Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 4, 14th August 2020

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

  • Tuesday 18th August - Year 7/8 Interschool Sports Day. CANCELLED
  • Thursday & Friday 20th & 21st August - Teachers Only Days.
  • Thursday 27th August - School Cross Country.
  • Friday 28th August - Daffodil Day.
  • Wednesday 16th September - Rippa Rugby Tournament.
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Saturday 17th October - Pet Day.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day.

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 4

RAISE Goal: to show respect for my school and my property by picking up after myself

Te reo phrase of the week: ka pai tō korero (please speak nicely)

Kia ora,

What a funny old week it has been. Deja Vu has been mentioned a few times, along with some accompanying sighs. With Covid-19 again returning, it is one of those things that we hoped wouldn’t happen, but now that it has let’s make sure that we’re organised and ready for any increase/decrease in the alert levels. I think the best thing for us is that we’ve been here before. We know what alert levels 2 - 4 look like for Matapu School and our community. We know what worked last time, what the challenges were, and how levels 3 and 4 impacted our learners and their whanau.

Since the news on Tuesday night we have been regularly holding staff meetings to prepare for any increase in alert levels. Teachers have been planning for distance learning by setting up our students’ home learning books with an info sheet for parents, logins for online resources, and paper based activities. We have even been trialling a couple of distance learning blocks throughout the day, to make sure that we are prepared to quickly shift to distance learning if needed.

What we need our families/community to do:

  • Please make sure your details are up to date - you should be receiving our school newsletter by email and by the school app. Our website has easy to follow instructions about how to install the school app, please visit:

  • If we do move to an increased alert level a survey will be sent to you via the school app. It will be regarding your child/ren attending school under alert level 3. Please complete it ASAP to help us identify how many bubbles we will need to set up.

I, like all of you are hoping we get some positive news this afternoon, but it’s important to plan ahead just in case. With the majority of weekend sports cancelled, it is an excellent opportunity for you to dust off those Mum and Dad sports skills, share some glory days, and show your kids how it’s done at home. Have a great weekend. Stay safe and keep well.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

This week we had Lauren and Josh come to talk to us about their work with Project Reef Life South Taranaki. We learned all about the reef off the coast of Patea and the efforts they and some students from Patea Area School and Hawera High School have been doing to research and protect our local reef. We are so lucky to have so many amazing resources and talented people in South Taranaki.

Room 2

This week Room 2 were lucky enough to work with Esther from EnviroSchools. We worked in groups to make shampoo soap bars. There was heaps of learning about the different ingredients and their purpose. They smell phenomenal. We cannot wait for them to set so we can try them out at home. What a great way to learn about sustainable products. Thanks Esther!

Room 3

Our week has flown by! Room 3 have been finding information to write their own reports this week and learning how to use times tables to solve division equations. We were very lucky to have a visit from Community Police Officer Jono Erwood who talked about all the important work the Police do in the community. He let us all have a turn lifting his protective vest to feel the weight. Thanks Jono!

Room 4

Week 4 has come and gone, and wow what a week it has been! We had Jono come to talk about his job in the Police. The highlight of our day was getting to hold up his vest, we were all surprised how heavy it was! Earlier in the week we reminded ourselves about how we can have better hygiene in our class and created informative posters to explain this. We have been working hard on learning our times tables in class and have loved getting new high scores on 'Hit The Button'. You can check out each day's score on Seesaw.

Room 5

This week in Room 5 we have been learning a new way to do our maths rotation! It is call the daily 3! We have been enjoying choosing our own activities to do! Here is a photo of Andre, Atticus and Joshua playing a game of dice addition.
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Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakemua.

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


  • Thursday and Friday next week are both Teacher Only Days.
  • Rear a Bull tags available at the office.
  • Please let the office know if your child will not be on the bus.
  • Please return any sports uniforms from last year.

School Policy Review

As part of our school’s commitment to self-review, the following policy is currently under review:

  • Learning Support

Please login to the school’s School Docs account to complete a review of this policy. Matapu School’s login details are as follows:


Username: Matapu

Password: lifelonglearning

Te Kiri Hockey Club

Any interested players from years 1-8 wanting to play hockey this winter

Can register their interest with Claire Gargan 027 357 0677

Games played at Stratford turf on Monday (years 3-6) Wednesday (years 7/8) afternoon starting Term 4 (12th Oct – 30th Nov)

Info required is Name, DOB, age/year at school, address, parents cell phone and email address

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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