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)
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.
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
School Leadership Roles
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
Paxton Burke, Wade Pretty, Aroha Rawhiti, Blake Luscombe, Aden Van Den Brand, Breia Eggers and Dallas Grant-Glover
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
We will work together in order to awaken potential to freely travel in any chosen direction.
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!
Learning is happening all round us and we love every opportunity to learn more!
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.
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