Kawe ake te Mānuka - Rise to the Challenge

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Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou.
Being the proud leader of Forest Lake school for many years I have seen us evolve as kaiako and strive for excellence in all that we do.

We work together to empower our tamariki to be the best that they can and to Rise to the Challenge (Kawe Ake te Mānuka).

It is very much a Whānau school as we now have second-generation tamariki, returning to be educated here.

The wairua is warm and welcoming to all at our kura. Tamariki can be educated through Total Immersion Māori (Rumaki) or English Medium (Auraki). Tikanga ā Iwi is practiced throughout our kura and interwoven through all we do.

We welcome inquiries.
Ngā mihi, Chris

Whats happening at Forest Lake School?

Latest Notifications

Soccer Update

Mon Mar 20 03:16pm

Kia ora Whānau,

Following advice from Waikato Soccer Association we are advising our school community that we will not be registering any soccer teams this year. Waikato Football strongly recommended that students from our school register with local clubs. When you register, they also recommend you advise the club at the time of player registration that your child is from Forest Lake School and would like to play in a team with other players from the school.
Please find below links to clubs based in Hamilton.

Claudelands Rovers https://rovers.org.nz/
Hamilton Wanderers https://hamiltonwanderers.co.nz/
Hillcrest United http://www.hillcrestunited.co.nz/
Western United https://www.wuafc.co.nz/
Northern United https://www.northernunitedsports.co.nz/
Hamilton Marist https://www.sporty.co.nz/hamiltonmaristsoccer/
Glenview United https://www.sporty.co.nz/glenviewunitedafc/

Ngā mihi,
Whaea Linda.

Term 2 Basketball

Wed Mar 15 02:52pm

Kia ora whānau,

Term 2 Basketball Notices have been distributed this afternoon to those students who showed an interest. Depending on interest the following year groups will be entered into the Term 2 competiton: Year 1-2, Year 3-4 Year 5-6 and Year 7-8.

Spaces are very limited therefore students will be placed into the team based on who returns and makes payment first. Please only hand the notice to the office with payment. If payment cannot be confirmed at the time of receiving the form it will be put to the side for late processing.

Thank you to our parent volunteers for coaching and managing the teams.

Ngā mihi,
Whaea Linda

Notification of School Closure

Mon Mar 13 08:46pm

Kia ora koutou,

Industrial Action – NZEI Strike on 16 March 2023.

The NZEI has advised the Forest Lake School Board that its member principal and teachers at our school will be taking strike action on 16th March 2023.

The Board has carefully considered the availability of non-union staff, and unfortunately decided that we can’t provide normal instruction during the strike so the school will officially be closed for instruction on the day of the strike. Accordingly, it’s important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children during the period of the strike as no supervision can be provided.

We know that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike. Please be assured that student safety is our main concern.

Thank you for your understanding. Please contact the school through Megan Kettle or Greg Hobson on office@forestlake.school.nz if you have any queries relating to this decision.

Thank you for your understanding

Forest Lake Board of Trustees

Term 2 Netball

Mon Mar 13 03:28pm

Kia ora whānau,

Term 2 Netball Notices have been distributed this afternoon to those students who showed an interest. The following year groups will be entered into the Term 2 competition: Year 1-2 and Year 3-4.

Spaces are very limited therefore students will be placed into the team based on who returns and makes payment first. Please only hand the notice to the office with payment. If payment cannot be confirmed at the time of receiving the form it will be put to the side for late processing.

Thank you to our parent volunteers for coaching and managing the teams.

Term 2 Basketball notices will be distributed later this week.

Ngā mihi,
Whaea Linda

Potential Disruption to School

Fri Mar 10 01:51pm

Kia ora koutou,

As you may  have heard through the media there is a proposed strike on Thursday 16th March by some teacher unions.

Unions do not have to give official notification until 3 days prior to the strike so until we hear officially on Monday I cannot confirm what is being reported.

This notice is precautionary so whanau are aware of the potential disruption to school.


Ngaa mihi


Whaea Chris

2023 Parent Handbook

Thu Mar 09 01:29pm

Kia ora whānau, 

Below is the link to our Parent Information Handbook 2023.  Apologies in the lateness of making this available, but it is ready to go and will also be available on the school website and as a download in all our school newsletters going forward.  


Term 2 Sport Team Reminder

Tue Mar 07 02:21pm

Kia ora whānau,

This is a friendly reminder that all offers to coach or manage a term 2 sport team must be emailed to whaea Linda (lindas@forestlake.school.nz) by Thursday 9th March.

Ngā mihi,
Whaea Linda

Important Extra Curricular Sport Update for whānau

Fri Mar 03 03:00pm

Kia ora whānau, 

Attached is an important notice regarding our Extra Curricular Sports. Please read carefully. Volunteers for coaches and managers of Term 2 teams are required by Thursday 9th March. 

Ngā mihi.

Extra Curricular Sport Notice

Wednesday, 1st March Black and White Day Fundraiser

Mon Feb 27 12:54pm

Kia ora Whānau, 

We have a lot happening this Wednesday, including a fundraiser for the flood stricken Hawkes Bay.  Check out the link below for details. 


Forest Lake School Waterworld Party – Wednesday 1st March Reminder

Sun Feb 26 11:46am

Kiqa ora Whānau, 


Our Manu Taki have a quick reminder for you: 

Forest Lake students swim free for all who come to our community evening at Waterworld Te Rapa. It will be on Wednesday the 1st of March. 5:00 – 7:00.

Bring your whanau to meet the teachers. All are welcome.

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Panui 22 February 2023

Wed Feb 22 11:30am

Kia ora Whānau, 

Our first newsletter for the year is now live.  There is some important information in the newsletter, so please take the time to read it. 

Happy reading!!


Sport Uniform Update

Tue Feb 14 03:53pm

Kia ora whānau,

Due to the recent weather disruptions, sport uniforms will now be distributed next week, Monday 20th Feb. This is a reminder that sport uniform agreements must be returned to school this week. If your child’s uniform agreement is not returned they will not receive a uniform.

Basketball games begin this week.
– Year 3&4 FLS Ballers: Wednesday 15th Feb, 5pm at YMCA on crt 2.
– Year 5&6 FLS Giants: Friday 17th Feb, 7:50pm at Fraser High on crt 3
Due to uniforms being distributed next week, we ask that your child wears a black shirt and shorts to their game this week.

Please note: All future game times for all term 1 sports will be shared with you via coaches or managers.

If you have any outstanding sport uniforms at home please return these ASAP to the school office. Without these uniforms students will miss out.

Ngā mihi,
Whaea Linda.

Weather update

Tue Feb 14 02:44pm

Kia ora whānau,

With the worst of the weather seemingly over, ALL students should be back at kura tomorrow unless they have a valid reason (e.g. sickness, Tangi etc).

Please remember to phone, text or use the school app if your child will be away from kura.

School is open 14 February 2023

Tue Feb 14 07:04am

Kia ora whānau, 

The school is open today, and parents may send their children if they wish.  Students can go straight to their classes from 8.15am.  

The playgrounds, Ngahere and fields will be closed.  

If your children are puddle jumpers, please pack a spare change of clothes.  

Road patrols will not be operating due to possible high winds. 



Final Decision on School Being Open Tomorrow will be made at 7.30am

Mon Feb 13 07:54pm

Our Board of Trustees has met this evening and want to convey their decision about school tomorrow.
They would like to open the school but this is dependant on a facility check to ensure no damage has been incurred over night. The final decision will be made by 7.30am
Parents may choose to keep their children home. Please ring the school office if you are doing this.
There will be no road patrol’s tomorrow due to the winds.
Before School Care will not be open in the morning.
Please check our social media sites for updates.
Whaea Chris

School Closure – 13 February 2023

Mon Feb 13 06:27am

In the interest of safety of students and staff I have decided to close the school today.

This decision has been based on potential increase in traffic congestion, wind damage to trees and to minimise traffic on the roads.

I will be at Kura to ensure no students are present.
Thank you in advance for your support in this unknown situation.

Whaea Chris

Term 1 Sport update

Fri Feb 10 03:10pm

Kia ora whānau, 

Term 1 team lists for Basketball, Netball and Touch Rugby have been sent home with students today. Please check these notices carefully. We are still looking for coaches for some sports. A separate notice has been attached to your child’s team list if this is applicable to their team. If we are unable to find a coach for your child’s team we will unfortunately be unable to register them for the term 1 season. If you are willing to coach please email Whaea Linda lindas@forestlake.school.nz by Monday 13th February. 

Basketball games start next week 15th February – Tuesday 4th April

Netball begins: Wednesday 22nd February – 29th March

Touch Rugby begins: Thursday, 23rd February – 30th March.

Uniforms will be distributed next week once uniform agreements have been returned. 

Ngā mihi, 
Whaea Linda. 

Term 1 Additional Dates

Thu Feb 09 11:33am

Kiaora koutou,


Just a heads up on a couple of important dates in upcoming weeks.

March 1st NZEI Hui. This involves all teaching staff attending a hui offsite therefore we ask that you collect your children from school at 1.00pm that day.

This is also our Community Night. This will continue as planned. Keep an eye out for more details.

March 6th – March 10th. Wheels Week. More information to come.

March 8th School Photos. 


Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Save The Date

Thu Feb 02 10:54am

Kia ora whānau, 

Click the link below for an exciting event coming soon, and save the date!  We hope you can make it.  

Save The Date

Term 1 Extra Curricular Sports

Wed Feb 01 03:16pm

Kia ora Whānau,

Welcome back to Kura for 2023. This afternoon, if your child has expressed an interest to play in any of the Term 1 sports listed below, their teacher would have sent home with them a notice. Due to the early registration for these sports all notices must be returned to the school office by Tuesday 7th Feb and payments by Wednesday 8th Feb.

2023 Term 1 Sports on offer:
Summer Netball League (Yr 3&4 and Yr 5&6 ONLY)
Touch Rugby (Year 1-6)
Basketball (All ages)

Attached below are the notices for each sport.

If you have any questions please contact Whaea Linda via email lindas@forestlake.school.nz

Ngā mihi,
Linda Simon. 

Term 1 Basketball

Summer Netball

Term 1 Touch Rugby

School Starts Tomorrow

Tue Jan 31 01:19pm

Kia ora koutou katoa

This morning a health and safety check of the school site was completed and no hazards or damage due to rain was found. If rain persists we will close the field and ngahere for safety.

We will be opening tomorrow as planned with a powhiri starting at approximately 9.15am.

As we are expecting more rain, please have your children come prepared with wet weather gear.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in the morning.


Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Start of School 2023

Fri Jan 27 08:56am

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Kura opens on the 1st February at 8.55am with a powhiri at 9.15am. All whanau are welcome to join us. If you are new to our school, please wait at the gateway opposite the school hall.

The office is open today until 3.00pm and again on Tuesday from 8.00am to 3.30pm for uniform sales and enrolments. Please note this year our Board of Trustees are providing all students with their start up stationery packs.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday refreshed, rested and ready to start a new year.

Kia pai ō rā whakatā

Whaea Chris

School Office Opening Hours

Tue Jan 17 10:31am

Happy New Year,

The school office will be open at the following times for uniform sales and In-zone enrolments:

Thursday, 26th January – 9.00am to 3.00pm

Friday, 27th January – 9.00am to 3.00pm

Tuesday, 31st January – 8.00am to 3.30pm

The Board of Trustees for this year are subsidising the entire cost for your children’s initial stationery pack. 

School resumes on Wednesday, 1st February and will be having a Powhiri to welcome all new families to our kura.  We look forward to seeing you then.


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