Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 1, 6th May 2022

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

  • Monday 16th May - BOT Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Friday 20th May - Pink Shirt Day
  • 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: to positively greet classmates, staff, and parents

Te reo phrase of the week: turituri (Be quiet)

Kia ora,

We have had an amazing start back to the term. It is wonderful to see high rates of attendance, despite Covid still being prevalent in our region. Our students are full of smiles and are working hard on their class scene for the Carmen Sandiego production.

Playground Update

Last year we employed the services of a company who specialises in playground health and safety to carry out an audit for us. They identified a number of items that we needed to address. These have now all been ticked off, which culminated in new bark being spread around our various playgrounds in the school holidays. A big thanks to Kurt Parry, Nathan Joyce, Brent Espin, Glen Jordan, Matt Eliason, Steve Bailey, Matt Brady, and Dion Bishell who gave up their time in the holidays to spread the bark out. I’d also like to pass on a special thanks to Glenn Forster (our caretaker) who did a fantastic job of replacing fittings, installing new chains, punching nails in, etc.


We always do a push on our students wearing the correct school uniform at the start of each term. If your child is wearing the incorrect school uniform, a note will be sent home explaining which item needs addressing. Please see Emma at the school office to purchase new uniform items. A small selection of second hand items are also available for $10 each.

As of today we currently have 7 Covid cases within our student population.

Good luck to all of our teams and students playing winter sports tomorrow!

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Hudson for always taking the time to help younger kids on the bus.

Room 2 - Blake for displaying the key values of integrity and effort in everything that he does.

Room 3 - Chloe for making good decisions for her learning, enabling her to complete her work on time.

Room 4 - Noah for making a great start to the term by having ambition for learning!

Room 5 - Eden for making an awesome effort and progress in mathematics.

Room 6 - Calais for showing super effort in your learning, you are being a great learner agent!


Tungia te ururoa kia tupu whakaritorito te tutu o te harakeke.

Set the overgrown bush alight, and the new flax shoots will spring.

In order to change we may need to leave some ways behind in order to do things differently.

Matapu School Parents Association


Monday 23rd May


In the Matapu Hall

All Welcome

Room 1

It has been such a great start to Term Two so far. We held auditions earlier in the week to choose the main characters for our upcoming school production, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Well done to all the kids who took a script home over the holidays to practise for the auditions, it was a really difficult decision to choose only four! Well done Ruby, Jake, James and Anya, we are really looking forward to seeing you shine on stage in Week 8.

Room 2

It is absolutely awesome to be back into it in Term 2! Being able to have parents at school is so lovely - there is a happy ‘buzz’ after school as whanau chit chats and are welcomed into the classrooms. With production this term, Room 2 have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. Children are engaged and are seeming to enjoy the most interesting aspects of rituals, such as mummification!

Well Done to Violet who will be playing the lead part of Carmen Sandiego in our School Production.

We are needing as many Nappysan or Oxyaction containers as we can get - so if you have some, please send them to school! We also need white sheets - again, if you have any spare, please send them along so that we can begin to create our Production costumes.

Room 3

Welcome back to school everyone! We are off to a great start in Room 3. All the children have settled back into class routines and we are working hard to get all of our set work completed each day. We are learning how to create information reports for writing this term. The class is working on how to structure a report, and then we will begin researching and drafting reports of our own later in the term.

Room 4

What a wonderful first week back. We have all been working hard on remembering our daily routines and using some of our knowledge from last year to build on new learning. Our focus for maths is to describe lots of interesting 2D shapes. Our focus for writing this week has been to use exclamation marks when we feel strongly about something. We drew some cool cartoons about the holidays and used speech bubbles to caption them. We also made tissue flowers to decorate cards for Mother’s Day.

Room 5

It has been great to be back at school and the kids have come back with heaps of energy, ready to learn. We started the week off by creating some artwork for our Mums for Mother’s Day. They did a superb job with their flower artwork, completing it independently. We are so excited for our school production this term. Room 5 cannot wait to dress up and are looking forward to learning the dance and scene they are performing in. Thanks to all of the parents who have already said they are happy to help out with props and costumes for production.

Room 6

Welcome back to Term 2! We have a very busy term ahead with our production coming up so it is great to see everyone settling back into the routines we learnt in Term 1 to help make our first week run smoothly.

A big warm welcome to Indy and Aoraki who have started their schooling at Matapu this week. They have both had a fantastic first week and their new friends have been very welcoming.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all our mums, we hope you enjoy the ‘made with love’ treasures that will be coming your way!

Community Notices

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Northfuels Fuel for Schools

Fuel for Schools is a school sponsorship programme aimed at supporting rural schools throughout New Zealand.

As a Northfuels customer, you can nominate a participating school to receive 50cents for every 100 litres of bulk fuel that you have delivered.

For more information

Freephone: 0800 999 986



We would like to thank those members of the community who are currently contributing to our school, thank you to:

Western Heights Partnership

Clark and Everitt Partnership

M.R Cleaver Trust

Danza Trust

Sion Trust

Opua Road Farm Ltd

Trec Trust

AJ and JL Dettling

Reckless Ltd

Okawanui Farm Trust


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