Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 1, 7th May 2021

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

  • Monday 3rd May - Start of Term 2
  • Tuesday 11th May - BOT meeting, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday 16th & 17th June - Whanau Learning Conferences

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to show ambition by setting new learning goals

Te reo phrase of the week: Aumangea Tāima (Creative Time)

Kia ora,

We have had a great start back to the term. The sun has been shining and the students have participated in some wonderful learning experiences about Mt Taranaki this week. It has also been pleasing to see many of them set new goals for the future and as always support one another in their buddy class activities.

As many of you know one of our current charter goals is ‘to encourage our students to become practical problem solvers’. This is a journey we’ve been on since the middle of last year and we feel it is now time to come up with our own name for this exciting area of our local curriculum. Thankfully we’ve had some great suggestions come forward, the most suitable being ‘Aumangea Tāima’, which means creative time. Therefore when you hear us refer to Aumangea Taima going forward, you’ll know it’s about getting our students to apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of different problems.

School Policy Review

As part of our school’s commitment to self-review, the following policy is currently under review:

  • Reporting to Parents on Student Achievement

Please login to the school’s School Docs account to complete a review of this policy.

Matapu School’s login details are as follows:


Username: Matapu

Password: lifelonglearning

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Friday Pie Day

Friday Pie Day will continue each week this term.

Reminder that orders need to be in by Thursday morning at the latest in order for us to make sure we have enough pies for everyone.

If you would like to set up an online payment or pay a lump some for multiple weeks please contact the office.


He aroha whakato, he aroha puta mai.

If kindness is shown, then kindness you shall receive.

Room 1

We have had a lovely start to Term Two. The kids are well rested and ready for another fantastic term filled with fun and exciting learning opportunities. On Tuesday mornings we have been working with Mrs Heatherton and learning about coding. This week Sydnee and Aroha created a wrecking ball with the We.Do.2.0.

Room 2

Welcome back! Room 2 is so excited to kickstart Term 2. We have been busy setting up our learning ready for a busy time ahead. This has included creating new goals for literacy and numeracy, the introduction of our topic for this term 'Our Mountain', and completing makerspace challenges, now called Aumangea Tāima.

Room 3

Welcome back to School for Term 2. We have spent the earlier part of this week selecting writing goals and skills that we want to develop in Aumangea Taima (makerspace). Our overall topic for this term is our mountain. The whole class was very eager to share what they already knew about mountains.

Room 4

What a fantastic first week we have had! We have been getting back into our daily routine and learning about shapes. We have been reading and writing about birds that live on Taranaki Maunga. We are also thinking about what makes us super and drawing ourselves superhero costumes.

Room 5

Yay what a great start to the term we have had. We haven't been wasting any time and have gotten straight back into learning. In writing this week we have been working on adding detail into our writing by using an intro, first, then and finally. Jazmyn has worked so hard to not only achieve this goal but to ensure that all of her capital letters and full stops are in the right place! Great writing Jazmyn!

Room 6

Welcome back to a new term everybody! We have already welcomed Zyden Adams and Flynn Robinson to Room 6, and on Monday Luke Jordan will join us too. We are very excited to have you as part of Room 6.

To start the week we made a picture graph to find out how many boys and girls are in Room 6.

On that day there were 9 boys and 6 girls. We could see there were more boys than girls in our class. We coloured our data squares and put them on our graph...we had to make sure that we matched the data squares so that our information was correct.

We have been learning about shapes too and have been hunting in our classroom and on the playground for squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, ovals and hexagons!

Matapu Hall Society (Inc)


Thursday 20th May

In the hall supper room


Everyone welcome

Big picture

FREE Parent Webinar this month – Support your children to success.

Our next Free Parent Webinar will be held on Monday 17 May at 7.30pm .

Parents are saying they are getting a great deal of understanding from the course content below. The parent webinar topic is - “Understanding children’s learning differences, setting up for success and supporting children with home learning.”

· Understanding your child as a learner

· Understanding learning difficulties

· Specialist referrals

· Supporting at risk learners

· Literacy and supporting children with home learning

- Tutor reading

- Basic spelling activities.

· Next steps for those who want more

To ensure we keep track of numbers people can register by emailing their name and email address to A link to attend the webinar is sent out once registrations are received.



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