Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 5, 21st August 2020

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

  • Thursday 27th August - School Cross Country.
  • Friday 28th August - Daffodil Day.
  • Monday 14th September - BOT Meeting 6pm.
  • 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.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day. (Please note the date change).
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day.

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 5

RAISE Goal: to speak kindly to others

Te reo phrase of the week: horoia ō ringaringa (wash your hands)

Kia ora,

What great news it was that we were staying at alert level 2 last week. Thank you so much for your support in ensuring that we are meeting all of our guidelines. It has been fantastic to see students being dropped off/picked up at the school gates and parents signing in at the school office.

The teacher only days this week have been a big success. They have allowed our staff to take some time and focus on our strategic goals, in particular writing. We have been working with Bek Galloway who is a professional development facilitator. It was wonderful to get together as a team and discuss our learners, their needs, and work on new programmes for the future.

On Thursday 26th August we will be holding our school cross country on Mark Cleaver’s farm (opposite the Matapu Hall). We will get things underway from about 12:45 pm, once all of the students are assembled in the paddock. To meet the Ministry of Heath’s criteria for hosting an event under alert level 2, we need all parents/crowd members to observe 2m social distancing practices and sign in on entry (either physically by writing your name and number) or by using the QR code. Hand sanitiser will also be available. You are welcome to take your child/ren home after the event, can you please just inform your child’s class teacher.

The SPA Committee will be running a sausage sizzle at the school before we head over. Sausages are $2 each, please get your child to hand their money to their class teacher on arrival.

We are again encouraging our students to wear their house colours. They are not required to wear their school uniform on Thursday if they turn up to school in their designated house colour.

The current forecast shows the weather looking a bit unsettled at the moment. We will make a call by 9 am and share any postponement news on Facebook and the school app. Friday 28th August is our postponement day.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

This week at Tech the kids made pizza. I hope they are practicing their culinary skills at home and cooking delicious snacks and dinners for you. Each term at tech the kids rotate between, cooking, woodwork, visual art and performing arts.

Room 2

We continue to work on our Rocket Challenge with Room 1. Last Thursday we tested our rocket launcher with different amounts of water and PSI. After a few false starts we were able to get the water rockets flying and noticed that more water in the bottle did not help the rocket fly higher. We recorded our results and are now starting to design our rockets.

Room 3

It has been a short but busy week in Room 3. We had Kapa Haka on Monday, a joint senior hui and running practice with rooms 1 and 2. We had fun with pirate tag and frisbees in our sports skills session on Tuesday. We are learning to use all the players in the team. On Wednesday we were busy with our usual daily routine and we are beginning to think about how recipes are written. Have a great long weekend everyone!

Room 4

We have had a lovely short week and we are all excited to still be at school with all our friends. This week we have focused on adding new punctuation to our writing. We have learnt about punctuation such as apostrophes, commas and speech marks and how to use them correctly. This week we have added a new comfy reading corner to our class. This has been a real hit, and everyone is keen to use this new area.

Room 5

This week we have been working hard on gaining our stamina for cross-country that is coming up next week! We have some amazing runners in our class that are showing great ambition and persistence! We can't wait for the real thing!

Room 6

In writing we are working on making sentences.

To do this we:

-Think of an idea and share it

-Start with a capital letter and end with a full stop

-Use our word card to find words and sounds

-Have finger spaces between words

-Go back and read to check our writing makes sense.

Here are some of the sentences we wrote about Policeman Jono’s visit:

“ I like his Police car lights.” Hailey

“I like Jono’s laser so he can see the people.” Zaclin

“Jono brought in his big heavy vest and radio.” Leo

“Jono brought his handcuffs and it was super cool.” Keely

“I like Jono’s bat [baton] because when you shake it, it gets really long.” Jackson

“I like Jono because he gave me stickers.” Sophie

“Last week Jono showed us his pictures and we got to colour and it was cool.” Mosese

“I like the vest because it felt light. I am strong.


Me mahi tahi tatou mo te oranga o te katoa.

We must work together for the well being of all.


  • 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.
  • Basketball and Netball Fees are now overdue for payment.


Hawera Touch Module at Turuturu Soccer Grounds will begin at the beginning of Term 4 on a Thursday after school. We are organising teams from Years 0-8 and need you to fill in the attached Google Form by following the link below. The cost to register and play is $15 per child.

Click here to sign your child up for Touch. You will need to fill out individual forms for each child. Please fill in the form before Friday 4th of September.

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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