Manurewa Central School

Kia ora, Malo e Lelei, Talofa Lava, Ni Hao, Namaste, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa Lahi Atu, Kia orana, Mauri, Greetings.

Welcome back to term 2, and a special welcome to all our new families.

At the moment, there is a great deal of speculation in the media about what the National Government education priorities will mean for school policies and programmes.

I will keep you updated as changes occur, but rest assured our staff continue to offer the very best learning opportunities for all our tamariki.

During this term, in each newsletter, I would like to take time to feedback on the comments made by parents and whānau who completed our snapshot survey during whānau/teacher interviews.

I will summarise the comments made, give details about what the school already does to address the key points, and what your feedback will help us to introduce/change/adapt in future planning.

Playgrounds after school

We ask for your cooperation in keeping children off the junior playgrounds after school.

There have been a few broken bones and injuries in recent months and we do not have the staff to supervise after school play in a safe manner.

Unfortunately, older children and preschoolers have also been using this equipment which adds to the health and safety concerns.

Thank you.

Ngā mihi nui

Michelle Dibben

Pick Up and Drop Off Students

Please enter and leave school daily using the Admin carpark gate or Cenotaph gate.

Gates are closed at 9am and opened at the end of the day at 2.55pm.

Late students use the main office and are required to sign in as 'Late'.

New Entrant children must be collected from Totara pod at the end of the day.
Please do not use the office area unless you need to speak with office staff. Thank you for your help with this.

Road Safety

Thank you for keeping our children safe by walking along the footpaths and crossing at the lights.

Keep it up.

Swimming at School

Swimming is part of our PE curriculum. It is expected that all children will swim.

Please ensure swimming gear is clearly named for every student.

A note from a parent/caregiver is required if your child is not swimming for any reason.

Tōtara Pod News

What a fabulous first term at school we have had! We have been working very hard learning letter sounds and sight words so we can read our books.

We have been practising our letter formation and the sharing of our ideas so we can record them in a sentence for writing. We have also been working hard to count forwards and backwards and count objects in Maths.

It has been very busy and so much fun all at the same time.

Our highlight was most definitely swimming!

We have enjoyed exploring the playground outside on the bikes, scooters, skateboards, sandpit and playgrounds and have started making friends with children outside our classroom.

The children have settled into school so well, thank you parents for your support in helping your child transition to school.

We very much appreciate the support you give at home for their learning.

Have a safe and wonderful break from school. We look forward to welcoming you all back in two weeks time.

Pūriri Pod News

In Pūriri we've had fun learning how to do a wheelbarrow race and we even have fun in class learning our sight words with each other!

It has been an exciting term with so much learning and we're excited about the learning that will happen next term.

Swimming has now come to an end.

The children learnt so many skills in the water.

It's been amazing to see how much their confidence in the water has grown!

Titoki Pod News

  • H is for happy: happy to be with our whanau
  • O is for over: over the break, please continue to read with and to me
  • L is for laughter: laughter, fun and play is important too
  • I is for inquisitive: inquisitive minds asks lots of questions, please continue to talk with me to help me understand
  • D is for devices: devices are great fun, but please monitor what I watch and how long I am on my device, it is tricky for me to know what is real and not real
  • A is for adventures: adventures in a local place like the pool, park or library
  • Y is for yes: yes, we are all ready for a break

Happy holidays everyone! We will see you refreshed and ready for learning in Term 2!

Kowhai Pod News

During this term we have learnt lots about each other and have celebrated how each of us bring unique, special qualities to our pod.

We also belong to many other groups and have found out that a lot of our groups have many similarities and differences but when we bring them all together, it makes up our community.

This week we have been extending our knowledge on materials and which ones sink or float. After writing down our predictions, we performed our experiments and wrote down our observations.

We look forward to all the new learning and adventures we will have in term 2.

Have a great break!

Tī kōuka Pod News

Hello from the Ti Kouka classroom!

This Monday was an extraordinary day for us as we ventured to the Manurewa Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable experience.

The highlight was the presence of TV star Suzy Cato, who brought stories to life by reading to us, accompanied by the enchanting background music of the orchestra.

We travelled through magical tales with Mozart and even ventured into the galaxy with Star Wars music!

Learning that Mozart was captivating audiences at five and composing by seven inspired us!

Rimu Pod News

Wow! Term 1 has gone by so quickly!

In the last few weeks, we have been working hard and keeping busy. On our trip to the Navy Museum in Devonport we learned how valuable and special the medals are that Navy personnel can earn.

The medals also represent the Navy's core values of Courage, Commitment, Comradeship, and Integrity, which are very similar to our school values.

We loved participating in Senior Sports Tabloids and being mixed up with the other 2 senior pods.

It was fantastic, and tiring, and fun, and wore us out - and we can't wait until we do it again!

Please have a safe and relaxing school holiday break.

Take care.

Nīkau Pod News

What an amazing term we've had in Nikau!

We have enjoyed conducting science experiments and learning heaps of new scientific terms.

Nikau students have enjoyed taking care of our gardens - planting, weeding, watering, making worm farms and coming up with creative ways of keeping the birds away from our yummy vegetables.

We were so excited to have the hungerball arena back and to take part in tabloids.

Everyone is looking forward to a break to recharge our batteries so we can come back and take on Term 2.

Kauri Pod News

We cannot believe it is the end of Term One!

This term has been full of fun, excitement and lots of new learning.

We have been working on Science in the last week and have been learning about states of matter, the water cycle and physical and chemical changes.

This term we have been learning about mental health through the introduction of the Mitey programme. We are learning about friendship, our strengths, who we are and our identity. This has been fun!

Everyone in Kauri Ngahere is on track and working well in all areas of school!

We have been having a huge amount of fun playing Hungerball. We have had some awesome leaders from Kauri Ngahere helping younger students take part in this fun activity.

ANZAC Day is coming up in the holidays.

We encourage families to come along to the memorial service held at the cenotaph on the morning of ANZAC day.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and we are all looking forward to Term Two!

Ready for Learning

Parents, caregivers and whānau

Please help your child/ren to be at school by 8.30-8.45am every day.

This gives your child/ren time to talk with the teacher, see their friends and get organised for learning for their day.

All students are required to be 'ready for learning' by 9.00am every day.

Our learning programmes begin at this time.

Thank you for your help and support in ensuring a happy start to the school day for your child/ren every day.

Toys at School

Please DO NOT allow your child to bring toys to school.

We are not able to ensure they return to their rightful home or that they do not get broken.

Lollipops, Sweets, Fizzy drinks

Please DO NOT send lollies & lollipops to school.

We encourage healthy eating at school.

Please save treats for after school.

No fizzy drinks please.

We appreciate your help with these requests.

Lost Property
Please encourage your children to check for any lost property regularly.

There is a large amount of unnamed personal clothing and items outside the staffroom, just waiting to return home.


Social Worker in School
(Family Works)



Please ensure your contact details are up to date!

These can be updated by email to:
or at the school office during school hours.

For students starting school for the first time, please ensure before school checks are complete and any referrals followed up.

Please check we have a copy of your child's vaccination records and any important medical information.

Pasefika Healthcare Nurse: Anita Lea

Our nurse is available at school by appointment to advise and support you with any health concerns for your children.

She is available for hearing and vision checks and will throat swab for infection at your request.

Referrals can be made to see the nurse or for advice and support via application at the school office.

Friendly Reminders

All playgrounds are closed after school.

Gates are closed at 3.20pm.

Sunhats on Heads

Please ensure your child has a named sun hat or cap to be used for all activities outside the classroom.

Children without hats/caps will play in shaded areas.

Important Dates

  • Friday 17 May
        - Pink Shirt Day
  • Friday 31 May
        - Teachers Only Day - no school
  • Monday 3 June
        - King's Birthday - no school
  • Friday 28 June
        - Matariki Public Holiday - no school
  • Tuesday 2 July
        - School reports home
  • Week 3
        - Rotuman Language Week
  • Week 5
        - Samoan Language Week
  • Week 9
        - Matariki Week

Term Dates 2024

  • Term 1 - Wednesday 31 January to Friday 12 April

  • Term 2 - Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July

  • Term 3 - Monday 22 July to Friday 29 September

  • Term 4 - Monday 14 October to Friday 13 December

MCS Online Platforms

class dojo
Teachers will send an invite to join your child's class dojo.

Parents, you will get an email or text with a link to accept.
From there, you will create an account or sign in to an existing account to connect.

Please Note:
You will need to use an email address to create an account.

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MPSSA Manurewa Primary Schools Sports Association

Term 2 Tournaments

  • Tuesday 14 May - Week 3
    - Boys' Rugby

  • Wednesday 22 May - Week 4
    - Boys' Football