Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 7, 4th September 2020

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

  • Thursday 10th September - Zone Inter-School Cross Country (Manaia).
  • Friday 11th September - Book Character Dress Up Day for Shaan Wineera.
  • Monday 14th September - BOT Meeting 6pm.
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Friday 25th September - Matapu Preschool Pet Day - TBC.
  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Friday 30th October - Kapa Haka Festival.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day (Please note the date change).
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day.

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to remember to sanitise and sneeze/cough into my elbow

Te reo phrase of the week: haere mai ki te whariki (come to the mat)

Kia ora,

Despite the current Covid-19 restrictions the students have had the chance to participate in a variety of sports at school this term. Ghislaine from Kelly Sports has been coming in every week to work with all of our classes. She has been working on large ball skills and teamwork, which aligns with the winter sports on offer in our community. We have also had the team from Hawera Basketball come into school this week to work on skills and game play with four classes. This will continue until the end of the term.

Favourite Book Character Dress Up Day for Shaan Wineera

As many of you will know Shaan Wineera, one of our fantastic former students, unfortunately has been diagnosed with cancer. Shaan’s mother Tracy Morehu is a former Matapu School BOT Chairperson and her whole family have given a lot of time to our school in the past. As a small gesture of support for the battle Shaan and his family are going through at the moment, we would like to put on a Favourite Book Character dress up day (gold coin donation) for him on Friday 11th September. All of the proceeds will be going to Shaan and more information about the event will be coming out in a notice from our school leaders on Monday.

Pet Day

On Wednesday your child/dren should have brought home a notice about our Pet Day entry conditions with an attached entry form. Thank you very much to those of you who have already returned the entry form to the school office. It really helps us plan ahead when we get the forms back quickly.

Lost Property

We have a mountain of clothes, shoes, and other items in our lost property box located in the foyer between Rooms 4 and 5. Miss Rose has kindly organised them into containers for us. We will be putting the lost property out on the deck by the office every Friday up until the end of term.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

Room One had a great time at Swoosh Basketball training on Thursday. We learned all about a double dribble, how to control a ball with our fingertips, and how to dribble the ball without travelling. We are looking forward to developing our skills further next week.

Room 2

Room 2 had fun with our makerspace activity on Tuesday afternoon. Our challenge was to build a boat that could float on water and can move when blown. We had to make sure that our boat didn't tip or turn when the wind was blowing and stayed straight. There was heaps of discussion around boats, what they looked like and how they worked. Also, we were only allowed to use one sheet of tinfoil, two popsicle sticks and a piece of A4 paper.

Room 3

This week has been full of fantastic learning in Room 3. We have started to learn about persuasive writing and had some great discussions on whether cats or dogs make better pets. In our reading groups, we have been locating word clues in stories to answer when, where and who questions. At Karawhiu Taima (activity time), we have been helping each other use different strategies to work out division problems. For our Tuesday sports skills, we helped each other keep the ball off the ground by recognising who might need a little more help with catching and throwing. Well done everyone.

Room 4

We have had an action packed week in Room 4! Mrs Guest came in to visit which was very exciting. We had sports skills on Wednesday and we are getting a lot better at working together in a team. Then on Thursday we had basketball skills. It was very cool to have the basketballers from the class get a chance to showcase their skills. We have started Makerspace activities in class as well. Over the span of three days we planned, created and improved our designs. It is a great way to bring problem solving and initiative into the classroom.

Room 5

This week in Room 5 we have been carrying on with our makerspace projects. We made a model of our designs and made it out of paper! Then we wrote a letter to the Three Billy Goats Gruff telling them our designs of how to cross the river without using the bridge. Next we will think of how we can improve our designs!

Here are Leah and Mia's model's and letters to the goats!

Room 6

Room 6 is busy making something special to take home this weekend!

Yesterday we were privileged to have Big Buddy helpers from Room 1 to guide us in our work. I cannot speak highly enough of these amazing young people who gave their time so willingly...and even cleaned the brushes and the tables at the end! It was lovely to watch the interactions between the two ages...and we are looking forward to sharing our finished products with some special people at home this weekend!


Hawera Touch Module at Turuturu Soccer Grounds will begin at the beginning of Term 4 on a Thursday after school. We are organising teams from Years 0-8 and need you to fill in the attached Google Form by following the link below. The cost to register and play is $15 per child.

Click here to sign your child up for Touch. You will need to fill out individual forms for each child. This needs to be completed ASAP or your child will not be put in a team.


Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

This whakatauki is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but it's real message is to be persistent and don't let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.

Cross Country Results


  • Can all home reader books please be returned to school by the end of term.
  • Can we please have any spare ice cream containers, these can be left at the office.
  • Can we please have all Pet Day trophies returned to the office.
  • Rear a Bull tags available at the office.
  • Basketball and Netball Fees are now overdue for payment.

Be part of the election team

Hiring is underway for the 2020 General Election with people needed to fill over 25,000 roles.

"This is an opportunity to be part of the election team and help voters have their say at the 19 September election and referendums,” says Chief Electoral Officer, Alicia Wright.

A variety of roles are available including working in voting places and counting votes. The work can last from one day to a couple of months over the election period.

“They are all paid roles and we’ll provide the training and support you need to do a good job,” says Alicia Wright.

“Voting places are run by people who live in the area, so it’s a great way to get involved in your community.”

For more information about working at the election go to



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