Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 2, 14th 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 16th & 17th June - Whanau Learning Conferences
  • Tuesday 29th June - BOT Meeting, 9:10am
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to focus on the well-being of myself and others

Te reo phrase of the week: titiro mai (Look this way)

Kia ora,

Wow we have had some cold starts this week, but thankfully, some beautiful days. The students have been getting outside and making the most of the weather while it lasts. It has been neat to see so many of our students engaged in different activities during their break times; from basketball to four square, or rippa to soccer, there is always something sporty for them to participate in.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our netball coaches who have been coming in at lunch time to run practises with their teams. Your commitment and enthusiasm is very much appreciated and ensures our students are well prepared and ready to go for their weekend games.

On Tuesday Miss Rose, Miss Rawcliffe, and myself went down to Palmerston North to visit Winchester School. I had previously visited the school about six years ago and saw them doing some great things in regards to the teaching and learning of mathematics. It was a really worthwhile experience for us to go back and see the developments they have made in their classrooms and a great opportunity to get some fresh ideas.

Currently we have numerous students playing team sports or competing individually in their chosen code. We wish them all the best for the fixtures over the weekend.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 1 - Caleb for always being kind, understanding and considerate.

Room 4 - Sivarah for being a super helpful person in Room 4! You always offer to do extra jobs which helps everyone!

Room 6 - Ayla for a super effort coming into school on your own. Way to go Ayla!

Room 3 - Te Kirianu for always being respectful towards her peers and teachers.

Room 5 - Brooklyn for always putting 100% effort into her work and being a great role model!

Room 2 - Katelyn for your effort and enthusiasm in all learning areas


Whaia te iti kahurangi, Ki te tuohu me maunga teitei.

Pursue that which is precious and do not be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain.

A proverb which encourages us to strive, to set goals, to persevere by setting our sights high and to not give up on them for anything.

Room 1

It's been another super week in Room One. Swoosh Basketball Training began this week and we think Coach Sam is an absolute Basketball Rockstar! She is so passionate and enthusiastic about basketball, it's impossible not to love the game with her as the coach! This week we learned that our ears and fingertips are the most important parts of our bodies when playing basketball. We also learned some basic rules and the parts of a basketball court. We can’t wait for next Thursday's lesson.

Room 2

Room 2’s blurb written by Ashlyn

In Room 2 this week we have been learning about fractions and how to convert them from mixed to improper. For writing we have been learning how to use adjectives and adverbs in our writing and to describe a picture. For our independent work we have been shown a new activity and have been learning how to complete this. We have had an amazing week in Room 2.

Here is my descriptive paragraph.

Golden watch

The watch was pure gold, shiny, and expensive. Tick, tick as the bulky watch changes the time. Everyone wants one now. As soon as I step out of the cramped doorway everyone will see me and want one, if only they weren’t rare. It’s a nice, bulky piece of gold the pattern that is made from a soft fabric. It also has a really random name ‘Rolex’. It is different from normal expensive watches. It could sell for 6 trillion dollars.

Room 3

This week in Room 3 we have been learning more about the earth and tectonic plates, and how they play a part in creating mountains and volcanoes.

We have been linking our Aumangea Taima lessons to our science topic, and this week we have begun creating the cross section of a volcano out of lego.

On Thursday we started up basketball lessons with Coach Sam. This was a highlight of the week for many of the students!

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have been busy learning all about 3D shapes, making maps of where we live and working hard on spelling patterns. We were lucky to have great weather on Thursday so we could have a basketball skills session out on the court.

Room 5

Room 5 is so lucky to have Room 2 as our buddy class! Every Friday we get together with them to buddy read and they teach us how to code. We love having Room 2 come in and hang out with us! Thanks Room 2!

Room 6

We have had a busy second week in Room 6. On Monday we welcomed Luke Jordan and he has settled in so quickly- he has had lots of friends keen to help with that.

We have continued to add to our knowledge of 2D shapes and their features. This week we have learnt about some -agon shapes, our favourite is hexagon as the ‘x’ helps us to remember it has six sides! We have used our Lego blocks to build some shapes, played shape bingo, explored our creativity making shape pictures, and we love to sing the shape songs!

I have to include some more words of praise for our fabulous Big Buddies who come and share with their small buddies on a Thursday, and also visit the pre school to build a friendship in a setting where their 4 year old is comfortable. This week they joined in with painting polka dots on the letter P and then participated in an ‘Under and Over’ team game, guiding their teams with lots of enthusiasm and energy. We are so grateful for their input in helping new students to transition to our school. Thanks guys!

Matapu Hall Society (Inc)


Thursday 20th May

In the hall supper room


Everyone welcome



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