Newsletter 5th September 2019

Newsletter 5th SEPTEMBER 2019

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Fakalafa lahi atu, Namaste, Ni sa bula vinaka, Konichiwa

What an action packed month we’ve just had at Chapel Downs. The students and teaching team all loved maths week and it was wonderful to share our maths programme during our open morning.

This term our senior students have been investigating animals and they enjoyed an exciting trip to the Auckland Zoo. The children all behaved brilliantly and were a real credit to Chapel Downs. The staff at Auckland Zoo were amazed by our students wonderful manners.

In the next three weeks the Junior School inquiry focus will be the Children’s Pop Up Museum. This is an opportunity for the children to share their interests, special objects or hobbies, such as club sports or dance and music.

It would be great if the children could bring in an object that is related to their interest. Teachers will look after any items brought in and keep them safe. If possible, please write your child’s name on the item.

On the 26th of September we will be inviting parents to come and see our museums. More information about this will be sent out closer to the date.

Vector EPro8

Last month we sent two teams to represent Chapel Downs in the Vector EPro8 Challenge. The students spent the day on Science, Technology, and Engineering problem solving challenges competing against schools from throughout Auckland. Our students displayed outstanding team work, investigating skills and perseverance throughout the day.

Master Chef -Mr Cronin

Thank you for your wonderful support at last months sausage sizzle. With your support we were able to raise $1342 for our Year 6 camp. A huge thanks to Hellers who provided us with the sausages

Full School Assembly

On Friday the 13th September we are holding our last full school assembly for term 3. Our amazing Chapel Downs School Kapa Haka group will perform and our house captains will lead the new house chants. The ukulele will play as we enter the hall for assembly.

Please feel free to pop along and help us celebrate student sucess.

Rimu House leaders teaching Y3 student their house chant

Maths Open Morning

It was wonderful to see so many parents and whanau supporting our children and participating in our daily maths programme. The children really loved sharing their learning and they certainly are very proud to have visitors in their classrooms.

Camp Adair

This month all of our Year 6 students will experience a three day camp as part of our annual Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) programme. EOTC programmes provide students with access to hands-on experiences that are not available inside the classroom.

Duffy Father's Day Winners

Congratulations to our Duffy Father’s Day prize winners. There were many wonderful fathers nominated and these were the students randomly selected. The first place winners won a book for their father and a Duffy book for themselves, 2nd and 3rd place won a Duffy book for themselves. Thanks to Duffy and Scholastic for donating the books.


1st Tyler Sunde B16

2nd Arianna Ola B16

3rd Zahraa Al Assi B21


1st Ueichhong Lim A8

2nd Giovan Edmonds A8

3rd Meliame Havea A10

Storylines Festival

Last month we took the Y5 & Y6 librarians as well as some super keen readers to the Storylines Story Tour Event as part of the Storylines Festival. What Now TV were recording the event and some snippets from the the day were on What Now last Sunday.

We were gifted all the books in the photo below by the sponsors of the Storylines festival. These new books have been added to our library for all our children to enjoy.


If your child is turning 5 in the next 12 months (born in 2015 or 2016) please ensure you enrol them as soon as possible. With the roll steadily growing at Chapel Downs this will enable us to keep a track of how many New Entrants we can expect in the future. Enrolment packs are available at the office. Our term three New Parent Information Morning will be held at 9.15am Thursday 19th September.

Please click below to download our enrolment form.

2020 Chapel Downs School Terms

  • Term One - 30 January - 9th April 2020
  • Term Two - 28 April - 3rd July 2020
  • Term Three - 20 July - 25 September 2020
  • Term Four - 12 October - 11 December 2020

6 February - Waitangi Day

27 April - ANZAC Day

10 April - Easter Friday

1st June - Queens Birthday

26 October - Labour Day

Dropping Children Off

Dropping children off as close to the school gate as possible may be convenient for you, but can cost another family a lifetime of pain and suffering. All our children deserve the chance to grow up and experience life to it’s fullest.

Parking restrictions are in place near Chapel Downs for a reason. They protect our communities’ children.

 Always observe all parking restrictions near our school.

 Do not park across the drive ways or on yellow lines

 Always use the school patrol crossing

 Choose safety over convenience at all times

 Walk to and from school with your children when possible

Because of increased traffic at our Chapel Road pick up zone we have decided to close the Chapel Road entry from 3pm till 3.15pm. Thanks for your support.

Intermediate School Enrolment

Just a reminder to all parents of Year 6 students - it is now time to get your enrolment process under way for Intermediate in 2020. Please check each school's website for enrolment details. Each school has a different timeline for when in zone enrolments and out of zone applications are due.

Important Dates


2019 School Terms

  • Term Three - 22nd July - 27th September 2019
  • Term Four - 14th October - 13th December 2019
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Vaughan van Rensburg