Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 8, 25th March 2022

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

  • Monday 28th March - BOT Meeting @ 5:30pm
  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Friday 15th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 2nd May - Term 2 starts

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I know my learning goals

Te reo phrase of the week: rarangi ki waho (line up outside)

Kia ora,

It has been wonderful to see our school jackets on show this week. They look great and no doubt will be a big hit in general, especially as the colder weather approaches. In recent weeks we have done a real push on making sure that our students are wearing the correct school uniform. The most common item that has been identified as needing attention are the shorts the students are wearing. Thank you to the parents/caregivers who received the uniform correction note and quickly sorted out the appropriate school attire.

As we head into the colder months, now is a great time to check your child’s uniform needs, particularly if they are in need of a school jersey or hoodie. Please note that students are also allowed to wear unlabelled navy blue track pants and girls can wear navy blue tights under their skorts if they desire.

Covid Update

On Wednesday the Prime Minister announced some significant changes to our nation’s Covid regulations and requirements. We are currently working our way through these and will provide a full update on how they apply to us in a school setting next week. As of today we currently have three Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Thomas for the amazing effort you continue to put in, inside and outside the classroom. Well Done Thomas!

Room 2 - Kaitlyn for meeting every RAISE value. Well done for being brave and aiming high.

Room 3 - Airini for being focused, organised and a fantastic self-manager in Room 3.

Room 4 - Andre for working hard on all your learning goals this week and showing integrity by playing fair.

Room 5 - Kyle for always showing ambition in your learning at school and at home.

Room 6 - Beauden for showing ambition towards your learning. You are working hard.


Tukua kia tu takitahi nga whetu o te rangi.

Let each star in the sky shine its own light.


Reminder: Can all netball fees for players Years 5 - 8 please be paid by Friday 1st April.

Year 5 & 6 - $45

Year 7 & 8 - $50

Room 1

We were lucky to get a football coaching session with Manuel this week. We learned to pass and shoot the ball, and also how to dribble and trap the ball. It was a lot of fun, we definitely have some future athletes in Room One this year. We can’t wait to practise these skills over the next few weeks.

Room 2

We are learning to see a glass as half full, rather than half empty - actually, we are grateful that we even have a glass! With a number of Room 2's students learning from home, the students who are at school are experiencing a new 'normal'... they are making new friends and are enjoying buddying up with different people to complete learning activities. At the same time, our class is missing our people and are looking forward to when the 'wave' passes and we all can get back into our learning waka together! I am continuously amazed, at the resilience all of our tamariki demonstrate. They have not let Covid hinder their learning, they have just gotten on with life and have rolled with the punches, so to speak. We can learn a lot from children!

Room 3

We have had a great time trying to complete our Aumangea Taima challenge this week. Our challenge was to create a chair out of newspaper, that held a person 5cm off the floor. The class was split into groups of 4 or 5 and we had to research, plan and create our chair. Afterwards we spent time reflecting on how we had worked as a group, what was easy and what was challenging.

Room 4

Last week we finished up our swimming safety by pretending we had fallen into the sea and had to use floatation devices. We used pool noodles to wrap under our arms and float on our backs to save energy. Our maths focus has been knowing the number bonds that make 10, 20 and 100. We use these when we are adding or subtracting large numbers. For writing we have been thinking really hard about when sentences should end, and what we use capital letters for. We have had a great week of learning!

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we had our first Aumangea Taima lesson. This week's challenge was to design and build an unsinkable boat in pairs. Students were only allowed to build their unsinkable boat out of recycled materials and we tested items to check whether they would float on top of the water. Room 5 were so excited to test their boats in the pool on Friday!

Room 6

We have been trying some Aumangea Taima activities this week. We are starting simple and using the Lego to build numbers. We work with a partner and first have to decide who collects which materials, then we have to talk about how we might create our number. There is a lot to learn in working with someone else, one of the most important things is to make sure we both help so we are doing ‘team work’ not ‘me work’! Another important thing we talked about was that it can be hard to try new things, and also what to do when things don’t go right. Understanding that the main part of the task is building our problem solving skills is learning we will be able to take on board as we move forward.

Community Notices

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