Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 10, 25th September 2020

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

  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Wednesday 14th October - BYOD Community Meeting, 5:30pm.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Monday 26th October - Labour Day (no school).
  • Friday 30th October - Kapa Haka Festival.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day (Please note the date change).
  • Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November - Book Fair.
  • Friday 6th November - Grandparents Day.
  • Tuesday 10th November - School Photos.
  • Wednesday 11th November - Interschool Soccer Tournament.
  • Wednesday 18th November - School Prizegiving.
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4).

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to celebrate everything that I have learnt this term!

Te reo phrase of the week: kuhu mai ki roto (come inside)

Kia ora,

It was wonderful to move to alert level 1 on Tuesday. The varying alert levels along with the different criteria to meet all of them has definitely kept us on our toes this year. It has been amazing to see our community quickly adjust to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines and support us where necessary.

Term 3 has been our first normal-ish term of the year so it’s onwards and upwards for our school next term. We have a great lineup of activities planned for our students, which I’m sure they’ll undoubtedly make the most of. Please note Wednesday 18th November down for our school prize giving and hangi night. Due to the scheduled upgrade of our three senior classes, the Matapu Hall will be used as Rooms 1, 2, and 3’s place of learning for weeks 7-10, which is why our school prize giving will be a bit earlier than normal.

Community Survey

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete our community survey. Your feedback and input will be instrumental in designing our curriculum and learning priorities for the future.

BYOD Meeting

Bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming a common place practice in NZ schools to further support students’ learning. On Wednesday 14th October at 5:30 pm we will be holding a community meeting about the use of BYOD at Matapu School in Room 1. We will be discussing the recommended device (Apple iPad), the support from the school (purchasing applications for learning and a keyboard to support the device), and a financial hardship option. Hannah Williams from Noel Leeming will also be there to explain about their interest free loan scheme and will have Apple iPads available for you to check out.

School Hats

Please remember that our students will be required to wear their school hats again next term. Please see Emma at the school office if you need to purchase a new one.

On behalf of all of the staff we hope your whanau has an enjoyable time in the holidays. We have our fingers crossed for some fine weather. We know that this time of year is often the busiest for a number of our families so we hope you are on the downhill slide in regards to calving and get a chance to have a bit of a breather.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

BOT Update

As we sign off on Term 3, just an update on a few things.

The property plan is progressing well and we are still on track to start our build before the years end. Things will be a bit disruptive while the build is progressing but hopefully we are back to normal in no time.

It's been great to see our staff handle the Covid situation so well. Such uncertain times have still seen our school jumping ahead leaps and bounds. A massive thanks to our principal, our teachers, teacher aids, admin staff and caretaker. The school looks great and the opportunities our students are involved with is great to see. It has been such a disruptive year but we are still on track to finish on a high.

We would like to thank the sponsors involved with our school maize paddock. Once again we are almost ready to plant. We manage to grow our crop with 100% sponsorship which means all income comes directly back into our school. This sort of income along with other things such as the 'Rear a bull' scheme and gala auction are the difference between us being able to afford the extra projects around the school such as the path to the hall and the school bike track.

Our generous maize sponsors are:

Pioneer Maize Brand

Balance Agri nutrients


Holdem Contracting


Finer Spraying Services

PGG Wrightson Hawera

As a new project this year our Year 5 and 6 students will be working with our maize sponsors to tend to the crop from start to finish. This will be an awesome programme which fits in great with our rural school environment and also utilizes a great learning asset that we have available on our back doorstep.

A huge thanks to all parents, community members and sports coaches who are continuing to give their time to help out. This is what makes our school tick, all of the extra help and people willing to go the extra mile.

The School Gala/Pet Day is the next big event on the calendar which should be a great day. Thanks to SPA and the Gala committee who are working away behind the scenes organising another spectacular event.

We will be having a working bee just after the term break and would love to have some extra hands turn up to finish off the odd jobs around the school to bring it up to scratch. We will keep you posted on this.

Thanks everyone, enjoy the term break.

Matapu School BOT

Taranaki Primary Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to all the runners who went to Taranaki Primary Schools Cross Country in Hawera on Wednesday. We had some great results and everyone ran their hearts out!
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Hawera Basketball Competition

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 Basketball team who came 2nd in the Hawera Basketball competition. Special mention to Ruby Horgan who won Most Valuable Girl Player in the final.

Room 1

This week some of the students in Room One have been working hard to get our School Garden ready for planting.

We have a strawberry patch, veggie garden and a kumara bed all ready to go.

The kumara tipu have been growing in an ice cream container with sand and wood chips for a month and are ready to be snapped off the kumara and planted in a U shape in our dedicated kumara bed.

If you would like to grow your own kumara at home, it's not too late! Chop a kumara in half and place it in a saucer of water for a few weeks until the tipu starts to grow.

If you come into school during the holidays can you please pop into our school garden and give it a water for us?

Room 2

We have had such a busy term 3. Room 2 have had Puanga celebrations, rocket challenge, basketball training, shampoo soap making with Enviroschools, rippa skills, St John in Schools, cross country and so much more to enjoy and experience! We are so lucky.

To end the term we have written and presented a persuasive speech to the class. Even though it has been scary to speak in front of an audience, everyone has done so well! There were many different topics to think about but Miss B’s favourite has to be why school is better than homeschool. Have a great holiday break!

Room 3

What a fantastic term we have had! We are so grateful for being back at COVID Level 1 again! This week has been about celebrating our successes this term with all the things we have learned, including sports skills. We had Ghislaine from Kelly Sports in on Tuesday to help us with some striking and baseball team skills. It was so much fun. The students wanted to have their photo taken with Ghislaine, afterwards.

Room 4

The last week of the term! We have spent this week finishing off different pieces of work that we have been learning for the last few weeks. We published our Explanation writing and have displayed them in our class. We also made posters. Celebrating the learning that we have completed this whole term. However the best part of the week was talking to Mrs Guest and looking at the pictures she sent of her and the baby.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy break.

Room 5

It was the final week for our spelling race!! We have had 5 spelling words for our homework each week and there were 7 people who got all of the words correct and got to the finish line!! Well done Jack, Leah, Mia, Meika, Lucinda, Khorus and Noah Mercer!
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E huri to aroaro ki te ra, tukuna to ataarangi ki muri i a koe.

Turn and face the sun and let your shadow fall behind you.


  • Please return basketball singlets ASAP.
  • All touch fees are now due, unpaid fees may result in removal from the team.
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