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

Hair Braiding?

Mon Jul 26 11:02am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Is there anyone in our AMAZING school community who is able to braid (Not plait) long hair? If this sounds like something you can do, can you please email me: matthewt@forestlake.school.nz

If you are unsure what I mean, have a look at the picture attached. 

Ngā Mihi, 



Drop off and Pick ups

Fri Jul 23 12:17pm

Kia ora whānau

Just a reminder that if you are dropping off or picking up students in the moring and afternoon not to park over driveways or on the grass verge of our neighbours especially on Hinton Ave.

These are not parking spots and residents need to be able to access their homes, so please be mindful of this each day.

Ngā mihi

An exciting opportunity for Forest Lake’s 6 to 9 year old tamariki.

Fri Jul 09 02:42pm

On the 30th July the school has been given an opportunity for 8 students aged between 6 to 9 to own their own bike. If you have a student who can meet the below criteria we would love them to create a poster, write a story or make a video that gives reasons why your child deserves the bike. The message must be created by the student.

This needs to be done during the holidays and brought back to Matua John on Monday the 26th July. The first day of term 3. Or email me the presentation on johnta@forestlake.school.nz during the holidays

The criteria for selection is as follows:

Must be aged between 6 to 9
Must not already own a bike
Must attend Forest Lake School
A whanau member must attend the event and be able to help with transport and collect the bike after the event.
The event will take place in Pukete Hamilton

8 bikes and helmets available to be donated to deserving children 6-9 years of age
Event time 1.00pm – 1.30pm
All bikes will be checked by a Bike Mechanic
The successful students will be contacted by letter or phone call later in the week 

Matua John will be attending the event with whanau and students but it is really important that whanau are there to collect the bikes to transport home.

So get your students thinking about and completing their presentation over the holidays and return it to school on the first day of term 3. Or email me the presentation on johnta@forestlake.school.nz during the holidays

Here is a link to the organisation’s Promotional Video 

Promotional Video

Senior School Winter Sport

Wed Jun 30 02:43pm

Kia ora e te whānau, this pānui to inform you that our sports exchange is back on this Friday as we have managed to find transport for the tamariki. We leave school by bus at 10.30am and leaving the sports ground at 2pm. Parents are most welcome to join us but will need to find your own transport to the venues.

Students will need to bring all gear required of them for the chosen sport including a packed lunch and drink bottle.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Whaea Calah.

School Fun Run: Cash Fundraisers Due by Friday

Thu Jun 17 08:19am

Kia Ora Whānau,


All students who fundraised for the School Fun Run by collecting cash donations MUST have the money returned to school no later than Friday. 

Ngā Mihi, 


2021 June Newsletter

Wed Jun 16 12:55pm

Kia ora Whaanau, 

Below is a link to our latest school newsletter.  Happy reading. 



School Fun Run: Cash Fundraising

Thu Jun 10 08:17am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

If your child fundraised for the School Fun Run in cash, this week is the time to get this into school. 

Can you please send these donations to Matua Matt in the Hall at some stage between today and Friday. 

Ngā Mihi, 

School Fun Run: FAQ’s

Tue Jun 01 07:19pm

Kia Ora Whānau,

Here are some answers to those burning questions you may (or may not) have!

Things to note:

* The Run starts at 1pm from the Top Asphalt and will end on the field. You are MORE than welcome to come and join in the Fun. 
* It is NOT a colour run this year but students are encouraged to bring clothes (mufti or perhaps a costume) to change into after lunchtime.
* Lunch starts at 12pm on Friday and will finish at 12.30 giving students time to change and then meet on the Top Asphalt for the start of the race and staff time to get to where they need to be.
* On the field, after students have crossed the finish line, there will be sports equipment. Please feel free to join in a game with the students as this will be a time for FUN and CELEBRATING the awesome fundraising efforts of those who signed up.
* At about 2.15, we will congregate around the outdoor stage for the Spot Prize Draws and to give out the Grand Prizes; best Teina fundraiser, best Waenga fundraiser and best Tuakana Fundraiser.
* Please enter into the mood of the event. It is a FUN RUN afterall but PLEASE also be mindful of the health and safety of our students; your children. If a staff member asks you to be somewhere or do something, please do as you’re asked. Our job is to give your children back to you in ONE piece and we take that very seriously. 🙂

My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have got involved in this fundraising campaign, supporting and encouraging your children to fundraise shamelessly for the good of our Kura. Your efforts have been SEEN and MASSIVELY appreciated. Our school communitiy is an incredible group of Whānau and Friends and we are glad that you are a part of it!! 

See you Friday!

Ngā Mihi


Free Rain Jackets

Mon May 31 05:01pm

Kia ora parents/whānau,

We have 5x Brand New Size 8, 1x Second-hand Size 8 and 1x Second-hand Large Warriors Rain Jackets free to a good home. 

Students can wear these to school and after school but must remove them during class time as they are not a part of the School uniform.

If you are interested in one, please come to the office to collect before they are all gone.

To view a picture of the rain jacket please click on the PDF below.

Ngaa mihi

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Thu May 27 09:32pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Some of you have been in touch saying that you are having trouble setting up an account for your child. Firstly, thank you for trying to get this done. Secondly, thank you for bringing this confusion to our attention. 

We are NOT using SchoolFunRun (the company) as our business partner this year.

Our business partner this year is RaiseIt. 

The address to type into your internet browser is:


There is no “www” as it is NOT a World Wide Web page you are trying to access. 

Attached is a picture of what you should see once you have typed the correct address into your internet browser. 

I hope this clarifies any confusion.


Reminder about Teacher only Day

Thu May 27 03:33pm

Kia ora Whānau, 

Just one final reminder about Teacher Only Day tomorrow (28 May).  All staff are involved in Professional Learning and there is no school for students.  School resumes for students on Monday, 31 May.  


2021 School Fun Run: Register Online NOW

Tue May 25 08:33am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Just a reminder to register your child / children for our School Fun Run 2021 Fundraising campaign.

Register online at forestlakeschool.raiseit.co.nz

This week:

* All students who have signed up will receive a TUMEKE voucher just for registering. This draw will take place after the run on Friday 4th June. 

* Students who have signed up and received at least one donation go in the draw for a OUTDOOR SPORTS ACTION CAMERA on Thursday.

* Students who have whānau and friends who have donated $50 or more go in the daily draw to win spot prizes.

* Students who have whānau and friends who have donated $250 or more go in the draw on Thursday to win a MADD Kick Scooter.

* The Class / Hub with the highest percentage of students registered by Thursday at midday will win a Pizza Party Lunch.


Offline Cash Donation forms are available from the office if your child is unable to have an online presence. 


Teacher Only Day – Friday 28 May 2021

Mon May 24 10:20am

Kia ora Whaanau, 

Just another reminder, that this Friday (28 May) is a Teacher Only Day.  Teachers are involved in Professional Learning meaning there are no students at school on this day.  Students resume school on Monday, 31 May. 



School Fun Run 2021

Mon May 17 07:50pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Today we launched our 2021 School Fun Run Fundraising Campaign. In 3 short weeks we will be running laps having raised what we can from the kind donations of Friends and Whānau. 

A letter went home with your Tamariki this afternoon. If they didn’t hand it to you, it is probably carefully hidden in the bottom of their bag. Can you please check? 

On this letter is everything you need to know about how to register your child online so that they can receive donations. Head to forestlakeschool.raiseit.co.nz to look at the website. It’s EASY! 

And, if your child cannot have an online presence, the letter outlines how to go about receiving cash donations.

There are FANTASTIC spot prizes up for grabs just for registering online and for students with new donations each day. There are Pizza Parties, extended playtimes and Movie afternoons for the Hubs and Classes who raise the most money for our Kura. 

At the end of it all there are 3 Grand prizes: one for the best Teina fundraiser. One for the best Waenga Fundraiser and One for the best Tuakana Fundraiser. 


Ngā Mihi Whānau

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Extra-Curricula Sports

Mon May 17 02:32pm

Last week on Friday a notice for this terms Volleyball competition was sent home with Year 5 – 8 students who signed up. If your child did not recieve a notice and you would like for them to participate in this terms Volleyball competition a notice with information has been attached.

Volleyball Notice


Wed May 12 01:47pm

Kia ora to all our whānau who will have soon to be 5 year olds starting at Forest Lake School.

Please view the poster below with information of our Transition classes for both Auraki and Rumaki classes for Term 2.

Ngā mihi,

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Fri May 07 04:32pm

Kia ora whānau,

Next Week we have a Polar Fleece Sale!!!

Days are Tuesday and Thursday next week (11th & 13th of May 2021)


Ngaa mihi.

Please view the poster below for more information.

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Tuakana Production Rehearsals: Term 2

Sun May 02 08:54pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Just a quick note to say that after school rehearsals for Production will start in week 2 of this term. They will take place on Monday / Wednesday / Friday in the hall from 3pm – 5pm.

Students will NOT all be required on all of these days, all the time and so a rehearsal schedule will go home early week 1 so that you can piece together when your child is required.

I will try to keep the rehearsal schedule consistent where possible throughout the term.

If your child is definitely UNAVAILABLE on one of these three days, please email me (matthewt@forestlake.school.nz) and let me know so that I can attempt a workaround. 

Ngā Mihi Whānau, 



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