Activities On Offer

Kapa haka

Kapa Haka is an exciting cultural group to be involved in. The group performs throughout the year both in and out of school. Kapa Haka provides tamariki with an opportunity to represent the Māori culture and learn about tikanga Māori. The Kapa Haka is open to all students from years 2-6 and is a year long commitment. The group practices during class time each week.


Netball is available through the following competitions at Netball North Harbour

  • ANZ Future Ferns for Year 1 to 3 teams are one afternoon per week for 10 weeks

  • Primary for Year 4 (one afternoon per week) Two Terms

  • Primary for Year 5 - 6 (one afternoon per week) Two Terms

  • Times for the games are anywhere from 4.00 pm to 7.00pm.

At Glenfield College there is an ANZ Future Ferns for Year 1 to 3 on Saturdays and a Junior Netties can offer a competition for Year 1 through to Year 6 teams. The competition is 12 weeks long for Year 3 to 6 teams. For Year 1 and 2 teams the programme is 10 weeks long (at Glenfield only).

There is also Summer Leagues at Netball North Harbour and Glenfield College in Term 4.

Team numbers are dependent on the number of children who wish to play and parent support with coaching and managing teams.

Please contact Desiree Ward (Netball Coordinator) for any inquiries


For 20 years we have had a very proud Mānuka Bullets team, made up of Year 5 and 6 students.

We have won 9 championships at the YMCA and are currently defending champions.

Our Mānuka Bullets trials start at the beginning of each year for boys and girls in Year 5 and 6.

The team play from March to December.

Mr Chris Barclay is the Coach and Manager of the bullets. We sometimes have a second team if we have a parent who is willing to coach the team.


Hockey is an opportunity for students to learn new skills and be part of a team. This fun and quick paced game challenges students to work together and push their limits. Good sportsmanship is encouraged and students feel a sense of achievement when a game is won. There are two seasons a year and games are played once a week after school in the evening at North Harbour Hockey.

This option only goes ahead if we have enough children who want to play.


Touch is offered in Term 4 only and depends heavily on parent involvement for coaches and managers. students must provide their own uniforms and shoes. The uniform top is available from KINDO and students wear their own black shorts.

The season starts early term 4 and runs for 8 weeks. Students play with 6 on the field at any time, with a maximum of 10 in a team. They play 14 minute halves with a 1 minute half time where they switch ends of the field. Games are played after school and trainings are run by coaches and managers.

Team numbers are dependent on the number of children who wish to play and parent support with coaching and managing teams

iNTER-SCHOOL SPORTS tournament days

Each term the Glenfield School Cluster organises different sporting events where the local schools can get together to compete in a wide range of sports. These competitions vary from year to year. They are held at local schools during school hours and are free for the children who attend.

Team numbers are dependent on the number of teams that the cluster can accommodate on the days.

Library free time

Our school library is open before school from 8:20-8:50am and during fine lunchtimes from 12:30-1pm.

The children are welcome to come in a play games and read book together. There is a teacher in the library to supervise the children at this time.


We are so lucky to have a dedicated group of Grandmothers who come into our school on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes to teach knitting to our keen senior students.

The boys and girls have developed a range of skills this year. Their knitting projects range from Peggy squares to beanies and knitted toys.

ENVIRO (environmetal) group

The Enviro Group are taught many different gardening skills and also the effect of our choices on our wider environment. The group learns what types of plants to grow in different seasons, how to use worm wee, weed, water, de-slug, and how to care for different sorts of plants. The group also collects food scraps daily to make compost and worm castings which it uses to enrich the soil in the raised beds at Manuka School.

The Enviro Group meet one lunchtime a week unless it is raining.

Chess Tournament

The Mānuka school chess tournament is a round robin, knockout tournament that is open to all students in Term three.

The tournament is run one lunchtime per week in the Zen Den and runs until only one student becomes the chess champion for the year.

The Play pod

The Mānuka school play pod is a shed full of amazing play based learning equipment. It is open for the Junior children to play with on most fine lunch times.

This equipment allows the children to develop skills of creativity and cooperation while they have lots of fun.

The Sand pit

The Mānuka school school sandpit is a large shaded play area that is open for the Junior children to play with on fine lunch times.

This equipment allows the children play together and have a lot of fun while learning to share space and equipment.

The mps explorer

We are so proud of our MPS Explorer. This beautiful shipshape playground gives our junior children so much joy, exercise and creative play in their lunchtime.

Our children love playing on this playground before school and in their break times

The Junior playground

Our junior playground is designed especially to meet the safety and needs of our little people in the year 0-3 classes. This shaded playground allows our student to climb and explore together in all of their break times.

The Senior playground

Our senior playground is designed to meet the challenge and excitement of our bigger people in the year 4-6 classes. This playground includes our massive 'spider web' and a range of climbing equipment that they can play o before school in our breaks.

Our senior students also love to play basketball, on the top courts, handball around the back of the classrooms, soccer on the fields and quiet games in the game zone at the back of Room 8


Mānuka School works in partnership with The Music Education Centre

The Music Education Centre students have the convenience and choice of either learning at the MEC centre or at their school.

Learning music through the centre includes a selection of over 90 skilled teachers that are committed to your child's learning experience.

Head to to enrol your child online.


Choir provides students with an opportunity to sing as part of a large group. Throughout the year the choir practises in preparation to perform in the annual Kids 4 Kids Concert. This is a colourful and exciting event co hosted by two well known music performers. This event also provides an opportunity for children to audition for a soloist part in the concert. In previous years two Manuka Primary students have been selected for this role.

The choir is only run on years when the Kids for Kids festival is on. We were not able to have a choir during the Covid pandemic due to singing restrictions.


The Mānuka marimba group offers children a unique opportunity to play an instrument in a group. No previous experience or music knowledge is needed. From the first session children are making music.

A marimba is a percussion instrument made of wooden bars on a stand. We also use smaller xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels and untuned percussion such as drums and maracas.

Every year the marimba group takes part in the annual Marimba Festival alongside groups from other schools in the Auckland region. At the moment we are hard at work practising our pieces to take part in this festival.

The Marimba group runs on the years when the Marimba festival is on.