Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 4, 6th November 2020

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

  • Tuesday 10th November - School Photos
  • Wednesday 11th November - Interschool Soccer Tournament
  • 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

RAISE Goal: to be ambitious by setting new learning goals

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

Kia ora,

Congratulations to our whole community for such a wonderful Pet Day. It was great to see the weather didn’t put anybody off and that our students, whanau, and friends managed to enjoy themselves. It’s difficult to say thank you to one person or group as there were so many people who helped make the day such a success. All I can say is that we are extremely lucky to have the SPA and BOT backing our school to raise vital funds for the school’s future. Thank you so much to our generous sponsors and supporters of the school, all of whom are listed in this newsletter.


Yesterday we attended the Stratford Sales to see the rear-a-bull calves get sold. It was a great day out! 18 of them sold at an average of $463, with 4 more to go we should definitely hit our aim of raising $10 000. A big thank you to Murray Bros Transport for collecting the calves and taking them to the saleyards. Thanks again to all of the families involved with rearing a calf and to Brent Espin for organising such a wonderful fundraising initiative.

Grandparents Day

It was lovely to welcome our students’ grandparents to Matapu School today. We started the day with an assembly, and then the students' grandparents headed over to the classrooms to catch up with their grandchildren. Thank you to everybody who came along, it was a fantastic day.


We are gearing up for our prizegiving and hangi night on Wednesday 18th November. The night will start at 6:00 pm in the Matapu Hall (doors open at 5:45 pm). 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 I please ask for all of last year's winners to return their prizegiving and sports trophies to the school office by Thursday 12th November.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

Room One received letters from their penpals at Maeroa Intermediate this week. We have been busy replying to their letters and creating a pic collage to accompany the letter so their penpal can see what life is like at Matapu School. Maeroa is a city school, so we have plenty to talk about.

Room 2

Wow! Pet Day was awesome. It was great to see so many families involved with this event on Saturday and help celebrate the success of all students with their pets and artwork. This week we have been busy practicing our dance ready for prize giving. We also celebrated Autism Awareness Week with Onesie Day and had some fun with our grandparents on Grandparents Day.

Room 3

Lucky us, we have had fine weather for cricket this week to practice striking and aiming with a bat. We got pretty good at catching the ball last week too. Onesie Wednesday for Autism Awareness Week was fantastic. For writing, we have had lots of fun choosing writing topics with a purpose. Some of the most interesting were advertising posters for rescuing muffins!

Room 4

This week we have continued to practise our dance in Room 4. Everyone is working hard to remember the moves and stay in time. Because it was Book Fair week, we visited the hall a few times and made wish lists of some of the books we would love to buy. On Wednesday we had Onesie Day. It was great getting dressed up and donating money to a good cause. We also designed our own onesie for the school competition. We have also been going to cricket lessons each week. This week we worked on batting and how to stand side on and step in when we are batting.

Room 5

In Room 5 this week with all the sickness we decided to focus on the good things that happen in our day. "Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day" its always great to think about the good times in your day rather than the bad! Staying positive is key!

Room 6

It has been a busy, busy week!

On Monday we welcomed Hunter Myers to school and he has had a great first week in Room 6.

We also visited the Book Fair to have our first look at the fabulous books on offer.

We enjoyed the cricket skill session with Shaun on Tuesday. It was great seeing the learning going on...some future cricketers I’m sure!

Wednesday was Onesie Day and another visit to the Book Fair. We all looked so cuddly in our onesies!

On Thursday we had our pre-school visitors come to join us for some alphabet craft. The ‘Big Buddies’ were here too and their little friends were so happy to see and work with them.

We are looking forward to finishing the week with Grandparents Day. We have been working with the ‘Beebots’ in Makerspace time so we can’t wait to teach our grandparents how to use them!


He aha te mea nui o te ao?

Ko te whanau.

What is the most important thing in this world?

It is family.

School Photos

School Photo order forms have been sent home.

Sports and Sibling order forms are available at the office.

Spare order forms are also available at the office.

All order envelopes and payments are due back by Monday 9th November.

Trophies & Cups

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

Matapu Tennis Club

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 7pm

All Welcome

Big picture

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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