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


Thu Jul 07 02:37pm

Kia ora Parents / Whānau,

Just a reminder, tomorrow is our last day of Term 2.
The kura (School) will finish at our normal school time of 2:45pm

Enjoy your school holidays and we will see you all back on Monday the 25th of July.
Ngaa mihi mahana.

Term 3 Basketball

Thu Jul 07 02:12pm

Kia ora whānau,

Term 3 basketball notices have been sent home with students who have indicated their interest to play. Unfortunately, due to the large increase of interest in this sport Waikato Basketball are only accepting re-registration of Term 2 teams.

What does this mean for your child?
We can only register one team per the following year groups: Year 1&2, Year 3&4, Year 5&6. Depending on interest from students we can apply for a year 7&8 team to join the competition.

Therefore, the prompt return of these notices and payment will be how teams are selected for next term.

Due to school holidays beginning next week, I kindly ask that you email your childs registration form (lindas@forestlake.school) if you are unable to return the form tomorrow (Friday 8th July) Payment for this sport will need to be made by 22nd July.

Your child will be informed Term 3 week 1 regarding teams. All teams must have a coach to compete.

School Bank account information:
Account no. ASB A/C 12-3454-0011074-00
Particulars = Please put child’s full name (e.g, Joe Bloggs) so the transaction can be easily identified.
Reference = Reason for payment (eg. Term 3 Basketball)

If you have any questions please email lindas@forestlake.school.nz.

Ngā mihi,
Whaea Linda

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Parents Interviews and Early Closure Reminder

Fri Jul 01 09:11am

Kia ora Parents / Whānau,

Just a reminder about Parent Interviews next week.   Monday, 4th of July is when all online hui are taking place from 2.00pm.   School will still finish at the regular time of 2.45 on Monday.  However, Tuesday, 5th July which is set aside for the face to face hui, the kura (school) will finish at 1.00pm to allow kaiako to prepare for face to face hui from 1.30pm.  It is expected that all students must be picked up at 1.00pm on Tuesday.  Out of School Care will be operating from 1.00pm for those that need to use it.  Please click on the link if you need to register for this programme  

After School Care Link

School Photos

Thu Jun 30 11:19am

Kia ora Whaanau, 

The first lot of school photos have been handed out today for the students to bring home.  Please be aware that not all photos have arrived yet, so please don’t panic if your child doesn’t come home tonight with one, they are still to be processed and will be delivered to school in the coming days. 

School Board Elections Notice (Te Pānui Pōtitanga Poari Kaitiaki o te Kura) 2022

Wed Jun 29 03:58pm

Kia ora Parents and Whaanau,

We are now calling for nominations to stand for the School Board.

For full information please click on either the English or Te Reo Māori links below:

School Board Elections Notice

Te Pānui Pōtitanga Poari Kaitiaki o te Kura

Ngaa mihi mahana,

Returning Officer/Āpiha Kaiwhakahoki Pōti

Panui 29th June 2022

Wed Jun 29 03:46pm

Kia ora Whaanau, 

The latest school newsletter is now available for viewing.  Click the link below to access it.  Happy Reading!!


Out of School July Holiday Netball Skill Camp

Mon Jun 20 04:26pm

Kia ora whānau,

Please find below information from Hamilton City Netball Centre regarding their July School Holiday Skill Camps that are currently OPEN for Registration! 

1 Day Camp
Year 3-4 – Tuesday 12th July OR Thursday 21st July
Year 5-6 – Tuesday 12th July OR Thursday 21st July
9am – 3pm
$50 per player

2 Day Camp
Year 7-8 – Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July
Year 9-10 – Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July
Year 11-13 – Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July
9am – 3pm
$100 per player

For further information and to register head to the website:

School Operating as Normal

Mon Jun 20 08:16am

Kia ora Whānau,

Just a reminder that the kura is open as per normal once again. We look forward to having all the tamariki back at school from today.

Out of School Care not operating

Mon Jun 13 07:52am

Just a reminder, With the low numbers that have stated they need to be at school this week, the YMCA have chosen not to operate this week.  Please make alternative arrangements if your children attend these sessions.  School will operate from 8.30 to 2.45 if you have stated they need to be at school.


Parent/Teacher Interviews and Early School Closure

Tue Jun 07 02:43pm

Parent / Caregiver Interviews – Monday, 4th and Tuesday, 5th July, 2022

Mid-year parent/caregiver interviews are an opportunity to celebrate student success and discuss how you can support your child’s education. These will be offered either online or as a face to face hui.  This is your choice but please be aware that Monday are online interviews only, and Tuesday strictly face to face.  

On Monday, July 4 online hui will start at 2pm. Classes will be covered by staff for the rest  of the day. The School BOT has agreed to close the school on Tuesday July 5 at 1pm which means students need to be collected to allow face to face interviews to start at 1:30pm. Out of School Care will be available from 1.00pm to 3.00pm for a cost for those that need it.  Click the Out of School Care link below if you wish to register for this session. 

To make interviews manageable all sessions will be limited to 15 minute duration. We are asking that manaakitanga (consideration) is shown and you do not exceed your allocated time and the number attending face to face interview is limited to Parent/ Caregiver and the child

To make an interview time to see your child’s class teacher, please click on the QR Code link below and scan it, or click the website link.     

Please follow the directions indicated on the booking site, and remember if you select Video Conference, please select Monday, 4th July as your interview day, or if you select Face to Face Conference, please make sure you select Tuesday, 5th July as your interview day.  

For those that are wanting a Video Conference on Monday 4th July, teachers will send you an email (on the email you provided while booking your interview time on the site) containing an invitation link closer to the interview dates.  

Out of School Care Booking for Early Finish

QR Code for Booking Interview

Website for Booking Interviews

School Photos

Mon May 30 12:45pm

School photos are now available for purchasing. Personalized postcards with the students name, user id and password have been given out to the classes today. Each user ID and password is unique allowing you to only view your child’s class photo and their individual and sibling photos (if you had pre-ordered sibling photos). It is important not to lose these postcards as you will need the ID and password to login to the site to allow you to purchase the photos.

Please note, that the photos are purchased directly through the Shot360 website and payment cannot be taken at school. This also means that AP’s are not available as a form of payment.

Term 2 Extra Curricular Sports – Volleyball

Mon May 30 09:56am

Kia ora Whānau, 

If your child has indicated that they would like to play volleyball this term a notice of interest will be sent home tomorrow. The competition starts 15th June 2022 for Five weeks, every Wednesday from 3:45pm at the Peak – Rototuna High. 

Copies of these notices have been attached for whānau to familiarize themselves with. All forms and payments must be made by 8th June 2022. This terms competition is open to Year 5&6 and Year 7&8 students only. 

If you have any queries please email  lindas@forestlake.school.nz 

Ngā mihi, 

Whaea Linda

Year 5

Year 7

Panui 25th May 2022

Wed May 25 01:47pm

Kia ora Whānau, 

The latest newsletter is now live and available for viewing. 

Happy Reading!!


After School Pickup in current poor weather

Fri May 20 02:31pm

The bad weather is settling in for the next few days, Hamilton City Council would like to remind parents to be patient after school while collecting students…if possible try arrive 5-10mins after the bell when safe carparks will become available, even better equip your children with wet weather gear so they can walk and be collected at a safe parking area avoiding the busy school gate.

To help ease the traffic flow on wet days such as this, parents can arrive between 2.30pm and 2.45pm and go directly to class to collect their children. If arriving before 2.30pm, they must still be signed out via the office.

JUMPING JUNE: Change of Date

Mon May 16 05:40pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Thank you so much to those of you who have set up your child’s Jumping June profile and shared it with your friends and family using your social media, email and messaging services. Don’t be shy to share the profile each week through your chosen channels because sometimes, all people need is a reminder. 

It is not too late for you to set up a profile for your Tauira. Just go to jumpingjune.co.nz

So far we have raised $2200. Pai Mutunga!

Just letting you know that we have had to delay the event by 1 week to Friday the 10th June. Nothing else changes; it just means we have an extra week to raise money for the AMAZING Aotearoa / NZ Heart Foundation. 

If you have any questions about Jumping June, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me: matthewt@forestlake.school.nz

Ngā Mihi, 


Maths 2022 Coffee Draw

Mon May 16 01:03pm

Kia ora to all parents/whānau,

Thank you to all who responded to the Maths 2022 question about the 5 most important skills you would like your child/ren to learn in pāngarau/mathematics this year.

The draw has been completed and five parents will receive an e-mail response if they are a winner for the coffee draw. (please check the e-mail you responded with) 

Ngaa mihi maioha.

Swim Safe Cancelled This Week.

Sun May 15 02:54pm


We have been notified today that Waterworld is unable to provide Swim safe this week. This effects Kahikatea 1 & 2 and Kauri 1
We will notify you if and when we are able to reschedule.

The PE Team


Sat May 14 06:44pm

Parents…Don’t forget to sign your student up for Jumping June and start fundraising for The New Zealand Heart Foundation. Go to jumpingjune.co.nz to create your child’s profile.

On Monday we will draw the name of 2 students who have signed up and raised over $10 to win 2 spot prizes. 



Hinton Avenue Parking

Wed May 11 01:24pm

Parking in Hinton Avenue 

Just a reminder to parents collecting students from Hinton Ave after school to not park on the grass verges  of properties adjacent to the school, on yellow lines and where students cross the road in front of the school backgate, it makes it difficult for students who walk home to see cars coming down the hill before they cross. 

The Hamilton City Council are proposing new roading changes for Hinton Ave, including marking yellow lines down most of the street.  Click the link below to see their proposal.

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School Photos – 11 May

Tue May 03 11:21am

School Photos will be taken next Wednesday (11th May).  There is a new system of ordering this year as opposed to the usual prepay envelopes.  Every student will have their individual and class photo taken, and these can be viewed and ordered on the Shot360 website after the photo day.  However, if you would like a sibling portrait taken, you will first need to complete the form using the following link:  https://shot360.co.nz/sibling-photo-booking-form/.  Without completing this form a sibling photo will not be taken and you will be unable to order once photos have been processed. 

Students are to be in full school uniform for photos, but can bring a change of clothes if sibling photos are being taken.  They must change back into school uniform after this photo.

XMUSIC Registration deadline: Tomorrow

Mon May 02 06:14pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Just a reminder that the deadline for XMUSIC forms to be back to school TOMORROW. (Forms are attached to this message)


* There are no spaces available for In School ukulele or xylophone but you are welcome to fill in the registration form and I will add you to the waiting list.

* There is plenty of space left in JCHOIR (Year 0 – 3)

* There are still spaces for ALL after school lessons (Year 4 – 8)

* Payment for any After School lessons must be received before your child can attend lessons.

* All lessons begin in WEEK 2

* Timetables will go out early this week. 

Ngā Mihi, 

After School XMUSIC_Year 4 – 8

In School XMUSIC_ Year 0 – 3

XMUSIC Registration Form Deadline

Sun May 01 05:24pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

I hope you have had a lovely holiday and are ready for Term 2.

Just a reminder that the deadline for XMUSIC forms to be back to school is this coming Tuesday, 3rd May. (Forms are attached to this message)


* There are no spaces available for In School ukulele or xylophone but you are welcome to fill in the registration form and I will add you to the waiting list.

* There is plenty of space left in JCHOIR (Year 0 – 3)

* There are still spaces for ALL after school lessons (Year 4 – 8)

* Payment for any After School lessons must be received before your child can attend lessons.

* All lessons begin in WEEK 2

* Timetables will go out early this week. 

Ngā Mihi, 


After School Registration Form_Term 2

In School Registration Form_Term 2

Term 2 Organisation

Fri Apr 29 12:34pm

Kia ora Koutou,

Holidays are drawing to a close. I hope you have enjoyed two long weekends with whanau and that the students are looking forward to returning on Monday 2nd May from 8.30am.

I apologize that my communication has not been earlier. I have been in conversation with board members and senior staff to determine what our kura will look like moving forward.

Our management of Ministry of Education guidelines to maintain a healthy environment have worked to date and we want to continue to do so as we move into term 2.


From the notifications I received of positive cases we have had a low number of staff (33%) and students (26%) impacted. 

We would like to continue recording positive cases of students attending school so we have an informative base to review our guidelines regularly.

If you haven’t already emailed me as to whether your child/ren have been positive or they have tested positive during the holidays, can you please do so now? (principal@forestlake.school.nz) 

In the meantime,it is important that we maintain a safe environment for our students and staff and we are making some changes based on Ministry of Education information to our guidelines for term 2. 

Key changes are:

The school is open from 8.30am to 2.45pm ( back to the original school day hours). After 8.30am students can move to classrooms and play outside their learning spaces until 8.55am. Matua Geoff and I will still be at the entrances to welcome students and connect with whanau.  If your child arrives after 8.55am they will be considered late and will need to sign in at the office before going to class.
In the afternoons road patrol will be out from 2.40pm. Walkers and bikers will leave first then the kaiako will bring the students out to the same exit areas as term 1 other than Auraki Teina who will be under the sun shades outside Matai block and they will exit by the hall traffic arm.
Parents can walk their child to the classroom doors but if you want to go inside a building, please wear a mask. You need to leave the classrooms by 8.55am and not go in before 2.45pm. If you want to talk to a teacher you can message them on seesaw and they can make a time with you. 
We will have one morning break ( 10.50 – 11.10am ) and one lunch break (1.05 – 1.45pm) Playgrounds will no longer be rostered between hubs. 
Parents accessing the site between 8.55am and 2.45p must sign in through the school office. Masks are to be worn.
Assemblies will be held in teams.
Music and X Music start again.
Masks are to be worn by students in year 4 – 8 and staff while in learning spaces. This is no change to red level but will be reviewed at our Board hui on the 9th May and all guidelines will be reviewed at all upcoming hui and when notifications are received from the Ministry of Education. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible. 

We will continue with heightened cleaning, sanitizing when entering and leaving learning spaces, ventilating classrooms and reminders on basic health etiquette (coughing, sneezing and hand washing).

If your child is sick please keep them at home and if they become sick during the day we will call and ask you to collect them. This conflicts with my messaging of students having an attendance rate of 90% but we all need to apply common sense when making these decisions in the interests of everyone’s health and the children’s education.


On the first morning (Monday 2nd May at 9.10am) we will hold a whakatau to welcome whanau. This is weather dependent as it will be held outside, on the bottom asphalt. If you are attending please wear a mask. At this time we will welcome 2 new staff: 

Whaea Hana Rangitonga – a kaiako in Rumaki Teina

Whaea Sarah Hastie  – our Auraki Learning Support Coordinator

One of the benefits of our term 1 organization has been that it has allowed children to develop self management skills such as carrying their own school bag, walking independently to their classroom, learning where to hang the bag up and how to prepare for the school day. We would like parents to continue to encourage students to develop self management. 

We have a new drinking fountain and bottle filler on Kauri verandah. We still encourage students to bring their own water bottle and this provides an area to refill. The fountain is cleaned daily. 

At our last hui the board voted in a new chairperson – Michael Mayne. I would like to thank Paula Douglas for her leadership support through a couple of challenging years. 

I’m hoping for a more settled term. Some events coming up are:

Week 1: Sessions for year 1 & 2 students who may want to attend Te Rauhi

Project as an After School Programme. 

Wednesday 11th May: School photographs

Week 2, 3 and 4: Swimsafe. (You will be notified which week your child will attend)

Monday 6th June: Queens Birthday Weekend

Friday 24th June: Matariki Public Holiday

Friday 9th July: End of term 2

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Ngā mihi

Whaea Chris

After School XMUSIC registration forms

Wed Apr 13 02:06pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Just a reminder to get your after school XMUSIC forms filled in and returned to school ASAP to avoid missing out. The response has been huge and spaces are filling up fast! Don’t miss out!

The registration form is attached below. 

Ngā Mihi, 



School Parking Update – 12 April 2022

Tue Apr 12 02:34pm

‘The cyclone that is making its way down the country is expected to hit Hamilton this afternoon and hang around all of Wednesday, this will increase congestion around our school gates. We would like to remind all parents that under no circumstances should anyone be parking on yellow lines, on footpaths or in neighbours driveways, this creates an unsafe environment for students… try arrive 5-10mins after the bell when you should easily find a park, or ensure your students bring wet weather gear that they can walk a little further then directly outside the school and meet you at a planned safe parking area. We thank you for playing your part to ensure all our students get home safely’.

Cameron Ward
City Transportation
Hamilton City Council

XMUSIC Registration Forms

Sun Apr 10 07:22pm

Mōrena Whānau, 

Just a reminder to get your XMUSIC registration forms back to school ready for our launch in week 2 of next term. 

In school XMUSIC (year 0 – 3 students) has limited spaces available for Ukulele and Xylophone. Those returning forms tomorrow will be advised if their child was successful in registering (First in, First served) or if they will be placed on the waiting list. There are often students who change their mind about learning or who leave the school; so as spaces become available, students on the waiting list will be moved into those spots in the timetable. 

Anyone can join J-CHOIR as there is no cap on numbers for this.

After school XMUSIC (year 4 – 8 students) still has spaces available for all instruments EXCEPT cello and flute. 

Ngā Mihi, 

After School XMUSIC_Year 4 – 8

In School XMUSIC_ Year 0 – 3


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