Manurewa Central School


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

We have had a really fun and busy time this term. Each year group has had the opportunity to participate in an off-site activity funded by Beyond Horizons Trust.

I would like to thank them for their continued support in providing our children memorable experiences to supplement our learning programmes.

The senior school visited MOTAT, the middle school had a trip to Kelly Tarltons, and the Junior school went to Auckland Museum and had a visit from Science in a van.

I have seen some impressive writing as a result of these experiences.


We are still collecting money, and to date we have received $13,384.

Thank you for your continued support.


Manurewa Central School has an enrolment scheme that has been put in place by the Ministry of Education to reduce overcrowding in classrooms.

The enrolment scheme has strict regulations which must be adhered to by the Board of Trustees.

Part of this process is to run a ballot for places when the number of people wanting to come to our school exceeds the number of places available.

A ballot is used to give every applicant an equal chance to enrol. The result of the ballot forms a waiting list which gives a strict order of entry as spaces become available.

At present we have no spaces in Year 2 through to Year 6.

The ballot for 2020 closes on Tuesday 15 October. This ballot will be for students turning 5 in 2020.

Children who live out of zone but are currently enrolled do not have to reapply.

However, younger brothers and sisters of current students who live out of zone must make an application.

The ballot will be conducted on Tuesday 22 October.


Results have been received for the REACH English examinations run by the University of New South Wales, previously known as ICAS.

Well done to everyone who sat these difficult tests.

Special acknowledgement goes to the following students who did particularly well and achieved a 'commendable' rating.

Year 5 Micah and Navam
Year 6 Tea

And special congratulations to Emeth who achieved an 'outstanding' in the Year 5 examination.

Thank you

Michelle Dibben

Junior School Chronicles
Our Junior School Cross country will be held on Tuesday 24 September, beginning at 1:45pm. The children have been ‘pounding the playground pavements’ to improve their fitness for the forthcoming races.
Families are welcome to come along to support, encourage, motivate and most importantly cheer loudly for the runners.  Prize Giving will be held straight after.
We have launched our new inquiry topic around how we can make a positive impact on our environment to work together to conserve our planet for future generations.

Our first step towards this is encouraging the children to participate in Waste Free Wednesdays at school to allow us to reduce waste and show more respect for our environment and how our packaging can leave a permanent, lasting consequence for our land and seas.

Our focus will be looking at how we can encourage our children to become kaitiaki of our local surroundings with us all sharing collective respect and views and understanding of our waterways and land. This inquiry aims is to foster stewardship of the environment to make lasting change.

Exciting Times in Middle School
Our Kelly Tarltons trip was informative with lots of great learning.  The sea creatures were fascinating, especially seeing them up close.

We loved watching the penguins building nests, collecting pebbles and being fed. The sharks zooming overhead and the Wobbegong on the seabed as well as the stingray swimming overhead all added to the excitement.

This term we have enjoyed: Listening to the speeches being presented in our classrooms.

Building up our fitness levels, our stamina and learning to maintain a steady pace for our cross country and fun run.

 Learning to develop our bike riding skills and learning cycle safety. We are excited about: Book week.

This will be held in the last week of the term and should be something to look forward to.

Senior School
Our Cycle Safety program has finished and now Senior school are learning tennis skills with Coach Chris from Counties Manukau on a Friday.  Great to see so many students having a go at a new sport.

We are also training for school Cross Country and our Fun Run. Our new learning focus is the DISCOVERIES, EXPLORATIONS AND MIGRATIONS OF HUMANKIND.

Thank you to those parents that have already provided input on this. As part of this, our Senior school classes are looking forward to the Rugby World Cup kicking off in Japan shortly. Each class has 'adopted' one of the teams and will be following their progress in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all the parents and Whanau who attended our Science evening. It was a great opportunity for our students to show what they have been learning in class.

Manurewa Central School Student Enrolment 2020
A number of places for out of zone students are available for: Students turning 5 years old during 2020.

Out of zone application forms are available from the school office and will be received up to and including Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Applications from out of zone students will be processed in priority order.

Details are contained in the enrolment scheme which is available at the school office.

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot.

Waste Free Wednesdays and Conservation Week 2019

Conservation week runs from the
14th - 22nd September.

To further promote and support Waste Free Wednesdays in our School we have 10 waste free Sistema Bento Cubes to give a way to help make it easier to prepare lunches without any packaging or waste.

For your child to enter to win one of these waste free lunch boxes please fill in the newsletter return slip.

Duffy "Caught Being Good" Dads Congratulations to:
Anthony Drollet (Jase R7)
Jonathan Read (Tenzin R24)
Atili Ailao (Latara R12)

Free nit treatments and nit combs are available.

These can be collected from the office or sent home with your child as requested.

Please ensure we have a copy of your child’s vaccination records. This is important given the current Measles outbreak in Manurewa.

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.


Mana Kids nurse: Ms Maranatha Voorwinden

Our nurse will be available at school every Tuesday 11am-1pm to advise and support you with any health concerns regarding your child and whanau.

She is available for hearing and vision checks and will throat swab for infection at your request.

Please feel free to contact her at school at this time. Referrals can be made to see the nurse or for advice and support via application at the school office.

Next newsletter - September 2019