Manurewa Central School


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

Autumn programmes are in full swing and children are eagerly sharing their learning with me.

I have seen writing about crocodiles, art work inspired by birds, and have danced in a shower of leaves with Room 1.

I have also been impressed with our children’s participation in two initiatives over the last couple of weeks – the ‘be safe be seen’ road safety campaign and bully free week.

No school uniform allows children to express their individuality on a daily basis through the choice of clothes they wear, but these two days brought extra colour and fun to learning.

Well done everyone for making the effort, staff included!


Nominations for the Board of Trustees closes today.

We are waiting for our returning officer to provide us with details about the number of nominations received.

This will determine whether we proceed to an election. More information will be available next week.


The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa has called on all teacher members to withdraw their labour on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Manurewa Central School has a large number of teachers who are NZEI members. Consequently, the Board of Trustees has decided to close the school.

Therefore, the school will be closed on Wednesday 29 May

There will be no classes or supervision available at school on this day.

We regret the inconvenience this may cause, however, we acknowledge our teachers right to impress on the Government their concern at the serious teacher shortage we are experiencing.

The Board fully support the teachers in this strike action.


We are pleased to announce the first of our Reading Together Workshops. We know the positive impact these workshops have on accelerating the reading capability of our children.

When family and school work together, student achievement is greatly enhanced.

Workshops are held on Wednesday evenings 6-7:30pm.

Term 2 dates are as follows: 12 June, 19 June, 26 June and 3 July If you are interested, please register at the office, or contact Sandy Griffin -Deputy Principal.

Thank you

Michelle Dibben

National Young Leaders Day

On Wednesday 8th of May, the house captains and student council went to the National Young Leaders Day at Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

We were there to learn about leadership and hear some amazing speakers from all over New Zealand.

By the end of the day we all had some goals to achieve and were excited to display our leadership potential at>

Rippa Rugby
Our trip to Rippa Rugby was amazing!
We went to Mountfort Park in Manurewa and played a total of nine games.

There were lots of schools at the tournament and there were two divisions, we were in grade B.

We came 1st.

 We went undefeated in the tournament.

There were a lot of points scored and cheering from the sidelines.

From falling leaves to dancing Alpacas

What a riot of colour and fun we have had within our School since last newsletter!

From the Autumnal colours that inspired the poets amongst us with a dazzling display of descriptive language to the wild, bright day that we had on the 10th of May to bring awareness for NZ road safety and Pink Shirt Day on the 17th May to support Bully Free New Zealand.

This Wednesday was Simultaneous Story Time throughout Australia and New Zealand.  As a Junior School we eagerly took part in sharing our love of reading and literacy by bringing "Alpacas with Maracas" by Matt Cosgrove to life.

This is a very funny story with lots of rhyming words. With the help from talented staff and children we shared this experience with our local preschool to promote the rich storytelling experience.

At the end of the performance we all learned to do "The Macarena" dance, thank you Miss Sampson for your moves.

Future Poets
We have been preparing for our Year 3 and 4 Poetry Celebration in Week 6.

All of our middle school classes have been practicing and performing our favourite poems.

From Roald Dahl to Maya Angelou our learners have loved exploring this form of language.


12, 19, 26 June/4 July 6-7.30pm

Creche provided

Please phone Jo 09 2690250 to sign up.


Mana Kids nurse: Mrs Mele Simanu

Mele will be available at school every Tuesday 11am-1pm to advise and support you with any health concerns regarding your child and whanau including providing headlice treatments.

She is available for hearing and vision checks and will throat swab for infection at your request. Please feel free to contact Mele at school at this time.

Lost Property

We have an enormous collection of clothing items misplaced by students, most items are unnamed.

Please be sure to check it on sunny days outside the staffroom area where it will be laid out.

We would like to send it all back home!

Thank you for your help with this.


The Ministry of Education defines regular attendance as when a child attends school more than 90% of the time!

Any less than this and a student’s progress and achievement is likely to be impacted.

Our attendance data shows that while we don’t have a "truancy"problem at our school, we do have a number of students (24%) who do not attend school more than 90% of the time.

Some parents may be surprised to find out that their child is not considered to have regular attendance.

Please consider, students cannot take more than 5 days off a term, 20 days a year (including sick days) for their attendance to be considered by the Ministry of Education as "regular".

Students who go on holiday during school time, take the day off for their birthday or have long weekends are often in that "just below" regular attendance and their progress and achievement could be affected.

Our target is to decrease the number of students who are attending less than 90% of the time. Our school data shows that many of these students are away from school for unjustified reasons.


Next newsletter - June 2019