Kawe ake te Mānuka - Rise to the Challenge

Welcome to


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

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.

Forest Lake School / Hamilton City Council Playground Partnership

Thu Dec 15 01:17pm

Please see the link below to see information on this exciting project. 

Playground Partnership

A Christmas Message

Wed Dec 14 10:53am

Click the link below to see a Christmas message from the kura. 

Christmas Message

Christmas Mufti Day, Friday 16 December

Mon Dec 12 08:19am

As Friday is our last day for the year, we are going to have a Christmas Mufti Day. Students can dress in their mufti clothes instead of their school uniform on Friday.


Out of School Care Closure (7 December)

Wed Dec 07 01:07pm

Kia ora Whānau,

For those that have students attending Out of School Care tonight (Wednesday, 7th December), unfortunately, due to staff shortages, the YMCA have had to close the programme after school.  They sincerely apologise for the inconvenience, and ask that you make arrangements to collect your tamariki at the end of the school day (2.45pm).

Panui 30 November 2022

Wed Nov 30 11:56am

Kia ora Whānau, 

The last school newsletter for the year is now live, and ready to read. Click the link below to view it. 

Happy reading!!



Tue Nov 29 01:01pm

Kia ora whānau, 

The organisers for interschool athletics, unfortunately, have had to make the very hard decision to cancel the event for tomorrow. 

Looking at the weather (on many different weather forecasts) and the amount of rain we are meant to be getting tomorrow, they could not work around it. 

We are very disappointed, as we imagine all of our tamariki will have missed this event for yet another year.

Keeping positive though, and hoping next year the sun will be shining for us!! 

A huge congratulations to all of the tamariki that qualified for this event.


Ngā mihi,

Whaea Katinka

KiwiCan Fundraiser Skip-a-thon (Week beginning 28 November)

Fri Nov 25 10:12am

Kia ora Whānau,

As mentioned in the last school newsletter, next week our KiwiCan team will be holding a skip-a-thon to fundraise for their 2023 Community Project. The aim of this project is to place displays that represent and explain the history and impact our Ngahere has had on Te Kura o Roto Ngahere. Information on how our community will be involved in this joint project will be shared in 2023.

During your child’s KiwiCan lesson next week (28th-30th November) our KiwiCan leaders are asking that if possible each student please bring a gold coin koha (donation) to sponsor the tamariki as they take part in their Skipping challenge?  By tying the challenge in with the Kiwi Can theme of resilience, the goal will be ‘to try your best and to never give up’. All donations can be given directly to your child’s classroom teacher. 

Ngā mihi,
KiwiCan Team and Forest Lake Enviro Team.

Uniform and Stationery Sales

Fri Nov 18 02:06pm

Kia ora Whānau,

Just a quick message around uniform and stationery sales. These will finish for the year on Wednesday, 30th November to allow us to do a stocktake. We can not accept any purchases after this date including WINZ purchases. If you are needing any items, please ensure you get these before this date.

End of Year Presentation Assemblies

Fri Nov 18 08:41am

Kia ora Whānau,

Our ‘End of Year Presentation Assemblies’ have been set for the 9th of December.

Our Waenga/Tuakana (Kauri 1, Kauri 2, Kahikatea 1, Kahikatea 2) assembly is at 9.30am.

Our Teina (Matai 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Kauri 3) assembly is at 11.30am.

Parents and Whānau are welcome to join us for these celebrations.

Mamas Donuts – Last Chance to Order

Mon Nov 14 07:58am

Handmade ● Fresh Daily ● Delicious

Last opportunity to order yourself an Original Glazed donut available for ONLY $3 by TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER orders finish at 9.00 am, cash only, NO EFTPOS. Orders are to be given to your child’s class teacher. Please note that we cannot under any circumstance accept any orders after 9.00am on Tuesday.

Orders will be placed with Mamasdonuts Tuesday morning and donuts will be available to eat FRIDAY, 18 NOVEMBER at the morning break.

Thanks for your support and donation in helping the Aurki Kauri team save for our end-of-year celebration visit to WaterWorld!


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