Latest Notifications

Teacher Only Day, Monday 1st March

Thu Feb 25 10:10pm

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

Tue Feb 23 11:17pm

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!

Tue Feb 23 10:03pm

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 03:39am

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 05:05am

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 01:15am

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 –

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

Volleyball Notice

Transition to School Dates for children due to start.

Thu Feb 18 11:45pm

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 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 06:45am

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 04:50am

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, 


FLF: Parent Voice Survey

Thu Feb 11 04:14am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Last week I sent home a survey regarding Forest Lake Fundraisers. If you would like your voice to be heard in our planning meeting on Thursday 18th February, or better yet you would like to become a part of the team, then please return your survey no later than Wednesday next week. 

Ngā Mihi, 

Matua Matt


XMUSIC Registration Forms

Thu Feb 11 04:08am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

Last Friday your child brought home a registration form for XMUSIC. I have had loads come back to me but if you are yet to send yours back, can you please make sure it gets to me ASAP. 

If you cannot find yours, then I have some spares down in the hall. Students can pick one up from me at playtime tomorrow.

Ngā Mihi

Matua Matt

2021 Swimsafe Update

Wed Feb 10 12:13am

Kia ora Whaanau, 

Unfortunately due to a booking error we will not be having Swimsafe lessons this term.  We are working on dates now in conjunction with Waterworld and will advise you when these sessions will be. 




Extra Curricular-Sports

Tue Feb 09 10:21pm

Kia ora whānau, this is a message to notify you that sport payments are now closed and the office will not be accepting anymore payments.

Ngā mihi Whaea Calah

Parent Consent form

Thu Feb 04 07:01pm

Kia ora whānau

Yesterday a number of letters where sent home to some students. If your child/ren received one of these letters and you would like your child to participate in the service being offered to them then please complete the forms and send them back to school by 3pm Friday 5th February – that’s tomorrow.

Year 5/6 students that are all doing the Taku Wairua programme, you must return these tomorrow as well.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact myself (Whaea Vanessa) or email me on

Thank you to those whānau and students that I have received today, much appreciated.

Extra-Curricula Sports

Thu Feb 04 03:16am

Kia ora e te whānau, this is a message to notify you that sport notices for this terms sports were sent home with the students who signed up. If your child did not come home with a notice and you would like for them to participate in either Basketball Touch or Futsal notices with information are attached. You can also pop in to see whaea Calah.




Year 5/6 Taku Wairua Programme

Tue Feb 02 11:48pm

Kia ora whānau


We have a exciting programme happening in our school for all Auraki and Rumaki Year 5 and 6 students. This programme wil run in Term 1 and Term 2.

Wednesday 3rd Febraury we would like to invite parents and whānau of our Auraki and Rumaki Year 5 and 6 students to a Hui from 3:30 – 5 pm in our school hall. The hui will discuss what the programme is all about and you will get to meet the people who have created Taku Wairua. Please see attachment for more information.

Please contact Whaea Vanessa in the office or email if you will be attending.

Ngā mihi

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2020 End of Lease Chromebooks are now ready

Mon Jan 25 08:39pm

For those of you that purchased one of our end of lease Chromebooks at the end of 2020, these are now ready and can be picked up from the school office on Thursday, 28 January between 8.00am to 3.00pm, Friday 29 January, 8.00am to 12.00pm or Tuesday, 2 February from 8.00am to 3.00pm.

Those that aren’t collected will be given to your child for them to bring home on their first day back at school.


Mon Dec 14 04:48am

Kia Ora Whānau, 

After a long time waiting I am excited to tell you that you can now purchase the video of the QUEST GRAND FINALE!! 

If you follow the steps below, I can give you instant access to view the evening. 

1) Transfer $5 into the school bank account (ASB: 12 3454 0011074 00. Particulars: Child’s Name. Ref: QUEST VIDEO)

2) Take a screen shot showing the transfer

3) Email the screen shot to me (

4) I will email you the link and password. Please do not distribute the password beyond your household. It cost a lot of money to have the evening videoed and onselling it is helping us to recoup some of this money. 

If there are other members of your family who want to access the video, please ask them to get in touch with me on the email address above. 

Ngā mihi nui for everything in 2020 whānau! Your support has been so appreciated. Have a Blessed Christmas and a fantastic holiday period. 

See you in 2021


A message for those that purchased end of lease Chromebooks

Mon Dec 14 12:56am

Kia Ora Whānau,


If you have purchased one of our end of lease Chromebooks, this is for you.  The Chromeboook you have purchased will be ready for the start of Term 1, 2021.  They first need to be taken off our school systems and given a “power wash” by our technicians.  Once this has been completed, we will contact you to arrange a time you can come and pick up your Chromebook.

Please ensure that your child brings this to school with them each day and they take it home each night and puts it on charge. 




Forest Lake School

Reminder that all Basketball uniform need to be returned to Whaea Calah in Kauri 6 by 3pm today

Sun Dec 13 10:24pm

URGENT: Musical Instrument Returns

Sun Dec 13 06:06pm

Kia Ora Whānau,

This week is the week to return musical instruments to school. If you have borrowed or hired an instrument this year please prepare your instrument to come back to school. PLEASE BRING THESE TO SCHOOL TODAY.

Please return your:
* Ukulele
* Xylophone
* Recorder
* Clarinet
* Saxophone
* Violin
* Cello
* Guitar
* Keyboard
* Trumpet
* Trombone
* Drum Pad

Please ensure that you return:
* All the instrument parts (Spare mouthpieces etc)
* Your music book
* All accessories that came with the instrument (Cleaning cloths, reeds, cork grease)
* Instrument case

Once your instrument has been returned it will be cleaned and returned to its rightful hire company or serviced and put into storage ready for 2021 lessons.

Ngā Mihi Nui for all your support with XMUSIC 2020. We can’t do it without you.

Matt Tabrum


Tue Dec 08 06:02pm

Kia Ora Waenga Whānau, 

Please remind your child to bring their recorders to school on the day that they have music this week.

Rimu 1: Monday

Rimu 2: Tuesday

Matai 5 & Kauri 6: Wednesday

Rimu 4: Thursday

Ngā Mihi, 


Teacher Only Day Reminder

Fri Dec 04 12:14am

Kia Ora Whaanau, 

Just a couple of reminders:

Firstly reports have been given out today for students, so please check your child’s bag for these.

Secondly, don’t forget that Teacher’s Only Day is on Monday (7 December) meaning no students at school.  School resumes Tuesday.    


School Health Update: Scabies

Wed Dec 02 09:31pm

Kia ora parents/whānau,

It has come to our attention that we have had reported cases of School sores (Scabies) in the school.

Scabies are a common skin infection causing an intense itch that develops to red patches or blisters on the skin. It is highly contagious and is easily passed through direct skin contact. 

If you see your child/ren with these symptoms, please seek treatment with your GP/Doctor as soon as possible. 

For further information about Scabies please click on the link provided.

Ngā mihi

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Latest School Newsletter

Wed Dec 02 01:33am

Kia ora whaanau, 

The latest and last school newsletter for the year is now available by clicking the link below.  Happy Reading! 


End of Year Assembly Updates

Mon Nov 30 07:54pm

Here are some quick updates for you around our upcoming assemblies:  (Please note the correction to the sports assembly times) 

Our End of Term Assembly that was scheduled for Friday, 4th December will no longer be taking place, and has instead been merged with our End of Year Presentation Assemblies.

Our Sports Assembly has been moved from the 8th of December to the 9th of December with Teina and Waenga (Junior and Middle School) at 9.45am to 10.30am and Tuakana (Senior School) at 11.45am to 12.30pm

Our End of Year Assemblies remain in the same time slot of Thursday, 10 December (Senior School at 9.30am and Juniors and Middle School at 11.30am). 

Parents and Whaanau are invited to attend, but please remember to either sign in at the office or scan the QR code on the hall door with the Covid App.

Teacher Only Day, Monday 7 December

Sun Nov 29 11:56pm

Kia ora Whaanau,

Please remember that next Monday (7th December) we have our last of two Teacher Only Days.  This means that school will not be open for instruction on Monday, 7tth December and there are to be no children at school.  All staff will be involved in Professional Learning throughout the day. 

School will resume again on Tuesday, 8th December.


Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit and absence and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Forest Lake School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.