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

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.

View PDF

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

XMUSIC Registration Forms

Fri Apr 08 11:31am

Mōrena Whānau, 

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

Ngā Mihi, 




Into Nature School: SPECIAL OFFER!

Thu Apr 07 09:24am

Mōrena Whānau,

Into Nature School is back in term 2 2022 with an amazing discounted offer. 

Check out this video to see if your tamariki would benefit from a term in nature. 


Term 2 Extra Curricular Sport Update

Fri Apr 01 03:28pm

Kia ora Koutou, 

A gentle reminder that a few weeks ago notices of interest for Term 2 & 3 Netball were sent home with students. If your child is interested in playing and is yet to return their notice please send Whaea Linda an email (Lindas@forestlake.school.nz) and return the notice and payment to the school office by Monday 4th April. A notice will come home in week 11 notifying whānau of teams. 

Term 2 Basketball notices of interest will be distributed on Monday 4th April to students. If your child is interested in participating, notices and payment will need to be returned by April 11th. 

Ngā mihi, 

Whaea Linda 

Preparing for Change

Fri Apr 01 02:04pm

1st April 2022.

Kia ora koutou,

Apologies for another long message but with the removal of vaccine mandates and potential change in traffic light level on Monday, it is timely to review what our current health measures are.

The measures to minimize spread of infection and risk at Red that already apply are;

Good hand hygiene and cough/ sneeze etiquette
Monitoring closely for symptoms of sickness and requesting children are collected if they are
Parents notifying the principal of positive cases and students who are required to isolate. The Principal notifies the community if a positive case has been infectious while at school.
Providing distance learning for those having to stay home and for immune compromised students.
Good ventilation in the classrooms with doors and windows open.
Face masks required for staff and students from year 4 up when indoors. Optional for all other year levels but staff wear masks when public facing.
Currently working in hubs so breaks and play areas are rostered to minimize interaction between hubs. Exit protocols have hubs at different areas of the school boundary for pick up.Staggered exit times. 
Music and X Music have not been provided this term.
Parents in general are not on site during the school day. Requests are made at the office or to the principal.
Essential services continue onsite following our health measures. 

We anticipate that the majority of these measures will continue under orange level with one or two exceptions such as music in classes and extension of the school day to 2.45pm  which will be reviewed regularly to ensure we are minimizing the risk of any spread.

Another factor we need to consider is that unvaccinated staff can now relief teach. This is an area that we have struggled in and I would like to acknowledge Whaea Lorraine , Matua Matt and all classroom staff who shared classes when we have been unable to fill vacancies. 

Our decisions are based on what we know. It is important that the community  put forward their suggestions and information so that our decisions are well informed. 

Have you any additional health measures we could put in place?  

Do you have an  immune compromised student or family members that we would need to consider moving forward? 

Please email me at principal@forestlake.school.nz if you have a health measure to be considered or immunocompromised student or family members.

This weekend daylight savings ends which means we lose an hour of sleep. 

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris



School Insignia Survey

Fri Apr 01 10:48am

Kia ora whānau,

A big thank you to those that took time out to reply to the survey around our school insignia.  We have had some wonderful interpretations of what it means to you.  However, all these responses have come in anonymously.  If you have submitted a response, could you please email Whaea Chris at principal@forestlake.school.nz and let her know which response was yours so you can go into the draw for the $100 supermarket voucher.


Thu Mar 31 02:51pm

Kia ora koutou,

With further changes due to be announced on Monday, I felt it appropriate to let you know how we are doing at Forest Lake School to this point.

While we know that cases in school will rise and fall with that of the level in our community, our health experts tell us that children are much more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 in the community than at school. This would be true for our Kura as the majority of our students have got Covid while in isolation. Minimal cases have been determined at school. This past week we have only had 1 case (Auraki Kauri)where they were infectious at school.  

As you know, it’s great for any child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends, teachers and other school staff. You also know that we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

This is why we remain open at Red.

I wanted to remind you that in our school we are keeping the additional layers of protection in place until the end of term 1 to help prevent or reduce the risk of onward spread. 

Mask wearing for our students Year 4 and above and for adults remains in place in indoor spaces and we are getting lots of fresh air during the day. We also continue to focus on basic hygiene such as washing hands regularly, covering any coughs and sneezes, and cleaning surfaces regularly.

From time to time some students will need to isolate themselves at home. This is in line with Government advice and if this happens, we will support them to continue their learning at home to minimize any interruption. If a child is isolating, distance learning will be provided online and we have an expectation that work is uploaded daily. If your child is positive or sick we do not have the same expectation but are happy to provide work if needed.

Remember isolation is now 7 days with testing on day 3 and 7. If they do not have symptoms they can return to school on the 8th day. If they test positive they do not need further testing and can return on day 8 if symptom free. If they have had covid and recovered and another family member tests positive, that recovered child can return to school. This is because it is deemed they have heightened immunity.

If you have any concerns about sending your child to school or find the rules confusing, please get in touch – I am here to help. We want children to be at school and engaging in learning with their friends.

I am now making contact with families if we have not seen your children for a while or they are not engaging in learning. I would like to start term 2 with all students in attendance and more normality in our school day.

Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.


Noho ora mai,

Whaea Chris


Thu Mar 31 09:34am

Mōrena Whānau, 

XMUSIC is back in term 2!

Registration forms will go home with your children tomorrow (Friday). Please read these carefully as they contain NEW information about how XMUSIC will run in 2022. 


Year 0 – 3 students are able to register to attend IN-SCHOOL XMUSIC lessons: Ukulele, Xylophone and J-Choir.  These are free of charge and run every Friday. Timetables will go out to Whānau and Staff in week 1 of term 2. 


Year 4 – 8 students are able to register to attend AFTER-SCHOOL XMUSIC lessons. These lessons cost $35 per term / per instrument. We do have instruments available for hire. Info on this is on the registration form. Timetables will go out to Whānau in week 1 of term 2. 

Please read the registration forms carefully as they give you details about Lesson Fees, Instrument Hire costs and Payment options for 2022.


* All registrations for Term 2 XMUSIC close on Tuesday 3rd May (Week 1 term 2)

* Once registered, you will receive an invoice for payment. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO PAY UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS INVOICE. 

* Tutors will start teaching students who have paid from week 2, term 2 (Week beginning 9th May) but your child can only attend lessons once payment has been initiated / received.

* There are limited spaces available for each instrument. To ensure your child does not miss out, please get your registration form back to school ASAP. 

* Tutors have nominated a day for teaching lessons and this is the ONLY day they are available for teaching.

 – Drums: Every Monday

 – Violin: Every Tuesday

 – Trumpet / Trombone: Every Thursday 

 – Clarinet / Saxophone: Every Thursday

 – Singing: Every Thursday

 – Guitar: Every Tuesday

 – Keyboard: Every Wednesday

 – Ukulele: Every Friday

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

Ngā Mihi

Term 2 & 3 Soccer Update

Tue Mar 29 12:55pm

Kia ora Whānau, 

Due to the uncertainty regarding numbers for our Term 2 and 3 Soccer Competition this year, we are advising our school community that we will not be registering any soccer teams this year. We have been in contact with Waikato Football regarding this and they have strongly recommended that students from our school register with local clubs. When you register, they also recommend you advise the club at the time of player registration that your child is from Forest Lake School and would like to play in a team with other players from the school.

Please find below links to clubs based in Hamilton. Their registrations will be closing soon, so we suggest you look into this as soon as possible:

Claudelands Rovers https://rovers.org.nz/

Hamilton Wanderers https://hamiltonwanderers.co.nz/

Hillcrest United http://www.hillcrestunited.co.nz/

Western United https://www.wuafc.co.nz/

Northern United https://www.northernunitedsports.co.nz/

Hamilton Marist https://www.sporty.co.nz/hamiltonmaristsoccer/

Glenview United https://www.sporty.co.nz/glenviewunitedafc/

If you have any questions regarding this please contact Whaea Linda via email Lindas@forestlake.school.nz 

Ngā mihi, 

Whaea Linda.

Sunday Update

Sun Mar 27 04:41pm

Kia ora koutou, 

We have been blessed again with hot sunny weather over the weekend – our last weekend of daylight saving. 

This week we will be discussing what the implications of the lessening of the restrictions means for Forest Lake School. Further communication will be provided once these decisions are made. In the meantime nothing changes at the kura. 

Positive cases over the weekend that were infectious while at school at the end of the week were in Matai 3 and 5. Please watch for symptoms in your children,

We welcome back Rumaki kaiako and tamariki tomorrow. 

In last weeks newsletter there was a feedback form for our charter. One person who responds will be the lucky winner of a $100 supermarket voucher. Make sure you submit your responses by 30th March. We will hold a draw for the winner. 

Have a great week everyone.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Rumaki Update

Fri Mar 25 11:20am

Kia ora Koutou,

From Monday 28th March I would like to welcome back all Rumaki students for face to face learning. Thank you for supporting my decision to move to distance learning again with a partial opening for students who had already had covid. 

Board and staff will begin discussing how to move forward with changes to the traffic light system and removing the requirements around vaccinations, vaccination passes and contract tracing.

Next week a further notification will be sent outlining these changes. 

Ngaa mihi nui

Whaea Chris

Panui 23rd March 2022

Wed Mar 23 12:48pm

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


School Organization Changes due to Staff Sickness.

Mon Mar 21 02:27pm

Kia ora koutou,
Covid is making its presence felt in the kura this week. Not only is it impacting students but also staff now. I don’t have staff to relieve in the Rumaki, so Rumaki Teina and Tuakana will be moving to distance learning from tomorrow.
We are going to look at a partial opening on Wednesday for students in Rumaki who have already recovered from Omnicron and are children of critical and essential workers. I would need to cap the number of students to 20 across Rumaki. If you require the Rumaki to open partially, please email me your children’s names. The roll will be created in the order of requests sent to me. This partial opening will only occur if I have a staff member available.

Auraki Hubs (Matai, Kajhikatea and Kauri 1)will continue with a mix of relievers and staff.

Thank you to all those parents who have contacted me today with their covid news – it helps us plan moving forward. My email is

Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Sunday Update

Sun Mar 20 03:52pm

Kia koutou,

Just a reminder tomorrow is Teacher Only Day and there will be no supervision for students.
We will be putting lunches out Monday – Thursday each week (not tomorrow though). If it is raining we will put the table up under the office verandah.
If you want spare lunches on a Friday ask your children to collect what you need before the supplier collects the bins for the weekend.
Covid Cases. Over the weekend I have had emails from whanau letting me know we have cases in Rumaki (Kauri 2 & 3) and Auraki Kahikatea ( 1 and 2). This means that these students were infectious while at school on Friday. Please be extra careful monitoring your children for symptoms.
Thank you whanau for letting me know when covid is effecting those in your whare, as this lets me keep our community informed.
Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Lunches and Covid Update

Fri Mar 18 11:34am

Kia ora koutou,

Today we will not have lunches at the front for pick up. This is so we don’t need to store food waste over the weekend. Monday being Teacher Only Day lunches will not be delivered.
We have been really fortunate with the low number of positive cases at our kura. The majority of student absences are due to household cases and having to isolate.
We have had positive cases in Matai 5, Auraki Kahikatea (1 and 2) and Rumaki Teina (Kauri 3). Please monitor for symptoms if you have children in these learning spaces. Remember to contact me, principal@forestlake.school.nz if you have Covid news to share.

Have a great weekend.
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Sunday Update

Sun Mar 13 10:52am

Kia ora Koutou.

We had some very colourful kaiako and tamariki at school on Friday. Thank you for participating in some fun.

This week we are to trial a new system for uneaten school lunches. On Wednesday just before students are dismissed, we will place a carton near the front of the office in the shade with spare lunches. Please help yourself. If the community supports this initiative we will look at extending the days we will do this.

Don’t forget we have a Teacher Only Day on the 21st March. All staff will be involved in professional development that day and therefore no supervision of students will be available.

Looking forward to having Rumaki Kaiako and tamariki back tomorrow after nearly 2 weeks of distance learning.
The new guidelines now are:

If your child has been positive they can return on the 8th day after isolating for 7 days and having no symptoms.

If your child is in a house where there is a positive case they need to have a negative test on day 3 and day 7 and can return on the 8th day if they have no symptoms.

All other children who have not been in either of these situations can attend school.

If your child/ren are away then remember to either email principal@forestlake.school.nz if its covid related or ring the office if not.

We need to continue to work together to keep our community safe. If a student becomes sick at school we will ring immediately and ask that they be collected.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Update on Reduced Isolation Period

Fri Mar 11 07:55am

Kia ora Koutou

From 11:59pm today Friday 11 March isolation requirements for positive cases of COVID-19 and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to seven days.

From 11.59pm Friday 11 March, all cases and household contacts who are currently isolating can end their period of isolation after Day 7. Those currently in isolation will not have to complete their Days 8, 9 and 10 of isolation


Cases of COVID-19

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days.
Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.

Household contacts 

Household contacts are required to isolate for the same seven days as the case.
They can return to their normal activities on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they are not symptomatic.
Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.

Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case’s isolation period.
If symptoms develop at any time during isolation:

· the usual advice remains in place to undertake an additional RAT

· if the test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again 48 hours after that negative test

· if symptoms resolve there is no need for a further test until the required Day 7 test. If this is negative, they can return to daily life on Day 8.

If a household contact has new symptoms on the day of release:

· they should undertake an additional RAT and stay at home while unwell

· if that test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again after 48 hours. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test. 

If a household contact has finished their period of isolation they do not need to return to isolation if a new case is identified in their household. However, this only applies for a period of seven days following their leaving isolation.
Should a new household member be confirmed as a case eight or more days after the household contact has left isolation, then they must start a new period of self-isolation for seven days.

Symptoms of COVID-19

A new or worsening cough.
Sneezing and runny nose.
A fever.
Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
Sore throat.
Shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

For more information, go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

If you or someone in your whānau tests positive for Covid 19

If you or your child receive a positive test result the household must isolate for seven days. Please email principal@forestlake.school.nz if your child is enrolled at Forest Lake School.
Household contacts must test on Day 3 and Day 7.

Returning to school after COVID-19

·        Students who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate past seven days, but they shouldn’t return to school if they are still feeling unwell.

·        Many children will have long lasting runny nose and cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the onset of the COVID infection and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are unlikely to be transmitting any active COVID infection and can return to school. However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days then GP review is recommended.


What we’re doing

We are staying open.
We are using public health measures to reduce the risk in our settings, including masks, physical distancing and ventilation.
We have appropriate cleaning procedures in place.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris



Wed Mar 09 05:29pm

My apologies for stating incorrectly that students who have had Omnicron are required to provide a negative test on return to school. Only students isolating in a household where there is a positive case need to provide the negative test on return to school.

Today through the media an announcement has been made stating that isolation periods are reducing. I must follow guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education and as yet I have not received any advice of a change. I will notify you once I receive new guidelines. 

Ngaa mihi


Whaea Chris

Isolation Period Explained

Wed Mar 09 01:08pm

Kia ora koutou,
Hope whanau are keeping well. I hope all those students who are at home are taking the opportunity to participate in distance learning. We have several students isolating due to them living in a house with a positive case. We are asking that when students return to school and they have been in a household with covid or had covid themselves, they are given a RATS test as per guidelines below.
If these two situations don’t apply to you then the student doesn’t need to provide a negative test. This will be the case of some Rumaki students participating in Distance Learning and due to return on the 14th March.
Below is a link so you are able to access tests for free.
MoH started to distribute these via local health providers (at no cost) RATs for household contacts on 2 March. https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/ (see below for clickable link) Each household must complete this form and if they qualify, they will be sent an order number and can pick it up at their closest health provider (links provided in the link).
To help people to determine the return date of their children I have added this table again. (see clickable link below)
Students can return on Day 11. Please email a screenshot of your child’s negative test to office@forestlake.school.nz In the subject add the students name and date of test.
Keep emailing me principal@forestlake.school.nz if you have children away due to Covid. This is printed and used as your written absent note and helps us determine staffing at school.
I’m looking forward to Friday- Colour Mufti Day. If you are distance learning I would love to see your outfits. Send me an email of you dressed up doing your learning.
Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Isolation Explained

Request Rats Tests

Friday 11 March – Colourful Mufti Day

Mon Mar 07 11:52am

This Friday (March 11)  we are inviting a bit of brightness into the day by inviting all classes on site to participate in a ‘colourful mufti day’. There is no cost, just come along in the brightest colours you have that make you feel happy.  The brighter the better!!


Sun Mar 06 12:20pm




Isolation Guidelines

Sun Mar 06 12:09pm

Kia ora Koutou,
I just want to reassure whanau that if we had a positive case at school while infectious, you would be informed. In the last week our positive cases have already been in isolation.
There are conflicting guidelines as to what isolation looks like so this flow chart has been put out and will be the document we can all be guided by.

Whaea Chris



Panui 2nd March 2022

Wed Mar 02 01:43pm

Kia ora Whaanau, 

Our first digital newsletter is now available.  Hit the link below to check it out.  If you would like to have a hard copy, we have some available in the office. 

Happy reading!!


Red Level, Phase 3.

Sun Feb 27 04:00pm

Kia ora Koutou,
Today’s communication is about Red Level, Phase 3.
This level moves everyone to a self-managing model, use of Rapid Antigen tests and less people in isolation. It is a high trust model relying on good communication.
When we have a positive case of a student or staff member at our kura, we still need to identify close and casual contacts and inform our school community. However the only people required to isolate is the positive case and anyone who lives in the same house as them. Isolation is for a period of 10 days.
All other students and those identified as close or casual contacts can continue to come to school but need to be monitored for symptoms and to be tested if in doubt.
Please email the Principal if you have a positive case in your household so we can notify others. This will be done with no names mentioned and list the class or hub only.
School will remain open. We will continue with the heightened cleaning and sanitation processes we are already using. Mask wearing for year 4 and up students and staff is one means of self-protection. We know how difficult it is to wear a mask so we will have ‘mask breaks’ outside regularly so students can hydrate and be in the fresh air mask less. We do have some spare masks for those students who forget to bring theirs from home but unable to supply them to students on a daily basis.
If children are in isolation because they live in the same house as a positive case, our kura will provide learning. If you choose to keep children at home for other reasons, then you will be responsible for the learning.
I look forward to welcoming Auraki Kauri back on Monday as your isolation period has ended.
Our means of communication to families of children who are identified as close contacts will be through Seesaw. General notices will be on the School App and our Facebook page.
This week we hope to upload our first digital newsletter. There will be a few hardcopies at the office if this is your preferred option.
Any questions please email me principal@forestlake.school.nz
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

COVID UPDATE- 23rd February.

Wed Feb 23 01:14pm

Kia koutou,

The set of Guidelines for managing Covid in a school setting have changed overnight. We have unpacked these and sought approval from the Ministry of Education that our interpretation is correct.

The importance of wearing a mask for staff and students (year 4 to 8) is now a determining factor in whether students are a close contact or a casual casual.

Students will have ‘mask breaks’ where they can go outside, hydrate and spend a few minutes in the fresh air without a mask. 

Please support us to protect your children by encouraging them to comply with the mask wearing guidelines. 


The school will determine who are close and casual contacts.
Casual contacts can remain in school.
Close contacts leave school, test day 5, if a negative result they can return to school day 8, but if no result the return day is day 11 only if they have no symptoms. Please take a screenshot of the negative result and upload to  office@forestlake.school.nz 
Results will be printed and recorded on a classlist. 

The changes in rules should reduce the number of tests required and allow children to remain in schools as long as they are well. As year 1 – 3 students don’t have to wear masks we would expect to have higher numbers of close contacts if a case is identified. 

Students who are close contacts will receive online learning ( contracts) 

Students who do not have access to online learning can pick up a hard copy of work. Parents can upload completed work to either Seesaw or email a screenshot of work to the classroom teacher for feedback. 

Students who should be at school will not have work provided unless they have special circumstances discussed with the Principal.

Returning students may not have their usual teachers and will have a combination of online learning and face to face. 

The health and wellbeing of everyone in our community is important so please remember to contact me if you have a positive case in your whanau.

Messaging to classes is through Seesaw so if you are not yet connected, please contact your child’s teacher. 

I appreciate your support as we move through these uncertain times. 

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris


Tue Feb 22 03:31pm


I have just been informed that new guidelines for identifying close and casual contacts will be out tonight.
If you have been asked that your child isolate, please keep them at home tomorrow and we will contact you once we have unpacked the documentation as to when the students can come back to school.
Yes, you can use a Rapid Antigen Test result but the student needs to isolate for 7 days from the contact day. In this situation students could return on the 24th February with a negative test being sent to the office email – office@forestlake.school.nz

Apologies for all the communications today but I want to keep you all informed as decisions are made.

If you are not on Seesaw please email your childs teacher.

Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Testing Centre Information

Tue Feb 22 01:46pm

Kia ora parents and whānau

We know that there are increasing challenges concerning getting test results and the wait time for results.

We have added below the most up to date information on testing centres.

As always thank you for your continued support as we all work together at this time.

Testing Centres

First point of contact is the family doctor to check if they do testing. GP practices across Hamilton are also swabbing for COVID-19. Ring first for an appointment.

If you are not enrolled at a GP practice or don’t see a doctor regularly you can be tested at a practice that is swabbing enrolled and non-enrolled patients. Please call first. See below:

Avalon Medical 07 846 0082 6 Avalon Drive, Nawton, Hamilton

Glenview Medical Centre 07 843 4429 1 Urlich Ave, Melville, Hamilton

Hamilton Lake Clinic 07 839 0092 31 Pembroke Street

Rototuna Family Health 07 853 6586 240 Thomas Road, Rototuna North, Hamilton

Te Kōhao Health 0800 4 TEKOHAO (8356426) 951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton

Tui Medical Te Rapa 0800 175 175 26 Bryant Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton

Victoria Clinic 07-834 0333 173 Anglesea Street, Hamilton

Community Testing Stations 

Founders Theatre Carpark 221 Tristram St

Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm

Greenwood Centre, 61-63 Greenwood St, Frankton

Mon – Sun 8am – 4pm

Te Whare Oranga Pop -up Centre, 147 Harris St, Huntly

Tues – Fri 9am – 2:30pm

Saturday 9am – 2pm

Garden Place, Main St, Huntly

Saturday 10am – 2pm

Nga Miro Health Centre, 29 River Road, Ngaruawahia

Mon – Fri 7am – 3pm

I am waiting for a response from the Ministry of Education as to whether a Rapid Antigen Test can be used.

Any changes to guidelines I have put out so far will be updated as soon as possible. 


Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris

Covid Phase 2 Explanation

Tue Feb 22 12:14pm

Today we have had a positive case reported and we have identified all close contacts. This link provides the current information to help you determine how this impacts your whanau.

All students other than in those in Auraki Kauri can still attend school.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris



Tue Feb 22 09:18am

There’s a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.

We’re working to identify any close or casual contacts of the confirmed case. We’ll move to distance learning for Auraki Kauri while we work through the list of contacts. We will update this page by 3.00pm today.

In the meantime:

If your child is in this  class, please stay home until we provide you with an update.

Monday 21st: School Update

Mon Feb 21 11:45am

Kia ora Koutou,

It is great to have most of our students returning to school however we are heading into uncertain times as schools around our community are experiencing cases of Omnicron.

Currently we do not have any known positive cases of Omnicron linked to Forest Lake School.

We have a Covid Response Team that will move into action when we have a positive case connected with the school. In consultation with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health we will determine the close contacts of the case and notify the community of next steps. Under Red Level Phase 2 the school remains open to all other students.

Thank you to whanau who contact the school and let us know when members of the whanau have had contact with a positive case and are getting students tested. You then need to follow the guidelines below.

Testing is proving stressful for families and delays in results being known can be up to 5 days. After a test the child must stay away.

If a test result is positive please contact me as this is what we base our decisions on.


Guidance for Close Contacts:

This information is from the Ministry of Health for people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. As a ‘Close Contact’ it is important you have information about what this means. This information is regularly reviewed and is subject to change, sometimes at short notice.

It is important that you isolate away from other people, including those in your household, for 7 days from the last date of contact with the person who has COVID-19, even if you have negative test results.

You will need to have a COVID-19 test on day 5 after you were exposed to the person with COVID-19 and if symptoms develop, get tested again immediately.

Do not attend school.

Many people who have had close contact with someone confirmed as having COVID-19 do not get infected or become ill, but it is important to take note of any relevant symptoms.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are like those found with illnesses such as a cold or the ‘flu. You may have one or more of the following:

·        new or worsening cough

·        sneezing and runny nose

·        high temperature

·        temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

·        sore throat

·        shortness of breath

Less common COVID-19 symptoms may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain or confusion/irritability.

If you are at home and develop any of these symptoms, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453, your doctor or an after-hours clinic for advice. Follow their instructions about how and where you should go to get tested. You and all members of your household should not leave home until you have discussed these symptoms with Healthline or a health professional.


Forest Lake School will remain open for students to attend unless staffing levels are severely impacted and we cannot provide a safe environment for those in attendance.

Communication with whanau is going to be key so please ensure we have your current phone numbers and email addresses as we will try to contact close contracts through this means. The whole school community will be informed through our School App and School Facebook page.

I am monitoring my emails regularly so if you wish to contact me you can do that through principal@forestlake.school.nz


Learning From Home: Thank you to those families who have already responded to the survey. Learning will be through Seesaw and Google Classrooms for seniors. Unfortunately we will not be sending out devices at this stage.

We will be regularly reviewing our procedures as information form Ministry Of Education and Ministry of Health is subject to change and often at short notice.  


Other news: We will be providing an online newsletter this year which will be available on the school website and links on School App and Facebook. We will also hold some hard copies at the office for you to collect if this is your preferred option.

It’s lovely to see children arriving at school with a smile and to hear happy voices throughout the day.

Thank you for supporting us by wearing of masks and minimal on site visits. It is much appreciated.


Ngaa mihi


Whaea Chris


School Stationery Special Prices Reminder

Thu Feb 17 07:32am

Kia ora Whānau,

A big thank you to all those parents that have purchased their child’s stationery packs to date and just a quick reminder for those yet to do so, the special prices for stationery packs end tomorrow (18 February) and prices will increase after this date.


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