Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 3, 4th November 2022

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

  • Monday 7th November - Kissick Eraio sports tournament
  • Friday 11th November - Gumboot Friday
  • Tuesday 15th November - Teachers 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: ka rawe (awesome)

Kia ora,

Our wonderful year 7/8s returned from their camp today. They had a fantastic time in Wellington visiting Te Papa, Zealandia, Capital E, Parliament, The Zoo, The Reserve Bank, and even some pools with hydroslides. A massive thanks to Kelly Rawcliffe for organising the camp and all of the parents for attending. Your help and support is very much appreciated.

Deputy Principal Announcement

We had a number of high quality applicants apply for our recent deputy principal vacancy and I am delighted to be able to announce that Anna Hauparoa has been appointed our new DP. Anna works tirelessly for our school and the leadership that she has shown in recent years where she has been our junior team leader, SENCO, and Te Ao Maori leader has been superb. Having Anna as our new DP also brings consistency and continuity to our school so we can continue to make great strides forward as we have in previous years

New Playground Equipment

Last week we had three new playground items installed at the front of the school. These quickly became overrun with students as they all clambered on them to see how they work. After the removal of the old fort, the new equipment has really helped to complete our playground and give the front of our school a lift. The playground was paid for with the funds that we raised at our golf day at the beginning of the year and this year’s rear a bull scheme. These fundraising initiatives really help to improve the facilities that we can offer our students, which in turn only has positive impacts on their well being and learning. Next year’s golf day is booked in for the 3rd March, please catch up with Brent Espin if you would like to enter a team. It’s a whole lot of fun for both amateurs and experts alike.

School Hours

In recent weeks we seem to have had a number of students being dropped off earlier and earlier, often before their classroom teachers are at school. Apart from our students who are on the first bus, can we please ask that you drop your child/ren off in the morning at 8:30 am or later.

We also have an increasing number of students who are waiting extended lengths to be picked up in the afternoon, our finish time is 2:40pm, please ensure you are here to collect your child/ren at this time.

Matapu History Fact

Matapu School purchased its first student computer in 1987.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 2 - Savannah for always showing respect and leading by example.

Room 3 - Kordy for showing integrity and great self management.

Room 4 - Jazmyn for making great choices every day and always contributing ideas!

Room 5 - Flynn for the great effort you are putting into your learning!!

Room 6 - Ryder for working hard to get better at reading, you are making a great effort.


He ora te whakapiri, He mate te whakatariri.

There is strength in unity, Defeat in anger.

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Matapu School Parents Association

Pet Day Ribbons

Some winners from the lamb judging may have received the wrong ribbon.

If your child received the wrong ribbon can it please be returned to the office so that we can get the correct ribbons to everyone.

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Room 1

The kids in Room One have had an amazing week in Wellington. Some highlights from this week would be the visit to the Wellington Zoo, Parliament and Zealandia where the students got to see tuatara in the wild, not one but at least ten of them sitting just out of their little holes sunning themselves in the sun. It’s been a fantastic experience, and hopefully one they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Room 2

WOW! What a week! Because the yr 7s were enjoying themselves on a wonderful camp, we decided that we were going to have a different week too! We have made elf costumes out of crepe paper, written a 20 word story whilst walking backwards in a race and exploded plastic bags! Then we began making our very own wheat packs and also had loads of fun with the sphero robots! Some of the class were lucky enough to join the building team and work with Gregg to create some bird houses. Having a shared lunch on Thursday was a highlight - after 2 years of Covid restrictions, it was nice to be able to share kai together! We finished the week on a high, having raced around with Mr Willson for balloon stomp in the hall as well as coding robots. Phew! A group of very happy children should come home for the weekend.

Room 3

Our te reo phrase for the week was ka rawe, meaning awesome, and that is what this week was. With Monday falling on Halloween we searched out all the jokes and puns we could find on the subject and tried them out on each other.

We have continued to watch our seedlings grow and have been measuring and recording the changes we see every day. Room 3 also got to work with Mrs Heatherton on Thursday morning creating and coding racing cars using the WeDo kits and software which was a lot of fun.

Room 4

It has been another amazing week in Room 4! We have done a great job of putting in our best effort, whether it was during our maths tests, in reading groups or with other teachers during Aumangea Taima. It was great to see everyone join in kapa haka on the courts on Monday to practise some of our favourite waiata. We started looking at what narrative writing is, and have completed a shared story about a super eel! We based our setting on a picture prompt and the rest is all from the incredible imaginations of our tamariki! We really enjoyed our bike skills on Friday. Thank you to those parents who were able to bring the bikes in and take them home again.

Room 5

This week we have been using describing words in our writing. We have some creative ideas about what we think is happening in the pictures that Miss B shows us. Our favourite has been a picture of a ute stuck in a tree, and wondering how it got stuck in the tree to begin with.

Room 6

It has been a week of visits in Room 6. In preparation for next year we have had some of our new students visiting. This week we welcomed Adam, Jett, Otis, Danni and Eddie and they all slotted into our programme really well. We look forward to their next visits.

On Wednesday morning we had two special wee visitors, not quite ready for school yet! Proud big brother Theo and big sister Mia showed off their new sister and brother to us. They were very well behaved, Eilish was asleep and Jakob managed a big smile for the camera. Of course we were all smitten!

Community Notices

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