Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 6, 25th November 2021

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

  • Wednesday 1st December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Tuesday 14th December - Last day of Term 4
  • Thursday & Friday 27th & 28th January - Office open, 9am - noon
  • Tuesday 1st February - Term 1 2022 starts
  • Monday 7th February - Waitangi Day observed, school closed

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to try something new

Te reo phrase of the week: kōrero mai anō (can you repeat)?

Kia ora,

On Wednesday we held our senior school prize giving, with all three classes putting on wonderful class items and celebrating the achievements of the students who received special awards. I was thrilled that we were able to broadcast the event to our community via YouTube and I would like to thank all of our families for being so patient and accommodating with regards to the measures we had to put in place to meet our Covid-19 guidelines.

School Pool

Unfortunately another change that we have had to make this year due to Covid-19 is to close the school pool over summer. Therefore pool keys for community use will not be sold.

BYOD - 2022

We have been fielding quite a few questions regarding BYOD for next year. Flyers are available at the office, but probably the easiest thing to do is visit our school website and click on the BYOD page. Please see the link below, which will take you directly to the page. If you click on the cyclone flyer you will be directly taken to their site. We highly recommend the use of BYOD for all of our year 4-8 students.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

School Photos

Access Key Codes for each students school photos have been handed out today.

The free delivery period expires at midnight on SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2021, orders placed after this cut off will incur a postage fee.

A big thank you goes out to Amanda Sherman who not only designed our amazing new certificates but also donated her time and the cost of printing them.

Thank You!!

Unfortunately the beautiful gold stickers didn't arrive in time for the prize-givings, each student who received an award will be given their sticker/s today, these sit over top of the round logo image in the bottom right corner of each certificate (as pictured) or the bottom left corner of graduation certificates.

Library Books

Library books are now due back for the end of the year stock take. Can all books please be returned by Friday the 3rd of December. Books not returned by this date will have invoices sent out.

If you are not sure if you have a library book at home please contact your classroom teacher for clarification.


He kai kei aku ringa.

There is food at the end of my hands - my own abilities can lead to success.

Room 1

Last term we learned about how to grow kumara from a kumara. First you chop them in half and sit them in water to sprout (we did this at the beginning of Term 3). This term we plucked the tipu off the kumara and popped them in a jar of water to grow roots (see photo) and they are finally ready to go into the ground this week.

Kumara are a great summer crop because once they are in the ground they take very little effort to water or look after. We will have plenty of tipu to share with our families this year. If you would like to plant some at home, please just get in touch with a student from Room One, they will package it up and send it home with your child for you.

Room 2

We have had an exciting week with senior prize giving on Wednesday. Every child who performed on stage did an amazing job and they should be extremely proud of their dancing. Our performance was an evolution of dance where we had a song from each decade of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and groups performed. At the end all of Room 2 went on stage to dance to a well known 2000’s song. We have had heaps of fun rehearsing and there are some talented students who know a move or two.

Room 3

We have been very excited this week to perfect our class routine and perform it on Wednesday. The dance went really well on the day, and we loved watching it together as a class. Last week we began perspective art with Mrs Hauparoa and this week we have been working to complete these. This piece of artwork is a drawing of a railway going under an old brick tunnel created by Breia Eggers.

Room 4

We have been working on a playground improvement project this week. The students identified an area of the playground that was looking empty and we decided to research different playground equipment that would make it better. We worked together using measuring tapes so we knew how big our options could be. We are going to survey other students next week to find out their opinions. Our focus for writing for the next two weeks is persuasive writing. We have had some great debates about whether cats or dogs make better pets!

Room 5

This week we put our design and engineering skills to the test and in table teams, had to work together to create a safe basket for the special golden egg. Because the poor chook had gotten such a fright in last week's play, it needed some help to carefully transport the egg down the stalk.

The design brief was to ensure that the egg remained in the basket. Some very nervous team members climbed to the top of the tower (aka as the playground slide) and dropped the egg. Only one team's creation securely held onto the egg!

The fact that the eggs were bouncy eggs was not revealed until the experiment was over.

Room 6

Goodness...another week has gone by! We are still busy working on gaining as much knowledge as we can before the big break. This week I have been really impressed by how many students are picking up the patterns for 5. We have been making ‘Friends of 5’ using numicon or our ‘five hand’ to help us, and it is great to see the quick recall that is developing now- Go Room 6!

We have been working on designing and building a safe brick house for the third little pig- one that will keep a wolf out. The ideas to do this are varied- a ‘wolf treat’ area outside, 3 pointy roofs to make climbing difficult, a hole over the front door to drop rocks through, a fake chimney tunnel that he gets stuck in, and sharp pointy bits everywhere to make the trip over the roof dangerous!

Today we made cards to share with special people- a great way to use writing for a purpose and a good way to fill people’s buckets at this busy time of year!

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