Mount Maunganui Primary School Newsletter
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Edition #19 10th December 2020
Term Dates 2020
Term 4 - Monday 12th October to Wednesday 16th December
School closes at 1:00pm on the last day (Wednesday)

Term Dates 2021
Term 1 - Tuesday 2nd February to Friday 16th April
Term 2 - Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July
Term 3 - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October
Term 4 - Monday 18th October to Tuesday 15th December (to be confirmed)

Check out the Parent Calendar on the school website!
Remember to check out the Parent Calendar on
for other important events that are happening.

A note from Damien

Kia ora Mounties, wow, we've almost made it to the end of what has been a very unusual year. As Covid still batters the world it is quite surreal to be here together living what is pretty much a normal life. Those of you with friends and family overseas will know it is not like that elsewhere. 

This week our Mounties found out which room they are in next year, who their teacher is and who their classmates will be. As I have mentioned before, our team work extremely hard to create classes and consider the many diverse needs of our Mounties, please support us by encouraging each of our kids to make the most of the opportunities they will get in their class next year. As always we are open to a conversation if you have major concerns but will only do so after the first 6 weeks of term one as that will allow our teachers, kids and classes an opportunity to settle, connect and get learning. 

I'd like to thank a few people who have supported us this year on our journey. Firstly to our Board of Trustees a group of committed governors who meet regularly and represent our community at a governance level - Thank You! Thank you for your support, your wisdom, your questions and your passion for our school and our Mounties. Your commitment is muchly appreciated by me and the rest of the team here.  

To our PTA, a small but committed group of parents who have 2 key goals each year. Raise funds to support our school and provide things that we wouldn't normally be able to, and build our community through events. They do an amazing job and have a heap of fun along the way too. It's our PTA who put on our Xmas in the Park event which is an annual highlight for our community. 

To our Team here at school, our teaching and support staff, from me a massive Thanks for your commitment to achieving our vision of World Class Education in The Mount. Our Mounties are fortunate to have such a talented, diverse and passionate team to work and learn around. Please rest well over the next few weeks, it's been another big year and you all deserve some family time, and time to recharge. 

To you all, our community, thanks for your support throughout this year, from adhering to the changing alert level requirements to supporting our learners in class, at home with learning and to those who have partnered with us this year on our property projects like our swimming pool enhancement and our courts upgrade earlier in the year. Our school is fortunate to have the support of such an amazing community. 

Please take some time over the next few weeks to put down devices (yours and your childrens) to connect, to spend time, make and share memories and to enjoy the best of the next few weeks together. Stay safe and we'll see you all back for Learning Partnership Meetings on the 2nd of February. 

Have an awesome and safe break. 

Nicali, Ben, Warren, Sarah, Leigh, Juliet, Damien
As a Board we’ve had some really exciting discussions this year about the vision we have for the school but needless to say, 2020 has been a difficult year and as a school we will continue to be challenged by factors which are likely to impact our income. However, we are so encouraged to see our community get behind us this year and support the school whether it’s by volunteering, sponsoring, supporting PTA events or paying school donations. We have parents who are willing to help in class and coach, a very dedicated PTA who have organised some outstanding fundraising events this year and our business community has enabled our students to get more out of their swimming sessions by sponsoring a new heat pump and thermal cover for the school pool. This year we increased the suggested school donation amount slightly and yet nearly 70% of our families paid which is a significant increase compared to previous years. Our vision for the school is very much determined by the backing and support we get from our community so, whether you’ve offered your time or money this year, on behalf of the Board thank you for making the investment in our students and their education here at Mount Primary.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas, fun and safe holidays and happy 2021.

The next Board meeting will be in the staffroom tonight - Thursday 26th November at 6:00pm

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
(Success is not the work of one, but the work of many)
Huge thanks to our Pool Upgrade Project sponsors:
End of Year reporting on Hero
Over the next week we'll be publishing our final learning stories, as well as updated progress and achievement information on Hero.
An explanation of the information relating to your child's progress and achievement can be found here.
Remember that we don't send home a physical report so make sure you check out Hero.
2021 Class Structure
Junior School
The Bay      Year 1      Paulette Brown and Jan Rae
Room 3       NE           Heather Robinson (Roll Growth Class)
Room 4       Year 2      Letitia Davidson
Room 5       Year 2      Karen Reed
Room 6       Year 1      Kim Cassidy
Room 11     NE/Y1      Janine Valder and Stacey Smith
Room 12     Year 2      Erika Purdy (Team Leader)

Middle School
Room 1       Year 3/4   Wendy Brown  (Team Leader)
Room 2       Year 3/4   Rodd Kingston-Smith
Room 7       Year 3/4   Lyn Redmond
Room 8       Year 3/4   Brooke Vlietstra
Room 9       Year 3/4   Amanda Gardner
Room 10     Year 3/4   Kyla Shepard

Senior School
Room 13       Year 5/6   Anita Styles
Room 14       Year 5/6   Jennifer Kiersey
Room 15       Year 5/6   Jessica Doleman
Room 16       Year 5/6   Nicali Williams
Room 17       Year 5/6   Kristen Goodwin  (Team Leader)
Order your Varsity Tees now here, ready for collection at the start of Term 1, 2021!

High quality AS Colour cotton tees;
(Kelly Green, Gold, Grey Marle)

The wording on the tees is:

EST. 1913

An awesome fundraiser for Mt Primary! 
If you have any questions please email:
Hi Everyone

We would like to thank you for your support over the past year with our new online shopping system and all the other requests we send home from the office. 
Stationery packs for 2021 are now available to purchase from and will be available to purchase from this site until 5pm on Monday 25th January 2021.  After this date they can be purchased through the Mount Maunganui Primary School online shop through  Stationery Packs will be delivered to your child's classroom ready to start on the first day back.

Please note if you purchase your stationery pack through the school online shop/office there will be a $2.00 admin fee added to each pack so it is a good idea to try and order early through

Don't miss out on the Varsity Tees Fundraiser.  See above for the link.

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Kath -
Heather -
Guitar Classes - 2021

We are now taking bookings for 2021 Term 1 guitar classes held at school.
These classes are run by Rahim Callaghan, a professional musician and experienced tutor.
Private lessons in guitar, bass guitar and singing are also available for all ages.
For bookings and further information please contact:
Rahim: 5740995 or 027 4751023 or email:
House Points
      82,525                     81,713                        81,992                      82,174

Rachel Kelly
Sports Co-ordinator
Congratulations to these junior Mounties who received
Caught Being a Mount Awards recently.

Bay Music School
Bay Music School are coming to Mount Maunganui Primary next year on Monday and Wednesday afternoons!
The Foundation programme will be available to the first in, first served across Year 1 - 6.  Classes are grouped by year level so check out the different time/day for each year on the website.
Any questions please email the team at or check out their website at
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