Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 2, 11th February 2022

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

  • Monday 14th February - BOT Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 23rd February - School Athletics Day
  • Tuesday 8th March - School Swimming Sports
  • Wednesday 9th March - Whanau Goal Setting Conferences
  • Friday 11th March - Teachers Only Day, school closed
  • Monday 14th March - Taranaki Anniversary, school closed
  • Friday 25th March - Junior School Try-athlon
  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to greet friends, staff, and parents on arrival

Te reo phrase of the week: kia mutu koe? (are you finished)

Kia ora,

I was absolutely wrapped to start today in our senior classes where I presented a number of our Year 7 and 8 students with their leadership badges. Our Year 7 and 8s play a key role in ensuring our school values, rules, and culture flourish throughout the year. They become our number one role models and through initiatives such as our ‘Big Buddy’ programme, their work across the school is clearly visible. We are thrilled to have secured Amie Heatherton to again work with our different leadership groups. Her passion and enthusiasm shines through and the students have a wonderful time working on special projects, which further enhance our wonderful school.

Teacher Only Day

On Friday 11th March we will have a teachers only day to continue our professional development in using digital technology to support our students’ learning. This is an important part of our staffs’ development and displays our commitment to our BYOD programme. It is critical that we don’t just have devices within our school, but that our students’ are supported to use them in creative ways to further their success in education.

Sunsmart School

Matapu School is now a Sunsmart School! Kate Dawson from the Cancer Society kindly dropped off some more sunscreen for our students and a wonderful plaque that we can put up on our fence. To become a sunsmart school, our policies (such as our hat policy) and shade spaces around the school have to be of a high standard.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

School Leadership Roles

Congratulations to all of the students who have taken on Student Leadership Roles this year.


Colt Mitchell, Hudson Boyle, Jayden Hussey and Ruby Horgan


Izabella-Rose Tito, Chante Holder and Manaia Ranapia


Breia Eggers, Lachlan Mills and Israel Hauparoa


Bobbie Baker, Milla Jordan, Hazel Reynolds, Nazeer Rye and Stefi Haisman


Kevin Crothers-Ritchie, Cooper Malone, Ashlyn Moore and Deandre Holder


Thomas Baker, Anya Hunt, Andie French and Lucas Hurley

Big Buddy

Paxton Burke, Wade Pretty, Aroha Rawhiti, Blake Luscombe, Aden Van Den Brand, Breia Eggers and Dallas Grant-Glover

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Values Awards

Room 1 - Chante for taking the time to help her peers when they need it

Room 2 - Lucas and Blake for showing integrity and honesty in class

Room 3 - Kordy for an outstanding attitude and big effort in all of his new learning this term

Room 4 - Holly for being an amazing buddy when others need help, as well as completing your own work

Room 5 - Ava for always greeting everyone with a smile

Room 6 - Maddie for showing the school value 'Effort' by helping me to clean up after painting


Ka mahi tahi matou kia ohoka te pitomata hai puanani.

We will work together in order to awaken potential to freely travel in any chosen direction.

Room 1

This week we have been learning about Augmented Reality. You may have seen AR being used on a website for a furniture store, let's say you wanted to purchase a lamp for your bedside table, you would take a photo of the table and select the lamp you like the look of, and the AR will position the lamp on your table for you to see. Another common use of AR is by a Tattoo artist, they take a photo of a person's body part, for example the arm and use AR to position the tattoo so the customer can see what the tattoo will look like on them before commiting to the work.

The students have begun to create a virtual 3D image this week and edit it in Jig. Ask your child to show you the Coral Reef in Jig, it's amazing!

Room 2

After a rather soggy weekend, the hot and humid weather has certainly made us all appreciate the lovely breeze we can get in our classroom! We are so grateful for the lovely warm pool - this photo is of Dylan as he makes himself 'the big man'! This week, Room 2 children were introduced to a mahi board - this will be given out to them most weeks; it contains fun and creative tasks that extend them - such as learning to animate an object and then add a layer of music and backgrounds. So much fun!

Learning is happening all round us and we love every opportunity to learn more!

Room 3

We have been working on our personal goals in class, and getting them ready to present to our parents later in the term.

When the weather is fine and it's not too windy, we have been getting outside as much as we can to do our learning in the fresh air.

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have been learning about collecting, presenting and interpreting data by surveying the class about their favourite animal and creating a bar graph from the data. Our writing focus was about how we can make our class run smoothly and help everybody’s learning. We each coloured a picture of ourselves to go on our class waka above the door. This represents how we all need to work together as a team. A few days this week we braved the heat and practised sprints and high jump for our upcoming athletics too.

Room 5

It has been another hot week for us in Room 5. We continue to work hard with our daily routines. In Maths we have been learning about the different types of graphs and can now explain the difference between a picture graph and a bar graph. This term, our theme for the class is ‘Who am I’ and we have been trying to draw self portraits that show what makes us special. We hope to have them finished and displayed in the classroom next week!

Room 6

It has been a quick but busy week in Room 6! We have already learnt so many new things and Mrs Parry is amazed at how quickly we remember them. It is a real buzz for her when we are sitting quietly in our spot on the mat after break, doing “Give me 5” without an adult reminding us!

This week we have continued to focus on ourselves and the great things about us. We had a go at painting ourselves step by step and we are so proud of our finished work which you can see below.

Just a couple of reminders: please make sure the book bag comes back every day and has the book read tucked back inside. Remember to encourage your child to put it back in their own bag each night. Also, if you haven’t sent back the parent survey form yet I would love to get the rest in next week! Have a wonderful weekend.

Community Notices

Hawera Basketball 3x3 programme

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