Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 11, 14th April 2022

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

  • Friday 15th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 2nd May - Term 2 starts
  • Friday 3rd June - Teachers Only Day

Principal's Weekly Update

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

Te reo phrase of the week: kei hea o …? (where is your…?)

Kia ora,

We have some exciting news, in week 8 of next term we are going to hold a school production! It will involve all six classes who will each perform a class scene and have a selection of speaking roles. Our senior students are busily applying for main character roles which will no doubt see some budding acting skills come to the fore.

The production is called “Carmen Sandiego’ and will be loosely based around the popular mystery computer game that originated in the 1980s. It has now been turned into a Netflix series so it is a common household name known by generations of people. If you’re anything like me, Carmen Sandiego brings back memories of patiently waiting for a turn on the computer game at your primary school in the late 80s/early 90s. We had one Apple Mac computer that was kept in a resource room, shared by three classrooms of students. It seems a world away from our current classroom settings of one-to-one devices, robotics, and a laser cutter. Wow, how times have changed.

School productions are always a massive undertaking so if we have any parents/caregivers out there who have skills in sewing, prop making, etc. please let your child’s class teacher know so we can make this production one to remember.

Easter is a special time of year. Often the extra days off either side of the weekend allow people to travel and have family get togethers. I hope you all have a wonderful time over Easter and enjoy the school holidays. Please remember that Anzac Day occurs in the second week of the holidays. With everything that is going on in Ukraine at the moment, it’s definitely a fitting time to commemorate the efforts of our war veterans all those years ago.

As of today we currently have no active Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Sydnee for an outstanding effort in all learning areas.

Room 2 - Sophie for consistent hard work over the last week.

Room 3 - Leah for consistently having a great attitude towards your learning and never giving up if it gets tricky.

Room 4 - Brock for working hard at completing your work and being a great buddy helper.

Room 5 - Keely for always being a kind and caring member of Room 5.

Room 6 - Aaliyah for making a wonderful effort in learning this term.


Ma te whiritahi, ka whakatutuki ai nga pumanawa a tangata.

Together weaving the realisation of potetial.

Room 1

WOW! What an awesome end to a very busy and fantastic term. We have had so much fun together so far this year, I can't wait to see what the kids come up with next term! During Aumangea Taima lessons this week we learned about the muscles and bones we have in our hands and arms that allow us to pick up objects, we then created our own exoskeletons using straws as the phalanges and string for the tendons. We have some budding scientists in Room One!

Room 2

I have had a great time in Room 2 while Mrs Moffitt has been away. Some of our Keynote projects are finished and we have been working through our prime maths. We are also having a go at making ANZAC art on Keynote, it is such a versatile app! This week our school production was announced and the year 7 and 8s have had the opportunity to apply for a major role. Have a wonderful Easter and School Holidays. Anna Hauparoa

Room 3

Term 1 done and dusted! We cannot believe how fast these last 11 weeks have gone by. This week we have been working on ANZAC related activities. We have been creating a presentation on Keynote with all the different tasks that we have completed; check your child's iPad at home if you can. It has been a great way to include art, reading, writing, critical thinking and problem solving into the last week and all related to ANZAC.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday and some well deserved rest.

Room 4

What a fantastic week. We have continued doing amazing writing using action verbs and adjectives. Our Pepeha on the Keynote app are coming along nicely and we are enjoying sharing tips using the drawing tools. We remembered why ANZAC Day is an important part of our history on Wednesday and created some stained glass window poppies. We also got creative on Thursday by creating some 3D baskets. Have a great holiday everyone!

Room 5

We have achieved a lot in Room 5 this term. Looking back, the students remembered all the things they had done this term. This included swimming, athletics, soccer, reading, writing, maths, art and much more. We have finished the term off with some lovely easter crafts, and wish everyone a safe Easter and lovely holiday break!

Room 6

Term 1 is over…it has gone by really quickly but there is a lot to celebrate about the really important skills needed to have a successful start at school. It has been really wonderful to watch the development of new friendships, growing confidence, the fine motor skill progress across the whole class, facing challenges in the swimming pool, the progress with learning letters, sounds and numbers, and the learning of class routines to help us all have a good day.

We have certainly seen some amazing growth and we look forward to building on it next term. It will be fabulous to have some great role models as well as welcome the next crop of ‘newbies’!

A big farewell to Starlet from Room 6. We have loved having you in our room and will be sad to see you go, but we know you go to your new school ready for whatever comes.

Have a truly wonderful Easter break, and enjoy some quality family time together everyone.

Community Notices

Northfuels Fuel for Schools

Fuel for Schools is a school sponsorship programme aimed at supporting rural schools throughout New Zealand.

As a Northfuels customer, you can nominate a participating school to receive 50cents for every 100 litres of bulk fuel that you have delivered.

For more information

Freephone: 0800 999 986



We would like to thank those members of the community who are currently contributing to our school, thank you to:

Western Heights Partnership

Clark and Everitt Partnership

M.R Cleaver Trust

Danza Trust

Sion Trust

Opua Road Farm Ltd

Trec Trust

AJ and JL Dettling

Reckless Ltd

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Peter Cattley Memorial Cross-country

Sunday 22 May 2022

Fitzroy Golf Course, Record Street, New Plymouth

> Estimated time races – closest to their estimate wins the race trophy

> no watches to be worn


> TROPHIES for winners

> Prizes for first across the line


12:00pm Women 4km $5.00

12:30pm Men 4km $5.00

1:15pm Walkers (70+ can do either 2km or 4km) 4km $5.00

Walkers – Boys and Girls 12 & under 2km $2.00

2.15pm Boys and Girls 12 & under 2km $2.00

3:00pm Prize-giving and afternoon tea at Fitzroy Golf Clubrooms

Spectators $2 – competitors free

Please have estimated times to Karen Gillum-Green ( by

Thursday 28 April 2022

Entries are open to: club members – please wear your club uniform

: school students / staff – please wear your school singlet/tee-shirt

: general public

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