Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 10, 9th April 2021

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

  • Friday 16th April - Last day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to celebrate everything that I have achieved this term (two week goal)

Te reo phrase of the week: kei hea o …? (where is your…?)

Kia ora,

I hope you all had a fantastic time over Easter and managed to enjoy an Easter egg or two. It always feels a bit odd when we have Easter during Term 1 as opposed to Good Friday normally marking the first day of the school holidays. However after an action packed term, I’m sure you all welcomed the break and made the most of the sunshine.

Last Thursday we participated in professional development with our MOA Kluster colleagues. One of the highlights was hearing from Adam Ellis who is the Director of Technology for MB3. He gave us some great insights into where technology is heading and commended Matapu on their successful uptake of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). We are committed to providing effective professional development for our teachers to support them in using technology in the best ways possible for the advancement of our students.

In the near future you’ll likely see a fixed term vacancy for Georgia Hancock’s maternity leave position being advertised along with a permanent position, as Katherine Guest has decided to be a full time mum. We thoroughly enjoyed having Katherine as part of our team, but definitely understand her thoughts to put her family first. On behalf of the Board I’d just like to thank Katherine for her contribution to the school and wish her all the very best for the future.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 4 - Bentley for always showing integrity, when he makes a mistake he knows how to fix it.

Room 1 - Ryder for always using his manners and positively greeting people.

Room 2 - Hudson for showing school values and being a supportive class mate!

Room 6 - Keely for stepping up with your learning, you are putting in a great effort.

Room 5 - Jett for always going above and beyond when helping others in class!

Room 3 - Nahla for putting in a huge effort with her independent work; getting everything completed to a high standard every day.

Today Molly performed her Competition Piece at our school assembly. Molly is working towards dancing on pointe shoes. In the first week of the school holidays she is attending ballet school in Wellington. We wish her all the best and hope that she will perform for us again some time.

Basketball 2021

Today is the last day for basketball registrations, we currently do not have enough players to form teams in any age group.

If your child would like to play basketball for Matapu School this year in Hawera, you need to click on this link and fill out the form individually for each child. Forms need to be completed by Friday 9th April 2021. Information about the season, including fees can be found in the link.


Mai i te kopae ki te urupa,

tatou ako tonu ai.

From the cradle to the grave,

we are forever learning.

Room 1

It's been a busy couple of weeks in Room One. The kids have started painting their lanterns, and they will hopefully get them finished in time to take home before the holidays.

I would like to say a huge Thank You! to the parents of Room One for all your help this term, we have had a lot going on, and it's been made much easier with your support. The kids have been amazing, and I'm really looking forward to spending next week with them before we head off on Term Break.

Room 2

I hope everyone had a wonderful easter break. Room 2 are working hard to create their visual pepeha after finishing off their videos. Each student must design and decorate, linking everything in their waka to their pepeha. We look forward to showing the school at assembly next week and displaying them in the classroom for everyone to see.

Room 3

The last two weeks have been great in Room 3. But it will be awesome to have a full, normal week next week.We have been working on our kowhaiwhai art and they are starting to look very good. We have been focusing on working independently and getting more of our independent work completed each day. This is a challenge that we will continue to work on next week and into Term 2.

Room 4

For the past two weeks we have been writing information reports about animals. Our goal is to organise the information under subtitles. Everyone has enjoyed sharing the facts they know too.

We have been getting good at remembering some of our body parts in Te reo Maori by playing Simon says and remembering the heads, shoulders, knees and toes song from kapa haka.

Room 5

What a great short week we have had in Room 5! We got to try out some new maths equipment called Polygraphs that Mr Willson got us! We LOVE them! This week we used them to add past 10. They really helped us to see the number bonds to 10 and 20. We even began using repeated addition to add too! We can't wait to learn different ways to use them!

Room 6

The last two weeks have flown short bursts!

Room 6 had a wonderful day last Tuesday creating special Easter treats and art. We were so lucky to have our ‘Baking Angels’ Katie and Alyssa to help us create nests, and ice rabbits and eggs- they looked fantastic and everyone was very happy with their work! Thank you so much Katie and Alyssa!

A big warm welcome to our two new students in Room 6 this week- Indy Bailey and Brooklyn Bocock. They have had a great start and we are very excited to have them join our class.

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