Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 1, 30th July 2021

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

  • Friday 27th August - Daffodil Day
  • Friday 3rd September - Teachers' Only Day
  • Wednesday 8th September - Wig Wednesday for Child Cancer Foundation
  • Friday 10th September - School Cross Country
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th September - Maori Language Week
  • Friday 17th September - Grandparents' Day
  • Wednesday 29th September - Taranaki Champs' Cross Country

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to show ambition by setting new goals to achieve in Term 3

Te reo phrase of the week: “name” kia tupato (“name” be careful)

Kia ora,

Welcome to the start of Term 3, we have had a fantastic start to the term! We’ve managed to dodge most of the inclement weather and make the most of getting outside. We have started training for our school cross country so hopefully we get some more fine days to really make the most of it and target some fitness goals. It is an expectation that all of our students will participate in cross country training and the school event on Friday the 10th September. If your child cannot participate in the training, please send a note to school (or by way of Seesaw) to let us know that they can’t take part.

The students have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with their friends this week and it has been incredibly pleasing to see our school values evident in how they play together, speak to one another, and welcome new staff and students. Deb Moffitt has settled in really well, please say hi if you see her in passing. Mark Blance has also joined us full time for Terms 3 and 4. He has a range of responsibilities; extra classroom support, classroom release, and to teach groups of students how to use the laser cutter.

Thank you so much to all of our parents who have made a real effort to sort their children’s uniform out. It has been great to see our students in the correct attire.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 1 - George for putting in extra effort during math time.

Room 2 - Ashlyn for always putting 100% effort into your learning.

Room 3 - Cooper for being respectful and always greeting people throughout the day.

Room 4 - Lucinda for showing all our school values. Especially showing respect and ambition for learning.

Room 5 - Zaclin for being an amazing role model to Room 5.

Room 6 - Brooklyn for being a super helper every morning by putting the chairs out all by yourself.


Me matau ki te whetu,

i mua te kokiri o te haere.

Before you set forth on a journey,

be sure you know the stars.

Room 1

We have had a fantastic first week back at school. It's so lovely to see all the kids rested and excited about a new term.

In maths this week we have been learning about Location and Compass Bearings. The kids have really enjoyed reading maps and interpreting scales.

In writing we are focusing on Narrative Writing, I love reading their stories, we have some amazing creative brains in Room One. I can’t wait to see what they come up with over the next few weeks.

Photos are from our first 4-STARS afternoon with Room 6 for the term.

Room 2

Welcome back! Term 3 has been off to a great start. We have been buzzing from all of the excitement that is the Olympics! Watching events, researching about the history of the games and designing our own Olympic logo are just some of the things we have been doing in class. We keep a tally each day of how many medals New Zealand have won and look forward to more events over the next week. Here are some of the logo designs made by students in Room 2.

Room 3

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a good break and is rested and ready for Term 3. Our main topic this term is about rivers. We have had a science lesson this week to introduce this topic. We enjoyed learning about the different types of rivers and how they change over time.
The classroom has been changed around and the students are loving the new layout.

Room 4

What a fantastic first week back! We have been very busy getting back into our routines for literacy and maths and we are all working hard on our new goals. The writing focus for the next few weeks is procedures, where we have to write instructions for making objects or writing recipes.

If you have not been into our classroom yet this term, come and have a look at our writing wall with lots of descriptions about Maunga Taranaki. We also now have our superhero artwork up with our maps!

Room 5

Wow! I have had a fabulous week at Matapu and have loved getting to know the Matapu community. We have been super busy in Room 5 - designing a guardian taniwha for our maunga as well as doing some very important statistical investigations. After we had gathered data on 'Who likes goody goody gumdrop icecream?' We then made a bar graph with our bodies! The children could interpret the graph to make the statement that 'most people like goody goody gumdrop icecream!'

Room 6

Welcome back to Term 3!

It is great to have everyone back on board after so much sickness in the last few weeks of Term 2.

In Room 6 we farewelled Sophie, Braxton and Keely at the end of the term, ready to start the next stage of their learning in Room 5. We look forward to hearing great things about their progress and wish them happy days!

This week we welcomed Ollie, Eden, Miharu and Calais to begin their schooling at Matapu and we are very excited to have them join us. They have made a wonderful start, and are quickly adapting and learning new school and class this space!

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