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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

School Open

Mon Jan 24 08:42am

Kia ora koutou,

This is just a quick message to state that under Red Level schools are OPEN.

Parents of children with complex medical needs are advised to consult with their health professionals about whether it is appropriate to return to school.

We do know that students year 4 and up (8 years +)are required to wear a mask while at school.

Tomorrow I am expecting further guidelines from the Ministry of Education so my next update will be Thursday afternoon after we have had time to discuss implementation of the requirements.

Our school office will be open on Friday 28th January 9am – 3pm, Tuesday 1st February noon – 3.00pm and Wednesday 2nd February 9am – 3pm.

Please remember to wear a mask, scan in and one family in the office at a time. If you are purchasing uniform please know the size you are requiring. Unfortunately at this level there will be no trying on.

I look forward to all the students returning on Thursday 3rd February.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Implications of Covid -19 Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education Guidelines.

Fri Jan 14 10:05am

Kia ora koutou,
We have established a Covid Response Team to be able to discuss, plan and implement any guidelines required of us by the Ministry of Health and Education. Currently we would be working under the orange traffic light but with Omnicron knocking on the door this could change once the Government meets on the 17th January.
Our Response Team will meet on Thursday 27th to discuss implications for how our kura will operate. The community will be informed immediately following that hui
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Important School Dates

Mon Jan 10 10:02am

Ngā mihi o te tau hou kis koutou katoa. Ko te tumanako hoki kei te hararei okioki tonu tatou no reira. Kia pai to raa kia pai to hararei.
I just wanted to let you know our school start times for this year.
Friday   28th January         Office open from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Tuesday 1st February       Office open from noon to 3.00pm
Wednesday 2nd February Office open from 9.00am to 3.00pm
You will be able to purchase uniform as we are currently fully stocked. It would be useful if you knew your children’s size to limit the need to try on items.
You will be able to pay for your child’s stationery and this will be distributed once school is open.  
We can provide WINZ quotes for uniform and stationery.
Whanau new to our community can pre enrol and students who have turned 5 over the holidays can come in on the 2nd February to meet their teachers. Please mail principal@forestlake.school.nz if you would like to meet the teachers.
School opens on Thursday 3rd February.
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Xmas Message

Tue Dec 14 11:39am


He mihi tenei te whanau o Te Kura o Rotongahere


As we have been unable to end our year in the usual manner, I felt it appropriate that I address our community through a digital format.

2021 has been a year of challenges and tomorrow it brings Level 2 restrictions to an end. When we return we will be working under the guidelines of the Covid Protection Framework more commonly known as the traffic light system.

We have established a covid response team who will determine how these guidelines will be implemented at our kura and communicate this to you all in late January.

As with every end of year we say farewell to staff. This year it is farewell to Matua John, Matua Mitchell, Whaea Calah, Whaea Renee, Whaea Laura, Whaea Kath and Whaea Kyunghee. I want to personally thank them for their contribution to our learning community at Forest Lake School. Some are moving into new teaching positions while others are exploring new directions. We wish them all well in their future endeavours.

To our students moving to wharekura and intermediate, we wish you all the best.

To my staff, thank you for your adaptability in this time of change. You have been amazing, supportive kind and caring. Have a restful break and we will meet again in the new year.

To our students returning, we will welcome you back on the Thursday 3rd February. Our school office will be open on the 28th January 9 – 3, Tuesday 1st February noon to 3 and Wednesday 2nd Friday 9 – 3. We will be selling uniform and stationery packs on those days as well as taking new enrolments.

Tomorrow we will farewell our students with a staggered exit in houses from 12.30pm.

I wish you all a merry Xmas and a happy new year and look forward to seeing you all back in 2022.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Whaea Chris

2021 End of Year Prizegiving Video

Fri Dec 10 01:43pm

Kia ora tātou,



We are celebrating our students’ achievements a little differently this year. Our staff and students have put together a virtual Forest Lake School presentation in place of our Prizegiving Assembly that endeavours to afford the occasion the honour and pride it deserves.

You now have the opportunity to witness the announcement of award winners. It could be a nice moment for the whānau to enjoy together in the comfort and safety of your home. The video will feature addresses from both staff and students.

below is a link to our Facebook page which has the video presentation of award winners. Click the link to load a presentation, then click play. We hope your whānau enjoy watching this content together. 

Congratulations to all of this year’s prize winners.

Forest Lake School Facebook

Kia Ora Whānau. Can all musical instruments belonging to the school be returned ASAP please. Ngā Mihi.

Wed Dec 08 01:38pm

School Update

Tue Nov 30 08:08am



While the Waikato is moving to Orange on Friday, The Ministry of Education has advised schools to continue to operate under our current guidelines at Alert Level 2.

Leading into the last day of term there should be no change to how we are currently operating.

We have established a Covid Response Team so that moving forward, planning for working within the Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Light System) will be done by this team.

Unfortunately we will not be having our Presentation Assemblies but an alternative digital version is being developed that will be shared for our whanau.


Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Term 4 Policy Reviews

Thu Nov 25 03:05pm

Kia ora parents/whānau,

We are currently reviewing our Term 4 Policies and wish to give our school community a chance to have their voice heard.

The two policies this Term are:

Māori Educational Success

Link to access Schooldocs: https://forestlake.schooldocs.co.nz/

Username: forestlake

Password: forestlake


Please click on the link at the bottom and enter the following login details:

Username: forestlake

Password: forestlake

The school policy we are wanting you to review is for (Māori Educational Success, Harrassment). Home Learning (Please type in the Search tab and click the Red tab “Under Review Tab -Term 4 2021” and select “Parent”).

Reviews close on Friday 26 November 2021.

November 2021 School Newsletter

Wed Nov 24 12:07pm

Kia ora Whaanau, 

the latest school newsletter is now available.  Happy reading!!



17th November 2021 Return to School Information

Tue Nov 16 11:58am

Kia ora koutou.

Tomorrow we look forward to all students returning to school at Alert Level 2. The Government has assured us that there is a low risk of transmission and that all students can now attend school. 

No students will be required to wear masks but those who choose to will be shown respect. 
Classrooms and Cleaning
Surfaces will be cleaned regularly
Toilet areas will be sanitized during the day.
Classroom windows and doors will be open to ensure the classroom is well ventilated.
Equipment will be able to be used but students will sanitise before and after use.
Sanisation is required when students enter and exit the classroom 
Entry to school. To stop parents and students congregating at the gate we are encouraging ALL students to arrive at school after 8.30am and to use the kiss and drop concept wherever you are parked. Myself and Matua Geoff will monitor the entranceways. 
Hinton Ave gate will be unlocked at 8.30am
If arriving on Storey Ave all students must enter up the steps.
Road Patrols will be operating from 8.30 – 9.00am. 
Once students can enter the grounds they will go and wait outside their classrooms until teachers let them in.

Exit from School:

To again stop congestion we will dismiss the students in house groups. This means that siblings are dismissed together. Parents are asked to stay in their cars.  Patrols will operate from 2.30 – 245pm

2.30 Hikurangi and all walkers and bikers.

2.40 Manaia

2.50 Taranaki

3.00 Aorangi 

You will be notified which house your children are in today. 

Food and Water: All students are to bring a water bottle and lunch and snacks this week. Next week our lunch system will be operational again.
Uniform sales: These are now unavailable for the year as we are stocktaking as a requirement for audit.
Before and After School Care will be open from tomorrow morning.
The only access to the school site is the school office between 8.30 and 3.00pm.
All visitors must wear a mask when visiting the school.
 While parents aren’t required to be vaccinated, all staff on site have met the requirements of the vaccination order 

The last day of the school year is 15th December closing at 1.00pm.

Looking forward to seeing all students back to end what has been a really challenging year.

Remember you can contact me on principal@forestlake.school.nz 

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Alert Level Change

Mon Nov 15 05:11pm

Given the Ministers announcment this afternoon about alert level changes we will need to provide you with updates as to what the school will look like from Wednesday 17th November. 

This change of alert levels was not expected to happen so quickly. Staff have spent several days preparing for a Level 3 return and we now need to meet tomorrow to update level 2 orgsnisation once we hear from the Ministry of Education of any further guidelines we need to consider. 

Please bare with us. There will be a further update tomorrow.

Ngaa mihi


Whaea Chris

A Huge Thank you

Sat Nov 13 03:21pm

All whanau who have completed the survey I want to say thanks. 

We will be giving students at least 2 full days of learning.This may increase in some spaces where we can create more groups within the constraints of the Health Guidelines. .  Siblings have been rostered on the same days. 

Staff will be making the final rolls on Monday and be in contact so you know who needs to attend school and when. 

If you have not completed the survey please go to the previous notice and complete it. I will accept surveys up until 7.00pm on Sunday evening. 

All children year 4 and up must wear masks at school when they return. 

Whaea Chris


Don’t forget to return the ‘Return to School Survey’

Fri Nov 12 08:23am

Rostered Return to School – Wednesday 17th November 

The government announced yesterday that schools will be open on a rostered basis from Wednesday 17 November and that schools are able to arrange this depending on their own circumstances as long as they comply with health advice.

The health advice at this stage is windows open, social distance, sanitise and sharing of equipment with heightened hygiene routines. . Groups of students must remain stable and staffing will remain constant with each group.   We are waiting on further health and safety advice to guide our decisions. One new rule is that year 4 to 8 students and staff will be required to wear masks. 


To assist us in planning, we are asking you to choose from 3 options so we can determine how best we can meet everyone’s requests. 

We are very aware that whatever our final organisation looks like, we will not be able to cater for all whanau wishes.  

If your situation changes between 17th November and our last day of school (15th December) you will need to contact the Principal to request a change of your option.

The  3 options to choose from are;

Option 1. – Not returning to school – will continue learning from home.

We understand that some families who are anxious about sending their children back to school will decide to keep their children home for the remainder of the year. This will impact our decisions around how to structure the part time school options for those that do return. If you do decide to keep your child at home we will continue to provide online learning or a hard pack of learning.

Option 2 – Essential Worker – Everyday at school

If you are an essential worker your child will already be registered for bubble school and is currently attending everyday, this option will continue for your child.  If you are an essential worker who has been supervising your children but can no longer do this and needs your child at school everyday – choose this option.  You will need to verify your place of work.  

Option 3 – Rostered Days – Part Time return to school

We will need to limit the number of students onsite at any one  time in order to meet health and safety guidelines. This will mean  your child will have rostered days to attend school onsite. When they are onsite they will need to follow the health and safety guidelines as noted above.  We can not tell you how this will look until we have your responses to this survey. 

Please complete the survey by 3.00pm, Friday 12th November. 


Return to School Survey

Hard Learning available

Tue Nov 09 07:35am

Just to let you know that each team has prepared new hard learning for students. This will be on the table outside the front office doors for your collection from 9.00am to 2.30pm each day. Please help yourself.
Our next alert level notification is Monday 15th November.
Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have a question.
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Update from Tonight’s Government Announcement

Mon Nov 01 07:40pm


On Wednesday morning we will still be in Level 3 but at Step 2. This means that school is only open to students registered to attend as they are children of emergency workers.

I’m not aware of any date for a further announcement at this stage.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris


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