Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 10 , 9th July 2021

Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.

  • Monday 26th July - Start of Term 3
  • Friday 3rd September - Teachers Only Day
  • Wednesday 8th September - Wig Wednesday for Child Cancer Foundation
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th September - Maori Language Week
  • Friday 17th September - Grandparents Day

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to celebrate everything that I have achieved this term

Te reo phrase of the week: he aha tenei (what is this?)

Kia ora,

As another great term comes to end, it’s important to reflect on what a productive time we’ve had. From our various inter-school sports activities, to our amazing Aumangea Taima curriculum, our school is really going from strength to strength. To see; robotics, Puanga celebrations, Swoosh basketball, science fair entries, kapa haka, te reo, weekly science activities, and consistent links with our local curriculum (Maunga Taranaki) is impressive and is a testament to the hard work our teachers put in.

Speaking of hard work, I’d like to pass on a huge thanks to all of our parents who were involved in the removal of the school fort last weekend. It was something none of us were looking forward to, but ultimately all of us knew it had to come down. The ever increasing health and safety standards that our school has to meet meant that it was just not viable for our school to keep it. We must celebrate its longevity, I can only think of one other Taranaki school that still has an ‘old-school’ fort. If a Facebook comment last year is anything to go by, it sounds like it stood strong for at least 40 years! That’s a pretty awesome achievement for a piece of playground equipment.

We said goodbye to Georgia Hancock (Miss Rose) today. She will start her maternity leave and doesn’t have long to go until her baby arrives. On behalf of the Board, staff, and all of our students we wish Georgia and Liam all the very best with parenthood. Indira Clarke has also finished up as a teacher aide to focus her attention on studying to become a teacher. We wish her well with her future endeavours.


A big thanks to Angela Burke and Amanda Sherman, they coached and officiated our year 5 and 6 netball team on Wednesday who competed in the Crowley Cup. Thanks also must go to Jason Hurley who coached our year 7 and 8 rippa team in the annual tournament in Inglewood this week. Our students couldn’t participate in these events without our strong community support.


As the colder weather settles in we are seeing some students wear mufti jerseys and/or pants. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform to start Term 3. Jerseys and hoodies are available at the school office and navy blue track pants can be purchased from a number of different stores. If your child does not have the correct school uniform next term, a reminder note will come home from their class teacher.

I know many of you are getting set for calving, while others have already started. We wish you all a very happy time in the school holidays. We look forward to seeing all of our students back next term full of energy and entertaining stories.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 1 - Cahill for always putting 100% effort into everything you do.

Room 2 - Regan for always putting 100% effort into your school work.

Room 3 - Isabelle for working hard to show all the school values this term.

Room 4 - Magrett for always being a great friend by showing empathy, patience and using kind words.

Room 5 - Zaclin for always listening well to instructions and getting stuck into his work.

Room 6 - Sophie for working hard to achieve your learning goals for reading. Keep going Sophie!


He oranga ngakau, he pikinga waiora.

Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your sense of self worth.

Room 1

In the final week of each term we make a huge list of the amazing learning opportunities we have had over the past 10 weeks. This is one of my favourite activities towards the end of term because we reflect on all that we have achieved in such a short time and celebrate our successes together. I’m always amazed at how quickly the list grows, check it out below.

Here are a few excerpts from our reflections:

One thing that I really enjoyed this term was going to Tech. Going off to the intermediate to try new things was definitely a highlight. This term at Tech I was in art. I enjoyed it because art is one of my favourite things.

Foma’i Vaitupu

This term I enjoyed the School Disco. That was the most fun I have had in years! The music was top-on and adults were joining in, even Miss Rawcliffe! Some of my friends were a little ‘shy’ to dance so they just formed a huge circle and took selfies. I would love to do it again.

Sydnee Coomey

This term I enjoyed the WeDo2.0 Kits with Mrs Heatherton. She was really fun. We got to make cool robots and obstacles, that was really cool. The hard part was coding, but once we got the hang of it, it was really fun

Bobbie Baker

Big picture

Room 2

Sadly, we say goodbye to our buddy class teacher Miss Rose today. We are going to miss her while she is on maternity leave, and promise to take good care of her class while she is gone. We wish her all the best and can't wait to meet her baby soon! Here is our card to Miss Rose that Stefi designed.

Have a wonderful holiday break!

Room 3

This term has gone by so fast! We have had several students play netball and soccer in the Winter tournament and Crowley Cup. It is great to have so many of our class represent Matapu School.
We have had a busy term in Room 3, so I hope that everyone has a great holiday and plenty of rest before term 3.

Room 4

We have been building on our knowledge of time this week by reading calendars, understanding how long a minute is and reading analogue and digital clocks. We have also published our favourite piece of descriptive writing from this term and are perfecting our creative video projects!

Room 5

We have had a great week! To end an absolutely fantastic 2 terms with the awesome room 5 we have had a fun last three days. From bringing a toy to school to having an art day and finishing it off with pajama movie day. Room 5 is so excited to start the Term with their new teacher. Miss Rose is going to miss you all!

Room 6

As the term ends we have been reflecting on our successes. Here are some reflections from our much -smaller- due- to- illness class!

Brooklyn: I have got better at my morning jobs.

Braxton: I am getting better at my word rings.

Indy: Nana helps me do word rings.

Mackenzie: I have got better at writing.

Sophie: I have learnt all my alphabet.

Flynn: I learnt how to do some numbers.

Nate: I am good at rugby and I am good at writing.

Keely: This term I learnt colouring in ½ shapes.

Wishing you all a happy holiday break with your families. Hope to see everybody back on board in Term 3, happy and healthy!

Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs

Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs v Nelson Giants

TSB Stadium Saturday 17 July - Tip off at 7.30


Tickets available on the door and also



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