Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 3, 19th February 2021

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

  • Wednesday 24th February - School Athletics Day
  • Thursday 4th March - Kaponga Athletics Day
  • Monday 8th March - Taranaki Anniversary
  • Tuesday 9th March - School Swimming Sports
  • Wednesday & Thursday 10th & 11th March - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday 12th March - Mt Spa Triathlon
  • Friday 19th March - Mt Spa Swimming Sports
  • Thursday 25th March - SPA AGM, 1pm
  • Friday 26th March - School Triathlon
  • Thursday 1st April - Teachers Only Day
  • Friday 2nd April - Good Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Friday 16th April - Last day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to take pride in my book work

Te reo phrase of the week: waiho (leave it)

Kia ora,

Wow, how great was it that we only spent three days at level two! While new cases in the community are always disappointing to hear of, it is reassuring to see how quickly they were identified. I am sure we are all grateful for the efforts of our health workers, scientists and technicians in this regard, and the thousands of people who have been tested.

Miss Rose

As many of you would have heard, our wonderful teacher in Room 5 Miss Rose is having a baby! We are extremely excited for her and her fiancé and know that they’ll make great parents. Miss Rose is planning to go on maternity leave at the end of Term 2. Please rest assured that the BOT and myself will find a fantastic teacher to educate our students in Room 5 while she is on maternity leave.

Friday Pie-Day

We have our fingers and toes crossed that when we hit Term 4 of this year we’ll be in alert level one. Therefore we have planned two end of year camps for our year 5-8 students. The year 5/6s will be heading to Vertical Horizon, while the year 7/8s will be going down to Wellington. There are considerable costs involved with Camp Wellington so our year 7/8s have come up with a great fundraiser to help lower the costs. Please see the Friday Pie-Day poster below. We will start by offering mince, mince & cheese, steak & cheese, and potato top pies. All pies will be $3 each and the orders will need to be in by Thursday morning every week. Please note that more information about both camps, including dates and costs will come out in the coming weeks.

Welcome - Amie Heatherton

We have recently employed Amie Heatherton to work every Tuesday at our school. Amie is passionate about using technology in meaningful ways and getting students involved in project based learning. As you can imagine her skills are right up our alley! She will be working with Room 1 initially, where she will be covering robotics and coding. Amie will also be running project based learning experiences with a selection of our student leadership groups as well. Please introduce yourself if you see her around the school.

Nga mihi nui

James Willson

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Room 1

Another great week in Room One this week! We are getting pretty excited about the progress in our new classes and we can't wait to move back in.

The kids are loving their time at Tech. They are learning new skills and getting really excited about designing their new project and making crayon moulds.

Room 2

In Room 2 we love practicing high jump. We love it so much that we ask Miss B multiple times a day if we can practice. We have been teaching the younger students how to jump over the bar and practice our own technique to get better and higher at our jumps.

Room 3

We have been working hard to learn the correct techniques for discus, shotput and high jump this week. It has been really great seeing all the children's confidence grow throughout the week as we practise. We have been learning how to use more of the school apps such as google classroom and their school emails.

Room 4

This week Room 4 were lucky to have Whaea Stella as their teacher on Monday and Tuesday. They did some fantastic imaginative work and construction. They have also been learning all about collecting, displaying and reading data. The favourite activity of the week has been spending time outside to practise their high jump, sprints and relay racing skills.

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we have been working hard on our athletics skills such as shot put and discus for next weeks athletics day! We are all so excited to show off our new skills!

Room 6

Despite the uncertainty of a week with Covid restrictions we have been busy and very productive in Room 6!

It is so great to see our new students feeling comfortable and taking a few risks, like walking into school on their own and even going out to the gate on their own at the end of the day - well done, I am so proud of you!

As part of our writing programme we are practising ‘fine motor’ skills in lots of different ways. We have been writing our names, tracing over lines and pictures, and cutting around shapes and letters. All these skills are important and it is great to see the concentration on the task, and their pride in the finished work.


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.

I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strengths of my family, tribe and ancestors.

Matapu School Parents Association

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 25th March, 1pm

Location TBC

All welcome.

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Northfuels Fuel for Schools

The Fuel for schools sponsorship programme has helped put over 1.2 million dollars of resources into more than 400 rural schools.

We would like to take the time to mention those members of our community that have contributed to our school, thank you to:

M.R Cleaver Trust, Sion Partnership and Western Heights Partnership.



Mark Joblin Concept & Construction Ltd, Sanfords Rural Carriers, Taranaki By-Products, McDonald Real Estate, Eltham Vet Services, ANZCO, Power Farming, Corrigan Electrical, Matapu Bulk Transport, CRV Ambreed, FMG, Mack Transport, Blastways, Nevada, Ballance, Todd Energy, & BCCL (Burgess Crowley Civil Limited) Carrfields Livestock, Rosemount Charolais - Dairy Bull Specialists, PGG Wrightson Livestock, Jack Gray Ltd, Hawera Auto Court. Bruce Parry Livestock, Kelsen's Glass & Glazing, Tommo's Tyres Ltd, Chris Perrett Electrical Solutions, Holdem Contracting Ltd, STE (South Taranaki Electrical), Kaponga Four Square