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)

Kia ora,

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:


Username: Matapu

Password: lifelonglearning

Covid Update

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

No Change

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

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Ashlyn for all the extra effort and enthusiasm you put into your work.

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.


Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakemua.

If we take care of the land and we take care of people, we will take care of the future.


Reminder: All netball fees for players Years 5 - 8 need to be paid before next week.

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

If your child would like to play basketball for Matapu School, please fill in the registration form by following the link below before Thursday 14th April. Details for all age groups are included in the form. Basketball is held at The Hub during Term 2 and 3.

Room 1

This week we are so excited to return to buddy class activities. We hung out with our buddies in Room 4 and created Hot Air Balloon art. They worked together to colour in the background, decorate the basket and cut up strips of paper to create the balloon part. What fun! We can’t wait until next week.

Room 2

This week has been loaded with creating as well as pushing through when things get tough! Together we learned how to do some pretty impressive digital art! Learning to rearrange pictures, crop out backgrounds, pose as well as taking photos in perspective, have produced some fabulous results and we are super proud of our photo wall!

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.

Room 3

The end of the term is fast approaching, and we have been working hard in Room 3. We have completed another piece of art work with Mrs Hauparoa which is now displayed on our walls. On Wednesday this week many of the girls from Room 3 went to New Plymouth for a soccer tournament. It was a fantastic day and the girls should all be very proud of their effort and ambition throughout the tournament.

Room 4

We were very lucky to have had Manuel from Central Football come to school to work with us on some soccer skills last week. We even had time for a quick game. This week, we have been learning how to add hundreds in columns and regroup them. Our writing has been focussed on our learning goals and we have created half self portraits by using step by step instructions and bright colours. We also had a go at making some ‘how to build’ videos during our Thursday Lego We do session.

Room 5

Last Friday we had Manuel from Central Football come to school and take a skills session. The kids loved learning the different ways to control the ball using different parts of their body and had a fun game at the end to display their skills. With winter sports starting up next term it is awesome to get outside and give new sports a try!

Room 6

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.

Community Notices

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