Matapu School Newsletter
Term 2, Week 8, 23rd June 2022
Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.
- Friday 24th June - Matariki - School Closed
- Friday 1st July - Pyjama Day
- Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2
Principal's Weekly Update
RAISE Goal: choose what activity I will be doing before I go out to break
Te reo phrase of the week: kua reri? (Are you ready)
What an amazing week we have had: four performances of our school production, a year 7/8 rippa tournament, and the year 5/6 Crowley Cup has made for an epic four days. The school production was a massive success. To see our students up in front of 130+ people was very special and made even more so due to the Covid affected events we have had over the past two years. A huge amount of time and effort was put into the production and to see it all come to fruition was fantastic. A big thanks to all of our wonderful parents and community members who helped out in one way or another. Also a huge thank you to Anna Hauparoa who wrote the script and organised all of the production behind the scenes.
Dale West (Room 3 teacher) is moving to Christchurch and will finish up with us on Friday 12th August. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Dale as part of our Matapu School whanau over the past two years and we wish her all the very best for the future. Georgia Hancock (Miss Rose) has also decided not to come back and teach full time after taking maternity leave last year. We wish her and her husband the very best as well.
Due to low numbers of Covid-19 within our student and staff population, we will no longer be requiring our senior students (students in Rooms 1-3) to wear masks while inside during the school day. However if students would like to continue to wear masks while inside, they will be fully supported. In regards to the school bus, we only require year 7/8 students to wear masks while using school transport.
Enjoy the first public holiday for Matariki tomorrow. In Taranaki we celebrate Puanga as we don’t see the cluster of Matariki from Taranaki.
Matapu History Fact
An important business in Matapu’s early days was the blacksmith, which stood where the old store building is today on the corner of Hastings and Skeet Roads (diagonally opposite the school). The smithy was essential for making horse shoes, manufacturing and mending farm machinery. There is a record of a blacksmith in Matapu right up until the 1920s.
As of today we currently have 1 Covid case within our student population.
Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).
Ngå mihi nui
Room 2 - Hunni (absent) for respect; leading by example in maturity and empathy.
Room 3 - Awheo for always being kind-hearted, cheerful and making the class smile.
Room 4 - Dex for doing a great job of your giraffe report by trying new things on the Pages app and listening to feedback!
Room 5 - Brooklyn for his kind and caring nature. You are always looking out for others!!
Room 6 - Liam for caring for our school environment by tidying up around the sandpit.
Well done, you whose courage is like the heart of the tawa tree.
Matapu School Parent's Association - Production Raffles
The prizes we received were outstanding. Please support the businesses that support us!
Kaiwaka children's wet weather gear
Shower-proof fleece jersey from Farmsource Kaponga/Stratford
Carmen Sandiego Cake from Cakes by Peanut
Car Grooming voucher from MG Taranaki (2 draws)
Our class did a fantastic job, and I am so proud of their efforts and commitment over the past 2 weeks. Well done Room 3!
This week in Room 5 we learnt a bit about Matariki and what it means to us as New Zealanders. We looked at some of the different stars in the matariki cluster and learnt about the star ‘Hiwi-i-te-rangi’. This star is known as the wishing star. It has a connection to our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the year ahead.
Thank you so much to all the parents who helped with our school production. I am so proud of Room 5 and they put into learning our dance routine and what they needed to do on stage. Their timing was spot on and they all did it with beautiful smiles. We hope you loved watching it as much as we enjoyed performing. We took this photo before heading to the hall for our Wednesday night performance. Enjoy your long weekend!
We are really proud of our performances for Carmen Sandiego! When you think that almost 1/3 of the class has started at Matapu this term, that makes it even more amazing. It is a big thing to be five and up on stage for the first time - and then remembering to perform at the same time, when all you really want to do is wave to family and friends!
The pride continues when we think of the individual costumes we created, using the sun as our design element but interpreting it in our own way so each one was different. We hope these treasures will get some more use at home - maybe even some impromptu performances for family and friends!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Print Ready - Amanda Sherman, CMK Hawera, Shurr & Ireland Acocuntants, Mark Joblin Concept & Construction Ltd, Sanfords Rural Carriers, Taranaki By-Products, McDonald Real Estate, Eltham Vet Services, ANZCO, Power Farming, Corrigan Electrical, Matapu Bulk Transport, CRV Ambreed, FMG, Mack Transport, Blastways, Nevada, Ballance, Todd Energy, & BCCL (Burgess Crowley Civil Limited) Carrfields Livestock, Rosemount Charolais - Dairy Bull Specialists, PGG Wrightson Livestock, Jack Gray Ltd, Bruce Parry Livestock, Kelsen's Glass & Glazing, Tommo's Tyres Ltd, Chris Perrett Electrical Solutions, Holdem Contracting Ltd, STE (South Taranaki Electrical), Kaponga Four Square, MG Taranaki, JP Refrigeration, Melza’s Customs, Monkeytoe, SepticWorks Limited, FMG.
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