Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 5, 13th November 2020

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

  • Wednesday 18th November - School Prizegiving & Hangi
  • Wednesday 25th November - Sports Prizegiving
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4)

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 5

RAISE Goal: to use kind words and give others compliments

Te reo phrase of the week: ka mau te wehi (that’s amazing)

Kia ora,

We had some pretty fancy looking students on Tuesday for our school photos. It was neat to see them all in school uniform and with big smiles on their faces. On Wednesday we took three teams to the Kaponga Soccer Tournament. It was a great day out, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our students' values, sportsmanship, and team work really stood out to me. Thank you to all of the parents who helped out on the day, especially Megan Horgan and Matt Brittain for coaching their respective teams.

2021 Stationery and Class lists

We are in the final stages of organising our class lists for next year. Please note that your child’s class for next year, along with their stationery list will be sent home with their Term 4 report on Friday 11th December. I am extremely pleased to say that we have no staff changes next year and that we have locked in our great teaching and support staff team for 2021. Please see below a list of rooms, year levels, and teachers.

Room 1 - Miss Rawcliffe - Year 7 and 8

Room 2 - Miss Boshier - Year 6 and 7

Room 3 - Miss West - Years 4, 5, and 6

Room 4 - Mrs Procter - Years 3 and 4

Room 5 - Miss Rose - Years 2 and 3

Room 6 - Mrs Parry - New Entrants and Year 1


Just a reminder that our prizegiving and hangi night is on Wednesday 18th November. The night will start at 6:00 pm in the Matapu Hall (doors open at 5:45 pm) where we will start with class performances, followed by the awards. At approximately 7:15 pm our prizegiving will finish and we will head outside to enjoy the hangi. Can everyone please bring a disposable plate and cutlery.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Kaponga Soccer Tournament

Room 1

A few weeks ago some students from Rooms 1 and 2 competed in the EPro8 Online Challenge. They had to design an animal with moving parts for a new robotic museum. Our Year 7 and 8 team (Cooper White, Ryder Katene, Joseph Mulliss and Mattia Buhler) designed a snail that could tuck its head into its body. This design won them a place in the finals and they were invited to compete at the Championships at Devon Intermediate on Wednesday night. We are so proud of the effort, determination and teamwork these boys showed at the event. I can’t wait to see what our competitors create next year!

Room 2

Room 2 have been busy practicing their class item for prizegiving. In between practices they have had students working on their basic facts, spelling, EPro8 challenge, inter school soccer tournament, robotics and heaps more. Here are some students working on their robotics using lego and coding from an iPad

Room 3

On Friday last week we welcomed our grandparents and extended whanau for the morning. Thank you all for coming and supporting the children. It was great to see Room 3 students reading to their Room 6 buddies and then trying out our origami kiwi activity. This week we have been practicing our class item for prizegiving, which is next Wednesday, and learning about decimals.

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have begun learning about descriptive writing, and ways that we can add detail to a description. The children are getting very good at planning and using that to inform their work in their books. The main focus we have had this week is using our 5 senses to help add detail.

Room 5

Wow what a week! We have made a pretend stage on our classroom floor and have been working extra hard to get it perfect for prizegiving next week! We can't wait to perform it for you!

Room 6

The Big Buddies were out in force yesterday at 4Stars!

They are such a patient lot, joining in with all their Little Buddy was doing and coaching them in their tasks.

It was great to see the relationships that are developing with their new friends-big and small, and how much more comfortable the Little Buddies are in our classroom now. This is such an important part of the transition process and we are so lucky to have such willing helpers to make things easier!


He aroha whakato, he aroha puta mai.

If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.

Trophies & Cups

Can we please have all sports trophies and cups returned to the office ASAP.

Egmont A&P Parade & Show

2020 A&P Show Parade

Egmont Showgrounds

20th November

6pm (free entry from 5pm)

Egmont A&P Show

Egmont Showgrounds

20th November 12pm - 8pm

21st November 9am - 4pm



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