Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 5, 2nd June 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 will celebrate my learning by sharing my learning goals at the end of each day

Te reo phrase of the week: Kaua e pena (don’t do that)

Kia ora,

Our classes have been in full swing this week practising, making props, and getting costumes sorted for our upcoming production in week 8. This is shaping up to be a great show and I know the students are excited to show you their performance in a few weeks time.

Carmen Sandiego

Tickets to our upcoming school production titled Carmen Sandiego are selling fast and available at our 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. Due to increased numbers within our community we do require younger children to have their own ticket so that we can ensure we meet fire and emergency safety protocols.

Students in the Office at Lunch Time

Now that we are out of the ‘red setting’ of the Covid Protection Framework our senior students can resume a lot of the leadership roles that had to be put on hold at the beginning of the year. One of these responsibilities is volunteering to go on the Office Duty Roster. If you ring the school between 1:00 pm - 1.40 pm you will probably find one of our amazing leaders on the other end of the phone. Please leave a message with them (including your name and contact number) and Emma will follow these up after lunch.

As of today we currently have 4 Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Enrolment Notice (out of zone)

Enrolment at Matapu School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from our school office.

The board has determined that we have two out of zone places available at year 7 for Term 2. The deadline for out-of-zone applications is 3 pm 3rd June.

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on Wednesday 8th June. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Kurt Parry, Board of Trustees Presiding Member

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Nazeer for stepping up, taking responsibility and being a great role model.

Room 2 - Mason for putting in an amazing effort this week! Kia Kaha! Tino Pai!

Room 3 - Meika for her wonderful respect and kind nature towards her peers.

Room 4 - Jazmyn for making a huge effort with dividing three digit numbers!

Room 5 - Rhea for her effort in Kapa Haka! You always have a good dance!

Room 6 - Indy for showing such ambition in your learning and working hard everyday.

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SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 5 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7th September.

We look forward to your participation in this process.


He aroha whakato, he aroha puta mai.

If kindness is sown then kindness you shall receive.

Student Update - By Cooper Malone & Nazeer Rye

This term Matapu School is putting on a production and the preparations are in full swing! We are practising in the hall and making backdrops so the production can be ready in time. Carmen Sandeigo is going to be a great production! The backdrop that Amanda has been working on looks AMAZING! The kids are excited and we can't wait for the show to begin!

Check out some snaps from this week's practises.

Room 1

Room One has been working exceptionally hard during maths time to keep up to date in our PR1ME Books. We have been learning how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators by finding the lowest common multiple and then using our basic facts knowledge to rewrite and then solve the problem. The photo this week is a perfect example of kids working together to help each other with their maths.

Room 2

We warmly welcomed Azaria and Lucas to our classroom this week. We have been anticipating their arrival and it is lovely to have more tamariki join the Room 2 hapu.

This week has been all about practising our dance for Production and creating masks and costumes for Production - the excitement is definitely building!

We had the solemn occasion of the unfortunate passing of many oranges in our class. They have now joined the dearly departed on their journey to the afterlife; we scooped out their innards, packed them natron, wrapped them in bandages and buried them in the garden. Hopefully, when we dig them up in a couple of years - they should be perfectly preserved...

Room 3

We have had plenty of good times in Room 3 this week. We have had rippa training with Mr Wilson and with Taranaki Rippa. We have headed over to the hall and begun practising our dance on the new stage. We have also welcomed a new student into our class which is great!

Thank you to the parents who have continued to support their child with homework as we head into this busy period.

Room 4

The children have been creating spearheads and learning about Fijian patterns to draw on them for production props. We have also been learning lots about the Fijian food, traditional costumes and where Fiji is located compared to other countries. Our maths focus has been on mass - learning to read scales and use weights. We have learnt that kilograms are heavier than grams and have weighed lots of objects around the classroom.

Room 5

Room 5 have been so excited to paint and create our hobby horses. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon we cleared the class and set up for a whole lot of painting. Each child has chosen what colour their horse is, painted it and they are now ready for decorating! We can’t wait to show you what they will look like! Thank you so much to everyone who has brought in material for our hobby horses. We also had some wonderful Mum’s who came in to help with painting, they are awesome!

Room 6

We have been busy working on our production costumes and props. We had a working bee on Tuesday morning to create the design we had planned for our tops. They look fabulous, and most turned out like the picture on the plan, but we are learning that things don’t always happen as we imagine and sometimes changes have to be made! We were very lucky to have Courtney and Teresa to help with creating, and Mel and Cindy to sew our creations together- huge thanks from Room 6.

We have also had some fabulous seniors who have given their time to help teach new skills to small groups who will be staring in ‘cameo’ performances during our item. Sydney, Isabella-Rose, James and Anya we appreciate you sharing your knowledge and expertise, you are all great teachers!

On Wednesday, with farm change-overs, we welcomed Liam and Lincoln to Room 6. They have both made a great start and already have their costumes designed and made!

Community Notices

Mountain to Surf Principal Association

Attendance and Engagement Advisor/Kaiāwhina

(fixed term contract, end date 18th December 2022)

We are looking for an Attendance and Engagement Advisor/Kaiāwhina to work with children and young people, their families and whānau, and schools from Rahotu through to Matapu.

This role is part of the Ministry of Education’s initiative to improve engagement with learning and attendance at school. A key part of the role will be working closely with the community to build an understanding of the importance of attendance. The Attendance and Engagement Advisor will work with students, family and whānau and take a holistic approach to address the underlying cause of non-attendance, which are often diverse and complex.

Key attributes:

● Ability to work in a culturally responsive way, to support and meet the needs of all families with a particular focus on the needs of Māori and Pacific learners

● Enjoy working with children and young people, aged 6 to 16, and their whānau

● Ability to quickly foster trust in the system and an understanding of the importance of early referral

● Demonstrate initiatives to create flexible solutions within guidelines

● Able to work independently but work with key stakeholders on our committee, to keep schools informed and involved

● Quickly establish working relationships with interagency staff

● Strong administration and record keeping skills, ability to quickly learn new systems

● Persistent, efficient and values seeing tasks through to completion.

● Relentlessly positive

Skills and experience:

● The role will suit someone who has skills or experience as a social worker, Māori Warden, truancy officer, community worker, or similar.

● Must have a full driver's licence, and you will be required access to your own vehicle . This will be reimbursed at 58c per kilometre.

Hours of work:

9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. We are happy for this to be a job share position.

Applications must be submitted with a CV, covering letter and an application form. The application form and job description are available from Opunake Primary School or online on the Opunake Primary School website. Applications Close on the 10th June 2022 at 3pm. Contact Lorraine Williamson at Opunake Primary if you require a hard copy of the application, or (06) 7618367

Community Consultation Meeting: Proposed Enrolment Scheme at Rawhitiroa School

To avoid the potential of overcrowding and to ensure local children can attend their local school, the Rawhitiroa School Board and Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (The Ministry of Education) are working in collaboration to develop an enrolment scheme for Rawhitiroa School under schedule 20 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

As part of this process, we would like to informally consult with the school community and with people living in the area for which the school is a reasonably convenient school.

We are therefore holding a Community Consultation Meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at Rawhitiroa School, 596 Rawhitiroa Road, Rd 18, Eltham. John Dale from Te Mahau Te Tai Whenua (the Ministry of Education’s service agency) will be attending.

To help us with planning could you please advise the Rawhitiroa School Office on 06 764 8939 or via if you are thinking of attending.

If you are unable to personally attend the meeting, or would prefer to respond via e-mail, please feel free to comment by e-mailing .

Ngā mihi nui

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