Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 3 , 5th November 2021

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

  • Monday 8th November - BOT meeting @ 6pm
  • Tuesday 9th November - School Photos
  • Wednesday 17th November - Sports Prizegiving - See reminders below
  • Friday 19th November - Junior Prizegiving - See reminders below
  • Wednesday 24th November - Senior Prizegiving - See reminders below
  • Friday 26th November - Teachers Only Day - CANCELLED
  • Wednesday 1st December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Tuesday 14th December - Last day of Term 4

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to greet adults, staff, and peers on arrival

Te reo phrase of the week: ka rawe (awesome)

Kia ora,

Well as the photos show, our year 7/8s fully tested the Holden Museum’s luge track out and some. They enjoyed three action packed days of visiting local attractions, getting outdoors, and making memories that will last a lifetime. A massive thanks to all of the parents/caregivers who provided transportation and supervision. The activities could not have gone ahead without you.

Health Curriculum Consultation

As part of our self review programme, we invite you to click on the link below to view our updated Health Curriculum and provide feedback on what we cover and how we go about it.

BYOD Update

Unfortunately our parents/caregivers haven’t had much luck with accessing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) through Noel Leeming recently. Therefore I have looked into an alternative with Cyclone computing, who also now provide our teacher laptops. Please click on the link below to view our special BYOD pricing for the latest Apple iPad and relevant accessories. As normal, we will provide a hard cover case with keyboard, along with all of the educational apps your child will need at school. Please note that their current wait time is around 5-6 weeks.

Login: matapuschool (should be pre-filled)

Password: msbyod

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 2 - Lucas for displaying exceptional school values at camp.

Room 3 - Caleb for an amazing effort in our cricket lessons and great manners when talking to the cricket coach.

Room 4 - Cohen for being an amazing helper this week.

Room 5 - Krystal for trying her absolute best at everything she does.

Room 6 - Heemi for putting super effort into his work.

School Notices


  • School photos are being taken on Tuesday 9th November, all students to be in full school uniform.
  • All school prize givings are now being held during the school day, due to Level 2 restrictions only students will be able to attend. However we will be live streaming each event via zoom. For more information please see the Principal's Update sent out earlier this week.


I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho.

A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.

Room 1

Whoo hoo!! We have had the best week of Outdoor Adventures this week. On Tuesday we kicked off the week with a visit to Laser Tag at Bowlarama and a guided tour of the Len Lye Center. Wednesday the kids went to Tech as usual and Thursday we tried out our sweet speed racing skills on the luge at the Holden Museum, I think we might have a couple of Formula One drivers in the mix! Today we have rounded out the week with a day in NP at Brooklands Zoo for lunch and Kayaking and Paddle Boarding on the lake. It has been a wonderful week and a fantastic way to celebrate our year together.

Room 2

This week, our year 7 and 8 students have been completing activities outside of school. They had fun completing activities such as laser tag, mini golf, luging and paddle boarding. Thanks to Miss Rawcliffe for organising all of these amazing activities for our senior students.

On Wednesday, Miss B set a challenge for the year 6 students. It was called the marshmallow challenge. They had 20 minutes to build a free-standing structure using spaghetti that would hold a marshmallow on top. It was quite the challenge and students had to figure out how to build the structure to stand and how to build a platform to hold the marshmallow. They did incredibly well to persevere and keep trying!

Room 3

We have had such a great week in Room 3! We have been learning our dance for the end of year prize giving. The students are taking charge in their groups and have enjoyed being able to create the dance that they want. We have also had another Aumangea Taima challenge. We created solar ovens which use the sun's heat, reflected on tinfoil, to heat food. We did not get a chance to test our ovens this week because it wasn't hot and sunny enough, but we hope to test them out soon.

Room 4

Room 4 have been using the Clips app to take a picture of their finished taniwha art and make a video recording over the still image. They wrote descriptive stories about their taniwha for this, which are fantastic! Some students have yet to make their video as the process takes time, so keep an eye out on Seesaw for your child’s video! The sun came out for our cricket skills again and we had a great time especially because it ended with a catching competition. On Thursday afternoon we had Aimee Heatherton help us learn more about controlling the sphero robots which was awesome!

Room 5

Room 5 have had a really busy week and we are so grateful for all the extra opportunities available to our children. The children loved fine-tuning their catching and throwing skills during their cricket lessons; some children are busy learning guitar and some more children are learning how to play tennis. This week, we have been having a lot of conversations after break times about dealing with small problems themselves - I am impressed to see that the children are really maturing and are much more able to self regulate.

Well - another week down, and even closer to the Big Fella in red coming to your houses soon!

Room 6

We have had a bit of a ‘Goldilocks’ week!

In writing, we wrote some responses from Baby Bear or Goldilocks viewpoint, or from our own point of view. Here are a few to share…

‘Goldilocks was naughty because she broke the baby bear chair.’ Eden

‘Goldilocks was mean because she ate Baby Bear’s porridge.’ Zyden

‘To Goldilocks, I don’t like you being in my house. I see that you ate my porridge. From Baby Bear.’ Heemi

‘To Goldilocks, I am sad that you ate my porridge. That is not fair! ‘Kyle

‘Dear Baby Bear, I am sorry for breaking your chair. My dad will fix it for you. From Goldilocks.’ Ava

‘Dear Baby Bear, I am sorry for sleeping in your bed. I will wash your sheets for you. From Goldilocks’ Archie

For Aumangea Taima, we have been trying to make a new chair for Baby Bear. It is a great way to learn to discuss things and work together and realise that our plans don’t always work out and we sometimes need to make changes!

Community Notices

Northfuels Fuel for Schools

Fuel for Schools is a school sponsorship programme aimed at supporting rural schools throughout New Zealand.

As a Northfuels customer, you can nominate a participating school to receive 50 cents for every 100 litres of bulk fuel that you have delivered.

For more information

Freephone: 0800 999 986



We would like to thank those members of the community who are currently contributing to our school, thank you to:

Western Heights Partnership

Clark and Everitt Partnership

M.R Cleaver Trust

Danza Trust

Sion Trust

Opua Road Farm Ltd

Trec Trust

AJ and JL Dettling



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