Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 4, 27th May 2022

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

  • Friday 3rd June - Teachers Only Day
  • Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
  • Wednesday & Thursday 15th & 16th June - Whanau Learning Conferences
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 21st & 22nd June - School Production
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I know what my learning goals are

Te reo phrase of the week: whai mai (Follow me)

Kia ora,

What a wonderful wheels day we had today! Our students brought scooters, bikes, roller blades, and roller skates along to school to take part in the action. Our year 7 and 8 leaders set up obstacle courses around the school and separated the different types of equipment to make sure that everybody was safe and thoroughly enjoyed the day. We raised $230, which we have donated to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter as part of Ken and Anna’s 12 hour marathon event. As I’m sure you’ll agree it is definitely a worthy cause and we hope many other organisations around Taranaki were able to help out as well.

Carmen Sandiego

Tickets to our upcoming school production titled Carmen Sandiego can now be purchased at the school office. We are holding four performances, two matinees and two evening shows. Please see the poster attached to the newsletter for more info. Tickets are $5 each and will be on a first in first served basis.

Covid Update

We seem to be in the middle of another Covid wave at present. A big thanks to all of our amazing families who have let us know immediately if their child has Covid or needs to self-isolate due to a household contact contracting the virus. Please remember that when your child tests positive for Covid then that day is your day 0. They then need to self-isolate for another 7 days after they test positive. The only exception to this is when your child displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the days prior to testing positive. Then you can shift their day 0 back to when the symptoms first developed.

As of today we currently have 6 Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Anya for always showing the school values.

Room 2 - Addy for always being respectful and kind to others.

Room 3 - Jade for showing ambition by always choosing challenging learning goals!

Room 4 - Holly for showing empathy and caring about other peoples feelings. You are also doing a great job learning to halve three digit numbers!

Room 5 - Hunter for the great effort you are putting into your reading!

Room 6 - Kaleb (absent) for showing kindness to others. You helped someone who was waiting on the friend chair.

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Ko ia kahore nei i rapu, te kitea.

Those who do not seek, will not find.

Room 1

We are in full swing practising for our School Production and making costumes. This week Trish came in to help us sew up some Gi. The kids got 16 outfits made in one day. Check out the photos of us showing off our sewing skills!

Room 2

This week has been super busy doing loads of practical learning. On Tuesday, we began the embalming process for our 'mummies' (also known as oranges). Scooping out the orange flesh was quite tricky as well as being a bit tasty! We packed the orange shell with paper towels and we will make natron today to stuff into the oranges before we mummify them and bury them.

The class sarcophagus, also known as King Mat, is well under way in preparation for the production. All in all, a busy and fun week!

Room 3

This week in room 3 we have been creating more of our props for the production. Mrs Moffitt taught us how to make macrame armbands using wool. We had help from Room 2 and Mrs Bailey while we each made our own band. The whole class has been working extremely hard to keep up with their must-do's while getting more dance practises in.

Room 4

Our maths focus this week was recognising what fractions are and how to write them. We are practising quarter turns as part of our production dance too!

We were really lucky to have a special visitor from the Eltham Library read to us on Wednesday. This was part of a reading event called Simultaneous Story Time, where hundreds of children across Australia and New Zealand were read the book ‘The Family Tree’ by Josh Pike. We also coloured leaves to add to a tree the library will be making.

Room 5

This week Room 5 have been busy practising their line dance for production. It is awesome to see the kids buzzing with excitement about our performance! They keep telling me that they practise their dancing at home and it shows with their performance getting better and better each time we practise. We cannot wait to show you our moves in week 8!

Room 6

Another busy week at Matapu School!

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have Summer -who had filled in as our Teacher Aide on Monday and Tuesday- come back for a visit and show us two beautiful kittens she is fostering. Everyone had a wonderful time watching the explorers check out Room 6 and also sharing cuddles when Moki and Flounder came close enough!

Today for maths, we made ‘Number 9’ Sandwiches using Numicon. Our job was to find 2 blocks that made nine when put together. Here are some of our combinations- 4 and 5, 7 and 2, 6 and 3, 8 and 1. We also discovered that we can swap the blocks around and it still makes 9!

Thanks to the wonderful parents who cut out our costumes today during 4Stars…it is really appreciated!

Community Notices

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