Kawe ake te Mānuka - Rise to the Challenge

Home, Forest Lake School
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

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

Reminder – Passwords soon to be introduced to our School App

Tue Oct 26 09:18am

We are about to introduce a new feature of the app which requires that you set up a password. This provides additional security and will allow us to send alerts to private groups and individual parents.

To register please fill out the form below and be sure to select your Alert Groups.

Later today, you will receive an email from School Apps NZ to get you set up.
If you have already downloaded the app, just click on the link in the email to set up your new password.
If you haven’t downloaded the app previously, you will need to click on the link to download the app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store and follow the procedure to set up a password.
The good news is that once you have set up your password and logged in, you won’t need to re-enter it each time you access the app. When you download the app, please make sure you allow notifications.

If you don’t receive this email next week please check your SPAM folder or click the Reply button below for help.

Register for the Forest Lake School App

School Update

Sun Oct 24 09:40am

Due to last week’s announcement, we will continue providing schooling for those students registered to attend.
Don’t forget the survey on School App for Click and Collect hard learning. Orders close at 8.00am Tuesday morning. Once printed, an email for collection times will be sent to those whanau who have ordered I’m hoping this will be Tuesday from 10.00am.
This time, if you are using hard learning we ask that completed tasks are photographed and uploaded to your chid’s seesaw.
Due to there not being any certainty as to how long we will be at level 3 we will not be distributing devices.
The next announcement from the government will be on Wednesday.
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Click and Collect Hard Learning Packs

Fri Oct 22 02:35pm

To assist with distance learning we are putting together learning packs for those who would like them.

Please complete the form and submit.

Click and Collect Hard Learning Packs

TTOTA Production Video

Thu Oct 21 07:47am

Mōrena Whānau, 

If you would like a keepsake video of Te Tīmatanga O Te Ao then please send me an email (matthewt@forestlake.school.nz) so that I can process your order. Please just let me know if you have a Full HD TV or not. 

They cost $10 each.

Ngā Mihi, 


Extra Curricula Sports

Tue Oct 19 03:00pm

Kia ora e te whānau, this is an update on what will happen with extra curricular sports for Term 4.

Firstly, thank you to all those whānau who returned their notice of commitment to participate in a sport this term. Unfortunately, due to the current alert level and the uncertainty with sports going ahead within the Waikato region there will be no extra curricular sports for this term.

If you have any questions around sports please make contact with Whaea Calah.

Whanau Check in

Tue Oct 19 02:09pm

Teachers have now made connections with whanau by using either Seesaw or Google Classroom. This time teachers have provided ‘Choice Board’ activities that don’t require a lot of access to devices. As whanau you could look at a ‘Choice Board’ and decide on an activity together. Photos can be taken of the finished product and uploaded so teachers can respond to the students work.
The most important focus at this time is whanau. Only do what you can. Take care of each other.
We will continue to communicate with students in this way, this week until we know more about the reopening of schools.
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

School Update

Tue Oct 19 08:03am

Following yesterday’s announcement, teachers will be in contact through Seesaw and Google Classrooms about accessing distance learning from today for the rest of this week.
Wednesday further announcements will be made about schools moving forward. 

Please contact me if you have questions and I’ll do my best to answer.
Take care.
Whaea Chris

Covid Update for Level 3 – Essential workers Children Only

Sun Oct 17 01:51pm


It has been busy determining the school process for the start of term 4. To be able to staff at Level 3 for students of essential workers, staff have had to be tested. Unfortunately as we are asymptomatic our tests don’t appear to be a priority however I have managed to staff the 2 bubbles required.

Therefore school will only be open for children of essential workers. I have used the database from our previous 2, Alert Level 3  periods and have communicated with them directly.

I will communicate with the school community once we hear the decision of the Government on alert levels tomorrow afternoon. Teachers have been asked to contact whanau but we will not be making decisions about distance learning until after the announcement. 

Take care.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Last Day of Term 3/School Holidays

Fri Oct 01 09:49am

Kia ora parents/whaanau,

Just a reminder, today is the last day of Term 3 and our school pick-up times remain the same.

Juniors: 2:30pm

Middle and Seniors: 2:45pm

We hope you enjoy the school holidays and we will see you all when school (Term 4) resumes on Monday the 18th of October 2021.

Ngaa mihi,

Whaea Chris




Mon Sep 27 03:34pm

Kia ora parents/whaanau,

Attached is information regarding Maeroa Intermediate’s 2022 enrolments. The last day to have your enrolment is Tuesday, 28th of September 2021

Please contact Maeroa Intermediate directly if you have any questions.

Ngaa mihi

Maeroa Intermediate Enrolment Reminder

Junior School Cross Country Update

Fri Sep 24 09:42am

Kia ora Whaanau,

Unfortunately due to the condition of our field after yesterday’s downpour we have had to cancel the Junior Cross Country for today.

The Middle School and Senior School students are still hoping to have theirs at Minogue Park and will make that call at 10.00am today, but remember due to the current Level 2 conditions, parents and whaanau cannot attend.

2021 September Newsletter

Wed Sep 22 01:44pm

Kia ora Whaanau, 

The latest newsletter is available for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!!



2021 September Newsletter

Wed Sep 22 01:37pm

Kiaora Whaanau, 

The latest school newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!!


Forest Lake School 2022 Ballot

Fri Sep 17 09:32am

If you have a child that is due to start school at any stage throughout the 2022 school year and are currently living out of our school zone, please click on the image and read the following carefully as it is how you will need to go about enrolling them for next year. You have until the 1st of October, 2021 to hand in your applications.

If you are living in our school zone and have children due to start next year, we also ask that you complete enrolments for them during this time, as it will assist us in determining the exact amount of spots available in the ballot.

2022 Ballot Information

Have you got YUMMY Apple stickers at home? Please send them to school next week! Ngā Mihi Whānau!

Fri Sep 10 11:36am


Thu Sep 09 04:05pm

Kia ora whaanau/parents,

Kia ora whaanau/parents, Please read the updated notice attached in regards to those Senior Students who will be attending Maeroa Intermediate next year.

We will have limited enrolment packs here at school so please contact us first otherwise you will need to contact Maeroa Intermediate School directly.

Ngaa mihi.


View PDF


Get the Forest Lake School App