during the school’s office hours.
Collection of children
Children must be signed out upon pick up using the tablet by the entrance of the school hall. Children will only be released to persons nominated in their account on aimy plus. If you want your child to walk home on their own. You must provide a written request (email is much preferred) and an OSCAR staff member will sign them out.
- Email or text the OSCAR team by 1pm if your child will not be attending.
- Remind your child to attend the programme and report to the school hall at 3pm to be signed in. Only children in year 0, year 1 or year 2 will be collected from their classroom and escorted to the programme by an OSCAR staff member.
- Inform us of any changes in your personal details, especially contact numbers.
- Ensure prompt payment of fees.
Final pick up time
We have a strict 6pm closing time that must be adhered to. If parents/caregivers are unable to make this time, OSCAR must be informed ASAP. After 6 pm a late fee of $10.00 will be applied, and an additional $1.00 per minute will apply thereafter.
At least 2 staff members will be present at the programme until all children are picked up.
Maungawhau School Out of School Care (OSCAR) is a self supporting programme, owned and operated by Maungawhau School. Any queries or concerns should be raised with:
Contact – Oscar Team
09 638 8829 (1pm-6pm)
Oscar Manager – Joseph Dan-Tyrell
021 950 489 (1pm – 6pm)
Extra-Curricular & After School Activities
We actively encourage our students to get involved with extra curricular activities which are offered during and after school.
We also encourage the use of our school grounds and facilities. External groups provide opportunities for Maungawhau and other children in many varied activities from performance and drama, soccer, tennis and ball skills, to visual art, gifted and talented activities and music teaching.
Extra-Curricular activities available to our students during school hours and break times
- APPA Choir – (auditioned group which performs in parts at the Town Hall at an end of year performance)
- Senior Rock Band (auditioned)
- School Production – Biannual (auditioned)
- Junior, Middle & Senior Kapa Haka
- Middle & Senior School Chess Clubs
- Middle & Senior School Choir
- Pacifica Drumming Group
- Middle School Games Club
- Indian Dance
- Enviro Group
Details of these programmes are provided in newsletters sent to families from the providers and arrangements for attendance should be made directly with these providers. Please contact the office for further information on what is on offer.
There are a list of clubs regularly used by Maungawhau families, so if you are entering the world of after-school activities and weekend sport – we thought you would like to know where we often hang out!
Garden to Table
Garden to Table is a successful garden and kitchen programme run in schools throughout the country. The aim is to introduce New Zealand primary and intermediate school students to the joy of fresh, seasonal produce they have grown, harvested, cooked and shared in their own school, with the help of peers, volunteers and teachers.
The students become involved in all aspects of gardening in an environmentally sustainable garden, cooking and then enjoying a delicious, seasonal meal they have produced themselves. Students’ knowledge, gained by being engaged in both the garden and kitchen, is taken back to their classroom where it is reinforced in their day-to-day learning. These new learning threads are then picked up by the classroom teacher and woven through the curriculum as a whole. Comprehensive curriculum resources managed through a GTT members only website, further support and connect these learnings.
We piloted this programme in term four of 2015 and since then have rolled this programme out to all of our Waipuna (Middle School) year 3/4 students.
The GTT programme can be adapted by schools to meet their own community needs and available resource levels. However, there are some key aspects fundamental to the successful delivery of the programme that will be expected to be visible in all GTT schools:
- Hands-on-learning – students learn by being actively involved in hands-on lessons in the kitchen and garden
- Co-operative learning – students work with the specialists, classroom teachers, volunteers, and their peers on all aspects of looking after the garden to grow and harvest produce, and in the kitchen to prepare and present food
- Valuing nutrition – students use fresh, seasonal produce from the school garden to make delicious, nutritious food
- Hygiene and safety practices – students learn garden and kitchen hygiene and how to use garden and kitchen equipment safely
- Using standard equipment – students are encouraged and taught to use standard garden and kitchen equipment (including sharp knives) in a safe, small-group environment
- Developing life-long skills – students repeat basic cooking and gardening skills ensuring they develop life-long skills enabling them to look after their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others
- Experiencing food – students are encouraged and supported to try new foods and experience all the pleasure, flavour and texture food has to offer
- Enriching learning – students use their experiences in the GTT programme to enrich their other learning in a number of curriculum areas including reading, writing, mathematics, science, social responsibility and technology
- Sharing – students experience the joy, pride and pleasure of sitting down to share a meal with their peers, volunteers and teachers – a meal they have created themselves, all the way from the garden to the table. They then take responsibility and cooperate with each other to clean up.
For more information on this programme, please visit www.gardentotable.org.nz.
You can find some of the recipes we use in this programme HERE.
And a couple of links to newspaper articles / blogs about Garden to Table on the importance generally of food literacy:
Music is part of The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum and at Maungawhau School the students have a one hour session as a class each week with a music specialist. In music education, students work individually and collaboratively to explore the potential of sounds and technologies for creating, interpreting, and representing music ideas. As they think about and explore innovative sound and media, students have rich opportunities to further their own creative potential.
We offer various extra-curricular music groups which students have the opportunity to join. If your child is interested in joining a group they need to speak to their music specialist.
We are also very proud to offer opportunities for children to learn a variety of musical instruments in addition to the school curriculum. Lessons generally take place in either small groups or individually for 30 minutes a week. Itinerant music specialists liaise with classroom teachers to ensure a harmonious balance between academic and musical studies.
Lewis Eady Music School offers lessons at Maungahwhau in: piano, guitar, drum kit, violin, saxophone, voice and much more. Contact: www.lewiseady.co.nz