Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 11, 16th April 2021

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

  • Monday 3rd May - Start of Term 2
  • Tuesday 11th May - BOT meeting, 5:30pm

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to celebrate everything that I have achieved this term

Te reo phrase of the week: whakahari (to celebrate)

Kia ora,

Wow it’s amazing to think that we are already half way through April and have just completed our longest term of the year. Our students have done so well over the past eleven weeks. The numerous sports events, the marae trip, the blessing of the refurbished classrooms, and our goal setting whanau nights have contributed to an extremely successful term where participation and achievement have been equally valued. Our teaching team has been involved in multiple professional development opportunities this year and a visit from Mark Herring from UTB (Using Technology Better) just this week, gave us valuable insights into our next steps for our Makerspace lessons.

As we look towards Term 2, our focus on our local maunga (Mt Taranaki) will give our students many opportunities to build their knowledge and understanding of the significance that the mountain has to our local area and people. All of our staff are excited about weaving aspects of science, social science, and our local history into their students’ learning experiences and helping them to appreciate how wonderful it is to have such an amazing natural resource on our door step.

As always the support that we have received from our community has been incredible this term. Thank you very much for your continued assistance with your child/ren’s learning and overall development. Have a wonderful time during the school holidays.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Board of Trustees Update

Term one has been a big one for Matapu School and what a great way to kick off the year.

There has been so many great sporting events and it's been great to see the students and staff starting off the school year in such a positive fashion.

It's been amazing to see the school doing so well in the interschool sporting events and to take out the Kaponga athletics day is a credit to everyone involved. It makes you extremely proud to be involved with such an awesome school.

From a BOT perspective our major achievement for the term has been the completion and opening of the new senior classrooms. This project has been a few years in the pipeline and great to finally give it the tick off.

Hopefully everyone has had a chance to have a look around. Its certainly freshened the place up and should serve the school well for the coming years.

We would like to thank the SPA committee for their work thus far this year. SPA have done an amazing job over the last couple of years beavering away with their fundraising efforts and the school is seeing some real benefits from the money SPA donate back to the school.

As we head into the middle part of the year it's great to have enjoyed such a positive start and we can only keep looking forward to what's around the corner. Have an awesome holidays and we will catch everyone back next term.

Matapu School BOT

Values Awards

Room 2 - Aden for effort in writing. You have amazing ideas and detail in your stories.

Room 6 - Archie for super effort and ambition thinking of great ideas in makerspace.

Room 1 - Bethan for always showing school values.

Room 4 - Lachlan for ambition! You are getting your work finished quickly and making it good quality.

Room 3 - Amber for working independently to get all her work completed.

Room 5 - Atticus for his ambitious attitude in reading and writing.


He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea.

I am a seed which was sewn in the heavens of Rangiatea.

A famous proverb from the Aotea waka, which shows the important of your genealogy and your culture.

Room 1

We have been learning all about ANZAC Day this week. We have researched the significance of poppies and the role Hospital Ships played during WW1. Some countries are even using Hospital Ships at the moment while they battle the outbreak of Coronavirus, how amazing is that! The kids are really looking forward to having a look through the WAR display at Te Papa when we go to Wellington on school camp at the end of the year.

Have a great term break with your kids. I look forward to seeing them back again for Term Two.

Room 2

This week in Room 2 we have been learning to use different types of sentences to enhance our writing. We had to learn about conjunction words and how they are used in different types of sentences. There were some awesome stories written about deep sea diving.

We have also been completing some makerspace activities. With one activity, students were tasked with creating a flag for the school. This flag had to represent our school, with a strong flag pole to hold it. Points to those who made the longest flagpole that didn't bend or break.

Room 2 is looking forward to the holiday break. I hope everyone enjoys the well earned time off and I can't wait to see you all in Term 2!

Room 3

This week we have been working hard to finish our kowhaiwhai art, and learn the new waiata for our kapahaka group. It has also been lots of fun working with different people to solve different makerspace problems. We had to design and create a boat that was strong enough to carry wooden blocks across a body of water. The whole class got stuck in and really enjoyed it. It has been a great, albeit busy first term in Room 3, and we want to wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday. It will be good to see all the students back rested and ready for Term 2!

Room 4

What a fantastic first term! Our RAISE Goal this week was to celebrate everything the students have achieved this term (whakahari) and we certainly have a lot of learning to celebrate! Highlights from the past two weeks were doing Makerspace boat and flag pole challenges and getting creative with ANZAC watercolour art. The photo is from our flag pole challenge.

Room 5

Well what a busy last week of Term 1. This week has been all about reflecting on the term! Looking at how far we have come in just a short 10 weeks and remembering all the great memories we have made so far. From the many sports events and smashing some learning goals to eating cupcakes to see if Miss Rose is having a baby girl or boy! We are looking forward to having a great holiday!

Room 6

The big highlight for Room 6 this week was to visit the Ngahere and watch the seed drill doing its work in the school paddock. We were a captive audience and we had lots of discussion about how the seeds made it to the ground- we could see hoses travelling from the big container where the seed goes in, down to the discs that were cutting the furrows. It was fun to predict when the discs would be lifted when a corner was approaching...and why that happened. This was a great real life experience with lots of discussion and wonderings- a great lead in to our Makerspace activities for next term!

Today we farewell Hudson and Harvey to start the next stage of their learning journey in Room 5. We will miss you both so much as you add such character to our room and it has been so exciting to watch you progress in all your learning for life. Good luck and happiness boys!



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A big thanks to those community members who are currently contributing to our school.


Any boys and girls still keen to join ripper/touch (Under 6/7) or rugby (Under 8-13) teams

please come along to Victoria Park, Kaponga on Thursday night 15th April 5.30 pm.

And to save time with paper work if not registered this year already please send me details on

text/email or messenger.

Childs name and date of birth, parents name, address, cell and email.

Tracey Berquist

027 289 1149

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