Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 2, 28th October 2022

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

  • Monday 7th November - Kissick Eraio sports tournament
  • Friday 11th November - Gumboot Friday
  • Tuesday 15th November - Teachers Union Meeting, school closing at 12:15pm
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Sports Prizegiving
  • Friday 25th November - Junior Prizegiving
  • Monday 28th November - Senior Prizegiving
  • Wednesday 7th December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to wear my potae during every break time

Te reo phrase of the week: tangohia tō potae (take off your hat)

Kia ora,

I hope you all had a great Labour weekend, it was fantastic to see some sun. Yesterday, our whole school participated in the Big NZ Shakeout (earthquake drill). It is incredibly important to practise the correct procedure to keep our students and staff safe as we can never be sure when the next big one will hit and where.

Prize Givings

Term 4 is a pretty epic term for us in regards to community events. We are looking forward to celebrating our students’ achievements at our sports, junior, and senior prize givings. Unfortunately when we set the dates, we didn’t realise that the senior prize giving date (30th November) clashed with the opening day of the Mystery Creek Field Days. Therefore we have now changed the date to Monday 28th November. I hope this hasn’t inconvenienced anyone and like always, we hope to see you all there.

Cycle Skills

On Friday 4th November we have Roadsafe Taranaki coming in to run some cycle skills sessions with our students. If your child has a suitable bike at home, can we please ask you to bring it in on Friday for them to use, along with a helmet and covered shoes. Can you please arrange for the bike to be picked up on Friday afternoon as we do not have the space to store the bikes over night.

Please note that our classes will not be performing an item at either the junior or senior prize givings this year, as they all put so much effort into our school production in Term 2. However we do have plenty of items still on the agenda. Our kapa haka group will perform, a selection of students will share some memorable moments, and a few Christmas songs will be sung to get us in the festive mood. Our school hangi day has also been moved to Term 1 2023 to hopefully coincide with some fine weather for us.

Matapu History Fact

One of the features at the 75th jubilee celebrations was the 75ft by 25ft school swimming pool, which was completed in 1962 and largely built with voluntary labour.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Bobbie for the outstanding effort you put into your writing.

Room 2 - Breia, you have a great 'can do' attitude and always show respect.

Room 3 - Ashton P for integrity, always making choices to be proud of.

Room 4 - Lachie for showing great leadership skills by supporting your science group!

Room 5 - Asta for her kind and caring nature to everyone!

Room 6 - Billie-Rose for showing all of our school values with your enthusiasm and effort for all your learning.


Ko tou reo, ko toku reo

Te tuakiri tangata

Tihei uriuri, Tihei nakonako

Your voice, My voice

It is an expression of identity

Behold, the message and the messenger

Matapu School Parents Association

Pet Day Ribbons

Some winners from the lamb judging may have received the wrong ribbon.

If your child received the wrong ribbon can it please be returned to the office so that we can get the correct ribbons to everyone.

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Room 1

This week has been a flurry of activity getting ready for camp next week. We are pretty excited. The kids have also been writing speeches for the year 8 dinner and taking photos to be included in a keepsake placemat that will be presented to them at the Year 8 Dinner.

The kids looked so amazing for photo day today!

Room 2

This week has flown by super fast! We have had great fun thinking about Teacher Appreciation Day, and the children in Room 2 showed their appreciation to Miss B in particular. It was good to have the discussions about how Miss B comes and watches many sports games, in her own time. Gratitude goes a long way! In Maths we have started interpreting graphs and understanding the difference between lines, rays and line segments. We have also been learning how to work out the area of regular and irregular polygons, as well as triangles. Some of the children have also been working on symmetry. We also welcomed our new student Peter this week. The long weekend was very much appreciated by all - hopefully we get more sun this weekend!

Room 3

This week has just flown by! We were very excited to see that some of our seeds had sprouted over the weekend and we have been observing, measuring and recording the growth we have seen through the week.

We practised our ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ routines for both inside and outside to keep ourselves safe in case of an earthquake and everyone knew where to go and what to do when the whole school participated in the New Zealand Shakeout drill on Thursday morning.

Room 4

Our science experiments this week focussed on what happens when baking soda and vinegar are mixed together. We saw the gas by trapping it in a balloon and watching it lift raisins. We also talked a little bit about why it makes a big reaction. Our maths focus was on switching number facts we know, so we know how to solve them when they look different. NZ Shakeout happened on Thursday morning - a practise for being safe in an earthquake. Thanks to the parents who have set up a safety plan for home too. We also welcomed our new student Bill this week!

Room 5

Room 4, 5 and 6 have had a science focus for the past two weeks. In the afternoons we get into groups and each teacher has a different science activity. In Room 5, students have learnt about how we can make water move without touching it. It has to do with the air around us and what happens when the temperature of the air changes. There has been some great discussion with the groups and lots of fun recreating these science experiments.

Room 6

The short week has flown by! We started our next round of science on Tuesday and in R6 we continued on our investigations into ‘changes’. Last week making fireworks with milk, food colouring and detergent, and this week exploring the physical change that happens with water, pepper and detergent. Have a go with this at home, it has a very quick reaction when the detergent is added!

In Maths, some of us have been learning to use the Numicon to make ‘number bonds’ with all the friends of 5. We worked in pairs and it was cool to see the team work developing.

On Thursday we joined the national ‘Shake-out’ and practised our turtle positions ready for the next earthquake that may come along. It is really important learning and it was great to see that everyone was able to curl into a safe shape under the table.

Community Notices

Time Out Tour - Hāwera, Taranaki

The Rural Support Trust, in proud partnership with ANZ, Bayleys, BDO, Datamars Livestock, Fonterra, and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), are excited to bring the Time Out Tour to Hāwera in November! TV presenter turned sheep and beef farmer, Matt Chisholm, has signed on to be the inaugural Ambassador for the Rural Support Trust. Now he's on a nationwide tour talking to rural communities ...

Come along to the TSB Hub in Hāwera on Thursday 10 November from 6:30pm.

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