Matapu School Newsletter
Term 1, Week 6, 10th March 2023
Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.
- Monday 13th March - Taranaki Anniversary
- Tuesday 14th March - Kaponga Interschool Soccer Tournament
- Wednesday 15th March - Junior School Swimming Sports (Rm 5 & 6), 12 pm
- Wednesday 15th March - WOMAD Community Demonstration, 1:45pm
- Thursday 16th March - Teachers' Strike SCHOOL CLOSED
- Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd March - Whanau Goal Setting Conferences - SCHOOL CLOSING AT 2PM
- Friday 24th March - Junior Try-athlon
- Thursday 6th April - Last day of Term 1
- Friday 7th April - Good Friday
Principal's Weekly Update
RAISE Goal: to participate in every activity and give my best
Te reo phrase of the week: taihoa (wait)
Yesterday we held our school swimming sports, which was another great sporting event for Term 1! It was fantastic to see so many students taking part in a variety of races, our senior students even participated in a fun survival relay at the conclusion of the day. Many thanks to Miss B for organising everything so well, the SPA committee for hosting a delicious sausage sizzle, and all of our parents and family members who came out to support our students.
Whanau Goal Setting Conferences
In week 8 on the 22nd and 23rd of March we will hold our Whanau Goal Setting Conferences. At these meetings the teachers will discuss future goals for your children and invite you to share the strengths/interests that your child exhibits at home. Please note that we aim to get a 100% turn out for our Whanau Goal Setting Conferences so please take the time to click on the link below and book in to see your child’s teacher:
We place a high value on building strong relationships between our families and the school, as research has shown that the more invested parents/caregivers are in their child’s education, the better they do.
School will finish at 2 pm for all students on both the 22nd and 23rd March. The first school bus run will leave at 2:05 pm on both of these days.
School Policy Review
As part of our school’s commitment to self-review, we regularly review policies every term. Please follow the instructions below to take part in the policies up for review this term:
Visit the website https://matapu.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
Enter the username (matapu) and password (lifelonglearning).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Start your review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type.
Enter your name (optional).
Follow the prompts to show that you've read the topic and enter your feedback if you'd like to comment.
Agree to the privacy statement and click “Submit review”.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.
Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).
Ngå mihi nui
Room 2 - Mia for consistently showing respect and having a positive attitude!
Room 3 - Rocco for an awesome attitude towards swimming, maths and writing. Keep it up champ!
Room 4 - Sophie for giving your best effort during swimming sports and nailing it!
Room 5 - Aoraki for putting in your best effort to complete your work!
Room 6 - Thomas for being a great buddy to the new students in the classroom.
Words reach ears, actions reach memories.
This week has been Census week. Over the last two weeks we have been learning about the Census, what it is and why it’s important. We have been learning to collect data and represent it using bar graphs, and how to input data into Google Sheets in order to generate different types of graphs. We then had a go at allocating resources - the students were given a budget and had to allocate funds to different regions around New Zealand. They then had to justify why they had given certain amounts with the hardest hit regions, due to cyclone Gabrielle, being given higher portions in order to help rebuild.
For Maths, some of the children have been learning to estimate as well as use non-standard units to measure - such as how many pencils does it take to 'measure' the hallway?
This week's fab photo is of our students giving everything they have got, to participate in Kapa Haka. In Room 2, we are settling into some beautiful routines and I am impressed by the work habits and the desire to do well.
This week, Room 3 students have had fun preparing for their races at swimming sports. Great to see them working hard both inside and outside the classroom and risk taking with their answers and efforts. Some super effort.
This week Room 5 have been practising their swimming skills in the water. We are able to blow bubbles under the water, and have learnt to float on our backs. We cannot wait to show our parents next week what we have achieved in the water this term. On Monday, Miss B introduced the Numicon blocks for Maths as this year we will be using them in our maths lessons. Room 5 had fun finding all the different ways we could make 10 using the blocks.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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Location: 495 Hastings Road, Matapu, New Zealand
Phone: (06) 272 6764