Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 1, 29th July 2022

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

  • Monday 15th August - BOT Meeting, 6:30pm
  • Friday 19th August - Wacky Hair Day for Child Cancer
  • Friday 9th September - School Cross Country

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to make the right choice, both in the classroom and the playground

Te reo phrase of the week: “Name” kia tupato (“Name” be careful)

Kia ora,

Welcome back to Term 3! Despite the wet weather we have had a great first week. Our students have enjoyed being back at school, catching up with their classmates and engaging in some cool Aumangea Taima learning. Term 3 presents us with a solid 10 week term where the staff and students can get stuck into some key learning goals and celebrate their success.

Can I please ask all of our whanau to again prioritise their child/ren’s attendance this term. We definitely understand that winter ills are prevalent at the moment so if your child/ren are sick, please keep them at home. However if they are not sick, they need to be at school. ‘Regular’ attendance is defined for statistical purposes as 90% attendance or higher. However, Ministry analysis shows there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance; every day matters. Every day at school has a cumulative impact on students’ learning. A child with an average of 90% attendance will miss the equivalent of one year of schooling in ten.

Matapu History Fact

Did you know the Kingfisher Cottage (located on Skeet Road) used to be located next to the old shop, diagonally opposite the school.

As of today we currently have no 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 - Ashlyn managing your time well and putting extra effort into your learning.

Room 2 - Sophie for ambition and awesome mahi in maths.

Room 3 - Mia for a great can-do attitude and always giving new learning a go.

Room 4 - Dylan for making great progress by counting groups of numbers carefully! Well Done!

Room 5 - Indy for the great effort you are putting into your work.

Room 6 - Percy for showing persistence and managing yourself to solve a problem independently.


Ko tou reo, ko toku reo te tuakiri tangata.

Tihei uriuri, tihei nakonako.

Your voice and my voice are expressions of identity.

May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled.

Netball Uniforms

Can all Years 1-6 netball players please return their uniforms.

Rear a Bull

We are fundraising with our Rear a Bull scheme again this year.

We are asking for a calf, (preferably Fresian bull, Jersey bull, or beef calf) to be reared to at least 100kg with the intention of being picked up and sold around the first week in November or later if it is not ready.

Those Donating Calves will have their name on a board and displayed on the fence as REAR A BULL - Calf Sponsors of the School and will go in the draw for a substantial mystery prize to be drawn on Matapu School Pet day.

If you are able to help with this scheme, please contact the School office,

Brent Espin, 0275513660


Nathan Joyce, 0275144630

and we will get a calf ID tag to you.

With Thanks,

Matapu School BOT and SPA Committee

Matapu School SPA - Cookie Time Fundraiser

Unfortunately there has been a delay with the shipping of the cookie orders, it is now hoped that they will all arrive next week.

Families will be contacted when orders are ready for collection.

Board of Trustees Elections

Our school is undertaking a parent election for our School Board. This process has

started with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with

legislative change, our nomination form and full instructions on how to place your

nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your

email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in

our database.

Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon.

Election day is Wednesday 7th September.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Room 1

I’m so excited to begin to share with you the Maker Projects we are working on in Room ONE this term. The students choose from a range of project based problems that they need to solve. They research possible solutions and then design and create a solution. As the term goes on I will keep you updated on what the kids are creating. Photos from this week are: Jake and Milla: designing and sewing heat packs from fabric and rice. Charlie and Colt: Building a mould to make recycled paper. Anya: Creating a dreamcatcher.

Room 2

Despite the nasty weather, we have had a fun and productive first week back at school! In writing, we are learning the differences between simple and compound sentences and I have been super impressed at how attentive the children have been as they grasp this concept. For maths we have been learning about measurement - we paced out the corridor to estimate it's length and are learning to convert cms to ms etc. All children have chapter books to read. Homework for this term is all about designing a fantasy island, as well as spelling words and basic facts. Aumangea Taima is definitely at the forefront of our creative thinking, as we begin to explore bridges and how to make them.

Room 2 were privileged to be visited by some of the Mountaineers basketball team - fortunately during a fine break! Photos show some skills in Room 2!

Room 3

Hi everyone and welcome back to Term 3! The whole class has come back fresh and keen to learn, so we have swiftly got back into our normal classroom routine this week. We have been working on a Matariki art project in the afternoons and they are coming along nicely. Once it is finished we would love you to pop in and see this artwork on the walls.

Room 4

What a fantastic first week of Term 3! Our focus for writing has been retelling stories about Matariki. We then chose to retell our favourite story with a buddy using the Clips video app. We had great fun making props and working out how to use them for creating the stories. For maths we have been practising knowing numbers 1, 10 and 100 more and less than our daily number. In the afternoons, we learned a lot about how water can help blend colours together this week for our watercolour paintings. Keep an eye out for the finished work soon!

Room 5

Welcome back to Term 3! Room 5 have started off the term sharing our wonderful holiday experiences. We have been able to write a story about our holidays and are in the process of publishing these to display in the classroom. In Room 5 we have been learning about measurement and all of the different types in maths. These include measuring length, weight, temperature, speed and time. We have been using non-standard units to measure length such as blocks, beans and counters. Here are our drawings of our family, from shortest to tallest.

Room 6

We have had a great start to the term!

On Monday we welcomed Ryder and Mia to Matapu and they have settled into class beautifully.

On Thursday we were excited to have Mrs Heatherton and some big buddies come to do some coding with us. They showed us the Spheros and we all had a try with them, changing colours and making them move around. At the end we played Duck Duck Goose, using the Sphero to choose whose turn it was…we really loved playing that game and we are looking forward to our session next Thursday!

Next Wednesday morning we are also lucky enough to be going to see Zappo at the pre-school. We love his clever magic that is peppered with important messages about life and it is always a great experience for us.

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 50cents for every 100 litres of bulk fuel that you have delivered.

A big thank you to the following community members who are supporting our school through the fuel for schools programme:

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

Reckless Ltd

Okawanui Farm Trust

Nadash Partners

Whakatupu Farm Ltd

Pingadeez Trust

For more information

Freephone: 0800 999 986



Enrolment Scheme – Rawhitiroa School

You may be aware that Rawhitiroa School has been working with Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | The Ministry of Education to develop an enrolment scheme for their school.

As part of this process, they are asking for public submissions from the wider community on the proposed scheme - this can be done via the website link below:

All submissions are confidential and will be considered as part of the final report. Submissions close 28 August 2022.

Airs Academy

Timetables and information for team group classes and individual memberships available at the school office.

For any enquiries email:

Kaponga Junior Soccer Club

Cryptic Car Rally Fundraiser

14th August 10.00amstart

All funds raised go to the Kaponga Soccer Club junior group end of year function

Can you solve these clues?

1. Beak of the bird (translated) visit here (you are on skeet road)

2. Two smoking chimneys how many gates (you are on palmer road)

Then enter this event and help support our teams

Entry costs ONLY $5.00 per person

Children will help on this one

Prizes and Food Proudly sponsored by Learn4Life limited.

Contact Peter McNamara 0275551841 for registration details


I have available 1–3 week old kid goats perfect for school pet days.

I am currently having an option for you to pay a bond of $50 for a goat, rear it and show it at pet day and then the option of bringing it back to me after pet day with the return of your bond of $50.

I know a lot of people don’t have the room or space for grown goats, so would love to give a child an option to enjoy having a goat for pet day.

They will be dehorned and vaccinated before leaving

I have boys and girls available, the males will be ringed

Ring/Text me on 0278663983 or email me

Any questions please ask!


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