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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


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,

View PDF


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.

View PDF

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, 



Fri Apr 16 04:04pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Thank you to all of you who have returned your Whānau Voice Survey about the Proposed relocation of the Tuakana Playground and re-establishment of it as an Active Recreation Area…not just a breaktime climbing frame. 

FLF are committed to consultation and communication with you regarding this project and so with this in mind, please read the following. 

A number of you have expressed concern or asked questions pertaining to:

THE SIZE OF THE FIELD: After consultation with the contractor who will be carrying out the work if funding is received, the decision has been taken to put the Active Recreation course along the back edge of the field. This is the area that runs along the rear boundary of the school parallel with Hinton Ave. It will not have an impact on the size of the sports playing fields. It will be established 2 meters out from the fence boundary and take up 4 meters in width. (See PDF Map Attached). During break times throughout the school day, the field is hardly used. Our hope is that this project entices students out onto the field during breaks.

THE COST OF THE PROJECT: This project is still in the process of being quoted for. The intention is for the funding that we are applying for to cover the dismantling of the current playground, the relocation of the playground, the re-establishment of the playground in its new configuration and the addition of new equipment which is aimed more at younger students enhancing balance and coordination. We are able to apply for up to $60,000 in funding and once we have the quote, we will be in a better position to know exactly what Sport Waikato assistance we will need. 

DETAILS AROUND THE PROJECT: In the office at school there is a far more detailed portfolio that shows the different parts of the proposed new Active Recreation course. You are more than welcome to come into the office and request this portfolio to have a look at. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY: All work, including the design, engineering and construction will be carried out by professionals. The design was created by Urban Effects and the playground aspect of it has been created through their Playground sister-company Playground Centre. The dismantling and construction will be carried out by their Waikato / BOP contractor and his team. This process guarantees all work meets Health and Safety standards. 

If you have any further questions regarding this project, plese do not hesitate to get in touch: matthewt@forestlake.school.nz

Have a safe and happy holiday. See you all in term 2. 

Ngā Mihi



Thu Apr 15 05:33pm

This afternoon a survey has come home with your child about moving our Tuakana Playground; where to and the reasons why. Please fill it in and return it to school by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY.

Check out what it will look like! It’s going to be SO MUCH MORE THAN A PLAYGROUND!



Extra Curricular Sports Notice

Thu Apr 15 09:02am


We are now only needing 2 netball players that are year 1 or 2 students

If you and your child are interested please make contact with Whaea Calah

Nga mihi 

Extra Curricular Sports Notice

Tue Apr 13 09:02am


1. We are now needing 3 more netball players, x2 year 1 or 2 students, x1 Year 3 or 4

2. We are still needing 2 Soccer players, Year 1 or 2 students

3. We are now needing 2 more Basketball players to fill our Year 3&4 team.

If you missed payment cut off date and would really like your child to play one or all 3 sports above, please make contact with Whaea Calah.

Ngā mihi Whaea Calah 

Extra Curricular Sport Notice

Fri Apr 09 06:33pm

1. We are needing 4 Netball players, x2 Year 1&2 students and x2 Year 3&4 students. 

2. We are needing 2 more Soccer players to fill one of our teams, year 1&2 students. 

3. We are needing 3 more Basketball players to fill our year 3&4 team.

If you missed payment cut off date and would really like for your child to play one of or all 3 sports above please make contact with Whaea Calah.

Ngā mihi, Whaea Calah


Wed Apr 07 10:31am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

You will have seen the poster in the Newsletter this week for the EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA. Please invite your Whānau, Friends, Neighbours to come and enjoy the fun. 

Download the poster and send it to everyone you know! It’s going to be VERY VERY EGG-CELLENT!

View PDF


Tue Apr 06 07:31pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Hope you have had a Hopping Good Easter!

If any of you have spare newspapers at home that you would like to get rid of, please send them to Matua Matt in the hall with your child(ren) on Wednesday morning. 

Ngā Mihi!

Easter Break Reminder

Wed Mar 31 03:02pm

Kia ora whānau, 

Just a reminder around the Easter break.  All schools will be closed for Easter from this Friday, 2 April through to and including Tuesday, 6 April.  School will resume on Wednesday, 7 April. 

Have a safe and happy Easter break. 





Tue Mar 30 01:34pm

Kia ora parents/whānau,

We are experiencing some horrible weather which is suppose to be here for the next few days… this means we are going to see a very busy afternoon pick up time as you try to collect your child/ren. Please be patient, DO NOT park on yellow lines, footpaths or in/over residents driveways this creates an unsafe environment for our students.

Bring an umbrella and park a little further away then the school gate and walk in to collect your students (kids love walking in the rain) or arrive 5mins after the bell when the first wave of traffic has gone and you will find a park easier.

Thanks for your patience and keeping our students safe.

Ngaa mihi,

Whaea Chris


Tue Mar 30 08:06am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

All Parents of Tuakana student’s are invited to attend:

2021 Production Parents Meeting. Tuesday 30th March. 5.30pm. In the Hall

This is a meeting where you will find out more about the Production, be able to ask questions, express support and concerns and sign up to become helpers in whatever capacity you choose.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. 

Ngā Mihi, 


March 2021 Newsletter

Thu Mar 25 07:40am

Kia ora, 


The latest school newsletter is now online via the app.  Click the link below to download it. 

Happy reading!


Extra Curricular Sports Pānui

Mon Mar 22 08:03am

Kia Orana e te whānau, just a friendly reminder about next terms payments dates for fees.

– Basketball and Netball fees need to be paid to the office by the 7th of April and via internet banking by the 6th of April.

– Soccer fees need to be paid to the office by the 5th of April and via internetbanking by the 4th if April.

Apologies but we are unable to accept any payments after these dates.  

Ngā mihi Whaea Calah



Thu Mar 18 08:01am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Are you a talented face painter? Are you available on the 8th April 2021 from 6pm – 8.30pm?

We are putting together a team of face painters for our EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA fundraiser. 

If you are interested in being part of this team, please email me: matthewt@forestlake.school.nz

Ngā Mihi, 


Public Health Nurse ( PHN)

Tue Mar 16 09:37am

Unhfortunately our regular fortnight opportuntiy to meet at school with our PHN is no longer available as they are involved with the Covid 19 vaccination roll out.

If you would still like there support we can apply and email in the request. Please see the office for this and they will arrange for you to see the right person.

Are you having issues with nits? We have just got in a new supply of treatments so please ask at the office if required.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris


XMUSIC NOTIFICATIONS: Sign up to receive

Thu Mar 11 07:48am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

If your child is learning an instrument in 2021, please make sure you are signed up to receive notifications on SchoolAppNZ for that instrument. 

To do this, open the app, click ALERTS and select the “TICK IN THE CIRCLE” (top right hand corner of the screen). Then just tick the instrument (s) that your child is learning and you will recieve all notifications sent about that instrument. 

Ngā Mihi, 


Extra Curricular Sports for Term 2

Wed Mar 10 03:09pm

Kia ora e te whānau, yesterday Tuesday the 9th of March sports notices were sent home with students who signed up to play the available sports. These are, Netball, Basketball and Soccer. Please note that both Soccer and Netball continue into term 3. If your child did not recieve are notice but they are interest, I have attached the notices with the information. If you can not print then pop into the office to collect or contact Whaea Calah via email – calahr@forestlake.school.nz
Soccer Notice

Netball Notice for Year 1-6

Netball Notice for Year 7-8

Basketball Notice

Dietry Requirements Needed for Government Funded School Lunches

Tue Mar 09 12:18pm

Kia Ora Whānau,

Today (Tuesday, 9 March) your child will come home with a form around dietary requirements as we look to begin the Government School Lunches Programme next term. It is vital that every family returns the form so we can advise what food is required before we can begin the programme. 

Please read the form carefully, complete and return it to your eldest child’s class teacher by this Friday (12 March).   The office will hold extra copies of the form if you need one.

Extra-Curricular Sports Volleyball Notice.

Mon Mar 08 08:03am

Good morning, a reminder that payments to the office a due this Friday and online payments are due this Thursday. Parents will be notified Friday evening with what team your child is in. Team list will then be sent home on Monday the 15th of March with games starting on Wednesday the 17th of March.

Please do not hesitate to contact Whaea Calah if you have any questions.

Ngā mihi!

Level 1 Routines

Sun Mar 07 12:42pm

Kiaora Whanau

Now that we are back at Level 1 you are able to come onto the school grounds for drop off and pick up but we ask that you scan using the QR code’s. Remember between 8.30 and 8.45am you are waiting with all students in the designated areas then you can walk your children to their classes. As learning starts at 9.00am we ask that you have left the grounds at that time.
In the afternoons please do not come onto the grounds until 2.45pm.
Any time during the day you are required to come to the office first.
Cleaning and health routines will continue to be reinforced.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

Kaiawhina Wanted

Tue Mar 02 10:39am

Kia ora Whānau

We are looking out for a Kaiawhina to support our tamariki in Rumaki Teina.  They must be able to Kōrero Māori.  If this sounds like you, or you know of someone, please contact the school office via phone (849 2256)  or email (office@forestlake.school.nz) and leave your name and number before Friday, 12th March and someone will contact you around the position.

Nga mihi

Forest Lake School

Update on Schooling at Level 2

Mon Mar 01 01:07pm

Alert Level 2 is now in effect for at least the rest of this week. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.

 1.      At 8.30am students may come onto the school grounds and assemble as they have been. Parents must stay outside the grounds and if they need to be on site they must enter through the school office and sign in. At the end of the school day parents are to wait outside the school. Students will come to you.

 2.      Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.   Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.  If this applies to you please contact the school.

 3.      Schools are not classified as gatherings and we will be able to continue with most planned activities.

 4.      Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.

 5.      Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.

 6.      Sick people must stay at home. Please use the processes for notifying us of your child’s absence.

 7.      We must have a contact tracing system in place.  This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register. Please use the school office for this.

 8.       Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)

Hand hygiene

Cough and sneeze etiquette

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

The school has continued these practices throughout Level 1.

The above are the directives from the Ministry of Education and how they will be implemented at our school.

I will keep you all informed of any further developments.


Ngaa mihi

Whaea Chris


Teacher Only Day, Monday 1st March

Fri Feb 26 11:10am

Kia ora whānau,

Just a reminder that Monday (1st March) is a Teacher Only Day as all staff are involved in Professional Development meaning there is no school for students on Monday. School resumes on Tuesday, 2nd March for students.


February 2021 Newsletter

Wed Feb 24 12:17pm

Kia ora whaanau, 

Here is the first school newsletter for the year, hot of the presses.  To view it, click the link below.  Your eldest child here should also bring home a hardcopy which will be accompanied by a school handbook and a fridge magnet with our term dates on.

Happy reading!!


School Policy Review- Have Your Say!

Wed Feb 24 11:03am

Kia ora parents/whānau,

We are currently reviewing our ‘Home Learning Policy’ and wish to give our school community a chance to have their voice heard.

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 Home Learning (Please type “Home Learning” in the Search tab and click the Red tab “Under Review Tab -Term 1 2021” and select “Parent”).

Reviews close on Friday 5th of March 2021.

Forest Lake School Docs Policy Review

Lamb Shanks Anyone?

Tue Feb 23 04:39pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

As part of our Tuakana Production this year; “Te Timatanga O Te Ao”, I am on the hunt for Lamb Shank Bones…LOADS OF THEM! 

If you or your extended family are lovers of this culinary delight could you please munch away at the meat, save the bones for me and send them into school with your Tamariki?

I would be very grateful for your support in this. 

Ngā Mihi, 



Mon Feb 22 06:05pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

After school lessons for XMUSIC start next week. The timetable for this will be out to you all later this week as I am making some last minute additions and adjustments due to tutor availability. 

The following days are when students need to be available for their lessons. Times are to follow.

Drums – Monday

Cello – Thursday

Brass – Thursday

Violin – Thursday

Clarinet and Saxophone – Friday

Singing – TBC

Guitar – Monday and Tuesday

Keyboard – Wednesday and Thursday

Ngā Mihi, 


Extra-Curricula Sports

Mon Feb 22 02:15pm

Kia ora e te whānau, last week on Friday the 19th of Feburary a sports notice was sent home with students who signed up to play Volleyball this term. If your child did not recieve are notice but they are interest, I have attached the notice with the information. If you can not print it then pop into the office to collect or contact Whaea Calah via email – calahr@forestlake.school.nz

This sport is only available to year 5 – 8 students.

Volleyball Notice

Transition to School Dates for children due to start.

Fri Feb 19 12:45pm

Kia ora whaanau, 

Our transition dates for those students enrolled and are due to start before the 3rd of May are set.  They are as follows:

Friday, 26 February – 11.30 am to 1.00pm 

Friday, 12 March – 11.30am to 1.00pm 

Friday, 26 March – 11.30am to 1.00pm 

These dates are for both Rumaki and Auraki new entrants.  Please inform the school by emailing the office at office@forestlake.school.nz or phoning 849 2256 if your child will be attending these sessions.  Please remember to state whether it is Rumaki or Auraki classes you are wanting.  Parents are to remain with students during these sessions. 

Don’t forget about our informal cohort dates.  If at all possible we ask that your child starts on one of the following dates (has to be five on or before the date) 

Term 1: 15 March 2021

Term 2: 3 May 2021 or 8 June 2021 

Term3: 26 July 2021 or 30 August 2021 

Term 4: 18 October 2021 or 15 November 2021 





Wed Feb 17 07:45pm

We will continue with heightened reminders for cough and sneeze etiquette and sanitizing and washing of hands.
Parents are able to come on site but we ask that you use the QR Codes to sign in and out if you are dropping off at the classrooms. Remember that classrooms aren’t open until 8.45am and learning starts at 9.00am. If you are staying for any other reason, we ask that you sign in at the office ( this is following our emergency procedures).Unless unwell we expect all students to be attending school.
Ngaa mihi
Whaea Chris

XMUSIC Enrolment Forms: Friday Deadline

Tue Feb 16 05:50pm

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Just letting you know that Friday is the last day for XMUSIC registrations. If your child has not returned theirs yet, please ensure that it is with Matua Matt by Friday at 3pm so that they can be timetabled for their lessons. 

Lessons start week 5. 

Ngā Mihi, 



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