Maungatapere School

Newsletter 2 November 2023

From the principal

Kia ora koutou

Maungatapere School Agricultural Day. What a special celebration of rural life, a connection and care of farm animals, growing and number 8 wire thinking. There were strong numbers of lambs and a strengthening of calf numbers, with less goats I believe than normal. A real standout of the day for me was the high level of creativity, design and diverse knowledge involved in the creation of gardens, pot designs, upcycle and scarecrows. The Arts, Technology and Science curriculum was definitely alive and well within the children.

For those students who raised and cared for a calf, lamb, goat or chicken there are many lifelong benefits that these children will carry through their lives. Taking responsibility for a living, breathing animal, caring for something over a sustain time and experiencing a special bond are some of the positives. Getting up when it is wet, or early or late to prepare food when tired are all good lessons for young ones in preparation for moving into adulthood.

Some of these children may be inspired to explore a career in horticulture, agriculture, the sciences? One of my daughters has taken her rural experiences and upbringing into University. It started with a love of animals, possibly a vet, then not eating meat, to eating meat, to an Ag Science Degree marine based, save the animals and plane. Now she has change her course to more soil science and farming after spending time with relatives on a cropping farm in the South Island. There are so many options and links to the world and sciences that our Ag Day can help spark an interest or passion in.

The garden projects were a real standout, with many children showing a passion or interest in

growing things and growing them well. These interests also have many possible links to careers or importantly growing a home garden. My interest in vegetable gardens also started from receiving seed packets at Maromaku Primary School, a tractor ploughing a large garden bed and my sister and I walking 1km over a hill to water our Ag Day gardens on the farm. Either on Ag day morning or close (I can’t remember), all garden growing students jumped on the school bus and travelled to all the farms to have our gardens judged. You don’t forget the learning. You don’t lose the passion. I hope the participating students also get as much as I have from Ag Day and the experiences offered.

Hopefully, the high level and quality of the garden creations, number 8 wire construction and technology/science creations light a spark of interest for students that lead them off into a future career or just teach them about commitment, quality and being proud of their achievements.

We have 25 students and their lambs, goats and calves representing our school at Central Day today.

Ag Day is alive and well. So is the learning and passion. Well done everyone.

(There are lots more photos on our Facebook page)

Ag Day Results


6 Best Pet Birds MacKenzie Gwillim, Emme Wood, Karlie Tonner, Campbell Parker, Vivien Morgan, Lara Fitzpatrick

6 Best Reared Farm Bird Lachlan Kelly, Jackson Fidler, Amelia Kelly, Aisling Gallaghan, Ayla Wood, Indy Ferguson

6 Most Knowledgable Students Hayden Vollenhoven, Georgia Clarkin, Alex Chapman, Aisling Gallaghan, Jack Avison, Kieran Kelly


Champion Rearing Loretta Lambly

Champion Leading Loretta Lambly

Champion Calling Loretta Lambly

Reserve Champion Goat Lilly Spratt

Overall Champion Goat Loretta Lambly


Junior Champion Lamb Rosa Holmes-Libbis

Intermediate Lamb Champion Luke Ritchie

Senior Champion Lamb Charlie Sparks

Open Rearing Chloe Cliff

Open Leading Chloe Cliff

Open Calling Charlie Sparks

Reserve Champion Lamb Charlie Sparks

Overall Champion Lamb Rosa Holmes-Libbis


Best Pet Calf Matilda Chapman

Champion Rearing Katie Holmes-Libbis

Champion Leading George Dickson

Reserve Champion Calf Katie Holmes-Libbis

Overall Champion Calf George Dickson

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Isla Duff Rm13 Showing initiative in her learning and making it happen.

Reuben Jansen Rm12 For learning to participate and contribute in Room 12

Te Ao Ihi Madden Rm12 For persevering with tricky work to make his learning happen,

Amelia Mullany Rm10 For fantastic story writing - well done.

whats coming up!

2 Nov Central Ag Day, Barge Park

3 Nov Gumboot Day

7 Nov School Athletics (Year 5 - 8)

8 Nov Year 7/8 Cake Stall

9 Nov Mangakahia Cultural Festival

13 Nov Swimming Starts

15 Nov Junior Athletics (Year 0 - 4)

15 Nov Ice Cream Sale

16 Nov Year 5/6 Surf Trip

21 Nov Planting Day at Booths Farm - Rooms 1, 2 & 13

22 Nov WPSSA Year 7/8 Athletics

23 Nov Year 7/8 Cake Stall

23 Nov Year 5/6 Sports Exchange with Maunu School (at Maungatapere School)

29 Nov WPSSA Year 5/6 Athletics

1 Dec Colour Run

7 Dec Pizza Day

8 Dec Year 8 Leavers Dinner (tentative date)

15 Dec School Disco

19 Dec Prizegiving and Last Day

Adolescent Dental Enrolments

Last term Adolescent Dental enrolment forms were sent home with Year 8 students. If you have not yet completed and returned your students form please get it back to the school office ASAP.

Te Manawa Tahi

If you have a concern about your child's language development, learning progress, social and emotional wellbeing, or behaviour, Te Manawa Tahi have specialists available so you can discuss your concerns directly with them.

This is a free service and each site will be identified by a Te Manawa Tahi sign or flag. Drop into a hub or make an appointment by phoning 0800 524 842 or emailing

MAUNGA MAYHEM 2:0 is back 23rd March 2024

We are back up and running in a great new location at Land of Lotus (Mangakahia Rd)

If you are keen to be involved, we are currently looking for companies to SPONSOR OBSTACLES or to DONATE SPOT PRIZES for the spot prize draw. Please email: if you can help.

Keep your eyes peeled for regular updates.

Calendar Art Orders are OPEN!

These make fantastic Christmas gifts.

1 Go to

2 Use the Entrance Code: KZ658

3 Enter your child’s room & name

Payment can be made over the website via credit card or account2account.

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