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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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Taranaki Mountainairs v Otaga Nuggets
TSB Stadium this Sunday 16 May - Tip off 5pm - The Team and the Yeti would love to see you there!
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Matapu Hall Society (Inc)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday 20th May
In the hall supper room
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