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2018 Fundraising Event – Summer Fair!

This coming year we are moving our annual fundraising event from Easter Weekend to the weekend before Waitangi Day. So please put Saturday the 3rd December in your calendars and keep an eye out for more details as we are making some big changes to the event!


School Pool Keys on Sale Now

Ka rawe… pool keys for our incredible newly revamped Leigh School Pool are on sale now!! The BOT has set the price at $60 for this swimming season and you get $10 back when you return the key at the end of the summer. Keys can be purchased from Fay in the office between 8.30-12.30, or ring on 094226031 to arrange a time with Fay if you can’t get in during those hours.
The pool can be used out of school hours starting now, through till mid-late March. This is a great fundraiser for the school – so tell your neighbours and people with baches about our incredible refurbished pool and hopefully we can get lots of sales this year with the newly reduced price. Good for grown ups as well as families, let’s see the school used by the whole community this summer! (See the photos below.)


Classroom Opening Ceremony

Ngā mihi nui to all who came along to our official opening for the classroom opening today! It was perfect weather for it and there was a great turn out from our lovely community, parents and official guests. Special thanks to the kapa haka group, Jake, Lili, Danyelle, Sonny & Te Ao for the powhiri. Thanks to all who helped get the classrooms here and the school looking wonderful – from initial planning & research through to building, landscaping, helping with the working bees etc. It was fantastic to see the school looking so incredible, (maybe the best it’s ever been!), with a revamped playground, lovely gardens and native trees, bright art work & murals, brand new classrooms, the whole school freshly repainted, the AMAZING pool refurbishment and even new library furniture. All ready for a wonderful end of term and a bright new 2018!


The Pool is Refurbished and Ready to Go!!

Thanks to our amazing community who fundraised for the refurbishment of our pool, it’s now been sanded, plastered, tiled, repainted, new drains, a repainted change room and a refurbished shaded seating area. It looks a million dollars and pool keys will go on sale for the community to purchase for the summer swim season soon!

Auckland Museum Visit

The whole school went to visit the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ exhibition at the Museum to kick start their insects study in Term 4. A great day out was had by all the kids!

‘Grandparent’s’ Day

We enjoyed a very well attended Grandparent’s Day on September the 20th. This day is a celebration of our kids and their grandparents, kaumatua & kuia and other special older people in their lives – so as well as Grandparents we also had aunties and uncles and others all come along. The kids took the adults off into their classrooms to show them their school work, various projects they’ve worked on this term and read to them etc. A lovely shared morning tea was enjoyed by all the grown ups and then it was on to sharing the arts projects that the kids have been doing with a generous group of community volunteers (and staff) this term.

Kapa Haka Performance

** Photos on the Gallery page. We raised $1,210!!**

Our amazing ‘Te Whanau o Omaha’ performance group has an evening fundraising show happening on Thursday the 24th August at 6.30pm. Come along to the fabulous Sawmill Cafe in Leigh to watch the rōpū perform new waiata and haka, under the tutorage of Whaea Danyelle Nathan. Entry is by koha and there will be a great raffle on the night too – so please bring some extra cash!

Pool update

Click here to read the full update but the short version is that the school has been generously donated $8k towards the pool repairs but this is in order to undertake a more expensive, but considerably longer lasting option, plastering instead of painting. So the Love Leigh Peg will continue to help fundraise the difference (she’s raised an additional $2,250 so far already).

Pinecone Harvest

Thanks to lovely locals Mike & Fiona Francis, (and the organisational skills of Nicky Jordan), a big bunch of parents and grandparents did a big pinecone harvest from Mike’s recently felled pines. A small truckload of cones were gathered and bagged and have been taken to the Jordan’s to dry so they can be sold next winter.

Classroom Update

The classrooms are NEARLY done! WE look forward to the kids and their teachers moving in at the start of Term 3.

Love Leigh Peg Fundraiser

We currently have a community run fundraiser happening that is rather special and unique. The fundraiser is in the form of a green peg named ‘Peg’ and she is available for people to take home and enjoy / put to work / take to social occasions etc. In return for this honour, the hosts then make a large or small donation to our school. The hosts also take photos of Peg’s adventures with them and we post them on her own Facebook page – ‘Love Leigh Peg’. To date (June 2017) she has raised just over $1500 and we hope to raise as much as we can of the $7,000 that we need to repaint our school pool. More information here... or visit her on Facebook.

Fire Brigade Visit

Errol, Tony and Mark from the Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade visited Leigh School to teach the kids about how to be Fire Wise. Thank you guys, we learnt a lot and it was loads of fun! As well as practising how to get low and crawl, they also got to see the fire hoses in action.

Elgregoe Show

In May we were lucky to have the amazing magician & ventriloquist Elgregoe visit us. He brought along his lovely assistant Sue and his menagerie of beautiful birds to teach us a message about positive attitudes, respect and acceptance. The show included magic,  fast-paced tricks, puppets, music and more and the kids absolutely loved it!

Goat Island Performance

The Leigh School performance group helped welcome students from the University of Minnesota at the Goat Island Discovery Centre on the 12th of May. Thank you to all who helped and well done kids!

Classroom update

The new classrooms are still having their painting and building work completed and the fabulous large deck is in progress now. We will be waiting until they are completely finished before moving the kids and teachers in.

The rest of the school is also undergoing a complete repaint, so we will soon look fresh and new all over!



Only a few sleeps now. We look forward to welcoming you all to our annual fundraising Leigh Carnival! 9am – 2pm on Easter Sunday.

Leigh Carnival 2017

Our classrooms are here!!

They finally arrived on the 27th of March – more photos to come soon…

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Our new classrooms are delayed (again!) but coming…

We are eagerly awaiting our two new purpose built classrooms, they were due last year, then earlier this week and now Monday the 27th!

The staff have done a lot of research over the last 3 years as we have been anticipating the classes for a long time. They have been and visited a number of successful Modern Learning Environment schools such as Ahuroa, Stonefields and Hobsonville Point to see what they think might work for our unique school. They have also been researching the pedagogy of teaching in these styles of rooms. So I guess, on the bright side, all the delays have just given the staff more time to work out exactly how they want things to run.

The BOT both past and present have also put many, many hours into overseeing this project. A big thanks to Chris Calder and Peter Browne for overseeing this project – with Chris involved from the time of discovering rot in the old classes and persistently following up the Ministry for replacement classes to soon (hopefully) – completion!



Carnival 2017 is nearly here!

Leigh Carnival 2017

Carnival is coming soon, on the 16th April. The new poster is here, so email us if you could put one up at your work or community group space. If you are able to help on the day we are looking for people to work in all areas of the Carnival, plus help with the set up on the Saturday and Pack down / Clean up on the Sunday afternoon, please call into the school office and put your name on the sign up sheet, email the Carnival Organisers Rachel Bigwood or Jeddah Brown or call the school office on 09 422-6031.

Many thanks to all those people and businesses that support our school in this, our number one fundraiser for the year! We are a small school and yet our Carnival is a wonderful event, looked forward to by the extended community and visitors to the area.


Leigh Junior Basketball League Starting & Coach Needed

Remember those amazing basketballers from North Harbour Basketball that came to visit us in Term 4 of 2014 – the ones that included a coach / manager from the NBA?! Well they are starting a junior basketball league at Maharangi College – and Rachel Waterhouse wants to put a team together for the Year 5-6’s – boys and girls. So…if your child might want to play then please contact her (via the office or see her after school) ASAP as we need to register before the 12th Feb. That night there will be an open muster for all kids to go along and mix and learn some basics. Competition commences on Thursday 19th Feb and games will always be between 4-6pm, it runs for 6 weeks. We will also need a coach, so if you know anyone that might be keen please tag them or let us know.
Basket ballers visit Leigh School

Environmental Initiatives Funding

Leigh School has been awarded funding from the Auckland Council Environmental Initiatives Fund to plant out some of the edges of the school field with natives. This is part of a long term strategy to – attract more native birds into the school grounds; teach our children about Environmental Sustainability; create more shade and beautify the school surroundings. The planting will likely happen some time in April or after – once the weather gets a little wetter. Lots of volunteers will be appreciated, so please email Melissa if you are keen to get involved, or if you have any native seedlings you could donate to add to the ones we will be purchasing.

Muffin Break Competition

We were very lucky to have won the Grand Prize of the 2014 Muffin Break Great Bake Sale Competition. It was a competition on Facebook and thanks to the support of the entire Leigh community (and many friends and family out of our area too), we managed to win – out of 1,497 registered NZ schools & pre-schools! We won a cash prize of $3000 plus 1,000 muffins with a RRP of $4 each to sell ourselves. We will cash in our muffin vouchers to sell at events during 2015 e.g. the Carnival. Thanks to everyone who voted. If you hear of other competitions like this please email Melissa so we can try and win some more.

 Leigh School Olive Oil For Sale

**UPDATE** We’ve sold nearly all our oil but have a few bottles left for anyone that still wants to purchase any. Otherwise the rest will be taken to the Matakana Farmers Market and sold.

We are very proud to announce that our delicious olive oil is now for sale from the school office. We had tasting samples out on Pet Day and sold lots of bottles to some very discerning customers (not just proud parents and grandparents!). Kids Can Cook Kitchen Chef Chris Fortune who is a professional, award-winning chef, and a judge of the Cuisine Awards really liked it and pronounced our Leigh School Olive Oil as “Peppery and Creamy”. At $12 a bottle it’s a great Christmas present for friends, family and out of town visitors. Please bring cash into the school if you wish to buy some and come between 8.30am – 12.30pm to see Fay in the office, or between 3-4pm to get one of the teachers to help you out. There are 8 different labels, designed and voted on by the students. Perhaps you’ll want an entire set 😉

Our delicious Olive Oil!

Our delicious Olive Oil with 8 different labels to choose from.


Pet Day on this Saturday – Nov 15th, 10-2pm!

Photos up on the Gallery page and lots on facebook. Thanks to all who came – we made $670 plus Room 1 made $80 for their camp plus we sold nearly $400 of Olive Oil.

We’ve made a change this year and will be holding Pet Day on the weekend so more parents and locals can come along. The date is Saturday the 15th of November and it will run from 10am – 2pm. As a fundraiser the PTA will have tasty hot food and drinks for sale and a delicious cake stall, (plus espresso coffee for the grown ups). The events will be held on the school field and there will be a Pet Parade, Dog Agility, judging of the smaller pets and classroom displays. PLUS – we will have Pony Rides – by donation (sorry the Horse and Cart rides had to pull out due to the change in dates).

PET DAY 2014


Takahē„ Release at Tawharanui

In the school holidays some of our Kapa Haka roopu (Te Whanau o Omaha) had the special honour of singing waiata at the release of 10 endangered Takahē„ birds. The birds had been raised at a DOC centre in Fiordland near Te Anau, and they flew  for the first time ever, (being flightless birds!), courtesy of Air NZ to Auckland and were then chaffeured up to the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary where they were released.

(Photos to come!)


School Holiday Disco

Leigh School hosted the coolest kids disco around in the first week of the holidays! We were very lucky to again be able to hold it at the legendary Leigh Sawmill Cafe. This year we had a huge turn out with lots and lots of kids from other schools – thanks to all of them for their support. Our wonderful PTA worked hard selling tasty hot food and glow goodies. The theme was ‘Black & White’ and it was wonderful to see the marvellous costumes both by the kids and the adults.  Thank you all so much for supporting this fundraiser. We raised $1300 🙂


Grandparent’s Day 2014

Lots of wonderful grandparents, adopted or surrogate grandparents, aunties, uncles and mums and dads came along to support their children. After an intro from Julie and a rendition of ‘Let it Go’, the children showed their whanau around their classes, pulled out samples of their work, showed them what they had been doing on iPads etc. The adults could also talk to the teachers about how they taught, what education looks like in 2014 etc. Some grandparents were rushed off their feet with visits required to proud grandchildren in more than one class. This was followed by a sumptuous morning tea for the adults and then the children, (and a number of kids from Leigh Pre-School), all came back into the hall for the second part of the event. This was when the students presented their current art projects. This term they have had electives that ranged from contemporary dance (with renowned local choreographer Ann Dewey), to wool craft, recycled wearable arts, computer aided art, Maori themed multi media art, screen printing and music. There was a fascinating and very enjoyable showing of all of their achievements and explanations of the processes by the older students.


Cross Country 2014

The weather was windy but the rain held off for the annual school Cross Country held at Matheson Bay. A great turnout of parents, siblings, extended whanau and other supporters braved the southerly to cheer on the competitors. The winners will be representing Leigh at the Inter-Schools comps this week. Update: Emmy Flaherty came 1st in her age group CONGRATULATIONS Emmy!


Draft Vision & Mission

The BOT has worked hard with all of the masses of feedback from our community consultation last year to condense it and come up with a draft Vision and Mission for our school charter which will guide the direction of Leigh School into the future. We want YOUR feedback and so you will find a copy of the letter from Chair Nat Torkington here. All feedback to be provided by the 8th of August please (details on how to do that are in the letter).


New Bilingual Signs

We now have 15 new signs for around the school which are in Te Reo Maori (and in English!) . These were researched and made by Lili Crockett and the lettering was done by Gabrielle Connor – two local Leigh community members. The lovely upcycled signs will be installed by the Caretaker and help us to learn even more Te Reo.


A Visit to Salumeria Olive Press

The whole school enjoyed a morning visiting the olive press to learn about the process of how our olives were made into oil. The kids had a tour of the factory and spent time in their olive grove. Back at school they will be writing / drawing up the process as part of their science and technology learning. A reporter from Mahurangi Matters attended as he is doing a story on our Olive Oil project. Thanks to our parent helpers who came along and a big thank you also to Greg and Kath of Salumeria.

 Kids Can Cook Kitchen

Last Friday Chris Fortune (of the Kids Can Cook Mobile Kitchen) came to visit our school. He’s a professional & award winning chef, a judge of the Cuisine Awards and closely affiliated with the Nelson Farmers Market and Community Gardens. His focus is: “…to look at what food choices are grown locally and what is available to students and their families, as well as the impact that this has on them, their community and globally.” He LOVED our school garden and pronounced our freshly produced Olive oil as “Peppery and creamy”. I’m posting a stack of photos as you can see all our kids having an absolute ball with him 🙂 Silverbeet & Apple crepes anyone? There is a stack more photos on the school Facebook page.

Facebook Page Launched

As a way for us to stay in touch with you all better, we have started a Leigh School Facebook page. Although we have a great website (this one!), where you will find Leigh School news, a photo gallery, our upcoming calendar of activities and the weekly newsletters…we are starting the new page so parents and our community who are on Facebook can access all the school updates even more easily. Please ‘like’ and share with anybody who may be interested like family members, people in our community etc. The same as our school website, we wont be naming students but will be posting lots of photos so please don’t name the kids in any comments you make. The Facebook page is a place for you to comment, encourage your kids with their work and activities, ask questions etc. The administrator of it (Melissa) will do her best to get any queries off to the right person. We look forward to connecting with you on there soon.

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Olive Oil Has Been Pressed

Well the olives picked by the students and families has been pressed and a lovely big container of it has arrived at the school this week. Our 270kg of olives made 50L of olive oil. The bottles and lids have all arrived ready for the bottling process which the kids will do in the next week or so. The senior class have been busy researching and designing labels and we look forward to seeing the end result. Once they have decided on pricing we will start taking pre-orders…

Olive Oil ready to bottle.

Olive Oil ready to bottle.







Book Week & Character Day

Photos to come soon – sorry! Book Week had lots of families buy books for their kids resulting in Scholastic donating 4 new books to our library. Susan Gibbings told everyone at the Book Character Day that it was the best turn out in costume in the 20 years she had been teaching at Leigh School. We had some AMAZING costumes and all the teachers and a BOT member dressed up too. The Leigh Pre-School kids came over to join the parents and watch the kids parade around the courts.


Leigh Fisheries Morning Tea

Last week during their lunch hour a big group of kids helped Melissa make a paper tablecloth to be used at the morning tea for Leigh Fisheries. This is the school’s way of saying thank you for their generous support as our biggest sponsor of the Leigh Carnival. The kids worked hard to show their appreciation with phrases like ‘Woohoo Leigh Fish’, ‘We love Leigh Fisheries’ and lots of ‘Thank You’s’. The arty kids drew some amazing pictures: especially the big crayfish and octopus, lots of love hearts, fish, smiley faces, fishing boats etc. It was a big hit at the morning tea, with nearly everyone who came in commenting on how cool it was & parents looking for their own kid’s artwork. Thanks to the kids for helping and thanks to the parents who donated baking.

Making Olive Oil!

This term we have an exciting theme…the kids have picked our school olives (plus some lovely parents have gone above and beyond and picked approximately 270kg from around the area), the olives have gone off to Whangaripo Valley to be pressed into oil. So we will be taking the whole school to go and visit the olive oil press to see how it is done, we’ll be doing science around oils, studying food preservation methods, learning about marketing and design when we make labels for the bottles and then selling the final product at the Matakana Markets and through this website. This will also help the children learn financial literacy. The kids will use the oil in cooking – the junior classes will make pizza dough using it and then cook pizzas, we’ll be using it to cook produce from the school garden too. Principal Julie says: “We want the children to learn to consider how they can utilize our local resources to be more sustainable, how they can be enterprising in the manufacturing of a product. The values of innovation, ecological sustainability, community participation and respect for the environment are also part of what they will be reinforced as part of this activity.” What an exciting topic – and very much driven by the community feedback we received from you all last November.

Introducing Brian Coleman

We are excited to announce that we have a new teacher for Thursday’s and Friday’s in our year 4/5/6 composite class. Brian has recently moved to a lifestyle block in Pakiri with his wife. He has been teaching at Primary level for the last 15 years and is passionate about education for sustainability, worm farming, gardening and growing edible crops. So we know he will fit right in at Leigh School.

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman

Kapa Haka Group Perform for Anzac Day

On Anzac day a number of our kids took time out from their holidays to go along and perform at the Leigh Anzac Day Service held at the cemetery. The children performed some traditional waiata and then 4 Maori Battalion Anzac related songs to set a lovely mood for the ceremony. They also sung the NZ National anthem in Te Reo which was the first time it had been sung in Maori language at the Leigh service. They have been officially welcomed back next year.

Leigh Carnival a HUGE success!

The school’s biggest annual fundraising event went off with a bang on Easter Sunday – making $24,000 profit this year. With a huge amount of support from our local community, (see the Sponsors page on the Leigh Carnival website to find out who helped us out with donations), volunteers on the day ranged from parents and aunts, uncles & grandparents through to generous members of the community who don’t even have kids at the school. Click on the Leigh Carnival website to see more pics.

New Leigh Notice-Board

We wanted a way to let our local community more easily see what’s going on at the school – for those that don’t see this website of course. So we decided to create a separate notice-board just for the school beside the Leigh Store notice-board. This was a real community project as Tracey from Shadze kindly donated the board, Davy Crockett painted it and Neil Devantier did a great sign to go across the top. It is now installed at the store with Carnival notices on it for all of the community to hopefully notice!

Noho Marae

This week the entire school spent a wonderful 2 days on our annual Noho Marae at Omaha Marae, immersed in Maori culture. Thanks to Ngati Manuhiri for hosting us again, and to all the parent volunteers who helped out. Since our theme this year is Citizenship we had talks about Roles on the Marae and how that relates to Citizenship, and we took turns at some of the roles like Ringawera (helping in the kitchen), and weeding the Marae garden. We also did lots of art.

Carnival Easter Sunday 2014!!!

Organising is well underway for this years’ carnival! With an Easter Bunny booked to attend and run an Easter Egg Hunt, prizes pouring in from our generous local business community, spot prizes planned (which are double passes for a helicopter ride), plus all the usual Carnival rides, auctions etc… it’s looking like a goodie! Please visit If you would like one of our flash new posters (like the one below) to put up somewhere or if you can donate or help out in some way please contact Melissa or text/ring 021522648.


Book the date in now!

Book the date in now!

Strategic Planning

Following on from our November Community Meeting, the school BOT have been busy working on collating and interpreting all of the community’s feedback (378 ideas!), and working out how we are going to incorporate it into our Strategic Plan. Many of the ideas have already been incorporated into the schools 2014 Annual Plan, so will start happening this year. After our upcoming BOT meeting we will be providing copies of our draft new vision and will be inviting feedback about it from you – our community. We’ll post it on here our website as well as having a copy put up on our new notice-board at the Leigh Store.


 Information Technology Update

At the end of 2013 we were very lucky to receive around 10 Chromebooks donated by a kind donor (thanks to links via our Chairperson and former Google staff member Nat Torkington). These will be used with the senior class and allow the kids to use all google based software on them  – eg Google Drive, Gmail, Blogger, Google+ etc. Relating to this, we are implementing an online management programme called Hapara which allows the teacher to have a ‘dashboard’ that gives them access and the ability to manage all of the students work and online access and will mean the children can also access their work from home and parents will be able to view it too.

We have also just purchased 7 new iPads, 1 for the senior class to add to their existing collection and 6 for the junior class.

Over the holiday break a new television (which connects into the classroom’s laptop) has been installed in Ms Gibbing’s middle class, so that will be a great addition to her teaching resources too.


Welcome back to Term 1 of 2014

After a lovely summer break our kids, staff and volunteers are back at school and raring to go! Our theme for this year is ‘Citizenship’ and we have lots of interesting learning planned for the children. This is a great theme for the community engagement both from and with the kids, so we hope to be able to do lots of this during the year.

And…If we don’t see you around the school, I’m sure we’ll see you afterwards down at Matheson Bay enjoying a swim!

Finally – welcome to lots of new students. Ellanez and Aranga Brown, Freya Watson, Noah Muliaumasealii, Jimi Baker, Courtney and Shawn Venter, Mason and Phoenix Newbold and we also welcome Bryan Gendron back to Leigh School. We hope you all enjoy being part of the Leigh School whanau.


Weekly School Newsletter

The latest activities and notices of upcoming events are listed in our weekly newsletters – Click here to find them…


Community Consultation Hui

Our recently held community consultation meeting was a huge success with more than 40 people attending and 378 ideas generated for the school! The BOT is collating the ideas into themes and these will be used to help set our strategic direction as we move into the future. Thanks to the Leigh Store, Leigh Fisheries, Leigh Fish & Chips, Sawmill Brewery, Lothlorien’s Wine & Zeffer Cider for their sponsorship of the night!

If you are part of our community and want to have your say, the questions we asked can be read in this post. Feel free to have a read and email if you want to add any ideas, or drop off your notes at the school attention of Melissa. Please do so before the end of the term.

More photos of the night can be found in the Gallery.


What’s been happening lately – our news in pictures…
(Click the picture to make it larger, hover over to see the caption.)

**Visit our Gallery to see more photos.**

Pet Day was a great success with lots of whanau support, lovely pets, beautiful classroom displays and the Junior class made ice-cream and raised $74 for the SPCA!

We took a closer look at our amazing local environment at the Goat Island Discovery Centre

The whole school went to the Stardome!

We’ve been gardening with the help of BNZ’s Closed for Good volunteers. (Read about that here.)

We blasted rockets into the sky…

We’ve enjoyed hosting some special school visitors…

Our kapa haka group Te Whanau O Omaha raised $1200 in an event at the Sawmill Cafe to buy new piupiu…(Read about that here.)

We visited Ngati Manuhiri to see their art and learn more about kaitiakitanga (looking after our environment)…(Read about that here.)

We’ve been reading as part of our Tuakana / Teina programme, and with our whanau…

We’ve been making some great art.


School disco

We hosted an awesome disco with the amazing Sawmill Cafe as our venue.

Squiddlings Disco, Monday 7th October 2013, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, 5-8pm.

Disco Poster

Annual Events

  • School Speeches
  • Interschool Speeches
  • Grandparent’s Day
  • School Swimming
  • Interschool Swimming
  • School Cross Country
  • Interschool Cross Country
  • School Hockey
  • Interschool Hockey
  • Athletics Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Year
2013 School Term Dates

Term 1: 4 Feb – 19 April
Term 2: 6 May – 12 July
Term 3: 29 July – 27 September
Term 4: 14 October – 16 December