Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 8, 11th September 2020

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

  • Monday 14th September - BOT Meeting, 6pm.
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Friday 25th September - Matapu Preschool Pet Day - Cancelled.
  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Friday 30th October - Kapa Haka Festival.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day (Please note the date change).
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day. (End of Term 4)

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I know what I am going to do at break times

Te reo phrase of the week: katia te kūaha (shut the door)

Kia ora,

Wow! As you can see from the photos below, our book character dress up day for Shaan Wineera was hugely popular. Thank you so much for your support of Shaan and the whole Wineera family. It is events like these that make our staff and students feel so humbled to be part of our amazing community.


All of our teachers have been running Makerspace sessions with their classes this term. Makerspace is an exciting educational initiative which encourages students to critically think about a problem/issue and design a possible solution for it by utilising their practical skills. It has been wonderful to see the students using their thinking skills to actively engage in problems and take risks in their learning. Challenges are seen as roadblocks to get around, as opposed to stumbling blocks that they can’t get past. The best thing about this approach is that the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, risk taking, and cooperation can be transferred to all other areas of their learning.

Term 4 Guitar Lessons

Our guitar teacher Ben McLeod has been fantastic this term. His positive approach and ability to personalise the lessons for the students has seen them make great progress. We will again be offering the lessons in Term 4. If you would like your child to participate the cost will be $120. Please contact the office to register your child for lessons next term. Your child will need their own guitar (¾ size recommended).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

It has been a busy week in Room One this week. Our Wonder Rocket Challenge is coming to an end. The kids are currently undertaking test flights, modifying their rockets and getting ready for the final launch. We would like to say another huge thank you to our ambassadors Nicky and Jo from Ballance who have been an amazing inspiration to the students and helped them with their learning.

We have also had some amazing coaches from Swoosh Basketball training come in this week to pass on their passion for the game and teach us the rules of the game.

We also went for a walk through the Hikoi o Kereru Ngahere area next to the school. This is such an amazing resource that we have and we can't wait to take full advantage of it now that the weather is starting to warm up.

Room 2

Room 2 have loved our basketball sessions thanks to Hawera Basketball and the coaches from Swoosh Training. They have learnt the basic rules of the game while practicing their basketball skills. We can’t wait for our next session!

Room 3

We have had some fantastic learning in Room 3 this week. Our class maths focus for the next few weeks is fractions. This week we have been working on ordering fractions. For writing this week we had to use our opinion on whether or not all schools should have uniforms. Miss Cleland was in on Tuesday and the students made some bright contrasting flowers with pastel. Our basketball skills on Thursday was great fun! We worked in pairs to dribble and pass the ball on the court.

Room 4

There has been a big focus on time in Room 4 this week. We are working hard to read and write analogue and digital times correctly. We had basketball skills again on Thursday and it was great to see the class' excitement. We are getting better with our dribbling and passing. This week we also introduced a 'Must do - Can do' system. This is to encourage the class to become motivated learners and self-managers.

Room 5

This week in Room 5 we have been learning a new song for assembly. It is a Te Reo song about all our different body parts! We also decided to put actions with it. We really enjoy singing and dancing in our class, so we really enjoyed learning this song!

Room 6

In Room 6 we are having a go at Makerspace. It is early days, but we are learning to work with a partner, share our ideas and come up with a solution to a problem, which we draw as a plan. Later we will look at creating our solutions using a variety of materials.

We started with ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and tried to solve the problem of how to get over the bridge without running into the Troll and this week we read ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and looked at ways Jack could get back home quickly without climbing down the Beanstalk.

Here are two of our very creative plans!


E tu kahikatea, hei wakapae ururoa.

Awhi mai, awhi atu, tatou tatou e.

Kahikatea stand together; their roots intertwine, strengthening each other.

We all help one another and together we will be strong.


  • Can all home reader books please be returned to school by the end of term.
  • Can we please have any spare ice cream containers, these can be left at the office.
  • Can we please have all Pet Day trophies returned to the office.


We are still in need of a coach for the Year 7/8 touch team. If this team doesn't have a coach we will unfortunately be unable to enter it into the Hawera Touch Module.

If you are able to help please let Nikaela or the office know ASAP.

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