Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 1, 24th July 2020

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

  • Friday 31st July - Puanga Celebration.
  • Tuesday 18th August - Interschool Sports Day.
  • Thursday & Friday 20th & 21st August - Teachers Only Days.
  • Friday 28th August - Daffodil Day.
  • Wednesday 16th September - Rippa Rugby Tournament.
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Saturday 17th October - Pet Day
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day.

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 3, Week 1

RAISE Goal: to make an effort to care for our environment

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

Kia ora,

Welcome to the first week of Term 3. All our students have had a great time in the holidays and definitely seem full of energy and enthusiasm this week. With enviro activities, a huge amount of sporting opportunities, and even a visit from St John and our community police officer we have a fantastic term lined up for our students.

Our school is looking amazing at the moment, thanks largely to the work that Rod and Raewyn Carley, Brent Espin, Leroy and Emma Hunt, and James Van Den Brand have done over the holidays. This community effort makes our school what it is. We are so lucky to have people that are eager to get involved and look after our school.

Being in the middle of calving time, we know many families are extremely busy at the moment. Please see some important notes below or dates to pencil in for the near future.

Afternoon pick ups

This is just a reminder that parents/caregivers are to drop off/pick up their children from the front of the school, driveway access by the preschool, or the hall car park. In the afternoons we still have a number of cars parking on the grass berm (opposite the front of the school) over the road. This is a big safety issue for us and we would love to see families utilise the parking available in front of the tennis courts or the hall car park. We now have a wonderful concrete path over to the hall so it’s very easy for our students (especially senior students) to walk over there at the end of the day to meet their parents/caregivers.

Rear A Bull Scheme

Brent Espin has kindly put together the Rear A Bull scheme as a fundraiser for our school. It involves our parents/caregivers, community members, and supporters of the school tagging one of their beef calves for Matapu School. Please check out the full details by clicking on the following link and contact Brent on 027 551 3660 to get set up.

Enrolment Scheme

Please see a copy of the advert that we placed in the Taranaki Star in regards to our proposed enrolment scheme later on in the newsletter.

Loan-a-lamb & rear a calf

We are super excited to be able to offer our families the opportunity to loan-a-lamb for our upcoming Pet Day on the 17th October. A form has gone home with your child today that provides further information. Please complete the forms and return them to the school office by Friday 7th August.

We are also looking to provide our families with the opportunity to help care for and look after a calf in the lead up to Pet Day. The hope being that a child/family who don’t normally have the ability to take a calf to Pet Day, get the chance by visiting a farm near where they live and becoming involved in their upkeep. More information on this initiative will be available in next week’s newsletter.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Puanga Celebration - Friday 31st July

In Taranaki we celebrate Puanga instead of Matariki, this is because Puanga is the star that we see in our night sky.

This year we are going to have a special assembly so that the children can share what they have learnt about Puanga over the last few weeks.

We are going to plant a Kahikatea tree which is what Matapu was named after (the white pine tree) and also bury a time capsule to remember this year. As Puanga is about burying the old and focusing on the new.

We are going to finish off with a shared morning tea with our buddy classes.

Room 1

Room One had a visit from Emily Roberts this week to talk to us about Predator Free 2050 and how we can be part of helping to eradicate pests that threaten our native NZ wildlife. We are super excited to get involved and support the Regional Council with this huge but vital project. Some of our students also attended an additional session with her and have already placed a tracking tunnel to record what wildlife and pests are living around our school. Keep an eye out for developments over the year, this is just the beginning of what promises to be a fantastic learning experience for both our students and our community.

Room 2

Room 2 has had a busy start to term 3. We are excited to be starting our Rocket Challenge next week and are looking forward to meeting our STEM ambassadors. The lovely ladies from Ballance are giving up their time to come and support us through our projects and their expertise will be invaluable. We have also celebrated our leaders this week with Mr Willson presenting them with their leadership badges at Monday's Assembly. Congratulations to all our leaders and keep up the incredible work that you are doing.

Room 3

This week Room 3 have been making sure all of their independent tasks are completed and learning about showing evidence of their learning. This is because in the next few weeks they will be asking to be on their restricted learning licenses which will give them more responsibility over their learning and a few extra perks for being responsible.

We have learned a lot about Matariki / Puanga this week and have been working on a rakau performance item for next Friday’s Puanga celebration. One of the Matariki stories we shared involved seven fish that became stars. We made fish koru art with Room 6 this week based on the story.

Room 4

We love doing Sport Skills on a Wednesday morning and this week we were working in a group of three to see how many times we could successfully pass and catch the ball. Some teams forgot to communicate to each other and passed the ball when the other person wasn’t looking, so they missed it. Other teams were superstars and didn’t drop the ball once! Next week we’ll be working on the same skills and hopefully we can make it to 100 without dropping the ball.

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we have started a new reading activity called the Daily 5! This means we have more independence and choice during reading time and we are becoming self-regulated with our work! We have been so so so awesome at learning it and we are very excited to carry it on! Here is a photo of Noah and Jett ticking off buddy reading for their daily 5!
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Vaules Awards

Room 3 - Savannah for using all of your values! You are doing the right things at the right time.

Room 1 - Joseph for being a super role model.

Room 5 - Honor for her ambition and effort in our new Daily 5 routine!

Room 2 - Cooper for your effort towards completing your work to a high standard.

Room 6 - Hudson for making a great effort in walking into school by yourself.

Room 4 - Regan for making awesome progress in your reading!!


Waiho ra kia tu takitaki ana nga whetu o te ra.

Let it be one star that stands above the others in the sky.

Notifying an enrolment scheme developed by the Ministry under section 11IA of the Education Act 1989 is to be implemented

To avoid overcrowding, or the likelihood of overcrowding, at Matapu School the Ministry of Education has developed an enrolment scheme. We are hoping that this enrolment scheme will be implemented from 12 October 2020.

Under this scheme, students will be entitled to be enrolled if they live within the home zone described below.

The zone begins at the intersection of Skeet Road and Manaia Road. No addresses on Manaia Road are included in zone. 1393 and 1390 Skeet Road are in zone.

  1. The zone travels east along Skeet Road to the intersection with Palmer Road.

  2. The zone turns north onto Palmer Road and continues until the intersection of Palmer Road and Neill Road. No addresses on Neil Road are included in zone.

  3. The zone travels in a north-east direction over land to meet the intersection of Eltham Road and Lower Duthie Road.

  4. The zone travels east along Eltham Road until the intersection with Hastings Road

  5. The zone turns north on to Hastings Road and proceeds along Hastings Road and Upper Hunter Road.1332 Hastings Road is not in zone.

  6. The Zone travels east along Upper Hunter Road and then south until the intersection with Skeet Road.

  7. The zone travels north east overland to meet the end of Rogers Road.

  8. The zone travels south east along Rogers Road until the intersection with Dalziell Road.

  9. The zone travels south along Dalziell Road until the intersection with State Highway 3 (SH3).

  10. The zone then travels south to the intersection of SH3 and Austin Road.

  11. The zone turns north west on to Austin Road until the intersections with Katene Road.

  12. The zone travels south west along Katene Road until the intersection with Mawhitiwhiti Road.

  13. The zone travels north west along Mawhitiwhiti Road until the intersection with Katene Road.

  14. The zone travels south west along Katene Road until the intersection with Whenuku Road.

  15. The zone travels north overland to meet the Waingongoro River. No addresses on Whenuku Road are in zone.

  16. The zone follows the Waingongoro River south until adjacent to the end of Burgon Road.

  17. The zone travels north west on Burgon Road until the intersection with Division Road East.

  18. The zone travels west along Division Road East until the intersection with Ahipaipa Road.

  19. The zone continues along Division Road West until its end.

  20. The zone travels north west overland to meet the intersection of Normanby Road and Inaha Road. No addresses on Inaha Road are included in zone.

  21. The zone travels west along Normanby Road until the intersection with Kokiri Road.

  22. The zone travels north along Kokiri Road until the intersection with Palmer Road.

  23. The zone travels north west overland to meet the intersection of Skeet Road and Manaia Road. No addresses on Manaia Road are included in zone. 1393 and 1390 Skeet Road are in zone.

The enrolment of out-of-zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

The enrolment scheme, which includes a precise description of the home zone, may be viewed at the school office, where copies of the scheme are also available.

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  • If your child will not be on the bus please let the office know.
  • Can any sports uniforms from last year please be returned.
  • If your address or contact details have changed please inform the office.

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Hawera High School

Open Evening

Monday 27th July

Tours begin from the school library at 4pm and 6pm.



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