Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 1, 5th February 2021

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

  • Monday 8th February - Waitangi Day observed
  • Monday 15th February - BOT Meeting, 6pm
  • Wednesday 24th February - School Athletics Day
  • Monday 8th March - Taranaki Anniversary
  • Thursday 11th March - School Swimming Sports
  • Friday 12th March - Mt Spa Triathlon
  • Friday 19th March - Mt Spa Swimming Sports
  • Friday 26th March - School Triathlon
  • Thursday 1st April - Teachers Only Day
  • Friday 2nd April - Good Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Friday 16th April - Last day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to greet friends, staff, and parents on arrival

Te reo phrase of the week: Tino pai to mahi (good work)

Kia ora,

What a week we have had! The sun has been shining, the students have all turned up with smiles on their faces, and the variety of team building activities on display has been exceptional. Thank you for ensuring that your child/ren turned up on day 1 with all of the correct stationery and uniform that they needed. This really helps us to hit the ground running and make a great start to the school year.

School Leaders

Congratulations to Bethan Mulliss, Cahill Siebert-White, Molly Fletcher, and Jasper Mitchell for being selected as our school leaders for 2021! All of them displayed excellent leadership skills last year and we are looking forward to seeing them step up this year and carry out a multitude of leadership initiatives with their positive can-do attitudes.

Swimming Pool

I would like to extend a huge thanks to Megan and Jonty Horgan. Once again they have given their valuable time to maintaining and looking after the school pool. It has been incredibly well utilised by our community over the summer holidays, which has been neat to see. Thanks also to Emma and Leroy Hunt, as well as Anna Hauparoa for filling in when needed.

Teachers Only Day

Please mark Thursday 1st April down as a teachers only day (the Thursday before Good Friday). We have planned some exciting professional development activities for our teachers and appreciate your support with making alternative arrangements.

School Start Time

Some of our students are arriving very early in the morning (around 8 am). We are really happy to have them back at school, but apart from the students on the first bus, we expect all of our students to arrive after 8:30 am. This also coincides with when the office is open and when we have all of our teachers at school. Thank you for your support with this.

Please find some road safety messages from our local council further on in this newsletter. The start of the year is always a good time to go over tips and rules with your child/ren to keep them safe. I hope you have a wonderful Waitangi weekend. In the present covid-19 world climate, it definitely makes you feel pretty happy to be living in New Zealand.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

It has been a busy time in Room One this week. We have been getting to know each other all over again, establishing routines and having a lot of fun together. We have been loving our time in the pool, especially in this heat! Thank you for sending your child along with their togs every day, we are practising our relay skills in the pool every day in preparation to take on the parents and teachers in the Swimming Sports relay this year. You’ll need to bring your A-Game this year!

Room 2

What a fabulous start to 2021 with wonderful weather for swimming and playing outside. Room 2 have had a brilliant start to the year, setting up routines and expectations for our learning. As we continue to work in the hall, we are excited to see the progress on the senior classes. Here is a photo where we are working 'quietly' to finish work about the Treaty of Waitangi. Have a great long weekend!

Room 3

Welcome back to school! The students have spent the week settling in and getting used to new routines. We have been making use of the good weather, getting out and practicing small ball skills then finishing with a game of t-ball or cricket.

Room 4

What a fantastic first week we have had! Lots of sunshine and swimming, running practices for our upcoming athletics days and lots of getting to know each other activities and games. Have a great Waitangi Day on Saturday and holiday on Monday.

Room 5

Wow, what a fantastic first week we have had!! From learning new routines to swimming our hearts out everyday, we have loved it! We even set some goals this week too, showing great ambition to start off the year!

Room 6

Welcome back everyone!

We have had a great start to the term- everyone has settled in so well and we are underway with lots of learning.

We have had four lovely new Matapu students start the year with us- A big welcome to Archie Joyce, Mackenzie Oliver, Rhea French and Heemi Boyle. You have all been amazing and we are very proud of your great start at school- keep it up.

A big THANK YOU!! to the School Parents Association who purchase each of our new students a Matapu School hat.


Ko nga pae tawhiti whaia kia tata

Ko nga pae tata whakamaua kia tina.

The potential for tomorrow,

depends on what we do today.


  • We still have a number of sports uniforms that haven't been returned. Please get these back to us ASAP. Notices will be sent home next week to those who still have uniforms at home.
  • Some families still have invoices owing, these will be sent out again next week.
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