Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 3, 30th October 2020

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

  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day
  • Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November - Book Fair
  • Tuesday 3rd November - BOT Meeting, 6pm
  • Friday 6th November - Grandparents Day
  • Tuesday 10th November - School Photos
  • Wednesday 11th November - Interschool Soccer Tournament
  • Wednesday 18th November - School Prizegiving & Hangi
  • Wednesday 25th November - Sports Prizegiving
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4)

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 4, Week 3

RAISE Goal: I make supportive comments towards my teammates when we play competitive games

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

Kia ora,

Everyone is super excited and looking forward to our Pet Day tomorrow. The students have been working extremely hard on their Pet Day creations and home projects. Families are buzzing about bringing an animal along to show off, and I know the auction is going to be another big hit this year with all of the fantastic items we have lined up. Please note that event organisation has been sent home with your child and is also available on Seesaw and Facebook. A huge amount of work has gone into the day; from the great organisers behind the scenes, the large amount of sponsors that have come on board, and the various people who have given their time to make tomorrow such a success. Please remember that it is a school event so all of the organisers, stewards, judges, etc. are volunteers. Please be kind and most of all enjoy yourselves. As tomorrow is not a school day, please ensure that your children are supervised at all times.

Grandparents Day

We will be having a grandparents morning on Friday 6th November between 9:00 - 11:30 am. We warmly extend a big invite to our students’ grandparents, please see the schedule below:

9 am - Welcome + school assembly in the hall

9.40 - 10.30 am - Buddy reading outside Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6

10.30 - 10.45 am - Coffee and tea available in the staffroom

10.45 - 11.30 am - Grandparents to visit classes


What a day we had out on Thursday! We entered four teams in the Kissick-Eraio tournament; year 5/6 touch, year 7/8 touch, year 5/6 netball, and year 7/8 netball. Our year 5/6 netball team won the cup, and both of the touch teams placed second! It was a fantastic day, our students' skill level, sportsmanship, and behaviour stood out. A massive thanks to our coaches; Jason Hurley, Megan Horgan, Amanda Sherman, and Nikaela Boshier. Your help and support is very much appreciated.

We’ll see you all tomorrow, thanks again for all of your support!

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

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Room 1

We have had a busy week getting ready for Pet Day in Room One. The kids are working hard to complete their soap carving and string art creations by Friday.

Well done to all the kids who competed in the Kissick-Eraio Tournament and represented the school at the Puanga festival. You did a fabulous job and made us so proud!

Room 2

This week was our last week with Ghislaine from Kelly Sports. She has been amazing to work with and has helped Room 2 develop their teamwork and coordination. Thanks so much Ghislaine!!

Room 3

This week we had our last sports skills session of the year and enjoyed a great game of ball tag with Ghislaine. We have worked hard on our Pet Day art and they are looking fantastic! This year we created pastel animal heads and sunprints. Come and have a look on Saturday.

Room 4

Week Three has come and gone so fast in Room 4. We have been extremely busy getting all our pet day crafts done for this Saturday. We also had our last sports skills sessions on Wednesday, the class said a big thank you to Ghislaine. We have been busy trying to get our dance ready for the prize giving evening, and amongst all of the creative activities we have been doing a mix of group and buddy reading to make sure we are reading every day.

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we have finished our creations for pet day and gotten back on track with our Daily 5 reading rotation! Our newbies are doing so well learning the routines and are loving the activities we are completing in class.

Room 6

We did our writing assessment this week and we had to write about special times we have with our family.

First we had to think of our ideas and then have a go at writing them using finger spaces, words and sounds, and capital letters and full stops. We had to check that the writing made sense and draw a picture to match the story. It is a pretty big task for children who are pretty new to the writing process...but they did a great job without the usual teacher support!

Here is a sample of what we wrote:

I went to the park with Dad and Mum.” Harvey

I take a picture of Rocky the lamb with my mum.” Nate

“In the weekend I went to Brock’s house with Dad. We went to Brock’s farm.” Keely

“I went to the pools with my dad. I did a manu.” Braxton

“I went to my Pops and Grandmas with Mum and Dad and I played with my cousins.” Jackson

Dad and Mel took me to the beach. I had a swim. It was cold. I had jamies to put on after” Harper
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School Photos

School Photo order forms have been sent home.

Sports and Sibling order forms are available at the office.

Spare order forms are also available at the office.

All order envelopes and payments are due back by Monday 9th November.


Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi.

Engari, he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

Matapu Tennis Club

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 7pm

All Welcome

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Nominating your school.

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Egmont A&P Parade & Show

2020 A&P Show Parade

Egmont Showgrounds

6pm (free entry from 5pm)

Egmont A&P Show

Egmont Showgrounds

20th November 12pm - 8pm

21st November 9am - 4pm



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