Manurewa Central School

Principal's News

Kia ora, Malo e le lei, Talofa, Ni hao, Namaste, Bula, Kia orana, Mauri, Greetings.

Thank you to everyone who has attended the first of our end of year special events.

We have completed our Year 6 Graduation Evening, our Middle School assembly and our students have been outstanding.

On your behalf, I thank our staff for the wonderful opportunities your children have at this time of the year. And well done to our young people who always rise to the occasion and do us all proud.

I am looking forward to three more assemblies and an evening celebration on Wednesday.

Please remember that our assemblies begin at 9:30am and it is difficult to enter the auditorium after the assemblies have begun.


By the time you read this, we will have completed our school visit to "The Nutcracker" ballet in the Civic Theatre.

On your behalf, I again thank our staff members for organising this unique event and giving your children memories to last forever.


At the end of this week Manurewa Central farewell a number of staff.

These include teacher aides Rebecca Brown and Sandra Wingfield, teachers Demelza Zanbergen, Shannon Newman and Trudy Simpson, as well as our property manager Solly Moosa.

We have been very fortunate to have these skilful and talented people on our staff.

They have filled a number of important roles and all done so, with commitment and special regard for the children they have supported.

I wish them all well and I know they will continue to make a major contribution in their future endeavours.

Many of you will be aware, that I also finish my time at Manurewa Central at the end of this year. Our Board of Trustees has worked hard to find a replacement principal and I am delighted that Michelle Dibben has accepted the position as the school's new principal.

Michelle will take up her new role from the start of next year.


Congratulations to our Year 4 prize winners for 2018.

Sowden Cup - Boys Micah Ennion
Sowden Cup - Girls Talia Parkes and Taylor Baker
Literacy Cup Filisi Leslie Nua and Emeth Casey
Arts Cup Risha Kumar and Leighton Leevard
Arline Schutz Jaimie Rose Palmer and Kaylis Trail
English Language Learning Cup Diya Krishna and Marcus Muiaa


School opens for 2019 on Wednesday 30 January at 9:00am.

Children will assemble in their 2018 classes and will be given their new rooms for the year.

Stationary purchases will be available from school.

Children will bring home a stationary list which will be around $40.00.

Our Board of Trustees has eliminated the need to request school donations.

Our school does not have a uniform, however Year 3 to 6 children are expected to have shorts for physical activity.

All students require swimming togs for the first six weeks of school. Names sun hats are necessary in Terms 1 and 4.


It is with a sense of pride that I complete my last newsletter as your Principal.

I have always enjoyed excellent support from Board of Trustee members, school staff, parents and whanau and of course thousands of children.

Together we have achieved a great deal and I leave a school in very good heart and a school that is on the verge of an even more impressive future.

Thank you

Laurie Thew

Next newsletter - 2019