Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 9, 18th September 2020

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

  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Monday 26th October - Labour Day (no school).
  • Friday 30th October - Kapa Haka Festival.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day (Please note the date change).
  • Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November - Book Fair.
  • Friday 6th November - Grandparents Day.
  • Tuesday 10th November - School Photos.
  • Wednesday 11th November - Interschool Soccer Tournament.
  • Wednesday 18th November - School Prizegiving.
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4).

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to show integrity by being honest and playing fair

Te reo phrase of the week: hoki atu ki tō tūru (go back to your seat)

Kia ora,

We have had a fantastic week celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori language week). Alongside this week the students have been learning the te reo phrase of the week, we have installed Māori/English signage around the school, a new waiata is being sung in assembly each week, our year long kapa haka programme is well underway and getting ready for our performance next term, an in addition to all of this, there are plenty of in class Te Ao Maori learning opportunities available to our students. This has seen Matapu School’s commitment to Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) really flourish this year.

This week also saw the government announce a potential move to alert level 1 on Tuesday 22nd September. We, like yourselves, have our fingers crossed that this occurs and we hope to welcome you all back on to the school site to drop off and pick up your children on this date.

Enrolment Scheme

To avoid overcrowding, or the likelihood of overcrowding, the board of Matapu School has adopted an enrolment scheme that has been approved by the Secretary for Education and will be implemented on 19 October 2020.

Under this scheme, students will be enrolled if they live within the home zone.

The enrolment of out-of-zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

The enrolment scheme, which includes a precise description of the home zone, may be viewed at the school office, where copies of the scheme are also available.

Community Survey

On Wednesday we sent home a community survey which had a number of questions in it that relate to the future direction of our school. Our aim is to get 100% of our families to return their completed surveys so that we can gain a thorough understanding of what you value and what your aims are for your children. Please complete the survey and return it to your child's classroom teacher by Wednesday 23rd September.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

The students at Matapu School have had so many amazing learning opportunities to take advantage of this year, we are so lucky! One of these opportunities is the VLN Languages Program, this is currently being offered to our school free of charge this year, wow! VLN Language classes have been very popular with the kids and are currently well underway. The students have been learning heaps about the language of their chosen country as well as some in depth learning around that country's culture and customs.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to Swoosh Basketball Training - their enthusiasm and passion for the game is contagious. We have thoroughly enjoyed our sessions with them and we are looking forward to our final training next week.

Room 2

This week for our Makerspace activity, Room 2 needed to make a vehicle to move a lego person across the classroom for at least 5 metres in distance. They were only able to use paper, sellotape and scissors to make their vehicles and the lego person was not allowed to be taped to the vehicle. We had fun throwing a lot of paper around and figured out which vehicles would be successful.

Room 3

This week for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language week), we have been listening to stories about the legends of the Gods and Maui. Miss Cleland was in on Tuesday and did some amazing art based on the story of how Maui caught the sun with his fish hook to slow it down.

We have also been practising our greetings for one person, two people or a group of people.

For writing, we are having a go at turning our persuasive writing into speeches!

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have been learning a selection of Maori words and phrases for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori. We have been working on body parts, colours, how to greet people and say how we are feeling.
Makerspace continues to be a huge hit in class. We are just loving problem solving and making/ designing things. We have focused on how to work successfully in a team and we were very good at that this week.

Room 5

This week in Room 5 we have been working hard on our portraits. First we drew ourselves making sure we added lots of details like freckles. Then we dyed the background. Once the background was dry we went over our faces with vivid and then got stuck into the painting. Once the paint was dry we went back over with a vivid to make our pictures pop! We worked so hard on our portraits and they all look fantastic. Here are Lachie, Meika, Leah and Brooklyn's finished pictures.
Big picture


He aroha whakato,

he aroha puta mai.

If kindness is sown,

then kindness you shall receive.


  • Can we please have all netball dresses returned ASAP.
  • Please return basketball singlets by the end of term.
  • All touch fees are due by the end of term, unpaid fees may result in removal from the team.


  • Can all home reader books please be returned to school by the end of term.
  • Can we please have any spare ice cream containers, these can be left at the office.
  • Can all Pet Day trophies be returned to the office.


Senior and junior tennis coaching and other events are coming up.

  • Starting Term 4, Wednesday 14th October for 8 weeks every Wednesday. We have our very experienced head coach Ghislaine running the Hotshots. Suitable for children 5yrs+. There will be sessions split between 3.30-6pm as per age group.
  • New to Club

Xpress Tennis- Opportunity for adults to learn how to play tennis programme.

Cardio Tennis for adults to have a workout on court. Get fit and have fun.

Like our facebook page to see updates or for any further details please contact Sheri Hughes (027 366 4286), Jenna Dombroski (027 316 7949) or Maree Tong (027 272 6349)

Eltham Athletic Club - AGM

Our upcoming AGM for the Eltham Athletic Club is this Monday 21st September 7pm at E-town. Everyone welcome.

The 2020-2021 season is not far away and covid willing it will be an exciting one. Colgate is once again in Taranaki and Eltham is hosting Norok cup so get involved in the club nice and early this season.

Any questions please contact

Debora Watkins 0211567136 (Secretary).



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