Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 7, 27th November 2020

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

  • Wednesday 2nd December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Monday 7th December - BOT meeting
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4)
  • Thursday 28th & Friday 29th January 2021 - School office open 9am-12pm
  • Monday 1st February 2021 - First day of school

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to respect my environment by tidying up after myself

Te reo phrase of the week: me haere koe ki te wharepaku (You’d better go to the toilet)

Kia ora,

With a slight break in the weather, our sports prizegiving was able to get underway on Wednesday. The Mums vs Dads netball game offered some great entertainment, the lead often swapping multiple times. The Dads just edged out the Mums when the final whistle blew, for a second year in a row! A big well done to our students who all received certificates for the various sporting codes they competed in, the standouts were recognised as MVPs and most improved. Thank you again to our wonderful coaches, your help and support is very much appreciated.

Building Work

We are extremely excited to have Livingstone Builders starting on Wednesday 2nd December. They are upgrading Rooms 1, 2, and 3, which will mean there will be a hive of activity around the place. There will be a fenced off area from the back gate to Room 3. All of the students in Rooms 1, 2, and 3 will be based in the Matapu Hall until the end of the year.

Life Education

The Life Education classroom has been dropped off out the front of our school. Unfortunately we have had to use up a few car parks to make it work, can you please take extra care when parking and dropping off/picking up your children next week.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

This week Room One have been writing reflections on our epic year. We started with a brainstorm of all the amazing learning opportunities we have had this year. Here’s what we have come up with so far. I’m sure there are plenty more…

Pet day, Konini Lodge / vertical horizons, Hawera pools, Hangi, Lockdown, Cross Country, Prizegiving, Visit from South Taranaki Reef Life, Visit from Jono - Police Officer, Athletics day, Sporting events - Soccer, netball, touch, Basketball skills with Swoosh, Sports Skills for Life, Bus Safety, Daily swimming, Swimming sports, Speeches, New students joined the class, EPro8 Challenge, McDonalds Glen to plant trees, VLN Languages classes, Water Skills with Cecilie Elliot, Rocket Challenge, Tech at Hawera Intermediate, Kapa Haka, WOMAD Performers came to visit, St John First Aid Skills, Zoom Meetings - Online learning, Year 7 and 8 Immunisations, Puanga celebration, Planted a time capsule, Science fair entries, Leadership roles, Soap Bars with Esther, Dress up days - Book character and Pyjama Day, Shared lunch with Room 4, Onesie day - competition, Post Covid colouring competition

We also have a jam packed last two weeks of the term to go. It's going to be a fantastic end to the year!

Room 2

On Wednesday Room 2 went to the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre for a class trip. The weather was terrible driving to New Plymouth but we all made it there safely and spent hours in the indoor and outdoor pools. It was awesome to see some of the students overcome their fear of heights and jump off the 3 metre diving board. Thanks to the parents who helped with transport, and a big thanks to Miss Rawcliffe who organised the trip for us! We had a wonderful time and cannot wait for our next school trip to Tawhiti Museum and the Hawera Water Tower.

Room 3

We had a great time learning about water safety this week. Cecilie from Water Skills for Life shared some great information on keeping ourselves safe in pools, rivers, lakes and the ocean. We also braved the rain to put our skills to the test in the pool.

Room 4

It has been a great week in Room 4. We have learnt how to do bowling, batting and fielding in cricket. So this week we played a game of non-stop cricket. It was great fun! On Thursday we had survival skills. We learnt so many things about how to keep ourselves safe and how to act if we get into trouble in the water. After lunch we all donned a life jacket and went out to practice treading water and sculling with the lifejackets on. It was great to get to practice the skills we had just learnt. We later made informative posters, so that we could keep other people safe around water.

Room 5

It has been all on in Room 5 this week! We have started back swimming (when its sunny) which we absolutely love. And we have been having cricket sessions. We love Jack the cricket guy! We have finally finished making our Christmas tree and we have made our own shrinky dinky baubles to go on it! All we need now is the tinsel! Come in and have a look at our awesome Christmas tree!

Room 6

In Room 6 we are starting to get a bit excited about what is ahead...Christmas!

We are writing to Santa and telling him the good things we have been doing. Here are a few!

Hunter- “I helped Mum do my vegetable garden”

Dex- “I helped put the icing on my sister’s birthday cake. When Mum says pack up I pack up my Lego.”

Bre- “I was being good. I helped Mum clean the table.”

Sophie- “I helped Mum and Dad and Caden on the farm in the holidays.’

Jackson- “I helped Mum do the washing.”

Mosese- “When my mum says clean up then I clean up.”

Apanui- “ I helped Dad make a robot.”

Hudson- “I help Mum set the table with me.”

Library Books

All library books are due back by next Friday. All children with outstanding books will receive an invoice the following week of $20 per book.


He taonga te mokopuna, kia whangaia, kia tipu, kia rea.

A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish.



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