Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 3, 20th May 2022

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

  • Friday 3rd June - Teachers Only Day
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Wednesday & Thursday 15th & 16th June - Whanau Learning Conferences
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 21st & 22nd June - School Production
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I know what my learning goals are

Te reo phrase of the week: taihoa (Wait)

Kia ora,

Today we held a pink shirt day to acknowledge how important it is for our school to be a bully free zone. Our mission statement is: Ka harikoa nga akonga katoa ki tetahi taiao akoranga e haumaru ana i to raatau angitu - All students will enjoy a safe learning environment where they experience success. This statement underpins everything that we try to achieve at Matapu School. Creating and maintaining a bully free environment is key to our students feeling safe at school. It encourages them to embrace new challenges, effectively work with others, and look forward to coming to school. Check out some of the wonderful pink outfits in the photos below.


On Monday 23rd May at 6:30 pm the Matapu School Parents Association will hold their annual general meeting at the Matapu Hall. The SPA Committee play a vital role in raising local funds that support our strategic direction. Everyone is welcome to attend and I know they would love to see some new faces and members sign up.

School Policy Review

As part of our school’s commitment to self-review, the following policies are currently under review:

  • Healthcare

  • Behaviour Management

Please login to our school’s School Docs account to complete reviews of these policies.

Matapu School’s login details are as follows:


Username: Matapu

Password: lifelonglearning

As of today we currently have 19 Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Lachlan for trying really hard during writing time.

Room 2 - Breia (absent) for always showing respect and being a great role model!

Room 3 - Airini for always keeping your book standards to the highest quality!

Room 4 - Noah for being a fantastic class buddy and doing a great job with your own learning. Ka pai to mahi!

Room 5 - Hank for understanding and knowing your learning goals!

Room 6 - Beauden for the great effort you are putting in to all your class work. You have made super progress!


He maramatanga to tenei whetu, he maramatanga ano to tera whetu.

Each star has it's own light or presence in the sky.

Everyone is their own person.

Production - supplies & help

  • Room 5 are in need of some thick bamboo.
  • Room 3 need parent help for prop making.
  • Mrs Hauparoa is in need of red trench coats and red wide brimmed fedora style hats.

Room 1

We have so much to celebrate so far this term. One of the highlights is being able to resume our Big Buddy Program with Room 6. Most of our class is now buddied up with a new entrant student or are eagerly awaiting the arrival of someone as the year progresses. The letter of the day this week was ‘B’ so the big buddy took their little buddy outside to take photos of all of the things they could find that started with a ‘B’. What a neat way to spend the afternoon.

Room 2

Room 2 have had a busy week preparing for Production! Production provides an opportunity to learn many skills - children this week have been sewing, creating a sculpture using paper mache and have also been learning about undercoating. The class mummy has finally been named, "KingMat" - he is coming along nicely! There is a great vibe in Room 2; a culture of kindness and support. It is lovely to come to work everyday!

Room 3

Week 3 has been great. We are starting to get into the rhythm of our learning and many of the students have completed all of their set work and got onto can-do's during the week. We have been working hard to learn our dance for production and are working on our timing at the moment. Next week we will begin making some of our props. If you are keen to help out with prop making, please get in touch with me via seesaw or my email Thank you!

Room 4

It has been another busy week in Room 4! We finished our Fijian inspired fans and are busy using them along with some kindly donated bamboo for our production dance. We worked in small groups and pairs on lots of learning this week... estimating and measuring some common classroom items using centimetres and metres. We also found the faces, edges and points on 3D shapes. Then we learned how to use the Apple Classwork and Pages apps to publish reports about the Fijian Crested Iguana.

Room 5

Over the past three Thursdays, Room 5 have been lucky to have Mrs Heatherton come in for the first block to teach us robotics. We have learnt how to carefully look after the lego and are now building and coding using the iPads. We have some talented students who were able to code our windmills that we made to move, stop and start, speed up and slow down, play music and change colours. We are loving Thursdays with Mrs Heatherton!

Room 6

As part of our preparation for our production item we have been learning about the sun. It is such an important element of our daily life but not one we think too much about…unless it is raining! We have learnt that the sun is a star, it is the centre of our solar system and we are the right distance away from the sun…if we were any closer we would get burnt up! If we wanted to travel to the sun it is 150 million kilometres away- and it would take us 170 years to drive there at 100km per hour!

Today we listened to the story of how Maui slowed Tama-nui-te ra (the sun). We loved the illustrations so we made our own using warm colours. We are very proud of our work!

Community Notices

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