Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 6, 20th November 2020

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

  • Wednesday 25th November - Sports Prizegiving, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 2nd December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4)
  • Monday 1st February 2021 - First day of school

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 6

RAISE Goal: to perform to the best of my ability in my class item for prizegiving

Te reo phrase of the week: aiho tēnā (leave that alone)

Kia ora,

Wow, I could not have been prouder of our wonderful students on Wednesday night. They did an amazing job performing their class items, as well as being a great audience come prizegiving time. The community support at the event was fantastic and to be able to sit down and enjoy a hangi at the end of the night was tremendous. Once again, it’s too hard to thank everyone for all of their help and support, but to our teachers, parent helpers, Alfred, and Larry, you all did an awesome job and made the night such a success.

Sports Prizegiving

Just a reminder that our sports prizegiving will start at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25th November. We’ll start things off with a round of tug of war for the kids before moving on to the epic Mums v Dads netball game (the Dads are the reigning champs). The presentation of the awards and certificates will follow. There will be no BBQ this year or BYO plate, instead there will be an American Hotdog for everyone who attends at the end of the prizegiving, the SPA will also provide ice blocks for the kids.


It has been neat to see such a step up in our uniform consistency this year. Now is the time to check if your child needs a new uniform item for next year and see Emma at the office. Please note that the school office will also be open between the hours of 9 am - 12 pm on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th January 2021 for all of your uniform and administration needs.

Pool Keys

Our school pool is in the final stages of being open for summer. We have replaced the padlock and have new pool keys, which will be available from the school office for $70. Thank you so much to Megan and Anna for getting the pool ready to go. I can not wait to see it being used by our tamariki and whanau!

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

WOW! What an amazing week of awesome learning experiences for our kids. Thank you so much for joining us for our prizegiving and hangi! The end of the year is such a special time for our year 8’s. We will be continuing the celebration over the next couple of weeks. We have two trips planned for weeks 8 and 9. Thank you for all of the permission forms that have been returned so far, it really helps with our planning to have them back so quickly.

Room One and Room Four are Buddy Classes. Today we got to show Room 4 how to use the WeDo and Flexo Kits. It was so much fun!

Room 2

Room 2 has had a wonderful week! It has been great to celebrate our achievements with school prizegiving and Room 2 worked hard peeling the kumara ready for the hangi. Thank you to all of the parents who came in and helped with the prep, digging holes, lighting the fires, preparing the plates and all the extra things to make it a great night.

Room 3

It was another busy week in Room 3 this week... Jono Erwood visited on Monday and taught us about how to check our bikes are safe, then we learned some signals. Unfortunately the weather did not play ball and we had to postpone the riding practice. On Tuesday the weather was on our side for a great cricket session and then on Wednesday we were able to learn a bit about hangi and watch the fire heating up the rocks. Room 3 performed their item beautifully at school prizegiving Wednesday night. Thank you for a great week Room 3!

Room 4

We have had such a great week in Room 4! Our highlight of the week was definitely performing our dance to our families at prizegiving. All of the students did an amazing job and I was very proud of their effort on the night. We had Jono Erwood come into school this week and talk to us about bike safety. We discussed checking your bike to make sure that it is road ready, and we learnt how to do different signals whilst biking. This week we have been drafting and creating thank you letters to all the different sponsors that donated something for our pet day. It was very cool getting to write to them about what we did at pet day and thanking them for their donations.

Room 5

Wow what a full on week! We are so proud of all of our classmates for their effort in our class dance as well as those who got certificates! Now that prizegiving is done and dusted, we are looking to the next big thing... Christmas!! We have decided to make a Christmas tree together as a class and we are going to make ornaments to go on it too! Here are some of us painting the tree green before we assemble it!

Room 6

It has been another very busy week!

Hangi and prizegiving took up lots of time…but wasn’t it amazing! We worked hard (with Room 5) to make the stuffing for the hangi and we practiced our item hard too. I am really proud of the great performance by Room 6, they looked fabulous and the dance was spot-on!

We even managed to squeeze in some cricket skills with Jack.


Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nona te ngahere,

te manu e kai ana i te matauranga nona te ao.

The bird who partakes of the miro berry owns the forest,

the bird who partakes of education owns the world.

Trophies & Cups

Can we please have all sports trophies and cups returned to the office ASAP.



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