Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 4, 28th May 2021

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

  • Monday 7th June - Queen's Birthday (no school)
  • Wednesday & Thursday 23rd & 24th June - Whanau Learning Conferences (Please note date change)
  • Tuesday 29th June - BOT Meeting, 9:10am
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I see a problem as a challenge that I can overcome

Te reo phrase of the week: whai mai (Follow me)

Kia ora,

We are delighted to announce two new staffing appointments that we have made this week. Dale West, who was on a fixed term contract covering maternity leave for Katherine Guest, has been appointed to a permanent position in the senior team. We are thrilled to keep Dale on our staff as her passion and enthusiasm for our school and community are always at the forefront of her teaching approach.

Deborah Moffitt has been appointed to the fixed term maternity leave position to cover Georgia Hancock’s leave for a year. Deborah comes highly recommended from Tawhiti School. She has a particular strength in gifted education and is thoroughly looking forward to incorporating our Aumangea Taima approach into her teaching practice.

John Parsons

On Thursday 10th June our year 7 and 8 students will be attending a digital well being workshop with John Parsons. John is a leading voice on this topic and has some great tips for students to navigate the increasingly diverse digital landscape they will face throughout their teenage years. He is also holding a session for parents, which I cannot recommend enough. John’s experience, tips, and advice are invaluable and I recommend anyone with children (even new entrants) attend his session. Please see the details below for the parents session:

Life Education Taranaki invites all parents and caregivers to a presentation by cyber safety expert John Parsons on ‘Raising Resilient Capable Children’.

WHEN: Thursday 10 June 2021 7.00-8.30pm

VENUE: Assembly of God Church (Hawera)

COST: $10 per adult

Visit to book your tickets early.

Door sales will also be available—cash and eftpos.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson


Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua.

Look back and reflect so you can move forward.

Room 1

Room One is loving learning about column addition, subtraction and multiplication this week. We are learning to carry and borrow numbers from column to column.

Ask your child to show you what they have learned.

Try making up your own questions to practise on.

Room 2

We have had a busy week in Room 2. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have some of our students train with players from the Taranaki Mountainairs. This was a great opportunity to meet some amazing basketball players and show them what we have learnt with Coach Sam at our weekly basketball sessions. We really enjoy our time outdoors playing sports when the weather is beautiful!

Room 3

It has been so good having the bright sunny weather this week. It has meant that we were able to get outside and join in with all the activities going on at the moment.

We had our basketball skills with coach Sam again which was great. We also began our sessions with the Taranaki Mountainairs! Some of the senior students were invited to trainings run by the Mountainairs. Our first one this week was great fun, and gave us a good opportunity to hone our basketball skills. On top of that we have had students out training for a rippa rugby tournament that is coming up, and some out practicing netball skills. It is great to see so many of the Room 3 students out there representing Matapu School.

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have been writing reports about Taranaki Maunga which involves organising facts, we are getting quite good at this. We are also looking at what fractions are and how to read and write them. On Tuesday we had a go at taking core samples of soil. We learned that the gear we used needed some improvements and all of the samples were the same type of soil. Next week we will think about how to modify our sampling methods. We are also really enjoying our basketball skills on Thursday afternoons.

Room 5

How exciting! This week we got a package of pipe phones to help us hear ourselves sound out words when reading! Next week we are going to try using them during writing time too! We love them! Here is Hudson, Zaclin and Harvey giving them a go!

Room 6

Another busy week at Matapu School!

In writing we have been recording things we have learnt about Kiwis

Nate said “A kiwi has a big egg, so she can't eat because there is not much room."

Brooklyn said "The kiwi poos all around his space so noone else gets in."

During maths we have been exploring and learning with ‘Numicon'. Some of us are learning to recognise the patterns to identify the numbers, and others have been learning 'friends of 5’ using 2 blocks that make 5. It is a great hands-on fun way of learning about numbers!

The Preschool came for a ‘morning tea’ visit on Tuesday and we all enjoyed sharing the space and exploring the activities on offer. It was a great opportunity for the upcoming new entrants to spend some time and familiarise themselves with our environment too.

Matapu School Parents Association

•Kids' Disco - Friday June 25, 6-8pm

•Bogan Bingo - Saturday June 26 from 6.30pm-late

Flyers will be sent home next week.

Hosted by Matapu SPA who are fundraising for Matapu School's end-of-year camps & Makerspace resources.



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