News Category: School News

Junior School Farm Trip

4 November 2018 • School News • Trips

A massive thank you to Reece and Tash Cox, Josh Cozens, and Warren and Jo Lee, for hosting the ENTIRE junior school at their dairy farms on Taumata Road.  These townie kids loved their taste and smell of the country and have gained a new appreciation of farms and all that they do in our community.  Huge thanks to Dairy NZ for funding the buses that transported 186 children free of charge for their big day out at the farm.


The NED Show

7 August 2018 • School News

“Hello everyone and welcome to the NED Show!

My name is Gary and this is NED” said the host of the NED show.

The N in NED stands for never give up,

The E is for encouraging others

And the D is for do your best.


Gary told us stories about NED trying to find his mind set.To do that he had to overcome challenges like climbing mount Everest to learn how to not give up, travelling to the caribbean islands to encourage others and meeting ALIENS to learn to do his best.


During the NED show, the Maungatapu kids were entertained with  yoyo tricks and at the end of the show you were able to purchase three different types of yoyos including the $20 excelerator, $14 boomerang and the $8 NED yo-yo.  The money made from the yoyos will be used for Gary to go to another skill and share Neds stories. The kids all loved show, especially the tricks.

By Ava Jurisich and Skylar Sargisson room 19.


Funky Fun Day

30 July 2018 • School News

The Middle School piled onto the bus to go to ASB arena for funky fun day. When we got to ASB arena we got into our teams and started our first sport. The sports were soccer, basketball, balloon badminton, bowling, uni hockey, touch and relays. We had 20 minutes to play each game. We played against Tahatai school. We enjoyed the day because we got a chance to try a new sport and learn something new.

By Lucretia and Shelby Room 25

Trees for Survival

24 June 2018 • School News • Trips

Tuesday 5th June

As Room 25 and 26 scrambled of the bus they started to walk towards Mount Maunganui. It was a very  gloomy and rainy day. We walked and walked until we reached a big hill and then we met a man called Dave who showed from Trees for Survival. Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme that gets young people (like us) to plant native plants. We were planting on The Mount to help stop it from eroding (when soil and dirt falls away). Dave showed us how to plant the trees then we got our spades out and started to plant the native trees on Mount Maunganui. It was very hard because the grass was very long and the weather wasn’t very good! As we walked back down the hill we washed our dirty hands and said our goodbyes to the helpers. We felt very proud of the job we had done.


By Lucretia, Shelby and  Georgia (Room 25 and 26)



Rippa Rugby World Cup

20 June 2018 • School News

On the day of the Rippa Rugby World Cup, Maungatapu marched onto the field, the day was sunny with streaks of clouds, it was at Paengaroa.  Maungatapu had discussed  their tactics, and were ready for their games.  The whistle blew, the first game had started!  Wind stung their cheeks as they leapt to the ball. They played 5 games. They were up against Paengaroa first , and played other schools including Westbrook and Mount Maunganui Primary.

“I felt nervous, excited,and ready to kick butt’’ – Eva

“I felt scared” – Natasha

“On our first game I felt like ice”- Rehutai


Western bay results:

1st place!!! Woohoo Maungatapu





Fonterra Milk In Schools

20 June 2018 • School News

On the 15th of June we began a milk in schools program.

We have started off with the Middle School, (Rooms 2, 4, 13, 14, 21, 25 and 26). There are three main monitors (Ava, Troy and Taylor.) Their job is to get the milk boxes out of the Whare Toi fridge and get them ready for the classes. There are two monitors  from each class that come and collect the boxes and take them to their classmates to enjoy the yummy milk! The milk is full of calcium and protein which helps to keep our bones and muscles strong and engages our brains during learning time. ​​

We will begin delivering milk to the junior and senior school shortly.


Here are a few reviews from the people that have had milk so far:

  1. Layla Rm 14- I think it is a great idea because the milk is yum.

  2. Lexie Rm 13- I like it because kids can have some protein and it’s good for you.

  3. Harry Rm 4- after morning tea you can have something yum and different to drink.

By Skylar and Ava from Room 19.

Cross Country Stars

14 June 2018 • School News • Sport

On Thursday the  top seven boys and girls cross country runners from year 4 – 6 headed to Waipuna Park to compete in  South Cluster . We were competing against other schools, there was Saint Mary’s, Welcome Bay, Selwyn Ridge and Tauranga Primary.


The track was very long on grass and concrete. The hardest bit was running up a big soapy hill and climbing over a tall  wooden wall. It was much harder than our course!


A few people will be representing our school at the West Cluster competition on Wednesday the 20th of June because they came in the top five. Those people are:
Kingston Abraham – Year 4 boy
Rhayn Taikato – Year 4 boy
Laura Nuku – Year 5 girl
Denzel Lapwood – Year 6 boy
Skylar Sargisson – Year 6 girl

By Lucretia, Room 25

Senior Camp

14 June 2018 • School News

Over the last few weeks, all the senior school students have been enjoying the bush at Aongatete Lodge in Katikati. We all went out of our comfort zones in many fun activities including indoor rock climbing, archery, hut making, orienteering and forest science. During the night there were activities too. We all screamed on the Burma trail (which is a pitch black night walk through the bush with only a thin rope to guide you) and cooked perfect golden brown pancakes on hobo stoves (cans you can cook on), At camp, in your spare time, you could push yourself to your limits by heading over to the challenge course it is like an adventure playground but it’s VERY hard.

The senior teachers decided to have a camp so the kids would interact with others who they didn’t usually spend time with and understand how important the forest is to New Zealand.

By Ava and Skylar Rm 19.