Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 3, 21st May 2021

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

  • Monday 7th June - Queen's Birthday (no school)
  • Wednesday & Thursday 23rd & 24th June - Whanau Learning Conferences (Please note date change)
  • Tuesday 29th June - BOT Meeting, 9:10am
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to make an effort to care for our environment

Te reo phrase of the week: taihoa (Wait)

Kia ora,

This week we were incredibly lucky to have John Hooker come and speak to both our junior and senior teams to share some wonderful local history, specific to our local iwi, Nga Ruahine Rangi with us. An insightful snippet was that Nga Ruahine Rangi view the mountain as a female, holding a baby (Fanthams Peak), whereas many other iwi around the mountain view it as a male. These stories are so important in building our local curriculum and really give our students a special sense of understanding and belonging to Matapu School.

We received feedback from a number of families that our planned learning conferences in week 7 of this term clash with the Fieldays event in Hamilton. Therefore we have pushed the learning conferences back a week to Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June. Please note the change of date.

Have a great weekend and good luck to our sports teams.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 3 - Hunni for being an outstanding friend and always including others

Room 6 - Indy for trying new things! You can go to the office all by yourself!

Room 1 - Jessie for putting a huge effort into her independent learning and always completing it to a high standard

Room 4 - Noah for looking after our classroom, your own belongings and persevering with activities. Ka Pai!

Room 2 - Kevin for a superb effort in all learning areas!! Ka Pai!

Room 5 - Ngaire for always being a great role model in all aspects of school!


Ina kei te mohio koe ko wai, I anga mai koe I hea, kei te mohio koe, kei te anga atu ki hea.

If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

Room 1

Room One has been learning all about fractions, equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages this week in maths. We are really loving maths time and getting excited about our new learning. Next week we will be using our maths skills as we put our knowledge into practice and work together to solve problems.

Here is a word problem to try out at home:

Frankie has $30 to spend on a day out at the pools. He spends 2/3 of it on the ticket and 7/10 of the remaining amount on souvenirs.

After that, he spends 2/3 of what's left on snacks.

How much money does he go home with?

Room 2

This week in Room 2 we used an app called Keynote to create our own monsters. We designed them using shapes and added features such as hair, wings, glasses. It was a great way to introduce an app that our students would never usually use in the classroom. As part of their writing they described their monster, and wrote about what they thought their monster would feel like, smell like and sound like.

Room 3

It has been another great week in Room 3. We have been tying our mountain topic into the rest of our learning. This week we made cross sections of a volcano. Our aim was to design and create all the parts of an active volcano, such as the vent, magma chamber and crater.

Room 4

Room 4 had a busy week learning about how Taranaki was formed by volcanoes. We made models of the Maunga with paper and also in the sandpit. We even had a lava flow going using baking soda and vinegar. This week we have been using compass directions on our maps to talk about locations we are familiar with.

Room 5

This week in Room 5 we were set a challenge from Design and Technologies Project-Base Learning box to design and create an eye-Catching Pedestrian Crossing. We got to work drawing our plans and making our designs out of paper! We had so much fun thinking of creative and funky ways a pedestrian crossing can be designed! Here is Jazmyn's that she designed to have flowers all over!

Room 6

Our letter for the next week is Ii so today we made insects with the Big Buddies and our 4Star visitor Olly. It is always great to watch the interactions and see the proud faces when we have finished!

We have been talking about our great maunga and finding out why it is so special. This week we have learnt about the Brown Kiwis that have been released there and the Whio that love the fast running water up there. It is special to know that we have a place that is providing a home for our endemic species right on our doorstep and we are excited to learn more!

Matapu School Parents Association

•Kids' Disco - Friday June 25, 6-8pm

•Bogan Bingo - Saturday June 26 from 6.30pm-late

Flyers will be sent home next week.

Hosted by Matapu SPA who are fundraising for Matapu School's end-of-year camps & Makerspace resources.

Northfuels Fuel for Schools

Fuel for Schools is a school sponsorship programme aimed at supporting rural schools throughout New Zealand.

The Fuel for Schools sponsorship programme has helped put over 1.2 million dollars of resources into more that 400 rural schools.

A big thanks to those community members who have continued to contribute to our school recently:

M.R Cleaver Trust

Sion Trust

Western Heights Partnership



Mark Joblin Concept & Construction Ltd, Sanfords Rural Carriers, Taranaki By-Products, McDonald Real Estate, Eltham Vet Services, ANZCO, Power Farming, Corrigan Electrical, Matapu Bulk Transport, CRV Ambreed, FMG, Mack Transport, Blastways, Nevada, Ballance, Todd Energy, & BCCL (Burgess Crowley Civil Limited) Carrfields Livestock, Rosemount Charolais - Dairy Bull Specialists, PGG Wrightson Livestock, Jack Gray Ltd, Bruce Parry Livestock, Kelsen's Glass & Glazing, Tommo's Tyres Ltd, Chris Perrett Electrical Solutions, Holdem Contracting Ltd, STE (South Taranaki Electrical), Kaponga Four Square, MG Taranaki.