Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 2,12th February 2021

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

  • Monday 15th February - BOT Meeting, 6pm
  • Wednesday 24th February - School Athletics Day
  • Thursday 4th March - Kaponga Athletics Day
  • Monday 8th March - Taranaki Anniversary
  • Thursday 11th March - School Swimming Sports
  • Friday 12th March - Mt Spa Triathlon
  • Friday 19th March - Mt Spa Swimming Sports
  • Friday 26th March - School Triathlon
  • Thursday 1st April - Teachers Only Day
  • Friday 2nd April - Good Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Friday 16th April - Last day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to wear my pōtae at break times

Te reo phrase of the week: Kia mutu koe? (are you finished)

Kia ora,

I hope you had a great long weekend and made the most of the sunshine. We have managed to pack five days of learning into four this week! Many things have stood out over the past couple of weeks, but two things of particular note have been our senior students' caring attitude towards our juniors and our positive school culture. If a junior student has had a mishap or finds themselves in need of a hand, one of our amazing seniors is quick to help them out. This is something that sets our school apart and really helps to create that community feel. It has been wonderful to see games such as touch, soccer, and tag going on at break times, as well as plenty of lunch time swims to make the most of being back at school.

Welcome - Lisa Wills

This year we have employed Lisa Wills to run a reading recovery programme with selected students in the junior team. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that we know will serve our students well. She has quickly got to know our staff and students and is enjoying working with our tamariki. Please introduce yourself if you see her around the school.

Student Leaders

We have a terrific bunch of year 7 and 8s this year. Many of them applied for leadership roles at the end of 2020 and today we presented them with their leadership badges and congratulated them on their success. We know they are going to be fantastic role models and lead exciting initiatives in our school. Please see their names and photos later on in the newsletter.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

It has been another great week in Room One. The kids are loving getting out in the wee bit of sunshine we have had and practising for our upcoming school athletics day. We can’t wait for our School Athletics Day and the Kaponga Athletics Day. We hope you can join us.

Congratulations to all the Senior Leaders in Room 1, we are so proud of you. I can’t wait to see you develop your leadership skills over the year.

Room 2

Room 2 has come back rested and ready to go after a wonderful long weekend. We are so lucky that Mr Brady could pick up and bring the high jump to school. We have been practicing and teaching the younger students how to use it and jump high. We also have some wonderful students in the class who lead by example during Kapa Haka practise with Matua Lewis.

Room 3

We have had a cracking week in Room 3. It's been great getting out of the hall to work on our swimming and we have been focusing on our diving over the last few days. We have also begun practicing our athletics, and this week we worked on shot put. This term we have a focus on learning about the local area and about how we fit into that area. So we have begun learning about the origins of Matapu and how it got its name as well as 'dropping a pin' on a map to mark where we live. The whole class really enjoyed this History/ geography lesson!

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have been learning about how everyone needs to help out to make our class a happy learning environment. We used our class waka as an example, that each person needs to help row for us to move forward with our learning and not make too much work for everyone. We also gathered data about Room 4’s favourite ice cream flavours. Next week we are going to make bar graphs with our data.

Room 5

We have had another fabulous week in Room 5! We have gotten stuck into lots of learning already! We had a letter from the Letter Fairy on Tuesday telling us we need to make a letter box so that she can drop off a new sound of the week each Monday! So we got stuck into making a letter box and we are looking forward to her letter next week! We are also finding things that start with out letter/sound of the week so we can take a photo of it and put it in our new sound of the week book! Hopefully by the end of the term it will be full of different sounds! Come in and have a look! Our first letter and digraph is going in this weekend!

Room 6

We had a short but good week in Room 6!

We are working on our Super Powers for learning. If things are hard to do we are learning to say ‘I can’t do it...yet’ so we can help our brain to keep trying and make it grow even bigger. We are also learning to be ‘Bucket Fillers’- if we fill other people’s buckets with kind words and actions, they will fill ours too, and our classroom will be a happy place to work and play. You may be able to extend this to home situations and make the learning have even more application and meaning for your child.

This week we have welcomed Kyle Clark to Matapu School and Room 6. We are excited to have you Kyle... and your Pre-School friends are glad you are here to join them!


Me te huru huru, ka rere te manu.

With feathers, a bird can fly.

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