Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 8, 25th June 2021

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

  • Friday 25th June - SPA Disco & Sausage Sizzle
  • Tuesday 29th June - BOT Meeting, 9:10am
  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: show good sportsmanship by using kind words during games and activities


Te reo phrase of the week: kua reri? (Are you ready?)


Kia ora,


Wow, what a turn out we had for our learning conferences this week! Thank you so much to all of our wonderful families for taking the time out of their busy schedules to meet with our teachers and discuss their children’s progress. This clearly shows how invested our community is in the success of their children and the experiences that are on offer at school. I know the learning conference reports were full of many fantastic next learning steps, but please also take the time to celebrate all of your child’s achievements this year.


Recently we had the Coastal News come and check out our school. I feel Bryan Kirk captured what our school is about perfectly, please click on the following link to have a read of the full article on page 14.


Kids’ Disco

Please remember that our amazing SPA Committee is putting on a disco tonight between 6-8 pm at the Matapu Hall. With Wellington heading into level 2, it is perhaps timely to be reminded that we need to make the most of these opportunities, as things can be postponed and/or cancelled pretty quickly when the alert levels change. I feel my best work will be to help out on the BBQ, instead of busting out any poor dance moves. However our students, who are a generation of tick tockers, will undoubtedly have endless dance routines to share with their mates. See you tonight.


Finally, I’d like to congratulate the year 5/6 soccer team for coming first in the local Winter Tournament in Hawera, as well as our year 5/6 netball team for coming third. A massive well done to The Destroyers who also came second in the year 5/6 Epro8 finals in New Plymouth yesterday. I would like to acknowledge Angela Burke, Jason Hurley, and Caroline Jordan for their support with these teams. Your help is very much appreciated.


Ngå mihi nui


James Willson

Values Awards

Room 1 - Jayden for always being a kind and caring member of Room 1

Room 2 - Colt for showing integrity and choosing to do the right thing

Room 3 - Mason for going above and beyond to help his classmates with learning or problem solving

Room 4 - Charlize for always showing respect for others by including them, helping out around the classroom and using kind words

Room 5 - Brock for his kind and caring nature to everyone!

Room 6 - Keely for stepping up and showing ambition in your learning

Matapu School Parents Association

Kids Disco

See you all tonight!


Gold Coin Entry

Sausages $2

Fizzy Drinks $2

Chips & a lollipop $1

Glow Sticks $2 for 5


Cash and Eftpos available


SLINK CALVES 2021

Are you available to help with a slink calf run this year?

Short run, usually takes less than an hour.

Please let Amanda know, 021 521 841.

Whakatauki

Ka mahuta a Matariki i te pae,

ka mahuta o tatou tumanako ki te tau.


When Matariki rises above the horizon,

our aspirations rise to the year ahead.

Mrs Moffitt

Hi! I am Deb! I am going to be Room 5's new teacher. I am super excited to be starting at Matapu next term, and getting to know your lovely tamariki! I have been teaching a long time and have taught every age and level from new entrant to year 10!

I live in Hawera with my husband Tim and my elderly dad, Ric. I am privileged to have 3 grown up children - Josh is a farmer in Manutahi and is engaged to be married; Rebekah is a HR Manager and she lives in Melbourne and my youngest son Aaron is an electrician and lives in NP with his partner.

Can't wait to meet you all next term!

Room 1

Puanga week is always a wonderful week of celebration, togetherness and planning for the future. This week we have had so much fun learning about Matariki, Puanga and the star constellations above New Zealand. On Monday we made our own Star Wheels for the students to take home and hopefully on a clear night they can get them out and see what they can spot in the night sky. I’m really looking forward to hearing about their experiences.


If you would like to make a star wheel for your family you can find the templates here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-activities/explore-the-night-sky/

Room 2

Wow, it has been a busy week in Room 2. On Tuesday we completed an art activity for Puanga using pastel, vivids and highlighters. With some practice we were able to fold and create a star for our art piece.

On Wednesday our year 5 & 6 students participated at the Winter Tournament, with the soccer team winning their competition and netball placing third. It was a great effort all round from our students.

I would just like to say a big thank you to all our parents for taking the time to come to learning conferences this week. It is awesome to share our achievement so far for this year and what our next steps will be for the rest of the year.

Room 3

This week we have completed our Matariki artwork. We blended watercolours in the background, then used koru to represent the members of our family.

Thank you to everyone for coming along to the learning conferences. It was a great opportunity to share each student's goals and successes so far this year.

Room 4

This week in Room 4, we have been learning about Puanga / Matariki. We learned how to blend chalk pastels on black paper to make art showing Maunga Taranaki, the Matariki stars and the Puanga star. Our writing focus this week was descriptive stories about visiting Dawson Falls. We have also made posters and videos about the Maori days of the week over the past few weeks.

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we have been working on making and decorating our lanterns for puanga. The lantern is to represent the brightening of the Maori new year. We had so much fun creating them.

Room 6

Puanga week is always a wonderful week of celebration, togetherness and planning for the future. This week we have had so much fun learning about Matariki, Puanga and the star constellations above New Zealand. On Monday we made our own Star Wheels for the students to take home and hopefully on a clear night they can get them out and see what they can spot in the night sky. I’m really looking forward to hearing about their experiences.


If you would like to make a star wheel for your family you can find the templates here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-activities/explore-the-night-sky/

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