From the Principal

14 December 2022

Dear Parents/Caregivers

This is my final school newsletter for 2022, and what a year we have had! With your support we have navigated our way through health and safety restrictions, and returned to a full programme packed with arts, cultural, sporting and celebration events. It is a credit to our awesome FCI whānau who have made this possible - thank you!

As this email also goes to whānau of incoming students for 2023, I would like to extend a warm FCI welcome to you; we are looking forward to getting to know you and your child. Please read this newsletter carefully (or keep this email safe for future reference) as it has important information for the start of the school year.

School Uniform

All of our school uniform, except for the sports hoodie, can be purchased from John Russell Schoolwear at 9 Moore Street, Howick. Students can choose to wear school sandals, or school shoes and socks in Terms 1 and 4. Please note that the school hat is compulsory during these hotter terms. We do not sell second hand uniforms.

Stationery Packs

Students need to arrive on the first day with their stationery requirements. All FCI stationery packs are available through OfficeMax. Stationery packs can be ordered online at

Digital Devices

Teachers will establish the timeframes for bringing in personally owned devices and they will explain the agreements and setting-up procedures to ensure a successful start for the year. Please keep all digital devices at home until instructed by your child’s teacher.

While students may bring phones to school, these devices are the personal responsibility of the student. Mobile phones cannot be used during school hours or on the school site. If a student needs to phone home, they may ask to use a school phone.

Class Lists

Area class lists will be emailed to parents on Wednesday 25 January. This means your child will know the name of their Area, their homegroup number and name of their teacher. Our school map shows the location of the Areas.


Our school office will be open in the mornings from Thursday, 26 January.


First Day of School - Wednesday, 1 February

Year 8 Students

Year 8 students will proceed directly to their Areas by 8:15am where they will be met by their teachers.

Year 7 Students

Year 7 students will be welcomed with a short Area pōwhiri. Students and whānau are to wait on the Horopito court 15 minutes prior to their Area pōwhiri.

Pōwhiri times:

8:30am - Pōhutukawa (meet on the Horopito courts at 8:15am)

8:45am - Mānuka (meet on the Horopito courts at 8:30am)

9:00am - Horopito (meet on the Horopito courts at 8:45am)

9:15am - Tōtara (meet on the Horopito courts at 9.00 am)

9:30am - Kōwhai (meet on the Horopito courts at 9:15am)

At the conclusion of the pōwhiri students will be escorted to their Area by their Whānau leader.

End of Day

Our school day finishes at 2:45 pm.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Ngā mihi nui

Tamara Jones


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