Matapu School Newsletter
Term 1, Week 9, 1st April 2022
Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.
- Thursday 14th April - Last Day of Term 1
- Friday 15th April - Good Friday
- Monday 2nd May - Term 2 starts
- Friday 3rd June - Teachers Only Day
Principal's Weekly Update
RAISE Goal: take care of yourself and be kind to others
Te reo phrase of the week: kia tau (be still)
Wow, what an amazing time we had at the Ambrose Golf Tournament last Friday. Everyone had such a great time putting their golf skills to the test before enjoying a meal and good company well into the night. In what has been an interesting start to the year, in terms of community events, this was a great chance for our community to enjoy a relaxed and light hearted evening which really celebrated the importance of bringing people together to have some fun. A massive thanks to Brent Espin and Nathan Joyce! They worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event happen in a short space of time to ensure it was a success. A huge thanks to everyone else who contributed, helped out, and supported the day in one way or another.
School Policy Review
As part of our school’s commitment to self-review, the following policies are currently under review:
Health and Safety Management
Emergency, Disaster, and Crisis Management
Please login to the school’s School Docs account to complete reviews of these policies.
Matapu School’s login details are as follows:
Last week the prime minister announced some changes to Covid regulations which will have a positive impact on our school. These are:
Parents/caregivers will be able to come onsite to attend whanau learning conferences, sports, and cultural events
We can now hold whole school assemblies as the indoor limit has been increased to two hundred people
The students can now participate in kapa haka and physical education indoors
We are still in the ‘Red’ setting of the Covid Protection Framework, which means:
Parents/Caregivers will still have to drop off/pick up their children at the school gates
If parents/caregivers do have to come on site, they need to wear a face mask and sign in at the office
All teachers and students in Rooms 1-3 will continue to wear face masks
If students or staff are unwell they have to stay at home
Students and staff will continue to observe good hygiene practices by santising their hands, socially distancing where possible, and using their own drink bottles
As of today we currently have two Covid cases within our student population.
Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).
Ngå mihi nui
Room 2 - Manaia for all your amazing effort and a positive attitude to your learning.
Room 3 - Nate for putting in a conscious effort to get all his work completed.
Room 4 - Resina for giving everything your best effort and persevering with challenges.
Room 5 - Mackenzie for making an amazing effort in all learning areas.
Room 6 - Percy for super effort towards becoming a 'Learner Agent' in Room 6.
If we take care of the land and we take care of people, we will take care of the future.
Anyone who is yet to pay should have received a note yesterday. Students will not be given their dress until fees have been paid.
Hawera Basketball 2022
We have also thoroughly enjoyed the lovely weather as well as the new 'Make-a-space' area outside of Room 2. This pic is of the tamariki planning out their recycling creation.
We are fast heading towards the end of the first term! It has been absolutely wonderful to see progress in so many areas- adjusting to school life, learning class daily routines, finding new friends and starting on a wide range of new learning that will provide a good base to work from as we travel through the school years.
We have gone back to our focus on us and how we belong in our community. We discovered that most of us were born in New Plymouth, and just one person was born out of Taranaki! In our families, 6 of us are the oldest, 4 are in the ‘middle’ and two are the youngest. We are thinking hard about why we love our family so much, and next we will think about ourselves as part of Matapu School.
We have finished our Bucket Filler posters and use bucket filling as part of our school day. It is a concept that resonates with children, and though we can’t actually see them, they love to fill up others’ buckets and have their own filled too.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Print Ready - Amanda Sherman, CMK Hawera, Shurr & Ireland Acocuntants, 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, JP Refrigeration, Melza’s Customs.
PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT US