Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 4, 11th November 2022

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

  • Tuesday 15th November - Teacher's Union Meeting, school closing at 12:15pm
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Sports Prize Giving, 5:30pm
  • Friday 25th November - Junior Prize Giving, 1pm
  • Monday 28th November - Senior Prize Giving, 6pm
  • Wednesday 7th December - Year 8 Dinner, 6pm
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to respect my environment by cleaning up after myself

Te reo phrase of the week: te ātaahua hoki (that’s beautiful)

Kia ora,

We had a wonderful day participating in a delayed Gumboot Friday today. Establishing and monitoring the mental health of ourselves and others is an incredibly important part of modern life, especially with all of the demands that affect all areas of our lives. A big thanks to Deb Moffitt for organising a bunch of fun activities for our students to take part in, they had a great time.

Staffing Update

It is my absolute pleasure to announce that Michelle Lee and Robbie Bird will be joining our teaching team in 2023. Michelle will be the year 7/8 teacher in Room 1, as well as our senior team leader. Robbie will be the new Year 4/5 teacher in Room 3. Both Michelle and Robbie are experienced teachers with plenty to offer our students, staff, and community. In the current climate of a teacher supply shortage, it is very pleasing to once again have a fantastic teaching team for 2023.

Tuesday 15th November

As teachers begin their next round of contractual negotiations with the Ministry of education, NZEI union meetings are set to take place in the coming weeks. Our teachers will attend one on Tuesday 15th November, can we please ask that you make arrangements to pick your child/ren up at 12:15 pm on this day. If you are unable to do so, please phone the office and let us know. The school bus will run early this day, with the first bus leaving school at 12:15 pm.

Matapu History Fact

In the 1980s Matapu’s year 7/8 students attended technology lessons at the Manaia Manual Training Centre.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Jake for the great effort you put into your learning.

Room 2 - Cooper for writing a great story about fire and water. Well Done!

Room 3 - Airini for an awesome effort and thought into your newspaper art.

Room 4 - Atticus for effort. You spent time on your floral artwork and it looks amazing.

Room 5 - Luke (absent) for the amazing effort and ambition you are showing.

Room 6 - Aaliyah for your wonderful effort in all your learning. You are really growing your brain!


Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu.

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.

Sports Uniforms

Can we please have all netball dresses returned as well as all basketball singlets that are not currently being used for touch.

Room 2 - DVD's

If anyone has any of the following DVD's at home Room 2 would very much appreciate if they could borrow them.

Stuart Little


Whale Rider

Bridge to Terabithia

Room 1

This week we farewell our Student Teacher Hayden Bryant. He has been a valuable member of Room One this year and even came along to camp with us! Hayden was quick to build an excellent rapport with our senior students and went out of his way to play games at lunchtime and get to know students across the school. We wish Mr Bryant all the best for his second year at Waikato University in 2023 and hope he has a wonderful restful holiday.

Room 2

This week we have been busy settling back down into a routine. In Maths, we have been learning about how to work out the area of a triangle, volume of a cube as well as interpreting data from graphs. Some children have been practicing their lines for a small class play and they have been writing about whether, if given a choice, they would like to control fire or water.

Today was the celebration of Gumboot Day. Unfortunately the weather didn't behave itself, so we did most of the challenges in the hall. It was so much fun to see kids chucking gumboots as well as honing their skills to get a ping pong ball into a gumboot - this is much harder than it looks!

Room 3

On Thursday in Room 3 we created some mixed media art. We had a ball making different animals using newspaper, tape, pipe cleaners and anything else we could find. Mrs Hauparoa gave us some amazing cartoon eyes to finish them off.

Room 4

In Room 4 we have been learning about complementary colours which are the opposites e.g. red and green, blue and orange, and purple and yellow. The children drew their own beautiful spring flowers then used the complimentary colours to make them bright. They also learned how to use black pens for outlining and shading. Our mixed class Aumangea Taima is going great! The children who come to Room 4 have a challenge to make a chair for a rather large baby bear!

Room 5

We have had lots of fun helping Humpty Dumpty land in a safe way so he doesn’t crack. For Aumangea Taima, Rooms 4, 5 and 6 have been listening to nursery rhymes and completing a challenge based around them. When they are in Room 5, they are working in groups to design a safe way for Humpty to land so he doesn’t crack. We test our designs out on the school obstacle course. There have been some successful attempts at this, while others have had a bad ending.

Room 6

We have been learning about ‘number friends’ this week. We use our Numicon to find two blocks that make up the number we are working on. On Thursday it was 8 and we found all the combinations we could-like 8 and 0, 7 and 1, 6 and 2 and so on. The Numicon really helps us to recognise the number patterns quickly and we also discovered odd and even numbers. The odd numbers are all warm colours and the even numbers are cool colours so that will help us remember!

We have finished round 2 of Aumangea Taima, creating towers and a way for Rapunzel to escape after her hair has been cut off. This week we had a plaited rope with a hook on the end to go over the window ledge, a lift, a jump down to a soft mat, a slide and a bridge with steps!

Community Notices

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