Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 2, 31st July 2020

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

  • Tuesday 18th August - Interschool Sports Day.
  • Thursday & Friday 20th & 21st August - Teachers Only Days.
  • Friday 28th August - Daffodil Day.
  • Wednesday 16th September - Rippa Rugby Tournament.
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Saturday 17th October - Pet Day.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day.

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 2

RAISE Goal: To show integrity by doing the right thing when it is a wet lunch time

Te reo phrase of the week: Kei te whakarongo koe? (Are you listening)

Kia ora,

Wow, what an amazing week we have had! On Monday Room 1 travelled to McDonald’s Glen where they planted over 400 trees and were lucky enough to finish the session with a BBQ lunch put on by Todd Energy. On Wednesday and Thursday every class attended a lesson with Justin from St John. The students learnt some really important first aid skills that will undoubtedly help them out in the future. We also had a visit to our senior classes, from Nikki and Joe from Ballance who are teaching the students how to design a rocket for our upcoming challenge.

Emily Roberts worked with a group of our senior students to get our pest control project at McDonald’s Glen under way. We are all really excited to find out what pests are in the area and investigate a variety of options to reduce the problem and encourage native flora and fauna to flourish.

Puanga Celebration

Today we celebrated Puanga by holding a special assembly in the hall. Each class created a piece of writing, or artwork that described where our thinking was at during the Covid-19 pandemic. We then put all of the students’ work in a time capsule that will hopefully be opened some time in the future, possibly the 150th jubilee! We also planted a Kahikatea tree, which had been kindly gifted to us by Raewyn and Rod Carley.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the year 7/8 camp that was planned for Term 4 of this year will no longer be going ahead. We will instead be running a couple of activity days for our two senior classes in the last few weeks of the school year.

Today is Katherine Guest’s last day before she goes on maternity leave. I know I speak for the whole community when I say thank you for; all of your hard work, your positivity, and your commitment to the school. We wish you all the very best for the future.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Puanga Celebration

Room 1

We have had a HUGE week of amazing learning experiences in Room One this week.


-We planted 400 trees at McDonalds Glen


- Sports Skills with Kelly Sports


- Gayle Broughton, who plays for the Black Ferns and the Women’s Sevens came to talk to us about her career in sport and brought in her medals to show us.


- Jo and Nicky, our Wonder Project ambassadors from Ballance came to talk to us about their jobs as engineers. They will come in each Thursday morning for the remainder of the term to teach us about building rockets.

- Justin from St John came and taught us all about DRS ABC and we got to practise doing CPR on Anne.

- Our Big Buddies went to Room 6 to welcome our new entrant students to Matapu School and some Room 6 kids came and had a go with Strawbees (see photo) in Room One


- Puanga Assembly, time capsule burial and farewell to Mrs Guest.

This has been such an awesome week and we can’t wait for next week!

Room 2

Sadly, it is the last day of school for Mrs Guest. Room 2 wish Her all the best with her new adventure of motherhood. She will be missed!

We had such a good time on Wednesday with Justin from St John's who taught us the importance of providing first aid. Everyone needs to remember DRS ABCD! Dangers. Response. Send for help. Airways. Breathing. Commence CPR. Defibrillation.

Room 3

In Room 3 this week we have been thinking about our future selves in preparation for our school time capsule burial on Friday. For writing, we are using facts for information reports. There have been some great discussions about Earth and geography. On Wednesday, we were very lucky to have Justin from St John’s teach us how to use the DRSABCD procedure to help people who are unconscious and then use the recovery position. We also had a lot of fun bandaging each others legs and arms.

Room 4

Room 4 have had our busiest week yet! We met our lovely new teacher Miss West, wrote letters to our future selves for the time capsule, participated in team games during Sports Skills, plus we learned about St John and how they help us. We also had a class baby shower for Mrs Guest! We played balloon games and wrote down our guesses for the baby’s gender!

A thank you from Mrs Guest: I’d like to thank everyone at Matapu for being so down to earth and awesome. I have absolutely loved being part of such a supportive school! A massive thank you to James for being the best principal I’ve worked for, thank you to my colleagues for the support and laughs we’ve had in the staffroom and to the Room 4 parents for being the best group of parents I’ve worked with. Matapu School is a pretty rare and special place!

To the Room 4 kids... I have absolutely loved being your teacher! It has been an honour to share my days with you and to see your incredible progress. You are my all time favourite class! This isn’t a goodbye as I’ve promised to pop back in so you can see how big my tummy is getting over the next 8 weeks and to finally bring the baby in to show you when he/she arrives! Bring on the end of September!!

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we have been working hard to finish off our Puanga art. With our buddy class Room 2's help we have produced some beautiful pieces of art! Here is some of our work!

Room 6

Big picture


Matai ki te rangi, tera ko Puanga

ko te tohu mo te tau hou.

As one gazes to the heavens,

it is Puanga signaling the New Year.


  • Loan a Lamb & Love a Calf forms to be returned by Friday 7th August.
  • Rear a Bull tags available at the office.
  • Please let the office know if your child will not be on the bus.
  • Please return any sports uniforms from last year.
  • Basketball and Netball fees are now due.

Be part of the election team

Hiring is underway for the 2020 General Election with people needed to fill over 25,000 roles.

"This is an opportunity to be part of the election team and help voters have their say at the 19 September election and referendums,” says Chief Electoral Officer, Alicia Wright.

A variety of roles are available including working in voting places and counting votes. The work can last from one day to a couple of months over the election period.

“They are all paid roles and we’ll provide the training and support you need to do a good job,” says Alicia Wright.

“Voting places are run by people who live in the area, so it’s a great way to get involved in your community.”

For more information about working at the election go to

Hawera BMX Club

The Hawera BMX Club is restarting their weekly WEDNESDAY night club nights since COVID19 stopped us in our tracks !

We want to encourage new families to come along and 'HAVE A GO' on a Wednesday night.

For more information see our flyer on the Matapu School facebook page.

We welcome new families to our BMX Club anytime - if you have any questions, please contact me at any time, phone 027 554 0656 ore email

Te Aute College

Information Evenings and Discovery Day.

"Come and meet with us to discuss education and hostel life at our college."



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